The Aviator (2004)

The Aviator (2004) is a period epic that isn’t hurt by it’s technical mastery, especially rare for a biopic or historical movie of this grand a scale. UnlikeTitanic, this one has heart and soul and doesn’t feel like it’s way too long. Above all else is a masterful Oscar-nominated performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, with strong […]

The Marjorie Rambeau Effect, Part 1

During the history of the Academy Awards, the maximum number of nominees permitted in various categories has changed. Also, rules about how many films a single person can be nominated for has changed as well. In fact, the actual categories themselves have come and gone from year to year. Until the 1950s there was no […]

Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948)

Did Joan Fontaine ever give a false performance? Here she presents a tour de force acting job that puts most actors to shame. She certainly outshines costar Louis Jourdan much as she did Laurence Olivier (not that either man was less than excellent in their respective roles) with her Oscar-nominated turn in Rebecca seven years […]

Paul Newman, 1925-2008

The first modern movie star and one of the last surviving Hollywood legends, Paul Newman, died today of cancer at the age of 83. Aside from his awesome talent, matinee idol looks, and renowned philanthropy, Newman’s greatest legacy is the longevity of his career. The fact that he is as familiar to moviegoers from the […]

You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Okay, I know I said that I’m not a big fan of director Frank Capra. However, I did say that I do like several of his movies. You Can’t Take It With You (1938) is one of them. One thing that probably attracts me to this best picture and director Oscar winner is the source […]

Cyd Charisse (1921-2008)

Unfortunately, actress-dancer Cyd Charisse, the last survivor of the golden age of the Hollywood musical died yesterday at the age of 86.¬† Charisse added her own brand of class and sex to such classics as Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon, and Silk Stockings, paired in each film either with Fred Astaire or Gene […]