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Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

The first Academy Awards were handed out back in 1929. The “show” looked decidedly different then – it was in fact a dinner, the ceremony itself took 15 minutes and the awards had already been announced three weeks earlier. There were also far fewer categories. The first winner was Wings (1927), a film that is chiefly … Continue reading Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

Mutiny on the Bounty: Battling Bligh

A THOUSAND HOURS OF HELL FOR ONE MOMENT OF LOVE! 1935 was a great year in Hollywood, so perhaps there’s no wonder that Mutiny on the Bounty only ended up winning one of the Oscars. But it wasn’t just any Oscar, but the most important one. It’s hard to think of an equally riveting adventure … Continue reading Mutiny on the Bounty: Battling Bligh

Around the World in Eighty Days

SEE EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD WORTH SEEING! DO EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD WORTH DOING! In the late 1800s, London aristocrat Phileas Fogg (David Niven) makes a wager with fellow members at the Reform Club that he can travel around the world in as little as 80 days. One of the first epics to fill almost … Continue reading Around the World in Eighty Days

Wuthering Heights: Love in the Moors

A POIGNANT DRAMA OF CHASTISED LOVE! RECKLESS HATE THAT MADE A FIGHTING FURY OF A STRANGER! During the making of this classic, there was tension on set. Two of the stars, Merle Oberon and David Niven, had been dating in the past and now they were set to play a couple again. Laurence Olivier had … Continue reading Wuthering Heights: Love in the Moors

The Bishop’s Wife

An angel (Cary Grant) comes to see a bishop (David Niven) who’s struggling with the construction of a new cathedral… but his assignment is more important than that. One year after It’s a Wonderful Life came another Christmas fable, although far from as memorable. This one has a very dapper Grant who comes between the … Continue reading The Bishop’s Wife

Murder by Death

BY THE TIME THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVES FIGURE OUT WHODUNNIT… YOU COULD DIE LAUGHING! Six of the world’s greatest detectives gather at a remote mansion, but are not prepared for the mysterious host’s (Truman Capote) deadly games… This film is a delight for anyone who knows how to appreciate Neil Simon’s sense of humor as well … Continue reading Murder by Death

The Pink Panther: A Night in the Lounge

A MADCAP FROLIC OF CRIME AND FUN. Every once in a while you need to kick back and just have fun. After making the very earnest Days of Wine and Roses (1962), director Blake Edwards delivered a film that is the equivalent of spending a few hours in a lounge, sipping a drink, talking to a good … Continue reading The Pink Panther: A Night in the Lounge

A Matter of Life and Death: A Heavenly Trial

THE GREATEST ADVENTURE A MAN EVER LIVED! The relationship between the United States and Britain has always been a complex one. The Revolutionary War saw America trying to break free from British control, the War of 1812 was fought over Canada, but in World War II the former mortal enemies fought the Axis nations side … Continue reading A Matter of Life and Death: A Heavenly Trial

Casino Royale

Sir James Bond (David Niven) is persuaded to come out of retirement to destroy the criminal organization SMERSH; as the new M, he gives every agent the name “James Bond” to confuse his enemies. A tremendous amount of money and talent lay behind this spoof of 007 flicks, which came at the right time, but turned out … Continue reading Casino Royale

Trail of the Pink Panther

THERE IS ONLY ONE INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU. HIS ADVENTURE CONTINUES… On a trip to Lugash where the Pink Panther diamond once again has been stolen, Clouseau’s (Peter Sellers) plane disappears into the ocean. The seventh Pink Panther flick was made after Sellers’s death. It begins with several never-before seen clips with Clouseau; after his disappearance, a reporter … Continue reading Trail of the Pink Panther

Guns of Navarone: Mission Impossible

AN IMPREGNABLE FORTRESS… AN INVINCIBLE ARMY… AND THE UNSTOPPABLE COMMANDO TEAM. I loved this movie when I was a kid. I had good taste. Some of the cherished childhood memories one chooses to revisit turn out to be a disappointment, but not this film. It was part of a contemporary trend of expensive, colorful war … Continue reading Guns of Navarone: Mission Impossible

Death on the Nile

While traveling on the Nile on board the riverboat Karnak, Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) passes time solving the murder of a young, female passenger. Meticulously staged in terms of costumes and production design, this murder mystery has its similarities with Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Everything looks just dandy and Poirot has an all-star … Continue reading Death on the Nile