Warren Beatty

Born: March 30, 1937 in Richmond, VA Notable Works: Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Reds (1981) Dick Tracy (1990) Academy Awards Nominations: 1968 Best Picture for Bonnie & Clyde 1968 Best Actor for Bonnie & Clyde 1976 Best Original Screenplay for Shampoo 1979 Best Picture for Heaven Can Wait 1979 Best Actor for Heaven Can Wait 1979 Best Director for Heaven Can…

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

A Little Background: I realize that it’s been over three months since Episode VII was released… but back when I saw it on opening day, I didn’t have this blog yet. So I thought I’d take advantage of my second viewing to try and gather my thoughts on it. For the most part, my opinion didn’t change this…

Sterling Hayden

Born: March 26, 1916 in Montclair, NJ Died: May 23, 1986 in Sausalito, CA Notable Works:  The Killing (1956) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) The Godfather (1972) Personal Favorite: The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Not your typical movie star… Hayden despised acting and the Hollywood culture that came with…

The Ten Commandments (1956)

A Little Background: With Easter upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to revisit this classic epic. I’ve probably seen it close to a dozen times, but I can always find something fresh in each repeat viewing. For instance, how was I supposed to know that notable uncredited roles in this film include…

Joan Crawford

Born: March 23, 1904 in San Antonio, TX Died: May 10, 1977 in New York, NY Notable Works: Grand Hotel (1932) Mildred Pierce (1945) What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Academy Award Nominations 1946 Best Actress for Mildred Pierce (won) 1948 Best Actress for Possessed 1953 Best Actress for Sudden Fear Personal Favorite: Mildred…

White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

A Little Background: Sometimes you adapt real life events. Sometimes you take real life events and people and exaggerate them to the point of being completely unrecognizable. And sometimes… you take real events and real people, slightly exaggerate them, slightly change their names, and wind up with White Hunter Black Heart. The Film: Based on the…

Gary Oldman

Born: March 21, 1958 in London, England Notable Works: Sid & Nancy (1986) Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Leon: The Professional (1994) Academy Award Nominations: 2011 Best Actor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Personal Favorite: True Romance (1993) One of the best actors of the modern age as far as I’m concerned. Oldman got his start…

Favorite Six Films for St Patrick’s Day

Favorite Six Films for St Patrick’s Day The Departed (2006) My Left Foot (1989) In Bruges (2008) Once (2007) The Guard (2011) Five Minutes of Heaven (2009) (I dare you to find a list of St Patrick’s Day movies that doesn’t include Daniel Day-Lewis, Brendan Gleeson and Jim Sheridan.)

Jerry Lewis

Born: March 16, 1926 in Newark, NJ Notable Works: The Bellboy (1960)  The Nutty Professor (1963)  The King of Comedy (1982)  Personal Favorite: The Family Jewels (1965) Comedian. Actor. Singer. Producer. Writer. Director. The Kid turns 90 today. I would have to say that he is easily one of my top ten favorite screen performers….

Sir Michael Caine

Born: March 14, 1933 in London, England Notable Works: Alfie (1966) The Italian Job (1969) Sleuth (1972) Academy Award Nominations: 1967 Best Actor for Alfie 1973 Best Actor for Sleuth 1984 Best Actor for Educating Rita 1987 Best Supporting Actor for Hannah and Her Sisters (won) 2000 Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules…

Liza Minnelli

Born: March 12, 1946 in Hollywood, CA Notable Works: Cabaret (1972) New York, New York (1977) Arthur (1981) Academy Award Nominations: 1970 Best Actress for The Sterile Cuckoo 1973 Best Actress for Cabaret (won) Personal Favorite: New York, New York (1977) When you’re the daughter of actress/singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, the only…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

A Little Background: Comparing books to movies is ridiculous. But sometimes it’s just unavoidable. I hated 2002’s The Count of Monte Cristo, but only because it’s my favorite book and I wanted so much more of the story to be adapted. Another one of my favorite books is The Great Gatsby, which has been adapted to…