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Earlier today I had the chance to watch a fairly recent film which does however cover an era going back quite a few years in Hollywood. This movie features Anothny Hopkins, Helen Mirren ( etc ) and is entitled " Hitchcock ". A very good film about one of the great directors of all time.
Just had the chance to watch an older film, this one going back to the events of WW Two. It stars Kenneth More and is entitled " Sink The Bismark ", quite a well made movie.
Recently James Best passed away, perhaps known mainly these days for his role on " The Dukes Of Hazzard ", however he also appeared in a lot of films as well. Those of us who are fans of James Steward may remember a very well made movie entitled " Shenandoah ". James Best also appeared in that picture, he is featured during the main battle scenes. In order to make a film it is often quite important to fill the small roles with good actors and James Best did many of those types of roles.
Richard Dysart recently passed away as well and he also made a career out of doing smaller parts. The film " Being There " with Peter Sellers is a film that I like very much and Dysart also appeared in that film ( he is seen early in the movie where he tells Sellers to move out of the house ).
The other day I had the chance to again watch a good film entitled " The Monuments Men ". I may have mentioned this film before but as I paid full price for the DVD I'll post about it again lol. This nice movie stars George Clooney ( who also directed ), Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett etc. It deals with the recovery of stolen art at the end of WW II.
I'm surprised Hollywood didn't care for Monuments Men George has a new one out now. I still have to watch, "Men Who Stare At Goats". And the astronaut one with Sandra Bullock
--- Thanks for the info RonaldJosephCote. Yes Hollywood does not " get " the good movies at times. A couple of posts back I mentioned that Hitchcock has to dig up the money for " Psycho " on his own ( even took a loan against his house lol ).
We've all known that Hollywood sometimes has their heads up their asses. Many sequels that were spawnned from The Godfather were only made for money. And it continues.
I saw a little about the production of Scarface. It was supposed to be a three month shoot, and it took eight months. The hollywood guys wanted to fire DePalma.
What I found most interesting is that Spielberg was brought in at one point, as a "guest" of Brian. So, on that day, you had DePalma, Spielberg, and Oliver Stone all there.
--- Thanks a lot for the info AlCzervik.
Btw has anyone else out ther seen the original " Scarface " which featured the late gteat Paul Muni ?
Cabadenwort; Have you seen this?; http://www.chess.com/forum/view/off-topic/marvels-biggest-movie-everavengers-age-of-ultron Not the movie, the thread. I'll go buy Avenger's 2 at some point in time.
--- Thanks for the info RonaldJosephCote. No I have not had the chance to read that item yet.
I recently watched another well-made war movie that was made some years ago. As a matter of fact I've only got this film on vhs tape so that goes back a while. It is the " Memphis Belle ", not a bad motion picture.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is in a new movie about a major earthquake, called, "San Andreas" Its a massive blockbuster with special effects out the ying yang. It calls for the complete and total destruction of mankind as we know it. Historical records, antiquities, commerce, survival. But its good to know that at the end of the day, the one and only thing that survives, is a representative of WWF!
I was really into WW2 planes as a kid, I'd watch Memphis Belle over and over. And yes it was on a recorded VHS, part of the charm was in the dated commercials.
--- LOL, good one, I like that joke.
--- I've long loved old machines so any film that shows old vehicles or planes ( etc ) is something that I like to watch. Recently I watched " It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World " again, all those nice old cars and trucks. Of course I'm also a fan of " The Battle Of Britain " film as well ( I mean REAL Me-109 fighters ! from Spain as they were built there under license after WW II ).
Just had the chance to watch another good film that deals with history. A well made movie that features a great cast is " Cromwell " with Richard Harris in the title role and Alec Guinness plays the king who lost his head.
Having recntly mentioned the late Richard Harris I wanted to say that I've enjoyed a number of his films. Mind you he liked to keep busy so he made a very wide variety of movies. Also he could be considered as a member of the " British Rat Pack " ( with Oliver Reed, Lawrence Harvey, Peter O'Toole etc ).
I always like Richard also. But I also enjoyed the stories about Peter O'Toole and the hotels he'd get thrown out of for his drinking. It rivals some rock bands
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