Category: Movies

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dazzles in "A Most Wanted Man"

  My wife, her mom, and I made a rare visit to a movie theater yesterday.  The stars, I guess, must have been  in perfect alignment . I  did the usual groundwork, investigating  the offerings at the local big-screen emporiums. My first choice, Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight”,  wasn’t available  at the usual places. ... Read more »

How Well Do You Know The Movies of Jimmy Stewart? Take These Scenic Views and Find Out.

Jimmy Stewart was one of our most beloved actors. He made close to 80 films. Many of them cinematic  treasures. He was absolutely inimitable. Can you identify each of the following of his movies with its  telltale  scene? If you get them all, you deserve to be honorary president of the Jimmy Stewart Fan Club. ... Read more »

Downton Abbey and a Milestone in the Movies

A century ago yesterday the first full-length color movie opened in England. “The World, the Flesh and the Devil”.  The title comes from the Book of Common Prayer. According to my Downton Abbey deck calendar, it was a “silent British drama, directed by F. Martin Thornton…about a rotten lawyer trying to find a way to... Read more »

Mickey Rooney and Thomas Edison

  On Sunday Mickey Rooney gave a command performance for his Maker . I hope he got good reviews. Mickey was a genuine Hollywood movie star.  In his  salad days he was usually boffo at the  box office. Coincidentally, on the day Rooney passed on, the   Quote-Acrostic  in the Tribune’s “Life and Style” section ... Read more »

Captain Kidd: King of Pirates

Born today was Captain Kidd. This  legendary pirate hid His gold  on isles with sundry coves. Some still search for  his treasure troves. “[Richard Knight] hired a small fishing boat and navigated by the stars until he hit land. At first light he tied up the vessel and made his way across the island with... Read more »

Theodore Geisel: If He'd Never Been Born, Well Then What Would We Do?

Today is the birthday of Theodore Geisel Children no matter their age or their size’ll Admit they were read  him just  out of the womb, The dear Dr. Seuss, which is his nom de plume.  

Jack Benny: 39 Forever!

  This is the birthday of  Jack Benny Who reputedly  saved his very first penny. Though his violin playing was rather discordant, In the annals of humor  he’s  soundly important. “Last night Jack Benny played Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn lost.” [Isaac Stern]

Jules Verne: He Sired Science Fiction

  Born today was Jules Verne. His two greatest novels  still seem tres moderne. One pivots on  a wager  in a fashionable club; The other has a villain in a futuristic  sub.    

Clark Gable: Jilt a Scarlett Woman? The Butler Did It!

Today’s the birthday of Clark Gable. To be him I wish I were able. To mutter in front of a movie cam: “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.” The  quotation above  was voted the number one movie line of all time by the American Film Institute in 2005.

Cary Grant: The Cinema's Greatest Leading Man of All Time (And the Handsomest)

Born today was Cary Grant. Suave, debonair and elegant. It’s  easy to  see and it’s  not a long reach His changing his real name:  Archibald Leach. And so he said: “Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.” “My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the... Read more »