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February 21, 2020

Movie review: The Lion in Winter (1968)

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The Turner Classic Movie channel is one of the best channels on DirectTV.  The only bad thing about it is watching the movies on that channel will quickly make you realize what crap movies and crap actors we have in Hollywood today. The Lion in Winter is the story of an aging King Henry II in 1183. He has 3 sons. He has imprisoned his wife, the queen (who is also the former queen of France) and is having an affair with his ward, a French princess, who was sent over as a child to be the wife of his eldest surviving son Richard. Henry wants to bypass his eldest Richard for the title of the next King in favor of his youngest son, John. (BTW, in actual history Richard is later to become Richard the Lionhearted and John is evil King John of Robin Hood fame.) The queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, favors her eldest son Richard.  Eleanor and Henry are locked in a love/hate relationship and use every weapon at hand to hurt each other.  In fact, in many ways the question of who gets to be the next King doesn’t much seem to matter to either except in the fact that each chooses in opposition to the other out of spite.

The movie is phenomenal.  Peter O’Toole is amazing as Henry and Katharine Hepburn is great as Eleanor.  I did not realize that at the time of the movie, Hepburn was 25 years older than O’Toole. Anthony Hopkins plays Richard in one of his first movie roles. The dialogue is sharp and the interplay between Henry and Eleanor, switching between spite and love and back again is fantastic.  The film was nominated for 8 academy awards and won 3.  If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely add it to your must watch list. 5 stars.

June 3, 2018

Well done Sherlock!

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Story here.

December 27, 2012

RIP Charles Durning

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I always enjoyed him as an actor.  I had no idea he had served the country so well in WWII.  RIP.

June 7, 2011

I never knew….

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That Leslie Nielsen was a Canadian.  Story about his gravesite in Ft. Lauderdale is here.  Some folks don’t remember that earlier in his career, Nielsen was a leading man in dramatic roles.  He starred in the classic Forbidden Planet.

July 11, 2010

Movie review: The Caine Mutiny (1954)

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There are no actors any more.  Denzel Washington is good.  Tom Hanks does a good job in everything he does.  Will Smith is probably underrated.  Tom Cruise is definitely overrated.  However, after watching Humphrey Bogart in The Caine Mutiny, I realize that there simply aren’t actors anymore.  His performance is amazing.  Every gesture, every word, has meaning packed into it.  Bogart was known for playing the toughest of the tough guys, yet in this performance he is totally convincing as a petty tyrant who is mentally fragile and vulnerable.  The supporting cast is equally as good.  

I’d seen this movie before, but when I watched it again on DVD while traveling in China, I was struck by how strong the movie is and how good a performance the actors give.  If you’ve never seen this movie, don’t wait another minute, watch it at once.  The only problem I have now is that it may have spoiled me for watching any recent Hollywood offering.

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