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Adventures in the Screen Trade


  The Oscar race is on and the finish line approaches, Sunday March 2nd.  It's all good and exciting.   One of my favourite parts is here viewing all those nominated in Best Foreign , Best Animated, Best Short, Best Documentary Best Short Documentary.   I get to see such great films from all over the place and with the advent of YouTube etc, many of these films will available online.  This is where some of the best viewing is to be ...

Posted on February 14, 2014 and filed under Just Talking!


Last time I wrote about the Nominated Films, I included AUGUST, OSAGE COUNTY, which was not nominated.  I wonder why.  There are usually ten nominations for Best Picture, this year there only nine.  My mistake.. So to the remaining four...from an Actors viewpoint. 1.   THE WOLF OF WALL STREET directed by the incomparable Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.   This is a bit like Mr Toad's Wild Ride;  the story runs on the edge of control and finally runs out ...

Posted on February 7, 2014 and filed under Just Talking!


Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Dead.  So sad, such a loss, a great talent gone and in such a wasteful way.   When I was a child, my grandmother, who had worked in theatre, had a picture of a famous actress of her day, with whom my grandmother had worked...Meggie Albanesi.   I asked about her and Nan said she died of a drug overdose.   It was reported as an intestinal illness, you did not talk about drugs ...

Posted on February 3, 2014 and filed under Just Talking!


In no particular order, let's look at the ten nominated films for Best Picture and the performances that help achieve their nominations. 1. Saw AMERICAN HUSTLE for the second time this week.   Great movie, great performances, I am   really impressed.   However, for me, one of the most riveting performance came from the uncredited  Robert De Niro, in the small part of the infamous gangster Meyer Lansky or someone based on him.  (I wasn't clear on this.)   Anyway it's a ...

Posted on January 30, 2014 and filed under Just Talking!

Oscars and the Men

So now we come to Oscars Best Actor nominees for 2014.  Again I will list them in alphabetical order, Leading and Supporting:  and a lusty, lustrous list it is, with a couple of surprising omissions.    Still that is the business and if you focus on what awards you might win, or be nominated for, you will probably fail your career. Barkhad Abdi, nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the terrific CAPTAIN PHILLIPS as the pirate Abduwali Muse, who leads the pirate ...

Posted on January 25, 2014 and filed under Just Talking!