10 reasons why Silver Linings Playbook is the best film of the year

1. The cast.    Bradley Cooper is great as the teacher recently out of mental hospital and trying to get his life back on track. Robert De Niro can really do comedy, as he demonstrated in Meet the Parents. This is his best and most comprehensive performance since Casino. Jacki Weaver was in Russel’s lastContinue reading “10 reasons why Silver Linings Playbook is the best film of the year”

The unsmiling clown (Buster Keaton)

Buster Keaton   my 2003 edition describes Buster keaton thus:   ‘one of America’s great silent clowns, the unsmiling but game little fellow who always comes out on top whatever the odds.’   Indeed, he never smiles in his films and they are all the funnier for that. He trained in vaudeville and made inContinue reading “The unsmiling clown (Buster Keaton)”

Life of Actor who played Superman not so super

There are many instances of fuck-ups and cover-ups in the days of old Hollywood, many careers derailed or never allowed to take off due to unpreventable lifestyle choices such as, take your pick: alcoholism (William Holden), homosexulaity (rock Hudson) or politics (Jane Fonda)., a good example of one whose luck ran out is provided byContinue reading “Life of Actor who played Superman not so super”

Too much too soon, John Barrymore (1882-1942)

 A mini biography A celebrated , self-destructive American actor, the brother of Ethel and Lionel Barrymore, and son of leading stage actors Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew Barrymore,  He studied first at the Slade school of Art and worked first as a cartoonist and illustrator before following the family occupation in 1900. An undisciplined actor,Continue reading “Too much too soon, John Barrymore (1882-1942)”

Dorothy Dandridge- a life unfulfilled

The first black woman to be nominated for an oscar, Dandridge is the perfect example of someone whose career was held back due to race, and the unfortunate social climate she lived in. as she said herslelf, ‘If I had been white I could take over the world.” Dandridge refused to play roles which calledContinue reading “Dorothy Dandridge- a life unfulfilled”

Lupe Velez (María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez) – 1908 -1944

Lupe Velez has been quoted as having said: ‘the first time you buy a house you think how pretty it is and sign the cheque. Then you look in the basement and see if the house has termites, Its the same with men.’   Her instincts generally served her well. She marries the star ofContinue reading “Lupe Velez (María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez) – 1908 -1944”

the ritual suicide of Yukio Mishima

  Yukio Mishima before his failed coup Yukio Mishima was as Japanese playwright, novelist, actor and film-maker whose life was the subject of the Paul Schrader film Mishima: A Life In four Parts,1985. His novella The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea was filmed by Lewis John Carlino in 1976. Mishima’s childhood wasContinue reading “the ritual suicide of Yukio Mishima”