If you love not just Hollywood films (I think most movie fans do) but movies that are about Hollywood and a look at the Hollywood entertainment industry, I think The Oscar with Stephen Boyd, Tony Bennett, Jill St. John, Eleanor Parker, Elke Sommer, and many other great people in Hollywood, is a great film for you. IMDB: Snotty Hollywood actor becomes even more full of himself after he's nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Saw Malcolm X over the weekend. (Thanks, TCM) I could've done without the 1st hour which doesn't even get into his time as prison, let alone as a leader of the African-American-Nationalist movement in America. But the last 150 minutes of this film are fascinating. And Denzel Washington is literally one of the best actors of his generation. TCM: Biographical drama on the life of the late Malcolm X, who was assassinated on February 21, 1965.
Hollywood Goddess Merry Anders and Johnny Desmond, in Escape From San Quentin. At this point in the film, Mike Gilbert's partner (played by Richard Devon) is sort of in charge of this little heist that they're trying to pull. But they're really just looking for short-term cash, as they figure out their next play. Film Affinity: An escaped convict decides to quit running and turn himself and his fellow escapee in to the authorities - but not without complications.
Saw Escape From San Quentin not this weekend, but the weekend before it. I think this is a very claver prison/crime film, especially how the two inmates get out of San Quentin. And the story with them on the run is pretty good too. Rotten Tomatoes: An ex-airman (Johnny Desmond) flies himself and another convict (Richard Devon) out of prison, then hides with his wife's sister (Merry Anders)
Hollywood Babydoll Jeanne Crain and actor Elliot Reid in Vicki. He was very good as the suspected killer in the film. He was definitely innocent and took no junk (to put it mildly) from Detective Ed Cornell (played by Richard Boone) who was intent on putting him away for the murder. Alamy: VICKI 1953 20th Century Fox film with Jeanne Crain and Elliott Reid
Saw Vicki over the weekend. Anytime you get the opportunity to see Jean Peters and Jeanne Crain in the same film, I suggest you take it. I just wish they both had longer careers in Hollywood. This is very good New York City (if not Hollywood based) crime drama, involving the murder of a Hollywood actress. IMDB: The untimely murder of a New York glamor-girl sparks an investigation with an emotionally driven detective at the helm.
Watched In Cold Blood, the whole film last week (thanks, TCM) and I think the first 30 minutes is somewhat unimpressive. But wants these two commit their crimes and the chase is on, the last 2 hours is very interesting and well-done. IMDB: Two ex-cons murder a family in a robbery attempt, before going on the run from the authorities. The police try to piece together the details of the murder in an attempt to track down the killers.
The Apartment with Jack Lemmon and Hollywood Babydoll Shirley MacLaine. Bud (played by Jack Lemmon) is about to go upstairs to get his promotion, because he's been such a good boy with the execs. And Fran (played by Shirley MacLaine) being the adorable sweetie pie that she is, wants him to look good.
Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960) with Jack Lemmon and Hollywood Babydoll Shirley MacLaine. Definitely one of the funniest and best holiday movies ever, with a great comedic cast, including Jack and Shirley. Amazon: Winner* of five 1960 Academy AwardsÂ(r), including Best Picture, The Apartment is legendary writer/director Billy Wilder at his scathing, satirical best, and one of "the finest comedies Hollywood has turned out" (Newsweek). C.C. "Bud" Baxter (Jack Lemmon) knows the way to...
Mykelti Williamson, Nick Cage, and Hollywood Goddess Rachel Ticotin. If there any good people as far as the characters in this film, who were on the plane, it's these three. Alamy: "Con Air" Mykelti Williamson, Nicolas Cage, Rachel Ticotin 1997 Touchstone Pictures Photo credit: Frank Masi
I've only seen Con-Air a few times, but I think this is the scene early on in the movie where Rachel Ticotin's character, gives John Cusask's character, the list of the inmates who are going to be on the plane. On a personal note: Rachel is pretty cute in a baseball cap. Alamy: RACHEL TICOTIN, JOHN CUSACK, CON AIR, 1997
I know I'm bias here, because I've had a crush on Rachel Ticotin since I saw her in Falling Down (speaking of great films) when I was in high school. But she's always played characters who are very tough and yet very cute and beautiful, as well as sexy, and who are smart-asses. Easy to have a crush on a woman like that. Alamy: Rachel Ticotin con air 1997 Stock Photos and Images
If you like action/comedy, or at the very least funny action films, then I think you'll like ConAir. It's also loaded with great stars, including Rachel Ticotin, whose one of my favorite character actresses. IMDB: Newly-paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner-transport plane when the passengers seize control.
Hollywood Babydoll Gloria Grahame in Odds Against Tomorrow. Had she had a bigger role in this film, I would've liked the film a lot more. She's always very memorable. The Film Archives: First off, this Robert Wise film written by Abraham Polonsky (using the front name of John O. Kilens because of the HUAC blacklist) has a fabulously fatalistic noir title. Harry Belafonte (also producer here helping drive the film to be made)’s Ingram is a gambler as well to give the set up and title an added..
Saw Odds Against Tomorrow a few weeks ago. (Thanks, TCM) Not a bad movie, just not a good movie either. They spend too much time dealing with the family members of these folks that are involved in the heist. And not enough of Gloria Grahame and Shelley Winters in this film, at least for my taste. IMDB: Dave Burke looks to hire two men to assist him in a bank raid: Earle Slater, a white ex-convict, and Johnny Ingram, a Black gambler. Both are reluctant, but Burke arranges for Ingram's...
I love the Betty Field character in Birdman of Alcatraz, except one thing. She's so sweet, intelligent, beautiful, has her own business in Indiana. And yet seemed so lonely to the point that she would go to two-time murderer Robert Stroud (played by Burt Lancaster) for companionship. A man who never gets out of prison. TCM: Betty Field as Mrs. Stella Johnson Stroud in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962).
Saw Birdman of Alcatraz a few weeks ago. (Thanks, TCM) It really should've been called the Birdman of Leavenworth, because most of the film takes place there. But it's still an excellent Burt Lancaster film. Amazon: How does bitter convict Robert Stroud cope with a lifetime of solitary confinement? The answer, in a sense, comes from abovein the form of a feeble sparrow he finds in the isolation yard. Stroud brings this newfound companion to his cell, nurses it to health and, from that point...
Saw Joe MacBeth the other night. Only the 2nd time that I've seen this film and yet it's already one of my favorite gangster films. Lilly MacBeth (played by Ruth Roman) is no babe in the woods in this film. If anything, she's a mobstress who has a bigger killer instinct than her husband and yet is still very cute and beautiful in the film, as always. IMDB: "Shakespeare (more-or-less) in modern gangster setting. Lily MacBeth pushes her husband Joe to rub out the reigning crime boss and...