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Way Too Early Golden Globe Predictions Part I: The Films

By Alan Hurst The prognosticators are out in full force, so here’s a first attempt to predict the ever-unpredictable nominations for the Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globe Awards. The Golden Globes are known as the “fun” awards. They’re a big party, there’s food and alcohol so the atmosphere is a little looser and the show…

Revisiting HUSH … HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964)

By Alan Hurst Released in late 1964 in time to qualify for Oscar consideration, Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte is many things: creepy, funny, campy, and probably the best example of Grand Dame Guignol there is with two older but still fabulous stars, an unbalanced central character, severed hands and heads popping up, stray meat…

Revisiting THE LEGEND OF LIZZIE BORDEN (1975)

By Alan Hurst It’s hard to overstate the impact of TV films of the 1970’s. All the major networks had multiple “Movie of the Week” nights and there were also special event movies that usually featured more prestigious casts and bigger budgets. It was also the decade that saw the birth of the “Miniseries” –…

Revisiting THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1964)

By Alan Hurst Tennessee Williams had a spectacular run on Broadway from the mid-forties to the late fifties and the inevitable film versions of his plays also enjoyed varying degrees of critical and box office success. Key film successes from Williams work included A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), The Rose Tattoo (1955), Cat on a…

Why I Love MARY POPPINS (1964)

By Alan Hurst For many around my age, Walt Disney’s production of Mary Poppins (1964) represented their first movie-going experience. It was magical in 1964, and again on future viewings during subsequent re-releases in 1973 and 1980. And with the advent of home video, it’s been a staple in many libraries as well (and for…

Elizabeth Taylor – A Look Back at Some Essential Performances

By Alan Hurst She was a major screen presence from the mid-forties with her breakthrough in National Velvet (1945) until her screen career wound down after The Mirror Crack’d (1980). She made a few successful forays into television in the seventies and eighties, always generating significant buzz. She was a tabloid sensation from the first…