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2014 Oscar Nominations: Best Picture

Without further ado, we now look at this year’s Best Picture nominations.  And I've noticed that the honored movies can be divided into two categories: Original Stories and Inspired by or Based on Real Events.
 

2014 Oscar Nominations: Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress

We’re counting down this year’s Oscar race!  And here are the top ten actresses!

As a life-long movie fan, I find these past few years to be especially exciting.  It’s largely accepted that 1939 was a banner year for movies.  The Best Picture nominations were films still considered among the best ever made.  (Among them were Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.)  It was the Golden Age of Hollywood.  And the actresses and actors of that time are still considered some of the best.

Shirley Temple (1928-2014)

When I was growing up, there was a local TV station that aired Shirley Temple movies on Sunday mornings.  It was there that I first saw her in Heidi and

Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

Philip Seymour Hoffman was an extraordinary actor.  He was able to disappear into a role, making the audience forget about the actor and see only the character.  Maybe it was because Hoffman was first and foremost a character actor with the charisma of a lead actor.  When taking on a role, he developed it from the inside out.  And that made for performances we remember.

Winter Chillers

As we settle in for another round of chilly temperatures here in Houston, I’m trying to imagine what it must be like for our family and friends in the North.  But my imagination falls short.  I really can’t fathom living and working in an environment where I’d have to face snowdrifts and icicles on a daily basis – much less driving in minus 0 weather. 

And those musings led me to think about movies set in those climes.  And if we’re talking about cold weather, why not concentrate on those films that might send a chill down the spine – whether in summer or winter.  Or maybe just make you glad you live in southeast Texas.  Some of my favorites are listed below.  I’ll bet you find some of yours, too.

In Memoriam 2013 – Part 2

Shortly after I posted an In Memoriam 2013 a few weeks ago, I realized that I had not included all the people that I should have listed.  Below I’ve listed other talented people we lost this past year.  Some you might remember very well.  Others you may never have heard of.  But I do hope you take the opportunity to check out some of their films or TV series or maybe music CDs – and discovered why they counted among those whose talents we’ll miss.
 

... and a Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone.  Well, almost gone.  And in the spirit of the holidays and parties and old friendships and new beginnings, I thought I’d offer a list of some movies that gave us memorable New Year’s Eve parties.  I hope you might find something fun or exciting or dangerous -- or any combination of those -- among the choices.

Santa's Helpers

Let’s get real here.  There is no way one guy could circle the world bringing toys and games and other goods on one sleigh in one night all by himself.

Not without some help.

Seriously, Santa Claus needs a lot of help with such a monumental task.  Thank goodness he has it.  I mean, without the elves and the reindeer and especially Mrs. Claus, Santa wouldn’t have a chance of accomplishing all he’s got to do. 

And every now and then, Hollywood remembers those who help make our Christmas holidays more fun.  Check out some of the movies and TV specials that give us a peek behind the scenes at the North Pole.

Peter O’Toole (1932-2013)

Tall, slender, blond, blue-eyed, Peter O’Toole definitely had matinee idol good looks, as well as a beautiful voice.  But without the talent to take on any role and excel at it, he may never have been the leading man we came to admire.

In Memoriam 2013

Paul Walker was not the kind of person who saw a problem and said, “Somebody should do something.”  He was the somebody who did something. 

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