Thursday Movie Picks: Natural disasters

This week in Thursday Movie Picks – run by Wandering through the Shelves – we’ve been asked to list three to five films where the plot revolves around a natural disaster. As usual, I’ve made my selection from films I have seen, and as I really enjoy films from this genre, after a six-week hiatus from... Continue Reading →

The 50 greatest Classic Hollywood screen legends

Classic Hollywood celebrates American films that were released between the 1910s and the 1960s. Commercial film production in the United States developed rapidly after World War I (1914-1918); the major Hollywood studios together were releasing more than 500 feature films a year by the mid-1930s. Source: Professor David Neumeyer. The American Film Institute (AFI) has... Continue Reading →

Interview with veteran Hollywood animator Gene Hamm

"Working on Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings was my Woodstock," explains Gene Hamm, an animator now living in San Francisco who cut his teeth on the ambitious 1978 animation of JRR Tolkien's classic novel. "Everybody working on the production was just totally nuts. I'm amazed we got anything done because we'd have entire conversations just... Continue Reading →

Seven faces of Gary Oldman

Today – 21st March – is the 63rd birthday of the extremely versatile and supremely talented British actor Gary Oldman. Currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Mank (2020), Oldman has delighted fans throughout his near 40-year career, bringing to life a diverse set of... Continue Reading →

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