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Mothers and Sons

Many months ago, I wrote a blog entry about Fathers and Daughters.  It’s high time that I looked at the subject of Mothers and Sons and how they are represented in the movies and on television.

The relationship between mothers and sons has been examined over and over again.  It’s been categorized and analyzed and is considered a mystery that can never be solved.  Which is just downright silly, if you ask me.  Because each relationship is as unique as the people in it.
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Back to Basics

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker was telling me about a movie she’d recently seen. It was a romantic comedy, but she found it difficult to get involved in the story. I suggested she try some older films and gave her a couple of titles. I started wondering if maybe that’s a good idea in general for us movie fans. Perhaps there are times we think there’s nothing new that we want to see, even though there are dozens and dozens of excellent films released every year....

A Royal Who's Who

The royal wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton is scheduled for next Friday – and I’m one of those Americans looking forward to it.  I recall setting my alarm to wake up early and get out of bed and watch the wedding of William’s parents, Charles and Diana.  I did the same for Andrew and Sarah.  Even though I’ll not be able to watch the wedding as it’s being broadcast, I will be recording it to watch that ev...

Amateur Hour

My love for television detectives has been well-documented here in my blog.  I can’t help it.  I was raised on Perry Mason, Mannix, Columbo, The Streets of San Francisco, and many other...

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

She was born in England to American parents and was an international star by the time she was a teenager.

She entranced people all over the world with her beauty – especially with those incredible violet eyes.  Yet she never really thought of herself as a great beauty and said that Ava Gardner truly deserved that title.
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One Last Category

It has been over a week since the Academy Awards and I was overall happy with the results.  Not all of my choices -- in my yearly competition with friends – won; but the winners in the major categories were talented, deserving people.
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Remember to Thank Your Significant Other – Part 2

It's almost time, folks! The Academy Awards presentation will be this Sunday, February 27, on ABC. Hosted by Anne Hathaway, a past nominee, and James Franco, a current nominee, it should be a fun show. The competition is particularly strong this year and some categories are unpredictable.

In my last two blogs I covered the Best Picture, then Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. It's time to introduce the ladies.

 

Best Actress
 

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Remember to Thank Your Significant Other -- Part 1

The Academy Awards presentation is just over two weeks from now. And it's time to take a look at the acting nominations for this year. I had originally planned to cover both actors and actresses in this blog entry.  However, I decided it might be best to stick with the former this time around....

The Oscars: May the Best Picture Win

For us movie fans, this past Tuesday was a big day. The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced. There are many awards presented every year: the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild, Producers Guild, and Writers Guild. Critics choose their favorites, too.  There are even “awards” for the worst movies of the year, the Razzies, which sometimes overlap the other awards. But nothing matches the Oscars for recognition and excitement.
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It Don't Come Easy

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues, and you know it don’t come easy.

For some reason, Ringo Starr’s song got stuck in my head the other day. It made me think about musicians and singers who have entertained us over the years. Hollywood has had a love affair with music ever since Al Jolson said, “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” Although musicals are not the movie staple they once were, we still have movies about singers, giving the studios a chance to make non-traditional musicals.
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