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52 Before 62 – #15 John Loves Mary (1949)

John Loves Mary poster.jpgDirected by David Butler

Screenplay by Phoebe and Henry Ephron, from the play by Norman Krasna

Starring Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal, Jack Carson, Edward Arnold, Virginia Field, Wayne Morris, and Katharine Alexander

I’ve never seen a Ronald Reagan movie.  Yes, he was President and ‘acted’ his way through that, but that’s more a reality show than a movie these days, if we’re honest.  Anyway, what’s amazing about seeing no Reagan movies is I see a lot of movies.  Like, way more than the average person.[1]  But honestly, I’m  probably not alone in not seeing any Reagan films because I’m pretty sure even the idiots who think the man was a great president also haven’t bothered perusing his filmography.  The reason?  Because the general consensus is his movies are not worth seeing.  After all, of his entire filmography just three of those films managed Best Picture nominations, and the only one of those three even rated a mention in The New York Times Guide to the 1000 Best Movies Ever Made was Dark Victory.  Even then, that mention probably has more to do with it being a Bette Davis/Humphrey Bogart vehicle than it does for featuring an at-best-fifth-billed Ronald Reagan. Continue reading


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The Also-Rans Project – Vice (Best Picture Also-Ran 2018)

Vice (2018 film poster).pngDirected by Adam McKay

Written by Adam McKay

Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell, and Jesse Plemons

Here’s a fun game to play when you want to depress yourself about how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has no clue about what is, and is not, Oscar-worthy: Oscar winners vs. Oscar not-winners.




Oscar Winner Oscar Not-Winner
Writer of trashy suspense novels and creator of I Dream of Jeannie, Sidney Sheldon[1] Alfred Hitchcock
The director of Dumb and Dumber and Shallow Hal, Peter Farrelly[2] Norman Jewison
The director of Dirty Dancing, Emile Ardolino[3] Phillip Kaufman
Dean Pelson (Jim Rash) from Community[4] Sidney Lumet[5]
The director of Galaxy Quest, Dean Parisot[6] Hal Ashby
Voice of K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the 70s, Steven Wright[7] David Lynch, George Lucas, Michael Man, Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah, John Boorman, and Paul Thomas Anderson

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52 Before 62 #14 – Bend of the River (1952)

Image result for frances bavier bend of the riverDirected by Anthony Man

Screenplay by Borden Chase, from the novel by

Starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, and Rock Hudson 

In the most famous movie involving the Anthony Mann/Jimmy Stewart/Borden Chase/Rock Hudson quadrumvirate, Winchester 73 (1950), Hudson barely got to play a part, as much as he played a stereotype: he put on red-face makeup to play a war-like Native-American.  Of course, while Hudson would be a massive star later, he was a nobody then, so slapping on some red-face makeup was a positive step in his career. Continue reading

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