Monthly Archives: February 2020

52 Before 62 — #45 The Vikings (!958)

Vikings moviep.jpgDirected by Richard Fleischer

Screenplay by Calder Wilingham and Dale Wasserman, based upon the novel by Edwin Marshall

Starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, James Donald, Frank Thring, and Janet Leigh

When Kirk Douglas died a couple weeks ago it was almost literally the final expiration of old-style Hollywood stardom.  That’s what happens, I guess, when you live to 103 — whether you like it or not, your death is literally the end of something.

Douglas made his name in films from the late-1940’s onward, just before the ‘method’ style of acting came into vogue and the traditional notions of who could be, and who could not be, a movie star gave way to a system dominated more by unique faces and character actors.  In other words, the age when guys with a sense of stylization to their acting stopped winning Oscars — see e.g. Laurence Olivier — and guys with a touch of naturalism started winning.  Guys like Ernest Borgnine. Continue reading

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Oscar Ballot 2019

Oscar StatuettesWell, it’s that time of year again for the Oscars, my loyal readers.  That one event we wait for all year.  Like Christmas – second Christmas.  Only without any gifts and double the disappointment.  And while I’m a bit late to turning my ballot in, timeliness means nothing.  It’s not like the Academy actually registers my vote for anything anyway, so who cares if I get my picks out now, or next year.[1]  Still, in the spirit of adding to the discourse and nothing more, here’s my Oscar picks for 2019[2]:

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