“This book came out of the struggle to try and explain it all to my kids. I want to leave some kind of record that sets things straight, pokes holes in the mythology that’s sprung up around me, destroys some of the legends, and keeps the piranhas off. Something that documents the time I was … More Paul Newman’s Memoir: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man (book review)
Reimagining a few old classics with the downbeat 1970s vibe… If Cary Grant had romanced Grace Kelly and really stolen her jewels and broken her heart, but escaped to live a tortured life – it would have been a 1970s version of To Catch a Thief. If Humphrey Bogart had been shot and killed while … More Film Romance in the 1970s
I had been kicking around the notion of writing about actor Martin Balsam for awhile, then fellow blogger Pete’s desert island film list mentioned him in several films. Balsam was a face everyone will recognize; his work lives on in his hundreds of appearances on the big and small screen. He was an actor’s actor. … More Martin Balsam: A Very Busy Character Actor
I am going to present you two stacks of DVDs (no Blu-ray disks mixed in). You are going on a trip and these are the only entertainment you will have. No TV, cable or internet. Which one would you choose? No trading between stacks. Stack 1 Roman Holiday (1953) – Reporter Gregory Peck and Princess … More DVDs: Which Stack?
One of the most enjoyable books in my collection is Paul and Me, by A.E. Hotchner. The subtitle is: 53 Years of Adventures and Misadventures With My Pal Paul Newman. These two guys were neighbors, but had known each other since they worked together on a television project in the 1950s. That experience cemented their … More Paul Newman by A.E. Hotchner
Hud and Hombre. Arguably Paul Newman’s best film performances and two of his best films. Warning, these are downbeat films, but they are remarkable characters and stories. Paul Newman’s best films of the 1960s had him on the opposite side of the hero line. These are roles many other actors wouldn’t have taken. Cool Hand … More Hud and Hombre (Paul Newman)
Absence of Malice is one of the best films about journalism. It is not an in-depth primer on how to develop a story, rather it explores the ethical side of publishing inaccurate information in pursuit of “the public’s right to know.” The premise of the film concerns what happens when misleading and false information is … More Absence of Malice (1981)
The 1970’s was not Paul Newman’s greatest screen decade but it represented his widest variety of work. From a box office perspective, he had two huge hit films, several successful ones and a series of misses. Critically, his films were all over the map. In the 1970’s, Paul Newman did not play it safe. His … More Paul Newman: A Decade of Taking Chances
Redford, McQueen, Newman, Reynolds and Streisand. The top five money-making stars of the decade, according to several sources. I would have substituted Clint Eastwood for McQueen, Warren Beatty for Newman, and Jack Nicholson for Streisand, but we’ll go with the money list. All were stars in the prior decade but Burt Reynolds and Robert Redford … More Top Five Film Stars of the 1970s
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