Category Archives: showbusiness

My First Look at James Bond in 1963

This is the second film in the series, but it’s the first one that I saw in the cinema. The photography was so crystal clear, and the scenery, Byzantine: what more could a fella want? Girls? There’s plenty of them, … Continue reading

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The Greatest Performance of Her Life

Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) You might think I’m referencing Ms Hayward‘s Oscar winning performance in “I Want To Live!” but I’m not: instead it was her fight against cancer that she took on, late in … Continue reading

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The Original “King of Hollywood”

Douglas Fairbanks Sr. (May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939) After writing yesterday about “America’s Sweetheart”, Mary Pickford, it only seems appropriate to look at the astrological chart of her ‘one, great love’. This chart was on my Kepler 7.0 … Continue reading

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“America’s Sweetheart” was Actually Canadian

Mary Pickford (Gladys Louise Smith) April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979 You might call this inspired, you might not, but I was thinking about one of the most famous women of the 20th century, and this lovely lady suggested … Continue reading

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“Miracles Happen All the Time”

An Interview with God (2018) Well, I’m going to have to admit that this film is as close to the reality of a crisis intervention as I’ve ever seen. And it feels true, too. From IMDb: “Paul Asher, an up-and-coming … Continue reading

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“They’ll Get There When They Get There”

Miracles from Heaven (2016) Do you want to see what Heaven is like for a nine-year-old girl? The above clip shows it. As a way of understanding how we see the things we do after leaving our bodies, the Claude … Continue reading

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Hollywood North: Vancouver, British Columbia

Bird on a Wire (1990) It’s an improbable story, and full of violent encounters, but I still love this film. Why? It’s the British Columbia scenery: a reminder of my years of living there. The three main cities shown in … Continue reading

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How to Win the Propaganda War

Five Came Back (2017) We all know that war is hell. So how do you get your country to support the war effort when it becomes a necessary evil? You make documentary films. This Netflix limited series is a brilliant … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia: Same as It Ever Was?

We watched this gem of a film on Netflix last night. I knew from the opening sequence (above) that it would be amusing, to say the least. The culture clash between America and Saudi Arabia is quite extreme and Tom … Continue reading

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Seeing is Believing, Or is It?

“It’s a Miracle!” I watched episode five of “Messiah” last night. It was the one entitled “So That Seeing They May Not See”. (All the episode titles have vaguely spiritual/mystical meanings to them.) I think this would have been better … Continue reading

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