Tag Archives: Elizabeth Taylor

The Flintstones

YABBA-DABBA-DO! An elaborate, expensive and commercially speaking very successful live-action adaptation of the classic animated 1960-1966 TV series – but it can’t escape a plastic and rubbery feeling as it’s tried perhaps a bit too hard to get close to the original. Kids might like it better (although the original should impress them more); it’s … Continue reading The Flintstones

The Best Shakespeare Films

400 years have passed since William Shakespeare died on April 23rd, 1616. I recently finished Stephen Greenblatt’s amazing 2004 book “Will in the World”, which vividly brings the Bard to life in a way that feels down to earth. By using the historical facts and records of Shakespeare’s life that we have, and tying them … Continue reading The Best Shakespeare Films

Cleopatra

THE MOTION PICTURE THE WORLD HAS BEEN WAITING FOR! In 47 BC, Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) helps Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) become the ruler of Egypt, but he’s soon murdered in Rome; Cleopatra eventually begins a tempestuous alliance with another Roman, Mark Antony (Richard Burton). An epic that became famous for its bloated budget, Taylor’s elaborate … Continue reading Cleopatra

Giant: How the Oil Was Won

THE LEGENDARY EPIC THAT’S AS BIG AS TEXAS.  Before Dallas, there was Giant. A sprawling soap opera set in Texas, George Stevens’s film has been welcomed by the state as its very own version of Gone With the Wind (1939) – which is quite an achievement since it is largely a condemnation of racist policies … Continue reading Giant: How the Oil Was Won

The Mirror Crack’d

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO IS THE MURDERER AMONG THEM ALL? In1953, a big Hollywood production arrives in an English hamlet to shoot a movie, but the murder of a local woman arouses Miss Marple’s (Angela Lansbury) curiosity. Another star-studded movie version of an Agatha Christie novel, this time featuring very entertaining performances by … Continue reading The Mirror Crack’d

North and South

In the 1840s, George Hazard (James Read) from Pennsylvania and Orry Main (Patrick Swayze) from South Carolina enroll at West Point and become friends for life… but the increasing tension between North and South threatens to tear them and their families apart. One of the most expensive (and popular) miniseries of its time turns the volatile … Continue reading North and South

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Marriage, No Mercy

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO GEORGE AND MARTHA’S FOR AN EVENING OF FUN AND GAMES. When Elizabeth Taylor passed away two weeks ago, the one film that all commentators would return to was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Sometimes actors fail to win Oscars for the movies everybody recognizes as seminal parts of their legacy, but … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Marriage, No Mercy

Suddenly, Last Summer

SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, CATHERINE KNEW SHE WAS BEING USED FOR SOMETHING EVIL! In 1937, New Orleans surgeon John Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift) is called to the mansion of a wealthy old lady (Katharine Hepburn); she wants him to lobotomize her niece (Elizabeth Taylor) who witnessed a brutal death and went mad. Another taut, controversial screen adaptation … Continue reading Suddenly, Last Summer

The V.I.P.s

A MODERN LOVE STORY. When fog prevents any aircraft from leaving a London airport, a group of well-to-do passengers headed for New York are stranded in the V.I.P. lounge. Director Anthony Asquith and writer Terence Ratigan reportedly based this film on a real-life incident between Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier; the infidelity drama played out … Continue reading The V.I.P.s

The Sandpiper

SHE GAVE MEN A TASTE OF LIFE THAT MADE THEM HUNGER FOR MORE. The authorities force beatnik Laura Reynolds’s (Elizabeth Taylor) young son to attend a school run by a priest (Richard Burton); the two adults’ initial antagonism turns into affection, but he’s married. One of director Vincente Minnelli’s last films is a traditional love … Continue reading The Sandpiper

That’s Entertainment!

BOY! DO WE NEED IT NOW! A popular compilation of memorable clips from nearly one hundred MGM musicals, which serves the purpose of celebrating the studio’s 50th anniversary. No other studio in Hollywood managed to make musicals this good, which means this is a peek at the very best Tinseltown has to offer in the … Continue reading That’s Entertainment!

These Old Broads

STILL THROWING TANTRUMS, STILL STEALING HEADLINES, STILL MAKING PRODUCERS CRY! Three movie stars the world has all but forgotten are talked into appearing in a reunion show, but they can’t stop fighting each other. Shirley MacLaine, 67, Debbie Reynolds, 69, Joan Collins, 68, and Elizabeth Taylor, 69, must have seen an opportunity to have a … Continue reading These Old Broads