July 2013


A gripping finale as he fades into the darkness.  "I steal!"

“I steal!”: A gripping finale as he fades into the darkness.

My Top 10:

  1. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
  2. The Invisible Man
  3. Design for Living
  4. Dinner at Eight
  5. Little Women
  6. Lady for a Day
  7. Marius
  8. Island of Lost Souls
  9. State Fair
  10. The Story of Temple Drake

Note:  We finally break out of the doldrums of the previous several years.  I not only have a full Top 10, but there are several films down at the end of the list that I also considered that didn’t make the Top 10.  There is actually a bit of a drop between #4 and #5 but it’s still a solid group of nominees, although we still don’t have a complete group of Comedy nominees, with only three comedies in the Top 10 and one more down at the end. (more…)

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

Double kudos to Jo.

Double kudos to Jo.

  • Author:  J.K. Rowling  (writing as Robert Galbraith)
  • Published:  2013
  • Publisher:  Mulholland Books  (U.S.)  /  Sphere  (U.K.)
  • Pages:  453
  • First Line:  “The buzz in the street was like the humming of flies.”
  • Last Line:  “It took minutes to dredge up the lines Strike had learned so long ago.”
  • Film Version:  Would be great; surely will be forthcoming
  • First Read:  This week

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Well, it’s definitely not good, but it’s still got some enjoyable moments.

Revisiting Childhood Movies Part III

The Secret of My Success

  • Director:  Herbert Ross
  • Writer:  Jim Cash  /  Jack Epps Jr.  /  AJ Carothers
  • Producer:  Herbert Ross
  • Stars:  Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, Margaret Whitton
  • Studio:  Universal
  • Award Nominations:  Golden Globe  (Best Original Song)
  • Length:  111 min
  • Genre:  Comedy  (wanna be Screwball)
  • MPAA Rating:  PG-13
  • Release Date:  10 April 1987
  • Box Office Gross:  $66.99 mil  (#7  –  1987)
  • Ebert Rating:  *.5
  • My Rating:  **.5
  • My Rank:  #76  (year)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  none
  • Nighthawk Notable:  Best Guilty Pleasure
  • First Watched:  in theaters, opening day with Cody
  • Number of Times Watched as a Kid:  @7 or 8 (more…)
It's all going badly for Tony.

It’s all going badly for Tony.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated.  But remember, there’s still only eight categories at this point.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Scarface
  2. Frankenstein
  3. À Nous La Liberté
  4. Horse Feathers
  5. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (more…)