Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Charlton Heston October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008

Charlton Heston was the first movie star I had ever sen on the big screen. When I was a boy, I watched 'The Ten Commandments' at the local cinema and I was enthralled by the size of the picture. Such movies needed a big man to be the leading star and they do not come much bigger than Heston. His roles in such great films as 'The Big Country' (1958), 'Planet of the Apes' (1968) and my favourite film, 'Ben-Hur' (1959) were startling and memorable. Born John Charles Carter in 1923, I did not care for much of his right-wing politics that he seemed to have adopted later in his life but Heston used to be quite a liberal and a supporter of Martin Luther King. Suffering from Altzeimer's since 2002, Heston's passing is the closing of the door of a great era.

Monday, 28 January 2008

It was thirty years ago today!

It has been thirty years today since I watched Ben-Hur for the first time. It is one of my favourite two films (the other being Roman Holiday) and I have watched it so many times since! I remember the day well. It was a Saturday, January 28th 1978. I watched the film with my brother at the local cinema in Donegal. I can not wait to watch the film again. Read my review 'Ben-Hur'.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Something to look forward to in 2008!


Happy New Year! At long last there is a film to look forward to: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, to be released in May 22nd. Set in 1957, the film stars Harrison Ford as a more mature Indy and Cate Blanchett as the villainous Russian agent Irina Spalko. Here is the new teaser poster!