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My Favourite movie by decade, My Favourite Oscar Winner per decade (Oscar 2014 Special)
Back in April 2011, I made a list titled My Favourite movie by decade, and in November 2012, I made a list titled Why I love …., comprising of my TOP-10 all time favourite movies, and critiquing on each one of them, on IMDB.
This evening, prior to watching this years Oscars, which will be shown live tomorrow early morning (i.e. tonight in the United States), I decided to do a post, both about my Favourite movie from each decade and my Favourite Oscar Winner per decade. For my Favourite movie from each decade is not necessarily the Best film of the decade, neither is it necessarily an Oscar Winner for ‘Best Picture’.

Three Centuries, Ten decades (I’ve omitted out the first two decades of the 20th century, for I don’t have a favourite from those two decades so far)

The 19th Century
L’arrivée d’un train à La Ciotat (1895)
French Film (Silent Cinema)
The very first moving picture made, by the two Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumière. It just showcased a train coming to a platform and stopping. Sadly, like the Birth of a child, which starts with a frightened baby crying his/her lungs out, the Birth of Cinema, was marked with tragedy. People had never seen a moving picture before, and when the audience saw a train approaching towards them, on the Big screen, they started to run. So Lumière Brothers’ L’arrivée d’un train à La Ciotat resulted in a tragic stampede.
I saw this film, most probably somewhere in the 90’s, when I accidentally came across a documentary about cinema, on the telly. I don’t recall the documentary, for it was late one night, and I couldn’t watch the rest of the programme, but at least I got to watch the very first film ever made, and learn about the tragic aftermath. I haven’t seen this movie since, worth checking out for any movie buff.

The 20th Century  
Metropolis (1927)
German Film (Silent Cinema)
An excellent German Expressionism, avant-garde, surreal, science fiction, cinematic wonder. I got to watch this classic on the big screen, back in 2007, at the Sydney public library, Sydney, Australia. I fell in love with this movie, set in a futuristic urban dystopia, almost instantly. And in 2008, when I was in Paris, France; I saw the metallic costume worn by actress Brigitte Helm, who played the lead female character, and the female android; when I visited the Cinémathèque Française there.
Metropolis (1927)
The very first Academy Awards was held in May 1929. The winner for the most ‘Outstanding Picture’ Oscar (which was later, after going through many a name changes, from 1944 to 1961, known as the ‘Best Motion Picture’ award, and from 1962 onwards, till date, is known as the ‘Best Picture’ award), went to the silent venture, Wings (1927). Am yet to watch this silent classic, that bagged the very first Best film award. The oldest Best Picture winner I’ve watched is All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), which was excellent. Thus, my favourite Oscar winner from the end of the roaring 20’s, and the best, is All Quiet on the Western Front, which was the first film to win awards for both, ‘Outstanding Production’ (award name for Best Film at the time) and ‘Best Director’.

Gone with the Wind (1939), my favourite movie of the 1930’s, my favourite Oscar Winner of that decade, and the Best Film to come out in that decade. My second all time favourite movie.

Casablanca (1942), my favourite movie from the 1940’s, my favourite Oscar Winner of that decade, and the Best Film to come out in that decade. My third all time favourite movie.
Roman Holiday (1953) – My Favourite movie from the 1950’s, also happens to be my all time favourite movie. Audrey Hepburn, my all time favourite film star, bagged the ‘Best Actress’ Oscar for Roman Holiday.
Special mention: Ben-Hur (1959), my Favourite Oscar Winner, and the Best Film, to come out of the 1950’s. (Also see my lists 50-50’s, The Foxy Fifties, These are a Few of my Favourites, Hepburn flicks through pictures and many more on IMDB)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – My Favourite movie from the 1960’s.
My Fair Lady (1964) is my favourite Oscar Winner from the sizzling 60’s.
Special mention: I think François Truffaut’s, French new wave flick, Jules et Jim (1962), is the Best film of that decade, which also happens to be my second favourite film from the 1960’s. (Also see my lists The Essential 60’s (Top 60), The Late 60’s (1966-1970) öö, My Top 5 Musicals from the sizzling 60’s & 70’s and many more on IMDB)
A Clockwork Orange (1971) – My Favourite movie from the 1970’s, and the best film of that decade.
The Godfather: Part II (1974), is my favourite Oscar Winner from the suave n’ sophisticated 70’s. A very masculine decade for film, with a blend of classy and thuggery. The Godfather: Part II, also happens to be my second favourite from the 70’s. (Also see my lists My 70’s Top 5 and The Great 70’s Picture Show on IMDB)

Rain Man (1988) is my favourite movie of the 1980’s, my favourite Oscar Winner of that decade.
Special mention: Another Oscar winner, which I feel is the Best Film to come out in the 1980’s, is, the epic scale, bio-pic, of a modern day saint, directed by Richard Attenborough. The British film, Gandhi (1982). The 1980’s were a great decade for British, Historical and Heritage, films.
The 1980's
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), is my favourite movie from the naughty 90’s.
Forrest Gump (1994), which also happens to be my second favourite from the 90’s, is my favourite Oscar Winner from that decade.
Special mention: Schindler’s List (1993), my third favourite from the 90’s, yet another Oscar winner, I feel, is the Best Film of that decade. (Also see my list The Nineteen Nineties (Top-5) on IMDB)

The 21st Century  
2000’s (2001-2010)
From the first decade of the 21st century, my favourite flick happens to be,  Closer (2004).
A Beautiful Mind (2001), my favourite Oscar winner from the last decade.
Special mention: Brokeback Mountain (2005), is the Best film to come out of the noughties. The Biggest mistake the Oscars made, this century, was not handing the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar to this gay themed epic.

This Decade
From this decade, which is only just over three years old, so far my favourite film, favourite Oscar winner and the Best Film, happens to be, The Artist (2011), a great tribute to early cinema and the roaring 20’s. One of my favourite silent films with sound.

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Six Degrees of Separation: from James Franco to

James Franco 6°

…Hilarie Burton
Franco portrayed legendary method actor James Dean (1), in the television movie, James Dean (2001), and Dean starred alongside Elizabeth Taylor (2) in Giant (1956), and Taylor was married to Conrad Hilton jr (3); son of the founder of the Hilton Hotel chain, who was Taylor’s first husband, who was  a gambler, alcoholic and was very abusive towards Taylor, and his abusive behaviour towards her resulted in a miscarriage, Taylor’s parents were horrified, and soon Taylor’s first marriage ended after suffering, and surviving through, nine months of a miserable marriage to Hilton jr; and Conrad Hilton jr happens to be the great uncle of Paris Hilton (4), who appeared in the remake of a B-movie, horror classic, House of Wax (2005), which co-starred Chad Michael Murray (5), who starred alongside Hilarie Burton (6) in the television soap, One Tree Hill (2003-2012).

…Hattie McDaniel  
Franco starred in the bio-pic Milk (2008), which co-starred Emile Hirsh (1), who starred in an adventure flick, based on a real life story, called Into The Wild (2007), which saw, a yet unknown, young, Kristen Stewart (2) who gained fame through the series of five Twilight movies (from 2008 to 2012), which co-starred Robert Pattinson (3); as a kind-hearted vampire who falls in love with a human and is in constant loggerheads with a werewolf, who too has the hots for the same person; and Pattinson appeared in the tragic drama, Remember Me (2010), where Pierce Brosnan (4) played his father, and Brosnan starred alongside Halle Berry (5) in Die Another Day (2002), who was the first African American actress (black actress) to bag the Best Actress trophy at the Oscars, in 2002, for Monster’s Ball (2001), and the very first black celebrity, to ever win an Oscar, was Hattie McDaniel (6), for Best Supporting Actress, in 1940, for Gone with the Wind (1939).

…Laurence Olivier
Franco directed and acted in, the one hour long, short film, Interior. Leather Bar. (2013), a re-imagining of the lost 40 minutes, of the film-within-the-film, of Cruising (1980), which starred Al Pacino (1), who played the lead mafia boss, in The Godfather: Part – III (1990), which also starred Austrian actor Helmut Berger (2), and Berger came in the movie, The Damned (1969), which co-starred Charlotte Rampling (3), who had a cameo in Deception (2008) starring Ewan McGregor (4), who shares a close friendship with fellow actor Jude Law (5); who was at one time his roommate; and Law starred in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), in which CGI manipulated archive footage of the late actor, Sir Laurence Olivier (6), is used as the villain of the movie, in a hologram form; the villain of the movie too is discovered to have been dead for quite sometime towards the end of the film.

Jamesing Sixes

…Sergio Fascetti
Franco carried an entire movie on his shoulders, when he played the lead, in the biographical adventure film, 127 Hours (2010), which was directed by Danny Boyle (1), who also directed the zombie flick, 28 Days Later … (2002), starring Cillian Murphy (2), who worked with director Ken Loach (3) in The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006); about the Irish anti-British rebellion for independence in the 1920’s; and Loach also directed Poor Cow (1967), which starred Terence Stamp (4), who played a visitor that seduces a whole family in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s (5) Teorema (1968), an Italian classic, and  Pasolini also directed the very controversial Salò o le 120 Giornate di Sodoma (1975); set in a Nazi-controlled northern Italian state during the second world war, where four dignitaries round up sixteen perfect specimens of youth, and subject them to 120 days of physical, mental and sexual torture; in which Sergio Fascetti (6) played one of the victims.

…Tena Desae
Franco played the famed ‘Wizard’ in, Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), which happens to be a sequel/prequel to the children’s classic musical The Wizard of Oz (1939), which starred a teenaged Judy Garland (1), mother of Liza Minnelli (2), and Minnelli starred in the 70’s, somewhat campy, musical, Cabaret (1972), which was based on Christopher Isherwood’s (3) semiautobiographical novel, Goodbye to Berlin, and Isherwood’s novella, A Single Man, was the basis for the movie with same name, released in 2009, starring Nicholas Hoult (4), who appeared in the British television show, Skins (2007 till date), which co-starred Dev Patel (5) who starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), which also starred Tena Desae (6).

…Audrey Hepburn
Franco starred alongside Tobey Maguire (1) in Spider-Man (2002), and Maguire appeared in Ang Lee’s (2) The Ice Storm (1997), and Lee won his second Best Director Oscar, earlier this year, for Life of Pi (2012), in which Bollywood actress Tabu (3) played the lead character’s mother, and Tabu’s aunt, 70’s feminist actress, and social activist, Shabana Azmi (4) starred in the British movie Madame Sousatzka (1988), in which the titular character was played by Shirley MacLaine (5), who starred along with Audrey Hepburn (6) in the, very bold for that period, movie, The Children’s Hour (1961), where two school teachers are accused by a student of being lesbians.

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Beatle News  # 20: India, Cinema & September Births


  • 1963 – The Beatles perform at the Great Pop Prom show at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Also making an appearance are the ‘Rolling Stones’.

How I Won The War (1967) NSFS

  • 1966 – George Harrison, with his wife Pattie Boyd, fly to India where George is to take sitar lessons from the renowned sitar maestro, Ravi Shankar. The couple stay at the Taj Mahal Hotel. Meanwhile John Lennon is busy with the filming of Richard Lester’s How I Won The War (1967) in Germany and Spain, where Lennon plays the lead alongside Michael Crawford.
  •  1968 – Hey Jude (which was released in USA on August 26th, and in UK on August 30th), tops the UK singles chart for the first of it’s two weeks.

September Births affiliated to The Beatles

The McCartney Household: Paul McCartney’s first wife, and their last two children together, were all born in the month of September.

  • Wife – Photographer Linda McCartney (née Linda Eastman) : 24th September 1941
  • Daughter – Fashion designer Stella McCartney : 13th September 1971
  • Son – Songwriter James McCartney : 12th September 1977

The Starr/Starkey Household: Ringo Starr’s eldest son and grandchild were born in the month of September.

  •  Son – Latter years drummer, for the 60’s & 70’s band, ‘The Who’ (from 1996 onwards), Zak Starkey : 13th September 1965
  • Granddaughter (Daughter of Zak Starkey) – Tatia Jayne Starkey : 6th September 1985 (Ringo Starr was the first Beatle to become a grandfather)

The Epstein Household: The Beatles manager, Brian Samuel Epstein, was born in Liverpool, on the 19th of September, 1934.

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Marlon Brando to

Marlon Brando 6°

Diablo Cody  
Marlon Brando played one of the most famously/notoriously loved fictional underworld mafia heads of the big screen, Don Vito Corleone, in The Godfather (1972), where Al Pacino (1) played his youngest son who carries on the family legacy, in the latter two sequels of the Godfather films, and Pacino later played a cocky blind man in Scent of a Woman (1992), where Chris O’Donnell (2) played a paid companion to Pacino, and O’Donnell appeared in School Ties (1992), which saw Matt Damon (3) in a villainous mode, who along with best friend Ben Affleck (4) created Good Will Hunting (1997), by working on the screenplay together, for which they won an Oscar in the ‘Best Original Screenplay’ category; and Affleck is married to actress Jennifer Garner (5), whom we saw in a sophisticated motherly mould, keen on adopting a child, in Juno (2007), which was a farcical entertainment with a fresh take on teen-pregnancy, written by a stripper Diablo Cody (6), who just wrote a brilliant script/screenplay after she completed her memoir on being a stripper, the result being a great movie and well deserved Oscar win for Cody.

James Dean
Marlon Brando starred opposite Vivien Leigh (1), in a movie based on a Tennessee Williams’ (2) play, A Streetcar named Desire (1951), as did the violet eyed Hollywood starlet, Elizabeth Taylor (3), in another film based on another Williams’ play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Taylor, alongside Rock Hudson (4) starred in Giant (1956), which was loosely based on the real-life Texan oil-giant, Glenn McCarthy (5), who struck oil 38 times, between 1931 & 1942, and it was young actor James Dean (6) who portrayed this oil-tycoon, in this movie; and Dean died soon after he completed this film from a car crash, aged 23.

… Halle Berry
Marlon Brando played famed Roman General, Mark Antony (1), in the movie Julius Caesar (1953), and Antony was the lover of Queen Cleopatra (2), who was portrayed by Claudette Colbert (3), in Cleopatra (1934), and Colbert appeared alongside Clark Gable (4), in the light hearted romantic comedy, It Happened One Night (1934), and Gable starred in the one of the greatest Hollywood epics ever, Gone With the Wind (1939), for which Hattie McDaniel (5), won an Oscar for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ in 1940, for her portrayal of the likable, strong willed house servant/slave ‘Mammy’, being the first black/Afro-American actress to win a trophy, and the first (and only till date) Afro-American actress to bag the ‘Best Actress’ trophy, at the Oscars, was Halle Berry (6), in 2002, for Monsters Ball (2001).

MB 6°

Oscar Wilde
Marlon Brando acted in one of the most controversial films to come out in the 70’s, Bernardo Bertolucci’s (1) Ultimo tango a Parigi – Last Tango in Paris (1972), which brought about a fifteen year rift between Brando and Bertolucci, and three decades later Bertolucci, directed The Dreamers (2003), one of best films made about film buffs, where one of the film buffs was played by French actor Louis Garrel (2), who appeared in the controversial, Ma Mère (2004), about incestuous relationship between a mother and a son, and the mother was played by Isabelle Huppert (3), who starred in the existentialist comedy, I Heart Huckabees (2004), which also starred British actor Jude Law (4), and Law played Sir Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (5), in the Bio-pic Wilde (1997), and Bosie was the lover of playwright/novelist/poet Oscar Wilde (6), on whose love story and subsequent trial, this movie is based on.

Michelle Monaghan
Marlon Brando appeared in the Charles Chaplin (1) directed comedy A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), an entire film set in the confines of a cruise ship, which co-starred Sophia Loren (2), who appeared in Get Rita (1975), a story about an Italian mafia leader obsessed with Hollywood starlet Rita Hayworth (3), and Hayworth was featured in, and was relevant to the plot of, The Shawshank Redemption (1994), which starred Tim Robbins (4), who appeared in Mystic River (2003), which was based on a novel by Dennis Lehane (5), as was Gone Baby Gone (2007), in which the female lead was played by Michelle Monaghan (6).

… Imran Khan
Marlon Brando starred in the first instalment of the epic Godfather trilogy, The Godfather (1972), directed by the renowned film director, Francis Ford Coppola (1), who directed actress Bridget Fonda (2), in a miniscule role as a newspaper reporter, in the last instalment of the series of films based on this fictional mafia family, The Godfather III (1990), and Fonda starred in Camilla (1994), which was directed by Deepa Mehta (3), who also directed the ‘elemental’ trilogy, of whose the second instalment, 1947-Earth (1998), was based on a novel by Bapsi Sidhwa (4), entitled The Ice Candy Man, and the ‘Ice Candy Man’ was portrayed by Aamir Khan (5) in the film, whose nephew happens to be Bollywoods young blood, Imran Khan (6), whose not much of an actor yet, and whose popularity is solely for his good looks; but considering the fact that he’s been in the film Industry for only six years or so, there’s still scope for improvement.

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Six Degrees of Separation : from novelist Daphne Du Maurier to
(Last week was Du Maurier’s 106th Birth Anniversary, on the 13th of May)

Daphne Du Maurier 6°

… Mark Zuckerberg
Maurier’s short story was the basis for the movie Don’t Look Now (1973) which starred Julie Christie (1), who played ‘Gertrude’ in the modern adaptation of Hamlet (1996), in which the character of the tragic ‘Ophelia’ was played by Kate Winslet (2), who starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio (3) in Titanic (1997), and DiCaprio appeared in the bio-pic J.Edgar (2011), which also starred Armie Hammer (4), who came in The Social Network (2010), based on the invention of the most popular social network, ‘Facebook’, in which Jesse Eisenberg (5) played the real life inventor of ‘Facebook’, the genius Mark Zuckerberg (6).

… Max Minghella
Maurier’s most notable novel was adapted into the movie Rebecca (1940), by Alfred Hitchcock (1), who also directed Strangers on a Train (1951), with Farley Granger (2), based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (3), and another one of Highsmith’s novels was adapted into the movie, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), with Jude Law (4), which was directed by Anthony Minghella (5), whose son happens to be actor Max Minghella (6), who too starred in The Social Network (2010).

… Jaclyn Smith
Maurier was responsible for the haunting piece of literature that was Jamaica Inn, which was adapted into a television movie in 1983 starring Jane Seymour (1), who played  the famed soprano Maria Callas (2), in the, made for TV, bio-pic of the richest man in the world from the previous century, Aristotle Onassis (3), in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988), with Raul Julia (4) playing Onassis, and Onassis later married former American First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy (5), who was portrayed by Jaclyn Smith (6) in the television bio-pic Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981).

… Antonio Banderas
Maurier’s novel My Cousin Rachel was made into a movie starring Olivia De Havilland (1) and Richard Burton (2) in 1952, and Burton appeared on the stage version (Broadway/West End) of the musical Camelot in the early 60’s, and Vanessa Redgrave (3) starred in the movie version of Camelot (1967), and Redgrave later appeared in Letters to Juliet (2010), which also had a guest appearance by Gael García Bernal (4), who starred in La Mala Educación (2004), which was directed by Pedro Almodóvar (5), who also directed Antonio Banderas (6) in La Piel que habito (2011).

… Madonna
Maurier’s famed novel Rebecca was the basis of the BBC adaptation of Rebecca (1979), and this television mini-series starred Jeremy Brett (1), whose most famous role was that of playing ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in many a television movies and series’ from the 1980’s and 90’s, and today the Hollywood revival of Holmes, from 2009 & 2011, sees Robert Downey Jr. (2), playing a more comical homoerotic version of the famed fiction detective, and Downey Jr. starred in Restoration (1995), which also starred Meg Ryan (3) as a blind woman, who came in the comedy Serious Moonlight (2009) with Timothy Hutton (4), and Hutton played a real life notorious disillusioned American who was imprisoned for spying for the enemy, the Soviet Union, in The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), which also starred Sean Penn (5), who was briefly married to pop diva Madonna (6), and they appeared in Shanghai Surprise (1986) together.

… Michael Ealy
Maurier’s favourite movie version of her celebrated novel Rebecca, was the 1940 version, starring Joan Fontaine (1), who starred with Cary Grant (2) in Suspicion (1941), and Grant co-starred with Audrey Hepburn (3) in Charade (1963), the re-make of which, The Truth about Charlie (2002), starred Thandie Newton (4), who appeared in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), alongside Will Smith (5), who starred in Seven Pounds (2008), which also starred Michael Ealy (6).

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152 & 52 years ago

Yuri Gagarin - First Man on Space


  • 1861 – The American Civil war officially begins with the Confederate army (southerners) firing on Fort Sumter (in the harbour of Charleston), a key fort held by Union troops (northerners) in South Carolina.

Exactly a 100 years later –

  • 1961 – The Russians send a man to space. Aboard Vostok 3KA-3, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (pictured above) becomes the first man to enter outer space orbiting the earth within 108 minutes. Ironically he died while on a routine training flight, on 27 March 1968, aged 34.

American Civil War on Celluloid

The American Civil War on Film


Gone with the Wind (1939), happens to be my favourite movie set during the civil war and the aftermath. It’s in fact my second favourite movie of all time. See my list titled Why I love …. (press on the link) on IMDB. My Top-10 all time favourite movies.

From the silent era, am yet to see D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915), which is supposedly among the best movies about the American civil war. Therefore, The General (1926) one of my favourite silent flicks, happens to be my favourite silent venture set during the 1860’s War torn America. From the 1990’s, I love Amistad (1997), which was set way before the war, and Sommerby (1993), which is set just after the war. The only civil war movie I did not enjoy that much was Glory (1989).  

In the 21st century, the best movie on the civil war, was no doubt Anthony Minghella’s epic Cold Mountain (2003). See my list titled My favourite J-Law Movies (press on the link) on IMDB. A list of my Top-10 favourite Jude Law movies from the 1990’s & 2000’s.

Am yet to see some great epics set during the infamous civil war, that lasted more than four years, between 1861 and 1865; such as The Battle of Gettysburg (1913), The Birth of a Nation (1915), The Red Badge of Courage (1951), Raintree Country (1957), Dances with the Wolves (1990), Gods and Generals (2003) and of course Lincoln (2012); to name a few.


Civil War Flicks


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