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10 reasons why Silver Linings Playbook is the best film of the year

1. The cast.    Bradley Cooper is great as the teacher recently out of mental hospital and trying to get his life back on track. Robert De Niro can really do comedy, as he demonstrated in Meet the Parents. This is his best and most comprehensive performance since Casino. Jacki Weaver was in Russel’s last… Continue reading 10 reasons why Silver Linings Playbook is the best film of the year

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Life of Actor who played Superman not so super

There are many instances of fuck-ups and cover-ups in the days of old Hollywood, many careers derailed or never allowed to take off due to unpreventable lifestyle choices such as, take your pick: alcoholism (William Holden), homosexulaity (rock Hudson) or politics (Jane Fonda)., a good example of one whose luck ran out is provided by… Continue reading Life of Actor who played Superman not so super

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Too much too soon, John Barrymore (1882-1942)

 A mini biography A celebrated , self-destructive American actor, the brother of Ethel and Lionel Barrymore, and son of leading stage actors Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew Barrymore,  He studied first at the Slade school of Art and worked first as a cartoonist and illustrator before following the family occupation in 1900. An undisciplined actor,… Continue reading Too much too soon, John Barrymore (1882-1942)