Billy Reed’s Man Cave – Old Movies


I love old movies, especially if they’re in black and white. I have no idea why, but it probably has something to do with growing up in the 1940’s and ’50’s. Those were the days when the bad guys always lost, be they gangsters, Nazis, or cowboys in black hats.

I recently went to a theater to see the latest Spider Man movie. The special effects were overwhelming. A day or so later, I watched “Key Largo” for the umpteenth time. Guess which I liked better: The latter had Bogart, Bacall, and Edward G. Robinson. Need I say more?

My all-time favorite movie, “Casablanca,” won the Academy Award for best movie in 1943, the year I was born in Mt. Sterling, Ky. In this one, Bogart played opposite Ingrid Bergman, one of the most beautiful actresses ever to grace the silver screen. It also had Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. They don’t make actors like that any more.

Today’s kids seem to hooked on special effects more than plot and acting. They like violence in any form and they like it loud, fast, and constantly. I guess that’s why so many of today’s movies are what we used to call “science fiction.” They have about as much substance as many of today’s musical “artists,” whose inability to sing is masked by a lot of pyrotechnics and sexy dancing.

Grumpy old man? Guilty as charged.

We have a lot of talented actors today, but they’re not being given the scripts that enable him to best show their talent. So marquee stars like Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, and others are reduced to starring in “action” movies instead of memorable ones. Thank goodness for Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, who still honor their craft by appearing only in movies that have a least a modicum of substance.

I’d like to see our most famous Kentucky-born actors – George Clooney, Ashley Judd, and Jennifer Lawrence – do a movie together. I have a couple of ideas that I’d like to discuss with their people. My only condition is that the story would have to be set in the 1940’s and filmed in black and white.