April 22nd, 2007

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Malcolm McDowell at PBiFF Gala

Malcolm McDowell has portrayed some of the most sinister people in motion picture history. He raped a girl and sang Gene Kelly songs in "A Clockwork Orange" and he helped kill Captain Kirk in "Star Trek: Generations." On NBC television's only hit show, "Heroes," McDowell has been revealed as the villainous master mind. It was McDowell's son who encouraged his Dad to take the role. McDowell will now be be rediscovered by a new generation.

Given that he has a two year old son, McDowell admits to being a blessed man. When I commented that he was "O Lucky Man," Malcolm looked at me, smiled with his eyes and we shook hands.

Despite the royal setting of the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Malcolm came across as a good ole bloke. He respects his craft and acknowledged James Cagney as a major influence on his acting technique. Like Cagney, one can easily see how Malcolm could easily make the transition from villain to hero. Check out Malcolm's performances in as H.G. Wells in "Time after Time" and as a newspaper reporter in "Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius."

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Margaret O'Brien at the PBiFF Gala

Margaret O'Brien earned a living by being able to cry on cue. If should could not cry, her Mom suggested that she would get the "crying spray" to help her. The threat of the spray can worked and and she would burst into tears. When accepting her Legend Award, Margaret O'Brien acknowledged that

"...one does not make it on their own in the movie business" and that she was "thankful to her

Introduced by Jane Higgenson from "The Indian," Margaret O'Brien went on to encourage students to

"Do something good. The industry may change, but here will always be film. So do something positive."

Margaret O'Brien also encouraged all film students to;

"Learn your history, world history and film history and do not rush or get impatient."

The power of her acting was revealed by the classic clip from "Meet Me in St.Louis." Margaret O'Brien is tearfully listening to Judy Garland sing "Have your self a Merry Little Christmas."
The audience became quiet for that 30 second clip and there were a few moist eyes.

She may have been known as a professional cry baby, but behind the scenes at the 12th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival, Margaret O'Brien was referred to as a "Sweetie" by many of the behind the scenes heroes and heroines.

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Q'Orianka Kilcher at PBiFF gala

Seventeen year old Q'Orianka Kilcher has the potential to be a successful person in life. Not necessarily in the motion picture business, but in life.

Like many people, I missed her portrayal as Pocahontas in Terrence Malick's "The New World." As a theatrical release, "The New World" was a disappointment. However the extended version of the DVD release has grown in reputation. Q'Orianka Kilcher captured the innocence of Pocahontas.

Q'Orianka Kilcher gave a charming speech about social and environmental responsibility. Unlike most leading ladies from her age group, Q'Orianka Kilcher felt a responsibility for making a positive impact given her celebrity status.

Time will tell.
However, it was encouraging to watch Q'Orianka Kilcher double check and triple check her script and teleprompter. If she remains as diligent, her success will be assured.

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and


Michael Schroeder, producer, director, writer of "Man in the Chair” will teach an educational workshop at the G-star School of the Arts. The G-Star School of the Arts can be located at 2030 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach.

"Man in the Chair" stars Christopher Plummer, Michael Angarano, M. Emmet Walsh, Robert Wagner and Tracey Walter. A troubled teenager convinces an eighty-five year old gaffer, who lives at the Motion Picture Retirement Home to help him make a student film. This unlikely pair forms an amazing but awkward friendship.