Welcome to My Here’s Jack Blogathon 2017…
Wait no longer as Heeeeere’s the first day of the Here’s Jack Blogathon!
So here’s Jack Nicholson, our leading star in a 3 day blogathon covering many, many of his films and reviewed by some 31 fantastic film bloggers. By reading this post I’m hoping you will join us for the next few days of posts linking to these lovely participants and the wee recap. This blogathon is of course dedicated to today’s birthday boy, the wonderful actor Jack Nicholson who is 80-year-old today..
But firstly a wee note on the man himself. Jack’s been nominated for 12 Oscars, winning just two for two of his best and unforgettable characters with film stealing acting performances. For these performances Jack won with a well deserved Best Actor in a Leading Role. The first Oscar win was for the first movie I watched with this fantastic actor and was One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (1975). On the verge of leaving school, my mum introduced me One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest. This film inspired me to be a McMurphy, not Ratched in my hoped for career as a staff nurse in mental health. McMurphy showed in his interactions with his fellow inpatients that people with mental health difficulties are people, first and foremost, a fact that sadly many Ratched types in the profession (and there are some) can’t see. This sensitive portrayal of Randle P McMurphy in this role that won him a Best Actor in everyone’s eyes and for me a lovely inspiring introduction to this talented man.
His performance in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest was wonderfully played, and I’ve loved him in most of his movies since. He always gives you a memorable performance in his characters, that you want to know more of what happened after the credits roll. And I felt this never so strongly after seeing him in his final scenes as Melvin Udall in As Good as it Gets (1997). With another Best Actor in a Leading role win. So Mr Nicholson if you are reading this thank you for lighting up the screen with your charisma, presence and that smile. You truly are a legend.
Now, over to my lovely participants, in this event you’ve been waiting for since its announcement a few months ago. I’ll be updating this post as I get the links so do tune in throughout the day. Also tune in on the 23rd and 24th for more posts. A wee link to the programme is found here… so now Heeeeere’s Jack!!!!
My first entry, way back when I opened the blogathon is from Seetimaar-Diary of a Movie Lover telling us more of Jack as Wilbur Force, a wee cameo role in his review of Little Shop of Horrors (1960).
Silver Screenings, reveals more about Jack’s role as J.J. Gittes in Chinatown (1974).
We discover more of Jack’s role as Randle P McMurphy in The Midnite Drive-In’s take on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).
Emma K Wall tells us all about the two Jack Nicholson roles in Mars Attacks (1996).
Caz from Lets Go to the Movies added her lovely post on As Good As It Gets (1997)
Sean Munger writes about Jack in The Departed (2006)
And remember to tune in tomorrow and Monday for more posts on Jack xx