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Post by halfwise on Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:56 pm

Before it I never would have thought of Tida Swinton in a comic role, though it's dark and very sly with the comedy. She's playing it straight, but definitely has timing.

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Post by azriel on Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:01 pm

She is a dam fine actress Smile Ive seen her in so much. She is quite androgynous to look at & I saw her cast as an Angel because of it ( I think ? ) I liked her in The Grand Budapest Hotel tho she wasn't in it long. was cast as an old lady I think ? OMG Ralph Fiennes was hysterical in it Smile

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Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:36 pm

Tilda Swinton is amazing. I loved her most in Orlando. The final minute of the film looking into her eyes has haunted me for 27 years.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:12 pm

{{ Watched this over xmas but havent had chance to discuss or review it- Mackenzie crooks version of Worzel Gummidge, broadcast on Boxing Day on BBC1.
Now Brits of a certain age, myself included, will think of Jon Pertwees loveable turn in the hugely popular ITV series of the late 70's and early 80's.
It had a very sitcom feel to it for want of a better genre and Pertwee played the character with an affable likeableness even when he was often being a stubborn arse.

For those who don't know the premise is a couple of city kids find themselves in the english rural countryside where they encounter Worzel Gummidge a scarecrow who can talk and move, turns out he is only one of many, all scarecrows are animate as well as a variety of other objects imbued with life like Aunt Sally whose made of wood. Anyhow kids meet scarecrows adventures ensue.

The Pertwee version was like this-



Mackenzie Crooks take on the character is closer to the original stories, there is more a sens of the mystism of the English countryside and his Worzel, whilst still likeable I felt struggled against the more realistic turnip head makeup. It makes him harder to instantly like as he looks a bit disconcerting and it sharder to express hmself, something Pertwee was a master at using every bit of his face.

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The story of the first episode is that the change of seasons is late in coming, Worzel remembers this has happened before and that there is a key to unlocking the seasons, which he and the kids must find to sve the farm and the crops. Anyhow turns out the key is actually a crop circle pattern t Shecarecrows instinctly dance into the fields to unlock the seasons.
And this is where the whole thing is a bit weird for me- you see the scenes where the scarecrows, in a variety of shapes and lurching forms, take to the moonlit fields in their dancing as this slightly eerie magical music swells in the style of old folk music, it all goes a bit Wickerman in mood for me. Its so reminscent of it that I was half expecting them to burn the kids alive to restart the seasons! Its an odd mood, but it may be one I am bringing to it solely due to my familiarty with Wickerman, but the mix of countryside, weird pagan rites, old folk music is really reminscent of its mood.
The kids in it are fine, they arent outstanding but nor are they annoying child actors so thats fine. And I havent watched ep 2 yet which seems to be getting more into the magic side of things with the second episode entitled the Green Man.
Its very nicely shot, its paced more like a classic kids tv show than a modern one and I approve of that, in fact it feels like the best of those 70's and 80's kids tv dramas- like Box of Delights or something of that calibre. Comparted to Pertwee version its more a kids drama less a kids sitcom.
But for me it all comes back Worzel, I think Crooks version will grow on me, there is a tenderness to his performance that Pertwees lacked, but there was an instant likeability and warmth to Pertwees version that Crooks somewhat lacks in the beginning.
Overall if youve never encountered the tales of Worzel Gummidge before heres the first episode to make up your own minds- }}


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Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:12 pm

I remember that show. Very Happy cant remember if I liked it or not. ah now I remember it was Catweazle that I liked.

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Post by azriel on Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:07 pm

Hey ho off I go, skipping down memory lane Smile Folly Foot, Bell & Sebastian & who could forget ( and recover from ) The Flashing Blade ! Ha harrrrrr.



those poor horses !!

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:38 pm

{{ I did enjoy a lot Agatha and Dracula as a sparring duo, and Moffats trademark clever witty dialgue shines through too, but the performances seal the deal. }}


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Post by halfwise on Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:05 pm

They found a real winner in that actress. What I like is that her 19th century personality was so much more interesting than her modern personality. This rings true: people didn't have entertainment devices to sink themselves into back then.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:43 am

Channel 4 has a new season of 'Hunted' starting Feb 13th. Cant wait I love it! bounce   'SAS Who Dares Wins' on Sunday nights is pretty great too. I love those guys, they are so dour and sweary. Laughing

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Post by halfwise on Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:33 pm

Once again I have to push Peter Gunn: bite sized pieces of film noire. Some of the directors are fantastic - the use of shadows and camera angles is as good as you'll see anywhere and better than 95% of what's out there.

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Post by azriel on Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:20 pm

Was that Robert Stack on the phone halfway thru ?

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Post by halfwise on Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:43 pm

I doubt he'd have a bit part at that stage in his career.

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Post by azriel on Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:16 pm

Ok, Im wrong Smile it just sounded like him, ------- {{{ clever clogs }}}

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Post by chris63 on Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:14 pm

Just started watching Altered Carbon. Really liking it. Got the potential to be a classic.



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Post by chris63 on Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:18 pm

Series 2 comes out on the 27th Feb


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Post by halfwise on Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:37 pm

Netflix has really been running the gamut of TV shows. I think we're entering a new golden age of television with all these new studios producing content. It's a windfall for the acting profession as well.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:11 pm

Been watching A Discovery of Witches. I say its jolly romantic. its a bit like Twilight for adults. its got a dangerous brooding vampire, and fantastic locations in Oxford, Venice and a French castle, and some great acting from class actors, whats not to like. Razz 


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Post by halfwise on Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:52 pm

Looks interesting.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:21 pm

yep its surprisingly addictive, the locations are fab and its extremely atmospheric.

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Post by azriel on Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:14 am

D'yer know I hate this Smile Half of me likes it & will watch it but theres the other half of me that goes "here we go again " Smile Its the eternal internal Marmite tussle Smile

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Post by azriel on Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:26 am



I watched this on Netflix recently, tho the version I watched was dubbed into English. It was a bit slow & I did expect more but, I ended up liking it & hope there will be a 2nd series Smile

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:12 am

{{ If your looking for something to watch while stuck indoors, and thats free, I can recommend this fan made series based on the popular Fallout series of games.
If your unfamilar with the games basically its an alternative timeline earth. Everything is the same up till the 1950's.
The future however of the Fallout universe, and what gives it a lot of its charm, is that the future that happens is the future as seen from the dreams of the 1950's, particualrly US dreams of the future from the 1950's perspective.
So its a future of shiny chrome, nuclear powered cars and even tv's, MR Handy household robots to help the little woman in the kitchen that sort of thing.

And then the bombs fell, hence the name Fallout- and this shiny 1950's envisioned future was reduced to rubble and radioactive ashes, producting mutations and leaving the survivors to eek out a living on the polluted land, forming small communitites, tribes, gangs and the like.
Whilst a select few saw out the nuclear war in Vaults, specially built to survie the war (and unknowingly to their inhabitants often experimented on by Vaulttec, who made the vaults, in twisted ways)

And that is the setting for Fallout.

And heres the series based on it in order of watching. }}








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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:15 am

{{ Whoo! Something to look forward to! The Boys from the Dwarf still going!!! }}


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Post by Lancebloke Yesterday at 10:15 am

Anyone watched the Fox version of War of the Worlds? Up to episode 6 so far.
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Post by Pettytyrant101 Yesterday at 1:20 pm

{{Got link or a trailer Lance? I saw the terrbile BBC one, and there was the modern day French (I think) version recently. Is this another? Is it contemporary or set in past? }}

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