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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:58 am 

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colinr0380 wrote:
Last Train From Gun Hill at 3.10 p.m. on Wednesday 10th (which is the film that I am most interested in this week)

I've always felt this is a far stronger, tougher, tauter Western than the better-known but dreary Gunfight at the OK Corral by many of the same team.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:43 am 
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Yes, it’s really good and I wish it were better-known.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:14 pm 
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colinr0380 wrote:
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Remembrance, Tue 8th January, FilmFour. Shown as part of their brief Gary Oldman season

But, as noted by jlnight, the real rarity turns up in Film4's week long season of Gary Oldman films coinciding with the release of The Darkest Hour at cinemas - in amongst JFK, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, there is also a screening of Oldman's first screen role (two years before Mike Leigh's Meantime) Remembrance (which also features a very young Timothy Spall too!), one of the films made and screened during the first year of Channel 4's existence in 1982, at 11.30 p.m. on Tuesday 9th.


I saw that first showing, on 10 November 1982, only eight days after Channel 4 started. It was one of examples of C4 not censoring strong language, unlike the other channels at the time. It never had a VHS or DVD release, and as far as I can tell no TV showing on C4 after a "Take 2" showing in 1985. Goes to show how a festival winner (Taormina) can vanish into obscurity very quickly. I wonder how well it stands up now?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:32 am 
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Accidental Love is on Film Four, 1.05 AM, Wednesday night/Thursday morning next week. Don't recognise the title? This long-delayed curio originally went into production as Nailed in 2008 with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel, directed by David O' Russell. Pay disputes and no-doubt much more besides eventually caused the plug to be pulled with Russell disowning the entire project altogether. Anyway, it was somehow completed and released in 2015 under this new title. I don't hold much expectation for it,but I'm sure it'll be interesting in a car-crash sort of way!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:50 am 
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That is definitely the highlight of next week, the kind of film that I have been curious about ever since the forum thread on it, but not interested enough to actually buy it! Now that it is tucked away on Film4 at 1.05 a.m. on Thursday 18th January, it seems worth checking out!

While the big Hollywood film of the week is Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation on Channel 4 tonight at 9 p.m., BBC2 also has a rare good week for new films - they are showing the Ian McKellen starring Mr Holmes at 6.20 p.m. on Sunday 14th, and the Russell Crowe directed The Water Diviner at 10 p.m. on the same evening. If you would like to see how awful Ready Player One could be, Pixels with Adam Sandler is showing at 6.10 on Channel 5 on Sunday 14th as well!

After Gabriel Byrne on George Bernard Shaw last week, in the same 9 p.m. Monday evening slot this week BBC4 have Angelica Huston on James Joyce!

Film4 continues with a few interesting rare repeats of older films too: at 3 p.m. on Tuesday 16th they have the Jack Lemmon starring How To Murder Your Wife, and most interestingly at 4.50 p.m. on Wednesday 17th they have the James Cagney western (directed by Nicolas Ray just after Johnny Guitar and the same year as Rebel Without A Cause) Run For Cover.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:01 pm 

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Handgun, late Thu 18th January, Talking Pictures.

Sicario, Sat 20th January, Channel 4. Or...
The People Under the Stairs, Sat 20th January, Horror.

Fear And Desire, late Tue 23rd January, Talking Pictures.

The 14, late Fri 26th January, Talking Pictures.

Could the reason that Remembrance hasn't seen a commercial release be because of the pop music used in it? (OMD, Rod Stewart, Human League, Elton John, The Police, etc.)

Also Permissive is getting a couple more screenings on London Live next week.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:02 pm 
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colinr0380 wrote:
If you would like to see how awful Ready Player One could be, Pixels with Adam Sandler is showing at 6.10 on Channel 5 on Sunday 14th as well!

For someone whose filmic persona has never really appealed to me (to say the least!), I was surprised to find the Adam Sandler film Pixels to be vaguely tolerable! Not particularly due to Sandler though, as he seems to be ploughing the usual furrow of entitlement, particularly in the section where he has the antagonistic initial meeting with eventual love interest Michelle Monaghan that ends with him trying in the film to stand up for nerds, but does so by saying that if he was a billionaire with a private yacht (like a certain Mr Sandler presumably has!) she would be all over him no matter how poorly dressed or unattractive he was, to which the lady can only silently acknowledge the fundamental truth that he has thrown at her, which just felt like another way of showing how every Adam Sandler film is about displaying how successful the actor and his pals are! Some humbleness wouldn't go amiss to make his characters a bit more attractive, but Sandler's characters seem to always have to be in the right no matter how obnoxious they are!

More than Ready Player One, Pixels felt like a strange pre-emptory adaptation of Ernest Cline's Armada book! It has a weird combative view of video games though, knowing that 1980s arcade games are nostalgia bait for a certain generation of guys who might also like his films but, aside from a brief scene in which the love interest's son plays (an uncredited) bit of violent fighting from The Last of Us whilst Sandler (and Qbert!) look on with disgust at how violent modern games are, there is no sense of any knowledge about games outside of the things that seeped into general culture decades ago that everyone knows: Tetris, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, et al. It might be part of the storyline that the aliens are attacking using characters from taped footage from a gaming competition in the 80s (which of course coincidentally Sandler's character and his friends were a key part of, so the fate of the world stays insular and entirely all about them!), but instead of being a film celebrating gamers, this feels very much like a film trying to 'humanise' gamers, coming at them from a wider audience perspective. And it seems strangely inevitable that the film would end up putting our 'heroes' in the roles of the ghosts of the Pac-Man game (the antagonists) rather than of the ostensible hero (in a scene which actually feels as if it plays better as a homage to The Italian Job, with its ghostly colour-coded minis doing stunts, than to Pac-Man!)

And in the end, in classic "The Simpsons already did it!" tradition, the whole premise is yet another storyline that Futurama did a better version of a decade before! (Even down to having twisted 'evil' versions of game characters attacking the Earth!)

But there are a few moments that I enjoyed: the brief scenes in London feature Sean Bean (although the people writing his character appear to think that calling someone a "weiner" is a common Britishism! Though Bean does get to follow it up with a couple of "buggers"!); and the few moments with Fiona Shaw (not to be confused with Emma Thompson) who sort of embodied every Hollywood film's strange ideas about British people in that Three Men and a Little Lady film back in the early 90s, turns up here to do another caricatured British person role, this time as a rather genteel, dozy female Prime Minister (which has only become more relevant recently!), playing really well in a couple of scenes against Kevin James' bewildered US President, especially in her line after a victory that there will be celebrating "From Land's End to John o'Groats!", to which James responds by screaming "What the hell are you saying!" at her (which I think characters should yell at each other more often in films!)

Speaking of Kevin James' President character, that moment of shouting down the reporter in the press conference for using over complicated, long words in his question, with all the reporters joining in to jeer at their hapless colleague for being too educated felt rather uncomfortably on the nose now that we are in the Trump era!

Also fun was the scene of the Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani in an acting cameo doing a brilliant seeming homage to a deluded Mars Attacks! style "what if we just communicated with the monster?" scene, as the creator confronts a giant version of his beloved creation! Which inevitably turned up in the trailer! But the funniest moment was probably Brian Cox's gruff army general character getting his worried musings interrupted by his wife calling from the other room and angrily shouting at her to just leave him alone for five seconds!

So its an average to mediocre film with an obnoxious lead that has some nice moments from the supporting cast to make it watchable!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:24 pm 
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jlnight wrote:
Could the reason that Remembrance hasn't seen a commercial release be because of the pop music used in it? (OMD, Rod Stewart, Human League, Elton John, The Police, etc.)


Possibly, though by 1981 film companies were realising that home video wasn't going away and that they needed to license music for it as well as for cinema release (which Remembrance did get) and television showings. Most of those early Films of Four (I watched most of them on broadcast at the time) didn't get VHS/DVD releases and so have pretty much completely vanished after their one or maybe two broadcasts on Channel 4. Some of them I wouldn't mind seeing again, as I'm curious as to how well they stand up.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:18 am 
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@colinr0380 - I read Hall and Oates make cameos in Pixels. I wouldn't want to wait around til they showed up, but I hope it's a decent cameo.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:17 am 
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They make a 'cameo' in the same way that a Desperately Seeking Susan-era Madonna does - the aliens voice their messages of doom through re-lip synced famous people from the 1980s!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:05 am 

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Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Sat 27th January, BBC2. Or...
My Soul to Take, Sat 27th January, Horror.

The House on Haunted Hill, late Sat 27th January, Talking Pictures.

Block-Heads, Sun 28th January, Talking Pictures.

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Mon 29th January, Talking Pictures.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:07 pm 
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Just a few things next week: Film4 is continuing its season of Saturday night horror films with South Korean film The Piper (but not exactly of Hamelin!) at 11.45 p.m. on Saturday 20th. Also on that day Channel 5 are showing the tenth season of The X-Files with the first of the six episodes, at 11.25 p.m.

On Sunday 21st at 10 p.m., BBC4 are showing the French drama starring Daniel Auteuil and Kristin Scott-Thomas, Before The Winter Chill.

Then during the week, Film4 are showing the Chris Rock film Top Five at 11.15 p.m. on Tuesday 23rd, which is perhaps most famous for making a dig about a terrible Tyler Perry starring Madea film set at Halloween on a theatre marquee that apparently in its turn ended up inspiring Boo! A Madea Halloween. Which goes to show that you shouldn't give Tyler Perry film ideas! Speaking of Madea, ITV1 have the premiere of The Danish Girl at 10.45 p.m. on Wednesday 24th (there is also the bizarre looking team up between Vin Diesel and Michael Caine, The Last Witch Hunter on Film4 at 9 p.m. on Wednesday 24th)

Film4 continue to have some interesting older films during weekdays: the Barbara Stanwyck thriller Sorry, Wrong Number is showing at 5.15 p.m. Monday 22nd and again at 11 a.m. on Friday 26th. For Whom The Bell Tolls is at 11 a.m. on Wednesday 24th. Joseph H. Lewis's Korean war drama Retreat, Hell! is at 2.55 p.m. on Thursday 25th. And last but not least at 2.55 p.m. on Friday 26th is a rare showing of Carol Reed's Our Man In Havana!


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