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#651 Post by Mr. Deltoid » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:26 am

A couple more Stephen King related entries for this week.
Cat's Eye is on Friday night/Saturday morning on the Horror Channel, featuring adaptations of two stories (Quitters, inc. and The Ledge) from King's Night Shift collection. An undemanding, occasionally enjoyable bit of 80's horror if I remember rightly, featuring a twitchy James Woods and post-E.T. Drew Barrymore.
Then, Saturday night, 9 PM, we have Stephen King's Big Driver, which is seemingly a T.V. Movie adaptation of one of the stories from Full Dark, No Stars, another King anthology. I read this one a couple of years ago and although it's not the best story from that volume (for me that would be the haunting opener 1922, which I've only now seen has been adapted for Netflix!) it is a superior entry in the rape-revenge genre, so it'll be interesting to see how Lifetime Movies have ruined it!

Other than that, the film I'm mostly looking forward to is a showing of Simon Sheridan's documentary Respectable: The Mary Millington Story, which is being screened on Saturday night on a digital channel calling itself Together. I think this has been shown on London Live a few times, but peasants like me can't receive that!

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#652 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:01 pm

Creed is on ITV1 on Saturday 23rd. And Michael Mann's Blackhat is showing on Channel 5 on Sunday 24th at 9 p.m. (I wonder if it will be the original theatrical version or director's cut! Probably the original theatrical one with meltdown at the opening)

(Take this as pure speculation but I have the suspicion that since ITV1 have shown Rocky II and Rocky III around the premiere of Creed and are currently repeating the Mad Max films over the next Friday nights that potentially Mad Max: Fury Road may be upcoming on ITV at some point)

In addition to those two big premieres, the original John Carpenter version of Assault on Precinct 13 is showing on Film4 at 10.45 p.m. on Saturday 23rd (the first showing of the film in 18 years)

The other items of interest are that BBC4 has the documentary This Is Congo at 10 p.m. on Wednesday 27th and BBC2 is showing the first two episodes of the six part Australian series Romper Stomper at 11.05 p.m. on Friday 29th, which apparently is a continuation from the 1992 film (the film that helped make Russell Crowe a star)

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#653 Post by jlnight » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:55 am

Those Glory Glory Days, starts Fri 29th June, London Live.

Where Has Poor Mickey Gone?, Sat 30th June, Talking Pictures.
Vampires (Carpenter), Sat 30th June, Horror.
Green Room, Sat 30th June, Film4. Followed by Blue Ruin.
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, Sat 30th June, BBC2.

The Perfect Lady (Chaplin short), Sun 1st July, Talking Pictures.

Holiday (short), very late Mon 2nd July, Talking Pictures.

The Old Dark House (Castle), Tues 3rd July, Talking Pictures.
These are the Damned, Tues 3rd July, Talking Pictures.
Mental, late Tues 3rd July, Film4.

The Tall T, Wed 4th July, Film4.
Eden, late Wed 4th July, Film4.

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#654 Post by GaryC » Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:11 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:01 pm
BBC2 is showing the first two episodes of the six part Australian series Romper Stomper at 11.05 p.m. on Friday 29th, which apparently is a continuation from the 1992 film (the film that helped make Russell Crowe a star)
It's been on BBC 3 (i.e. BBC Iplayer) since last month, but the BBC2 showing should get a wider audience. Apparently this series takes place twenty-five years after the action of the film, with some of the original cast returning.

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#655 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:12 pm

As jlnight mentions the premieres of Green Room (in a double bill with Blue Ruin from 10.45 p.m. on Saturday 30th) and French electronic music drama with a Daft Punk bio element Eden (at 00.45 on Thursday 5th July) on Film4 are the big films of next week, but I am perhaps most excited that the Horror Channel is premiering Sadako vs Kayako (aka The Ring vs The Grudge) at 2.30 a.m. (!) on Saturday 7th July, which does not appear to have had a disc release at all in either the UK or the US! (It is also the final film of a night of premieres that also include Dead Shack and Found Footage 3D)

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#656 Post by jlnight » Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:48 am

Cash on Demand, Fri 6th July, Talking Pictures. Also on Sat 7th July.

The Snorkel, Sat 7th July, Talking Pictures. Alternatively...
Cujo, Sat 7th July, Horror.

Walk on the Wild Side, Sun 8th July, Talking Pictures.

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#657 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:09 pm

I did not point this out as it has one of the most generic of generic TV movie titles, but gosh the outrageously campy thriller Killer Nurse (aka The Nurse) has just finished on Channel 5 and is a must see if it ever gets repeated. Despite being shown in the middle of the afternoon and so without some of the more salacious trappings of the genre, this ends up feeling really close to the wave of 90s erotic thrillers of the Hand That Rocked The Cradle (nanny going berserk with dark secrets about adulterous affairs and half-sisters being revealed) and Basic Instinct (including the attempt to climb on top of someone's bed and strangle them with a silk scarf!) ilk. I have been mentioning the strange relationship between recent TV movies seemingly becoming the stomping ground for horror directors of previous decades and this one is directed by Sam Irvin, who did an entry into the Elvira series (2001's Elvira's Haunted Hills) as well as a couple of 90s erotic thrillers! No wonder he seems to have an affinity with the material here, as events spiral into having the psychotic improbably buxom blonde nurse with impossible cleavage chasing people around a mansion with her patient's walking stick in the final scenes!

And it also has quite a cast: John Heard is in one of his final roles here as the bed-ridden patriarch after a stroke (or was it a stroke?). Costas Mandylor of the Saw series turns up to get drugged. And Jack Noseworthy (who I last saw travelling into a black hole portal in Event Horizon but who was instantly recognisable when he turned up here) is hilariously ineffectual as the 'good boyfriend' who gets a hefty incapacitating kick to the crotch and a few blows with the walking stick by the nurse (which I could see being a fetish for some people!) before the final showdown between the two women over who gets their father's estate!

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#658 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:25 pm

The big film premiere next week is tucked away on the Sony Movie Channel: Nicolas Winding Refn's re-team with Ryan Gosling after Drive, Only God Forgives (with its great Cliff Martinez score) is on Saturday 7th at 11.40 p.m.

Film4 have the belated premiere of David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche at 00.55 on Wednesday 11th and then Kill Zone 2 at 10.45 p.m. on Thursday 12th. Kill Zone 2 also features Jin Zhang in the cast, who played Ma San in Wong Kar-Wai's film The Grandmaster, which itself is getting a repeat at 2 a.m. (!) on Channel 4 on Tuesday 10th.

Other than that, I am slightly concerned by the idea that upcoming is the first of a six part new adaptation of Picnic At Hanging Rock, starting on BBC2 at 9 p.m. on Wednesday 11th.

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#659 Post by jlnight » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:02 am

Electric Dreams, Fri 13th July, Sony Movie Channel. (Together in electric dreeeeeeeeams!)

The Camp on Blood Island, Sat 14th July, Talking Pictures. Also on Fri 20th July.

The China Syndrome, Sun 15th July, Movies4Men.
Duffy, Sun 15th July, Talking Pictures. (Donald Cammell co-write)

Top of the Bill, Mon 16th July, Talking Pictures.

A Little of What You Fancy, Tues 17th July, Talking Pictures.

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#660 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:41 pm

A few big films over next weekend: Channel 4 have the premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness at 8 p.m. on Saturday 14th, immediately followed by Ma(i)ze Runner: The Scorch Trials at 10.35 p.m., but most notable is the premiere of Hell or High Water directed by David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe, Asylum, Perfect Sense, Starred Up) at 10.15 p.m. on Sunday 15th. Though of course this is all occurring on the DOG-tagged channel, so it will be more notable when Hell or High Water in particular hopefully gets a Film4 repeat.

While on the other side at 10.15 p.m. on Saturday 14th, BBC2 have the premiere of Mississippi Grind.

The only other notable item during the week itself is the beginning of Mark Kermode's Secret of Cinema series on BBC4 at 9 p.m. on Tuesday 17th. The first of five hour long episodes written with Kim Newman is on "The Romcom" and is followed at 10 p.m. by a rare primetime showing of the Doris Day film Move Over, Darling.
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#661 Post by jlnight » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:45 am

Welcome to Sarajevo, starts Thu 19th July, London Live.

Interlude, Sat 21st July, Talking Pictures. Also on Sun 29th July.

Sinister Man (Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre), Sun 22nd July, Talking Pictures.
The Filth and the Fury, Sun 22nd July, London Live.

Nothing But the Best, Mon 23rd July, London Live.

The Scarlet Blade, Thu 26th July, London Live.
Terror of the Tongs, Thu 26th July, Talking Pictures. Also on Sat 28th July. Alternatively...
The War Zone, Thu 26th July, London Live.

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#662 Post by Colpeper » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:21 am

jlnight wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:45 am
Interlude, Sat 21st July, Talking Pictures. Also on Sun 29th July.
Thanks jlnight.

According to the channel, that's the 1968 Interlude, directed by Kevin Billington, rather than Douglas Sirk's 1957 film, of which this is a loose and unoffical remake.

It's worth a watch, not least for the cast which includes cameos from a young John Cleese and broadcaster Humphrey Burton, as well as the swan song of Virginia Maskell (a beautiful and underused actress, who tragically commited suicide in the woods near here, a few months before the film's release).

Another thing that sticks in the mind, 20 years on from what may have been the last UK TV showing on Channel 4, is that it contains some gorgeous shots of the otherwise much maligned Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank.

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#663 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:05 pm

It is a big week next week: BBC2 has the premiere of Whit Stillman's Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship at 9 p.m. on Friday 27th. And the big world cinema film is the premiere of Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days at 2.05 a.m.(!) in the early hours of Monday 23rd on Channel 4.

Plus Film4 has the first showing of The Keeping Room at 11.20 p.m. on Monday 23rd. Whilst the M. Night Shyamalan resurgence film The Visit is on Channel 4 at 11.35 p.m. on Saturday 21st.

BBC4 has Insha'Allah Democracy about the difficulties of democratic elections in Pakistan at 10 p.m. on Monday 23rd. And also on BBC4 Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema series continues with an episode dedicated to Heist movies (I'm hoping that Quick Change appears somewhere!) at 9 p.m. on Tuesday 24th, followed by a screening of The Lavender Hill Mob.

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#664 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:47 pm

The rom-com episode of Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema was interesting, though it felt as if it had a few strange omissions. For example, a lot of stock was placed in both La La Land and The Shape of Water being a resurgence of romance at least in the eyes of Academy Awards voters; and then another section highlighted recent gay themed stories Love Is Strange and Love, Simon as beig big mainstream breakthroughs in showing gay relationships. Both of which sections seem to completely ignore the presence of Moonlight! Though I suppose that is not exactly a romantic comedy!

There also seems to be a strange gap in the historical record at one point, as whilst silents, Clara Bow, Chaplin, 30s Astaire and Rogers musicals and 40s screwball comedies are mentioned, there is then an enormous jump to the 1980s with Splash and The Fly. I guess Annie Hall just about counts as 1970s (and I don't entirely agree that Superman is a rom-com :P ) but there seemed little from the 50s-80s otherwise. No Doris Day films (which is noticeable since there is a Doris Day film playing straight after the programme!), no Affair To Remember apart from how it influenced Sleepless In Seattle. No Harold & Maude! Or New York, New York! Could there be a case made that perhaps the focus was more on romantic-drama in the 1970s and then things morphed into more escapist, wish fulfilment romantic-comedies in the 80s onward, and from there into pure fantasy?

And in the Richard Curtis section that highlights the low key relationship between Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott-Thomas's characters in Four Weddings and a Funeral, I would like to think in response to Kermode's rhetorical question that "It always leaves me wondering if Four Weddings would be just that little bit better if Charles ended up with Fiona", that we already kind of saw that a couple of years before in Polanski's Bitter Moon!

But there are some great parts too. I particularly liked the reading of Punch-Drunk Love as a kind of grounded superhero film with colour coded characters, and the moment of the embrace from behind (that features on Criterion's cover) being about Barry being draped in Lena's red colour looking like a kind of cape, completing him.
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The one film that does not get mentioned at all in the episode that I would have perhaps added into this, and follows the rom-com structure of boy-meets-girl, loses girl, runs into obstacles and then they get together to an almost textbook extent is Upside Down. Maybe they are saving it for the science-fiction episode, although one of the problems of that film is if you approach it as sci-fi rather than a whimsical romance it does not really work at all! I have some issues with it but it deserves its place as one of the most striking recent romantic fantasy films. (But then you need to have also previously noted Pillow Talk to then see how that reference is moved forward to the split-screen moment in Upside Down!)

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#665 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:34 pm

And Film4 have just trailed a week of zombie films from the 1st August that is going to include The Scout's Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse and Train To Busan.

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