Tag Archives: Movies

The Daily Rant: On Weekends.

Aren’t Weekends great? Don’t you wish you could take Weekends out for dinner, ply them full of wine and then take them home and have your wicked way with them? Weekends are so cool and full of awesome that if an election was held today to find the Supreme Ruler of the Known Universe, Weekends would win by a landslide.

Weekends are when you let your hair and treat yourself to whatever (or whoever) it is that floats your boat. But think about this, people: in order for you to enjoy your weekend, there are those who earn their living so you can trip the light fantastic. So, at the risk of sounding like a party pooper, please respect hard-working bartenders, waiting staff, cinema workers and the bloke who sources your drugs. Without them, your Weekends just wouldn’t be the same.

I’m off to work now. Don’t get too drunk, you hear me?

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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 75. On Life’s Soundtrack.

I like to think that somewhere in the world of music, there exists a composition that is us. I also believe that as our lives change, so does the soundtrack that follows us around. When I was in my teens, my theme tune of Paul McCartney and Wings’ Live And Let Die. To a certain extent, my reasons for having this song ‘sing’ for me haven’t changed. But now that I think about it, I find myself going back to Steely Dan.

So, for the time being and until my circumstances change one more, my Life Song is Do It Again.

100 Words, 100 Days: Day 72. On Smiley.

No, not the emoticon but the character: John Le Carre’s famous spymaster, George Smiley. Coming out of a screening of the recent adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I thought about fictional characters authors are most famous for. Fleming has Bond, Lee Child has Jack Reacher, Conan Doyle had Sherlock Holmes.

For people of a certain age, Sir Alec Guinness’s portrayal of Smiley was the benchmark by which Gary Oldman would be judged. But now Le Carre’s creation has a new lease of life, and  I would love to see him return for another adventure.

Classic characters will live forever.

 

Tony Curtis, Persuader

Tony Curtis, 1925 - 2010

I was sad to hear that Tony Curtis died today. Aged 85, Curtis put in a good innings, enjoying movie roles and wives with equal aplomb.

Oscar-nominated for The Defiant Ones (in which he starred alongside Sidney Poitier) and a favourite of movie-lovers everywhere for the classic comedy Some Like It Hot, it was through the medium of television that I first got to “know” him.

In the late Sixties, he starred in a TV programme called The Persuaders with the man who would be James Bond, Roger Moore. Curtis loved television. It allowed him freedom that movies could not.

He took on the role of Danny Wilde with relish, ad-libbing much of script and performing most of his own stunts. His role was that of a comic foil to Moore’s Lord Brett Sinclair, your typical British upper-crust playboy. The premise was simple: two men, with backgrounds that shouldn’t mix, are brought together by a judge so they can solve cases the courts cannot.

It was fun while it lasted – just the one season – and it brought to an end a sequence of British adventure shows that included Danger Man, The Avengers and The Champions (all funded by Lord Lew Grade’s company ITC).

Curtis was to make one more foray into the world of TV. Hands up those of you who remember him as Roth  in the Robert Urich detective show Vega$!

The Persuaders, starring Tony Curtis and Roger Moore. Featuring another iconic theme tune from John (James Bond) Barry. They do not make them like this anymore.

Adam and Eve: The Next Internet Sensation

The following is a short movie about pick-ups and how they’ve evolved over the decades; from the smooth and almost chivalrous attraction of the 20s and 30s, to the “free love” variant of the 60s, right through to the YUPPIE Blackberry type associated with our modern age.

This is film, less than 10 minutes long, is the creation of John Sanders, Erin Hunter and Mark Perry. It came to my attention via a friend, Ryan Hunter (whose sister is the woman in the film). Please feel free to share this the rest of the world. I think it’s great.

Roland and The Dark Tower

This is a fan-made video, using graphics that come from the official graphic novel of Stephen King’s The Gunslinger. I’m not sure who put it together but it’s very well done. I recommend this for fans of the series. The narration is from The King himself.