Author Topic: Talking Pictures  (Read 3340 times)

Blumf

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #30 on: June 02, 2018, 10:21:24 PM »
Tomorrow (Sun. 3rd) at 2210h - The Birthday Party (1968)

Written by Harold Pinter
Starring: Robert Shaw, Patrick Magee, Sydney Tafler, and Dandy Nichols

If that doesn't get your interest, nothing will.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birthday_Party_(film)

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2018, 01:52:27 PM »
Green For Danger too. A cracker of an old film.

Looking at their DVDs, I imagine some of them are used to stir memories from the extremely old, but they actually sound interesting. I'd give that box set of "Glimpses" a go.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #32 on: June 16, 2018, 10:59:00 PM »
Next Friday, 22 June at 9.10pm, theyre showing the USAs glossy remake of Threads called The Day After (1983). The film that allegedly convinced Reagan to make peace with the USSR.

( its actually on now but already an hour in, so i looked for the next screening )

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #33 on: June 17, 2018, 12:38:11 AM »
Only just discovered this is on ordinary Freeview now, not just Freeview HD, so I can watch it. Laughter in Paradise is on Tuesday morning, featuring the wonderful performance by my favourite actor, Alastair Sim, who I badly wanted to be my uncle when I was a child.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #34 on: June 22, 2018, 09:14:35 PM »
Next Friday, 22 June at 9.10pm, theyre showing the USAs glossy remake of Threads called The Day After (1983). The film that allegedly convinced Reagan to make peace with the USSR.

( its actually on now but already an hour in, so i looked for the next screening )

Just a reminder this has just started.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #35 on: June 22, 2018, 09:20:47 PM »
Just a reminder this has just started.

It'll be on again - they've repeated it several times over the last year or so.

Mind you, for anyone who hasn't seen it, you're really better off watching Threads to be honest.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #36 on: June 22, 2018, 09:33:47 PM »
Oh agreed. Threads is much the better film but if youve already seen that and want to scoff at the Amerisanitised version and or indulge in its historical curiosity, there it is.

Not seen it since it was first shown mind, could be total shite instead of just slightly shite.

I wouldnt have even posted again except that i had TP on in the background and suddenly noticed it come on.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2018, 09:45:40 PM »
Not seen it since it was first shown mind, could be total shite instead of just slightly shite.

To be fair, the last act is suitably grim and depressing, especially for a made for TV movie.  But it's still not worth sitting through the rest of it, which suffers from just about every made for TV technical trope you can think of.  Even Jason Robards can't save it.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #38 on: June 24, 2018, 09:17:33 PM »
Tonight at 00:15 is The Shout (1978), an avant-garde low-key psychological / supernatural British horror film starring Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt and, in a minor role, Tim Curry.

Ive written much more about it here -
https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,67734.0.html

Recommended.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #39 on: June 30, 2018, 10:28:43 PM »
'The Final Programme (1973)' is on in just under an hour, 23:20 to 01:10. Never seen it but is supposed to be good.

Mind you BBC2 has Ian Dury biopic 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)' opposite it from 23:05 to 00:55, so thank God for DVRs, eh ?

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #40 on: June 30, 2018, 10:41:10 PM »
'The Final Programme (1973)' is on in just under an hour, 23:20 to 01:10. Never seen it but is supposed to be good.

Mind you BBC2 has Ian Dury biopic 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)' opposite it from 23:05 to 00:55, so thank God for DVRs, eh ?

Stick with the latter - The Final Programme is absolute toss.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #41 on: June 30, 2018, 10:46:40 PM »
Noted, ty.

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« Reply #42 on: June 30, 2018, 10:50:28 PM »
By any definition, The Final Programme is the way to go.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #43 on: June 30, 2018, 10:57:19 PM »
By any definition, The Final Programme is the way to go.

That makes it sound a whole lot better than it is.  It's like a REALLY bad episode of the Avengers, but worse, mixed with a REALLY bad Bond film, which is trying far too hard to be trippy and irreverent (also cf. The Magic Christian, which is actually much better).

I also recommend you steer well clear if you have any fondness for the book.


But, y'know, your mileage may vary and that.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #44 on: June 30, 2018, 11:21:41 PM »
well im recording both of them anyway so it doesnt really matter too much, but thanks for the extra input. :)

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #45 on: July 13, 2018, 09:57:59 PM »
Bugger, just missing Bedazzled (the original, natch).

Good job its on again next Thursday at 23:50 then.


Also theres The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) on Monday at 23:45.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #46 on: August 13, 2018, 11:36:28 PM »
Just watched The Reckoning (1970). Quiet a nice character study of a striving bastard at a business machines company getting revenge for his fathers death. Obvious comparisons with Get Carter but I think it stands on it's own, with Nicol Williamson portraying a convincing anti-hero. Great ending.

http://www.british60scinema.net/unsung-films/the-reckoning/



Doesn't appear to be scheduled again this month, but keep an eye out.

Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #47 on: March 07, 2019, 08:17:59 PM »
Ahh, just found out Talking Pictures has started running Callan at 9pm on weekday evenings. Currently four episodes in (the two surviving episodes from Series 1, and the first two from Series 2).


Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #48 on: March 07, 2019, 08:36:21 PM »
Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment is on tomorrow. And Robin's Nest starts this month too!

Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #49 on: March 08, 2019, 11:30:38 AM »
This: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_X:_The_Name_of_the_Game

was on last night.

A faux film noir thriller starring, errr, Norman Wisdom. It had all the tropes of some hard boiled 1950s detective film, voice over, sultry women, men in suits being tough but the image on the screen?


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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #50 on: March 08, 2019, 11:44:32 AM »
Just a heads up that here's now a monthly Talking Pictures Podcast which is hosted by the brilliant Adam Roche, who's responsible for 'The Secret History of Hollywood' and 'Attaboy Clarence' podcasts.

https://www.attaboyclarence.com/the-talking-pictures-tv-podcast

Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #51 on: March 08, 2019, 12:07:37 PM »
This: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_X:_The_Name_of_the_Game

was on last night.

A faux film noir thriller starring, errr, Norman Wisdom. It had all the tropes of some hard boiled 1950s detective film, voice over, sultry women, men in suits being tough but the image on the screen?



I'm picturing a kind of prototype for Blue Ruin with Pipkin in the lead role, there's no way it can possibly live up to that mental image, is there?

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« Reply #52 on: April 16, 2019, 09:00:00 AM »
Thrilled to see everyone's enjoying this channel as much as I have been the last few months.

Just thought I'd flag up that from this Thursday (2019/04/18) onwards they're going to start showing Van der Valk every weeknight at 9pm, Wednesdays seemingly excepted.

For those who don't know it, it's set in Amsterdam and stars Barry Foster as a somewhat-Morse-ish detective.  It also has a cracking theme tune that was a number 1 hit in 1973.

I have very fond memories of watching the first couple of series with my Dad on Mum's nights out... I'd've only been around eight years old at the time (12 by the time Series 3 rolled round; I never saw the 90s series), but found it engaging even then.

Heh, reading Wikipedia it seems that the Morse comparison is even more apt than I thought:

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The stories are mostly based in and around Amsterdam, where Commissaris van der Valk is a cynical yet intuitive detective. Drugs, sex and murder are among the gritty themes of the casework, contrasted against picturesque Amsterdam locations.

Van der Valk also contrasts with his naïve assistant, Inspecteur Johnny Kroon, played by Michael Latimer, and his superior, Hoofd-commissaris Samson, who deals with the political fallout of the cases.

Although to be fair I suppose that's not THAT unusual a setup, the location aside.  And I don't recall any Jaguars or pints of bitter.

Anyway, I shall be watching, hope you will be too.  Such a shame that my Dad isn't around any more to join in.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #53 on: April 16, 2019, 11:29:47 AM »
Heh, Shoestring must be next.

They've been showing Edward Woodward's Callan at the same time Forces TV shows The Equalizer. Too much Woodward!

Caught Fear Is the Key (1972) the other night. Really nice car chase at the start, then the rest is okay. Followed by Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) which we all know and love.

The Anderson Tapes (1971) is on this Sunday, quiet like it.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #54 on: April 16, 2019, 11:33:10 AM »
I'm picturing a kind of prototype for Blue Ruin with Pipkin in the lead role, there's no way it can possibly live up to that mental image, is there?

No - it's TERRIBLE.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #55 on: April 16, 2019, 12:30:24 PM »
Heh, Shoestring must be next.

I really wish it would be, as I loved it and was absolutely gutted when they replaced it with Bergerac (sorry Blodwyn), but sadly it's unlikely as it's a BBC Production not ITV, and Beeb stuff has proven much harder for TP to get hold of.

They both have Network DVD boxsets though, so you never know...

If not, the Shoestring one is about £25 at the moment from the looks of things.


Caught Fear Is the Key (1972) the other night. Really nice car chase at the start, then the rest is okay.

I came in halfway through that and left again, cross that I'd missed what seemed to be a good film.  Will look out for it next time.


Just seen that there's lots of interesting stuff on today in fact:

Lunch Hour (1962) -- a lovely little B-movie that I caught earlier this year.  A somewhat-black comedy drama about a couple trying to have an affair in their lunch hour.  As it progresses it starts to get increasingly surreal, I suspect a bit avant-garde for the time.  Quite a racy theme for the time, too.  It's on at 15:10-16:25 today, followed by a 25-minute interview with Shirley Anne Field who plays the starring role alongside Robert Stephens.  Written by John "Rumpole" Mortimer and directed by James Hill.

Impulse (1984) -- caught a few minutes of the middle of this horror movie a few months ago and thought it looked interesting in a rather schlocky way, dunno if it is but will be checking it out.  23:40-01:30

Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973) -- no question about it, this is pure schlock.  Caught the second half of it (again) a few months ago (wonder if it was on a double bill with Impulse back then too?) and laughed my socks off.  The summary says it all:

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A cosmic force is turning earth girls into queen bees who 'love' their men to death.

On at 01:30-03:10 tonight.

Oh and A Kind of Loving is on again tomorrow...

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« Reply #56 on: April 16, 2019, 12:46:13 PM »
I came in halfway through that and left again, cross that I'd missed what seemed to be a good film.  Will look out for it next time.

I'll emphasise the 'okay', it's just okay. Certainly, most the people involved have been in better.


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Lunch Hour (1962) -- a lovely little B-movie that I caught earlier this year.  A somewhat-black comedy drama about a couple trying to have an affair in their lunch hour.  As it progresses it starts to get increasingly surreal, I suspect a bit avant-garde for the time.  Quite a racy theme for the time, too

That's one of the interesting things you see on this channel. You start off with 30s/40s films, with a bunch of stiffs standing around in a drawing room, worrying about the miniature of social niceties, then you end up in the 70s with the likes of The Killing of Sister George and Entertaining Mr Sloane. There really was a massive change in just over a generation, and stuff like Lunch Hour fills in the gaps.

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #57 on: April 16, 2019, 12:54:37 PM »
Not so keen on the old movies but the TV stuff is amazing. Callan, of course; and before that the excellent Public Eye, which will hopefully come round again on rotation before too long. And Armchair Theatre on Sundays! Saw a great one by P.J. 'Sapphire and Steel' Hammond last week.

I can't see any of these 'Glimpses' things in the schedules, does it say when they're on?

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Re: Talking Pictures
« Reply #58 on: April 18, 2019, 08:53:29 PM »
Bump for Van der Valk in a few minutes.