Links for 2007-02-19 [] - Rmail

  • BBC Manchester Entertainment: Brit flicks changed my life
    The BBC are planning a history of British film for next year and are looking for people to contribute if they have a story about how a film from 'over here' changed their life.
  • Sunshine: Insanity
    Gia offers some pertinent opinions on the astronaut story: "They are trained to remain calm, clear-headed and emotionless when dealing with the technical side of their jobs… but what happens if they hate (or love) one of their colleagues?"
  • filmlog: The Negotiator (1998)
    Because sometimes all you need are Samuel L Jackson and Kevin Spacey having a good rant, sometimes at each other. Interesting from a narrative studies perspective because it doesn't have a traditional antagonist, but 2 protagonists.
  • filmlog: Show Boat (1951)
    Ultimately disappointing version of the musical,; every nugget such as Kathrn Grayson's rendition of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" is matched by an irritant like Howard Keel's whole performance. Blands out the race issue as well.
  • filmlog: Calamity Jane (1953)
    Brilliant fun and certainly one of the best musicals I've seen so far, and even Howard Keel doesn't sink it. Doris Day's on blistering form and I don't think there a bad song in the piece, favourites being 'Secret Love' and "A Woman's Touch".
  • filmlog: Cat Ballou (1965)
    Less funny than it thinks it is. Although Jane Fonda is obviously a very intelligent comedian they apparently purposefully gave all the boys the jokes which unfocuses the flick. Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye's musical interludes are the best thing.
  • Unmusic: How I learned to stop worrying and love Shakira
    Very funny analysis of one of my favourite Shakira promos, 'Obsession'.
  • filmlog: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
    Despite having some truly astonishing production design and lovely performances from the kids, fails to completely engross due to Jim Carrey's mugging and repetitive story. On the whole feels like Jean-Pierre Jeunet-lite.
  • filmlog: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
    As you know I'm a big Gilliam fan but I found this wholly unwatchable. Obviously it might be a faithful rendering of the novel, but most of the scenes go on far too long and it just can't seem to decide what it wants to be about. Unsatisfying.
  • Overnights: Monsters scare viewers away from ITV1
    Primeval sheds viewers and it doesn't appear to be the seasonal downturn that often afflicts Doctor Who. I haven't watched the next episode yet, but it appears to feature the old standby of monsters in sewers under London. Ho, and indeed hum.
  • IMDb redesigns
    For the first time in years but doesn't look quite right in Firefox. But it is much faster to load on dial-up.
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