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yes my son said that. “dad this is pretty racist”

he also noticed no black people in mad max fury road which was a v good point

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 April 2020 12:38 (one year ago) link

vaguely watching "Carry On Girls" and it's a bit sexist tbh

où sont les threads d'antan? (Noodle Vague), Monday, 13 April 2020 12:43 (one year ago) link

They'll be telling us "Mutiny on the Buses" is sexist next.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Monday, 13 April 2020 12:59 (one year ago) link

... was on Freeview the other day fwiw.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Monday, 13 April 2020 12:59 (one year ago) link

mutiny on the lost bus

mark s, Monday, 13 April 2020 13:31 (one year ago) link

Mutiny on the Buses is the feminist installment of the Buses Trilogy

Ward Fowler, Monday, 13 April 2020 13:32 (one year ago) link

The Robe's on BBC2. Richard Burton's hair is pretty funny.

où sont les threads d'antan? (Noodle Vague), Monday, 13 April 2020 14:11 (one year ago) link

Hindle Wakes on TPtv right now, probably only notable for morrissey's pun in that moors murders song.

(it was quite a famous play and an interesting look at the Wakes Weeks thing that industrial towns used to do)

koogs, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 11:57 (one year ago) link

are they showing the 16:9 version?

(i have the dvds of TOS sat in front of the tv, i think i've finished them but can't remember. there's no real end to it - the last episode is just another episode)

Voyager on later in the day too. and Lost in Space. and Time Tunnel (the original?).

Re: Star Trek. Yes, they are the 16:9 version, I think? Anyway, they look great, in fact Star Trek must have blown a few minds when it was first shown, some of the photographic effects (not the polystyrene rocks) are still impressive. The first season of Star Trek is so good.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:12 (one year ago) link

(LOL McCoy wearing is so much make up in this current episode)

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:13 (one year ago) link

"so for this episode we'll be needing a LIFE FORM OF PURE ENERGY"

mark s, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:15 (one year ago) link

"WOLF HALL is apparently ongoing on BBC4."

Yeah it was EP3 by the time I saw that :-(

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:20 (one year ago) link

Fuck, missed it too.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:23 (one year ago) link

WOLF HALL must be on iPlayer now - I think I'll watch it all again next week.

the pinefox, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:41 (one year ago) link

Next week: look out for THE WILD ONE and ON THE WATERFRONT on Sony Classics.

the pinefox, Friday, 17 April 2020 12:26 (one year ago) link

.@TalkingPicsTV gets a page-lead in tomorrow’s Mail on Sunday

— Tony Paley (@tpaleyfilm) April 18, 2020

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 19 April 2020 15:28 (one year ago) link


clap for content-providers (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 19 April 2020 15:31 (one year ago) link

enjoyed peter vaughan in Smokescreen yesterday on talking pictures. bit of nonsense about possible insurance fraud/suicide/murder which was diverting enough. vaughan plays a miserly claims agent penny pinching whilst fiddling expenses who seems unsympathetic until the reveal of what he is using the saved money for.

also saw the tonally extremely odd That Brennan Girl. v strange melodrama.

oscar bravo, Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:38 (one year ago) link

he also noticed no black people in mad max fury road which was a v good point

discounting Zoe Kravitz for having a white grandparent on each side?

donald failson (sic), Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:46 (one year ago) link

to put that in context, our inspiration for watching fury road was the “california love” video. which probably skewed his expectations on blackness a little bit.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:08 (one year ago) link

enjoyed peter vaughan in Smokescreen yesterday on talking pictures

Yes, that's a good film!

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:41 (one year ago) link

"so for this episode we'll be needing a LIFE FORM OF PURE ENERGY"

... who is a prancing ninny, as in this morning's episode.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Monday, 20 April 2020 09:43 (one year ago) link

Saturday night: THE SWIMMER. Quite fascinating and ultimately troubling.

Sunday night: COLD MOUNTAIN. Marred by too many fake accents by non-Americans but probably underrated - in an older Western, the content of this one would be considered very interesting.

the pinefox, Monday, 20 April 2020 17:01 (one year ago) link

Tomorrow night:

Not very keen on the cast, but worth seeing?

the pinefox, Friday, 24 April 2020 09:50 (one year ago) link

maureen lipman iirc. it's a good addition to the 60s kitchen sink thing.

Adrienne Posta too...

koogs, Friday, 24 April 2020 11:16 (one year ago) link

She definitely seems strongly preferable to Maureen Lipman.

the pinefox, Friday, 24 April 2020 11:24 (one year ago) link

The Ladykillers followed by All That Heaven Allows, 12.50pm on Film4, a channel which generally never shows anything worth watching.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 07:09 (one year ago) link

Can't watch today but thanks for the heads-up Tom D -- these reminders are useful.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 07:44 (one year ago) link

Only problem I've got is that Channel 4 and Film4 don't work when it rains or is particularly overcast - come back analogue all is forgiven.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 09:47 (one year ago) link

Sony Movies Classic is running through a bunch of good onld english films, mostly repeats and mentioned upthread, but icymi

09ish Loneliness of long distance runner
11ish Georgy Girl
15ish Admirable Crichton
17ish, er, Dad's Army
19ish Saturday Night & Sunday Morning
21ish Taste Of Honey
23ish The Knack and how to get it

some notable war films on film4 too
11 This Happy Breed
13 Millions Like Us
15 Two Thousand Women
17 Waterloo Road

and TPTV have been showing hammer films late on a friday, tonight's is Dracula, Prince Of Darkness

koogs, Friday, 8 May 2020 08:28 (one year ago) link

of those on film4 the first two are interesting - noel coward wrote the first, and both are very much about the families left behind during the war, and both filmed whilst the war was still happening.

Patricia Roc in Millions and Two Thousand Women as well.

koogs, Friday, 8 May 2020 08:34 (one year ago) link

RUNNER, SATURDAY NIGHT, TASTE OF HONEY were all screened on the same channel in the last month or two - I saw them then otherwise would watch.

the pinefox, Friday, 8 May 2020 11:44 (one year ago) link

i did say as much - "mostly repeats and mentioned upthread, but icymi"

koogs, Friday, 8 May 2020 17:00 (one year ago) link

TPTV 13:10 The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)
BBC2 15:00 The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002)

koogs, Monday, 11 May 2020 15:16 (one year ago) link

Some films on today:

London Live
13.00 Brief Encounter
15.00 Victim

16.45 Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Talking Pictures
23.55 Shampoo

Frank Bough: I Took Drugs with Vice Girls (Tom D.), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 09:01 (one year ago) link

I remember to take this opportunity to report that I have been listening to music that I think features TOM D.

Specifically on vinyl the whole of Close Lobsters' 12-inch, 4-track 45: 'What Is There To Smile About?'

The lead track can be heard here:

the pinefox, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 09:09 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Sony Movies Classic has now been rebranded Sony Movies Christmas for all your festive TV movie needs, three months early.

But that prompted me to finally watch The Swimmer before it disappeared and that was great. Nice device, the way back story is gradually revealed, but never fully. And the ending... Odd film for such a big name.

Also taped Miss Jean Brodie and American Graffiti.

Legend of Hell House was on tptv at weekend. Dvd has been on my Amazon wish list for about a decade after learning about the Delia Derbyshire soundtrack.

koogs, Thursday, 24 September 2020 04:28 (eight months ago) link

What do people who aren't in London get on freeview channel 8? (Ie instead of London Live)

koogs, Thursday, 24 September 2020 06:35 (eight months ago) link

In Glasgow, 'That's TV Scotland', which mostly seems to show fuzzy music clips from the 70s and 80s. I hear from London friends that London Live shows some interesting films from time to time - definitely not the case with That's TV Scotland.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 24 September 2020 07:24 (eight months ago) link

Just recently discovered that I can now get Sky Arts on Freeview.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 24 September 2020 07:26 (eight months ago) link

(I was asking because Stuart maconie was saying that he wanted to see Deep End and it was on LL yesterday. There were 6 months when it would show a new Ealing B-movie every day. Then it went onto Norman wisdom movies... And in the evenings it's all London gangster movies)

koogs, Thursday, 24 September 2020 07:34 (eight months ago) link

i've just watched the whole of american graffiti without recognising harrison ford...

koogs, Thursday, 24 September 2020 12:13 (eight months ago) link

Ah, he was so young..

Mark G, Thursday, 24 September 2020 12:16 (eight months ago) link

'73, so only 4 years before SW.

koogs, Thursday, 24 September 2020 13:26 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

i keep forgetting about Sky Arts (ch 11?) but over the last week we've had

KT Tunstall on Ivor Cutler (including her singing Beautiful Cosmos to Phyllis)

Trailblazers: Two Tone (Noddy Holder narrated documentary, very Specials-centric, some good contributors like, surprisingly, Pete Waterman, who was DJ at the Locarno when the Coventry Automatics played there)

The Art Of Architecture on Battersea Power Station

er, Portrait Artist Of The Year

Punk Night tomorrow by the look

koogs, Thursday, 15 October 2020 14:18 (eight months ago) link

I thought 'Danny Dyer on Harold Pinter' on Sky Arts was some kind of pisstake, but apparently Dyer worked with Pinter and is a big fan, so fair dos.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:00 (eight months ago) link

I watched a thing about John Belushi which was quite poor (and had an odd, stilted, machine-translated-back-and-forth voiceover), and "Rankin's 2020", which obviously fulfilled my long-held wish for EXIF data to pop up onscreen when showing pro-grade photographs, but was still unsatisfying. Still, it beats Border Patrol on ch11.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:32 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

Horror Channel is showing the old Universal monster films on monday lunchtimes. I'm guessing Dracula was on first, i caught Frankenstein (1931), missed The Mummy (1932). Wolfman (1941) is on tomorrow, and Creature from the Black Lagoon is on the 8th.

koogs, Sunday, 31 January 2021 21:39 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

so, some years ago i turned the tv on after midnight and caught the middle of a film about an american soldier's night in britain - failed visit to prostitute, picked up in a pub and rolled by the woman's compatriots, falls (mutually) for (very shy) barmaid, gets chased by the military police. curious little film.

i caught it, again by accident, about two months later, but again not all of it.

last night i taped something on spec from Talking Pictures. "A sensitive story of two airmen. One with a terrible injury and one dealing with life" and it's the film i didn't know the name of. "During One Night" it's called, barmaid is Susan Hampshire.

(said terrible injury, the bit i'd missed before now, is losing his penis (probably more). whilst still a virgin (hence prompting the other one's visit to the prostitute). kills himself over it in the end)

koogs, Friday, 19 February 2021 16:45 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

This Caesar and Cleopatra on Talking Pictures at the moment is kinda terrible but the colours are lovely, totally unlike the kind of colours you'd get on modern film. some are a touch too subtle, some are more vivid than you'd expect.

clip here:

koogs, Friday, 16 April 2021 10:54 (two months ago) link

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