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Neutral Port As war breaks out the British and Germans are trying to find out what the other is doing. A merchant ship is sunk by a U-Boat and the captain vows to get his own back on the Germans. He steals a German ship and is promptly sunk. Arrested on return to the neutral country he escapes with the help of his crew, steals another German ship but lures U-Boats into a trap but is yet again sunk this time by carrier based bombers. Of its time.

 

A Lifetime of Comedy Clips programme showing Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Ben Turpin and Bing Crosby all doing various gags but none of the really famous ones which is nice.

 

Castle Sinister After the murder of a British officer the intelligence services investigate as a hooded figure may be responsible. Actually it is a spy up to no good. Dated.

 

Dean Martin A Legend in Concert This is a selection of Dean singing in the 1950s a selection of different songs. Passable.

 

Operation Diplomat: A surgeon is asked to operate on a man and to keep it quiet. But then when he tries to find out more people start dying. Worth a look.

 

Overlord (1975) A black and white film looking at a British soldier going from recruitment through training to landing on D-Day where he is killed. Less a strict narrative than a musing on death. If you are looking for action, then avoid. Otherwise worth a look. 

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The City On the Egde of Forever. Arguably the best episode of the original series, and certainly one of the most powerful. I suppose that every sci-fi series eventually addresses the issue of "one (or

Just rewatched The Shadow. I may be in the minority, but I really liked Baldwin's Shadow, and the characters in it. John Lone was excellent as the over the top Shiwan Khan, Tim Curry made a great toad

Just finished watching The Shadow again. I so wish that this had been a success at the box office. It's one of my favorites.  

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Wolf Hall, previously featured on Masterpiece Theatre on PBS and recently made available on Amazon Prime streaming. I've always been a fan of historical dramas since the mix of history, dramatic license, and director's perspective inspires me to research more on my own for additional insight.

 

It was definitely a talented all-star cast depicting the political rise of Thomas Cromwell and his rivalry with Sir (later Saint) Thomas More during the reign of King Henry VIII in a first-rate production. 🙂

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I've been making my way through Star Trek: The Next Generation, and today's episode is "Tapestry", the one where Captain Picard gets to go back in time to try to avoid getting impaled in a bar fight.

 

I have to say although I have enjoyed this episode in the past, I've never really appreciated how well Patrick Stewart and John de Lancie play off each other. It's a thing of beauty.

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3 hours ago, Pariah said:

I just finished watching The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Like WandaVision, I thought it was really well done, although it had a completely different tone. Anthony Mackie had a particularly compelling performance in this last episode, I thought.


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    Me too, I liked the part at the end where things got tied together.  There was a nice balance overall between stuff I expected being a long time fan of the comics and MCU changes that caught me by surprise.
   I highly recommend the series and I’m looking forward to the Loki series coming out in May.

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I saw part of a brilliant production of Julius Caesar on Youtube, at the tail end of its single-week run. Shakespeare's play about one of the most famous of all political conspiracies in history was re-located to West Africa, with an all-African cast. I really wish I knew who some of these actors are and where I can find more of their work. The setting proves a perfect fit, but then again I would be hard-pressed to find anyplace, from realms of myth and wonder to the far-flung stars, where Julius Caesar wouldn't work if cast and directed well.

 

Now I'm trying to find it again. The rare DVD will only play on PAL sets, and I couldn't tell for sure if it was actually available on Amazon Prime in North America.

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Mumford and Sons Live from South Africa Dust and Thunder

This is coverage of the last night of the South African tour by the band Mumford and Sons. Not bad at all. but I am familiar with the work.

 

First Man

This is a film about Neil Armstrong with Ryan Gosling playing the eponymous astronaut. It was interesting to see the pre-Apollo stuff and also the fact that he was kept in quarantine after returning to Earth. Fascinating but not thrilling.

 

The Man With the Iron Heart

This is another film about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. The first hour looks at the career of Heydrich up to the killing and then we meet the Czechs and Slovaks trained by the Special Operations Executive to kill him. It follows how the assassins plan and then execute the killing despite the fact that it goes on. And then there are the reprisals. In this respect it follows Operation Daybreak which is my favourite of the films on this subject. Second film in a week where Jason Clarke died. (The other was First Man)

 

Heaven Can Wait

A man appears before the Devil following his death to plead his case about being admitted to Hell. He is not asking for his sins to be diminished but instead to be used as evidence that he belongs there. He does so by telling about his effect on women. This is the 1943 version with Don Ameche as Henry Van Cleve. It is not bad and worth it for Ameche alone if you are only aware of Cocoon.

 

New Order at Alexandra Palace

One of my favourite tracks is Blue Monday as it was one of the only things that would get me dancing. So seeing a nearly two hour concert was good. They also did some old Joy Division.

 

Concert for George

This was a concert given to the memory of George Harrison. The first bit is music from India curated by Ravi Shanker and then there are contributions from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne and the two surviving Beatles Ringo Starr and Pail McCartney. A touching tribute.

 

 

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Falcon and the Winter Soldier: I really enjoyed it, and it was nice to see some familiar faces again. (Disney+)

 

The Wiz: Musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum work. It desperately needed to be edited down from its 2 hour and 15 minute runtime. (Peacock)

 

The Shadow: I have to admit, I like this one more than the critics did. Based upon the original books and radio plays. (Blu-ray)

 

The Expanse (Season 5): What a live-action adaptation of Traveller would feel like. (Amazon Prime)

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On 4/24/2021 at 1:32 PM, Greywind said:

Invincible

 

This is excellent so far.  I would say it's the best superhero animated series since Young Justice and the Timm Justice League and JL Unlimited.

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11 hours ago, Ternaugh said:

The Wiz: Musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum work. It desperately needed to be edited down from its 2 hour and 15 minute runtime. (Peacock)

 

The Shadow: I have to admit, I like this one more than the critics did. Based upon the original books and radio plays. (Blu-ray)

I will stop and watch either of these if not doing something else. I would have liked to see a sequel to The Shadow. Of course, I liked Billy Zanes The Phantom and wish they had done more with that or a series.

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Caught up on two of the new DC Animated films.

 

Justice Society World War II: Modern Flash travels to WWII where he meets Wonder Woman, Hourman, Jay Garrick, Hawkman, and Black Canary.

 

Batman Soul of the Dragon: Batman teams up with Shiva, Not-Shaft, and Not-Bruce-Lee.

 

Both were solid films.

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Bowie, Prince and Music Legends we lost in 2016

This cheated a little by looking at Lemmy who died on 28th December 2015. This was seen as a precurser to the deaths of Bowie and Prince but Keith Emerson, George Martin and Leonard Cohen were also looked at.

 

Foo Fighters: Austin City Limits

Another of the Austin City Limits concerts this time with the Foo Fighters.

 

Brian Johnson meets Dave Grohl

The AC/DC frontman is doing a series of interviews with various music personnel. Here he spoke with Dave Grohl about how Dave started in music and his career. From going around in a van, his first band, joining Nirvana, the Foo Fighters and his leg break. If you like the Foo Fighters, you will like this.

 

The Hot Rock

Paul Newman and George Segal team up to steal a gem and return it to an African state. The attempts keep going wrong. This film from 1972 by Peter Yates is more uplifting as the director felt everyone else was downbeat and he wanted to do something opposite.

 

Pain and Gain

Based on the true story of the murders around the Sun Gym in Miami with Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie and Dwayne Johnson as the bodybuilder criminals. Ed Harris is in a support role. Worth a look

 

Straight Outta Compton

This is the official biography of NWA. Entertaining and it is really scary how much Ice Cube's son looks like his younger self who he portrays here. Repeated viewings are a must.

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5 hours ago, pinecone said:

The Nevers...not the best, not the worst. Sort of Heroes, but in London, in the Victorian era.

 

I like the main characters. They're not "obvious" so there's layers of motivations and background being revealed each episode. And having ladies as the main characters in an era when ladies didn't have equal rights or substantial freedoms is interesting (particularly because the show isn't being preachy about it not being RIGHT but is just dealing with it as part of the environment).

 

Do you understand the origin story of Ms. True at all? 

 

There's talk about her being "left behind" which seems to be a point of trauma for her. There's talk about her having been in a war (before WWI). We know she tried to drown herself (whether voluntarily or involuntarily). There's also oblique references about her knowing (apparently beyond doubt) that the future will be better but she apparently has no power to foresee the distant future.

 

I thought maybe she was supposed to be on the mysterious skyship when it left. My wife thinks that it's a simple explanation like a loved one went off to war and was killed. And maybe she lived in the war zone. (Boer War? India?)

 

Opinions?

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16 minutes ago, archer said:

 

I like the main characters. They're not "obvious" so there's layers of motivations and background being revealed each episode. And having ladies as the main characters in an era when ladies didn't have equal rights or substantial freedoms is interesting (particularly because the show isn't being preachy about it not being RIGHT but is just dealing with it as part of the environment).

 

Do you understand the origin story of Ms. True at all? 

 

There's talk about her being "left behind" which seems to be a point of trauma for her. There's talk about her having been in a war (before WWI). We know she tried to drown herself (whether voluntarily or involuntarily). There's also oblique references about her knowing (apparently beyond doubt) that the future will be better but she apparently has no power to foresee the distant future.

 

I thought maybe she was supposed to be on the mysterious skyship when it left. My wife thinks that it's a simple explanation like a loved one went off to war and was killed. And maybe she lived in the war zone. (Boer War? India?)

 

Opinions?

No idea, but she seems like a fractured time character. I think she might date back to an earlier visitation, or was flung backwards from the future. She has a strong connection to murder girl, and seems to be the one who had her commited.

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