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    Originally posted by DPDPDPDP View Post
    I watched both series of Trigger Point (starring Vicky McLure fron Line of Duty). After the first couple of episodes, I thought that this is going to be crap. It did improve, but not significantly.
    Agreed. Not a patch on LoD but thinks it is.

    We are now watching the latest iteration of Dalgliesh starring Bertie Carvell in the role Roy Marsden owned so well. Considering the odious character he played in Doctor Foster, Carvell does a decent job. It’s not groundbreaking but sits comfortably in the Morse zone. And not everything has to be relentlessly grim.

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      I’m watching The Island at the Top of the World. (1974)

      Breathtakingly terrible film.

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        Is that the one with dinosaurs and cave people?

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          No, an airship and vikings.

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            Ah, sounds fantastic. I was thinking of The Land That Time Forgot possibly same stable.

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              ‘When Bob Marley Came To England’ documentary on BBC iplayer is very good.

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                Originally posted by Sits View Post
                Ah, sounds fantastic. I was thinking of The Land That Time Forgot possibly same stable.
                I recalled seeing part it it on a Disney Channel free weekend when I was about 10, and thought it looked cool. So now, 40+ years later, I saw it on Disney+ and thought maybe it would be entertaining.

                But it’s just awful.

                The guy who used to be on Good Morning America gives the most wooden performance I’ve ever seen.

                The main “eskimo” is a stereotype of the simple-but-helpful asian sidekick.

                The special effects are awful even for 1974. The “Old Norse” spoken by the Vikings is just modern Swedish and Norwegian.

                Good performance by the dog.

                Last edited by Hot Pepsi; 18-02-2024, 17:24.

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                  This has stirred a bitter childhood memory.

                  I would often be enjoying a TV programme in the early evening, only to be told to turn it off and go to bed. My mum kept strict bedtime hours and was fairly inflexible about them. One film has stuck in my mind - a bunch of American Civil War POWs escape from a camp in a balloon and end up in some sort of land that time forgot. Obviously I don't know the story proceeded from there.

                  Ring bells with anyone?

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                    That sounds like Mysterious Island, NS. It turns up now and again on Talking Pictures, Legend and other thriftily budgeted digital channels.

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                        It doesn’t make a lot of sense that they take off from Richmond and end up over the Pacific Ocean. That is about 3,000 miles and at least three mountain ranges away.

                        But now I want to see it.

                        Apparently, there are at least four film versions of it, including a TV series with Patrick Stewart.
                        Last edited by Hot Pepsi; 18-02-2024, 17:46.

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                          Originally posted by Benjm View Post
                          That sounds like Mysterious Island, NS. It turns up now and again on Talking Pictures, Legend and other thriftily budgeted digital channels.

                          Great stuff! I'll keep an eye out for it.

                          Talking of the less celebrated film channels, Paths of Glory is on Great!action, or however it styles itself, at 7.05 this evening.

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                            Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
                            It doesn’t make a lot of sense that they take off from Richmond and end up over the Pacific Ocean. That is about 3,000 miles and at least three mountain ranges away.

                            But now I want to see it.

                            Apparently, there are at least four film versions of it, including a TV series with Patrick Stewart.

                            Yes, it's fair to say that there one or two plot details that don't quite add up!

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                              That's quite the cast list - I'm not sure how often Joan Greenwood and Herbert Lom found themselves in the same production.

                              Directed by Cy Endfield, I see. I mainly know him for Zulu. Had to quit Hollywood after being blacklisted.

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                                Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
                                It doesn’t make a lot of sense that they take off from Richmond and end up over the Pacific Ocean. That is about 3,000 miles and at least three mountain ranges away.

                                But now I want to see it.

                                Apparently, there are at least four film versions of it, including a TV series with Patrick Stewart.
                                Can you imagine what kind of residuals Jules Verne would be getting if he was still alive?

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                                  Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post
                                  That's quite the cast list - I'm not sure how often Joan Greenwood and Herbert Lom found themselves in the same production.
                                  I always get distracted when Sid James turns up in minor character roles in non-saucy drama films. I watched a 1950s film last week called Campbell's Kingdom, about a struggle over land rights in Canada. Dirk Bogarde and (the great) Stanley Baker were fine as the leads, Sid and James Robertson Justice more, well, incongruous in their supporting parts. Anyway, nice location photography, worth a watch.

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                                    Originally posted by Benjm View Post

                                    I always get distracted when Sid James turns up in minor character roles in non-saucy drama films. I watched a 1950s film last week called Campbell's Kingdom, about a struggle over land rights in Canada. Dirk Bogarde and (the great) Stanley Baker were fine as the leads, Sid and James Robertson Justice more, well, incongruous in their supporting parts. Anyway, nice location photography, worth a watch.

                                    Yes, I can't quite handle the cognitive dissonance that creates. Leonard Rossiter in 2001, Leslie Nielsen in Forbidden Planet​​​​​​...

                                    All just so wrong.

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                                      Originally posted by Amor de Cosmos View Post

                                      Can you imagine what kind of residuals Jules Verne would be getting if he was still alive?
                                      Not a lot. He is a popular source for new cheap scifi films and TV largely because they don’t have to pay him royalties. That’s also why we get a new take on Sherlock Holmes every year or two.

                                      I’m not sure if that was true in the Golden Age when Disney made 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
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                                        Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
                                        Not a lot. He is a popular source for new cheap scifi films and TV largely because they don’t have to pay him royalties.
                                        Well, yeah, obviously. But he was a massive source of material and ideas ever since films' earliest days (cf: Georges Méliès​ A Trip to the Moon)

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                                          He was the Steven Spielberg of his day.

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                                            Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post
                                            That's quite the cast list - I'm not sure how often Joan Greenwood and Herbert Lom found themselves in the same production.

                                            Directed by Cy Endfield, I see. I mainly know him for Zulu. Had to quit Hollywood after being blacklisted.
                                            I’d watch it just to see Lom and Greenwood. Chief Inspector Dreyfus meets Sibella!

                                            Apart from having been a great actor, Lom must still hold the record for length ratio of real and stage surnames.

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                                              I've just watched Paths of Glory and Benjm might be interested to know that one of the main cast members, Richard Anderson, went on to play Oscar Goldman, who he referenced earlier on another thread.

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                                                The film is loosely based on this infamous event: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souain_corporals_affair

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                                                  I don’t feel good about the ending of True Detective.

                                                  This is a good episode of Curb. “Lemons are a fungible citrus.”

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                                                    Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
                                                    I don’t feel good about the ending of True Detective.
                                                    I will avoid spoilers but will only say that I was good with it. I was worried there was going to be a bunch of mystical stuff and the ending was going to be as much of a letdown as the first series. I felt like it wrapped up in an unexpected way but also in a realistic way. I wouldn't say this was one of my top shows of all time, but certainly one of the better shows during the last year. With that said, my general move is to start something, feel like I am wasting time that I can't get back, and just return to watching football or baseball.

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