Archive for November 6th, 2009

Hi! Sam Juliano, Allan, and Wonders in the Dark readers…
WitD readers, I’ am so happy that Sam Juliano, so graciously, let me use his blog Wonders in the Dark as a platform to announce the give away of two autograph copies of authors Eric Beetner’s and J.B.Kohl’s just released mystery novel…“One Too Many Blows To The Head.”

I hope to return to Wonders in the Dark and post information about the contest shortly, but in the meantime, I was very fortunate to discuss with author Eric Beetner, which boxing films are his favorite(s) and which ones were most forgettable.

Therefore, Wonders in the Dark readers, as you wait for details about the contest…Please let author Eric Beetner, author J.B. Kohl, Sam Juliano, and Allan Fish know which boxing films are your favorites and which ones were forgettable. (more…)

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by Allan Fish

(UK 1998 350m) DVD1/2

It just keeps rolling along

p  Catherine Wearing  d  Julian Faring  w  Sandy Welch  novel  Charles Dickens  ph  David Odd  ed  Frances Parker  m  Adrian Johnston  art  Malcolm Thornton  cos  Mike O’Neill

Steven Mackintosh (John Rokesmith), Anna Friel (Bella Wilfer), Keeley Hawes (Lizzie Hexam), Paul McGann (Eugene Wrayburn), David Morrissey (Bradley Headstone), Peter Vaughan (Mr Boffin), Pam Ferris (Mrs Boffin), Timothy Spall (Mr Venus), Kenneth Cranham (Silas Wegg), Katy Murphy (Jenny Wren), Dominic Mafham (Mortimer Lightwood), David Schofield (Gaffer Hexam), David Bradley (Rogue Riderhood), Edna Dore (Betty Higden), Margaret Tyzack (Lady Tippins), Robert Lang (Mr Tremlow), Paul Bailey (Charlie Hexam), Anthony Calf (Alfred Lammle), Peter Wight (Mr Wilfer), Catrina Yuill (Lavinia Wilfer), Michael Culkin (Mr Veneering), Martin Hancock (Sloppy), Linda Bassett (Abby Paterson), Rachel Power (Pleasant Riderhood), Willie Ross (Mr Dolls),

Admittedly the allusion to a great Broadway musical may not at first seem appropriate when discussing a classic nineteenth century novel, until you remember that the song in question alludes to the mystique of the Mississippi.  And for the Mississippi read the Thames, for that is, to all intents and purposes, what Dickens’ masterpiece is about.  Indeed, it’s fair enough to say that, though cinematically speaking David Lean stands tall to cineastes, this may well be the greatest adaptation of Dickens, strictly as an adaptation, ever seen.  It even does Edzard’s Little Dorrit one better. (more…)

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