Archive for August 7th, 2012

by J.D. Lafrance

So how did the 1970s – a decade known for its nihilistic cinema – give birth to some of the best sports comedies in history? With ease, irreverence, and cynicism. In the big four—baseball (The Bad News Bears), football (Semi-Tough), and basketball (Fast Break) and even cycling (Breaking Away)–arguably the best was Slap Shot (1977), a foul-mouthed rowdy take on a minor league hockey team about to fold. Directed by George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), it starred Paul Newman as the veteran player-coach of a team that desperately tries to keep afloat with hilarious results. Screenwriter Nancy Dowd based much of the screenplay on her brother’s experiences playing minor league hockey. This lent a great deal of authenticity to the hockey-player hijinks on and off the ice. The film received mixed reviews when it was initially released but has gone on to become a much-beloved cult film and is considered by both GQ and Sports Illustrated to be one of the best sports films ever made.

Right from the start, the film sets a satirical tone with an amusing television interview as the Charlestown Chief’s goalkeeper (Yvon Barrette) explains in his thick French-Canadian accent the fundamentals of several key penalties in hockey and what happens to a player when they commit one of them: “You do that you go to the box. Two minutes by yourself. You feel shame and then you get free.” This scene gives us an audacious little taste of what’s to come. (more…)

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by Allan Fish

(UK 2005- 4,696m) DVD1/2

The shining world of the seven systems

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Christopher Eccleston (9th Doctor), David Tennant (10th Doctor), Matt Smith (11th Doctor), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), John Simm (The Master), John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Alex Kingston (River Song), Arthur Darvill (Rory), Bernard Cribbins (Wilf Noble), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Derek Jacobi (Prof Yana), Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow),

Can anyone really have expected the rebirth of a TV cult to have been such a success?  The purists probably complained at some of the revisionist touches, but frankly they were living in a fantasy land of their own if they thought Doctor Who could come back as it was.  The original series was a cult that almost single-handedly repelled the boarders of the Starship Enterprise in British hearts.  Writer Russell T.Davies took the original mythology of the timelords, borrowed heavily from the Generation X style of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and added his own twist and came up with the biggest home grown popular small screen hit of the new millennium. (more…)

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