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by John Greco

Office politics has changed a lot over the years but sex in the workplace, in one form or another, is alive and well. Billy Wilder’s superb comedy/drama is a time capsule look back at one man’s struggle on how to succeed in business by lending out his apartment to four middle level company executives on various nights for their extramarital liaisons. In exchange, the four executives praise our antihero at work, writing glowing reports on him to senior management, including putting in good words with Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) the top dog at personnel.

C.C. “Bud” Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is the original lonely guy, an actuarial, crunching out numbers for a major insurance company. Baxter works at a drab grey desk in a large corporate office building, populated by faceless individuals all working at hundreds of other drab grey desks.

Baxter’s home life consists of frozen dinners, watching TV and cleaning up the empty liquor bottles left over from the night’s escapades, bottles which he leaves outside his apartment door for garbage pickup, suggesting, to his neighbors, Dr. Dreyfuss (Jack Kruschen) and his wife, that Baxter leads a wild life of swinging parties. (more…)

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by Allan Fish

(UK 1995-1998 636m) DVD1/2

I love my brick!

p  Geoffrey Perkins, Lissa Evans, Mary Bell  d  Declan Lowney  w  Graham Linehan, Arthur Matthews  m  The Divine Comedy

Dermot Morgan (Father Ted Crilly), Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Dougal Maguire), Frank Kelly (Father Jack Hackett), Pauline McLynn (Mrs Doyle), Maurice O’Donoghue (Father Dick Byrne), Dan Wycherley (Father Cyril Macduff), Jim Norton (Bishop Len Brennan), Graham Norton (Father Noel Furlong),

Father Ted wasn’t a perfect comedy series.  In truth the second series was not up to the standard of the first and third.  Perhaps it was overexposure.  Perhaps it was merely a certain complacency that set in after the rapturous acclaim for the first series.  The fact remains, though, that the third series was a triumph, and also a very poignant one.  Star Dermot Morgan tragically died but days before the first episode of that final series aired on Channel 4, and thus it had a sense of the dedicatory about it.  Actually, it had been agreed that series three would have been the last anyway, so let us savour what we have, and over a decade on from the airing of that last episode, and we last said goodbye to our heroes as they headed disconsolately back from the airport to the Craggy Island Parochial House, it has lost not one bit of its truly mad genius. (more…)

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