Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2013|
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by Allan Fish
Another effort to move Field Marshal Haig’s drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin.
(UK 1983-1989 815m) DVD1/2
I have a cunning plan
p John Lloyd d Martin Sharlow, Mandie Fletcher w Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson, Ben Elton m Howard Goodall
Rowan Atkinson (Generations of Edmund Blackadder), Tony Robinson (Generations of Baldrick), Tim McInnerny (Percy/Captain Darling), Stephen Fry (Lord Melchett/ General Melchett), Miranda Richardson (Elizabeth I), Brian Blessed (Richard IV), Elspet Gray, Patsy Byrne, Robert East, Frank Finlay, Miriam Margolyes, Jim Broadbent,
For a series that began life on BBC2 to only lukewarm original praise, the change of co-writer to Ben Elton and move to BBC1 paid unprecedented dividends. Even those who do not rate the efforts of Curtis and Elton elsewhere have to bite their tongue when ‘the Adder‘ is mentioned, because without them it wouldn’t have existed at all. Here’s a comedy that lasted four series (and three varying specials) simply because on each occasion it literally reinvented itself by moving forward in time. The first series, set during the Wars of the Roses, was undoubtedly the weakest, but had numerous cherishable moments. Then its star took time off from writing duties, a new director was found, and Elton entered the fray. The second series had been intended to run in autumn 1985, but was held back for release in the new year, and even now I have misty recollections of watching that first episode as a twelve year old schoolboy. This truly is the all-time peak of British TV comedy in terms of writing and ensemble playing. (more…)
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Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2013|
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Screen cap from Australian charmer “The Sapphires” about Down Under soul-singing quartet
by Sam Juliano
March of last year boasted some lovely Spring weather, as 19 of the first 22 days of the month yielded to temperatures of 60 degrees and higher in the metropolitan area. This year the number of days that have gone 60 degrees or higher is zero. With snow, and numbers in the low 30’s we’ve seen a raw extension of the Winter season, and can only hope that April will finally reverse the dogged course. A late weather report today is revealing that we will have several inches of snow today, starting in the morning.
The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival will be launching in Manhattan on Thursday April 18th, and will run until Sunday April 28th. If everything goes as expected I will be attending quite a few films with Lucille during the ten day period on passes that are likely to be sent my way. As was the case like last year, I will be exhaustively covering the festival at WitD.
The U.S. congress has once again showed it’s cowardice, bowing to the powerful NRA gun lobby by killing the assault weapon ban that has been so vigorously proposed after the Newtown tragedy back in December. When anyone looks at the terrible events that defined that incomparable calamity, it’s clear that mental health issues are to be considered as strongly as the matter of gun control. But regardless, weapons of war have no place on the streets, and congress have proven themselves unwitting enablers of future disasters. (more…)
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