NEW IN CINEMAS THIS WEEK
They Shall Not Grow Old (above)– Peter Jackson’s meticulously researched and dazzlingly presented doco of WW1.
Journey’s End (2017)– latest screen version of R.C. Sherrif’s play set in the WW1 trenches of 1917. Starring Paul Bettany and Sam Clafin.
Suspiria – remake of the Dario Argento horror flick set in a German ballet school.
Girl in the Spider’s Web– Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) is back, and embroiled in cyberhacking, corruption, depravity and sadism.
Boy Erased–gay teenage boy endures a parent-supported, church-supported programme to un-gay him. (Good luck with that)
Sarkar– Our hero takes on corrupt politicians who are threatening the livelihoods of Tamil-Nadu fishermen.
Thugs of Hindostan– Massively expensive warfare adventure for 2 hours and 44 minutes.
Patrick– not another remake of the Aussie horror pic, but a British comedy about a young woman who inherits a pesky pet.
Penguin Highway– Animated adventure/mystery involving penguins and dental hygiene.
ON THE TELLY
7Flix 8.30 pm Sunday The Shawshank Redemption(1994) One of Stephen King’s great non-horror yarns, well told, but not briefly, so recording is advised (to speed through the commercials.) Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, a score by Thomas Newman, and particularly good use of a Mozart duet.
VALE:Screen Luminaries Who Recently Left Us
Eleanor Witcombe, (above) South Australian-born (1923) screenwriter, playwright and novelist; famous for scripts of My Brilliant Career (1979) and The Getting of Wisdom (1977)
|Liz Fraser (later in life, left) and in a Carry On movie|
Liz Fraser, (b. 1930), fabulous cockney character actress, unforgettable in I’m Alright Jack (1959) and many other British comedies. Her career spanned six decades.She once said: “I’ve been robbed and attacked. I’ve been in accidents. My first husband was a thief, my second husband died young. Life teaches you about life, acting doesn’t.”
John D. Lamond (b 1947, above in the 70s) Aussie producer and director, most famously of soft-porn comedies like Pacific Banana (1980) but also of genre adventures like Sky Pirates (1986)