Monday 26 November 2018

Talkie Talk #39 - Adam Bowen mentions the new movies and unearths treasures on TV by Alfred Hitchcock (two) and Tod Browning among others


Cine Latino Film Festival finishes on Wednesday


Sorry to Bother You – Lakeith Stanfield discovers he can succeed as a telemarketer if he sounds white.

Second Act – working in a lowly Z-Mart, Jennifer Lopez, is passed over for promotion, so she punches a hole in the glass/class/ageist ceiling.

Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) – Christmas fun in a small town invaded by zombies.

Lean on Pete (2017) – homeless teen (Charlie Plummer) finds purpose, thanks to a has-been racehorse and a crusty father-figure (Steve Buscemi). A Film Alert favourite. Reviews here,here, and here.   

Normandy Nude/Normandie Nue– a farming community considers reviving its fortunes via a dak-dropping initiative.

Creed II– Boxer, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) fights again - with help from Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), again.

The Grinch– animated Christmas fun.

Louis Theroux: Love Without Limits– doco about polyamorous pursuits in Portland (the bohemian capital of Oregon).


Wednesday 10.30pm & Thursday 2.30pm Fox ClassicsDial M For Murder(1954) – not one of Hitchcock’s best; but a stagey, suspenseful “perfect murder” yarn. Ex tennis pro, (a thoroughly nasty) Ray Milland, plots to kill his missus, the ludicrously beautiful Grace Kelly.

Friday 12.00pm 9Gem:Hue and Cry (1946) – cleverly plotted Ealing comedy about a bunch of young East End lads, who discover that their favourite comic (weekly) is being used by villains to pass coded informationAlistair Sim stars, Charles Crichton directs a script by T.E.B. Clarke; it’s photographed by Douglas Slocombe, and the score is by Georges Auric. A bargain!

Saturday 10am 9Gem: Early, minor Hitchcock talkie, Number Seventeen(1932), about a jewel thief (Anne Grey), who reforms, and helps the cops hunt down her former gang. Of interest to die-hard Hitchcock fans.

Irving Pichel as the servant Sandor, Dracula
Saturday 1.45pm 9GemDracula (1931) - the original talkie, which kick-started the Universal Studios horror cycle. Hungarian, Bela Lugosi, was the talkies’ first Drac; he's chilling as the depraved, sepulchral parasite.  Karl Freund’s photography is disconcerting. Director Tod Browning nails the first 20 minutes, but can’t disguise the scenario’s stage origins.

Saturday 5.15pm 9GemAgainst All Flags (1952) – Average pirate hokum, but shot in Technicolor (by Russell Metty) with a great cast: Errol Flynn, Maureen O’Hara (as Prudence “Spitfire” Stevens), Anthony Quinn and Mildred Natwick.


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