Sunday 10 February 2019

Adam Bowen's Talkie Talk #46 - The week's new movies plus TV screenings of THE ANGRY SILENCE, SPARTACUS and BORN YESTERDAY plus a note remembering Albert Finney


At Eternity’s Gate– Willem Dafoe is Van Gogh in the latest biopic of the Dutch painter.

Alta: Battle Angel– a young woman’s struggle to find herself, and to change the world - with a spot of biff.

Scotch: A Golden Dream– doco on the history of Scotch whisky

Isn’t it Romantic? Not a re-tread of the 1948 Veronica Lake vehicle, but a comedy, starring Rebel Wilson

The Night is Short, Walk On Girl (2017) – animated adventures of a young girl.

Gully Boy - Mumbai street rappers come of age.

Instant Family– Rose Byrne & Mark Wahlberg foster three children. Hilarity, tears and hugs ensue.

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)drama, based on James Baldwin’s novel of African-American struggles in Harlem.


Tuesday 12 noon, 9Gem: The Comedy Man (1964) Kenneth More stars as an ageing repertory actor, trying his luck in the big city. Breezy, bittersweet, and affectionate portrayal of the daily rounds of a struggling thespian. Also features Angela Douglas, Billie Whitelaw and Cecil Parker.

Tuesday 8.30pm & Wednesday 11.45am, Fox Classics: The Deer Hunter (1978) – lengthy, slightly plodding but sincere portrait of the effect of the Vietnam war on a Pennsylvania steel-worker community. Robert de Niro, John Cazale, Meryl Streep.

Scroll down here to read the notes from a one off Cinema Reborn screening of the 40th anniversary 4K restoration

Wednesday 10.40pm & Thursday 1.45pm, Fox Classics: Born Yesterday (1950)– Judy Holliday shines as the girlfriend of a gangster (Broderick Crawford), who’s educated by William Holden.

Friday 8.30pm & Noon Saturday, Fox Classics: Spartacus (1960) – Earnest sword and sandal epic, starring Kirk Douglas as the leader of a slaves’ revolt against Roman tyrants. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Dalton Trumbo, and photographed by Russell Metty. Also stars Jean Simmons and Laurence Olivier.

Saturday 11am, 9GemThe Angry Silence (1959) A factory worker, Richard Attenborough, falls foul of the unions when he refuses to join a strike. It’s a curious mixture of melodrama, union-bashing and character study; social realism and domestic drama. 

Sunday 4pm 9GemThe Big Country (1958) Epic, starry, slightly cool, but expertly made western about a feud over water rights. Gregory Peck unstiffens; Jean Simmons is loveable; Burl Ives is nasty; Franz Planer’s lensing is exquisite, and Jerome Moross’s score is splendid. Record it and speed through the abundance of seniors-centric commercials.

VALE: Albert Finney (left, born 1936, Salford, UK), working class lad, who created the stage roles of Luther and Billy Liar, and was unforgettable as the “hero” of Saturday Night and SundayMorning (1960). He became an international movie star as Tom Jones (1963), and went on to play scores of roles, including Churchill, Poirot, Scrooge and Daddy Warbucks

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