Thursday 11 July 2019

Adam Bowen's Talkie talk #66 - New in cinemas plus (sigh) Audrey Hepburn et al in FUNNY FACE on the TV


Booksmart – Academically high achieving high school girls decide they’ve missed out on too much fun, and indulge themselves big time.

Crawl – During a Florida hurricane, a woman tries to save her dad and herself, but is interrupted by alligators.

Florianópolis Dream/Sueño Florianópolis– a Buenos Aires family travels to Florianópolis fora holiday. Fun, first love and the fickle finger of fate.

Armstrong– doco about the astronaut, Neil Armstrong.

Stuber– an Uber driver is recruited by his detective brother…

Super 30 – biopic of Patna mathematician Anand Kumar.

VOLVO SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL – a programme of 21 films screening in cinemas nationally from 9 July. Go North!


Audrey Hepburn
(Delay in posting means you have already missed some of these. Apologies (ed)

Tuesday 8.30pm & Wednesday Noon Fox ClassicsThe French Connection (1971)– Gene Hackman plays an unpleasant undercover policeman in this gripping, gritty thriller about the busting of a narcotics ring run by Fernando Rey (excellent). Justifiably famous for its chase sequence below and on the elevated NYC subway.

9Gem Thursday at NoonDanger Within (1958) a neat whodunit, which doesn’t take itself too seriously. Set in a WW2 Italian prisoner-of-war camp, where some bounder is snitching on the chaps who are trying to escape. Well directed by Don Chaffey, featuring Aussie actor Vincent Ball; and a very young Michael Caine, in the background.

Friday 8.30pm &Thursday Noon Fox ClassicsYoung Frankenstein (1974) – Mel Brooks’ parody in which the photography (Gerald Hirschfeld) and art direction (Dale Hennesy) outshine the laughs, but there’s enough classic silliness to detain you.

Saturday 4pm 9 GemFunny Face (1956) - a movie about Americans in Paris is not often a cause for rejoicing, but in this case, they include Audrey Hepburn (as a reluctant Vogue model) and Fred Astaire (as a Richard Avedon-style fashion photographer), dancing and singing Gershwin songs, in Technicolor and VistaVision.  Fluffy, old-fashioned fun, directed by Stanley Donen and photographed by Ray June.

Sunday 1pm 9Gem: Audrey Hepburn also makes a fleeting appearance in this Ealing Studios production, directed by Charles Crichton: The Lavender Hill Mob (1951). It’s an ingeniously wrought comedy, starring Alec Guinness as a deceptively meek bank employee, who joins forces with a souvenir manufacturer (Stanley Holloway) and some career petty-criminals (Alfie Bass and Sid James) to rob gold bullion from the Bank of England. Its script (T.E.B. Clarke) was an Oscar-winner.

Saturday 11.30pm Fox ClassicsTaxi Driver (1976) – Robert De Niro (left) plays a lonely Vietnam veteran turned taxi driver, who’s deeply affected by the hell on earth that surrounds him in the mean streets of New York. A directorial tour-de-force by Martin Scorsese; jam-packed with some of the ugliest aspects of 1970s society.

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