social media has its critics
It also has shameless people like me
Meet Jorge - a San Diego based videographer I DMd randomly via instagram two days ago. I asked if he's open to a collab when I arrive in SD this Wednesday
He's bang up for it
We meet Thurs
I burn Friday 🔥🇺🇸🌴
Yawn. It's not that time has been unkind to The L-Shaped Room (1962); it's that time has made its characters and themes slightly less interesting than they were 50 years ago.
In a nutshell: French, single, and pregnant Jane (Leslie Caron) moves into a room (it's L-shaped!) in a London boarding house. Other people live there too. Jane talks to them.
And that's about it! Not a whole lot happens in The L-Shaped Room. The premise (Jane is single and pregnant, gasp!) serves as fodder for Jane's encounters with the residents of the boarding house, and is the source of much of the films conflict. However in 2019 a woman being single and pregnant gets more of a "you do you!" and less of a "you poor thing, what is society going to do with you"
Credit where credit is due: in many ways The L-Shaped Room is quite progrsssive. Black characters are actually written as characters and not as stereotypes (i.e the help, really the only role for black actors pre-Sidney Poitier), and gay characters are not only present but treated with dignity.
Brock Peters puts in some strong work as Jane's neighbor. But then there's a scene where his character, Johnny, becomes angry at Jane for having sex out of wedlock, and all that progressive good will is lost.
Leslie Caron is better than the movie around her. Caron is luminous, lovely, radiant, graceful, and strong; beneath Jane's soft spoken voice and gentle demeanor is a tower of bravery and strength. Caron is a quiet force, and her reckoning is powerful.
It's really a pity The L-Shaped Room hasn't aged as well as Caron's performance; it's a performance that deserves to be seen in a film that, decidedly, does not.
Have you seen The L-Shaped Room? Let's hear it!
Upcoming Sian and Peter related stuff, really 😂
• 28th April: BAFTA Craft- Peter, Sian and Paul are nominated for Best Comedy Writer (thanks @comedysuze2 😂)
• 8th May: Taskmaster- Sian is on Taskmaster, which starts Wednesday 8th May on Dave
• 12th May: BAFTA TV- The Finale of Car Share is nominated for Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment (link to vote is in my bio!). Usually televised, I think a few days after the ceremony on BBC One
• And I thought I’d include birthdays, because why not? Online there’s two different dates for Sian’s Birthday (but you know the Queen has two birthdays...😂) but I’m pretty sure this is the right one 😂💕
- #siangibson#peterkay#peterkayscarshare#carshare#baftatv#baftacraft#baftas#taskmaster - I own nothing
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to feel this glam every day!!!I 🤣🤣 This outfit brings back Great memories of a star studded night at the BAFTAS where we won 5!
I Love looking back through all my pictures. A really memorable night and probably a once in a lifetime experience never to be forgotten!
And so grateful to @markmeliadesigns for making this amazing dress for me 👗.... I just need another big occasion so I can wear it again lol!! I felt like a real princess for a night! 🤣
Yesterday we reached 56% of our goal. THANK YOU so much! 😮
As always our current backers will be treated to some sneak previews and uncut footage with our Ambassadors @cairo_leon@maxineheron@cambellkenneford (happy birthday Cambell!) @lor_voldemort and @hugohernandez.c before being posted to our socials.
That’s not all of course. 😘 As an extra exclusive reward anyone who has backed so far will be treated to BTS audition tapes after we have filmed our search for Alex!
If you haven’t already, you should really get on board. 😉🎁 Link in bio ⬆️
A Man For All Seasons (1966) is handsomely filmed, well acted, solidly directed, morally fulfilling - and that's what makes it kinda boring! Theres nothing horribly wrong with this Best Picture winner per se, but it's hard not to feel if something *had* gone horribly wrong in its execution, it would be slightly more interesting.
In a nutshell: Thomas Moore (Paul Scofield) is asked to annull the marriage between King Henry (Robert Shaw) and his wife Catherine of Aragon (a big no-no in the Catholic church) so that the king may marry his side chick, Anne Boleyn. Thomas Moore refuses. Bad things follow.. If this sounds familiar to you that's because its history, and you already know everything that's going to happen before it happens - spoiler alert, it doesn't go great for Thomas Moore.
The greatest strength of A Man For All Seasons by far is the performances. Paul Scofield is 50 Shades of Quiet Dignity and if the film succeeds at all it's because he embodies his unwavering principles with equal parts stoicism and vulnerability (Side note: he won an Oscar for this)
Wendy Hiller is terrific as Moore's soon to be widow, and she plays a particular scene in Moore's prison cell with profound heart ache.
The holy trinity of performances is completed by Robert Shaw as King Henry VIII - petty, tumultuous, and child-like it may well be the most gleefully temperamental interpretation of the coppernose King.
The problem is there's no risks taken in the telling of this story that makes Moore's dilemma seem fresh or urgent or translatable to the 21st century. It's a faithful retelling of a dramatic moment in history - nothing more or less.
If you're a diehard for English history then A Man For All Seasons will make you wet yourself. The casual moviegoer can watch "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" instead.
What are your thoughts on A Man For All Seasons?
Dr Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is surely the greatest satire to emerge from the 60s, if not the greatest satire of all time. It's teeth are so razor sharp and it's indictment of politics and fragile masculinity so scathing that it's bite still wounds over 50 years later.
In a nutshell: Bat-shit US Air Force General Jack D. Ripper goes rogue and orders a nuclear bomb to destroy the U.S.S.R. It is up to U.S. and Russian officials to prevent the planes from reaching their target and setting off a Doomsday machine that will destroy the world.
Although the masterful Stanley Kubrick is at the helm, Dr Strangelove explodes into the stratosphere of great satire entirely because of one performance (or is that three performances?). Peter Sellers is nothing short of astonishing in his triple-role as President Muffley, RAF Captain Lionel Mandrake, and the titular Dr Strangelove, a deranged Nazi German whose hand has a life of its own. To call Peter Sellers' performance genius would be an understatement - each scene he commands is a masterclass of tempo and timing. He practically invents comedy before our eyes.
It's hard to imagine Dr Strangelove working without Peter Sellers - the material is so dry and dark that only a true genius is capable of bringing out the script's satirical elements without turning the film into a farce. Thank God for Peter Sellers.
Sellers is matched by an equally game George C Scott as the ultra-Conservative, ultra-machismo, war-mongering General Buck Turgidson. Their first scene together, when the General and President discuss the unfolding situation in the War Room is the highest order of comedy.
And the final scene with Dr Strangelove wrestling against his autonomous, gloved, right hand before exclaiming "Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!" is game changing
A genre defining film that holds up, and then some.
Have you seen Dr Strangelove?
The first EVER 5-STAR review 61 HUGS received was from film blogger @lgthblog, October 2018
It was an honour to add Lucy's name to the official flyer/poster
I sent her a bunch of flyers in the post this week, then she stunned me by doing this 😲😊:)
The moment when Rylan Clark-Neal, Scarlett Moffatt, Merlin Griffiths, Cici Coleman and Tom Read Wilson got VERY excited watching Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment BAFTA Award Nominations in the Staying In-In on the beach in Brighton this week. The popcorn went everywhere! Great fun filming with them #wearesixthree#mustseemoment#baftatv#virginmediabaftas#baftas#popcorn