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Sir Hilary Bray

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  1. National Lampoon's Animal House never seen it before, never even knew the late Harold Ramis had a hand in it and found it a riot. Found it great to see the likes of Matheson, McGill, Riegert and of course John Vernon in it. And quite a score by Elmer Bernstein of all people. I think I heard an interview where he was asked to do the film and said he hadn't done comedies or something and decided to approach it like a serious film. Well...I quote loosely.
  2. Dinosaur Wrangler. Oh, if only the great Bob Peck was still with us. That would've been something to see.
  3. the new, 47th series of Have I Got News For You. And you know, I'd try quoting stuff here abouts but for some reason my quote function isn't working. I imagine my microsoft update to IE11 has not helped.
  4. Last Temptation isn't too bad, Willem Dafoe is excellent.
  5. some movies on the cheap: Carrington VC Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex But Were Afraid to Ask MASH now...had to explain who Woody Allen was beyond the basic: "He's funny and American, right?"
  6. As Kelso once said in that 70s show: "That's freaking profound!" We reach.
  7. I wondered for a minute. Got to see about the soundtrack. Imagine it lurks somewhere if not on FSM.
  8. Definitely uneven and maybe a tad longer than it should've been. Virtually an hour longer than the original. Still, I imagine this is still better than King Kong Lives!
  9. King Kong '76 a strangely entertaining film, I say that as in some places it's quite naff. Man in a gorilla suit, back projection and so forth but this time round it has Charles Grodin going for it -pure corporate creep. Rene Auberjonois (any non-Odo apprearance is welcomed), Jessica Lange's legs, even Jeff Bridges who seems faintly uninterested at times (or maybe it's just me) -maybe this is how the Dude ended up as you see him in Big Lebrowski, he was on this King Kong caper. Oh, and most importantly, John Barry. The measure of a man in doing sublime music no matter the film. At times the instrumental for "Are You In There?" is quite beautiful, haunting even -beauty and the beast.
  10. What about the Starbuck episode? Sort of. The best of the bunch but it was too little too late for 1980. But then the original series was plagued by problems negating a decent second season (would it have happened).
  11. the fact that CSI at any rate is in its 13th/14th season is mind boggling. Vegas seems to have the same loss of life as Midsomer or Jersey
  12. Or maybe we're all figments of some kids imagination.
  13. Like Galactica 1980, we pretend that 80s show never happened.
  14. Join us when we raise...Noah's Ark.
  15. The Cowboys enjoyable movie. The more I see it, the more it grows on me. Initially it was Wayne/Andersen's interaction with the kids. The very first time one of the kids looks at him in the class he gives a hard look back. Then gradually as they learn the ropes, paternal but not heavily so because he once was a kid doing the same thing. Kids both keen to impress but also maybe to grow up. Yet a brutal film (maybe not greatly so), one of the boys is tramped to death, another is roughed up by Bruce Dern and on top of that you see Wayne knocked about which doesn't often happen. The real bite is in the final quarter as after Wayne's death the boys set about getting the herd back, and with the help of Roscoe Lee Browne, do so and with violence. The boys become cowboys. Wayne himself is quite good, his scene with Bruce Dern a key example. Bruce Dern slimy, creepy and gets a deserved comeuppence and of course Roscoe Lee Browne who suggests a menace deep down whilst handling a 'mother hen' role with the kids. And of course, the score. At once light and humourous (Learning the Ropes, School Boys of Cowboys) and then dark, dramatic and moving (A Sad Day, Stealing Back the Herd). "I regret trifling with married women. I'm thoroughly ashamed at cheating at cards. I deplore my occasional departures from the truth. Forgive me for taking your name in vain, my Saturday drunkenness, my Sunday sloth. Above all, forgive me for the men I've killed in anger [eyes shifting to Asa Watts] and those I am about to."
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