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Re: HG Movie Critique.

Postby Henrysix » Sun Mar 24, 2024 8:06 pm

Spleen if they repeat this can you let me know!

Very envious! Love The Keaton!
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Re: HG Movie Critique.

Postby The Creeping Spleen » Fri Apr 05, 2024 5:41 pm

At the Britannia Panopticon music hall on Wednesday night, I saw a trio of Laurel & Hardy films -

Below Zero (1930).

Double Whoopee (1929).

Our Relations (1936).

Henrysix wrote:Spleen if they repeat this can you let me know!

Very envious! Love The Keaton!

Keep an eye on the Panopticon's website mate -https://www.britanniapanopticon.org/
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Re: HG Movie Critique.

Postby The Creeping Spleen » Fri Jun 07, 2024 1:26 pm

Jim Henson Idea Man (2024).

A documentary charting the life and career of the late great Jim Henson, as told by his friends, family, and colleagues.
Honestly, I was in bits by the end of it.
A solid 10/10.


And at the Britannia Panopticon on Wednesday evening, three Laurel & Hardy classics -

Their First Mistake (1932)
Mrs. Hardy is annoyed that her husband Oliver seems to spend more time with his friend Stanley than with her. After a furious argument, Mrs. Hardy says that she will leave him if Ollie goes out with Stan again. Stan suggests that Ollie adopts a baby, which he does. Unfortunately, his wife has left their apartment on returning, and a process server delivers a paper informing Ollie that she is suing him for divorce, naming Stan as co-respondent. The boys are now left to look after the infant on their own.


Men o'War (1929)
Stan and Ollie, two sailors enjoying a reprieve from duty, encounter two aesthetically pleasing women during a leisurely stroll in the park. Eager to socialise, the sailors extend an invitation for refreshments, only to realise their financial constraints - sufficient funds for only three beverages. A protracted exchange ensues as Ollie endeavours to convey this dilemma to Stan, who struggles to comprehend the necessity for sacrifice.
Upon finally procuring three sodas, their plans are thwarted when the price exceeds their initial estimation. Ollie retaliates against Stan's earlier indiscretion by leaving him to settle the bill. However, Stan's luck takes a fortuitous turn when he wins a jackpot on a slot machine using a solitary coin.
Flush with unexpected wealth, the sailors rent a rowboat for a tranquil excursion with the ladies. Their idyllic outing soon descends into chaos as they become embroiled in a tumultuous altercation with other boaters on the lake, resulting in capsized vessels and a mass exodus of drenched individuals seeking refuge in Stan and Ollie's overcrowded boat, ultimately leading to its submersion.

Bonnie Scotland (1935)
Upon absconding from incarceration with only a week left to serve, Laurel and Hardy embark on a journey to Scotland clandestinely aboard a cattle boat. Stan, assuming the alias "Stanley McLaurel," harbours the belief that he is the rightful heir to his grandfather's substantial fortune. However, his inheritance merely comprises a set of bagpipes and a snuff container, the latter of which propels Hardy off an antiquated bridge while attempting to demonstrate its usage.

In their boarding house, Laurel exchanges their overcoats for a sizeable fish intended for dinner. However, calamity ensues as the fish rapidly diminishes in size, Hardy's attire is singed beyond repair, and their endeavour to conceal the incriminating stove results in eviction and confiscation of their belongings for unpaid rent. Following an advertisement for a tailor's services, a misdirected floor choice leads them to unwittingly enlist in a Scottish regiment of the British Army, subsequently transporting them to India.

Their escapades in India are marked by recurrent clashes with the stern Sergeant Major (Jimmy Finlayson) and their involvement in aiding their comrade Alan in reuniting with his beloved Lorna McLaurel, Stan's cousin. The local terrorist threat posed by Khan Mir Jutra prompts a perilous decoy mission to the palace, with Colonel MacGregor orchestrating a coordinated assault from an alternative direction. Inadvertently coerced into the mission, Laurel and Hardy remain oblivious to the impending danger until handed pistols and instructed to enact suicide.

However, Ollie's botched attempt results in the collapse of a colossal chandelier, followed by a chaotic pursuit culminating in a courtyard of beehives. This unforeseen encounter incites pandemonium among the terrorists and their own regiment, ultimately thwarting Khan Mir Jutra's nefarious intentions.
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Re: HG Movie Critique.

Postby Henrysix » Fri Jun 07, 2024 2:51 pm

Terrific work Spleen!
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Re: HG Movie Critique.

Postby RDR » Sat Jun 08, 2024 12:16 pm

All Quiet On The Western Front (2022)
It is an awful remake of the classic Erich Maria Remarque novel of 1929.
Manages to not only mangle the original book but also completely fabricate parts of history whilst missing out on other important contexts.
No amount of clever CGI can make up for its other failings.
Stick with the original 1930 film to watch a true novel adaptation.
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Re: HG Movie Critique.

Postby The Creeping Spleen » Sun Jun 16, 2024 6:34 pm

RDR wrote:All Quiet On The Western Front (2022)
It is an awful remake of the classic Erich Maria Remarque novel of 1929.
Manages to not only mangle the original book but also completely fabricate parts of history whilst missing out on other important contexts.
No amount of clever CGI can make up for its other failings.
Stick with the original 1930 film to watch a true novel adaptation.

Wasn't there a TV movie version? Late 70s or early 80s, starring whatsisface, John Boy Walton?
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Re: HG Movie Critique.

Postby The Creeping Spleen » Thu Jul 04, 2024 9:36 am

At the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall last night, again, for another evening of silent movies with live musical accompaniment from Gladstone's Bag.

Toni (1928)

Bored rich guy Toni Marr and his doppelganger, the great detective Marini (both played by Jack Buchanan), exchange lives for a month - Toni so he'll get some excitement, Marini so he'll get some peace and quiet.


Hot Water (1924)

Hubby (Harold Lloyd) struggles with domestic life with Wifey (Jobyna Ralston) and his in-laws.
After winning a live turkey in a raffle, Hubby takes it home on a crowded streetcar, much to the chagrin of the other passengers.
Later, he grudgingly takes the family out on his brand new Butterfly Six automobile, with disastrous results.
That evening, Hubby mistakenly believes he's actually killed his mother-in-law, and when she starts sleepwalking later, he thinks she's a ghost haunting him.



Just as an FYI, the next Laurel & Hardy night at the Panopticon will be Wednesday the 7th of August, and the next silent movie night will be Wednesday the 4th of September.

Doors open 6:30pm, show starts 7:00pm, and finishes at around the 9:00pm mark.
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Re: HG Movie Critique.

Postby RDR » Thu Jul 04, 2024 6:56 pm

The Creeping Spleen wrote:
RDR wrote:All Quiet On The Western Front (2022)
It is an awful remake of the classic Erich Maria Remarque novel of 1929.
Manages to not only mangle the original book but also completely fabricate parts of history whilst missing out on other important contexts.
No amount of clever CGI can make up for its other failings.
Stick with the original 1930 film to watch a true novel adaptation.

Wasn't there a TV movie version? Late 70s or early 80s, starring whatsisface, John Boy Walton?



Yes, there was! I will need to try and find it now
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