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If I was investigating the Jigsaw murders in the Saw series, I would just look for unusually high sales of dictaphone recorders and work backwards.

Easy.


You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.
You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.

Lauren Bacall RIP
“I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie. That was the beginning of ‘The Look.’”

Out of the starting blocks faster than most athletes, Lauren Bacall’s turn in To Have and Have Not made her an instant star. It also started a Hollywood romance to rival them all. Working to the near very end of her life, Bacall’s career drive was very refreshing.

It his her early work that stands out for me with the afore mentioned To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep that I recommend most. For someone so nervous about her debut to be able to turn in that kind of performance - well it just shows her unbelievable, natural talent.

Lauren Bacall 1924 - 2014

Lauren Bacall RIP

“I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie. That was the beginning of ‘The Look.’”

Out of the starting blocks faster than most athletes, Lauren Bacall’s turn in To Have and Have Not made her an instant star. It also started a Hollywood romance to rival them all. Working to the near very end of her life, Bacall’s career drive was very refreshing.

It his her early work that stands out for me with the afore mentioned To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep that I recommend most. For someone so nervous about her debut to be able to turn in that kind of performance - well it just shows her unbelievable, natural talent.

Lauren Bacall 1924 - 2014


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Robin Williams RIP


As the world mourns the death, and celebrates the life, of Robin Williams, I took a while to think about how he affected me.

Looking back, Williams’ career never really coincided with where I was, from an entertainment perspective. Sure I caught episodes of Mork and Mindy when they were repeated on TV, but I wasn’t born for the original run. Likewise his early cinematic career never coincided with my film tastes at that time. I would watch his films but both his roles and films never really interested me.

Then at the dawn of this millennium Williams’ film selection took a much different direction. He sought out much darker roles in what was a very brave step for a man famed for his comedic talents. Films such as Insomnia, One Hour Photo, and dark comedy Death to Smoochy brought him back onto my radar. They found hidden depths that showcased a talent that few would have thought.

Yet they should have thought that given his Academy Award winning performance in Good Will Hunting. Whilst the majority of plaudits went to Affleck and Damon, it was Williams’ understated performance that really ‘wowed’ me. His delivery of the “your move Chief" speech is incredible. It was the real breakthrough moment of the film, but also a breakthrough moment from Williams himself.

But ultimately, I cannot really say I was a huge fan of his work. His latter choices were really brave and risky, and they paid off. The earlier work kind of passed me by though due to my film tastes as a child/young adult.

That said, there was more to the man than simple film roles. Whilst I wasn’t the biggest fan of those, I instantly became a huge fan when I learned of his kindness and caring to long term friend, Christopher Reeve. Reeve’s account of his dark days, and how William’s helped him through them is truly inspiring. His friendship was stronger than ever and it is fair to say that he was a ‘Superman’ then. I had the highest respect for him there. He may not have directly touched my youth, but he cared for a man who had almost defined it. And for that, I will always be grateful. Thank you.

Robin Williams 1951-2014


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A Month of Movies - July 2014


Another month where my movie viewing habits played second fiddle, this time to that of the FIFA World Cup, and the moving of my home. I watched 8 films which is 1 every 4 days or so, but as most people who know me will profess, that is a lot lower average than normal. But football and residential needs must.

Anyway, here is what I watched in July

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HR Giger
Whilst having worked on such films as Species, Dune, and Batman Forvever, the fantastic art and creations of HR Giger will perhaps always be synonymous with the Alien franchise.

HR Giger

Whilst having worked on such films as Species, Dune, and Batman Forvever, the fantastic art and creations of HR Giger will perhaps always be synonymous with the Alien franchise.


Andrew Stanton came up with the idea for Wall•E’s eyes at a baseball game. He realized his binoculars could communicate emotion just through simple movements.

Andrew Stanton came up with the idea for Wall•E’s eyes at a baseball game. He realized his binoculars could communicate emotion just through simple movements.

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Well, I think it’s fair to say I was suitably creeped out by the trailer for Tusk.

@ThatKevinSmith directs the film, based on a podcast, based on a faux British internet posting, and this certainly adds something more.

With in-jokes galore and a stellar cast, many reuniting with Smith, I will certainly be checking this one out.