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Rebecca, a wonderful movie. Great atmosphere, and excellent performances. Good choice, cp.

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REBECCA is a great one.  Thanks for the reminder, I'm long overdue for a rewatch on that.

For me, we recently watched THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (original version with Steve McQueen).  While I still prefer the Brosnan version...blasphemy, I know...the original version played a lot better for me this time.  The whole split-screen gimmick simply gets in the way of the film for me and I have a hard time losing myself in the film due to its omnipresence during the heist scenes.  Still a great film, though.

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I've had a four film Ealing Studios boxset sitting unwatched on my shelf for over a year so I treated myself to a little Ealing double feature yesterday with a viewing of The Ladykillers and The Man in the White Suit. I had never previously watched any of the famed Ealing comedies but knew of their reputation. These two certainly didn't disappoint. Both star the great Sir Alec Guiness, and in The Ladykillers in particular he is joined by a fine supporting cast. I particularly enjoyed seeing Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom on screen together, some years before they would become long running co-stars in The Pink Panther series. The plotting in The Ladykillers is clever, and the dark humour is laced a charming dose of the British old school about it.

The Man in the White Suit is also a fine piece of work. Shot in a stark, nomewhat noirish black and white style which later takes a turn towards the surreal when the extremely white suit is lit up when all around it is dark. The story has a sharp satirical edge, as the textile manufacturers in Britain are alarmed to discover that Guinness's character has created a fabric which is apparently impervious to dirt and wear-and-tear. Effectively, it is a product that could totally destroy the industry.

Now, with the prospect of a lot more time spent at home in the near future I can hopefully make more progress through my long list of films that I've owned on DVD/Blu-Ray for ages and have never got round to watching.

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An odd mix yesterday Angel has fallen followed by Dr Who Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Golrush007 wrote:

The Ladykillers

hey I've seen that one! didn't realise I'd seen any Ealing comedies, but I have seen that one.

Thunderpussy wrote:

Dr Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD

I didn't know that Dr Who movie was on dvd, I've never met anybody who actually saw it!
You must tell us more about it, I'm sure a lot of people here don't even know it existed.
Can it be reconciled with regular Dr Who continuity?
who is the actor playing The Doctor and is he any good? does he explain where he fits in the regeneration cycle?

and Thunderpussy, you've fallen behind in your reviews in the regular Dr Who thread. I was enjoying the chance to discuss the classic shows that everybody loves. Are you still in the Baker-era?

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caractacus potts wrote:
Golrush007 wrote:

The Ladykillers

hey I've seen that one! didn't realise I'd seen any Ealing comedies, but I have seen that one.

The Coen brothers made a remake a few years ago. Maybe that's what you saw?

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Golrush007 wrote:

The Ladykillers

caractacus potts wrote:

hey I've seen that one! didn't realise I'd seen any Ealing comedies, but I have seen that one.

Number24 wrote:

The Coen brothers made a remake a few years ago. Maybe that's what you saw?

I've seen both of them! The Alec Guiness version is much better.
I don't know why the Coens started doing remakes. Their True Grit remake is visually stunning, but even less necessary.

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I think their True Grit was great, less so for Ladykillers.

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Number24 wrote:

I think their True Grit was great, less so for Ladykillers.

I'll take the Coen Bros version of TRUE GRIT over the original.  I just think it's a better made and acted film, although John Wayne is indeed iconic in the original.  I never saw the Coen Bros version of THE LADYKILLERS but I've heard enough bad things about it to put it way down on my priority list.

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their version of True Grit is closer to the original than is Ladykillers.
as hilarious as Bridges is, he's just playing Jeff Bridges. Whereas John Wayne was actually acting, a claim that cannot usually be made for him.
and the original also had stunningly beautiful landscape photography.

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I saw the Coen Brothers' version of The Ladykillers some years ago and despite being a massive fan of the Coens (I absolutely love their version of True Grit, by the way) I didn't enjoy it. Now that I've seen the original I am just a tiny bit tempted to go back and rewatch the Coens' version a second time just to see if I enjoy it any more. It might also be interesting to examine how they went about adapting/remaking it.

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Avengers : End Game.
    One of the reasons I got Disney + was for the marvel movies, and End Game was a Hoot.
Pure entertainment and in 4k  Can't wait to look at them all over again. I also watched an
old Favourite of mine The Rocketeer with Timothy Dalton, very obviously enjoying himself
playing the villain.
  Just started watching my Favourite Marvel movie Cpt America : The winter soldier, great
story and special effects nicely blended together.

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Avengers : End Game.

I too watched that the other night.
For a four coloured superhero movie, it's not really satisfying escapism for these troubled times, is it.
Our heroes are all sitting round brooding and depressed because half the population has just disappeared forever, and what could they have done differently?
and unless real life scientists are working on time travel when they should be working on a vaccine, I don't think we can take any hope from the Avengers' solution.




speaking of time travel...
@Thunderpussy !!!
please tell us more about Dr Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD!!

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Avengers : End Game.
    One of the reasons I got Disney + was for the marvel movies, and End Game was a Hoot.
Pure entertainment and in 4k  Can't wait to look at them all over again. I also watched an
old Favourite of mine The Rocketeer with Timothy Dalton, very obviously enjoying himself
playing the villain.
  Just started watching my Favourite Marvel movie Cpt America : The winter soldier, great
story and special effects nicely blended together.

THE ROCKETEER is a hoot.  Underrated and under-appreciated.  Dalton looked like he was having an absolute gas while making the film.

'Bloody amateurs!'

And I agree, CA: TWS is arguably the best of the entire MCU.  It's a great mixture of action and cold-war inspired intrigue.  Fun turn by Robert Redford in it, too.

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ajb007/biggrin
Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. was made in 1966 as a follow up to
Dr Who and the Daleks made the year before and a third film based on the
Dr Who TV series " The Chase " was to have been made, but never was.
The first Dr Who film was very successful and was basically a film version
of the television series, only Dr Who was changed to a Human Grandfather
who was a brilliant scientist, none of this Time Lord nonsense  ajb007/biggrin It got
some good reviews and it would have been the first time Daleks were seen
in colour, and in some fantastic looking sets.
The second film Didn't do as well, once again working from the Terry Nation
story. They tried to go bigger, but on a similar if not smaller budget. Due to
its lacklustre success, plans for a third film were shelved.
The story concerns an invasion of earth by our favourite over lords the Daleks
They want to drill down to its core and then tow the planet back home
to use it as a spare, well for its minerals etc. The Doctor manages to send their
" Core bomb " of course and defeat them. Bernard Cribbins ( Later to appear in
New Who ) has one memorable scene playing a "Roboman ". They are men
controlled like robots by the Daleks.  It all physical humour trying to fit in to
their strictly timed movents etc. Another scen had two Londoners caught by the
daleks ( That sounds very sore ) One tries to escape, but is shot by them, falling from
a shop roof on to some rubble. The stuntman who did it actually broke his leg on
landing but had to hobble on to finish the scene. So when Ton Cruise goes on about
a broken ankle, just tell him to try it with a broken leg.
I first saw this film when I was a very young kid and was totally immersed in it,
to the point. That during a chase from the Daleks in a red van, My Mother  asked
me to hurry and stop that Post office van !!!, ....... I was up off the floor and had
opened the front door, before I realised, She was joking.  ajb007/wink
Much later, I learned that at one point Peter Cushing was offered the role of Dr Who in
the TV series, which he turned down, although he later said he regretted not doing it.

Gymkata I agree it was fantastic to see Robert Redford again, I think because he'd
made a few movies like three days of the condor. They wanted him as the story concerned
surveillance, or rather abuse of surveillence.

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thank you very much Thunderpussy, I learned plenty from that.
You are a wise and patient professor of all things truly important.
All I knew about these Dr Who films before before is that Peter Cushing played the Doctor.
I see you say Terry Nation wrote the script so that makes the films official, if not canonical.

followup questions, sir:
Was Cushing  any good?
Was Hartnell still the actual Doctor at that time? (I note you say the CushingDoctor was a grandfather but not a timelord)
Did Cushing try to channel Hartnell's performance or was he doing an original take on the character?

are the two films based on previous TV storylines?
(I think it was the second Dalek storyline that saw them first invade earth, that's also the one where Susan is written out of the series)

and did you see this as part of that BritBox streaming service you mentioned elsewhere, or do have the dvd?

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Hartnell was still the actual Doctor at the time, I'm a big Peter Cushing fan so I thought he
was brilliant. He did his own version of the Dr, He was very friendly and out going unlike the
rather grumpy Grandfather figure of Hartnell. The films are based on the TV series scripts,
just tweaked to get them to film length. I bought it as a download from Amazon Prime.
Apparently it was one of the first British films to use Product placement, with Quaker Oats
financing part of the film, Hence why in one opening scene in London 2150, it's under a big
poster for Sugar Puffs  ajb007/biggrin

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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https://i.postimg.cc/WF29GsGn/2e111f06a261f708efa076a46c3244f3.jpg

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no further questions, your Thunderpussyness.

but that was awesome, we gotta get you to do more essays on your areas of expertise like that!

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A little note on the great Christopher Lee, I recently read that he said he only got
the role of Frankenstein's Monster because his agent charged a little less than
Bernard Bresslaw's agent !  and that lead to Dracula ........  ajb007/wink


https://i.postimg.cc/F7cLCWLw/89720378-carry-on-camping-rank.jpg
Here with Sid James.

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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actually I do have a followup question, or four, Thunderpussy.

You say these two movies were adapted from the first two Dalek storylines?
in the first Dalek storyline, the Doctor and his companions travel to Skaro where they first encounter the previously unknown lifeform.
If CushingDoctor is an earthling, not a TimeLord, how did they travel to Skaro?
Does he have a TARDIS? (cant believe it took me so long to think of that crucial question)
If so, how did he get a TARDIS?

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Yes he has the Tardis, but in these films he's just an eccentric scientist/ inventor.
They do travel to Skaro  and the story unfolds pretty much the same. Only Cushing
has his Daughter,  Granddaughter and Roy castle as Barbara's Boyfriend ( Ian )

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Yes he has the Tardis, but in these films he's just an eccentric scientist/ inventor.
They do travel to Skaro  and the story unfolds pretty much the same. Only Cushing
has his Daughter,  Granddaughter and Roy castle as Barbara's Boyfriend ( Ian )

Used to love that one as a kid.   Time to revisit.  Only been 30 plus years lol

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huh, now I realise its so easy just to say he's an alien Timelord, that's why he has a TARDIS. Leave the rest to our imaginations.
It's a lot more complicated to explain how a human scientist would invent a TARDIS.
Does he have any more control over it than the regular Doctor?

and does that mean Barbara is his daughter?

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In this film Barbara  is his Daughter with her
Boyfriend, Ian. So they didn't have to change
The scripts  ajb007/wink  ( and not Susan's  teachers ) .
Susan in the film is a child  of maybe 12 or
So.
He does  seem to have more control, as
It goes where  and when he wants.

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”