Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:51

A Short Biog of Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach -Young - writing.
© - Toby Walker

Born in May 1928, in Kansas City, Burt Bacharach studied cello, drums and piano as a child, and was later relocated to New York City by his father, a media columnist.
 
His parents were Irma M. Freeman and Mark Bertram Bacharach.
   
As a youngster he grew up in the Forest Hills section of New York City.
    
Burt played in several jazz bands during the 1940's.
 
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:01

The Luca Zingaretti Collection

Luca Zingaretti (11th November 1961 Rome, Lazio) is known across the world as the philosophical and street wise policeman, Inspector Montalbano. Set in the fictional town Vigata, Sicily the plots range from child smuggling to cold case murders, strong and engaging storylines. All shot beautifully in the province of Ragusa, with a wonderful array of characters, Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio (Peppino Mazzotta) the young go-getter copper,
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Monday, 24 November 2014 19:59

Who Are You - A review of "Gone Girl"

I honestly do not quite know how to review this movie without accidentally providing spoilers but I will perform this challenge to the very best of my abilities.

Dear readers, I would be hard pressed to think of a current, A list filmmaker who is able to convey an ocean of building dread quite like David Fincher. Beginning with his breakthrough second film, the serial killer nightmare of "Se7en" (1995),
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Friday, 29 August 2014 17:02

Ferdy Fox goes to FrightFest

Hello Chaps

Ferdy Fox here, connoisseur of the frighteningly fantastic and the morbidly macabre.  Summer in the big city – and there has to be a jolly good reason for me to leave my bar stool in my favourite Soho watering hole.

But I feel a stirring, a call of nature addressing my primal instincts deep in my loins. It’s telling me I should be somewhere. Then it came to me. It’s the August bank holiday week-end, the time of year when FrightFest rolls into town.
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Sunday, 01 September 2013 18:10

The Man Who Haunted Himself

/The Man Who Haunted Himself 1.
©Words Matteo Sedazzari

Made in 1969, released in 1970, this film was written and directed by Basil Dearden (The Blue Lamp, Violent Playground, Victim) a seasoned and talented director, a great story teller of the screen with many of his features focusing on outsiders and people alienated by society, who began his career directing the great comic genius Will Hay. Anyone familiar with Will Hay, the British comedian of the 30’s and the 40’s, will recall that much of Hay’s comedy is him struggling in the world, whilst keeping a smile on his face.
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Stanley Baker Actor 1
© Words Matteo Sedazzari

It may be a romantic notion to say that Stanley Baker was a working class hero, however it is a label that certainly rings true of one of Britain’s finest actors, who died young at the age of 48, leaving behind a legacy in film, TV and the theatre.  Born to a mining family on 28th February 1928 in the Rhonda Valley where the main career choice was mining, and the only escape would either be boxing or football.  Rock & roll hadn’t hit the youth of Britain yet,
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Cliff Twemlow  The Orson Welles of Salford .j

© Words - CP Lee

In 1993 a man called Cliff Twemlow passed away. When he died at the age of 55 a whole mini-film industry died with him. But Cliff didn’t only just make films, he wrote the plots, scored the music for them and starred in them too. Oh, and he wrote paperback pulp novels as well. And before he made his own movies he wrote a couple of thousand tunes that were recorded and put out by DeWolfe Music. And he was a night club bouncer.
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Sunday, 17 March 2013 15:21

Il Posto

Il Posto 1961 Sedazzari ZANI 1.

In 1961 Italy was rebuilding her economy after the Second World War, like a lot of Western Europe, and with Milan seen as a beacon of hope due to their upturn in manufacturing, opportunities were being created and companies were crying out for young blood.  

With this new philosophy of buoyancy and what has been labelled the Italian economic miracle (Il Miracolo Economico), it is only right that this progress should be captured on film, and this is the case with Il Posto.  
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                                                                      The Early Years

When critics discuss the movies James Fox starred in during the ’60s and early ’70s, his co-stars often seem to overshadow him. This is somewhat understandable since Fox’s greatest films from that period feature amazing talents from the decade such as actor Dirk Bogarde and musician Mick Jagger, but James Fox is an extremely talented actor who possessed the uncanny ability to brilliantly portray young men of various backgrounds wrestling with their sexual identity and social class as the sexual revolution of the ’60s was still taking shape.
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Brian Clemens is quite possibly Britain's greatest screenwriter. The man behind TV classic like The Avengers, Thriller and The Professionals and movies like Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, The Tell Tale Heart and a firm ZANI favourite And Soon THE Darkness.

Read the full interview on

http://www.zani.co.uk/brian-clemens-creator-of-the-professionals-and-much-more-talks-to-zani
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