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Back in the 80s, I picked up every house and techno record I could find. Why? The early Detroit techno and Chicago house scenes were like reliving the punk rock year zero again.
Published in Music Archive
Sunday, 16 June 2013 14:33

Argo – A Ben Affleck Masterpiece

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© Words William Goodchild

If someone made this up you probably wouldn’t buy it. Director Ben Affleck brings this stranger-than-fiction tale into vivid and very exciting life.

The year is 1979, the setting Iran. Amidst turmoil and revolution, the US embassy in Tehran is invaded. Hostages are taken but some of the diplomats manage to flee. Six such escapees find shelter in the Canadian embassy and the CIA hatches a plot to get them out. Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) and his supervisor Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston)
Published in Film Archive
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:32

Django Unchained

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© Words William Goodchild

Just when I was tiring of Tarantino he puts a bullet through my heart, a hammer through my skull, and then blows me away with dynamite for good measure. Django Unchained is a film we’ve never seen the likes of before. It has everything: thrills, spills, highs, lows, horror, romance, spectacle, melodrama, and tenderness. (And of course - this being Tarantino - plenty of outrageous violence.) It also provides some big (unexpected) belly laughs I’d not experienced in the director’s ouevre since Marvin got his head blown off in the car.
Published in Film Archive
Sunday, 17 March 2013 15:05

The Outsiders 1983

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The Outsiders (1983) is a film based on the best selling novel, The Outsiders, written by S. E. Hinton who was a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a pupil at an Art Deco school, Will Rogers High School, in the early sixties. It was here that Hinton observed and possibly participated in the gang counter culture The Greasers. 
Published in Film Archive
Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:10

There Is A Man Called Bond



"Unfortunately I misjudged you, you are just a stupid police man... " When Joseph Wise's Dr. No character dismissed Sean Connery's James Bond with these words in October 1962, he also targeted the risky task that producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had taken on in trying to bring Ian Fleming's wildly popular 007 to the screen. Along with director Terrence Young and Connery, the Eon Productions team succeeded beyond all expectations, catapulting Fleming's character into not only the biggest screen franchise in history but a pop icon of the first degree.
Published in Film Archive
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:51

Corrupt AKA Copkiller

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Corrupt which was made in 1981, yet not released until 1984, stars two heavyweights from the world of film and music, Harvey Keitel and John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten, in a film about corruption, guilt and murder. Harvey Keitel plays Lt. Fred O'Connor, a New York policeman who doesn't say no to a backhander, and from his ill gotten gains he is able to purchase an uptown apartment with colleague Bob Carvo (Leonard Mann).
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The Oscars in their entire stupid splendor just crashed by again. And I, as usual forced myself to sit and watch the Greek Gods of the 21st century parade across my TV screen. I’m not sure why I watch it – I don’t enjoy it. Yes, I go to the movies and I have an opinion as to who should win, but we all know, the Oscars are about money and entertainment politics –
Published in Film Archive
Saturday, 03 December 2011 17:23

Columbo

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Most people’s relationship with Lieutenant Columbo is relatively simple – he’s the shabby detective that clogs up ITV on Sunday afternoons. But look closer, you’re missing a genuine TV great.
 
Published in Film Archive
Saturday, 03 December 2011 13:37

The Panic in Needle Park

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Before Al Pacino gained world wide recognition as a talented actor and achieved global fame from his spellbinding appearance as Michael Corleone in The  Godfather, he had been a fringe actor. Only appearing in three feature films, and just one of those as a lead, The Panic in Needle Park,  it was from this appearance that Francis Ford Coppola knew Al Pacino was perfect for The Godfather.

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In the Summer of 1977, Argentina’s World Cup was one year away. Argentina as hosts, were condemned to Friendly matches in preparations for their World Cup. To test themselves against worthy European Competition that they would surely be facing, the Argentine Federation invited many European nations to play vs. the national team that summer. Argentina under the control of a Junta led by General Videla was beset by political problems and terrorism. There were questions about their ability to host the event. The authorities wanted to showcase these friendlies to display to the world, their competence and willingness to host the Main Event without any problems.

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