A Crafty Cigarette

Crafty Cigarette

The Wolf of Wall Street 1
© Words - Scott Powhatan Collins
Based upon the memoir by Jordan Belfort. Screenplay Written by Terence Winter Directed by Martin Scorsese**** (four stars)

"...do the Wall Street Shuffle
Let your money hustle
Bet you'd sell your mother
You can buy another..."
-10cc "The Wall Street Shuffle"

Now THAT was a movie....
/Sid James 1.j

© Words Laurence Marcus.
With his battered features, wicked leer and possibly the most recognisable laugh in show business, Sid James appeared to the world as a streetwise Cockney ex-heavyweight boxer, an image that he actively encouraged because he knew that it would endear him to millions of fans worldwide. But Sid was no more an East End boy than he was a fighter. "Nobody could ever think of me as a star, " Sid once said. " All I can do is play myself." But being 'himself' was all he needed, because Sid James was loved by millions worldwide, and when he tragically died on stage at the Sunderland Empire on 26th April 1976, the world lost a unique talent.
Michael Sarrazin Frankenstein The True Story.
© Words Matteo Sedazzari

Frankenstein The True Story made in 1973, directed by Jack Smight, a veteran of TV movies and shows (The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Arrest and Trial, The Sound of Miles Davis) and cinema (The Illustrated Man, Kaleidoscope ,The Third Day).   Much of Smight’s work is focused on the psychology of the central actors, and how circumstances affected their actions and decisions. This is certainly the case with Frankenstein The True Story, made for TV, yet with such picturesque settings, dramatic sound track and strong performances, Frankenstein The True Story could easily have been released for the cinema.
Ferdy Fox 1.
Hello Chaps, Ferdy Fox here, connoisseur of the frighteningly fantastic and the morbidly macabre.

I seem to recall promising a New Year’s Honours list where I pay tribute to my top five films of the last five years from the International Horror scene. So here it is - fashionably late.

From the icy fjords of Norway, the dusty back streets of downtown Havana, remote South American forests and a post apocalyptic Germany – I am taking you on a journey of Jules Verne proportions,
/Dave Allen 20.j

© Words Laurence Marcus.

When the series was screened on BBC2 the critics heaped praise on it finding David's story-telling hilarious and the new technique of using the filmed sequences an exciting innovation. In spite of Dave Allen's reputation for controversial material this first series took great pains to avoid anything crude or vulgar. True, he did take a side-swipe at religion and other sacred subjects but the only complaint that the first show had was not from a viewer.
/Stan Laurel Oliver Hardy Norman Wisdom.j
© Words - A.J Marriot
There is a very strong, indefinable spiritual bond that binds comedians together, one which makes them want to seek out each other's company – regardless of the distance or hardship involved. Thus it was that the lives of the three greatest screen clowns that England has ever produced were destined to cross. Such was the impact of these meetings, that the lives of at least two of them were changed and sustained during their formative comedy years.

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