Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - on BBC!!

Oh, and I couldn't resist this either...(review)

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Remember - when Lucifer fell he didn't fall alone...

Ah....new theory re: Eve Green's character in Penny Dreadful. Anywho, watch this trailer for Season 2 and see if you come to the same idea re: Vanessa's origins.  And, by the way, wasn't episode 3 completely mesmerizing?

Also spot the visual reference

Can anyone tell me where this particular image is actually from? This is the closest I've got to what I think might be its source. I'm pretty sure it's NOT from Orson Welles MacBeth despite this credit on some pages.

I know I'm supposed to be on a blog break but I couldn't resist a post about this!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Mystery Feature #5 - Snoop Sisters

As a kid, back in the 70s, I loved NBC's Mystery Movie of the Week. Originally it was only McCloud, Columbo and McMillan and Wife. Nothing would send me rocketing into the living room like the sound of that whistling intro. Of course it was so much more exciting when it ended with "Tonight starring Rock Hudson and Susan St. James as McMillan and Wife" -- my favourite!

Over time they introduced others mystery solvers like Banacek, Quincy (which got spun off on its own) and my other fave, even if short lived, The Snoop Sisters starring Mildred Natwick and Helen Hayes.

It was inspired (according to Silver Scenes) by the two's pairing in a made for tv movie Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate. Which still offers some retro viewing fun although the villain is not very believable and the music is horrid! But you can certainly see the chemistry between Helen and Mildred.

Now, I don't remember much about the plots of the Snoop Sisters but I do remember loving these older ladies who, unlike my own grandmother, had social lives and didn't spend their time playing solitaire, house cleaning, or petting the their aging, crabby cat. (I loved my Nanny, don't get me wrong.) There was a lot of recasting of the supporting cast after the initial pilot although why the hell they recast Art Carney I do not know!

And now a question. If the Snoop sisters were to be resurrected today who would you cast?

Helen Murrin and Dame Judy Dench...or Maggie Smith? Too Miss Marple?

Of course, they don't necessarily have to be sisters. The Snoop Sisters could be the name they publish their mysteries under...cause they'd still have to be murder mystery writers, right?

Unfortunately, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are already in a new series so not them. But I think Susan Sullivan paired with Mimi Kennedy (the Mom's in Dharma and Greg) would be fun! Casting Carrie Fisher and Sally Field might also be fun...in a different kind of way.

Susan Sullivan and Mimi Kennedy - New Snoop Sisters?

It certainly seems like the timing is right. You know, as the Baby Boom generation bulges at the other end of the life expectancy graph? Hollywood is definitely ripe for the picking when it comes to ladies over 60.

There's Jessica Walter, Candace Bergen, Diane Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Ellen Burstyn, Rita Moreno, Glenn Close, Diahann Caroll, Isabella Rossilini, Alfre Woodard, Amy Irving, Tippi Hedren, Phylicia Rashad, Meryl Streep, Sissy Spacek, Sigourney Weaver. Ellen Barkin, etc. And many I'm sure I haven't even thought of.

Who would you pair?

Friday, 1 May 2015

Aye, matey!

Except for this month's Mystery Feature I'll be taking a blog break for the next few months. Here's hoping at least some of you will be getting outside to enjoy better weather. Which, of course, means spending less time in front of softly glowing screens.

However, if you do find yourself wanting to binge on something one rainy weekend then may I recommend Black Sails? If you haven't caught it before and you like yourself a good pirate adventure, well, "wot ya waitin fur?"

Described as a Treasure Island precursor there's a good mix of history and speculation. Here we see a young John Silver (before his peg leg) and the beginnings of the great pirate love triangle between Anne Bonny, Jack Rackham and...someone else. But at the core of the story is New Providence Island, haven for the pirates in the West Indies, and the struggle over its rule and what it means to be free.

Yes, there are some pretty violent scenes and the writhing about of well-toned bodies, but it's also got a great story full of compelling characters who are really well acted. Add to that some amazing sets, very clever, convincing digital effects and Bear McCreary's tone setting opening theme (we're still trying to figure out how they did all that scrimshaw...has to be digital, right?) and you're ready to set sail.

Click here if you want to know what's coming for Season 3.