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What are you watching?
sweevo
Both Ghostbusters movies back to back to celebrate Ghostbusters Day (I find the sequel to be scarier than the original film if you ask me - I think the crew took some cues from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon series, which was popular at the time, making GB2 look and feel like a live-action episode of the cartoon)... Egon remains my favourite character of the main quartet, and Harold Ramis is still dearly missed. Sad
 
One Spare Part
Just watched the 1st episode of The Sandbaggers - a show I seemed to have missed completely when it was 1st on. Interesting: a slow build up then the excitement starts. Very likeable (but not as good as Callan).

Also watched 1st episode of Doomwatch: brilliant and still relevant. This story from 1970 concerned plastic waste and an experiment to get rid of it. Over 50 years ago this was one of the topics of the moment: and look where we are now...in an even worse position. From the sublime to the ridiculous: the next surviving episode is the rat one. Oh dear. This one hasn't fared so well as the 1st story in terms of standing the test of time. The scenes in which Toby Wren & co fight off stuffed rats is ludicrous. That said when a Doomwatch man stumbles over the remains of a scientist later on in the story...the make up effects of a partly eaten arm were great and properly horrific especially for the time it was made. Doesn't quite make up for seeing Robert Powell bashes a fake rat on a kitchen table...
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
Spaceship Dispatcher
One Spare Part wrote:

Just watched the 1st episode of The Sandbaggers - a show I seemed to have missed completely when it was 1st on. Interesting: a slow build up then the excitement starts. Very likeable (but not as good as Callan).

Also watched 1st episode of Doomwatch: brilliant and still relevant. This story from 1970 concerned plastic waste and an experiment to get rid of it. Over 50 years ago this was one of the topics of the moment: and look where we are now...in an even worse position. From the sublime to the ridiculous: the next surviving episode is the rat one. Oh dear. This one hasn't fared so well as the 1st story in terms of standing the test of time. The scenes in which Toby Wren & co fight off stuffed rats is ludicrous. That said when a Doomwatch man stumbles over the remains of a scientist later on in the story...the make up effects of a partly eaten arm were great and properly horrific especially for the time it was made. Doesn't quite make up for seeing Robert Powell bashes a fake rat on a kitchen table...

The Sandbaggers grows stronger as you watch more episodes because it's very character based, probably more about the people than the operations and so tends towards being less complex than Le Carré while still comparable in terms of style. Doomwatch on the other hand was a struggle to get to the end of the collection, because in my opinion the strength in depth of the characters fades as the storylines get sillier.
 
One Spare Part
I get what you are saying. I can see that more work was done on the characters in sandbaggers. But it was 8 years after doomwatch and I think if doomwatch was done later it would have gained some points in this regard. As for the silliness, I will reserve judgement until more eps have been viewed.
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
sweevo
Some of Michael J Fox's lesser known works to celebrate his 60th birthday - The Frighteners, The Secret of My Success, Casualties of War, Doc Hollywood and Bright Lights, Big City are on my list.
 
BradPaula
"Public Enemy" (1931) starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow.
Zil: Oneness must resist the Host.
 
sweevo
The 2002 live-action Scooby Doo movie, having seen most of the animated features... Rowan Atkinson pretty much saves this one from being a total bomb if you ask me, along with Matthew Lillard (who plays Shaggy, and would later go on to become the official voice of the character after Casey Kasem's retirement).
 
Deva
Yesterday I watched the first episode of Death of an Expert Witness, a 1983 TV adaptation of a PD James story. Not my usual fare, (I'm basically giving it a go because Barry Foster is in it), but the first episode starts setting things up nicely...
Also, I watched the first episode of Picard. I've never really been into Star Trek, apart from the original, so when I read a few TNG fans recently saying how much they disliked Picard, I thought I'd give it a go. I found the first episode quite interesting so looking forward to seeing how it develops.
Watched Flash Gordon the other day for the first time in must be three decades. If anyone's in any doubt, it's still great!
"Time really is getting short, you know..."
 
sweevo
Beyond the Mind's Eye, a 1992 short video/feature/OVA hybrid featuring the music of Jan Hammer set to some groundbreaking (for the time) CGI. You can view/listen to it here: https://www.youtu...5zMtCvWhG0
 
Cygnus Bazza
Pope Joan with Liv Ullmann and a bad haircut
 
One Spare Part
Continuing my rewatch of Doomwatch, I have just seen ep 6
Re-Entry Forbidden. Omg...an absolutely brilliant, nail-biting episode. 3 astronauts manage to return to Earth after a fault occurs which we, the audience know, was the fault of the Brit on board. What follows is an absolutely gripping story with a powerful denouement.
Also, still watching The Sandbaggers. Each story is well set up with the action suddenly bursting on screen to great effect.
G' Grief but the 70s had some great dramas with great stories being told.
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
BradPaula
MSt EK's new series, Beast of Hollow Mountain. LOLOLOLOL
Zil: Oneness must resist the Host.
 
sweevo
Blue Velvet for the first time - David Lynch's what-the-hell mystery/thriller/drama starring the late great Dennis Hopper, a pre-Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan (fresh off his appearance in Dune) and Isabella Rossellini... and I only have three words: Pabst, Blue, Ribbon!
 
sweevo
The Sonic the Hedeghog live-action movie, to celebrate the franchise's 30th anniversary.
 
BradPaula
"Churchill" starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson. I usually like historical and war films but what really frustrates me is when the film-maker thinks he needs to embellish history when no embellishment is needed. Having read a dozen biographies of Churchill even I could point out so many outright lies and falsehoods given about the man in this film. It was so out of character and so fictitious and it irked me that they felt the need to do this when genuine history of the time (D-Day invasioin during 1944) was so much more interesting and intense than the slop we were fed in this film. Don't bother, if you are a fan of history- they missed the mark by miles. Sad.
Zil: Oneness must resist the Host.
 
sweevo
Wizards, my first foray into the works of Ralph Bakshi.
 
sweevo
Fantastic Animation Festival, a 1977 anthology film consisting of a collection of short animated movies (usually between 5 and 10 minutes each). You can view it here (sorry for the quality, it's from an age-old VHS tape). https://www.youtu...k&t=1s
Edited by sweevo on 30 June 2021 16:37:17
 
Deva
I've just watched the first episode of Flash Gordon - Space Soldiers from 1936. I seem to remember seeing these on TV on Saturday mornings in what must have been the late seventies. Great fun and very interesting to see the acting and directing styles of the time and hear how the music score was used. The opening episode surely provided the inspiration for the start of the 1980 movie. (Whether that in turn was based on the original comic strip I have no idea - perhaps someone does?). Also interesting to note that, according to Wikipedia, In 1996, Flash Gordon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant
"Time really is getting short, you know..."
 
One Spare Part
I loved watching the re runs of Flash Gordon with Buster Crabbe. Brilliantly imagined SF that has stood the test of time.
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
sweevo
Only Yesterday, to mark its 30th anniversary. Not my favourite Studio Ghibli movie, but I do appreciate it for being different, mature and human with a realistic setting.
 
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