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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Movie Discussion
« on: April 20, 2018, 11:13:14 PM »
I want to see A Quiet Place... Looks good

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Recent Books Read
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:47:32 AM »
NIGHT TRAIN.. The Sonny Liston story
by Nick Tosches

Nick Tosches is such a great writer, whatever he turns his pen to..Here he tells the story of the rise and fall of heavyweight champion of the world Sonny Liston..

Liston is a much maligned figure in the history of boxing, often only mentioned as a footnote to Ali's career.. but he was so much more. Its an interesting if sometimes sad story of a guy who probably ranks in the top 5 Heavyweights of all time and deserves a little more credibility for his awesome career..

I love this  quotes from one of his opponents after Liston knocked him down and out..

"No man should ever be hit as hard as Sonny Liston hit me"

Eastwood News / Re: Eastwood on the Southbank
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:33:32 AM »
Thanks KC, shame you can't make it...

Strange they're showing them out of sequence...

I saw The Good, the Bad and the Ugly there a few years ago with Eli Wallach in attendance. he sat just in front of me
whilst the film ran and then got up for a chat and Q and A.. Magical night...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:30:03 AM »
You were right...
I'm gonna have a super hero break for a bit but looking forward to Black Panther...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:31:22 AM »
and now back to my usual diet of the strange and obscure..

Don't Deliver Us From Evil 1971

Banned for many years in its country of origin France for blasphemy..

Two young girls staying at a Catholic boarding school become close friends and set about committing acts of extreme cruelty against fellow classmates and locals and take a vow to sin and serve Satan..  culminating in (I wont say, don't wanna spoil it)

A Truly disturbing film..

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:23:45 AM »
Wonder Woman

And so brings to a conclusion my super hero phase... for now anyway

I did enjoy this probably the most of the three, she's one gorgeous actress to be sure but I thought she was great in the role and the film held my attention..

Strange second and Guardians third.. simply because I felt it was aimed at quite a young audience..

Eastwood News / Eastwood on the Southbank
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:17:49 AM »

Calling all Londoners... Clint is back on London's Southbank, tho not in person this time unfortunately..

A Fistfull of Dollars is now showing at the B.F.I on the Southbank.. I'm going next week, can't wait to see (and hear) this on the big screen.
The British Film Institute is a great cinema complex housed in one of my favourite Brutalist buildings on the Thames..

Lovely bar too.. just like a proper cinema.. I'll take a dry martini with my movies over a bucket of popcorn and litre of  liquefied sugar any day ;)

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 12, 2018, 08:08:31 AM »
I think I may have an idea but I'll wait see if someone else gets it...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:06:52 AM »
The Innocents 1961
Directed by Jack Clayton and part written by Truman Capote

British psychological horror film starring Deborah Kerr and Michael Redgrave..

Claustrophobic and very creepy.. I hadn't seen this in over 30 years but its still a very effective movie..

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:01:22 AM »
 ;D ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: April 10, 2018, 08:42:12 AM »
Guardians of the Galaxy

Bit disappointing for me... I thought the cast were good but the whole thing felt like it was pitched at quite a young audience.. which I certainly aint. Not bad but I enjoyed Strange more..

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 10, 2018, 03:24:36 AM »

Thanks Matt..I've been in Spain this weekend and couldn't post a pic using my phone for some reason.. I've never seen this movie.. Good work..

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 09, 2018, 02:03:05 PM »
Bingo !!! You got it Matt... Well done !

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 02, 2018, 01:48:40 PM »
Sorry, your right... The one I'm looking for is definitely black tho...

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:03:29 AM »
Come on folks...

Here's  the easy one.. If anyone can get the really difficult one I'll buy them a pint next time they're passing through London.. ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:00:36 AM »
Dr Strange

First to arrive in the post as I sample recent super hero films..

Gotta say, I quite enjoyed it.. having some of my favorite actors involved helped a lot.. quite trippy really..

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Your top 5 singers
« on: April 02, 2018, 01:57:25 AM »
You can have as many as you want Matt  ;)

Maybe I didn't word it very well, tho my favorite artists have all impacted on my life in a hugely positive way..

Pretty much my earliest memories from childhood are of listening to Beatles records.. There weren't a lot of pop records in our house back then (mainly jazz and classical) except for a couple of their albums.. As far back as I can remember they were played constantly..I loved them, listened to them all the time , danced to them and sang along to them.. They definitely set me on course to a life long love of music..I really love Lennon and McCartney's voices together but if I had to pick one then it has to be John Lennon's.. to this day.. There's a power and urgency and above all honesty in his vocals that instantly hits home with me.. not a bad songwriter either..

With Bowie I can trace it right back to the very moment.. His appearance on English pop show Top of the Pops in 1972 performing Starman.. BANG !!!  I (and the world) had never seen anything like it.. The impact was amazing.. (my Dad nearly collapsed in fits of laughter, always a good sign when your parents don't get it) I was hooked on Bowie from that moment on.. the music, the clothes, the styles..  I followed his career closely all the way through to the end.. Sure, there were highs and lows.. but oh so many highs.. Amazing artist all round..

Somewhere around the mid 80's I heard a record late night in a club in London.. It was Nina Simone's "My Baby Just Cares For Me" Something about her voice hooked me in.. I hunted down her records and through her I discovered Jazz.. Although not strictly a Jazz artist she opened the door for me.. I've been addicted ever since.. to Jazz and Ms Nina.. I love her voice, her playing.. She was right up there writing and performing songs during the civil rights movement (which in many ways hurt her career)in the 60's.. She can sound angry, she can sound sad, wistful.. anything..
Nina Simone is one of the few artists who can cover someone else's songs and if not equal them, then improve upon them.. a rare feat.. rarely a week goes by when I'm not listening to her..

Aretha Franklin... The first lady of Soul.. I get shivers when I hear her sing.. There are many great soul singers but something about Aretha gets me every time.. its just such a pure voice..

And Mr James Brown.. My first LP of Mr Browns was his Live at the Apollo LP from 1962.. Never has so much power and energy been captured on 12 inches of vinyl... James Brown literally was Mr Dynamite.. and such a creative and originator.. Rhythms he introduced in the 1960's are still an influence on and heard today in current music.. To me he is probably the most influential artist in pops history..

and there you have it

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Eastwood Easter 2018!
« on: April 02, 2018, 12:57:06 AM »
Happy Easter everyone... :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Your top 5 singers
« on: March 28, 2018, 02:00:43 AM »
It'd be cool to hear all your thoughts on this..

Which five singers have had the most impact on you during your lives...
It'd be great to see who you'd all choose and why..

I'll kick off with

Nina Simone
John Lennon
James Brown
Aretha Franklin
David Bowie

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: March 28, 2018, 01:57:01 AM »

Excellent and extremely tense noir thriller directed by Ida Lupino..

A really superior little thriller with a fantastic performance by William Tallman as the truly psychotic bady..
Ms Lupino must have been one of the very few female directors working at the time.. Her career interests me, think I'll do more research on her..she does an excellent job here..

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