She had a nice line in busybodies: spinsters, gossips and maids (often Irish). She was described as having “the stare of a detective, the voice of an air raid siren, and the body of a scarecrow.” In an age when there was an awful lot of stage-Irishness in Hollywood films (Abby’s Irish Rose, Mother Machree), it must have grated on her ears to hear so many Oirish brogues.
… an astronomically bad piece of prose.
Dan Bradley abhorred Tammany Hall and everything it had come to stand for – machine politics, political bosses, and graft.
‘I have serious doubts whether this is a real story. I am not entirely certain that it is not all a dreamand that in a few minutes I will wake up back in stateroom B19 on the promenade deck of the Cunarder “Laconia” and hear my cockney steward informing with an abundance of ‘and sirs’ that it is a fine morning.”
An unfortunately-titled film, as it performed a vanishing act of its own at the cinemas this summer, this is a heist film with a promising twist – magicians who rob banks and do it as a show in front of thousands – that is fun but doesn’t live up to is potential.
It’s not quite as satisfying as it should be, nor is it quite as funny as I hoped, but it is an entertaining and energetic comedy with a talented cast and a good few memorable lines. It may be also the only film in movie history that makes reference to “Inch High, Private Eye”.
The film has a dark, grungy futuristic look and some cool visual effects. It’s a by-now standard dystopic vision of the future. Most of the planet is in ruins and uninhabitable. It seems to be almost always night and pissing rain, there are hover-cars, a disco-red light district, neon kanji and a surfeit of Asians: it’s “Blade Runner” for Dummies.
One of the most famous SNL sketches of all time. Alec Baldwin deadpans in an innuendo-ridden sketch as Pete Schweddy, the owner of Season’s Eatings, guest on National Public Radio’s “The Delicious Dish”, with Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon.
How at 53 Jean-Claude Van Damme has gone from washed up cokehead to comeback kid.
Thoreau went into the woods because he wished to live deliberately. These three do the same and accidentally find their way home, and stumble into manhood along the way. If Ferris Bueller’s friend Cameron and Napoleon Dynamite teamed up to write “Walden” , it would be “The Kings of Summer”.
We’ve had corrupt cops (Filth), hard cops (The Sweeney) and very hard cops (Blitz), as well as some very hard villians (Get Carter, The Long Good Friday, etc.) But even with all the possibilities of crime and crime detection depicted, we’ve seldom had a British cop thriller that doesn’t look … domestic.