Just my opinion…
Mrs Wilberforce takes a nap - maybe for good?
But what I didn't expect, when I first saw it, was to be so impressed with the whole cast - Herbert Lom, Cecil Parker, Danny Green, and most of all Katie Johnson as Mrs Wilberforce. This little lady, who was seventy-seven at the time, gives a quiet and almost minimalist performance that gently but firmly dominates the film, despite (or because of?) the fact that she is surrounded by the relatively over-the-top antics of the male cast. She is perfect, and this is a nearly perfect film.
I recently rediscovered and rewatched the film thanks to three things: Kareena buying me the DVD of the film (what an amazing new transfer compared to the versions I have seen!); news of a recent remake (the trailer makes it look like it could be rather bad, but if it leads people to the original, then it's a good thing); and stumbling across a great web page that compares the locations in the film to how they look now (I've always found that sort of thing interesting). Here's a review that contains no spoilers for the second half of the film. (more…)
Title: Suspended Alibi
When:2 February 2004 - 2:00am
As the film Suspended Alibi opens, all seems well in the household of Paul Pearson (played by a wooden Patrick Holt). Their house is large and attractive, situated in a leafy suburb that seems green even when viewed on black and white film. Lynn, his attractive if stuffy wife (played by Honor Blackman) sits on the couch wearing a starched dress and a concete hairdo.
Withing minutes of the film starting, she is screaming unconvincingly as her young son dangles a worm in front of her. I've seen Ms Blackman do much better in other films so I'm going to blame the script and direction for her passionless performance in this one.
But this peacefull if dull existence is not all it seems. Paul, a newspaper editor, has been having an affair with Diana, his fashion reporter (played by Naomi Chance, who manages to act around some terrible lines). So - right at the start of the film we discover that the central character, the one we are presumably meant to be cheering for, is a cheating cad. Mind you, given the bland stiffness of his wife Lynn throughout most of this film, who can blame him? (more…)
I've never seen anything like this. It's nearly four in the morning and ever since we got home (about seven hours ago) the house has been in one long brown out. Obviously I've seen brown outs before, they're a fact of life in Brisbane and they're part of the reason I bought a UPS unit to protect my PC data, but until tonight they've always been momentary events. (more…)
Title: Underworld Where: Balmoral Cinemas, Screen 7, Queensland, Australia When: 26 January 2004 - 9:20pm I went into this film with very low expectations. The seen-too-often trailers for Underworld, with their Matrix-style slow-motion acrobatic gun battles and cast members strutting around wearing black clothing of various tightness and glossiness, made the film seem so preposterously pompous and self-consciously cool that I was sure it was going to be a silly, silly film and a drag to watch. (more…)