Sunday, 27 October 2013


Reg Varney

British TV light entertainers and situation comedy stars popped up in movies that were not just sitcom spinoffs, and sometime in the most unexpected of places . I always found it quite jarring to see these small screen regulars up there on the screen at the local ABC. These movies are, by and large, interesting time capsules of Britain in a bygone age. Their quality is variable the directors great, workmanlike and all points in between.

Ronnie Barker-Robin And Marrion

Ronnie Corbett
 Leonard Rossiter-2001: A Space Odyssey
Dick Emery
Bruce Forsyth-Can Heronymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe And Find True Happiness?
Michael Crawford-Condorman
Richard O'Sullivan-Dick Turpin
Harry H Corbett as Joey Boy Thompson
Stanley Baxter as Benny 'The Kid' Lindowski
Bill Fraser as Sergeant Major Dobbs
Percy Herbert as Mad George Long
Lance Percival as Clarence Doubleday
Reg Varney as Rabbit Malone
Moira Lister as Lady Thameridge
Derek Nimmo as Lieutenant Hope
...and this movie was made before the principal cast found Television fame, I remember seeing it as a child many years after it was made and being discombobulated by seeing those TV regulars out of context.

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Sunday, 20 October 2013


Monroe & Taylor
Brando & Dean
Keaton & Chaplin
Presley & Sinatra
Lennon & Jagger
Ali & Pele

Wednesday, 16 October 2013


Bert Stern captured some of the most iconic actresses in his modernist and clean style. Here are just a few

all images  copyright: Bert Stern

Sunday, 13 October 2013


Tommy Udo
"You know what I do to squealers? I let em have it in the
  belly, so they can roll around for a long time thinkin it over"

“You better answer me, if you want to know where the girl is. Okay? Now listen... I've changed my mind. I'm going to let her die! I just wanted you to know that. You hear me? I just wanted you to know that before I killed you!”
Charles Antony Bruno
“Don't worry, I'm not going to shoot you, Mr. Haines. It might disturb Mother."
Roy Batty
“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave”
 Baby Jane Hudson
“I didn't bring your breakfast, because you didn't
eat your din-din!”
Malak Al Rahim
"I'm not a criminal, I'm a soldier and I deserve to die like a soldier"
"You're not a soldier, you're a fly on a pile of shit"
"Warriors come out to play"
Charlie Oakley
“The cities are full of women, middle-aged widows, husbands, dead, husbands who've spent their lives making fortunes, working and working. And then they die and leave their money to their wives, their silly wives. And what do the wives do, these useless women? You see them in the hotels, the best hotels, every day by the thousands, drinking the money, eating the money, losing the money at bridge, playing all day and all night, smelling of money, proud of their jewelry but of nothing else, horrible, faded, fat, greedy women... Are they human or are they fat, wheezing animals, hmm? And what happens to animals when they get too fat and too old?”
Don Logan
“You got very nice eyes, DeeDee. Never noticed them before. They real?”

Frank Booth
“You've got about one second to live buddy!”

Kiss Of Death
Dirty Harry
Strangers On A Train
Blade Runner
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
Wanted Dead Or Alive
The Warriors
Shadow Of A Doubt
Sexy Beast
Blue Velvet

Friday, 4 October 2013


From February 1966, possibly the greatest single mainstream comic book ever.
Story by Stan Lee art by Steve Ditko, its a tale set in one place with one man reflecting on the nature of heroism. It's almost a soliloquy about obligation and internal fortitude. the single setting allows Ditko's art to enter the realm of the abstract and Stan Lee manages to compose some of the greatest dialogue this medium had ever seen.
This issue is a true milestone in the evolution of the comic book yet it retains a simplicity that makes it ultimately accessible.