4 items from 2010
If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Labor Day weekend, one look at this gargantuan list I compiled of the new terror titles Netflix has added for instant streaming in just the first three days of this month should keep you busy until Labor Day next year. You'll find something for everyone, from older titles to recent releases, famous to obscure, classic to not-so-classic, monsters to maniacs - you name it.
For the record, I considered compiling this list in alphabetical order or by year of the film's release, but then I realized I had already spent well over an hour just sorting through the massive catalogue of titles Netflix has now made available for instant streaming and realized Labor Day would be over by the time I finished arranging this list in any kind of order. Ready? Here you go. »
Innovative TV executive who went on to become controller of Radio 3
Although a good many broadcasters have successfully moved on from radio to television, comparatively few made the switch in the opposite direction, and fewer still at the stage in their careers reached by Stephen Hearst, who has died at the age of 90. Twenty years after he joined BBC Television as a trainee, and by now its head of arts features, he applied successfully in 1971 to become controller of Radio 3.
During his television career, Hearst had conceived of what was then a new format, the televised essay, attracting large audiences for series such as Kenneth Clark's Civilisation (1969) and Alistair Cooke's America (1972). Cooke always acknowledged the role Hearst had played in the success of the series and subsequent book, and they remained lifelong friends.
But when Hearst went to Radio 3 soon afterwards, the appointment prompted muttering among radio's old hands, »
- Philip Purser
Michael Billington writes (Critic's notebook, Arts, G2, 25 March): "Astonishing to think how widely TV [drama] once ranged. Researching Bulgakov's The White Guard, I discovered it was shown on BBC TV in 1960." More recently, as it happens. My father, the late playwright and director Don Taylor, directed a BBC TV production in September 1982. During the 70s and 80s, he also directed brand new productions of plays by Sheridan, Granville Barker, Shakespeare, Euripides, Sophocles and Edward Bond, all of which were shown in prime time on BBC1 or BBC2. He angrily and reluctantly retired from the medium in 1990, when funding was withdrawn from a Euripides project; the corporation was busy launching Eldorado at the time.
Billington is right that undertakings such as the recent transmission of the RSC's Hamlet are brilliant examples of how to adapt a theatre production for the small screen. But it's a shame, surely, that television no longer initiates such projects. »
We’ve been turning a lot of hype for Heavy Rain and for good reason: the demo blew us away and all of the gaming staff here at Reel Loop can’t wait to get our hands on it (Max will be pumping it out in the form of a review.) This game deserves all the good press it’s garnering and we here are doing our best to honor the game and convince people to pick this up on day one. Heavy Rain plays different than any game we’ve experienced, and also features a story heavily influenced by the world of cinema. In fact, it many argue the game plays just like a film given it’s noirish nature. Even Wikipedia classifies it as an interactive movie.
It’s because of this we’ll present five films any fan of Heavy Rain shouldn’t be without in their collection. »
- Philip Barrett
4 items from 2010
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