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Trevor Reviews Michael Curtiz’s The Breaking Point [Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review]

From the beginning of Michael Curtiz’s 1950 film The Breaking Point, things are dire for Captain Harry Morgan (John Garfield). Since serving in the military, Harry’s ambition has been to start a fleet of boats to escort sport-fishermen through the waters around Southern California and the Baja Peninsula, but that venture has failed to take off. He has one boat, the Sea Queen, and he’s the only captain in his fleet. When the film begins, Harry has a new client but has to spend the last of his cash to fill up his boat with fuel for the pending excursion. This particular job is a matter of survival, not prosperity.

But his own survival is only a part of this transaction. Curtiz quickly takes us into Harry’s modest seaside home, which, at first, looks as charming as any in an old sitcom. After spending the last of
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Review: "Masters Of Venus" (1962) Region 2 DVD Release From The BFI

  • CinemaRetro
By Tim Greaves

Between the early 1950s and mid 1980s the Children's Film Foundation was a non-profit making establishment behind dozens of films aimed at a young audience, most of them screening as programme constituents at Saturday morning 'Picture Shows'. I didn't catch many of these during my own childhood. But I do recall a couple of particularly enjoyable ones that I did get to see in the early 1970s: Cry Wolf (1969) and All at Sea (1970), both of which are conspicuously absent from the half dozen or so collections issued on DVD to date. Many of the Cff’s films had a run-time of around an hour, although there were also a number of serials in their catalogue. Masters of Venus was one such production. Comprising eight 15-minute instalments, it arrives on DVD in the UK in a restored release from BFI.

On the day prior to mankind's first mission to Venus,
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Vincent Price’s High School Days in St. Louis

Article by Cliff Saxton

Cliff Saxton is the Archivist for Micds (Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School), known as St. Louis Country Day School when Vincent Price attended in the 1920’s. In 2011 I asked Mr. Saxton to write an article about Vincent Price’s days at Country Day in honor of Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration, which we were preparing. There is information here I have never seen in any biographies of Vincent Price and I thank Mr. Saxton for taking the time to research and write this article. In honor of it being Vincent Price week here in St. Louis with Victoria Price in town for three fun events (read about the details of those Here), We Are Movie Geeks has decided to re-post Cliff Saxton’s article.

In 1922, St. Louis Country Day School welcomed a young man who would become one of the school
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Collins' Sex Novels Have Enjoyed Unexpectedly Few Film Versions (The Stud, The Bitch)

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and for being the younger sister of film and TV star Joan Collins, died of breast cancer on Sept. 19, '15, in Los Angeles. The London-born (Oct. 4, 1937) Collins was 77. Collins' tawdry, female-centered novels – much like those of Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz – were/are immensely popular. According to her website, they have sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. And if the increasingly tabloidy BBC is to be believed (nowadays, Wikipedia has become a key source, apparently), every single one of them – 32 in all – appeared on the New York Times' bestseller list. (Collins' own site claims that a mere 30 were included.) Sex
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Prince Harry, New Girlfriend Camilla Thurlow Take Romantic Saint-Tropez Cruise

Prince Harry, New Girlfriend Camilla Thurlow Take Romantic Saint-Tropez Cruise
All at sea! Prince Harry and his new girlfriend Camilla Thurlow took their romance to the open waters this past weekend, embarking on a cruise together, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal. Thurlow, 25, joined the redheaded royal, 29, for a vacation on a luxury yacht, which began on Saturday, Aug. 23, in Saint-Tropez, France with a few friends. They are traveling with pal Ben Goldsmith and his model financée Jemima Jones.  "This trip's partly to celebrate Harry's 30th birthday which is just weeks away," a source explains to Us. [...]
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Interview with Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia about Salvo

All at sea in Salvo

Getting its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival, screening as part of the Italian Film Festival and now on general release, Salvo is the story of a hitman whose worldview begins to change dramatically when he meets a young blind woman. I spoke to co-writers and co-directors Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia when they were visiting London, and asked what it was that inspired this unusual fusion of genres.

“The first thing, for us, was to write a Sicilian film,” Antonio said. “For years and years we had worked together as writers for other people, on other people’s films, and at some point we felt we needed to tell our own story. We wanted it to be about Sicily, the place where we were born.

“For some time we’d had this image, this scene of a Mafia hitman being in front of a blind girl – this.
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First look at All at Sea

  • ScreenTerrier
Here's a first look at the young cast of All At Sea, a brand-new children’s drama due to air on Cbbc this autumn, currently filming on location in Scarborough and in studios in Wythenshawe, Manchester.

12 year old Ryan Wilkinson plays Charlie, with Olivia Cosgrove and Sam Hattersley as his best friends Alison and Ben. Milly Zero plays Charlie’s older sister Hannah, and Adam Greaves-Neal is his little brother Louie.

The colourful 13x30 minute series (previously known as Family By Sea and Charlie and the Alien) is centred around an imaginative 10-year-old boy named Charlie, whose family have recently moved from London to run a bed and breakfast by the sea in Scarborough.

Escaping from the hustle and bustle of city life, Charlie - who lives in the B&B with his mum and dad, 14-year-old sister Hannah and little brother Louie who is seven - loves his new-found
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Vincenzo Cerami obituary

Italian screenwriter, novelist and poet who formed a successful partnership with the film director Roberto Benigni

Although he was a respected novelist and poet, Vincenzo Cerami, who has died aged 72 after a long illness, was perhaps best known as a screenwriter, thanks to his long partnership with the director Roberto Benigni. The pair co-wrote six films and had their greatest success with La Vita è Bella (Life Is Beautiful, 1997), which starred Benigni as a Jewish internee in a concentration camp, desperately pretending to his young son that it is all a game. The film won three Oscars and had a further four nominations, including for best screenplay. "Knowing Vincenzo was a gift," said Benigni, "because he taught people's hearts to beat."

On their early films together, Cerami was not able to totally sublimate Benigni's excesses as an actor. Nevertheless, Il Piccolo Diavolo (The Little Devil, 1988), Johnny Stecchino (1991) and Il Mostro (The Monster,
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All at Sea casting news

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Screenterrier posted a casting call back in February for a new Cbbc series which has been shooting in Manchester since May and is due to hit our screens in September.

The 13 episode comedy drama series centres around 10-year-old Charlie, a highly imaginative boy with heroic leadership skills, qualities that combine to create amazing adventures and terrible chaos.

Charlie, his parents and his brother and sister have just moved to Scarborough from London, downsizing to a family home that doubles as a B&B. Life at the seaside is new to everyone and Charlie loves the freedom, his new friends and their exploits, while his family can’t understand how he creates such havoc around them.

12 year old Ryan Wilkinson (represented by Scream Management) landed the lead role of Charlie in new Cbbc drama All at Sea (aka Family By Sea and Charlie and the Alien). Ryan, from Manchester, has previously appeared in Shameless,
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Rafe Spall: from fat to fit

Once the go-to man for feckless losers, Rafe Spall reveals how losing five stone transformed him into a romantic lead in I Give It A Year and turned his career around

Rafe Spall takes me by surprise. I'm expecting a little fella, a bit porky, not much of a looker. And here he is, 6ft 3in, svelte, smart. Over the past few years, Spall has been the go-to man for feckless losers – there's his sports reporter Pete in the TV comedy Pete Versus Life, who will do or say anything to get a girl into bed, the fascist clever-clogs in The Rotters' Club, the drippy Ian in One Day.

But next month Spall will be playing the newly wed Josh in the very funny romcom I Give It A Year. Not only is this his first lead; Spall has reinvented himself as a lean, mean, six-packed machine, a successful novelist,
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Rafe Spall: from fat to fit

Once the go-to man for feckless losers, Rafe Spall reveals how losing five stone transformed him into a romantic lead in I Give It A Year and turned his career around

Rafe Spall takes me by surprise. I'm expecting a little fella, a bit porky, not much of a looker. And here he is, 6ft 3in, svelte, smart. Over the past few years, Spall has been the go-to man for feckless losers – there's his sports reporter Pete in the TV comedy Pete Versus Life, who will do or say anything to get a girl into bed, the fascist clever-clogs in The Rotters' Club, the drippy Ian in One Day.

But next month Spall will be playing the newly wed Josh in the very funny romcom I Give It A Year. Not only is this his first lead; Spall has reinvented himself as a lean, mean, six-packed machine, a successful novelist,
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Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Tom Waits to set sail on Johnny Depp's pirates album

Son of Rogue's Gallery, a compilation of songs from the seafaring tradition, will feature a grizzled crew including Keith Richards, Michael Stipe, Nick Cave and Shane MacGowan

Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Tom Waits and the Pogues' Shane MacGowan are among the contributors to a new compilation of pirate ballads. The grizzled, A-list crew was assembled by Johnny Depp, who performs on the album, and the people behind the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

First, some more names. Among the hearties who are shivering timbers on Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys: Tom Waits with Keith Richards, Michael Stipe with Courtney Love, Nick Cave, Broken Social Scene, Marianne Faithful with the McGarrigle sisters, Sissy Bounce with Akron/Family, Beth Orton, Macy Gray and Sean Lennon.

The two-disc set, due next year, is the sequel to a compilation from 2006. There too, Pirates producer Hal Willner manned the tiller.
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TV highlights 13/03/2012

  • The Guardian - TV News
Typeface | Timothy Spall: All At Sea | Alcatraz | Horizon | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation | Shameless

Typeface

7.50pm, Sky Arts 1

The arrival of the internet seems like a passing fad by comparison with the introduction of the Caxton printing press in the 15th century, and its impact on the future. Modern artists, however, disaffected by the digital era, are rediscovering the appeal of more traditional methods. In this documentary, Justine Nagan brings artists and designers together with craftsfolk from Wisconsin's Hamilton Wood Type Museum and Print Shop, one of the world's few remaining wood-type printing establishments. Does the print industry's future lie in its past? David Stubbs

Timothy Spall: All At Sea

8.30pm, BBC4

In this final leg of Timothy Spall's nautical circumnavigation of the UK, the actor and wife Shane brave the choppy waters of the North Sea, taking care to avoid the wreck of the USS Montgomery and its 18,000 tonnes of unexploded bombs.
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It's a good week for … Seafaring

Everyone's messing about in boats this week, whether they have the expertise required to drive one or not. You drive a boat, right? Leading the waterborne charge is, obviously, Jeremy Paxman in Empire (Mon, 9pm, BBC1) who starts his essay on Britannia's former dominion over the waves from the deck of a naval destroyer. "How did such a small country get such a big head?" he asks, his impressive bouffant thrashing manfully in the wind.

Taking a rather easier passage across the brine are the Locks, a north London couple formerly seen in a Wonderland doc about Hasidic weddings. The new one, Wonderland: Two Jews On A Cruise (Wed, 9pm, BBC2) follows them on a 12-day kosher cruise of the Med. This strand reels in nothing but impressive whoppers so tuna-ing in is essential. No regrets about that joke.

Also hoping to land a good catch is Monty Halls, whose latest challenge,
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TV review: Timothy Spall – All at Sea

It's six years since Timothy Spall started sailing around Britain. That's a lot of faffing

What? He, and it – Timothy Spall: All at Sea (BBC4) – are still going? Still all at sea? It's six years since he set off from the Thames in his beloved barge Princess Matilda, with his beloved wife Shane, to circumnavigate Britain. I know there have been big gaps, and winters off, and Harry Potter films to film, but even so, Six Years! And he's still got a way to go by the looks of things.

The other day a sailing boat, powered only by the wind, sailed round the world – not Britain, The World! – in 45 days. Not that that's really relevant but it does underline just how gently Timothy's taking it.

To be fair though, that's exactly how it should be. Because that's the charm of it, the fact that he's pottering, faffing, waiting in ports for fair weather,
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TV highlights 21/02/2012

  • The Guardian - TV News
The Brit Awards 2012 | Gok's Teens: The Naked Truth | Timothy Spall: All At Sea | Junior Doctors: Your Life In Their Hands | How To Grow A Planet | The World Against Apartheid

The Brit Awards 2012

8pm, ITV1

Oh, for the simple days when the Brits was just one show, Sam Fox and an autocue. This year, you'll need a live blog feed, an array of 140-character bitchy quips, and your trusty remote. The action starts on ITV2 with pre-show red carpet coverage and Keith Lemon at the helm. Then it's over to ITV1 for the main event: James Corden presents, with Blur in the lifetime-achievement slot. Follow-up is on ITV2, with interviews with the winners and losers. Clare Considine

Gok's Teens: The Naked Truth

8pm, Channel 4

Gok Wan has firsthand experience of how tricky teenage years can be, and in the last part of Gok's Teens he draws on
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Vincentennial: Vincent Price’S High School Days

Article by Cliff Saxton

Cliff Saxton is the Archivist for Micds (Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School), known as St. Louis Country Day School when Vincent Price attended in the 1920′s. I recently asked Mr. Saxton to write an article about Vincent Price’s days at Country Day in honor of Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration. There is information here I have never seen in any biographies of Vincent Price and I thank Mr. Saxton for taking the time to research and write this article, which is making its premiere here at We Are Movie Geeks

In 1922, St. Louis Country Day School welcomed a young man who would become one of the school’s most illustrious graduates — and whose celebrated acting career would be encouraged on the stage of the school’s auditorium. In the fall of that year, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was among 30 boys
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Modern Times Blu Ray Review

Modern Times Written and Directed by: Charlie Chaplin Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman I'm sort of at a loss for what I could possibly add to the 74 year conversation on Modern Times that has preceded the release of this Criterion Collection blu ray. It's certainly a classic and has been studied and written about by people way sharper than myself. As expected with most Criterion releases, this edition of the film comes packed with a fair number of supplemental materials, so perhaps I can focus on how this release might have enhanced my enjoyment and perception of Charlie Chaplin's hilarious and timeless comedy. The interesting thing about Modern Times is it requires very little internal calibration in order to be fully enjoyed. What I mean is I find that most comedies of the first half of the 20th century require a slight adjustment for tone, style, and
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DVD Review: Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’ Features Comic Master in Top Form

Chicago – There’s a scene early in “Modern Times” in which Charlie Chaplin’s timeless Little Tramp character has been so mentally and physically damaged by the routine he’s been forced to do over and over again on an assembly line that he can’t stop moving his arms in the same repetitive motion. As he tries to turn everything that looks like it can be turned with a wrench, the routine perfectly captures the genius of Chaplin in its duality. Not only is it a commentary on how men are being destroyed by the machine of industry but it’s damn funny at the same time.

DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0

Very few people in the history of film have been able to use comedy in the way Chaplin could. Not only was he one of the best physical comedians of all time but he was also incredibly subversive, challenging the
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When Silents Are Golden: Chaplin, Keaton, "Metropolis" and More New DVDs

  • IFC
When Silents Are Golden: Chaplin, Keaton,
A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Modern Times"

Directed by Charlie Chaplin

Released by Criterion Collection

Granted, Warner Brothers released an extensive two-disc collection of arguably Charlie Chaplin's finest film back in 2003, but Criterion Collection is bringing the silent comedian to Blu-ray for the first time with a newly remastered edition of the Depression-era classic with an array of special features including the Dardenne brothers' 2003 tribute to the film, the 1916 two-reeler "The Rink," the Alistair Cooke home movie with Chaplin and Pauline Goddard, "All at Sea," two deleted sequences from the film, a new featurette on the film's special effects with Ben Burtt and Craig Barron and much more.

"Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition"

Directed by James Cameron

Released by Fox Home Entertainment

After a bare bones edition was released in April, James Cameron's box office world-beater receives a three-disc set with all the bells and
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