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Louisa Mellor Dec 20, 2016
It’s hard not to be won over by the enthusiasm of Time Commanders’ presenting team…
This review contains spoilers.
I was wrong to question the wisdom of hiring Gregg Wallace for this gig - it’s all down to love. Wallace loves presenting Time Commanders. He loves it even more than he loves sticky toffee pudding, and he regularly makes the kind of bedroom noises about sticky toffee pudding you’d bang on the ceiling to complain about. Look at his elated face when those French calvary attacks destroyed Wellington’s right flank this week. Hear him “Waaaaaaaaaayy” and “COO-hoo-hooooo” and purr “Gooooood plaaaan, goooood plaaaaan” like a Furby having its tummy rubbed. You’d need a heart of stone to begrudge him this job.
Also in his favour, Wallace offered more in the way of strategic tips in episode two, perhaps because he was faced »
The great film historian Kevin Brownlow, who has devoted large sections of his life to restoring Abel Gance's 1927 epic Napoleon, takes a dim view of this one. And indeed Austerlitz, a.k.a. The Battle of Austerlitz, has several strikes against it, belongs to several categories of film maudit all at once. It's a late film by a seventy-one-year-old director whose best work, by universal consensus, was in the silent era; it's a kind of belated sequel, the further adventures of Napoleon Bonaparte; it's a Salkind production.Incidentally, viewing the lavish sets for this movie, we can see how the Salkinds, those roving multinational mountebanks, ran up the unpaid studio bills in Yugoslavia which kept Orson Welles from building the elaborate vanishing sets he had planned for The Trial (starting realistic, it would have ended up playing in a featureless void), necessitating the repurposing of a disused Parisian railway station. »
An investigation is underway after an army officer was filmed snorting a powder-like substance from a sword in St. James's Palace while on duty. Major James Coleby was reportedly seen sniffing the substance at St. James's Palace after a colleague prepared it. A third officer shot the 30-second footage and posted it on a messaging site before quickly asking for it to be removed, Britain's The Sun reported on Monday. The Coldstream Guardsmen were part of a unit on ceremonial guard duty at the palace last Monday when the episode happened. Soldiers rotate through postings at the palace for the ceremonial duties. »
- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag
3 items from 2016
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