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Miss Marple on black coffee, wine and cigarettes
This is meant to be a light hearted comedy crime caper set in the Cotswolds with the city girl - Agatha Raisin - trying to give up the rat-race and retire gracefully to the country cottage of her childhood dreams.
I agree with the reviewer who likened it to Midsomer Murders - it's Midsomer Lite and would make a fantastic series to replace the new dull Midsomer series, since John Nettles left.
Murders happen - but like Midsomer they usually happen to nasty types in eccentric ways.
If you've read the books I believe you will find that Ashley Jensen is a fantastic Agatha - despite being blonde.
Some slight changes to the book characters jarred at first - but were ultimately much more interesting.
I look forward to more in the form of a series. It's a crime series that can be enjoyed without any grimness or pain.
Gently dark and gently humorous.
I don't know why.....
?..........But I love this new series. It's not a laugh out loud comedy, but it makes me smile throughout and the half hour episode is finished far too quickly. It's a gentle comedy based on the lives of a metal detectorist club and the characters in that club. There is a mad farmer with imaginary dogs who gives the two main characters permission to scan his fields, except the paddock. No one is ever to go near the paddock! I wonder why? His wife did disappear many years ago, but I have a feeling that will have nothing to do with his aversion to paddock diggers. The characters have been written so well and the direction, also by McKenzie Crook, are intriguingly watchable. Mr Crook is a talented man and after only two episodes I know this will be a favourite with me.
The Bespoke Overcoat (1955)
I saw this film in 1960. I was 8 years old - and my much older sister had taken me along to see another film at the Glasgow Cosmo - the 'Art House' cinema of the time. I have no idea what the main film was - but this one was enchanting.
No film has made such an impression on me - ever. It was 45 years ago - and I remember the words and scenes as if it were yesterday - despite only having seen it the one time.
When Morrie begins praying for Fender - it was only then I realised that Fender had been a ghost. It was so heart breaking - I couldn't stop weeping for days. My Mother was furious with my poor sister for 'upsetting' me by taking me to 'grownup' films.
I have tried searching on the internet to see if a film copy (VHS or DVD ) is available. I found a copy of the play at a London bookstore - and amazingly - everything I remembered was as it was written.
If anyone knows where I might find a copy - I would be most grateful.
Les démoniaques (1974)
worst movie ever
I caught this movie tonight on the late Horror channel - and I was transfixed by it's dreadfulness! I simply haven't seen anything as bad - and I've seen some howlers in my time.
The only redeeming feature was the occasional beautiful landscape and the moody ruins. Apart from them - and the comedy factor - nothing.
The story is - well - there isn't one.
The acting - acting? - is totally beyond comprehension. The cast seemed to have no idea of what the words they were speaking meant.
It's not a total loss - it's really laughable. If there are a few of you wanting a late night hoot - watch it! In future I will avoid any film by Jean Rollin like a toothache.