Beatles Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary launches with a film

It was 50 years ago that Sgt Pepper taught the band to play; the band in question being the Beatles.

As part of the Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary celebrations there’s a new documentary film celebrating the landmark event in popular music history.

It Was 50 Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond is due for release in UK cinemas on 26th May. The documentary film focuses on the 12 months of recording of what is widely debated as the most iconic album ever produced. Director Alan G Parker utilises rare archive footage to tell his story, along with a series of interviews with subjects including original drummer Pete Best, John Lennon’s sister Julia and Hunter Davies.

It Was 50 Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond examines the Beatles disillusionment with touring and the controversies that dogged the Beatles from drugs to blasphemy. The film give several first-hand accounts of what would become the world’s first concept album.

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond is in cinemas from 26th May, including special Q&A previews. It will be released on digital on 1st June and DVD on 3rd July. In the meantime, here’s a taster…… https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/apr/05/sgt-pepper-is-50-new-documentary-beatles-alan-g-parker

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono love story movie to be made

The relationship of John Lennon and Yoko Ono will form the basis of a new film from the writer of the Stephen Hawking movie, The Theory of Everything.

“The story will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage and activism in the US – with the intention of inspiring today’s youth to stand up for and have a clear vision for the world they want,” said producer Michael De Luca, whose previous credits include The Social Network, Captain Phillips and Moneyball.

It is thought that the film script is likely to depict John Lennon and Yoko Ono  as a celebrity couple throughout the 1970s, Lennon’s drifting away from the Beatles, the couple’s music together ( which began with the anti Vietnam War anthem Give Peace A Chance ) and John Lennon’s murder in 1980.

In 2009, the life of John Lennon as a youth growing up in Liverpool was brought to the screen by Sam Taylor-Johnson in Nowhere Boy, where he was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Yoko Ono was supportive of the finished product and was “flabbergasted” at how good it was, as was the Record Press author. If you haven’t seen it, I would definitely recommend Nowhere Boy.

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Ian Dury was so much more than Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Andy Serkis absolutely nailed Ian Dury in the 2010 biopic film, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

Not only did Andy Serkis look like Ian Dury, but he captured his abrasive, mercurial and tortured soul, borne out the bitterness and frustration that the artist understandably felt as a result of contracting polio as a boy. All those frustrations with being a cripple bubbled up to the surface in Ian Dury and the The Blockheads’ first hit single “What a Waste” and set the tone for all the music that was to come.

What Andy Serkis’ portrayal of Ian Dury succeeded in doing, was to remind us not only of the man’s ian durygreat talent as a songwriter and charismatic frontman, but also what a flawed, complex character he was as a father and a lover. As much as he was angst ridden, belligerent, abrasive and anarchical; he was also kind, caring, compassionate, sensitive and vulnerable. In truth the latter attributes were generally well concealed in Ian Dury’s songs, but what was never concealed was his innate ability as a storyteller. At the end of the 1970s, Ian Dury was almost peerless when it came to being a raconteur and storyteller in the music world – probably only equalled by the Jam’s Paul Weller and Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze.

Ian Dury was a tempestuous tour de force, who burned brightly, but sadly for too short a time. The Record Press author considers himself privileged to have seen Ian Dury & The Blockheads live………I can even remember the date and place………It was Sunday 9th August 1992 at Finsbury Park, North London…….Ian Dury and the band were supporting Madness at the first ”Madstock” concert. I wouldn’t say that Ian Dury & The Blockheads stole the show, but they certainly were not eclipsed by headliners Madness!!

Lest we forget Ian Dury & The Blockheads’ anarchical brilliance and wit, here is the Record Press Top 10 Best Ian Dury & The Blockheads songs –

Top 10 Best Ian Dury & The Blockheads songsian dury What a Waste

 

 1) What a Waste ( No9 1978 )

2) Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3 ( No3 1979 )

3) Hit me with your Rhythm Stick  ( No1 1979 )

4) Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll  ( Non hit 1977 )

5) There ain’t half been some Clever Bastards ( Non hit 1978 )

6) Billericay Dickie (Non hit 1977 )Ian Dury Hit me with your Rhythm Stick

7) Profoundly in Love with Pandora ( No45 1985 )

8) Crippled with Nerves (Non hit 1975 )

9) New Boots & Panties (Non hit 1977 )

10) Spasticus ( Autisticus ) ( Non hit 1981 )

 

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Ban Sam Smith Bond song, not Paloma Rugby World Cup song

Thousands of sports fans have signed a petition asking ITV to stop playing Paloma Faith’s Rugby World Cup song.

The Paloma Faith cover of “World in Union” has been pilloried online, with people branding it “excruciating”. The Paloma Faith “World in Union”campaign was spearheaded and initiated by Jonathan Wilson from Worcester, who launched the petition a week ago on campaign website Change.org. Since then it has attracted nearly seven thousand signatures.

The IT worker told the Press Association: “The petition isn’t taking issue with Paloma herself – in fact, I’d never even heard any of her music before last week. I don’t like her rendition of World in Union, but she’s interpreted the song in her own unique way and sung it in her style, and it would be wrong of her to have approached it in a different way. What we’re petitioning against is ITV’s decision to use the song in their coverage, and the regularity with which it is forced upon our gentle ears.”

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The Record Press author would respectfully suggest and argue that  if we are going to ban the Paloma Faith cover of “World in Union”, then equally the Sam Smith Bond film theme should also be banned. Sam Smith’s theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” for the latest James Bond theme “Spectre” is dull, dull, dull……

Arguably it’s the worst James Bond film theme ever and yet it appears to be on course to make history, by becoming the first Bond theme to reach No1 in the UK charts. Out of 23 Bond themes, Adele’s “Skyfall” and Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill” have performed best, both peaking at No2 in the charts.

Sadly the Sam Smith Bond theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” has heralded the return to a trend in recent years for adele-skyfall-21-150x150inferior Bond film themes, that fall short of the majestic standards set between 1963 and 1995. Most of the James Bond film themes in the past 20 years have been grossly inadequate, notably those performed by Chris Cornell, Jack White / Alicia Keys and Garbage ( the latter aptly summing them all up!! )

The exception was Adele’s “Skyfall” in 2012 which bucked the trend with the power and performance standard set by Shirley Bassey. Since 1995 and Tina Turner’s “Goldeneye”, the rest have fallen well short of the standards expected and associated with the classic James Bond film themes of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

If Sam Smith reaches No1, he will undeservedly head this Top 20 Best Selling James Bond Film Theme Songs, based on their UK Chart positions –

Top 20 Best Selling James Bond Film Theme Songs ( with chart position & year of release )

 

1= Adele – Skyfall ( Chart position No2 / 2012 )

1= Duran Duran – A View To A Kill ( CP No2 / 1985 )duran-duran-a-view-to-a-kill.-150x150

3 Madonna – Die Another Day (CP No3 / 2002 )

4 A-ha – The Living Daylights ( CP No5 / 1987 )

5 Gladys Knight – Licence To Kill ( CP No6 / 1989 )

6= Paul McCartney & Wings – Live & Let Die ( CP No7 / 1973 )

6= Carly Simon – Nobody Does it Better ( Spy Who Loved Me CP No7 / 1977 )

6= Chris Cornell – You Know My Name ( Casino Royale CP No7 / 2006 )

9 Sheena Easton – For Your Eyes Only ( CP No8 / 1981 )

10 Jack White / Alicia Keys – Another Way To Die ( Quantum of Solace CP No9 / 2008 )

11 Tina Turner – Golden Eye ( CP No10 / 1995 )tina-turner-golden-eye-150x150

12= Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice ( CP No11 / 1967 )

12= Garbage – The World Is Not Enough ( CP No11 / 1999 )

14 Matt Monro – From Russia With Love ( CP No20 / 1963 )

15 Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger ( CP No21 / 1964 )

16 Tom Jones – Thunderball ( CP No35 / 1965 )

17 Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever ( CP No38 / 1971 )

18 Rita Coolidge – All Time High ( Octopussy CP No75 / 1983 )goldfinger-150x150

19= Lulu – The Man With The Golden Gun ( CP Non Hit / 1974 )

19= Shirley Bassey – Moonraker ( CP Non Hit / 1979 )

 

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Patrick MacNee, who played John Steed in The Avengers, dies

Six months after Brian Clemens, the scriptwriter and producer behind the iconic cult TV series The Avengers passed away, Patrick Macnee who played the star of the show John Steed, has also died.

Patrick Macnee, as the suave, urbane & debonair John Steed in The Avengers, with his trademark bowler hat & umbrella, was my first hero…..

In the past four years the Record Press author has written extensively and often referenced the character of John Steed in The Avengers as the object of my first hero worship at the age of five. Patrick Macnee shared this dubious status with Roger Moore, john steed patrick macneewho played Simon Templar in The Saint. Both were cult TV series in the 1960s and both heroes captured the imagination of the infant Simon Sterland. They were dashing and debonair, but John Steed edged it with his superior sartorial elegance epitomised by his Pierre Cardin tailored three piece suits, bowler hat and umbrella.

John Steed was the quintessential Englishman as was Simon Templar and Patrick Macnee and Roger Moore came together on the big screen in the 1985 Bond film, A View To A Kill. In a way it was fitting that they should come together in celluloid having been great rivals in competing cult TV series two decades earlier.

I’m not going to labour my hero worship of Patrick Macnee and John Steed as I have paid many tributes to actor and alter ego on the Record Press blog in recent years, but suffice it to say I’m very sad at the passing of Patrick Macnee. Let’s hope Roger Moore keeps the British flag flying for a few more years yet. In the meantime, Patrick Macnee – thanks for the memories……

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Christopher Lee, unlike Dracula, will not be rising from the grave

Film actor Christopher Lee has died aged 93. His film career began in 1947 with a role in gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors but it wasn’t until the late 1950s, when Christopher Lee started working with Hammer Horror Films, that he became a household name.

christopher lee as draculaChristopher Lee’s first role with Hammer Horror Films was The Curse of Frankenstein and it was the first of twenty films that he made with Peter Cushing: the pair seemed inseparable on Hammer Films celluloid . Christopher Lee’s most famous role for Hammer was playing Dracula. In the 1970s he continued to gain fame in the horror genre with a role in The Wicker Man, a film which he and the Record Press author considered to be his best film. Christopher Lee described it as a “Wonderful film… had a hell of a time getting it made. Its power lies in the fact that you never expect what eventually happens, because everyone is so nice.”

Christopher Lee also played the Bond villain, Scaramanga, in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, another favourite christopher lee as scaramangafilm of mine and certainly in a top five best Bond films. However there were some career miscalculations and mistakes: Christopher Lee declined  a role in Halloween, which he later admitted was one of his biggest career regrets. He also turned down a role in Airplane!, something he also regretted. His anxiety over being typecast in horror films led him to Hollywood and roles in Airport ‘77 and Steven Spielberg’s 1941. Christopher Lee’s career saw a reprise in 2001 with a role as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and then as Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Christopher Lee also became a regular collaborator with Tim Burton, who cast him in Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Burton went on to award him with a Bafta fellowship.

christopher lee in wicker manChristopher Lee  also indulged a love of music throughout much of his career, including a song on The Wicker Man soundtrack. He released his first full-length album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010. It was well-received by the heavy metal community and won him the spirit of metal award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony. His 2013 single Jingle Hell entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 22, which made him the oldest living artist to ever enter the charts.

 

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Very few grey songs in the Fifty Shades of Grey film soundtrack

The Guardian poses the question…….”The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack – will it take you to the heights of erotic ecstasy?”

The Record Press author thinks probably not……..However undoubtedly the flagship of Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, has to be Annie Lennox’s rendition of Nina Simone’s “I Put a Spell on You”. There are certain songs that were so good in their original form that it takes a brave man or woman to cover them. Well Annie Lennox is Scottish fifty shades of grey film imagesand therefore inherently a “Brave heart” and she manages to capture the haunting, obsessive atmosphere of the original song by Nina Simone, whilst putting her own idiosyncratic spin on it. Clearly the theme of this song dovetails well with Christian Grey’s manipulation of Anastasia in Fifty Shades of Grey.

In fairness the the Fifty Shades of Grey director has avoided the temptation of deploying songs with grey in the title, if you don’t include “I know You” by Skylar Grey. When researching songs with grey in the title for this blog article, surprisingly I found very few examples.

Some of the songs that could have peppered the soundtrack of Fifty Shades of Grey were “Grey Day” by Madness, “Touch of Grey” by The Grateful Dead ( or should that be Grey-ful Dead? ), Tom Robinson’s “Grey Cortina” ( although the iconic British car from the 1970s probably wouldn’t work in contemporary USA!! ), or my favourites Visage’s “Fade to Grey” or Joni Mitchell’s “Two Grey Rooms” ( these two would be perfect ). Finally the pick of the bunch would have to be “Shades of Grey” by quintessential New Yorker Billy Joel.

For the Guardian’s take on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, here’s a link to a very entertaining and amusing article……. www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/feb/16/fifty-shades-of-grey-soundtrack-erotic

 

Framed romantic film DVD & cover makes a unique Valentine’s gift

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When it comes to a Valentine’s Day present, you cannot go wrong with a bespoke, personalised gift that shows you have made the effort to do something special!! A framed DVD and cover of your girlfriend or wife’s favourite romantic movie is one such option!! What could be better than an original, unique, personalised Valentine’s Day gift?

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If you need some ideas, here are a Top 20 most popular romantic films –

Top 20 best romantic films

1)    Titanic (1997)
2)    Casablanca (1942)
3)    Gone with the Wind (1939)titanic film dvd
4)    Pretty Woman (1990)
5)    Dirty Dancing (1987)
6)    Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
7)    My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
8)    Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
9)    Ghost (1990)
10)  Brief Encounter (1945)
11)  Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
12)  When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
13)  The Notebook (2004)
14)  Jerry Maguire (1996)
15)  Amelie (2001)
16)  Out Of Sight (1998)
17)  Romeo & Juliet (1996)
18)  Top Gun (1986)
19)  Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless ( 2004 )
20)  An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

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Top 5 Best James Brown songs to celebrate his film biopic release

James Brown, aka “The Godfather of Soul”, also credited with inspiring rap, hip-hop, funk and RnB, is the subject of a film biopic, “Get On Up”, produced by Mick Jagger.

The Rolling Stones vocalist was first invited by James Brown’s family to produce a documentary about the soul and funk singer after james brown get on up filmhis death, aged 73, on Christmas Day 2006. Mick Jagger explains: “But then I thought James Brown deserved a feature film, not just a documentary. I met him several times over the years and he was extraordinary. Then I found out there had been a film in the works about him for more than a decade.”

The original idea for the film “Get On Up” was first mooted in 2000, when James Brown was still alive. Actor Eddie Murphy was originally asked to play James Brown but the project was shelved for several years after James Brown’s death, until Mick Jagger resurrected the project in 2012.

Tate Taylor, the “Get On Up” director, describes Mick Jagger’s part as “doing all the heavy lifting, getting this film made. But then he was on set every day, he was passionately committed to it. Even Chad Boseman, who plays James Brown and is no mean dancer, was nervous about singing and dancing in front of Mick Jagger. After all, his moves are so good, we’re still singing about it today.”

Tate Taylor describes the biopic as “traditional, covering as many episodes of his life as possible. The trouble is with James, we can’t pick just one part of his life, and we can’t pick just a few songs. Think of what he’s done – Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, Living In America, Sex Machine, Get On Up. We may call him the Godfather of Soul, or Mr Dynamite, but actually I would call him Mr Genesis, because most of the music we love, he is the genesis of that beat.”

For the Record Press author, James Brown was a force of nature and like so many geniuses was a complex, flawed man. In my opinion it was that multi-faceted personality that made him the charismatic star he was. So let’s pay tribute to James Brown and mark his genius with this Record Press Top 5 Best James Brown songs –

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1)   It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World  ( No13 1966 )

2)   Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine  ( No32 1970 )

3)   Living in America  ( No5 1985 )

4)   I Got You ( I Feel Good )  ( No72 1992 )

5)   Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag  ( No25 1965

 

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Framed DVD & Cover of It’s a Wonderful Life makes a unique Xmas gift

The film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of the best films ever to come out of Hollywood……And definitely the best Christmas movie of all time!!

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is the most uplifting of movies, with a wonderful, humane and compassionate message. In the hands of the wrong director, it could have so easily been schmaltzy, but as it is James Stewart is perfectly cast staying the right side of cheese. The it's a wonderful life dvdamazing thing is that the Record Press author somehow managed to reach 50 years of age without seeing it……….That situation has thankfully since been rectified!!

For those who have still to see “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the plot is as follows………George Bailey ( played by the peerless James Stewart ) is a parochial, small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to travel the world, but circumstances and his kind, compassionate heart have prevented him from doing so. In an act of total selflessness, George Bailey sacrificed his education for his brother’s, kept the family-run savings and loan company afloat, whilst protecting the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr Potter.

George Bailey’s one  source of solace is that he married his childhood sweetheart Mary ( Donna Reed ) and has three lovely children. However in his desperation, this does not seem to be enough. As he prepares for it's a wonderful life dvdhis imminent suicide on Christmas Eve, readying himself to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) intervenes. He then shows George what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls if he had never lived and by doing so demonstrates all the lives he has touched and enriched in his lifetime.

If you have not watched “It’s a Wonderful Life”, treat yourself to the DVD and watch it over Xmas…….. I can’t guarantee that you will never take your life, family and friends for granted ever again, but for a few precious days over the festive period, you will be reminded of what really matters in life!!

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is the perfect film to watch over Christmas, with a glass of mulled wine in front of a roaring log fire……

………And as the perfect Christmas tale, “It’s a Wonderful Life” would also make the perfect Xmas gift!!

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Top 5 Best Robert Redford Films to mark his lifetime achievement award

Hollywood actor Robert Redford is to receive a lifetime achievement award from New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Centre.

robert redfordThe Society, which organises the annual New York Film Festival, said that Robert Redford’s “impact is hard to measure in many ways”. The honour is bestowed upon the film industry’s most high profile and influential players, with previous recipients including Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Chaplin, after whom the award is named.

According to the BBC Lesli Klainberg, executive director at the New York’s Film Society, said that Robert Redford’s contribution as an actor has been significant, but also pinpointed his work as founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Lesli commented: “Without the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival, we’d likely have a different industry. And they continue to have a huge impact. Obviously he’s a star that many of us have grown up watching from his films in the early ’60s to his current work. I happen to think he’s also had some of the greatest co-stars ever, from Natalie Wood to Faye Dunaway, Barbra Streisand, and, of course, his great bromance with Paul Newman.”

Robert Redford is almost certainly best remembered for that “bromance” with Paul Newman in the film “Butch Cassidy and the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidSundance Kid”. The Record Press author has never seen better chemistry between two actors on celluloid. The rapport, bonhomie, banter and humour between Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid aka Paul Newman and Robert Redford was scintillating. It’s not something that you can manufacture. Such was the success of the 1969 film, Paul Newman and Robert Redford found themselves teaming up four years later in “The Sting”.

Away from his work with Paul Newman, Robert Redford has consistently proved his depth and versatility as an actor, whether in rom com films like “Barefoot in the Park” or more hard hitting, edgy films like “All the President’s Men” which depicted the Washington Post’s investigation that led to the “Watergate Scandal” and the subsequent bringing down of US President Richard Nixon.

Lest we forget Robert Redford’s talent and track record, here’s a Top 5 Best Robert Redford Films –

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1) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  ( 1969 )

2) All the President’s Men  ( 1976 )

3) The Sting  ( 1973 )

4) The Way We Were ( 1973 )

5) The Great Gatsby  ( 1974 )

 

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Two of the Five Best James Bond Villains live & let die….

There must be a Curse of the James Bond Villains at the moment, as two of the best loved ones have died in the last month. The irony, as we mourn their passing in real life, is that somewhat unusually for a James Bond villain, both survived death in their respective Bond films.

Geoffrey Holder, played Baron Samedi in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, has died in New York at the age of 84. He played the Baron Samedipart of the cackling, deranged “Voodoo Villain” in Roger Moore’s first outing as secret agent James Bond. He survived everything James Bond threw at him in Live and Let Die, living rather than dying and was last seen sitting on the front of the train at the end of the film…….cackling away to his heart’s content.

Meanwhile actor Richard Kiel, who played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films, died last month in California aged 74.Uniquely for a Bond villain, Jaws appeared in two James Bond films – The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker in 1979 – and also survived to live happily ever after with his love match!!

Undoubtedly Baron Samedi and Jaws were two of the most memorable and best loved James Bond villains and deserve to be in this Top 5 Best James Bond Villains –

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1) Goldfinger ( Goldfinger 1964 )

2) Rosa Klebb ( From Russia With Love 1963 )

3) Scaramanga ( Man With the Golden Gun 1974 )

4) Baron Samedi ( Live and Let Die 1973 )

5) Jaws ( Spy Who Loved Me 1977 & Moonraker 1979 )

 

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Top 5 Robin Williams films with which to celebrate his life

Very sad to hear of Robin Williams’ untimely passing. Like nearly all comic geniuses, he was a tour de force but also clearly tormented by his demons……

Whilst that very high level of intelligence, perception, sensitivity, intuition and creativity made Robin Williams vulnerable and susceptible to the “Black Dog” ( as Winston Churchill referred to his own bouts of depression ), those very same attributes made him robin williamsthe great actor he was. Robin Williams was that rare acting phenomenon – equally comfortable playing comic roles as serious parts with great gravitas, albeit often interspersed with humour. There were exceptions to the pattern of course, notably his role as the sinister sociopath / potential psychopath photo developer in “One Hour Photo”.

For the Record Press author, my introduction to Robin Williams was as a teenager in 1979, when he played the zany alien Mork in the US TV series “Mork and Mindy”. Although brilliant in that, Robin Williams will be best remembered for his diverse film roles, often a fusion of humour and melancholy, but invariably playing an inspirational character as he did in “Good Morning Vietnam”, “Dead Poet’s Society” and “Good Will Hunting”. So let’s remember and celebrate Robin William’s genius, versatility and life with this Top 5 Best Robin Williams films / movies –

Top 5 Best Robin Williams films / moviesdead poets society dvd

 

1) Dead Poet’s Society ( 1989 )

2) Good Will Hunting ( 1997 )

3) One Hour Photo ( 2002 )

4) Good Morning Vietnam ( 1987 )

5) Mrs Doubtfire ( 1993 )

 

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Get a Framed Star Wars DVD to celebrate Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day is not surprisingly on May 4th……… ‘may the fourth be with you’ as Star Wars fans come together across the Earth and possibly further afield in Space!!

There was much activity surrounding Star Wars Day in 2013 as fans undertook ‘impromptu light saber fights’. Apparently you can participate in light sabre classes to perfect your swing!

The 4th May isn’t the only day dedicated to Star Wars. Celebrations also take place on the 25th May, the day christened by many Star Wars fans as International Day of the Jedi, the date of the release of Episode IV in 1977. So remember to wish everyone a happy Star Wars Day this May!! And may the fourth be with you!!

If you are a Star Wars fan you will know there tends to be a lot of discussion on what the best Star Wars movie is – my personal favourite Star Wars film is ‘Empire Strikes Back’. What is your favourite Star Wars film? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

                                                                                      

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Two lost films unlikely to make this Top 10 Best Peter Sellers Films

It has been announced that two “lost” films showcasing the comedy talents of Peter Sellers are to be screened at the Southend Film Festival next May.

Peter Sellers created the comedy short films “Dearth of a Salesman” and “Insomnia is Good For You” in 1957 as part of a promotional drive to break into films, having conquered all before him on radio with “The Goon Show”. As we know he eventually cracked Hollywood with films like The Naked Truth, The Pink Panther franchise and Dr Strangelove.

In the two rediscovered films, which are spoof government information films, Peter Sellers played a number of different roles as “show reels” to demonstrate “his considerable talents”, according to Paul Cotgrove from The White Bus, which runs the Southend Film Festival. The two 30-minute films were originally salvaged from a skip during a clear-out of Park Lane Films’ former office in London before its refurbishment in 1996.

Although part of the wonderful heritage of the genius of Peter Sellers, it is unlikely that they will offer a threat to this Top 10 Best Peter Sellers Films –

Top 10 Best Peter Sellers Films

 

1) The Party ( 1968 ) – Peter Sellers plays an incompetent, accident-prone Indian actor, who hilariously systematically wrecks a chic Hollywood house party.

2) A Shot in the Dark ( 1964 ) – The second Inspector Clouseau comedy is the best of the franchise. A hilarious farce with the memorable scene in a nudist colony.

3) I’m Alright Jack ( 1958 ) – The gullible Ian Carmichael works for his uncle in his factory and unwittingly upsets an elaborate and crooked business scheme in this memorable comedy satire. Peter Sellers is excellent as the trades union leader.

4) Dr Strangelove ( 1964 ) – U.S. president battles with the Russian and his own political and military leaders when a deranged general launches A-bomb attack on the U.S.S.R. Peter Sellers plays the president, British captain, and mad inventor of the Bomb in this brilliant satirical black comedy

5) Only Two Can Play ( 1962 ) – Peter Sellers plays a well-meaning Welsh librarian, dating socialites far above his station.

6) The Wrong Arm of the Law ( 1962 ) – Australian trio chased by police as well as crooks because they’ve been masquerading as cops and confiscating loot from apprehended robbers.

7) Carlton-Browne of the FO ( 1959 ) – Farce about Island of Gallardia, a British protectorate forgotten for 50 years.

8) The Pink Panther Strikes Again ( 1976 ) – Inspector Clouseau’s boss Dreyfus ( Herbert Lom ) has had a nervous breakdown and threatens to destroy the world with a ray-gun he has acquired.

9) Two Way Stretch ( 1960 ) – Peter Sellers as part of a gang of prisoners who devise a means of escaping to commit a robbery and then return to the safety of their cells.

10) Heavens Above ( 1963 ) – Satire on British clergy life, with Peter Sellers in fine form as a parish vicar who becomes bishop, but at the price of being stranded on a rocket in space.

 

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Top 10 Best 1960s Movie Songs to mark the passing of Windmills Of Your Mind singer

Singer Noel Harrison has died at his home in Devon, aged 79………In isolation, this statement probably leaves you non plussed, thinking “who is he?”

For the uninitiated, allow me to enlighten you……Noel Harrison was the son of the actor Rex Harrison and best known for recording the Oscar winning song “The Windmills Of Your Mind”, from the soundtrack of the film The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

Sometimes one event transcends a life and a career and so it was with Noel Harrison. One song was truly bigger than the sum of the parts of the rest of his career. “The Windmills Of Your Mind” is quite simply a fantastic atmospheric song and a musical masterpiece. Noel Harrison said of the recording of “The Windmills Of Your Mind”: “It didn’t seem like a big deal at the time. I went to the studio one afternoon and sang it and pretty much forgot about it. I didn’t realise until later what a timeless, beautiful piece Michel LeGrand and the Bergmans had written. It turned out to be my most notable piece of work”.

And Noel Harrison was right. He will always be remembered for “The Windmills Of Your Mind” because it is a truly great song and in the humble opinion of the Record Press author, the greatest movie song of the 1960s. And that’s no mean feat, because there were some absolutely fabulous 1960s film songs, scores and soundtracks as highlighted by this Record PressTop 10 Best 1960s Movies Songs –

Top 10 Best 1960s Movies Songs

 

1) Noel Harrison – Windmills Of Your Mind ( 1968 )

( The Thomas Crown Affair )

2) Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger ( 1964 )

3) Cilla Black – Alfie ( 1966 )

4) Tom Jones – Thunderball ( 1966 )

5) BJ Thomas – Raindrops Keep Falling on your Head

( 1969 ) (Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid )

6) The Seekers – Georgy Girl ( 1966 )

7) Lulu – To Sir With Love ( 1967 )

8) Tom Jones – What’s New Pussycat? ( 1965 )

9) Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice ( 1967 )

10=) Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs Robinson / Sound of Silence ( 1967 ) ( The Graduate )

 

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As BBC launches poll for best movie soundtrack, what would you choose?

As part of its Sound of Cinema season, stations across the BBC network are inviting listeners to vote from a shortlist of 20 film soundtracks. The winning track will be announced on Radio 3 on the 27th September and played live by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Shortlisted film soundtracks include Star Wars, The Sound of Music, The Third Man, West Side Story, Bombay, Billy Elliot, Grease, The Dark Knight Rises, There Will Be Blood and Django Unchained.

The final 20 shortlisted film soundtracks were compiled by film fans and experts from across the BBC, including Radio 2’s Simon Mayo and Radio 3’s Matthew Sweet.

BBC Four kicks off the BBC’s Sound of Cinema season with The Music That Made the Movies, accompanied by further programmes on Radio 3. The three-part series looks at the history of music in cinema and features directors, including Quentin Tarantino and Alfred Hitchcock, who were marvelous exponents of utilising music for great dramatic effect in their films.

The shortlisted films and voting details are available on this link….. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01fs3cy

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As One Direction film tops charts, here’s a Top 10 Best Music Films

When One Direction arrived in Leicester Square in London’s West End for the premiere of their film “This Is Us”, they were greeted by a thronging mass of hysteria produced bt 70, 000 fans. But this nothing new!!

Boy bands like One Direction have trodden that well-worn path into Leicester Square to promote their film premieres since the 1960s, when the Beatles made two films “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help” directed by Richard Lester in 1964 and 1965 respectively.

David Essex’s “That’ll be the Day” and its sequel “Stardust” in 1973 and 1974 depicted the corruption of the music industry with the meteoric rise and fall and destruction of a 1960s pop star played by David Essex. A similar theme was portrayed in “Slade in Flame”, where Noddy Holder and the boys played the roles of band members of a fictitious rock band called Flame, who were undermined by avarice and corruption within their record company and management. All three films were excellent, not least because David Essex and the Slade band members proved to be worthy actors, although in the case of the latter it has to be said they didn’t stray too far from real life!!

Other music films like the Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter” and “Abba the Movie” were documentary based ( rockumentary ) rather than a fictional story. However the award for most surreal film has to go to Pete Townsend and The Who for “Tommy”. But the best music film has to be the satirical “This is Spinal Tap”, which is why it is No1 in this Record Press Top 10 Best Music Films –

 

Top 10 Best Music Films

1) This is Spinal Tap ( 1984 )

2) David Essex – That’ll be the Day ( 1973 )

3) Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night ( 1964 )

4) Slade in Flame ( 1974 )

5) The Who / Elton John – Tommy ( 1973 )

6) Blur: No Distance left to Run ( 2010 )

7) David Essex – Stardust ( 1974 )

8) Standing in the Shadows of Motown ( 2002 )

9) Abba The Movie ( 1976 )

10) Beatles – Help ( 1965 )

 

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Poll – Who was the Best Doctor Who?

So the waiting is over. Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor Who and will undoubtedly fit the bill as the Time Lord that transcends time in Space and of course on Earth, as Doctor Who celebrates his 50th Anniversary. Peter Capaldi has all the requisite attributes, but will probably be a sterner, more cerebral Doctor Who, in the mould of the original Doctor Who played by William Hartnell. There is a neat, fitting symmetry as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary year of Doctor Who in November 2013!!

Like James Bond, we all have our favourite Doctor Who, either because he was the first one we saw on TV or because there’s a particular stand out candidate amongst the Doctors that followed. The Record Press Author will have to go with sentiment and choose the third Doctor Who, played by Jon Pertwee.

My introduction to Doctor Who came with his predecessor, Patrick Troughton, in the late 1960s who was the polar opposite. Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who was manic and zany; Jon Pertwee was much more level headed and considered. The world was a safer, more secure place during his tenure from 1970 to 1974 – there was something very comforting about his presence.

Despite the foppish, dandy-esque velvet jackets and capes, Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who was a very solid character who would prevail over his enemies through coolness and common sense as much as guile and cunning. Fundamentally Jon Pertwee was “my Doctor Who” during my formative years of 8 to 11. He was my friend for four years and I remember being devastated in June 1974 when he re-generated into Tom Baker!!

So who do you think was the best Doctor Who and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

If you need to refresh your memory, here’s a complete  list of each Doctor Who in chronological order accompanied by a brief profile –

1. William Hartnell (1963-1966)

William Hartnell’s Doctor Who was the very first incarnation. He was positively geriatric by the time TV viewers first met Doctor Who in 1963. Although he first Doctor Who was grandfatherly, he was also a wizard or sorcerer as an early fore runner to the Harry Potter franchise.

2. Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)

Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who was more of a trickster character than most of his later incarnations. The Second Doctor Who hid his intellect beneath the disguise of a jester.

3. Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)

Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who had a greater warmth and humanity about him, possibly because he may have spent more time on Earth than other Doctors as a result of being exiled by his fellow Time Lords.

4. Tom Baker (1974-1981)

If there is a candidate who can challenge David Tennant’s universal popularity, it’s the legendary Tom Baker’s charismatic Fourth Doctor Who. As the only actor to portray the Doctor for seven years, the Tom Baker incarnation of the Doctor defined the character for a generation and consequently every actor who followed Tom Baker has had to live in the shadow of his manifestation of Doctor Who.

5. Peter Davison (1982-1984)

Peter Davison’s Doctor Who was more kindly, with a humanity to match Jon Pertwee. The downside of this is that the Fifth Doctor could also be racked by indecision, guilt and self-doubt, which rather goes against the grain of the commanding, authoritative figure of Doctor Who.

6. Colin Baker (1984-1986)

Colin Baker’s Doctor was sometimes more notable for his flamboyant attire ie the “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, but the Sixth Doctor Who was remembered for his unpredictable mood swings, arrogance and abrasive ego.

7. Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996)

Sylvester McCoy was the last Doctor of the original “Doctor Who” series, who also briefly returned for the TV movie. The Seventh Doctor Who was more manipulative and secretive than his previous six incarnations and consequently the least likeable of all Doctors before or since.

8. Paul McGann (1996)

Paul McGann only got one chance to play the Doctor on television in the “Doctor Who” TV movie, so as suitable as he was, had only a small window of opportunity to make an impact.

9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)

Christopher Eccleston definitely has a following for his more aggressive, belligerent and hyperactive incarnation of the Doctor, who launched the current “Doctor Who” series. Regrettably he left after one series.

10. David Tennant (2005-2010)

Among the Doctors of the modern era, David Tennant has captured the zeitgeist like no other. Arguably the most popular Doctor Who of all.

11. Matt Smith (2010 – 2013)

Matt Smith had an incredibly hard act to follow in David Tennant, but has carved out a niche for himself as a memorable Doctor Who.

 

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Framed Smurfs vinyl record or DVD memento to mark Smurfs 2 film launch

Belgium has been the source of a number of eccentric characters including Agatha Christie’s detective Hercules Poirot and home grown Tintin. However perhaps the most iconic Belgian characters to be exported are those little blue characters known as The Smurfs, or Les Schtroumpfs, as they are known in their native Belgium.

Since their creation in 1958, The Smurfs have become a global brand with books, a song that topped the charts in 16 countries in 1978, a Hanna Barbera TV cartoon in the 1980s and what appears to be the start of a Hollywood film franchise. The second Smurfs film “The Smurfs 2” is released in the UK on the 31st July. Much is riding on the success of the sequel after the first movie “The Smurfs” released in 2011, was a box office smash success generating over half a billion dollars, excluding DVD sales.

The plot of “The Smurfs 2” is set in Paris and revolves around the story of Smurfette, and how she came to be the only girl in Smurf village. Singer Katy Perry voices the female Smurf, providing her first lead role in a film. Somewhat surprisingly Katy Perry will not be singing the title track or any songs on the soundtrack of “The Smurfs 2”. Instead Britney Spears has recorded the title track, “Ooh La La”.

It’s all a far cry from Father Abraham’s 1978 hit “The Smurf Song” which reached No2 in the UK Charts in 1978, only held off the No1 spot by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John’s “You’re the One that I Want”, which was camped at the summit of the charts for two months. Of course that track came from the legendary musical “Grease” and 35 years on the Smurfs have emulated John Travolta and Olivia Newton John with a successful film career of their own!!

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As The Great Gatsby opens, here’s a Top 5 Best Hollywood Film Remakes

Leading actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Baz Luhrmann will in Cannes as their new film “The Great Gatsby” opens the annual Cannes Film Festival.

The “Great Gatsby” movie is based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel and although the initial reviews have been somewhat lukewarm, Leonardo DiCaprio has been praised in the lead role as bootlegger Jay Gatsby. The Recordpress author studied “The Great Gatsby” in the sixth form for A Level English and as such I feel that the multifaceted novel lends itself to a film remake as it’s complexity and subtle nuances offer the opportunity of a different interpretation from the original 1974 film, which starred Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as his love interest Daisy Buchanan.

“The Great Gatsby” is infact quite a depressing story, because essentially it is a tale about self delusion and self destruction. All the characters, bar Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, are shallow, superficial, self regarding and selfish and ultimately a good heart doesn’t triumph over evil self-interest in the end.

“The Great Gatsby” is really a parable about the falsehood of the “American Dream” – Jay Gatsby achieves great wealth and affluence, but remains a nouveau riche outsider unable to penetrate the old money, bourgeois class, represented by Daisy and Tom Buchanan. In essence, the moral of the story in “The Great Gatsby” is that you can achieve the “American Dream”, but still not be respected and accepted and worse still, be left unhappy and unfulfilled!! At the end of the novel / film, you are left with a hollow, empty feeling…

There will always be a validity and place for for film remakes like “The Great Gatsby”, provided a different angle or interpretation is sought and achieved. Far too often the Hollywood film studios have simply re-cycled old films just to make a fast buck!! Hopefully “The Great Gatsby” remake will offer a fresh approach and something new, although ultimately we know that things will not end well for Jay Gatsby at the denouement of the film.

Hopefully Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of the F Scott Fitzgerald novel will mean that “The Great Gatsby” remake will be regarded as worthwhile and join this Top 5 Best Hollywood Film Remakes –

 

Top 5 Best Hollywood Film Remakes

 

1) The Italian Job ( 1969 & 2003 ). The original film, starring Michael Caine leading a bank heist in Rome with it’s iconic Mini Cooper car chase has taken on a cult status and as such is an almost impossible act to follow. However the remake works, because it offers a sequel that is only possible because of the open ended finale of the original film.

2) King Kong ( 1933 & 2005 ). The original black and white film can still stand it’s ground in terms of credibility and the remake works because a good storyline harnessed with the advances of CGI special effects take the story to another level in another century.

3) Thomas Crown Affair ( 1968 & 1999 ). The later version starring Pierce Brosnan & Rene Russo stands up ok, provided you don’t compare it too closely with the original film, starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway with it’s classic chess game seduction scene and wonderful film theme “Windmills Of Your Mind” by Noel Harrison.

4) Oceans Eleven ( 1960 & 2001 ). The two versions of the film are well matched; the original starring the “Brat Pack” – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis and Peter Lawford were almost peerless, but George Clooney and company created a great remake.

5) Scarface ( 1932 & 1983 ). Both films work because one is set in the era of the 1930s Depression, with it’s statutory gangster controlling the bootlegging market, whilst the 1980s Al Pacino remake is set in a world of cocaine dealing.

 

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Remains of the Day and Howards End film screenwriter dies

Novelist and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, whose film scripts for “Howards End” and “A Room With A View” won her two Oscars, has died aged 85.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala made more than 20 films with producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory over 40 years including “A Room With a View” and “Howards End”, for both of which won her Oscars in 1987 and 1993 respectively. Both films were adapted from novels by EM Forster, a novelist favoured by the Merchant Ivory production team, although it was David Lean that wrote and directed the 1984 film version of EM Forster’s “A Passage To India”.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was nominated for a third Oscar in 1994 for the script for “The Remains of the Day”, but although missing out on that occasion, she did win the Booker Prize for her 1975 novel “Heat and Dust”, meaning she was the only person to have won both an Oscar and the Booker. The Merchant Ivory adaption of “Heat And Dust” is one of the Recordpress author’s favourite Merchant Ivory films, along with “Howards End” and “The Remains of the Day”.

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This Top 10 Best British Films proves UK made films are the greatest!!

Radio Times are running a film competition with a prize of a £200 John Lewis voucher going to the winner. All you have to do is take a look at film critic Barry Norman’s Top 49 Greatest British Films and nominate your choice to complete the Top 50. Entry details are below, but before entering have a look at the Recordpress Top 10 Best British Films as a possible guide and aid memoire –

Top 10 Best British Films

1)  Scandal ( 1989 ) – Starring Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda, John Hurt, Leslie Phillips and Sir Ian Mckellen. This film depicts the Profumo Scandal in 1963 at an interesting time in UK history that saw the social juxtaposition of the new, non deferential Swinging Sixties values clashing with and ultimately undermining the Establishment and old aristocratic order, represented by Harold MacMillan’s Conservative government. The film is perfected by the sublime theme song “Nothing Has Been Proved” by the late lamented Dusty Springfield.

2) Room At The Top ( 1959 ) – Riveting Laurence Harvey performance as a ambitious social climber Joe Lampton in a similar scenario to “Scandal” with the social clash of brusque nouveau riche working class aspirations knocking at the doors of the Establishment and old money.

3) White Mischief  ( 1987 ) – Charles Dance and Greta Scaachi as the doomed lovers set in the decadent world of an aristocratic haven “Happy Valley”, where shallow, bored socialites shelter from the inconvenience  of the Second World War in colonial Africa. The reckless and destructive passionate love affair leads to murder and misery, committed by the wonderful Joss Ackland.

4)  Rebecca ( 1940 ) – Starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Alfred Hitchcock’s direction perfectly captures the sinister menace of housekeeper Mrs Manvers and the mystery of the rambling house “Mandeville”, haunted by the claustrophobic presence of it’s deceased mistress Rebecca, as depicted in the Daphne du Maurier novel.

5)  Darling ( 1965 ) – The film tells the story of Dirk Bogarde’s college professor’s infatuation and obsession with underage, amoral nymphet model and social butterfly played by Julie Christie, at the peak of her seductive physical powers in 1965. Another film that perfectly captures the hedonism and lack of inhibition of  Swinging Sixties London.

6) The Dam Busters ( 1954 ) – If ever a film truly represented the gallantry, heroism and sheer courage of the RAF and the ingenuity and bloody minded Churchillian persistence of the British people during WW2, it’s this one. Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave spearhead a brilliant cast, which is illuminated further by special effects that almost still hold water ( if you’ll pardon the pun ) in the era of CGI!!

7)  Four Weddings & A Funeral ( 1994 ) – Funny, witty, sad and poignant in equal measure. A “Rom Com” with an all star cast, directed by Richard Curtis at the peak of his comedic powers. Hugh Grant steals the show, but the scriptwriters are the real stars. A winning formula of putting a great script with very good actors and watching the chemistry and sparks fly!! Ultimately this film is not so much about the love affair between Hugh Grant and the irritatingly wooden Andi McDowell, but the totality of friendship and the bonds of love that brings.

8) Fever Pitch ( 1997 ) – Another example of a great script and fine acting. Nick Hornby’s forensic grasp of the dynamics of relationships and the idiocy of men pursuing their intoxicating passion / seemingly pointless pursuit of football, from the differing perspectives of boyfriend and girlfriend is unerringly accurate and hilarious at the same time. A must see for all Arsenal fans and residents of the Holloway Road area of North London.

9) Sexy Beast ( 2000 ) – National thespian treasures, Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley meet head to head in this bank robbery caper. It’s a tribute and testimony to Ben Kingsley’s superb acting skills that it’s utterly believable and credible that the indomitable, macho character played by type cast Ray Winstone meets his match / nemesis and is intimidated by Ben Kingsley’s terrifying psychopath. A character further from Ghandi you could not possibly find!!

10) Don’t Look Now ( 1974 ) – Nicholas Roeg’s adaption of Daphne du Maurier’s short story is not a horror story – it’s far better than that. It’s an incredibly chilling and atmospheric film about the supernatural, enhanced by it’s setting in a deserted, out of season Venice full of menace and portents of doom, with the ultimate twist ( of a knife ) in the tail. The film is famous for the longest lovemaking scene in cinematic history, played out by Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.

 

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No amount of 3D will compensate for a lack of Slash in Guns N’ Roses!!

Guns N’ Roses have followed in the less than well trodden footsteps of U2, Katy Perry and Metallica by confirming the release of a 3D concert film of a show from their 12-night residency in Las Vegas last year. Guns N’ Roses’ 3D concert film release will take place in theatres, on TV and DVD later this year. The 3D concert film, “Appetite for Democracy” has been captured by 3D company Rock Fuel Media.

Undoubtedly adding the third dimension will energise the Guns N’ Roses show and lend it an added reality. However isn’t the real issue here that the dimension that is really missing is lead guitarist Slash?!! Never mind 3D, without Slash modern day Guns N’ Roses are one dimensional.

Although destined not to last, the musical chemistry between guitarist Slash and lead singer frontman Axl Rose was up there on a par with the truly great guitarist / lead vocalist partnerships like Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin , Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and Brian May and Freddie Mercury of Queen. The difference is that Jimmy Page & Robert Plant still occasionally perform together as do Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and but for his premature death Freddie Mercury would still be teaming up with Brian May no doubt.

So what would it take to forge a reunion between Slash and Axl Rose, because the world is a poorer place for not having Guns N’ Roses performing and recording!! And yes, I do not recognise Axl Rose’s Guns N’ Roses. Infact they are not Guns N’ Roses at all – just Roses and given the choice I would opt for Quality Street and Slash as a solo performer!!

As a reminder of how great the original Guns N’ Roses were, here’s a Top 10 Best GNR songs –

Top 10 Best Guns N’ Roses songs

1)  November Rain

2)  Paradise City

3)  Sweet Child O’ Mine

4)  Patience

5)  Live And Let Die

6)  Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

7)  Yesterdays

8)  Don’t Cry

9)  Welcome To The Jungle

10) You Could Be Mine

 

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Top 5 Aussie Songs & Top 5 Aussie Films to celebrate Australia Day

We don’t like to admit it in public, but there is a bond between Aussies and Brits……..Or should that be Bondi?!! Deep down and fundamentally, we like and admire each other. Behind the banter and pisstaking is a fondness that is borne from our shared history and the commonality of two nations twelve thousand miles apart, but still joined by a historical and cultural umbilical cord, that spans two huge oceans and the globe.

So it’s for that reason, we Brits should at least acknowledge and recognise Australia Day on the 26th January, if indeed we don’t celebrate Australia Day. However the Author, having spent 8 months in Australia on a working holiday in 1989 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, would like to take this opportunity to celebrate Australia Day with our Aussie friends. So here are a Top 5 Best Aussie Songs and a Top 5 Best Aussie Films to celebrate Australia Day –

Top 5 Best Aussie Songs

1)  INXS – Never Tear Us Apart  ( No24 1988 )

2)  Men At Work – Down Under  ( No1 1983 )

3)  Sherbert – Howzat  ( No4 1976 )

4) Rolf Harris – Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport  ( No9 1960 )

5) Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan – Especially For You             ( No1 1988 )

 

Top 5 Best Aussie Films

1) Breaker Morant  ( 1980 )

2) Gallipolli  ( 1981 )

3) Picnic at Hanging Rock  ( 1975 )

4) Dead Calm  ( 1989 )

5) Muriel’s Wedding  ( 1994 )

 

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As original Batmobile sells at auction, here’s a Top10 Corgi Toy Cars

The Batmobile from the original TV series of Batman has sold for $4.2m (£2.6m) at an auction in the USA. The Batmobile was bought by Rick Champagne, a logistics company owner from Phoenix, Arizona. With a name like that, I’m sure Mr Champagne will be celebrating being the first owner of the Batmobile since Batman!!

The Batmobile design was based on a 1955 Lincoln Futura, a concept car built in Italy by the Ford Motor Company and became a central part of the 1960s surreal, camp cult TV series “Batman”, starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as his sidekick “boy wonder” Robin.

 

It is the first occasion that car had come up for public sale since it was bought in 1965 by car-customiser George Barris, who converted it in two weeks, at the cost of $15,000 (£9,400), into the Batmobile. It had a V-8 engine, arguably one of the first in-car phones, and parachutes, which were used to help the Batmobile turn sharp corners.

The Batmobile also became a must have toy in the 1960s and 1970s, when Corgi Toys produced a die cast model in 1966. Infact it became one of the iconic toy cars of the era.

The Recordpress author would definitely place it firmly in a Top 10 Best Corgi Toy Cars  from Film & TV Series in the 1960s / 1970s –

Top 10 Best Corgi Toy Cars from Film & TV Series in the 1960s / 1970s

 

1 ) James Bond Aston Martin DB5 ( Goldfinger & Thunderball )

2) Lady Penelope Pink Rolls Royce ( Thunderbirds )

3) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flying Car

4) Batmobile

5) Simon Templar Volvo P1800 ( The Saint )

6) Emma Peel Lotus Elan ( The Avengers )

7) James Bond Toyota 2000GT ( You Only Live Twice )

8) ‘Dick Dastardly’s’ Car ( Wacky Races )

9) Starsky & Hutch Ford Gran Torino

10) James Bond Lotus Esprit ( The Spy Who Loved Me )

 

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Do you recall the days of Pearl & Dean adverts & cinema usherettes?

This Saturday, 19th January is National Popcorn Day ( #National PopcornDay for those on Twitter ) in the USA, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate it here in the UK. Traditionally popcorn has always been synonymous with a trip to the cinema, or movies for our counterparts in the States!! Of course these days films are watched as much at home on DVD as in the cinema and consequently popcorn is no longer the exclusive preserve of the picture house.

For those of a certain vintage, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, a trip to the cinema was a special treat and popcorn invariably accompanied the viewing. It’s hard to convey the excitement and anticipation of the cinema experience in those days. For those below the age of 40, we need to put “the trip to the cinema” into some sort of context. Essentially we are talking about an an era where there were only three TV channels, in a world devoid of rented or bought videos and DVDs and therefore a trip to the cinema was an exciting, rewarding experience. If you didn’t catch the new film release at the cinema, invariably you would have to wait at least five years before it was premiered on television.

Back at the cinema, before the big picture started, we had the commercials courtesy of Pearl and Dean, which was also an integral part of the cinema experience, with it’s glamorous commercials for Benson & Hedges cigarettes and Gordon’s Gin prefacing the start of the movie. There was always a tangible, audible thrill amongst the audience as the lights dimmed in the cinema, the thin veil curtain moved apart and the Pearl and Dean logo jumped out the screen, accompanied by that distinctive soundtrack. For those of you who have forgotten the Pearl & Dean theme music, here’s a reminder……. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0nei7gd3Uc

At the end of the glossy, glamorous Pearl & Dean commercials for national and international brands, were normally a couple of cheaply made, tacky ones for a local Indian restaurant, taxi firm or hardware shop. These bargain basement adverts signalled the end of the Pearl & Dean commercials and the commencement of the film. As if it to tease us, the thin veil curtain would move across the screen and almost immediately swish back as a man hitting a giant gong or Leo the Lion roaring would greet us.

Throughout the film, usherettes guided by torches, would circulate the cinema, with trays brimming with more more popcorn, Kia-Ora orange juice in square containers, orange ice lollies on wooden splinter sticks and tubs of ice cream with those distinctive pale blue mini spade spoons. A trip to the cinema in the 1960s and 1970s really was an adventure and as much as I like the convenience of DVDs, they diminish the exclusivity and excitement of going to the cinema as the only way of seeing a new film……Here’s a Top 10 Best Films I saw first at the cinema as a child / teenager –

1)     Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ( 1968 )

2)      Live & Let Die  ( 1973 )  

3)      Jaws  ( 1976 )

4)      Jungle Book ( 1967 )

5)      The Spy Who Loved Me ( 1977 )

6)      Taxi Driver ( 1976 )

7)      Oliver  ( 1968 )

8)      Mary Poppins  ( 1964 )

9)      Cromwell  ( 1970 )

10)    Saturday Night Fever  ( 1977 )

 

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Do you agree with this Top 10 Best American Films promoting US culture?

It has been announced that the classic film “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” starring the incomparable Audrey Hepburn, is to be preserved for posterity as part of the US National Film Registry. The Oscar-winning film is one of 25 titles being added to the registry for its significance to American culture. The exquisitely observed film was centred around Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly – a free-spirited goodtime girl with an incurable romantic streak.

Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry”, baseball film “A League of Their Own” and “The Matrix” are also included among the new entries, adding to a comprehensive list of 600 films which represent “important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking”.

Established by the Library of Congress in 1989, the US National Film Registry was set up under the National Film Preservation Act. There are many iconic American films and here is the MyFirstRecord.co.uk Top 10 Best American Films, that represent US culture most effectively –

 

Top 10 Best American Culture Films

1) “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid” – Great chemistry and comic one liners between Paul Newman & Robert Redford make this surely the best Western of all time

2) “North by Northwest” – Director Alfred Hitchcock & lead actor Cary Grant at their imperious best, with the literally gripping climax on the “rock faces” ( if you’ll pardon the pun!! ) of American presidents at Mount Rushmore

3) “The Great Gatsby” – Robert Redford & Mia Farrow’s doomed love affair is a parable for the doomed notion of the “American Dream”

4) “Sunset Boulevard” – Director Billy Wilder’s take on the self delusion of Hollywood through the ageing silent movie star Gloria Swanson

5) “Some Like It Hot” – Billy Wilder’s classic comedy set in the 1930s world of the US Depression with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe being pursued by gangster Al Capone

6) “Double Indemnity” – Billy Wilder’s classic 1940s film noire pits insurance salesman Fred MacMurray against femme fatale Barbara Stanwyck in this gripping thriller

7) “Big Sleep” – Another from the film noire genre, with iconic Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart in the iconic role of Raymond Chandler’s gumshoe / private detective Phillip Marlowe

8) “Goodfellas” – Robert de Niro at his finest as the classic all American gangster in the best American gangster film ( although “The Godfather” comes a very close second )

9) “Apocalypse Now” – The best of the anti Vietnam War films, culminating in one of Hollywood’s biggest cameo roles ( a deliberate contradiction!! ) played by Marlon Brando

10) “Casablanca” – Simply the greatest cinematic love story of all time, played with consummate understatement by the all American Celluloid Hero Humphrey Bogart ably supported by beau Ingrid Bergman

 

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Lenny Kravitz to play Motown singer Marvin Gaye in biopic film

Lenny Kravitz is to play Tamla Motown soul singer Marvin Gaye, in a new biopic to be filmed in 2013. It will be the first lead role for Lenny Kravitz, who has performed several supporting roles in films.

Marvin Gaye, along with Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson formed the triangle of leading male artists on the Tamla Motown record label, and as such was omniscient in the 1960s and 1970s. Tragically his career and life was terminated prematurely when he was shot dead by his father in 1984.

Lenny Kravitz, a great soul singer in his own right, is a perfect shoe in for Marvin Gaye in the biopic film. The biopic will be directed by British film-maker Julien Temple, who has previously made documentaries about Ray Davies of the Kinks, Joe Strummer of The Clash and The Sex Pistols. Julien Temple has also directed music videos for Billy Idol, Blur and Culture Club in the 1980s.

Marvin Gaye was the best selling Motown artist of the 1960s, but for the author probably did his best work in the 1970s. For me, he was simply the best soul singer of all time bar none. Marvin Gaye had the voice of an angel, his burly physical frame belying his tender, sensitive and vulnerable soul.

Marvin Gaye’s recording zenith was undoubtedly the 1971 album “What’s Going On?”, where against Motown boss Berry Gordy’s judgement and instincts, he deviated from the Motown formula. After much heated debate, Berry Gordy relented and Marvin Gaye was able to write and produce his best album and one of the best albums of all time. Either side of this seminal album he proved his versatility with his classic Motown songs as a solo artist and duets with Tami Terrell in the 1960s and his disco orientated sound in the late 1970s and early 1980s, epitomised by “Sexual Healing” on 1982. To prove the man’s diversity and versatility, here’s a Top 10 Best Marvin Gaye Songs –

Top 10 Best Marvin Gaye Songs

1)  What’s Going On?

2)  Ain’t No Mountain High Enough ( with Tammi Terrell )

3)  I Heard It Through The Grapevine

4)  You Are Everything ( with Diana Ross )

5)  Trouble Man

6)  Abraham Martin and John

7)  Sexual Healing

8)  Stop Look Listen ( with Diana Ross )

9)  Got To Give It Up

10)  Let’s Get It On

 

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Top10 Best Film Songs to celebrate 70th Anniversary of Casablanca

One of the most iconic film set props will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on the 14th December 2012.The 58-key piano from the film “Casablanca”, worth an estimated £1.2 million, will go under the hammer, marking the 70th anniversary of the film.

The piano was featured in the memorable flashback scene in Paris at the La Belle Aurore Bar / Club where the romance sparks between Humphrey Bogart’s character Rick and Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman. In one of Hollywood’s most iconic film scenes the pianist, Sam, plays “As Time Goes By” on the piano during the romantic scene. “Casablanca” has been named the most romantic and quotable movie of all time by the American Film Institute and also features in their Top 3 Best Film Songs & Film Themes. Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz” is No1 in the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Best Movie Songs, followed by “As Time Goes By” from “Casablanca” at No2 and Gene Kelly’s title tune from “Singin’ in the Rain” at No3.

Here is the MyFirstRecord.co.uk Top 10 Film Songs / Theme Songs –

Top 10 Film Songs / Theme Songs

1) BJ Thomas – Raindrops keep Fallin’ On My Head ( “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid “ 1969 )

2) Shirley Bassey – Diamonds are Forever ( “Diamonds Are Forever” 1971 )

3) Noel Harrison –Windmills Of Your Mind ( “The Thomas Crown Affair” 1968 )

4) Tom Jones – What’s New Pussycat? ( “What’s New Pussycat?” 1966 )

5) Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs Robinson / Sound of Silence ( “The Graduate” 1967 )

6) Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme ( Best That You Can Do ) ( “Arthur” 1981 )

7) M-A-S-H – Suicide is Painless ( “M-A-S-H” 1970 )

8) Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You ( “The Bodyguard” 1992 )

9) Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody ( “Ghost” 1990 )

10) Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) the Time of My Life ( “Dirty Dancing,” 1987 )

 

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