Comfort & Joy to be Released on Blu-Ray

Colin: "I only hung around with you because you knew all the fast girls." Alan: "Yeah, but you married one of them. You got one of them to keep. I don’t even have a home. You drive around this city and all you see are homes. And I don’t have one."

Now imagine that pullover in hi-def.

From “StudioCanal: Bill Forsyth’s Comfort and Joy Prepped for Blu-ray”

StudioCanal will release on Blu-ray Scottish director Bill Forsyth’s film Comfort & Joy (1984), starring Bill Paterson, Eleanor David, Clare Grogan, Alex Norton, and Patrick Malahide. The release will be available for purchase on February 29, 2016.

Synopsis: Bill Forsyth (Gregory’s Girl, That Sinking Feeling) directed this comic thriller, which begins when Glasgow DJ Alan (Bill Paterson), already frustrated by the sickly-sweet constraints of his radio show, loses his girlfriend. His life acquires new meaning when he finds himself mediating between ice-cream gangsters Mr Bunny and Mr McCool. With C.P. Grogan, Patrick Malahide, and Eleanor David. Music by Mark Knopfler. DIGITALLY RESTORED.

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Luther Begins on BBC One (UK) December 15

As mentioned in the BBC America post, Patrick Malahide will be playing “old school gangster” George Cornelius.   Not long to wait now.

George Cornelius.

George Cornelius

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Patrick Malahide as Anders in Friends & Crocodiles

Everything must be in the strictest confidence.

Meet Mr. Anders:  The Hippo Slayer.

In 2005, Patrick Malahide appeared in the BBC film Friends & Crocodiles. The film is about the chaotic, dysfunctional, but also loving business relationship/friendship of Lizzie Thomas (Jodhi May) and Paul Reynolds (Damian Lewis). Set against the backdrop of the Thatcher years, they go from the last vestiges of the bohemian hippie days to the yuppie-fied ’80s and eventually through the ’90s ending in the popularization of the internet and the infamous dot-com and  telecoms crashes.

Anders:  Super Capitalist

Patrick Malahide plays Anders, Lizzie’s boss during the early internet boom years. He looks every part the aggressive capitalist. He is impeccably styled with bright, vibrant clothing. He absolutely looks a holdover from the yuppie years, and he is thoroughly excited about the growth in telecoms and web companies. He makes the epic mistake of placing all of AET’s (the company he runs and which Lizzie works for) eggs in the internet basket which proves to be a fatal mistake.

Anders at the wedding: "Sorry. Thought I'd make a phone call. Lugging this great thing around. ."

Anders at the wedding: “Sorry. Thought I’d make a phone call. Lugging this great thing around.”

We first see Anders as a guest at Lizzie’s wedding. Paul and a few of his old bohemian buddies crash the event, much to Lizzie’s dismay and embarrassment. Paul is introduced to Anders and immediately offends him by comparing him (well, AET) to a “great hippo.” Anders was probably thinking “I’m not fat.” 😀

It is an important scene because of its foreshadowing. Paul clarifies,  “a great hippo.  Big, heavy company, awkward, loads of divisions waddling slowly, but it’s a great thing to be a hippo, very difficult to destroy.” I can’t help but notice Paul is channeling Mr. Jingle there with his manner of speech. 😉 And, it turns out that Anders is surprisingly efficient at destroying hippos. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide Narrates JG Ballard’s The Largest Theme Park in the World

For the next 27 days, on BBC Radio 4 Extra you can listen to Patrick Malahide narrate JG Ballard‘s The Largest Theme Park in the World.

It is a very peculiar short story.  “Europe has exchanged work for perpetual sun-bathing on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.”  I would say it is a strange piece of speculative fiction…not sci-fi, but weird and kind of dystopian (though not in the strict grimy sense) nonetheless.  It is very good and at 15 minutes is a quick and enjoyable listen.

I believe this broadcast originally aired in the early 1990s.  But, I really hope Patrick Malahide starts doing more narrations.  He’s really good at them, especially the stranger stories.

“I already read Excel 97 and nothing  happened. Got any JG Ballard?”

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Patrick Malahide as DS Chisholm: Get Daley

Dermott wants his snout money: "How's about a drink then?"

“Get Daley shows a more intimidating, confident Chisholm.

Chisholm is typically a put-upon copper for whom nothing goes right. But, not always; sometimes he’s different.  Get Daley (S04E10) shows a more confident, dare I say menacing, Chisholm. He almost, but not quite, acts a bit of a bully. I say “not quite” because the target of his menaces, Dermott (or DerMOTT as Chisholm calls him) (Kevin Lloyd) is a conniving grass/snout/informant who  deserves all the aggravation he gets.

Trouble at the Dummy Depot

Harrison, Daley and chums.

Harrison, Daley and chums.

So, here’s the main plot. Arthur Daley, who is due for “major surgery” to fix an ingrown toenail, is sourcing mannequins from Mannequin Salesman of the Year (the guy has scads of the things) Joe Harrison (Brian Osborne). However, while Arthur is mingling among the dummies (they’re probably still more interesting than Terry) a couple of heavies, an older guy called Harry and a young lad named Keith Wendell, arrive to menace gambling debts owed Keith’s father from Harrison.

Keith (Ian Bartholomew) is a gun nut and idiotically brought his rifle to scare Harrison.  Keith is spooked when an unseen Daley upsets the mannequins. Alarmed, Keith shoots the mannequins, and in the ensuing chaos Mr. Harrison dies of a heart attack. Arthur runs away but is spotted and recognized by Keith’s cohort Harry (Frank Mills).

Chisholm and Dermott

Chisholm is soon on the case, largely because Mr. Harrison’s business partner is a reformed tearaway (and pal of Terry’s) Tony Apsey (Peter Alexander). Chisholm is certain that Apsey is involved somehow and would love to prove it.

"Please Mr Chisholm, not here." Chisholm: "Be a good boy DerMOTT."

“Please Mr Chisholm, not here.” Chisholm: “Be a good boy DerMOTT.”

Chisholm catches up with his “snout” Dermott. Actually, he literally catches him as Dermott attempts an unsuccessful getaway. “Out back, now.” Chisholm is not messing about. The alley way door flies open and Dermott is shoved unceremoniously through. Dermott is being argumentative since Chisholm (who has cop written all over him) interrupted Dermott at his local. Chisholm doesn’t care.

"Now look here, DerMOT,....

“Now listen, DerMOTT, my hairy friend….

“Now listen, DerMOTT, my hairy friend, this is very important. In fact, if I suspect you’re withholding information, I’m going to take you around the saloon bar and introduce you as my best snout and then poodle over to your drum and find out what you’re smoking these days.”  Lots of rhyming slang there.  As he’s speaking Chisholm walks forward, slowly and purposefully pushing Dermott back further and further into the dark. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide as Magnus in the One Game: Monday

And here is part 4 of The One Game, Monday. Click here for part 3, here for part 2, and here for part 1.

Back at Castle Perilous

Stannis is dreaming of Magnus (of course) while he's in the oubliette at Castle Anthrax.

Nick dreaming  Magnus.

Admin: After a brief Halloween respite (though Magnus is pretty Halloween-ish), we return to The One Game.

Admin: Monday opens with another dream sequence. Nick has the most unsettled sleeping habits. He dreams he opens his cell and procures a random castle axe which he uses to behead a suit of armor. There is a blinding light revealing Fay, Magnus’ various helpful nutters, and Jenny. Finally, Magnus himself in a chainmail coif. Dashing! Stupid Nick ends the dream (I was enjoying that) by swinging his axe…..and then waking up. Awake, he tries the cell door but it is properly locked.

Is Jenny in the gang?

RF:  We know it’s a dream because Nick looks less dishevelled for once.  😉  Also, Jenny’s inclusion with the rest of Magnus’ gang tends to suggest Nick thinks she’s in on it, which is interesting.  But would he really kill Magnus if he had the chance?  If Nick had learned some lock-picking skills from his old business partner, he might not have had to stay cooped up in an oubliette overnight.

Admin: Magnus is sitting on a throne looking somewhat melancholic. Fay comes up to him and scritches his beard (lucky Fay). “Last day,” she says, “it’s almost over.” I like his briefly surprised look as she grabs his chin, but the effect  seems to soothe him as he nods in agreement.

Hands up, everyone who'd like to be scritching his beard...

Fay scritching his beard…

RF:  They exchanged an embrace in the previous episode, but Fay scritching Magnus’ beard (agreed, lucky Fay!) does suggest a very personal relationship, much more so than we might’ve suspected earlier.  Are they related?  Lovers?  We don’t know yet.  It’s also interesting that Magnus looks so melancholy; you’d think he’d be pleased that he’s got Nick right where he wants him, but he seems preoccupied with something instead.

Admin: Then the door bursts open and Tom Dark charges in demanding to talk with Magnus. I like Tom Dark. He looks nerdy, but he is stompy and loud which amuses me. Magnus, feeling more chirpy, zips off promising to talk to him later. Tom is worried about Lord Maine who moves fast when it comes to takeovers. Magnus doesn’t care. With a flourish of his hand he says, “Don’t worry, all taken care of.” He turns around to give a reassuring “trust me,” before running up the stairs.

Magnus [smug smile]: "Later, I'm afraid." He also tells Tom not to worry about Maine taking over Sorceror: "All taken care of. Trust me."

Magnus to Tom: “Later, I’m afraid.”

RF:  I like how Magnus quickly shifts moods from contemplative and moody to overly cheerful and confident as he deals with Tom Darke.  Of course, Tom should realize that “all taken care of” means “all taken care of for Magnus“.  😉  I also like Fay’s cat-who-got-the-cream smirk in reply to Tom’s puzzlement; she seems trust implicitly in Magnus’ ability to pull off everything he intends to do.  He certainly bounds up those stairs with a lot of energy! Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide’s Luther Character is George Cornelius

Patrick Malahide’s “Luther” character will be George Cornelius, an “old school gangster”.  Old school gangster sounds very good, and he’s obviously a good dresser.  It will air in one night on BBC America on Dec 17.    Hooray!!

Luther and George Cornelius: Old School Gangster and Sharp Dresser.

Luther and George Cornelius: Old School Gangster and Sharp Dressed Man.

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Wished For Roles 12: Co-Stars Who Are No More Edition

Still in keeping with our Halloween theme, Admin and I got to wondering… if we could somehow go back in time to bring back some ideal co-stars who’ve gone on to the Great Beyond (in peak condition, of course, not zombified or anything, and we wouldn’t read any mysterious scrolls to do it) who we think would work well with Patrick Malahide, who would they be?  And here they are!

Admin:  We need a TARDIS.  A TARDIS would do the trick, although it might mean dealing with a few pesky Daleks along the way. 😛

RF:  A handful of marbles on the floor should take care of the Daleks.  😉

Wished For Co-Stars Who Are No More

RF:  Vincent Price

Vincent Price: A handy guy to have around if vampires come calling<br>(Image source: Wished For Co-Stars Who Are No More

Vincent Price: A handy guy to have around if vampires come calling
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What’s So Special About Him?  He’s Vincent Price!  Okay, okay, in more detail.  He’s done everything from melodrama (“Laura“), to film noir (“His Kind of Woman“), to costume epics (“The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex“, playing Sir Walter Raleigh, of all people), and only went into horror and suspense later in his life.  But he excelled at them all.  He was witty, urbane, stylish, had a great sense of humour, a wonderfully distinctive voice, and always commanded attention whenever he was on screen.  And even though later in his career, he sometimes got stuck playing truly ridiculous villains (“The Abominable Dr. Phibes“, for example), like Mr. Malahide, he always made sure they were far more nuanced than your garden-variety bad guys.  As he said in one of my favourite quotes:  “I don’t play monsters. I play men besieged by fate and out for revenge.”  He gave his baddies a sympathetic component and an element of humanity far beyond what was required.  He could scare the dickens out of you with quiet menace, but you’d be so fascinated by his charm you’d stick around his castle to see what happened next anyway, knowing full well it was a terrible idea.  Yet his heroes were just as compelling; they were frequently soft-spoken, quietly competent, and tender-hearted.  I think Mr. Malahide’s  characters, both heroes and villains, share a lot of those same qualities.

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Having a smoke break on set
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What Sort of Project?  Some sort of suspense/horror project would seem to be a natural, although I’d prefer it to be classical – say, based on a work of Edgar Allan Poe, but perhaps with higher production values than many of the Roger Corman works Mr. Price starred in.  Of course, it raises a bit of a question over who should be the hero and who the villain… Or maybe who should be the villain and who the worse villain.  Mind you, the two of them would probably make a villain rivalry incredibly entertaining.  Perhaps it might be best to split the difference and make it a film noir instead, with a certain amount of confusion over who the culprit is (and who the heroic detective and/or private investigator is) until the very end.  Bonus points if it somehow involves a haunted house with an improbably marionette-controlled skeleton and a vat of acid.  😉
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It’s a Meme! 34 – Halloween Edition

RF:  And because it’s not a holiday without some memes…  😉

ebenezer vampire

turner vampire_spattered






Admin: Happy Halloween to all those vampires (and not vampires) out there! 😉 💀

december_rose0014not a vampire

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Analysis of a Scene XXII: Jack Turner Goes to Night School in “Hunted”

Off to night school Jack Turner in "Hunted"

Off to night school

In keeping with our ongoing Halloween theme, Admin and I thought we should revisit one of our favourite (and most Halloween-y) characters, Jack Turner, doing what he does best:   committing impulsive (and messy) murder and hastily covering it up.

Admin:  Good ol’ Halloween Jack is very suitable for  Halloween.  He looks really imposing and dashing in black at the very least.  😉

The most unlikely car/BMX bike chase ever

The most unlikely car/BMX bike chase ever

RF:  In episode 4, “Kismet“, of 2012’s “Hunted“, mobster Jack Turner evades Byzantium’s best surveillance efforts by sending out his faithful majordomo Bingham (Tom Beard) as a decoy in Jack’s usual car, wearing Jack’s signature trilby and overcoat, on a mysterious nighttime errand.  However, nanny/undercover spy Sam Hunter (Melissa George) uncovers the ruse when she accidentally runs into Jack (wearing a particularly fetching black leather jacket for the occasion) still in the house.  She (improbably) manages to keep from being discovered by him and then, since she’s the best of what Byzantium has left, has to find out what Jack’s really up to.  Sam then (improbably) tails Jack to his real destination, Relton University, by (improbably) riding a BMX bike faster than Jack can drive a Range Rover through downtown London.  But the night’s entertainment is only just beginning, as she watches Jack meet Lewis Conroy (Richard Dormer) outside.

Admin:  Jack really does need to make better use of his rear-view mirror.  😉  I like how barren the streets are.  Perhaps it is highly improbable that London would ever be that bereft of traffic (I honestly don’t know), but it looks really cool.

[Seeing a light go on in the building (which coincidentally happens to be where the meeting is happening), Sam climbs up to the balcony outside economist Professor Vincent Cage’s (Michael Carter) office so she can eavesdrop properly – while not making much of an effort to hide herself otherwise.  Thunder in the background sets the right sort of foreboding atmosphere as a storm begins to move in.]

Lewis:  Please, Vince.  At least consider it.
Cage:  There is nothing to consider!
[Jack begins to prowl the room, silently.]

Letting Lewis do all the talking, at first.

Letting Lewis do all the talking, at first.

RF:  Uh oh…  It’s always a bad sign when Jack begins to get bored.  He has a very menacing way of prowling, even when he’s not saying a word.  I also like the way he’s letting Lewis do all of the begging and pleading, while he just observes what’s going on.  He’s very enigmatic, but at the same time, very dangerous somehow.  And we don’t yet know what’s behind Jack’s sudden interest in academia, let alone economics, that he’s willing to pay a lot of cash for.

Admin:  Vince is at least sharp enough, though ultimately it doesn’t help him very much, to look briefly curious at the way Jack prowls off.  Jack did a lot of prowling in this series.  He was like a tiger in too small a cage half the time.   Rather reminiscent of Mark Binney in The Singing Detective, but Jack is heck of a lot more dangerous.  Yes, Jack is very enigmatic.  He has a faint aura of ennui here which is never a good sign because although Jack is profoundly patient in terms of game plan, his patience does not extend to uncooperative persons.

RF:  That’s true, Jack did spend a lot of time being cooped up indoors in this series – usually in his posh house – and he was always at his best and most interesting when he was let out.  And the deal he’s trying to make here is part of his long-term game plan, although we don’t find that out until later.
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