A Month in the Country on Blu-Ray

"Oh."

“Oh great!  Now I suppose I have to buy a Blu-Ray player.”

Screen Archives has pre-orders available for an upcoming July 14, 2015 Blu-Ray edition of A Month in the Country.  You can read RFodchuk’s recap of this most excellent film here.

Patrick Malahide plays the seemingly morose, but rather more complex, Reverend Keach.  He gives a wonderful performance, and it is such an overall brilliant and engaging film.  I highly recommend it.

The Blu-Ray addition will have Special Features: Isolated Music & Effects Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman / Original Theatrical Trailer and is a limited edition of 3,000 units.

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Patrick Malahide as George Bucsan in Two Deaths

"Newspaper man....I'm a bookworm employed by a newspaper."

“Newspaper man….I’m a bookworm employed by a newspaper.”

Patrick Malahide played George Bucsan, an anxious, somewhat cowardly book reviewer (he describes himself as a “bookworm employed by a newspaper”), in the 1995 film Two Deaths. It is a very dark, complex film set during an annual gathering of old friends. This night, their 19th year, they gather in the large house of Dr. Daniel Pavenic (Michael Gambon).

Set in Eastern Europe, a revolution is blazing outside. They are constantly interrupted by wounded soldiers requiring the doctor’s help.  Against this intense backdrop, the men discover each other’s dark secrets, with Dr. Pavenic’s being the most depraved.  It is a complex story, so I’ll essentially focus on Bucsan’s POV.

The Guests Arrive

George Bucsan first appears as he is being driven to the party.  As he goes through the street, there is gun fire and explosions. Eventually he arrives at Pavenic’s home and is let in by a somber but elegant housekeeper, Ana Puscasu (Sonia Braga). She tells him to make himself a drink. Eventually two other friends appear: Carl Dalakis (Ion Caramitru) and Marius Vernescu (Nickolas Grace).

"I've never known a man with more rumors about than Pavenic.."

“I’ve never known a man with more rumors about than Pavenic..”

They speculate that Pavenic must be corrupt because of his beautiful house. “I’ve never known a man with more rumors about him than Pavenic,” muses George, “only half of them are true.” As they talk, Ana is upstairs gently cleaning what appears to be an invalided man.

As the men catch up on their lives, we learn that George has been a widower for ten years. Marius, especially besotted with Pavenic’s lifestyle, grabs a photo of a beautiful young woman from the mantle, showing it to George who declares her “stunning.” Marius and Carl speculate on who she might be, unaware of the resemblance she has to Ana the housekeeper who is walking in and out of the room.

Growing uncomfortable over Marius' story.

Growing uncomfortable over Marius’ story.

Their assumptions are unpleasant. Marius thinks she might be a girl who was pregnant with Pavenic’s child and died during an abortion he performed. Carl thinks she might be Pavenic’s daughter who (not knowing he was her father) tried to seduce him. As they speculate, George appears extremely tense and ill-at-ease. It is clear he doesn’t like these sorts of conversations about Pavenic.

Secrets Begin to Be Revealed

Eventually Pavenic comes downstairs and greets his guests. He informs them that most of the guests will not be arriving because of the revolution. This more intimate gathering means that there will be plenty of opportunities for darker personal revelations. They ask Pavenic about the woman in the photograph, and he happily tells them it is of his housekeeper Ana Puscasu, the woman he “chose to destroy”. Continue reading

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And Balon’s Still Alive! How Does He Do It??

Ladies everywhere celebrate Balon's amazing staying power!<br />  (Source: pinterest.com, Thoughts: Ours) - Balon's still alive

Ladies everywhere celebrate Balon’s amazing staying power!
(Image source: pinterest.com, Thoughts: ours)

It’s true!  Against all expectations – including ours – and a last-minute flurry of internet rumours claiming we’d see an appearance by Patrick Malahide, or Gemma Whelan, or both, in the Game of Thrones finale for season 5 – which made us think Balon might finally be taking that long walk on one of Pyke’s bridges – Balon Greyjoy is actually the last of the original Five Kings left not only standing, but (apparently) still alive and breathing!  (Note:  These things are not always mutually exclusive on Game of Thrones.)  So naturally, Admin and I had to break out our ukeleles to celebrate.  😉

Admin:  Those rumors about Patrick Malahide appearing in the season 5 finale were so confusing.  I honestly didn’t know if I wanted Balon to appear or not.  It was the weirdest season yet and easily the most conflicting for me in terms of how I felt about it.

RF:  Yeah, I found it to be one of the bleaker seasons, with a lot of time spent on certain storylines and characters to the detriment of others.  I’m rather glad Mr. Malahide didn’t appear; I figured that if Balon did show up, it would be only to show him dying, and there were already more than enough crammed-in cliffhangers and character deaths to go around.  It wouldn’t have done him justice.

"Of course I'm still alive.  Who says I'm not?"

“Of course I’m still alive. Who says I’m not?”

RF:  But now, what can we expect since Balon’s won the War of the Five Kings (albeit by default – but don’t tell him that, because he’ll just get cranky), and is, in fact, the very last of the original Westeros kings left alive?  Admittedly, we’re not expecting very much because showrunners Benioff and Weiss seem only too happy to leave the Greyjoy storyline languishing on the back burner, along with many others.  Still, we have a few thoughts on the matter.  Please note:  spoilers ahead for the series up to and including season 5, and the books up to A Dance with Dragons.
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Random Malahide Picture 11: Lord Willingdon

I found this on a Swedish site: SVT.se.  It looks like he is showing off his Viceregal outift.  I don’t blame him; he looks fantastic.

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Patrick Malahide as Lord Willingdon. Source: SVT.se

 

 

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Patrick Malahide as DS Chisholm in A Number of Old Wives Tales, Minder S05E03

“OI!” Wives might confuse him, but he can always handle Terry.

The basic plot to this episode revolves around a casual business acquaintance of Arthur Daley’s, Clive “Confident” Cosgrove (Patrick Mower).  Confident is a bigamist!  Neither Arthur nor Terry have any idea of this, but they find themselves deeply involved after being photographed in the paper during a fracas at Confident’s latest wedding to a lady called Angie (Vivienne Ritchie).  Chisholm is on the case and seems completely out of his depth dealing with Confident’s five (!) wives.

 

Stealthy Entrance

Making his usual stoat-like entrance into the Winchester.

Making his usual stoat-like entrance into the Winchester.

Chisholm (with Jones in tow) makes his trademark stealthy stoat-like entrance into the Winchester as Arthur is having a moan about the embarrassment of being in the newspaper.  The wedding at the registry office went horribly wrong when Angie’s ex showed up drunk.  Arthur has taken a lot of stick because of this and ‘Er Indoors is being blanked by the neighbors.  “And the laugh we all down in the station, Arthur,” says Chisholm as he sneaks up.

Arthur offers them a drink, but Chisholm refuses in case Arthur misconstrues it as an “overture of friendship.”  Good thinking.  Dave foolishly interrupts asking why Chisholm is honoring the Winchester with his presence.  Honoring is right.  Chisholm always adds a touch of beauty and class to that gross, dingy place.  Chisholm does not like being questioned though.  “Just making the rounds of low-life establishments, observing who is mingling with whom.”  Chisholm says that with a nice intense stare and tight jaw.

Chisholm orders “a pint of bitter for Mr. Jones and a bottle of light ale down at the other end of the bar if you wouldn’t mind, please.”  See?  I said he adds class.  He has nice manners.

OI!

..by the arrival of one of Confident Cosgrove's wives - so of course Jones is sent in first, with a wordless head twitch.

..by the arrival of one of Confident Cosgrove’s wives – so of course Jones is sent in first, with a wordless head twitch.

So, Confident is a bigamist.  He marries unwitting women and sets them up running  his many business establishments.  He doesn’t appear to be doing it out of malice or anything.  He actually seems to have some of sort of weird addiction to getting married.  But, after the story in the newspaper the other four wives are going to find out.  The first is Mary who runs their cafe.  She storms into the Winchester, “Clive Cosgrove you bastard.”  “Mary, darling.”  Mary isn’t feeling very darling and attacks him (and anyone who happens to be in her way).  Chisholm nods at Jones towards the action and they intervene. Continue reading

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The Singing Detective at the British Film Institute

Patrick Malahide as Mark Finney in Singing Detective 08

“Hey, Mark. Want to celebrate with a cinema?”

The British Film Institute will be airing The Singing Detective on Sunday 26 July 2015 11:00.  Click here for more information.

This is your chance to experience the series that’s widely regarded as Potter’s finest achievement, screened over the course of one day. The Singing Detective blends elements of psychological thriller and film noir with familiar Potter themes of sexual guilt and writer’s block as we’re taken on the most incredible journey of the inner psyche of Philip Marlow (Gambon) as he lies stricken by extreme psoriasis, a debilitating condition from which Potter himself suffered. In entering Marlow’s feverish mind, Potter creates some of the most memorable images and routines ever realised in TV drama.
+ Q&A with Alison Steadman, Janet Suzman, Jon Amiel (via Skype), writer Peter Bowker and Kenith Trodd

It's a wascally wabbit.

“Sorry, I can’t afford the BFI so this will have to do.”

I know Patrick Malahide has taken part in other The Singing Detective panels, but, unfortunately, he doesn’t appear to be in this one.  Still, it ought to be a fascinating discussion.

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Analysis of a Scene XX: Alleyn Interrogates Legge in “Death at the Bar”

Solving a Cornish murder  Inspector Alleyn interrogates Legge in "Death at the Bar"

Solving a Cornish murder

In “The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries” S01E04 episode, “Death at the Bar” (1993), Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn is hot on the trail of a murderer, as usual.  His friend, lawyer Luke Watchman (Kevin McNally) dies after receiving a seemingly innocuous wound to the hand from a thrown dart in a silly pub stunt, during a thunderstorm in a Cornish bar.  The thunderstorm is actually important, as it caused the lights to flicker on and off and gave the killer his or her opportunity to act unseen.  But Alleyn has some difficulty figuring out just how the poison was delivered to Watchman’s wound, and therefore who the culprit could be.

After much hanging around picturesque Cornwall, questioning the local inhabitants and surviving an attempted poisoning on both Inspector Br’er Fox (William Simons) and himself, Alleyn finally narrows his suspects down to one:  Robert Legge (David Calder), who threw the fatal dart.  Alleyn already knows that “Legge” is a pseudonym, assumed by convicted fraud and embezzler Alex Pringle upon his release from prison.  Watchman acted as Pringle’s lawyer during his trial, but allowed him to suffer a much heavier penalty than his co-accused, whom Watchman defended at the same time for the same crime.  Alleyn believes Pringle – or Legge – was out to even the score with Watchman, but still needs more evidence before he can make an arrest.  So in this scene, Alleyn interrogates Legge to try to shake him into admitting his guilt.

[Alleyn, still wearing black tie for an interrupted dinner at the Chief Constable’s, walks into the side room where Legge is being held.  Legge has already failed to make a stunning getaway by crashing his car into a pond.]

Alleyn:  Mr. Pomeroy.  Do you think you could clean this gentleman’s jacket?
Pomeroy:  Reckon so.
Alleyn:  Perhaps you’d better empty the pockets, Mr. Legge.
[Legge empties his pockets.  The contents seem more or less innocuous.]
Legge:  You can’t keep me here.
Alleyn:  Is that all?
[Legge resignedly removes his jacket and hands it to Alleyn.]

Alleyn: "Is that all?"

Alleyn: “Is that all?”

RF:  Alleyn is incredibly polite to start with, and his black tie outfit makes him the best-dressed interrogator ever.  Unfortunately for him, this doesn’t impress Legge, who seems to realize that the whole point of getting him to empty his pockets and hand his jacket over for cleaning is so that Alleyn can try to find some evidence.  The lighting is also amazing throughout this scene. In particular, the offset, underlit lighting of Mr. Malahide’s face gives Alleyn a somewhat unusual, slightly predatory appearance which is at odds with his polite manner.

Admin:  I like the way they give special attention to the pen as it neatly shows a clue.  Alleyn is certainly taking control, and I like his hand gesture as he indicates Mr. Legge’s jacket as the lighting, which you mentioned, really highlights his signet ring.  It gives him a very mysterious air.
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Patrick Malahide as The Underground Man

"Really...that's not interesting.   A novel needs a hero."

“Really…that’s not interesting. A novel needs a hero.”

In 1988, Patrick Malahide appeared in “Ten Great Writers of the Modern World” S01E03.  The episode was about Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.  Mr. Malahide plays the Underground Man, and he recites excerpts from Notes from the Underground.  From Wikipedia

Notes from Underground (Russian: Записки из подполья, Zapiski iz podpol’ya), also translated as Notes from the Underground or Letters from the Underworld, is an 1864 novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel.[citation needed] It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg.

"Well, we all show off with our diseases.  Me especially."

“Well, we all show off with our diseases. Me especially.”

Bitter and isolated seem to be good descriptors.  Mr. Malahide’s portrayal is immediately engaging but also very unsettling.  He is a disheveled (but still attractive, got to say) mess.  He is wearing some grubby evening wear and appears to be trapped or imprisoned, and his hair has quite the cowlick.  He starts off criticizing himself with determined self-loathing, but he then unleashes his fury to society in general.  It is very compelling.  I wish I could hear him read the entire novella!

 

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Filming Under Way for Indian Summers Series 2

"I bet that Maharaja is behind this."

“I bet that Maharaja is behind this.”

Here is some interesting news on the Indian Summers front.  According to Channel 4, filming is currently underway.  And, of course, Patrick Malahide is reprising his role as Lord Willingdon.

It’s the summer of 1935 – a season where old allegiances will be broken and new ones forged, where unbridled passions and adultery run roughshod over fidelity and where revolution hangs heavy in the air. An assassination attempt on the

"I'm not made entirely of stone." Oooohhh, lethal Puppy-dog Eyes deployed!

Awwwww…look at those eyes. Who would want to hurt him? 

Viceroy, Lord Willingdon (Patrick Malahide), puts Ralph’s (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) future in the balance. The surprise arrival of Lord Hawthorne, played by James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Hollow Crown, The Vicar of Dibley), heralds impending change at the highest levels of the administration. Meanwhile, Cynthia’s (Julie Walters) Royal Simla Club plays host to an important royal guest, the Maharaja Maritpur, played by Art Malik (The Jewel in the Crown, True Lies, The Wolfman), who could make or break Ralph’s political gambles. The Maharaja is accompanied by Sirene, played by Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters, Six Feet Under, Muriel’s Wedding), his elegant and mysterious Australian mistress who hides a surprising past.

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Shamy. Charming counterfeiter.

Intriguing — especially the bolded bits!  And it sounds like Lord Willingdon will be getting some very exciting scenes.  I am also excited about the arrival of Art Malik.  I’m quite fond of him. :-)  He was one of my early crushes in Jewel in the Crown, so it is really cool that he will be joining the cast of Indian Summers. And he also played one of my favorite guest stars in the excellent episode of Minder, “What Makes Shamy Run?

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Favouritest Grabs Ever – First Edition

We’ve accumulated a lot of screen grabs of Mr. Malahide’s work on the Appreciation by now and, of course, some have become our favourites.  Fearless Admin and I thought it might be fun to present a few of these grabs and discuss just why it is we find them so appealing, or what’s striking or interesting about them.  So without further ado, here’s the first installment of our Favouritest Grabs Ever.

RF’s Picks:

Jack Turner, looking especially noir-ish in "Hunted"  - Favouritest Grabs Ever

Jack Turner, looking especially noir-ish in “Hunted”

What’s Going On in this Picture?

RF:  It’s from Episode Three, “Hourglass“, of the 2012 series “Hunted“.  Mr. Malahide as crimelord extraordinaire, Jack Turner, is at a four-star hotel to begin bidding for a dam in Pakistan that he wants very badly.  While he’s there, one of his Redshirt security guards mysteriously disappears (not really, he’s been killed by one of the supposed “good guys”) so Jack summons Patrik Lindberg, a hapless Swedish executive who’ll be in charge of running the dam if he wins the bid, to a late night meeting by a lake to shed some light on the situation.  He’s smoking a cigar while waiting for Lindberg to arrive in the picture.

Why is This One a Favourite?

RF:  I had no idea how well this grab turned out until I took a look at it afterwards.  Admin and I have gotten many grabs of Mr. Malahide with smoke wreathing his head as various characters (and he usually looks great in all of them), but this one in particular just looked incredibly fitting for the situation; it’s atmospheric, evocative, and almost seems to be painted.  Jack Turner appears to be straight out of a film noir, combining an air of quiet menace with a sense of “business as usual”.  You get the impression he’s done a lot of these sorts of meetings, and he’s very good at them.

Admin:  Fantastic choice.  He reminds me ever so much of a classic Dick Tracy or The Spirit (many thanks to RFodchuk for introducing me to The Spirit, btw) villain in this view.  There is no doubt whatsoever that he is a very dangerous baddie.  And while we weren’t fans of Hunted‘s subdued color palette, this is one of the few situations where it really worked in  a good way and added to the smokey ambiance.  The one visible eye, the taut yet full lips, the jutting jaw…he just looks so scary, but it’s gorgeous at the same time.
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