Another Blu-Ray Release for A Month in the Country

Last year, Screen Archives released a blu-ray edition of A Month in the Country, starring Patrick Malahide as the complicated Rev. Keach.  Well, this year, the British Film Institute (BFI) have gotten in on the action with a Region B release slated for June 20th, 2016.

"Oh."

“So you’re saying it won’t play on my Betamax?”

This is an excellent film, so it is wonderful to see it receive the attention it deserves.  I still want DVD (I don’t have a blu-ray player, poor me) releases of The Standard and Dear Enemy more than anything though. 😉

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Something Neat XXXII: Elizabeth I Interview

Queenie [in deadly hiss]: "Who ordered this?" Walsingham [looking a wee bit afraid]: "I rather think you did, Majesty."

Sir Francis Walsingham:  Always on tenterhooks because of the Queen.

Below is a video of Patrick Malahide talking a little bit about the making of Elizabeth I.  He played Sir Francis Walsingham in the high-end HBO costume drama recapped here.  There is a longer video here.

Mr. Malahide talks a little bit about how two languages were spoken on set as the series was filmed in Lithuania.  He also talks about a very compelling scene in which the Queen relentlessly stampedes through several rooms after learning the Earl of Essex had left for Portugal without her permission.  The clip doesn’t show the part where she threw her shoe at Walsingham though.  😉

In the longer version of the video they say that her father, Henry VIII, had the privy council chamber built opposite his bedroom door.  He was a control freak and it allowed him quick access to see what was going on at any time.  Elizabeth I kept it that way, so they were able to use that set-up in the series for incredible dramatic effect.

As always, it is a real treat to hear Patrick Malahide speak in his own voice about his filming experiences.

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Favouritest Grabs Ever – Fourth Edition

It’s been a while, so Admin and I thought we’d do another edition of our Favouritest Grabs Ever, the first for 2016.  As usual, we are featuring grabs we thought were especially appealing, interesting, or entertaining, and why.

RF’s Picks:

Ablutions at Troy's and a rare moment of acute embarrassment Favouritest Grabs Ever

Ablutions at Troy’s and a rare moment of acute embarrassment

What’s Going On in This Picture?

RF:  It’s from the S02E01 episode of the “Inspector Alleyn Mysteries“, “Death in a White Tie” (1993).  Chief Inspector Alleyn (Mr. Malahide) has been under an unusual amount of strain in this episode. His good friend Lord Robert Gospell, fondly known as “Bunchie” (Harold Innocent) has been murdered by person(s) unknown, while Bunchie was actually undercover for Alleyn to investigate a number of high-profile blackmail cases.  So Alleyn feels responsible for his death and has been especially driven to catch the killer, leading to some uncharacteristic behaviour, like going about not shaving or eating, and rowing with Agatha Troy (Belinda Lang) over her possible romantic entanglement with one of the suspects, lounge lizard/ladies’ man Captain Maurice Withers (John Bowe).  Of course, Troy has far better taste than that – I mean, c’mon, she’s dating Alleyn – and realizing he’s behaved badly, Alleyn popped by her flat the previous evening to apologize for his previous conduct.  However, he’s been driving himself so hard that he conks out (quite attractively) on Troy’s couch mid-apology and sleeps there all night.  He’s still just a bit (okay, a lot) discombobulated when he awakes the next morning.  He borrows Troy’s bathroom for some ablutions to try to get himself back into order, but becomes even more discombobulated when Troy tells him he has a phone call from Inspector Fox (William Simons), who’s tracked him down at Troy’s flat.  It’s one of our favourite scenes here at the Appreciation, and this is one of our all-time favourite grabs.  😉

Why is This One a Favourite?

RF:  I love everything about this grab, from Alleyn’s uncharacteristically mussed appearance (he should really wear open-necked shirts more often) and attractive stubble, to his faintly worried and/or embarrassed expression at being caught by Fox at Troy’s, when it appears he’s already feeling a bit vulnerable.  He woke up late (hey, he was tired!) on a strange woman’s couch (yes, they’re dating, but still) and still hasn’t gotten his composure back (an important thing for Alleyn) when Fox calls, throwing him into even more discombobulation.  Plus he’s also worried about what Troy’s reaction will be to all this.  Luckily, he needn’t have concerned himself on that score; she seems to take the whole situation in stride a lot better than he does.  Also, the lighting in this scene is just perfect.  The “Inspector Alleyn” cinematographers always did an outstanding job, but I particularly like the mix of light and shadow, and the effect of light on the stained glass panes of Troy’s bathroom door.

Admin:  The lighting is indeed fantastic.  The light jewel tones of the privacy glass are incredibly beautiful and provide the perfect frame for Alleyn.  And I especially love those suspenders.  They really flatter those nice shoulders of his.  The expression is great, you can tell he is absolutely prepared for an ugly reaction, but thankfully Troy is very smart and understanding, so he has nothing to worry about.

RF:  Agreed that the suspenders were very nice and flattering on him; it was nice to see Alleyn in a more relaxed form of dress.  And Troy even made him toast and coffee, so she couldn’t have been all that mad.  😉
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New Trailer for Indian Summers, Series 2

Channel 4 has just released an intriguing new trailer for “Indian Summers” Series 2, and while it’s mostly Alice and Aafrin-heavy, there are a few interesting glimpses and tidbits concerning our favourite Viceroy, Lord Willingdon, as portrayed by Mr. Malahide.  Here’s a little of what we were able to spot, with a lot of speculation as to what it all means.

Business as usual for the Viceroy Patrick Malahide as Lord Willingdon in Indian Summers, Series 2

Business as usual for the Viceroy

We first see Lord W. rumbling peacefully through the streets of Simla in his cream-coloured Rolls Royce Phantom, apparently having a great time waving to the crowds as usual.  In a seemingly unrelated event, Sergeant Singh (Sudarshan Kumar) chases a crowd of urchins stained with powdered dye for Holi, seemingly having sensed something wrong.  The tone quickly becomes foreboding, as Aafrin Dalal (Nikesh Patel) states in voice-over that “we [Indians] are not these people’s friends…  We are the subjects.  Their subjects.  And never the twain shall meet.”

Assassination Attempt

That... doesn't look good.

That… doesn’t look good.

His words prove to be prophetic.  The sense of foreboding quickly escalates as Sergeant Singh is too late to prevent one little boy from throwing a grenade into the back of the Viceroy’s Rolls, landing on the seat right beside Lord W.  He recoils in surprise and shock, but apparently doesn’t get blown up right away.  Perhaps it’s a dud?  At any rate, it’s proof his subjects aren’t quite as adoring as he might have believed.  “Whoever perpetrated this attack, wants to make a splash,” comments Ralph Whelan (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), Lord W’s personal secretary.  Hopefully he’s speaking figuratively rather than literally, since he’s brandishing the grenade at the time.  Guess it was a dud.
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Praise for Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius in “Luther”

"Of course they said nice things. They'dve been greenlit otherwise." Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius in "Luther"

“Of course they said nice things.
They’d’ve been greenlit otherwise.”

So, it appears that Fearless Admin and I weren’t the only ones to appreciate Mr. Malahide’s performance as old-school Cockney crim (although lacking an East End maudlin heart) George Cornelius in “Luther“.  Reviews have been mostly positive, with the Examiner being particularly complimentary:

As for breakout performances, Elba, Malahide and Haddock led the pack as their characters seemed to operate under a level of good and evil that often got mixed up along the way. […]  [Elba] gave Luther a sense of danger, charm and ruthlessness that made him fascinating to watch regardless of Luther’s actions. He also had a strong rapport with Malahide and Haddock as potential friends or foes if he wasn’t too careful. Malahide, on the other hand, had the challenging task of playing a villain and a man with his own strong code of code [sic] that needed to be honored if someone broke his rules. He made Cornelius an intellectual type of gangster who often used his words rather than his actions to prove how lethal he was without having to lift a finger. Malahide’s Cornelius provided that he could be a good long term addition if the show does come back again.

Developing a rapport

Developing a rapport

Well, I’d certainly agree that Mr. Malahide had one of the break-out performances, and that George Cornelius seemed to form a sort of rapport with Idris Elba’s Luther.  Luther appeared to understand where Cornelius was coming from as an old-school gangster – although I suspect George wasn’t that old school, but liked to project the image that he was.  Perhaps the most “old school” thing about him was that he did seem to be operating under his own code of conduct (I think that’s what the author meant to say) where certain behaviour would be frowned upon, even by gangsters.  And while we didn’t see too much of George’s “lethality”,  the element of danger might’ve been enhanced if he had better help; the hitmen pursuing Luther were rather rubbish at their jobs.  But the reviewer is correct about George using his words; he did seem to enjoy one-upping Luther with word (and mind) games, more than he might’ve enjoyed actual violence.  He was quite witty and intelligent, in his own uniquely loopy sort of way.  I’d probably start watching on a regular basis if George was a recurring character.
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Something Neat XXXI: Search for Longitude Promo Photo

Source: Davidaxelrod.com

Source: Davidaxelrod.com

I found this lovely photograph at  davidaxelrod.com .  It shows Patrick Malahide as John Harrison.  The warm tones are gorgeous and I like how intently he is staring at his scientific instruments which themselves are so beautiful as to be pieces of art.  The photo accompanies a reprint of a Toronto Globe & Mail review of Lost at Sea, the Search for Longitude which I’ve also reviewed here.  I especially like this bit:

Patrick Malahide, who made a name for himself in Dennis Potter’s series The Singing Detective, plays Harrison in scenes that powerfully illustrate the struggle of one man of imagination against the blinkered scientific Establishment. What could have been an awkward series of periwigged vignettes is made vivid by Malahide’s rough-spoken quotes from Harrison’s passionate journals. A man obsessed with accuracy, he had no time for his critics, and his paranoid denunciations are splendid.

 A little angry nostril flare there as we see how ticked off (pun intended) he is, because the Astronomer Royal has seized his time-keepers for "further tests".

Furious the Astronomer Royal seized his time-keepers for “further tests”.

Is it paranoia if they really are trying to nick your clock? 😉  I was also a bit concerned that the monologues would seem weird when I first watched, but they were wonderful.  Patrick Malahide pitches every line perfectly whether it be conversational, scientific, or impassioned, he always gets the tone just right, and his accent is gorgeous.  His performance really draws you in and you’ll find yourself rooting for Harrison all the way.

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It’s a Meme! 36 – New Year’s Edition

Happy New Year! Let it again be a year with some new Patrick Malahide projects!

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RFodchuk: Happy New Year, all! :-)

binney new years meme

drunk chisholm go home meme

 

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Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius in Luther S04E02

Getting up.

Still attached to the radiator.

And now for the recap for Luther S04E02 featuring Patrick Malahide as gangster George Cornelius. You can read about S04E01 here.

Once again, Patrick Malahide’s cheerfully ominous gangster is a true episode highlight . He had a little more screen-time in this episode too which was very welcome. He really stole his scenes with panache.

Delighted relief.

Delighted relief.

George was left all alone last week, chained unceremoniously to Luther’s radiator. When we rejoin him, it looks like he’s been taking a regenerative nap. He soon pops back up and really goes to work trying to remove the entire radiator from the wall. Success!!! After much straining and pulling, using his leg for extra leverage, he finally pulls the wretched thing away. George’s fiendish grin of relieved delight is well earned.  I really hope he trashed the place for Luther to tidy up later.

Vaping and the Lion King

Of course, now free, Luther isn’t exactly his favorite person in the world. George puts a hit on the unconventional copper’s head. Being a very polite criminal, though, he is courteous enough to phone Luther and tell him all about it.

Chatting to Luther while enjoying an e-cig. "Thanks for the hospitality."

Chatting to Luther while enjoying an e-cig. “Thanks for the hospitality.”

During the call, George is shown vaping on an e-cigarette. He doesn’t seem very impressed with it though. Still, safer than the real things, I’m sure. Luther, to his credit, apologizes for what he did and even promises to put it right. He just wanted to find out what happened to Alice.

George Cornelius is almost reasonable….almost. He has some genuine respect for Luther who he considers to be a “decent chap” and feels tempted to let it lie. The only problem is that Luther did it all in front of George’s son. “If I start showing weakness to him…well, it’s nature’s way, isn’t it? The Lion King. Hakuna Matata.”

"Then I'm definitely thinking of the wrong song."

“Then I’m definitely thinking of the wrong song.”

Luther, apparently a bigger Disney fan than George, helpfully points out that George is thinking of the wrong song. ‘What one am I thinking of, then? Oh, Hakuna Matata, that’s the happy one, right? — No more worries.” I love the way George flourishes his e-cig around while he’s speaking. “Then I’m definitely thinking of the wrong song.” George says that last bit very menacingly. The camera angle is really picking up the old-school gangster’s mad and demonic eyes perfectly there. He looks very intimidating and focused. Continue reading

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Analysis of a Scene XXIV: Jingle and Tuppy Crash a Party in “The Pickwick Papers”

Alfred Jingle: Weaponized charm Patrick Malahide in "The Pickwick Papers"

Alfred Jingle: Weaponized charm

Christmas has arrived, so Fearless Admin and I thought the time was right for a little party… a party crashed by Alfred Jingle, of course.  He just seems to perfectly suit the festive season; no one else has fun like he does.   And rather like Bugs Bunny, he’s always at his best when someone else pays for it.

In this scene from the very first episode of 1985’s “The Pickwick Papers“, Jingle has only just met the rest of the Pickwickians, who are touring coach inns outside of London.  He has already saved them from an angry coachman, charmed their socks off in conversation, and drunk them under the table at their expense.  With everyone else sleeping off the effects of a well-liquored, hearty meal, only self-proclaimed ladies’ man Tracy Tupman (Clive Swift) is awake (and sober) enough to join Jingle in crashing a dance at the inn… and coincidentally, is able to pay for the tickets.  Partying and mayhem ensue!

Doing a bit of showing off

Doing a bit of showing off

Since the only clothes Jingle owns are a rather threadbare, too-small dark green coat that’s seen better days and a shirt and trousers in indifferent repair, he borrows Mr. Nathaniel Winkle’s (Jeremy Nicholas) custom-tailored, one-of-a-kind blue suit for the occasion – without asking Mr. Winkle, of course.  Mind you, of all the Pickwickians, only Mr. Winkle’s clothes have a hope of possibly fitting Jingle.  But our hero obviously knows he looks great in his borrowed finery as he shows off a bit for Tuppy on their way into the dance.

Tuppy:  You look splendid!
Jingle:  Queer set-out.  [Shows Tupman one of the suit’s gold buttons]  Old fellow’s likeness and “P.C.”.  What does “P.C.” stand for?  “Peculiar coat”, eh?
Tuppy:  Oh, no.  It’s the proposed uniform of the Pickwick Club, of which I also have the honour of being a member.
Jingle [bored already]: Tickets?
Tuppy:  Mm-hmm.  [hands over two tickets]

"Tickets?"

“Tickets?”

RF:  Winkle’s borrowed duds are probably the newest clothes Jingle has worn for a while, so one can’t really blame him for swanning about a bit;  he does look good – and he knows it.  I also like how the mercurial Jingle almost immediately becomes bored with Tuppy’s explanation about the button.  He’s not that interested in the Pickwick Club, except in that its members are extremely susceptible to his charm, and will therefore pay for his drinks.  By the way, the reason Tuppy ended up paying for the tickets was because he lost a coin toss with Jingle – who’da thunk it?  😉  So, I guess technically it’s not a party crash, but I’m sure Jingle crashes a lot of parties anyways.

Most obliging of Tuppy to pay for the tickets

Most obliging of Tuppy to pay for the tickets

Admin:  I like the little flourish Jingle gives as he presents himself to Mr. Tupman.  He cleans up well. 😉  His smile when he says ‘tickets’ seems rather snake-like.  Indeed he couldn’t care less about their goofy club, but you know he took it all in and that it further reinforces in his steel-trap mind what he already knows:  The Pickwickians are a group of boyish innocents with more money than sense.

RF:  You’d think Tuppy might take a warning from seeing how easily Jingle works the room and charms the widow later, but he doesn’t.  Besides, what fun would it be if he did?
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It’s a Meme! 35 – Christmas Edition

Time for Christmas memes.  Happy Christmas to one and all!

MEME

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RFodchuk: Season’s memeings, everyone! :-)

jack turner naughty meme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jingle all the way meme

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