“Mortal Engines” A Look Inside

Another “Mortal Engines” related promo video has dropped.  Again, we don’t get to see Patrick Malahide’s character Magnus Crome which is disappointing, but, there is some Hugo Weaving talking about the film to somewhat make up for that.  The clips all seem to come from the trailer which was released earlier.  Come on, people!  I want to see Magnus in all his demented glory!

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Posh Blokes (Played by Patrick Malahide)

Admin and I recently realized that Patrick Malahide has played more than a few Posh Blokes in his career, and he’s done a great job of it, too – whether they were goodies, baddies, or an intriguing mix of both (okay, truthfully, the latter might be the best).   His Posh Blokes never fail to make an impression with their charisma, presence, and sense of style, and they’re among some of our favourite characters, so we thought we’d discuss a few of them.

Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn  |  Governor Ainslee  |  Sir Hugo Carey-Holden  |
Sir Myles  |  Ebenezer Balfour  |  Who’s the Poshest?

RF:  My choices are…

Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn
(“The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries“, 1992-1994)

What Kind of Posh Bloke Is He?

Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, the ultimate Gentleman Detective Posh Blokes Played by Patrick Malahide

Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn,
the ultimate Gentleman Detective

He’s pretty much the creme de la creme of poshness, a Gentleman detectivus dashingae.  Alleyn is the younger brother of a baronet, Sir George Alleyn, so he gets all the perks of aristocratic connections with none of the bother, like worrying about the family’s estate or having to vote in the House of Lords or anything like that.  The gentry regard Alleyn as one of them, so they’re more likely to confide interesting bits of aristocratic gossip to him that wouldn’t necessarily make it into the tabloids, which frequently proves useful when he’s investigating crimes.  He also has exquisite taste in his wardrobe and accessories, and extremely good manners no matter who he’s dealing with.  There’s nothing snobbish about him at all.

Can You Tell He’s Posh from Across the Street?

You can tell he's posh from clear across a cliff

You can tell he’s posh from clear across a cliff

Oh, g’lord yes, if not even further.  Even when he’s on vacation, Alleyn’s clothes are well-tailored, immaculately pressed,  and obviously expensive.  He (or his haberdasher) has exquisite taste in single- and double-breasted suits and all the accessories that go with them.  He’s almost never seen without a hat, gloves, and an umbrella, just in case – because it wouldn’t do for him to be caught without.  And even when he’s dressed down a bit, wearing a cream-coloured trenchcoat over his tweeds, he still won’t get a speck of dirt on himself.  He must have a hard time disguising himself as a hobo.
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Random Malahide Picture 21

Here’s a rather nice publicity still I happened across on the Mirror’s Production-Saturday Magazine-We Love TV page, showing Mr. Malahide as Lord Willingdon in the S02E01 episode of “Indian Summers“, “Indian Man, British Suit” (recapped by Admin here).  He hardly looks as though he’s just been hauled out of his sickbed after a recent heart attack, does he?  But I still think he polished off a few of those whiskies.  Click the image for a larger size.

Lord Willingdon in white tie, with whisky<br>Image source: mirror.co.uk Patrick Malahide as Lord Willingdon in "Indian Summers"

Lord Willingdon in white tie, with whisky
(Image source: mirror.co.uk)

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Remembering Glynn Edwards

Dave: A gentleman of infinite patience .

RFodchuk and I very saddened to learn that Glynn Edwards has passed away. Mr. Edwards was a greatly esteemed actor with a very impressive resume.  We at the Appreciation know him best from his role on Minder as the lovable Dave the Barman, owner of The Winchester.

Dave brought so much warmth to the series.  Since we never saw Arthur Daley at home (where the fearsome ‘Er Indoors dwells), Dave’s bar The Winchester stood in as a proxy home.  Dave would handle all of Arthur’s phone calls and always offered a safe place when things got a bit hairy…which was often.  His affability and easy going nature were always a tonic to Arthur’s mad hi-jinx.  And, of course, he was there to lend Chisholm a (tired) ear when need be.

Glynn Edwards:  1931-2018

 

 

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The Mortal Engines Trailer

“Dammit! Where is Magnus Crome?”

The official trailer for Mortal Engines has launched, and it looks stunning.  Unfortunately, we don’t get a look at Patrick Malahide’s Mayor Magnus Crome which is extremely disappointing.  But, Hugo Weaving’s Thaddeus Valentine and Jihae’s Anna Fang (actually my favorite character in the book) look wonderful.  Hopefully we’ll soon see the Lord Mayor in all his demented blue eyed glory.

 

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Patrick Malahide as Jean in Miss Julie

Patrick Malahide as Jean.

In May of 1987 Patrick Malahide portrayed Jean in a “Theatre Night” adaptation of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie“. “Miss Julie” is an incredibly tumultuous and intense drama that takes place over the course of one fateful Midsummer’s Eve night.

It Starts Out Fun Enough

Gossiping about Miss Julie downstairs style.

Jean is a valet with dreams of aspiration who serves an unseen Swedish Count. It is the night of the Midsummer’s Eve celebrations. Jean and the cook Christine (Sarah Porter) are downstairs gossiping about the Count’s daughter Miss Julie and her awful behavior. She has been making a spectacle of herself dancing with the servants. They also natter about her broken engagement.

Jean claims he saw Miss Julie putting her fiance through his paces forcing him to jump

He nicked the fancy wine.

like a horse until eventually the poor fellow grabbed her riding crop breaking both it and the engagement.  This gives us a good hint at just how capricious and ridiculous the young Miss Julie is.

Christine gives Jean his dinner, but he rejects the common beer she serves. He has a fine wine stashed away which he stole from his master the Count. It is obvious that Jean fancies himself an aristocratic gentleman. It is also obvious that he and Christine are enjoying a lusty affair. They are seen to be “engaged” but they aren’t at all likely going to be married. They really do have a lot of chemistry and are pretty steamy together though. Continue reading

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Happy National Biscuit Day!

Happy National Biscuit Day from Mr. Chisholm and the Appreciation 🙂

 

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Analysis of a Scene XXXIX: Cool Confident Chisholm

Cool, confident Chisholm.  His nails are more important than those two.

Time for a look at another one of our favorite scenes. This time we’ll be analyzing a brilliant DS Chisholm moment from Minder S02E12 “Caught in the Act, Fact.” (Recap here.) We particularly love this episode because Chisholm is very cool, collected and droll.

Just so you know what is going on, Arthur got Terry a “minding” job keeping an eye on a Lady Margaret Thompson who is also a magistrate. Unfortunately, she is also a total kleptomaniac. Her husband told Arthur to make sure Terry fully understood this little flaw in her character, but Arthur kept that tidbit to himself in order to ensure Terry would take the job.

Terry caught holding the bag full of nicked goods.

Shock, horror! Terry escorted her while shopping where she took advantage of a five-fingered discount. Of course, Terry was the one left holding the bag (literally) and was taken in by the store detective while Lady Margaret made a very smooth getaway completely unnoticed.

To make matters worse, earlier in the episode Terry’s fingerprints were found on a car that had been used in a robbery. There weren’t enough prints to secure a conviction or even a formal charge, but it certainly put Terry right on Chisholm’s well-honed radar. Let’s just say, Cheerful Charlie is living up to his nickname at the moment.

“Listen, I’m innocent…”

[The scene opens in the police interview room.]

Terry: Listen! I’m innocent. There is no way I’m going to plead guilty to something I didn’t do.

Chisholm: I don’t see you got much choice, Terry.

Terry: Oh, do leave it out. I mean you know I didn’t do it.

Chisholm: All I know is that you and your fellow conspirator here have given me a story that’s going to be laughed out of court.

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Happy World Goth Day!

Happy World Goth Day from our favorite goth 🙂

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Are We Sure They’re Played by the Same Guy? IV

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these posts where we take a look at a couple of incredibly different Patrick Malahide characters.  It is always amazing to us how easily he can transform from one character to another, so here’s a new installment of Are We Sure They’re Played by the Same Guy.

John Poole and Balon Greyjoy

Admin: My choices are John Poole of “Five Days” and Balon Greyjoy of “A Game of Thrones“.  They are both fathers who have lost a lot and handle the grieving process in incredibly different ways.

Brief Background

They both have their hobbies.

John Poole is a seemingly happily married, retired science teacher who now spends his time making homemade jam and being a pretty awesome grandfather, particularly to his eldest grandchild Tanya.  His life however takes a very bad turn when his only daughter Leanne disappears, leaving behind a husband and three children.  How he and the rest of the family cope with this is an integral part of the series.

Lord Balon Greyjoy is, as I’m sure you well know, the ruler of the Iron Islands.  He has long held ambitions for expanding his rule and has a habit of starting rebellions.  His last rebellion went particularly badly when two of his sons were killed.  His youngest son, Theon, was taken away from him in order to ensure fealty to the then ruler of the Iron Throne King Robert Baratheon.  Balon spent the next several years stewing away while his only daughter Yara took on the role of his son.

Personalities

Barbara: "Look at you, pleased with yourself." And he is, too. :-)

He loves his jam.

When we first meet John Poole he seems to have it together.  While we get hints that his self-centered wife Barbara doesn’t fully appreciate him, he comes across as contented with his jam making hobby and his close relationships with his daughter Leanne and teenage granddaughter Tanya.  Everything about him exudes warm coziness.

He hates Daf.

But we know he isn’t too happy with Leanne’s choices in partners.  Her first husband Daf is a self-centered jerk and a lousy father to Tanya.  Leanne’s second husband Matt is a much better person, but it seems John doesn’t fully approve of him.  Matt works as a personal trainer and is Black.  He obviously doesn’t hate Matt, but there is a spikiness  which shows John isn’t as perfect as he initially seems and can be more emotionally driven, especially when it comes to his daughter.

He’s about as welcoming as he looks.

Balon Greyjoy is a hard, hard man.  As mentioned before, he loves rebellions.  Being ruler of the Iron Islands, he is kind of obsessed with proving himself to be as iron like as possible.  So drive and ambition and constant rebellion are sort of his thing.  However, by the time we meet him, he is somewhat retired from all that.  But, unlike John Poole, Balon doesn’t spend his twilight years making jam.  Instead, he rolls out the map and directs his two surviving children in a brand spanking new rebellion.  The more Balon changes the more he stays the same. Continue reading

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