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Boy Dominic came to its inevitable end, in a sweet and joyful reunion. I felt bad for them, knowing that most of the cast were soon going to be murdered off-screen, in order to trigger an unexpected sequel. Still, even with that shadow hanging over it, it remained a fun little series. Julian Glover cropped up in a handful of episodes (he was evil, of course). One episode had Brian Wilde in it as a dastardly murderer, which amused me. Nice bit of unexpected casting. All in all, I recommend it, at least to fans of seventies telly. The usual caveats apply, obviously. In one episode the windows are very obviously made of plastic sheeting, which amused me. Partly because of how obvious it was, and partly because it hadn't been invented yet. Good gender balance though, and a fine cast.

Following the one-sided struggle against The Brothers Karamazov, I decided to stick to short books for a while! I read an interesting 1935 novella called It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis, which a lot of people have been recommending recently. Although it was written in 1935, it's quite clearly the story of Donald Trump's election, so possibly Sinclair Lewis had a time machine. An interesting one. Also read Douglas Adams's Last Chance To See, about his voyages around the world for the BBC in the late eighties, to track down endangered species. Two of them are gone now (and so, obviously, is he). The statistics quoted are terrifying, especially for the collapse of the northern white rhino population. Humanity, you suck.

What else? I watched Saving Mr Banks, the story of Walt Disney's struggle with PL Travers to get the rights to Mary Poppins. It was good, but a bit frustating. Every time somebody blinked, the narrative switched from the 1960s to the 1910s, or back again. Could have done with spending more than ten seconds in each one at a time. Also Colin Farrell was in it. Despite that, it was nicely done, and an interesting story. And Bradley Whitford was in it too, which helped to counteract Colin Farrell to some extent. I've been singing Mary Poppins songs ever since though, so it may have been a mistake.

Top five artists for the last seven days, according to last.fm:

01. Chuck Berry
02. Madness
03. Huey Lewis & The News
04. Duran Duran
05. Oasis

I know. I'm so modern and up to date.


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Mar. 21st, 2017 03:25 am (UTC)
You don't seem to like Colin Farrell? ;-)
Mar. 21st, 2017 05:11 am (UTC)
No. I don't really know why though!
Mar. 21st, 2017 07:08 am (UTC)
Aw, poor Julian Glover! He's always evil, although, given that sequel, it sounds as if he'd be no better off being good! It must have been Julian Glover week or something, what with me studiously rewatching City of Death as well.

I'm glad you're enjoying your latest books more. It's good to read the classsics, but only the ones that are also enjoyable in some ways!

Oasis is pretty up to date, isn't it? Only 20 years or so out, that's nothing... ;-p
Mar. 21st, 2017 05:29 pm (UTC)
He does evil so well! He was nice in this too, though. A proper charming sort, with a heart of steel underneath. Yet no match for Brian Blessed, and a small boy with a monkey.
Mar. 21st, 2017 12:11 pm (UTC)
Madness have a new album out, totally up to date:)

Expect the unexpected with Brian Wilde! He was chief torturer in 'Elizabeth R' (another bad day for a David Collings character;p).

Stick to old TV where a jump takes three episodes at least. I find Colin Farrell confusing as he looks like Phil Oakey.
Mar. 21st, 2017 05:32 pm (UTC)
It's not that long since Duran Duran put out a new album, for that matter. Newest Madness stuff that I have is their 2012 album. I think Huey Lewis dates from midway through the eighteenth century though.

Michael Palin played a torturer in "Brazil". There must be somebody somewhere who likes hiring very pleasant looking types to play evil. Like when Peter Davison was a murderer in "The Mrs Bradley Mysteries".
Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:16 pm (UTC)
Casting against type is always fun, until someone loses an eye...
Mar. 22nd, 2017 04:41 pm (UTC)
Saving Mr Banks sounds irritating. I'm glad you enjoyed it despite the time travel.

Mary Poppins songs are good. :oD
Mar. 22nd, 2017 04:52 pm (UTC)
They are good. I really love the film, despite usually preferring swords and fisticuffs! It's just that any song is irritating when it lodges itself in your brain.

"Saving Mr Banks" is a good film in its way. I think any fan of "Mary Poppins" would probably enjoy it, and its backstage look at how the film came together. Emma Thompson is brilliant as PL Travers, all cold and unco-operative. Her scenes with the writers are hilarious. It's just that I wish they hadn't leapt about quite so much between the "present" and the past.
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