Theatre

Doc Brown meets Doc Brown

I have to admit, those are very good impressions of both Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd by the cast of Back to the Future: The Musical for this trailer. And so nice to see Christopher Lloyd himself joining in for the ride.

Yes, we’ve already bought our tickets. Live theatre again. That’ll be good!

Film reviews

Orange Thursday: The Old Guard (2020) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Every Thursday, TMINE reviews two movies, carefully avoiding infringing a former mobile phone company’s trademarked marketing gimmick

Cinemas are open again, but there ain’t a lot on at the moment – although I’m going to see the new Bill and Ted this afternoon, so that’s something to look forward to for the next Orange Thursday. Until then, it’s a momentary fall back to the streaming services for Orange Thursday, as we take in two movies available on Netflix.

The first is another of Netflix’s attempts to create a movie franchise of its own, The Old Guard (2020), while the other is the latest, somewhat franchise-ruining entry in the Jurassic World series: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).

See you after the very un-Netflix ads and the trailers.

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Film

Orange Thursday: Tenet (2020) and Venom (2018)

Every Thursday, TMINE reviews two movies, carefully avoiding infringing a former mobile phone company’s trademarked marketing gimmick

As life returns to almost normal again – despite the best efforts of young people – it’s time to switch off Covideodrome and once again take a trip to the movies for Orange Thursday.

This week, we’re starting with one very obvious choice: literally the only big movie released in the past couple of weeks – Tenet (2020).

But what to choose for movie two? I could regale you with reviews of Lovely Wife’s and my usual summer holiday viewing: Top Gun (1986) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). But no.

Instead, let’s go with Venom (2018), a comic-book movie I somehow inexplicably missed at the cinema when it was released, but which is now free on Netflix.

See you after the facemask-adorned ads and the trailers.

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BAFTA events

What TV’s on at BAFTA in August? Including Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm

Every Tuesday, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

You’d think that after BAFTA’s stonking July line-up, it’d would be taking a break in August. But no! There’s yet another Zoom webinar lined up for everyone’s delectation.

TV Q&A: Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm

Wednesday, 12 August – 6.00pm

Q+A with director Hannah Berryman, producer Catryn Ramasut, editor Rupert Houseman and lead singer of The Charlatans, Tim Burgess.

50 years ago, deep in the Welsh countryside, two brothers were milking cows and preparing to take over the family farm – but dreamed of making music. They had the audacious idea to build a studio in their farmhouse attic and record their own tunes. Animals were kicked out of barns and musicians were moved into Nan’s spare bedroom. Inadvertently, they’d launched the world’s first independent residential recording studio: Rockfield.

Black Sabbath, Queen, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, Simple Minds, Oasis, The Stone Roses, Coldplay and many more made mayhem and music at Rockfield over the decades. This is a story of rock and roll dreams intertwined with a family business’s fight for survival in the face of an ever-changing music landscape.

Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm is the debut documentary feature from director Hannah Berryman, produced by Catryn Ramasut from Welsh production company ie ie Productions for BBC.

Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm is available now to view on BBC iPlayer.

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Film

Covideodrome: Aladdin (2019)

A temporary replacement for TMINE’s Orange Thursday feature in which I review a readily available movie you’ve probably already seen

Streaming services, but particularly Disney+ have been among the biggest beneficiaries of lockdown. I guess someone has to be, I guess?

Trouble is, they’re struggling a bit to add new stuff. That means you’re basically restricted to whatever they had in the pipeline pre-Covid and their back catalogue. And in Disney+’s case, that pipeline is basically zilch, so we’ve been working our way through the archive.

I’ve already documented our journey so far through all those old Disney movies we’ve somehow missed. Since then, we’ve not watch that much more, but having watched the original cartoon Aladdin (1992), we decided to watch the live action Aladdin (2019), which saw Will Smith take over the role of the genie from Robin Williams.

Now, I have to say, we were braced for the worst. Disney’s live-action remakes have generally been sub-standard. They’ve been okay, just not that great, particularly when compared to the originals.

And here we were presented with something that not only didn’t feature Robin Williams and featured Will “bit of a career slump” Smith, not only didn’t have any big names or cast, not only was live action, but it was directed by none other than Guy Ritchie.

Yes, him. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels himself. I mean, this was going to be bland at best.

But you know what? We actually really enjoyed it. Not only was it in some ways an improvement on the original and the best of the many live action remakes we’ve now seen, Aladdin (2019) it’s enjoyable as almost any of the classic Disney cartoons we’ve seen, too.

Blimey, guv’nor.

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