Film

Orange Thursday: Stan & Ollie (2018)

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

Just the one movie this week, thanks to… stuff. But it’s a movie about movies, so maybe that counts as two movies?

Stan & Ollie (2018), as the title suggests, is about Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. But it’s set during their farewell tour of the UK in the 1950s, after they’d both retired from movies – or had they? There’s that Robin Hood movie they’ve both been working on. Will that revive their career or be their swansong? To some extent, it’s going to depend on the success of their tour… and it’s not looking good.

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Long Shot
Film

Orange Thursday: Long Shot (2019) and Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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

It’s a slightly eclectic mix of movies this week. First up is Long Shot (2019), in which Seth Rogen plays a journalist who gets hired by his former babysitter to write her speeches – said babysitter now being Secretary of State Charlize Theron. In the process, can he remind her of her youthful ideals?

Then we have Mary Poppins Returns (2018), in which Mary Poppins returns. Isn’t that obvious?

Reviews after the jump.

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The Red Sea Diving Resort
Film

Orange Thursday: Point Blank (2019) and The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)

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

Despite there being a few new movies at the cinema worth watching, I’ve been at home a bit, saving cash because of the August holidays. As a result, I’ve learnt to appreciate the value of free movies on Netflix.

So this week’s Orange Thursday duo are a couple of Netflix Originals:

  • Point Blank (2019): Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie reunite for an action movie remake, but maybe not of the Point Blank you were expecting
  • The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019): Chris Evans and a motley bunch of fellow Israeli spies accidentally set up a hotel in Africa to liberate Ethiopian refugees, in a movie based on a very odd true story

The observant will notice that all three of those men starred in Captain America: Winter Soldier. I don’t know if that was a deliberate choice by Netflix, but it’s probably quite hard now to find an actor who hasn’t been in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.

Reviews after the jump.

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Richard Ayoade
Events

What TV’s on at the Southbank Centre in September? Including Richard Ayoade: Ayoade on Top

Don’t think TMINE is ignoring you, Southbank Centre. You may not have your own Events category here yet, but you soon will at this rate, because you’ve got yourself another TV event, this time in September.

Richard Ayoade: Ayoade on Top

Date: Thursday September 5
Timings: 7.30pm-9pm
Venue: Royal Festive Hall

In a London exclusive, the writer and director reflects on his award-winning films, comedy and perhaps the best cabin crew dramedy ever filmed in conversation with Adam Buxton.

Ayoade first burst onto our screens as the character of Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which he was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy.

In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of film The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg.

Hear from Ayoade as he reflects on making comedy and films, and argues for the canonisation of View From the Top, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, as a cinematic masterpiece.

Drawing on his latest book, Ayoade on Top, the author takes us on a journey from Peckham to Paris by way of Nevada and other places we don’t care about.

Along the way we encounter unforgettable and forgettable characters, descend into madness and ascend to the sublime summit of a film that celebrates capitalism in all its victimless glory.

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£15 – £35
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
Concessions: 25% off (limited availability)