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Orange Thursday: The Banker (2020)

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

Despite (theoretically) having more time to watch movies since The Event, the lack of open cinemas and good new things to watch on the streaming services has severely cramped Orange Thursday’s style. So there’s only one movie being reviewed today.

All the same, we do have the first Apple TV+ movie to peruse, The Banker (2020). Based on a true story, it sees Anthony Mackie and Samuel L Jackson going into business together in an effort to make money – and maybe help other African-Americans make money – in the 1960s.

Don’t worry: it’s better than it sounds.

See you after the ads and the trailers.

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Orange Thursday: Spenser Confidential (2020) and The Helicopter Spies (1968)

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

As we continue to enjoy life after The Event and remain indoors, movies and TV can continue to provide us with entertainment on streaming services or those old-fashioned things called DVDs and Blu-Rays (remember to remain indoors when ordering them).

So no reviews of movies at cinemas this week for Orange Thursday, but we do have one brand new movie and one really old movie to talk about. Both of them have a TV connection, too.

First in the line-up is Spenser Confidential (2020), a Netflix original directed by Peter Berg, written by Sean O’Keefe and Brian Helgeland, and starring Mark Walhberg and Winston Duke. It’s based on Wonderland, one of the Ace Atkins novels that uses Robert B Parker’s characters from his Spenser novels. You may remember the previous adaptations of Parker’s work: 80s US TV show Spenser For Hire starring Robert Urich and Avery Brooks and the A&E movies starring Joe Mantegna.

This isn’t very much like them.

Second in our double-bill is The Helicopter Spies (1968). Remember when spies were all the rage, particularly The Man From UNCLE, but no one had video recorders and everyone still had black and white TVs? Well, network TV execs had the cunning plan of releasing two-part episodes of The Man From UNCLE as fully fledged colour movies with extra, more adult content for people to enjoy.

And we’ll be looking at the The Helicopter Spies, the seventh of the movies, which was based on the fourth season two-parter The Prince of Darkness Afffair. If you grew up in the 80s, you’ll have probably seen it about 75 times from its frequent 6pm-7pm BBC2 repeats, so you may not need a rewatch.

See you after the ads and the trailers.

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Orange Thursday: Radioactive (2020) and Joker (2019)

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

And Orange Thursday is back on double duty, with two films to talk about, albeit on a Friday since I ran out of time yesterday.

The first is due out this month and is a biopic of the double Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie – Radioactive. The other is an origin story for an Oscar-winning supervillain – Joker.

Who says there’s not diversity of awards on TMINE?

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Orange Thursday: Dark Waters (2019)

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

Only the one movie this Orange Thursday, as I actually had a life last night, which precluded watching a movie on an iPad. Oh well.

Still, it’s a good ‘un that’s only just out in cinemas: Dark Waters (2019), a true story in which corporate lawyer Mark Ruffalo helps to discover one of the biggest environmental cover-ups in history.

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Orange Thursday: 1917 (2019) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

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

It’s time-travelling chalk and cheese for Orange Thursday this week, as first we go on a dangerous mission during World War I in 1917 (2019) before we head off to the 1960s in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).

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