Friday, April 27, 2012
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Fortuitously found this on YouTube today. Hadn't seen it in years -- and, oddly enough, I remembered it mostly because of Jeremy Irons' delightful song-and-dance bit. But now I see that he wasn't the only star to shine here. Look close, and you'll also see Paul Simon, two cast members from the original Upstairs, Downstairs -- and the late, great John Candy.
When I reviewed Edwin Boyd for Variety last fall at the Toronto Film Festival, I wrote that this "generally low-key but sporadically exciting account of Canada's most notorious bank robber of the post-WWII era" likely would play well "in areas where the title character (played with just the right measure of self-dramatizing flair by Scott Speedman) continues to claim the iconic status of a homegrown Clyde Barrow." But in other markets -- like, say, the United States -- where Boyd is more or less an unknown quantity, the movie probably would be "sentenced to homevid and cable." Looks like I should have added: "Look for the fugitive to be traveling under an alias."
Monday, April 02, 2012
When a documentary begins with its subject using his crutch to deliver a vicious blow to the director's nose, it's reasonably safe to expect less-than-smooth sailing ahead. And sure enough, the teasing possibility that other outbursts may disrupt the uneasy alliance between legendary drummer Ginger Baker and filmmaker Jay Bulger provides an underlying tension to the aptly titled Beware of Mr. Baker. You can read my complete review of this fascinating documentary here. And you can hear Ginger Baker and his Cream band mates here.