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Author Topic: Close to the Enemy (series) Nov 14  (Read 2606 times)

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Close to the Enemy (series) Nov 14
« on: November 28, 2016, 05:23:22 PM »
I've watched the first 3 episodes and find this series of 6 quite fantastic.  It's wirtten and directed by Stephen Poliakoff.


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Re: Close to the Enemy (series) Nov 14
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2016, 05:06:33 AM »
I agree! It's very, very good!
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  • post Shake, rattle and Rolls: across America in the shadow of Elvis - 24 June
  • Eugene Jarecki, director of The King, goes on the road in Presley?s Roller to discuss his film on Elvis, the American dream and the era of TrumpI?m sitting in Elvis Presley?s seat in his silver 1963 Rolls-Royce, sinking into its faded but still sumptuous upholstery as we ride south on the New Jersey turnpike towards the car?s final resting place. From these windows Elvis would have watched throngs of fans on Hollywood Boulevard and gazed out across the vast deserts of Nevada. At my feet is his eight-track audiocassette, and a red telephone with speed dial buttons bearing mysterious initials: JL, YL, JP, YP ? who were they, and what did Elvis want with them? The armrest folds down to reveal his lead shot glass and crystal bourbon decanter.This custom-built Phantom V was Presley?s plaything throughout his Hollywood years in the 60s. It went with him to Las Vegas where the image of Elvis at his nadir ? Fat Elvis ? was spawned: two performances a day, 40 shows at a go, a bloated organ-grinder in a white sequined jumpsuit pouring sweat, slurring with prescription drugs, barely able to recall the lyrics. Continue reading...
  • post David Lynch: ?You gotta be selfish. It's a terrible thing? - 23 June
  • The Twin Peaks director lives for his work. He talks about his four marriages, why explaining his films is a ?crime?, and what makes him a happy camperDavid Lynch seldom smiles in photographs. His etched Easter Island statue of a face doesn?t glower so much as brood; lips pursed and eyes hooded, he looks every inch the auteur in winter. The quiff completes the effect, its lush swirl seemingly frozen in place by alarming, Lynchian thoughts.In his 40 years of film-making, the director has taken audiences from sunlit American idylls to surreal dimensions populated by demons, doppelgangers and psychotic killers. His are scenes you can?t forget: the whimpering, deformed baby in Eraserhead, the severed ear in Blue Velvet, the blood-spattered, skull-crushing violence of Wild At Heart, the nuclear explosion in Twin Peaks: The Return. Google ?David Lynch creepy?, and you get 5.5m results. Continue reading...
  • post Civil servant starts a new chapter at 60 as The Good Liar hits the big screen - 24 June
  • The film of Nicholas Searle?s bestselling thriller stars Ian McKellen and Helen MirrenWhen Nicholas Searle retired from the civil service, he pursued his dream of becoming a writer by taking an online course. He was taken aback when publishers snapped up his first novel and turned it into a bestseller in 2016. Now he has had the ?surreal? experience of watching Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren bring his characters to life in a major Warner Bros film adaptation of that debut book.The Good Liar, a thriller full of twists and turns, tells the story of ageing conman Roy, who preys on a wealthy widow, Betty, after meeting her online. Searle, who describes himself as ?60, but a baby in the writing business?, told the Observer that watching such a dream cast flesh out his characters has been extraordinary. Continue reading...
  • post 'It's the thrusting of the pelvis': inside the kinetic dance style known as bucking - 22 June
  • When the Beat Drops, a new documentary, follows a close-knit circle of black gay men in Atlanta who lead double lives ? professionals by day, dancers by nightWhen the Beat Drops, a new documentary directed by Jamal Sims, chronicles a close-knit circle of black gay men in Atlanta who lead double lives. By day, they are mild-mannered hospital workers, teachers and corporate employees. By night, they rock a furiously energetic, hyper-athletic style of dancing known as ?bucking?.It?s a style of dancing that?s both hidden and mainstream ? simultaneously a part of everything from underground clubs to Beyoncé videos and dance routines, including her recent Coachella extravaganza. (Sims, a noted choreographer, has worked with Beyoncé, Madonna and many other stars.) ?It?s still very underground,? Sims says of bucking. ?Although Beyoncé did it, and artists are doing it, people don?t know what it is, exactly.? Continue reading...
  • post Who Framed Roger Rabbit? at 30: the game-changer Hollywood couldn't top - 22 June
  • In 1988, the ambitious multimedia caper brought darkness and a satirical edge to the summer and the industry has struggled to match its inventiveness ever sinceAt a time when the predominant male gaze in the world of film criticism is being questioned by Oscar-winning female actors and lowly denizens of Twitter alike, the erudite New Yorker critic Anthony Lane took more flak than he might have expected for an irreverent review of Pixar?s innocent animated romp The Incredibles 2.Or not so innocent, depending on who you believe: Lane poked fun at what he claimed was Pixar?s overt sexualisation of cartoon superhero mom Elastigirl, likening her to Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades franchise before joking that she?d prompt many an accompanying dad to ?[rest] his cooling soda firmly in his lap? at the cinema. Some found Lane?s exaggerated leering over a family comedy lewdly funny, others simply gross. What inspired less debate, however, was the question of whether Elastigirl ? sleek in spike-heeled thigh boots and a rubber bodysuit, and seemingly made curvier than in the 2004 original ? was hot. Animated form notwithstanding, she kind of is, and Lane is far from the first person to note that: brace yourself before typing the words ?Elastigirl porn? into Google, is what I?m saying. Continue reading...
  • post BBFC looks to toughen up rules of screen depictions of sexual violence - 22 June
  • The film classification body?s five-yearly public consultation has revealed increased concern about the depiction of rape, and a desire for stricter ratingsIn the future, films containing scenes of rape or sexual violence are likely to be given more restrictive certificates by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), it has emerged.At a conference organised by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, where BBFC director David Austin gave the keynote speech, results from the organisation?s five-yearly public consultation indicated increased concern about such scenes, meaning certification guidelines may become stricter. Continue reading...
  • post Diversity among film directors remains low in Hollywood, report finds - 21 June
  • Annual Directors Guild of America study shows white men still dominate the industry with ethnic diversity at a five-year lowMinority film directors remain overwhelmingly under-represented in Hollywood according to a new report from the Directors Guild of America.The results of the annual study show that in 2017, just 16% of films were directed by women and only 10% came from film-makers of color, the latter statistic at the lowest it?s been since the DGA started reporting in 2013. The figures emerge in a year that saw notable successes for minority directors, including Jordan Peele?s Get Out and Greta Gerwig?s Lady Bird. Continue reading...
  • post Star Wars spin-offs put on hold after Solo crashes at box office - 21 June
  • Lucasfilm said to be focusing on ?official? episodes of franchise after disappointing results for prequelFurther Star Wars spin-off movies have been put on hold after disappointing box-office results for Solo: A Star Wars Story.According to the website Collider, ?sources? have revealed that Lucasfilm, the franchise?s main producer, has decided to concentrate its efforts on the official episode series and scale back development of future one-off movies, known as the anthology series. Continue reading...
  • post Disney raises offer for 21st Century Fox to $71.3bn and outflanks Comcast - 20 June
  • A 50/50 mix of cash and shares is bid to beat rival to bulk of Rupert Murdoch?s entertainment empireDisney has boosted its offer for 21st Century Fox to more than $71bn in a bid to knock rival Comcast out of the battle to buy the bulk of Rupert Murdoch?s entertainment empire.Disney has upped its offer to $71.3bn (Ł54bn) ? from $52.4bn ? trumping Comcast?s $65bn all-cash hostile offer tabled last week. Continue reading...
  • post Lesbian reveal was cut out of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, claims actor - 19 June
  • Daniella Pineda says a line revealing her character is gay was removed from the sequel because it ?wasn?t relevant to the story?The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star Daniella Pineda has said that a brief scene revealing her character to be gay was cut out of the finished film.The actor, who plays a paleo-veterinarian in the film, told Yahoo that a line of dialogue was taken out of the 130-minute film because it was running too long. In a scene involving her traveling in a vehicle with Chris Pratt?s character, she originally made a remark about her sexuality. Continue reading...

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