Category: TV & Film

The Third Day…

For those not of this isle, then you may not know what The Third Day is. Imaging Wicker Man without the burning of Edward Woodward (yes, the original film, not the crap remake). It is set on the real island of Osea just off the Essex coast (Southern England). Osea is a private island that is only accessible via a causeway that is usually underwater apart from when the tide goes out. I had no idea that the island existed, but I am intrigued and fancy visiting it to stay whenever the world goes back to normal.

The Causeway to Osea

The story follows the islanders who seem to have a pagan lifestyle with their own take on religion, that the island is the heart of the planet and if things go sour on the island then that too happens to the rest of the world. Jude Law is the focal point in the first three episodes which are “summer”, and Naomie Harris is focal for three episodes of “winter” which has not yet been aired yet. However, there is also a middle bit Calle “Autumn” which makes sense. It started at 9:30am this morning and is on for 12 hours, no interruptions for commercials, just a solid 12 hour “one take”episode with no cutaways, scene changes, just done as a POV. Throughout there is eerie music playing and none of the dialogue can really be heard properly. It started out travelling from the mainland to the island which took just over 30 minutes of what I can only describe as a camera on a remote-controlled unit, slowly moving at a slow walking pace over the causeway. I am two and a quarter hours in and I have to say it is the oddest thing I have seen. It is slow, and as mentioned no real dialogue to listen to, but is quite hypnotic, rain splashes on the camera lense which after a small-time seem natural.

Waiting for Sam (Jude Law)

The weather outside is bad here, so watching something for 12 hours in the background seems like a good thing to do, and who does not like a bit of Jude Law. If you have the time, check it out, but be prepared for something very odd.

31 Days of Music – Day 20

I must preface this by letting you know I am not a fan at all of Sonia, todays Scouse singer, but, she is known for her entry to the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1993 where she came 2nd with Better The Devil You Know. If you know of Lili Savage (Drag Act) then you may know that Sonia plays Bunty, Lili’s daughter. So for your delectation, I give you Sonia with her Eurovision hit and further down she is on the Lili Savage Show playing Bunty.

Scientology with Joe

Thanks to some of my readers I watched the Podcast/Videocast of Joe Rogan and Leah Remini talking about Scientology. I really like them both, so to have them on the one show talking about the aftermath of Leah’s journey within the “church” was inspiring. Joe trying to convince Leah that she should do pot was brilliant, and I could almost be convinced that she would have gone for it if he had pursued it a little more.

If you have not seen it and are interested in watching this 2:15 video, then look no further.

One thing I think I have in common with others outside the “church” is a deep fascination with the whole “religion”. I am currently reading Bare-Faced Messiah by Russell Miller, and am enjoying reading about LRH’s real and fictional madcap life. Even the parts that are true are almost tall tales in themselves. I can see why he was a prolific fiction writer.

Over the weekend I also watch Going Clear. I have the book by Lawrence Wright and am looking forward to reading that as I presume it will be a lot more educational than the film, but the film was very interesting. I have seen it before, but at the time I do not think I took too much interest in it. This time I absorbed it from start to finish.

We also finished watching Leah’s second series of Scientology and the Aftermath, and I have to say I am hooked. Leah has a quality in doing these documentaries that I really like and as for Mike Rinder, he is just a fountain of knowledge. The last episode made me laugh as Aaron Smith-Levin’s dog is not considered an SP (suppressive person), or should that be an SD? Along with the fence between him and his Scientology neighbours, it finished on a high.

Das Boot

Sky Atlantic has been filming the latest series of Das Boot here. The car park by the beach where we walk the dogs has been transformed into an American Bay Diner and Motel. The path behind the sign takes you directly to the boardwalk and the beach. We usually park behind where the diner is situated, but that part of the carpark was cut off. A few old vehicles where there too as part of the filming was done on our coastal road on Monday and cut off from traffic.

The Bay Motel & Diner
The Bay Diner – Not Really Open 24 Hours

As mentioned, the coastal road was cut off on Monday to become a Maine. We also walk the dogs on the dunes by the coast road where as mentioned in a previous post the cattle graze for 7 months a year.

Welcome to Maine Ainsdale
1942 meets 2019

It is not the first time we have had film crews here. War Of The Worlds was filmed here last year, namely the site of the second cylinder that crashes into the pine forests near Horsell Common. Liverpool is 40 minutes drive south and lots of filming is done there all the time, namely Das Boot, War Of The World, Peaky Blinders, 51st State (I supplied equipment for this one), Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Fast & Furious 6, Captain America, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Creed, and so much more.

We have seen many famous actors too whilst things have been filmed here, including Tom Hardy, Killian Murphy, Robert Carlisle, Rafe Spall amongst many others, also Sir Anthony Quayle came from our village.

Here are a few shots from the BBC’s 3 part series of War Of The Worlds, not too sure when it is getting released yet.

Andy Warhol Was Right…

Andy Warhol, who would have been 90 on Monday said: “Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” I quite agree with his sentiment, although I may have had more than 15 minutes. Many years ago, well, 9 years ago, we rescued a dog called Sky. She was locked in a bathroom with what may have been a brother surviving on only the toilet water. Their owner had ended up in the hospital and had died.  No one knew of the dogs in the hospital, and only due to a neighbour, the RSPCA were alerted.  We adopted Sky and the BBC asked if I would be in their program “Animal 24/7”, of course, I agreed to it and had lots of fun filming.  Sky had a lot of fun too.  It was really interesting watching how they make the programs and constantly repeating things from different angles in order to make it all look fluid.  Although we no longer have Sky, her photo sits in our hall of fame with all our other animals past and present.  Yes, that round ugly mug is me.

 

Saturday Night TV

I remember a time when Saturday night television was something to stay at home for.  The channels used to fight to get you to watch their evenings entertainment.  These days it would seem that any old crap is put on.

I looked through the schedule and nothing on that inspired me to sit down and watch.  I checked the movies, lots of them, but nothing worth watching, and the ones worth a watch I have already seen many times.

I checked the music channels and the documentary ones too, and alas, rubbish.  History channel showing things that are not history which really takes the biscuit.

Saturday night TV was once an art form, now it is a gaping maw filled with third-rate stars like Cheryl Cole, Ant and Dec, and other monstrosities dragged out, made up and put on in the aid of cheap entertainment.

No wonder I read so much.

American Horror Story: Hotel

I am totally hooked on #AHSHotel, and some of the Hotel characters really stand out for me. The obvious one is Lady Gaga as Countess Elizabeth, who knew Gaga could be so good, perfect role and she gets 10 out of 10 from me.

I like most of the characters so far, but my favorite has to be Kathy Bates as Iris. There is nothing I have seen her in that I have not liked. She is a fine actress and deserves to be noted for this part too. At the time of writing this, we are only on episode 5 “Room Service” here in the UK. So far we don’t really know where it is going, but it keeps you watching and wanting more, like a blood lust, it gets in your veins. Liz is next on my list of greats, and it was nice to see why she is at the hotel and her back story. Sally, I find creepy, but so very necessary to story and plot line, especially as Iris murdered her back in 1994.

After watching Hotel, I will now have to find all the other AHS past series to watch, and who could resist.

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Number 372

The voice in his head
never stopped for breath,
it spoke of danger,
it warned of death.
It shouted, “Hurry,
pack up and flee!”
And all before his morning pee.

The Bing Bang Theory has at the end of each episode a piece of writing by Chuck Lorre, the above is number 372, which I thought was inspiring, and had to share.

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