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“Luther” [Pasted from linked Wikipedia reference above ...]

Luther is a British psychological crime drama television series starring Idris Elba as the title character Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. A first series of six episodes was broadcast on BBC One from 4 May to 8 June 2010. The second series of four episodes was shown on BBC One in summer 2011. During the Edinburgh TV Festival, BBC One controller Danny Cohen announced there will be a third series. The third series began on 2 July, 2013.

The character of Luther is played by Idris Elba, who won the Golden Globe award for best actor in a miniseries at the 2011 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2012, a year after his nomination in 2011.

Plot:

John Luther is a Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) working for the Serious Crime Unit in season one, and the new Serious and Serial Crime Unit in season two. A dedicated police officer, Luther is obsessive, possessed, and sometimes dangerous in the violence of his fixations. But Luther has paid a heavy price for his dedication; he has never been able to prevent himself from being consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals. For Luther, the job always comes first. His dedication is a curse and a blessing, both for him and those close to him.

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“Luther” represents some of the best of UK drama, it is groundbreaking in storylines and takes crime thrillers to new levels. The central character is flawed and is the new way in acknowledging and humanising how law enforcement is portrayed on our TV screens.

Luther – the central character has personal life challenges that he has to juggle with all the drama of his job of chasing down serial killers hell bent on life destruction – it’s a mix that is thoroughly engaging and has you not wanting to wait for the next installment in the continuing story lines.

The best UK TV for a long time. The equal of if not better than “Walking the Dead” and “Wire in the Blood” …


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 8.0/10 …

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“Orphan Black” [Pasted from linked Wikipedia reference above ...]

Orphan Black is a American-Canadian science fiction television series that stars Tatiana Maslany as several identical women who are revealed to be clones. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of her clone, Elizabeth Childs, after the latter commits suicide. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its impact on issues of personal identity.

The show premiered at WonderCon in Anaheim, California on March 29, 2013. The television premiere of the first 10-episode season was on March 30, 2013. On May 2, 2013 BBC America renewed Orphan Black for a 10-episode second season to air in 2014.

As an explanation of the series title, in Season 1 Episode 8 there is mention by Mrs S.(Siobhan) who says “children in the black” were “undocumented, outside of the system…subjects of medical experiments”.

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The lead actress in the show – Tatiana Maslany – won the ‘Best Actress’ in a Drama Series award at the recent US Critics Awards – she is tipped as a ‘dark-horse’ choice for the Emmy Best Actress award next month.

The show takes 2-3 episodes to understand the ‘sicence-fiction’ aspect but when it kicks in the whole show opens up. The lead actress plays seven different parts in the series and each of the roles requires completely different perspectives and history.

The 2nd season set for 2014 promises much and will be interesting to see where the shows goes once the end of season storyline is dealt with.


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 7.0/10 …

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“The Bridge” [Pasted from linked Wikipedia reference above ...]

The Bridge was a Canadian police drama commissioned by CTV and CBS starring Aaron Douglas. The name of the series is derived from the bridge which separates the wealthy Rosedale neighborhood of Toronto with one of its poorest, St. James Town.

The initial order is for 11 episodes, produced by Entertainment One. After CTV ordered the pilot to series in November 2008, CTV later shared the pilot with CBS.[1] This series premiered on CTV on March 5, 2010 and premiered on July 10, 2010 on CBS. It has been canceled in the US after three episodes due to low ratings. CTV announced on June 3, 2010 that the series will return for a second season during the 2010–2011 season.[4] However, on January 13, 2011, star Aaron Douglas tweeted that the series has been officially cancelled after only one season.

The Bridge is loosely based upon former Toronto police union head Craig Bromell, in the form of Aaron Douglas’s character, Frank Leo. After being unanimously elected head of the union, Leo sets out to clean up the corruption in the force while working in the best interests of the rank-and-file.

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“The Bridge” is a single season of high quality drama set in Toronto and first aired in 2010. It was scheduled to have a 2nd season and the final episode of season 1 set up the next season.

Why it was cancelled as explained above cannot be understood – it was too good a show.

This is the 2nd Canadian show that had a brilliant first season that took the audience into corrupt officialdom that was cancelled after initial plans for a 2nd season were agreed to.

There was also a similar US show cancelled this year after its first season that had a story line too close to home – that show was “Last Resort’ – a show about a nuclear sub commander taking control of nuclear weapons and using them against the corrupt US Government.

The other Canadian shows was:

“Intelligence” – reported below – linked here -

Intelligence is a Vancouver-based television crime drama starring Ian Tracey and Klea Scott that aired on the CBC. With its pilot first airing on November 28, 2005, the series began regular broadcasting on October 10, 2006. CBC reaired the pilot on June 7, 2007 and began broadcasting reruns of season one on Fridays starting on June 8, 2007. A second season then aired from October 2007, concluding in December that same year. The series was produced by Haddock Entertainment, which also produced Da Vinci’s Inquest and Da Vinci’s City Hall.

On March 7, 2008, the CBC announced that Intelligence would be cancelled. There were various rumors surrounding the cancellation of the series. Kevin Baker from The National Post alleged: “There’s a theory afloat that CBC Television cancelled the unusually good drama Intelligence in fear of upsetting Canada’s New Government, which is thought to be slavering for an excuse to junk the nation’s public broadcaster and sell off the parts.”

The show centres on Jimmy Reardon (Tracey), one of Vancouver’s top organized crime bosses, and Mary Spalding (Scott), the director of the Vancouver Organized Crime Unit (OCU), who has offered Reardon immunity from prosecution in exchange for his role as a police informant. The show also stars Matt Frewer as Ted Altman, the scheming assistant director of the OCU who seeks to replace Spalding, and John Cassini as Ronnie Delmonico, Reardon’s business partner and confidant.

“The Bridge” is throughly believable and given where the last episode ends – it’s understandable why the 2nd season was cancelled if political interference was the reason.This show is an eye-opener to the naive and gives insight to how Police force ‘brass’ conduct business with politicians and the police officers.


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 8.0/10 …

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EYE-BALL MovieZone – Favourites Review: TV Series – “The Big C” -

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The Big C is a Showtime original television series created by Darlene Hunt which premiered on August 16, 2010. It drew the largest audience for a Showtime original series premiere in eight years. The second season premiered on June 27, 2011. The third season premiered on April 8, 2012. On July 31, 2012, The Big C was renewed for a fourth and final season, which premiered on Monday, April 29, 2013.

The show follows teacher Cathy Jamison – a reserved, suburban wife and mother – who is diagnosed with melanoma. The realisation of this forces her to really begin to live for the first time in her adult life. At first she chooses to keep her diagnosis from her family, behaving in ways they find puzzling and increasingly bizarre. She finds new freedom to express herself. As the show progresses, Cathy allows her family and some new friends to support her as she copes with her terminal diagnosis, and finds both humor and pathos in the many idiosyncratic relationships in her life.

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“The Big C” is a show that makes light of ‘cancer’ and shows how a quirky family deals with all the pitfalls along the way.

It’s sad, endearing, funny, modernly hilariously so in parts, and Laura Linney plays the part of her career as the cancer sufferer.  Oliver Platt likewise as the suffering husband.

The story has humanity in spades and as we all become touched by the loss of loved ones at early ages due to this disease – this show will help those left behind and those enduring what happens as sufferers try to cope with the aura of death.

It is not sad – at least not up until the middle of the third season – but entertaining time spent contemplation all the things in life you wanted to do but never did.

Oh – and the weird brother totally cracks the mould …


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 7.0/10 …

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Elementary

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Elementary is an American TV crime drama series that premiered on CBS on September 27, 2012. It presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes set in the contemporary United States. It stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Holmes is a former consultant to Scotland Yard, and also an addict. He travels to New York City to check into a rehabilitation center and stays on in Brooklyn with Watson, who becomes his sober companion.

On October 23, 2012 CBS picked up Elementary for a full season. On November 15, 2012 CBS ordered two additional episodes to its current season, bringing the total number of episodes to 24.

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EYE-BALL MovieZone Review:

‘Elementary’ is a surprise packet – if you liked Jonny Lee Miller in ‘Eli Stone’ and disappointed at that shows axing, then Miller’s back in another eccentric crime based drama that enthralls.

Lucy Liu plays his ‘companion’ – and I’ll leave the explanation to that little job description to you all to find out, and the plot thickens to their developing relationship and it works so well for the show.

Aidan Quinn adds quality as the New York Detective who worked with Sherlock at Scotland Yard.  His contribution as supporting cast gives the show a stability – it appears Quinn has had a face-lift or two – but he plays a strong sidekick – but it is ‘Watson’s’ character [Lui] that does the most to add spice to the show.

The ‘Sherlock Homes’ thing has been done so many times – but this is by far the best in recent times. I watched the 15 episodes aired back to back and as each episode ended, the eagerness to see the next episode left me without sleep … each episode is a story in itself, and the crime aspect is also good TV, but the character development that carries over into each new episode has just that right amount of traction that leaves you wanting more.

The ‘consultancy’ angle of Miller’s character is a take off from ‘Jane’s consultancy in ‘The Mentalist’ and softens the entertainment against the hard core cop shows.  

One of the better ‘new season’ shows and a decision is still pending on a Season 2 – there will be 24 episodes in this Season 1.


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 7.0/10 …

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Garrow’s Law is a British period legal drama about the 19th-century lawyer William Garrow. The series debuted on 1 November 2009 on BBC One and BBC HD. A second series was announced on 7 July 2010 and was broadcast from 14 November 2010.

A third series consisting of four episodes was commissioned and was aired from 13 November 2011. Garrow’s Law was cancelled after three series in February 2012.
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I love quality Law drama that is both engaging and creative … by far ‘Boston Legal’ offered the best law drama ever with wit, humour, and orations about Political and Social issues that both engaged and had relevance.

Garrow’s Law is Boston Legal 200 years ago – William Garrow was a barrister in the early form of the profession and his court was the ‘Old Baily’. The three season, 12 episodes cover some of the land breaking laws of the time that have relevance today … there is a love triangle introduced that works and presents Garrow as a complex man for simple times ..

The idea of innocence before proven guilt was challenged by Garrow in real-life – read William Garrow’s bio here – you will thoroughly enjoy this series …

Highly recommend viewing

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: 7.5/10 …

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The series follows Mike Baxter, a director of marketing at an outdoor sporting goods store in Denver, Colorado, whose world is dominated by women – especially at home with his wife and three daughters, one of whom is a single mother.
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‘Tim the Toolman’s’ Tim Allan from ‘Home Improvement’ fame has returned with another ‘MAN’ show hit success.  The first season of “Last Man Standing” – some 24 episodes – wrapped up its US debut season in May 2012.

As with ‘Home Improvement’ Australian TV exec’s passed on taking up the series much to Aussie fans disgust.

This show showed promise from the very first episodes – Nancy Travis another favourite actress fronts as his wife and along with three daughters, poor old Mike Baxter – (Tim Allen’s role) – gets to deal with all types of gender and real life issues.

Some of the ‘Home Improvement’ format forms part of the success of this show and it still works big time.  The laughs never stop and Hector Elizondo plays a support character to help make the show work.

Highly recommend viewing

Recommended viewing …

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: 7.5/10 …

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Detachment

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Detachment:

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‘Detachment’ is a chronicle of one month in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody).

Barthes’ method of imparting vital knowledge to his temporary students is interrupted by the arrival of three women in his life.

His life gets more complicated when he takes in a teenage prostitute called Erica (Sami Gayle).

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EYE-BALL MovieZone Review:

If ever a movie could portray what is wrong with modern society through the eyes of our children – this movie does a damn good job.

The American education system gets all the blame for what kids turn out the way they do.  This movie turns the focus on the real problem – parenting and the abandonment children to fend for themselves in an ever increasing world of despair and loneliness.

This is not a movie that will win awards in the sense of popularism – it’s a movie that requires a mindset to see and digest what is in front of you – not to walk away because the images are too confronting.

This movie is a wake up call to understanding how society arrived at ‘skid row’ and how it looks from the next generations perspective.

Recommended viewing …

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: 6.5/10 …

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Review – 2012 – “The Newsroom” Season 1 – Episode 1″

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The Newsroom

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The Newsroom is an American drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012. The series chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel. It features an ensemble cast including Jeff Daniels as anchor Will McAvoy, who, together with his staff set out to put on a news show “in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements.”[1] Other cast members include Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, and Sam Waterston.

Sorkin, who created the Emmy Award-winning political drama The West Wing, was reportedly developing a cable-news-centered TV drama since 2009. After months of negotiations, premium cable network HBO ordered a pilot in January 2011 and then a full series in September that year. Sorkin did his research for the series by observing several real-world cable news programs first hand. He serves as executive producer, along with Scott Rudin and Alan Poul.

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EYE-BALL MovieZone Review:

This new HBO series from Aaron Sorkin promises everything “West Wing” fans have been waiting for.   There has only been one episode released but the promise of another nine episodes in this first season has created great expectation and anticipation.

Jeff Daniels is believable as the Anchor wanting to make a difference – his Executive Producer – [Emily Mortimer] – and with a developing sub plot concerning a past romantic involvement with Daniels adds spice – but she also had her moments in front of the camera.   This is engaging TV – you want the good guys to win – it’s early days and working out who the good guys are is a work in progress … Sorkin you have a winner.  Sam Waterson adds plenty as the Senior Exec who plugs Daniels character into a new style News show and the opening scene sets the standard.

This is compelling viewing for all who think that News delivery as we receive it in real life has a ‘used by’ stamp attached.  Sorkin has his strengths – one bing to be able to tap into what concerns most and what we think about in our sub-conscious.  His issues are our issues and he puts pen to paper and creates fiction that helps us work it all out.   His vision of news is revealed in this pilot episode and whilst it remains fiction – all News rooms will watch this show and strive to do better.

This first episode covers the BP ‘oil-spill’ in the Gulf of Mexico – it’s powerful TV and can’t wait for the next episode.

The show has a 10 episode season in Nth America running from 24th June to Late Aug 2012.  It will be picked up for a 2nd season else there will be riots.  It is not known if it will be picked up in Australia this year – that is our loss as it is with so many good TV shows shown on American TV never making it down under.

Highly recommended viewing …

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating [scale 0-10]: 9.0/10 …

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Review – 2012 – “Spartacus” Season 3 – Vengeance”

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Series 1 – Gods of the Arena

The mini-series features the history of the House of Batiatus and the city of Capua before the arrival of Spartacus. The main story opens not long after Quintus Lentulus Batiatus becomes lanista, manager of the House’s slaves and gladiators, when he takes over his father’s ludus.

Batiatus is quickly revealed as having grand ambitions, beginning with stepping out of his father’s shadow. As the story progresses, Batiatus continues to seeking greatness for the House under his leadership, as well as recognition for his own name. By his side stands his devoted wife, Lucretia, who is willing to help her husband achieve his goals regardless of the cost. Batiatus soon places all of his fortunes on one man whom he believes will bring fame and glory to the House of Batiatus, his best gladiator, the Celt Gannicus. Gannicus is a skilled warrior almost without equal, who wields his dual swords in the arena with great prowess. However, Batiatus’ opponents would not sit idly and allow his ascent to greatness without challenge.

Purchased as an undisciplined and disheveled recruit in the first episode, Crixus the Gaul initially endures mockery and threats of death, before eventually rising to become the a gladiator of skill and fame second only to Gannicus. As Batiatus fends off repeated attempts by his professional rival Tullius to obtain Gannicus, his relationships with his father Titus and friend Solonius begin to suffer the strain of Quintus’ relentless ambition. Former champion gladiator Oenomaus reluctantly retires from combat to become Doctore, while Syrian recruits Ashur and Dagan become fierce enemies as Ashur tries to prove himself worthy of being a gladiator. Veteran gladiators Barca and Gannicus accept the rising star of Crixus but fear that their own careers will suffer, as the machinations of Batiatus and Lucretia to court Capua’s elite end in tragedy for several members of the household. Against all of this, the city’s splendid new arena nears completion and with it the opening games that will make men into gods. When the arena opens, the match between Solonius’ and Batiatus’ gladiators compete with each other. Batiatus’s gladiators prevail in the contest. Gannicus again proves himself to be the champion of Capua and the god of the arena and by virtue of his win against Solonius’ gladiators, becomes the champion of Capua and gains his freedom.

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Series 2 – Blood and Sand

The story begins with an unnamed Thracian’s involvement in a unit of Roman auxiliary in a campaign against the Getae (Dacian tribes that occupied the regions of the Lower Danube, in what today is Bulgaria and Romania) under the command of the legatus, Claudius Glaber. In 72-71 BC, Roman general Marcus Terentius Varro Lucullus, proconsul of the Roman province of Macedonia, marched against the Getae, who were allies of Rome’s enemy, Mithridates VI of Pontus. The Getae frequently raid the Thracians’ lands, so the Thracians are persuaded by Glaber to enlist in the Romans’ service as auxiliaries. Glaber is persuaded by his wife Ilithyia to seek greater glory, decides to break off attacking the Getae and directly confront the forces of Mithridates in Asia Minor. The Thracian, feeling betrayed, leads a mutiny against Glaber, and returns to find his village destroyed. The Thracian and his wife Sura, are captured by Glaber the next day; the Thracian is condemned to die in the gladiator arena for his crime, while Sura is taken away, condemned to slavery. The Thracian is shipped to Capua in Italy, a center of gladiator training. Against all odds in the arena he slays the four gladiators appointed to execute him and becomes an instant sensation with the crowd. Senator Albinius commutes the punishment from death to slavery. The prisoner’s true name unknown, Lentulus Batiatus, the owner of a ludus in Capua, suggests to name him “Spartacus”, because he fought like the ferocious Thracian king of that name.

Noting well the Thracian’s fierce raw talent and popularity with the masses, Batiatus purchases him for training within the walls of his ludus under the tutelage of Doctore, a former gladiator and fellow slave. He is befriended by Varro, a Roman who sold himself into slavery in order to pay his debts and support his family. He is harassed by more senior gladiators, notably Crixus, an undefeated Gaul, and Barca, a Carthaginian. Spartacus soon learns that Sura was sold to a Syrian slave trader. Batiatus, who has been unable to control Spartacus during his first days of training, promises to find Sura and reunite them in exchange for the promising neophyte’s cooperation in the arena.

After many near-fatal ordeals and much further training Spartacus attains the status of a living legend and is named the “Champion of Capua”. Batiatus arranges the purchase of Sura, but she is delivered mortally wounded, supposedly having been waylaid by bandits en route. Her murder was secretly ordered by Batiatus to keep Spartacus loyal and focused. Spartacus casts off his heritage as a Thracian and forgets his dream of freedom, becoming content with life as champion.

The turning point comes when Spartacus is set to fight his only friend in the ludus, Varro, in an exhibition match celebrating the coming to manhood of the Capuan magistrate’s son, Numerius. Ilithyia, who has hated Spartacus since he embarrassed her husband Glaber by his mutiny, seduces the young man and convinces him to demand death for the loser of the match. Spartacus wins (as expected), and when the young man gives the “thumbs down”, Batiatus, wishing to ingratiate himself with the boy’s powerful father, forces Spartacus to comply and kill Varro. While suffering from both his wound in this match and his remorse and sorrow over having to kill his friend, Spartacus has fever dreams that lead him to discover that Batiatus arranged Sura’s death. Knowing that it is all or nothing when it comes to resistance of his enslavement, he resolves to “kill them all” and lead a revolt against the ruling house he once fought for.

In order to get his revenge, Spartacus enlists the help of Crixus and the rest of the gladiators to defeat the house of Batiatus once and for all. A battle to the death between Crixus and Spartacus is arranged for the Capuan elite at the ludus. Doctore (who Batiatus refers to by his real name, Oenomaus) confronts Batiatus about Barca’s death and Ashur’s hand in it. Spartacus gains support from Mira who is tasked with opening the gate to the villa from the training area. Crixus resists aiding Spartacus in hopes of reuniting with Naevia; however, after learning he was weakened to ensure Spartacus’ victory, at the last moment he joins with Spartacus. Doctore initially stops Spartacus from killing Batiatus. In the ensuing chaos of the gladiators killing the guards and some guests, Crixus persuades Doctore to join him with Spartacus, Illithyia escapes and has her guards seal the door to the ludus from the outside, Doctore, making good on his word, tries to kill Ashur but ends up being eluded, Crixus grievously wounds Batiatus’ wife, Lucretia, with a sword stab to her abdomen piercing her womb and killing their unborn child, Aurelia kills Numerius after revealing to him that Varro was her husband, and Spartacus finally kills Batiatus in front of the seriously wounded Lucretia. After the massacre, Spartacus vows to make “Rome tremble”.

Series 3 – Vengeance

After the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the gladiator rebellion begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic in Spartacus: Vengeance. Praetor Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush Spartacus’ growing band of freed slaves before they can inflict further damage. Spartacus is given a choice between satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man who condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death, or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart

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EYE-BALL MovieZone Review:

This is a brilliant series – rivals “Game of Thrones” for authenticity and realism – plenty of  blood-thirsty graphic scenes combined with backgrounds made up of slave tits and ass …

The main actor playing Spartacus in Series 1 – Andy Whitfield – became diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma during the first series – he died some months later and this required a rethink on Series 2 – whilst looking to replace Whitfield the series producers wrote 6 episodes that became Series 2 that take place before the timeframe Series 1 takes place in …

Whitfield made the part his own and the series suffered greatly with his exit …

Series 3 has a new Spartacus and it took a few episodes to live up the quality of the first two series – but Season 3 is currently at Episode 9 in this 12 part series – the plot is riveting …

Highly recommended viewing …

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating [scale 0-10]: 9.0/10 …

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2011 in review

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 35,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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EYE-BALL MovieZone – YouTube Uploads – Voyeurism and Fantasy …

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One of the oldest enjoyments man or woman can experience is fantasy – and in most cases that comes in some form of voyeurism. EYE-BALL YouTube and MovieZone has created an upload of an example of two such TV created experiences.

The TV Law series ‘Boston Legal‘ created many wonderful moments in television – the following YouTube uploads are presented for your enjoyment.  The two scenes are from Series 1 – Sixth episode Titled – “Truth be Told” -

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Scene 2 – The Fantasy relived …

Alan Shore -  [James Spader's Character] – chuckles the heart – David E Kelly’s genus in Law settings is proven – ‘Aly McBeal‘, ‘The Practice‘ and ‘Boston Legal‘ – all to do with the trivialisation of serious issues with serious dialog and grandstand orations to climax the ending is television viewing of the deluxe variety.

Denny Crane – [William Shatner] – plays the perfect foil – in a personal relationship between Yoda and EYE-BALL – half the battle was in either yielding who was Alan Shore and who was Denny Crane – both had egos and those egos both wanted to be Alan Shore … only one had the credentials and the other could never see the irony in that.  It was the base level animosity that always existed.

‘Boston Legal’ is great relief to those who see injustice at every turn – it’s nice to see the small guys beat the system week in week out.  We all know that justice is never served equally – at least David E Kelly gave the little guys the chance to feel they beat the justice system.

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Upon receiving your Liebster award, the blogger should:

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2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you. [Linked Here]

3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed. (some say just 3 or more blogs of less than 200 followers each)

5. Let them know they have been chosen, by leaving a comment at their blog.

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EYE-BALL MovieZone – Favourites – “Doc Martin” – British Comedy ..

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Review – 2011 – “Doc Martin”

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Doc Martin is a British television comedy drama series starring Martin Clunes in the title role. It was created by Mark Crowdy, Craig Ferguson and Dominic Minghella. The show is filmed on location in the fishing village of Port Isaac, Cornwall, United Kingdom, with filming of most interior scenes and production in a converted local barn. Four series of episodes were aired between 2004 and 2009, together with a feature-length special that aired on Christmas Day 2006. The fifth series premiered on Monday 12 September, 2011 at 9pm in the UK.

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Clunes plays Dr. Martin Ellingham, a brilliant and successful vascular surgeon at Imperial College London who develops haemophobia (a fear of blood) which developed after having contemplated that a patient, upon whom he was about to operate, was in fact a person with a life and familial relationships, etc., and from that moment, like a high-wire artist who unwisely looks down, he lost his nerve. The haemophobia prevents him from performing operations, and thus he quits vascular surgery. After retraining, he applies for and obtains a post as the “GP” or General Practitioner in the sleepy Cornish village of Portwenn, where he spent childhood holidays with his aunt. Upon arriving in Portwenn, Dr. Ellingham (called “Doc Martin” by the locals), finds the surgery in disarray, the medical equipment beyond repair, and the patients’ records in a mess. He inherits an incompetent receptionist, Elaine Denham (played by Lucy Punch), who resents his coming. Her character is replaced in Series 2-4 by new receptionist and later phlebotomist Pauline Lamb (played by Katherine Parkinson).

The show revolves around Ellingham’s interactions with the local Cornish villagers. Despite his medical brilliance, Ellingham is a gruff man, completely lacking in social skills. His cold, abrasive manner offends many of the villagers and leads to frequent misunderstandings. He seems to be short tempered and lacking in a bedside manner, however going about his duties in a no nonsense attitude, not believing in wasting time chatting with the villagers. His haemophobia, which results in frequent, nearly debilitating bouts of nausea and vomiting as he attends to routine patient care needs, becomes known in the village as a matter of gossip and ridicule. His aunt, Joan Norton, portrayed by Stephanie Cole, provides emotional support in the face of the disquiet his abrupt manner causes among the villagers. Caroline Catz plays primary school teacher Louisa Glasson. Doc Martin is attracted to her but finds it difficult to express his feelings. Louisa, whose caring and nurturing manner contrasts with his emotionally detached and neurotic behaviour, somehow finds him attractive as well.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Review:

I spent this thoroughly engrossed in the UK hit TV Comedy serious – “Doc Martin” – there has been a two year break in the show and the latest Series 5 was a very eagerly awaited series given where Series 4 finished – remember the baby being born and the whole of Portwenn listening on Doc’s mobile – a riveting end to a series that you knew there had to be a follow-up series.

Well – two years later that series arrived and delivered t millions of fans around the world. The ending to the latest Series 5 is such that it might well be the last series – the shows producers have not announced plans for a 6th season, yet the ratings for this series where very high … and deservedly so – it is excellent television

Some 15 years ago there was an Australian ABC TV Series called “Sea Change” – the plot and character draw ‘Doc Martin’ offers is very similar to ‘Sea Change’.

This weeks viewing was a week where audible laughter was heard – every episode has its moment where the ‘Doc’ makes all the viewers cringe with his awkwardness.  One time-honoured moment came when the ‘Doc’ and his love interest kiss on-screen for the second time – the Doc tells her that her in medical terms about her bad breath – it was a precious moment and the show is littered with this dry of dryest humour …

As a comedt series it rates with ‘Boston Legal’ for wit and drama – I would love to see a 6th season and betond – but the character has now come to  aplace where the show’s producers will hav eto tame the ‘Doc’ for it to continue and that I fear will not make the show what it is.

Highly recommended viewing …

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating [scale 0-10]: 9.0/10 …

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EYE-BALL MovieZone – Best Picture Oscar Nominated Movies – 1966

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“A Man for all Seasons”:

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A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 film based on Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons about Sir Thomas More. It was released on December 12, 1966. Paul Scofield, who had played More in the West End stage premiere, also took the role in the film. It was directed by Fred Zinnemann, who had previously directed such films as High Noon and From Here to Eternity. The film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

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The film opens with Cardinal Wolsey (Orson Welles), summoning Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) to his palace at Hampton Court. Desiring his support in obtaining a divorce from the Pope so that the King can marry Anne Boleyn, Wolsey chastises More for being the only member of the Privy Council to argue against him. When More states that the Pope will never grant a divorce, he is scandalized by Wolsey’s suggestion that they apply “pressure” in order to force the issue. More refuses to support continued efforts to secure an annulment for Henry VIII from the Pope as legal and religious options having been exhausted, provide no grounds for the Pope to issue an annulment.

Returning by a River Thames ferry to his estate at Chelsea, More finds Richard Rich (John Hurt), a young acquaintance from Cambridge waiting by the dock for his return. An ambitious young man, who is drawn to the allure of power, Rich pleads with More for a position at Court, but More, citing the various corruptions there, advises him to become a teacher instead.

Entering the house, More finds his daughter Meg (Susannah York) with a young Lutheran named William Roper (Corin Redgrave), who announces his desire to marry her. More, a devout Catholic, announces that his answer is “no” as long as Roper remains a “heretic”.

Wolsey dies banished from Court in disgrace, having failed to coerce a divorce from the Pope. King Henry (Robert Shaw) appoints More as Lord Chancellor of England.

Soon after, the King makes an “impromptu” visit by barge at More’s home in Chelsea to inquire about his divorce. Sir Thomas, not wishing to admit that his conscience forbids him to dissolve what he considers a valid marriage, remains unmoved as the King alternates thinly-veiled threats with promises of unbounded Royal favour. When More finally refers to Catherine as “the Queen,” the King explodes into a raging tantrum. Storming off in a huff, King Henry returns to his barge and orders the oarmen to cast off. His courtiers are left to run through the mud and into the river to catch up as the King laughs hysterically at their predicament. At the embankment, Rich is approached by Thomas Cromwell (Leo McKern), a member of Henry’s court, and political adversary of More. Cromwell subtly inquires whether Rich has information that could damage More’s reputation, in exchange for a position at Court.

Roper, learning of More’s quarrel with the King, reveals that his religious opinions have altered considerably. He declares that by attacking the Catholic Church, the King has become “the Devil’s minister.” A terrified More begs him to be more guarded as Rich arrives, pleading again for a position at Court. When More again refuses, Rich denounces More’s steward as a spy for Cromwell. Now, More and his family, including wife Alice (Wendy Hiller) learn the ugly truth: Rich is being manipulated by Cromwell to spy on him.

As a humiliated Rich leaves, More’s family pleads with him to have Rich arrested. More refuses, stating that Rich, while dangerous, has broken no law. Still seeking a position at Court, Rich enlists Cromwell’s patronage and joins him in attempting to bring down More. King Henry, tired of awaiting for an annulment from the Vatican, redefines the Catholic Church in England by declaring himself “Supreme Head of the Church in England.” He demands that both the bishops and Parliament renounce all allegiance to the Holy See. More quietly resigns his post as Chancellor rather than accept the new order. As he does so, his close friend, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (Nigel Davenport), attempts to draw his opinions out as part of a friendly chat with no witnesses present. More, however, knows that the time for speaking openly of such matters is over.

The King will not be appeased. He demands that More attend his wedding to Anne Boleyn (Vanessa Redgrave). More refuses and is summoned again to Hampton Court, now occupied by Cromwell. More is interrogated on his opinions but refuses to answer, citing it as his right under English Law. Cromwell angrily declares that the King now views him as a traitor.

More returns home and is met by his daughter. Meg informs him that a new oath about the marriage is being circulated and that all must take it on pain of high treason. Initially, More says he would be willing to take the oath, provided it does not conflict with his principles. One issue for More is that the King cannot declare himself to be the head of the Catholic Church as the head of the Catholic Church is the Pope. However, an expert in the law, More knows that if he does not state why he is opposed to taking the oath, he cannot be considered a traitor to the King; More refuses to take the oath and is imprisoned in the Tower of London regardless.

In spite of the bullying tactics of Cromwell, the subtle manipulation of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (Cyril Luckham), and the pleadings of both Norfolk and his family, More remains steadfast in his refusal to take the oath. When he is finally brought to trial, he remains silent until after being convicted of treason on the perjured testimony of Richard Rich. He is then informed that Rich has been promoted to Attorney General for Wales as a reward.

Now having nothing left to lose, More angrily denounces the illegal nature of the King’s actions, citing the Biblical basis for the authority of the Papacy over Christendom. He further declares that the immunity of the Church from State interference is guaranteed both in Magna Carta and in the King’s own Coronation Oath. As the spectators scream in protest, More is condemned to death.

A narrator intones the epilogue.

Thomas More’s head was stuck on Traitor’s Gate for a month. Then his daughter, Margaret, removed it and kept it ’til her death. Cromwell was beheaded for high treason five years after More. The Archbishop was burned at the stake. The Duke of Norfolk should have been executed for high treason but the King died of syphilis the night before. Richard Rich became Chancellor of England and died in his bed.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Review …

A movie based on a play that was hugely successful – the movie does not work as well – Robert Shaw is the King and overpowers most of the support actors – McKern is good also – the darkness of the ‘period’ adventure is evident – Kings and their crowns and the plotters behind the scenes – innocents get caught up in the web of intreigue – this movie covers all the bases and gives us a lesson in how the ‘big-game’ works …

Recommended Viewing if you like ‘period’ pieces …

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating [scale 0-10]: 4.5/10 …

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“Alfie”:

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Alfie is a 1966 British film directed by Lewis Gilbert, starring Michael Caine. It is an adaptation by Bill Naughton of his own novel and play of the same name. The film was released by Paramount Pictures.

Alfie tells the story of a young man who leads a promiscuous lifestyle until several life reversals make him rethink his purposes and goals in life. Alfie frequently breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the camera narrating and justifying his actions. His words often contrast with or totally contradict his actions.

The film was followed by Alfie Darling in 1975, with Alan Price replacing Caine in the title role.

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The film begins with Alfie Elkins (Caine) ending a relationship with a married woman (Millicent Martin) and getting the woman from another of his affairs, Gilda (Julia Foster), pregnant. The film then follows his life for a few years, documenting events that lead to the character’s emotional growth, starting with the birth of his son.

Watching his child grow brings out a more caring side of Alfie, including his having a health check in case of hereditary diseases, but his inability to commit to the child’s mother leads to her marrying a bus conductor (Graham Stark). The health check reveals Alfie has shadows on his lungs, and this, combined with being banned from seeing his son, leads him to have a small breakdown.

Alfie then spends some time in a convalescent home. Here he meets Harry (Alfie Bass), who confronts him about his delusion that he is doing no harm, and Harry’s wife (Vivien Merchant), whom he gets pregnant in a one-night stand. Later on in the film, the ensuing abortion is a turning point for the character, and the only time other than his passing out/breakdown where he exhibits real emotion – breaking down in tears at the sight of the aborted fetus.

In the meantime, he meets Ruby (Shelley Winters), who is an older, voluptuous, affluent and promiscuous American, while freelancing taking holiday photos of tourists near the Tower of London. Later, as a cabby, he picks up a young hitchhiker, Annie (Jane Asher) from Sheffield, looking to make a fresh start in London, who moves in with him and is prepared to do anything to earn her keep, scrubbing his floor, doing his laundry, and preparing his meals. He soon grows resentful of the relationship and drives her out after an angry outburst, too late regretting what he has just done.

At the film’s climax, Alfie decides to change his non-committal ways and settle down. Unfortunately, the day he chooses to suggest this to Ruby, he finds a younger man in her bed, leaving him disheartened at the film’s end and wondering “What’s it all about? You know what I mean.”

The film is unusual in that it has no opening credits and the end credits features photos of the principal actors, as well as of the main technical crew, including director Lewis Gilbert and cameraman Otto Heller.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Review …

This is a sad movie – the ‘cad’ Alfie – played by Michael Caine ends realising too late that life has meaning and if not taken when offered – the alternative is a life much less than it could have been.

The part narrative format works and the viewer is hand-held throughout the movie – the sexual revolution of the 60′s is in full view be it there is no nudity to speak of … but for all the ‘cad’s’ out there – view this movie and understand.

The remake with Jude Law was not half as good – ‘Hitch’ made the American version and that was better – but this original tops the lot … recommended viewing …

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating [scale 0-10]: 4.0/10 …

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“The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming”:

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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966) is an American comedy film. Based on the Nathaniel Benchley novel The Off-Islanders, the film was directed by Norman Jewison and adapted for the screen by William Rose.

The movie tells the Cold War story of the comedic chaos which ensues when the Soviet submarine Спрут (pronounced “sproot” and meaning “octopus”) accidentally runs aground near a small New England island town. The all-star cast includes Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Theodore Bikel, Jonathan Winters, and in his first film, Alan Arkin.

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A Russian submarine draws too close to the New England coast when its captain wants to take a good look at America and runs aground on a sandbar near an island off Cape Ann, Gloucester. Rather than radio for help and risk an embarrassing international incident, the captain sends a nine-man landing party headed by his second-in-command Lieutenant Yuri Rozanov (Alan Arkin) to find a motor launch to help free the sub from the bar. The men arrive at the house of Walt Whittaker (Carl Reiner), a vacationing playwright from New York City. Whittaker is eager to get his wife Elspeth (Eva Marie Saint) and two children, obnoxious nine and half-year-old Pete (Sheldon Collins) and three-year-old Annie (Cindy Putnam), off the island now that summer is over.

Failing to convince the Whittakers that his group are Norwegians (all of the Russians are conspicuously dressed in sinister all-black clothing), Rozanov draws a gun and promises no harm if the family provides information about military on the island (none) and police force (small), and gives them keys to their car. Walt and Elspeth provide the answers and the keys, and the Russians depart, leaving behind a young sailor, Alexei Kolchin (John Phillip Law), to guard the Whittakers and, subsequently, their attractive 18-year-old neighbor, Alison Palmer (Andrea Dromm).[1]

The Whittakers’ station wagon quickly runs out of gasoline, forcing the Russians to walk. They steal an old sedan from Muriel Everett (Doro Merande), the postmistress; she calls Alice Foss (Tessie O’Shea), the gossipy telephone switchboard operator, and before long, wild rumors throw the entire island into confusion. As level-headed Police Chief Link Mattocks (Brian Keith) and his bumbling assistant Norman Jonas (Jonathan Winters) try to squelch the inept vigilante movement of blustering Fendall Hawkins (Paul Ford), Walt, accompanied by a hysterical Elspeth, manages to overpower Kolchin, due to his reluctance to hurt anyone. During the commotion, Kolchin flees, but when Walt and Elspeth leave to find help, he returns. He reassures a scared Alison and offers her his rifle, which she does not accept.

Trying to find the Russians on his own, playwright Walt is re-captured by them. After subduing Mrs. Foss and disabling the island’s telephone switchboard, seven of the Russians manage to steal a motorboat and head back to their sub, which is still high and dry. Back at the Whittaker house, Kolchin is by now falling in love with Alison. Walt manages to free himself, and he and Elspeth return to the house and almost shoot Rozanov who arrives there just before they do. With the misunderstandings cleared up, the Whittakers, Rozanov and Kolchin decide to head into town together to clear the air with everyone over just what is going on.

With the rising tide, the submarine frees itself, and the Russian captain (Theodore Bikel) sets out in search of his missing men. He finds Rozanov and Kolchin in the harbor and threatens to blow up the town unless the other seven are returned to him. Chief Mattocks arrives with the rest of the armed villagers who threaten action against the sub’s crew on deck with rifles and pistols. As tension mounts, a small boy (Johnny Whitaker) falls from his perch on the church steeple and hangs perilously from a gutter. Forgetting their differences, islanders and Russians unite to form a human pyramid and rescue the child.

Peace and harmony is established between the two parties, but unfortunately an over-eager Hawkins has called in the Air Force. In a joint decision, the submarine heads out of the harbor with a convoy of villagers in small boats protecting it. Kolchin says goodbye to Alison, the boat with the seven Russians reaches the group shortly thereafter, and the seven board the submarine, just before two U.S. Air Force F-101B Voodoo jets arrive. They break off after seeing the convoy, and the submarine is free to sail to safe waters

EYE-BALL MovieZone Review …

A comedy nominated for Best picture – really this movie had no right being on the list – the only relevance it offers was that it was made during the ‘Cold War’ and bought some levity to the inflamed relationships between the USA and Russia … there is humanity within the movie and that message works …

Not my type of movie or humour – aged and the plot was a generational thing …

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating [scale 0-10]: 3.5/10 …

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“The Sand Pebbles”

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The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period war film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of an independent, rebellious U.S. Navy Machinist’s Mate aboard the fictional gunboat USS San Pablo in 1920s China.

The Sand Pebbles features Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen, Mako and Marayat Andriane (later known as a writer of erotic fiction – Emmanuelle Arsan). Robert Anderson adapted the screenplay from the 1962 novel of the same name by Richard McKenna.

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In 1926, Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) transfers from the Asiatic Fleet flagship to the Yangtze River Patrol gunboat USS San Pablo. (The ship is nicknamed the “Sand Pebble” and its sailors refer to themselves as “Sand Pebbles.”) Life aboard a gunboat is very different. It has a labor system – condoned by officers – wherein coolies (manual laborers) do the work, leaving the sailors free for combat drills and idle bickering.

Because he likes to personally take care of a ship’s engines, Holman bucks the system. Although he becomes close friends with one seasoned and sensitive seaman, Frenchy (Richard Attenborough), other crewmen see Holman as a Jonah. Holman also antagonizes the coolie laborers whose “rice bowl” (source of income) is derived from doing the work that the sailors would normally do.

Holman discovers a serious defect that the coolies have not fixed. Holman informs the Captain (Richard Crenna), who declines to authorize an engine shutdown for the repair; only after the Executive Officer observes the same problem does the Captain agree. The engine-room coolie is killed in an accident when the jacking gear slips due to its poor condition. The chief coolie blames Holman, who maintains that the death was caused by the deceased coolie’s own poor work. Holman asks the Captain to allow him to run the engine room properly, but is ordered to train a replacement coolie and then concentrate on his military duties.

Holman selects Po-han (Mako) as the replacement and invests time training him. The two form a friendship. Po-Han is harassed by one sailor (Simon Oakland), leading to a boxing match on which the crewmen place bets. Po-Han’s victory leads to more antagonism between Holman and crew members, as well as the chief coolie, who wants to kick Po-Han off the ship but is foiled by Holman.

An incident involving British gunboats (not shown) leads to the Captain ordering the crew not to fire or return fire from Chinese, to avoid diplomatic incidents. Po-Han is sent ashore by the chief coolie (with the apparent intent of getting him killed). Po-han is captured and tortured by a mob of Chinese in full view of the crew, only yards from shore. With the crew poised to repel boarders, and under intense pressure, the Captain attempts to negotiate for Po-Han’s release; his efforts are fruitless. Po-Han begs for someone to kill him. Holman disobeys orders and ends Po-Han’s suffering with a fatal rifle shot.

The San Pablo is stuck in port for the winter due to low water levels. It must deal with increasingly hostile crowds surrounding it in numerous smaller boats. The Captain fears a possible mutiny. Frenchy has saved a Chinese woman, Mai Ling (Emmanuelle Arsan), from prostitution by paying her debts. He marries her and sneaks off the ship regularly, but dies of pneumonia one night. Holman searches for him and finds Mai Ling sitting stunned by Frenchy’s corpse. Kuomintang (Chinese nationalists) burst in, beat up Holman, and drag Mai Ling away.

Holman returns to the ship. The next day, Chinese float out to the San Pablo and demand the “murderer” Holman be turned over to them. Apparently, the nationalists killed Mai Ling and blamed Holman, trying to provoke an incident. Holman informs the Captain what really happened. When the Chinese demand for Holman is refused, they blockade the San Pablo. The American crew fears for their safety and demand that Holman surrender to the Chinese against the Captain’s orders. Order is not restored until the Captain fires across the bow of one of the Chinese junks.

With spring at hand, the Captain decides to risk an attempt to leave. The San Pablo sails away from the Kuomintang blockade and receives radioed orders to return to the coast. The Captain defies these orders and elects to evacuate idealistic missionary Jameson (Larry Gates) and his school teacher assistant Shirley Eckert (Candice Bergen) from their remote mission up the Yangtze River.

To reach the missionaries, the San Pablo must fight through a boom made up of junks carrying a massive rope blocking the river. The San Pablo returns their fire and boards one of the junks. Close-range fighting results in the deaths of several sailors and Chinese. Holman heroically cuts the boom with an axe under fire while other sailors return to the San Pablo. He is attacked and kills a Chinese man with the axe. It turns out that the man, the leader of a Nationalist student group, was known to Holman as a student of Eckert. The ship then proceeds upriver, leaving the smoking wrecks behind.

Arriving near the mission, the Captain leads a patrol of three sailors, including Holman, ashore. Jameson resists rescue, claiming that it is the Captain’s actions that have endangered him, not the Chinese. Jameson shows the Captain a document claiming that he and Eckert have renounced their US citizenship and are therefore not under the Captain’s authority. The Captain tells him the paper will not matter. The Captain orders Holman to forcibly remove Eckert and Jameson, but Holman refuses the order and announces his intent to stay at the mission with them. The Captain tells Holman angrily that this is desertion.

The argument is interrupted by nationalist soldiers who attack the mission and kill Jameson with paper in hand as he approaches them pleading for his life. The Captain takes a large Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), orders the patrol to return to the ship with Miss Eckert, and remains behind to provide covering fire. As the patrol leaves, the Captain is killed, ironically leaving the normally rebellious Holman in command. Holman returns and recovers the rifle. He orders the remaining two sailors to leave with Eckert and takes the Captain’s place to cover the escape. In the ensuing shootout Holman kills several soldiers before he himself is fatally shot while almost succeeding in joining the others. His final words are, “I was home… What happened? What the hell happened?!”

Eckert and the two remaining sailors are shown successfully escaping to the ship, and the San Pablo is shown cruising off to apparent safety.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Review …

Chinese history always fascinates in its telling – this is fiction and still is a good tale … McQueen brings macho to the screen and so does Bergen …

Enjoyable viewing …

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating [scale 0-10]: 4.5/10 …

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EYE-BALL MovieZoneReview – 1966

“Who’s affraid of Virginia Woolf”:

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1966 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is an adaptation of the play of the same title by Edward Albee. It stars Elizabeth Taylor as Martha and Richard Burton as George, with George Segal as Nick and Sandy Dennis as Honey.[1]

The film was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Mike Nichols, and is the only film to be nominated in every eligible category at the Academy Awards. All the four main actors of the film were nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

The film won five awards, including a second Academy Award for Best Actress for Elizabeth Taylor and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Sandy Dennis. However the film lost to A Man for All Seasons for the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay awards, and both Richard Burton and George Segal failed to win in their categories.

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Set on the campus of a small New England college, the film focuses on the volatile relationship of associate history professor George and his hard-drinking wife Martha, the daughter of the college president.

It’s 2:00 Sunday morning, and they have returned from one of her father’s gatherings. Martha announces she has invited a young couple–Nick, a young, good-looking, newly appointed instructor, and his mousey wife Honey–to join them for drinks. George is disturbed because she did so without consulting him first, prompting Martha to launch into the first of many loud and lengthy tirades during which she taunts and criticizes him. Knowing his wife is drunk and quite lewd, he asks her to behave herself when they arrive, and when the doorbell rings, he warns her to refrain from mentioning their child to their company.

Overhearing Martha’s crude retort as the door opens, Nick and Honey immediately feel ill at ease and quickly find themselves caught in the middle of a verbal war zone when their efforts to engage in small talk set off a volley of insults between their hosts. Martha begins to flirt lewdly with Nick while his meek wife tries to pretend she is unaware of what is happening.

While Martha is showing Honey where the bathroom is, George tests Nick’s verbal sparring skills, but the young man is no match for his host. Realizing he and his wife are becoming embroiled in the middle of marital warfare, he suggests they depart, but George cajoles him into staying.

Upon returning to the living room alone, Honey innocently mentions to George she was unaware he and Martha had a son on the verge of celebrating his sixteenth birthday. Martha reappears in a new outfit–form-fitting slacks and a revealing blouse–and when her husband makes a snide remark about the ensemble, she begins to demean his abilities as a teacher, then escalates her seduction of Nick, complimenting him on the body he developed as both a quarterback and an intercollegiate state boxing champion while criticizing George’s paunch. She informs their guests about a past incident when George refused to engage in a friendly outdoor boxing match with his father-in-law and Martha put on a pair of gloves and punched him in the jaw, knocking him into the bushes. As she relates the story, George aims a shotgun at the back of her head, causing Honey to scream. He pulls the trigger, which releases an umbrella, while he tells his wife she’s dead.

Honey again raises the subject of George and Martha’s son, prompting the couple to engage in a conversation Martha quickly tries to end without success. To counterattack George’s relentless comments about the boy, she tells their guests her husband is unsure the child is his own, although he most assuredly is. They argue about the color of the boy’s eyes until George threatens to expose the truth about the boy. Furious, Martha accuses him of being a failure whose youthful, idealistic plans for the future slowly deteriorated as he came to realize he wasn’t aggressive enough to follow in his father-in-law’s footsteps, leaving her stuck with a flop. George cuts the diatribe short by spinning Honey around and mockingly singing, “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, a joke Martha had made herself during the party earlier that evening.

Inebriated and on the verge of throwing up from George’s spinning, Honey rushes from the room. Martha goes to the kitchen to make coffee, and George and Nick go outside. The younger man confesses he was attracted to Honey more for her family’s money than passion, and married her only because she mistakenly believed she was pregnant. George describes his own marriage as one of never-ending accommodation and adjustment, then admits he considers Nick a threat. George also tells a story about a boy he grew up with. This boy had accidentally killed his mother. Years later, George claims the boy was driving with his father. He swerved to “miss a porcupine” in the road, and the resulting accident killed his father. The boy ended up living out his days in a mental hospital.

When their guests propose leaving, George insists on driving them home. In the car, the talk returns to George and Martha’s son. They approach a roadhouse, and Honey suggests they stop to dance. While Honey and George watch, Nick suggestively dances with Martha, who continues to mock George and criticize his inadequacies. George unplugs the jukebox and announces the game is over. In response, Martha alludes to the fact he may have murdered his parents like the protagonist in his unpublished, non-fiction novel, prompting George to strangle Martha until Nick manages to pull him away from her.

George convinces the owner to serve them one more round before closing and suggests that, having played a game of Humiliate the Host, the quartet should now engage in Hump the Hostess or Get the Guests. He then tells the group about a second novel he allegedly has written about a young couple from the Midwest, a good-looking teacher and his timid wife, who marry because of her hysterical pregnancy and then settle in a small college town. An embarrassed Honey realizes Nick indiscreetly told George about their past and runs from the room with Nick in pursuit.

In the parking lot, George tells his wife he cannot stand the way she constantly humiliates him, and she tauntingly accuses him of having married her for just that reason. Their rage erupts into a declaration of “total war.” Martha drives off with Nick and Honey, leaving her husband to follow on foot. When he arrives home, he discovers Honey nearly delirious and realizes his wife has taken Nick upstairs. When Martha accuses Nick of being sexually inadequate, he blames his impotency on all the liquor he has consumed. George mentions his and Martha’s son, prompting her to reminisce about his birth and childhood and how he nearly was destroyed by his father. George accuses Martha of engaging in destructive and abusive behavior with the boy, who frequently ran away to escape her sexual advances. George then announces he has received a telegram with bad news–the boy was killed the previous afternoon on a country road when he swerved to avoid hitting a porcupine and crashed into a tree.

As Martha argues with George that he “can’t do this” and begs him not to “kill” their son, Nick suddenly realizes the truth–Martha and George had never been able to have a baby, for reasons that are unexplained. Instead, their game together is to imagine they have a son and invent situations and stories of him. By declaring their son dead, accordingly, George has “killed” him. (There are hints of this throughout the script that become clear in retrospect–for example, when George and Nick were sitting by the swing waiting for Honey to finish throwing up, George comments quietly that Martha never had any pregnancies. Once the viewer has the knowledge that the child is a fantasy, the couple’s accusations of one another’s failures as parents take on whole new meaning.)

The young couple departs quietly, and George and Martha are left alone as the day begins to break outside. They speak quietly, and in the last lines Martha answers the title question with “I am, George, I am.”

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