Monday, April 28, 2008

Movie: The 10th Victim


I found this by accident and what a treat it is - and Mike Meyers, you got some 'splainin' to do! You'll see a lot of Austin Powers 'influence' in this trippy Italian spy craziness. Stars Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni having a ball in a cat and mouse game of seduction and sabotage. It's like Bond on LSD.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

TV Show: Honey West


I found the complete DVD set of Honey West at amazon.co.uk for about $24 Australian and my, what a treat it is. I'd not seen this before, so it was a bit of a punt, but judged on the reviews which mentioned The Avengers, mod outfits, judo and that she was a PI with a pet ocelot, well, it was pretty likely it would find an appreciative audience at chez Bird. And it has. We've only watched the first episode at this stage - The Swinging Mrs Jones - and we're already hooked.
West is played by actress Anne Francis who is best known for her role in Forbidden Planet. She has an Honor Blackman/Cathy Gale air about her and I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if the creators of Veronica Mars had a memory of this show. Her detecting partner, Sam Bolt (John Ericson) sets up a frisson of romantic will-they-won't-they but I'm reliably assured her only true love is her pet ocelot, Bruce.
This is marvellous fun that fans of campy crime shows should seek out. We watched it off the back of an especially pants episode of Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew's Love Match) which only served to highlight how good Honey was.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

TV: Look Around You


This British comedy program finally turned up on TV in Australia about a month ago on UKTV. It's jolly fun as it spoofs those 70's educational shows those of a certain age (me) watched at school and at home (programs like The Curiosity Show as seen in Australia). Despite taking the themes (Ghosts, Music, Helath, Sport etc...) to ludicrous ends, they've obviously a great affection for the original style of these programs. The music by 'Gelg' is another highlight. There's a website here and if you'd like to sample the music of Gelg it can be heard under the title Synthesised Music here.
Thanks Ants. Thants.