Michael Gambon plays the extraordinary Belgian detective Inspector Maigret in this television adaptation of the novels by George Simenon. Intuitive intelligent and creative with a genius for human nature Maigret is like no other detective as he cunningly investigates crime and the human psyche. Episode titles: Maigret's Boyhood Friend Maigret and the Minister Maigret and the Maid.
Bruno:Sacha Baron Cohen and Borat director Larry Charles reunite to bring the brilliantly tasteless exploits of Bruno to the big screen! When Europe turns its back on Bruno he crosses the ocean to find fame in the US but how will the American public take to the outrageous Austrian? Very badly! When clueless homosexual fashionista Bruno the presenter of Funkyzeit (the most popular fashion programme in every German-speaking country apart from Germany) is effectively banned from Europe following a disastrous incident at a show he sets his sights on America. With his former assistant's assistant Lutz as his only ally the fashionmonger tries to conquer the US as only he knows how - as tastelessly as possible! Will Bruno achieve the fame he so desperately craves? Ali G In Da House: Ali G gets all political in his big-screen debut finding himself in the bizarre position of having to resolve one of the biggest national and political scandals in the country's history. Abetted by his loyal crew the West Staines Massive and long suffering girlfriend 'Me Julie' he emerges as perhaps the unlikeliest of heroes... Talladega Nights: From the people who bought you Anchorman and The 40 Year Old Virgin comes this hilarious fast-paced comedy starring Will Ferrell as Ricky Bobby - one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history. Ricky has everything a racing sensation and national hero could wish for: a luxurious mansion a smokin' hot wife (Leslie Bibb) and a loyal racing partner childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly). But flamboyant French Formula One driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) is about to wreck Ricky's world and challenge for the supremacy of NASCAR. Now Ricky must face his demons and kick some serious asphalt if he's to get his career back on the track beat Girard and reclaim his fame and fortune. 'Cause as Ricky Bobby always says If You Ain't First Your Last!
Pagford is a charming English idyll, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war with plenty of back-stabbing and skulduggery. Adapted from J K Rowlings best selling novel by Screenwriter Sarah Phelps.
In the 1950s Britain emerged from the gloom of its post-war austerity and enjoyed an explosion of new, acting talent that was unique to this period of social upheaval. Gaining their experience through an established network of repertory theatres, RADA and the new National Theatre established by Sir Laurence Olivier at the Old Vic, many of those who would go on to become acting legends experienced their first exposure on stage and screen as part of the British Free Cinema movement. Now available in its entirety on DVD, this critically acclaimed television series features intimate hour-long, Face to Face interviews with the generation who redefined the experience of theatre, cinema and television for the British public. Each interview showcases memorable films and archive of the artists, interspersed with intimate reflections on their careers.
Jarrow-born Alan Plater was one of Britain's most cherished playwrights. Equally at home either adapting existing works or crafting his own stories the pinnacle of his prolific output is arguably the highly successful Beiderbecke trilogy starring James Bolam and Barbara Flynn. Plater excelled in the creation of credible engagingly ordinary characters embroiled in drama and intrigue (exemplified in Beiderbecke's jazz-loving Geordie woodwork teacher Trevor Chaplin); with a dry humour class consciousness and frequent acknowledgement of the north-south divide his skilful dialogue has been described as combining 'The voice of Coronation Street with the spirit of Chekhov'. The winner of three BAFTA Awards he received a CBE in 2005 and the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. This anthology celebrates the diversity of Alan Plater's work for ITV with a collection of single plays and classic episodes featuring outstanding performances by Helen Mirren Kenneth Branagh James Bolam Alison Steadman Michael Gambon Dennis Waterman and Ray Brooks among many others. The Beiderbecke Affair: What I Don't Understand Is This... Jazz fan Trevor Chaplin wants only one thing: a set of Bix Beiderbecke records. Oranges and Lemons: Brotherly Love An ex-docker is grieved that his two sons seem irreconcilable. Play for Love: The Party of the First Part Peter makes sure his eighteenth birthday party is one that his guests won't forget. The Loner: Dawson's Complaint Dawson is a man who aims is to change the world. This is the story of his failure. Coming Through Two plays set in different eras examine polarised attitudes towards D.H. Lawrence. Flambards: Christina Orphan Christina learns - painfully - the art of living among men. Shades of Darkness: The Intercessor A writer lodging in a 'quiet' house is disturbed by the sound of a child crying.
In the air above Switzerland on the sheer rock-and-ice wall known as the Eiger an American climber is about to embark on the most perilous and meaningful ascent he has ever undertaken: an attempt to scale the legendary mountain that took his renowned fathers life. Against a backdrop of overwhelming natural beauty The Alps is a true-life story of extraordinary courage. It's the intensely personal journey of a man who has every reason not to climb the deadly Eiger North Face yet climb it he must. Featuring some of the most spectacular giant screen imagery yet seen the film celebrates the unsurpassed beauty of the Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who live there.
This affecting, bittersweet tale--adapted from Brian Friel's semi-autobiographical Tony Award-winning play--examines the emotional lives of the five unmarried Mundy sisters in 1936 rural Ireland. In their mutual care is eight-year-old Michael (sweetly understated Darrell Johnston), the illegitimate son of youngest sister Christina (Braveheart's Catherine McCormack). A voice-over from the adult Michael recalls that significant summer, in the month of August, during the feast of Lughnasa. The bolder townsfolk dance around a fire to Lugh, an ancient god of light. Yes, this is fiercely Roman Catholic Ireland and Lugh a pagan god, but that irony is at the core of the film: the hypocrisy of tradition. The dramatic change in the richly metaphoric movie comes with the arrival of two men: eldest sibling--and only Mundy brother--Jack (Michael Gambon), a priest returning from many years in Africa, now addled, and Christine's long-absent lover and Michael's father, the charmingly flighty Gerry (Rhys Ifans). Beautiful music and excellent performances highlight the film, which also features gorgeous cinematography of the Irish countryside. Meryl Streep is stern eldest sister Kate; Kathy Burke is lively Maggie; Brid Brennan (who appeared in the stage play) is thoughtful caretaker Agnes; and Sophie Thompson is simple sweet Rose. It's a quiet film, but one filled with ironic and haunting meaning. Directed by Pat O'Connor (Circle of Friends). --N.F. Mendoza, Amazon.com
Tomb Raider (Dir. Simon West 2001): Exploring lost empires finding priceless treasures punishing villains in mortal combat: it's all in a day's work for adventurer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie). A secret from her father's (Jon Voight) past is about to lead Lara to her greatest challenge: the Triangle of Light a legendary artefact with the power to alter space and time. Lara must find the Triangle before it falls in to the clutch of the Illuminati a secret society bent on w
A stunning natural history documentary that takes you from the coasts to the coral reefs and plumbs the darkest depths of the planet's oceans.
Ralph Tanner is a compulsive liar he uses any means no matter how embarrassing to portray himself as a worldly 'been there seen it done it all' chap whereas in reality he is an inexperienced incompetent. Nevertheless his brash front is enough to impress the gullible timid Brian whom he meets in an airport awaiting the same flight to Spain where they hope to pursue amorous conquests. Inevitably they fail.
The sixth installment of the Harry Potter series begins right where The Order of the Phoenix left off. The wizarding world is rocked by the news that "He Who Must Not Be Named" has truly returned, and the audience finally knows that Harry is "the Chosen One"--the only wizard who can defeat Lord Voldemort in the end. Dark forces loom around every corner, and now regularly attempt to penetrate the protected walls of Hogwarts School. This is no longer the fun and fascinating world of magic from the first few booksit's dark, dangerous, and scary. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) suspects Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) to be a new Death Eater recruit on a special mission for the Dark Lord. In the meantime, Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) seems to have finally removed the shroud of secrecy from Harry about the dark path that lies ahead, and instead provides private lessons to get him prepared. It's in these intriguing scenes that the dark past of Tom Riddle (a.k.a. Voldemort) is finally revealed. The actors cast as the different young versions of Riddle (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Frank Dillane) do an eerily fantastic job of portraying the villain as a child. While the previous movies' many new characters could be slightly overwhelming, only one new key character is introduced this time: Professor Horace Slughorn (with a spot-on performance by Jim Broadbent). Within his mind he holds a key secret in the battle to defeat the Dark Lord, and Harry is tasked by Dumbledore to uncover a memory about Voldemort's darkest weapon--the Horcrux. Despite the long list of distractions, Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) still try to focus on being teenagers, and audiences will enjoy the budding awkward romances. All of the actors have developed nicely, giving their most convincing performances to date. More dramatic and significant things go down in this movie than any of its predecessors, and the stakes are higher than ever. The creators have been tasked with a practically impossible challenge, as fans of the beloved J.K. Rowling book series desperately want the movies to capture the magic of the books as closely as possible. Alas, the point at which one accepts that these two mediums are very different is the point at which one can truly enjoy these brilliant adaptations. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is no exception: it may be the best film yet. For those who have not read the book, nail-biting entertainment is guaranteed. For those who have, the movie does it justice. The key dramatic scenes, including the cave and the shocking twist in the final chapter, are executed very well. It does a perfect job of setting up the two-part grand finale that is to follow. --Jordan Thompson
An absolute must for fans of Georges Simenon's beloved sleuth, Inspector Jules Maigret, this four-volume Maigret Collection is the finest detective series from Granada Television since the late Jeremy Brett gave us his definitive portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the 1980s. The masterful Michael Gambon is the latest in a long tradition of familiar leading men (from Jean Gabin to Richard Harris) who have played Simenon's blunt but humane, occasionally whimsical, and magnificently insightful investigator. Yet Gambon is perhaps uniquely suited to the part: a popular star with none of the baggage of a brand-name icon or the self-effacing obligations of a character actor. He captures perfectly Maigret's measured but hardly inscrutable presence in the eruptive underworld of Paris crime. Among the 12 episodes here is "Maigret and the Burglar's Wife", which does honour to Simenon's compassionate tale of a retiring thief whose accidental encounter with a corpse sets in motion one of Maigret's most intense psychological duels. The equally compelling "Maigret's Boyhood Friend" finds the detective on a case drawing suspicion to an old school chum, while "Maigret Sets a Trap" is a wonderful production of Simenon's puzzler about a serial killer whose patterns of motivation and action must be deciphered before he can be caught. --Tom Keogh
Controversial for its time The Catholics stars Trevor Howard in a powerhouse performance as the Abbot in charge of a remote Irish monastery in Mork Eire. In defiance of an edict from Rome the Abbot and his monks elect to travel to the Irish mainland in order to celebrate the Mass in Latin. Refusing to bow down to Papal pressure and use English for their Mass the monks of Mork soon become celebrated amongst orthodox Catholics and Eire turns into a place of international pilgrimage. Alarmed by the Abbot's populist move Rome acts to quell the dissent when The Father General (Raf Vallone) sends his representative Father Kinsella (Martin Sheen) to force the Abbot to cease the Latin masses or be transferred to another position. When the two men argue against each other's religious beliefs and interpretations the Abbot discovers that it is not just the teachings of his church that he has come to question but the very basis of his own belief in God.
Harry must contend with the fact that Lord Voldemort has returned in this, the fifth film in the hugely popular franchise.
Ladies In Lavender (Dir. Charles Dance 2004): Award winning actresses Dame Judi Dench and Maggie Smith star in this evocative heart-warming story of unfulfilled dreams innocence and unrequited love. Cornwall in 1936 remains as ever a timeless place. Sisters Janet and Ursula Widdington discover a castaway on the beach below their house. With the help of the local doctor they nurse him back to health. During his convalescence the sisters discover his talent as a musician and the unsettling effect he has on them both - especially Ursula whose life will never be the same again. Gosford Park (Dir. Robert Altman 2001): Robert Altman directs this elegant period drama and Agatha Christie-style murder mystery that features the cream of British acting talent. Gathered at aristocrat Michael Gambon's big house are fellow toffs Charles Dance James Wilby and Jeremy Northam (as British matinee idol Ivor Novello) among others. Meanwhile downstairs in the bustling servant's quarters we encounter Alan Bates and Helen Mirren as the head male and female members of staff. The various intrigues that play out between members of the different classes and sexes are all observed with Altman's customary withering eye and trademark roving camerawork. After a murder is committed comical pipe-smoking detective Stephen Fry arrives but the solution is arrived at in an unconventional way. With an impeccable ensemble cast that Merchant Ivory would die for Gosford Park is a classy piece of cinema from a great director getting back to the top of his form. Keeping Mum (Dir. Niall Johnson 2005): Known throughout the clergy for his perfectionism Reverend Walter Goddfellow (Atkinson) is preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) is having an affair and his children are up to no good... A typically eccentric British black comedy with a delightfully dotty performance from Maggie Smith and a sublimely sleazy turn from Patrick Swayze to give sterling support to the snappy script from writer/director Niall Johnson.
The deadliest gangsters are those with a cause. Belfast 1975. A bomb goes off in a crowded pub and battle lines are drawn. Loyalist and Republican bosses are negotiating a cease-fire but the foot soldiers want vengeance. Leonard a high-ranking Loyalist orders his men to keep control but gang leader Kenny wants blood. Innocently caught in the cross-fire is Kenny's childhood friend whose involvement places events on a personal level. Tough decisions need to be made as Liam and Kenny find themselves trapped in an escalating spiral of violence from which there is no escape.
Doctor Who: A Christmas CarolAmy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way the Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?The Dalek Handbook by Steve Tribe and James GossThe ultimate guide to the Doctor's deadliest enemies!The Dalek Handbook is your complete guide to the Doctor's greatest enemies. It explores the Daleks' origins on the planet Skaro, how a Time Lord intervention altered the course of Dalek history, and how they emerged to wage war on Thals, Mechonoids, Draconians and humans. It also reveals the secrets of Dalek design, the development of their iconic look and sound, and their enduring appeal on and off the screen. With artwork and photographs from six decades of Doctor Who, The Dalek Handbook is the ultimate celebration of all things Dalek.
Michael Gambon plays the extraordinary Belgian Detective Inspector Maigret in this television adaptation of the novels by George Simenon. Inuitive intelligent and creative with a genius for human nature Maigret is like no other detective as he cunningly investigates crime and the human psyche. Episode titles: The Patience Of Maigret Maigret And The Burglar's Wife Maigret Goes To School.
Wealthy businessman and skilled huntsman Tom Newcliffe (Calvin Lockhart) summons a selection of guests to his home for the weekend one of whom is a werewolf with a taste for blood. It's up to the others to seek out the monster before the full moon reveals the culprit.
The Quick And The Dead (Dir. Sam Rami 1995): Herod (Gene Hackman) Mayor and ruler of Redemption has turned his town into a haven for thugs and Miscreants of every type. In return for his 'leniency' he keeps 50 cents on every dollar traded by the unsavoury group. Each year in order to weed out rivals and to protect his position of power Herod holds a shooting contest which attracts people from miles around including his son 'The Kid' (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cort (Russell Crowe). It is a shoot to kill contest with the prize being a large sum of cash. Herod wins every year so protecting his position and reputation for being the fastest killer in the West. That is until Ellen (Sharon Stone) rides into town a six-gun strapped to her hip and revenge burning in her heart. She's fast furious and her mind is set on winning the ultimate prize of a duel to the death with Herod. Open Range (Dir. Kevin Costner 2003): Academy-Award winning director Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) helms this traditional Western tale of a way of life that is quickly disappearing. Boss Spearman (Duvall) Charley Waite (Costner) Mose Harrison (Benrubi) and ""Button"" (Luna) freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honour and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville the cowboys encounter a corrupt Sheriff (Russo) and kingpin rancher (Gambon) who govern the territory through fear tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards the inevitable showdown as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing. Amidst this turmoil life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm-spirited Sue Barlow (Bening) a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul. As these courageous men prepare for the decisive battle that looms they are also forced to confront and conquer their own internal demons. Desperado (Dir. Robert Rodriguez): In this sequel/remake to 'El Mariachi' a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord and finally the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown...
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