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#901 tim2

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:54 AM

I would hope the death of Robin Williams had a positive effect on people's perceptions on mental health, but I'm not holding my breath.

FWIW, his stand up was occasionally brilliant but in general too manic for my taste, and his film work ranged from very, very good to dire.
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#902 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 11:12 AM

I would hope the death of Robin Williams had a positive effect on people's perceptions on mental health, but I'm not holding my breath.

FWIW, his stand up was occasionally brilliant but in general too manic for my taste, and his film work ranged from very, very good to dire.

I doubt it as well, but perhaps it's one small step.

 

I agree with you about his output.


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#903 Ullman

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 03:43 PM

The sad news of his demise was a bit of a 'WTF?' moment. In one of those strange quirks of scheduling, the last thing I watched before the story broke was an episode of Family Guy on BBC3 where everything Peter Griffin touched turned into a Robin Williams character.


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 05:39 PM

James Alexander Gordon, apparently.


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:13 PM

Richard Attenborough, aged a damn good 90. So long, Pinkie.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 08:39 AM

what an immense contribution he made to British cinema. 90 years old-damn good going.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 09:16 AM

A great British actor, surprised there has been no comment on the radio/TV from his brother.  His best performances IMO were as Pinky in "Brighton Rock" and as Christie in "Ten Rillington Place" - really creepy in the latter.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:06 PM

What I have found strange earlier today is that there was steady stream of luvvies offering condolences to Lord Attenbrough's family, but none from ethnic indians. For many people of my generation (and I'm 60) we didn't know much about India's struggle for independence until Gandhi was released.

 

I have to admit that I haven't watched the film, but the publicity led me to do a bit of reading on the events.


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#909 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:08 PM

What I have found strange earlier today is that there was steady stream of luvvies offering condolences to Lord Attenbrough's family, but none from ethnic indians. For many people of my generation (and I'm 60) we didn't know much about India's struggle for independence until Gandhi was released.

 

I have to admit that I haven't watched the film, but the publicity led me to do a bit of reading on the events.

FFS

 

anyway I've saved you the effort.

 

http://www.mid-day.c...celebs/15555176

 

will that do? I doubt it.

 

Atenborough was prominent in the anti apartheid movement as well. I think the silence from the ANC is appalling.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 04:21 PM

 

Atenborough was prominent in the anti apartheid movement as well. I think the silence from the ANC is appalling.

 

I heard an interview yesterday with Will Gomperts (I think! He's the BBC Arts correspondent) and he said, almost in passing, that some people had criticised "Cry Freedom" on the grounds that the politics was naive. Perhaps that would tie in with the ANC's silence. Personally, I loved the film.


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#911 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 04:24 PM

I heard an interview yesterday with Will Gomperts (I think! He's the BBC Arts correspondent) and he said, almost in passing, that some people had criticised "Cry Freedom" on the grounds that the politics was naive. Perhaps that would tie in with the ANC's silence. Personally, I loved the film.

Maybe Tony, but Attenborough was involved with the anti apartheid movement outside of his work.


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#912 tonyXIII

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 04:27 PM

Maybe Tony, but Attenborough was involved with the anti apartheid movement outside of his work.

 

Yes. I was, however, merely suggesting that the ANC might have issues with Attenborough's presentation of the politics. If that is the reason for their silence, then it is not only appalling, it is very childish.


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 01:34 PM

'Hancock's Half Hour' regular Bill Kerr.


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 01:35 PM

 

I may have to locate the Sunday afternoon episode in tribute.


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 05:43 PM

I may have to locate the Sunday afternoon episode in tribute.

As it happens it was repeated in part on "You and Yours" on BBC R 4 yesterday - in connection with the anniversary of Sunday opening.  But yes it is a classic, especially the line about gravy.


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 07:20 PM

The magnificently offensive Joan Rivers.

 

I still have fond memories of her tearing that lazy old fraud Darcus Howe a new one, when he did his usual thing of implying that anyone who disagreed with him was a racist.


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 07:57 PM

The magnificently offensive Joan Rivers.

I still have fond memories of her tearing that lazy old fraud Darcus Howe a new one, when he did his usual thing of implying that anyone who disagreed with him was a racist.


Oh, and does that need doing at every opportunity! Hateful man.

She was very good at ruffling feathers.
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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:04 PM

Oh, and does that need doing at every opportunity! Hateful man.

She was very good at ruffling feathers.

Transcript here. Does not include sound of Howe messing his pants.


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:10 PM

Joan on her ideal funeral.

 

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 06:22 AM

Shame that many people will remember Rivers for her comments about Gaza prior to her death and not her long and successful career. RIP
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