Happy New Year for 2022; let’s go into the next twelve months with some hope in our hearts that things can and will get better than this current, gruelling virus-related limbo.
A few bits of housekeeping are required; firstly, regular readers will have noted that I’ve neglected to post radio clips for a while, and my thoughts on everything from the tragic Rust shooting to House of Gucci have now been lost to the mists of time. By way of recompense, here’s links to a couple of recent contributions to BBC Radio Scotland. Last Friday, I organised a short obituary for the late, great Sidney Poitier (27 mins in at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00132nv) , and on Sunday, I ran down the on-going controversy over the 2022 Golden Globes (five mins from the end at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001389b). Thanks to the BBC for the platform.
Over the festive period, I’d also aped my betters by having a pictorial film quiz, and neglected to post anything in the way of answers or winners. Of course, everyone who took part was a winner, with a tie for first by two of the great forensic minds of our time, Gill and Fraggle, with honourable mentions for Mikey, Florent and everyone else who scored above ten. Everyone mentioned above wins a coveted prize; non-fungible tokens of my much-discussed winter hat. Sadly no cash alternatives will be provided; congratulations to all who entered!
The answers were as follows 1. VINCENT from The Black Hole 2. Vincent from Pulp Fiction 3. King Louis from The Jungle Book 4. ET 5.Wile E Coyote 6. Olaf from Frozen 7, Joy from Inside Out 8. Minion 9. Bunny Hopps’ recording device from Zootopia/Zootropolis 10. The Iron Giant 11. Wall E 12. James Bond’s car 13, Big Hero 6 14. Wembley Fraggle 15. Genie from Aladdin 16, Han Solo 17. Jaws shark 18, Crow T Robot 19 Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon 20 Grogu aka The Child aka Baby Yoda. The tie breaker was a bit tricky, but the correct answer was, of course, a hand-knitted effigy of Peter O’Toole in his Oscar-nominated role in Peter Medak’s 1972 classic The Ruling Class. There wasn’t a lot of merchandising for that film, so it was a tall order to guess.
I should also offer my genuine apologies for temporarily losing a disk, as mentioned in today’s review, and as an act of karma, I’ll accept a request from another publicist to mention a couple of releases on the wonderfully off-beat Anti-World’s label, Patrick and Infinite Football, two very strange but worthwhile films which debut on blu-ray in the UK this week. The disks arrived in the post this morning, and I’ll look to repurpose my original copy in the next few days if I don’t accidentally tidy them away with yesterday’s tinsel like a complete and utter muppet.