Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Film Watch

Scouring the Radio Times today I noticed two films on over the weekend that I thought I should point out for regular readers, as they're both good, though rather different!

First up to bat is the little seen Michael Reeves (of The Witchfinder General fame) Swinging 60s chiller The Sorcerers starring Boris Karloff and future Return Of The Saint 'I can't believe it's not Roger Moore' himself, Ian Ogilvy

The plot concerns an elderly scientific couple (Karloff and Catherine Lacey) who develop a new method of hypnosis to share the experiences of others, primarily the young. Ogilvy stars as their surrogate, a bored young man, who through the insane desires of Lacey finds himself performing increasingly violent acts.

It's on in the wee small hours of Saturday night/Sunday morning on BBC2.

Next up is the sadly all too real terror that spread throughout the 1970s thanks to Germany's Red Army Faction, harrowingly and convincingly told in The Baader Meinhoff Complex

Not an easy watch, but if you're into your recent history and you like Euro cinema then it's definitely worth catching on BBC4, Sunday night.


  1. THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX is excellent. At times I think it seems almost set to collapse under the sheer scale of the story it's trying to tell, but it does a brilliant job of depicting the varied, incompatible and at times frankly incoherent ideologies of the various people who associated themselves with the RAF (no, not *that* RAF ;)).

    The late Christopher Hitchens wrote a very interesting review of it: http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/08/hitchens-guerrillas200908

    1. It is isn't it? A great movie, epic in tone as you say. The recent biopic of Carlos The Jackal makes for a good double bill. Though the cinematic version lops lots of the later action out, I was disappointed to see, the French movie/mini series lasts for another hour or so I believe!

  2. I actually watched the CARLOS miniseries a week or so ago. I liked it, but I'd actually put it below BAADER MEINHOF, MESRINE, MUNICH, ANGELS OF EVIL and other similar 70s terrorism/gangsterism films. I found Edgar Ramirez's performance to be superb, and I absolutely loved the first half, but I felt it flagged a little in the second half before eventually petering out. I feel it peaked too early with the excellent OPEC kidnapping sequence and couldn't really offer up anything else to match it. Still, I'd be semi-curious to check out the truncated film version at a later date.

    1. Ooh I love Mesrine, and Munich too of course. That's interesting to hear the ending petered out, because in the abridged film it's the ending that is the weakest too.