de Funès, Jo, and 2016

"2016" has by now become synonymous with celebrity deaths, including many actors and musicians. Far away from Hollywood, 2016 began with the passing of Michel Galabru, and ended with the death of Claude Gensac. Thus, this year was framed by the deaths of two of Louis de Funès’s most famous collaborators. Claude Gensac always proved... Continue Reading →

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Robbie the Reindeer (1999-2007)

December is here, and just in time for Christmas I want to introduce you to Robbie the Reindeer. Robbie the Reindeer is a claymation franchise from the BBC. As far as I know, there are three short films in this franchise, all of which are roughly half an hour long. I recently snapped up a... Continue Reading →

Action (1999)

Meet Peter Dragon. Peter is a shallow, greedy, and selfish Hollywood producer. He is lying, manipulating, and scheming. And he is about the nicest guy you will meet in this town…. Before 30 Rock and before Entourage, there was Action. A short-lived sitcom mercilessly mocking Hollywood without pulling any punches, this very funny show was... Continue Reading →

More 2015 films….

Yes, this is another lazy post, i. e. me linking to someone else's work. In addition to my post of September 4th, I found another list of off-mainstream films of 2015: Top 10 Movies You Probably Missed in 2015 With the possible exception of Tangerine, I do not believe that any of the films on... Continue Reading →

Hidden Film Gems of 2015

Unfortunately, I am currently not managing to post regularly, or even semi-regularly. Other things keep getting in the way. So, in lieu of a "real" post, I will recommend to you a youtube video which I came across a few days ago by coincidence. And by coincidence, the young man running the channel has named this... Continue Reading →

The All Together (2007)

This British comedy from 2007 is a tricky one. If you browse through the comments on the internet, you will see that this is a film people either hate or love – there is very little in between. Personally, I love this film, but I do recognise that it has its fair share of flaws.... Continue Reading →

Hamilton Mattress (2002)

“Trust me! I’m your agent.” Hamilton Mattress is a British stop motion animated short film, in the style of Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit. It was not done by Aardman, but several people who worked on Hamilton Mattress had previously worked with Aardman on Wallace and Gromit films. And, considering the timing, Hamilton Mattress, which premiered... Continue Reading →

The Snoop Sisters (1972-1974)

This is a recommendation that will probably appeal to only a small number of people. The Snoop Sisters (1972-1974) is a 5-part TV series that would be an ideal gift for that Murder She Wrote fan in your life.... 😉 Preceding Angela Lansbury's blockbuster franchise by more than a decade, The Snoop Sisters also stars... Continue Reading →

some reading suggestions

No real recommendations this time round, as I have not read any of the following books myself, so cannot - strictly speaking - recommend them. But since these books or e-books all cover the topic of "hidden film gems", I assume that you might find them interesting, so I add these here as "options":   1)... Continue Reading →

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