BBC2’s early morning RKO films

Since the start of 2013, BBC2 have been showing double bills of old RKO movies on Saturday and Sunday mornings, starting at around 6am.  They’re hidden in the schedules, but have included some gems, some turkeys and even some TV premieres.

I can only assume the BBC has finally decided to exploit this rich archive of early films!  So far we have had westerns, musicals (two with Frank Sinatra), dramas (several with Ginger Rogers), a Hildegard Withers mystery with Edna May Oliver, and comedies (including a brace with theatre agents Alan Mowbray and Donald MacBride.  We’ve had Bette Davis, Anna Neagle, Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck and Rosalind Russell films too.

A great way to start the weekend, or to record and keep to enjoy whenever you have a spare hour or so.

Here’s more about it from the Digital Spy forum earlier in the year: http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1777326

Thank you BBC – I hope this continues into 2014.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

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Letterboxd – a new social tool for film lovers

Many of you might have been aware of Letterboxd during its invitation-only launch last year.  It’s a social networking tool which allows people to share their ratings, reviews and lists of films they have seen (including TV films).  As I abandoned IMDb after twelve years’ reviewing last year I was pleased to see another tool which allows something a bit more user friendly and interactive for us movie lovers.

So far I have logged over 6,000 films viewed (who knew?) and as you can also assemble a watchlist as you view other people’s profiles, putting together a list of titles I really should have seen by now.  Like Midnight Cowboy.

If you want to try Letterboxd for yourself, you can link it in to your Twitter and Facebook accounts for free, and if you upgrade to a paid account, you can link content with your blog software.  Here’s the link: http://letterboxd.com.