Archive for ‘Film and TV’

June 28, 2017

Melvin Kaminsky 

Mel Brooks 91 today. 

June 10, 2017

POW!

BATMAN – looking back it’s a very tongue-in-cheek version of the caped crusader and his crime fighting escapades. But growing up with the show when Bruce Wayne was played cooly by a serious Adam West and your Corgi Batmobile would recreate his daring-do along with Boy Wonder Robin, there was nothing better. Sadly we hear of the recent passing of Adam West who owned this role – grey one piece, yellow utility belt, and satin glove and all. 

June 6, 2017

Of Wine & Cheese

“Cracking toast Gromit!” As part of the frenzied inventor with his dedicated sidekick hound, and as one of the youthful hearted pensioners in a long running sitcom, Peter Sallis became a household name as a cheese and cracker gastronome and Holmfirth scallywag respectively. Sadly he passed away today at the grand age of 96. His voice and demeanor were calm and reassuring and he seemed to fit both characters perfectly.

“Did I lock the door?” 

May 30, 2017

Here’s one I made earlier

Get Down Shep! – Part of my youth was a biweekly watching of the children’s BBC show Blue Peter. Where the presenters got up to all sorts of studio or outdoors hi-jinx. One of the most popular was John Noakes who was on the show for a record 12 years. He Was never without his sidekick , border collie, Shep. Sadly John passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Here’s screenshots of his 1980’s show Go with Noakes where he tried his hand at trials riding across the grassy moors of the Isle of Man. 

May 4, 2017

“Look sir, moto’s.”

These aren’t the bikes you’re looking for. Here’s trooper TR-595 aboard his Speed Triple on an Empries errand. Today is Intergalactic Star Wars Day ‘May the Fourth”.

April 19, 2017

Donuts!

D’oh! Homer Simpson hit the screen thirty years ago today as a short animated piece on the Tracey Ullman Show. 28 seasons and 615 episodes later it has become part of popular vernacular in today’s society. Marge, Lisa, Bart, Maggie, Santa’s Little Helper, and Snowball II. The Post Nuclear family. 

April 13, 2017

Bicycle made for twenty one

And it’s goodnight from him – Ronnie Barker is captain of this endless tandem passengers by other bowler hatted riders as well as Blue Peter favorites John Noakes and Lesley Judd. The front end is definitely motorcycle rated and the structural truss frame very engineered. This was October 5th 1972. The Vigintipede (21) was used by Littlehampton Rotary Club to raise money for the RNLI and the Blue Peter lifeboat. 

February 2, 2017

Watch that first step. It’s a doozie.

Punxsutawney Phil – being the 2nd of February today isn’t just when the Wood Chuck eats us know if winter will stretch out for another six weeks but is now also known as a repetitive day. After Mr Bill Murray’s comedy movie from 1993, where a selfish TV reporter finds himself in a time loop on 2nd Feb and only through self learning of selflessness he escapes the cycle. 

The photo is Bill on a Honda XL175 dirt bike as a camp counselor in the film Meatballs. 

January 2, 2017

Hulk

Please don’t make me angry; you won’t like me when I’m angry. The latest iteration of the green behemoth via The Avengers movie sees the diminutive physicist Dr Bruce Banner being played by as bespectacled Mark Ruffalo. His mode of transport? A dusty patina’d Triumph looking like it’s seen plenty of lonely miles. This model kit at sixth scale certainly lost is the part for any comic book fan.

November 20, 2016

Paul Newman

Dragline:   “He was smiling…That’s right. You know, that, that Luke smile of his. He had it on his face right to the very end. Hell, if they didn’t know it ‘fore, they could tell right then that they weren’t a-gonna beat him. That old Luke smile. Old Luke, he was some boy. Cool Hand Luke. Hell, he’s a natural-born world-shaker.”

November 15, 2016

Buster

Sherlock jr. – Physical actor Buster Keaton can be regarded as one of the most revered actor directors in motion picture. His deadpan expression allowed viewers to read his emotions through pure movement. 

The motorcycle is a 1924 Harley Davidson JD. 

November 14, 2016

Crank

Meatball – Recent biker documentary Brittown features titular motorcycle connoisseur from the Hell On Wheels bike shop in Anaheim, CA as he eats, drinks, and sleeps British iron.

November 11, 2016

Solo

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.  – RIP Robert Vaughn (1932-2016) Last of the Seven. Many know him as Agent Napoleon Solo, others as Lee from John Sturges’ classic remake of The Seven Samurai. I like him as slimy politician Chalmers opposite Steve McQueens film Bullitt. [Frank Bullitt to Chalmers] “You believe what you want. Look, you work your side of the street, and I’ll work mine.”

September 22, 2016

Nightmare Bloodbath

Biker Movie – one of the lesser known Outlaw Motorcycle Gang films from 1969 has a bunch of two-wheeled anarchist take to the highways on British Iron. 

The tag line is: “Vicious bikers go on a killing spree in the desert, causing would-be victims to seek grisly revenge.” 

Starring Russ Tamblyn better known as Riff leader of the Jets gang from West Side Story. In this vehicle he play leader ‘Anchor’. Violence ensues but bikes across a stark desert landscape add much needed respite.

September 5, 2016

Crazy little thing called Love

Freddie Mercury- today he would have been seventy, impossible to fathom; forever seen as that exuberant performer who stole the worlds attention at Wembley in ’85 for LiveAid. I remember when this video would come on Top of the Pops and the big motorcycle playing a pivotal role in his leathered persona was impressive to an eight year old.

I gotta be cool, relax, get hip

And get on my track’s

Take a back seat, hitch-hike

And take a long ride on my motorbike

Until I’m ready (Ready Freddie)

Crazy little thing called love