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Stan & Ollie
« on: January 14, 2019, 13:12:24 PM »
Yes, I actually managed a visit to the cinema for the first time since December 2017 (seeing The Last Jedi).  :o


And not just any cinema - for the first time in literally years I re-acquainted myself with the wonderful Elland Rex, one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in the UK, with its history proudly displayed on its sleeve (well, in the corridor).  I still love the old place.


The evening started by being greeted on arrival by Stan & Ollie "themselves", Ollie issuing the tickets (via the Rex's old-fashioned ticket machine) and Stan going around the patrons causing mirth and mischief.


Just beneath the red velvet curtains that cover the screen, The Rex has a large, Wurlitzer-esque organ, which was being played beautifully by a senior lady who entertained the punters with tunes instantly recognisable from the L&H films.


Then, after a brief performance by "Stan & Ollie" in which they hopelessly attempted to move the organ out of the room, we were treated to the classic short Towed In A Hole, which not only served as a great warm-up to the main feature in its own right, but retrospectively demonstrated just how good are the portrayals by John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan.


For a fan of L&H like me, the main event was a warm hug of film, which provided some insight into the men behind the characters - and no shortage of laughs, of course.  I have to say that while Coogan is very good as Stan, Reilly is absolutely remarkable as Ollie, with an utterly gob-smacking performance that surely deserves a host of accolades.  I'd recommend this film for that alone. :)
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Re: Stan & Ollie
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 16:07:03 PM »
That sounds pretty much like a perfect evening's entertainment Matt, and also a great cinema!
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 19:37:18 PM »
That sounds pretty much like a perfect evening's entertainment Matt, and also a great cinema!


Yes, absolutely Reg.  8)


Presume you’ll be seeing this, look forward to your thoughts. :)
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2019, 20:14:23 PM »
Strikes me that Steve Coogan is now just a shade too old to play Stan Laurel in his 30s and 40s? But I must admit I was impressed by the clip I saw.

Laurel and Hardy seemed to be on Saturday TV all the time when I was a kid. I remember going to a birthday party in about 1968, and my friend's dad had a cine film copy of the one where they join the Foreign Legion, and showed it on a projector.

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2019, 09:24:03 AM »
Strikes me that Steve Coogan is now just a shade too old to play Stan Laurel in his 30s and 40s? But I must admit I was impressed by the clip I saw.

Laurel and Hardy seemed to be on Saturday TV all the time when I was a kid. I remember going to a birthday party in about 1968, and my friend's dad had a cine film copy of the one where they join the Foreign Legion, and showed it on a projector.


Yes, hasnt TV come on a long way since we were nippers!


Saturday TV and holiday TV a heady mix of Laurel and Hardy, Harold LLoyd, Why Dont You, Rhubarb, The Flashing Blade.....


Very good reason to get out of bed and start doing stuff!
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2019, 17:08:03 PM »
I was a surly teenager when you were a nipper, Jonners.