Tag Archives: cinema

Bad movie

Just watched (well sort of) ‘As above , so below‘- very bad movie with far too much screaming and no real plot. There was one thing of interest – a phone in the Parisian catacombs (apologies for the poor photo).

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Classic film

I am happy to add one of the most iconic films of all time to my blog. I hadn’t realised there was a phone box in the games room of the Overlook Hotel.

The Shining

The Shining

More phones on the screen

Cold Weather (2010)

Cold Weather (2010)

The Blacklist

The Blacklist

Spooks (season 1)

Spooks (season 1)

Seven days in May (1964)

Seven days in May (1964)

More viewing

From the movie ‘No’, set in 1980’s Chile…

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And tv show ‘Girls’

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From Homeland

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Niagra

As in the 1953 film starring Marilyn Monroe… There are a few telephone calls made in this film and here are three, including a phone on a boat.

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Some of our recent viewings

Headhunters (2011)

Headhunters (2011)

Utopia (2014)

Utopia (2014)

A single man (2009)

A single man (2009)

Journalists and Spies

A couple from ‘All the President’s Men’ (1976) staring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman…

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And again with ‘Person of Interest’ (season 2, episode 22, 2014) – where even in today’s world of mobile phones the pay phone plays an integral part in the plot (and pay phones in Manhattan are guarded by g-men)…

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Film and tv

I hadn’t realised that Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) involved using a phone box as a time machine. Cool dude.

More recent tv has a phone being used as … a phone, in True Detective:

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An old one from the X-files (‘Pusher’, Season 2):

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Phone box in film and ficton

Just saw ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. Fabulous movie by one of my favourite directors. I really do love Wes Anderson’s way of looking at the world. Anyway there is a lovely shot of a telephone box on stilts, pained with black and yellow zig-zags, in the middle of a snow covered field.

I am currently reading Morrissey’s ‘Autobiogrpahy’ and enjoying it. He has a very descriptive, evocative prose style. p. 179 says…”The realities of each northern day at the turn of the 1980s played out against a hardened backdrop in late repentance, because the north is a separate country – one of wild night landscapes of affectionate affliction. There are no known technological links apart from the telephone box on the corner, and this can always be relied upon to be out of order.”

Murder in a phone box

Spoiler alert if you have seen ‘Stoker’. (The second shot starts the great Australian actress Jackie Weaver.)

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