Author Topic: It wasn't cinematic

sam

It wasn't cinematic
« on: June 12, 2012 »
Cyclists never made out very well in The Sopranos. Sal Bonpensiero aka What's-a-5-letter-word-for-cat-begins-with-P? knocks one into a coma while playing Junior G-Man. Phil "I'm named after a ballet costume" Leotardo visits the darker side and gives 'bents a bad name by association with a certain Italian-American subculture. And AJ manifests a distinct lack of sympathy after a dooring.



Title is a Sopranos reference.

PS. What can happen if you read too many youtube comments

sam

Big Ouch
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012 »


Grabbed this screenshot from Big Love, a series about Mormons (here's one now, in need of a restraining order). My wife tells me I should be wearing a helmet around the house. Bopped myself on the head with a ream of paper, of all things. Would've hurt less if it had Battlestar Galactica corners.

sam

Door #2
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012 »
From Rich Hall's documentary Inventing the Indian:
"Geronimo was offered the services of a car in 1905 after he was incarcerated at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He turned the offer down...





The Bicycle Museum of America


Geronimo's actual name was Goyaałé, meaning "one who yawns"

sam

Sit up and scream
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2013 »
It's a shame that bikes aren't used more often in The Walking Dead, as we're dealing with mostly slower zombies here.



This is an early scene from the pilot episode. Former lawman / future I-am-the-law man Rick is still a bit out of sorts after checking himself out of a hospital which is clearly no longer accepting private patients. Fortunately he's compos mentis enough to have chosen an upright model suitable for providing the best posture for vigilance to avoid becoming roadkill himself. The lack of a bell is eerie foreshadowing of the imaginary ringing he will later hear when he loses the plot after the death of his wife.

In the background lies unfinished business.

sam

Too Bad
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2013 »
Bye bye Breaking Bad.

Of all Walter's crimes, perhaps the most chilling was when he ordered the death of Gale for being too quirky.



The vegan, Walt Whitman-loving, Major Tom and Crapa Pelada-singing, using a laser-guided infrared thermometer to check the temperature of water boiling in a kettle-ing chemist was doomed from the moment he came to work with this:


sam

Sig det ikke er så
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2014 »


I've finally started watching Borgen, which is Danish for "inevitable references will be made to The West Wing, which had snappier dialogue and the delightful Josh but was often self-righteous and full of itself."



Not long into my belated viewing pleasure came a stunning scene. No, not when Birgitte steps over the competition and becomes the first female prime minister in Denmark. This:



In case you missed it:



I won't go so far as to say that something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but is it too much to expect bare heads in my Nordic noir?

sam

It's all in the delivery
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2014 »


Taking my usual time, I've just watched the first episode of Call the Midwife. If you're willing to forgive the occasional Dr Feelgood overdose, it was well done. I was surprised by the choice to let español madre y el niño survive, but that's showbiz (and for all I know based on fact). Of course I was expecting Monty P. to stop in at any moment singing Every sperm is sacred...

From a cyclist's point of view all that was needed to establish the rough-and-tumble past was the first ride on cobblestones.


sam

Pass the sarsaparilla
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2015 »
Tom Nuttall's ride through Deadwood Deadwood provided some light entertainment in a generally dark series...


Animals drunks and sundries cleared from my lane of passage


Suffer the low vantage


Alas, that particular ride didn't end well.

Cover your ears Dorothy

we're not in The Waltons anymore.

sam

Two wheels good
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2016 »
You've just survived the most terrifying ordeal of your young life: holed up in a bunker full of desperate Nazis (OK, you kind of signed up for that) with Russian bombs falling outside, followed by a tense decampment through the enemy line. Quick, what device can we use to portray your escape from that madness, your freedom to go on living, even if it's as a bit player in a parody meme?



Oops, that was the big screen. Well, I'm here to break rules.

sam

Mean streets
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2016 »
Bikes made a few scattered appearances in The Shield.

In helping a kid find his stolen Streetjammer (good name for a bike, shame it's a scooter in RL), Aceveda inadvertently steals another:



The Strike Team do what they do best, crack wise as they're cracking heads:



And then there was that thrilling scene when Capt. Rawling interrogates Antwon, a suspect in a brutal singlespeed conversion:


sam

Catastrophe
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2016 »
Self-harm by bicycle? Really, Fleabag? I suppose it could happen. It took me an episode to warm up to this "gloriously rude update of Bridget Jones's Diary" [Telegraph], but warm up I did. It may have been the scene in the train. [Dead link. Pity.] Having Olivia Colman, Hugh Dennis and Bill Paterson along for the ride didn't hurt. Bravo, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.


'Phoebe Waller-Bridge'? Really? I suppose it could happen.

sam

Bad to the bone
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2017 »
Rewind to Breaking Bad. Neo-Nazi Kenny reflects on the non-Hitler youth of today:




clickety click









Some are just born bad. Everybody’s favourite spawn of Satan is a clear case of nature over nurture:


fratricide by tricycle





it was a little bit frightening







NOTES
“The victim [of fratricide] need not be the perpetrator's biological brother.” Thanks, Wikipedia.
Road rage? The devil made him do it.
It’s all on increasingly smaller and smaller screens to me anyway.