Je n'aime pas dans les vieux films américains quand les conducteurs ne regardent pas la route. Et de ratage en ratage, on s'habitue à ne jamais dépasser le stade du brouillon. La vie n'est que l'interminable répétition d'une représentation qui n'aura jamais lieu.

Cribb: Abracadaver (1980)

In this episode of the series, our stalwart detectives investigate a spate of bizarre accidents plaguing the London music hall scene.  They’re mainly just embarrassing; none of them have been fatal . . . yet.  This episode had a really obvious solution and a lengthy section in a sort of underground music hall where the performances are more . . . adult is pretty cheesy.  Patsy Rowland gives a really marvelous comedic performance in a supporting role as a woman who’s interested in Cribb in more ways than the usual.  A scene of the two of them in her bedroom is hilariously funny.  This one’s mostly just fine, not great, not terrible, just fine.  2 ½ stars.

tl;dr – episode set in the tawdry world of London’s music halls is OK and not much more than that; a couple of hilarious scenes with actress Patsy Rowland.  2 ½ stars.

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Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider-Man Reborn (2012) - Charles de Lauzirika

This is the behind the scenes documentary that comes with The Amazing Spider-Man; it’s a solid hour and forty minutes which is, not to put to fine a point on it, way too long.  The journey from making Spider-Man 4 in the Raimi series to deciding to do a reboot is an interesting bit.  There’s a lengthy bit that focuses on the stunt-performers on the film and how they did some of the web-swinging stunts and it’s kind of amazing to see just how much they did with real stuntmen.  But the film spends a solid, and incredibly dull, twenty minutes at the end just waxing rhapsodic about the enduring appeal of Spider-Man.  You know, I know that; that’s why I have the Blu-Ray of this movie.  I was hoping for more footage from, hmm, behind the scenes?  In my “behind the scenes” documentary.  Well, whatever.  1 ½ stars.

tl;dr – best bits of this behind the scenes documentary focus on the stunt performers; but it’s ultimately too talky and too long with not enough good behind the scenes footage.  1 ½ stars.

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