Tomorrow’s DVD release of Alpha Papa is a reminder that films based on television shows needn’t be On-the-Buses bad. Other honourable examples of the genre are The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), In the Loop (2009) and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999).
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Real Life: My 'sister' was my Mum: Jack Nicholson grew up believing his mother was his sister. Derek Jameson recalls his own experience in the Thirties, when he was a child in the East End
Sunday 06 March 1994
AT THE age of eight I discovered that my big foster sister was in fact my mother. I grew up in Ma Wren's establishment in the East End of London.
Friday 09 July 1993
TWINS are great set dressing. That moment of dislocation and disbelief when the single entity first sees double adds instant atmosphere. As when Robert Altman employs female twins (flanking Sissy Spacek, right), glimpsed in a spa, at the start of Three Women (1977) to hint at the picture's theme of female identity fluidly transferred.
Sunday 02 May 1993
AT LAST, a breakthrough in wildlife photography: animals holding the cameras.
FILM / Nicholson makes a Hoffa you can refuse: Adam Mars-Jones reviews Jack Nicholson's performance in Danny DeVito's Hoffa, plus Crush and Candyman
Friday 19 March 1993
AT THE beginning of Hoffa Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito, who also directs) gets out of the car in which he and Jimmy Hoffa have been waiting. He gives an exaggerated stiff shrug which is about as subtle as anything in the film. The shrug isn't for Hoffa's benefit, but for ours. And it says 'I'm Italian and I'm not as young as I was'.
Sunday 28 February 1993
Linda McCartney is the snapper snapped in this portrait by David Bailey from his book If We Shadows (Thames and Hudson pounds 29.95). After his rise to fame and influence in the Sixties, Bailey has continued to photograph his family, famous friends and artists, from Jack Nicholson to Gilbert & George; the 200 shots in this book are all in black and white.
Tuesday 23 February 1993
THERE'S always a bit of messing around when you do superstars - conditions laid down, complicated arrangements that you fear will go wrong should the superstar wake up grumpy on the day and say bugger it, I ain't doing nothing. Jack Nicholson was only in London for two days on a private visit, but to help along his new film, Hoffa, which opens on 19 March, he'd agreed to do just two interviews. I had to see the film first, at a private viewing in Soho, at 10.30. In the morning? No, evening. Oh, cripes. That's when I have my cocoa and go to bed.
FILM / Strutting the mushy stuff: A Few Good Men (15); A Winter's Tale (12); Tous les Matins du Monde (12)
Sunday 03 January 1993
AT THE start of A Few Good Men we get a bravura display of parade-ground dexterity: a line of dapper marines whip through a close drill, rifles sloped at lightning speed to give the impression of a domino collapse. Their movements have a giddy comic beauty - a split second out and the whole routine would be in disarray. It's the most enjoyable sequence in a movie that is itself excessively regimented.
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