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Taking The Fall 2 - Die HardRather a long one, this… Hans Gruber decides not to take the Nakatomi Plaza express elevator, electing instead to get some fresh air, with the assistance of John McClane.

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Taking The Fall#001 - North By NorthwestHuzzah! More cinematic screencap timewasting…

First up: James Mason takes his tumble off Mount Rushmore in Hitchcock’s North By Northwest.

It’s a bit dark, but it’s still got a lovely quality to it – I guess we have matte artist Matthew Yuricich, photographer Robert Burks and production designer Robert Boyle to thank the most. They also helped pull together magnificently big scenes such as Roger Thornhill’s arrival at the UN, and Vandamm’s Frank Lloyd Wright-type house, not to mention the cropduster business.

All this, and Bernard Herrmann’s score, and Saul Bass’s opening credit sequence, before we even start thinking about the filthy fencing between Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint? (And tbh I know I think about that far too much.)

And after all that, there’s still delicious supporting characters by the pound, including Jessie Royce Landis as the Thornhill matriarch, Doreen Lang’s Madison Avenue PA, Martin Landau’s creepy heavy Leonard, Malcolm Atterbury as a standoffish rural type waiting for a bus – “Then your name isn’t Kaplan?”/ “Can’t say it is, cuz it ain’t” – and a rather harassed-looking Les Tremayne as an auctioneer…

Dammit, people, you truly are all spoiled rotten…

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P&V#1 - The Sweeney S4E3

New feature!!!

The finest in film and telly pish: golden showers on the silver screen and TV wee-wee 8)

First up – An all-night stakeout in the back of a van in a lorry park, sans toilet facilities, but avec milk bottle… From The Sweeney S4E3.

PS Inspired by the two – yes, two – searches for “shameless urinating pictures” by which some weirdo found this blog today…

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