Peaky Blinders & The Nutcracker

This is what happens when I watch Peaky Blinders and YouTube Nutcracker videos within 24 hours of each other. I’ve cast Cillian Murphy as Rudolph Nureyev in a nonexistent biopic and/or The Nutcracker.

 

My Favorite Christmas Movie

“The epitome of this year’s Christmas offerings. Will catch at your heart and loosen your tear ducts. If you loved ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ or ‘The Homecoming’ you will spend a four-handkerchief night with ‘The Gift of Love.’ The entire project is a joy.” – Newark Star-Ledger

The classic Christmas movie, originally broadcast on CBS as an annual tradition, starring Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury & Polly Holliday. From its original producer, never before officially offered on dvd or video. “Like” the official facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheGiftofLoveAChristmasStory

“It’s a tale of love, joy, memory and disappointment, put together in a way that will touch your heart.” -Albany News

With her world in turmoil, Janet (Lee Remick) feels she is losing so much that’s important… her beloved mother (Angela Lansbury), the family business, maybe even her husband. Janet dreams of simpler times, of Christmas in the idyllic Vermont of her younger days, and of taking her children back to the family home where her parents and spinster aunt (Polly Holliday) would be waiting for them. And they are, in all the warmth of the holiday. But only when even more seems lost, as one her children is in jeopardy, does Janet search for that ‘secret place’ where we all may find what really matters, at Christmas and always.

“Lovely performances by Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury… luminous presence of Polly Holliday… make this a special that merits repeating in seasons to come.” -Los Angeles Times

I think this is my favorite Nutcracker. I’ve watched it for years on a fuzzyvision™ VHS tape from TV. I’ve just discovered that it’s available in HD, so I immediately bought one.

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Clara and the Nutcracker (by Hayden Deck)

Peaky Blinders

 

Cillian Murphy in tweed, on a horse, beneath a foreboding sky. And don’t get me started on those caps and dusters. I just love a costume drama set in a world of working class manliness. According to the reviews, they’ve given it a sort of revisionist edginess that will, I think, resonate even more with today’s audience.

Edited to Add: I’ve just watched the first episode, and I’m not quite sure what they were trying to achieve with the music.

 

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is an epic, six-art gangster drama set in the lawless streets of post-war Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s.

Britain in 1919 is a tumultuous mix of despair and hedonism, a nation cleaned out by the extravagances of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly minted revolutionaries and criminal gangs all fight for survival in an industrial landscape gripped by economic upheaval.

Thomas Shelby and his family run the most feared and powerful local gang, the Peaky Blinders. Named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, they make money from illegal betting, protection and the black market.

But Tommy’s ambitions go beyond running the streets, and when a crate of guns goes missing from an arms factory, he recognises an opportunity to move up in the world. Crime pays, but business pays better.

As rival gangs, Communist revolutionaries and IRA Fenians descend on Small Heath in pursuit of the weapons, Winston Churchill dispatches a ruthless police chief from Belfast to impose order on an increasingly lawless city and recover the guns.

Peaky Blinders is a dazzling picture of England taken directly from the pages of our secret history. They will now burst into life in a vibrant evocation of a hedonistic age. The Shelbys will be a family to be reckoned with.

Peaky Blinders is a six-part drama series for BBC Two by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions. It is created by Steven Knight, and written by Steven Knight, Stephen Russell and Toby Finlay. It is directed by Otto Bathurst and Tom Harper, and produced by Katie Swinden.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01fj945

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The period drama, which has yet to see its fourth-run debut stateside, will be back on PBS’ “Masterpiece Classics” in America and ITV in the U.K.

“Downton Abbey”

Downton Abbey still stands. The Emmy-winning drama from Julian Fellowes has been renewed for a fifth season — make that series, for fans in its native U.K. — and will continue to air on PBS’ Masterpiece Classics and ITV.

The period piece, which recently wrapped its fourth season in Great Britain, raking an average audience of 11.8 million viewers, won’t see its stateside return until Jan. 5. That lengthy delay has yet to dampen Downton‘s ratings momentum. The third run grossed 24 million viewers, making it PBS’ most watched drama to date.

(via ‘Downton Abbey’ Renewed for Season 5)