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Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity starts boldly with a single-take in real-time of the fictional space shuttle Explorer drifting into view, while a specialist is working
on the Hubble telescope. As the astronauts, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are convincing - but only ciphers if compared to the stronger characterisation of orbital
space as a perilous working environment where sudden death lurks in each second of every minute; and this disaster movie runs for an hour and a half.
Based upon Stephen King's short novel The Colorado Kid (2005), and produced in Canada, Haven is set in a picture-postcard fishing town in Maine. The
TV show is a likeable cross-genre series that mixes offbeat crime drama with fantasy horror, and has melancholy folk theme that's a cut above most music scores.
Lots of weird sci-fi and obviously supernatural things occur, and such events are very often caused by, or centred upon, otherwise quite ordinary local people
cursed with special abilities they simply cannot control, especially when they are struggling to cope with overwhelming emotions.
Susan George was only 12-years-old when she made her TV debut in the BBC series Swallows And Amazons (1962). It was later, with her long blonde hair and
sub-Bardot pout that she became the go-to dolly-bird with Boris Karloff in The Sorcerers,
with Denholm Elliott in TV's Dracula (1968), and supporting Suzy Kendall in Up The Junction.
All Neat In Black Stockings is a very minor entry in the swinging 1960s movie genre that does her no great favours but, it's a light amusing romp with shots
at many of the tropes that distinguish the subgenre.
A curiosity, the obvious parallel that Johnny Cool evokes is with John Boorman and Lee Marvin's Point Blank of four years later. But, while Point Blank
is cool, immersive, metaphoric, and mythic, with a killer colour palate, and clearly late 1960s, Johnny Cool is black and white, with one foot in the 1950s, hamstrung
by the Hays code and trying to make amorality hip while saying that crime doesn't pay. Having said all that, while Johnny Cool isn't Kiss Me Deadly, it is
slightly shocking with its automaton hero and Stockholm syndrome heroine embarking on a killing spree.