Casting The Runes ( M R James)

When someone with a distinctive voice reads a story, they can bring it alive in a new way. English actor Michael Hordern skips delightfully through this classic tale of the supernatural, first published in 1911, from the king of all ghost story writers: Montague Rhodes James.

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A Song For The Sensitive

The studio album version of this very dreamy tune is longer and has quite a long, slow intro. This live version cuts to the chase a bit quicker, albeit without the violins and echoing guitars. I’m quite impressed with how clear and strong his voice is. There’s even onscreen lyrics.

The Warriors (1979 USA)

a film posterThey look a bit like the Village People. Little did they know they would end up as an Xbox video game. Or that people in the future would view the savage brawl in the public toilet as not The Warriors against a rival gang of young thugs, but what appears to be some kids’ TV presenters (one of whom chooses to fight in roller-skates). You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a man dressed as a toddler hurled, upside down, through a wooden toilet door. But to give credit, this was a spot–on portrayal of New York in the 70s. The city was a mess, on the verge of bankruptcy. Many neighborhoods that are now full of $5 million apartments were war zones. One did not ride the subway at night and the gangs ruled most of the city’s turf.
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