Laurence Harvey

This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr gets ready to celebrate Halloween in style with some horror releases… and he’s not just thinking of Footloose. Unhappy with his life, he follows the bucket list path of Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black, traveling to the bottom of the world where he finds himself in a small Antarctic town that has outlawed dancing. So Kevin takes it upon himself to help the people get their groove on only to discover they’ve been taken over an alien species that duplicate human form. Later, he takes a trip back to the heartland where he finds a feral woman chained in a cellar… pretty standard for some of the towns he’s been to. Finally, not being able to find a theater that is still playing Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), he checks it out On Demand and promptly throws up.

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There’s almost nothing historically accurate about The Alamo, but it’s a corny piece of entertainment elevated by the presence of The Duke. John Wayne rocks a leather coat with fringe on it throughout this (as the trailer boasts) $12m epic. Twelve million dollars! For a movie! Who would spend that kind of cash? But, seriously, that would be like making a broad Western today for $88m. Not a small amount of money for something with no capes in it. Although Wayne was involved (and partially financed the film himself), it’s Laurence Harvey who won the Badass Award. During a shot, a cannon fell over onto his foot, breaking it, and Harvey continued with the scene and then treated the wound himself. Two years later, he’d go on to play the iconic role of Raymond Shaw in The Manchurian Candidate.

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Room at the Top is one of the first “kitchen sink” dramas that altered the British cinema’s status in cinematic history. But historical context aside, it’s a compelling drama, with a timeless premise, crafty screenwriting and precise directing.

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