Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Tracking down a film

I've always prided myself on being able to track down a film I see on TV. You know how it is, you come into it half-way, maybe you recognise an actor but can't recall the name. Anyway, by a process of deduction I can usually find the name of the film using a combination of IMDB.com, Yahoo TV listings, etc etc.

Only last night, a grainy English B&W had me stumped. It was on TCM, which ought to have made it really easy to find it - just go to the Schedule on tcm.com, right? Only every one of their schedule listings - US, UK, France, Latin, had not the film I was watching. IMDB character name searches pulled up nothing. General Google searches failed me. What was going on? So naturally I just sat through the movie to the end, for the credits. It was the 1964 'classic' "Children of the Damned".

But why didn't it show up on TCM's schedule? 24 hours later I figured out to search TCM's database (which by the way is almost as good as IMDBs). Bingo! There was the film, but the time it was playing was a full 8 hours after I saw it... No wonder it didn't show up.

By the way, I did get the previous film on TCM that night: The Thing From Another World. A '50s classic sci-fi horror red-menace, with the classis ending line "Keep watching the skies!"

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Children in national dress, Dominica

Love this photo; it dates back to my slide days. It was taken outside my then office at the grandly named Dominica Banana Marketing Corporation in Roseau, circa 1988.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Shower at sunset

Shower at sunset
Originally uploaded by Pirate 605.
This was takien on one of my late afternoon cycling jaunts, up to the heights above Morne Prosper