For Your Consideration

If you’re of a certain age and looking for a movie to occupy your time this holiday weekend, let me humbly suggest “Pirate Radio.”

Set in 1966, it’s got a killer soundtrack, mostly British Invasion stuff, heavy on The Kinks.

And even better, it has the incomparable Bill Nighy as one of the leads. (If you saw “Love Actually,” he played the burned out rocker who sang “Christmas is All Around.”) Here, he performs a wedding ceremony on the pirate radio ship.

I admit, I am a sucker for British comedies.  The cast, including Kenneth Branagh and a cameo by his ex, Emma Thompson, is fabulous.  And if you’re adding a couple of Americans for good measure, Philip Seymour Hoffman and January Jones are pretty good choices.

We watched it last weekend “on demand.”  It may or may not be your cup of tea, but it was well paired with a nice bottle of red.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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4 Responses to For Your Consideration

  1. Great suggestion, Gerry. Saw it, agreed about the soundtrack, and the red wine. Big Philip Seymour Hoffman fan. Saw The Kinks at the New Haven Coliseum, but am too old and senile now to remember when. Except that it was a L-O-N-G (sung to L-O-L-A) time ago!

  2. I’ll have to pick that up. I used to listen to pirate radio when I was stationed in England. And the first time I heard ” Lola” was when I was over there. Blew the back of my head off. I’d been a Kinks fan, but this one was really Kinky. And it scared the hell out of me. I used to go to nightclubs in London. The lights were low, the music was loud. Mistakes could be made. Fortunately, they were not. At least to the best of my knowledge.

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