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The Hours and Times
26 December 2019
A Beginning
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27 December 2019
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I watched this small indie film recently, and can’t wait to see it again this coming year!

It’s a fictionalized account of John (played by Ian Hart) and Brian (David Angus) during their very-much debated trip to Spain, before the Beatles exploded into fame.

At first, I found it to be pretty decent, although I do wish it was at least 15-20 minutes longer. I feel like the writer and actors really captured these real-life figures; their relationship may have been portrayed to be dripping with seemingly-mutual homoerotic tension, but it’s done in a way that doesn’t feel exploitative (at least, to me). The following days after watching it, more and more questions raised in my mind–warrant for discussion.

People have said that you can easily erase the Beatles connection from this, and it’s still an intriguing character study on the burgeoning friendship between these two different men.

If you’ve seen this film before, or are planning to, then please, post your thoughts and let’s start discussing!

27 December 2019
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Hi Dom, welcome!apple01 I haven’t seen “Hours and Times” myself, but if you liked Ian Hart’s portrayal, you may want to look for 1996’s “Backbeat”, where he plays John again, this time leading the Beatles in 1961 Hamburg.

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 


27 December 2019
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Yes, I watched Backbeat, which I found to be… alright.

Hart even portrayed Lennon for the third time in an episode of Playhouse Presents – an alternate world in which Lennon quit the Beatles in ’62 and lived to be in his 50s.

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