The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State ... See full summary »
When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.
A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.
A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and seductive with women.
The Blue John Cavern is one of the four show caves in Castleton, Derbyshire, England. The cavern takes its name from the semi-precious mineral Blue John, which is still mined in small amounts outside the tourist season and made locally into jewellery. The miners who work the remaining seams are also the guides for underground public tours. The eight working seams are known as Twelve Vein, Old Dining Room, Bull Beef, New Dining Room, Five Vein, Organ Room, New Cavern and Landscape. See more »
Early in the film, when Tina's hair is being brushed by her mother, there is a cut to Tina with her mother visible behind her. Although we can hear her talking, her mouth is shut. Out of sync audio/visuals are a trademark of director Ben Wheatley's editing style (see also: Kill List) See more »
Mum? Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. You all right?
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Director Ben Wheatley's obsession with violent death continues in SIGHTSEERS, a would-be black comedy about a couple of sightseers touring northern England and discovering a macabre talent for murder along the way. What could have been an inventive spin on the likes of BADLANDS or BONNIE & CLYDE instead turns out to be a cringing and disappointing non-event.
The problem with this film is the script, which is extraordinarily dim. It mistakes crude humour and gross-out effects for genuine wit, and there's absolutely nothing there in-between the punchlines. The main characters are repulsive and unlikeable in the extreme and watching them constantly arguing makes this a depressing experience along the lines of EASTENDERS, and for that reason alone I haven't watched a British soap in many years.
The most annoying thing about this is the wasted potential of the project. Wheatley clearly has talent as director, because I can't fault his work behind the camera, but it's squandered on forgettable material. The characters in SIGHTSEERS should be vibrant and intense, likable despite their flaws, but they never are. Alice Lowe's Tina is, in particularly, a completely grotesque and near-unwatchable creation.
Worth watching for the beautiful scenery, then - I'm the kind of guy who loves the kind of holiday undertaken by the characters here - and a few amusing scenes spaced out here and there, but a lesser beast in contrast to Wheatley's DOWN TERRACE and KILL LIST.
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