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One of the problems of remaking an old series, is that we often forget how awful the original series was at times. Even the classics took a while to get going, and the original Minder was no different. It took many years for George Cole and Dennis Waterman to get into our national blood.
The story lines where implausible, but it was sheer escapism into the lovable rogue world of wheeling and dealing. Recall this was the era that Arther Daley and Del Trotter where part of the staple diets of the UK.
So a remake of Minder was always going to be a daunting task that wasn't going to win the hearts of many straight out of the gate.
Shane Richie plays a very good Archie Daley and is more in the vein of the original George Cole's character than we probably care to remember.
This was an enjoyable romp and I look forward to see these characters get comfortable with their surroundings.
Don't be quick to judge, as nostalgic series are often best left to our memory.
The Road to Guantanamo (2006)
You can see why the middle east distrusts America
This movie i had heard of. I had seen the press for it, and sometimes you have to be in a frame of mind to watch something of this magnitude. I knew it was going to probably blow my mind in terms of how the the orange-jump-suit prisoners are not only treated, but how they get there in the first place.
Last night, the time had come. My perception was shattered and I now look at the US (and my own government) with disgust.
These lads, were definitely no choir boys in the UK, but they were no more a threat to national security than any other group of young teenagers.
What shocked me the most, was how they were trying to convince the men that it was them on the video tape and how they were photographed sitting in rallies listening to the Bin Laden. Sheer mental torture.
Then the moment of "oh my god" came. One of the three, put 2 and 2 together and realized he had a cast iron alibi -- at the time they were accusing him of being with Bin Laden, he was actually in UK prison! Fantastic -- their whole game was blown out of the water. There was no more mind games these guys could do, to him, or his friends.
The fact that it had to go on for so long was a complete outrage.
I for one, will be lobbying my MP seeing what the current situation is.
Watch this movie -- then ASK questions.
Covert One: The Hades Factor (2006)
Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed
If you enjoyed the Dustin Hoffman movie Outbreak, the TV series 24 and X-Files and the HBO/BBC series TheCell, and wondered what would happen if you mixed them altogether, then this is the result.
It trundles along at the usual pace of all the above, with Stephen Dorff doing his best Jack Bauer impersonation, in both looks and personality. Naturally the love of his live is offed fairly early on and that sets up the lone-agent working to recover the truth. Very 24'esque.
The X-Files element is all the government conspiracies that are woven into the plot and that makes for more distraction than anything else. The story is a good one on its own merit, no need to keep mixing in nonsense that really only serves to bog down the movie.
But on the whole it is a good watch.
Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)
Its not that bad
Having just watched this movie i have to say its not as bad as the votes here suggest. Sure its not going to win any awards, but that said, it was never going to. Johnny Vegas, you either hate or you love him. There is very little middle ground with him. The movie tells the tale of 2 working class young men, who are getting bored with the whole sordid lives they are living. The movie hasn't so much got a story line more a serious of sketches. The scene in which the first 3some is done is very well put together, with sheer down to earth humor. This isn't a movie that will appeal sadly to the posh. Its dirty, and the humor is in the gutter. But there are definitely scenes that every man can identify with.
If you are bored, give it a go. Don't be put off.
Gosford Park (2001)
High Expectations ...
It has to be said, the trailer for this movie, would have the majority of people running to watch it. Sadly they will be disappointed.
The movie is way too long, with too many characters. And not only is there two many characters, the ones playing the servants have two screen names; their real name, and that of their master/mistress they are servicing.
It takes 1hr 20mins to actually get to the murder. Infact, it has to be said i completely forgot there was a murder coming. It was obvious from the start who done it, and i was very very disappointed in figuring it out. I was hoping for something clever, but failed to have my expectations realized.
The pace of the movie was slow; and like many of the comments in this thread, the characters themselves completely under developed.
Removing 50% of the cast, would have made for a much more enjoyable movie, complete with a lot more depth.
Sorry ... but Mr Altman serves up another donkey.