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True "Class" and another great spin off from the Doctor Who universe
The series class seems to have split audiences rather dramatically. The majority, myself included, rate the programme highly, but the minority that don't, really seem to hate it. I can't see why anyone who likes sci-fi would dislike it so much, having said that, appreciation of anything is a subjective thing. I wouldn't normally do this, but some off the criticism has been so extreme and unfair, l think it justified to counter them as part of the review. Coal Hill School/Acadamy is a place that sporadically appears in Doctor Who as a place where strange occurrences happen with some regularity. Being a school does mean the main protagonists are students and staff, but that's as near to being Buffy The Vampire Slayer that it gets. It's not a knock off Buffy as some claim as the "universes" they inhabit are completely different. A few critical reviewers claim that "sexuality" looms too large and there are unnecessarily gruesome moments but it's also untrue. Class happens now and in all aspects of character traits, storyline and development is simply up to date. We live in a time of great social change and that is reflected in the writing in a factual non judgemental way. I suspect that some were expecting the show to be pitched at a family audience like Doctor Who, but it was not intended to be. In that sense, as Torchwood was designed to be more grown up than Doctor Who, Class takes that further and is clearly intended for a maturer audience than that. It has grown up themes presented in a grown up way and is patently for an adult audience. I love the individual stories and the overall story arc. It's extremely well written and,m importantly for me, consistent itself and with where it fits into the Doctor Who universe. Patrick Ness has done a great job. As has to be expected a little time has to be spent developing the characters, but I think it was done well and doesn't affect the pace of the show. All the actors give really good performances. I'd be remiss if I didn't say that Katherine Kelly and Greg Austin are superb. Kelly in particular is an actor of such immense and versatile talent that her name alone makes me want to watch a programme and she does not disappoint. Sometimes a viewer has to get used to what they are watching and have to allow character introduction. It as true for Class as any series, but the show is never hindered by it. My advise would be, if you aren't sure about the show at the start, keep watching as you won't regret it.
Weekend is realism at its best.
It is a delight to see a film that makes no concessions in the telling of its story. Everything about the film is as it should be. The dialogue is funny, witty, sad, provoking but spoken in a manner you'd expect from the characters. The writer never shied away from the language these people would use or stop them acting as they would in the circumstances. The themes are adult and again honest, but it is not an "adult film". Nothing is gratuitous, not one second of the film is wasted as the story is perfectly pitched. At times it is crude and would shock your granny, but it's an honest slice of life.
If you only like high-tech, action packed films, it isn't for you. If you like a well written story, realistically portrayed, wonderfully produced and brilliantly acted films, then this is a little gem of a film and it will be your loss if you miss it.
Weekend is everything that is brilliant about British Independent Cinema delightfully packaged into one film. Best film I've seen this year by far.
Batoru hîtâ (1989)
About as bad as it gets.
The premise is simple. A heater is possessed and out for revenge.
The film is described as a comedy horror although there is fighting as the protagonists do try to fight back, but mostly seem to run around in bewilderment. Beyond that I can honestly say I'm not sure what was actually happening. I couldn't get my head round any of it and am left as bewildered as the characters seem to be.
Battle Heater demonstrates that it is entirely possible to produce a film which has no merit whatsoever, save making me fall asleep three times while trying to watch it. The film from conception to execution is as dire as it is possible to be. The basic story could have been very funny in the so absurd its good kind of way, but it transcends that and is so bad it is bad. I am always reticent to dismiss any actor's performance because poor performances are so frequently a by-product of a poor script, unfortunately the acting is as poor for its own sake.
It may be unfair to comment on the quality of the cinematography, sound etc, as one must be wary that a low budget film has not been transferred to DVD with the greatest of care. I was watching a genuine shop bought copy, not hooky one, so can only assume the transfer to be true. In that case it to was unnecessarily poor.
In some ways I am being unfair. Every production has it fans and I can recommend the film to some potential viewers. While it is a different genre, if you enjoyed the quality of the films in the Ator series, then this is for you. In your case you will find it so bad you will find it funny. If that includes you, enjoy, it's as good as bad gets.
Ator l'invincibile (1982)
Fantasy Adventure, I think not.
This film was recommended to me by some friends who said it was a must see. It was only after watching it that I understood what they were saying.
This is quite honestly one of the worst films I have ever seen. It has an idiotic story that is so badly acted that a block of wood appears to be more animated. In every aspect, this film is as bad as anything I have ever seen before.
Even so, I have to admit, I will watch the sequel if only to see if it is possible to make (and I can't believe I'm even thinking this) a worse film.
Normally I would say something like "this film had only one saving grace, it was so bad it was funny". Unfortunately, this film was so bad it doesn't even deserve that.