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Love, Honour and Obey (2000)
Has its moments but still an OK film
CONTAINS SPOILERS The thing that has to be remembered is that this film clearly wasn't intended to be serious - We Brits just can't seem to help being cynical in our films.
I think what many people have trouble with is the varying change of style - Sometimes its serious (like the ending) and sometimes its a comedy (the dressing up in bridesmaids dresses etc) and this can lead to confusion over how to receive the film.
The best aspect is the cast - Ray Winstone (deserves proper stardom), Rhys Ifans (One to watch), Jude Law (you already know him), Jonny Lee Miller (another one to watch), Kathy Burke (seriously underrated actress), Sean Pertwee (vastly improved actor).
Overall I liked it for its funny moments. If you decide to buy it yourselves, don't expect a serious Oscar-winning gangster film but rather a cynical view of British crime.
Casino Royale (2006)
Craig is the Bond God
It was excellent. The plot, the bond (Craig was outstanding), the style/tone, the characters. Everything was just perfect. The comic book gimmicks and no-brainer story lines have been replaced in favour of more gritty undertones and mature plot twists. Lets not forget too that its the first time in 25 years that they have used a genuine Ian Fleming story.
***SPOILER*** I even like the new thing of leaving the film open ended. A nice touch and a near certainty that the next film will be just as good as this one ***SPOILER END***
One more thing I would like to bring to the attention of you all. There is a website out there called craigisnotbond.com. I urge anyone that is a true fan of Bond (and of Craig himself) to go there and make your feelings know to them that they are WRONG and that Craig is here to stay.
Brand Spanking New Show (2000)
Best Sketches: Obnoxious Business Man - "Yar Yar Yar Yar Yar. Me Me next Me" Short Bloke - "YOU CALLING ME SHORT?! 'KIN DO YOU!" Tactless Pharmacist - "MEINA! Give this man his penal Ointment"
Worst Sketches: Everything else not listed above
Don't get me wrong, Harry is still a funny man, but this series just had more misses than hits this time round (as opposed to his original series). Sometimes this show even gives the impression he didn't quite have enough ideas so just made them up in 5 mins (Renault Espace sketch, Richard and Kenneth sketch etc) Its a shame that his "...and chums" series isn't available yet on DVD. Would love to see Tim-nice-but-dim, Stavros, The Slobs, Kevin & Perry again.
Screen Two: The Firm (1989)
Firstly, I'd like to say that the first two reviewers for this film have completely missed the point. I could easily take their reviews apart.
This film is as true as can be to portray how the hooligan had evolved from the 70's. The culture had swiftly moved onto the lower-middle classes by the 1980's. No longer did they need to be "Skinheads" or "Working class scum" who used the movement as a means to protest against the state.
In order for the hooligans to survive they had to become more intelligent and more cunning to outwit the police. The football shirts were put in one draw and the suits and cotton shirts were pulled out of another - the element of disguise.
Gary Oldman is Bex, the hilarious yet psychotic estate agent who has one goal - to be top boy in Europe. Along with his crew, The ICC, Bex puts it to two other rival firms that he wishes to lead them all into Europe...but they're having none of it. They let him know that the only way he will get that position is if his best ten can beat theirs.
As well as trying to keep him marriage together Bex battles his way to becoming "top boy"...but does he actually succeed? Alan Clarke's films are always witty, gritty and as realistic as they can get. Its a shame the man made only one more film before being taken from this world (cancer) in 1990.
More realistic than "Football Factory" and "I.D", its highly recommended you watch this Made-For-TV classic.
Little Britain (2003)
Funny but shouldn't make anymore than it has
Got the first series DVD, got the Comic relief special DVD and will get the second series DVD...but thats where it should now stop because eventually it'll all go wrong. Catchphrase comedy doesn't have a very long shelf life at all.
I agree that it shouldn't really be praised as groundbreaking or one of the best Brit comedy shows. People from outside Britain will begin to think that we've lost our famous comedy touch or that this is ALL we can do (which of course isn't true), but it does still deserve some credit for what it does. Glad to see Andy and Lou won the top 50 sketches program this year but maybe its only due to hype that it did, the parrot sketch will and should be back at the top by next year as that truly is a classic.
Overall. I do like the show and often finding myself quoting it, but even I know as an admirer that it should finish here.
Filthy Rich & Catflap (1987)
A brilliant show
It strikes me as odd that decent shows like "Filthy, Rich and Catflap" are forgotten when dung heaps like "Mad About Alice" and "All About Me" are aired frequently to an audience of about 7 people and pointlessly recomissioned for extra crappy series.
After Ben Elton finished "The Young Ones", he went on to create this brilliant little sitcom. Its such a wonder that it never went on further but I guess that Elton had other projects to go back to such as "Blackadder 3", Rick was signed to ITV to do "The New Statesman" whilst Nigel Planer entered the world of musicals, so inevitably the show couldn't have gone any further and its just these 6 episodes that we have to savour.
The show evolves around Ritchie Rich: a talentless forgotten has-been who still believes in his mind that he is famous and in the public eye, Ralph Filthy: a dirty minded, unhealthy man who is also Ritchies theatrical agent and Eddie Catflap: The drunken minder/bodyguard of Ritchie Rich.
Heres a couple of examples of what you'd expect on the show (spoilers within):
RITCHIE: Eddie, these are brilliant pics of Midge Ure with Thatch. The newspapers will pay us loads for them.
EDDIE: Why don't we take the pics to Midge Ure and see what he'd pay for them.
RITCHIE: Eddie? Are you suggesting we blackmail one of the worlds greatest rock and roll stars?
EDDIE: No, I'm suggesting we blackmail Midge Ure.
RITCHIE: How do you plug this bloody typewriter in?!
FILTHY: Have you just spent the last 4 hours trying to plug the typewriter in?
RITCHIE: But this thing is just bloody stupid. Look at the plug: two pins at the top, one pin at the bottom. The socket in the wall has to one pin at the top and two pins at the bottom. I mean it just defies logic all together
FILTHY: Oh how infinitly depressing. You've got it the wrong way up, daughter.
RITCHIE: Oh I see. What, so I'm supposed to just go in there and turn the wall upside down, am I?
If you ever get the chance to buy the video tapes (which thankfully I have) then take it. You won't regret it.
Mad About Alice (2004)
You know that brown stuff that drops out of your anus...
...well this sitcom is something that very much resembles brown stuff. I've never had to witness anything quite as terrible and unfunny as this. I've seen car crashes that look less painful and more funny than this. Amanda Holden and Jamie whats-his-name aren't exactly the worlds greatest comic talents. And the other actors involved aren't very good either. I'm even writing this review whilst watching it and its not getting any better.
If you ever get a really aching tooth and need to pull it out, watch this at the same time, that way you won't feel any pain.
If not, don't watch this at all.
Spice World (1997)
these kind of films don't work
Films that are made literally to promote/cash in someone never work. heres the evidence:
Crossroads, IMDB Rating: 3.2, Stars/promotes: Britney Spears
Spice World, IMDB rating: 3.0, Stars/promotes: The spice girls
From Justin to Kelly, IMDB rating: 1.6, Stars/promotes: Justin and Kelly (American Idol)
Gigli, IMDB Rating: 1.8, Stars/promotes J-lo and Ben affleck
Every single one of these films are made for two reasons: to promote dying careers and to cash in. Everyone of these films doesn't care less about the plot or the audience, its prime focus is Britney or J-lo or whoever. Get it straight film producers WE ARE NOT IDIOTS. we know what your doing, it doesn't work so stop it now. take the rating on this site as a guide to your attempt at promotion and go as far away as possible.
RoboCop 3 (1993)
Not very good
I can't remember if I've already reviewed this or not but, oh well, here goes.
Robocop 1 - Good
Robocop 2 - OK
Robocop 3 - What the F**k was the point?
My number 1 wish for the robo trilogy is that they should've followed the Terminator pattern and made the films darker. Forget all the comic book crap and the flimsy plots. Robo 1 was good but it would have been even better as a darker film series. Its no wonder these films never rivalled the Terminator series, its impossible for them to do so. The idea and character of Robocop is brilliant, it just could've be used 1000 times better. R3 doesn't do much to help the series at all. I mean Ninja Robots?!?! That was the point in the film when you just knew the film was dragging itself along a bed of needles by the testies.
Robocop 3, Your are the weakest link, goodbye.
Rude Boy (1980)
Drags on rather a long time...so it feels anyway
I still remember sitting in my living room, in front of the TV and I was getting quite bored. Several times throughout the film I got up and was ready to turn off because I thought it was about to end...but then suddenly, it carrys on. I only carried on watching due to curiosity. I think i was getting to a point where I was hoping Ray would get shot in the head from close range or something similarly exciting would happen.
I love the Clash and have no critisism towards them, its just this film was abit pointless. Half the time, you don't know what Ray is talking about. If he was a friend of mine, I've have punched him in the face before I'd said "Hi" to him.
Anyway, watch it if you want but I'm not anymore. I now have the incredibly hard task of selling the DVD to someone stupid enough. If I get 20p for it I'll be happy.