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This is a film that you are supposed to like. If you don't then you are
somewhat lacking. Apparently.
It is a well acted, well made film but very pretentious. Nothing of any great interest happens, all of which is supposed to build up the "tension" to the ridiculous shoot out.
The arty bits are rather dreary, although they are probably supposed to be metaphors for something or other that the Philistines won't get.
In 2004, Total Film magazine named it as the 16th best British film of all time.
They can't have seen more than 20.
To this day, Malcolm McLaren is telling anyone daft enough to believe
him that the Sex Pistols were his idea and that the band members were
his puppets to be used to make him money. There is a good reason for
him doing this, namely that he is a liar.
Here are some real facts.
* McLaren was actually approached by the band to be manager, not the other way round.
* The Pistols were a proper, organic band and not created by McLaren or anyone else. Jones and Cook were childhood friends. Rotten and Vicious went back a long way too. This is something that has led to unfair criticism of the Pistols down the years as they have been likened to manufactured boy bands.
* The band and no one else wrote the songs, recorded them, played live, created the publicity and gave the interviews.
* McLaren did not instigate the Bill Grundy incident. The Pistols only appeared on the programme because Queen had pulled out. According to the band, McLaren was cowering in the back in case arrests were about to be made.
* Johnny Rotten walked out of the band. He was not sacked.
* Far from outwitting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon (Rotten) actually successfully sued him in the 1980s for control and a considerable sum of money. Some of the evidence used by Lydon's lawyers was from McLaren's boasting in 'The Great Rock & Roll Swindle'. This would suggest that McLaren is none too bright despite his affectations.
* The sackings and subsequent pay offs from A & M and EMI were, again, not engineered, it was merely the way things panned out.
* McLaren boasts about the money he made from the band. If he had been competent, he could have made a great deal more. It seems he coudn't even organise gigs properly.
* McLaren's claim at the start of the film that he invented punk rock can be disproved in about ten seconds. The Pistols were not the first punk band, merely the most high profile.
This is a terrible film. The only parts worth watching are the genuine footage of the band, later put to much better use in 'The Filth And The Fury'.
Don't watch this, not because it is racist (it isn't, although the
characters are stupidly drawn national stereotypes), but because it is
so unbelievably bad.
Here is an example of a "joke".
Teacher (taking register): "Juan" Juan: "Present"
Rajeet: "Gift means the same as present". (Huge burst of canned laughter, there may as well have been a cymbal clash)
It didn't get any better than this. Please remember, the 1970s wasn't all Fawlty Towers and Porridge. There were plenty of feeble shows like this too.
The most overrated pair on British television team up to prove that
they have every bit as much to offer the world of 'acting' as they do
If this is a tribute, I would hate to see them remake a programme that they didn't like.
The lads should stick to what they are good at, whatever that might be and leave this type of thing to people who actually have talent.
Just show the original and get these two off the television.
This is a disgraceful waste of money and the thought that they were paid for it makes it all the less palatable. Next time they turn up at a television studio, give them a mop apiece and get some use out of them.
The hero in this is frankly too good to be true.
He is bringing up someone else's child. Is a model police officer.
I have only seen one episode and it is already obvious that he is going to get together with the lawyer after he (surprise surprise) got off on the wrong foot with her.
I also have doubts as to whether he will ever fail to solve the crime and bring the baddies to book.
As always with any drama set in Newcastle, every opportunity is taken for a backdrop of the Tyne Bridge.
In short, an abundance of cliches.
The joke is long over, such as it was in the first place. They are doing the
same things they were doing ten years ago when they at least had novelty
EVERY show begins with the boys saying 'hello' to somebody (apparently a comedy staple too good to be parted with), audience chants 'Statto!, Statto!' for a bit, two celebrities arrive and engage in some cheery 'banter', 'Phoenix From the Flames' a never-funny segment in which old football moments are recreated with some 'comic' touches, then some old footballer comes on and sings, the big joke being that he never can. All this and swearing too. Controversial or what?
Frank Skinner has let himself down by plodding on with this rubbish. David Baddiel, on the other hand, has never said anything amusing in his entire career and is thereby doing as well as a man with no talent possibly could.
On the positive side, the whole debacle has moved from BBC to ITV, so none of my license fee is not going into Baddiel's pocket.
This show is NOT a victim of political correctness, it was just
rubbish. It was dated before it began. It began years after Monty
Python, Beyond the Fringe, the Goons and Hancock.
The defence is that it had more gags in a half hour than any other show on television before or since.
The downside is that none of them were funny.
It is squarely to blame for bringing some notably untalented people to the fore. This is nothing to do with the type of jokes involved, Les Dawson was as much of the old school of wives and mothers-in-law as anyone else and he was brilliant. The exception that proves the rule.
Please, NEVER let this be seen again.
Actually it just lacks a little wit. And intelligence. Perhaps also some
charm, screen presence, decent guests, competent presenters, talent and
imagination. In fact there is an absence of anything that would make
want to watch a television programme.
Are ITV trying to offend us with this rubbish or do they think that it is what the public want? Everyone I have discussed this fiasco with would prefer to watch adverts.
This is a well made and well acted version of '1984'. It is faithful to the book. Very faithful. One flaw is that anyone watching who hasn't read the book, is unlikely to completely understand everything that is going on. For instance, the scene when Winston Smith sees an enormously fat woman, singing happily as she hangs out her washing and declares 'She's beautiful', can not be seen in its proper context on screen without a narrative.
This film is a comedy drama that actually succeeds in both. This is in stark
contrast to the dreadful 'Bend It Like Beckham' which manages
This is quirky and amusing without being patronising or politically correct.
Watch! Enjoy! Don't be put off if you have seen B.I.L.B.
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