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Thank you kindly for the comments, Susan, Dz, Helen, spcelaai13, & narwagner...
Susan, I LOVE every Marple, going back to MR [my second fave]! Though GM is my fave, I only listed the GM Marple because it's the only one listed on IMDB as a 'TV Series' [with season and episode format]. The others are listed in my 'Great Mystery Films...' list. Also, with another endorsement for 'Scott & Bailey', I will be looking it up very soon! Thanks again, Susan!
Dz, I was unaware of "Scott & Bailey" and have added it to my "British Mystery Series" list. Looking forward to checking it out soon; thanks!
[NF=NtFlx]; Thanks, narwagner!
[List may include series considered in the "British Mystery" genre, but not actually a "British" Mystery production]
[WARNING: Please be advised, if you are easily disappointed by IMDB lists, and you continue reading below, you do so at your own risk. (unofficially dubbed, "The 'Anna A./P.P.' Warning")] <sarcasm>
No particular order after 25...
William, thank you kindly for the comment; I look forward to finding and viewing those films!
In no particular order after 10...
Thank you for the great comments, Yana, Splatter, Aji, Yvette, Manish, Julija, Liarnie, & Chris!
Yana, Splatter & Aji, thanks for the suggestions; I look forward to finding and viewing each of those films!
Manish, yes, apart from KB, #14's '9 1/2 Weeks' does have a little something to do with food...! ;) Additionally, it also had a prequel and sequel produced.
Yvette, 'Hundred Foot Journey' IS a wonderful film; I'm surprised you didn't see it listed at #50?...
Chris, could you be speaking of #45's 'Woman on Top' with Penelope Cruz...?
[List may include series considered in the "British Mystery" genre, but not actually a "British" Mystery]
Please consider commenting with series suggestions not on this list!
[NF=NtFlx]; Thanks, narwagner!
Please consider providing film suggestions that are not on this list...
Thank you for the kind comments Mircea & Eddie.
"The Price of Peace" [Singapore, 1997]
"In Pursuit of Peace" [Singapore, 2001]
"Liang Jian" [China, 2005–2006]
"Cut the Devil's Head Off With the Dadao" ["Dàdāo xiàng guǐzi men de tóu shàng kǎn qù", 2006–2007, China]
"Meritorious" ["Gōngxūn", 2007, China]
"Nazitübbies" [2007, Denmark]
"Legend of Xiangxi" ["Xie Se Xiang Xi", 2007–2008, China]
"Soldiers Sortie" ["Shìbīng tújí", 2007–2012, China]
"My Brother Named Shun Liu" ["Wǒ De Xiōngdì Jiào Shùn Liū", 2009–?, China]
"My Chief and My Regiment" [我的团长我的团, 2009–2012, China]
"No Regrets", or "Rosy Business II" ["Gan Gwok Hiu Hung Zi Ji Hoi Hou Cing", 2010–2012, Hong Kong]
"Natasha" ["Wǒ de nàtǎshā", 2011, China]
"Soldier" ["Yong Shi Men", 2011, Taiwan]
In no particular order after 10...
In no particular order after 10...
Thank you kindly for your comment, Rodrigo; 'GMVn' [one of my all-time faves!] was a terrible oversight on my part, while 'SotW' looks very much worth the anticipation!
In no particular order after 10...
Thank you for the kind comments, Alan, Saff, Gary, Linda, Aria, Harsh, Michael-Scott, & Lori.
Gary, I'm grateful for your suggestion of 'George & Mildred'; watched some on YTb and absolutely love it! As for 'Robin's Nest', it was already in my list of 'British Comedies', but not 'Best of'. I'd never heard of 'Return of Shelly' and could not easily find any samples/previews online, but have added it to my list of 'British Comedies'...
Linda, thank you for your reminder about 'Waiting for God', it is wonderful; I tend to prefer the earlier episodes over the later, but it is always enjoyable!
Aria, thanks, 'Red Dwarf' is a guilty pleasure...
Harsh, I've never had the pleasure of watching 'Inbetweeners'; will give it a go soon, thanks!
Thanks, Michael-Scott; I bet you're referring to 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie'? It's included in my list of 'British Comedies'. I've enjoyed what little I've caught of this, and am a big fan of Stephen's and Hugh's other works [particularly 'Jeeves and Wooster' & 'Black Adder Goes Forth'].
Lori, Thanks for a great list of Britcoms! I've enjoyed some of these [particularly 'Outnumbered'] and they are all included in my "British Comedy TV Series / Britcoms" list, but not in my "Best of..." list.
I'm not a purist when it comes to zombie film watching; I figure, if one of these mo-fo's wanted to chomp on me, and I didnt have the time/means to determine whether it had been supernaturally reanimated or virally infected, as it was on its way, I'm at the very least thinking it's "zombie-like", if not a "zombie"...I'm guessing, not too many people would be able to tell the difference before it's too late anyways.
Some that can make the cut if I had made this list on a different day, include: 'Dead Alive', original 'Dawn of the Dead', '28 Weeks Later', 'Cemetery Man', 'Pontypool', 'Reanimator', 'Army of Darkness', & 'Night of the Comet'...
Ranked in no particular order after 10...
Texas 46 (2002)
As an alternative in the WWII POW genre, 'The Good War' ('TGW,' 2004)' provides a unique perspective on an Axis POW camp in the US (Texas). Shot in Bulgaria and Utah, 'TGW' likely will not win the hearts/minds of lovers of the genre; however, based on a true story, it provides an engaging, if not interesting, perspective that has been somewhat overlooked. Recommended mostly for the die-hard fans of the POW genre and the curious WWII genre viewer. For similar themes consider: 'The Mckenzie Break' (1970); 'Stalag 17' (1953); 'The Incident' (1990); 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' (1957); 'The Colditz Story' (1957); 'Escape To Athena' (1979); & 'The Great Escape' (1963). Also consider: 'A Man Escaped' (1957); 'So weit die Fusse tragen' (TV 1959); 'Paradise Road' (1997); 'What Did You Do During the War Daddy' (1966); 'Prisoner of War' (1954); 'Empire of the Sun' (1987); 'Blood Oath' (or 'Prisoners of the Sun', 1990); 'King Rat' (1965); 'Hart's War' (2002); 'Ivan, Marie og verdenshistorien' (1992); 'Victory' (1981); 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' (1983); 'POW' (TV, 2003); 'As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me' (2003); 'The Secret of Blood Island' (1964); 'The Great Raid' (2005); & 'Von Ryan's Express' (1965).
Yeah, I know, the last thing this film needs is another review, so here it is! This movie was a waste of Jamie Foxx's time and talent...I'm guessing it will be a waste of your time as well (unless you're in the 12-14 year old demographic)...I know it was of mine. This was a very uninteresting 'Top Gun' (1986)/'Firefox' (1982) knock-off, on par with Seagal's 'Flight of Fury' (2006) bomb. I would half-heartedly recommend those two before 'Stealth' if you're desperately in the mood for something like this. Although 'Stealth' makes for a bigger budget view (it is visually stunning with excellent sound!), even 'Interceptor' (1992), has a better plot and makes for a more worthwhile view. For similar themes consider: 'Bat 21' (1988); 'Mirror Wars: Reflection One' (2005); 'The Bridges at Toko-Ri' (1954); 'Flyboys' (2006); 'Battle Taxi' (1955). Also consider: 'Wings' (1927); 'Blue Max' (1966); 'Battle of Britain' (1969); 'Men of the Fighting Lady' (1954); 'Jet Attack' (1958); 'Sabre Jet Pilot' (1983); 'Jet Pilot' (1957); 'Flight of the Intruder (1991); 'Sabre Jet' (1953); & 'The Hunters' (1958); 'Tora Tora Tora' (1970); 'Behind Enemy Lines (2001); 'Midway' (1976); 'Iron Eagle' (1986); 'Black Hawk Down' (2001); 'Executive Decision' (1996); & 'Final Countdown' (1980).
Location, location, location!', provides a remarkable contrast to this film's military/war backdrop/context. Current DVDs of 'Mediterraneo' (1991), provide an enjoyable, if not undistinguished, digital transfer from film that could easily be improved with a clean Blu-ray print. Cinematography is inconsistent, but mostly captivatingly beautiful, likely to evoke a 'wish I were there' aesthetic. 'Mediterraneo' is a glimpse into a significant, yet often overlooked, perspective on the era. For similarly themed films consider: Werner Herzog's seminal feature 'Signs of Life' (1968), and Aleksandr Rogozhkin's feature, 'The Cuckoo' (2002), all highly recommended for the WWII genre enthusiast, and/or the casual international/foreign film viewer. Also consider: George P. Cosmatos' 'Escape To Athena' (1979), Fred Zinnemann's 'From Here To Eternity' (1952), Joshua Logan's 'South Pacific' (1958), Ralph Nelson's 'Father Goose' (1964), Sydney Pollack's 'Castle Keep' (1969), Steven Spielberg's '1941' (1979), Keith Gordon's 'A Midnight Clear' (1992), or Rodney Gibbon's 'Silent Night' (2002), all interesting for their unique perspectives of the genre.
The McKenzie Break (1970)
Compelling POW Narrative...
The Mckenzie Break' ('TMB' 1970)--a somewhat overlooked film in the WWII POW genre--is a dynamic & well paced production that has been digitally transferred (DVD; currently lacks Blu-ray/HD, as of 12/13) in remarkably good condition. 'TMB' is recommended for only the die-hard fans of the POW genre & perhaps the curious WWII genre viewer. Another alternative film in the mold of 'TMB', as well as, 'Stalag 17' (1963), 'The Great Escape'(1963), 'Hart's War' (2002), 'Empire of the Sun' (1987), 'The Hill' (1965), 'Blood Oath' (or 'Prisoners of the Sun', 1990), 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' (1957), 'King Rat' (1965), & 'Victory' (1981), is 'The Good War' (2004) with Roy Scheider & Luca Zingaretti, and written & directed by Giorgio Serafini, pales slightly in comparison, but offers another view of an Axis POW camp in the US (Texas). For similar themes also consider: 'The Colditz Story' (1955); 'Escape to Athena' (1979); 'So weit die Fusse tragen' (TV 1959); 'Paradise Road' (1997). Also consider: 'What Did You Do During the War Daddy' (1966); 'Empire of the Sun' (1987); 'Ivan, Marie og verdenshistorien' (1992); 'Victory' (1981); 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' (1983); 'POW' (TV, 2003); 'As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me' (2003); 'The Secret of Blood Island' (1964); 'The Great Raid' (2005); 'Von Ryan's Express' (1965); & 'Andersonville' (1996).
Presents a Seemingly Uneasy Dichotomy that is Underratingly Entertaining...
**SPOILER** If you figured out 'Primeval' (2006) was about a killer croc before seeing it, consider viewing it anyway...you will not be disappointed, as its worth watching. The acting works & the cinematography is breathtaking. It's Primeval's writing that wasn't altogether cohesive...fresh in most respects, but simply lacking in some instances (fish hut scene for one). I really enjoyed 'Lake Placid' (1999), but I still can't quite place 'Primeval' in the same company as others have, as the limited humor in 'Primeval' has a very different delivery, & is much darker as well. 'Primeval' more ably favors comparisons to 'Anaconda' (1997) or 'Congo' (1995) in plot & atmosphere. For some, the bitter warring between the Burundi government & Hutus as a backdrop for this thriller, is a troublesome distraction. I for one found the weaving of two seemingly disparate narratives (with interesting similarities) to be a brilliant strength. Watch 'Primeval' to see a clever & thrilling take on the serial-killer/monster genre; however, this is not likely going to satisfy the die-hard horror fan. For similar themes consider: 'Rogue' (2007); 'Blood Surf' (2000); 'Alligator' (1980); 'Python' (2000); 'Crocodile' (2000); 'Boa' (2002); & 'Komodo' (2000). Also consider: 'Crocodile 2' (2001); 'The Relic' (1997); 'Python II' (2002); 'Venomous' (2001); 'Anaconda (2): The Hunt for the Blood Orchid' (2004); 'Frogs' (1972); 'Hotel Rwanda' (2005); 'Venom' (2005); 'Sssssss' (1973); 'Sometimes in April' (2005); 'Mimic' (1997); 'Snakes on a Plane' (2006); & 'Boa vs Python' (2004).
Monarch of the Glen (2000)
Good through Series/Season 5...
Loved 'Monarch of the Glen' (MotG) through series/season 5! Series/season 6 is not bad, but as a fan of old 'Monarch,' I just couldn't completely enjoy watching past series/season 5... For others out there that need the old 'MotG' fix, consider giving Robert Carlyle & 'Hamish Macbeth' (1995-97), James Fleet & 'Brotherly Love' (2000), Paul Kaye & 'Two Thousand Acres of Skye' (2001-03), Martin Clunes & 'Doc Martin' (2004-), Stephen Fry & 'Kingdom' (2007-09), or Bridie Carter and 'Mcleods Daughters' (2001-09) a try. Also consider the films: 'The Angels Share' (2012), 'Tamara Drewe' (2010), 'Aberdeen' (2000), 'Local Hero' (1983), 'Saving Grace' (2000), 'Hear My Song' (1991), 'Hard Times' (2000), 'An Everlasting Piece' (2000), 'Keeping Mum' (2005), 'Greenfingers' (2000), 'The Commitments' (1991), 'Made in Dagenham' (2010), 'Whiskey Galore' (1949), 'Quartet' (2012), 'Death at a Funeral' (2007), 'The Closer You Get' (2000), 'The Baker' (2007), 'The Van' (1996), 'How About You
' (2007), 'Leap Year' (2010), & 'The Stone of Destiny' (2008).
Intriguing Preview to, 'A Prairie Home Companion' ...
I'm not certain how I missed Fonvielle's 'Gotham' (or 'The Dead Cant Lie', TV 1988) when it came out in the late 80's...I found this by accident, and enjoyed watching it late one night. I can't agree more with the other comments/reviews already listed praising this film. I have two suggestions though...one viewers can do nothing about, and one you can. Sadly the format is (made-for-TV) full-screen, and there are many instances during the film when it's painfully obvious that a wide-screen format would add immensely to the atmosphere and mood. There's not much you can do about that though; however, what you can do, is turn your TV's 'Color' off, or desaturate the color, and add a little 'Contrast', to enjoy this film in B/W ('film noir'). As for Fonvielle, his 'The Mummy' (1999) is also a fun-filled thrill not to be missed, and 'Cherry 2000' (1987) has Melanie Griffith in her finest form (maybe ever!). His other writing credits are worthy of mention, but both 'The Bride' (1985) and 'The Lords of Discipline' do not seem to have been given the production, or directorial justice, that Fonvielle's work deeply deserved. Watch 'Gotham' as an 80's tribute to classic film noir, and/or as an intriguing preview to 'A Prairie Home Companion' (2006).
An Uzi at the Alamo (2005)
Rough, but Promising Seminal Film...
"Every life has a story...some just have better titles" is the tagline from 'An Uzi at the Alamo' (2005) DVD. As it turns out, this film has a compelling story, excellent title, and a few nuggets, but little else, as the film will barely be watch-able for the typical, or casual film viewer. The film's strengths are a unique story and script with potential in the right hands, and near masterful editing considering what was there to work with. The weaknesses fall on direction and cinematography, which are inconsistent, but mostly poor. Although there is plenty of amateurish acting throughout, the director should have been able to get more out of this cast, which includes a few bright stars that shine. The kungfu-obsessed brother, and the police officer buddy, easily steal their scenes, while Terri Lynn Harris as Teresa, also made the most of her role. Overall, this was an applaudable seminal effort that fell short of substance. On the next effort (and there should be another effort based on promise; greatly look forward to catching, 'The Atticus Institute'!) Sparling should consider acting OR directing, but give up trying to do both during the same production for the moment. As for watching 'An Uzi at the Alamo', it has been mentioned that those who enjoyed 'Clerks' (1994) DVD, may enjoy this, but that's no lock, as I watched this with someone who raves about 'Clerks' and 'Clerks 2' (2006) DVD, but did not enjoy 'An Uzi at the Alamo'. I would only recommend this unique story (with a somewhat upbeat perspective on a serious subject) to anyone who enjoys watching independent and experimental works, particularly the early works of up-and-coming indie players. If you enjoy this, consider watching 'Italian for Beginners' (2000), 'Suicide Club' (2002), 'Taste of Cherry' (1997), 'Double Suicide' (1969), 'My Sweet Suicide' (1999); 'Umberto D' (1952), 'Suicide' (2004), or 'Jump' (1999).
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
Unique Perspectives for the Era...
Captivating cinematography with good digital transfer, strong cast, excellent acting, & tight script under able direction, all highlight 'The Bridge at Remagen' ('TBaR', 1969). Filmed in Czechoslovakia & Hamburg, Germany (the Ludendorf bridge over the Rhine at Remagen was under too much river traffic to be safely used), 'TBaR' is a gripping fictionalized account (dramatized & inaccurate) of the historical capturing of the Ludendorf bridge & full of intrigue & action. It has been documented that an American officer ('Lt Hartman' in the film) had grown up near Remagen and pushed for securing this particular bridge, while upper brass incorrectly believed no major roads existed in Remagen that would help the Allied march into Germany. In reality, the Ludendorf was taken without casualties (severe casualties were suffered in its defense). 'TBaR' is bested for grit & realism by later productions of 'Big Red One' (1980) & 'Saving Private Ryan' (1998), but 'TBaR' provides Allied & Axis perspectives, while touching on psychological & emotional toil that battle had on both combatants & civilians. Consistently suspenseful & dramatic throughout, 'TBaR' doesn't attempt to skirt fear & tension associated with war, & furthermore provides interesting views on WWII era military organizational structure without glorifying war. 'TBaR' isn't without editing & continuity flaws (overuse of same extras, boom mic appearance, Korean War-era armor, etc.); however, this film does successfully provide a strong narrative that addresses the various reasons that bridges became vital to both sides as Allies approached German soil. For similar themes consider: 'Bridge Too Far' (1977); 'The Longest Day' (1962); 'Kelly's Heroes' (1970); & 'Devil's Brigade' (1968). Also consider: 'Iron Cross' (1977); 'Battle of the Bulge' (1965); 'I Was Nineteen' (1968); 'Guns of Navarone' (1961); 'Ballad of a Soldier' (1959); 'Walk in the Sun' (1945); 'The Dawns Here Are Quiet' (1972); & 'Anzio' (1968).
Watch 'Phenomena' over 'Creepers' Cut...
Creepers (1985) US DVD, more widely accepted & known in Argento's uncut production as, 'Phenomena' (1984) Italian DVD. Well, 'Creepers was an attempt to consolidate Argento's various plot lines, but produces a film lacking in everything 'Argento'. This version is not unwatchable, just nowhere near as good as the original. For an interesting study in hacking & editing for US consumption consider watching both versions; otherwise, watch this film as it was meant to be watched under Argento's direction in the production of 'Phenomena'. For similar themes consider: 'Shock' (or 'Beyond the Door II', 1977); 'Larva' (2005); 'Joes Apartment' (1996); 'Beginning of the End' (1957); 'Squirm' (1976); 'Slugs' (or 'Slugs, muerte viscosa' 1987); 'Ben' (1972); 'Bug' (1975); 'Willard' (1971); 'Bite Me' (2004); & 'Willard' (2003). Also consider: 'The Swarm' (1978); 'Day of the Animal' (1977); 'Arachnophobia' (1990); 'Kingdom of the Spiders (1977); 'The Black Scorpion' (1957); Empire of the Ants' (1977); 'Eight Legged Freaks' (2002); 'Them' (1954); 'Glass Trap' (2004); 'Creepies' (2003); 'Swarmed' (2005); 'Scorpius Gigantus' (2006); 'Arachnia' (2003)'; & 'Arachnid' (2002).