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Eddie McCraken rules OK!
What a totally mad fim! Woody Harrelson is just brilliant as the one handed Munson, Randy Quaid is excellent as the naive Ishmael, even if he does seem a little old for the role, and Vanessa Angel........enough said! But it's Bill Murray who steals the film as the lascivious, crooked and thoroughly revolting Eddie McCracken. What a tour de force.
If you're looking for a sophisticated, light hearted comedy, then this isn't it. To say the comedy is crude, is an understatement but it is typical Farrelly brothers and hilariously funny, non PC and very crude. It's one of those films which, when you explain the storyline to someone who hasn't seen it, sounds totally ridiculous, confusing and pointless and leaves them with a bemused look on their face - a sure sign of greatness!
Just a slice of everyday life for we Fenlanders!
If you find 'Snatch' confusing, just come and live in my area for a month - it will all fall into place very quickly! When I heard that Brad Pitt had been cast as the pikey boxer, I groaned inwardly - Yanks telling us how to live our lives again! But no, he is brilliant. He has it down pat. He is just dirty enough, dishonest enough and unintelligible enough to make you think he really is a pikey! I was equally impressed with the rest of the cast - sterling performances all round! Considering Ritchie is an old Harrovian and has lived his life just about as far away as you can get from the world of the itinerant pikeys, he recreated their world to perfection. Well done!
I can well understand that many of you out there in the wide world would have found the dialogue almost completely incomprehensible but all praise to the director. He has sacrificed clarity for realism and come out on top. The plot, of course, is total nonsense but, so what, it's not a documentary, is it? The film has plenty of plusses. Loads of action, gratuitous violence galore, a rollicking pace and pretty (non) exotic locations.
I really liked it and thought it owed only a little to 'Lock Stock' which I liked equally well. Recommended to anyone who hasn't seen it.
I actually quite enjoyed it.
I actually quite enjoyed it. It is a rather confusing film but Rutger Hauer is, as always, good value for money and there was plenty of pace to the confusing plot - plenty of action and violence too.
It always makes a film more interesting when you have some connection with it, as I have with this one. It was filmed in Budapest and, in the the scene on Budapest Keleti Station, I saw the bench that fell off when I was asleep a couple of years ago! A pretty tenuous claim to fame, I suspect. That also explains why all of the prostitutes are half naked - it's always very hot in Budapest, both the climatically and socially!
Army of Darkness (1992)
Love it or hate it?
Well, I love it. It is so appalling that it's good! Surely that's the whole point of it. The entire film is nonsense and any connection with the two earlier films is purely accidental.
Bruce Campbell is wonderful. He's one of my all-time heroes and this film is his piece de resistance. Surely he added all of those incredibly funny one-liners as he went along? You couldn't script such rubbish! The scene where he splits into Good Ash and Bad Ash and fights himself is hilarious, as is most of the rest of the film.
Personally, in the same way that I think Tim Burton made a mistake calling his film 'Planet of the Apes', I think it was a mistake to call this film 'Evil Dead III'. I can see why they did but I think people then watch with an expectation, one that this film certainly will not live up to. It's about the unscariest film I've seen - and so does my nine year old grandson, who thinks it is hilarious. It's his favourite film.
The Way of the Gun (2000)
I think this film is excellent. What a cast! I'm a sucker for any film that includes Juliette Lewis and Benicio del Toro in the cast - neither disappointed in the least. Juliette Lewis plays her part as the pathetic and exploited pregnant girl beautifully whilst Benicio del Toro is just so cool!
I loved the opening scene and the closing one, which left wondering why they had ever bothered. Loads of plot twists, loads of violence and, although much of the ground was pretty well documented already, they always seemed to come with a little variation, ie walking the cars in the chase sequence.
Make Mine Mink (1960)
A real treasure
Very odd film. The sort of film that only the British could make.
Terry-Thomas is cast out of his usual flash, boisterous role as the rather timid Major Rayne, down on his luck and living in a boarding house with the weirdest collection of women you're ever likely to see, including a very young Billie Whitelaw and a masterful Hattie Jacques.
By pure mischance, they embark on a campaign of fur robbery in order to support their landlady's charitable work. The film is a wonderful caricature of the down-at-heel gentry in Britain at that time, includes some very endearing characters and is genuinely funny in its naive fashion.
Recommended to any fan of the wonderful Terry-Thomas and British comedies of this era.
Too Many Crooks (1959)
If you've never watched a British comedy film, watch this one.
If you've never watched a British comedy film, watch this one - it has everything! A superb cast, an extremely silly plot and wonderfully stereotypical characters. The plot has pace and develops delightfully, if somewhat predictably, with some lovely little quirks along the way.
The matchless Terry-Thomas plays Billy Gordon, self made millionaire, serial philanderer, tightwad and general, all-around cheat. A gang of 'master criminals' played by mastermind George Cole, a very pithy Sid James and the incomparable Bernard Bresslaw set out to rob him by various means. Eventually, they kidnap his wife and from here on the comedy level just escalates madly.
If you like '60's British comedy, then you'll love this because it don't come much better!
The Naked Truth (1957)
Excellent film with a stellar cast
A truly wonderful film, highly recommended.
Starring Terry-Thomas, as one of several blackmail victims of the ever urbane Dennis Price, it marks one of a number of successful collaborations between the young Peter Sellers and himself. Sellers is also brilliant, as another victim, no doubt an early forerunner of the infamous Inspector Clouseau. The film also stars Peggy Mount, Joan Sims and Shirley Eaton.
The whole film is rather silly, no part more so than the ending, but is very entertaining and very funny as the bungling victims try to kill either themselves or their tormentor, each with an equal lack of success.
Deadly Manor (1990)
Not bad at all
Contains Spoiler I took a chance on this one and bought it anyway. It turned out to be really quite good, despite the plot being old and predictable and some of the acting just a bit dodgy.
There are some quite nice touches:the smashed up car as a memorial, naked pictures of Jennifer Delora all over the house (and well worth seeing!), the hitch hiker who turns out to be a red herring.
Also your stock 'stupid teenagers' who aren't at all put off spending the night in this 'abandoned ' house (with no broken windows) by coffins in the cellar, bottled scalps in the cupboard, yesterday's paper in a chair and lights left burning.
Nevertheless quite an entertaining, cheap film and far better than many that cost much more to make. Worth a look.
Up Pompeii (1971)
Only the British make rubbish like this!
This film is rubbish! I know - I've seen it 23 times! Perhaps you need to be British even to understand it. Just reading the names of the characters makes me smile.
The film has its origin in a British TV Series and was certainly much better in 30 minute chunks but, at least when they made the film, they took the effort to come up with a plot, puerile though it is. The cast is pretty well unchanged from the TV Series too.
Frankie Howerd (Lurcio) based his whole theatrical career on dodgy double intendres and this film is full of them. His habit of making asides directly to the audience via the camera is hilarious. In fact, most of the comedy lies in those two attributes. The visual side of the film, the physical comedy, is more or less one long chase scene with breaks and is not really that funny.
There are some very funny scenes though. The orgy and its aftermath and the wrestling match stand out. The ending is very clever too.
Worth a watch and far better than the two sequels it spawned, 'Up The Chastity Belt' and 'Up The Front'.