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The original Austin Powers
Set in 1960's London and full of girls in miniskirts and hip young gunslingers who work in advertising - quicker than you can say 'Hey Swinging London!' this lighthearted romp through the world of Espionage and babes sees Roger Moore's womanising character pursuing a Hungarian model across London not realising that he isn't the only person who wants to find her. Basically an extended episode of 'The Saint' it's fun but not the kind of film you could watch too many times. The main reason I sought it out is to see a post-'Prisoner' acting performance by the late Alexis Kanner and his performance, whilst not demanding of his acting skills, is the most memorable of any of the characters. One to watch when it's shown on television late at night but don't get too excited.
Me and Will (1999)
More than a female 'Easy Rider'
I saw this film after a friend recommended it to me and I wasn't disappointed. While I'm sure the idea of two leather-clad blondes 'discovering' themselves along the highways of America might sound either like a euphemism for some soft-porn atrocity or a tedious chick-flick this is actually a very touching story about two lost souls who meet in rehab and through a shared love of motorbikes decide to escape and do something that means something to them, in this instance to search for the bike from 'Easy Rider'. This film isn't faultless,the main problem I had was the way that certain aspects of the story seemed to leap forward without explaining how they got there - essentially it felt as if it had been cut up by a very unsympathetic editor (or a distributor who was complaining about it being 'too long and too weird')also I'm not entirely sure how having a minor bike accident lands you in rehab or how the boyfriend always seems to know where they are even after they themselves appear to be completely lost and have no idea where they are themselves! But these really are only a few minor quibbles and shouldn't dissuade you from having a look.
I like a good vampire film as much, if not more so, than the next person so imagine how I felt when I had the misfortune to see this so called 'artistic' effort. Out of focus passages and pretentious dialogue doesn't make something arty, it just serves to make it so boring as to be a complete waste of film. It brings nothing new to the genre in fact it only seems to repeat the same stale old clichés that have already been done to death - I mean female vampire as lesbian seducer? Now where have I seen that before? Oh just about every vampire film since the early 1970's!
In one word - AVOID!