Agree Inter; I don't think I've seen anything so spectacularly crap and I only watched 20 mins to see what all the fuss was about. What was Streep thinking of?
The In-Betweeners Movie
Took kazillions at the box office and I can see why. Extremely coarse, rude and sexist (although there were some redemptive "teen learns to treat women as people rather than as erm, "clunge"*-type resolutions for the pc crowd.)
I watched it with my two lads and we all laughed like drains. Mrs B left the room as she felt the attitudes on screen were quite extreme - I felt they were fairly typical of 18 year old lads.
Started to run out of steam after an hour and the "pairing up" of the speccie one with the gorgeous blonde was highly unlikely but it definitely gave me a lot of laughs - the dance scene in the nightclub was priceless.
definitely 8.5/10 if judged as a no-brain comedy.
Saw 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil' last night on DVD. For those not familiar with it, it's a documentary about a Canadian heavy metal band who had minor success in the 80s but keep plodding on, working routine day jobs to fund their dream of maybe making it big again one day. In many ways it's a buddy film, focussing on the complex and co-dependent relationship between the lead singer and drummer. It's also about dreams, and the refusal to let them go despite no real promise of success.
But let's deal with the obvious point: it's Spinal Tap. The band have had various line-up changes (but no exploding drummers). They were once succesful, sharing the bill and paving the way for the heavyweights of 80s thrash metal. They're not really very good. They play to disappointingly small crowds in big venues. They argue a lot. They acquire a hopeless female manager who is attached to the guitarist. Their music sounds uncannily like Tap. They have inexplicable success in Japan. The drummer is called Robb Reiner. They argue a lot but love each other really. They come out with statements of unbelievable yet believable stupidity.
All the above make it difficult to believe this is a real documentary and I think the Spinal Tap comparisons are played up to, deliberately setting out to confuse the viewer as to whether this a spoof. Like Tap, it's very funny and yet has moments of deep poignancy. I was reminded also of The Wrestler, in the protrayal of people whose best days were brief and long behind them but they just can't let go. The ultimate triumph of this film is that, despite all their flaws (the quality of the music being the biggest one), you can't help but wish the band the success that eludes them for so long.
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Red Squirrel. - she was thinking of Benjamin.
Soup Dragon - I'm off to see The Artist on Friday, I can't wait!
Saw the second Sherlock Holmes film the other day, really enjoyed it - a fun actioney film to watch over the xmas hols. I liked the nod to characters and plot devices in the Arthur Conan Doyle stories as well, the Reichenbach Falls incident and Colonel Moran.
Corinth - at 70 minutes it's worth watching, without taking up too much of your life if you don't enjoy. It's at the very least interesting in subverting the whole mockumentary genre and filming real subjects in a way that feels like it could well be fake.
Last night we started watching Waltz With Bashir, but Mrs SVT declared after half an hour that she "wasn't into it", so I'm saving that for a night in by myself. Instead we watched Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. This has prompted me to start a list. Feel free to add any other films you can think of, but I think this is pretty comprehensive:
Good films based on computer games:
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