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12 Angry Men review

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 19 February 2007 07:27 (A review of 12 Angry Men)

One of my all time favourite films.

A black and white classic, there's no action, no change of scenery, no real plot. Just twelve angry anonymous jurors locked in a jury room who must argue the fate of a young boy accused of murdering his father. No action....plenty of drama.

Henry Fonda, the lone juror who wants to vote not guilty slowly works his arguments, persuading, convincing, badgering and inspiring people to his point of view.

This film is actually used at the University of Bath in management courses to show how group dynamics can work. But don't let that put you off...it's so entertaining that last time I was there half the year gatecrashed the lecture to watch it.


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Hot Fuzz review

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 19 February 2007 07:16 (A review of Hot Fuzz)

A real treat for SPACED fans. Essentially the film that Shaun of The Dead should have been.

Once upon a time Edgar Wight directed Simon Pegg (and his friend Nick Frost) in a seminal television comedy SPACED - a show that featured quick comedy, fast plot twists, and jokes that build on previous jokes for the entire episode. One of the funniest and clever things ever to reach a television screen.

Sadly, the trio's first big screen outing - Shaun of the Dead - wasn't as nearly as much fun. Hot Fuzz rectifies this, and is every bit as good as SPACED ever was.

Whereas Shaun of The Dead tended to drag in places, Hot Fuzz is much closer to the original SPACED feel. A punchy, quirky, fast paced comedy with a reasonable budget that could be spent on guns and explosions.

The film features a star studied supporting cast - Bill Nightly, Timothy Dalton, plus most of the the British comedy A-list in one role or another.

I won't describe the plot, or spoil the jokes. See it. You'll enjoy it.


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101 Dalmatians review

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 12 February 2007 07:41 (A review of 101 Dalmatians)

Live action remake of the animation. Entertaining in the "look what they can make dogs do with computers now" sense, but not much else. One for the kids, really.

The cartoon was better.


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10 Things I Hate About You review

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 12 February 2007 07:39 (A review of 10 Things I Hate About You)

Taming of the Shrew gets transformed to the modern day high school teenage rom-com complete with pop culture references. Could have been really crass, but actually ended up with charming characters you didn't hate and genuinely funny sections. The application of a non-one-dimensional plot helps lift this above the shoulders of it's competition.

Wow, that sounded pretentious. It's a fun film. See it.


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*batteries not included review

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 12 February 2007 07:27 (A review of *batteries not included)

Family movie; For those wanting a cuter, more child friendly, version of cocoon, this is it. A bunch of little robots from outer space come to save the residents of a dilapidated apartment building who are being forced out by an evil property developer

Reasonable special effects for the time. Dialog and plot offer no suprises, but then again...they're not really meant to.

Enjoyable if you want something that grandma and the kids can all watch one holiday afternoon if it happens to be on tele.


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