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reviewed Shaun of the Dead. June 03, 2013
Shaun of the Dead
I must have watched this film 100 times now, the more you watch it, the funnier it gets. Full of subtle human and not for the fainr of heart, its a film you definately have to sit down and pay attention to.
reviewed Brazil (movie). September 16, 2012
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Brazil
**** out of ****    Apparently, some people actually doubt the genius of Terry Gilliam. Here we have one of the most obviously imaginative minds working in the film industry of today and yesteryear, and people literally have the nerve to challenge his brilliance. Maybe they find themselves turned off by what he's been directing recently (which really isn't all that bad, with the …
posted a Quick Tip about Notting Hill. May 21, 2012
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Notting Hill
It was on TV yesterday. Not bad for a boring Sunday afternoon! Too hot outside to go anywhere but staying home for relaxation. Julia Roberts looks pretty here. Boy, it's more than a decade since! As for Hugh Grant, well, he's almost the same in all the movies he acted in! Still, one wonders how he got all these roles! Good thing I didn't pay for these movies! ;-)
reviewed Shaun of the Dead. April 11, 2012
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Shaun of the Dead
**** out of ****    Edgar Wright is the kind of guy who I would best describe as nice. A director of comedy films - always has, always will be, I hope - , it's surprising that one of the genre's greatest minds working today does not succumb to the universal demands of the folks overseas. A filmmaker working primarily in his homeland United Kingdom, Wright isn't one to rely on gross-out …
reviewed Champagne Charlie. October 02, 2011
Champagne Charlie
Nostalgia is everything it's cracked up to be in Champagne Charlie, a valentine from Ealing Studios and Alberto Cavalcanti to English music halls.       Ostensibly, it's the story of George Leybourne (Tommy Trinder) and his rivalry with Alfred Vance, the Great Vance (Stanley Holloway), in the music halls of mid-Victorian England. The music halls hadn't yet become …
reviewed Brandy for the Parson. August 12, 2011
Sing their names with praise: The Titfield Thunderbolt, Whisky Galore, The Lavender Hill Mob, Passport to Pimlico, The Man in the White Suit. These and other British comedies from the late Forties and early Fifties brought delight and charm not just to the British but also to a large number of Americans. We'd find ourselves in highly unlikely, sometimes ridiculous circumstances during which the …
reviewed Mrs. Bradley Mysteries Set. June 17, 2011
Mrs. Bradley Mysteries Set
"The countryside? A place where the birds and animals wander about uncooked."      That's Mrs. Adela Bradley speaking. The mystery is titled Speedy Death, the first of five in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries Set. The place is an English country manor home. The time is the 1920s. And the who include an old friend of Mrs. Bradley, the wealthy Alastair Bing; his daughter …
reviewed Porterhouse Blue. May 21, 2011
Porterhouse Blue
The master has just died...of a Porterhouse Blue. That is, of a stroke brought on by overindulgence. Long tradition insists that the masters of Porterhouse College name their successors, and that is to be the last man named by a dying master. Porterhouse, a very traditional college in the Cambridge mode of English privileged education, depends on all of its complacent traditions.       …
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That cheese-loving, dim-witted inventor Wallace and his long-suffering, resourceful mutt Gromit made a great transition from 30 minute shorts to an 85 minute feature. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is one of the funniest, slyest and most innocent comedies around, and one of the most action-filled, too.       Wallace and Gromit run a pest control business. People have hired them …
reviewed Mapp and Lucia TV. April 26, 2011
Mapp and Lucia TV
Here are the ingredients: It's the early Thirties in the small English seaside town of Tilling. The doyen of Tilling society is Miss Elizabeth Mapp (Prunella Scales). Miss Mapp is a gallumphing social climber of a certain age, unhesitatingly two-faced and who smiles broadly at you while she thinks suspicious thoughts. Into Tilling one summer comes the wealthy Emmeline "Lucia" Lucas (Geraldine …
reviewed The Man in the White Suit (1952). April 24, 2011
The Man in the White Suit (1952)
"Now that calm and sanity have returned to the textile industry, I find it my duty to reveal something of the true story behind the recent crisis...a story which we were happily able to keep out of the newspapers at the time." –Alan Birnley       "Why can't you scientists leave things alone? What about my bit of washing when there's no washing …
reviewed Brass Monkey. April 19, 2011
Brass Monkey
There is an awful charm about this movie from 1948. I thought it couldn't get worse or cornier...and then it did.       The plot of Brass Monkey is a thin idea that's used to feature a popular British radio personality, Carroll Levis playing himself, and his program of talented discoveries. Long, long ago three monkeys were made of what was much later discovered to …
reviewed Carry on Nurse. April 12, 2011
Carry on Nurse
The next time you're in your hospital bed and two nurses walk in with a long-stemmed daffodil, do not under any circumstance roll over on your stomach.       Carry On Nurse was the second in the Carry On stream of British comedies that began with Carry On Sergeant. The series lasted for nearly 20 years. You'll either love 'em or you'll hate 'em.   …
posted a Quick Tip about Upstairs Downstairs. April 04, 2011
Upstairs Downstairs
PBS has remade their series, Upstairs Downstairs, which ran for 5 years in the 1970's. Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, the creators of the original, will also star in the new version. It premieres Sunday, April 10 at 9:00 PM. It's hard to see how the remake could improve on the original, but I plan to watch it and judge for myself. Promotional trailer: http://video.pbs.org/video/1856594900. …
reviewed The Titfield Thunderbolt. April 04, 2011
The Titfield Thunderbolt
Of the great British comedies that came out in the late Forties and early Fifties, one of my favorites is The Titfield Thunderbolt. There's no hero, no heroine, no romantic shenanigans and not even dominant players. After two generations of dumbing-down humor where the height of hilarity now usually centers on bedtime performance anxiety and flatulence, The Titfield Thunderbolt seems ever more …
posted a Quick Tip about Sir Alec Guinness. April 03, 2011
Sir Alec Guinness
Today is my favorite actor's birthday!   Alec Guinness, born April 2, 1914, was one of the great English actors of the 20th century both on stage and in films. His diverse characters ranged from comedic villains to retired spies to WWII colonel to Arab prince to Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Guinness was capable of working within any genre and his versatility is best exemplified in the …
reviewed Doc Martin. March 29, 2011
Doc Martin
Curmudgeons, if blessed with good writers, can be satisfying house guests. They're irascible, oblivious, often insulting (sometimes unintentionally), but usually with a hint of endearing rehabilitation. Dr. Martin Ellingham, formerly a top-rank London surgeon who now practices general medicine in the Cornish town of Portwenn, not only has first-rate writers, he's blessed by having as his impersonator …
reviewed School for Soundrels (1960). March 29, 2011
School for Soundrels (1960)
"Oh, hard cheese, old chap!"       School for Scoundrels, that cheery, malicious British comedy of one-upmanship, was based on Stephen Potter's classic of underhanded winning, Gamesmanship - Or How To Win Without Really Cheating, and its follow-up, Lifemanship. (Potter wrote several others, too.) What is lifemanship? "Well, gentlemen," says the avuncular …
reviewed Keeping Up Appearances: The Full Bouquet. February 27, 2011
Keeping Up Appearances: The Full Bouquet
Everybody loved Lucy in the 1950s. There can be no denying that Lucille Ball was a master at her craft  and the preeminent physical comedienne of her day.  I was quite certain that we would never see the likes of her again. That was until I was introduced to the work of Patricia Routledge in the hilarious 1990's British sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances" which debuted …
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