FilmFridays Review Archives

Kingsmen – The Secret Service

Anyone who is old enough to remember life before the internet can probably remember a time when James Bond films were fairly formulaic (as I explained in my review of Skyfall) But of late, the movies have matured and become more complex, leaving some pining for the good old days. Enter Kingsmen The Secret Service Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2014, DVD

The World’s End

Gary King (Simon Pegg) has been unable to move on in life since he was in his late teens – the glory years! He still drives his car, The Beast, still listens to the same cassette compilation tape and still lives in his home village of New Haven. During a group therapy session, he becomes Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2013, DVD | Leave a comment

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

East Anglia has produced many, many famous faces but none (bar Delia Smith and the people who make Colmans mustard though theoretically they’re not a face, they’re a condiment) could be more famous than Alan “A-ha” Partridge. The former DJ turned sports presenter turned chat-show host turned motivational speaker turned DJ again for North Norfolk Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2013, DVD | Leave a comment

Moonrise Kingdom

This beautiful coming-of-age comedy is about a pair of young lovers Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop. After sparking a penpal relationship, they arrange to run away from home on their remote New England island, though only for 10 days. Armed with his scouting enquipment and she with her pet cat and a record player they cope remarkably well Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2012, BAFTA's 2013, Oscar's 2013 | Leave a comment

Happy-Go-Lucky

Poppy Cross (Sally Hawkins) is a primary school teacher. She loves her job, she loves her best friend (Alexis Zegerman), she loves her home, she loves one of her sisters (though later we find she’s not so close to the other) and she loves life. She’ll happily talk to strangers, rarely gets riled by misfortune Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2000 - 2009, DVD | Leave a comment

Beetlejuice

There is a simple rule to this website. One can only review a film within a week of watching it for the very first time. So yes, given the right reviewer, it would be possible to read a review for Star Wars Episode 4. Indeed amongst my work colleagues are those who have never seen Click here to read more…

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Posted in 1980's

Sightseers

This odd dark comedy is the creation of it’s principle performers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. A socially dysfunctional couple (Tina & Chris) head out on their dream caravanning holiday in Britain but their itinerary of museums, beauty spots and heritage sites is interspersed with their newly found appetite to kill those who annoy them! Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment

The Great Dictator

Charlie Chaplin plays two parts in this film. The first is Hitler spoof Adenoid Hynkle, dictator of Tomania. We see his tyrannical rule fed with all the megalomania, infallibility and extreme vanity one would expect of someone who lives in their own small world. Meanwhile on the outside a Jewish barber (also played by Chaplin Click here to read more…

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The Dictator

Sacha Baron-Cohen first premiered his most famous character Ali G on a UK Television show called “The 11’oclock Show” (sharing the spotlight with another aspiring comedian called Ricky Gervais). The show also featured minor creations of his – a Khazakstani reporter called Borat and a eurotrash fashion reporter called Bruno. All have gone on to Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment

The Muppets

Most Muppet movies were spoofs of other movies such as Wizard of Oz, Christmas Carol or Treasure Island. But this time round we return to basics and focus on the characters themselves and what has become of them since their career launch pad The Muppet Show was cancelled by the networks. Now the Muppet Theatre Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2012, DVD, Oscar's 2012 | Leave a comment