Third viewing; this time with commentary.
I think this is my favorite Clarke film. Brilliant.
The 2-minute short The Boot Sale notwithstanding, I'd been heretofore unfamiliar with the work of Diane Morgan. I was therefore going into this 30-minute episode blind, aside from brief reviews from other Letterboxd users whose opinions I value.
The show mainly consists of Diane Morgan, in character as Philomena Cunk, discussing the history of Christmas, while taking the piss out of everything from Jesus to the fat bearded man. Although I found the Sasha Baron Cohen-esque interviews quite entertaining, I…
Given that this is British production, I was expecting/hoping that it would be darker and more cynical. Although it has a fantastic cast (the world needs more Steven Graham), the pacing, the plot and the predictable denouement all feel like your standard Hollywood holiday fare. Still, it's an enjoyable, if a bit lightweight, take on the 'estranged dad reconnects with son and everyone (re)discovers the Christmas spirit' formula.
This would have gotten a half star more if the film didn't use a watered-down censored version of Straight Outta Compton.
With its threadbare plot, this spy spoof is much better than it has any right to be. The CGI was cheesy, the character development was nearly-nonexistent, and the gags were infantile. Regardless, it appealed to the adolescent in me.
Make no mistake; it's not a good film, but I found myself laughing a lot more than I expected to. Most of my enjoyment can no doubt be attributed to the charisma of star Sasha Baron Cohen. Although I prefer his unscripted work and his unwitting victims' reactions, his willingness to commit fully to any role, no matter how ridiculous, is always impressive.
This simple film follows the geeky Gregory (John Sinclair) and his friends as they navigate the ins-and-outs of secondary school. Although there is not much plot of which to speak, the narrative flows naturally, giving the viewer ample time to get to know each character. Everyone here feels natural and completely realistic. Hollywood could learn a thing or two on how to make a coming-of-age film that isn't filled with buffoonish caricatures (I'm looking at you, Superbad and Fast Times…