Fearful Symmetry

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RIP David Croft, writer / producer of some of Britain’s most well known and loved sitcoms including Dad’s Army, Are You Being Served?, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi! and ‘Allo ‘Allo!

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September 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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That time of year again and here’s my now traditional bits and bobs off youtube and elsewhere…

“THE HOMEMADE XMAS VIDEO” 1986 – Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones
Stumbled over this months back but saved it for more seasonal viewing

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D&D Monster Man

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June 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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High-tech Noon

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Do not forsake me oh my android – What makes a classic Western even more classic? Blasters and force-fields, that’s what.

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August 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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Super Powers

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Super Powers , winner of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short

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August 3, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Simon’s Cat

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The latest in award-winning animator Simon Tofield‘s series.

‘Fly Guy’
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July 26, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Hot Fuzz

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Call the cops

Call the cops

I remember when Spaced came out. Channel Four gave it a really bad promotion – not even hinting at all the science-fictional references in it – so I just expected some rubbish, twenty-something flat-sharing sitcom. So, after promoting from friends, I only finally caught up with it on DVD. And I ended up loving it of course, though it does vary a bit during the run. Then more recently Shaun Of The Dead came along. Whilst for the most part it worked, I had issues were the comedy and the horror (in particular the tragic stuff) did not really work together and it kind of unravels in the final minutes.

Now Hot Fuzz has arrived and it’s sort of perfect. It celebrates the essential naffness of the British policeman, at least cinematically. Something to do with the uniform and lack of guns, but the only UK cop films that have succeeded (and there’s very few of them full stop) are plain clothes efforts like The Sweeney. This time the plot works with comedy and the integration of the ‘US Cop Buddy Movie’ genre into a West Country small town is excellent. This is helped by the film-makers not being shy to include elements of other genres like Hammer horror and television crime dramas like Midsomer Murders. It also helps that they have managed to secure an utterly unprecedented number of quality actors for every single role, no mater how small. In Midsomer you know the most famous guest actor is the murderer, in Hot Fuzz everyone is famous. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 26, 2009 at 11:02 am