A Week In Film #257: Waiting on John Brown

The Parole Officer title screen
The Parole Officer
Silly but mildly amusing Britcom, which steers a middle course between Ealing quirkiness and fratpack-style gross-out humour.

Directed by on-his-uppers Aussie helmer John Duigan, starring Steve Coogan in his in-between years, and with underwritten parts for all manner of familiar faces (Om Puri, Ben Miller, Steven Waddington, Stephen Dillane, John Henshaw, Jenny Agutter, Simon Pegg). Lena Headey gets to be quite the can-do cop.

Irritating title, though, given he’s a probation officer.

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) title screen
Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Not as bad as I remembered from my first (and meph-fuelled) viewing, but still pretty dull, apart from the establishing prologue. The teefing from Nid De Guepes raises the game a bit, but not by much when compared to the original.

Room 237 title screen
Room 237
Superb, mind-blowing documentary that covers the various theories about hidden meanings and mysteries surrounding Kubrick’s version of The Shining. The stuff about the layout of the hotel made my brain melt and dribble out my nostrils.

Staircases To Nowhere title screen
Staircases To Nowhere
Interesting if short little documentary about the making of The Shining.

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