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A Week In Film #290: DRY

Die Hard 2 title screenDie Hard 2
“Just the fax, ma’am”, wrong man/wrong place/wrong time, blah blah blah. Way to fuck up a franchise before it’s got going!

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Disney biznizz, girls need a Prince Charming to sweep them off their feet and save them, etc. Still, nicely put together fairy tale cartoon, the boy enjoyed it.

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30 Minutes Or Less
Silly but enjoyable one about a slacker pizza delivery guy and his teacher pal (Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari) who get embroiled in a heist-under-duress plot engineered by idiot spoiled brat Danny McBride. Fun nonsense from Ruben Fleischer.

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Burn After Reading
Minor but not unenjoyable Coen Bros flick, with George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich, Richard Jenkins, David Rasche and JK Simmons each playing either angry, bamboozled, unjustifiably confident or just plain stupid in a MacGuffin-laden plot about spies and secret documents and blackmail and betrayal.

A Week In Film #267: Chestnuts roasting

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Burn After Reading
A lesser, later Coen Bros flick, with Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and a notably angry John Malkovich joining the boys and Frances McDormand in a screwballish ersatz spy adventure. So-so, and with the best thing being the minor inserts featuring David Rasche and JK Simmons.

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Father Christmas
I love Raymond Briggs’ books (mostly). Of the film adaptations, the only one I really like is When The Wind Blows. This one is a so-so screen version of a so-so pair of books. The kid loved it though.

A Week In Film #020: Spring un-young

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Snakes On A Plane
An internet meme in search of a plot. Slightly more enjoyable in the airborne Die Hard stakes than Air Force One, but less so than Passenger 57.

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A quite fun late-80s oddity, with John Cusack and Tim Robbins as a pair of slackers who set up their own video production business. It mostly pokes fun at music television (it was produced by ex-Monkee Mike ‘MTV’ Nesmith), but there’s also crooked politicians and a pair of long-forgotten sixties soul stars and sweary English punks (“Don’t be a cunt, Dick!”) and Doug McClure as an uptight dad and Jello Biafra playing an FBI agent who arrests our heroes whilst warning “Remember what happened to Jello Biafra” and a big concert at the end.

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Talladega Nights
Another Frat Pack/Judd Apatow comedy, with Will Ferrell as a redneck NASCAR driver. There’s John C Reilly, Gary Cole and Sacha Baron Cohen in there too. It’s quite fun, just too familiar – all the tropes of struggle-against-adversity sports star biopic are there, with lashings of Top Gun homoeroticism, and underwritten parts for any women on the set.

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Burn After Reading
The Coen Brothers do spy intrigue. I had no expectations, and was very pleasantly surprised. Lots of WTF?! moments out of nowhere. George Clooney, Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt riff on stupidity, John Malkovich bursts blood vessels all over the shop as a CIA analyst sacked for having a drink problem (“You’re a Mormon! We’re all alcoholics to you!”), Tilda Swinton does alabaster-skinned, redheaded ice queen with a potent line in withering contempt, JK Simmons has a brief turn as a bewildered spook chief.

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Blades Of Glory
Cf Talladega Nights. Same deal, this time in the world of figure skating. Replace John C Reilly with Jon Heder, Gary Cole with Craig T Nelson.

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Mike Judge posits the notion that evolution, fast food, dumb TV and blind patriotism all help to create a nation of imbeciles. Heh.

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The Manson Family
Odd low budget treatment of Mad Charlie and his hippie kids, bookending a mostly straightforward version of what happened back then with a retrospective by a (fictional) journalist, who is being stalked by modern day Charlie-lovers. Like an episode of The Night Stalker spliced with The Snoop Sisters and directed by Gregg Araki.