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The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981)

In Amazing, BBC, feel good, Giggles, hilarious, out of this world, Recommendation, series on 18/10/2011 at 7:21 pm

Someone went and made a film of this legendary, genius and hilarious Douglas Adams creation recently – and they really shouldn’t have. It’s nothing compared to the 1980s series, I tell you: nothing. Don’t even think about watching that.

We wouldn’t have an official Don’t-forget-your-towel Day without this priceless BBC television series though, and what’s more, it survived despite – or maybe because of – all the clumsy sci-fi props and special effects of the time.

For those of you who aren’t acquainted with the Hitchiker’s Guide: as all good (British) comedy it ruthlessly reflects the silliness of the human species in general, and then some. A countless amount of philosophical truths may be taken from this story, and besides, it will leave you a) desperately wanting a Babel fish and b) never again forgetting your towel.

 

 

The Boat that Rocked (2009)

In feel good, film, hilarious, Recommendation, Review on 13/10/2011 at 1:50 pm

A terribly fun ride on the radio-waves of the 1960s. It’s post-war England and the stuffy conservative government won’t have anything but classical music on the radio. So they get a boat and transmit outside of territorial waters: pirate radio is born (the film has been re-labelled Pirate Radio in the US, for some funky reason).

The pirate radio DJs grow as popular as the bands they play and as the antagonists, being the government, start to gain on them things get most entertaining. And there’s Bill Nighy being as hilariously unnatural a rock-dude imaginable, Rhys Ifans being a perfect natural and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the chief-pirate. Even though this film follows the strict comedy curve and is therefore utterly predictable, it doesn’t make it less enjoyable. It is the perfect example of a feel-good movie.

 

 

 

Casanova (2005)

In Amazing, based on novel, BBC, feel good, hilarious, period drama, Recommendation, romantic, series on 21/09/2011 at 7:50 pm

David Tennant charms and flirts your pants off on in this 3-part BBC miniseries. At last, Casanova is full of cheek and naughtiness and is only tragic where it serves the story’s purpose. It’s a proper bit of fiction in the sense that this series isn’t forcedly trying to make legend took like fact. Instead, it’s focused entirely on the charming and talented cast.

Peter O’Toole is the old Casanova who makes the young and curious girls he’s telling his life story to blush. His younger self, Tennant, befriends Henriette (Laura Fraser), a girl perhaps even cheekier than himself. Their adoration for each other can never become more than that because she must marry Grimani (Rupert Penry-Jones), thus Casanova’s adventures continue.

BBC’s Casanova is a delicious and feisty watch. Have fun.

Here’s a clip for lack of a proper trailer. The first minute or two will give you enough of an impression.

Not Only but Always (2004)

In Amazing, film, hilarious, Recommendation, Review on 03/08/2011 at 5:01 pm

Suppressing the urge to now switch on Caps Lock and just blurt out over the page how I adore Rhys Ifans (in general, as an actor, don’t know the guy, mind) and as Peter Cook (more specifically, after watching this film) is, I can honestly tell you, quite difficult.

That said, it’s a good thing Ifans got a Bafta for this part.

Not Only but Always tells the life story of the late comedy genius Peter Cook. It’s presented as a film biography about Peter Cook and his partner Dudley Moore (Aidan McArdle), but that’s a bit of a lie. Not only does Cook’s personality overshadow Moore’s, but it’s written to tell Cook’s story: his rise and fall, the women he loved, his children, his drinking habit, his death.

Channel4 shouldn’t have bamboozled us about this, indeed. What remains, though, is a magnificent film brimful of comic cleverness about a beautiful, extraordinary, yet terribly tragic figure. Ifans does the hazy look in Cook’s eyes perfectly, as well as his arrogance and rage.

Skins (2007-2010)

In Amazing, hilarious, LGTB, new, Recommendation, Review, series on 01/07/2011 at 6:44 pm

Skins has gone and reinvented itself, and it actually works out very well. Where we started off with four series of intense, hyper-real and extravagantly funny teen drama, it strolled into a slur for the last couple of series, but now made an unexpectedly different and good comeback in a slightly different form.

We’re still watching intense drama, but instead of focusing on a group of young friends, we are pulled into the lives of only one of the characters from the earlier series, a couple of years on. They’ve left school and started their lives, or at least they’re trying to. The twin episodes allow for good narrative from beginning to end, they are well made close-ups of these beautifully written characters. Effie (Kaya Scodelario), Cassie (Hannah Murray) and Cook (Jack O’Connel)are an exaggeration of all of us because they are more fucked up than most of us (I hope) – but how they cope with being on their own, with being a grown up, and with messing it up is as frank and human as it gets.

Trailer for series 7.

 

 

Misfits (2009-)

In Amazing, Crime, feel good, Giggles, hilarious, out of this world, Recommendation, Review, series, supernatural on 01/07/2011 at 6:14 pm

Now this is what I call a highly original, frantically funny, utterly impossible and sometimes just a tad outrageously over-the-top supernatural spectacle. And it won a BAFTA for best drama series.

The basic idea of Misfits is this: five Asbos (for non-UK readers: that’s young offenders. Read: pesky, asocial, ill-behaved teenagers) get hit by a tremendous scary thunderstorm on their first day of Community Service. After that, the whole world goes funny and they’re all left with some sort of superpower – not all of these convenient ones, mind.

The best thing about this series is that, well it’s hilarious, but also it doesn’t follow the predictable narrative of the powers turning these kids into ‘better people’. Rather, it shows why these five young people are such misfits, without judging whether that’s good or bad. The teleportation, turning back time and and going invisible – to name some superpowers – just make it a very entertaining watch.

Well into its third season, Misfits doesn’t cease to charm the pants off you. Be sure to catch the 2011 mini-episode called ‘Vegas Baby’ explaining what Nathan, one of the first two seasons’ quintessential characters finally gets up to.