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A British tradition

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 12 May 2007 07:30 (A review of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em)

I don't even know what kind of slapstick you call this but the spirit of the disaster prone Frank Spencer is a tradition that was handed down from Norman Wisdom to here with Michael Crawford and later to Lee Evans has proven to be a formulae that has value for your funny bone dollar. Michele Dotrice is also a very good straight woman foil to Crawford as Frank's ever suffering wife Betty.
One annoyance as an off shoot was the series success paved the way for a plethora of Frank Spencer impersonators as plentiful at one stage as Elvis impersonators, each one more awful than the last. That aside, this is one of those British comedies of the seventies well deserving of the term "classic". Physical comedy par excellance


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This is fun and spontineity

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 12 May 2007 07:20 (A review of Thank God You're Here)

A cast of prominent Aussie funny people get thrown in the deep end of various sketch comedy situations and test their add libbing skill. A kind of modern day theatre sports that to some degree capture the fun of live television of yesteryear. Very entertaining viewing


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Not out

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 12 May 2007 06:24 (A review of International Cricket Captain 2 (Xplosiv Range) Jewel Case)

An excellent simulation for it's time, with all the county and international players and progressive stats unfortunately marred by it's bugginess


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The other Rocky and Bullwinkle

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 12 May 2007 06:19 (A review of King Leonardo and His Short Subjects)

The good king of Bongo Congo and his friends delighted me in another lifetime long befoe I can remember anything. You mustn't miss excitement like this or Hunter may hunt you. "That's a joke son"


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Camp humour run amock

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 12 May 2007 05:55 (A review of Odd Man Out)

A John Inman venture outside of Grace Bros that had none of the subtlety of Are You Being Served. Pretty harmless, but not very good either. British audiences in 1977 where not to impressed, after The Sex Pistols with Bill Grundy incident the Whitehouse brigade went into overdrive and it was cancelled after one series.


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This is both funny and annoying

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 12 May 2007 05:38 (A review of SpongeBob SquarePants)

Another wonderful, imaginative series from the Nickolodeon or however you spell it people. The opening titles are very catchy yes? Reminiscent of a fish finger commercial.
Bob is a square underwater sponge thing with an enthusiastic and naive temperament. He is joined in his adventure by a starfish who makes Bob seem intelligent only because he is very stupid. Bob has a sea snail pet named Gary that goes meow. That is my favourite.
This is a very silly show. I laugh a big meaty laugh. Then I see it for the 500th time and wish to throw a brick. Y'know


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Enchanting

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 11 May 2007 12:29 (A review of NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind)

A captivating post appocalyptic story from around the Mad Max era. It does seem a little long, and younger kids might get restless watching, but with the utterly stunning, bedazzling visuals and sensitive character interaction it makes for a beautiful and moving animated experience like you would only expect with master Miyazaki. If that is a bit gushy fanboy sounding well ok, I can live with that. If you're just getting into anime film and you've watched Akira or something, Hayao Miyazaki should be your next port of call.


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This show certainly has it's moments

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 11 May 2007 09:12 (A review of Little Britain)

A bit of something for everyone even if you are the only gay in the village. Using the tried and true formulae of well observed characters and social commentaries, shocking and wacky comedy and establishing those characters in a number of bizarre situations in the various sketches. Tom Baker's pseudo serious narrations make it even more amusing and farcical.
It leaves you screaming ehghhhhnn want that one!


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You will believe a man can fly, backward

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 11 May 2007 08:17 (A review of Onmitsu kenshi)

A great fun martial arts adventure series set in medieval Japan. Pretty impressive camera tricks and special effects for early 60s tv, even though they seem a bit corny now, plus fabulous and even occasionally convincing martial arts fighting. The English voice dubbed version was a big hit in Australia in the 60s where it was renamed "The Samurai".
It is in this version that it has become available on DVD. Please let me know if you have any info on where the original Japanese is available


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Labelle or nuthin

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 11 May 2007 07:40 (A review of Lady Marmalade: Moulin Rouge - Remix)

This is like comparing beluga to dried doggy excrement. It just is. If there is such a thing as neo soul this is neo-pet pop. Stop playing it on the radio and just let the thing die. From a movie I found annoying, but a lot of people kept saying was good. Go get a copy of "Nightbirds" and tell me which is real and which is Memorex


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