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Saving Grace | DVD | (14/01/2002)
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A sweet, silly and sincere comedy, Saving Grace resembles a Cheech and Chong pothead comedy, only instead of two scruffy lowlifes the film is about an aimless Scottish gardener and a middle-aged widow with a green thumb. Grace (Brenda Blethyn of Secrets and Lies and Little Voice) has just discovered that her recently deceased husband has left her with an enormous debt when her gardener Matthew (Craig Ferguson, The Big Tease) asks her to help him tend to his small, personal-use marijuana crop. Grace soon realises that they can turn her greenhouse into a hydroponics laboratory and turn out a profitable crop--if only they can keep the local constables at bay and then find a dealer to sell the stuff. Saving Grace has well-developed characters, intelligent dialogue, a charming and capable cast and clean, clear direction. But at heart it's still a marijuana comedy, with most of its funniest moments coming from the silly, stoned behaviour of elderly ladies and others. Nothing wrong with that, and Blethyn and Ferguson give the film a strong anchor. The ending goes a little over the top, but most of the film is well-grounded in genuine human behaviour. A sub-plot about Matthew's girlfriend's pregnancy is treated with respect and integrity. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com
Dogma | DVD | (21/10/2002)
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Bored of being eternally banished to earth, two errant angels hatch a plan to sneak back into heaven. Unfortunately, if they use the required loophole in religious Dogma, they'll prove God fallible and undo the very fabric of the universe, ending all existence. Bummer. Enter the distant grand niece of Jesus Christ and an army of angels, beautiful mythical figures, saintly apostles and all entities good and holy. And Jay and Silent Bob. The phrase "it's a religious comedy" must have caused Hollywood to have a sacred cow. And, as Smith's first attempt to move away from the early lo-fi, character-centred, relationship-based comedies (Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy) toward the narrative-led big-budget spectacular, Dogma is not without problems. Proving controversial on release, stones were cast by churchgoers and Smith devotees alike. Frothing-mouthed extremists levelled charges of blasphemy at the more colourful elements (a Malcolm X-style 13th apostle, the crucifix being binned as uncool and God not being a white-bearded patriarch), leaving the devoutly Catholic Smith, who's intentions were to celebrate the mystery and beauty of religion, completely bemused. Equally, the Luddite Clerks obsessives who wrote it off as "Smith-gone-Hollywood" should have recognised that the script was written way before he gave us his black-and-white debut. More ambitious than his previous mates-roped-in cheapies, the apocryphal and apocalyptic Dogma is still blessed with water-into-wine performances, pop culture gags, postmodern self-referencing and stoopid shagging jokes. Though it may not be wholly miraculous, this is still a righteous movie; and, in comparison with the average big-buck formulaic Hollywood evil, it's practically saintly.On the DVD: Dogma's budget outstripped the early Smith films by miles, and the 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer does it justice, with divine colour and heavenly sound. The picture quality of the extras--including trailers, TV spots and cast and crew interviews--is not so good and pixilation occurs throughout. The interviews are provocative enough, though, giving huge insight into the film. And it's quite something to see Smith looking all "Clark Kent" in his civvies. --Paul Eisinger
Dick Emery - The Best Of Dick Emery | DVD | (11/07/2005)
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All the greatest clips from Emery's long-running BBC career - a chance for fans both old and new to see what a huge contribution Emery made to contemporary slapstick comedy. Favourite characters include Emery's father and son skinheads (with Roy Kinnear) ""Ooh you are awful!"" and a plethora of slapstick Lords little old ladies vicars and schoolmasters.
Adam Hills - Clown Heart - Live | DVD | (20/11/2017)
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Live stand-up performance by Australian comedian and TV presenter Adam Hills. Recorded at London's Eventim Apollo, Adam shares his views on marriage, the joys of fatherhood and discusses the importance of laughing in the face of disaster.
Sixteen Candles | DVD | (17/10/2005)
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Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) is approaching her sixteenth birthday but sees little to celebrate about: her family have in any case forgotten her big day and she is suffering from a severe bout of unrequited love. Worse still the object of her affections is being courted by the school's most desirable student - can Samantha trust her quarry to value brains over beauty? John Hughes' teen comedy features a soundtrack including Spandau Ballet Thompson Twins and The Stray Cats.
Drop Dead Fred | DVD | (02/08/2010)
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This not-quite-black comedy was probably a laugh riot on paper. The translation almost works, but the execution is flawed. Phoebe Cates is a recently separated young woman who suddenly begins to see her supposedly imagined childhood friend (the titular Drop Dead Fred) after moving back into her mother's home. Is he a manifestation of her secret desires to ditch the boorish spouse? Or was he real all along? Rik Mayall is a limber, carrot-topped comic with the lamentable assignment of trying to make us laugh with vulgar, sophomoric trickery. He is supposedly the repository of Cates's fastidious repression but is more annoying than cathartic. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com
It's Complicated | DVD | (10/05/2010)
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It's delightful to see Meryl Streep come into her own as a romantic comedian in her later career years--after all the accolades, the Oscars, the serious-as-marble dramatic roles. Streep is in fact a true cutup, as she has demonstrated in films like Mamma Mia and Julie & Julia--and she gets the guy. So if Nancy Meyers's It's Complicated is perhaps a bit facile in the plot department, it's saved by a splendid romp of a performance by Streep (as Jane), along with her two leading men, Alec Baldwin (Jane's ex-husband, Jake) and Steve Martin (her supposed boyfriend, Adam). Meyers, as she did in Something's Gotta Give and Baby Boom, turns notions of over-the-hilldom--at least for women--on their ear. Streep's Jane is a contented, affluent divorcée with excellent taste in furnishings, happily about to preside over an empty nest and feeling just fine about it. Who should bump into, and ruin, this perfect solitude but Jane's ex, Jake, played to a pompous (and hilarious) fare-thee-well by Baldwin. "Turns out I'm a bit of a slut," chirps the sexually awakened Jane. The beauty of It's Complicated is that it really isn't all that complicated--its chemistry depends on the wonderful actors (including the supporting cast of John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, and Rita Wilson) and the oft-forgotten reality that people over 25 can have great sex, and fall head over heels. --A.T. Hurley
The IT Crowd - Complete Series 1-4 Box Set | DVD | (27/09/2010)
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Written by Graham Linehan (Father Ted Black Books) and produced by Ash Atalla (The Office) The IT Crowd centres on the worlds of Roy Moss and Jen who make up the IT department of Reynholm Industries. While their social betters work upstairs in fantastic surroundings the IT dept. work in a horrible dark basement underneath it all...
Four Christmases | DVD | (16/11/2009)
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Honey, I Shrunk The Kids | DVD | (23/09/2002)
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A deft balance between special effects, comedy and family dynamics made this 1989 film a hit for Disney and spawned both a string of video sequels and a subsequent TV series. Moranis is endearing as the bumbling inventor/father of the Szalinski family. He inadvertently shrinks his own children then throws them out with the trash. They, along with the neighbour kids, must journey back across their own backyard, now an enormous, dangerous distance, to get back to the right height. Much is done with the perils of the lawn, from a wild deluge from the sprinklers to a nasty encounter with the lawnmower and numerous encounters with gigantic insects. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a generally kid-friendly, inventive (no pun intended) and entertaining outing. --Keith Simanton
St. Vincent | DVD | (30/03/2015)
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Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbour, Vincent (Bill Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a desire for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper, named Daka (Naomi Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine - the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.
Wish You Were Here | DVD | (17/09/2007)
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Set in an austere post-war Britain Wish You Were Here tumbles through the hilarious and outrageous sexual adventures of 15 year old Linda. It is a story of an irrepressible human spirit that refuses to be crushed by her colourless surroundings. Showered with awards together with critical and public acclaim since its first triumphant showing at the Cannes Film Festival Wish You Were Here was honoured with 3 BAFTA nominations 2 Best Actress awards for Emily Lloyd and the Peter Sellers
Abigail's Party | DVD | (26/05/2003)
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Originally screened as part of BBC's Play for Today series in 1977, Abigail's Party is among Mike Leigh's most celebrated pieces, with his then-wife Alison Steadman appallingly brilliant as what Alan Bennett described as the "brutal hostess" at a ghastly suburban soiree. The Abigail of the title never appears--rather, the dull thud of her lively teenage party forms a distant backdrop (and contrast) to an excruciating evening of chilled red wine, olives and the music of Demis Roussos. Steadman plays the overbearing Beverley, an Amazonian mass of frustrated sensuality in a low-cut party frock. Tim Stern is her small, stressed estate-agent husband. The guests are Janice Duvitski as Angela, a nurse whose quite spectacular gormlessness shields her from the stilted social awkwardness quietly raging around her, John Salthouse as Tony, her taciturn husband and Harriet Reynolds as Sue, the gangly and miserably nervous mother of Abigail. Rather than play for gags, Leigh and his actors mercilessly turn the screw of embarrassment through a series of too-true-to-life exchanges of dialogue, the stuff of all our collective worst memories of encounters with neighbours, aunts and office colleagues. Often misread as a satirical parade of suburban grotesques, Abigail's Party probes deeper than that, touching on nerves of anxiety and repression that throb behind the net curtains of modern England, culminating not in farce but tragedy. Decades on, Abigail's Party is as psychologically true and close to home as ever--hard to bear but utterly brilliant. On the DVD: Abigail's Party is perfectly reproduced here in all its 1970s garishness. The one extra is a short featurette, focussing on Alison Steadman's playing of Beverley, with comments from the original actors in the TV series and Peter York marvelling at her "paint-scraping" voice. --David Stubbs
The Boat That Rocked | DVD | (07/09/2009)
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P.S. I Love You | DVD | (12/05/2008)
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Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) is beautifual smart and married to the love of her life - a passionate funny and impetuous irishman named Gerry (Gerard Butler). So when Gerry's life is taken by an illness it takes the life out of Holly. The only one who can help her is the person who is no longer there. Nobody knows Holly better than Gerry. So it's a good thing he planned ahead! Before he died Gerry wrote Holly a series of letters that will guide her not only through her grief but in rediscovering herself. The first message arrives on Holly's 30th birthday in the form of a cake and to her utter shock a tape recording from Gerry who proceeds to order her to 'get out and celebrate herself!' In the weeks and months that follow more letters from Gerry are delivered each sending her on a new adventure and each signing off in the same way: P.S. I Love You!
Porridge | DVD | (10/03/2003)
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Times are hard for habitual guest of Her Majesty Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker). The new prison officer Beale makes Mackay (Fulton Mackay) look soft and what's more an escape plan is hatching from the cell of prison godfather Grouty and Fletcher wants no part of it. The breakout is set for the day of a morale-raising football match between a ""celebrity"" football team and the inmates of Slade. Everything is going to plan until Godber (Richard Beckinsale) is injured on th
Kinky Boots | DVD | (09/05/2011)
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Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) owner of the traditional men's footwear factory that has survived in his family for generations faces the imminent closure of his beloved business which would have a severe impact on the employment prospects of local people. That is until a chance meeting with flamboyant cabaret act Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor) convinces him that to stay afloat his company's footwear range will have to branch out. Turning out stylish kinky boots for transvestites like Lola and her colleagues is not quite what he had in mind... This delightful comedy-drama from director Julian Jarrold with Capra-esque themes of community and the little man refused to let go of his dreams is based on actual events in the UK town of Northampton.
The Return Of The Pink Panther | DVD | (06/07/2015)
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The comic genius of Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers meet again in The Return of the Pink Panther. The Pink Panther Diamond is stolen with only one clue left behind - a white glove, the trademark of the world-renowned jewel thief The Phantom (Christopher Plummer). Believed to be retired, he immediately becomes the chief suspect on Inspector Clouseau's list. Wanting to clear his name, The Phantom sets out to find the real thief and sends Clouseau bumbling along on a false trail. Inspector Clouseau's antics finally push his boss, Chief Inspector Dreyfus, over the edge and he sets out to murder Clouseau to rid of him once and for all! It's non-stop laughs in this timeless comedy masterpiece, hailed as the funniest in the Pink Panther series.
Bhaji on the Beach | DVD | (17/09/2007)
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A day trip to Blackpool to sea the lights a harmless break from the routine for a minibus full of women from the Asian Women's Centre. It all seems innocent enough but as the minibus trundles along to a Punjabi rendition of Cliff Richard's ""Summer Holiday"" problems quickly become apparent. Ginder (Kim Vithana) is fleeing her violent husband with her five-year-old son. Hashida (Sarita Khajuria) is eighteen about to start medical school and has just discovered she is pregnant by he
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - The Complete Boxset | DVD | (20/11/2006)
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Gimme Gimme Gimme is quite simply the chaotic adventures of one over the top tart (Kathy Burke) and one perennially lonely gay guy (James Dreyfus) who happen to share both a flat in London and a yearning lust for whatever luckless man happens to cross their paths! This release includes all the episodes from the three series Series 1: 1. Who's That Boy? 2. The Big Break 3. Legs And Co. 4. Do They Take Sugar 5. Saturday Night Diva 6. I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do 7. Millennium Series 2: 1. Teacher's Pet 2. Stiff 3. Prison Visitor 4. Dirty 30 5. Glad To Be Gay 6. Sofa Man Series 3: 1. Down And Out 2. Lollipop Man 3. Secrets And Flies 4. Trauma 5. Singing In The Drain 6. Decoy