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The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
(1995) Two English cartographers arrive in a Welsh village to determine the status of the local vantage point.The residents of a small Welsh town are proud of their neighbouring mountain. Then a couple of English surveyors arrive and find it doesn't quite measure up. Hugh Grant and Tara Fitzgerald star
After the massive success of Four Weddings And A Funeral, Hugh Grant appeared in this comedy which pitched cartography against a Welsh town's indomitable civic pride. Nicely written and appropriately cast, it's an enjoyably gentle farce reminiscent of post-war feelgood fare, and populated by a vivid bunch of likeably loopy eccentrics.
In 1917, English surveyors Reginald (Grant) and George (McNiece) arrive in a small Welsh town to calculate the precise status of Ffynnon Garw, proudly described by the locals as "the first mountain in Wales". Unfortunately, Ffynnon Garw is found to be somewhat short of the requisite 1,000 feet. Cue a less than ethical attempt by the locals to extend it, then persuade the surveyors to measure it again. "If it isn't a mountain," says one, "they might as well redraw the border and put us all in England. God forbid!"
Much of the pleasure here is down to the performances. Grant's in full-on bumbling mode throughout, and though there's only one note to his comic performance, he plays it well. Tara Fitzgerald is a comparatively spiky love interest, and among the locals, Kenneth Griffith's over-pious pastor and Colm Meaney's randy landlord Morgan the Goat stand out. Given the title, the outcome's no surprise, but this is a sweetly enjoyable comedy which lets its star get on with what he does best.
(1952) Director Howard Hawks and Cary Grant reunited for this screwball comedy.Some 12 years after Grant and Hawks worked together on Bringing Up The Baby, they returned to screwball comedy, with Grant playing a bespectacled, absent-minded professor again. Here he discovers a rejuvenation serum that causes him, his wife Rogers and his boss Coburn to recede to adolescence and then childhood. Th rather strained, juvenile high jinks do have their funny lines and situations, plus Monroe as an incompetent stenographer.
The Man Who Knew Too Little
(1997) Jon Amiel's film, which openly acknowledges its debt to the Hitchcock's classic.Bill Murray makes an entertaining bumbling stooge in this affectionately put together but sharply observed espionage spoof
The Man Who Knew Too Little Shortly after arriving in London a slow-witted US tourist (Murray) signs up for what he believes is an Interactive Theatre experience with a thriller theme. Then, by virtue of a credibility-stretching coincidence, he innocently intercepts a message meant for a hit-man and becomes embroiled in a real plot to wreck an Anglo-Russian peace conference.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
(1954) Richard Fleischer's classic adaptation of Jules Verne's novel stars James Mason as Captain Nemo.
(2000) Tim Burton's rollicking version of Washington Irving's tale stars Johnny Depp as Constable Ichabod Crane.Before the Planet Of The Apes debacle Tim Burton made this lively fairy tale horror, which was rich in homage to Hammer and Universal films of yesteryear
Sleepy Hollow A budding 19th-century police detective Constable Ichabod Crane (Depp) gets the chance to prove his newfangled forensic theories when he investigates a series of bizarre murders in the foggy backwater of Sleepy Hollow. The superstitious locals are convinced that they are the vengeful acts of a legendary headless horseman, but Crane uncovers a web of political intrigue that points towards a more earthly culprit.
Burton's artistic vision triumphs once again. Peerlessly inventive and thick with ghostly atmosphere, his film plays like a gothic Scooby Doo, thick with homage to the Universal horror films of the 1930s and Hammer horror cycle. Ricci excels in her first romantic lead, her bug-eyed beauty perfectly suited to Burton's warped design, while Walken gets a lively cameo as the horseman in his pre-headless days.
(2003) The classic murdered-by-redneck-freaks formula gets the contemporary youth movie makeover from Stan Winston and the makers of Resident Evil.
The classic murdered-by-redneck-freaks formula gets the contemporary youth movie makeover in this derivative endeavour from Stan Winston and the makers of Resident Evil
"We're going to get out of this I swear to you. We're going to find a road, go home, get married. And we're never going into the woods again." So says Scott (Sisto) to his fiancée Carly (Chriqui) while trying to elude three particularly nasty mountain men in the backcountry of West Virginia. Thing is, earlier in the film Carly, while investigating a foul cabin they'd stumbled across, had said "I need to pee" - and Scott had replied "I need to remind you of a little movie called Deliverance." You'd think with Scott's nervy awareness of Boorman's classic film they wouldn't have gone camping in the woods in the first place.
(2001) Chuck Parello's dramatisation of the life of Ed Gein, the 1950s Wisconsin killer, cannibal and necrophiliac.Madness-by-numbers dramatisation of the life of Ed Gein, the 1950s Wisconsin killer and necrophiliac who inspired characters in movies such as Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Ed Gein When you consider that Ed Gein, the smalltown bachelor who sculpted with corpses and killed at least two women in the 50s, inspired significant bogeyman in Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence Of The Lambs, he comes across as a dull oddball in this biopic. The grainy black and white news footage bookends are more disconcerting than the fictionalised narrative, with wrinkly farmerfolk ominously saying "he seemed such a harmless fella". Gein (Railsback - a mix of Tommy Lee Jones and JF Sebastian from Blade Runner) is introduced digging up a corpse. "Awake! Awake and arise!" he mutters to the departed old dear, after positioning her at his dining table.
Despite the horror movie elements, there is also unwitting hilarity, such as a kid, having discovered Gein's shrunken head bedroom decorations, saying, "You're kind of weird Eddie. I reckon my pop's right about you not babysitting us any more."
Considering Gein's activities, the film is unexplicit in terms of gore. It manages a few chilling moments though. Gein is haunted by his puritanical religious mother (Snodgress), though this tips toward the ludicrous. More successfully disturbing are the unflinching accounts of his two female victims' slow deaths.
The direction by Parello, writer-director of Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer 2: Mask Of Sanity, is not without its graces and Ed Gein has some atmosphere. But the script is a muddle of horror, straight dramatisation and black comedy, while the evolution of Ed's twisted psyche is madness by numbers.
Never Die Alone
(2004) Rapper DMX plays King David, a drug-dealer who uses a mix of heroin and violence to get his way with women and fellow hoods alike.