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The Brady Bunch Movie
(1995)Admirable parody of a 1970s comedy about a large family
The Brady Bunch Movie Bereft of original ideas for movies in the mid-90s, Hollywood started mining the plots of successful TV series. Director Thomas wisely kept the Bradys firmly in the 70s (home, hair, fashion sense), but propelled them into the 90s, where they are a bunch of irrepressibly happy freakazoids, much loathed by their worldly wise, hard-drinking property developer neighbour, who wants to buy their home and sell it for a fortune.
Cottage to Let
(1941)In the Scottish estate of boffin John Barrington (Banks) and his scatterbrained wife (De Casalis) someone's listening who shouldn't be. Barrington and his assistant, Trentley (Wilding), have developed a top-secret bomber-sighting device that promises to help the war effort no end. But Military Intelligence has discovered that the grounds have been infiltrated by a Glasgow-based Nazi spy-ring, leaving the normally tranquil locality a hive of intrigue. Who's the Hun in disguise, and where's he hiding? Ronald (Cole), an intrepid teenager evacuated from London's East End to stay with the Barringtons, takes it upon himself to find out.
Evidence leads the Sherlock Holmes fanatic to a cottage on the estate let by sinister lodger Charles Dimble (Alastair Sim). Part of the property is being used as a military hospital where Dr Truscott (Petrie) and the Barrington's daughter, Nurse Helen (Lehman), tend to the injuries of heroic spitfire pilot George Perry (Mills). Dimble seems the obvious culprit, but as events accelerate dangerously towards a thrilling climax, it becomes clear that Ronald's picked the wrong man.
(1971)Thirtysomething school kids raise hell at their local comp. 1970s sitcom spin-off starring John Alderton, Joan Sanderson and Deryck Guyler
Please Sir! To the casual observer, it must seem that every sitcom made in the 1970s was adapted for the big screen. Quality certainly wasn't an obstacle when it came to taking the prime time triumphs and stretching them - often beyond breaking point - to feature length. For while only the hard-hearted would begrudge great shows such as Porridge and The Likely Lads a run at the local Odeon, it's amazing to think that garbage such as On The Buses - Hammer Studios' biggest box-office success, folks - and race "comedy" Love Thy Neighbour were also granted cinema stays.
(1996)Aliens land on the Fourth of July, and it's down to US President Whitmore (Pullman) and feisty USAF pilot Captain Steven 'Eagle' Hiller (Smith) to do something about it.
(2004)Futuristic thriller starring Will Smith as a troubled cop whose issues with the ever-increasing robot population are seemingly vindicated when one of them becomes a murder suspect. Slick sci-fi from Alex Proyas, director of Dark City
I, Robot I, Robot is essentially Blade Runner by way of Minority Report with a dash of Attack Of The Clones (but not too much thankfully). However, it transcends the restraints of the formula by virtue of being a good quality blockbuster, which is well-made and relatively smart.
Six Degrees of Separation
(1993)A young Will Smith impresses in this bourgeois farce adapted from the stage hit
Six Degrees Of Separation Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing play a rich liberal New York couple fast-talked by charmer Paul (Will Smith), intent on insinuating himself into the lives of Manhattan's elite.