Kevin and Perry Go Large , a review by samuelrichardscott
Kevin and Perry Go Large (2000) R2 UK DVD
Kevin and Perry Go Large follows our two hormonally challenged lads on their quest to lose their virginity and become the world's top DJ mixmasters.
It's the summer holidays and Kevin (Harry Enfield) and Perry (Kathy Burke) know that there is only one place where the DJ reigns supreme and girls are gagging for it - IBIZA! Armed with a suitcase full of condoms and some wicked gear the boys head for the promised land of sun, sea and big shags.
On arrival, the boys spy the girls of their dreams - Candice and Gemma - as well as their god - superstar DJ genius Eye Ball Paul (Rhys Ifans). Will this be the best summer ever? Will the boys get their new track "Big Girl" played in the clubs? Will they finally get to DO IT?!?!
Harry Enfield had a very successful sketch show with Kathy Burke in the nineties which managed to chuck out some great memorable characters. The Kevin and Perry characters were one of the more famous sketches (along with Wayne and Waynetta Slob) to come out of the show and in 2000, they made a feature length (well, 75 min) film about the two awkward teens going on holiday to Ibiza to try and get laid and get their music played. Whilst there are some funny moments, some gross-out, the characters are unfortunately one joke wonders that, whilst fitting a sketch show perfectly, struggle to adapt to a big screen outing. That's not to say it isn't enjoyable as it certainly has some good moments, Rhys Ifans is great as Eye Ball Paul and Paul Whitehouse's cameo as a bouncer is hilarious. Rent it. 2.5/5
(From Never Ending Movie Marathon (short reviews) on July 6th, 2011)
The Lady Vanishes, a review by Achim
MOVIE / DVD INFO:
Title: The Lady Vanishes
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Length: 95 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo
Dame May Whitty
In this best-loved of Hitchcock's British-made thrillers, a young woman on a train meets a charming old lady (Dame May Whitty), who promptly disappears. The other passengers deny ever having seen her, leading the young woman to suspect a conspiracy. When she begins investigating, she is drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure.
This must have been the first Hitchcock film I ever saw. It used to play on German TV often I possibly saw it each and every time. It has, however, been at least 20 years since I saw it last.
It is a great little film. It has lots of Hitchcock's typical ingredients: MacGuffin, suspense, witty dialogue and plays out with a rather high pace that the 90min pass by very quickly. The first 30min we are slowly and ingeniously (because of the way the focus is passed on from one to the other) introduced to all main characters. This bit plays mostly like a comedy with light hearted humor and only a hint (well, a murder) that this is not a comedy at all. The second 30min are the mysery section, where "The Lady Vanishes" (I don't think I need a spoiler tag here ) and the conspiracy plays out. The last third is the suspense section, where we finally gain more knowledge than the characters in the film and Hitchcock has us worried about how it will end!
I was rather surprised how well put together this film was. Considering its age the "special effects" (some matte painting mixed with miniature work) looked quite convincing and appropriate. The dialogue, I keep finding in all the Hitchcock films I rediscover (I used to watch these as a teenager and in a dubbed version!) is quite sharp and the sarcasm(?) is great fun for modern audiences and feels fresh. I especially enjoyed the bits with the two English gentlemen. The only cringe worthy moment was when some piece of evidence "flew by" rather conveniently...
Hitchcock does appear, but near the end of the film, so I missed him.
(From Alfred Hitchcock Marathon on May 8th, 2009)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
Perfect women aren't born everyday, you have to build them!
Ever met the perfect girl? Did she have the perfect boyfriend? Feel like you can't compete? Why not build your own?
When an amateur mad scientist attempts to build a robotic duplicate of his dream girl, Marie is the result. Of course, there are the usual unexpected complications. He build her so well that Marie has a mind of her own and a whole host of questions to go with it. The same questions that each of us ask of life. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Why do I look just like that girl over there?! Well, perhaps we don't all have to worry about that, but Marie does!
My Dear Marie
.01 The Birth of Marie
Writer: Sakura Takeuchi (Original Material By), Gou Sakamoto (Screenwriter)
Director: Tomomi Mochizuki
Cast: English Vocal Cast), Joseph Anthony (Hiroshi (voice)), Lauren Worsham (Robot Marie (voice)), Shawn Sides (Human Marie (voice)), Greg Dorchak (Tanaka (voice)), L.B. Bartholomee (TV Voice (voice)), Ellie McBride (TV Voice (voice)), Charles Campbell (Additional Voices (voice)), Gary Dehan (Additional Voices (voice)), Kathryn Feller (Additional Voices (voice)), Robert Fisher (Additional Voices (voice)), Japanese Vocal Cast), Yuko Miyamura (Marie Karigari (voice)), Mitsuo Iwata (Hiroshi Karigari (voice)), Yoko Asada (Mari (voice)), Nobutoshi Hayashi (Tanaka (voice)), Takashi Nagasaka (TV Man (voice)), Fujiko Takimoto (TV Woman (voice)), Kouichi Touchika (Member of Club (voice)), Taeko Endou (Member of Club (voice)), Jun Kisaichi (Deliveryman (voice)), Airi Yoshida (TV Announcer (voice))
A very good episode. It takes a seemingly ridiculous premise and makes it fun.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 10th, 2012)