Posts Tagged ‘Nick Frost’

Minute Movie Review – The Boat That Rocked

Freitag, April 17th, 2009

Review:

In 1966, rock music ruled Britain. But the BBC played very little of it. What to do? Well, listen along with 25 million other people to pirate radio station “Rock Radio”, broadcasting 24 hours a day from a ship in the North Sea. Richard Curtis new comedy is largely devoid of plot (apart from government opposition, obviously), but that doesn’t really matter. The film is a great comedy that is great fun to watch. The music is absolutely marvelous and the obvious enjoyment of the actors quite contagious. Sure, it’s somewhat silly and hardly historically accurate, but it’s a rocking good time.

Random Observations:

The Boat That Rocked at imdb.com

There are many great comic actors in this movie, from Kenneth Branagh and Bill Nighy to Rhys Ifans and Nick Frost. But their performances pale compared to the always great Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is, once more, absolutely incredible and shows that no matter if comedy, drama or tragicomedy, you can always rely on him to give a great performance.

A lot of the songs used in the film were actually made after 1966, which is a bit disappointing. But the soundtrack is absolutely amazing nevertheless.

I’m a great defender of Richard Curtis previous (and first) directorial effort, Love Actually. And while I didn’t enjoy The Boat That Rocked quite as much, it’s very much in the same spirit, with an ensemble cast having a good time.

Minute Movie Review – Hot Fuzz

Montag, Januar 28th, 2008

Review:

Hot Fuzz is basically a genre parody – of action movies, police movies and anything similar. It tells the story of London’s best policeman officer – Nicholas Angel. He is so good, that he gets transferred to the small town of Sandford. There, the most exciting assignment seems to be an escaped swan – until a series of suspicious accidents causes Angel to think like a police officer again. Hot Fuzz was one of the most heralded comedies of 2007 and rightfully so. Even though the plot is (intentionally) a little too outrageous, the film is truly funny, with great lines (that cornerstone of every good comedy) and good acting.

Random Observations:

Hot Fuzz at imdb.com

The writers of Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg (who also plays the lead character) and Edgar Wright (who also directs) teamed up before for the horror parody “Shaun of the Dead“. I haven’t seen it, but apparently it is very entertaining as well.

Former Bond Timothy Dalton plays one of the antagonists in this movie. He really has aged a lot, but is still a decent actor. (I know all you Moore and Connery fanatics won’t agree.)

Listen closely when Danny asks Nicholas about things he has done before…