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"Be pleased then, you, the living, in your delightfully warmed bed, before Lethe's ice-cold wave will lick your escaping foot". You the living is a celebration of life, the wondrous normality and the everyday bizarre. Presented in 50 sing-shot vignettes, each short is beautifully composed and uniquely special. There is a continuous humour that runs through the film, even in the fairly serious ones but with each intertwining and complementing each other. Think Aki Kaurismäki directing a Monty Python film under the influence of an early Fellini. It has a glorious warmth ans a unique charm about it, it would be wrong and impossible to compare it to anything else. I can only recommend, highly at that.
Anyone who says This is the End is the ultimate 'Stoner movie' has obviously never been stoned. Watching This is the End under the influence would lead to the Whities every single time. I suggest you watch Ronnie O'Sullivan's Snooker Hotshots or Bevis and Buthead instead as they are both easy and funny. It is fair to say however, that this is probably the best film ever written under the influence of marijuana. So it's a stoner's movie rather than a stoner movie. You're welcome for the free advice drug takers. Anyway, if you dislike James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride etc then you're going to hate it. If you quite like them then you will love it. That said, it could make you into a believer. It's no secret that Seth Rogen has been wanting to make his own 'Shaun of the Dead', he has been quoted as saying 'F**k those guys for making that film' because they had the idea before him. It's ok though, as no one could have made this odd little masterpiece other than him. All his friends are in it so they decided that everyone should play themselves, albeit, exaggerated versions of themselves. This is actually more clever then just being an exercise in egotism. Everyone is brilliant, Michael Cera's performance had me in stitches. I didn't like everything, it is very puerile in places and there is one masturbation joke too many but overall, it is well written, well paced, brilliantly acted and most of all very funny. It's a future classic.
The Million pound note is a great idea, you can see how and why Brewster's Millions (the second) and Trading Places were both influenced by it. Unfortunately, everything clever about the story is slightly marred by the clumsy visual comedy, particularly the scene where the note is blown away in the wind. It's dated for sure but what really makes it both watchable and lovable are the wonderful performances by some great actors who have long since passed. It's a shame about the ending and the unconvincing love story, but the rest is Gold.
The Bridge on the River Kwai is a tough one for me to review. The reason I've never watched it before is because of my Grandfather. He was a POW and worked on the Burma-Siam railway which included bridges which would have crossed the River Kwai. He took my father and Uncle to see this film when it was released. My father told me the story that he was very insistent that they see the film so that they could see what he went through - having never spoken of the war since his return. After seeing the film he was so outraged, disappointed and ultimately let down, he never spoke of the war again until the day he died, which after years of torture, over-work and starvation, was at a very young age. My grandfather took umbrage to the mixture of fact and fiction. Made only 15 years after the actual events and seeing how twisted and false he, his fellow prisoners and officers were represented was an insult to him. Years ago I decided to look into my family history and I researched him, his regiment and all I could regarding his time as a POW. A lot of what I found I didn't even pass onto my father, needless to say the info I found was not of a pleasant time. Why then they decided to use real people's names but in different circumstances is beyond me. Fiction is fiction and fact is fact, mixing the two is a very dangerous thing, judging by many of the reviews here, many don't realise this film is fiction and did not happen. The film is well acted and looks beautiful but ultimately is an insult to the memory of the men on both sides, that were there. I don't care if it's Mel Gibson, Disney or the great David Lean, it's not right and I don't like it. Change the men's names and tweak it here and there and I would have liked this film just as much as everyone else but as it is I find it immoral and disrespectful and historically dangerous in its neglect of the truth. Does it really matter? Yes, in this circumstance it most certainly does! Why change a perfectly interesting part of history anyway, the madness, the madness indeed. One star for the acting and one star for the aesthetics, that's all I can give.
The Cruel Sea is a classic War film but unlike many of its contemporaries. It's remembered as a propaganda film but I would say that wasn't really the case. It never seems particularly pro or anti war but simply showed it for what it was. The script is brilliant and the film is well written. We see the different classes mix and not always favorably to either end. We see how many of the senior seamen had no nautical experience whatsoever and we see how devastating it can be to come back home to civilisation. Many of the characters story-lines are heartbreaking, especially when you consider that many of them happened to many solders throughout the war. The haunted memory of difficult decisions also ring true. An honest and brutal truth about the second world war through the eyes of a U-Boat crew and a terribly underrated and unappreciated classic.