His Dark Materials
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Batty old horror flick that is probably hated to this day by all those acting in it but more or less loved by fans of the genre. Great opening titles, an even greater scene with Robert Hardy set in a mortuary - once again proving that less is often more - and Ann Michelle in red leathers. Vroom-vroom!
Sadly they don't make them like this any more, and they won't again until people stop paying to see rubbish like Saw etc.
Everything in The Haunting is implied, from the presence of evil spirits roaming the house, to Claire Bloom's unspoken lesbianism, yet this is what actually works in its favour. For example, at one point we know there is something rather large and scary on the other side of a door, not because we see it but because we see the physical effect it is having on the door instead. Rob Zombie please take note.
So why only four stars? Well, the plot is a little too convenient at times, and the scientific investigator (played by Richard Johnson) doesn't ring true as his mind is obviously made up well in advance of them even entering the house. Otherwise first class all the way.
Office Space may be a poor film saved by moments of genius, or a great film let down by nonsensical potting - I really can't say. But it has charm and, in Stephen Root's downtrodden Milton, a memorable character that deserved more screen time.
For me Monty Python is all about the sketch, of which they are the comic masters, so I actually rate this above Life Of Brian. Life of Brian is great, and so is Holy Grail, but as both are (mostly) locked into their respective periods of history they feel somewhat constrained in comparison to the freewheeling stream of consciousness that was the TV series.
The Meaning Of Life does not make this mistake, and lets the Pythons loose on such diverse topics as private education, contraception and fine dining! It also ends with an answer to the question posed by the title that is probably not far from the truth.
So, not quite as inspired as the TV series, yet arguably more in keeping with it than Brian and Grail, The Meaning Of Life proves if nothing else that it is possible to do OTT gross humour and still treat your audience as intelligent human beings.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is one of those films that was probably a blast to make for all concerned, but a soul destroying experience for anyone else with half a brain cell. Indeed, it says a lot when the only thing to even crack a smile on this reviewer's face was the inspired use of a Smokey And The Bandit out-take during the end credits!
This also includes the worst erection gag ever committed to film. If you like that sort of thing, See No Evil, Hear No Evil (Arthur Hiller 1989) does it so much better.
Anchorman? Wanker-man more like.