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When hearing that Attenborough was to make a biopic of Chaplin, argaubly the most iconic and successful movie star of all time, after his epic Gandhi, one has to be excited and filled with expectation.In short RDJnr gives an astounding performance, and is well supported by a strong cast of all generations. The music, style and general pathos of the movie is in tune with Chaplins own, and any fan of the silent cinematic hero will rejoice in this film. Not to eveyone's taste, and indeed if the name Charles Chaplin means nothing then more than likely this film will mean very little to you, however it comes highly recommended as a faithful, unbiased and wholly entertaining biopic of cinemas most influential comedian.
Karl Pilkington: An Idiot Abroad
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Watch out, the title is a little esoteric; Karl is far from stupid. We're all familiar with the podcasts, the extras on the DVD of The Office, yet this doc manages to perfectly situate you between the exotic 7 wonders and the far from exotic perspective of Pilkington.Not as clever as The Office, or as subversive as Extras, it stands on its own amongst the three as being the most honest, and reflective of the stereotypical Englishman. It makes for hilarious viewing; his seemingly ad-libbed one liners and puerile, contradictive approach to man's greatest achievements are clearly the highlight, coupled with some cruelly amusing situations Gervais and Merchant put him in.As with all their work, it's a love - hate relationship, but the viewer is left wondering whether Karl could qualify as the 8th Wonder of the World. Highly recommend.
Inglourious Basterds: Limited Edition
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There are two ways to view this; as a standalone film, or as Tarantinos latest offering. As a Tarantino film it is a return to form to his triple cinemathon of Reservoir, Pulp and Jackie; his fatuous and self - indulgent titles like Kill Bill and Death Race veering him into B Flick territory. Yet with IB, there is Tarantinos signature filmmaking in full effect; observant cinematography, innocent dialogue followed by gratuitous yet camp ultraviolence. Every performer performs at best, with flawless editing to allow them to shine.And as a standalone film? Way above anything we could possibly see this year. Glourious.