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  • A Mighty Wind | Shiny Shelf
    Hara ironically someone with a strong familial connection to the folk scene herself thanks to sister Mary Margaret as frazzled duo Mitch and Mickey and indie darling Parker Posey as one of the slightly embarrassing Partridge Family esque New Main Street Singers Supposedly three of the 60s finest folk acts all are brought together to perform at a concert for recently deceased impresario Irving Steinbloom by his neurotic family and that s it There s no real story just the documenting of how these once great acts rose fell and come back together amid bickering infighting and the odd nervous breakdown The sheer depth of characterisation created through painstaking hours of improvisation and development off camera by the actors means the whole thing has an air of believability which puts it above a mere spoof whilst the familiarity of the cast members ensures all are more than comfortable sparking off each other Co writer Eugene Levy perhaps rightfully after so long as able support to everyone else s films truly steals the show as emotionally fried folksy Mitch Cohen although Fred Willard s cameo as barking mad agent Mike LaFontaine runs him close But nowhere does the cast miss a beat be it in the performance the believability of the characters and were it not for the familiarity of some of them it d be far too easy to be taken in or even in the songs which have the catchy cheesiness about them to underline just how serious a comedy this is Much of A Mighty Wind isn t roaring in the aisles funny but when it is it s outstanding with a payoff line at the end that comes completely out of nowhere It might not blow you away but it certainly puts the wind up the rest of the multiplex fodder out just now Line Break By Iain Hepburn Share A Mighty Wind Tags Christopher Guest Comedy Eugene Levy Harry Shearer Michael McKean Movies Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael

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  • Christopher Guest | Shiny Shelf
    Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006

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  • The Director’s Commentary | Shiny Shelf
    funny but as with MST3K occasionally diminished by the sheer awfulness of the source material Line Break By Stephen Lavington Share The Director s Commentary Tags Comedy ITV Rob Brydon TV Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February

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  • Comedy | Shiny Shelf - Part 2
    slept with his best friend Think Bridget Jones think Ally McBeal think Carrie from Sex and the City Think Chicklit Tags BBC Comedy TV I m Alan Partridge The Talented Mr Alan By Eddie Robson on 11 November 2002 Comments Off Now that Steve Coogan has finally accepted that no TV project will ever work as well for him we get a second series of I m Alan Partridge almost five years on from the first Tags Armando Iannucci BBC BBC Two Comedy Steve Coogan TV South Park Season 5 By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off Good to see some shows retain a bit of creative vigour in their old age In its fifth season South Park is still capable of finding new ways to offend people Tags Comedy DVD South Park TV The Young Ones Series One DVD By Eddie Robson on 08 November 2002 Comments Off This is something that should have come out on DVD aaaages ago The Young Ones easily ranks alongside British TV s best ever sitcoms with the added benefit that it stands up to more re watching than most Tags Adrian Edmonson BBC BBC Two Ben Elton Christopher Ryan Comedy DVD Nigel Planer Rik Mayall TV Back To The Future Trilogy Boxset By Jim Smith on 08 November 2002 Comments Off Despite the final instalment properly belonging to the very early 1990s the Back to The Future trilogy remains perhaps the definitive 1980s franchise Tags Christopher Lloyd Comedy DVD Michael J Fox Movies Robert Zemeckis Steven Spielberg Look Around You By Eddie Robson on 01 November 2002 Comments Off The main purpose of this review is to let people know that Look Around You exists at all because it s the sort of show that you could very easily fail to notice Tags BBC BBC Two Comedy DVD Peter Serafinowicz Robert Popper TV Austin Powers in Goldmember By Jim Smith on 23 July 2002 Comments Off A film like Goldmember almost defies review It s so like its predecessors in terms of style and humour that it s difficult to say something which isn t entirely redundant Tags Comedy Michael Caine Movies Scrubs By Eddie Robson on 22 July 2002 Comments Off If anybody tries to tell you that Scrubs is anything less than the most relentlessly laugh out loud funny show on TV at the moment ON NO ACCOUNT believe them KEEP AWAY from these people They are probably DANGEROUS Tags Comedy TV Scooby Doo By Eddie Robson on 10 July 2002 Comments Off There are some problems with the new live action Scooby Doo but Eddie digs Matthew Lillard s Method performance as Shaggy Tags Comedy Movies Zoolander By Jon de Burgh Miller on 05 June 2002 Comments Off Inspired by a couple of comedy spots Ben Stiller created for the VH1 fashion awards Zoolander is a cross between Austin Powers and Dumb Dumber with a pinch of Charlie s Angels thrown in for good measure Tags Ben

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  • The Italian Job | Shiny Shelf
    cast that in at least one case and probably two are there purely for contractual reasons Still Norton s professional enough to rise above his obligations and turn in a fun panto villain performance while Wahlberg not blessed with the charisma of Michael Caine makes a good fist of charming rogue Charlie Croker It s the back up team and especially the disturbingly enjoyable duo of Jason Stratham and Seth Green who get the film s best lines and best scenes Rob s charming cheek and Lyle s obsession with Napster even down to a Sean Fanning cameo provide a solid spine to characters that would otherwise have risked being underdeveloped And special kudos to F Gary Gray who manages to take what should have been a hideous travesty of cinema and turn it into something far more fun than it has any right to be Picking and choosing what parts he wants from the original concept ditching the rest but capturing the spirit and attitude of its sixties cousin he puts together a pacy punchy and utterly ridiculous heist film which avoids parody or pastiche to become its own entity Having taken the hostage drama and given it a kick in the arse with The Negotiator Gray does the same here to the heist film playing numerous games of bait and switch both which his characters and with the audience producing a film which has more complexity than its predecessor without actually becoming convoluted or confusing It s about as lightweight as candyfloss and as pacy as a Mini Cooper and while it might not blow your doors off it s certainly not a job to avoid Line Break By Iain Hepburn Share The Italian Job Tags F Gary Gray Mark Wahlberg Movies Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film

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  • F Gary Gray | Shiny Shelf
    Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October

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  • The Truth About Charlie | Shiny Shelf
    There s nothing we haven t seen before done better elsewhere The performances of the leads aren t so much phoned in as send via fax machine Marky Mark Wahlberg continues to defy any attempt to bring emotions to the screen which is just as well whenever he s working with Thandie Newton as she s obviously been schooled at the Brian Blessed Academy for Dramatic Arts Tim Robbins performance is even worse He plays what should be a complex and challenging character with all the passion of a high school production of Bugsy Malone and gives off an air of not wanting to be there Don t worry Tim neither do we The problem is that there s nothing actually wrong with the film itself It s an interesting little story with some sweet touches the Man U fans on the train for instance showing the buggers get everywhere and a clever set up But it just doesn t have any emotional connection with the audience We don t ever feel tied into the story and Demme s too busy trying to be Chabrol to actually bother bringing us closer The Truth About Charlie is not a bad film Far from it But it could never be described as a good film not by any stretch of the imagination What should be homage falls far too short tense moments are undermined by too light hearted a touch while the comedic scenes are deflated by the lack of balance in performance And sadly like Charlie it gets right up your nose Line Break By Iain Hepburn Share The Truth About Charlie Tags Jonathan Demme Mark Wahlberg Movies Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV

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  • Planet of the Apes | Shiny Shelf
    amazing None of it matters The DVD is somehow a metaphor for the film It s expensive and quite nice to look at from a distance but the thing at its core the disc story is almost entirely without merit This sequel remake separate adaptation of Pierre Boulle s 1963 novella La Planete des Singes is so disoriented by its own problems that hired hand director Tim Burton had to invent a new nonsense word re imagining just to describe it Planet of the Apes is painful viewing Just Say No Darwin Never Say This Coming claims one of the posters Lucky dead swine Line Break By Jim Smith Share Planet of the Apes Tags DVD Mark Wahlberg Monkeys Tim Burton Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter

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