Mostly Links – 10 June 2011

by Indy Datta

I think I’m going to spare you my thoughts on the BBFC’s refusal to certify The Human Centipede 2 and, as a bonus, I’ll spare you from everybody else’s thoughts as well. Instead, why not amuse yourself by thinking up punchlines to the following satirical joke: “The Tories, eh? Riots, recession, and video nasties: what are they going to bring back from the early 80’s next? __________________ ??!!”. You can’t have “snoods”, though, because they’re banned too.

New releases this week are mostly trying not to be squashed by Kung Fu Panda 2. There’s a French thriller called Point Blank, which choice of title seems, to me, like asking for trouble, even leaving aside the fact that I absolutely can’t tell any of these contemporary French thrillers apart. They’re all, “a handsomely dishevelled guy with a two day beard runs vigorously around Paris for some contrived reason”. I think this is now my least favourite kind of French film, edging out “a middle class couple (a newspaper editor and an interior designer) have a series of soul-deadeningly tedious arguments about an act of infidelity, one of which will take place at a dinner party thrown by, and to the embarassment of, their gay best friends (an architect and a kindergarten teacher)”.

So I might go and see Senna instead. Everybody else is, after all: it’s probably already made more money than Asif Kapadia’s entire previous filmography (fact not checked; but while we’re here, if you haven’t seen The Warrior, you should remedy that as soon as possible. I once offered my flatmate a money back guarantee that if he didn’t like it, I’d pay for his DVD. I got away with it that time, but you know, you can probably get it for a fiver from Amazon now). Together with the recent successes of TT3D: Closer to the Edge and Fire in Babylon, Senna‘s box office tear is the sort of thing that looks to newspaper journalists like a trend.

The big US release of the weekend is JJ Abrams’ Super 8. Other people are more excited by this than I am.

Do I sound jaded this week? In fact, I am really stoked that, at long last, the best new film of the year so far has a UK release date, on 8 July. Yes! Finally you’ll all be able to see James Gunn’s Super.

(Tree of Life is also out that weekend, I hear. Whatevs.)

That’s all for this week. Except this:

Next week! Will Mostly Film’s take on the just-finished half-season of “Doctor Who” be as contentious as our pre-season preview? Will Marv Marsh be keener on serial killers than he was on video games? Can Matthew Turner outdo the geekitude of his Thor piece with his analysis of X-Men: First Class? There is, of course, only one way to find out.

4 thoughts on “Mostly Links – 10 June 2011

  1. I’m sat at a computer, surrounded by curious people, giggling like a loon at the second paragraph. Ah, poor French cinema; so mercilessly and accurately skewered.

  2. That movie threats thing is great. “And tomorrow ve come back and ve cut off your johnson” is possibly the best thing anyone has ever said ever. Dennis Farina in Midnight Run is great too. In the edited for telly version he says, “I’ll stab you through the heart with a broken pencil,” which is maybe even better.
    I remember someone wrote in to Empire about that fifteen years or so ago but I already knew that so I am not copying a letter in Empire from 15 years ago.

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