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Englishmum Sep 15th 2004 8:26 pm

Watching British Movies in the US
 
Do you ever make a point to go and watch a British movie when it is playing in the States?

Since I've been here I've really enjoyed (and sort of felt proud and patriotic) to see films like 'Bridget Jones's Diary', 'Gosford Park', 'Bend It Like Beckham', 'About a Boy', and 'Calendar Girls.'

The only one I didn't like was called (I think) '24 days' about a germ warfare killer virus which wipes out virtually the whole population - very apt when there was the scare over here about anthrax and ricin. I didn't bother with the 'Thunderbirds' movie which had crap reviews.

I'm really looking forward to the next 'Bridget Jones' movie which is coming out soon, and I've just found out that a local art-house cinema is currently playing a film directed by Stephen Fry called 'Bright Young Things' based on an Auberon Waugh novel. It seems like it could be a tad similar to the Jeeves & Wooster series which I used to enjoy watching (Fry was the 'gentleman's gentleman' and Hugh Laurie was the rich dimwit) so I think I'll go along to see this movie at the weekend. Here's the trailer and perhaps those of you in other States might like to see if it's on in your area:

http://www.brightyoungthingsthemovie.co.uk

I'm hoping that 'Shaun of the Dead' (zombie flick) might be released here sometime but if not I'll have to get a DVD brought over from England for Christmas. :)

http://www.shaunofthedead.com (cool soundtrack if you click on the jukebox)

elf Sep 15th 2004 9:49 pm

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I'm hoping that 'Shaun of the Dead' (zombie flick) might be released here sometime but if not I'll have to get a DVD brought over from England for Christmas. :)

http://www.shaunofthedead.com (cool soundtrack if you click on the jukebox)[/QUOTE]

Shaun of the dead is absolutely hysterical and you will enjoy. It is very much a british humour film, so whether it will suit American humour, I dont know. Having watched Drop Dead Fred in a florida theatre and being surrounded by Americans who had no understanding of Rik Mayals Humour :rolleyes: , I,m not sure if all brit flicks are US suitable.
But for thoe of us expats they remind us that we do have our own unique british lunacy. :D

NJ_Dave Sep 15th 2004 9:53 pm

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I took my US fiance to see Shaun of the Dead when she was here one time and she found it funny, so I guess anything is possible. Just bought it on DVD actually, great movie:D

Bob Sep 15th 2004 10:02 pm

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Originally Posted by Englishmum

The only one I didn't like was called (I think) '24 days' about a germ warfare killer virus which wipes out virtually the whole population - very apt when there was the scare over here about anthrax and ricin. I didn't bother with the 'Thunderbirds' movie which had crap reviews.

28 Days later....
I kinda liked that movie, stupid as it was, fun horror flick :)

Bob Sep 15th 2004 10:06 pm

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Originally Posted by elf
Shaun of the dead is absolutely hysterical and you will enjoy. It is very much a british humour film, so whether it will suit American humour, I dont know. Having watched Drop Dead Fred in a florida theatre and being surrounded by Americans who had no understanding of Rik Mayals Humour :rolleyes: , I,m not sure if all brit flicks are US suitable.
But for thoe of us expats they remind us that we do have our own unique british lunacy. :D

A lot of the movies do a lot better than I thought they would, especially dvd's and stuff, but it's odd seeing movies coming out over here when dvd's have been out for a while, like with "Hero", which was on dvd a couple years ago, not bad movie might add, but very different from what the adds portray

elf Sep 15th 2004 10:07 pm

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Originally Posted by dbickle
I took my US fiance to see Shaun of the Dead when she was here one time and she found it funny, so I guess anything is possible. Just bought it on DVD actually, great movie:D

Well Abfab and Bottom goes down a storm in the US so I guess we arent the only sickos on the planet :)

Bob Sep 15th 2004 10:14 pm

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Originally Posted by elf
Well Abfab and Bottom goes down a storm in the US so I guess we arent the only sickos on the planet :)

Graham Norton and My Family ain't doing to badly, shame that Norton is so neutered tho

NJ_Dave Sep 15th 2004 10:15 pm

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Originally Posted by Bob
Graham Norton and My Family ain't doing to badly, shame that Norton is so neutered tho

Somebody wake me up when Bo Selecta! makes it to the USA

elf Sep 15th 2004 10:18 pm

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Originally Posted by dbickle
Somebody wake me up when Bo Selecta! makes it to the USA

oh absolutely

Bob Sep 15th 2004 10:21 pm

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Originally Posted by dbickle
Somebody wake me up when Bo Selecta! makes it to the USA

Yeah, surprised not to see that around, what with Ali G doing the rounds...

NJ_Dave Sep 15th 2004 10:25 pm

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Originally Posted by Bob
Yeah, surprised not to see that around, what with Ali G doing the rounds...

I don't know if the US would appreciate the humour in Bo Selecta! It took long enough for them to get to grips with Ali G

eggysbrain Sep 15th 2004 10:58 pm

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lol, i know what you mean about the proud patriotic thing when watching english movies!

I bought a blackadder dvd and was watching, laughing hysterically, and my husband was just like, this is not funny, whats wrong with you?

Bob Sep 15th 2004 11:08 pm

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Originally Posted by eggysbrain
lol, i know what you mean about the proud patriotic thing when watching english movies!

I bought a blackadder dvd and was watching, laughing hysterically, and my husband was just like, this is not funny, whats wrong with you?

Hehe...yeah, I got blackadder goes fourth, one of my favs in the series :)

Funny thing that really amuses me is when they try to re-create the shows and then they bomb, the US Coupling was appaling, made me cringe, couldn't stand to watch a whole episode in the end, shame, loved the original Couplings :)
And I hear that the office is being remade, that should be interesting...

eggysbrain Sep 15th 2004 11:10 pm

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blackadder goes forth is surely the funniest blackadder EVER :p

bodmin13 Sep 15th 2004 11:19 pm

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I'm from Cornwall and I really enjoyed watching Saving Grace. Martin Clunes is just funny to me.


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