Shortly after the release of The Lone Ranger, there was much talk about what a gargantuan flop it was, with the potential of losing $200 million for Disney. However while its $89 million US gross was rubbish compared to the $215 million it cost to make, it actually grossed $260 million worldwide, which isn’t as bad, but once all costs are taken into account, it’s still in the red. [Read more...]
The latest DVD reviews from BGPS
In the 1970s unusual albums were the flavour of the times, from The Who’s Tommy to the surprise success of Tubular Bells. However when Jeff Wayne released his musical version of HG Wells’ War Of The Worlds in 1978, I’d be surprised if he thought that 36 years later it would still be going strong re-envisioned as an arena spectacular. Many people mistakenly think it started out as a stage musical, but it wasn’t it was a concept album, with the voice of Richard Burton and various people singing the songs. [Read more...]
Greg Kinnear is writer William Borgens, who split up with his wife (Jennifer Connelly) a couple of years ago, but hasn’t let go, including hanging around her house and spying through the windows despite the fact she has a new man. He lives with his two kids, Samantha (Lily Collins), who has never forgiven her mother for leaving and has decided she doesn’t want a relationship and would prefer fleeting encounters, and the younger Rusty (Nat Woolf). [Read more...]
As Milton Jones takes his quick-fire insanity back on the road, many fans of his appearances on Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow might be skeptical just how well his style translates into a show 60 minutes long. Allay your fears and doubts. He succeeds with such flair we may be seeing many more Hawaiian shirt sporting fanatics.
Milton Jones’ one liners are sharp and cutting. Raucous jokes stream one after the other, barely allowing you time to breathe. The only time you get to recover is when the comic is one step ahead of you, and you have to take a moment to catch up! This is rare however, as his jokes, while requiring a certain wit to comprehend, are utterly accessible. His ability to include everyone inside his absurd world is astounding; any audience can find this man hilarious. [Read more...]
There’s no doubt that Reginald D. Hunter is a funny man. He has a wonderful mix of American openness and British sarcasm, as well as a great ability to cut to the chase with immense wit. That’s certainly on display in In The Midst Of Crackers, where he covers subjects such as racism, the differences between the sexes, the etiquette of sex and the difficulties he’s faced as he’s become better known. [Read more...]
Josh Widdicombe has had quite a lot of success on TV comedy shows, enough that he’s now getting his first live comedy DVD. As with many first discs there are some rough edges, but he still manages to come through and deliver a pretty funny set.
There are signs of nerves, not least the number of times he mentions they’re shooting the DVD, but generally he holds this in and has enough confidence in his material to make it work. However, if you’re gonna enjoy this disc, you better not mind people who like to have a moan, as that’s essentially all he does. There’s a slight sense with Josh that this is a trip back to the early days of observational comedy, when everything was about moaning about the minutiae of life and bringing out the silliness of everyday things we take for granted. [Read more...]
It doesn’t matter how many times I watch a new Jimmy Carr DVD, it still always comes as a surprise at how rude he is – something he seems to take as a personal challenge, as he always appears to be looking for the joke that will offend absolutely everyone. But that’s the thing with Carr, he comes across and so affable and polite that it allows him to get away with jokes that would have most comedians escorted off the stage. It also helps that rather than telling anecdotes he tends to tell a series of discrete jokes, which makes it far more difficult to for anyone to take even the crudest thing he says seriously. [Read more...]
When I’ve seen Micky Flanagan in short bursts on stand-up and panel TV shows, I’ve found him quite amusing, but I’m not 100% about his gig here. It’s not that it’s bad, but I can’t work out if he’s rather overplaying his cheeky chappie Cock-er-nee geezer persona, or if I’m just too hideously middle-class to fully appreciate it. [Read more...]
Ross Noble is a bizarre human being, but in a good way. Most comics have a stand-up set that’s all fully worked out beforehand, and it’ll be pretty much the same every night of their tour, with perhaps a bit of spontaneous audience interaction. However with Ross you get the impression he has about five minutes of prepared comedy and the rest is made up on the spot. That’s been shown on many of his DVD releases, as they’ve included several gigs from the same tour, with virtually none of it being the same material. [Read more...]
Much of the audience approaching this know of Alan Davies through his regular appearances on QI, in which he consistently outshines many touring comedians with his lovable quirkiness and child-like charm. Others might remember him solving creepy mysteries in Jonathan Creek. Few people know him for his stand-up comedy – partly as he hasn’t done any for quite a few years – but now he’s back to his roots with his new show, Life is Pain. [Read more...]