8:00 PM, 20th October, 2006
If you like a laugh and a clever film, lock this date in. This wedding style, improvised mockumentary is absolutely hilarious. The premise goes that Confetti magazine is having a contest and its editors (Carr and Montagu) are worried. The three finalists will hold theme weddings with the chance to win a huge house. The finalists are going for a lavish Broadway musical wedding; a naturist wedding to be held as God created them, nude; and an elaborate tennis wedding. The wedding planners (Vincent Franklin and Jason Watkins) have their work cut out for them.Everything is played out in a deadpan, comically earnest way and as a result everyone is very funny and extremely likeable. We know whos going to win from the beginning, but that's part of the joke, and Isitt develops the plot humorously from scene to scene. Yet each character almost steals the film due to a compilation of smart comedy, writing and acting. It's got a great ending too to send us out of the theatre happy.
10:40 PM, 20th October, 2006
Lenny Bruce was a pioneer of the in-your-face social commentary which so many comedians are free to practice today. In the 1960s though, things were different - labelled as obscene and vulgar by many critics and the establishment, Bruces overt politics and coarse humour made him an easy target. But to many he was an important player in the ongoing struggle for true freedom of speech.This biopic, made only 8 years after Bruce's death, traces his life from the early days as a struggling standup to his success and ultimate destruction by that very success. Famed choreographer and director Fosse (in a rare break from his more familiar musicals) paints a stark, if incomplete, picture of a complex man. The screenplay, adapted from Barry's stage play, portrays Bruce as neither hero nor villain. The only disappointing aspect is a lack of emotional connection with Bruce at some points - the motivations behind the beginnings of his ardent political and social stands are left largely unexplored.Superb performances round out a great film, which was nominated for the big 6 Academy Awards. Hoffman in particular brings a powerful characterisation to the screen in a performance which must have been extremely difficult given that Bruce was still fresh in the minds of so many. Much like Bruce's act, some may find the film hard to take - but those who can will be well rewarded.