Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #4 - Rock My World / Kill Your Friends / Whatever Happened To Harold Smith?

I love it when things come together unexpectedly, as did this installment of mini-reviews. As a self-professed Anglophile, I was stoked that two of the three films jumped right into my path. All three films feature distinctly British elements, but are very different indeed. And the best part of all is that each one revolves around music. So lend us an ear, darling, and prepare for another British Invasion!

ROCK MY WORLD AKA GLOBAL HERESY - 2002

Now before you roll your eyes at this one, I fully had ZERO expectations going into it. See, I watch a lot of movies while I work, so I just put this on knowing it would only be worth half my attention. WRONG. This may be a Canadian film, but it really feels like a British venture, full of sweetness and fabulously clever.

Obviously, you won't be impressed at Alicia Silverstone's performance as an accomplished session musician. But she does try, sorta, and the whole of the story itself is not too far-fetched. The highlights, for me, were Peter O'Toole and Joan Plowright, who clearly give the film its credibility.

Save it for a sick day, a Sunday afternoon or after a shitty day at the office, it will make you feel better. Promise. Oh, and be sure to watch thru the end credits, there are some funny outtakes. Rock on!


KILL YOUR FRIENDS - 2015

Normally, I try to review older movies here, but WOW. Three words: British American Psycho. Set during the explosion of Britpop in the 1990's, this one ticked allll the boxes on my Anglophile checklist. Boasting a killer soundtrack; fast paced, wickedly sharp wit, and jeezus, some truly startling gore. You'll want to give this one your full attention, as there's never a dull moment. Especially when the characters act just as surprised as you do. Great, great fun.

This one definitely warrants a second viewing, and just may make its way into my personal collection. It was an extra special treat to see James Corden, whom I adore, and he has some of the most hilarious scenes in the whole film. Flashy, brutal and deliciously demented. Brill.


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HAROLD SMITH? 1999

Oh my stars, what a delight! Now I've had this film in my personal collection for quite some time, so it is not new to me, but it fit in so well with the other two films in this installment that I simply had to include it.

"When Punk meets Disco" is the tagline for the film, and it's got a wonderful supernatural element running through it as well...or does it? An odd mix you say? Perhaps. Which is exactly what I love about it. It's SO British, and makes me long for my home-away-from-home like nothing else. But I digress...

I will forever watch anything which features Lulu, but rest assured that each character will steal your heart. Particularly, our beloved Tom Courtenay, who plays Harold Smith so endearingly. Stephen Fry is charming and hilarious, as per usual. And once again James Corden sneaks in a wee role too. Family friendly, and a feel-good time for all. Highly recommended.

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This concludes another installment of mini-reviews, I sincerely hope you enjoyed it. This series has begun to get it's "legs" and I am now considering publishing a 'zine of them, with extended and extra reviews not included here on the blog. What do you think? If you'd be interested in something like that, let me know! Feel free to comment here on the blog, via email or thru my Instagram account. Until next time.... 

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