Saturday, February 10, 2007

Saturday Night at the Movies

A new thing here at the Palace. An opportunity to sound off about my favourite films.

This week it's the amazing Britflick,
The Full Monty. Struggling to survive in depressed Sheffield, six unemployed steelworkers make the decision to become strippers to raise some cash. These boys decide, for one night only, to go 'The Full Monty'.

With a brilliant script which illustrates the indomitable spirit of the British enforced 'dole worker', and a stunning soundtrack including Irene Cara and Tom Jones, this is one of my all-time favourite movies.
Leading the tribe is Gaz, played by the adorable and gifted Robert Carlyle. Gaz's best friend is Dave, a wonderful characterisation by the irresistable Mark Addy. Supported by great British actors Tom Wilkinson and Paul Barber, and newcomers Steve Huison and Hugo Speer, these six men make an ordinary film extraordinary. Best bit - probably be a runaway vote for the scene in the dole office, when the music comes on the radio and all the lads in the queue begin dancing.

Unashamedly a British film, although made with US money (Fox, no less!) [snigger], this is one of those few British films that a) uses actual British actors and b) makes you proud to be British, not hiding behind the sofa with embarrassment like the Bridget Jones or Love Actually genre.
cq

9 comments:

Janejill said...

Yes I loved it too- it gave out a feel-good factor and those are rare. Calendar Girls tickled me too

Bob-kat said...

Good for you to speak out for British films! There is a lot of talent in this country and it needs supporting and nurturing! Pity we have to look abroad for that so often.

Le laquet said...

Love it ... especially the impromptu rehearsal standing in line at the job centre!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Hello My Dear Queen! Yes, I'm still up! (And Michele sent me, my dear...)God knows why I am still up, it's almost 3 AM here in Los Angeles...I am going to toddle off right after I comment here...
LOVE this new feature on your blog...And it is brilliant how you did that Walk Of Fame Star!!!

Fabulous Film you picked for your first "review"...I Loved this film, too, and particularly loved the scene you mentioned! A delicious film if ever there was one.

I have to sign in on every blog now, each time I go there...UGH!!! The NEW Blogger really is exhausting for those of us who are still holding out....Okay, I will sign in right now....

Oracle said...

Hey CQ Im having the same trouble as oloth's having to sign in its a bloody pain ;)

But it doesnt excuse lurking!

I do like that film its been too long since I watched it ;)

I enjoyed Calendar Girls along the same theme ;)

Here Via Michele's

Jean-Luc Picard said...

'The Full Monty' isn't one of my favourites, I'm afraid, CQ, although there are one or two good points.

'Calendar Girls', though is brilliant!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

BTW, Michele sent me this way!

Dawn said...

I absolutely ADORED (and still do) The Full Monty. We have it on DVD actually, and I was watching it for the billionth time the other night lol. My favourite scene? Probably where they get caught stripping by the cops in the unused steelworkers factory. Awesome!

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