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More Internet Wonders and the Return of Hellboy

Posted by: Matthew Turner 12/06/2008 @ 14:38
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 177
Films seen this week: Unrelated, Cass, Man On Wire, Little Dieter Needs To Fly, Kung Fu Panda, The Incredible Hulk, The Happening, Irina Palm, Memories of Matsuko

The Internet Is Great: Four More Film-Related Things I've Seen On The Internet Recently

1. Nigel Tufnell on Stonehenge
Rejoice, Spinal Tap fans! (And anyone who's never seen Spinal Tap – you know who you are – should rent it immediately).
Actor-slash-director-slash improvisation fan Christopher Guest has recorded a couple of amusing videos in character as Spinal Tap's dim-witted bassist Nigel Tufnell and it's great to have him back on our screens, even if only for a few minutes. The clips are to promote a National Geographic documentary on Stonehenge and you can watch them here. Funnier than Guest's last three movies put together.

2. Tropic Thunder Promo
Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr and Jack Black recorded this amusing sketch for the MTV Movie Awards the other week, in which Stiller persuades "Iron Man" and "Panda" to have a fight for a viral video promotion. I love how Downey Jr gets into it just a little bit too much.

3. Weird Marilyn Monroe photo
I've also been puzzled by this frankly mind-boggling picture of Marilyn Monroe, which I found here. I mean, what the hell? It's almost as if the script for Secretary was actually written in the 1950s.

4. Marvel vs DC
YouTube user ItsJustSomeRandomGuy has created a hilarious series of Marvel vs DC sketches in the style of the Mac vs PC ads, using action figures. They're all very funny but the latest one features Batman and the Hulk and is particularly good.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
The surprise guest at the end of the last video brings me neatly onto Hellboy 2. I saw the trailer for the first time this week, before the press screening of The Incredible Hulk. I cannot tell you how glad I am that Guillermo Del Toro is back on board for the sequel. Also, I ask you, has there ever been a more perfect piece of casting than Ron Perlman as Hellboy? This looks like it could be even more fun than the first movie.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):

There are loads of good films out this week so it's pretty much all change for the top ten. Taking the top spot is In Search of a Midnight Kiss, which was my favourite film at the Edinburgh Film Festival last year. Also topping the list is the Audrey Tautou French romcom (Fromcom?) Priceless, while other new entries include torture documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, low-key British drama Irina Palm and The Incredible Hulk.

1. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
2. Priceless
3. Persepolis
4. Iron Man
5. Gone Baby Gone
6. Taxi to the Dark Side
7. Irina Palm
8. Caramel
9. The Incredible Hulk
10. Charlie Bartlett

DVD of the Week: Juno (out now, RRP £19.99)

This week's DVD of the Week is the Oscar-nominated Juno, starring Ellen Page as a 16-year-old girl from Minnesota who gets pregnant when she loses her virginity. With an Oscar-winning script by stripper-turned-blogger Diablo Cody, a superb soundtrack and a terrific supporting cast that includes Michael Cera, Allison Janney, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman (not to mention ViewLondon favourite J.K. Simmons), Juno is one of the best films of last year. It also has a five star extras package that puts other DVDs to shame. They include: a commentary by director Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody; eleven (eleven!) deleted scenes (also with commentary); a gag reel; a fake take with Rainn Wilson and Reitman swearing at each other; screen tests, four featurettes (including interviews) and a Cast and Crew Jam, in which everyone dances around and pretends to play an instrument. Highly recommended.

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