Sunday, 16 January 2011

No. 1 Loony Detective & Diabolical Dessert

The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It is an old tv special by John Cleese and Joe McGrath. Playing Sherlock's half witted grandson, Cleese undertakes a mission to foil arch nemesis Moriarty with help from a super dense, slightly bionic Watson played by Arthur Lowe. It's all very silly with pratfalls, sight gags and general idiocy and it's entertaining throughout with a good cast providing the laughs but it's uneven and a little rough round the edges. For Holmes buffs and fans of obscure, odd British comedy.

The Stuff is a highly amusing horror comedy from Larry Cohen. A industrial spy is hired to investigate the astonishing success of a pudding which appears to consist of sentient gloop from beneath the earth's surface and things get a little sticky. There's plenty of fun to be had despite the dodgy acting and the shonky FX and surprisingly it's got plenty of satirical bite with big business and governments besotted with the delicious Stuff's money making potential while our hero turns to some demented militia men to restore the country. Another classic B from Cohen.

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