Wednesday, December 02, 2009


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Thumbs up for some joyful and hilarious rockin and a-rollin!

Bill Nighy! Nick Frost! Philip Seymour Hoffman! Kenneth Branagh (doing a remarkable humorless Basil Fawlty)! Corralled onto a boat and mostly tamed by the writer of FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL and creator of LOVE, ACTUALLY. I really shouldn't have to say any more. Frankly, you should have already stopped reading and been off to the theater after reading "Nick Frost!"

OK. OK. I suppose I can tell you a bit more. It's England in the 60s, and altho the BBC provides news and entertainment for all over the airwaves, they do not program modern music, that is to say, rock and roll. To fill this gap, this need, pirate radio stations broadcast from out at sea, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Radio Rock is the most notorious of these stations. The film introduces us to the eccentric and hilarious DJs and staff of Radio Rock through the eyes of young Carl, who, after getting himself expelled from school, has been sent to... apprentice, sort of, with his godfather, owner and manager of Radio Rock, Quentin (Nighy). While young Carl learns a great many things from these rogue radio pirates, about music, love, loyalty, and life, at the same time, back in London, minister of what's proper Dormandy (Branagh) has made it his mission to shut down all pirate radio. He and his unfortunately named lieutenant manipulate the press and the law as best they can to this end, but Radio Rock continues to broadcast. What can the pirates do, tho, when the Dormandy attempts to criminalize the act of broadcasting on the high seas? Wacky fun ensues!

See this movie!

Keep on keepin on~

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