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The Time Bandit #3: 5 Second Movies

In the latest of The Moviebarn’s ‘Ways to ruin an afternoon’-type series, here’s another in the vein of the Monkey-ed Movies from Week One. 5 Second Movies first started appearing on youtube courtesy of ‘themanwiththeglasses’ a couple of years ago. He may or may not have glasses. That’s not for me to know, and it’s largely besides the point. They’re just funny.

Here’s the Lion King, in5seconds…

Here’s M Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, in5seconds…

And here’s the entire Rocky saga, in about 20 seconds…


The Moviebarn Awards #2 – the Many Faces of the Seagal

Steven Seagal, fighting man. Steven Seagal, amateur philosopher and minor religious deity. Steven Seagal, lame AOR singer. You pick your favourite, and email studio@freshair.org.uk

The Time Bandit #1 – Monkey-ed Movies

Get ready to lose half an hour to the power of Monkeys dressed like movie characters.

Monkey-ed Movies was a series of short films broadcast on US TV network TBS in the 1990s. Films featuring all-primate casts. Top Gun is among my personal favourites, not least for the nose-picking scene…

Then there’s the chimp that does a better Jeff Goldblum than Jeff Goldblum…

Get the full load of Monkeyed Movies by clicking here. And wave goodbye to your afternoon.

The Moviebarn Awards #1: What the f*@k is that supposed to be?

Yes, as you’ve heard, The Moviebarn is set to dole out the award for Worst Special Effects ever. Here’s those clips – pick your favourite using the poll at the foot of the page, or by emailing the studio – studio@freshair.org.uk

1) Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002)

Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the first two parts of the Shark Attack saga, as you’ll be able to jump right in here, at a scene featuring a jet-ski, lots of screaming, and the kind of effects you could pull off with two sheets of paper and a pair of scissors.

2) The Regenerated Man (1994)

Now I know what you might be thinking – bit harsh to mock the computer work here, it was only the 90s. Well they used the same computer software to make the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, and that wasn’t total balls.

3) Unknown film by Chiranjeevi (The ’80s)

Couldn’t find out the name of this, The Unknown Soldier of films with atrocious special effects. So check out the big man’s Wiki, and marvel at the lo-fi wonder of this 3-way battle between horse, car, and conventional logic.

Semi-Pro: Review


Empire magazine has a theory about Will Ferrell films; the bigger the wig, the bigger the laughs. Anchorman – big wig, funny film. Talladega Nights – smaller wig, not as funny. So Semi-Pro should, by all rights, be hilarious, given the size of the afro on Ferrell’s character, the pop-star-cum-basketball-player Jackie Moon.

Sadly, it doesn’t pan out that way. A large part of the problem is that if you’ve seen one of Will Ferrell’s “MAN comedies” then you’ve seen them all – Ferrell plays an egotistical loudmouth who doesn’t really understand the field he’s in, goes on a voyage of discovery, and it all comes good in the end. Throw in some swearing, some physical comedy, and boom – movie.

But that’s it – movie. Not ‘great movie’, just ‘movie’. For this kind of film to reach the next level it has to offer something different, and sadly Semi-Pro doesn’t bring anything new to the formula. Its secondary characters, so often responsible for much of the humour in Ferrell’s comedies, don’t get enough time to make an impact on the movie. This leaves you with the Jackie Moon show, and while he isn’t unlikeable, there isn’t all that much to get hold of.

Then there are the laughs. While there are solid chuckles throughout this film there’s a disappointing lack of the laugh-out-loud moments Ferrell’s known for. The lack of a supporting cast means that the sharp dialogue you’re used to is largely absent (although one of the movie’s high-points is Moon telling a priest to S his C). And, yes, sadly, the trailers do contain all the best jokes anyway.

The plot itself doesn’t do the film any favours – it’s a thin concept without much padding to it – and there isn’t really all that much going on, other than the central basketball storyline.

Saying all that, it’s not a bad film. There are some good exchanges, notably between the basketball commentators, and the 90-minute run time doesn’t drag. Also, you can’t really hate a film that offers solid, if unspectacular laughs throughout. All in all though, Semi-Pro is just what it says on the tin – not up for the big time, but solid nonetheless.