Sightseers, one of my favourite films of last year, is just out on DVD. This weird tale about caravanning and killing shares a lot with Nuts In May, Mike Leigh's hilarious camping comedy from the 70s - what a great double bill...

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by Arch Stanton

    on 2 Apr 2013 08:27

    "I want to see the zoo, she said, I want to see the zoo…"

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by KenC1983

    on 2 Apr 2013 02:55

    Dear Mark

    I had some thoughts regarding the film 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' which I noticed had not been picked up by anyone else (on the internet) and would love some feedback.
    Is it possible that Martha's decent into madness and lack of support from her sister drove her in to the cult and all the cult scenes were in fact flashed foreward. This theory is supported in many scenes like where she doesnt know reality from dreams. The timeline would go: Actual boyfriend - picked up by sister - followed by car (at end) - taken into cult - escape - reluctance to be picked up by sister. Leaving the onscreen narative in a loop that begins and ends in consecutive shots, an editing trick used continually throughout the film.

    Looking foreward to feedback from forum too.....

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Frank Doubleday

    on 1 Apr 2013 10:28

    Sightseers is a film on my list to see, so will avoid looking at your comments till such time. I noticed on a separate note that William Friedkin has published his autobiography, and is due out on the 16th. On your reading list I take it? Three chapters on The Exorcist apparently. Your name has got to be in it somewhere.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by rbevanx

    on 30 Mar 2013 18:04

    Well I tracked down a copy of Sightseers and I couldn't get into it.

    I like black comedy films esspecially American Psycho and Heathers etc but Sightseers was American Psycho without the humour for me, honestly don't get why so many people are raving about it.

    I honestly just felt sick to my stomach watching this, and before the doctors video I actually thought to myself "I think this is the worse British film I have seen since Kill List" and it was the same director!

    Still can't believe Kill List's diabolical ending mind.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by PinkyGreen

    on 29 Mar 2013 19:44

    Nuts in May should definitely be film club one day, BBC4 show it every now and then. Its possibly my most watched film ever, parents showed it to me as a kid and i was obsessed with it.
    Wanted to see Sightseers at the cinemas but it was sadly only on for the one week and I couldnt get to it. Loved Kill List and Down Terrace so i will defo be buying it.
    And while were on the subject of peculiar British cinema, RIP Richard Griffiths, I shall be raising a small rhesus negative bloody mary in your honour sir.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by thomasj

    on 29 Mar 2013 18:37

    I've only seen Nuts in May once when my mum showed it to me but I absolutely loved it, and have been banging on about it to a friend who's been working through Mike Leigh's stuff (I haven't actually seen much, personally). Obviously this has gotten me very interested in both Sightseers AND watching Nut in May again.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Touchfinder

    on 29 Mar 2013 11:53

    It's a crime that Sightseers didn't get a better cinema release. Why is it that our cinemas are chock full of films that no one is going to (I went to see Mama a week after release and the cinema was empty, 20 people at best) and yet perfectly decent films can;t get a look-in. I know distribution has been dealt with before on this blog but things like this really get my goat!

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by persona

    on 29 Mar 2013 02:22

    "Kill List" is a mess and " Sightseers is a one joke film - Come on Mark you can do much better than keep plugging this low grade British trash -

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    on 29 Mar 2013 00:41

    Okay, I've just watched Sightseers and it's superb. Don't bother asking me about the other one, as I'd rather scrape my nuts in hay than watch Nuts In May, but that's another story.

    Though it has its funny moments (and the murders are hilarious), it's not a comedy, it's a tragic love story about repression, dysfunctionality and maybe sexual awakening. There's a great soundtrack, a sweepingly-fast final act, which I didn't expect (Ben Wheatley will surely become one of the great British directors), has a nice little Clockwork Orange homage at the viaduct, and was a much better finished piece than Kill List. Really impressed, and I can't wait for A Field In England.

    Btw, who moved the Ribblehead Viaduct into the mountains of the Lake District? Whoever it was, well done for putting it back, as last week it was where it should be, in the Yorkshire Dales, when I passed it on my way up a snowy Whernside.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Guanyin

    on 28 Mar 2013 23:46

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