#2 Cemetery Junction

Dear Rache,

According to our mathematical ability, for the three of us to finish 500 movies before the end of the school year, each one of us would have to watch at least one movie every night. And we should have started this on the 9th of Oct. And I did. I was so excited about this project, in fact, that I watched 3 movies that night – the first of which was Cemetery Junction.

It is, first of all, a British film written and directed by Ricky Gervais. I would not have picked this title from the hundreds of dibidis on display, but I had a feeling that the creator of The Office would not disappoint. And he didn’t. 🙂

Cemetery Junction is a the name of a small English town, and the movie is set in the 1970’s. It is about three working-class guys who work in the morning, drink at night, and get into fights most nights. The real action starts when one of them, Freddie (Christian Cooke) gets some sense and realizes he can do better. So he gets a new job as an insurance salesman and works for Mr. Kendrick (Ralph Fiennes) who used to live in Cemetery Junction before he stroke it rich. The problem is that his two best friends, Bruce (Tom Hughes), who works at a factory, and Snork (Jack Doolan), who has a job at the train station, don’t particularly share Freddie’s dream. And re-meeting his childhood sweetheart just adds to Freddie’s dilemma.

Now, my summary stinks, and it doesn’t really matter. Because if you had sense, you’d have googled “Cemetery Junction” and found a better summary. The important thing here is that I liked the movie, and I recommend you watch it. The only thing that bothered me was the set. But it didn’t really bother me so much, so you just wasted 2 seconds of your life reading that observation. The whole time I was watching the movie, I couldn’t help but stare at Tom Hughes’s mouth. That guy has a strange set of teeth. They were very, very straight. But he did so well in the movie, he seemed like a real rebel without a cause, that you’ll eventually get used to the teeth. The teeth were tangential. Going back to the movie, I liked the dialogue. The lines were delivered dead-on. It was funny, albeit sometimes offensive. And the cast was almost impeccable. They worked for me.

Memorable scene:
After Bruce dances with an African, a guy asks him what he’s doing dancing with a monkey. Bruce smiles nonchalantly, turns his back, turns around again, taps the guy on the shoulder, and punches him.

Quotable quote:
(Sorry, I’ll have to see this again. I can’t remember it right now.) OTL

Rating:
Make time for it and I’ll gladly lend you my copy.

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About 500 Movies for Rache

Rache is one of our friends, who, though smart and wonderful in every way imaginable, is particularly deficient in terms of her film knowledge. Now no friend of ours can be allowed to go on believing that movies such as Batang X and Little Mermaid 2 represent the height of cinematic excellence. And so, it is with a mixture of compassion and messianic complex, that we've decided to watch and review 500 movies for Rache, until March 31, 2011. There are three of us behind this blog, and we have decided that there is only one way to go about the movie-picking and reviewing process: indiscriminately. We will sit through the campy and the compelling, the indie films and the blockbusters, the critics' darlings and the straight-to-video. This is how much we love you Rachel. This is also - let's face it - how much we love ourselves. By March of 2011, we hope to have a good cross-section of cinematic genres, traditions, cultures and periods. (But in all likelihood, it will be mostly Hollywood fare). So Rache, our dear, pretty, wonderful, cinematically-clueless friend, and the many others just like her, THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU.
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