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So we watch a lot of movies and TV shows that are not from the US. DVDAsian.com, HKFlix.com, etc. get a lot of our business. And we don't watch much American televison. A few things on Comedy Central (Daily Show, Colbert Report), a few things on HBO (Extras, Sopranos (when it's on)), a few things on VH1 (Flavor of Love). But we don't really do a lot of TV things. And the shows we have from the UK are a huge reason why. American television is, for the most part, utter shit. I can't sit through anything on the networks, reality TV is atrocious, and I just can't get interested in these pathetic dramas like "Prison Break" and "Lost".

We are big Steve Coogan fans. Knowing Me, Knowing You, and I'm Alan Patridge (both series) are just so disgustingly good and funny that it's fucking amazing that most Americans have no fucking clue who he is. We recently placed an order with Sendit.com and got a bunch of stuff. Ricky Gervais: Live 2 - Politics (we had no idea he was a stand up so that should be interesting). Coogan's Run (watched the first episode last night and it was fucking brilliant but nothing we could ever show to friends of family due to accents and rhyming slang... we could just hear the "what the fuck is a porky pie?"). Paul and Pauline Calf's Cheese and Ham Sandwhich, Alexei Say's Stuff, all three seasons, Alan Patridge Presents: The Cream of British Comedy, and Comic Strip Presents (complete edition with every single episode).

That - plush Ishtar and Night on Earth - both of which you can't get on region 1 dvd for some reason. I guess people just will never understand the power of Ishtar.

I've seen all the Jim Jarmush films except Night on Earth and the newest one with Bill Murray that came out recently.

So add all these British things to the huge wave of Korean, Chinese, Thai, and Japanese films lately (about 20 over the last 2 weeks) as well as all the things still sitting there to watch (haven't had the balls to put in Blood and Bones yet... dunno if I can deal with Beat Takeshi being that nasty)... and we have a lot of filmed entertainment to enjoy.

Seriously - how the fuck did I ever live without a multi-region/all format DVD player?

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frobisher
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
The last couple of times I've been to england, I've seen the Comic Strip box and keep staring at it at length and finally going "No, that's just too much money". :-/

But Sendit is (or, with my luck, just was...) having a sale on british tv stuff, so I may have to spend lots of money now.
maddening
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what we did. Last week, blew a bunch of money at Sendit

it's beautiful.

as is your "baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabies!" icon.
frobisher
Aug. 19th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
/me *heart* my babies icon. :-)
umbrella
Aug. 20th, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
Fuck the comic strip, the smell of reeves and mortimer series 1&2 are out on dvd.

Alexei Sayle's Stuff is also good, if you skip all the songs (they're really quite pants). Try to illegally thieve episodes of 'peep show', 'the smoking room', 'nighty night' (only series 1), 'big train' and 'green wing'. Although that's more of an ensemble vaguely surreal romantic comedy type thing. Garth Marenghi's Dark Place is okay too.
maddening
Aug. 20th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Cool. Actual suggestions are always lovely.

Why the bile toward the Comic Strip? Just too many old-time popular British Comics stuffed down your neck? A small handful of people in the US my age have any idea who any of them (beyond Jennifer Saunders thanks to Absolutely Fabulous) are, so I haven't been covered in the over-exposure bullshit nearly as much.

umbrella
Aug. 20th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
I can't stand Nigel Planer really. Plus Rik "current andrex puppy voice" Mayall went beyond sellout years ago.

Oh and I fucking loathe Dawn "I'm fat, d'you get it" French.

Apart from those, I quite like them.
maddening
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
hhaha.. okay. I like Ade Edmonson, and Nigel is always just "Neil from the Young Ones" to me... even when he was trying to play different. We saw a single episode of "Filthy Rich and Catflaps" and I was personally really really unimpressed. I haven't seen Bottom but I HAAVE to think it's better. I know Ade Edmonsoon tends to play the same psychopath a lot.. but it's a funny psychopath, so I like it.

Monkey Trousers is funny enough - but repetitive. Every "Croc Botherer" starts with him chucking a can into the pristine beauty and then tackling something that's not dangerous and ends with him dancing to his little "I'm a nightmare" dance. There are a few like that where it's just the same thing again and again and while I know that for Footballer's Wives... it's mocking the repetative shit in the original show itself... but it gets a bit much with the other segments. But overall - it's funny. So I think we'll look into The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer since it's the same lot.
umbrella
Aug. 21st, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=towd9vZWDJg

Series 2 isn't a patch on series 1, but Smell... is still one of the best series of the 90s.
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