100 Word Review – This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

If you have never seen a mockumentary, this is where to start.

Director Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner) tries to capture the “sights, the sounds … the smells of a hard-working rock band”, Spinal Tap (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer). But this “legendary” British band turns out to not be quite so sort-after on their American comeback tour …

What follows is simply brilliant. When this film first came out many rock bands were convinced it was based on them. That’s how clever it is.

Once you’ve seen it, watch with the commentary which is Tap in character 25 years on. Priceless.

100 Word Review – Bang Bang Baby (2014)

Definitely more Rocky Horror than Mamma Mia, with ample helpings of Bye Bye Birdie, and something of the Hammer Horror about it, this film defies accurate description.

Stepphy (Jane Levy) is a small-town girl with hopes of becoming a singer. But when her dad burns her acceptance letter to a national singing competition her dreams of meeting heart-throb Bobby Shore (Justin Chatwin) are dashed. Or are they? And what’s this about a leak at the local chemical plant?

There is nothing more I can say about this film except that it will be nothing like anything you’ve ever seen before.