Alan Partridge

RAM Releasing

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Hide and Seek Sung-soo is a successful business owner with a perfect family, a gorgeous condo and an enviable life all around. He also has memories of a step brother he essentially abandoned years ago. When he gets word that his brother has gone missing he heads to the man’s apartment and discovers a dangerous mystery. This Korean thriller manages to be far creepier than any “typical” piece of Asian horror as psychopaths will always be scarier than long-haired ghost girls. More than that though the film is directed and edited to near perfection. Sequences thrill, excite and terrify as the story unfolds, and while the script has some major issues they’re easily ignored because everything else works so damn well. From the legitimate twists to the commentary on class warfare and fears, this is a fantastical thriller. [DVD extras: Making of]

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Alan Patridge

Editor’s note: Kate’s review of Alan Partridge originally ran during last year’s NYFF, but we’re re-running it as the film opens today in limited release. For the small subset of cinephiles who have long hungered for a major motion picture that places Steve Coogan’s moronic broadcasting character Alan Partridge into a situation resembling the Brendan Fraser-starring 1994 comedy Airheads, Alan Partridge is so perfectly tailor-made for their desires that it’s actually somewhat frightening. (It also doesn’t seem like an actual possibility, but clearly someone thought this was a good idea, or else the film wouldn’t even have been made.) Coogan has played Partridge for over twenty years now, with the character first appearing on the radio program On the Hour in 1991, and then serving as the centerpiece of his news broadcasting spoof show, The Day Today, which aired on the BBC for one brief seven-episode season back in 1994. Since then, Partridge’s dim bulb reportage has taken him from radio to television and back again, with Coogan’s portrayal of the criminally boring and weirdly entertaining disc jockey and television presenter continuing to be one of his most enduring and reliable comedic creations. Of course it’s about time he got taken hostage.

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Alpha Papa Trailer

If you don’t know of Steve Coogan from anywhere else, chances are you’ll at least know him as one of the stars of Michael Winterbottom’s BBC miniseries-turned-U.S. film release, The Trip. The scene from that one where he and Rob Brydon battle with dueling impressions of Michael Caine kind of went viral. Coogan has been a big name in the UK for quite a while, though, and largely because of his portrayal of Alan Partridge, a faux media personality who Coogan has portrayed in several different BBC series. Think of Partridge as being sort of like Garry Shandling performing as Larry Sanders but with quite a bit of the smugness of Ricky Gervais thrown in. He is British, after all. Well, it turns out the Partridge character has become so long-lived and beloved that the inevitable has happened: they’ve made an Alan Partridge movie. As a matter of fact, they’ve made an Alan Partridge movie called Alan Partridge is in Alpha Papa. How did they come up with such a ridiculous title? You’re in luck! The film’s new teaser trailer is about that very thing.

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Though he achieved perhaps his biggest Stateside success last year when a BBC miniseries he starred in got edited into the acclaimed big screen release The Trip, Steve Coogan is a comedic actor who’s been around for quite a while. And one of his biggest claims to fame in the worldwide sense comes from his portrayals of the Alan Partridge character. Partridge is an egomaniacal and insecure take on sports commentators and chat show hosts that Coogan has portrayed in numerous British radio and TV shows like Knowing Me Knowing You, The Day Today, and I’m Alan Partridge, and the character is so popular that there’s long been rumors about a potential movie being in the works. Up to this point that hasn’t amounted to much more than rumors and development hell, but an interview that co-writer Armando Iannucci (I’m Alan Partridge, Veep) did with Empire Magazine claims all that is about to change.

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