Movies – N

Naked (1993)

Unemployed Johnny (David Thewlis, pictured at right) has to flee Manchester, and heads to London where he calls at the home of his ex-girlfriend Louise. After he is admitted by Louise's flatmate Sophie, the full extent of Johnny's bitterness and disaffection with the world begins to show itself through acerbic wit and sexual violence. Mike Leigh prowls(...)

Naked England (1969)

Naked Gun 2½: The Smell Of Fear (1991)

Billed on release as the latest film from the brother of the man who directed Ghost (1990) - and complete with a wonderful send-up of the pottery scene from that film - this second instalment from the files of Police Squad is a deliriously funny delight. Leslie Nielsen, as the steadfastly stupid Frank Drebin, starts(...)

Naked Gun 33⅓ : The Final Insult (1994)

Lt. Frank Drebin Leslie Nielsen Jane Spencer Priscilla Presley Ed Hocken George Kennedy Nordberg O.J. Simpson Rocco Fred Ward Muriel Kathleen Freeman Tanya Anna Nicole Smith Louise Ellen Greene Ted Olsen Ed Williams Papshmir Raye Birk Clayton Matt Roe Defense Attorney Wylie Small Dr. Eisendrath Earl Boen Jason Brad Lockerman Bobbi Rosalind Allen Nurse Charlotte(...)

Naked Gun, The (1988)

Based on short-lived TV comedy Police Squad, and pulling on a tradition stemming from the success of films like Airplane! (aka Flying High) (1980) and Top Secret (1984), The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad! was a massive success. As it turned out, former straight leading man Leslie Nielsen was just made for slapstick (his trademark confused head cocking is actually(...)

Naked Lunch (1991)

The year is 1953. New York exterminator Bill Lee (Peter Weller) discovers that his wife Joan (Judy Davis) has been swiping his yellow bug powder to inject into her breast as a drug. Bill is a heroin addict himself, and detectives haul him downtown (because the bug powder is an illegal substance) and introduce him to(...)

Name Of The Rose, The (1986)

Sean Connery is William of Baskerville, a Franciscan Sherlock Holmes - with Christian Slater as his young apprentice - who is trying to solve the mystery of a series of murders in a monastery. Connery has just the right mix of humour and gravitas to make him an ideal guide. The monks, with F Murray(...)

Nashville (1975)

With songs galore throughout the whole film, we are thrown headfirst into America's country music capital, whilst witnessing the machinations of the presidential candidate elections. Comebacks, showdowns, backstabbing and heartbreak are all par for the course in this all-singing, all-dancing epic that was actually shot on location in Nashville, inevitably bringing a strong sense of(...)

Nasty Habits (1976)

The nuns of a convent show a penchant for dirty tricks and thoroughly bad behaviour when a contest for the top job at their Philadelphia convent hots up following the death of the abbess, in this satirical comedy starring Glenda Jackson and Melina Mercouri. As the nuns smoke, drink, swear and cheat their way to(...)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

As in its funnier predecessors, National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) and European Vacation (1985), the plot here revolves around the Griswold family, led by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. This time, having already destroyed an American theme park and most of Europe in the previous movies, the family stays at home, and, of course, is beset by a(...)

National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)

Co-scripted by teen-pic maestro John Hughes (The Breakfast Club), this politically incorrect comedy from director Amy Heckerling should be dismissed without hesitation. But there is something endearing about the Griswold family, and Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's infectious enthusiasm manages to sweep you along (as begrudgingly as kids Jason Lively and Dana Hill) on this(...)

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

A Chicago family sets out for a two-week road trip to California and encounters every conceivable mishap along the way. National Lampoon's first outing - 1978's Animal House - is still the funniest by far, but this decent effort is miles better than subsequent movies in the series. Chevy Chase plays accident-prone inventor Clark Griswold(...)

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis play serial killers turned into folk heroes by media excesses in this striking movie that was publicly disowned by original story author Quentin Tarantino after it was largely rewritten by director Oliver Stone and others. Psychopathic lovers Mickey and Mallory set out on a violent cross-country murder spree and become(...)

Navigator – a Medieval Odyssey, The (1988)

An outstanding fable from New Zealand director Vincent Ward, which switches in time between monochrome Cumbria in 1348 and the colourful modern-day Antipodes. A medieval mining village threatened by the advancing plague sends a group on a journey to find a miraculous cathedral located on the other side of the world in the hope that raising a copper(...)

Ned Kelly (1970)

One of the unfortunate temptations of hiring a rock star to carry a film is for the director to rely rather lazily on that star's in-built charisma instead of trying to mould him into a character. Witness Mick Jagger, here cast as Australia's most memorable outlaw, who is so similar to his stage image that(...)

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