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A-LP film Popcorn - it doesn't suck as much as Avalanche! - athene
A-LP film Popcorn - it doesn't suck as much as Avalanche!

As you probably noticed, it was my birthday recently, and I spent some of my birthday money having a splurge on Amazon and buying myself a couple of new Andrew-Lee Potts DVDs, namely the films Caffeine and Popcorn. 

I watched Caffeine last weekend, and was kind of ‘meh’ about it. Watched Popcorn today, and I wanted to screencap the hell out of it! Mainly, it has to be said, because Andrew is wearing a suit and looks surprisingly good when he smartens up a bit (I think it may have been filmed around the same time as series 1 or 2 Primeval, so his character looks like a more smartly dressed version of Connor!).

Anyway, the film itself. To be honest, if Andrew hadn’t been in it I probably wouldn’t have bothered. However, it didn’t suck (unlike, say for instance, Avalanche. Seriously, Andrew, what were you thinking? Were you particularly short of cash the week they sent you the script for Avalanche? Or were you lured in by the thought of getting to play on those snow bike things?). Sorry, I digress. Honestly, Popcorn is an okay film. The plot isn’t bad, there’s a decent amount of humour, and it actually managed to hold my attention for the scenes that Andrew wasn’t in as well as the scenes he was. This is unlike Caffeine, where, I have to admit, I was easily distracted by the Sunday chat in Denial during any scene that didn’t contain Andrew. Yes, I have not-so-hidden shallows when it comes to A-LP.

The plot, such as it is, involves Danny, an inept geek who can’t talk to girls, seeing the girl of his dreams working in a cinema, so he takes a job at the cinema to try to get to know her. He is aided and abetted by the cinema projectionist who tries to help him win the girl by using ideas from films. Andrew plays Kris, the assistant manager of the cinema (hence the suit) who has discovered that there is a ‘secret observer’ among the staff, and he spends most of the film trying to work out who it is. At first he assumes it is Danny because he is the new guy, and so Kris spends a lot of time trying to hide the evidence of all the little scams that he’s got going on with the staff. Oh, and occasionally snogging one particular member of staff, and almost doing something a little more 18 rated with her until they get interrupted!

There’s a couple of nice special features on the DVD, including out-takes with several instances of Andrew fluffing his lines and/or completely corpsing. There’s also the original screen tests, in which Andrew is wearing glasses (which is made of squee!) and also appears to be trying to do a Michael Caine cockney accent which, thank god, he doesn’t actually use in the film itself.

So, yeah, not a brilliant film, but it doesn’t suck. If you need an incentive, here’s some piccies of Andrew in a suit.

popcorn suit1

popcorn suit2 

And bonus Andrew wearing glasses in the screen test. *squees*

popcorn screen test 

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alyse From: alyse Date: November 14th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
The kiss in that movie makes me all tingly ::g::
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 14th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
The kiss was totally unexpected. I may have rewound it and watched it a second time to be sure!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: November 14th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
The middle pic definitely looks like Connor in a suit :-) You could probably get a fic out of that somewhere!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 14th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was one screencap that I took (not one of these I posted) where he just looked exactly like Connor with his trademark goofy Connor-smile. Hmmm... Connor in a suit. I dread to think what occasion might make him do that!
geeky_ginger From: geeky_ginger Date: November 14th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear god....I love a man in Glasses....and this...this may be too much for me. *dies of fangirl squee!*

I want this dvd like now.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 14th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
he does look very, very tasty wearing glasses, doesn't he? I may have squeed rather a lot when I saw the screen test.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: November 14th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's dead cute in specs! Popcorn sounds rather fun.

And I maintain *nothing* can be as corny as Avalanche *bg*. I shall never forget the script and those polystyrene tiles in lieu of snow!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 14th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
mmm... he does look unexpectedly tasty wearing glasses.

Avalanche was just... *shakes head sadly*. I did wonder in that interview that was linked to Denial earlier in the week when he mentioned working on some things that he wasn't proud of, if Avalanche was one of the things he was thinking of with that comment.
a1cmustangpilot From: a1cmustangpilot Date: November 14th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cute! I agree with your thoughts on "Avalanche". I haven't seen it, but I know where you're coming from regarding movies that just make you wonder what on earth that actor was thinking when they agreed to do the movie. I tend to go along with the most favourite of quotes, "It helped pay the bills.," because certainly they've done other things that are more worthy of attention, right?
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 14th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose there is an elemant of taking anything that will pay the bills, and if you aren't a big name headline actor then you can't necessarily be choosy about what roles you take. But Avalanche certainly wasn't one of the high points of Andrew's career!
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: November 14th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love the last piccie! He suits the glasses and the facial hair.

Bring this one along to the next Denial get-together!

I'm just about to watch him in Strange.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 14th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll certainly bring this one along to a gettogether. There was a bit with a swimming pool where I was hoping he might get wet or take his clothes off, but unfortunately no.

He does look very good in those glasses and with the slightly heavier beard (which I never thought I'd say given my usual thoughts about blokes with beards).

Ooh, I must get round to watching Strange. I watched the pilot ep in my week off, but not the rest of it. I was in the mood to rewatch the A-LP episode of Rose and Maloney today, but Casualty is on right now.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: November 14th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww! That does sound very sweet! And why does he do so well in extras, LOL. Maybe he should do stand up :P

Thanks for the caps! *squeeee*

I kinda liked Avalanche.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 14th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not a bad film. Neither was Caffeine really, it might be one of those that gets better with repeated viewings.

LOL to you liking Avalanche. I liked A-LP, and the pretty mountain scenery. Shame about the script. And the special effects. And A-LP's American accent. And all the other actors. *grin*
jaynedoll From: jaynedoll Date: November 14th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I may have to get Popcorn now as well *g*
I quite liked Caffeine but like you, I don't know if I would have bothered with it if Andrew wasn't in it.

Avalanche - *shakes head sadly* although there is one scene where he gets all angsty with his brother.
You have to try and get High Speed though.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 14th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
there were some good angsty bits in Avalanche, but it was just so bad it was.. well, bad, really.

I'd like to get High Speed, I'm just not sure I can get it in a format that I can play on anything. Can you give me the link to where you got your hands on it, please?
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would you be able to put up clips from the dvd e.g. the kiss and the extras where he messes up and the accent please!!!!!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 14th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm afraid I have I idea how to do clips or videos and stuff. A bit of basic screencapping is about my level of techie skills.
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szychogirl From: szychogirl Date: November 15th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
AHHH! I missed a totally awesome chat about A-LP! Working weekends sucks, royally. I really love him in the glasses. I can't stop scrolling up to look at him. I'm so easily distracted!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 15th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I did wonder why you hadn't pitched in last night. Poor you, having to work weekends.

Oh god, the glasses. He just looks... um, yeah. I'm quite easily distracted by that picture as well.
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deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 15th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
oh yeah, I am *soooo* looking forward to Alice. Ony trouble is I don't actually have Scifi channel (I only have a freeview digibox), so I'm hoping it comes out on dvd fairly quickly, or that I can get someone to record it for me. Do you know if the December dates are only for when it's airing in America, and if so, when will it be shown in Britain?
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