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A Fistful Of Dynamite (Special Edition) [DVD]
A Fistful Of Dynamite (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rod Steiger

5.0 out of 5 stars An Awsome Western From Leone, 2 Mar. 2012
Sergio Leone's revolutionary spaghetti western is a spectacularly original movie about two men caught up in the Mexican revolution.
One of the two men is an Irish terrorist, strapped to the hilt with a superb array of explosives. The other is a Mexican bandit with seven sons all armed to the teeth. The two friends end up as the unlikely leaders of the revolution.
The characters are wonderful, the photography dynamic. The film has the authentic feel of a Stienbeck novel. It is one of a kind and makes for magnificent entertainment.

Blue Velvet [1986] [DVD]
Blue Velvet [1986] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kyle MacLachlan
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £12.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most convincing portrayal of human evil ever to be captured on film., 2 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Blue Velvet [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
Blue Velvet is a first class Freudian nightmare. A young man called Jeffrey (Kyle Maclachlan), who still lives with his parents, finds a severed human ear. He is seduced by the idea of being an amateur detective, so he starts to find out what happened. Then he is swept into a dark nightmarish otherworld of blackmail, murder and masochistic violence.
The film was made on a small budget and is far more atmospheric and original than anything that comes out of film industries these days.
Many found director David Lynch's vision of dysfunctional relationships and rape too horrifying to take. It is a disturbing movie but then if you cannot take disturbing there are just too many great films you are going to miss out on.
It is a simple story but the quality of the film lays in the artistic way in which it is produced and directed. Also the performances are brilliant, Sandy (Laura Dern) as the love interest and particularly Dennis Hopper's Frank, arguably the most convincing portrayal of human evil ever to be captured on film.

Before Sunrise [DVD] [1995]
Before Sunrise [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Ethan Hawke
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A Romantic Gem, 2 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Before Sunrise [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Before sunrise is a well made romantic film with a brain. Jessie is on the train when he meets a girl; they start talking and end up spending a day together. They fall in love and then perhaps stupidly decide to never see each other again.
What makes the film such a joy to watch is the performances and direction. Richard Linklater (Slacker and A Scanner Darkly) directed it. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy acted it and wonderfully. The playful philosophical conversations they have together as they wonder around Paris are great to watch and thought provoking. The romance always seems authentic and engaging. Ultimately, it is a film for love lost and love found. A film for all romantics

Alien [DVD] [1979]
Alien [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Price: £3.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 2 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Alien [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
After watching the alien sequels before the original I was particularly sceptical of the first one. When I watched it, however, I was pleasantly surprised. It is basically the usual horror idea of a group of people who get stalked by a killer and killed off one by one. Only, in this movie the killer is a terrifying giant alien.
The film is science fiction at it's best. We see the crew of the ship going about their daily routine and Ridley Scott (The director of this film) builds atmosphere and tension masterfully by cutting in scenes of the huge spaceship flying through space. These people are, we realise, very alone.

The Performances are brilliant and the characters never end up being the usual horror stereotypes. The cast includes Sigourney Weaver (At her best), Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton and last but not least John Hurt.

With Alien and Bladerunner in his cannon and Prometheus coming out in 2012 Ridley Scott is, arguably, the greatest science fiction director living.

Rampart [DVD]
Rampart [DVD]
Dvd ~ Woody Harrelson
Price: £1.25

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredibly Powerful Neo-Noir Masterpiece., 27 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Rampart [DVD] (DVD)
Oren Moverman's Rampart is a modern thriller that breaks up the traditional genre of the thriller and re-invents it in a blazingly powerful modern noir film that is as challenging as it is brilliant.
Woody Harrelson is the cop who plays by his own rules. These involve him almost beating a man to death, passing racist remarks to a black cop who is trying to gather evidence against him and sleeping with a different woman almost every night. There is plenty more where that all came from so if your prudish or faint hearted give this one a pass.

The film is essentially about what happens when all the bad things a man has done finally catches up with him. There is not a drop of redemption in this; instead we have a downward spiral into morale decay and hopelessness that is harrowing and often devastating.

Moverman's erratically superb direction of the film and Harrelson's astounding performance resonate excellently. This is not an easy film to watch but films simply do not get more powerful than this.

Martha Marcy May Marlene [DVD] [2011]
Martha Marcy May Marlene [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Olsen
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £14.40

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A psychological thriller reminiscent of Rosemary's Baby, 25 Feb. 2012
Martha Marcy May Marlene is a terrific, unsettling and thought provoking film about insanity and being ultimately alone in ones experiences.
The plot follows Martha, a young woman who joins a community in a mountainous region near New York. On arrival something terrible is done to her and we realise that the commune has an underlying cultish nastiness.
When she goes to live with her sister, her experiences of the cult are told in harrowing flash backs. As she remembers what happened we start to question her sanity.
The ending isn't totally satisfying. It is, however, effective, particularly when properly contemplated.
The director Sean Durkin's vision is clearly influenced by cultish communities like the Manson Family. Durkin's unsettling direction of the film is reminiscent of Rosemary's Baby. Both films capture insanity in such a way that the viewer does not often know they are seeing through an insane perspective.
Martha Marcy May Marlene is a slow burning, highly unsettling tour-de-force that should not be missed

Kill List [DVD]
Kill List [DVD]
Dvd ~ Neil Maskell
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £5.88

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like no other film you will ever see., 19 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Kill List [DVD] (DVD)
Whatever your feelings about this film as a viewing experience, one thing is for certain. The film will linger.
Director Ben Wheatley's second film after Down Terrace is a hit man film that blends the genres of family drama, thriller and horror quite masterfully.
The film follows two hit men as they are drawn deep into an immensely evil cult. The film scores highly in its originality, performances, sharp direction and script. What it lacks, is something morale one can identify with.
The confident direction, brilliant performances and punchy realism make this well worth watching though. Wheatley's vision elevates the film out of the mainstream and into the realm of a devastating nightmare.

Time Out Film Guide 2011
Time Out Film Guide 2011
by Time Out Guides Ltd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.01

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some of the reviews in time out are terrible..., 29 Sept. 2011
Time out writes bad reviews for The Shining and Once Upon A Time In The West. So how can these critics really be trusted?

The Ruins [DVD]
The Ruins [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Tucker
Price: £5.31

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute trash., 26 Sept. 2011
This review is from: The Ruins [DVD] (DVD)
This film starts out as if it might be quite entertaining but i soon discovered this was not going to be the thrill ride i expected but a load of sillyness involving vines attacking people. The film is quite stupid, that said it may create a few laughs.

For Whom The Bell Tolls
For Whom The Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic., 25 Jun. 2011
For Whom The Bell Tolls is a great story about a group of partisans hiding out in the mountains waiting to blow up a bridge during the spanish civil war.Within the novel Hemingway describes nature, romance, love and brutality in stark masterful contrast.
A classic which is on many of the best books ever written lists, For Whom The Bell Tolls is a must read.

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