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The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995]
The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Tim Robbins
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £2.29

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well deservind of it's status as one of the best ever, 22 Feb. 2010
Although it was released to a mediocre box office performance and an almost criminal neglect by the Academy, through word of mouth and huge DVD sales The Shawshank Redemption has taken it's place among some of the best films in history. Not enough can be said about how touching this film is, and how uplifting it is.
The story follows Andy Dufresne, played wonderfully by the underrated Tim Robbins, as he is given a double life sentence for the murder of his wife and her lover. From the onset he remains adamant that he is innocent and from his first scene in Shawshank Prison it is clear that although physically incarcerated they could never cage his spirit as 'some birds aren't meant to be caged'. The film is narrated by a fellow prisoner, Ellis Boyd Redding or Red as he's known and this role should have earned Morgan Freeman an Oscar without a shadow of a doubt. He is the archetypal movie prisoner who 'knows how to get things' no matter what object. He strikes up a friendship with Andy and he begins to realise that Andy still lives as though something good will turn up even though he surrounded by the misery of prison life and hopes of a change in circumstance which makes Red think of his life and the world around him. Institutionalisation is a recurring theme in this film and it is dealt with mainly by Red who sees his life turning out like his friend Brooks Hatlen, a much older prisoner who is paroled after 50 years and the world has changed so much that he is crippled with fear and lonliness and longs to go back to the only place where he had a purpose.
There are many great moments in this film but the two that stand out for me are when he plays the classical song over the loudspeaker and when he gets the beers for the roof workers but there isn't a bad scene all have their purpose. The film changes direction as Andy, a 'hot-shot' banker on the outside becomes embroiled in the mass corruption that Warden Norton is taking part in. This places Andy in a precarious position and when some new evidence on his murder charge comes to light Norton makes it clear that Andy is too involved in the corruption scandal for it to make any difference. Andy is thrown in solitary confinement and he appears a broken man and Red sees that his friend has changed for the worse. The film then gathers pace as it builds towards one of the best endings in cinematic history ,in my opinion, and you won't readily forget this film after seeing it. One of the best of all time, have I said that already?

The Thin Red Line [1999] [DVD]
The Thin Red Line [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sean Penn
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.65

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest 'war' film ever made, 2 July 2009
I hadn't heard of the Thin Red Line until I by chance caught it on TV last spring and I immediatley fell in love with it. It isn't a war film in the Hollywood sense of the word so anyone who wants to see it and expects explosions and invincible GI's look elsewhere, it is more like a piece of poetry.
Terrence Malik is an absolute genius with a camera, some of the shots that he goes for especially when he is trying to put the emphasis on the local wildlife are simply stunning, he is a great director and I am trying to get through all of his films, albeit there aren't many.
The action takes place in Guadacanal, and island thats part of the Soloman Islands in late 1942 during the American's big push to finally rid the Island of the Imperial Japanese forces. The story follows C Company and their journey from landing on the island to their bloody assault on the Japanese positions in the hills and climaxes with one of the most brutal assaults on the Japanese camp with hand to hand fighting between the soldiers. All the way through the film many you get a chance to see what the soldiers think of what is happening around them in the form of their own narrative monologues.
Although some maybe put off by the huge names in the cast list many aren't more than one scene cameos as Malik had to cut out almost 3 hours of footage as Fox didn't like that it was too long (idiots!!!!!). Jim Cavisiel is outstanding as the trouble Private Witt and should have received some sort of recognition for his performance, Nick Nolte plays the Battalion commander eager to impress and climb the ladder of promotion, the relativley unknown Ben Caplin is Private Bell who is coming to terms with missing his wife and being demoted from Lieutenant to Private. Sean Penn is unusually overshadowed but nethertheless puts in a typically good performance.
Not enough can be said about this film, it is my favourite of all time. Watch it!!!!!!!

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills
Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills
by Charles Henderson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down!, 2 July 2009
I bought this just as an impulse purchase as I saw it was recommended on my homepage and when it arrived I literally read it non-stop for 2 days and finished and at the end I wanted more and more. Hathcock's story is amazing yet sad, his ledgendary status within the Marines is well-deserved and some of his exploits are unbelievable.
The story takes you from his child years hunting rabbits and birds around his home to his growth as an expert marksman, winning the 1000 Yard Championships and the Wimbledon Cup. It then covers his two tours in Vietnam which includes him breaking the world record for the longest sniper shot at a young Vietcong at about 2500 yards or more! It also includes his assassination of a Vietnamese General deep behind enemy lines, killing a notorious and feared Vietcong female sniper and shooting an expert sniper who was tasked specifically to kill Hathcock. You also see his rise to become known as the 'White Feather' among the local popualtion and having a bounty put on his head by the NVA.
It is an incredible story about an incredible soldier.

P.S. I Love You [DVD] [2008]
P.S. I Love You [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Hilary Swank
Price: £2.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Not my type of film but I enjoyed it., 16 April 2009
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This review is from: P.S. I Love You [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I don't usually go for romantic comedy's as they aren't my type of film really but my mum rented this out a few weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised. It was more than a rom-com it was a touching story about how a young widow copes with the loss of her husband. Before he died he sent a series of letters each with 'requests' that he wants her to do to get on with her life. These range from buying a new dress to going on holiday to Ireland. Gerard Butler does well in his relativley small part, Hilary Swank is a beliveable widow with good support from Kathy Bates, Lisa Kudrow and co.
If you like rom-com's with a bit more to offer then I recommend this.

Battlefield: Bad Company (PS3)
Battlefield: Bad Company (PS3)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £5.44

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SP could be better but who cares as MP owns., 29 Jun. 2008
I have just finished Battlefield Bad Company and it only took me 6 hours! The single player is very short but the online battles more than make up for it. The fights that are on show on MP are some of the most intense on a PS3 game that I have played on. It rivals COD4 for it's multiplayer experience great job Dice!
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Army of Two (PS3)
Army of Two (PS3)
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £9.23

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good sounding Product but it flopped, 27 May 2008
This review is from: Army of Two (PS3) (Video Game)
Once again EA has ruined what could have been a very big selling game, it had alot of potential and I was very excited about it when I first heard about it. It is too easy even on the most difficult setting and the online, which is the focus of most modern day gamers nowadays, was abismal. By limitng it to 2 vs 2 only it ruled out any chance of such intensity that other games like COD4 have brought to the table. After this and other dissapointments I think twice about buying a game when I see it has been developed by EA all except the FIFA series.

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