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The Invasion [DVD] [2007]
The Invasion [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Nicole Kidman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.04

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars don't tell tom, 9 Jan. 2008
This review is from: The Invasion [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
haha... i really enjoyed this film... as usual the first half is better than the second (why is that increasingly the case with hollywood films ?) kidman finally gets a decent role and while craig plays almost a pointless cameo (pointless except for the adoration of countless drooling women) the whole thing bumps along with an enjoyable amount of tension and dark humour. Much better than some of the panning it got in the papers.

3.10 To Yuma [DVD]
3.10 To Yuma [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Price: £2.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars how the west was horrible, 9 Jan. 2008
This review is from: 3.10 To Yuma [DVD] (DVD)
3.10 to Yuma is an incredibly old fashioned film, both from a stylistic and a moral point of view. It's full of tough old hombres who'd sooner shoot you dead rather than say good morning. Bale and Crowe play it dead straight, both embittered by life but one following the path of righteousness and the other on his way to hell. So it's all fairly simplistic and bloody... but if you're an average office joe with a hellish 8.10 to Paddington to look forward too... then it'll offer enough escapisism to make tomorrow that bit more realistic.

The Damned Utd
The Damned Utd
by David Peace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Now then young man, 8 Nov. 2007
This review is from: The Damned Utd (Paperback)
Brilliant really... all the more so for being a blurry, impressionistic work of art concerned with the real horrors of football, devious men, the 70s and purple track suits.

Sublime [DVD]
Sublime [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars oh...nurse, 9 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Sublime [DVD] (DVD)
Unless you're a complete nutcase and actually enjoy going to hospital, Sublime should give you a few chills. The whole helplessness of being stuck in a ward is effectively played out and there's a fairly creepy explanation for all the wierdness.
The only problem is that it's all a bit arty for a horror film and it's all a bit silly for an art film.

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars more silly than chilly, 30 July 2007
It's a dull serial killer film with a pointless side plot, unbelievable characters and a spectacularly cliched ending.
Costner plays it so down key that spooky-imaginary-voice-of-insanity-made-flesh William 'Look, I'm Exactly The Same Guy In Every Film I Make' Hurt seems more like Robin Williams.
Everyone else in the film acts like everyone can be anything they want.. 'Hey I'm an Engineer but really I'm a Serial Killer', 'Hey, I'm a super rich kid but really I'm a tough action cop'.
And at the end... let's just say... 'NOOOO it was all a dream'.... is about as unimaginative as it gets.

Babel [DVD]
Babel [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.25

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get much better, 10 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Babel [DVD] (DVD)
Quite simply a brilliant film which tackles a number of very difficult topics extremely well. While staying within the boundaries of 'acceptable' mainstream filmaking, Babel manages to deal intelligently with alienation, culture, the nature of humanity, stupidity, the warped western view of the rest of the world and the stark fact that we're all only weeks away, or in some cases days away, from our comfortable worlds collapsing. Given the amount of drivel that passes for cinema, the fact that this film even got made is a small glimmer of hope for the future.

P.S. Don't let anyone take a adversely critical intellectual or moral stance against this film. They're the worse kind of snobs and should be ashamed.

P.P.S. Anyone who describes this film as 'boring' probably hasn't the capacity to sit still for 10 minutes.

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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no zoom to swing a cat, 20 Feb. 2007
that's a pointless title for this review.... which is appropriate because this completely worthless film is just one long pointless waste of time. tim allen walks around in hideous tight t-shirts saying completely unfunny stuff. the 'kids' are horrible unfunny stereotype. the script is one long procession of non-sequiter scenes each more dull than the last.... and then, oh merciful superheroes, it finally ends with the most anticlimatic finish i've ever seen. rubbish.

Children of Men [DVD] [2007]
Children of Men [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Clive Owen
Price: £1.00

3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's dystopia, 11 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Children of Men [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The only problem with Children of Men is how much are you going to believe the premise. If you think it's plausible that worldwide infertility is possible and that society is going to the dogs (it's not clear in the film if the two things are related) then you can sit back and enjoy the action. Personally I couldn't, it's too unrealistic to imagine every woman suddenly becomes infertile and that medical science 20 years into the future couldn't solve the problem. If you can suspend disbelieve then the film's just about pacy enough to keep you interested and there's some really clever camerwork going on... however there's a 'famous' 10 minute single shot of mayhem were some fake blood spots the camera lens - they obviously couldn't reshoot but somehow that reminder that there was a bloke running around with a camera on his shoulder seemed to symbolise the lack of realism throughout the entire film.

A Scanner Darkly [DVD] [2006]
A Scanner Darkly [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves
Price: £2.72

5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ...and this is your brain on drugs, 8 Feb. 2007
It looks fantastic. It really looks fantastic. It's the best looking thing, like, for ever, dude. Bright, swirly colours, man, vibrant. It's like you can taste the colours. Stars. They're made of stars.

Er... well, apart from the amazing visuals there's a lot of tedium. The storyline is well worn, the dialogue might seem significant to those directly involved but it's tedious to everyone else, it meanders a bit up it's own nether regions of introspection and it goes on too long.

Does that remind you of anything ?

The Departed (2006) [DVD]
The Departed (2006) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Nicholson
Price: £2.65

10 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ashes to Ashes, Ego to Ego, 8 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Departed (2006) [DVD] (DVD)
Never have I seen such an amazing amount of terrible over acting in one film. It's truely ridiculous. Every character seems to spend every screen second trying to bust a vein out of their forehead. Everyone shouts all the time. Wahlberg particulalry does well, he gets into a few scenes, shouts, bursts veins and then exits to a general... oooh, good shouting plaudits.

To be fair old man Sheen plays it understated... but that only leaves you confused as to how such a dodering old duffer manages to tie his shoe laces never mind bring down major underground crime lords. Talking of which Nicholson is simply ludicrous. He looks and sounds like some batty old hair dresser, at one point complaining about the 'rats' in his organisation, he even does a pantomime villian impression of... a rat. Ray Winstone plays a scary hard man, so no type casting there except he does it with a rubbish accent. de Caprio plays 'sensitive man on the edge' just like he did in the Aviator, only not so well.

Don't believe the hype.
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