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The Mist [DVD]
The Mist [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thomas Jane
Price: £3.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who should they really be scared of?, 31 Aug. 2014
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The Mist is a seriously underrated movie. Not everyone will agree, but you will just have to trust me. The movie can be seen as a kind of commentary on what can happen when human beings are thrown into a very scary and confusing situation. The movie also doesn’t hold back with its political messages which can be seen as a critique of George W. Bush’s America.

The Mist definitely made me ask whether the hunted should be just as afraid of those among them as they are of those waiting outside. As I watched, I waited; I waited to see the divisions, fanaticism and barbarity take root.

There are quite a few memorable characters, most notably Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), a religious fanatic-cum-soon-to-be-cult leader. Another notable character worth mentioning is Ollie Weaks (Toby Jones), who plays an assistant manager at a supermarket and the resident gun expert. Thomas Jane, who plays the lead character David Drayton, does a decent job in playing a father who has to protect his son from the “creatures” lurking everywhere while making sense of the nightmare that he and the others have been thrust into.

The bulk of the movie takes place in a small town supermarket, where a group of terrified shoppers seek sanctuary from a mysterious mist that has engulfed their town. But it's not really the mist that they're scared of: it is the things inside - things that can easily come out of a Stephen King story, which isn’t surprising since the movie is an adaptation of one of his novellas. And if that doesn’t convince you to give this movie a try, then perhaps knowing that the movie is the work of Frank Darabont (the genius behind The Shawshank Redemption and the Green Mile) will.

If you were to ask me about the most memorable part of the movie, it would no doubt be the ending, which left me feeling shocked for days on end. If the first and middle sections of the movie don’t leave you with a sting, then the ending will. Trust me.

The Purge [DVD] [2013]
The Purge [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Lena Headey
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A terrifying and unique idea with a weak execution, 17 Aug. 2014
This review is from: The Purge [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
This was one of those movies I just had to watch after seeing the trailer. The Purge has garnered very mixed reactions. Some love it, some hate it while others are situated somewhere in the middle. I belong to this last group.

The movie takes place in a distant America and at the centre is the Sandin family, comprised of James Sandin (Ethan Hawke), Mary (Lena Headey) and their privileged brood, Zoey (Adelaide Kane) and Charlie (Max Burkholder); all living in an America that's now governed by the “New Founding Fathers” who have created a law that allows crime to be legal for a twelve-hour period once a year, with a few exceptions. “And why the hell would any government allow this madness?” you may ask. Well, the idea is to contain most of the violence in society to a short time period and allow for a nation-wide catharsis that releases a lot of destructive emotions and all the dark and repressed animalistic urges deep inside people. However, the movie does point towards suspicions that the real agenda behind this so-called Purge is related to population control and gradually eliminating the poorer members of society.

On Purge night, the Sandin family lock down their protective mansion and that would have been that if it weren’t for their greasy-haired son whose act of compassion and decency towards a homeless man (Edwin Hodge) sets the stage for the nightmare that the Sandin family endure for the remainder of the movie. One thing is certain: things will never be the same again for this family.

The movie starts off strong and promising but then quickly descends into another home-invasion, cat-and-mouse thriller. The acting definitely isn’t Oscar-worthy, but watchable. Ethan Hawke didn’t disappoint, as expected. And the movie’s mask-wearing psychos are some of the most weirdest and demented characters I’ve seen in a while, especially their (probably self-appointed) leader, played by Rhys Wakefield. I honestly couldn’t ascertain whether he looked creepier with or without his mask. There’s something about a rich-looking, suit-wearing, entitled psychopath with a devious smile on his face that just doesn’t sit comfortably with me.

The Purge is clearly packed with political messages as much as it’s dotted with major plot holes and weak character development. And I think most people will focus on the weaker points of the movie than its strengths, which there aren’t many. The movie starts off by showing footage from different areas of the country of Americans committing horrific acts of violence against other Americans. It is also revealed at the beginning that there are extremely low levels of crime and unemployment in America; we can assume this is because of the Purge. But at what cost? And how much are we in the real world willing to sacrifice just to live in a “better” society? Perhaps this is the main question that the movie, or its writer and director James DeMonaco, is asking the audience.

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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars STAY AWAY!, 23 Jun. 2014
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After reading so many of the positive reviews for this product, I thought purchasing this product would be a no-brainer - but boy was I wrong. I've used these for a few days now and i'm already starting to hear cracking noise in the background. However, the biggest disappointment for me has to be its weak bass; it's absolutely pathetic! This product has taught me that the masses can sometimes be wrong...very wrong.
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The Godfather [DVD]
The Godfather [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marlon Brando
Offered by blockies
Price: £4.40

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MAJOR FINANCIAL AND CULTURAL SUCCESS, 7 Jan. 2011
This review is from: The Godfather [DVD] (DVD)
The Godfather is a masterpiece in film-making, and was the end product of the skills, dedication and passion of many people, not just Francis Ford Coppola. I, unlike many die-hard fans, don't consider this cultural classic to be the greatest production ever to be crafted by human hands - but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the sophistication of this pioneering American movie. The Godfather is more than just a mafia flick: it is an epic depiction of the American underworld and how that underworld straddles right beneath (or behind, depends on how you look at it) mainstream American society.

Members of the Corleone family - one of the most powerful and feared crime families in America - are basically living in a circle of lies and denial. The patriarch of this Italian-American family, Vito Andolini Corleone (played by the memorable Marlon Brando), brought wealth and power to the Corleone family and, therefore, achieved the American Dream - but only through intimidation, calculated greed and through shedding a lot of blood. As a result of accumulating an enormous amount of money and power, Don Corleone has successfully "purchased" many politicians and journalists; this tactic is still being implemented all over the world today by powerful individuals who obviously have no qualms about getting their hands dirty (or soaked in the blood of innocent people). As expected when a ruthlessly ambitious man involves himself deep into the blood-soaked and corruption stained pits of the criminal underworld, he will forever be chained to a world characterised by heartless, treacherous people that constantly conspire with each other (and against each other).

The Godfather has actually inserted some interesting questions into my inquisitive mind, questions like: How many Italian-Americans were/are involved in organised crime? Do the wives of the mafia dons know what their criminal-minded husbands get up to? And How would have Vito Corleone's father felt if he knew that his offspring had become one of America's most "efficient" crime bosses?

Vito Corleone didn't have to enter a life of crime to help him and his growing family escape the poverty-stricken ghettos of New York; he could have achieved the American Dream through honest, hard work, but, then again, The Godfather wouldn't have been The Godfather if he had chosen to lead a morally elevated life. I really do wonder how many of today's privileged and secure Americans lead prosperous lives as a direct result of their ancestors securing great wealth and power through bad deeds - including hurting innocent people.

Anyway, going back to the movie after slightly digressing, there is no one defining or spectacular scene or dialogue that places this movie into Hollywood's Hall of Fame; the whole movie has great scenes and dialogue that have shaped the way mafia movies are made - even to this day. It was comforting to know that Vito Corleone wanted his son, Michael Corleone (played by the hugely talented Al Pacino), to make a legitimate living...but fate would not allow it. Ironically, it would be Michael who would bring more wealth, more power, more connections and, yes, more fear to the Corleone family, but only by digging a deeper - and darker - hole for the family in America's criminal underworld; sadly, maybe that's the easiest way for a rich and powerful family - that is already tainted by corruption - to get access to bigger vaults that house untold riches. The Godfather can indeed teach many people about how somethings really work and how believing that absolute power doesn't corrupt is as stupid as believing that a morbidly obese person shouldn't go on a diet.

There are so many shining factors that make this piece of historic and cinematic film making truly remarkable and special. And I really hope future generations of people also understand the different layers of this movie and appreciate the passion that went into bringing this movie into the world...and into our constantly active imaginations.

Oh, if anybody is interested to know, my ultimate favourite movie from this genre is Road to Perdition which, along with Cast Away, Tom Hanks gave one of his best performances in.

Sorority Row [DVD] [2009]
Sorority Row [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Matt Lanter
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.20

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN I THOUGHT, 19 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Sorority Row [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
I really like horror movies with a mixture of scares and comedy and so Sorority Row is obviously a movie that appeals a lot to me. Of course, the elements of horror in these types of movies need to be more dominant than the elements of comedy, otherwise they can't really be classed as a horror movie. Sorority Row has got some funny dialogue and this does indeed help to make this movie more enjoyable to watch and also the majority of the acting isn't bad at all. Overall, i really enjoyed watching this teen slasher horror flick. In fact, i like this movie so much that i also consider it to be one of the best horror movies since the release of Wes Craven's Scream. I really hope Hollywood will make a sequel to this movie, but the sequel would have to be intelligently crafted so that it can be more commercially successful than it's predecessor and so that the producers can carve out a viable and profitable path for a Sorority Row horror franchise, if that's what they choose. Finally, i would like to say that if you're into smart teen slasher horror movies with a hint of comedy (like me), then buy and enjoy this great movie.

Twilight (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Twilight (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kristen Stewart
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.18

5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT ROMANCE, 9 Dec. 2009
Thank God they casted Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart for the lead roles and thank God Hollywood made an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's excellent first vampire love novel. Twilight is one of those special movies that i simply love. When this movie first came out, i didn't think i'd like it but this changed when i actually watched this movie on DVD. Of course, there are some cheesy moments in this movie but there's nothing wrong with cheesy moments - as long as it's a great movie. I'll be purchasing Twilight: New Moon when it comes out on DVD and i encourage everyone else to watch both part 1 and part 2 as well as part three (when it's released onto cinemas of course).

The Story of the "Titanic" as Told by Its Survivors (Dover Maritime)
The Story of the "Titanic" as Told by Its Survivors (Dover Maritime)
by J. Winocour
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.39

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FASCINATING BOOK, 11 Aug. 2009
This is a fascinating look at the stories of the Titanic survivors. I have a deep fascination of the Titanic and this book still hasn't quenched my thirst for finding out about this great ocean liner. I do wonder what happened to all the expensive cargo that was on board the Titanic and if some of that expensive cargo can still be retrieved from the ship wreck. Anyway, buy this book if you truly want to know how the atmosphere was like on that fateful cold night when the Titanic sank into the freezing cold Atlantic ocean.

Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
by Noam Chomsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ AND READ AGAIN, 11 Aug. 2009
This book should be bought by all those ignorant people that think America has and continues to spread democracy around the world. America has supported many brutal and tyrannical dictators around the world and still continues to do so even under the presidency of President Barack "Mr Change" Obama.

The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History (Bollingen Series (General))
The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History (Bollingen Series (General))
by Ibn Khaldûn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK, 11 Aug. 2009
My title for this review says it all. This is a great book and will definitely make the reader of this book a more informed person in this world.

Who Rules America? Power and Politics in the Year 2000
Who Rules America? Power and Politics in the Year 2000
by G. William Domhoff
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ, 11 Aug. 2009
I'm so glad that i bought this book. I have learnt a lot from it and i must state that this book is full of facts and not crazy conspiracy theories. I strongly believe that the democratic system in America is slowly being carved away by the powerful corporate forces within America. It's important to know that the most powerful people in America are those from the political community and the business community and that there is a continuous collaboration between the two communities. This collaboration does make you think about whether there is a conflict of interest among many American politicians and i believe there is. You read for yourself and make your own conclusion.

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