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The Dark Knight (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
The Dark Knight (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Price: £3.32

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark masterpiece., 9 Nov 2009
I absolutely loved this film. I loved Batman Begins, but this film is on a completely different level. While in the first one focuses on the origins of the Batman/Bruce Wayne character (played by Christian Bale, who I still think makes a wonderful Batman) and the things in his life that defined him, this film is more thoughtful, more exciting, and actually has a lot of intelligent things to say about society and humanity (in a $185 Million Hollywood action movie? Surely, not!) Heath Ledger's tragic death helped the film be the massive hit that it was, and he is INCREDIBLE in this film. Unlike Jack Nicholson's Joker who was far funnier and showier than he was menacing, Ledger's Joker is a tour-de-force of uncontrollable evil, menace and sheer insanity. The fact that he manages to terrify the crap out of everyone AND still be funny (come on, who didn't laugh when we saw him dressed up as a nurse?) just goes to show the power of Ledger performance. This Joker has no weaknesses, no origins, he is simply a figure of uncontrollable menace, and I'd go so far as to say that Ledger's Joker is the best villain in cinema history, and he deserved every ounce of the Oscar glory that he got. However, as amazing as Ledger is, the film lives up it. The rest of the cast are all on top form (Oldman and Eckhart in particular are great) and Nolan constructs the action and the story near perfectly. The film is at times unbearably tense, and unlike most Hollywood action films where the action simply provides exciting moments for the teenage boy's short attention span, here it helps move the story along. As a crime epic and thriller, the film is already excellent, but the fact that it seriously gets us to think about themes such as escalation, evil triumphing over good, the fragility of sanity (shown brilliantly in Harvey Dent's tragic transformation into Two-Face) and the notion that we are all doomed to cause chaos, no matter what. The fact that all of this manages to feature in a big budget super hero action flick, AND gross almost $1 Billion dollars worldwide should surely call out of to Hollywood that we need the smarts put back in our movies.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [DVD]
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dennis Quaid
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.45

11 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst films I have ever seen., 6 Nov 2009
This film is so stupid, so dumb that it's not funny. Is this what modern Hollywood has come to? To entertain people do we just need to have an explosion, a flash of a hot actress, some awful jokes and enough action to keep the ADHD generation's attention for longer than 30 seconds? As you can probably work out, I hated this movie. I actually sat in my seat and wondered why I had wasted two hours of my life on such a mindless piece of Hollywood trash. Unless you're under ten or have the attention span of a goldfish and need regular explosions and action scenes to keep you entertained, you will find this film an excrutiating experience. There is dumb fun, and there is flat out awful. Seriously people, grow some brains and let movie studios put back the intellegence and integrity in movies, and not let them produce more crap like this right wing, pointless turd of a film.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (1-Disc) [DVD]
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (1-Disc) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shia LaBeouf
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £3.99

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A dissapointment., 6 Nov 2009
I was a massive fan of the first Transformers, and as such I was very excited about this film coming out. I wasn't impressed. Michael Bay seems to have jsut added more of everything, more action, more comedy, more Megan Fox (a bad thing by the way), more everything, and the result isn't as effective as I'd hoped. While I loved the action scenes in the first film, here there was TOO much, to the point where you can't see what's happening on screen, just alot of things blowing up and a lot of loud noises. The comedy this time round is more childish and adolescent. While in the first film there was the brilliant scene where Sam's parents think he is masturbating, here we are reduced to a little robot humping Megan Foxes leg. Funny...if you have the sense of humour of a 10 year old. Transformers 2 will appeal to action fans, and people who just want a big dumb loud movie. For the rest of us, there's alot left to be desired

The Hurt Locker [DVD]
The Hurt Locker [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Renner
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.69

4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film of the year., 20 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Hurt Locker [DVD] (DVD)
When looking at the greatest war movies ever made, The Hurt Locker is honestly up there with Apocalypse Now. It has the smarts to know that the great war films are not those that preach to the converted about how war is wrong, it simply sends the audience through one of the most thrilling, edge of your seat, blindingly intense films ever made. The action is absolutely spectacular, the acting is brilliant (why Jeremy Renner isn't a bigger star just shows the faults in Hollywood today), and the direction by Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, Near Dark) is exceptional. If you have any sense you'll get this film the moment if comes out on DVD and give yourself the gift of watching what is quite easily the best film of 2009. And I haven't even mentioned the scene with the padlocks.

Let the Right One in [DVD]
Let the Right One in [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kåre Hedebrant
Price: £4.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, romantic and haunting., 12 Sep 2009
This review is from: Let the Right One in [DVD] (DVD)
This is the film that every modern vampire movie wants to be, and if modern audiences had an ounce of the intellegence that it had back in the '70s, this would have recieved better box office. The relationship between bullied child Oskar and child vampire Eli is, at times, risqué, but it's tender, moving and utterly believable. The film is beautifully shot and the way the camera lingers on is used in genius ways, espcially in the climax in the pool. If you don't like horror movies, then don't worry: this is far more of dark fantasy than it is a shocker, although there are some very disturbing moments. Overall, this is one of the best movies of the year, and probably the best vampire movie since Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark (1987).

The Crow : Special Edition [DVD] [1994]
The Crow : Special Edition [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Brandon Lee
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £4.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Believe in Angels, 11 Sep 2009
I watched this film because of what I had heard about Brandon Lee being killed on set. I was blown away by it and I think it is one of the best fantasy films ever made. Brandon Lee gives an excellent performance as a rock star who is ressurected to take revenge on the criminals that killed him and his girlfriend. The film is beautifully shot, capturing the dark, gothic elements of urban night life the same way Blade Runner did 12 years earlier, only more so, and the production design is barouque and dark, fitting the movie's tone perfectly. I also love the way that the film take the opposite approach to The Dark Knight and Watchmen and embraces its pulp roots, quoting Edgar Allen Poe and with a grungy but also operatic soundtrack, and with the grand, sword fight finish at the end of the movie. If you like action, romance and fantasy, I can safetly say you will love this movie.

Recommended if you liked: Batman, Blade, Blade Runner, Interview with the Vampire, Dark City, Rapid Fire.

Interview With The Vampire -- Special Edition [DVD] [1994]
Interview With The Vampire -- Special Edition [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Vampire Film, 11 Sep 2009
I was very suprised at how good this film was. Before this, I didn't like Tom Cruise at all (before this film I had only seen him in Top Gun and Cocktail), but I was startled and pleasently suprised how good he was in this movie, along with the always reliable Brad Pitt and an brilliant young Kirsten Dunst. The film's production design is wonderfully gothic and the film shows as the vampires as sympathetic, terrifying and sensual, a good combination. The vampires look unsettling in this film, the fangs and pail skin giving a slightly alien but overall very creepy look. My biggest problem with the film remains the ending, which seems out of tone with the melancholy, sinister feel the rest of the film has. However, over all I think this film is great, and would certainly recommend it to fans of the book and fans of vampires and horror films in general.

Australia [DVD] [2008]
Australia [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Nicole Kidman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.96

39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema at its purest., 1 April 2009
This review is from: Australia [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Upon release, critics didn't like Australia. The reason was simple: it was too entertaining. In an age where films have to be as bleak as No Country for Old Men, or as morbid as The Dark Knightn to garner critical acclaim, critics disregarded this film because it was so uplifting. Proof that critics don't know a good movie when they see one can be seen through the likes of Blade Runner, Once Upon a Time in the West, and, most ironic of all, Citize Kane. Give it a few years, and Australia will be hailed as a classic. Why watch it? Simple, the film is entertaining as hell. The audience goes through all kinds of emotion watching it, and the film is funny, sad, exciting and thrilling. The performances are all great, espcially Hugh Jackman, who's drover character is the defenition of masculinity, and just for the film's love of its own country, Austrlia. Just watch the way Baz Lurhman captures the country's beautiful landscapes with his camera, its incredible. Watch Australia and I guarantee you'll love it.

Particularly recommended if you like: Gone with the Wind, Once Upon a Time in the West, Lawrence of Arabia and The African Queen.
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Casablanca -- Two Disc Special Edition [DVD] [1942]
Casablanca -- Two Disc Special Edition [DVD] [1942]
Dvd ~ Humphrey Bogart
Offered by Hint of Yellow
Price: £7.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Here's lookin' at you kid.", 22 Mar 2009
Casablanca is one of those great, rare films that just gets better the more times you watch it. Probably the greatest screen romance of all time, it features a none-bettered screenplay, outstanding performances (particularly from Claude Raines) and a dynamic chemistry between the two leads, the unmissable Bogart and beautiful Bergman. It's one of the most perfect films every made, and was the first film that started by love and need to watch Black and White films.

Vertigo - 50th Anniversary Special Edition [DVD]
Vertigo - 50th Anniversary Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Stewart

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Masterpiece, 20 Oct 2008
I am a massive fan of Alfred Hitchcock's movies. While Rear Window and North By Northwest are brilliant movies for entertainment, and Psycho and The Birds are great because they show the directors ability to scare the heebeegeebies out of an audience, Vertigo stands out as the director's most most sophisticated, skillful and haunting achievement. In a nutshell, it tells the story of a neurotic detective named Scottie (James Stewart, in possibly the performance of his career) who is hired by an old school friend to follow and watch the man's wife, the suicidal and hallucenant Madeline (Kim Novak, Hithcock's most beautiful blonde). However, Scottie falls so madly in love with Madeline, that even after her death he goes insane and believes her to still be alive. Is he wrong, or is he right? Featuring monumental performances by the two leads and heartbreaking score by Bernard Herrmann, Vertigo is arguably Hitchcock's greatest piece to showcase his ability to manipulate suspencse and emotional change in his audience. Technically, the film is Hitchcock's most perfect. It's a film that will linger with you for a while after watching it, like a nightmarish haze. It's also the masterwork of a true genius.

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