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Troy (2-Disc Special Edition - Director's Cut) [DVD] [2004]
Troy (2-Disc Special Edition - Director's Cut) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £10.29

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Director's cut version stinks., 22 Nov 2010
This review is for the Director's Cut version of Troy..

When this Director's Cut was released, it was very quickly reduced in price. I can see why. There are no improvements to an otherwise 'just ok' movie.

But the major set-piece of the whole movie - the duel between Hector and Achilles - is completely destroyed by sticking in the Main Title music from Tim Burton's 'Planet of the Apes'! What was Petersen thinking? The original version had no music playing under this central scene, all you heard was the sounds of clanging, clumping, thumping and grunting. It was far more impressive and far more riveting as filmmaking. Having Danny Elfman's idiosyncratic music - music that all sci-fi movie buffs will instantly recognise - suddenly appear is just horrible. And having it blasting out so loudly adds to the horror. As soon as I heard 'Planet of the Apes' blast out I wanted to turn the movie off.

As for the rest of it, I couldn't see the extra footage. Maybe there are minutes and seconds edited in here and there; minutes and seconds that ended up on the original editing room floor for a reason.

It appears to me that this movie was thrown together to cash in on the 'Director's Cut' mania now taking over filmdom. Make a few additions that nobody will notice, add some very loud, jarring music to destroy a central sequence and there you go ... we make even more money from the fanboy saps. If you own the original theatrical cut of this movie, and like it, then don't buy this version. No matter how cheap you see it.
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Grace Kelly Style
Grace Kelly Style
by Kristina Haugland
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book for a beautiful exhibition., 20 Sep 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Grace Kelly Style (Hardcover)
I was very fortunate to see the Grace Kelly exhibition at the V&A, and this book is a great companion to that exhibition. The book explains in detail Princess Grace's devotion to style, and why she was a fashion icon.

This book is a great memory of a beautiful person that was taken from the world way too soon.

Ladyhawke [DVD] [1985]
Ladyhawke [DVD] [1985]
Dvd ~ Matthew Broderick
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £5.11

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Such a pity I didn't see it in 1985., 20 Sep 2010
This review is from: Ladyhawke [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
If I'd seen this film back in 1985, when I was a teenager, I probably would love it now and think of it as a treasured memory. I was right into D&D back then and I know this would have blown me away.

Viewing it for the first time as an adult has given me the seemingly unique opportunity to see it as a film, not as a part of my childhood/teenagehood, as so many people who give it 5 stars do.

This is a nice little movie, but definitely not worth 5 stars and not worthy of the accolades poured onto it. The story is predictable and gets a bit boring once you work out how its going to end, and the effects are pretty bad, even by the standards of the 1980's. As another 1 star reviewer has mentioned, the musical score is atrocious 80's pop music that is completely unsympathetic to the material. What was the director thinking using hideous 80's rock for a medieval fantasy story?

On a positive note, the acting is superb. Rutger Hauer is always fabulous, Michelle Pfeiffer is always ravishing, and Matthew Broderick was always an excellent and cute actor at that time. Its a pity the material they're working with is pants.

I know I'm going to get some bad comments here, but if you don't see this while you're a kid, be prepared for some embarrassing movie making.

I'm giving it 3 stars for the hard work these actors put into this film. And the kids will enjoy it.
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Tan Lines [DVD]
Tan Lines [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Baxter
Offered by The Gay & Lesbian Cinema Store
Price: £4.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies I've ever seen., 17 Sep 2010
This review is from: Tan Lines [DVD] (DVD)
I love bad movies, I find them entertaining from being unintentionally funny. But this was unbearable rubbish. And here are my reasons why, to add to the list of other sensible people who have given this 1 star -

1) The production values were so low as to be down a mine shaft. Obviously shot on video with a home video camcorder; editing probably done on a home PC by the maker's best mate one rainy Sunday afternoon; camera work was left up to the 'Auto' setting on the camcorder (many shots were out of focus, the shot was focused on the cars or trees in the far distance ... most of the movie was overexposed, the camera having exposed for the occasional bright patch of sunlight coming through the window).

2) As others have commented already, the acting really is atrocious. I admire these young people for fronting up and appearing in this horror, but really ... in order to engage an audience we have to be able to identify/relate/empathise/feel ANYTHING at all towards the characters. In this thing however, the acting is so embarrassing to watch that you feel nothing at all towards any of them. You really don't care one bit what happens to them. They could all drown in the murky brown Pacific for all you care. The people who appear in it (I'm not convinced that they are not actors at all) are wooden at best. They tend to just walk or move and say their lines and that's it. I'm sorry but to really engage an audience, the acting has to be convincing. In this movie, Gerry Anderson puppets would have engaged me more.

3) The characters are totally unlikeable. There is not a single character that I could say I liked and could empathise with. All the surf-dudes are horrid little dope-heads going nowhere fast. Sure that's the point of the movie, but what about having the main character aspire to greater things, or just anything other than be a dead-end dope-head like the whole town? Maybe its me, but watching teens drink, smoke dope and do nothing at all makes for a dull movie experience. You can watch all that in real life.

4) Why shoot an Australian surf movie set in a coastal village when the weather was so horrible right through the shoot? This movie must have been shot in about 2 days, since the weather is heavy overcast and almost raining for 90% of the time. There are a couple of scenes when the sun is out, but the poor quality video renders it dull and void of all colour anyway. The Pacific is a dull brown all the time. I was born and bred in Sydney, and lived there all my life until 4 years ago, and know it very well. I have never seen the Sydney region looking so depressing and awful in a movie. Surely they could have waited a few days until it was bright and sunny and shown the Pacific the beautiful blue that I know and love.

5) Lastly and most importantly, the storytelling and editing really sucked. It looked like the 'real' movie was hacked to bits to get the length down to 96 minutes. Stuff happens in the movie with no logic. Scenes cut from other scenes and make no sense. Why does Midget and Cass end up in bed that first time? One minute they're chatting, the next cut they're in bed going at it. It doesn't make any sense at all. What was the point of the old lady paying Midget to 'do his stuff' to her niece? Just thrown in to be weird and bizarre? Probably. Why is it set in a small beachy village on the Aussie coast, yet Midget lives in the inner suburbs of Sydney? As far as telling a story is concerned, this movie is really bad; silly and illogical all the way through. And the ending is especially illogical and just plain dumb.

So, avoid this like the plague that it is. Don't give 'Ed' any money, since it will only encourage him to make more crumby movies. Believe what I and all the other people who have given this 1 star have said - I have no idea why anyone would give this 5 stars. They must be Brit Austra-philes, who just love everything and anything to do with Australia, no matter how much it stinks.

(500) Days of Summer [DVD] [2009]
(500) Days of Summer [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.07

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a chick flick for guys (reviewed from a guy's POV), 23 Aug 2010
Any guy who has had his heart crushed and destroyed will enjoy this movie. The structure of the film is very clever; the script is moving and intelligent; and the acting is incredible. The looks that sweep across Joseph Gordon-Levitt's face as he gazes at Summer ... wow! He really is in love with this girl. And the pain he feels ... you feel it too. All told from the guy's point of view.

I was choked up several times during the film by this amazing young man's acting and by the story that unfolded through its flash-forwards and flash-backs. The character of Summer is a vile piece of work, and there are many guys (like me) who has had his heart broken in the past by such a creature. You get the impression the film's writer has also gone through a relationship like this, making the film somewhat autobiographical. The character of Tom is so sensitive and sweet that he is destined to have his heart broken. Both characters are very close to real people everyone would know.

So when your girlfriend suggests you both watch this film, you may get more enjoyment from it than she does.

Gomorrah [DVD] [2008] 2 disc set
Gomorrah [DVD] [2008] 2 disc set
Dvd ~ Gianfelice Imparato
Price: £24.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget about romanticising gangsters., 21 April 2010
This movie is loosely based on real events (apparently). It certainly feels like its based on reality. This is gritty, dirty Italy that's a galaxy away from "A Villa in Tuscany" and the picture postcard fantasy that many people who have never been to Italy have in their minds.

Certainly Italy is a stunning country with magnificent art and culture, and the people are among the most welcoming in the world. But this movie shows the gutter side of Italy - more precisely, the gutter side of Naples. Naples is unique in the world; the local Mafia (Commora) runs the city. The Neapolitan garbage crisis of 2008 demonstrated how powerful the Commora still are. This movie is about day to day life lived in a city ruled by the Mob. With that in mind, its a powerful film that knocks the socks off you when you constantly tell yourself - "this is real". The actors are real people, not actual actors, and this shows. They are so believable that you are fooled into thinking you're watching a reality show following people around.

Five different stories are told in the film, but as its structure is similar to any TV soap, where several stories are told at the same time, anyone can follow it. Remember this is a film to give your brain a workout, not a cute walk through the park. If you like vapid, shallow popcorn movies, you'll hate this one.

Finally, if you've been to Naples, or planning on a trip there, this film will be of immense interest to you. I've been to Naples four times, and have never had a problem there. Its a fantastic city, and I love it. This film showed me the rough, gritty side of Naples that I always knew was there, but had never seen before.

Plan 9 From Outer Space [DVD]
Plan 9 From Outer Space [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bela Lugosi
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.55

5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest BAD movie ever made., 13 April 2010
This is definately the one. There have been university papers published on this, and countless books about it. And guess what? Everything ever written about this movie is true. It really is the worst movie ever made.

Terrible story, badder than bad acting, script written like its a Korean instruction manual that's been jumbled around (the words from an Ed Wood documentary), and sets and props that are straight from a Kindergarten play. And finally, continuity? What's that? Day turns to night and back to day, cars not only change colour, they change make and model as they drive down the road. There are so many classic scenes in it that one can't mention them all here - from Criswell's marvellous intro to the plastic skeleton wrapped in a vampire cape and the alien chief's totally "Kenneth Williams school of acting" performance.

Everything - and I do mean EVERYTHING - about this movie is dreadful. In fact, the first time you watch it is a very difficult thing to do. It gets so bad that you can't stand it anymore and want to turn it off.

But the more times you watch it, the more you fall in love with it. Ed Wood was a 40 year old little kid who had no idea of what he was doing. And it shows. Possibly its the innocence of the movie that makes you feel sorry for it. Whatever it is, putting this movie on to a glass of wine will become one of your favourite things to do on a cold winter night. You'll have a great night in, howling with laughter at it.

Sleepy Hollow [DVD]
Sleepy Hollow [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Price: £3.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite film from one of my favourite directors, 13 April 2010
This review is from: Sleepy Hollow [DVD] (DVD)
I love this film. Its so dark it oozes blackness from every frame. The story is terrific fun, and Johnny Depp is great as an eccentric genius detective using 'modern' methods, such as hacking bodies to bits to look for clues etc.

This is Tim Burton at his most darkly insane. Great fun for anybody who loves black comedy of the darkest variety.

And this film would surely have the best movie witch ever!

Can't Stop The Music [DVD]
Can't Stop The Music [DVD]
Dvd ~ Village People
Price: £10.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats of bad cinema., 10 Mar 2010
This review is from: Can't Stop The Music [DVD] (DVD)
Only watch this (let alone buy it) if you love truly nauseatingly bad movies. This is a bad movie cult classic, loved by millions that has to be seen to be believed. Its all here - terrible acting, embarrasing dialogue, late-70's fashions that are too tasteless and hideous to imagine (it was filmed in late 1979), all oozing a tacky gayness from every pore of its being. eg. The YMCA sequence is now a classic moment of bad gay cinema.

So put on your skin-tight polyester shirt (unbuttoned to the waist of course), flares and platform shoes, comb your chest hair and invite your mates over and watch this very special treat. I guarantee nobody will last to the end!

If you don't appreciate bad movies, ignore everything I said and avoid this piece of cinematic vomit at all costs.

Ben Hur: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Ben Hur: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest scores ever composed., 4 Mar 2010
The score to Ben-Hur was an astounding achievement. This beautiful double CD set is also an astounding achievement.

Every note that was written for the movie is here, in its magnificent, conducted by Miklós Rózsa, recorded on 35 mm film in stereo glory. Even the outtakes are here. MGM spared no expense in making this movie, and the recording of the score was given as much attention as every other aspect of the production. And this really shows the moment you hear the first chords of the 'Ben-Hur Theme' in the opening track.

Miklós Rózsa, one of Hollywood's master composers from the Golden Age, regarded this score as his greatest work. While composing it, he had in the back of his mind that this score would go down as his masterpiece. And it certainly is. The fact that he composed many of the themes and cues while wandering around the ruins in Rome with notebook and pencil helped to give the score a wonderful archaic feel. The ruins obviously inspired Miklós to great heights.

Consider that in modern movie scores there are usually three different themes for different characters - often only two themes. For instance, each episode of the Star Wars saga has three or four themes, and that is considered a lot.

Ben-Hur has seven different themes that constantly weave around each other, and are orchestrated in ways appropriate for the mood of the moment on screen. There are themes for Ben-Hur, Messala, Balthazar, Ben-Hur's mother, Christ, the Valley of the Lepers and the gorgeous Love Theme.

Now add to these themes a whole load of one-off pieces of music that aren't repeated in the film. There are five different marches, two pieces for Roman parties, a beautiful piece for the Nativity, the stunning gallery-rowing music, the march through the desert, the music for Christ's walk to Golgotha and about ten awesome Roman fanfares. Finally, there's Miklos' usual exciting epic battle music. (Of course I can't remember everything on the two CD's - I'm sure I've missed a few other pieces ... but you get my drift!) A magnificent achievement, and something unheard of today.

If you love great films from Hollywood's Golden Age; if you enjoyed 'Ben-Hur'; or if you just enjoy movie music, then buy this set before its out of print. I'm sure Ben-Hur's music will never be released again like this. I've owned it for 13 years now, and still get goose bumps when I hear those first few chords blast out.
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