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The Beaver [DVD]
The Beaver [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Price: £4.58

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rather depressing, 15 Oct 2011
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This review is from: The Beaver [DVD] (DVD)
I do not agree that this movie is "darkly funny" - it is plainly depressing. And that is not because it tells about a depressed man, mind you. The effort placed by Jodie Foster in directing is recognized, as well as that by Mel Gibson in playing. However something seems to be missing, as well as a thread, no matter how loose. To top it up, the ending is even looser. Eventually I was left with a strong feeling of emptiness.

Donkey Punch [DVD] [2008]
Donkey Punch [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Robert Boulter
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £3.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 2 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Donkey Punch [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I happily join the host of people who rate this very low as I find this movie useless. I can well imagine the situation described here may happen, and probably it has, but what is the point of making a movie out of it if not for getting acclaim, possibly notoriety and cash some money? The amount of nudity is excessive too, and one wonders if it has been placed there to draw some type of audience.
The same subject could have been handled in so much different manners

Shallow Grave [DVD] (1994)
Shallow Grave [DVD] (1994)
Dvd ~ Kerry Fox
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £3.39

3.0 out of 5 stars hardly believable even as fiction, 1 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Shallow Grave [DVD] (1994) (DVD)
this is a watchable movie which will surely engage your viewing, however the main message (understood to be "to which extent can you trust your best friends?") is somewhat diluted by excessive blood scenes and violence. If these two elements had been turned down a bit, the movie would have gained depth in my opinion. Acting is good, equally by all three main characters, which equally turn out not particularly pleasant. The bottom line, materialism driven by possessing a lot of money, so typical of American movies, unfortunately is obvious and not particularly educational - I wish some other trigger had been found to kick start the spiral within the three mates find themselves tangled with. Perhaps 3 stars are a tight score, but 4 would be too many.

Cramps, The -Live [DVD] [2010]
Cramps, The -Live [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Cramps
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £9.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 27 Sep 2011
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Excellent for all Cramps fans. After 30 years from their debut, they were still the same, in top form. Pity I had missed them live. Unfortunately the camera does not give enough credit to Poison Ivy who is not seen playing as much as one would wish.

Shock Troops
Shock Troops
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £12.24

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant punk to listen, 13 Sep 2011
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This bunch plays pleasant punk music for the ears, not to aggressive/ violent a la Four Skins/ Combat 84, more on the funny side. Yet they lack the edge of the Buzzcocks, or Pistols. I would recommend it anyway, you will feel better afterwards
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Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Price: £15.62

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 13 Sep 2011
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I admit I am not well acquainted with Ry Cooder, my only previous experience being "Buena vista social club". But I find this music really not appealing, it sounds "old" yet without the fascination of the true oldies. It probably has a value for those into the search of traditional songs that would be soon lost. I have tried to listen to this a few times but it has not triggered me, and probably it never will. I wonder why I bought it.
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The Great Escape [DVD] [1963]
The Great Escape [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Steve McQueen
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.82

0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Artificial, 11 Sep 2011
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It is difficult to assess a US movie from the 60's on WWII POW withheld in Germany. Here, I find a few elements as artificial. Firstly, the POWs seem to be hosted in what resembles more a Club Med than a prison. They have ample liberty of movement, not being treated as I would expect. This seems to allow them organize to the minute details their escape without much trouble - was it really like that? (Besides, all Germans here speak an impeccable US English). The isolation confinement in the "cooler" given several times to "Hilts" (S Mac Quinn) does not seem to bother him a great deal, and he comes out quite fresh every time, without displaying even the need for a shave. There is not hint of which exceptional measures were taken to prevent POWs from escaping from this prison - it all seesm quite standard to me. Then, the music is slightly unnerving, as very often a triumphant military march doe not suit the drama of the action. A good dose (perhaps overdose) of proud and glory is given to our POW bunch in the description of their "heroic" act - when in fact apparently, only with a few exceptions (3?) all of the 70 escaped are found. The heroism is then not understood, neither their achievement. Finally I found a bit obvious the stereotype of the ugly bad Germans (with hard-to-believe exception of the amiable prison director from the Luftwaffe).
But again, a US movie from the 60's - one cannot expect much of realism!
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Songs The Lord Taught Us
Songs The Lord Taught Us
Price: £6.52

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a pillar of rock music, 4 Sep 2011
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This is highly recommended as the cramps, unfortunately not so well known among the larger audience, have influenced a huge number of punk, rock, gothic, metal bands. Contemporary to the NY Dolls, the Ramones and Blondie, they took their own way re-interpreting rockabilly.
I love the clean, no frills guitar playing by hot Poison Ivy. That has thought a lot to many. The mix of rock and roll, and pyscho punk is unbeatable - and is hilarious too (which is not the case of pure gothic rock/ metal). Too bad Lux Interior passed away a few years ago, which was the end of this band.

Public Image - First Issue
Public Image - First Issue

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars hypnotizing, 4 Sep 2011
I believe people overrate this because they know a priori it comes from John Lydon. I am a HUGE fan of the Pistols (I even have been at the Filthy Lucre concert years ago) but this is completely different ... and hypnotizing. Someone may call it "experimental", I just just get tired of the same tense acute voice repeating the same sentence over and over, and the various songs all sound the same - completely different from the Pistols's songs. Besides, the raw power (forgive me, Iggy) of the Pistols is totally missing here. Mr Lydon is surely entitled to experiments, but it is thumbs down for me.

Mesrine - Parts 1 & 2  [DVD]
Mesrine - Parts 1 & 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vincent Cassel
Price: £7.19

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long, 4 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Mesrine - Parts 1 & 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I did not expect so many reviews - especially considering there is only the French version (with subtitles though) and reviewer are English-speaking. I rate this 3 starts only on purpose, even it would deserve more, and I will explain why.
It is clearly an outstanding performance not only by Vincent Cassel and the director, but also by various secondary roles (e.g. Gerard Depardieu). The whole story is intriguing and one keeps asking how comes an individual can become like this. Which in fact turns into the mean weakness of the movies: very little insight is given on the reasons that can push a sensitive and intelligent person into a vicious circle of violence and criminality. Maybe, as someone suggested, it is better this way than speculating, however the end result is a chain of back robberies, evasions, lovers
The second part starts OK, then become somewhat dull in attempting to show how Mesrine pictures himself as an anti-hero or even revolutionary. Clearly his ideas are rather fuzzy on the subject, but are sufficient to pump even more his ego and make him continue his life stile. As to his private life, one can congratulate him for the extended array of "conquetes" but - again - no hint is not given on what all these women found in him - perhaps simply the charisma and fascination of a "public enemy"?
The movie, especially the second, at several points tries to place an aura around Mesrine, I suppose in the attempt to show how he -possibly - saw himself: glorifying his acts (e.g. robbery banks would be against capitalism) - yet this attempt is weak.
The main minus of the 2movie set is that ... they could have better be condensed into one. I am not saying the 4 hrs of bank robberies an jail evasions are boring, on the contrary, but whats the point?
I am now considering, in the attempt to answer the questions above, to read the book as recommended by a reviewer (The Mesrine Conclusion).

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