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Withnail And I [1986] [DVD]
Withnail And I [1986] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard E. Grant
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £4.76

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The anachronisms spoil it, 11 Jun 2008
This review is from: Withnail And I [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
For the content of the film you can read the other 100 odd reviews. I think they tend to overrate it but it is an engrossing drama of how out of work actors seek the high life and it's true enough. Out of work actors love this film , I can attest to that. What really spoils it for me is how it doesn't make me feel that it's 1969 at all. As soon as you get any long shots you start seeing cars, crash barriers, road signs and so on that you know were not a thing of that era. Sure, they have a few classic cars they use in close ups but it's mixed in with modern ones in the distance. It's all very well for young people who can't remember the 80s either, and wouldn't know the difference, but for someone who does it just reminds you this is a wannabe 1969 film. Even George Harrison, the executive producer of the film, complained that the M25 wasn't there at that time (a much more modern looking road than its predecessor) and it would have been possible to film on the A30. The film makers, I just don't know what they were thinking about. We all know mistakes creep into films but these are big ones.
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Magical Mystery Tour
Magical Mystery Tour
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Price: £14.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good although marred by not being a proper album, 9 Jun 2008
This review is from: Magical Mystery Tour (Audio CD)
You can't actually put a collection of Beatles songs from this period together and not get something good. Some of John and Paul's greatest songs are on here and George's song is one of his minor greats. The problem is, though this is an album in length it wasn't conceived as one and does not get the TLC and careful planning that an album would have got. Whereas Sgt. Pepper's album cover is regarded as a classic piece of pop art this one might win a raspberry. The songs fit together okay but not as well as they would on an album and the ending is somewhat of a let down. I guess I just don't think 'Baby you're a rich man' is that good a song. It had a right to be a B side but it shouldn't finish a Beatles album. There are lots of problems that need sorting out in the Beatles canon. We need the Let it Be DVD, a proper release of Magical Mystery Tour with extra footage and we need this album to be signed off properly. I think the Beatles have accepted that it is pretty much an album in the same way the name 'The White Album' turned out to be a better name than 'The Beatles'. Otherwise, this material would have ended up on the Past Masters series with the other EPs and singles. Nonetheless, we need a better album cover and a modern stereo mix or alternate take to show this has been given the attention their albums were.

1408 - Director's Cut Edition [2007] [DVD]
1408 - Director's Cut Edition [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cusack
Price: £3.57

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You might be surprised if I say this, 24 May 2008
I'm not really into horror films or Stephen King but I admit 1408, with John Cusack, was too creative not to be enjoyable. I'm not into computer games either, but a game based on this film would interest me. At times the special effects eclipsed the sense of dread with a comedic sense of them getting in the way and as the film goes by it becomes less of a haunted room. Infact, it is more like a bad acid trip than a haunted room that Cusack's character checks into. This is because this is the haunted world according to King and the film makers, complete with blood running down walls and people trying to stab you. In horror films, in order to achieve the desired effect, we inevitably get everything thrown at us and it can look a bit silly. But the film does so much stuff right, in terms of build up, script, plotting and acting that we can forgive it for using much of the stock horror film baggage. The nice thing about the film is it is high on erieness without being too high on scares. I don't like scary films that are so scary you can't actually watch them.

Three Colours: White [DVD] [1994]
Three Colours: White [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Zbigniew Zamachowski
Price: £6.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 11 May 2008
This is a beautiful film but it doesn't answer questions that I liked to have answered. Like, why is that bird so cheesed off with her ex? With barely any flashback used at all, we are in danger of not caring about her. This is a film that gives you a story but cheats you out of directions you hoped it would go in. The result is a stylish little French number that is also mediocre. For me it lacked any kind of profundity, save the simulacrum of it it attempts to create. That said, it does capture life post the revolution in Poland well.

Hill [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hill [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bung it in yer trolley, 19 April 2008
This is a film that works on many levels. Psychologists and philosopher's could talk about those while others might just like the sturdy plot and witty script. It rates as one of the best films I've seen. It is an oddity surely that I have got to this age and can never remember having seen it referred to anywhere in a film poll or otherwise. How can this be? It's brilliant and it's sad. Which character in the film are you?

This Is England (2 Disc Edition) [DVD]
This Is England (2 Disc Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thomas Turgoose
Price: £4.75

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three and a half, actually, 27 Dec 2007
I was watching this in Inner Mongolia with an Inner Mongolian friend who knows very little about England and she asked 'Is this real life'? I ventured the opinion that no film captures real life and certainly, this is no exception. I don't like violence in my films but I was struck by how sanitized this was. The bullies were nice bullies. With the exception of a bit of knife waving and a rather violent attack at the end the central bully man was incredibly restrained, as was everybody. It was like watching a children's tv drama, almost, where the baddies are bascially big softies. I was 7 going on 8 in 1983 and I do remember stopping some punk girls in the street (in Southampton) and saying they couldn't pass unless they gave me some money. And they each gave me two pence. So I know there were nice punks. That is true. But then as now, thugs are a whole lot nastier than you see in this film. These are just actors pretending to be nasty. That aside, I thought it was a half way decent recreation of the 80s and a film that looks good visually with some interesting characters. The film did well to bust a few cliches- i.e that racism isn't simple, whilst leaving a fair few intact. Incidentally, what with it being 1983 , most of the cars would have been from the 60s and 70s. But they use mainly ones from the 80s. And those young people are all incredibly neat and tidy and well behaved with their parents, for the most part, nowhere to be seen.
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Good Luck Chuck (Fullscreeen Unrated) [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Good Luck Chuck (Fullscreeen Unrated) [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Dane Cook
Price: £5.27

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quirky and thowaway yet strangely good film, 26 Dec 2007
This is a good Rom Com masquerading as a very bad one. It's very crude, often goes for cheap laughs and has alot of sloppy dialogue yet it has more heart, philosophy and wit in it than at first meets the eye. That is part of its charm. At first one thinks, this film is awful. It has a throwaway, flippant quality to it that is almost like a porn film. If you stick with it, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised. It's sort of like Knocked Up or the 40 year old Virgin in that respect, but it's made by a different team.

The Painted Veil [DVD]
The Painted Veil [DVD]
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Price: £4.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine film, 19 Dec 2007
This review is from: The Painted Veil [DVD] (DVD)
After a friend inadvertently damned this with the uncertain testimony of "I don't remember it being a bad film" I was hardly expecting it to be so good. This film takes advantage of the evolution in film as a whole, using touches seen in many films, but here blended beautifully.
Hence there are shades of comedy, thriller, feel good Hollywood, tragedy, Merchant Ivory and so on. So much for how it is crafted, lying under the bonnet is a solid script with interesting characters and engrossing story. It's the kind of film where the small parts count. The kind you don't really want to end and the kind that changes your mood for a while after, you have a feeling it has taught you something. Norton is a good actor and I enjoyed him in the role, although his English accent isn't really English as I know it and Norton plays a variation on himself. Naomi Watts had me fooled, I'd never have guessed she's an Aussie. So much of Anthony Wong Chau-Sang's performance, relatively sparsely scripted as it is, is told through facial expressions, and excellent for all that. In the Amazon tradition of giving something that is pretty decent full marks I'm going to give this 5, as this is better than most films I've seen, though not all.

Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £13.99

8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent songs, but some perspective needed here, 29 Nov 2007
This review is from: Revolver (Audio CD)
If you're reading this review you're probably a Beatles fan interested in what other fans think. For I cannot believe the other reviews ahead of this in the queue haven't convinced you of the album's merit. I'm only adding my twopenneth to try and balance them somewhat. To many, this is the Beatles finest album and I have to say it's good but it certainly isn't their best. Just do the maths. Firstly, at just under 35 minutes it is one of their shortest, and yet it isn't sweet. 3 of those 14 tracks are by George Harrison and none of them are his strongest, by a long chalk. One of the John Lennon tracks is possibly his worst, Dr Robert. You seldom hear this track talked about by fans and there's a good reason for it. It's rubbish. Can their best album even afford to have at least one mediocre song? There's several here. Innovative though the Lennon offerings are on this album, he was having an unusually unmelodic hiatus in his songwriting. Personally I don't like She said she said, I find it just slightly less bland than Dr Robert, but I admit that it could have been written yesterday. Or ten years ago. It's Brit pop.
What keeps the album going are McCartney's efforts. Love him or hate him, Lennon doesn't match Eleanor Rigby or Got to get you into my life on this outing, though he did contribute the fine lyric, "wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door".

Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their finest moment, 13 Nov 2007
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: PET SHOP BOYS-Actually (Audio CD)
This is one classy, catchy, dancey, trippy (oh yes) and poignant album, yet nobody seems to know it. For me, there is nothing the Beatles did that is as sad and moving as It couldn't happen here, save perhaps Blackbird, but for me the latter gets a bit boring when you've heard it a certain number of times. And great though the Beatles are the elephant in the room that nobody has had the wit to talk about viz their songs is that they're not really that great to do disco moves to. You certainly can with the songs on this album.
This album is like a musical disco opera, starting with a dramatic 12 inch song that invokes the City of London and a debonair and suave young man looking for his lover on a cold and wet evening. It pushes on into the yuppiedom theme, overturning convention with a man singing about how he is grateful that a lover pays his rent and much more subtle and clever social comment in "Shopping" than they manage with their clumsy rants in their sad latter day works. Savour no nonsense catchyness song after song on this effort.
Hit Music has been dismissed as being too 80s. Presumably such dismissers didn't listen to the last one minute and four seconds of the song. What is that? The Pet Shop Boys have invented Lounge Music ten years early. This is dreamy, lie on the floor and bliss-out stuff.
It is probably true that you have to be in touch with your feminine side, or have one, to really appreciate it. Everytime I hear it I hear myself mouthing the words, moving my body and I seem to be leaving my chair and dancing. And I'm doing this years after I first heard it. Perhaps most of the journos responsible for those tedious top 100 album lists are still struggling with feelings because this album never seems to get on their lists. And I'm really not impressed by that ultra dull cliche about the Pet Shop Boys being miserablists or singing in a deadpan and emotionally detached manner, as if they are basically an affected band being very droll. That is an insult to the depth this album has. Almost as sad and deep as It couldn't happen here is King's Cross. It is weary, addictive and very original. If you asked the Pet Shop Boy's today to write a song like anything on this album I really doubt they could do it. They were of a certain age and everything momentarily fell into a very special place.
Probably this album's weakest moment is its most successful, the well known single, It's a sin, which is pretty fine, but for me sinks below this album's overall genius. Much of that genius probably extends a bit beyond the Pets themselves. The drums beats and production on this album are simply unmatched elsewhere in their canon. They actually seem to think about the drum patterns whereas later on in their career they just stick some generic one on and let it plod away. These days the Pet Shop Boys say what they ruddy well like but it don't add up to great art. I much prefer "Turning in my sleep, you call me a fool, to fall in love, is it so uncool?" to... well, just about anything they've written post Very. Certainly, after Neil came out he seemed to change his lyrical style to one stuffed with awful metaphors and though it's good to move on, it's good to still have something to say. But I digress. This is a great, great album. I think.
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