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The Dark Knight Rises (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2012] [Region Free]
The Dark Knight Rises (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2012] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Price: 7.41

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bar rises along with the bat., 13 Dec 2012
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A brilliant film, and a satisfying conclusion to the story. The director has pulled off a first to my mind, a consistently excellent and coherent trilogy. The film plays beautifully on blu-ray disc, the iMax photography in particular looks sublime. There are plenty of good extras and the free digital copy of the film via Flixster is a very nice bonus.

The Tempest [DVD]
The Tempest [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Price: 6.66

31 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All washed up, 10 Jun 2011
This review is from: The Tempest [DVD] (DVD)
I watched the new film of The Tempest last night. It is without doubt the worst Tempest production that I have ever seen. Russell Brand as Trinculo was embarrassingly awful, and should be banned from all film sets forthwith. Ben Whishaw added thick layers of CBBCesque teen-cheese to his Ariel, and made me wince so hard that I think I've pulled a face muscle. BBC 3 awaits you, Mr Whishaw. To say that Djimon Hounsou's performance as Caliban was a bit overacted, would be to make a biting understatement. There was needless use of CGI special effects that were of a very poor quality, and quite why the decision was made to include tacky 80's style rock music to the score is anyones guess. Oh, and Benny Hill style comedy editing?! That was always going to be a bad idea.
Director, Julie Taymor, needs to have her camera confiscated, and should be given an introductory text on Shakespeare.
I shall be sending Ms Taymor the laundry bill for the vomit stains on my splendid jacket.

Avoid this fetid monstrosity at all costs.
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The Ninth Gate [DVD] [1999] [2000]
The Ninth Gate [DVD] [1999] [2000]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Price: 3.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish gothic thriller, 8 May 2010
Johnny Depp is Dean Corso, an unscrupulous Manhattan `book detective' in a spooky noir-ish thriller from Roman Polanski, the director of Rosemarie's Baby. Corso is hired by Boris Balkan (Frank Langella), a wealthy and ruthless book collector, to track down the few remaining copies of `The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows', a book reputably to have been adapted from the `Delomelanicon', a mythical book written by the Devil. Corso meets the sinister seductress, Liana Telfer (Lena Olin), who has her own secretive motive to obtain the book, and it is not long before he notices other unfamiliar faces following him, none more mysterious than the nameless student played by Polanski's partner, Emmanuelle Seigner (Bitter Moon). Corso's mission takes him to Portugal and France where he gets to examine the three remaining copies of `The Nine Gates' which escaped the flames of the Inquisition in 1667. Here he discovers far more than he bargained for, encountering murder, deception and the arcane.

The film shall hardly stand out as one of Polanski's finest moments, but it does have its qualities. Polanski is again able to create an authentic film noir atmosphere, a skill which he perfected in his 1974 masterpiece, Chinatown. There is also a nice attention to detail; all of the books in the film, with the exception of `The Nine Gates' of course, are real. Polanski sourced, borrowed and bought all of the beautiful and valuable tomes that we see. Indeed, Polanski spent quite a large portion of the budget on securing these books. The effort is not wasted, and this film is a bibliophile's dream. There is also a wonderful uncanny spookiness in every scene of the film. It is an implicit and understated spookiness, as if something unholy is just off camera. This unnerving gothic atmosphere, and its very implicitness, is the film's main virtue. This virtue, however, is incomprehensibly ruined when in one particular scene we witness something explicitly supernatural, as well as a martial art fight. This scene disrupts the feeling and pace of the film, and serves to denigrate it, albeit momentarily, from a stylish gothic thriller into a comic-book style action film in the mould of the ubercamp Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Ninth Gate is wonderfully and crisply photographed by Darius Khondji (Se7en, Panic Room) who exploits earthy tones to great effect, and even manages to give scenes in full daylight a lovely sense of subdued darkness. The film is also nicely assisted by an eerie score courtesy of Wojciech Kilar (Bram Stoker's Dracula), the Polish classical composer noted for the oppressive atmosphere, and often disturbing nature, of his music.

The Ninth Gate is an interesting film from a technical point of view, and the audience will enjoy the cynical dialogue and on-screen chemistry of Depp and Langella, however, one cannot help feeling that it was something of a missed opportunity. The film should have kept its implicit off camera weirdness throughout, and not allowed it into the audience's point of view, and the humour, whilst genuinely amusing, could have been dropped to produce a much darker and satisfying experience. Overall, The Ninth Gate is guaranteed to entertain and amuse, but watching the film I should imagine some feeling a little let down by Mr Polanski.

The Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Albert Camus
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The tale of a man who refuses to lie, 10 Nov 2009
Albert Camus' The Outsider gets one thinking from the outset; it concerns one rather odd young man, who goes by the name of Meursault, who at the beginning of the novel receives a telegram from a retirement home to inform him that his mother has died. Meursault's reaction is one of dull indifference and yet our intuitive reaction to his reaction is bound to be wrong. Meursault is not an estranged son, in fact, if anything we sense that his relations to his mother were quite `normal' and that, in general, this man has the best intentions, so why this peculiar behaviour?
This man, Meursault, a man who seems oddly devoid of emotion and yet at the same time all too human, continues with this strange behaviour when he approaches his boss at work to ask for the time off to attend his mother's funeral and adds to his request the statement, `it's not my fault'.
Thus we embark on a very unusual and fascinating story of one man's journey towards authenticity, a journey that will lead to a murder, and ultimately, to a revelation.

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