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Marwencol (Village of the Dolls) [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Marwencol (Village of the Dolls) [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Jeff Malmberg
Price: 12.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of discoveries/revelations along the way keep this documentary strong till the end, 15 Aug 2013
This is a surprising little film. Mark Hogancamp is the victim of an unprovoked attack, and subsequently dissapears into a fantasy world populated by inanimate people that represent friends, enemies, fears and desires - the building blocks of fiction. The town that houses them is called Marwencol, and Mark documents the things that happen in it with a lovingly framed/composed collection of photographs, which grows into something even Mark didn't expect.

By the end of the film you discover a lot more about Mark - things that he himself had to rediscover after the incident - and these dicoveries in turn get assimilated into the imaginary World of Marwencol. It's that extraordinary!

Submarine [DVD]
Submarine [DVD]
Dvd ~ Craig Roberts
Price: 6.79

5.0 out of 5 stars I think John Luc Goddard would have sent his heartfelt and boldly fonted words of congratulations on this one, 15 Aug 2013
This review is from: Submarine [DVD] (DVD)
Submarine is a sweet little film.

If cliches were potholes in the road, then this film would deftly swerve between them in a flash of style and panache, unlike a lot of it's predeccesors. As far as rom com-cum-coming of age films go, Submarine actually captures some of the lesser travelled aspects of love and war, despite being centered around a rather unconvential teenage boy. And despite the main character being an unconventional kind of a guy, I actually relate to him far more than a few of the poster boys for this particular genre (I'm thinking Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 days of Summer but I'm not sure why). For example, the unexplainable lighting of matches, and an aversion to overly romantic settings - ok, really I'm relating to the love interest here.....but ultimately I'm relating to the high standard of script/novel writing.

Which reminds me, I really should pick up a copy of the book!

And added to that, the beautiful cinematography - wow - it perfectly complemented the idiosyncratic script (courtesy of comedian Richard Ayoade and author of the novel Joe Dunthorne). Not exactly original in its execution, but BLOODY refreshing to see in a film such as this. I think John Luc Goddard would have sent his heartfelt and boldly fonted words of congratulations on this one. I especially liked the fades to RED, which lended the film a sense of age and cinematic aesthetic if nothing else.

Kill List [DVD]
Kill List [DVD]
Dvd ~ Neil Maskell
Price: 6.81

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of potent scenes, but the whole is not greater than the sum of it's parts, 15 Aug 2013
This review is from: Kill List [DVD] (DVD)
The sound of a shotgun being fired at waves of berserking cultists in a very tight space will stick with me forever.

Being a fan of the humble shotgun since the endless joys of Doom 2, I can honestly say I haven't got such pleasure at the sight of a shotgun blasting away since L.A Confidential.

But I will try to forget about the wince inducing violence of this film for a second to describe the more subtle undercurrents of passive agressive behaviour in the family portrayed in Kill List. Because, unless you've lived a very sheltered life or that of a psycopath it's a much more familiar horror than the one depicted in the assasinations that give the film its name.

The moments of family trauma, like a bust up at the dinner table, the unpleasant silences, and the heated arguments about his commitment to the task at hand (the kill list) - all serve to stoke the flames of the ensuing blaze of horror that consumes the central character.

Drive [DVD]
Drive [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ryan Gosling
Price: 3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the icy gaze and James Dean demeanor lies one hell of a sting in the tail, 15 Aug 2013
This review is from: Drive [DVD] (DVD)
The selling point of Drive is Ryan Gosling. After that I think the music gets an honourable mention. Together they are the pulse of this crime thriller - setting the pace at a slow but steady beat then ramping up the tempo at exactly the right moment. Much like when a DJ drops a good beat, everything just lifts for a moment then it all drops into place. Zinnnnnnn

Gosling is a stunt driver and wheelman, and mechanic. Oh, and pretty sure he's into racing too. That's where I congratulate this film for keeping things simple - you can't keep the mystique of a character intact if you know everything about them, all you need to know is he's a devil behind the wheel and behind the icy gaze and James Dean demeanor lies one hell of a sting in the tail (I'm talking about the scorpion on the back of his quilted bomber jacket as well as his violent streak).

It's difficult to say how Gosling can be on the screen for 2hr or whatever with the same facial expression and not break the illusion of realism. I suppose he is channeling a particular type of character that doesn't need to behave like a normal human being, or by his very ability to react in a detached deadpan way takes on a mythical quality. Perhaps that's what everyone is so hyped about, someone who can actually envoke the heroic archetype as well as McQueen, Bronson, Eastwood?. Now all he needs is a few grey hairs and a few wrinkles then we can really take him seriously.

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan [2006] [DVD]
Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sacha Baron Cohen
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.73

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGH FIVE!!!!!, 8 Feb 2007
I never thought Sacha Baron Cohen's awkward, racist, king of the social faux-pas would make the leap to the big screen. For one he always seemed a bit one dimensional, I mean he really only had one joke i.e he is an ignorant bufoon. Also, most of the humour was derived from the people he interacted with.

This film, however, is absolutely eye-wateringly, bladder stabbingly funny. As Borat travels across America in search of his fantasy girl, Pamela Anderson, he tries to understand what it is to be American and in turn teaches them something about Kazakhstan culture. The genius comes from all the misunderstandings and taboo behaviour interspersed with gross out humour and the way he shows up every single person he encounters.

Why they take Borat so seriously is beyond me, but it makes for some classical scenes (getting drunk with the youth of America in a caravan, hiding from a Jewish family). It is so over the top that you come to see how he is really making fun of the people who hold racist beleifs not just blindly attacking all regions from every angle.

Possibly not for the very sensitive or the very naive, but for everyone else this is pure gold!!!

Made In Britain [DVD]
Made In Britain [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tim Roth
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 4.90

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Bit of Brit Grit, 4 Oct 2006
This review is from: Made In Britain [DVD] (DVD)
Made in Britain has that made for TV quality that blighted many an English film. But, in retrospect, it really works for this film. The lazy camerawork has a documentary-like style, invasive and instinctive - getting right up the nose of Trevor (Tim Roth) our racist anti-hero. No time (or money) for smooth, well executed dolly shots here. And, the picture quality is grainy and the colours are all washed out. But, these are the kind of features that give Brit films their grittiness, their raw energy and social realism - and Made in Britain is exploding with it.

Tim Roth is another explosive element. He has an on-screen presence to rival Crowe in Romper Stomper and he is just as psychotic, anti-social, and oh yeah he is very very racist. Racism is never an easy thing to watch, but it is made infinitely worse by the machiavellian style with which Trevor sets up his victim. Shakespeare would have loved the tragedy in this one.

If you like a bit of bad language, random violence, and

anti-establishment raving - you may like this film.... or you may just be a jeuvenile offender like Trevor.

The Company of Wolves (Special Edition) [DVD] [1984]
The Company of Wolves (Special Edition) [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ Angela Lansbury
Price: 4.88

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginitive Directing + Richly Detailed Setting = Company of Wolves, 9 Sep 2006
Based on a short story by Angela Carter, this film delves into a grim fairy-tale world laced with themes of good and evil. 'If there is a beast in man, then it has it's equal in woman.'

Contains mesmerising scenes of slow-motion wolves, and some good effects (though not by todays computerific standards).

The main quality, however, is the narrative. It dips in and out, jumps from story to story, but never loses your attention.

This is how I imagine little red riding hood was supposed to be told - grim - scary - darkly fantastic.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006) [DVD]
The Hills Have Eyes (2006) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Bailey Smith
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: 2.70

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more gore, more baddies, more sickness, and less impossibly short shorts, 15 Aug 2006
There is a clever mix of old school effects and digitaly enhanced brutality on offer here. Most of the time this works to the films advantage, but there is the odd 'what's the point?' moment.

If this film had stuck to Craven's original blue print it would have been a huge dissapointment. Thankfully, Alexandre Aja (Switchblade Romance) decided to send his reluctant hero on a primal rampage through a freak-infested, nuclear-blasted ghost town. This is the films salvation, try to imagine Dustin Hoffman's character in Straw Dogs going ape in a 2000AD comic. Pure genius.

The family of savages is quite a spectacle too, especially the massive hulk with a penchant for impaling people on his pick axe! Papa Savage, however, is not as intimidating or promenant as in the original.

Finally, this is a worthwhile remake, and it's not like me to say that - it has more gore, more baddies, more sickness, and less impossibly short shorts.

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