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The Fisher King [DVD] [1991]
The Fisher King [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Jeff Bridges
Price: £4.40

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching., 3 May 2004
This review is from: The Fisher King [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
What do you expect from a Terry Gilliam film? Something inventive, an entertaining but thought-provoking take on the human condition? A meaningful story shot with the imagination and cheerful dismissal to reality, which ironically brings the movie closer to home?
I saw 'Brazil' a few months ago, and didn't think cinema could get any better. I bought 'Fisher King' with the expectation that it would be good, but dominated by the huge personalities of Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges. I didn't expect anything close to what I'd seen in 'Brazil'. But, contrary to what I'd expected the big on-screen personalities work in perfect harmony to this wacky world Gilliam presented us with.
A perfect script, a perfect cast, a perfect director. Perfect.

Series 7 - The Contenders [DVD]
Series 7 - The Contenders [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brooke Smith
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Price: £3.80

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most sinister, genuinely provocative films ever!, 6 May 2003
"Series 7, The Contenders" is a God's eye look on the direction television and the media seem to be going into. The movie, persuasively edited to the reality TV show/game show format, takes new celebrity "Contenders" chosen by lottery to kill each other for the chance to appear in the next season.
Shocking, repulsively funny, provocative, and most importantly - utterly believable, this movie will keep you thinking for weeks.
What makes a movie truly scary, in my opinion, is not ghosts and battles of good and evil. What is truly scary is a system of evil on a foundation that will almost undoubtedly last forever: no happy endings for eternity. George Orwell's "1984", for instance, enslaved mankind, but the political system was perfect and untouchable. Developing countries fear the United States because they see it as an infinitely powerful entity that will exist forever. "Series 7: The Contenders" Is exactly this- but unfortunately more honest
"Series 7" is a picturesquely disgusting look at mankind and our ability, and need to hate. Built on a foundation made invincible by the media, and embraced by the government, the series is everlasting and a kind of universal lightning rod. Never, I believe, has a movie been so real and scary that the viewer actually feels like it IS reality television. The line between fact and fiction is broken beyond repair, and repeating to oneself "It's only a movie... It's only a movie" somehow doesn't feel convincing.
A must see.

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