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Invasion - The Complete Series [DVD]
Invasion - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Fichtner
Offered by A-2-B DVD
Price: £39.99

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best shows I have ever seen... Thrilling, 17 Sept. 2006
This is an amazing series in every respect. The script is excellent, the acting is top notch (William Fitchner's performance, for instance, is stellar), and the storyline is intelligent, deep and complex.

I was hooked from the very first episode. Some say it started out too slowly but unlike some I like that in a show. I appreciate the fact that some stories have so much substance that they must be given the time to unravel at their natural pace. The people that say Invasion is slow and boring, however, are probably not mature enough for this kind of TV, and probably only saw one or two episodes. They probably never even watched anything past the pilot.

I can guarantee you that the show never gets boring, and that by episode 8, Invasion picks up the pace and becomes something else altogether (something altogether great).

I have never seen a show evolve so much in one season and do it so flawlessly. The characters evolve, their relationships evolve, everything in Invasion evolves and never stops doing so. And yet, Invasion evolves with such a natural grace that one really cannot help but go with it and be amazed.

You may have noticed that this review is not exactly objective, and is full of inflated language and buzz words such as "stellar" and "amazing". I have to say that whatever objectivity or cynicism I had at first, Invasion pretty much stripped it away, leaving me in a nakedly wide-eyed and giddy daze.

In short, Invasion is an absolutely thrilling show and a great pleasure to watch in every conceivable way.

Despite all this, however, ABC managed to write Invasion off after the first season (production costs were too high, apparently), despite its obvious quality and despite the fact that by the end of the season, ratings were soaring. This has outraged a lot of people.

Hopefully, however, those who enjoyed Invasion or even those who simply enjoy good TV (as opposed to 90% of the garbage on air right now), can help bring this show back. It's definitely possible if we make enough noise (popular demand already brought back shows such as Family Guy and Firefly, for instance).

Invasion is a superb show. Invasion represents the essence of why people watch TV in the first place. Bring it back!

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Alexander - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Alexander - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Anthony Hopkins
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.50

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated... But not by much., 3 Sept. 2006
It seems I'm one of a few (a very few) who actually managed to stick with Oliver Stone for the entirety of the movie. Perhaps I have more patience than some when it comes to movies, who knows.

The film is full of good actors. All this talent, however, is unfortunately wasted. The actors are either woefully miscast (*Colin Farrell.), or are fit for the role (**Angelina Jolie) but are limited by a script that, really, no one would have a chance with.

The battle scenes are good, but the one that stands out is Alexander's last battle, the bloodiest in his career and one which he almost lost. This last battle is probably the only moment in the film that makes the pulse race- the war elephants are impressive, and the cinematography is personal, visceral and thrilling, almost reminiscent of the battles in Oliver Stone's vastly superior "Platoon".

Even though I found the movie enjoyable, the historical figure of Alexander is an apt analogy for this movie. Rather like the great conqueror, "Alexander", the movie stretches itself too far. It lacks focus, it lacks emotional involvement, it lacks a real goal.

To quote the movie, Alexander "reaches and falls".

[* Colin is not very convincing as Alexander, no matter how hard he tries. He doesn't communicate the drive, the hint of madness or excess that the role of the conqueror demands, among other things.]

[**Angelina Jolie is one of the few characters that are fit for their role, and looks like she's having real fun with it. One misses her when she is off-screen.]


Girl, Interrupted [DVD]
Girl, Interrupted [DVD]
Dvd ~ Winona Ryder
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.91

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, never lets go... And Angelina Jolie? Superb., 3 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Girl, Interrupted [DVD] (DVD)
At first, I was weary of seeing Girl, Interrupted, for fear of it being a chick-flick or another cliche-ridden carbon copy of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Just 15 minutes into the movie, however, and I realised that this was not the case.

The story is well-crafted, the direction is good, the script is superb- but what really stands out is the acting. The entire cast in "Girl, Interrupted" is nothing short of amazing. This movie was made in 1999, and yet even 7 years later, I must admit that, apart from one or two notable exceptions, no performances come to mind that even come close to those in Girl, Interrupted.

Winona Ryder's somewhat understated performance as the protagonist is excellent, for instance.

This, however, is really Angelina Jolie's movie. Jolie steals the show as Lisa, a raving sociopath who's power and magnetism cannot help but elicit compassion or even attachment from the audience despite the fact that, objectively, she is a wholly unsympathetic character.

Angelina Jolie's oscar-winning performance is so resonant that, despite the fact that the cast is terrific, when Jolie is on the scene everyone else might as well just lie down and play dead.

Special commendations must be made for avoiding the pitfalls of usual looneybin cliches.

All in all this is a powerful, emotionally complex and haunting movie that never lets go, even after the credits have stopped rolling. A must-see.


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