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Under The Skin [Blu-ray] [2014]
Under The Skin [Blu-ray] [2014]
Dvd ~ Scarlett Johansson
Price: £8.00

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but come nowhere near this amazing, daunting and compelling movie, 20 Oct. 2014
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This is one of the bravest, most innovative, technically accomplished and startling films I have ever seen. Scarlett Johansson did not need to make this film, her Hollywood career needs no help and her bak account canot be swollen by the fee she received. She must have known that the exposure she is given in it will be used and abused by many, but her frequent nudity is utterly unerotic and unglamorous. Her acting is subtle and powerful.

Sexy Beast and Birth were remarkable in their own ways, but come nowhere near this amazing, daunting and compelling movie. For a (much) fuller review go to revbobsblog.blogspot.


Inspired By Bach [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Inspired By Bach [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

5.0 out of 5 stars Bach's genius seen through six different lenses., 8 July 2014
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Yo Yo works with six other artists from different fields to interpret Bach's work in different ways, and each sheds new light on these pieces. But the beating heart is always Bach's and Yo-Yo's playing is dynamic, moving and for me the best interpretation on record.


As It Is in Heaven ( Så som i Himmelen ) [DVD]
As It Is in Heaven ( Så som i Himmelen ) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Nyqvist
Offered by Haushøj Videostore
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If music is the food of love, play on!, 8 July 2014
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This profound movies explores the healing power of music; but before anything can be healed it must be brought into the open, and that can cause trouble.

This is a film about spirituality, not religion, and I have used it on retreats, aware that its power would affect everything that followed. (My review site, revbobsblog.blogspot, says more)


Hero (Blu-ray)
Hero (Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Jet Li
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars This great movie is beyond genre., 8 July 2014
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This review is from: Hero (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
Zhang Yimou has made the most beautiful wuxia movie ever, and utterly subverted the genre as he did so. Wonderfully, he brought Jet Li and Donny Yen together as fellow conspirators, and added Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi to the mix. Chris Doyle filmed it - and what a compliment is is to be used by China's most gifted cinematographer turned director. Their use of colour to retell the same story over and again also speaks to the human condition as deeply as Rashemon.

I have run seminars on this great movie, and posted long analyses at my review site, revbobsblog.blogspot.


The Hollow Crown - TV Mini Series [DVD]
The Hollow Crown - TV Mini Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Whishaw
Offered by musicMagpie
Price: £10.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare for our time., 8 July 2014
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God Bless the BBC. This series opens up the plays by filming them, not staging them. The casting is superb (safe for a disappointing Falstaff) but the clarity of delivery is revalatory. Ben Wishaw evens makes Richard II engaging.

We wait decades for TV productions such as these, and it is worth it.


Brazil [Blu-ray] [1985]
Brazil [Blu-ray] [1985]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Pryce
Price: £7.50

5.0 out of 5 stars 1984, Kafka, Koestler, Dali and Chaplin all rolled into one!, 8 July 2014
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This review is from: Brazil [Blu-ray] [1985] (Blu-ray)
Gilliam's unquestioned masterpiece. No one, burt no one, makes movies like his, and he is to be treasured. (My review site, revbobsblog.blogspot, says more!)


Glenn Gould Plays Bach: Goldberg Variations Bwv 988 - The Historic 1955 Debut Recording; The 1981 Digital Recording
Glenn Gould Plays Bach: Goldberg Variations Bwv 988 - The Historic 1955 Debut Recording; The 1981 Digital Recording
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gould plays Bach; Bach plays Gould!, 8 July 2014
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Gould plays Bach's music as if it was composed yesterday, or improvised by him at the keyboard. Magnificent!


Tideland [2006] [DVD]
Tideland [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeff Bridges
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.98

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars O Terry, what have you done?, 8 July 2014
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This review is from: Tideland [2006] [DVD] (DVD)
This must be Gilliam's most difficult film; weeks after seeing it I am still not sure if it is a masterpiece or a train-crash. But worth seeing it to make up your own mind. (my review site, revbobsblog.blogspot, says more!)


Beasts of the Southern Wild [DVD] [2012]
Beasts of the Southern Wild [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Quvenzhané Wallis
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £13.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of the Beasts, 8 July 2014
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If hundreds of volunteers and a handful of professionals can make a film as moving and inspiring as this, then what is Hollywood here for? And a six year old being nominated for Best Actess seems bizarre - until you see her here. I rarely rate movies on my blog (revbobsblog.blogspot) but this is up in the top ten.


Twelve Monkeys [Blu-ray][Region Free] [1995]
Twelve Monkeys [Blu-ray][Region Free] [1995]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Price: £6.00

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Gillian is a wayward genius, but this, ..., 8 July 2014
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Terry Gillian is a wayward genius, but this, along with Brazil, is a masterpiece. Bruce and Brad pull out all the stops. (My review site, revbobsblog.blogspot, says more!)


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