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Amelie (Two Disc Special Edition) [DTS] [DVD]
Amelie (Two Disc Special Edition) [DTS] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Audrey Tautou
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £4.70

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The stuff dreams are made of, 4 Aug. 2006
Some films are great. Others are life changing. And then there is Amelie.

Quite simply there has been no other film made like it in the history of cinema.

The first five minutes hook the viewer in with an utterly gorgeous array of soft packed light scenes. From there in on in, try as one might to resist, the viewer is embarking on a journey that will that take them to places that simply cannot be described by words.

The acting is universally outstanding.

The directorial techniques at times seem to pay a homage to Frank Klinsvosky's earlier work and plays around with shade-flicker editing techniques; clearly designed to tease out our childlike imagination.

In parts, this is a seriously amusing film. In other parts, it's a deeply, deeply touching piece of art.

Simply beautiful.

Blue Album
Blue Album
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.21

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Farewell album from the nicest guys in techno, 9 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Blue Album (Audio CD)
Orbital have not have been considered a cutting edge dance art for some time now. Once universally lauded as perhaps the most innovative electronic band of their genre, time caught up with them on their last album, The Altogether, which was panned by many critics as being a hastily concocted amalgam of throw away tracks and background sounds. The announcement that this offering, the Blue Album, was to be their last, seemed to confirm the suggestions that the band who were once brand leaders in the dance scene had run out of ideas.
Whilst it is not in the league of their mightiest productions such as In Sides and the Brown Album, it does though show a welcome return to some of the form that have made them arguably the finest ambassadors of techno of all time. Tracks such as Pants and Lost encompass a laid back brand of electronica, sounding jovial and moody respectively. You Lot has all the blend of darkness, sinisterness and euphoria that Orbital at their best became so adept at achieving. And to use a familiar sounding ethereal sounding female vocal on One Perfect Sunrise is a fitting end to the career of one of the true greats of dance music. Without major record label backing, The Blue Album may not gain the high chart place that most Orbital albums have, but their farewell performances this summer will remind Phil and Paul Hartnoll how respected and loved they are by their many fans.

Offered by MOONDANCE LTD (moondancewx)
Price: £5.38

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars please but it now, 29 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Faster (Audio CD)
OK, anyone who tries to mix phat ragga beats with early Bristol dub has either got be a genius or frankly insane. DJ Zinc is both in equal degrees! A true master of the unexpected, he weaves passages of dark, broody synth-tech and dirty break beats with a degree of twisted mania rarely seen in this genre.
At times the sounds he forges build and build and build, taking the listener to a trippy zone of pure pychadelia. The next minute though he's likely to take you down to a place which makes you contemplate the very nature of your existence!
Pure and utter genius.

Brazil [1985] [DVD]
Brazil [1985] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Pryce
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £3.99

39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dark fairytale, 12 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Brazil [1985] [DVD] (DVD)
Where on earth do you start when you try describing Brazil? Terry Gilliam does a spectacular job portraying a dark fantasy world where society is taken over by a sinister bureaucracy which creates the nightmare scenario where individuals don't know who to trust or where to turn for help. What makes Brazil particularly uncomfortable and even prophetic, is that we can identify with the leading character (played by Johnathon Price) and his lonely plight into a dystopian hell. For anyone who has been enraged by being fobbed off by something like an electronic answering service in a bank, multiply Price's anguish by ten. He lives in an inhuman world which has nothing left other than red tape and faceless autocrats. Gilliam proves that you don't need any of the tactics employed by the horror genre to a create a terrifying and riveting scenario.

Come Again
Come Again
Price: £8.66

22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how could you?, 8 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Come Again (Audio CD)
I'm sorry, but there's nothing remotely funny about the utterly tasteless and offensive material in this "comedy" album, which deals with issues including extreme sexual taboo and a man with cancer of every part of his body. It's still the best thing I've ever heard though....

Sexy Beast [DVD] [2001]
Sexy Beast [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ray Winstone
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.17

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more of the same and a little bit more, 8 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Sexy Beast [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
A British crime film starring Ray Winstone, you might expect, may offer few surprises. You'd be wrong though. Winstone sacrifices his usual top dog role to play an usually timid ex criminal who seeks a decedent retirement in the scorching heat of the Ballearics. What he doesn't bank on though is the appearance of an unhinged gangster played by Ben Kingsley, demanding that he return to London for one final job. We are used to seeing Kingsley prosper in worthy roles from Oscar winners, so it's almost a jaw dropping moment to hear him utter his first words as a dense sounding cockney hoodlum. It's a role that he clearly relishes as it displays a genuinely impressive range of acting skills. How believable the fear he generates from Winstone and his cohorts is perhaps debatable, but fantasy elements protect the film from over analysis and give it a refreshingly artistic edge.
Whislt Sexy Beast at times seems a little similar to the now familiar style of Guy Ritchie's films, it certainly offers enough to be able to stand up in its right. Not least for allowing two fine actors to explore and successfully conquer new territory.

Rust In Peace
Rust In Peace

5.0 out of 5 stars techno-metal classic, 5 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Rust In Peace (Audio CD)
There are few metal albums from the thrash halcyon era that stand the test of time as much as Rust In Peace does. The technical abiltities of Dave Mustaine and Marty Freidman never quite got the recognition it deserved and this album displays the pair's crisp, speedy guitar work more than any other. Mustaine's vocal style proved a bit much for many to take, but he has a lot of good melodies in here to go with the lightning guitar solos. Holy Wars is a truely ferocious track whilst Hanger 18 contains a metal epic of duelling guitars. Do you have to be a metal fan to enjoy this album? Probably, but there enough melodies to keep a few non thrashers happy too.

True Romance (1993) [DVD]
True Romance (1993) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christian Slater
Price: £5.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a film of magical scenes, 27 Oct. 2003
This review is from: True Romance (1993) [DVD] (DVD)
True Romance, prusumably because of a lack of advertising, never made that much of an impact at the box office. It has so many highly entertaining scenes and memorable cameos in it though, that you can't help conclude that the company that made this film missed out on a big payout.
Tarantino's snappy screenplay has all the characteristic wisecracks you'd expect, but it's the precious little performances by the likes of Gary Oldman and Christopher Walken that punctuate True Romance with truely golden moments that most blockbuster films lack. It's a movie that you can fast forward to your next favourite scene without having missed the point of the film. That might make it seem a little less worthy than your average oscar winner, but none the less rewarding for it.

Lost Horizons
Lost Horizons

9 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars fine in a winebar, 26 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Lost Horizons (Audio CD)
For more than a decade, beat orientated electronic music captured the subversive sounds of underground music and sounded like the very essence of alternative lifestlyes. And then bands like Lemon Jelly came along. This album is targeted at the wooly jumper wearing middle classes who never would have touched any of the dark rave influenced dance acts like Leftfield or Underworld with a barge-pole. I would guess that the number of Lemon Jelly fans who are neither students or graduates is very small indeed. That is not to say that music like this doesn't have it's place. It does; in an upmarket hairdresser or clothes shop.

Carlito's Way [DVD] [1994]
Carlito's Way [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Al Pacino
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.04

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The coolest film ever made, 20 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Carlito's Way [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
I've always found it strange that this film has never had the cult acclaim that films such as Scarface and Goodfellas recieved.
The truth is that it's far better than either of those films. In fact I'll echo the sentiments that it is the best ganster film of all time.
The eratic Brian De Palma imbues style and substance in this film more than he ever has done. There's something so definitively cool about every part of Carlito's Way.
Al Pacino fleshes out the part of the wise old hood to perfection. These sorts of roles are harder to perform than the over the top ham that we sometimes expect from him. It's been said a thousand times before, but I have to repeat that Sean Penn is sinisterly wonderful in his part as the obnoxious coke fiend. In fact, there isn't one mediocre performance in this. The film that has everything. It's just a shame that so many people haven't even heard of it.

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