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Birdman [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
Birdman [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
Dvd ~ Michael Keaton
Price: £18.00

10 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For the Birds, 7 Feb. 2015
After all the rave reviews and awards I was really looking forward to see this film. But after 40 minutes I simply had to walk out of the theater and get some fresh air. I understand we are all different and should respect others point of view. But I found absolutely nothing brilliant about this film. All the cliche's are here; drug addiction (or rehabilitation), pretentiousness (galore), overreaction, violence, sex (or suggestive of it) nudity, poor self-esteem, liquor, guns (of course), suicide, depression, hopelessness, insignificance. I could go on.

The public has clearly been mislead by a bunch of critics who clearly reflect and identify with the characters. Everything about the film is so pathetic - it gives quite a shocking account of humanity. The stage, with its green backdrop of a kitchen - I mean really, who's idea is all of this? Most people will have forgotten about this film a few months from now. There's nothing to remember, nothing to learn (and very little to 'see'). It is not entertainment in my view.

Every now and then a film comes along that for reasons unknown, earns the top awards and leaves everyone gasping for sanity. Why dont I like this? Is something wrong with me? NO - there's nothing wrong with you. This is just the sort of garbage that the Americans (the experts in exaggeration) could pack in a shiny bag promising much but delivering nothing but a feeling of emptiness.

You can easily pass on this one knowing with utmost certainty you have missed absolutely nothing of any value whatsoever. Dont even let that sentence intrigue you more than it should. Garbage of the highest order.
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If You Wait
If You Wait
Price: £16.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So seldom, 9 April 2014
This review is from: If You Wait (Audio CD)
These days the market is flooded with utter nonsense disguised as music. People rave and write pages of reviews praising these. I won't bother to list them here. We don't want to bog down Amazon's servers. But here is certainly something worth my time writing a review about.

From the stunning cover photography to the beautiful lyrics, to the lead singers mesmerizing voice. So much fades into oblivion compared to this. I have only praise for this talented group of people. There's that word that eludes most: Talent.

Highly recommended. A worthwhile investment and addition to your music collection.


Empire of the Sun (Two-Disc Special Edition) [1987] [DVD]
Empire of the Sun (Two-Disc Special Edition) [1987] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £12.99

3 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, oh so boring, 27 Jan. 2012
One of Spielbergs less successful attempts. The boy in the film is the most irritating of all. Being in the middle of the whole Japanese occupation but seems he is clueless as whats going on arround him. I feel this is not a very accurate portrayal of the situation played by this boy. His acting is unconvincing and irrational, doing things out of character and seems utterly hopeless in fiending for himself.

You could do much better than this. Not one to purchase anyway.
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Still Life [2006] [DVD]
Still Life [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tao Zhao
Price: £13.78

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digging a water grave, 2 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Still Life [2006] [DVD] (DVD)
I have recently taken to Asian Cinema, especially Chinese Films. What the other reviewers has mentioned about this film is completely true. The film takes us on a Journey of a husband looking for his wife, and daughter, and at the same time, a women looking for her husband. But the characters are unrelated. This happens during the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. The demolition of lower lying areas are fundamental to its creation, and subsequently every man made structure erected under its current level is systematically demolished by workers, while its inhabitants are displaced elsewhere, including Samnings wife.

There is a certain sadness to the film and a deep underlying peril. What if Sanming does not find his wife, and whereabouts about his daughter before everything is flooded? It also creates a desolate landscape where once was a thriving community, now the skeletons of buildings and abandoned factories mark the otherwise beautiful landscape. The musical score is equally mesmerizing and dreamy of a soon to be submerged landscape.

An incredible film. With the simplest of ingredients, a masterful combination of sight and sound has been created. A film that lingers long after and leaves you soothed and calm and content.


Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2[Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2[Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Finale, 19 Oct. 2011
I watched this final installment of Harry Potter at the IMAX in Bangkok in 3D. There is no possible better way to see this film in all its glory and spectacular special effects. The film is scary and oozing with peril and dread. Its incredible how the director created this atmosphere so flawlessly. Its an unforgettable viewing experience and in my opinion one of the greatest acomplishments on film to date.
Where other movies become more and more boring with subsequent episodes, this one got better and better until the very end. Much like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Premium entertainment!


Eternal Summer [2006] [DVD]
Eternal Summer [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bryant Chang

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars School Crush, 3 July 2011
This review is from: Eternal Summer [2006] [DVD] (DVD)
A Taiwanese film depicting (most beautifully)the developing relationship between to schoolboy friend, and the girl who comes between them. Many parts of this movie were simply heart-wrenching (especially if you could identify with the situation). This is second on my all time best movies list (with Lan Yu being the first).

Jonahthan is the model shoolboy and exactly the opposite of Shane who suffers from some kind of hyperactivity/attention deficit disorder. In an attempt to rectify the situation, the class teacher requests from Jonathan to befriend Shane in an attempt to improve his school grades and setting a good example to Shane. Thus starts an emotional journey of sexual awakening and discovery that follows them into their college years; and the girl who touches both their lives. Emotionally moving, brilliantly acted and visually stunning, this is incredible entertainment.


CITY WITHOUT BASEBALL (Region 3) HK 2008 DVD Movie (directed by SCUD)
CITY WITHOUT BASEBALL (Region 3) HK 2008 DVD Movie (directed by SCUD)
Dvd ~ John Tai

5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising, 6 Jun. 2011
Recently I have turned my sights on Asian Cinema. Since, I have not looked back. There is a aspect or dimention to many Asian films that is simply lacking in modern Hollywood films today.
Directed by Hong Kong Director Scud (the English translation of his name means 'scudding clouds')is the story of a Baseball team in Hong Kong - where most of its inhabitants have never heard of Baseball being played in Hong Kong (hence the name of the movie).
The film has received a lot of public critizism (Hong Kong Media) for displaying more often than not - full frontal male nudity and the homoerotic aspect of the film being marketed as a 'sports film'. Be that as it may, the movie itself is a mesmerizing watch. With the progtagonist questioning his sexual identity, ironically planted there by his girlfriend. At the same time, shows talent and a will to succeed as a team member of his baseball team. He is disliked by Chang's best friend which leads to confrontation.
A multi layered and emotional (yes, emotional) journey embarks which is captivating from the start.
Other films by SCUD is Amphetamine and Permanent Residence.

Get it if you can!


I Saw The Devil [DVD]
I Saw The Devil [DVD]
Dvd ~ Byung-hun Lee
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.47

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat slasher!, 1 May 2011
This review is from: I Saw The Devil [DVD] (DVD)
This movie could teach those Hollywood Directors a thing or two. Brutal and disturbing in equal measure, I Saw the Devil is a thrill ride with a twist. Korean Film is fresh and bursting with new ideas. Great cinematography, fast-paced and relentless on the senses. If there are truly people like this (as depicted in the film) out there, this world is a very, very scary place. See it if you dare!
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Café Mambo 2010 Mixed by Alex Wolfenden
Café Mambo 2010 Mixed by Alex Wolfenden
Price: £19.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in Business, 14 Mar. 2011
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I have been an avid follower of the Cafe Mambo series for years now. All of this came to an abrupt end with the disappointing 2008 release, mixed by Andy Canto. What a waste of money. As a consequence, I skipped 2009 as well.
But this release, mixed by Alex Wolfenden, brought back those fond memories, when I was first mezmerized and entranced with the series.

Captivating from the start. Buy with confidence if you are interested in this genre, and even if you dont.


Salaam Bombay! Special Edition [1988] [DVD]
Salaam Bombay! Special Edition [1988] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shafiq Syed
Price: £5.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Circle of misery, 16 Sept. 2010
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I cannot claim that you will feel quite content after watching this movie. Or beam with feelings of happiness or joy. Nevertheless, this is powerful viewing and grips you from the opening scene and removes you from this world until the final credits. For many of us, (most of us actually) the reality of this movie is bound to lead to feelings of guilt/discomfort. And one cannot help but also drawing parallels between this and Slumdog Millionaire. Clearly, a lot has been borrowed from this movie.

It remains however, a brilliant piece of cinema, and demands a visit to Bombay (now Mumbai). I can assure you, nothing has changed.


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