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The Fear of 13 [DVD]
The Fear of 13 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Sington
Offered by Dogwoof Ltd.
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound, 1 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Fear of 13 [DVD] (DVD)
Amazing story. Moving beyond mere plot or characters. Films that deliberately set out to illustrate the power of truth normally end in a cringe-worthy mess, but this tragic story of a man and his response to his fate crosses over into the ethereal without ever approaching sentimentality. The very basic style - which does feel a bit scripted at times - actually adds to the ambiguity and thus make the twists all the more surprising. If this is a real man, and not an actor, then of course he couldn't give the impression of ad-libbing the whole thing in one take - and that fact does not detract from the power of this documentary. It does take commitment from the viewer to watch, but those who prefer instant gratification will never know what they missed.


Desperate Voyage
Desperate Voyage
by John Caldwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fortune favours the insanely reckless, 17 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Desperate Voyage (Paperback)
As an amateur sailor who reads disaster-at-sea books more than any other genre, I bought this one at a boat show on special offer and didn't expect much from it. I was wrong - alongside "Custom of the Sea" this is the most entertaining and gripping sailing book I've read. The prologue alone has more content than most entire books, and the pace never lets up. I have to admire the guy for both his humility and grit, but how he managed to survive such a series of extreme calamities - many of them self-inflicted - I will never know. Amazing read.


Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1969]
Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Henry Fonda
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A contender for the greatest ever western, 15 Dec. 2015
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The greatest western ever? I have always given preference to The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, simply because Jason Robards' character in Once Upon a Time, Cheyenne, seemed too sympathetic to be in the same gun-slinging league as Frank or Harmonica and therefore took the edge off the film. Nothing against Robard's acting, but it occurred to be on my latest viewing that casting Van Cleef in Robard's place would have more than filled that gap. Still a great movie, though, on a great quality DVD.


The Sweeney - The Complete Series [Box Set] [DVD]
The Sweeney - The Complete Series [Box Set] [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Thaw

5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it, son., 11 Nov. 2015
Unless you're copping a ten stretch in the Scrubs, you'll be feasting your mincers on Regan and Carter getting tasty, and not for the first time. Having said that, the draughtsman who blagged the credits in series 4 has to cough even if it hurts. TV cozzers after this are a bunch of amateurs at best, peddling knocked-off merchandise - and we all know where from.


All Is Lost [DVD] [2013]
All Is Lost [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Robert Redford
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Long on metaphor, short on genuine inspiration, 5 May 2015
This review is from: All Is Lost [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
This metaphor of a yachtsman in trouble alone at sea tries to say (I think) that nature - and perhaps life itself - gets nastier the further you distance yourself from other people. For me, sailing is an odd choice of metaphor to convey this viewpoint because the serious yachtsmen and women I know have a much deeper viewpoint than this, including a humble respect for nature and a very strong ethos of self reliance. Robert Redford is a pretty good actor, but the character he plays in this film consistently makes elementary or even brainless mistakes, and I think that this is simply because the writer was more interested in fitting the plot to their "message" than they were in researching their subject. This is a shame, because if Redford's character had had the resourcefulness of Sam Neil in "Dead Calm", perhaps livened up by some of the published, real-life improvisations of sailors such as Knox-Johnson or Moitessier, then the film could have been electric. But then the film maker would have needed a different, less cheesy message, because such people do not come apart at the seams quite so easily - or else their books would never have been written. Alternatively, Mr Redford's character might have been explicitly portrayed as a novice taking a risk, in which case the metaphor would have said something more tangible about getting out of your depth - but instead he is portrayed as a competent sailor who merely encounters an unexpected mishap. The whole thing comes across as just another failed attempt by Hollywood to say something deep without being bothered enough to put the work in.


Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.67

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Under Siege without the plausibility...., 12 April 2015
This film basically sets out to be Under Siege at the White House. As such, it has the necessary cast, and clearly the budget, to pull off an enjoyable action film. The first half looks like it's going to do just that, but unfortunately the writers can't contain their ten year old schoolboy urges, ruining what would have been a fairly good picture by drawing in flames, explosions and increasingly incoherent fantasy, making so much noise in the process that the other kids in the classroom start laughing at them. Black marks get awarded for inappropriate swearing (appropriate swearing in Reservoir Dogs or Predator adds something, but a US Navy Seal phoning up the bad guy to call him nasty names is just pathetic) or the stupid, lazy machismo (as opposed to enjoyable, creative machismo in a better film) and finally for finally hiding the whole stinking manure pile under the Stars and Stripes. I have nothing against sensationalist films of this genre - Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Taken, even Bond - I just wish that Hollywood writers would stop ruining them in the second half by resorting to tired, lazy, cliched, and above all predictable, drivel.


Knowing [DVD] [2009]
Knowing [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.50

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, 5 April 2015
This review is from: Knowing [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
It starts out pretty well, for the first fifteen minutes, but steadily, idiotically and finally vomit-worthily degenerates into a huge, steaming pile of poo. Another pick'n'mix of bits from other, better films lazily and incoherently strung together by talent-less, imagination-less writers who incomprehensibly have access to Hollywood big bucks. Utter, utter drivel.
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Tower Heist [DVD]
Tower Heist [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eddie Murphy
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £2.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly watchable for such a poor film, 5 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Tower Heist [DVD] (DVD)
An odd one, this. It lacks commitment and entirely lacks credibility and isn't especially funny. The whole thing sits weirdly on the side of serious with a few goofball type moments which don't really fit. And yet I wanted to see it through to the end and somehow enjoyed it. Highest marks go to Alan Alder, and thinking about it it's his performance that saves the film.


The Best of Not the 9 O'Clock News - Volume 1 [DVD] [1979]
The Best of Not the 9 O'Clock News - Volume 1 [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Price: £4.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Fearless Satire, 28 Aug. 2014
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That Was The Week That Was is always wheeled out as THE ground-breaking television satire, but if anything Not The Nine O'clock News was sharper AND laugh out loud funny. In my view it is on a par with anything Monty Python or Pete and Dud managed (and that's from a huge fan of both). Rowan Atkinson and friends also paved the way with this show for much that came after - Spitting Image and Naked Video to name but two - and there has been nothing of this class in this comedy niche for a good two decades. So PLEASE can somebody bring out a complete DVD collection of all the episodes, and PLEASE can a comedy producer somewhere find the courage to take up the flag again and prick pomposity where it is deserved instead of cowering in fear from the latest army of indignation-seeking prigs.


The Edge [DVD] [1998]
The Edge [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Anthony Hopkins
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.47

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Ben gets let down by his agent, 2 Feb. 2014
This review is from: The Edge [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
A well trained and obviously very valuable brown bear wishes that his owner would come back soon and rescue him from two blokes who keep pretending to fight him without actually doing him any harm. The poor bear obviously wants nothing to do with it and would much rather be back home and getting his necked rubbed while tucking into some bear treats. If only he'd accepted the role in "BJ and the Bear" instead of letting it go to that chimp....
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