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Armored [DVD] [2010]
Armored [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Columbus Short
Price: £1.26

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meaty Cast and Tasty Crew but with a wafer thin plot for dessert, 17 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Armored [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
From those serious, menacing stares the strong Alpha males are giving me on this box, I better like this movie or else Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dillon and that Marie Cruz guy from Prison Break are probably going to cut my ears off and then laugh about it afterwards. Thank goodness then that there's also a good strong director in charge of this mob in the shape of Antal Nimrod (funny name)who did Vacancy. Antal also has with him the camera and editing and stunt team that worked for him in the past. So I can tell that movie has been well planned, staged directed and cut. Why then did this movie have me looking at my DVD timer after 20mins.
( a sure sign for me of boredom)

Well the reason I believe is this. This movie is at it's best when it's characters are in development. The plot moves forward and holds me beacuse of the tension that is builidng up with the characters in a security firm towards exceuting a rtobbery against the company that employs them. The best scene in my opinion is when the lead character who has just been asked by his freind to help him in a robbery of an armored car is surprsied at his home not by the cops but by by the Home Welfare School officer who threatens to send his brother to a foster home for missing school, and doing graffiting the school grounds ( Truancy officers are strict over there) Even though as his brother points out graffiti is not vandalism it's art just check out this giant owl that I just spray painted in my brothers kitchen. Suffice to say, truancy officer is not convinced and main charcter is forced to get into the robbery to spare his brother a foster home.

So the whole crew decides to do this robbery providing no one gets hurt. But as we all know in a heist movie where this point has been repated sveral times that simply isn't going to happen. Once it does happen( in a very lame and disappointing plot point which occurs about 20minutes in. events pit the crew against one another and for the next 70 minutes they are at each others throats until only one remains standing.

Once the tension has beed released all the air seems to go out of the film leaving you flaccid, limp and annoyed.I would have loved to have seen them get away with it and then face the investagation that would have occured afterwards and see their charcters deal with the consequences. In a way that would increase and release tsnion gradually over a period of time ratrher than one big let down of tesnion. Infortauntley there is not enough air to sustain it for the next 70 minutes and so the film plays itself out.
Those 70 or so minutes could have put the whole thing into a 30 minute tales of the unexpected time slot and I could have saved myself some time.
So for that reason I didn't like it.

Jeepers Creepers 2 [DVD] [2003]
Jeepers Creepers 2 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Breck
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.98

2.0 out of 5 stars The boys on the bus go round and round, 10 Feb. 2012
After being throroughly entertained by the first Jeepers Creepers I was very much looing forward to seeing the sequel Jeepers Creepers 2 and learning more about the Creeper. I did learn more about the Creeper but it wasn't the creature on the screen that was more frightening than that of the director Victor Salva.
I had high hopes for Jeepers Creepers 2 since I found the first film insightful, scary, funny and surreal and it intrdouced a wonderfully arcane , seemingly indestructable and brutal creature who hunts down prey through smell. Once it has the smell it will not stop and will hunt it's victim down relentlessly.
In this film though there are victims galore and they are all atheletic young males. The High School football team is stuck on a bus in the middle of nowewhere and for the next 90minutes they are under attack by the Creeper who has them in his nasal sights and won't let them or us go.

I wondered why with the success of the first film any film would ever want to be set on a bus (surely the Big Bus proved that and at least in Speed the bus moved) here like the plot it's stock still. As I researched the film and the director Victor Salva I found that the creeper and seemed to have more in common with the director than I had realised.

I found that before getting into film Victor Salva was a convicted child molestor and with this in mind the creeper seems to have more in common with the director than perhaps I had realised. Pubescent youth sweat and scream as they are attacked by this flying creeper and once you know the directors background it's hard not to see this as this film as his own kind of personal titilation.


Hidden (cache) [DVD]
Hidden (cache) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Auteuil
Price: £6.99

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hidden I wish it was, 10 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Hidden (cache) [DVD] (DVD)
The nightmare of all is that which is most hidden. Since the fear comes from what we cannot see we allow oursleves to give meaning to the meaningless and form to the formless. Fear comes from our own paranoia and the inability to give it form or to act builds our frustration culminating in rage. Such is one of the many hiiden ways at looking at this film.
Daniel Auteil and the lovely Juliet Binoche play lovely Middle class people in harmless Middle class lives until mysterious videos arrive on there doortsep filmed from innocus points of view eg. a static shot of their house and forcing them into a plethra of paranoid thoughts and activities as to who or what could be behind it all. The meaning is Hidden you see.

SO begins 2 hours of atmosphere. As Michael Haneke writes and directs them and us through the pitfalls of paranoia, and investigation and dinner table conversation and suspicion as to what it all could mean. But it's hidden you see.

What's great about this is the atmosphere of menance and mistrust that is created not just in the charcters but also in the audience as you wait to see how this all could resolove. What's bad , in my mind at least abou ti is that it doesn't reslove. It just goes on and on building up the tension and atmosphere very effectively but without releasing it. So that at the end you are left very frustrutaed and bewilderd and utterly hating Haneke for putting me into this situation and then not allowing any release. The state of this was rtather like a prostitute garnering your interste until fully aroused and thenj walking off and leaving you in the middel of the street after taking your money.

Haneke films I have since found out are brilliant at unresolved endings. Great at establishing atmosphere and giving you interestiung charcyers but terrible at endings. So if you like long ponderous problems amnd developing situations which are left to an ambiguous end. And you enjoy the frutarion of not knowing. If you enjoyed the way you felt after wtaching the last episode of the CAncelled Deadwood serries. If you enjoy not knowing. Then this film would be worth a look. If howerver you like endings and summings up and conclusions. This movie will leave you ultimately frustrated and wishing that the only thing Hidden were Hanekes pena and paper and his access to a movie camera

Godzilla: King of the Monsters [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Godzilla: King of the Monsters [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £57.95

4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars godzilla king of the monsters review, 18 Aug. 2008
Godzilla King of thge monsters hould be re enitiled king of the recuts since this American version is just a recut version of the Japanese original with an added cast member to make it more palatable for American viewers.
Big man, Raymond Burr plays pipe smoking reporter Steve Martin ( a small link to the wild and crazy funnyman re "Dead men don't wear plaid" )who stops off in Tokyo to puruse some hunch and ends up hunting down a creature known as Godzilla.
The problem with this film is that it isn't so much a film as much as a collection of footage from the orignal Japanese Gojira cobbled together together with a voice over and scenes of Raymond trying to figure out the mystery of the monster and therien lies the problem. Since it is impossible to look at this film without being reminded in some way of the Japanense original. Imagine Star Wars recut in a way that it is seen through the eyes of Jar jar bing or imagine footage of the Godfather being used to bulk out a feature length movie which stars a character that is supposed to be connected to that original movie but in no way is and you have what is Godzilla King of the monsters.
This style of film is probably most successful when played as a comedy. As evidence I offer up Woody allens "What's up tiger Lilly" and Steve Martins "Dead men don't wear plaid" in which the lead characters cut either themsleves or a voiceover into an already made film to achieve comic effect. But when tried to do seriously this creates more of an Ed Wood or " they stole hitlers brain" effect.Silly and stupid.
At it's best this movie could be considered inventive and creative at it's worst. It's poxy.

The New American Splendor Anthology: From Off the Streets of Cleveland
The New American Splendor Anthology: From Off the Streets of Cleveland
by Harvey Pekar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's real so read it., 2 April 2007
Well you can't go wrong with this.

This is a new collection of the same stories that Harvey Pekars been pedalling for years. Pekar was the first on the reality comic scene. During the late seventies main stream comics were still dealing with adventures and superheroes. Each tale that appeared in DC or marvel comics had a hero, usually gifted with some power or secret or something. Pekar was the first non hero to put himself into the frame and write about himself and the adventure of modern living. namely the mundaneness of it all. and pointed out that modern life isn't as thrilling as it's cracked up to be. In fact in some cases it's just a guy waiting for something to happen. His comics are not the fantasy of childhood but become the literature of adulthood. His stories read like Sam Becket or Brecht in that they look at life in all it's social forms and address the absurdity of it. Anyway these are some the most popular stories from his comic "American Splendour" republished here. if you really get into it you should pick up some more of his anthologies and see the film too it'll do you good.

Year Of The Dragon [DVD]
Year Of The Dragon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mickey Rourke

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Special fried Rice or Hong Kong Duck ?, 2 April 2007
This review is from: Year Of The Dragon [DVD] (DVD)
This is either a spicy flawed classic or an over boiled turkey. True it does have some great set pieces. The tasty shoot-out in the shanghai restaurant and the final bridge shoot-out scene is especially good well lit and designed. But between these tasty appetizers are some bloated main courses.

If any film illustrates why not to cast models in lead roles it's this one. Yes they look good but too much leaves you unsatisfied. Such is the case with the model playing investigative reporter Tracey Lo. She looks good but she can't act for air. Still she does get naked a few times so it all balances out in the end.

Despite this Rourke is at his fist thumping, table banging anti establishment, it's me against the world best. Even though he does play a Polish racist cop whose character is thouroughly unlike able throughout the film he does it very well. He's almost a natural. And in these P.C times it's good to see a character so rotten. It's just a shame that he's the protaganist. It really doesn't give us anyone to lay our sympathies with except the bad guys. Those Triads seem like nice old business guys compared with the lunatic that is Captain Stanley white. And John Lone is excellent. Kind of like an Asian Dirk Bogarde. Camp and ruthless.

With a script by Oliver Stone and directed by Michael Cimmino and produced by Dino De Laurentis in 1985 I guess it couldn't be anything but overblown.

Mazes & Monsters [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Mazes & Monsters [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £31.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hanks goes Whacko in a Dungeons and dragons scenario, 17 April 2006
This made for TV movie is based on the book of the same name. I guess it was made to cash in on the Dungeons and Dragons role playing games that were popular at the time. In this TVM the game that entraps the characters is called Mazes and Monsters. The film plays on Americas paraonia at that time that A grade students were losing their minds and abandoning their studies to go off on mythical quests and never return. Cos apparently if you play a game where you pretend to be someone else pretty soon you are that person. Like, if you pull a face and the wind changes you're stuck with it. It's true. Anyway, that's what happens to young Tommy Hanks. Ok his parents are having marital difficulties and there is his brothers recent suicide. But Tommy is a comitted Level 9 Mazes and Monsters player but to get to level 10 he has to give up drink , drugs and sex. And he's at college. Ouch that's one serious player. He goes right out the College front door, leaves his girl and his friends and goes on a mythical quest to find his dead brother.

Still the creature FX are marvellous given the budget and young Tommy Hanks is great as a nutter who trips into the game and has difficulty getting out of it.
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City Of The Living Dead [DVD] [1981]
City Of The Living Dead [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ Christopher George

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More info for Gorehounds, 22 Mar. 2006
Read Sven's review of Fulci's "City of living dead" and thought i'd drop a line.
I too am a horror fan (there's just not enough of us) and remember when I saw return of the living dead and dawn of the dead at a late night double bill. From then on I wanted to watch every horror zo,mbie flick I could.
Other horror directors filmographies you should check out are
Mario Bava
Dario Argenta
David Cronnenberg
John Carpenter
There are also a few good books on the subject
Splatter movies by John macrthy is quite a useful reference book
Zombies ate pittsburgh by george Romero all about his dead trilogy
Zombie Cinema is another good one traces the rise of the zombie genre.

The Damage Done: Twelve Years Of Hell In A Bangkok Prison
The Damage Done: Twelve Years Of Hell In A Bangkok Prison
by W Fellows
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget Archer, 10 Mar. 2005
This story unveils the real terror and tragedy behind spending time inside a 3rd world prison. Not just stories of food past its sell by date or terrrible entertinment programs or feeling a bit sorry for yourself by a middle class englishman. This book let's you know that crime may pay when your out but once your on the inside you're in debt. Killer rats, mans inhumanity to man, sadness joy and humour this book has the lot

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