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Lovely Molly [DVD]
Lovely Molly [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eduardo Sanchez
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like it's trailer, 25 April 2013
This review is from: Lovely Molly [DVD] (DVD)
Firstly Lovely Molly is a first rate attempt at bringing the horrors of traumatic events into a mainstream audience but using the themes used often in regular chillers and for the most part avoids the usual tropes set by some of its predecessors that go in for this creepy atmospheric stuff. Paranormal Activity this is not, even if the trailer is slightly misleading. It is a beguiling often disturbing film that has a rather brilliant central performance.
The movie, a little like the recent Berbarian Sound Studio, focuses on the atmosphere and in particular the use of sounds and interesting audio assisted along the way by a foreboding score by the prog rock band Tortoise. These sound effects often become too shocking to handle, but director Sanchez wants more and adds in rumblings of deep, dark noise to crank up the hostility.
the movie at times tries to add a little too much to see what sticks and what doesn't but despite it flaws , kudos must be given to Gretchen Lodge, who performs masterly as Molly throughout, and keeps the film knitted neatly together. In only her second film, Lodge brings tenderness and humility to Molly, as she struggles, quite literally, with her demons. A little like Martyrs but less graphic and profound.

The Hunt (Jagten) [DVD]
The Hunt (Jagten) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mads Mikkelsen
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Mads, 25 April 2013
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This review is from: The Hunt (Jagten) [DVD] (DVD)
Thoroughly decent dramatic thriller that purposefully leaves a sour taste in the mouth with its frank accusations of child abuse and a tale of dealing with suspicion is masterfully brought to the screen.
The narrative perhaps raises too many unanswered questions and there are some sluggish moments but as usual the Scandinavians know how to write and direct a gripping intelligent movie and what The Hunt does quite cleverly is explore the nature of how mob mentality gestates and spreads like a disease. A flawed but intense study of paranoia and mass bullying and Mikklesen really is exceptional.
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Welcome to the Punch [DVD]
Welcome to the Punch [DVD]
Dvd ~ James McAvoy

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The British Actioner!, 25 April 2013
This review is from: Welcome to the Punch [DVD] (DVD)
When all the powerhouses amalgamate together in the last half hour the inconsistencies and contrivances in the plot before it are somewhat forgiven as this is stylish, ambitious stuff with some cracking action and a contender for scene of the year which, without giving too much away, contains slow-mo bullets and grannies!
Its all very familiar and even though each and every shot is refreshingly cinematic for a London-based movie, the set-up here is one that has been conventional fare in Hollywood for decades: two men on opposite sides of the law forming a mutual respect for each other. But as the story unravels into an intriguing spectacle, this film becomes more than just a typical catch-me-if-you-can actioner.
Strong is on top form in particular and although some may argue this isn't as good as it thinks it is, it is a remarkable effort for an 'action cop thriller made in the U.K.' and it Gets better as it zips along although with no real substance. Think The Bill meets Infernal Affairs/The Departed and your somewhere close. The saying 'great Saturday night entertainment' is branded about far too often but this would be right up there as a prime example
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Premium Rush (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Premium Rush (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Dvd ~ Jamie Chung
Price: £2.50

2.0 out of 5 stars No brakes..No script, 22 April 2013
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Is it disrespectful to acknowledge the fact a 2 year old child could have written a better script. This so called bicycle thriller is lame but harmless hammy fun with some unintentional hilarity thrown in. All sense of dread and palpitation is left for dead with the addition of preemptive graphics which hinder the flow of the film rather than keep it fresh and some god awful inept music. Saved only by Levitt's engaging, slightly loveable rogue(bratt maybe?) and Michael Shannons bad guy which is easily the best part of Premium Rush, who hams up his usual psycho to fit the campy personality of the material.

All Good Things [DVD]
All Good Things [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ryan Gosling
Price: £3.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All Poor Things, 13 April 2013
This review is from: All Good Things [DVD] (DVD)
Even a sprinkling of 'good things' might not have saved this lackluster, ill-conceived mess of a movie with ridiculous mental illness undertones attached.
The best thing All Good Things has going for it is simply the acting. Gosling is as reliable as he normally is, although he stumbles to convey the same level of emotional intensity as he does in his other big 2010 role in BLUE VALENTINE. Even so, there's no chance of him hijacking scenes from Kirsten Dunst. I've never been a enormous fan of Dunst's work, but she entices here -- and I'm not just saying that because she has a lengthy, superfluous nude scene. The trajectory of her character arc is about the only aspect that the script does well, and her performance makes it entirely believable even if it's often emotionally wrecking.
The editing is appalling and the timescale of the film yoyos around as much as the tone and atmosphere of the film, its extremely schizophrenic in nature. When it comes to David's(Gosling) transition from normal to disturbed, it happens a bit too suddenly and takes the viewer off guard. We never really know why he suddenly snaps and becomes the way he does and it's fairly infuriating. It gives the film a bit of a stilted, cold feel and we kind of feel gullible that the movie has duped us into thinking that these things 'just happen'. Why out of no where does he go from this nice guy to disturbed and violent? It's choppy and clumsy and it does flaw the movie.

Sightseers [DVD] [2012]
Sightseers [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Alice Lowe
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £4.95

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If the caravan's a rockin', don't come a knockin, 3 April 2013
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This review is from: Sightseers [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
This entertaining tongue-in-cheek little romp is based on the screenplay written by head actors Steve Oram and Alice Lowe. Just months into their new and somewhat bizarre relationship, Chris (Steve Oram) decides to take his timid girlfriend, Tina (Alice Lowe), on a caravan holiday; however, things take a very black turn quickly, giving a whole new meaning to cross-country vacation.. It is fitting that they play their roles so naturally and harmoniously that it is almost believable.
Unorthodox people maybe, but the jury is always out as to the motives behind the mayhem, though the film plays its hand accordingly just when you start feeling sympathy for our leads. Come the last 20 minutes its clear we really shouldn't find any of this at all funny and meaningful and yet strangely it is in essence a tragic love story. I mean think Natural Born Killers meets When Harry met Sally with Carry on Camping thrown in and your almost there. But it is produced and acted with such assurance and comic timing.
Director Ben Wheatley is a man who has a bold, ingenious vision and exuberant intrepidness. If it wasn't already proven with `Down Terrace' and `Kill List' there are no clear boundaries to his approach to filmmaking. Forget the over hyped Danny Boyle for a second, Wheatley means business! Its not flawless but if you are in the mood for a twisted laugh be sure to check this fine piece of British cinema out.

Berberian Sound Studio [DVD]
Berberian Sound Studio [DVD]
Dvd ~ Toby Jones
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £6.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Retro Horror thats more about the audio, 9 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Berberian Sound Studio [DVD] (DVD)
A technical enticement, and very well acted, Berberian Sound Studio does misconceive slightly in terms of narrative. The first two thirds work hard to establish an atmosphere dripping with friction and ambiguity, before things get a little too surreal in the final scenario. Getting borderline confusing in its later stages, the film presents itself as a mystery well enough without introducing some of the weirder components.
The superior sound mixing and details about how sound behaves in the film world is definitely the most fascinating part of the movie though, its just a pity it all hangs off this arty-farty atmosphere and repetitive narrative. Oh and Jones is a real treasure elevating anything he is in however small his with his bag of audible delights, he is the star.

Mama [DVD]
Mama [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jessica Chastain
Price: £5.00

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mama...well its better than Sinister, 6 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Mama [DVD] (DVD)
Overall Mama is just another style over substance horror film that will have you quivering with mortified laughter far more often than it will have you leaping out of your seat.
Like many run of the mill horror films Mama falls prey to several common horror gaffes, namely lack of logical thinking and showing the audience too much. Surely these young girls were far too mentally disturbed in the first place to suddenly be adopted. The supernatural element comes about too quickly too. Despite a finale which does well to wrap up all the dull, overly familiar elements within, Mama probably just needed more of the graceful and creative touch of Del Toro. Better than some horrors but Asia did all this so much more effectively just over a decade ago.

The Impossible [DVD] [2013]
The Impossible [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Price: £3.00

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tidal-wave of Syrup, 3 Mar. 2013
This review is from: The Impossible [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
The irritation with The Impossible isn't the sense of great tragedy, as this is displayed in some crazy tsunami scenes and horror film-like symbolism and imagery, but in the aspect of extremely sentimental, predictable and syrupy performances and contrivances that do not come off the page well enough to be truly engaging. Better actors, well o.k. someone other than Ewan might have faired better but the dialogue and script isn't harrowing enough with too many cringe moments.
I am sounding cold and cynical, fundamentally the film works, with the kids doing their hardest to maintain some interest and affection but it could have been much improved and more powerful than it is despite some neat directorial flourishes. In fact i haven't been this frustrated by a film for a while so i will stop now so you can make your own mind up. Its not hard to enjoy..but maybe thats the main dilemma.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [DVD] [2007]
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cowardly Cowboy, 3 Mar. 2013
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Even if the narrative is all over the shop at times, especially as we pass the hour mark, this is a poetic, elegiac, moody pseudo-western with wonderful performances, beautiful dialogue and some captivating camera work by the one and only Roger Deakins.
Andrew Dominik cant help dragging out scenes like he has with his latest Killing Them Softly but his vision and cathartic approach to the story always over-rides any longing of nodding off.
The overriding contemporary aspect of the film is the misjudgment and shallowness of celebrity status, as was the case with Jesse James. The real person within is not the person that the public considers him to be. Which makes the ending even more bittersweet and strangely ironic.
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