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Shaun of the Dead [DVD] [2004]
Shaun of the Dead [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Simon Pegg
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £2.78

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hand down, the best film ever made of its genre, 19 April 2008
SHAUN OF THE DEAD is a revelation. It's funny and creepy and witty and innovative. It also proves it doesn't take a big budget to create a masterpiece. The jokes are never obvious, but always funny... laugh out loud funny... and the gore isn't intended as a replacement for plot (as it is in so many horror films).

There is simply nothing bad about SOTD... it can't be improved upon. I've seen it dozens of times now and find something new to appreciate each time. Definitely in my top-ten favorite films of all time.

It is, hands down, the best film ever made of its genre.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [DVD]
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bill Murray
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.49

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute treat to watch, 27 Mar. 2008
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou offers so many things... humor, intelligence, amazing technical detailing, incredible soundtrack, stellar acting, and a profound sense of melancholy that settles around you like an old, comfortable blanket. There just aren't enough adjectives to describe how superlative Bill Murray is in the title role of Steve Zissou. The entire cast, in fact, is pitch-perfect.

Zissou is a self-involved, emotionally needy explorer who witnesses his lifelong friend, Esteban, being eaten by a killer 'jaguar' shark (a creature that may - or may not - exist) during the filming of a deep-sea documentary. Assembling a crew, Zissou takes to the sea to seek vengeance.

His rag-tag group of misfits include a man who may (or may not) be his son, a topless female intern, his heiress wife, her far more successful ex-husband, a hopelessly devoted German engineer, an unimpressed journalist, and a Portuguese safety expert with a penchant for crooning David Bowie tunes in his native tongue. They're all integral to the film and each actor delivers his part with deadpan accuracy.

Director Wes Anderson weaves a beautifully eccentric tale... one that's an absolute treat to watch. My favorite film of all time.

The Darjeeling Limited [DVD] [2007]
The Darjeeling Limited [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Owen Wilson
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £4.35

26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a trippy good time, 27 Mar. 2008
It's almost guaranteed with a Wes Anderson film that you're in for a trippy good time, with more than a little melancholy to take the edge off. The Darjeeling Limited is no different. Three brothers (two reluctantly) set out on a journey of spiritual cleansing and sibling bonding as they travel through India.

The brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody & Jason Schwartzman) are still struggling with their father's untimely death a year prior and the subsequent emotional upheaval it left in its wake. Peter (Brody) is quiet and brooding, with a penchant for wearing his dead father's glasses, watch, you name it. Jack (Schwartzman), a writer, seems to be stuck writing the day of their father's funeral over & over again. And Francis (Wilson), the ringleader, is a total control freak who might, or might not, have driven his motorcycle into a mountain in a failed suicide attempt.

Sounds heavy, doesn't it?

Ah, but this is Wes Anderson. Where normally there would be Kramer Vs. Kramer melodrama, Anderson delivers something unbelievably funny and sublime. This is his calling card. And while some would say he's becoming something of a one-trick pony, I'd point out that many great directors pick a genre and stick with what they know; Hitchcock, Tarantino and Burton all come to mind.

While Wes Anderson films aren't for everyone - fans of fast-paced action will view his work as a form of slow torture, those who do get him are in for a treat. The Darjeeling Limited, with its tribute to the absurdity of the human condition, is just excellent.

New Rules
New Rules
by Bill Maher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.08

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 12 Mar. 2008
This review is from: New Rules (Paperback)
Any fan of Real Time with Bill Maher will tell you they wait with baited breath for the 'new rules' segment which closes each show. Witty, catty and topical... New Rules takes no prisoners; political or pop culture, Maher delivers each 'rule' with the acerbic wit we've come to know and love.

I Am Legend [DVD] [2007]
I Am Legend [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Will Smith
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.74

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half brilliant / Half formulaic, 4 Mar. 2008
This review is from: I Am Legend [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The first half of this film is an absolute marvel. Robert Neville (played to perfection by Will Smith) exudes a deep, gut-wrenching sadness that's hypnotic. He's a man who's witnessed the end of the world and lived to tell the tale. Through flashbacks we see what's happened - a vaccine thought to cure cancer has instead unleashed on mankind something that could only be akin to rabies on crack.

Neville struggles to maintain his sanity with strict routines and the hope that somewhere out there are other survivors. As part of the team responsible for creating the vaccine, he also works tirelessly trying to find a cure... his only companion the family dog.

This part is inspired.

Then there's the second half of the film. Around the time we see our first 'monster', I Am Legend has officially jumped the shark. From this point forward it feels like a second rate horror flick - I found myself shifting uncomfortably in my seat and waiting for it to end.

Sadly, had the second half lived up to the promise of the first; Will Smith would have been well deserving of a best actor award.

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