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Non-Stop [DVD] [2014]
Non-Stop [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Liam Neeson
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Derring-do at 30,000 feet, 8 July 2014
This review is from: Non-Stop [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I have no complaints about this film. You know it's going to be an action-packed Hollywood blockbuster and it doesn't disappoint in this respect. No, this isn't King Lear or Othello, this is an edge-of-your-seat movie with a preposterous storyline, some hammy acting, but plenty of tension.

The film flew along at a hefty pace and I was intrigued to see how it would all work out. Neeson is quite watchable.

Terrific flat-lining entertainment to wile away an otherwise dull evening.

Nebraska [DVD]
Nebraska [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Dern
Price: £9.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming, 15 May 2014
This review is from: Nebraska [DVD] (DVD)
I just loved this sweet film about early dementia, family dynamics and the 'other' side of America that Hollywood and the TV networks are too afraid to show.

My only beef was the decision to shoot it in black and white. I 'Greyhounded' through Nebraska in 1977 (one of the 20 States that I passed through on a bus) and Nebraska was by far one of the most attractive scenically. The film didn't show this side of the state which is a pity and the decision to make it in B&W was I think an over-artistic mistake.

That said, the story is top drawer with a son discovering his slightly demented father for the first time during a road trip.

Highly recommended.

Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 10 Mar 2014
This review is from: Prisoners (Amazon Instant Video)
Prisoners is likely to become close to the best film of 2014.

It's a tricky subject (child abduction) which can leave the viewer a bit uncertain whether this should be entertainment. However, we are blessed with some of the best acting Hollywood can offer and a story that, albeit challenging, is mesmerising.

You can tell the difference between well directed films and the Hollywood bubble-gum dross that we have to put up with so often by the subtle use of the film soundtrack. It's a give away really.

Every actor delivers and the pace of the film is excellent. There are so many subtleties and if one can cope with the subject matter, this should rank as highly recommended viewing.

White House Down [DVD] [2013]
White House Down [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Channing Tatum
Price: £5.90

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Beyond Belief (BBB), 10 Mar 2014
When I rented this movie I had expected it to be a third rate Die Hard clone. OK, so what? I thought it would make for some good flat-lining entertainment. What I didn't expect was such a load of tosh.

A wooden, contrived script written for an American adolescent audience, tedious shoot-em ups and a storyline so full of holes that it looks like a string vest.

What on earth are Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal doing featuring in this farce?

For the birds.

The World's End [DVD]
The World's End [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simon Pegg
Price: £7.00

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear me!, 22 Jan 2014
This review is from: The World's End [DVD] (DVD)
Goodness knows why I rented this film. Perhaps because I admire Simon Pegg as a comedian. However the film is terrible. Truly terrible.

The script is awful beyond belief and surely the robotic zombie theme has already been done better before.

A real turkey. Come on Pegg - step up a gear please.
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa [DVD]
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Coogan
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly amusing, 10 Jan 2014
As another reviewer rightly states, the Alan Partridge in this movie does not look like the Alan Partridge of the TV series and that is a bit distracting.

I also felt that the script was a bit hectic with far too many weak gags. Yes, it was very funny once in a while but TV comedy shows seldom seem to take to the big screen and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is no exception to this.

As it happens my wife laughed raucously all through the movie, so at least one of us found it hilarious.

World War Z [DVD]
World War Z [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zombie fest, 24 Nov 2013
This review is from: World War Z [DVD] (DVD)
You either like zombie films or you don't. A bit like marmite. I don't normally (which makes me wonder why I rented the movie), but that said I have to give credit where its due for some good visual effects. And it makes for good flat-lining entertainment, especially if you like Brad Pitt.

Actually the zombies were rather good. And if you don't believe they exist in real life, then spend a weekend in Rhyl.

I just love the exotic locations featured in the film (N.B. spoiler alert): Philadelphia, South Korea, Jerusalem and ... er... Cardiff.

Well why not boyos? If you're going to make a film about the living dead, why not come to my country? (er, that's enough... Ed).

Rebellion [DVD]
Rebellion [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mathieu Kassovitz
Price: £7.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting account of political folly, 3 Oct 2013
This review is from: Rebellion [DVD] (DVD)
I know very little about New Caledonia but it seems the French own it and didn't take kindly to some locals demanding independence back in 1988. When a local group of insurgents seize some French gendarmes a negotiator is sent from Paris to try and obtain their release. The negotiations seems to be going well until political shenanigans in Paris gets in the way and things start to unravel.

It is an interesting historical film. Not exactly gripping, but beautifully filmed and the acting is good. However this film is more about gung-ho militarism and politics than anything else, which is perhaps not to everybody's taste.

As a sort of fly on the wall docu-drama it does have a few tense scenes but it has a slow narrative and you really have to have an interest in the subject matter to get anything out of the film.

A Hijacking (Kapringen) [DVD]
A Hijacking (Kapringen) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Pilou Asbęk
Price: £5.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent film-making at its best, 28 Sep 2013
Other reviewers have explained the premise and plot of this riveting hijack movie and you may be relieved to know it does not feature Bruce Willis or Steven Seagal. This is a docu-drama, brilliantly scripted and beautifully acted by the entire cast.

The negotiation scenes are a real eye opener into the world of sea hijacks and corporate responsibility. Meanwhile the tension on the ship jacks up with every scene. The restrained use of the film score adds to the brilliance of the film. You really feel that you are there with the crew on that ship.

Highly rated for people who don't need wham, bang, wallop in every scene.

Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Price: £5.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's Casey Ryback when you need him?, 18 Sep 2013
As another reviewer intimated, this should really have been Under Siege:3 with Steven Seagal in the main role. I think if they had featured Seagal it would have been a better film. Butler didn't do it for me. OK, Mr Seagal is getting on and may not be as agile these days, but he would have made the main character a lot more interesting.

Oh, my goodness the story is a compete rip off of Under Siege. I thought it was pretty trite - nothing original about it. The violence is unnecessarily OTT and the script was diabolical at times.

OK, good set pieces and lots of action, but come on everybody - we've seen this all before.

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