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The Eyes Of Laura Mars [DVD]
The Eyes Of Laura Mars [DVD]
Dvd ~ Faye Dunaway

3.0 out of 5 stars Disco De Palma from the director of Robocop 2...., 27 April 2016
This review is from: The Eyes Of Laura Mars [DVD] (DVD)
It's really refreshing to see an actor play against type for a role. To see one of the biggest stars of the nineties play an abhorrent piece of work for the most part of the film certainly brings something refreshing to a hackneyed old terrorist wants a computer hard drive for world domination trope that has been around longer than the star himself...

Sociopathic death-row inmate Jerico Stewart is implanted with the memories of a deceased CIA agent, in a desperate attempt to thwart a deadly plot involving a Dutch hacker, known as......wait for it......The Dutchman.

At the same time, Jerico reconnects with his own humanity as he bonds with the late agent's family......

The film, in my opinion, has been unfairly dismissed by critics and thus has been avoided by audiences, because when you think about it, if the film had been made 22 years ago, and starred the majority of the same cast, it would have been one of the biggest films of the year, and I believe it would have been well received.

Costner here is wonderfully over the top, sneering and causing havoc with whatever he does, he goes to get a coffee and breaks someones nose, and in the funniest scene of the film, where he goes to get a kebab, and somebody literally says to him 'that's bang out of order' (the makers are as subtle as a sledgehammer the way they portray the locals).

Costner may have portrayed a bad guy in 3000 Miles To Graceland, but here, he's pretty much channelling his character from A Perfect World, except to craziness is turned up to 11.

Oldman is in it just to shout and swear a lot, and although he's a great screen presence, he's wasted in this. As is Jones, Eve, Adkins, and Gadot.

Reynolds has a wonderful cameo at the beginning of the film, and to be fair, it's the best mind swap film he's ever been in (two and counting).

Add some much needed humour, to sweeten the clichés and the predictable narrative, Criminal is a fun film, with decent action, disregard for the British emergency services, and if you look at it another way, one of the strangest DC/Marvel universe mash ups you could ever wish for.

Two Face puts Deadpools mind into Jonathan Kent, Kent gets told off by commissioner Gordon a lot, and proceeds to stalk Wonder Woman.

Now thats a fun film, much like this one


Criminal [Blu-ray] [2016]
Criminal [Blu-ray] [2016]
Dvd ~ Ryan Reynolds
Price: £15.00

4.0 out of 5 stars It's the J.F.K. official 21 year reunion......., 27 April 2016
It's really refreshing to see an actor play against type for a role. To see one of the biggest stars of the nineties play an abhorrent piece of work for the most part of the film certainly brings something refreshing to a hackneyed old terrorist wants a computer hard drive for world domination trope that has been around longer than the star himself...

Sociopathic death-row inmate Jerico Stewart is implanted with the memories of a deceased CIA agent, in a desperate attempt to thwart a deadly plot involving a Dutch hacker, known as......wait for it......The Dutchman.

At the same time, Jerico reconnects with his own humanity as he bonds with the late agent's family......

The film, in my opinion, has been unfairly dismissed by critics and thus has been avoided by audiences, because when you think about it, if the film had been made 22 years ago, and starred the majority of the same cast, it would have been one of the biggest films of the year, and I believe it would have been well received.

Costner here is wonderfully over the top, sneering and causing havoc with whatever he does, he goes to get a coffee and breaks someones nose, and in the funniest scene of the film, where he goes to get a kebab, and somebody literally says to him 'that's bang out of order' (the makers are as subtle as a sledgehammer the way they portray the locals).

Costner may have portrayed a bad guy in 3000 Miles To Graceland, but here, he's pretty much channelling his character from A Perfect World, except to craziness is turned up to 11.

Oldman is in it just to shout and swear a lot, and although he's a great screen presence, he's wasted in this. As is Jones, Eve, Adkins, and Gadot.

Reynolds has a wonderful cameo at the beginning of the film, and to be fair, it's the best mind swap film he's ever been in (two and counting).

Add some much needed humour, to sweeten the clichés and the predictable narrative, Criminal is a fun film, with decent action, disregard for the British emergency services, and if you look at it another way, one of the strangest DC/Marvel universe mash ups you could ever wish for.

Two Face puts Deadpools mind into Jonathan Kent, Kent gets told off by commissioner Gordon a lot, and proceeds to stalk Wonder Woman.

Now thats a fun film, much like this one


Spider [DVD] (2002)
Spider [DVD] (2002)
Dvd ~ Ralph Fiennes
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I had a cat called Bill once......, 27 April 2016
This review is from: Spider [DVD] (2002) (DVD)
For a Cronenberg film, it's a very different path the director has taken, it's probably one of the most narratively straight forward films he has made during his illustrious career.

You could view it as Cronenberg does a Kitchen Sink Drama, or the most depressing episode of Mr. Bean you could ever wish not to see. But the last comment would be totally unfair on Feinnes, because he puts in wonderful, almost muted performance as the titular character.

The past is most definitely the most interesting part of the film, as the story centres on Dennis's dad, played wonderfully by Byrne. Fiennes may put in a wonderful performance, but Mr. Clegg is most certainly the most interesting, fleshed out character in the film, and sometimes it feel like Spider is only featured in the film so we can follow Mr. Cleggs arc feasibly.

Mr. Clegg is sadly facing midlife crisis, slowly coming to the understanding that this is his life, and this is how it's going to be for a very long time, so he begins an extra marital affair with what appears to be a doppelganger of his wife, played brilliantly by Richardson.

And this is where the film gets interesting as we begin to realise that What's affected spider is something that he saw from his bedroom window, something that all children dread to see, Their parents being amorous toward each other.

This is where the film asks the question, Is Mr. Clegg having an affair, or are the couple simply spicing up their personal life, and the scene at the allotment is nothing more than a metaphor for saying goodbye to the old life.

But obviously Spider's fragile mind id seeing it from the former perspective, and his mother is no longer the innocent angel he once saw her as, but as a totally different person, thanks to that few seconds when he saw her with his dad.

It's very Freudian in it's nature, and it does take a lot of patience, but Cronenberg has made a wonderfully subtle film.


Among The Living [DVD]
Among The Living [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anne Marivin
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I don't have a clown...., 30 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Among The Living [DVD] (DVD)
I was pretty weary about seeing this, I've never seen Inside, I've heard it's very good, but the content does seem very disturbing, almost too disturbing for its own good, so having a cameo from Béatrice Dalle during the opening only reminded me of that films content.

But I shouldn't have been so judgemental on something that I have yet to see, because if it's anything like this film, it's going to be something else.

To describe this film in a sentence could be 'Rob Zombie does Stand By Me', but that's only the first twenty or so minutes. The three boys bump into The Devils Rejects type family who are atypical in every Cannibal/Texas Chainsaw/Nuclear Fallout type horror film, so this could have been just your normal stalk and slash movie.

But then a little conversation about soft toys in one of the boys bedrooms turns the film into one of the most chilling horrors of recent years, and the fact that it doesn't go down the Blumhouse road of Quiet............Quiet...............Quiet..............Bang!!!!!! way to cattle prod your audience into jumping is quite unique theses days, it's the atmosphere and the setting up of each individual house siege that makes the film as scary as it is.

The only hing that really let's the film down is the revealing of one of the stalkers as some kind of androgynous being, almost alien like, that takes away the reality of the horror that is unfolding.

If it were a normal person, rather than what is unveiled, the film would have had a more effective ending rather then the fantasy it turns into.

So all in all, it is a really effective horror come house invasion movie, but one if the characters makes it less plausible.


Shoot 'em Up [Blu-ray]
Shoot 'em Up [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Clive Owen
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £6.28

3.0 out of 5 stars Talk about shooting your load....., 30 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Shoot 'em Up [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Just to warn the many viewers who potentially want to see this because of its quite prolific cast, the film has no point whatsoever to it, it just consists of Clive Owen shooting lots of people to a quite good song, ending the set piece with a ridiculous one liner, and moving on to the next set piece.

And this is literally for the whole film, and it's a riot if you can stomach the absurdity of it all.

Was it made to Broccoli that Owen would have been an amazing Bond? Perhaps. Was it made because they wanted the film to continue as a franchise on a games console? It's plausible.

Because each set piece gets more absurd as the film goes on, like a level in a FPS, and there are always two prominent characters in each level, our hero, and the scene chewing antagonist, played wonderfully over the top by Giamatti.

All the cast are good, but to be honest, anyone could have been in this film, and it would have been just as good, because Owen doesn't really have to try hard, and any seasoned character actor could do an over the top scene chewing role............most have.

It's nothing more than ninety minutes of action, with stupid Basil Exposition in-between set pieces.

What else would you want from a film called Shoot 'Em Up??


The Fugitive [Blu-ray] [1993] [Region Free]
The Fugitive [Blu-ray] [1993] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Harrison Ford
Price: £8.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Made when people went to see the film because of it's star..., 30 Mar. 2016
As my summary says, this was made when Star power was one of the main reasons why films made so much money, and ironically, this was released the same year that Last Action Hero flopped, starring Schwarzenegger, easily the most bankable star in Hollywood at that time.

Along with Cruise, Hanks, Gibson, Stallone, and Costner, Ford was among those actors who's name above a film title would guarantee a huge revenue at the box office, and this was one of Fords last film that was huge because he was in it.

It also helps that it's thrilling from beginning to end, and for a remake of a TV series, it's pretty intelligent and doesn't spoon feed the audience with all the Basil Exposition we are 'treated' to now.

But what really stands out is the change of mood when the film flits from Kimble's quest to Gerard's. It's almost like the film has two different narratives, and the tones of these narratives are much different.

Kimble's is cold, dangerous, and untrusting, while the Marshals quest is honestly downright hilarious at times. And when these narratives merge, it's unmissable, especially the now legendary dam scene.

Ford gives a really humanistic, vulnerable performance, and there are times when you really feel sorry for the man, one minute, he has everything he could wish for, the next, he's stealing food from an almost comatose patient.

A true classic, one of Fords greatest performances.


Code Name: Wild Geese (Region 2) (import)
Code Name: Wild Geese (Region 2) (import)
Dvd ~ Lewis Collins
Offered by Den's DVDs
Price: £8.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Codename: Rubbish....., 30 Mar. 2016
What you have here is simply some cross European film made cheaply, featuring some actors who would be quite familiar in their respective territories to garner something of a profit, and to maybe cash in on the Rambo franchise at the same time....

The result is so etching that isn't just bad, it's boring and a shameful waste of talent, considering the excel tic cast.

Lewis Collins is basically reprising his role in who Dares Wins, but this time with added pouting, sending his team to the camp that resembles the one from First Blood: Part II.

Van Cleef looks like he's flew in from another movie. He appears every now and again with that face he has like someone is shining a bright light in his face.

Borgnine is the special guest star of the piece, arriving in a suit, spouting out some Basil Expositon, and then walking off again.

And Kinski plays a normal person. If he were to be an absolute nutcase like he allegedly was in real life, he may have injected some much needed interest in the film.

It's as stale as last years bread, and just like the said bread, leaves an awful aftertaste.

Avoid.


Code Name: Wild Geese (english audio)
Code Name: Wild Geese (english audio)
Offered by dvd-uncut
Price: £16.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Codename: Rubbish....., 30 Mar. 2016
What you have here is simply some cross European film made cheaply, featuring some actors who would be quite familiar in their respective territories to garner something of a profit, and to maybe cash in on the Rambo franchise at the same time....

The result is so etching that isn't just bad, it's boring and a shameful waste of talent, considering the excel tic cast.

Lewis Collins is basically reprising his role in who Dares Wins, but this time with added pouting, sending his team to the camp that resembles the one from First Blood: Part II.

Van Cleef looks like he's flew in from another movie. He appears every now and again with that face he has like someone is shining a bright light in his face.

Borgnine is the special guest star of the piece, arriving in a suit, spouting out some Basil Expositon, and then walking off again.

And Kinski plays a normal person. If he were to be an absolute nutcase like he allegedly was in real life, he may have injected some much needed interest in the film.

It's as stale as last years bread, and just like the said bread, leaves an awful aftertaste.

Avoid.


Codename Wild Geese. Uncut Blu-ray. Region free.
Codename Wild Geese. Uncut Blu-ray. Region free.
Offered by zoreno-uk
Price: £8.69

1.0 out of 5 stars Codename: Rubbish....., 30 Mar. 2016
What you have here is simply some cross European film made cheaply, featuring some actors who would be quite familiar in their respective territories to garner something of a profit, and to maybe cash in on the Rambo franchise at the same time....

The result is so etching that isn't just bad, it's boring and a shameful waste of talent, considering the excel tic cast.

Lewis Collins is basically reprising his role in who Dares Wins, but this time with added pouting, sending his team to the camp that resembles the one from First Blood: Part II.

Van Cleef looks like he's flew in from another movie. He appears every now and again with that face he has like someone is shining a bright light in his face.

Borgnine is the special guest star of the piece, arriving in a suit, spouting out some Basil Expositon, and then walking off again.

And Kinski plays a normal person. If he were to be an absolute nutcase like he allegedly was in real life, he may have injected some much needed interest in the film.

It's as stale as last years bread, and just like the said bread, leaves an awful aftertaste.

Avoid.


Code Name: Wild Geese [DVD] [1984]
Code Name: Wild Geese [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ Lewis Collins
Price: £6.79

1.0 out of 5 stars codename: rubbish...., 30 Mar. 2016
What you have here is simply some cross European film made cheaply, featuring some actors who would be quite familiar in their respective territories to garner something of a profit, and to maybe cash in on the Rambo franchise at the same time....

The result is so etching that isn't just bad, it's boring and a shameful waste of talent, considering the excel tic cast.

Lewis Collins is basically reprising his role in who Dares Wins, but this time with added pouting, sending his team to the camp that resembles the one from First Blood: Part II.

Van Cleef looks like he's flew in from another movie. He appears every now and again with that face he has like someone is shining a bright light in his face.

Borgnine is the special guest star of the piece, arriving in a suit, spouting out some Basil Expositon, and then walking off again.

And Kinski plays a normal person. If he were to be an absolute nutcase like he allegedly was in real life, he may have injected some much needed interest in the film.

It's as stale as last years bread, and just like the said bread, leaves an awful aftertaste.

Avoid.


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