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Boyhood [Blu-ray]
Boyhood [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Patricia Arquette
Price: £14.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing....., 3 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Boyhood [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Through this groundbreaking piece of cinema, we simply follow a boy named Mason as he progresses from age 6 to 18 and deals with typical travails of childhood.

These include things like his parents' divorce, bad step-parents, falling in love, finding his artistic voice, and fighting with his bratty older sister........

Whenever a year ends with a number 4 on the end, a new piece of cinematic genius is released and will be remembered forever.

2004 gave us Shaun Of The Dead

1994 gave us Pulp Fiction and Shawshank.

1984 gave us Ghostbusters and The Terminator

1974 gave us The Exorcist, and so on and so on...

And now 2014 has given us this masterpiece, and my gosh, is it one of the greatest cinematic achievements ever made? It's an amazing feat that Linklater has pulled off, not only is it a narratively brilliant film, but the dedication of absolutely everyone involved makes this one of the most important films of the 21st century.

By the end of the film, you feel like you are part of Masons family because we have not seen, we have accompanied him in the most important stages of his childhood.

We are there when his mother makes bad decisions (the most brilliant part of the film), when he is bullied, when he falls in love, when he is used, and finally when he graduates.

It's as is the film gives us, allows us to have the empathy that Masons parents have for him. The scene where his parents have a photo taken with him after graduation has to be one of the most uplifting things I have experienced at the cinema.

If you haven't seen this, I strongly urge you to see it, its a modern master piece, and the best film of 2014.

Christmas Evil [DVD] [1980]
Christmas Evil [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Lewis Jackson
Price: £7.13

2.0 out of 5 stars you're no longer a child....., 3 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Christmas Evil [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
A young boy loves Christmas so much, he is scarred for life when he learns that Santa is not real.

Throughout the rest of his life, the toy-maker tries to make the Christmas spirit a reality. He becomes obsessed with the behaviour of children and the quality of the toys he makes.

When he is met with hypocrisy and cynicism, the resulting snap causes him to go on a yuletide killing spree.............but you'll get a gift if you've been good.....

After seeing this, supposedly one of the best efforts of a Christmas horror movie, I can wholeheartedly disagree with that statement.

The film is well acted, but my gosh, is it boring and bland.

But the most infuriating thing about the whole film is the fact that it has so much potential. A man trying to keep the Christmas spirit raised so much, that people are literally mocking him, so he goes on a killing spree........but the fact is, he doesn't go on said spree, he drives around town giving out presents for the majority of the film, pokes someone in the eye, strangles someone else, and then flies off.

But he doesn't fly off in reality, you hear the van crash, it's just his deluded mind thinking he is the real Santa.

If your looking for an exploitative Christmas horror, go for something like Santa's Slay, it's silly and bad for all the right reasons.

If this was addressed as a thriller, and not described as all out horror, you may get something out of it.

I didn't, except extreme boredom....

He Who Dares: The Downing St Siege [Blu-ray]
He Who Dares: The Downing St Siege [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Tom Benedict Knight
Price: £19.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yippee ki yay, guv'nor, 2 Jan. 2015
Following his heroic actions as seen in the films flashbacks, Christopher Lowe is summoned to 10 Downing Street to be dishonourably discharged from the SAS for disobeying a direct order.

This is despite the fact his actions saved the Prime Minister's only daughter.

But, Hans Gruber wannabe Alexander Holt, escapes from prison and plots the kidnap of the PM, there's only one man to turn to......and John McClane was last seen in Russia.....

I don't know why, but for some reason I'm a huge fan of Tanter, and Phillips. Not because they are talented, they're really not, more like extremely lucky to have such a career. It's that the movies that they make are just so bizarrely made, you cannot help but watch it.

And here it's more of the same, really bad acting from really attractive people, CGI blood in every kill scene, and a narrative structure that doesn't make any sense whatsoever.


And its a big but, it's the direct to DVD equivalent of watching. An old man fall over, you know you shouldn't, but you just cannot take your eyes away from the screen.

Punches don't connect, fight choreography is all over the shop, the hero spends half the film in the toilet, and Phillips is better suited to pantomime, as his performance is just bonkers.

An awful film in very sense of the word, but its fun to watch it unfold on screen...

Final Terror [Blu-ray] [1983] [US Import]
Final Terror [Blu-ray] [1983] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Adrian Zmed
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £13.27

2.0 out of 5 stars Start looking and thinking like the forest...., 2 Jan. 2015
A group of rangers go camping in the deep backwoods. When one of the group snaps, and leaves, one by one some of the group disappears.

It is left up to the rest of the group to defend themselves against the presence in the woods.

With the killer disguised as the forest surroundings, one of their group held hostage, and an attack on their tour bus, they have to turn the tables on the killer.

Even if you haven't ever seen a horror movie before, and this is the first one you see, the campfire scene with the scary stories will give the game away straightaway.

They may as well have stranded up,pointed the finger at the most obvious person in the film, and go 'Look!! The story is all about him!!', it's that blatantly obvious to the fact.

Take this glaring narrative gut punch, and you have your perfunctory eighties slasher movie with Daryl Hannah before she was famous, and the bloke from T.J Hooker who wasn't Shatner.

And it also has Pantoliano in what has to be one of the most lazy, typecast characters that the makers could have put in a horror film. You'll know what I mean when he enters the first scene.

It isn't scary, the group are just your usual rag tag team of familiar teens running scared, and the deaths are pretty unoriginal.

And when the final reveal is finally presented, you'll slap your face in disbelief as to how predictable the film is. It's as if the makers have spoon fed you the twist.

But if you love the genre, it's not terrible.

Jingle All the Way 2 [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Jingle All the Way 2 [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Larry The Cable Guy
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £14.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This really happened....., 31 Dec. 2014
Laid-back dad Larry is having an awful time finding the perfect Christmas gift for his eight- year-old daughter, Noel.

The season's hottest toy, The Harrison Bear, is all sold out, and Noel's new stepfather wants to keep it that way, so he can be the one to make her wish come true.

When Larry learns all Noel wants for Christmas is the bear, he'll stop at nothing to make his little girl happy and get her the toy of her dreams......

Jingle All The Way was lambasted when first released, the reviews were terrible, and it was released at a time when Arnie's Star power was dwindling rapidly. But nearly twenty years on, it's become staple viewing for lots of families over the holidays, because it's not really that bad, and Arnie gets a deer drunk.

This however is probably the most pointless sequels made since Hollow Man 2, and it has nothing to do with the original, apart from the last minute gift thing.

Larry The Cable Guy, wow, here in England is unknown, spends the entirety of the film feeling sorry for himself in a diner, his home, or the one toy shop in his town, whilst the rich step dad spends the entirety of the film being bitter and miserable.

They hate each other, but hey, it's Christmas, so let's smile through gritted teeth to each other.

Its a miserable film, blatantly cashing in on a Christmas favourite just to get people to watch it.

They may have well called it Scrooged 2, Fred Claus 2, because it doesn't really matter, the greedy studio couldn't care less...

Horrible Bosses 2 [Extended Cut] [Blu-ray]
Horrible Bosses 2 [Extended Cut] [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jason Bateman
Price: £17.12

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bland....., 31 Dec. 2014
Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to start their own business, but they need investors. A father and son owned company makes them a proposal which requires them to take out a big loan.

But they set them up so that they can take over their business cheaply. Unless they can come up with the money to pay the loan, they'll lose everything. That's when they come up with the plan to kidnap the son for ransom which they will use to pay the loan.

But they are not good kidnappers, and the son learns what they are planning and decides to go along with them and ask for more money than they wanted.....

So this is what happens now in Hollywood. If a film is a success, and everyone is up for it, make a not very good sequel, because people will go and see it anyway, and it will make enough on its first weekend to take away the whiff of its banality.

Plus, add more racism, innuendo, and swearing, and there you have it, a sequel to a film that when you think about it wasn't that good anyway.

Charlie Day is again the best thing about the film, and the other two just stand around seeing who can be the most smug.

Foxx pops up, and isn't terrible, and Aniston returns to prove that you can still try to get away with acting twenty when your clearly not.

The inclusion of Waltz was the draw here, but alas, he's hardly in it, and when he is, he looks just a little bored. Pine is over the top, too over the top and just seems out of place in this.

So all in all, it's just a cheap cash in on a reasonably successful film that wasn't really that good.

No wonder Spacey seems so angry in this.

Grand Piano [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
Grand Piano [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
Dvd ~ John Cusack
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £15.04

2.0 out of 5 stars Phone Booth for snobs........Dude...., 31 Dec. 2014
Wood stars as a little pianist who had stage fright a few years ago and now he's back in a comeback gig that means everything to him.

Along for the ride is his wife, who is famous in her own profession, and two friends who are in the audience. The thing is, when he opens his sheet music, instead of getting a fantastic symphony, he gets death threats from someone in the audience who is pointing a gun at him.

And if he doesn't do as he's told, he, and his wife, will be shot at Grosse Point Blank range....

Despite the high concept, it's been done before, and Phone Booth was over the top, and flashily edited, and was bonkers, thanks to Joel Schumacher, but it was entertaining, and was mercifully short.

This has Elijah Wood, woefully miscast as a grand piano master, and features him on the phone to John Cusack, and the rest of the primary cast trying to avoid Alex Winter, who is backstage looking for Keanu.

Its perfunctory stuff, predictable, but not unwatchable.

It just leaves a nasty taste in your mouth, that makes you think that Phone Booth was only good for a lesser class.

At least that has an element of knowing absurdity, this is just absurd. For more evidence, see Wood playing a broken piano with a broken leg on the back of a truck in this.

The Interview [Blu-ray]
The Interview [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Seth Rogen Evan Goldberg
Price: £17.50

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's pronounced Stallone......, 31 Dec. 2014
This review is from: The Interview [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight."

When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to make rivals take them as serious journalists.

As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel, their plans change when the CIA recruit them, to assassinate Kim Jong-un....

In all seriousness, you have to put all the controversy, all the hacking jobs, and leaks that has shrouded this film into infamy and instant cult status, and put it aside and watch it for what it is, a high concept comedy, with a little bit of Spies Like Us thrown in.

But I couldn't help it myself, and about halfway through the third act, the Public Enemy song 'Don't Believe The Hype' was playing on loop in the back of my head.

It starts off okay, with a great cameo from Eminem, and the chemistry between Franco and Rogen is right there like it was with Pineapple Express, and the awful This Is The End.

But then, it gets too silly too soon, and then it goes all serious for a time, and loses its pace, thus the finale feeling somewhat redundant.

But for the most part, its a funny film, Franco really hitting the nail on the head when homaging second rate TV presenters who have nothing really to 'present', his air headedness is one of the highlights of the film.

Rogen is Rogen, and despite his best efforts, here he has the same Shtick be bad in Knocked up, and I've given up hoping that he will act a little different in a movie, but hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

And regarding all the controversy, all I can say is Pfft, the opening ten minutes of The Naked Gun, has more material likely to offend, than this. Yes, he is portrayed as a weak, selfish, child like person, but there are scenes where he becomes slightly close to endearing, so it's all swings and roundabouts.

All in all, its watchable stuff, but don't expect anything as controversial as you would have thought it to be. It's silly stuff, that loses its way toward the end.

We Still Kill The Old Way [Blu-ray]
We Still Kill The Old Way [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Ian Ogilvy
Price: £9.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Saint becomes the Sinner....., 31 Dec. 2014

Steven Berkoff interrupts a Gang of wannabe gangsters with those abhorrent faux Caribbean accents, trying to assault a young girl. After calling them a curse word that hasn't been heard since the seventies, the one from Eastenders walks on him for a few minutes, and Berkoff sadly expires.

Ian Ogilvy gets rudely awakened from his retirement, on hearing about Berkoff being killed, after all it's his brother. And in one monologue, we learn that these two brothers were The Krays of London, about the same time that The Krays were The Krays, and not The Kemps.

So he comes back from the Med, and calls up his old mates who were in lots of TV series and film in the eighties.......

Yes its Harry Brown meets Reservoir Old Dogs, and you can see the plot points and ending as soon as the credits roll, but these films are just meat and potato fodder, and they do you no harm once in a while.

The concept is Old School versus the gang with the horrible accents, and we all know who wins at the end.

But its nice to see the seasoned actors having a good old time with their grizzled voices and smugness, and although they were villains back in the day, you find yourself giving them empathy, because the E2 gang are just a bunch of morons you would want to slap, because of their lack of respect, and awful dress sense.

Did I mention their blooming irritating accents.

It's all good fun, ending with a shoot up in a hospital, and Alison Doody with so much cosmetic work done, you could swear she eventually found the Holy Grail.

Throwaway stuff, but when this sort of stuff is churned out every other week, its nice to find something that has had a little bit of effort put into it.

Worth watching if you like the genre.
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'71 [Blu-ray]
'71 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jack O'Connell
Price: £13.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape from Belfast..., 31 Dec. 2014
This review is from: '71 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Private Gary Hook is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in the titular year.

Unable to tell friend from foe, the recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape......

Even though the film is very entertaining, it's very much a film of two halves, the first half a very serious gritty thriller ebbing toward the feel of In The Name Of The Father.

The second half, even though having that element of grittiness, wouldn't feel out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster. One man trying to survive against the bad guys, and not knowing who to trust.

Now if the writer had decided to stay down the route of the first half, this would have been one of the films of the year. Instead, its a great beginning, over the top, but entertaining finale.

But O'Connell is amazing, and again, after the wonderful starred up, and other roles, he's fast becoming one of Britains best kept secrets. I was quite worried about rooting for him in this, because after all, the majority of his C.V would feature abhorrent, working class criminals, so it's refreshing to see him play this role so well.

A lot of the characters in the film are your atypical paint by numbers versions of the IRA that we were spoon fed by the media in the seventies and eighties, and as said before, the final act loses its momentum, but thanks to O'Connell, and the reliable support, it's well worth watching.

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