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Oldboy [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Oldboy [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Sharlto Copley
Price: 13.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly dismissed...., 4 April 2014
An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, without apparent reason, or explanation.

When he is released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who placed him there, and their rationale, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.....

Let's get the housekeeping out of the way first. The original is brilliant, easily one of the best films to be made in the noughties, and one of the most impressive, visceral and disturbing films made. And obviously a remake was inevitable.

The answer to the question 'should the film have been remade?' Is a simple 'no'.

But hey it has, and to be fair, it's not a bad movie at all.

But it was never going to find an audience who would appreciate it really. People who have never heard of the original, probably wouldn't appreciate the dark tones of the film, and the disturbing narrative, and fans of the original, well, let's just say, it wouldn't be cool to like this movie.

Lee has a wonderful eye, and the best thing about this movie, is the camera work, from the faithful re-imagining of the hallway fight, to the flashbacks where both time lines are melded together.

Brolin is as brilliant as expected, and whilst on screen, you are thanking whatever you believe in that the makers didn't cast Will Smith, because this would've have been diluted for the mainstream, and he would have sung a song at the end.

Copley makes a decent villain, but it does take you a while to get over his accent. It's very Dick Van Dyke by way of Don Cheadle in Ocean's 11.

Jackson is good, but seems out of place in this, given very little to do other than dress strangely and swear.

So all in all, its a pretty solid remake, the best remake I've seen in a while. If you don't know the original source material or the 2003 movie, give it a go, it's still pretty visceral stuff, and the twist is gut wrenching.

I guess I'm not as cool as I thought, I was pleasantly surprised..
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Boomer The Taking Of Beverly Hills.
Boomer The Taking Of Beverly Hills.
Dvd ~ Ken Wahl
Offered by adabola1
Price: 18.99

4.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone hate this movie?..., 2 April 2014
A chemical spill has caused the occupants of Beverly Hills to be forcibly evacuated.

A retiring football player left behind, finds that the toxic gas emulating from the spill is a bogus front for a heist set up by fired police officers out to plunder the city of all its valuables.

Finding himself siding with a corrupt cop who was once apart of the plan until he discovered the city's mayor had just been blown away, by one of the chief crooks in charge.

Now both on the run with no help in sight...both must do whatever they can to stop these murderous looters....

Yes the film is crazy stupid, yes Ken Wahl is a really unconvincing hero, but he has 1991s best mullet and runs in a straight line when being chased by a SWAT vehicle.

There are so many unintentional funny moments in this film, that it begs for repeat viewings. All the houses in Beverly Hills according to this film, are made of cardboard.

Robert Davi likes to sing when he is trying to scare the woman from Arachnophobia, but it doesn't matter, shes just spent the last few hours with Boomer drinking whisky.

Matt frewers hair gets increasingly insane as he film progresses, and suddenly looks like it's been treated during the final fight.

The soundtrack appears to have taken the years best tracks, and just put them on at random times.

And the best thing about this film? That there is a hit-man in Beverly Hills who looks like Wahl for no reason at all.

This Beverly Hills is the smallest place on earth, because once it's evacuated, it appears that there is only a bus full of people who live there, and the only shop there is a place called Freds.

But it's fun, there are explosions aplenty, silly one-liners and probably the best villain death in any Die Hard rip-off movie.

If you see the movie, watch it with a huge pinch of salt and know that it's tongue is firmly in its cheek.

Good cheesy fun.

Hugo (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) (2011)
Hugo (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) (2011)
Dvd ~ Asa Butterfield
Price: 5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The things dreams are made of...., 2 April 2014
Scorceses first foray into 'childrens' movies is his best since the Departed, and gives Kingsley his best performance since 'Sexy Beast'.

The film is a love affair of all things cinema, but the Auteur doesn't let you in on this until late in the second act.

The titular character lives in a dreamlike train station, keeping the clocks to the correct time, watching the everyday lives of the people who work there, and trying to stay one step ahead of the station agent.

The events that led Hugo to live there are tragic though. His father was killed in a fire and his uncle took him into his 'care'. Before the tragedy, Hugo and his father were in the middle of restoring a clockwork man, which when working, had the ability to write.

But despite all this, Hugo strives to complete the restoration, despite stealing parts from the toymaker. But one thing is missing, a key shaped like a heart, that will reveal everything and maybe a little more about the everyday people who work on the station....

The film is flawless, everything you would expect from a film released at this time of year, but with the added class of Scorcese. Again the man has tackled different forms of cinema (3D) a has given the film something other 3D movies don't give, intimidation, warmth, a personality.

From the Burtonesque external sets, to the 'in your face' moment when the station agent asks the two children what they are doing, the 3D is an important part of the film and in some cases even the narrative. This maybe because Scorcese is saying 'yes it's all good and well using 3D' but look what they did when all this was fresh, and people were not bothered about budgets and reaping profit'.

It's a decidedly heavy subject for young children, but my six year old was dazzled at the scenery, cinematography, and appeared to be awe-inspired at the footage of the old movies.

The storytelling is amazing, you are constantly thinking 'where are they going with this' but as the narration explains, the answer is all in the key. Kingsley is amazing as the pioneer, and I wouldn't be surprised if he is up for an award sometime soon.

Moretz and Butterfield are too excellent as the children on the quest, and look comfortable acting alongside veterans such as Lee, Lae, Winstone, and Mortimer.

Cohen fares well, his conversations with the chief are one of the highlights of the film, but he comes across a little too Clouseau and sounds like Boyce from Only fools and Horses.

But believe me, this is one of 2011's best movies, and has flawless narration and is beautiful to look act, whilst educational for young ones too, teaching them that simplicity can be good too.
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L.A. Streetfighters [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
L.A. Streetfighters [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ninja Turf
Price: 1.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 100 dollars....97 Dollar change..., 2 April 2014
Tony is the new kid at school. He befriend gang leader Young, whose top rival is Chan.

Tony is also dating Chan's sister, Lily. When Young and Tony are hired as personal security, they head to a private party run by a drug dealer.

When Young steals the money from the dealer, two hit men arrive and torture his gang.

Young must fight them off but also face the wrath of Chan. Tony must help his new friend before it's too late...

This is the sort of film you would rent out on a Friday night and watch with your dad. Nowadays, this sort of film is reduced to late night TV screenings and watching this, it's deserved of it's place.

Firstly, the acting isn't just bad, it's the funniest thing about the movie. and remember the cool karate you would re-enact at school? It's all here, but with that bit where the bad guy would get hit once, and then wait for no reason to get knocked out.

But it's still fun to watch and to point out the bad acting and choreography. The story is your usual guff, and it's fun to watch nearly forty year old people playing high school kids.
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Barney's Version [Blu-ray]
Barney's Version [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Paul Giamatti
Price: 7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Traumatising the Rabbi's wife..., 2 April 2014
Take a ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky, a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer.

He reflects on his life's successes, gaffes, and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus.

The 'version' we see is very hard to conclude, considering that with the titular characters failing short term memory, these may be the only memories he really has left.

And considering the episode that gets him remembering, not everything is happy, albeit there are some amazing heartfelt moments.

with the advent of a book release, sparks off Barneys memories, from the death of his first wife, right up to him cheating on his third. here is a man who had/has everything, but isn't happy with the metaphorical perfect life, and wanted a little more.

This is evident when he meets Miriam, he is marrying an already beautiful woman, but he wants more, and found someone hat maybe would make his life complete, maybe he can settle down.

It's never really explained why Barney is like this, he appears to have a fantastic relationship with his father, although when his first wife's father dis-respects the fact that she committed suicide, it really hits a nerve.

There is indication that Barneys father was violent, but only in his occupation, but then his gets you thinking outside of the box.

The film could be set in three pieces, The good old days, where he appears to be a bohemian (wife 1), The middle heavy section, where responsibility is thrown at him hard (wife 2), and finally the third wife, equalling fulfilment, and ultimately yearning for more.

But his is just my opinion.

Giamatti is as wonderful as ever, but for once, he doesn't act everyone off the screen, as Pike, Hoffman, Driver, and even Speedman are all excellent.

It can get a little cluttered on occasion, and gets a little lost, but maybe this could indicate Barneys memory.

A great movie, with a wonderful central performance.

Edge Of Sanity [DVD]
Edge Of Sanity [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anthony Perkins
Price: 4.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Think I was dead?..., 2 April 2014
This review is from: Edge Of Sanity [DVD] (DVD)
When Henry Jekyll's experiments with cocaine have gotten out of control, he transforms into the hideous Jack Hyde.

As Hyde he searches the London streets at night for his prey in whorehouses and opium dens.

The police can't catch him, he has nothing to lose but his mind.....

The illness wasn't doing Perkins any good at this late stage in his life, but thankfully he puts i a grandeur performance in what other wise is a film with all style and no substance.

By day, Perkins is the mild mannered doctor, just him, his wife, and a monkey in a cage with a shed load of coke.

By night he turns into some sort of New Romantic anti hero, Lipstick and all, and the film turns into some sort of Hazy Fantasy Simon Le Bon would be proud of.

And this is where it loses it's way. There s no real back up as to why the doctor sees that woman from the beginning. There is a hint that he is sexually repressed, but it's never really explored enough.

We are just treated to the fact that Jekyll hates women due to something that happened to him, so when he turns into Phil Oakey from the Human League, he can unleash the beast.

It's not a bad movie, just too eighties, if something could be that.

Worth watching for Perkins.

Straw Dogs [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Straw Dogs [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ James Marsden
Price: 8.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Want you to see what's coming..., 2 April 2014
Pointless remake of the year part 76 consists of nothing new and characters you've just gotta hate.

Whats the jist?

marsden and Bosworth play a couple who go back to her old town, so he can write something. They are rich and show it.

She obviously used to put herself out a bit when she lived there before because her and the bloke from True Blood have longing looks.

Soon they are taking advantage of Cyclops by playing music early and drinking his beer (the rotters!!).

And there is also a sub plot involving James Woods being drunk, and trying to protect er daughter (who is also putting herself out a bit) from the bloke who played another vampire in Blade: Trinity.

The tag-line 'everyone has their breaking point' has no real meaning to this movie. from Marsdens point of view, all they are doing is nicking his beer and playing loud music.

At the end of the film, they are only trying to get in his house, because he is protecting the guy from James woods and the others.

The original has tension and a moody, glum feel to it. This has Bosworth just being annoying and unfortunately, come the end of the film you think to yourself 'you had it coming woman, and why didn't he just leave her?'.

It's worthless stuff, sub-plots are not resolved, and aside from some good performance from all involved, it just seems so unnecessary.

I'm sure Woods must have been method acting, it's the only explanation as to why he'd be in this

At least the bear trap came into good use..
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Puss in Boots Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2012] [Region Free]
Puss in Boots Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2012] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Antonio Banderas
Offered by themediamerchants
Price: 8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's for my glaucoma...., 2 April 2014
Puss in Boots must clear his name from all charges making him a wanted fugitive.

While trying to steal magic beans from the infamous criminals Jack and Jill, the hero crosses paths with his female match, Kitty Softpaws, who leads Puss to his old friend, but now enemy, Humpty Dumpty.

Memories of friendship and betrayal enlarges Puss' doubt, but he eventually agrees to help the egg get the magic beans.

Together, the three plan to steal the beans, get to the Giant's castle, nab the golden goose, and clear Puss' name....

So arguably, the greatest character from Shrek that isn't donkey gets his own big screen outing, and this is so much better than the green ones last two efforts.

From the upstart, it has endless hints of Desperado about it, and this is too it's credit.

The story is fantastic and the narration is played well, only having a few back stories to 'litter' the film. The voice cast are great with what they do, and even though it's not as high calibre as Pixar, or other Dreamworks animation, the film as a stand alone is almost purr-fection.

Banderas seems to be having a ball playing the titular character, and the final third is satisfying, if yet a little predictable. There is enough innuendo to keep adults happy, and the 3D is good, particularly the first few minutes.

It's not going to be remembered like other animated films, but it's a nice alternative...

Food of the Gods [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Food of the Gods [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Marjoe Gortner

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars My friend was killed by your wasps...., 2 April 2014
Morgan and his friends are on a hunting trip on a remote Canadian island when they are attacked by a swarm of giant wasps.

Looking for help, Morgan stumbles across a barn inhabited by an enormous killer chicken.

After doing some exploring, they discover the entire island is crawling with animals that have somehow grown to giant size.

The most dangerous of all of these, however, are the rats, who are mobilising to do battle with the human intruders....

If you want to see a film with a man fighting a giant rubber chicken, look no further.

Yes, the film is trite, it has so many problems that you just have to laugh at all the bizarreness of the finished product.

Killer wasps that look like they are ghosts, rats superimposed to look like they are huge, Mrs skinner saying 'oh my god' every five minutes, and Morgans mullet.

The script is awful, the narration bad, and the acting is what can be expected, when the most recognisable people in this, are the bloke from American Ninja 3, and the one who played 'Man At Arms' in Masters of the Universe.

It tries to be serious, but fails miserably, but is good for a once only, laugh in.

And to threaten us with a sequel featuring huge cows deserves a round of applause.

Crazy stuff, but so worth watching.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Chris Evans
Price: 18.00

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I do the same as him.....Just slower...., 30 Mar 2014
After the events in New York, Captain America is living quietly in Washington, and trying to adjust to the modern world.

But when S.H.I.E.L.D. comes under attack, he becomes embroiled in a web of deceit that threatens to put the world at risk.

Joining forces with Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the conspiracy whilst fighting off assassins sent to kill him at every turn.

When the full scope of the plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. But they soon find themselves up against a formidable enemy with the Winter Soldier.....

Out of all the Marvel franchises on the market at the moment, I thought CA was the weakest. The first movie was below average, and very boring for a superhero movie, so obviously I was very apprehensive about seeing a second installment, especially after the disaster that was Thor: The Dark World.

But, rest assured, this blew me right out of the water, and is easily the best standalone Marvel movie since Iron Man número uno.

Saying that though, Cap still is the weakest Hero from The Avengers, and that's all because he's a traditional all American hero, and he's just too nice. Stark has his wit and arrogance, Thor has his beef with Loki, and Hulk is just an angry little monkey.

It's the support here that really elevates the film. And the strongest part of the film is Redford, harking back to the conspiracy movies that made him so famous back in the seventies, like 3 days of the Condor, and All the Presidents Men.

The plot point with H.Y.D.R.A to, in theory, protect the world, is wonderful, and maybe some of most intelligent narrative in a superhero movie yet.

Ironically though, the titular adversary, is sidelined, and nothing really is delved into his being, apart from Redford erasing his memory, Cap recognising him, and an electric Toby Jones giving us some Basil Exposition.

Other than that though, its wonderful stuff. The set pieces easily equal The Avengers, and Jackson has never played Fury better.

Twenty years ago, this would have been one of those movies that would've been the big release of the year.

With great references to Pulp Fiction, War Games, and a touching tribute to Paul Newman, Cap 2 easily usurps its predecessor, and for once challenges the brain a little.
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