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Le Havre [DVD]
Le Havre [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andre Wilms
Offered by The World Cinema Store
Price: 5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad story told with humour, 27 Mar 2013
This review is from: Le Havre [DVD] (DVD)
The central themes of Le Havre are death, illness, loneliness and illegal immigration into Europe. Despite this, it is one of the most optimistic and humorous (a dry, ironic type) films to have come out of Europe over the past few years.

Without giving too much away, it follows a young boy who arrives in Le Havre from Africa in search of a better life in Europe. He comes across an elderly couple there and the film documents the struggle to escape from the police that the child and the couple endure.

Kaurismaki's script is restrained, witty and moving and the performances humane and believable. An excellent film and Kaurismaki's best to date.

The Master [DVD]
The Master [DVD]
Dvd ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 5.21

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the films of 2012, 27 Mar 2013
This review is from: The Master [DVD] (DVD)
The Master is tale of power and the master servant relationship played against the backdrop of the American Dream.

In The Master, Joaquin Phoenix, one of cinemas most versatile actors (he has been an Emperor, a soldier, Johnny Cash and a cliched version of himself in previous films), plays a mentally unstable World War 2 veteran who is trying to find his place in a peacetime society. Found by chance by Philip Seymour Hoffman's character, Lancaster Dodd, also known as The Master, the pair travel around the US in support of The Master's books and promoting his philosophical doctrine and personal beliefs.

The Master follows on neatly from Anderson's previous big screen outing in There Will Be Blood and he continues to search in the American past for examples of characters that epitomise the American present. This is probably the most political and social film Anderson has done to date and the most pertinent to our times.

My Brother the Devil (Amazon Exclusive Sleeve) [DVD]
My Brother the Devil (Amazon Exclusive Sleeve) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sad Taghmaoui
Price: 15.83

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sudden plot twist, 25 Mar 2013
My Brother the Devil starts off as a typical gritty London gang film based on the Hackney estates. A group of youths are trying to make money from drugs, trying to protect their turf and dealing with issues related to a rival gang. Halfway through the film mood switches and the film turns into a study of sexuality and belonging in a Muslim community as a young adult.

The director has effectively tried to film two different films in one but has not quite succeeded.

The script is realistic and sharp though and the acting is excellent from the young cast. This is a promising directorial debut and one that leaves promise for the future.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 Smartphone - Black
BlackBerry Curve 9320 Smartphone - Black
Offered by DESIRE HD LTD
Price: 94.99

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 25 Mar 2013
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This Blackberry is excellent for a number of reasons:

1. It is suitable as a 1st/2nd phone
1. The price is reasonable
3. The reception is exceptional
4. The phone is sturdy and doesn't scratch easliy
5. The contact and phone menus are very good as usual

This is probably the best Curve yet and worth getting for all members of the family.

Alps [DVD]
Alps [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stavros Psyllakis
Offered by The World Cinema Store
Price: 4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another strong Lanthimos picture, 23 Mar 2013
This review is from: Alps [DVD] (DVD)
Following on from the critically acclaimed Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos gives us Alps, a surreal film about a group of adults that spend their days playing the role of recently deceased individuals in order to comfort the family of the deceased. Individuals from this bizarre group, called Alps, has several meetings with the family suffering the loss of a loved one, finds out about the clothes, likes and dislikes, personality of the dead person and then goes ahead with dressing up and acting like the said individual.

Much like Dogtooth, the script involves short, sharp exchanges between the characters which creates a surreal and artificial air to communication and the stylistic features of the plot have much in common with the Theatre of the Absurd.

Alps works as a social study and in its questioning of the boundaries between acting and living in society, between the real and unreal and between love and loss. Alps is worth watching simply for its originality in dealing with accepted social norms and its surreal premise.

Dogtooth [DVD] (2009)
Dogtooth [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Christos Stergioglou
Price: 14.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Social experiment, 21 Mar 2013
This review is from: Dogtooth [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
Dogtooth is Giorgos Lanthimos's second film and his most successful to date.

Essentially Lanthimos is asking the question: what would happen if a group of individuals were raised in a hermetically closed environment with no access to the outside world? The answer, according to Lanthimos, is humorous, tragic and sad at the same time.

The influences range from Beckett (the screenplay is taut, the exchanges between individuals taught) and Bunuel (the scenes of the family together in the same room) to Lars von Trier.

Dogtooth is an interesting social study which forces the viewer to question the rules by which society functions and should function.

Tabu [DVD]
Tabu [DVD]
Dvd ~ Teresa Madruga
Offered by The World Cinema Store
Price: 6.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A love film, 6 Mar 2013
This review is from: Tabu [DVD] (DVD)
Tabu is quite simply an exceptional love film of love and loss, tragic and humane, realistic and moving. What at first seems like a film about an elderly lady in modern-day Lisbon suffering from dementia and trying to hold on to the last scraps of her memory about her previous life, turns out to be a story about naive, youthful love in exotic climates.

Not wanting to give much more away, I end here. Tabu is a most see film that brings a refreshing twist to the age-old theme of love.

The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection [DVD] [1962]
The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ Erland Josephson
Price: 34.08

5.0 out of 5 stars All films together, 6 Mar 2013
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This Tarkovsky boxset by Artificial Eye features all 7 of Andrei Tarkovsky's feature length films.

Tarkovsky, as a director, is unique in World Cinema: his characteristic long shots, emphasis on textures and the elements, the complexity of his narratives have all lead him to be recognised as one of the most innovative directors in the history of film.

All 7 seven films are classics though Andrei Rublev, Mirror and Stalker are probably his greatest achievements.

The remarks by other reviewers that Andrei Rublev and other films have been presented in an edited version are slightly off the mark since they fail to understand the social conditions and the censorship that was in place in Russia in the 20th-century. Tarkovsky's films were constantly edited and re-edited by the director and his films can never be said to be complete or finished.

Boomerang: The Biggest Bust
Boomerang: The Biggest Bust
by Michael Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting approach, 16 Dec 2012
Whereas the blame for the current economic crisis has fallen on banks, economic policies propagated by the IMF, World Bank, and other financial bodies, Michael Lewis turns his attention to the people in the communities and societies which are suffering most from the current crisis: Icelanders, Greeks, the Irish. Despite some sweeping remarks related to each nation, Lewis does highlight the fact that the blame for the current problems must also be placed directly on us, on the common people. An interesting approach to the economic crisis.

The Death Of Mr Lazarescu [2005] [DVD]
The Death Of Mr Lazarescu [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cristi Puiu
Offered by FilmloverUK
Price: 7.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern masterpiece, 16 Dec 2012
'The Death of Mr Lazarescu' is relatively difficult to classify in terms of genre. The plot is simple: a dying man, Mr Lazarescu, is in pain and is trying to get medical attention in modern day Romania. We track the journey from apartment to hospital to hospital to hospital etc. up close (Mr Lazarescu is in every scene) and have difficulty in deciding, throughout, whether to laugh, feel empathy or sympathy, or anger towards the Romanian healthcare system and those in it; Puiu creates this ambiguity in viewer reaction and sustains it throughout.

This film, a deserved winner at Cannes and other European film festivals, is refreshing for its honesty in the portrayal of this dying and chronically ill individual and innovative in its use of viewer ambiguity. Whereas Michael Haneke's 'Amour' deals with a similar topic in a more icy manner, Puiu manages to inject a humorous element to his work yet at the same time creating a powerful portrait of death and dying.

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