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Marty [DVD] [1955]
Marty [DVD] [1955]
Dvd ~ Ernest Borgnine
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £4.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adding to the 5* Reviews, 12 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Marty [DVD] [1955] (DVD)
What a delightful little movie this is - and possibly the only movie that Ernest Borgnine top billed in. The first ever winner of the Besr Picture Oscar and the Palme d'Or at Cannes this is such a gently rich tale you end up wondering what you have seen happen. It is simply one 24 hour slice of life that changes a man and a woman in a simple but fundamenatal way. No bangs, no explosions, no histrionics - just a group of people showing how actors can understand simple people and make them warchable and lovable.

I ended up feeling smiley and uplifted.

Out Of The Past [DVD]
Out Of The Past [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kirk Douglas
Price: £4.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns, 14 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Out Of The Past [DVD] (DVD)
Marvellous for the genre with a marvellous cast and enough twists and turns for a cat trapped in an alley.Robert Mitchum of course dominates but the absence of Kirk Douglas from the screen most of the time builds up his character as the powerful big hitter with the charming manner. Jane Greer is of course as flawless to look at as her character is fatally flawed - does she lurch from situation to situation or is she always one step ahead?

And how many of his films did Mitchum survive anyway?

Marvellous photography - especially the interiors and masterful direction.

The Marx Brothers: Duck Soup [DVD]
The Marx Brothers: Duck Soup [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Marx Brothers
Price: £4.50

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dated, 8 May 2011
Of course the set pieces such as the hat routine are still timeless and the mirror scene retains its clever magnificence - but the links are ore often no longer funny.

Der letzte Mann (aka The Last Laugh) [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1924]
Der letzte Mann (aka The Last Laugh) [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1924]
Dvd ~ F.W. Murnau

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the extras - remember the film, 14 Nov. 2010
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Richard Masters in his review of the DVD makes two points - it is not as good as Nosferatu - true but a very different type of film, and that the extras are thin. As a result he gives the DVD 3 stars. I don't quibble with his judgement, Both points are probably true - but I have given it 5 stars for the film alone.

This is a magnificent piece of innovative film making - the origin of moving camera shots craeted by the simple notion of strapping the camera to the cameraman's chest. This does indeed give you a sense of being inside the movie.The sets are terrific and Murnau's use of light and shade are truly magnificent - just as they were in Nosferatu but providing a sense not of manace as in that movie but of reality and the contrast between the drabness of the tenements where the protagonist lives and the light and sparkle of the hotel where he works.

The characterisation by all the actors is finely drawn even if every part is a cameo besides but the dominant part is Emil Jannings as the doorman - the protagonist of the movie.

Well worth concentrating on the movie.

The Lives of Others [DVD] [2006]
The Lives of Others [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Martina Gedeck
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of repression, 29 Mar. 2010
Some time last year I listened to an interview, part of the commemorations of 20 years since the Wall came down, with a female university professor who discovered that for ten years she had been spied on by her own husband. "The Lives of Others" brings that all pervading tension and fear of the Stasi to the screen, together with the associated abuse of power.

The film is particularly well acted and underplayed without the melodrama that could easily be installed. The interiors are well shot and the drabness of East Germany well shown.

I found the final scenes from the final raid to the very last line of the film both moving and uplifting.

The Aviator [DVD]
The Aviator [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a prejudice overcome, 1 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Aviator [DVD] (DVD)
I have to be honest - i've never really liked Leonardo di Caprio - never quite got what all the hype was about - but in this movie Martin Scorses makes him act and directs a magnificent movie.

In America [2003] [DVD]
In America [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paddy Considine
Offered by Retro Gamer Nerds
Price: £3.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A feel of "A tree grows in Brooklyn", 1 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: In America [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
I know that real afficionados of the book of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" will disagree but i am more thinking of the film versions and their treatment of struggling families in New York and the depth of performance than anything else. Through the eyes of a child this perceptive and wonderful piece of cinema does give hope that we can survive emotional turmoil and grow stronger even when the world throws other obstacles.

Th performances are beautiful. Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, and Djimon Hounsou are great as the parents and the downstaira terminally ill neighbour but the real tributes have to go to young Sarah and Emma Bolger for their portrayals of the young sisters, Christie and Ariel.

This is a largely autobiographical work for director Jim Sherida who also co-wrote the script with his own daughters, Naomi and Kirsten. He escapes mawkishness and sentimentality and directs a wonderfully appealing film. I mark hard when i do the reviews and so wish i could give four and a half stars.

Boys Don't Cry [DVD] [2000]
Boys Don't Cry [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Hilary Swank
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic, shocking and touching, 21 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Boys Don't Cry [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
A most amazing film being all the more powerful because I had no idea what was to happen at the end. A truly magnificent set of performaces especially from Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny - but really all the performances were realistic and brilliant.

The claustrophobia created by the small venues and the way everybody semed to invade one another's personal space seemed truly to reflect the internal conflict and tautness of Brandon while the occasional view of widen open space and sunrise seemed to offer images of escape and hope.

Not a film to watch often but a film never to forget.

The Full Monty [1997] [DVD]
The Full Monty [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Carlyle
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £3.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And the next day?, 7 Dec. 2009
This review is from: The Full Monty [1997] [DVD] (DVD)
There are two films made a year apart on the somolar theme of the impact of a closed industry and it's effects. "Brassed Off" about the closure of a colliery has it's humour and it's pathos and is far more hard hitting.
"The Full Monty" achieves what Pasolinin set out to create - a non-political film along the Ken Loach style that tells the story of the plight of individuals affected by the closure of the steel works and how the reach through indignity to a sort of dignity.

It is good fun, but has it's moments of pathos. Well worth the watch - marvellous performances from a fine group of British actors.

Only one issue is resolved at the end though - one couple's respect and love is re-inforced. Well, I guess two, a couple of the guys discover they are gay. But will the lead character be allowed to see his son afterwards my social sevices - and after a night of triumph and a few hundred quid in the back pocket - all but one are still unemployed.

Barton Fink [DVD]
Barton Fink [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Goodman
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.86

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Bemused, 19 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Barton Fink [DVD] (DVD)
Just when you think you might know what this film is about it suddenly isn't - funny and shocking i still don't get it - and i still don't care. After all i enjoy Powell and Pressburger@s Canterbury Tale so I can't talk.

It is as bemusing as Brazil but not as funny - and is it a dream, or is he dead? Or is it just all too strange.

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