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Apocalypse Now [1979] [DVD]
Apocalypse Now [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £3.95

9 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious piece of over-rated trash, 4 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Apocalypse Now [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Apocalypse Now is one of those films that everybody seems to think it's great, and if you don't, you're instantly labelled as one of those "MTV kids" with no attention span, and who doesn't understand the "horrors of war". And from that is built a culture of fear, that if you dont like "One Of The Greatest Films Of All Time" then you have no taste whatsoeveer in cinema. Apocalypse Now, while it has good intentions, is merely a case of the Emperor's New Clothes.
It starts off with one of the greatest opening scenes ever (The Doors bit) and then goes slowly downhill. The film has no sense of where it's going, it's incredibly dull with boring and pointless action scenes that do nothing to progress this plotless movie. It's basically a ship that keeps going up the same river, stopping every so often to blow stuff up. The directing is incredibly pretentious, obviously thinking more of itself. After Sheen gets captured, I didn't know what the hell was going on as the plot never resolved itself. And Brando...he was pathetic. He looked awful and acted like some spolit child with terrible performance that belies his stature. The dialogue in this film is terrible. It falls between rubbish and philosophical rubbish that was obviously written by dope smoking hippies. The ending is also a terrible anticlimax that has no real sense of emotion to it. All in all, this was a waste of 2 1/2 hours with nothing but the, admittedly, wonderful cinematography to justify me watching this.


Spirited Away [DVD]
Spirited Away [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daveigh Chase

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best animated film I have ever seen, 10 July 2005
This review is from: Spirited Away [DVD] (DVD)
Spirited Away is my favourite Hayao Miyazi movie. It's a departure from his previous films (all of them wonderful), in the sense that this film lacks the themes so common in his other work: humans vs nature, large scale battles being the prime examples. All for the better I say, as it allows him to create something truly unique and stunning. The story revolves around Chihiro, a young girl who, on the way to her new house, stumbles into an abandoned amusement park and is soon transported into a magical world of spirits, gods and human-frog hybrids.
The animation is stunning. Miyazaki truly sees animation as an artform. Many stand out scenes contain no dialogue at all, and are merely animated images creating surreal effects: Chihiro in the lift with the Radish spirit, Chihiro running through the flowers, and the final train ride, where our young protagonist takes a mysterious train journey across a sea, with her spirit friend, No Face. Nothing much happens, it's just simple, colourful, oddly unsettling, and lingers long after the film ends.
The characters are also perfect, and add to strange storyline. There's Kamaji, the multi limbed boiler room operator, Yubaba, the evil witch, and her massive baby child. No Face is a peculiar spirit who turns feral when Chihiro is not around, and finally, Haku, a boy spirit, who shares an emotional scene with Chihiro towards the end of the film.
Colourful, imaginative, interesting, and emotional. Spirited Away is a film you'll want to see time and time again. Buy it.


OK Computer
OK Computer
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Price: £4.51

6 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Drab, irritating and completely over-rated., 29 April 2005
This review is from: OK Computer (Audio CD)
The Bends. A great album full of great heavy (Just) and soft (Fake Plastic Trees) tracks. One of my favourite albums despite Thom Yorke's whiny voice and the occasional dull song.
As you can see I was hyped up for OK Computer, it was so lauded that I thought it can't be bad. The three songs I'd heard from it (Airbag, Paranoid Android and Karma Police) were excellent, and so I assumed the album followed suite...
It starts off great, Airbag has a great riff and lyrics and Paranoid Android is just a masterpiece of music making. But from here on, it goes horribly downhill.
The problem with the rest of the songs (Karma Police aside) is that they are just lifeless and so, so ,so boring. This could be due to Thom Yorke's whiny, irritating angst filled voice that floats along like nails on a blackboard. He sounds strangely retarded, augmented by the fact that he seems to have made a pact to never finish the last syllable of any words in his songs, something that I overlooked on The Bends, because at least the music keeps me interested. On OK Computer, the guitars have managed to stay in perfect monotone. Songs like Subterranean Homesick Alien and The Tourist have me begging for them to end because of their extreme boredom. Exit Music (For A Film) is the ultimate cure for insomnia, and Electioneering is a complete mess.
There are a few other upsides though. Let Down is pretty good (even if it goes on too long), and No Surprises has a great xylophone riff. But other than that, this is an exercise in self-indulgent boredom that fails to excite, enthuse; but just adds to your lethargic apathy.


Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001]
Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ellen Burstyn
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.67

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmares Come True, 29 Jan. 2005
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My god. Where to start with this? Darren Aronofsky's follow up to indie hit Pi could be one of the most brilliant and emotional films ever. Aronofsky has managed to adapt Hubert Selby Jr's magnanimous novel to the big screen - and he's done a superb job of it.
The cast is amazing. Ellen Burstyn's TV addicted, speed taking mother was robbed of an Oscar by Julia Roberts' frumpy, irritating Erin Brokovich. She gives one of the most emotional performances you will ever see, her passionate monologue about what it's like to be old, and her paranoid acting makes you truly believe that acting is an art. Jared Leto, as her drug addicted son, also gives very worthy performance as does Jennifer Connely as his girlfriend. Marlon Wayans, too, delivers an amazing and serious performance that belies his slapstick comedy notoriety.
But this is a director's film; Aronofsky pulls out every directing trick in the book to make this a truly original experience. The shot of an overjoyed Sara Goldfarb as she runs out of her apartment and walks across the street with her old female friends as the camera swoons in front of them, creating a strangely eerie shot is one example. But it is the editing that shines, Aronofsky never leaves the viewer board with his unique style of hiphop montage editing and special effects.
The music in this film also shines, the classical score is wonderfully composed and highly dramatic in a film which demands it so heavily.
Although disturbing, this is a film that everyone should see, it is full of great acting, editing and truly memorable story.
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Happiness [DVD] [1999]
Happiness [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Jane Adams
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £14.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness is not a fish that you can catch, 24 Jan. 2005
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This review is from: Happiness [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Wow. Todd Solondzs controversial ensemble drama certainly turned a few heads when it was released. The staple of every critics Top 10 list for 1998 and the winner of the International Critics Prize at Cannes, and its not hard to see why. The film is brilliantly written with some great direction. The bunch of misfits is this story range from a chronic masturbator to a girl with extremely bad luck in men. However its easily Dylan Bakers performance as a closet paedophile that sticks the most.
If there are any faults with this film, its that not all the storylines are greatly expanded on or tied up at the end. But that is just a minor fault in what is a must see film.


Ghost World [DVD] [2001]
Ghost World [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Thora Birch
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apathy Control, 5 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Ghost World [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) are two teenagers who are simply too cool for anyone. They fulfil their apathetic lives by mocking others and going by the philosophy that everything pretty much sucks. After a cruel prank on a local loser, Seymour (Steve Buscemi), Enid becomes almost addicted to Seymour out of guilt and curiosity. Slowly as the friendship grows closer, Enid and Rebecca's grows further apart until Seymour get a girlfriend and Enid is stuck alone, in Ghost World.
Based on the underground comic book, Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff's script is a breath of fresh air, and Zwigoff's subtle direction is perfect for this film. The two leads are great, and the colourful characters that are built around them (Norman-the man who I waiting for the bus that never will come, the 'satanists' etc) make for a fun-filled little movie that I would recommend to anyone.


Ghost World [DVD] [2001]
Ghost World [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Thora Birch
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.69

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever, inventive and highly original little film, 27 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Ghost World [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) are two teenagers who are simply too cool for anyone. They fulfil their apathetic lives by mocking others and going by the philosophy that everything pretty much sucks. After a cruel prank on a local loser, Seymour (Steve Buscemi), Enid becomes almost addicted to Seymour out of guilt and curiosity. Slowly as the friendship grows closer, Enid and Rebecca's grows further apart until Seymour get a girlfriend and Enid is stuck alone, in Ghost World.
Based on the underground comic book, Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff's script is a breath of fresh air, and Zwigoff's subtle direction is perfect for this film. The two leads are great, and the colourful characters that are built around them (Norman-the man who I waiting for the bus that never will come, the 'satanists' etc) make for a fun-filled little movie that I would recommend to anyone.


Mulholland Drive [DVD] [2002]
Mulholland Drive [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.47

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Lynch at his best, 27 Dec. 2004
David Lynch is a master of dark, surreal films and this is no exception. It is his best work for ages and a good film to get into Lynch.
After a bizarre car crash, a young woman is left with amnesia, she befriends an aspiring actress coming to LA to work and together try and solve the mystery surrounding just who she is. Meanwhile, a famous movie director's new film is seemingly taken over by a bunch of macabre producers, with a mysterious way of working. Also we see the story of a hit man and a young man and his psychiatrist in a café.
But what do these stories have in common? Well if you head isn't doing cartwheels in the first 20 minutes then you're watching the wrong film. Just when you think the solution is about to emerge, Lynch destroys any notions you had of what you may have thought had happened by more or less turning the story upside down into something much more...realistic, let's say.
It's unlikely you'll understand this the first time round, especially if you're not used to Lynch's bizarre symbolism tricks. There is an answer, but most people prefer to admire it for it's beauty, the directing is wonderful, and the two female leads are brilliant, so there's a lot to show for.
Mulholland Drive is a dark, confusing yet beautiful film. I highly recommend it to anyone.


Magnolia (2 Disc Box Set) [1999] [DVD]
Magnolia (2 Disc Box Set) [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Masterpiece, 26 Dec. 2004
Paul Thomas Anderson's third feature film is without a doubt one of the greatest films of the 90s. It was here that PTA perfected his brilliant directing style and screen writing ability.
An ensemble piece showing how the lives of 10 characters changes over the course of one rainy evening doesn't sound original, but the script is so wonderful and the acting talent - especially Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore and William H Macy manages to truly bring the script to life. The final hour brings us through so many ups and downs as the characters stories intertwine into one of the most brilliantly executed climaxes in film history. This is what truly sets the film apart from many other ensemble films, such as Robert Altman's 'Short Cuts', or Todd Solondz's 'Happiness'.
PTA also manages to use music to marvellous effect. Not only is Jon Brion's haunting score a prefect companion to the non-stop drama, but Aimee Mann songs also appear throughout the film. At one point, all the characters are linked in their respective scenes, singing along to Aimee Mann's 'Wise Up'. It sounds stupid, but it is so perfectly executed that it simply adds an extra element to this amazing film.
Thanks to this film, and all his other wonderful films, PTA manages to lead the group of all the upcoming new generation of film-makers (Wes Anderson, Alexander Payne, Spike Jonze etc). Let's hope he can continue making films to this standard (his 2002 follow up 'Punch-Drunk Love' was a slight let down for me) although it is very unlikely he (or anyone else) will ever reach the heights of the masterpiece that is, Magnolia.


Ixnay On The Hombre
Ixnay On The Hombre
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.23

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I like Offspring, but this is horribly over rated., 20 April 2004
This review is from: Ixnay On The Hombre (Audio CD)
I own all of Offspring's albums except their debut and like them allfairly well, this I can listen to but it's a dissapointment. Let's startwith the good though. 'The Meaning of Life' is one of the best Offspringsongs yet, 'All I Want' is short but sweet, 'Gone Away' is genius and'Change The World' has a brilliant opening riff and great drumming and'Cool To hate' is pretty good. The bad? Everything else sucks. 'Mota' isslightly bearable, 'Me and My Old Lady' is just one of the worst songsI've ever heard and 'Don't Pick It Up' is one of their worst comic songs.Oh and using Jello Biafra for the opening track? Do they really thinkthey're that punk? Hell, Green Day are more punk. Geez. My opinion, go outand buy Smash, Ignition or Splinter.


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