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Blue Velvet [DVD]
Blue Velvet [DVD]
Dvd ~ Isabella Rossellini
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: 15.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "it's a strange world", 23 Nov 2003
This review is from: Blue Velvet [DVD] (DVD)
this film breaks the mould for american film-making. Lynch's european sensibilities help this to become a masterpiece. for lynch this is the culmination of all his ideas and stylistic elements. fans might prefer eraserhead (as i do) but it is with blue velvet that everything comes together. this film has so much in it.
some people might think it to be corny in places but this melodrama and the way the characters act is stylistic and typically american respectively. lingering camera shots and freudian theory are all evident and this is also a great film for it's questions about voyeurism. are we complicit? who are we, the audience, most complicit with, frank or jeffrey?
it's a phrase that has to be used when writing a bout lynch but...if your a fan you probably understand, if you're not you really do need to have patience because the lynchian universe is a compelling place of 'all the clues to the solution but no main character (or director) that is willing to provide the links to the answers'. hopper is awesome and so is rossellini. this film has many layers and deserves to be explored again and again. it tells the story of a guy who trys to unravel a mystery when he finds a severed ear and the world that he falls into. the world behind the facade - the reality.
this film is ambiguous and abject and will have you feeling threatened and must be seen.


Last House On The Left (2 Disc Special Edition) [1972] [DVD]
Last House On The Left (2 Disc Special Edition) [1972] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sandra Cassel
Offered by Free Express
Price: 10.29

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the curse of infamy, 18 Nov 2003
this film suffers badly from its censorship cuts (like 'the hills have eyes' & 'I spit on your grave') and the final edit is made to look shabby. however, this film is better than the two referenced above. craven does exhibit some sense of cinema - his use of music for one is well done here.
this film tells the story of a gang of criminals who assault and kill two girls only to get their comeupence from the parents. these rape-revenge films are largely subject to controversy and bans but the infamy they gain leaves it difficult to be objective - or dissapointed(?). it's a seventies film so the acting is corny and what was then cool certainly isn't now(hiding alcohol in a river tied to string?) the rape scene isn't pleasent but then that's no surprise and the scene when one of the girls is made to pee herself isn't nice either.
this film has a reputation as being nasty but as with most of these films it has dated 'not so well'. one of the better films in this sub-genre but still not a great one.


Irreversible [VHS] [2002] [2003]
Irreversible [VHS] [2002] [2003]
VHS
Offered by shannon-raven
Price: 14.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more please, 5 Sep 2003
any way that you look at this film it is a masterpiece. the subject of the story is fate and the impossibility of it - not a rape scene. i think that people who centre on this are missing the point.
the film is shot with waspish direction, the camera buzzing around dizzyingly - it makes you feel how the characters heads are feeling. it's no coincidence that most of the emotions featured in this film make your head spin in a similar way - drunkedness, drug taking, sex, violence. it is a very effective technique that stays with you long after the film is over (and that isn't me being over-dramatic). i'm not sure if a film has ever stayed with me quite as long after as this. embarassed to say, but i felt quite 'weird' for a day or two after.
the film works in every way. why it is shot in reverse is evdient. would it be better shot forward? i think it would be just as good. these sorts of ideas really show a film-maker not content to do things regularly and that always has to be applauded.
the score is also excellent - simple but complex, in its partnership with the visual element. the fact that everything combines so well makes this film all the more effective.
so it's french? so what? i rate cassel as one of the best actors on the planet in recent years - la haine - and bellucci is underated also. although after this i hope she won't be.
the film tells the story of a couple and one fateful night when she is raped and the consequences. it really takes something out of you. i'm glad i watched this on my own (as alone as you can be in a cinema) as i didn't know what to do afterwards. you have to watch this film. aren't controversial films often the best?
it's a shame everyone focuses on the controversy because this film has SO much more to offer. you will feel drained after seeing this. more please!


Bicycle Thieves [1948] [VHS]
Bicycle Thieves [1948] [VHS]
VHS
Offered by stephensmith_426
Price: 15.00

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everyday as heroism, 24 Aug 2003
this film sticks in my mind as one of the best and purest films made. it is beautifully shot and subtley acted (by amateurs) and it gives out a message to its audience.
this was the film that really defined the neo-realism movement. it was the first time that a style or movement could be clearly seen. the film seems so simple, and on one level it is, but at the same time it has underlying motives - humanism vs. fascism for example. but don't let this seemingly heavy subject put you off. the film is so good you can just WATCH the film and not SEE if you want.
on one level this film aches with a beauty and heartbreack rarely captured in any text. i rate this higher than any other neo-realism films - rome,open city, paisa or ossessione - and that is because it is so watchable.
the film offers up so many questions-about morality, responsibility, masculinity-and does it under the guise of reality-and reality is what is captured on screen in all its beauty and ugliness.
please watch this film!
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Taxi Driver [VHS]
Taxi Driver [VHS]
VHS
Offered by pkeylock
Price: 2.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...clean the scum off the film shelves", 23 Aug 2003
This review is from: Taxi Driver [VHS] (VHS Tape)
i rate taxi driver as de niro's defining role. better than raging bull because it defined the disillusionment and awakening of the 70's. the film is grubby and superbly shot. everything about this film hits the right mood and feel. travis is completely riveting and the film works, as well, as a character examination.
numerous homages to earlier works can also be found for movie buffs. where have we seen that focus on the eyes before? i think where this film succeeds is in its iconography. de niro became an icon through this film and the effect it had on its audiences and the effect it has today. the first real anti-hero? certainly the best and most ambiguous.
this film tells the story of the disenchantment of a taxi driver and the rising feelings that something needs to be done to save society. i think this is something we have all felt. the character of travis succeeds because we all wish we could free ourselves enough to let ourselves do something like that too.
we connect with travis via this recognition and this is cemented in the classic 'you talkin to me' scene. who hasn't enacted what they would do in a confrontation?
and that is the power of this film. you MUST see this.


About Schmidt [DVD] [2003]
About Schmidt [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Jack Nicholson|Hope Davis
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 2.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars in a world of bitterness..., 23 Aug 2003
This review is from: About Schmidt [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
reviewers were right about jackie's superb performance. i was unsure whether he could bury himself but he reminds us why he was so great in films like The Shining. this film is surprisingly touching and has enough about it to warrent such positive acclaim.
schmidt retires from his lifelong, average job and shows us the path of warren schmidt after this, and the death of his wife. Payne balances the humour and pathos perfectly. but the sympathy balances equally perfect as we are shown that warren isn't totally sympathetic. he can be an idiot. so...humanity nailed to a T then!
a few scenes stick out for me. warren's epithany on top of his 'van' is warm and beautiful. the scene where he goes to visit his childhood home is symplistically pleasurable and nostalgic-i look forward to doing this when i get to that age-and warren's letters to Ndugu give us his inner monologue which aids us greatly in the working s of the male mind. funny-but not at all far from the truth either.


Breathless [VHS]
Breathless [VHS]
VHS
Offered by unclejohnsband
Price: 12.95

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cinema is built around it, 21 Aug 2003
This review is from: Breathless [VHS] (VHS Tape)
where it all started. godard breaks all the rules of cinema in the 50's and sets up everything for the future of cinema. the french new wave really was that special. the films that came from this period are all superb. this is one of the defining moments. it's a crime pic about a criminal on the run and you can't get much cooler than a humphrey bogart inspired crim, in paris trying to woo an american woman. ignore your preconceptions and let this lead to other greats such as the 400 blows, alphaville, rififi, jules et jim etc. cinema as we know it is built around these. superb!


Pulp Fiction [VHS] [1994]
Pulp Fiction [VHS] [1994]
VHS
Offered by dyerwilliams
Price: 4.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i can keep a secret if you can., 21 Aug 2003
it struck me the other day whilst viewing this yet again that the actors in this film don't exist! vincent vega exists, mia exists. the actors are in there somewhere but this is testament to their abilities. you lose sight of the film and become embroiled in their lives. a lot has been said of this film so i won't repeat it. the non-linear narrative gives the film so many talking points - for movie buffs and fans alike. this film lit a fire in me and showed me that films don't have to be unoriginal and generic. the truth is, that this film got me interested in films. the film is great - funny, shocking, exciting, cool, superbly directed. what more do you want?


Bicycle Thieves [1948] [VHS]
Bicycle Thieves [1948] [VHS]
VHS
Offered by stephensmith_426
Price: 15.00

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cinema belissimo, 21 Aug 2003
pure italian neo-realism. perhaps the most moving story cinema has offered us, this film tells the story of a working man struggling to provide for his family. beautifully shot, perfectly acted (mostly by amateurs - the lead went on to become a famous actor) this film is so heart breaking it doesn't need me explaining it. favourite scene? when father treats son with a meal during his harshest day. belissimo.


Central Station [VHS] [1999]
Central Station [VHS] [1999]
VHS

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third cinema makes a point, 1 July 2003
aiming to reclaim its country's identity, this film isexcellent in that it is sweet, harsh, funny, sad, uplifting and harrowing. it's characters aren't one-dimensional, but complex paradoxes. the director reclaims Brazil by showing us sweeping views of the land and the real brazil-the suburbs,the churches,the problems. this is what capitalist-country-produced films don't show us - the child selling, the murder (as witnessed with a shoplifter - a vital scene which gives us so much perspective in one single moment.). the acting is wonderful and this may well have you wiping tears away by the end - it did me.


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