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Austenland [DVD] [2013]
Austenland [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Keri Russell
Price: 7.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OMG, 9 April 2014
This review is from: Austenland [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
I have always been a fan of making a classic into something contempary and yet keeping the essence of the original. Take Lost in Austen. A fantastic ITV drama which relayed the telling of Pride and Prejudice in a new and humourous way. This film just failed on every level. Despite starring the likes of Kerri Russell and JJ Field among others this film was neither funny or compelling. It lacked any real story or plot. The funny moments were non existent and the film appeared to be made on the cheap. The fact that the film was about a woman so obsessed with Austen that she wanted to visit Austenland and live the life she had dreamed of for so long, she very quickly became disinterested and bored along with the audience. Definitely not one I would recommend.

Love Is All You Need [DVD]
Love Is All You Need [DVD]
Dvd ~ Pierce Brosnan
Price: 5.75

5.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISE GEM, 28 Oct 2013
This review is from: Love Is All You Need [DVD] (DVD)
Often a film is hyped and when you get to see it it is often met with disappointment. Therefore catching a gem of a movie when you least expect it is always A very pleasant surprise.
This is a film that will have passed many people by and that is such a shame as it is a little gem.
The film stars Pierce Brosnan and a cast of Danish actors unknown to many.
It is a story of a women recovering from cancer who discovers her husband is having an affair just as her life appears to be turning a corner. To escape her troubles she heads off alone to Italy where her daughter is preparing for her wedding to Pierce Brosnan's son. Through a meeting at the airport with Brosnan and a number of mishaps that follow they end up spending a lot of time together. There developing friendship is tested by the background players within the story.
I don't wish to give much of the story away but it travels at a beautiful pace with humour, poignancy and life affirming joy. Although very much an ensemble piece, the film truly belongs to the two stars of the film, and for the first time in ages Pierce Brosnan can be seen as an Actor rather than a movie star. Well worth a watch.

The Five-Year Engagement [DVD] [2012]
The Five-Year Engagement [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Jason Segel
Offered by Helen's Goodies
Price: 5.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars COMEDY - WHAT COMEDY, 25 Feb 2013
Very rarely have I watched a film that has made me want to search to the end hoping that even by fast forwarding it would become amusing.... unfortunately Five Year engagement made me want to do just that. Having seen both stars in films where they stole the show with their comedic turns this film failed to raise a laugh. The fact that it was spread over two hours was even more painful. I had selected this film as the trailer at the cinema gave the premise that this could be hilarious, however all I can say is the editing team deserve the greatest credit as when the clips when shown in the real context of the film they too failed to make me laugh. One to miss I am afraid.

Machine Gun Preacher [DVD]
Machine Gun Preacher [DVD]

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Machine Gun Preacher - Saint or Sinner, 29 Nov 2011
This review is from: Machine Gun Preacher [DVD] (DVD)
Machine Gun Preacher would not have been a film I would readily have chosen to watch. Having done so, I can say I have seen a film that is immensely touching and at times painstaking to watch. It isn't easy viewing, especially due to the nature of the film, but it is one I would recommend. Gerard Butler gives his finest performance to date as a man whose past is brutal to say the least, but whose life is changed by an incident which leads him to find God. His new found faith leads him to Uganda, and then more importantly to the Sudan, where he witnesses scenes that would remain with anyone for life. He decides to undertake building an orphanage. Along the way he comes across numerous obstacles and in many ways despite his good efforts takes on the role of mercenary. As the film goes on you go through this journey along with Gerard Butlers character. I am not sure if I am left believing the lead charachter is a Saint for what he has done, or a sinner for his past crimes. I think that is one for each individual to decide upon. The fact that this is based on real life makes it all the more disturbring. Either way you are left realising what an awful world we sometimes live in. Not for the faint hearted.

Kings Row [DVD] [1942] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Kings Row [DVD] [1942] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ann Sheridan

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kings Row - Crowning glory of the 1940's, 22 Feb 2009
Kings Row if it were made today would most definitley be considered as nothing more than a soap but under Sam Woods brilliant direction it is 1940's melodrama at it's very best. Kings Row is set in a small town at the turn of the century and follows the lives of its residents, especially the characters of Parris Mitchell, Drake Mchugh, and Randy(Red)Monaghan, all born into different positions of class. As time goes by all three will become bonded by love, friendship and loyalty that will see them help each other through times of cruelty, hardtimes and murder. I am not one for giving the story away as for me the joy of a great film is that if it is well told you wish to go on the journey with them, the love, the joy, the tears and the pain. With Kings Row you get all this and more. This film is an ensemble piece with Claude Rains, Charles Coburn and Betty Field brilliantly supporting but the most credit must go to Robert Cummings(Parris), Ronald Reagan(Drake),and Ann Sheridan(Red) who were never better.

The Reader [DVD]
The Reader [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kate Winslet
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 3.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reader - A Must See....., 16 Feb 2009
This review is from: The Reader [DVD] (DVD)
The Reader is a thought provoking and touching film that stays with you long after you have left the cinema.

Kate Winslet is superb as the older Hanna Schmitz, who beguils young Michael Berg after she befriends him when he is ill outside her apartment. Although they do not see each other again for some time following his illness he never forgets her, and returns to thank her for her kindness upon his recovery. They continue their friendship, which turns in to an affair. During their affair Hanna ultimately turns the young immature and inexperienced Michael from a boy into a young man. Whilst he opens Hannas mind to the world by reading classics to her. There is a real connection between them, however, this ends abruptly by her sudden disappearance. It is only years later that he rediscovers her, only to learn a horrifying secret (one I do not wish to spoil if you have yet to see the film).

This films works for so many reasons, but in particular the performances. As mentioned already Kate Winslet is superb, but she is equally matched by David Kross as the young Michael, whose transition from boy to man is effortless. A truly must see film.

Doubt [DVD]
Doubt [DVD]
Dvd ~ Meryl Streep
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 3.80

4 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Doubting - A Cinema disappointment, 12 Feb 2009
This review is from: Doubt [DVD] (DVD)
No doubting this was a film that promised so much. With all the hype and critical acclaim I was expecting a real cinematic experience. Sadly I was left truly disappointed. In the film (Streep) as the Principal nun of a school and (Hoffman)as the priest whom she suspects of inappropriate behaviour towards the only coloured boy in the school deliver outstanding performances, and in this instance they are ably supported by Amy Adams and Viola Davis. Infact the stand out moments of the film are when there are one to one moments such as between Streep and Hoffman and Streep and Davis (the boys mother). However these moments are few and far between and the pace of the film is also a problem. The premise of the story starts very early into the film, however it's pace in the first half is so slow, that by the time you reach the main crux of the story in the second half you fail to care about it's outcome. The ending in itself was nothing new or original, and in some respects made the film all the more disappointing.

This should have been a film that grasped your attention from the outset and kept you glued until the end. Sadly in the end all I prayed for was a miracle. One to miss sadly.......

Portrait in Black & Madame X [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Portrait in Black & Madame X [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Lana Turner
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: 8.72

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never underestimate LANA., 24 Mar 2008
Many a time the words film star and actress can be mistakenly joined together and unnecessarily so, however this is not the case for Lana Turner who masters both with great skill. Madame X is her tour de force and totally underrated as a film. The story is simply based on how the love of children can be given so differently by two mothers. Ones love is only based on love that is totally unconditional and unselfish, withdrawing from both her sons life and that of her husband, the only man she has or will ever love to avoid scandal. The other mothers love is only based on power and position at any cost. Lana Turners performance is brilliant going from loving bride and mother to a woman so down on her luck that when confronted with the chance that her son may discover what has become of her she resorts to murder , therefore protecting the only thing she has any love left for. The supporting cast is terrific but there is no doubt that this is Lana Turners finest hour.
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Imitation Of Life [DVD] [1959]
Imitation Of Life [DVD] [1959]
Dvd ~ Lana Turner
Price: 5.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE IMITATING ART, 20 Mar 2008
Douglas Sirk is a master of 1950's and 60's melodrama but none of his films shines brighter than IMITATION OF LIFE. It's a story of love, ambition, jealousy, race and family. Sirks use of colour from scene to scene is beautiful to see, the way the clothes worn are echoed by the colours used in settings so evokes the period of the time. Lana Turner is at her very best, ably assisted by the supporting cast of John Gavin and Sandra Dee. However if ever one perfomance stole a film then all credit must go to Juanita Moore as Annie. If your a fan of classic weepies then this is an absolute must.

Tammy & Bachelor & Tammy Tell True & Tammy Doctor [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tammy & Bachelor & Tammy Tell True & Tammy Doctor [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Debbie Reynolds
Price: 8.67

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic, 15 Mar 2008
Many a time has there been a instance when you have waited so long to see a film, only to be disappointed. This is truly not the case with regards to Tammy. It's timeless charm remains there to be seen by all. The story of a rivergirl thrown in to another world following the arrest of her grandpa because of his like for moonshine continues to exude charm for all to see. Debbie Reynolds performance as the main character is effortless as she moves from rivergirl to woman without losing any of her innocence, passing along her words of wisdom to those around her along the way. Superbly supported by Leslie Neilsen, Mildred Natwick and Walter Brennan this film remains a timeless classic.

The two sequel films attached to this box set are not worth a look in, as neither exude the charm of the original, and without the original stars and a worthwhile story line should not be included.

However, the price paid for these is worthwhile for the main film alone. Don't be put off by the other films attached.

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