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Temple Grandin [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Temple Grandin [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £6.12

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 27 Oct. 2010
Had the thrill of seeing TEMPLE GRANDIN on TV last night. A brilliantly made, stunning film about an amazing woman that leaves you feeling you want to know her personally. The entire cast, from "bit players" to stars performs flawlessly and Claire Danes' performance confirms that she is the finest actress since Meryl Streep. Like Streep, Danes always turns in riveting performances but in TEMPLE GRANDIN, she has outdone herself.

How wonderful that this film has been made; focusing on autism--those who are autistic and their families. Not only does it provide an enormous amount of information about a subject that is still so misunderstood by so many but will give encouragement, support and hope to anyone who has anything to do with autistic children. Lest that last remark makes you think this is some sort of educational documentary, I would stress that it is as an emotionally involving, inspiring, entertaining and exciting film as any I've ever seen.

Wish it were available on DVD for Region 2 players. Can't wait to own a copy of it.
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Band's Visit [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Band's Visit [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete perfection...Don't miss it.., 20 Mar. 2010
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I won't reiterate the storyline, other reviewers have more than adequately done so. I am compelled, however, to say that this beautiful and moving film is as perfect a film as anyone could hope for. Brilliant in its observations, performances, direction, cinematography, editing and soundtrack, and the screenplay, dare I say "above all", had me gasping with appreciation and admiration; a work of genius. The actors, Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Matour and every other actor whose names I do not know, perform with such truthfulness and tender, intelligent understanding of the human spirit and the joys, regrets, tragedies, memories and dreams that are common to every man everywhere.

There is not a scene that won't live on in your heart after the credits have ceased to roll. Even the briefest of scenes will affect you deeply; when the young man who waits at a public phone booth for his girlfriend's phonecall every Saturday night receives that particular Saturday's call and we hear a tiny fragment of their beautifully mundane conversation, my tears flowed and my heart leapt with joy.

This is a film about music--the music of life, and as the film ended I found myself smiling broadly while tears ran down my face.

I saw the film on TV and immediately went to Amazon to order it, for it is one of those films I would watch again and again. Sadly it is not available for Region 2 players (which is what I and all those I want to share this great film with have). Please, somebody tell me that it will be coming out in Region 2 format.

The Burning Plain [DVD]
The Burning Plain [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charlize Theron
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £8.84

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great script, great performances., 27 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The Burning Plain [DVD] (DVD)
Kim Basinger again proves she can do no wrong, turning in a superb, low-key performance that is charged with electricity as a woman being torn apart by loves (plural intended). Likewise the always impressive Charlize Theron, who never fails to impress. But as superb as both performances are, the rest of the cast achieve the same high level. One of the great pleasures of the film is piecing it all together through the moves from present to past and back again, and I won't rob you of that pleasure by divulging the plot. The script is superb, rings with truth and grips from beginning to end. Direction, likewise, is flawless and the cinematography beautifully depicts the coolness of the present and the heat of the past. Very highly recommended. Saw it on TV last night and definitely placing an order to add it to my collection.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow [DVD]
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sofia Loren
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £7.49

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a Delight, 12 April 2009
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and, no doubt, for years to come, this film will give you enormous pleasure. How could it fail? The Loren, Mastroianni, De Sica combination is fail-proof. La Loren, as always, lights up the screen with her undeniable beauty; brilliant, open hearted, gutsy and generous performance; and her versatility. Mastroianni is certainly her equal in all respects. Two actors who could steal any scene, Loren and Mastroianni play so beautifully and generously in all of their films together, comedy or drama, from "A Special Day" to "Marriage Italian Style" they deserve to be called the greatest screen couple of all time. It must have been a joy for the Master, De Sica, to direct them.

I happened to watch this DVD the night after watching "Bicycle Thieves" so was once again struck by the awesome intelligence, compassion, and versatility of De Sica. A true Master of the cinema.

Finally, this high-definition restoration of the film truly adds to the enjoyment of watching it.
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Murder In The First [DVD] [1995]
Murder In The First [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Christian Slater
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £21.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Performance of the First Degree, 12 April 2009
Other reviewers have described the plot so no need for me to do so.

This is a powerful film that should be seen if for no other reason than to see the brilliant performance of Kevin Bacon, an actor who, for this viewer, never fails to deliver exceptional performances and yet never seems to gain the acclaim he deserves. Murder In The First should have won him an Oscar.

The film grips hard and never lets go, even long after it ends. Hats off to its director and the entire cast. Gary Oldman delivers what one always expects from Oldman: rare and awesome excellence. And though Christian Slater does at times seem like a pup in the company of giants, his performance is not to be dismissed.

But make no mistake about it, this is Bacon's film.

Avril [2006] [DVD]
Avril [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Miou-Miou
Offered by fat_buddha
Price: £4.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE!, 9 April 2009
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This review is from: Avril [2006] [DVD] (DVD)
A real jewel of a film. Not one moment of it fails to please nor does the cast. Sophie Quinton lights up the screen and your heart. Can't imagine anyone not being completely charmed by the quiet, gentle magic of this film so I am amazed to read that it was not released. Can this be so? The script, the direction and, as stated earlier the acting are flawless. And the cinematography is truly gorgeous. You cannot see Avril standing on the beach, seeing the sea for the first time, and not smell the air, feel the breeze and the wonder of it yourself. Buy it, watch it and you will smile, you will laugh, you will weep, and you will fall in love with life all over again. Superb from start to its glorious end.

Stardust [DVD] [2007]
Stardust [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Michelle Pfeiffer
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.15

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise, 29 Oct. 2008
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This review is from: Stardust [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I'm not normally a fan of "family entertainment" or "fantasy" films ("Lord of the Rings" being an exception.) Even the thought of sitting through Harry Potter (I had to turn it off after 10 minutes) bores me. However, when I saw that Danes, De Niro and Pfeiffer were starring in "Stardust", I decided to give it a go. From beginning to end, it was a delight. I won't go into details about the plot, that's been written about enough. One of the great pleasures of the film is the light hand with which it is handled without ever diminishing the intensity of the various aspects of the story: the romance, the evil, the adventure. As a result, the film moves along more swiftly than its running time would suggest. Hats off to the director for accomplishing this so brilliantly. Visually the film is a stunner. The performances (with only one exception (Ricky Gervaise, so terrific in The Office, really needs to either learn, or be given the opportunity to do something different)are marvellous. Clare Danes, for my money the best actress of her generation, is superb once again, and Charlie Cox (a new actor to me)more than holds his own. Their scenes together are a delight to watch, charming without ever losing their sense of truthfullness or slipping into cloying sweetness. I look forward to seeing more of his work. Michelle Pfeiffer, whom I always adore and who never fails (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Age of Innocence, White Oleander, etc.) is magnificent. DeNiro in petticoats and feather boas is so brilliantly funny and believable that I'd love to see a sequel focusing on his character. It was a delight to see him return to the film in the closing coronation scene in an hysterically funny moment. Along with Brando, Pacino, Clift, and Seymour-Hoffman, he is one of America's greatest actors (I could watch Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and the more recent Flawless once a week without ever becoming bored or failing to be awed by his versatility). As good as Danes, Cox, Pfeiffer and De Niro are, the supporting cast are never overshadowed. All of them (ok, not Gervaise)are wonderful to watch. The film is loaded with many wonderful moments: Tristan (Cox) declaring his love for the girl who cares more about what he can give her than for him; Danes speaking of the heartbreaking sadness as she, a star, feels when she looks down and sees the cruelty of humanity and the hope she feels when she observes how humans can love; the reaffirmation of loyalty that Di Niro's pirate crew express to him after discovering his secret (though they always suspected) and his touching reaction to their attitude; Pfeiffer's seeming heartbreak when she loses everything and her immediate and scary reversal of attitude. These are just a few in a film loaded with great moments. I'm looking forward to watching it again.

Welcome To Woop Woop [1997]
Welcome To Woop Woop [1997]

5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Whacko Comedy, 25 Sept. 2008
I agree with the general review; it is a shame this film hasn't had wider exposure. Was lucky enough to catch it on TV here in Italy. Missed the opening credits and kept thinking, as I laughed my way through the film, that it had the same freshness and wonderful attention to detail as "Priscilla Queen of the Desert". So was not surprised to finally discover it was directed by Stephan Elliott, director of Priscilla.

A wild comic opera that boasts a large and brilliant cast of actors (including Johnathon Schaech and Rod Taylor) who hold nothing back and have that ability to make us totally believe the farce on view.

Amidst all the bizarre mayhem, there is an innocence and sexiness in this film that never forgets where its heart is. A terrific script, great costumes and sets, and a brilliant score. The use of Rogers & Hammerstein classics as a background to the totally surreal Woop Woop and its citizens is brilliant. Besides adding to the humour, the way they're used also reminds one of how brilliant the songs are.

What a shame its not available for purchase right now. Try to see it. If you like comedy, and particularly Australian comedy, you'll love this "'Mad Max' meets 'Lil Abner' meets 'The Sound of Music' meets '1984'(where Rod Taylor's Daddie tries to watch everyone, at least when he's not pissed in front of the telly watching footy)" delight. Rod Taylor's bar top tap dance is truly electrifying (as is the image of Johnathon Schaech spread-eagled in a pig sty wearing only his D&G briefs; but seriously, Schaech goes beyond the male pin-up category here, showing an easy, delightful and believable flare for comedy.)

The language is pretty raw so you probably won't want to be watching this one with the kids. Woop Woop is a place where amazement and happiness (be it Angie seeing the sea for the first time and plunging topless into the surf, or Angie's farting mother hearing the news that Angie is "up the duff", etc., etc.) is greeted with "F__k me dead." You might call it the town motto. Might become yours after seeing the film.

A real gem that easily joins Priscilla, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel's Wedding up there at the top of Australian film comedy.
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Running Scared [DVD]
Running Scared [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Walker
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.74

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 5 July 2008
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This review is from: Running Scared [DVD] (DVD)
Not the type of film I would normally watch but I'd encourage you to ignore the undeservedly harsh comments of some other reviewers because Running Scared just might have you as glued to your seats as I was. I would add that some of the "facts" of the plot as described by some reviewers are inaccurate. Perhaps this was done so as not to give away some of the surprises, so, errors forgiven. Yes, the film is violent (very violent), the language is strong, but the plot is neither weak or confusing, the direction is crisp and clever and the acting is generally very, very good; even some of the stereotypical gangster type characters manage to make you believe. The biggest and most wonderful surprise is Paul Walker, who moves out of the "just another pretty face" category and reveals real talent. As I watched the film, I kept saying to myself "Damn, he's good." I hope future roles come his way that take him into new areas that allow him to continue to stretch and develop his talent; the guy has got it.
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Digging to America
Digging to America
by Anne Tyler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Tyler does it again., 5 July 2007
This review is from: Digging to America (Paperback)
I'm amazed at the few negative comments about Anne Tyler's work. To each his own, of course, but I'm still amazed. Her work is so "easy" to read but is as complex as the human heart, and this is her great strength. Her ability to reveal, with incredible wisdom, the extraordinariness of "ordinary" people is a rare and invaluable gift to us all, promoting not tolerance but love for the fragile creatures we all are.

I find that each of her books (and I've read them all) enriches my life, and "Digging To America" is no exception to this. Every character Anne Tyler creates is unforgettably drawn in black and white and all the shades of gray that exist between those absolutes. "Celestial Navigation;" "A Slipping Down Life;" "Accidental Tourist;" "Ladder of Years;" "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant;" "Saint Maybe;" "A Patchwork Planet;" and all the others will give you more pleasure and food for thought than you'll get from any other author being published today.

There is one problem with reading "Digging to America" and it's the same problem I was faced with after each of her books: the frustration of having to wait for the next one she writes.

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