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Apocalypto [DVD] (2006)
Apocalypto [DVD] (2006)
Dvd ~ Rudy Youngblood
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 2.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 4 July 2007
This review is from: Apocalypto [DVD] (2006) (DVD)
I normally have zero tolerance for subtitled movies, but this is a flick that has little need for dialogue. The story is right up there on screen. It's visually breathtaking, and in spite of all the gore it's also hard to look away from the screen as director Mel Gibson cranks up he tension. Excellent film.


Hot Fuss
Hot Fuss
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.08

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not one bad track, 4 July 2007
This review is from: Hot Fuss (Audio CD)
This is a truly great album. Unlike so many modern day albums it's not just a case of a few singles surrounded by filler tracks. A truly superb debut album which gets better and better upon repeated listens.


The Departed (2006) [DVD]
The Departed (2006) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Nicholson
Price: 3.80

15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film of the year.... almost, 9 Feb 2007
This review is from: The Departed (2006) [DVD] (DVD)
The Departed is as good a film as I've seen in donkey's years, and I watch a lot of films. DiCaprio is utterly brilliant in this and really steals the show as the paranoid undercover cop. Matt Damon has the tougher part as the inside mole but does a great job with it, and Jack Nicholson is ,well, Jack and that's always good in my book. The tension of some of the scenes is real palm sweatingly good, and if I have one problem with this film it's the last 20 minutes where it suddenly descends from brutal realism to B-movie cliches. It's not enough to make me dislike The Departed, but in comparison to the ending of Infernal Affairs (of which it is a remake) there's just one too many deaths, and it stretches the films credibility a little. Overall though this is a must buy for anyone who likes a good tense thriller.


Sam's Town
Sam's Town
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.88

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sam's Town, 18 Oct 2006
This review is from: Sam's Town (Audio CD)
I know it's a recurring theme with the reviews here, but this really does get better the more you listen to it. I was a tad disappointed at first because it's quite different to Hot Fuss, but then it should be shouldn't it? Otherwise The Killers run the risk of being categorized a little too easily (Bon Jovi, Oasis etc). At least when an album sounds so very different it keeps listeners on their toes. An album just like Hot Fuss would have amused at first but then probably become tiresome and samey. So Sam's Town is pretty good, it's getting better every time I hear it, and The Killers will probably stay around a long time because of it. And it's a darn sight better than a lot of those "difficult" second albums.


Hollow Man 2 [DVD] [2006]
Hollow Man 2 [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Christian Slater
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 3.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not a classic by any means, 23 Sep 2006
This review is from: Hollow Man 2 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
The original Hollow Man starring Kevin Bacon was reasonably enjoyable without being a great film. The sequel (as is often the case) is an inferior version of the original. One of the main problems for me was that the Hollow Man (Christian Slater) is only visible for about 5 minutes of the entire film. It's almost an hour in before you actually see how he became invisible and by that time I was already a bit bored, partly due to the lack of any recognisable actors. HM2 has obviously been rushed together with a very limited budget. In that respect the director has done reasonably well in making it all look pretty good, and it does entertain in places, ultimately though this is best rented when there's not much else to choose in your local video store. If I had purchased it I would have been a bit miffed. It's okay, but it ain't great.


Spy Game [DVD] [2001]
Spy Game [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Robert Redford
Price: 4.50

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned spy thriller, 25 July 2006
This review is from: Spy Game [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
An intelligent espionage film!! Don't get me wrong I liked The Bourne Identity alot, but Spy Game is very much a different side to the spy genre. The agents in this film are much more believable. Generally all the CIA men are middle aged pen pushers quibbling over what to do to save face when Brad Pitt's character gets caught behind enemy lines (so to speak). The film juts back and forth between Redford on his last day in the office and the flashback story of how he and Pitt became colleagues / friends years earlier. The strength of Spy Game is in Redford's quite brilliant performance under interrogation from his own colleagues. Where there's little action here, the dialogue and performances make the secnes the most interesting. The flashback scenes where much of Scott's trademark action takes place, are oddly enough the parts that are hardest to follow. Spy Game is a solid and intelligent film, but it does get a little bit lost about two thirds of the way in. With a few minutes trimmed out around this point it could have warranted 5 stars, but minor quibbles like that aside it's still worthy of four for Redfords performance and some great cinematography.


Enemy Of The State [DVD] [1998]
Enemy Of The State [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Will Smith
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.47

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 25 July 2006
Enemy Of The State is a perfect example of how to pace an intelligent thriller. Right from the off this film is absolutely gripping. The plot is fairly complex yet such is the skill with which this film has been put together that the viewer never gets lost. Early on in the film when Will Smith realises that someone is after him there's a heart in your mouth chase scene that never seems to let up. This is part of the films strength, because the viewer is always aware that Smith is only ever minutes away from being caught. Even when things slow down momentarily to let the viewer catch up with any plot developments there's always an air of menace at what waits around the corner. Smith's performance is excellent and Gene Hackman as always does a sterling job as an ex CIA man. The ending is very nearly a tribute to director Tony Scott's own True Romance. If you like a decent intelligent thriller they don't come any better than this.


Crimson Tide [DVD] [1995]
Crimson Tide [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Gene Hackman
Offered by Lifes Essentials
Price: 4.51

4.0 out of 5 stars Tense thriller, 25 July 2006
This review is from: Crimson Tide [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Director Tony Scott does an extremely good job in making this into a great thriller. When a film is set almost entirely on board a submarine it can't be easy to come up with enough excitement to fill two hours. Fortunately thanks to great performances from Hackman and Washington, and a great supporting cast Scott manages to pull this off. It's hard work building up the tension in the first hour without losing the viewer but it's achieved here thanks to a few action set pieces and a bit of pop culture dialogue that was added to the script courtesy of Quentin Tarantino. The last half hour or so is a real power struggle between the two leading men and it almost makes the viewer feel as though they're trapped on the sub with them such is the intesity of the performances. A totally solid and absorbing thriller.


True Romance : Special Edition [DVD] [1993]
True Romance : Special Edition [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Christian Slater
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 11.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, 25 July 2006
This movie has a cast to die for, a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, and a great director in Tony Scott. That must be why its so good then. Non stop action from start to finish, some outrageous black humour and wonderful dialogue make this a movie that can be watched over and over. The musical score is similar to that of Badlands, the plot starts off where Taxi Driver left off and just about every other lovers on the run film is given a knowing wink as the film goes on. This is Tony Scott's finest hour, and indeed the same could be said for many of the others associated with this fantastic piece of entertainment. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette will probably never top their performances here and Tarantino is unlikely to write a better script (if his more recent efforts are anything to go by). Great support from Brad Pitt, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken (to name but a few) make this compulsive viewing for anyone who simply wants to be entertained.


The Last Boy Scout [1992] [DVD] [1991]
The Last Boy Scout [1992] [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: 3.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest action flicks ever, 25 July 2006
Bruce Willis has never been better than here (not even in Die Hard!!). Shane Black's script sizzles with cracking one liners that Willis delivers as only he can. The chemistry between him and Damon Wayans is evident from very early on as they play off eachother superbly. The action doesn't let up for a second and neither do the jokes. Willis' character Joe "Touch me again an' I'll kill ya" Hallenbeck is far and away the coolest movie detective ever. The direction is slick, and the movie really is perfectly paced. This should be the standard bearer by which all other action movie's are compared. And it hasn't dated at all. Brilliant.


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