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Primer [DVD]
Primer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shane Carruth
Price: £7.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Achievement, 30 Jun 2013
This review is from: Primer [DVD] (DVD)
Primer is above and beyond the most complex film I've ever seen.

It never insults your intelligence but in doing so, becomes incredibly difficult to follow. With the time-travel centric plot, there is a lot to focus on meaning multiple watches is kind of a must, but don't be surprised if you still don't get it years on. I still don't.

Primer to be an extraordinary achievement in filmmaking - Shane Carruth made this with no experience for around $10,000 (less than 1% of the average film budget) and went on to win the top prize at Sundance. It's smart, well shot, well acted and completely enthralling. But that doesn't make it entertaining.

This film ties itself in so many knots that it takes a great deal of patience and dedication to actually try and figure out what's happening. Quite often, your brain will physically hurt trying to work this all out.

If you're into REALLY intelligent cinema, Primer should be top of your list. Otherwise it might quickly become something of a chore to watch.

Paperboy [Blu-ray]
Paperboy [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Zac Efron
Price: £7.96

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polarised Genius, 30 Jun 2013
This review is from: Paperboy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
When I first saw this film, I hated it. I hated the opening and the weird '70s-style-flushed-film-tint it adopts and the crazy characters and Zach Efron with his shirt off, again. Then, about 30/40 minutes in, something just clicked. This isn't some Efron-centric sexfest aimed at teenage girls, it's a proper film with its own distinct identity.

That click won't happen with everyone. This is a film that works for some people, purely because it doesn't work at all. It's bloody, dark, campy, exploitive and quite frankly, totally nuts. Matthew McConaughey has never been better (unless maybe Killer Joe) and everyone else from John Cusack to Nicole Kidman are unlike you've ever seen them before.

If you're a fan of the book, self-confessed "arty" films, or other weird little cult faves like Pink Flamingos, this will probably be right up your street. Otherwise it's almost guaranteed that you'll hate some/all of it.

It does grow with time though so, if at first you really hate it, wait a few days and revisit the film in your head.

Upstream Color [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
Upstream Color [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Shane Carruth
Price: £39.63

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed To Be One Of The Weirdest Experiences Of Your Life, 30 Jun 2013
Upstream Color is much more of an experience than a film. If that doesn't appeal to you straight off, stay well away from this.

The plot isn't exactly linear or clear, but basically it follows Jeff and Kris as they fall weirdly in love. Kris is damaged by a previous event and Jeff is just looking to love her, but it's not easy. There's some gorgeous imagery and the entire film is so beautifully shot that you would never guess it was made on a tiny budget. You'll struggle to find a better performance than Amy Seimetz's here too, she's incredible.

Ultimately, this is a film that's impossible to take lightly though. If you get sucked into its weird and wonderful world then, like me, you'll most likely be enthralled. Otherwise, you'll have wasted 2 hours of your life. Either way, it'll be a talking point for decades.

Film/art lovers, grab hold of this now, or regret it forever!

Spring Breakers [Blu-ray] [2013]
Spring Breakers [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Vanessa Hudgens
Price: £8.00

24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly Phenomenal, 11 May 2013
I warn you now, although this is an exceedingly great film, it's not what it looks like.

The trailer focusses on 4 college girls (2 of which are former Disney favourites Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens) on spring break who get involved in a bit of crime and spend the entire movie in bikinis/less clothing. This much is true, but the way the director Harmony Korine chooses to display all of this is what the trailer doesn't show and what can be quite jarring to less seasoned viewers of Korine's work.

The editing style takes some getting used to with some dialogue from other scenes cut amongst earlier ones, hypnotic speech played constantly and frequent use of unneeded flashbacks. It's like Korine laid all of his footage out linearly, then accidentally sat on it and forgot to reorder it all. What remains is what most people would call "artsy".

Having said that, the film is ultimately incredible. There are some insanely great moments (Britney Spears' Everytime anyone?) and the frantic editing creates a seriously hypnotic experience. James Franco has never been better, and all 4 girls make "brave" performances also.

Just be warned, if you're looking for a straight-up, American Pie style spring break movie of girls taking their tops off and covering themselves in beer, this isn't the movie for you.

Super [Blu-ray]
Super [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Rainn Wilson
Price: £8.00

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't molest kids! Molest minds., 20 July 2011
This review is from: Super [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
SUPER is not a film for everyone. You will either love it, or hate it. And it definitely ISN'T Kick-Ass, or even close.

It's a tale of a broken man (Frank Darbo) who dresses up as a super-hero (The Crimson Bolt) after his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon) who then proceeds to wage war on crime (anything from drug dealing to line butting) armed with nothing but a poorly woven costume, a monkey wrench and a psychotic young partner, Boltie (Ellen Page).

Rainn Wilson is unbelievably fantastic in the lead role, adding layer upon layer to the emotionally charged Frank, handling the insane tonal changes with ease and perfection. There'll be moments when you don't know whether to laugh or cry. Liv Tyler is beautifully angelic as Darbo's wife and Kevin Bacon is pitch-perfect as the hazardously endearing villain. But Ellen Page stands head and shoulders above all as the sociopathic sidekick Boltie, like nothing you've ever seen before. Literally insane.

Like I say, the film is not for everybody. It's darkly funny, sadistically violent and beautifully touching, all at the same time and if you generally embrace all its gushy goodness, SUPER will be one of the most rewarding cinematic experiences you'll ever have.

Shut up, crime!
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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Double Play - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Double Play - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Michael Cera

5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Edition For the Epic of Epic Epicness, 2 Jan 2011
Just a brief note on the movie itself, it's tremendous. Directed by Edgar Wright of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Spaced fame and starring Michael Cera from Arrested Development, Juno and Superbad. It's certainly not for everybody but I enjoyed the very fast pace and witty dialogue. It's definitely a movie you either love or hate.

As far as the actual DVD/Blu-ray that you're buying goes, it's truly epic. The steelbook is a double play meaning it contains a DVD and blu-ray and the special features on the disc are fantastic. I chose to watch the special features straight after watching the film and it was a very eye-opening experience. There's a specifically brilliant 50 minute documentary which is like a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the movie, the deleted scenes with hilarious commentary from Edgar Wright himself (he details why each scene got cut and at one point, even states what he had for breakfast that morning), and much much more. It also includes the frankly stupendous Scott Pilgrim vs. the Censors, a look at all the TV-Safe lines they filmed for when the movie is shown on terrestrial TV which had me in stitches with lines such as 'ass' changed to 'owl'.

The most interesting feature for me, was the SFX breakdown, showing a detailed breakdown of how each of the amazing fight-scenes and such were constructed with the use of blue-screen and lighting rigs and such. The commentary during this reasonably short feature (about 20 minutes or so) is a little flat as it is by the SFX Supervisor who is far from charismatic but even when muted, it provides a very interesting and amazing look into the creation of one of the best movies of the year and even the decade. Not to mention the cover for this edition is much, much better than the one featured on the plain DVD.

If you're a collector or just happened to really enjoy this movie, this a must have! - but I wouldn't recommend shelling out the whole £17 if you're unsure whether you'll enjoy the movie or not, as I say, it's an acquired taste. A perfect partner for the stunning soundtrack.
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The Tracey Fragments [DVD]
The Tracey Fragments [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ellen Page
Price: £10.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for all, but I thought it was amazing., 4 Oct 2010
This review is from: The Tracey Fragments [DVD] (DVD)
This movie seems to get a lot of bad press for no reason. It's very indie and very low budget, but that's part of the charm. Bruce McDonald directs it brilliantly with a very odd approach (the film is literally in fragments, with the screen occupied with 4 or 5 little screens at once) and Ellen Page is truly stunning. She has never been more amazing than in this heart-breaking mood piece.

The plot itself, revolves around the life of Tracey Berkowitz "just a 15 year old girl who hates herself" and her attempts to find her lost brother Sonny, who thinks he's a dog. It's definitely not a movie for everyone, but once you relax into the wispy tone and become really mesmerised by Ellen Page, it's a very rewarding watch. The price for the standard DVD is surprisingly high, but this is due to it's rarity, and it's impossible to find 'New' anywhere apart from good ol' Amazon. If you're an avid movie watcher and you like the more off-the-wall style flicks, and are a fan of Ellen Page, this is a must. I've seen it 3 times already.

Inception Limited Edition - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Inception Limited Edition - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio

12 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only This Movie Deserves This Edition!, 11 Sep 2010
I am an insanely big fan of Inception, purely for my love of all things Ellen Page and Christopher Nolan, and this movie just blew me away. I saw it the first showing on the day of release then pre-ordered this edition the moment it became available.

The movie is very complex but surprisingly easy to follow, as well as being beautifully shot, acted and written and this edition is the ultimate companion. 3 ways to watch the movie including one which can go on your iPod so you can watch it ANYWHERE. The magic totem (spinning top) which I have been searching for since I first saw the movie. The fake instruction booklet for the dream-machine! This can't get any better. Except it can. Art cards + briefcase + an interview with Mr Nolan himself, with Leo DiCaprio where they discuss possible answers to the biggest questions. The briefcase isn't EXACTLY a briefcase, it's a tad small but it doesn't destroy the epicness of this amazing set.

If you have any sense, buy this set. Well worth the money.

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