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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark [DVD]
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark [DVD]
Dvd ~ Guy Pearce
Price: £3.90

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly Sally and her rodents!, 26 Mar. 2012
This sums it up pretty neatly. This is neither a horror movie nor a thriller; rather a kid-adventure-story with overly uncongenial Sally, armoured with Polaroid camera, trying to fight off the creepy crawlies which sprung up from a hidden basement. DBAOTD features Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce who act as Kim and Guy taking care of Sally (Bailee Madison) And boy, do they deserve each other. Kim and Guy are one-dimensional and superficial characters, quite unable to cope with the whims and fancies of Sally. Sally is a downright spoilt brat of a girl, used to getting her own way. She's so annoying I hoped for her to be eaten or otherwise captured by the eerie insect-like beasts. No such luck! The film is rated 16. 16???? I reckon it might send shivers up spines of 10 year olds but anyone over may take tension featured in DBAOTD in their stride. On the plus side; quality of sound is very good and the extras sport interviews with cast and crew. Watching those it struck me preperations for production had been extensive and thorough. In vain, as far as I'm concerned. To me the whole shambles looked like it had been put together rather loosely. Had Amazon provided the option I'd have rated no stars at all!
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Loose Cannons [DVD]
Loose Cannons [DVD]
Dvd ~ Riccardo Scamarcio
Offered by fat_buddha
Price: £5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gourmet's dream!, 5 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Loose Cannons [DVD] (DVD)
'Fingerlicking good' is how I'd like to rate 'Loose Cannons'. I enjoyed the storyline, the individual characters, the sheer craftmanship of the cast and director, the sundrenched scenery of the Italian countryside, the touching score etc etc. And I got it's message alright. Nanna's ghost couldn't have put it better at the end, something along the lines of 'follow your heart's desire and you'll be lucky'. A platitude if ever I heard one, but this came in a glitzy box tied with a velvet bow. However, I considered the culinary delights on offer here streets ahead of any of the assets I mentioned before. Tables, laden with all kind of pies, meats, rolls, fruit, greens, fine wines and champagnes, spreads with numerous pastries and sweets, the scene in the patisserie brimming with beautiful coloured confectionery and cream-filled cakes in all shapes and sizes, brought out the gourmet in me. I reckon this will generate all kinds of comments - so be it - but this is what made LC outstanding. At least for me. Did you notice how they ate? They savoured and cherised their food and, judging by their faces, they appeared to be having culinary orgasms - as it were. It made me wanna set off for Italy right away. (Instead I made do with a dried tomato and cheese sandwich. The closest I could get to anything Meditteranian at that very moment ;-)I gather the powers that be never ever meant to emphasize 'food, food, glorious food'. Yet, as far as I'm concerned, they did so all the same!


Antonio's Secret (2008) ( Ang lihim ni Antonio )
Antonio's Secret (2008) ( Ang lihim ni Antonio )
Dvd ~ Kenjie Garcia
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £30.68

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping coming-of-age film!, 18 April 2011
Despite its limited resources, 'Antonio's Secret' is captivating viewing. Shot on a tight budget in The Philippines, with only a hand-held camera and a mic at his disposal, director Joselito Altarejos managed to turn out a moving portrayal of the blossoming sexual awareness of 15-year-old lad Antonio. 'AS' provides a look-in on Antonio's sexual experiments, with him discovering his sexual preference in the process. Both items are blended beautifully; explicit scenes not shunned. They're no cheap thrill, but add an extra dimension to the subject raised here. Antonio 'treasures' his 'secret' and only lets on to his best pal, who's only too eager to know a thing or two about being gay. Mum's brov, who comes to stay, puts paid to Antonio's gentle mental and physical development. He does so, with horrific consequences. Cinematically, 'AS' may come across as rather amateurish, what with a mediocore soundtrack and unclear images. Scenes are shot rather haphazzardly and may seem like any other homevideo.
Please, take this for granted, as this film is produced a far cry from well equipped Hollywood filmfactories. See it for what it is; thought-provoking and soulsearching. A gem in its own right!


Role/Play [DVD]
Role/Play [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matthew Montgomery
Offered by Gayfilmlover
Price: £8.19

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic attempt at profoundness., 9 April 2011
This review is from: Role/Play [DVD] (DVD)
According to its cover, 'Role/Play' deals with self-reflection, coming to terms with previous choices and fighting inner demons of the two leads. Plenty of stuff for a deep human drama with some intelligent spilling of mental beans, wouldn't you say? No such luck! We were treated to some sort of surreal void - with a superblue pool thrown in - for surroundings, in which characters had some polite discussions and some polite vanilla cuddles. Beans - with an impact equalling a peck on one's arm - were spilled at the end, only to leave me wandering what all the fuss had been about. The cast didn't help elevate matters, being the cardboard characters they portrayed, with resort-manager/agony aunt topping the bill for annoyance and soap-actor's agent a sure runner-up.
2 stars for Matthew Montgomery's bedroom eyes. They're mesmerizing, to say the least. They're about the only thing worth watching. So I watched those and pitied them having to feature in this shambles of a movie.


The Chatterley Affair [DVD] [2006]
The Chatterley Affair [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Louise Delamere

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensual delight!, 30 Mar. 2011
'The Chatterley Affair' has it all. Tension, humour, gravity and above all, pleasure. Sexual pleasure that is. Descriptions of sexual acts - depicted in D.H. Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' - prevail during the trial, in order to reach a solid guilty or not-guilty. The same sexual acts are put into practise by two jurors, when they meet up after court is adjourned. They discover they don't love each other, but love to make love to one another. There is sexual tension between the two right from the start and before long, they experience freely with what Penguin Books is about to publish unabridged. We - the audience - are made privy to their bedroom-escapades. Rafe Spall and Louise Delamare exquisitely portrayed the two lovers on their quest to physical fulfillment. Not one blatant pornographic scene ever occurred. Just tender love-making, from which partners derived enormous joy - not only for themselves but also from pleasing the other. They talked openly - with no holds barred - about enhancing their adventure to new levels. Their encounters were immense sensual encounters. Just like listening to music, eating good food or drinking fine wine can be a sensual experience. After all, we are equipped with senses, so why not use them?
Back to the trial; it was a delight to watch people - from 50 years back - put forward arguments against or in favour of the unabridged 'Lady'. What struck me was people beginning to speak more freely about sex. I almost could feel a new era was dawning. Come to think, this is not very far from the truth. The 60's were just around the corner. I put this deja vu I experienced to brilliant directing by James Hawes. He did a fine job getting across the awakening reluctance to adhere to strict rules from previous decades.


The Merry Gentleman [DVD]
The Merry Gentleman [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Keaton
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £3.84

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing, gloomy and tiresome!, 30 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Merry Gentleman [DVD] (DVD)
Merriness is a long way off in 'The Merry Gentleman' Lead characters Kate, Frank and Dave constantly put each other off by behaving withdrawn, timid and occasionally unworldly. The three circle about in gloomy settings, utter tiresome phrases - with Kelly MacDonald sporting an annoyingly Scottish accent, which did no credit to her already whining voice - and succeed in getting a depressing atmosphere across. I sat this one through, just to see wheter it be Frank or Dave Kate would end up with. As it happened, neither!. Parties concerned turned out to be even lonelier than when they set out. And wet! Kate cried her eyes out, Frank wandered off into a forest putting on a wet cap and policeman Dave was found knocking on Kate's door on an overcast and drizzling afternoon. How merry can you get?!


The Social Network (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
The Social Network (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jesse Eisenberg
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £3.68

13 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What goes around comes around!, 12 Mar. 2011
Want to see a bunch of self-inflated egoes bicker over who gets what of the billions of dollars a social network generated? And to top it off, look in on them courtroom-fight over alleged copy-ing of a datingsite? If so, you might wanna give 'The Social Network' a go. After two hours of tedious scenes in which characters spoke too fast, questions were answered with questions, students never seemed to actually study, spoilt-rotten yobs met up and parted while partying from New York to California and back and dour-faced solicitors looked like they didn't know what had hit them, I was glad credits started rolling. What a load of cobblers. The dotcom-generation, portrayed in TSN, were all but social. In my view they all suffered from some sort of behaviour-disorder, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg bordering on autism, at the helm. How a snotty kid like him could accumulate vast amounts of money - on the stockmarket - by selling nothing but thin air escaped me completely. Apart from the adult actors performing as lawyers, the cast was made up of b-rated creatures, notably chosen for their well toned bodies, white teeth and slick hair. Lead Jesse Eisenberg was in a nerd-league of his own. I reckon he's rather cute in real life, but in TSN he's a downright moron. And pathetic. For at the end he's all alone. With his laptop. But then again, what goes around comes around, doesn't it? One star for the fact TSN confirmed my initial aversion to social networks. Right now, I wouldn't join for all the tea in China.
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Agatha Christie's Marple - The Collection Series 1 - 4 [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Marple - The Collection Series 1 - 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Geraldine McEwan

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Streets ahead of all other Marples, 10 Mar. 2011
At last a Miss Marple-series worth watching. Streets ahead of any other MM, with butter-woudn't-melt Joan Hickson at the other side of the scale. As dour, prim and severly dull Joan Hickson portrayed our sleuth, the better and convincing Geraldine McEwan and especially Julia McKenzie performed. Initially I took to Geraldine, for she incorporated much wit into the character. Her Miss Marple 'wafted' through the storylines like a refreshing breeze. As all good things must come to an end, series 4 suddenly changed its lead. 'Party's over' I thought, but decided to give Julia a go. Glad I did. She turned out to be even better than Geraldine. Ín my view, she's 'the real McCoy'. She not only acted witty and amusing, but also wise, solemn and tolerant when necessary. The perfect lady, with whom one could feel secure. In the series, Miss Marple is a single elderly lady, quite aware of the ways of the world. Certainly not the spinster Agatha Christie meant her to be. The individual episodes are clever, entertaining whodunnits. They're BASED on the AC-novels, but don't pretend to be an adaptation of such. Fast paced and exquisitly acted by an impressive cast of well-known stars, this box-set is worth every penny. That is if you're prepared to experience Miss Marple in a new dimension. Defenitely not for those who want exact visual reports of the written original.


Redwoods [DVD]
Redwoods [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elinor Bell
Offered by Gayfilmlover
Price: £7.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance isn't dead., 7 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Redwoods [DVD] (DVD)
I found it hard not to like 'Redwoods'. Not because of its artistic value. It's downright dribble. Core of plot is 'the other man's grass is always greener'. In 'Redwoods', the 'other man' is Chase (Matthew Montgomery) who stops at Everett's cottage to ask for directions. Everett (Brendan Bradley) is in an unsatisfactory relationship with Miles. When Chase meets Everett, Miles just happens to have left home for a week's holiday, along with their adopted son. With two steps forward and one step back, Chase becomes Everett's bit on the side. And of course, all's not well that ends well. Sorry, no further spoilers. 'Redwoods' is set in a northern Californian town. Everyone - read 'the supporting cast' - is overly tolerant towards Everett and his new lover Chase. They are - or rather 'act' - politically correct, up to a point it almost suffocates. But when together, Chase and Everett radiate 'a love so beautiful'. This stuck with me, for days afterwards. Brendan Bradley and Matthew Montgomery turned out to be well cast for their parts. They were able to let me in on their feelings and emotions. They conveyed they were comfortable with the roles they played. I think this an enormous asset to this below-mediocore production. I rate 'Redwoods' 5 stars for Brendan and Matthew's performances. Their portrayal of a tender and loving friendship was top notch. Glad to know romance isn't dead (yet).


Leo's Room [DVD]
Leo's Room [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Rodriguez
Offered by Gayfilmlover
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some enchanted picture......, 1 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Leo's Room [DVD] (DVD)
'Leo's Room' nurtured my mind like a dry, yet fruity champagne would nurture my body. It made me giddy with feelings of well-being. Martin Rodriguez performed as Leo and did so ever so languishly and lovable. I found it not hard to fall in love with character Leo. And I found myself wishing he would - even so languishly and tenderly - start up a relationship with his new found lover Seba. But that's ME talking. Leo turned out not to be ready for any gay commitment at all. Hence his philanderings with girlfriend Caro and trips to the shrink. He had to find his own way out of the closet. At the end, when Leo drives through rural countryside in his brother's car - only to get his head together after he'd managed to deal with his mental turmoil - and lights up a contented smile, I realised Leo was beginning to grasp the fact that adult relationships and/or sexual encounters were not limited to female partners only. Just by a very subtle change in Leo's facial expression, Martin Rodriguez told his audience Leo had just found a new world opening up. And that goes to show what a great actor this Martin really is. Overnight, he became one of my favourites!


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