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Jason X [DVD] [2002]
Jason X [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Kane Hodder
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.05

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why can't we vote zero stars?, 17 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Jason X [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
I actually can't think why I'm bothering to write a review on such a hopeless film.
I caught this movie one night on television, and was utterly disgusted with it. If you have read reviews which promote this film...I don't know how to finish that sentence.
Appallingly written, absurdly directed, shodily filmed, time wastingly pathetic, unbelievably ridiculous. Don't buy it. don't rent it, don't watch it.
The director quotes Cronenberg to be his idol. The problem is, by saying that, he has now attatched Cronenberg to this movie, thereby insulting him.
I can't bring myself to go into analyzing this film anymore. Please stay away, for the good of your own minds. What a let down to the series.


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - 2 Disc Special Edition [1966] [DVD]
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - 2 Disc Special Edition [1966] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by avalondesign
Price: £3.50

44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are those with guns, and those who dig. You dig., 16 Mar. 2004
The special edition DVD is finally here. It has been eagerly awaited, for never has such a fine picture graced a digital versatile disc.
This film has everything that defines a classic. Frankly it remains under-rated even though it is highly respected.
My personal favourite from Leone, and certainly Morricone, the film doesn't pull you along, it pushes you along, and you don't want it to stop.
Eastwood is entirely enjoyable to watch, and never is there a dull moment. The slower scenes perfectly build the tension, and the resolutions are always pleasing - not in a manic explosion of a climax, with explosions, bullets and Hollywood-director-boat only scrapes a rock and then explodes - scenes, but with the expert craftsmanship of Sergio Leone, and he makes you wait and then beg for what's coming. And by God, you won't be able to keep yourself from smiling.
This film brings out all the things you want to see in a western. The music does nothing but compiment the action, the photography is graceful yet enjoyably stylish, the dialogue is well written, with a few one liners that have outshined the others for years, and wow, the film is just great.
I do not believe i have ever sat through a film with a better ending scene. THE climax of cinema. BRILLIANT!


2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [DVD]
2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keir Dullea
Price: £4.40

28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All about evolution, 10 Feb. 2004
This film is one of my favourites. At first I bought it on video, and having pressed play on the video, fell promptly asleep. I awoke and couldn't tell the difference between the scene I had awoken to and the one I had fallen asleep at. Space, a spaceship, and the Blue Danube. Back to sleep for me.
However, the next day, a little more awake, I braved watching it again in my living room on a widescreen TV. From start to finish, I was completely transfixed.
The film is undoubtedly confusing, and if you read Kubrick's biography, a lot of time is dedicated to the production of this picture - including the process of writing it. Apparently, a lot of the film had to be cut for time restraint, and as a result, explanatory sequences were lost. So don't worry if you don't understand. You're supposed to watch it and try to make out what you can - even possibly develop your own individual theories. Maybe Kubrick didn't intend for that, but it's best to do so with such an ambiguous picture (Mulholland Drive another example).
Anyway, anyway, the film is incredible if you enter the appropriate frame of mind for watching it. If you are expecting an elaborate story with emotion and edge-of-your-seat thrills, rest for half an hour whilst re-setting your brain and then prepare yourself for a film that revolutionised the way stories could be told. Also bare in mind that this film was made almost ten years before star-wars, and the effects are undoubtedly superior.
The film is purely beautiful. There is almost no dialogue, and this helps isolate the characters and increase the sense of desolation in space. I don't want to give too much away in the way of story, but it genuinely does become interesting, and mysterious.
You just have to stand the long sequences, the silence, the darkness, and appreciate the beauty, the music complementing the scenes, and the actual size of the film as a whole - it is a HUGE production for its time. Every single frame of all the effects shots were stenciled by hand - at Kubrick's demand.
If you don't think yourself one for standing long films without hollywood stories, stay away from this one. otherwise, watch it, get confused, think about it, develop your own idea, and then watch it again to just appreciate it. you can spend all the time you want analyzing the metaphorical politics of the picture, as you can with almost every picture made! - but some might argue that the story is too insubstantial for such debate.
Genuinely, it is a great film: Stunning to look at, great to listen to, and interestingly thought provoking.
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Punch-Drunk Love [DVD] [2010]
Punch-Drunk Love [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Adam Sandler
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £5.07

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre but BRILLIANT, 17 Jun. 2003
By bizarre, do not think I mean weird, or stupid - I mean unusual by Hollywood standards. It has been a while since such a film was released - maybe it was Magnolia (by the same director!!) - and it was delightful to see it on the big screen. Don't hesitate to see this picture. With a natural and exciting use of film grammar or camera work, Anderson leads the viewer through a tale of a salesman, scared, nervous and hesitant in life. Constantly bombarded by the remarks of multiple sisters (hillarious) and isolated by what can only be depression, Sandler's character 'Barry' is fabulously complex.
Barry is discovered by a friend of one of his sisters, and has no choice but to endure a growing relationship, not least because he finds himself becoming attracted to her.
Highly entertaining film - great music, a decent ending, and a few scene-stealing moments from Sandler, as he breaks free from his usual fim persona as the comic fool. And that should make the film worth watching alone - he actually as talent!!


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