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Crystal Fairy [DVD]
Crystal Fairy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Cera
Price: £7.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, intelligent, gentle portrayal of youthful freedom., 2 Aug 2014
This review is from: Crystal Fairy [DVD] (DVD)
I suppose you need to have experienced hallucinogenics to fully appreciate this movie. But still, some reviewers on here seem to have missed the point - and have failed to appreciate the this work of art for what it is. A great and simple, carefree film which is true to the human spirit and youthful freedom, with no maniacs or dark turns waiting in the wings, just a group of friends out to have a good time tripping on boiled cactus juice. There's nice, earthy dialogue with a nice ad-lib feel to it, hand-held camera work and realistic acting, adding to the sincerity and authenticity. Nice - gentle too - friction between the guy who likes to be in control - though far from being an alpha male - and the 'newcomer' who has ideas of her own. Genius contrasting roles between the two of them, and sweet, likeable, non-offensive characters all-round whom we all know from our daily lives. It's great to see a non-pretentious portrayal of genuine human beings - a group of young friends with no bad intentions. Brilliant realistic portrayals of tripped out experiences, from head***s and guilt trips, paranoias, getting lost, following your carefree paths, losing all inhibitions. Crystal Fairy finding the shells is just so true to life, and if you have tripped out on hallucinogenics, then this kind of thing is just a perfect portrayal of what it's like. Yes, there are laugh-out loud moments here, but maybe only if you have experienced such things. Slow-burning it may be, but relax, chill out, enjoy. It's just a story of a few friends tripping on a beach.

Down Terrace [DVD]
Down Terrace [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julia Deakin
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £5.03

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, graphic, funny and original. Has charm too., 25 Aug 2011
This review is from: Down Terrace [DVD] (DVD)
The best British Isles film since Dead Man's Shoes. And like the aforementioned masterpiece, this is powerful drama with disturbing violence aided by natural ad-lib dialogue and 'everyday' characters, making it all the more convincing, real and in-your-face a portrayal of otherwise normal (or not) human beings who are also gangsters.

It rivals The Sopranos on that point, its strength being its ability to make the viewer sometimes empathise with the characters' familiar everyday problems, even though we know they are paranoid-psychotic sociopaths. It also has that series' charm and brutally graphic elements.

All laced with top-notch black comedy, filmed with innovative editing and camera work. The film will charm you from the off, it will even humour you. Then it will drag you into the dirty psychological dog-eat-dog darkness of both the criminal underground and the human mind, as paranoia takes hold and events run out of control. Great stuff!
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Cash & Curry [DVD] [2008]
Cash & Curry [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Ameet Chana
Price: £6.61

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rush and bury, 9 Aug 2011
This review is from: Cash & Curry [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I'm a big fan of crime/gangster films, especially gritty British Isles films. But this is a very poor film, with an awful script and storyline, awful direction, awful editing - and awful acting as a consequence.
Actors spend more time standing around undirected as they wait for their lines. There are long, still silences that exasperates an already slow film. I suffered an hour before switching off, and I can't remember the last time I did that (and I'm 43 yrs old).
I feel sorry for all involved, and only hope they learn from experience and have another pop at making a better film. At least it can't be any worse than this.

5 Days of War [DVD]
5 Days of War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rupert Friend
Price: £2.70

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the politics..., 9 Aug 2011
This review is from: 5 Days of War [DVD] (DVD)
Whatever the politics and/or truth of historical background, the film's failure is its lame direction, at times poor editing, and a very, very bad script that also tries to bridge the gaps in the poor editing of a ridiculously unlikely storyline. Despite some nice CGI and some great action scenes the film is dissapointing, formulaic and unoriginal.

Eddie Izzard Live: Stripped [DVD] [2009]
Eddie Izzard Live: Stripped [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Eddie Izzard
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still a comic genius, but alas, a 'lazier' one., 3 Jan 2010
As the intelligent side of Eddie's comedy genius attracted the attentions of the middle class Guardian reading fraternity, each of the last three or four tours and DVDs are notable for having more and more of these persons in the audiences. With Stripped, they seem to have completely taken over.

This was never a problem (why should it be, anyway?), as Eddie - my favourite comedian - treats everyone to the most hilarious shows. But I have a feeling that the material on this DVD is lazy and comfortable, and is more of a caricature of Eddie's comic persona than the sharp, creative genius that brought us the most hilarious, original, surreal and intelligent stand-up of the last 2 decades.

I feel that on this DVD, he and the new audiences he has recently attracted have become too accustomed to each other. It is as if they have merged, or share a common identity. This show had the feel of Eddie being Eddie for his friends' after dinner party entertainment, rather than the old cutting edge Eddie - the action transvestite who tangented away about cats drilling, God a la James Mason, and those 'biddly-bid' devices used by the crew of the Starship Enterprise.

Creatively, Eddie's still a comic genius. But at the moment, he has become a lazy genius.

But I'm sure he'll be back to form next time.

Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bourne still leading 3-0, 6 April 2009
Bond tries to be Bourne and fails miserably, because Bond isn't Bourne. Probably the greatest tribute to the Bourne franchise is that the all-time king of espionage action heroes, OO7, feels he has to be Bourne-like - in style, editing, action, dialogue, feel, lighting, every way imaginable.

Even if the unimaginative attempt at emulating Bourne's superior series was justified, the other problem - that Quantum of Solace utterly fails in every way - still makes it a pretty dreadful film in comparison. In addition, it really does lose it's way in the middle, becomes totally un-followable at times, and is way to short for its complex plot that stryggles to remain fathomable.

I'm a big Bond fan, and still like Craig's darker take on the person. I also welcome some darkening 'Bourneisation' of the franchise (everything needs to keep up with the times and - more importantly, the benchmarks). But there is no need to sacrifice one's soul and do a complete rip-off. And if you do, try and be more subtle - and make sure you come up trumps.

Sadly, that is not the case here. Hoping for a much better film next time round.

The Cottage [DVD] [2008]
The Cottage [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Ellison
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.24

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "That one moved" "which one?" "the ugly one", 4 Mar 2009
This review is from: The Cottage [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
The title of this review is the best of a few good belly laughs in this film. Sadly, it is probably one of the highlights of a poor script, which the film suffers from, along with bad editing and in-experienced directing - which shows in the poor comic timing also prevalent here. The plot also really struggles to keep itself afloat, and has to go on tangents to keep itself on track, which shows a lack of imagination and vision. But with a better script and better editing, this would not be a problem. There are also a few scares that do not work, and funnies that don't work, and it is unfortunate that they are obviously meant to work.

As a comedy horror film, it does get the balance right between laughs and scares, though, and there is some deliciously dark humour here. I don't agree that it tries to be both and fails. But there is always something lacking which you tend to keep getting distracted by as you try to put your finger on it. It becomes obvious what it is before long, though, and I have just mentioned them above.

Still, it does the trick - a darkly comic tale, with plenty of gore, and some funny bits. And there are enough nods to legendary horror flicks (Predator, Texas Chainsaw Massacre among many others - even Silence of the Lambs is in there) to keep the horror buff interested, even if nothing else does.

And for the dark comedy buff like myself, there are some beauties like the line I use for the title of this review - which is a classic. To be honest, I would watch it just for that.

Four Brothers [DVD]
Four Brothers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Wahlberg
Price: £2.72

3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor in every respect, 28 Jan 2009
This review is from: Four Brothers [DVD] (DVD)
If you like graphic gangster/crime stuff, or Tarrantino, Scorsese, The Sopranos, The Wire or gritty British crime thrillers - even those with an element of 'charm' (Snatch etc) - don't bother with this.

This is a glorified TV/teenage movie with poor acting, poor script, terrible directing, disastrous editing, misguided photography and completely looses track of what type of film it is trying to be. It struggles to make anything believable, as it tries in vain to be this, that or the other. It fails miserably at all levels.

Believe me - gangsters and crime thrillers have been my cinematic diet all the adult part of my 41 years on this planet, and this is surely one of the worst films I have seen for a long long time.

Crime/thriller/action fans, avoid at all costs.

Day & Age
Day & Age
Price: £5.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars nice cover, 10 Dec 2008
This review is from: Day & Age (MP3 Download)
The Killers' albums have always been growers, but while 'Hot Fuzz' was excellent on the first listen before growing into an all time classic, the more poppy 'Sam's Town' was only a great album thin on high points, which grew into a class offering. There were some songs on there that I initially thought I would never grow into, but I eventually did.

As the band either progress further into pop or struggle to find inspiration, 'Day & Age' continues this trend. Yes, it does grow on you, but only from being a sad helping from a castrated band bereft of ideas and disappearing up Brandon Flowers' ego-tunnel, into a glorified Pet Shop Boys album.

I'd give it one star if it wasn't for the cover.

Cloverfield [DVD]
Cloverfield [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lizzy Caplan
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £2.70

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing spin on the monster movie theme, 27 Oct 2008
This review is from: Cloverfield [DVD] (DVD)
It's a refreshing mix - dark comedy and monster movie, done in an innovative style. Enhancing on the Blair Witch Project approach, but has good CGI effects that doesn't end up looking like a cartoon. It takes the mickey out of the monster movie - where the general suspension of belief allows for an outrageously improbable plot. It also takes the mickey out of the Friends-type of cushy 'beautiful people' themed American tv and film.

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