Je Hoare

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Location: Gravesend, Kent, UK


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On the Waterfront [DVD] (1954) <b>DVD</b> ~ Marlon Brando
On the Waterfront [DVD] (1954) DVD ~ Marlon Brando
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring classic, 4 May 2007
Hollywood is an industry which occasionally spits out a strong film, a movie that is literately scripted or handsomely shot, with fresh ideas or accomplished direction, or all these things.

But for every one of these rarities we the public are given thirty-odd Titanics, a dozen American Pies, and many Pearl Harbours. For every Steven Soderberg, we have twenty Michael Bays.

Producers know that they can invest in a damp sqiub of a project like the idiotic Gothika and break even; they know that bankable stars and state-of-the-art SFX will give Armeggedon box office returns ten times that which was originally invested, despite the film's mind-numbing mediocrity and its… Read more
Jaws [DVD] [1976] <b>DVD</b> ~ Roy Scheider
Jaws [DVD] [1976] DVD ~ Roy Scheider
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monster Hit, 3 May 2007
Spielberg's mastery, demonstrated here when he was only twenty-six years old, and displaying the maturity and storytelling prowess of a filmmaker a decade older.

A fine movie and the one that arguably ushered in the era of the summer "event" film, JAWS is a classical story of man (or men) versus monster. The monster in question is, of course, a twenty-five foot, three-ton great white shark, which is terrorising the beaches of Amityville Island. And the three unlikely allies who must destroy it are Brody, a police chief afraid of the water (Roy Schneider), Hooper, an affluent "city boy" shark expert played by Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw's grizzled, working class mariner,… Read more
Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Hor&hellip by Carol J. Clover
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to Read, 3 May 2007
As a graduate in Film Studies I read my fair share of spirit-crushing texts. Wittgenstein? Freud? The notoriously difficult Lacan? Then once in a while you'd get something nice and airy come along and Carol J Clover's Men, Women and Chainsaws was an absolute breath of fresh air.

Clover's study of gender and spectatorship in the modern horror film wrestles with Freudian analysis but does so in such a lucid and entertaining way that I'm sure her ideas could be understood and used in a secondary school classroom. At the same time, it's not as if Clover's book will not challenge the more experienced reader of cultural theory.

Do the pleasures of the modern horror film… Read more

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