Spike Owen

"John Rouse Merriott Chard"
Top Reviewer Ranking: 279
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (5,428 of 6,166)
Location: Birmingham, England.
Birthday: 11 Mar



Top Reviewer Ranking: 279 - Total Helpful Votes: 5428 of 6166
Sin City [DVD] [2005] <b>DVD</b> ~ Bruce Willis
Sin City [DVD] [2005] DVD ~ Bruce Willis
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Three grizzled stories from Basin City comprise the basis for Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novels (Miller along for co-directing duties as well). Man mountain Marv is out to avenge a murdered hooker, Dwight attempts to help the red light girls stay independent from the mob, and aging cop Hartigan is trying to protect a beautiful dancer from a sadistic pervert.

I think the first thing I should say is that I have no frame of reference as regards the adaptation here, I have never read (or seen) a Frank Miller story, but from what I can gather from the IMDb site is that fans of Miller's graphic stories were well pleased with the final result. I'm pleased to… Read more
El Cid [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Charlton Heston
El Cid [DVD] DVD ~ Charlton Heston
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
El Cid is the story of legendary Rodrigo Diaz who lifted his country with valour and integrity to drive the Moorish invaders from Spain.

I think the best thing I can say about this film is that even though it's nearly three hours long, I never once look at the clock. It's a thoroughly engaging picture that boasts all the great hallmarks of a sweeping historical epic. The colour, the costumes, the scope, and the attention to detail from director Anthony Mann are first rate, and par for the course is the suitably rousing score from Miklos Rozsa. Big square jawed bronzed beefcake Charlton Heston takes the lead role as Diaz, and firmly cements himself as the go to guy for gargantuan… Read more
The Agony and the Ecstasy [DVD] [1965] <b>DVD</b> ~ Charlton Heston
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When I am finished!

And so it be that that is the often repeated exchange between Rex Harrison's Pope Julius II & Charlton Heston's Michelangelo, and thus we have the basis for the film version of Irving Stone 's novel The Agony & The Ectasy. This is a fictionalised account of how Michelango came to paint his masterpiece on the roof of the Sistine chapel, focusing solely on the two main characters of the piece, The Agony & The Ectasy is a character and dialogue driven piece of work.

I'm not here to give you a history lesson on the Renaisssance painters or the background to Pope Julius II (The Warrior Pope) and his term of office, there are many well written comments on… Read more

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