Peter Willis

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (127 of 158)
Location: Leeds, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,706,332 - Total Helpful Votes: 127 of 158
Inglourious Basterds [DVD] (2009) <b>DVD</b> ~ Brad Pitt
4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
In Quentin Tarantino's world, it would be movies that defeated the Third Reich. Cinema's uber post-modernist director in his sixth feature film (counting Kill Bill as one movie for this purpose only) has gone beyond simply re-tooling scenes, thoughts, and ideas from past filmic works and has now moved to a larger playing ground altogether - he's remaking history. With Inglourious Basterds, he has remade World War II, and I loved him for it.

After Public Enemies, it's my second favourite movie of 2009 and one that I know I'm going to revisit a thousand times in the future, hell I've already seen it twice and may go back for a third helping soon. I totally love everything about… Read more
Two Lovers [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Joaquin Phoenix
Two Lovers [DVD] DVD ~ Joaquin Phoenix
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
As a character piece Two Lovers works well- the portraits of the three central figures, lead admittedly well by Phoenix as Leonard, are impeccably drawn, and the dynamic between the torn man and his two choices, one endorsed by his parents the other the complete opposite is the best part of the film. To his credit, Phoenix plays the tortured soul well- he has one of those faces that looks pathetic and vulnerable even when he is playing a tyrant (hence his success as Gladiator's tortured nemesis and as tortured Johnny Cash). From his first suicidal scene, Leonard's torment is captured well enough to be utterly believable and compelling, largely thanks to the way James Gray changes the pallet… Read more
Lesbian Vampire Killers [DVD] [2009] <b>DVD</b> ~ James Corden
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
More than any other, British comedy deals best in the shattering of dreams, and the corruption of comfort- Americans, on the other hand seem to prefer character-lead or relationship comedy. British comic-horror: like Severance, like Shaun of the Dead, and now like Lesbian Vampire Killers work (in their various levels of success) because they take the very essence of British normalcy and make it threatening. For Severance, the horror revolves around a team-building trip (the pinnacle of British endurance: it is after all an American phenomenon), for Shaun of the Dead the local pub becomes a potential tomb rather than a womb-like sanctuary and with Lesbian Vampire Killers, a lad's weekend… Read more