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Putty Hill [DVD]
Putty Hill [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sky Ferreira
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Price: £9.47

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Cinematic, atmospheric and modernistic indie...", 14 May 2013
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American screenwriter and director Matthew Porterfield`s second feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriter Jordan Mintzer, premiered in the Forum section at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on locations in Baltimore, Maryland in America and is an American production which was produced by producers Eric Bannat, Steve Holmgren, Jordan Mintzer and Joyce Kim. It tells the story about a 24-year-old man named Cory who has died from a heroin overdose and his family, friends and those who knew of him.

Distinctly and subtly directed by American filmmaker Matthew Porterfield, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a reflective portrayal of how various human beings are affected by the death of a young man and especially his sister named Zoe who has returned to Baltimore from Delaware to attend his upcoming funeral. While notable for its authentic and distinct milieu depictions, prominent cinematography by cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier and use of sound, this conversational story where the main character is the only character whom is not physically present centres its focus on numerous characters and their individual and related stories.

This humanistic and earth-bounded drama which is set during a summer in a closely connected community in the United States and where an approaching memorial causes contemplation amongst many, is impelled and reinforced by its loose narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, abrupt editing, documentary-like style and the naturalistic acting performances by actors and actresses Sky Ferreira, Cody Ray, Dustin Ray, Zoe Vance, James Siebor, Cathy Evans, Ed Sauer and Virginia Heath. A cinematic, atmospheric and modernistic indie from the late 2000s where the style of filmmaking is given more substance than the characters.


Sister [DVD]
Sister [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kacey Mottet Klein
Price: £10.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Atmospheric, somewhat sociological and affective...", 8 May 2013
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French-Swiss screenwriter, actress and director Ursula Meier`s second feature film which she co-wrote with Swiss sociologist, author and screenwriter Antoine Jaccoud and French author and screenwriter Gilles Taurand, is inspired by an idea from the director. It premiered In competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in Switzerland and is a France-Switzerland co-production which was produced by producers Denys Freyd and Ruth Waldburger. It tells the story about a 12-year-old boy named Simon who lives in an apartment block in an industrial area nearby a ski resort in Switzerland with his older sister named Louise. As his sister spends most of her time with her various boyfriends, Simon innately thinks that it`s his responsibility to support them so he frequently finds his way to the ski resort up in the mountains where he steals equipment and sells it to the tourists.

Distinctly and precisely directed by French-Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the two main characters` viewpoints, draws a humane and heart-wrenching portrayal of a somewhat uncommon relationship between two siblings. While notable for its naturalistic and surreal milieu depictions, fine cinematography by cinematographer Agnès Godard, costume design by costume designer Anna Van Brée and excellent choice of location, this character-driven story about a boy who meets and Englishman and who breaks moral rules in desperation, for the sake of achieving affection from the person he cares the most for and to make that person happy, depicts two interrelated and heartrending studies of character where two human beings who are marred by their backgrounds does what their hearts and minds tells them to do and contains an efficient score by composer John Parish.

This conversational, political, at times humorous, non-moralizing and tangible though imaginary psychological drama about interpersonal relations, communication and human conditions which is set in the Swiss Alps during a skiing season and where a child who keeps on going up to a place where people are living a lifestyle that is far away from his and keeps on coming back down to his reality where things are not quite as sunny, has taken on the role as provider due to the situation he and the only person he has is in, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle continuity, good dialog, emotional substance and the prominent and commendable acting performances by child actor Kacey Mottet Klein and French actress Léa Seydoux. An atmospheric, somewhat sociological and affective love-story which gained, among numerous other awards, a Silver Bear Special Award at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival in 2012.


Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (Special 2 disc Edition) [2005] [DVD]
Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (Special 2 disc Edition) [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julia Jentsch
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £6.78

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Unforgettable, inspirational, authentic...", 8 May 2013
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German screenwriter, producer and director Marc Rothemund`s second feature film which he co-produced and which was written by German screenwriter, producer and director Fred Breinersdorfer, is inspired by unpublished transcripts, interviews with witnesses and historical facts, It premiered In competition at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival in 2005, was shot on location in Germany and is a German production which was produced by producers Fred Breinersdorfer, Christoph Müller and Sven Burgemeister. It tells the story about a German student named Sophie Scholl who lives in an apartment with her brother named Hans who as her and their two friends named Willie and Alex are determined members of a revolutionary resistance movement called The White Rose which is opposed to the reigning regime in GDR. One afternoon after sneaking in to university grounds to place leaflets with anti-national socialist content, Sophie and Hans are caught by a janitor who immediately reports them. Hans and Sophie is then transported to a police station in Munich where they are to be interviewed by different interrogators and where Sophie meets a patriotic Gestapo investigator named Muhr. As he doesn`t get Sophie to reveal anything about the leaflets and she is considered a prime suspect she is taken to a prison cell. Shortly after she is told that she is to be released, but when she has signed the release form she is taken back to investigator Muhr`s office.

Astutely and subtly directed by German filmmaker Marc Rothemund, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional retelling which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character`s point of view, draws a quiet and reflective portrayal of the daring fight initiated by The White Rose (1941-1945) to enlighten their fellow countrymen about the consequences of their fatherland`s development under their leader`s non-democratic regime and their courage to use their knowledge as a resource to prevent their nations downfall. While notable for its naturalistic and mostly interior milieu depictions, minimalistic production design by production designer Jana Karen, cinematography by cinematographer Martin Langer and costume design by costume designer Natascha Curtius-Noss, this narrative-driven and dialog-driven story which is inspired by real events in the life of a 21-year-old kindergarten teacher and nursery school teacher named Sophia Magdalena Scholl who came from a Lutheran family and the city of Ulm in the federal German state of Baden-Württemberg, was profoundly influenced by her father named Robert Scholl`s opinions and had a close relationship with her older brother Hans Scholl who was the second eldest of her five siblings, depicts a heartrending and singular study of character.

This biographical, historical and quasi-documentary drama which is set in Munich, Germany during the Second World War in 1943 after Germany had lost the Battle of Stalingrad (1942-1943) and where an affianced protestant befriends a communistic prison guard and during an interrogation with a Gestapo officer with contrary convictions gets into an ethical and ideological debate where none of them is willing to compromise, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, reverent depiction of a young woman who strenuously and in an admirable and impressive way fought to protect and preserve her integrity whilst always considering the well-being of others, incisive dialog, calm atmosphere, fine editing by film editor Hans Funck and the understated, conscientious and visibly wholehearted acting performance by German actress Julia Jentsch who also had a role in German filmmaker Olivier Hirschbiegel`s "Der Untergang" (2004) and the commendable acting performance by German actor Alexander Feld. An unforgettable, inspirational, authentic and pivotal narrative feature from the early 21st century which gained the Silver Bear for Best Director Marc Rothemund and Best Actress Julia Jentsch at the 55th Berlin Film Festival in 2005.


Alps [DVD]
Alps [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stavros Psyllakis
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Sociological, minimalistic, cinematographic and invigorating...", 23 April 2013
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Greek screenwriter, producer and director Yorgos Lanthimos` fourth feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriter Efthimis Filippou and co-produced, premiered In competition at the 68th Venice Film Festival in 2011, was screened in the Visions section at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, was shot on location in Greece and is a Greek production which was produced by producer Athina Rachel Tsangari. It tells the story about a ballet coach, his female student, an ambulance driver and a nurse named Anna who runs a private business which is led by one of the males.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, this rhythmic fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from one of the central female character`s point of view, draws a quiet and diverse portrayal of four members of a group consisting of two men and two women who has named themselves "Alps" and who offers people consolation in their grief by substituting for their loved ones who has passed away. While notable for its naturalistic and mostly interior milieu depictions, sterling production design by production designer Anna Georiadou, cinematography by cinematographer Christos Voudouris, distinct use of light, dialog within dialog and acting within acting, this character-driven story depicts an acute study of character and contains a timely and efficient score.

This cinematic, situational and theatrically remarkable mystery drama which is set in Greece and where pretending to be a non-existing person and putting a shield on one`s innate human emotions takes a toll on the only person in the group who thinks outside the box, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, rare characters, versatile perspectives, poignant and naturally occurring humour and ingenious acting performances by actresses Ariane Labed, Aggeliki Papoulia and actors Ares Servitales and Johnny Veksris. A sociological, minimalistic, cinematographic and invigorating character piece which underlines the hardships of being an actor or actress, the distinction between fiction and reality and which gained, among other awards, the Golden Osella for Best Screenplay Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou at the 68th Venice Film Festival in 2011.


Uzak (Distant) [DVD] [2002]
Uzak (Distant) [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Muzaffer Özdemir
Price: £7.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Genuinely compassionate and singular character piece...", 23 April 2013
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Turkish photographer, screenwriter and director Nuri Bilge Ceylan`s third feature film which he wrote and produced, is inspired by his own experiences. It was screened In competition at the 56th Cannes International Film Festival in 2003, was shot in Istanbul, Turkey and is a Turkish production. It tells the story about a middle-aged photographer named Mahmut who lives in an apartment in Istanbul and who one day is visited by his cousin named Yusuf who comes from the countryside.

Distinctly and acutely directed by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, this rhythmic and somewhat autobiographical fictional tale which is narrated from the two main character`s viewpoints, draws a quiet and moving portrayal of a relationship between two Turkish relatives from different generations. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling production design by Turkish production designer Ebru Ceylan, cinematography by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and use of sound and music, this character-driven, narrative-driven and colorful story depicts two internal and interrelated studies of character.

This naturally humorous and incisive drama which is set during a winter in the capital of Turkey, is impelled and reinforced by its fleeting narrative structure, subtle character development and the remarkable acting performances by Turkish actors Muzaffer Ödemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak (1974-2002). A genuinely compassionate and singular character piece which gained, among several other awards, the Grand Prix Nuri Bilge Ceylan at the 56th Cannes Film Festival in 2003.


Everyday [DVD]
Everyday [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Simm

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Lyrical, compassionate, mindful and heartrending...", 18 April 2013
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English screenwriter, producer and director Michael Winterbottom`s nineteenth feature film which he co-wrote with French screenwriter Laurence Coriat, premiered in the Shows section at the 39th Telluride Film Festival in 2012, was screened in the Masters section at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in Norfolk, England over a period of five years and is a United Kingdom production which was produced by producer Melissa Parmenter. It tells the story about a woman named Karen who lives in a house in a rural county in the East of England with her sons named Shaun and Robert and daughters named Stephanie and Katrina. Karen`s husband named Ian whom she and his children are waiting to get back home has been in prison for several years and is serving his sentence.

Distinctly and finely directed by UK filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from the mother, father and children`s viewpoints, draws a tangible and intimate portrayal of four children who are missing their father and a hard working mother whom is struggling to hold her family together whilst regularly visiting her man who is incarcerated. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by cinematographers James Clarke, Sean Bobbitt, Marcel Zyskind, Simon Tindall and Anne Marie Lean Vercoe, use of sound and realism, this narrative-driven story where the continuity is created by repetitions and abrupt editing depicts two interrelated studies of character and contains a great score by English composer Michael Nyman.

This atmospheric, conversational and romantic drama about an English family which is set in the county of Norfolkin the East of England and where a matrimony is challanged by the distance that has and is keeping a husband and wife apart due to his past criminal actions, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, natural humor and dialog, ordinary and charming characters, the modest and sincere acting performances by English actor John Simm, Scottish actress Shirley Henderson and the pivotal acting performances by the child actors and actresses. A lyrical, compassionate, mindful and heartrending labour of love from a great European filmmaker which gained the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film at the 23rd Stockholm International Film Festival in 2012.


The Master [DVD]
The Master [DVD]
Dvd ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
Price: £4.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Heartrending, incisive and epic...", 18 April 2013
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American screenwriter, producer and director Paul Thomas Anderson`s sixth feature film which he wrote and co-produced, premiered In competition the at the 69th Venice Film Festival in 2012, was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in Oahu, Hawaii in the United States of America and is a U.S. production which was produced by producers Joanne Sellar, Daniel Lupi and Megan Ellison. It tells the story about an American man from Lynn, Massachusetts named Freddie Quell who after having served his time in the Second World War which has scarred him for life and been brought back to a civilization he no longer knows and is alienated by encounters a persuasive man on a sailing vessel called Alethia named Lancaster Dodd, also known as The Master.

Distinctly and precisely directed by American filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the protagonist`s point of view, draws a moving portrayal of a mentally afflicted war veteran who coincidentally befriends a leader of an enigmatic movement called The Cause. While notable for its naturalistic and colorful milieu depictions, sterling production design by production designers Jack Fisk and David Crank, cinematography by Romanian cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr, fine costume design by costume designer Mark Bridges and chemistry between Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, this narrative-driven, at times romantic and somewhat scientific story about the aftermath of war and the conflicted personality of a former soldier depicts a pervasive and empathic study of character and contains a timely score by English composer Jonny Greenwood.

This conversational, psychological, atmospheric and humorous drama which is set in USA during the 1950s where a friendship arises between a multitalented author, husband and father and a former seaman whom is going nowhere, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle character development, various characters, the distinct and extraordinary acting performance by American actor Joaquin Phoenix and the reverent acting performances by American actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman and American actress Amy Adams. A heartrending, incisive and epic character piece which gained, among numerous other awards, the Silver Lion for Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson and the Volpi Cup for Best Actor Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman at the 69th Venice Film Festival in 2012.


Unrelated [2007] [DVD]
Unrelated [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Hadley
Price: £5.13

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Tangible, contemplative, efficiently understated...", 5 Feb. 2013
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English screenwriter and director Joanna Hogg`s feature film debut which she wrote, premiered at the 51st London Film Festival in 2007, was shot on location in Monteroni d`Arbia and Siena in Italy and is a United Kingdom production which was produced by producer Barbara Stone. It tells the story about a woman named Anna who goes to a holiday resort in Italy. Some of her old friends are staying there with their children and after Anna has gotten settled, her friend named Brianna begins noticing that something is going on with Anna.

Distinctly and precisely directed by English filmmaker Joanna Hogg, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character`s point of view, draws a perceptive portrayal of a woman`s relationship with her friends and a young man named Oakley. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Oliver Curtis, production design by production designer Stéphane Collonge, fine editing by Danish film editor Helle Le Fevre and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and dialog-driven story depicts an incisively internal and heartrending study of character.

This inventive, atypical and at times humorous drama from the late 2000s which examines themes like generational differences, interpersonal relations and belongingness, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, silent moments, natural dialog, interesting characters, underlying emotional substance, distinct aura and the authentic acting performances by actress Kathryn Worth, English actor Tom Hiddleston in his debut feature film role and Zimbabwean-English actress and director Mary Roscoe. A tangible, contemplative, efficiently understated and acutely framed character piece which reminiscences some of the great masters of cinema.


Archipelago [DVD]
Archipelago [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hiddleston
Price: £7.44

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Modestly though efficiently expressionistic...", 5 Feb. 2013
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English screenwriter and director Joanna Hogg`s second feature film which she wrote, premiered at the 54th London Film Festival in 2010, was screened at the 15th Busan International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on location in Tresco, Isles of Scilly in Cornwall, England and is a UK production which was produced by producer Gayle Griffiths. It tells the story about a man named Edward, who goes on a goodbye holiday to a vacation house on an island with his mother named Patricia and his older sister named Cynthia. As they settle in, they await Edward and Cynthia`s father who is expected to join them and Edward befriends a cook from Northamptonshire named Rose.

Distinctly and precisely directed by British filmmaker Joanna Hogg, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a quiet and contemplative portrayal of the solidarity, individuality and tensions within a family that is missing one significant piece. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Ed Rutherford, production design by French production designer Stéphane Collonge, fine editing by Danish film editor Helle Le Fevre and use of sound, colors and light, this dialog-driven story about crucial decisions, interpersonal communication and family relations, depicts some dense and internal studies of character.

This tangible, theatrical and humane drama from the late 2000s which is set on a private island in South West England which is one of the five Isles of Scilly which forms an archipelago, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, rare aura, interesting characters, partly improvised dialog, underlying emotional substance and the refined and involving acting performances by English actor Tom Hiddleston, English actresses Kate Fahy, Lydia Leonard, Amy Lloyd in her debut feature film role and English landscape painter Christopher W. Baker. An atmospheric, at times lyrical and modestly though efficiently expressionistic character piece.


The Go-Between [DVD] [1970]
The Go-Between [DVD] [1970]
Dvd ~ Julie Christie
Price: £8.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Eloquent, literary and nostalgic...", 17 Jan. 2013
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American screenwriter and director Joseph Losey`s twenty-third feature film which was written by English playwright, screenwriter, actor and director Harold Pinter (1930-2008), is an adaptation of a novel from 1953 by British author Leslie Poles Hartley (1895-1972). It was screened In competition at the 24th Cannes International Film Festival in 1971, was shot on location in the county of Norfolk in England and is a UK production which was produced by German-born British producer John Heyman and British producer Norman Priggen. It tells the story about Leo Colston, a 12-year-old student and a kind of magician who in a hot summer of 1900 is invited as a guest to a countryside mansion called the Brandham Hall in Norfolk by an aristocratic family named Maudsley. Leo has come there mainly due to his schoolmate Marcus who is the son of Mr and Mrs Maudsley, but his initial reasons for being there changes when he notices Marcus` elder sister Marian.

Distinctly and precisely directed by American filmmaker Joseph Losey (1909-1984), this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated by the protagonist and from multiple viewpoints, draws a gripping portrayal of the moral and emotional dilemma an adolescent boy is faced with after becoming a secret messenger and the forbidden relationship between an aristocratic an affianced young woman and a tenant farmer who has to hide their romance. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, sterling production design by English production designer Carmen Dillon, cinematography by English cinematographer Gerry Fisher, costume design by costume designer John Furniss and the fine editing by English film editor Reginald Black (1902-1992), this character-driven and narrative-driven period drama where an aging man reminiscence a pivotal year in his life when his young heart was struck by a magnificent woman, depicts an empathic and incisive study of character and contains an efficient and prominent score by French composer Michel Legrand.

This romantic, suspenseful, reflective and stringently structured story which is set against the backdrop of a rural county near the city of Norwich in East England in the late 19th century, examines themes like friendship, class distinctions, loss of innocence and is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, foreboding and harmonic atmosphere, graceful aura, exceptionally moving flash forward scenes and the memorable acting performances by former English actor Dominic Guard in his debut feature film role, English actress Julie Christie, English actor Sir Alan Bates (1934-2003), English actress Margaret Leighton (1922-1976) and English actor Edward Fox. An eloquent, literary and nostalgic coming-of-age tale from the early 1970s which brilliantly combines various genres and which gained, among numerous other awards, the Palme d`Or at the 24th Cannes Film Festival in 1971.

As their two previous cooperation`s, Joseph Losey and author Harold Pinter`s third and final collaboration is a film adaptation of a novel by a 20th century British writer and an artistic character piece that examines and emphasizes the internal struggles of characters from upper and lower social classes who are either by themselves or others led into predicaments that unravels their frailty. This mysterious and dense triangle drama which follows the memories of a main character who looks back at a faraway past that has left him scarred for life, is a timeless and masterful cinematic accomplishment.


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