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Ivans XTC [2002] [DVD]
Ivans XTC [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danny Huston
Price: £19.60

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars reaching for the xtc, 30 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Ivans XTC [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
Ivans XTC left me staring at the screen, not crying, not laughing; just feeling very numb. When you die, you're meant to be see your life flash before your eyes, this film is pretty much this in an out of body experience.
It's a double edged sword, both a portrayl of the sprawling consumerist Hell that is Hollywood and how it can corrupt the soul, and a show of how life really actually means very little when you look at the bare bones (scuse the pun) of it.
Ivan is a hotshot Hollywood hitter; he has a nice car, loads of cocaine, the girls... what more could you ask for? Well, something to get up for in the morning one suspects.
Danny Huston as Ivan is fantastic, giving the right amount of oompf to his party boy persona as well as managing to plumb the depths of a man with nothing inside without going into eye rolling, breast beating histronics.
The film rolls from the top (big film offers, lots of feet on desk, 80s style back slapping from men with too much gel in their hair) to rock bottom. Which is dying in hospital with barely anyone knowing or caring.
It's a rollercoaster trip and will leave you feeling like you're very, very hollow. It will disturb most. Shot like bi-polar disorder (lots of dizzying, colourful imagry when Ivan's on form, and murky, slow tracking at the end) it can be a little too hyperactive, but make it through and you will be rewarded with a performance that should have made more waves with filmgoers than it did. But then again, no one really wants to see cold harsh truth as entertainment, and this is as cold and harsh as it gets.

Criterion Collection: Night Porter [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Night Porter [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but compelling, 30 Mar. 2005
When this came out there was outcry, naturally; you've got an ex-SS officer in hiding and a concentration camp victim stumbling upon him. Oh yes, and there's a violent S&M relationship between them. That's your money shot, baby. How could it get anymore crass, right? Not quite.
Set in 50's Vienna (shot in mute, subdued and dank colours), Max is undercover as a night porter in a hotel when Lucia, his captive, turns up with her other half for a stay. They set eyes on each other and fall back into their old relationship. The 'sex scenes' are not quite sex orientated, it's all about the power struggle, which is depicted in unflinching realism. The glass shards in the feet moment is eye watering, to say the least.
Dirk Bogarde is utterly captivating, strong and wormily weak simutaneously as he grapples with the reappearance of Lucia and the fact that he is being interrogated by a group of his fellow SS officers with regards to keeping a lid on their actions and pasts, but indulging in some creepy confessions to one another as a purging tool.
Night Porter is a confusing film. The end comes quickly and suddenly but leaves some very opened ended plot lines. It's political and dark, sometimes beautiful but ultimately sad. Forget the shock tactics of using Nazis, this is really about the complexity and decay of human emotion, and the cruelty of mankind when there is the scent of power in the air.
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Voltron - Defender Of The Universe - Volume 1 [DVD]
Voltron - Defender Of The Universe - Volume 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Franklin Cofod
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £2.99

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Voltron - not quite, 30 Mar. 2005
As the other reviewer kindly pointed out, this is a deceptive little bugger.
The cover has the best of all defenders of the Universe - Voltron. There were two series made of this, one consisting of five mechanical lions piloted by humans that, when joined together, formed the hulking robot as pictured.
Then there was the completely inferior version that had something like 16 cars and lacklustre characters to make up Voltron. It was so dire, i can't remember it.
And guess what - despite Voltron looking decidly lion-esque on the cover, the episodes are of the car series. DO NOT BUY THIS! Unless of course, you want all your childhood dreams destroyed in one opening scene. Ick. Now, I must go back to alphabetising my cookbook collection...

The Craft [DVD] [2000]
The Craft [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Robin Tunney
Price: £3.00

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding!, 30 Mar. 2005
This review is from: The Craft [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
The best thing about this film is Fairuza Balk; she's a brilliant actress with a penchant for crazy bitch roles (see American History X for her as a diminuitive psycho Neo-Nazi) and as far removed from the plastic Hollywood blonde as you could wish! Her manic performance easily steals the show, but her co-stars put up a fairly good fight, particularly Robin Tunney as the quiet, but intense Sarah (the film's heroine, to be sure).
Three schoolgirls (Neve Campbell, Balk,Rachel True)are the resident campus weirdos who dabble in witchcraft. Along comes Sarah with the ability for the craft to make up the 4th corner of the witches' circle. All goes swimmingly as they plot revenge spells against their classmates forgetting the lesson of Karma. Classmates get just desserts but lo and behold, the witches find that in the process they too begin to suffer. Nancy (Balk) decides to cast the daddy of all spells, turns into the barmy army and all hell breaks loose. You still with me? Can Sarah fight off Nancy's assault, can the natural balance be restored? Hmm, for those answers, you'll have to watch!
This film is like catnip for disenfranchised teens, but it's pretty entertaining viewing for those who just enjoy a supernatural thrill. The Craft is no deep and meaningful journey and there's no mystical/religious semiplot (like Stigmata for example) to complicate the popcorn value. Plus there is a nice patchouli scented soundtrack featuring, for starters, How Soon Is Now, which seems to crop up in every spooky film/tv series going!
This is recommended dark, lonely night viewing!

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