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Brake [DVD]
Brake [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Dorff
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.92

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Monster Turkey. Watch a man in a box for 80 minutes., 12 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Brake [DVD] (DVD)
If you like to watch paint dry and kettles boil, this travesty of cinema is for you. Watch Dorff overact his ass off whilst trying to generate some sense of reality over his predicament; he is locked in a box, and trapped in what must be the cheapest movie ever made. It doesn't get much cheaper that a plastic box, an ambulance, some sound effects and a Tom Berenger cameo appearance at the end. At which end we get a predictable twist that the director probably thought was very clever; but is quite passé. Billed as a "High Octane Thriller" by the Hollywood Reporter - which should be closed down for such a misleading description - a man in a box for 80 minutes is anything but a high octane thriller! On the back of the DVD case we see an exploding White House and Dorff armed and dangerous, so you think, "This is going to be ... a high octane thriller!" Don't be fooled. It's about a pile of dog dung passing itself off as a movie, and Dorff must have been hard up or lacking any self-respect when he took this monster turkey on. If you want a high octane thriller choose any of the Bourne movies or any of the Mission Impossible movies. That's what high octane thrillers look like.
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Kill List [DVD]
Kill List [DVD]
Dvd ~ Neil Maskell
Price: £4.54

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Giving Brit Films a Bad name, 9 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Kill List [DVD] (DVD)
Director Ben Wheatley and Writer Amy Jump have created an amateur junk movie that any first year art student could out-do. The back-story is stilted and not credible, the exposition painful and the violence purely for effect. There are several diverse themes moving through the movie but none are joined up in the overall narrative nor their contribution to the story explained. In the end, the whole thing just falls apart leaving the writer and the director trying desperately to draw the whole mess to a conclusion without being predictable - and failing miserably due to serious lack of imagination. That they got funding for this fourth rate nonsense is nothing short of miraculous. That they peddle this as entertainment is scandalous. Avoid at all costs. If you want violence with a decent narrative and a cohesive plot, look at Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.


Wrecked [DVD]
Wrecked [DVD]
Dvd ~ Adrien Brody
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.68

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A car crash of a movie - don't waste your time, 25 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Wrecked [DVD] (DVD)
'Gripping' says the the blurb from The Hollywood Reporter on the front of the DVD case. As gripping as a monkey on a well oiled greasy pole. What a great actor like Brody is doing in a car-crash of a movie like this is hard to imagine. Maybe he needed the money. This is a one dimensional idea; no depth; no suspense; no believability; no investment to speak of - Brody, a forest, some hired animals and one or two bit-part actors; and Brody overacting when he's not going through the motions. Don't waste any time or money with this turkey. If you want to see a truly magnificent 'lost in the wilderness' type movie check out The Edge starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin.


The Limits of Control [DVD] [2009]
The Limits of Control [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Jean-Francois Stevenin
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £7.31

5 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Contender for Turkey of the Decade Award, 17 Oct. 2010
5 stars from the Financial Times and "A star -strewn Antonioni-Esque Bond Momovie ... Dazzling" from Time Out. I don't know what planet these reviewers were on because this turkey was about as interesting and exciting as watching paint dry. I flew through it at speeds of up to x 32 when I began to suspect there was little or no story, no substance, no credibility, no tension, no drama and absolutely no imagination. What Tilda Swinto and John Hurt were doing in this unforgivingly boring movie they can only know. Not even as interesting as a Mark Rothko - and try standing in front of one of those for 111 minutes!
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Road of No Return [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Road of No Return [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't go down this road - it sucks!, 31 July 2010
This movie doesn't know whether it wants to be a comedy or a serious drama, and turns into a turkey. It lost me when these so-called hit men are holed up in a safe house, looking mean and dangerous, when one of their mothers' turned up; and the slapstick began - so incongruent that I thought another movie had started in the middle of this one. Killed whatever credibility the movie had up to that point. What was the director thinking? Carradine and Madsen are particularly bad; what were they doing in this mess?


Valhalla Rising [DVD]
Valhalla Rising [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mads Mikkelsen
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.85

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst of the Worst, 31 July 2010
This review is from: Valhalla Rising [DVD] (DVD)
Don't bother with this one. My 12 year old kid brother with his hand-held could do better than this lamentable turkey. If you're looking for a movie with: (i) as much screen appeal as a turnip, (ii) a non-existent budget (12 hairy arsed blokes, in rags, with a rowing boat and some costume swords wandering around a mist shrouded coast), (iii) a back of DVD storyline which stretches the truth well beyond the rebound point, (iv) would-be actors caught somewhere between over-acting, under-acting and can't-acting, (v) a director lacking in any semblance of imagination; then this is the movie for you. To look at some of the reviews here ... I wonder if some movie watchers have lost all notion of what constitutes 'quality'. Read Xenophon's 'Anabasis' for a little quality, or even Homer's 'Iliad' if you are looking for blood, guts and glory - the likes of which VH Rising promised but didn't come within 15,000,000 light years of delivering.


The Cellist of Sarajevo
The Cellist of Sarajevo
by Steven Galloway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of a good idea, 21 Feb. 2010
Yet another over-hyped 'bestseller' with jammy reviews by Life of Pi author on the front cover and The Kite Runner author on the back. Galloway - who is now a member of the ABSC (the Author's Back-Slappers Club)- was onto a good idea when he invented Arrow - the sniper who was assigned to protect the 'cellist of Sarajevo'. However, instead of developing her character, Galloway introduces several other stereotypes of the conflict - ordinary folk coping with the conflict - who serve only to fragment and weaken the narrative. Galloway could have introduced these characters as part of Arrow's story, but by giving each character their own chapters - all interspersed with each other - he only diminishes the overall impact of the book. In addition, the end of Arrow's story is limp, unsatisfying, and lacks credibility, and is certainly not true to the character Galloway had contrived to give her during the narrative. Beware of reviews by members of the ABSC.


Bono on Bono: Conversations with Michka Assayas
Bono on Bono: Conversations with Michka Assayas
by Michka Assayas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn, 16 May 2009
Bono on Bono is just what you would expect; a pop millionaire looking to make himself relevant OUTSIDE the music industry, and failing. There's a classic photo in the book; Bono with George W Bush: Bono in the foreground giving the Victory sign, and a taller, canny looking GW behind Bono, giving his presidential wave. But you can almost see the Private Eye type dialogue-bubble coming from GW's mouth saying something like: "Well thank goodness we've got this schmuck onside". One day Bono will wake up and realise he's been had. His false modesty is also unbecoming for a man who is very clearly so in love with himself.
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No Country For Old Men [DVD]
No Country For Old Men [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tommy Lee Jones
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.98

10 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Film - No Imagination, 31 Aug. 2008
This review is from: No Country For Old Men [DVD] (DVD)
This was NOT a faithful adaptation of Mcarthy's book and did it no justice. Why? because the Coen brothers present you with the beginning and middle of McCarthy's book, but not the endings. There are far too many loose ends in the film which McCarthy had the imagination and the integrity to clear up - in the book, but which the 'artistic' Coens could not manage. Did they run out of time? Money? Imagination more likely. The actors performed well but there was so much wasted potential here. A really good story that the Coen's could not tell adequately. The Coen's have been over-rated for too long and Hollywood was suckered into awarding this 'unfinished' project the Oscar for best picture. I felt cheated by the Coens, and it's the last time that will happen.
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The Last Winter [2006] [DVD]
The Last Winter [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ron Perlman
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £7.98

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow, Slow, Slow, 25 Jan. 2008
This review is from: The Last Winter [2006] [DVD] (DVD)
No pace, no vision, no sense of dread or terror, little meaningful drama, a lot of over-acting and not enough editing turn what should have been a good yarn into a one-dimensional waste of resources. Read The Terror by Dan Simmons for an idea of what this dud could have been.


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