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The Consequences Of Love [2004] [DVD]
The Consequences Of Love [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Toni Servillo
Price: £4.99

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern day re-telling, 12 Jun. 2007
After I saw this film, I gave it a 'fair' rating at our film society. Its pace was agonizingly slow, some scenes were overly dramatic and the story seemed to drift. But something about it stayed with me and by the next morning I came to the conclusion that it is a subtle re-telling of the story of Christ. The bar maid was Mary Magdalene, in love with the enigmatic main character, a bit of a tease with other customers and yet, for him, seeming to want to change. His exposing the elderly gentlemen from next door as a cheat was the equivalent of throwing the moneylenders out of the temple. He was betrayed by two men for money. And in the end, he was brought before Pontius Pilate who didn't really want to kill him but was forced to because he refused to save himself. His death is certainly reminiscent of a crucifixion with the Roman soldiers looking on. He died for others -- for the couple next door, for the bar maid. The consequences of God so loving the world ... The redemption/resurrection scene shows a gentle, bearded man in the high, misty mountains (surely a metaphor for 'heaven') who is the resurrected Christ.
It remains in its own way, a powerful, separate story, yet if you want to see the metaphor, the re-telling, it is there. This level of subtlety approaches genius.


Basic Instinct 2 (Uncut Version) [DVD]
Basic Instinct 2 (Uncut Version) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sharon Stone
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £3.34

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nothing instinctive about it, 31 Jan. 2007
basically your instincts should tell you that formula moviemaking is inherently, innately, intuitively a bad idea. With this one, it looks like moviemakers sat around a table one afternoon (my guess is that's all the time it took) and devised their story using the 'what if' device solely. And in this what if world, plausibility does not matter; plot does not matter; and characters are there simply as vehicles for the 'what if' scenarios. The complete and total lack of intelligence in this film allowed you to become strangely drawn into much more probing questions such as -- was that Sharon Stone in every scene or an impressive double ?? Or better yet, digital enhancement ?? And why is it that in some scenes she seems more herself and yet in others ... ??? Lastly, whoever was in those scenes. over-vamping does not a good movie make.


Before Sunrise / Before Sunset [DVD]
Before Sunrise / Before Sunset [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ethan Hawke
Price: £4.99

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Those Who Think From Dawn to Dusk, 16 Feb. 2006
These two movies are simply a treat. Each holds their own. Each is a masterclass in dialogue. No violence, no profanity, no sex. Instead, we’re given intelligent writing and believable characters whom we care about. The first half (Before Sunrise) deals with two early-twenty-somethings who meet on a train and spend 24 hours together -- doing what early-twenty-somethings do when they're keen -- finding out all they can about each other (subtly at times), and attempting to impress each other (with a quiet cleverness, of course). By-products of this underlying mission are conversations on life, the universe, cultural traps (the ugly American and the sophisticated European) and just about everything else that two people who are mental and spiritual soulmates can find to talk about. You, the viewer, are the eavesdropper, and it is a privilege. It is written in a way that feels inclusive because the characters are real and their situation is real and the viewer can relate. The theme is universal. Our desire to connect, to see the world and to interpret life from a shared understanding that does not need ground rules or explanation or even acknowledgment. It is just there. Nine years later they meet up again (Before Sunset). This time it is for 77 minutes (real time). Roles have reversed somewhat (I found). The cynic is less of one, the shyer more naïve of the two has taken on the more cynical role. Nothing is overt. Nothing is over-the-top. The intelligence of both movies is in their subtlety. There are intriguing coincidences and references but all are delicately presented -- a bit of the unbearable lightness of being. The no-wasted-word dialogue covers a vast amount of territory but somehow retains a casual, realistic effect. Each film could be viewed on its own, but together they make for a powerful, intense film experience – for those who like to think and reflect and be entertained at the same time.


Before Sunrise / Before Sunset [DVD]
Before Sunrise / Before Sunset [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ethan Hawke
Price: £4.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Those Who Think From Dawn to Dusk, 16 Feb. 2006
These two movies (Before Sunrise and its sequel Before Sunset) are simply a treat. Each holds its own. Each is a masterclass in dialogue. No violence, no profanity, no sex. Instead, we’re given intelligent writing and believable characters whom we care about. The first half (Before Sunrise) deals with two early-twenty-somethings who meet on a train and spend 24 hours together -- doing what early-twenty-somethings do when they're keen -- finding out all they can about each other (subtly at times), and attempting to impress each other (with a quiet cleverness, of course). By-products of this underlying mission are conversations on life, the universe, cultural traps (the ugly American and the sophisticated European) and just about everything else that two people who are mental and spiritual soulmates can find to talk about. You, the viewer, are the eavesdropper, and it is a privilege. It is written in a way that feels inclusive because the characters are real and their situation is real and the viewer can relate. The theme is universal. Our desire to connect, to see the world and to interpret life from a shared understanding that does not need ground rules or explanation or even acknowledgment. It is just there. Nine years later they meet up again (Before Sunset). This time it is for 77 minutes (real time). Roles have reversed somewhat (I found). The cynic is less of one, the shyer more naïve of the two has taken on the more cynical role. Nothing is overt. Nothing is over-the-top. The intelligence of both movies is in their subtlety. There are intriguing coincidences and references but all are delicately presented -- a bit of the unbearable lightness of being. The no-wasted-word dialogue covers a vast amount of territory but somehow retains a casual, realistic effect. Each film could be viewed on its own, but together they make for a powerful, intense film experience – for those who like to think and reflect and be entertained at the same time.


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