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Warlock - The Armageddon [DVD]
Warlock - The Armageddon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julian Sands
Price: £14.95

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why did i enjoy this?, 21 Feb. 2004
this is an appalling film. the plot is dreadful, the effects equally so and the dialogue worse. the basic outline is that a warlock (sands) needs some stones to wreak havoc on the world (hence the title). only a young guy can stop him and save the day. all pretty trite, you'll agree. however, this is a film that is so dreadful, it's funny. in fact, not just funny, but side-splittingly so. the deaths - and there are many - are hilarious: man turned into avante-garde statue, or whore has hair and scalp ripped off. sounds revolting, but is so badly managed as to be funny. but it is the terrific dialogue, and sands' spot on delivery, that really generates the most laughs. upon looking at the now statuesque man, one eye still moving around, he intones 'ahh, picasso'. or as he runs over a rabbit along the highway, he lilts 'the wild west'. seriously, this is genius. sort of.

Apocalypse Now Redux [DVD] [1979]
Apocalypse Now Redux [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Marlon Brando

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what the thunder said, 21 Feb. 2004
this is not a film, it is a work of art: it fuses literary sources together to create an astounding whole. we see conrad, eliot, the grail myth, jungian psychology, and 'tristan und isolde' being flashed mesmerically across the screen. not only this, of course, but we see a comment on the decay of society and the definitive view of war as mediated through art. it is not a war film in the strictest sense, as atrocity and inhumanity are depicted more urgently elsewhere (full metal jacket, opening of saving private ryan); instead it is a psychological journey, a glimpse into the unconscious of us all, a film that defies conventions and categorisation.

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