Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Click Here Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop now
Profile for simonstockley > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by simonstockley
Top Reviewer Ranking: 11,279,471
Helpful Votes: 40

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by

Page: 1
On the Waterfront [DVD] (1954)
On the Waterfront [DVD] (1954)
Dvd ~ Marlon Brando
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £6.57

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kazan's untouchable portrayal of Mafia brutality and menace, 2 Feb. 2003
In 1954, acclaimed director of "A Streetcar Named Desire", Elia Kazan collaborated with one of the finest musicians of the time, Leonard Bernstein, and possibly the most gifted and versatile actors in screen history, Marlon Brando to create a film of nearly unmatchable power and disturbing realism.
"On the Waterfront" tells the emotional story of an ex-boxer, Terry Malloy (Brando), who, after seeing the immoral and deeply wrong nature of the mafia he is working for, realises the value of life and freedom and sets about to bring the organisation down for its crimes.
A superb performance on Brando's part as well as the film's supporting actors: Eva Marie Saint, who plays the attractive young nun, Edie, who convinces Malloy to listen to his conscience and eventually find his admirable view on life: Rod Steiger, who playsMalloy's brother, Charley The Gent, who shares the fantastic taxi scene with Brando, in which the relationship of the two brothers is seen in its real light: Karl Malden, who plays the creditable town priest whose goal from the outset is to persuade the workers at the dock to rise up against the mafia and expose their evil ways: and lee J. Cobb, who plays mafia leader, Johnny friendly whose ruthless and barbaric personality is mirrored perfectly in Cobbs performance.
Bernstein's score also adds to the amazing power of the film, reflecting the fear, hatred, anger and confusion in every workers hearts and minds in the film. The famous scene where a truck threatens to run Malloy and Edie over in a remote alleyway is given a vital accompaniment of striking overscore to convey the sense of panic and terror that is so prominent in most scenes in the film.
Perhaps most astonishing of all, are the emotions the film can't help but send racing through your mind when viewing it. The savage and barbarous existence of the mafia is so infallably crafted that its very presence in the film fills the viewers heart with anxiety, dread and alarm that I am yet to see paralleled by another piece of filmwork. Also, the touching humbleness of Brando's reformed character has a unique ability of communicating to people from all walks of life, and it is this every-man quality that forms Malloy so perfectly.
8 Academy Awards very well earned and an essential and truly brilliant films in the life of cinema, which even houses one of the most famous and emotive screen lines ever "I coulda been a contender." This immortal line encapsulates the magnificance and power of one the greatest films in history.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Feb 9, 2017 7:18 PM GMT

Goodbye [CD 1]
Goodbye [CD 1]
Offered by swankers3
Price: £6.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say hello to... THE CORAL!, 2 July 2002
This review is from: Goodbye [CD 1] (Audio CD)
With so many great bands appearing on the British indie/rock/pop scene at the moment (The Music, The Cooper Temple Clause, The Electric Soft Parade), it's hard to say which one is best. Well after stunning me with a brilliant performance of their emotive masterpiece "Goodbye" on MTV2 last week, THE CORAL have proved that they deserve to take the crown. Their sound is so fresh and original and yet, at the same time it sounds familiar to something we have all loved dearly.
It doesn't take a person with expert hearing to recognise the fact that every member of THE CORAL has their own striking musical ability. The guitar weeps and roars, the drums pound, the bass moulds itself to both and the product... THE CORAL. Also, the singer, James Skelly, provides gentle, frightening and haunting vocals that are the icing on the coral cake.
So with all this talent they were able to make the perfect song... "Goodbye." What particularly struck me about the song was that it sounded like nothing I had heard before. A lonely, mournful sounding song but with a distinctive fearful anger instead of a despressing collection of wails and sobs. Unlike Coldplay and Idlewild (both of whom are incredible!), THE CORAL make me feel afraid, not sad. And to have accomplished this in under four minutes is truly an achievement. So try "Goodbye" and have your mind dove into by one of the most potentially famous and more importantly talented bands in a long time!
The Hives are good, but THE CORAL are definitely MY new favourite band!

Page: 1