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A Home At The End Of The World [DVD]
A Home At The End Of The World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andrew Chalmers
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £6.77

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitivity over sensibility., 25 April 2010
The 'home' at the end of the world is a beacon of light and love in a remote area. It's where the film reaches its conclusion. I won't spoil how and why. However, as audience, be sure to be left with many questions. The ending leaves open many options for individual interpretations as to how characters will come to terms with their situation after the credits have started rolling.
'Home' is a delightful tale of people listening to their hearts, rather than their minds. Plot revolves around Bobby (Colin Farrell) and his mate Jonathan (Dallas Roberts). Their friendship starts out in their teens and evolves into a long term relationship. They experience their road to adulthood free from moral oppression and frustration. The couple is loved by its human environment and left to make their own choices as to how to sort their lives out. Supporting characters Clare (Robin Wright Penn) and Jonathan's mum (Sissy Spacek) brilliantly provide the synergistic means for Bobby and Jonathan to reach whatever they're after.
Many a situation in the storyline could have been met by anger and wrath by the characters. Instead, all concerned treated these with love, humour, tenderness and understanding. The heart ruled, not the mind. I took 'Home' to heart.


Antarctica [DVD] [2008]
Antarctica [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Tomer Ilan
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous people, big city living and a shallow plot blended loosely., 29 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Antarctica [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Beautiful male bodies, artistically shot sex scenes and views into cosmopolitan life galore in 'Antartica'. The storyline, however, fell short of being the binding factor here. It took me the better half of the picture to figure out who was who and whom he dated and why. I just let it come over me, enjoyed the individual scenes, which were really artfully shot and was taken aback when suddenly the credits rolled. Can you imagine; Omer (lead character) finally meets mr. Right, who takes him to watch aliens land in the city centre(!). I must be thick or something, but the meaning of this escaped me. Still three stars to this production for its glamorous portrayal of Tel Aviv-living and for its predominantly male cast, which I presume to be among Israels finest.


Eastenders - Last Tango in Walford [DVD]
Eastenders - Last Tango in Walford [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patsy Palmer
Offered by NetsavesUK
Price: £2.73

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary and vintage EastEnders package! Worth every penny!, 28 Mar. 2010
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'Last Tango in Walford' features a special storyline in which Tiffany Dean sets out to make a video for Ricky and Bianca's wedding. Many contemporary characters contribute, ig; Ian, Max, Pat, Phil, Whitney, Liam, Bianca, Ricky and Carol. In its stride, LTIW incorporates much vintage EE footage. Den serving Angie divorce papers, Arthur's mental breakdown, Ethel passing away in Dot's arms, Sharongate, etc, etc. Buying this dvd, you will have 'captured' many of the show's memorable moments. I'm sure, over time, it will turn out to be a collector's item. 'Last Tango' is no cheaply concocted production, only to cash in on the already enormous popularity of the show. It is a well made tribute to all involved in making EE what it is today. This is a memento, if ever I saw one.


The Fluffer [DVD] [2002]
The Fluffer [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Scott Gurney
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low budget - High quality!, 22 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Fluffer [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
One can't escape the fact 'The Fluffer' was made on a tight budget. Props, script and extras were very basic, to say the least. But the actors were well cast for their parts, the characters came across as real human beings, the plot unfolded swiftly and logically and there were no flaws in continuity. I gather any gay men will take a shine to Michael Cunio. I certainly did. He was superb as Sean. Sean is lead character in TF and meets some assorted members of the porn-industry-incrowd as the story goes along. Rambo-like Scott Gurney, Stacey Slater's spitting image Roxanne Day and still going strong Debby Harry acted splendidly as blue-movie-circuit icons, but they lacked Micheal Cunio's charismatic radiance. TF can be considered as 'feel good movie'. Although its theme is 'porn', thankfully there's hardly any 'porn' to be watched. It is a well made film about a honest-to-god guy in a treacherous environment. The result is refreshing and uplifting. I highly recommend TF to anyone who's into above-board and forthright movies.


3-Day Weekend [2008] [DVD]
3-Day Weekend [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Carlisle
Price: £10.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Never watched anything so daft!, 18 Mar. 2010
This review is from: 3-Day Weekend [2008] [DVD] (DVD)
'Three Day Weekend' really takes the biscuit. It's like a bad reality-tv show. Nine, not too bright superstuds in a remote mansion spend a weekend mesmerising about relationships, love and sex. The group certainly put their money where their mouths are, where the latter is concerned. They swopped partners like they were playing pass the parcel. Nothing wrong with that, had the acting not been stodgy and rigid, and the characters not been potrayed as wooden dummies. The only bloke standing out was the one teaming up with the yoga-freak. I don't recall his name. I don't recall any name, for that matter. I still don't know who's who, due to badly connected storylines. TDW's plots meandered through a muddy field of anxiety, (false) hopes and sexual (un)fulfillment. The concept of delectible geezers, shacked up together in the middle of nowhere, had been worked out much more absorbing in 'Boyfriends', its British counterpart. Watching TDW, one has to make do with some assorted masculine acting wimps, pretending to be genuine and profound, while in fact they're superficial and hackneyed. The computer generated score did nothing to eleviate matters. It made it hit rock bottom!


The Last Seduction [DVD]
The Last Seduction [DVD]
Dvd ~ Linda Fiorentino
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £8.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy and sexy 'thriller noir', 9 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Last Seduction [DVD] (DVD)
Shot in film-noir-style 'The Last Seduction' is a whirlwind of greed, amorality and its victims. Linda Fiorentino is Bridget Gregory, aka Wendy Kroy, who leaves behind a trail of shattered lives, and even dead ones. Along with the proceeds of drugs-trafficking by her husband, she sets off to pastures new. On her quest to said pastures, she encounters Mike Swale (Peter Berg). Mike fancies her and being the jack the lad he is, he goes straight for the jugular. He is not fobbed off by Bridget's/Wendy's big city oneliners and not before long they hit the sack. (In fact, they make out, standing up against the back entrance of a pub and later on in a stationary car). Wendy puts Mike to good use in her diabolical schemes, eventually with desastrous consequenses. Mike dances to Wendy's tune, for at the end of Wendy's rainbow, there's her pot of gold, waiting to be dipped in. Stallion Mike's blurred vision of Wendy is recipe for disaster, which, ultimately, comes in an avalanche of doom. TLS is Linda Fiorentino's show. She does an outstanding job, portraying the femme fatale. Bill Pullman is husband Clay. Although heavily advertised on the cover, his is only a supporting role. An anoying one at that, for he speaks with an irritating drawl. Peter Berg is great as red blooded white straight male, with testosteron oozing out of his pores. His character is too good for this world and certainly too good for the likes of Bridget/Wendy; hence his downfall. Before that, we may enjoy him charming the pants off many ladies - and various gentlemen too, I gather. I was much impressed by him, for a start. Great jazzy score by Jospeph Vitarelli, which took this picture to an even glitzier level.


Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) [DVD] [1994]
Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Jorge Perugorría
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!! Way beyond my expectation!, 9 Mar. 2010
'Strawberry And Chocolate' left me stunned. In spite of communist oppression Diego and David managed to declare their love. Gay Diego set up a chance-encounter with staight David. What started out as a practical joke, turned into something deeper and more intimate as time went by. The evolution of the initial shallow and rather camp meeting into a deep emotional bond, pictures the plot of SAC. Both men came from different backgrounds, had opposite political stances, and mingled in different circles. However, they learned first to respect each other and later to grow more and more affectionate. Set against a dilapitated, yet sultry Havana, SAC brims with latin charm, hot days, steamy nights and, above all, joy of life. As I said, SAC left me stunned. Lead Jorge Perugorria had taken my breath away. It left me wishing it was me in his arms at the end instead of co-lead Vladimir Cruz.


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious dissertation of sexual education, 28 Feb. 2010
In 'Eleve Libre' (private tuition), young lad Jonas, after having failed his GCSE's, is taken under Pierre's wings.
Pierre, long time friend of the family, offers Jonas private tuition in order to restore the 'damage'. Board and lodgings at Pierre's come with the offer, which suit both Jonas' parents fine. They live apart and mum tends to swann off abroad whenever she feels like it. Pierre mingles in rather bohemian circles. Dinnerparties galore in EL at which the said cirlce discuss their sexual experiences liberately over healthy meals with lots of green vegetables, washed down with gallons of wine. Before long Jonas' and Pierre's relation exceeds the teacher-pupil connection by far. Cheered on by Pierre's friends Jonas is taught the very ins and outs of sexual intercourse; the homo and hetero variety, both. Intimacy, affection, love and tenderness don't come into it. Merely the technicalities and personal satisfaction of the sexual act are highlighted by Pierre. Total lack of empathy, throughout the film, makes for tiresome and bleak viewing. The Pierre-character, which, in fact, is a patronising git, gets more and more intolerable as the film goes along. Near the end I felt like strangling him. He appeared in almost every scene, excersising his doom and gloom and taking everything and everyone around him down to his pathetic level with him. By the way, due to Pierre's help, Jonas passes his exams the second time round. This smidgen of joy, which is supposed to be the happy ending, features only a few seconds and is met by Jonas without so much as a smile. One word of advise (and I know I may sound as patronising as Pierre), don't watch EL when you feel low. You might find yourself end up with a severe depression!


Interiors [DVD] (1978)
Interiors [DVD] (1978)
Dvd ~ Diane Keaton
Price: £5.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping drama!, 14 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Interiors [DVD] (1978) (DVD)
'Interiors' resentlessly exposes damaged relations within a disfunctional family. Cause of problem is mother (Geraldine Page). During her marriage she excersised a mental stronghold over spouse (E.G. Marshall) and offspring (Diane Keaton, Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt), aimed at not to upset the rigid order she valued highly. When the three daughters had left home, dad announced he'd rather spend the rest of his life without her. Mum's breakdown and subsequent road to recovery, on which she cunninly played her daughters, along with partners, against each other, eventually led to her own demise. The fact dad remarried - to a brassy, outgoing Pearl (Maureen Stapleton) - made mum take drastic action. 'Interiors' has a subdued and rather laid-back 'feel' about it. Characters nerves are shed to pieces and yet everyone appears calm, composed and polite. Woody Allen, along with the great cast, succeeded in getting the inner turmoil of the characters across, due to outstanding craftmanship.


Into the Wild [DVD] [2007]
Into the Wild [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Emile Hirsch
Price: £3.72

4.0 out of 5 stars Chris' quest for happiness. An incredible journey!, 14 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Into the Wild [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
'Into The Wild', based on a true story, depicts the soulsearching journey of Chris McCandless. It left me with deep admiration for Chris. Fed up with suburbia-living and its social burdens and demands, he chose the 'open road'. On it, he encountered many interesting and special people amd experienced freedom to the full. Free from the ever prevalent competition in our so called 'civilised' society, he managed to hitchhike through the US, to end up in an abandoned Fairbanks-citybus in rural Alaska. For a time he survived splendidly, living on berries and dear he shot himself. Unable to leave the wild, due to changed evironmental conditions, he became locked up in his solitary confinement, which ultimately led to his demise. Before passing on he realised 'happiness is real when shared'. Still, he died at peace with the world, knowing his quest had not been in vain, for he had become much wiser in the process. I admire Chris for realising his dream, no matter what. I admire Chris for staying true to himself. I admire Chris for not acting as a spoiled brat, who, when discontent, could easily have taken to drugs and other escapism. Had the directing of ITW been more consistent, I would have rated it 5 stars. Past and present mingled liberately, which made it sometimes indistinguishable which timeslot we were in. Apart from that, great acting, thought provoking plot, many amazing views of wild nature and a lump-in-my-throat ending.


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