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The Girl Who Played with Fire [Blu-ray]
The Girl Who Played with Fire [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Noomi Rapace
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a letdown!, November 24, 2010
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Massively disappointing follow up to the wonderful Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Whilst our hero here (once again played to perfection by Noomi Rapace) takes centre stage, her actions are less dramatic and dark than the first and she is thrust headlong into a convoluted and weak plot surrounding her past and the events of the first film. Everything here has a tv movie of the week vibe and is let down immensely by an ending which blasts credibility clean out of the park with its sheer stupidity. If you think the blonde guy from Die Hard coming back at the end of the film after being hung is stretching things wait till you get a load of this!!!!! Lets sincerely hope the next film sets things back on track again.
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Triage [Blu-ray]
Triage [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Colin Farrell
Price: $7.51
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, November 24, 2010
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Triage is a solid, thought provoking film set amongst the world of photo journalism in war torn countries. Whilst to the public their material is often just a news article or photo to peruse whilst reading the morning newspaper the toll it takes on these journalists to bring these stories to life is much darker and their plight often overlooked in the name of sensationalism. Triage examines the human experience of working in hostile environments and the repercussions of such actions. All the performers are great but as usual it is a much thinner than usual Colin Farrell who really shines here, filling his reporter with strength, weakness and tragedy to really capture the essence of a man truly torn apart by what he has witnessed and what he has done. Its a shame films like this slip through the cracks and end up straight in the back corners of video rental shops and retail outlets whilst shallow big budget dross appears at cinemas across the country regularly. Recommended.

Battle For Haditha
Battle For Haditha
DVD ~ Matthew Knoll
Price: $8.49
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep an Open Mind, February 9, 2010
This review is from: Battle For Haditha (DVD)
I can't believe some of the reviews in here stating how unfair this film was in relation to the United States Marines. The film documents a real incident where many innocent lives were taken in apparent reprisal for the roadside bombing death/injury of several soldiers. The civilians, insurgents and marines are all given fair screentime to explain their actions and are presented in a very down to earth and realistic manner. I don't believe i have ever seen a war film take such an impartial stance before which is where the real power of this story lies. Because sides aren't taken we can make up our own minds as to the guilt of the characters involved. The real perpetrator however is war itself where motives and human nature become darkened to such a degree that this type of thing occurs. This film really highlights how different cultures and attitudes towards life and war itself clash and can cause such despair for the people caught up amongst it.

Note: Real Ex Marines portray the american characters here and give some very interesting insights into how they approached the storyline and acting process in a behind the scenes feature also contained on the disc. In relation to the people saying how disrespectful and unrealistic this film is i really don't understand this considering people who were actually there participated and assisted in the making of this film and give it their approval.

The Invention of Lying [Blu-ray]
The Invention of Lying [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Ricky Gervais
Price: $10.16
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3 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Invention of Poor Script Writing, February 9, 2010
Firstly let me say i love Ricky Gervais and have no problem with the "poking fun at the christian" component of this film however this fails miserably as a comedy. With such an interesting cast (including many cameos by well known faces) and concept (everyone on earth speaks nothing but the truth except one man) this should have been far better. Most of the jokes fall flat and the romance component is as tired as an old dogs hind legs. Whilst Ghost Town was mildly amusing this unfortunately falls into the category of dud. The only thing of interest i found in this film was a particularly well acted scene featuring Ricky Gervais dealing with his mothers death. Ricky demonstrates the depths of what his talent is capable of here showing unseen sides to his personality. Perhaps a drama next time Ricky.......

SalÚ, or the 120 Days of Sodom (The Criterion Collection)
SalÚ, or the 120 Days of Sodom (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Paolo Bonacelli
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Price: $26.45
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6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameful, May 13, 2009
After having read positive and negative reviews of the infamous "Salo" for years i decided it was time to decide for myself. I mean it is directed by one of Italys most famous directors and apparently is a scathing criticism of fascism and study of the abuse of absolute power. How bad could it be? How mistaken i was! There is nothing worse than exploitation being disguised as high class art. The stature of the director and his attempts at giving social meaning to abhorrent acts of evil makes the events which unfold all the more unpleasant. Make no mistake, Salo is as bad as anyone of the litany of cheap, exploitive films which dot the motion picture landscape, bringing to mind hideous films such as Cannibal Holocaust. No film scholar or political professor can seriously argue that this film has any real social merit other then revelling in its well deserved title as one of the most vile films ever made.

All biases aside, this film is nothing more than 117 minutes of continuous torture and sexual perversion directed at young people. Any socially responsible director can get his point across without feeling the need to wallow in this filth with questionably young actors being violated in nearly every way possible . I have no doubt that Passolini either was getting his jollies out of the action being performed in front of his camera or was suffering great mental illness in order to allow his cast to be degraded in this way. It really is no wonder he was murdered shortly after completion of this film. I am a movie buff and have seen films of all types and creeds and cannot find anything remotely redeeming or of importance in this film. At least films like Cannibal Holocaust and Blood Sucking Freaks didn't pretend to be anything else. As another reviewer has previously said this is an evil film and leaves an incredibly bad taste in ones mouth particularly when one realises they have partaken in this viewing experience willingly and contributed to the films revenue. Considering all of the wonderful films around it is disgraceful that boutique label Criterion has endorsed and given this film the royal treatment. My copy now resides in the local garbage tip, where it belongs. This film is best avoided, even as a curiosity piece (which was precisely the reason for my purchase).
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Hell Ride
Hell Ride
DVD ~ Larry Bishop
Price: $4.71
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino Wannabe, November 7, 2008
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I was really looking forward to this movie from the trailer i saw earlier in the year and the cool cast. However this film has a nonsensical plot, wooden acting and is flat out boring. The writer/director/star of this self indulgent tripe (Larry Bishop) seems to think that simply putting nudity, drugs, violence and bikes into a movie will make it cool and worth watching. Wrong. This is nothing more than a vanity piece from a man who loves nothing more than trying to look and act tough whilst getting to feel up as many skanky women as he can. I love many B movies but this is try hard and not worth your time and money.
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Black Sheep (Unrated)
Black Sheep (Unrated)
DVD ~ Nathan Meister
Price: $9.00
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cornball Rubbish, August 18, 2008
This review is from: Black Sheep (Unrated) (DVD)
I was really disappointed with this film. The trailer looked great and the whole evil sheep premise look hilarious. However the sheep gags are on the whole lifeless and uninspired and lack any real wit. The acting is awful and the gore nothing special. I usually love B grade movies but this film just wasn't entertaining at all.
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The Strangers
The Strangers
DVD ~ Liv Tyler
Price: $7.50
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Horror Should Be, August 10, 2008
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Far from the current crop of loud noise, teenage slasher films, this film delivers the scares the old fashioned way. Dread and menace is built until both the lead characters and the audience are stuck right in the middle of a realistic, modern day horror situation. The creepily masked assailants stalk their prey with sadism and without emotion and no easy answers are given as to their motivations. This is what empowers "The Strangers" with such a degree of power. People are killed everyday in real life for little or no motive so why not in the movies? Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are both great and for the most part avoid common horror movie cliches in their onscreen behaviours. Tomandandy provide an eerie and chilling minimalistic soundtrack which really adds to the suspense of the film. The Strangers isn't up there with films like The Shining or The Exorcist however it is a very noble and welcome addition to the horror genre and achieves far more scares then 100 Prom Nights could ever hope to achieve.

Little Dieter needs to Fly
Little Dieter needs to Fly
DVD ~ Eugene Deatrick
Price: $9.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, August 10, 2008
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One of the best examples of the power of the human spirit to conquer adversity ever made. Far more detailed then the film version (made as Rescue Dawn) with Christian Bale although interestingly made by the same director.

Unsolved Mysteries: The Ultimate Collection
Unsolved Mysteries: The Ultimate Collection
DVD ~ Robert Stack
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As I Remembered, August 10, 2008
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I remember watching this show with joy when i was a kid and upon seeing the release of this best of boxset purchased the product, not sure if my childhood enjoyment perhaps had changed in the years between viewings. Well i can gladly say that this show still remains the benchmark for murder/mystery type shows everywhere. I highly recommend the strange legends and bizarre murders best of sections which contain some of the best creepy and intriguing material. Robert Stack lends the show his trademark stoicism and presents the stories with style and dignity. Perhaps one of the best things about Unsolved Mysteries is that when compared to other similar style shows, the re enactments stand head and shoulders above the rest. In most cases the actors are believable and the costumes and music well placed and authentic. I highly recommend this show for lovers of mystery and the paranormal everywhere. You never know, this show may even change your opinions on some famous mysteries like it did for me on the episode which argued that Billy the Kid did not die at the hands of Pat Garrett. This boxset is the best way to purchase as it compiles the greatest episodes together all for one fantastic price (considering the 25 discs on offer). Sit back and enjoy weeks of enjoyment. Why don't they make shows like this anymore?
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