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Cop Car (DVD) 24/02/2017

'You don't... Steal... A F*cking... COP CAR!'

Cop Car  (DVD) Star – Kevin Bacon Genre – Drama Run Time – 90 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 1 Wins & 4 Nominations Amazon – £3.80 DVD £6.19 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So here’s an enjoyable little dark and edgy B-Movie you guys should checkout, whether you enjoy that particular style of movie or not. It stars Kevin Bacon, not a stranger to B-Movies, and made one of the best in recent decades called Tremors. Bar the brilliant Footloose he is the sort of actor that can play a leading man anymore and so likes to take on intersecting and occasionally sadistic roles, this certainly that, a serial killing cop in the Mid West. Like Christopher Walken, Phillip Seymour –Hoffman and Guy Pearce, he has that seedy look now and so all playing villains in his middle years. Cast Kevin Bacon ... Sheriff Kretzer James Freedson-Jackson ... Travis Hays Wellford ... Harrison Camryn Manheim ... Bev Shea Whigham ... Man Sean Hartley ... Motorcycle Cop Kyra Sedgwick ... Dispatch (voice) Plot Two 10-year old kids and best buds Travis (James Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Hays Wellford) appear to have run away from home and happily trekking across open maize fields, enjoying reciting as many swear words as they can in their new found freedom. Negotiating yet another wire fence they stumble upon a police patrol car on a sandy track hidden from view. Fearing the cops have tracked them down they hide in the long grass to scope out the car to see where the cops are. ...

The Hateful Eight (Blu-ray) 25/02/2017

'A bastard's work is never done'

The Hateful Eight (Blu-ray) ’ Star – Samuel L Jackson Genre – Western Run Time – 187 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Oscars – Won 1 & 1 nomination Golden Globe – Won 1 & 1 nomination Awards – 35 Wins & 107 Nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.95 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = ” “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The past has these people between its teeth” (William Faulkner – ‘Requiem for a Nun’) Quentin Tarrantino, like many directors with a vision, is a big enough name to have the luxury to only make the films they want to make, so often very good or very average films, Tarantino comfortably near the top of that particular pile. Inglorious Bastards made my teeth itch with that Brad Pit character yet I really enjoyed Django Unchained, The Hateful 8 being another western with a bit of both thrown in. As one critic said: ’…..Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless…..’ But another critic said: ‘For some years, [Tarantino's] movies have felt less like great films, more like exacting punishments to be nobly endured in the name of Cinema…’ Quentin has said ‘The Thing’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ are his influences for this one and it shows, Kurt Russell joining Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen for this one. 77-year- Ennio Morricone is also back with QT and scoring his first Western for 34-years, famous for the early 1960s Spaghetti Westerns, of course. Interestingly, QT reveals in the ...

Jason Bourne (DVD) 25/02/2017

Bourne Again?

Jason Bourne (DVD) Star – Matt Damon Genre – Action Run Time – 123 minutes Certificate – PG 13 Country – USA Awards – 10 nominations Amazon – £10.00 DVD £15.00 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, after Pierce Brosnan and his naff CGI pretty much wrecked Bond in the new millennium other studios grabbed their chance to fill the spy blockbuster void. Tom Cruise has doing great business on the comedy and big spectacular stunt thing with the Mission Impossible franchise but we still needed a cool spy smart thriller franchise to fill that gap. And so along came kickass Jason Bourne, a cerebral, articulate thrilling killing machine, those wobbly cameras and incredible punch ups and car chases sending the Cubby Broccoli Estate into roar panic. And they reacted, stealing the Bourne look and feel and employing the brilliant Daniel Craig, Matt Damon and some, Bond back on top of the pile by 2014 with Skyfall. Both franchises had a blip, of course, Quantum of Solace a bit too generic and the confusing arrival of Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross in the Bourne franchise confusing. But there can only be one winner. With Bond in rude health and the Bourne people crossing Jeremy Renner off the list they had to decide whether to reactivate their asset after a 9 - year break. Both actor and director had said they would, only if each other would, and after watching shortass Jeremy Renner in the Bourne Legacy they decided they should before there was no way back. And so they did… Who did the ...

Slow West (DVD) 25/02/2017

Cracking debut feature !

Slow West (DVD) Star – Michael Fassbender Genre – Western Run Time – 87 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – U.K/NZ Awards – 5 Wins & 18 nominations Amazon – £4.00 DVD £7.14 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Every now and then a debut feature film by a British director blows you away, the case with John Maclean and Slow West, a die hard western indeed. I had the same feeling when I saw Ben Wheatley’s domestic gangster movie ‘Down Terrance’ and the same again with Gareth Edwards low budget Sci-Fi cult classic ‘Monsters’. It’s such a buzz when you discover these guys. Edwards made ‘Monsters’ in 2010 with no money and off the shelf special effects on his laptop and two paid actors and six years later entrusted with the billion dollar Star Wars film Rogue Wars. Ben Wheatley fell on his face a bit with the pretentious High Rise but still bought us the hilarious Sightseers and the original and sadistic Kill List soon after. You need to checkout their movies. All the more impressive with Maclean is his first feature is an impressive and sprawling mid budget western. His directing style is impressive, confident and quirky and how many debut directors secure Michael Fassbender for their first movie! It’s also the debut feature of the rather impressive and striking 18-year-old Kodi Smit-Mcphee as the love struck boy teenager. We have some real talent coming through here. Cast • Michael Fassbender as Silas Selleck • Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jay Cavendish • Ben Mendelsohn as Payne • Caren ...

High Rise (DVD) 15/02/2017

High Rise but quickly deflates...

High Rise (DVD) Star – Tom Hiddlestone Genre – Drama/comedy Run Time – 120 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – UK Awards – 8 nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I’m a big fan of Ben Wheatley and so when High Rise came out, his latest film, I didn’t hesitate to put it on the must see list. I left it for a bit as the reviews weren’t great but it stars Tom Hiddlestone and my favorite little minx Sienna Miller so it stayed on that loyalty list. Wheatley’s first film was called Down Terrace, a low budget gangster movie from Brighton, distinctive for its everyday villains and paranoid messed up violence. Kill Bill followed in the same crime genre that was even better and then Sightseers, the funniest film of 2014. Surely High Rise would be OK in the end. Isn’t it? It’s a film based on the JJ Ballard book of the same name and a stalled passion project for producer Jeremy Thomas for over three decades. It was once deemed "unfilmable." by many and so proved the case. It borrows from Clockwork Orange in mindless 70s violence and period look and Wheatleys strong and popular cast seemed to save this from the worse of the critics tongue, man of the moment Tom Hiddlestone the stand out name, and he is totally naked here girls and not just a bare bottom to ogle at. Cast Tom Hiddleston ... Laing Jeremy Irons ... Royal Sienna Miller ... Charlotte Luke Evans ... Wilder Elisabeth Moss ... Helen James Purefoy ... Pangbourne Keeley Hawes ... Ann Peter ...

Veep (DVD) 25/02/2017

Should be funnier....

Veep (DVD) Star – Julia Louis – Dreyfuss Genre – TV Series > Comedy Run Time – 8 x 28 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 47Wins & 134 Nominations Golden Globes – 7 Nominations Amazon – £7.00 DVD £12.25 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I have been scratching around on Amazon for a while now like looking for American HBO style box sets to get into. I loved Breaking Bad so thought I would try Weeds but that didn’t workout. I was blown away with The West Wing so I was sure Aaron Sorkin’s new series The Newsroom would also be up there, which it almost was. But neither Weeds or The Newsroom are a substitute for the original and the best. So, after enjoying the first two seasons of House of Cards (the third one is boring and unneeded) I thought I would try Veep, a comic send up of American politics, an often earnest TV Drama genre that needed its legs kicked away. It’s basically an American version of Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Thick of It’ and written by him, starring Julia Louis – Dreyfuss , the pocket comic dynamo daughter of the actor Richard Dreyfuss and the one who made it big in the much admired sitcom Seinfeld as a sassy Jewish singleton. The ongoing joke in VEEP is very much that the position of Vice President is pretty powerless and although only a fag paper away from the top job they never get to make many decisions and so have to find something to do, often sponsoring an important bill through the Senate to get noticed. The show was big hit on its ...

The Signal (2014) (DVD) 25/02/2017

Multi genre, low budget twisty Sci-Fi winner!

The Signal (2014) (DVD) Star – Laurence Fishburn Genre – Sci- Fiction Run Time – 100 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – USA Awards – 1 Wins & 3 Nominations Amazon – £5.83 DVD £26.67 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Now here’s an interesting little Sci-Fi that you may well have missed but would love to see. In fact it’s the type of film you will always miss if you are not keeping an eye out on the top ten lists online. There is no real highstreet point of reference anymore to help you chose your movies from the various budgets and genres now Blockbusters has closed and so all down to due diligence. Well I dug this one up for you and now you will know all about it! It’s always fun when you uncover a little movie treat like this that equates to the joy of finding a pound coin in the back of the sofa. It’s yet more lower budget Sci-Fi from director William Eubanks that doesn’t waste a buck on screen and delivers a twist up there with M Knight Shyamalan with the underrated The Village. A great twist can turn an average movie on its head. The imposing Laurence Fishburn is in the lead and between the two of them in total control of this intriguing and rather ominous Science Fiction sleeper. As I said, no one really knows about films like this anymore and so where Ciao come into its own. In fact I am Britain’s busiest movie writer right now as no one else wrote 179 film reviews online last year! Cast • Brenton Thwaites as Nic Eastman[7] • Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Wallace ...

Jurassic World (DVD) 25/02/2017

Surprisingly good fun, considering.. ..

Jurassic World (DVD) Star – Chris Pratt Genre – Action & Adventure Run Time – 124 minutes Certificate – 13A Country – USA Awards – 6 Wins & 53 Nominations Amazon – £4.36 DVD £4.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = You can only imagine how writer Michael Crichton’s eyes lit up when he first thought up the concept of reanimating dinosaurs from DNA in Amber. If you have forgotten, there are fossilized mosquitoes preserved in amber stone (rock hard sap) in the ground from millions of years ago and what if they sucked up dinosaur blood and we could some how extract that DNA and make real dinosaurs? He must have trebled that smile of delight when Stephen Spielberg and his Amblin Studios decided to make it into a movie and bought the book rights for one million dollars, the then highest ever deal. It’s probably the smartest idea for a fantasy movie in our lifetimes. Because of that excellent providence I must admit I did not have high hopes for Jurassic 4. We all loved the original with its brilliant music and special effects on top of that concept and in most peoples top ten action movies of all time. Spielberg is a genius and that film was certainly genius. But after two tame sequels that grossed between them less than the original film the franchise was put to bed for ten years. But kids love dinosaurs and studios love merchandising those toys and so here we all are again for film 4. The good news is it’s not too bad and swashbuckling fun and quite a good plot idea deployed here ...

Million Dollar Arm (DVD) 25/02/2017

If you pitch it they will come ...

Million Dollar Arm (DVD) Star – Baseball Genre – Family > Comedy> Biopic> Sports Run Time – 124 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – USA/India Awards – 1 Win & 2 nominations Amazon – £4.75 DVD £12.49 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = After South East Asia practically bailed out Hollywood just after the ‘Credit Crunch’ (a lot of Indian and Chinese money poured into the studio system) it felt like The Academy returned the favor by awarding the excellent Slumdog Millionaire 8 Oscars, including Best Picture. Subtitled films do not win the main Oscars. It’s unheard of. To be fair Danny Boyle’s movie was well worth the Oscar glory but a certain bias was applied that year for me, Fox Searchlight Studio benefiting the most as it was to be their highest grossing film to date at $337 million dollars and the second highest grossing subtitled film of all time in the West behind the Passion of the Christ ($611 million). Because of that success Disney thought they may as well have a crack at India with ‘The Million Dollar Arm’, based on the true story of an American sports agent who set up a competition in cricket mad India to find a golden arm quick and accurate enough to sign a professional baseball contract in America. It was a success and this is his story. Cast • Jon Hamm as J. B. Bernstein • Aasif Mandvi as Ash Vasudevan • Suraj Sharma as Rinku Singh • Madhur Mittal as Dinesh Patel • Bill Paxton as Tom House • Lake Bell as Brenda Fenwick • Alan Arkin as Ray Poitevint, a sports ...

Eye in the Sky (DVD) 25/02/2017

A drone movie as morally accurate as the missiles....

Eye in the Sky (DVD) Star – Helen Mirren Genre – Action > War Run Time – 102 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA/UK Awards – 35 Wins & 107 Nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So the same Tony Blair that fed us a ton of government bullshit and lies to drives us into an insane war with Iraq is this week telling us that we were ‘misinformed’ by the state before the referendum and so the Brexit vote doesn’t count. I wish we could say the Iraq War doesn’t count. What an absolute arrogant conceited dick he is. It was the War in Iraq that eventually displaced millions of Muslims that sort sanctuary in Europe and helped to force Cameron to have the referendum in the first place! Blair’s crazy decision to allow every Eastern Europe into the British job market to drive down working people’s wages that don’t even cover the rent and utilities doesn’t help his argument either. But to this day just two British citizens have been charged over Iraq, the guy who sold the fake bomb detectors the most notable. He got ten years and Blair got £58 million bucks for his services to big oil, the arms industry and his greedy personal talk circuit work thereafter. A War Crimes trail seems a long way away. Not only did Bush and Blair unleash the War on Terror on the world but they also set up the deadly Reaper drone program, a toy for rich western military to hit targets pretty much anywhere in the world, so far 99% of them brown people and mostly Muslim. But they are ...

Cloud Atlas (DVD) 25/02/2017

Twaddle!

Cloud Atlas (DVD) Star – Tom Hanks…. Genre – Sci –Fiction>Fantasy Run Time – 170 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA/Germany Golden Globe – 1 Nomination Awards – 16 Wins & 72 Nominations Amazon – £3.00 DVD £9.43 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I think it’s fair to say that the David Mitchell book the Cloud Atlas is one of the most ambitious to be made into a movie yet and certainly one of the financially riskiest. With a $120 million plus budget it was one of the most expensive independently funded films ever as the studios shied away from it, the German government, of all people, having $20 million invested in it and the films directing team of the Wachowski Brothers (or brother/sister or whatever the hell they are these days) throwing in seven million dollars of their own money at the last to get it over the line. Due to lack of finance the film was nearly abandoned several times until good old Tom Hanks said I’m committed to this film and I’m getting on the plane and so everyone else signed up soon after. They got their money back but no more, its $128 m budget squeezing back $130 million but earned the unwanted title of "Worst Movie of 2012" in Time Magazine's Top 10 list. It’s the first non video game tie-in movie for the Wachowski’s since the excellent ‘Bound’ (1996). Apart from funding issues its other controversy was not using Asian and black actors to play smaller Asian and black parts. Its extremely ambitious narrative and plot involves the same characters ...

Baskin (Blu-ray) 25/02/2017

Turkish gory horror anyone?

Baskin (Blu-ray) lGenre – Horror Run Time – 97 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – Turkey Awards – 3 Wins & 3 Nominations Amazon – £8.00 DVD £22.00 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The Mayans believe that taking a picture could take a man’s soul. The Ottomans believed that if a loved one is between heaven and hell then their closest guardian, alive or dead, must lead them to heaven or leave them to hell. That is solid ground for a sinister, sadistic Turkish horror movie and so Baskin is here, a cracking low budget gorefest coming in at just $350,000 by first time Turkish director Can Evrenol. I’m all for a subtitled movie, wherever it’s from, and this one well worth the purchase. It’s a multi genre at times and the director heavily influenced by other movies but a very high standard for or a debut director. Keep an eye out for this guy and perhaps the nest Guillermo Del Toro. Cast • Ergun Kuyucu as Boss Remzi • Muharrem Bayrak as Yavuz • Gorkem Kasal as Arda • Fatih Dokgöz as Apo • Sabahattin Yakut as Seyfi • Mehmet Cerrahoglu as Baba / The Father • Sevket Suha Tezel as Master Creep / The Servant • Fadik Bülbül as Sister Butcher • Mehmet Akif Budak as Diner Footboy Plot The film opens with a young Turkish boy sleepwaking in the middle of the night. He overhears the sound of a woman having sex in another room, which suddenly stops. He walks to the living room, where the television is playing static. He turns it off and notices a strange red light emanating from his ...

Away We Go (DVD) 25/02/2017

Now this is an American beauty!

Away We Go (DVD) Star – Sam Mendez Genre – Romance Country – USA Certificate – 15 Run time – 98 minutes Rental – 99p per night@Blockbuster Amazon – £3.00 DVD (£4.50 Blue ray) --------------- --------------- --------------- --- Now, am I the only one that thinks American Beauty is seriously overrated? It’s the film that made Sam Mendes and led to him being offered Bond for the 50th anniversary, a great honor. But whenever AB is on I just see an average mid-life crisis affair with obvious messages and Kevin Spacey being his usually smug ham. I want to get it but I just don’t. And why did that military chap do what he did at the end? Was he the closet gay man like Spacey surely is? Is that hat the film is really about? Hollywood living a lie? I have seen a hundred better movies on the subject. Anyway, because of AB, Mendes is the dogs bo**ocks in British film and has Oscars to prove it. But for me I think he is overrated and his film cannon not all that, pretty looking movies but ultimately cold at heart. Away We Go, a little seen quirky indie about relationships, and those smug, carefree perfect middle-class parents you can get in these arty films, remains his best for me. -------Cast------- • John Krasinski as Burt Farlander • Maya Rudolph as Verona De Tessant • Carmen Ejogo as Grace De Tessant • Jeff Daniels as Jerry Farlander • Catherine O'Hara as Gloria Farlander • Allison Janney as Lily • Jim Gaffigan as Lowell • Maggie Gyllenhaal as LN • Josh Hamilton as Roderick • Melanie Lynskey ...

Wild Bill (DVD) 25/02/2017

An Urban Cockney Western?

Wild Bill (DVD) Genre – Crime Country – British Certificate – 15 Run Time – 98 minutes Purchase – Amazon - £11.40p Rental – Blockbusters - £3.50p per night --------------- --------------- ---------- So what do you get when you cross cult Brit crime flicks like Layer Cake, Dead Men’s Shoes and The Business? The answer is Wild Bill, a rather excellent little gangster flick that should have been shouted from the rooftops on just how fresh and vibrant it is, a gentle twist of father-son roll reversal giving it something stand out of the norm in the genre. We rightfully thought Brit gangster flicks had passed their sell by date after Guy Ritchie got all pretentious with Revolver and then RocknRolla, but debut director Dexter Fletcher, who appeared in Lock Stock and Layer Cake, really pulling it back here with this one, a must rent for the lads and lasses who like this sort of movie. The days of the lottery funded gangster sludge of Rancid Aluminum and Sadie Frost are long since wiped from our memories after this cracker, thankfully. Dexter describes his work as an ‘urban western’, the whole film leading up to the showdown at the OK Coral, or in this case ‘The Dog and Feathers’ in Hackney. The unknown main protagonists in the cast and direction style from Fletcher really gives this film some stand out charisma and I am surprised this didn’t get more support from our film industry and, as yet, appears relatively unseen so far by film fans and so I hope everyone of you go see it. = = = Cast = ...

Cabin In The Woods (DVD) 25/02/2017

'Ok, I'm drawing a line in the sand. Do NOT read the Latin!'

Cabin In The Woods (DVD) Star – Bradley Whitford (West Wing) Genre – Horror Run time – 95 minutes Country – USA Rental – £3.50 per night@Blockbusters Amazon – £12.00 DVD (£10.99 BlueRay) --------------- --------------- --------------- ------- ! Like ‘Tucker and Dale V Evil’, the second best horror film of the last 12 months, this is like no other horror movie you will have seen, a real mishmash mash of genres and ideas, resulting in a very smart and delightfully humorous film. You may think you know how it will all pan out after twenty minutes or so but up goes the spinnaker and we are in a completely different genre, that of Sci-Fi, before we round the buoy and now it’s a political conspiracy theory film, or maybe it’s a comment on the exploitation of reality TV? With two more big tacks into the wind before the finish you will be giddy and opened mouth with the audacity of what you have just seen. Even in the last fifteen minutes you’re not sure what you are watching, who is the villain or how on earth it will get to that finish. Mark Kermode describes it as ‘the first thinking mans slasher film’, the sort of movie you would expect Aaron Sorkin to come up with, fitting as Bradley Whitford of the West Wing (he who plays ober smart spin doctor Josh Lyman) is in it, delivering some fabulous lines. It’s written by Josh Wheldon of Firefly and Avengers fame in partnership with Drew Goddard of Lost and Cloverfield, a fabulous screenplay pair up we don’t want to see broken if this is what they can do ...
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