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Neighbouring Sounds (DVD) 23/05/2015

Everybody needs good neighbors.... ...

Neighbouring Sounds (DVD) Star – Brazil Genre – Drama Run Time – 131 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – Brazil Awards – 31 Wins & 15 Nominations Amazon – £4.99 DVD (£10.89 Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = South Africa and Brazil are probably the most beautiful tourist destinations that are unsafe. Why do people ruin paradise for everyone else? Poverty, of course, is the answer to that and after being mugged twice in South Africa back in the 1990s on my adventure in Southern Africa it’s kinda put me off going to Rio and Brazil. After one too many scrapes on my backpacking adventures its time to hang up the rucksack before I fall over the edge. I do miss it all though. Rio remains the one city I really really want to see. The girls are as stunning as the weather and the beaches, why I enjoy watching their movies. Who will eve forget City of God. No one. Who will forget Blame it on Rio? Everyone! Neighboring Sounds is a rather subtle and interesting film and not your regular movie. There is no narrative of sorts and basically an exploration of the anatomy of Brazil’s class and social structure through the everyday goings on and tensions in the lives of some Brazilians living in and around a middle-class gated community in Recife. It’s from first time Recife born director Kleber Mendonça Filho and its very impressive film making. Its one of those movies that you know it’s a really classy director behind the camera as it’s visually clever with all its metaphors and characters as it ...

Creep (DVD) 23/05/2015

Creepy over Crawley

Creep (DVD) Star – Franka Potente Genre – Horror Run Time – 85 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – GB Awards – 0 Blockbuster Rental– £1.49 per night Amazon –£3.06 DVD (£4.99 Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, does anyone know why the London Underground stations are color coded? Well folks the answer is because when it was built back in the day most Londoners were illiterate and so went by the colors to remember their stop. Some would say we are heading back that way with the current education system in London. The Underground is also the setting for some iconic horror movies and scenes, none more so than American Werewolf in London, what then first time director Christopher Smith based Creep (2004) around. Some critics have said his opening movie is very similar to Deathline (1972), another British film set mostly on The Underground. The same critics didn’t stop there and Smith hiding on the Underground with a similar savage bloody mauling that his monster dishes out in his movie. For me I find Smith an interesting director and enjoyed all of films that came after Creep, going on to make the enjoyable low budget horror comedy Severance and the enigmatic slasher horror Triangle, and the dark and foreboding and somewhat grisly gothic period horror ‘Black Death’, a director on the up curve ever since Creep. Energetic German actress Franke Potente takes the lead here, she of the Bourne movies (Mat Damons love interest) but made her cracking film debut in the rather ...

Everything that starts with M ... 23/05/2015

M is for Megans Law

Everything that starts with M ... Although peadophillia is hidden in all social class I always raise a rye smile at the types of people who seem to be the ones most upset about pedophiles, ritually turning out to ‘brick’ the police van with the nasty “pedo” inside as it leaves the police cells on those news reports. The regiments of camouflaged Burberry pushchairs and angry young grunts in baseball caps, the gauntlet the vans have to run, are often another kind of Kangaroo court for these sex offenders when they sadly get out. I suppose my poiint is that any policy on pedophiles is purely about winning votes ,not pretecting our children. The truth, of course, is that less than six children a year on average are abducted or murdered by a stranger and most sexual abuse cases are nearly always done by a family member or friend. The handful of children that are plucked off the streets tend to be the ones that are often left unattended to runaround outside all day, playing football in the middle of the road, or down the park with the bigger boys in those same baseball caps, the parents absent as they are throwing masonry at police vans. The irony is that the sex offenders and dodgy uncles are more likely to be everyday people than those dirty old raincoat brigade. It’s almost as if, that, because being a sex offender is the lowest of the low the ‘Chavy’ criminal class-marginally above that level as judged by society-finally have someone they can attack ands feel superior to. It’s the big issue in working class ...

Rambo (2008) (DVD) 22/05/2015

Making Money on the Sly!

Rambo (2008) (DVD) How ironic that the last Rambo movie saw Americas Imperialist military poster boy helping the Taliban to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan. Now the Russian guns are arming the Taliban and they are pointing them at the imperialist Americans. It's been along time since Rambo 3 guys! So if Rambo's forth incarnation isn't in Afghanistan to reflect that hypocrisy, and Iraq presumably saved for another day, it just left North Korea and Burma as the only two secretive and brutal regimes yet to have been bitch-slapped by that American imperialist film makers. Don't whisper it too loudly but I think the Burmese troops that get cut to pieces here by Slys biggest mini-gun yet are really supposed to be Iraqis. The real US troops invited to the early screenings seemed to think exactly that with their anti Arabic comments being shouted out from the bleachers. The frustration of not being able to fire back in Ridley Scotts - Blackhawk Down', still rankles me thinks. Those Clinton rules of engagement have changed a lot since Bush's arrival! The punters want blood and Stallone - who also directs, produces and edits here - and he doesn't dissapoint. But what a retro blockbuster summer we enjoyed back in 2008.! Bruce Willis died hard again, nearly swallowing his tongue in his cheek in the process, whilst Sly stuck a new dust-cover on 'Rocky' and we all went and rented it all over again like lemmings. Poor old creaking Harrison Ford was forced to go in search of a lost UFO in the jungle in his ...

Julia's Eyes(DVD) 22/05/2015

The blind leading the blind

Julia's Eyes(DVD) Star – Belen Rueda Genre – World Cinema/Horror Run Time – 118 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – Spain Awards – 11 Nominations Amazon – £3.10 DVD (Blue Ray £6.97) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Contemporary Spanish horror anyone? Apparently their cinema is now the European gore, slash and scare capital like the way Japanese horror is in Asia. Whereas I agree with the latter I can’t say I have noticed much coming out of Spain. Yes, the ‘REC’ films were fabulous but you have to go back to the Devils Backbone for anything as equally memorable. Feel free to put me right. I also think its fair to say Julia’s Eyes is no REC. REC is a genuinely scary piece of filmmaking with a terrifying final scene. What I will say for Julia’s Eyes is its retro leading female star, Belen Rueda, is spectacularly hammy in the way Italian horror used to churn out delicious curvy Latin damsels in distress, something to behold. Cast Belén Rueda ... Julia Levin / Sara Lluís Homar ... Isaac Pablo Derqui ... Ángel Francesc Orella ... Inspector Dimas Joan Dalmau ... Créspulo Julia Gutiérrez Caba ... Soledad Boris Ruiz ... Blasco Dani Codina ... Iván Andrea Hermosa ... Lía Plot Twins Sara (Belén Rueda) and Julia Levin (Belén Rueda plays both sisters) have an inherited eye disease that means they will be blind by their 40th birthday. Julia has apparently given up to the impending darkness and found hanging in her home, Sara (Belén Rueda) and her husband (Lluís Homar) their to bury her body ...

Greenberg (DVD) 22/05/2015

Ben Stiller having his mid life crisis...

Greenberg (DVD) Star – Ben Stiller Genre – Comedy Run Time – 107 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – USA Awards – 1 Win (9 nominations) Blockbuster Rental – per night Amazon –£.00 DVD (£ Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = There is a time when established comic actors get to a certain age and want to be taken seriously. They do that by stepping out of their comfort zone, often having the confidence to do that because that they have the showbiz clout to hook up with a really cool director so to be able to impress. Greenburg is that moment for Ben Stiller. Noel Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) is that director. Will Ferrell did it with Stranger than Fiction with Marc Foster and Adam Sandler did it with Wes Anderson’s Punch Drunk love, both smart little movies. The jury is out on this one. This is the Jewish American cool school of filmmaking you wouldn’t expect Ben Stiller to find a home in, let alone hang his hat. In fact there is a lot of nepotism going on here, annoyingly so. Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) is the son of a famous film critic Jonathan Baumbach and his step mother mother is a novelist. He is also married to co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh here, who is the daughter of screenwriter Barbara Turner and actor Vic Morrow. Many of the other cast members are also siblings or children of previously famous entertainment industry professionals. Ben Stiller is the son of comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Jake Paltrow is the brother of Gwyneth and the son of ...

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (DVD) 22/05/2015

A bit of a whiff coming from this dead fish..

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (DVD) Star – Ewan McGregor Genre – Romantic Comedy Run Time – 107 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – USA Awards – Three Golden Globe Nominations Blockbuster Rental– £1.49 per night Amazon –£.00 DVD (£ Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Pink sells and just a brushstroke of it on a DVD cover can make or break a romantic comedy. Just as the comforting cerise catches a girls eye in Blockbuster it’s also enough to put a single man off from renting one for life. If a suitable hunk is in it then the misses will be pulling at her mans sleeve to rent it, regardless of any plot inspection or joint decision making. In fact if there is pink on the cover it’s a probably a sign that the creators know it’s pretty bad. The male romantic lead leaning on something on the front cover (usually a lamppost) with his arms folded (usually Mathew McConaughey) is also a bad sign. But Hollywood rom-coms are a girl’s idea of romance and pity her man if they don’t live up to Channing Tatum’s six pack or Robert Downey Juniors charisma there after. This film is firmly into that category, whether it wanted to be or not, the salmon definitely pink. Based on Paul Torday’s book of the same name, which won a couple of notable literary prizes, this is probably not deserving of the pink respray it got here. Cheeky chappy Ewan McGregor and up and coming star Emily Blunt are afforded the lead here with surprise support from classy anglophile actress Kristen Scott Thomas and this so not her sort of ...

Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Hard Water Tea Bags 22/05/2015

Tea made in Yorkshire? Thats reet daft!

Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Hard Water Tea Bags Did you know they grew tea in Yorkshire? No, me neither. I know they have cute, friendly, clever girls called Caroline and noisy men called Geoffrey but I don’t recall the Dales above Bradford ever been covered in rich green tea fields with impoverished locals picking the leaves under the blazing sun with large bales packed full of the nations favorite drink on their bent double backs. Actually, Bradford’s favorite drink is ‘Stella’ and the green crop is most likely to be marijuana in these parts. Even Geoffrey Boycott will admit the great county of Yorkshire can’t grow tea! Yorkshire Tea is a story of empire and marketing but mostly marketing. The tea, of course, is clearly grown in South East Asia and most of the profits sent to Yorkshire. Yorkshire Tea is a brand sold by Taylors of Harrogate, who simply buy the tea on the international market from Assam, Sri Lanka and Kenya and claim ifs from Yorkshire. It’s the same with the Super Dry clothing brand. The company is not based in Tokyo to cloth ober call Japanese but based in a grotty industrial estate in Huddersfield. Nope, people in Japan have never heard of it. Not so cool now guys! As for the tea itself it’s priced around the same as the big brands of PG, Tetley and Typhoo and comes in all manner of shaped Teabags and packages. I buy the hardwater brand for around £1.50 for 80 bags with loose leaf packers around £2.50, if you prefer the pot. It’s not sold in many stores though and obviously most likely to be sold in ...

Fowler: My Autobiography - Robbie Fowler 22/05/2015

Shooting from the lip!!

Fowler: My Autobiography - Robbie Fowler The great American travel writer Bill Bryson once wrote that when he first set eyes on Liverpool he thought there was 'some sort of litter festival going on...'which still makes me chuckle now. Liverpool may now be a European city of culture but its footy team is in a mess and they could do with Robbie Fowler in his prime, Liverpool’s most prolific striker to this day. Torres could be the new Fowler but I dont think he will stick around that long to build the legend. The days of Liverpool producing great strikers is not over, Wayne Rooney the best in the world right now, but the days of them playing for Liverppol seems to be. Fowler encapsulates that Liverpool heartbeat, a touch of the rogue, but also the need to do well to escape the city that seems to revel in being poor and anti establishment, and so all the positives and negatives that come with that. The ‘Scousers’ demand sympathy when their number are lost yet colle ctively refuse to cough up the killer of little Reece or take any responsibility for Hillsborough and Heisel. Its no coincidence to me both those incidents happened to Liverpool fans. Fans were a pack in the bad old days and so had a pack mentality, do what the rest do, cramming behind the goal too close to kick off, one too many pints down their necks. The Leppings lane tragedy that all football fans have scarred on their memories was always a matter of time, not a freak accident. All fans have been to games when that nearly happened due to bad behavior. ...

Should the UK ratify the European Convention 22/05/2015

Last one out turn off the lights!

Should the UK ratify the European Convention Although the Irish rejection of the European Treaty a while back was rather silly, via that flippant 'studenty' style 'No' campaign (the craic I think they call it!), it was welcome and reinforcement of the democracy of Europe. The U.K has to pay 50m pounds per week to the European Union whereas the Irish did rather well from E U handouts and that was another reason why there was cross-party government support for the 'Yes' vote in Dublin- and the biggest reason why the original 'No' vote was surprising. But in a true democracy the Irish 'No' campaign mobilized well and if they want to be separated from the Untied Kingdom (a war over it, no less) then why not cut loose Europe? Although abortion and European national service were unfairly interpolated into the debate they, the 'No' guys, got the result. The EU uses the same tactics to get the 'Yes' vote, so fair play at beating them at their own game. Sadly the EU rejected the No vote and they revoted until they go the yes vote, which they did when the credit crunch smashed into Ireland like a thurderbolt. The EU were the only ones who could get them out of this pickle. I think Irleands No voters point was that the whole concept of Brussels is corrupt and a self-perpetuating fleecing monstrosity that needs to make up silly rules and treaties to justify its greedy existence. The EU mandarins won't let people check the accounts because of the rampant fraud, waste and mismanagement, the accounts not signed off for 15 years now. ...

Entourage - Series 3 Vol.2 (DVD) 22/05/2015

In need of a nip and tuck?

Entourage - Series 3 Vol.2 (DVD) If you are missing Breaking Bad or the violence and dark humor of The Wire and The Sopranos, or the inconsolable feeling there is no more West Wing, and haven’t found your new box set fix, then maybe Entourage is you thing. If you like all of the above shows and under 40-years old then you will enjoy Entourage. Its Larry Sanders meets Curb Your Enthusiasm for twenty something’s and with 8 box sets to enjoy it could well be your fix for the next two years. The series was created by Doug Elin and wrapped in 2011 after 8 years of primetime American TV and never appearing on British terrestrial TV. We don’t know it but we have just gone through Americas golden era of adult intelligent television and we have never had it so good on boxset. You can pick up the older stuff for as little as 60p on Amazon marketplace. That has come about because the big TV networks are much bigger now and have bought up most of the big movie studios and have the budget to make shows like Boardwalk Empire, the pilot alone of that Scorcese produced series coming in at $15 million. The hard cash is there to get the top actors and writers away from the glamour of movies, why Entourage couldn’t fail. Being in a movie is no longer as good as being in 12 brilliant episodes of TV watched by 50 million people. Just look how 30Rock reenergized Alec Baldwin’s career. The light comedy drama series is based loosely on the experiences of Mark Wahlberg, his brother Donnie and his two best friends as he first ...

The Bling Ring (DVD) 22/05/2015

Sofia Coppola falls flat again

The Bling Ring (DVD) Star – Emma Watson Genre – Drama Run Time – 90 minutes Certificate – R 18 Country – USA Awards – 4 Wins & 6 Nominations Amazon – £5.30 DVD (£7.10 Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I lived in L.A for a short while and although it appears very glamorous you don’t really see that glamour unless you are that glamour. The movie people live in Brentwood, Malibu and Bel Air behind sunglasses and electric gates and the writers live up in the Hollywood Hills and the rest of the arty movie people slum it in leafy Santa Monica. They really can’t deal with meeting ‘ordinary people’. I was there back in 1998 but it’s changed a lot as the very same ordinary people have become the stars through reality TV and the remaining proletariat wants their lifestyles and so apes their fashions in the same clubs and retail stores. I think the saying goes that you don’t have to step on the red carpet to be famous anymore. In America the biggest stars are Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashain, only famous because their parents were rich and connected and so selected for fame from the vacuous party scene. Bet you didn’t know Kim’s dad was O J Simpsons lawyer. The ‘Bling Ring’ was the name the media gave to a gang of high school kids who got so infatuated with their favorite trendy young stars they decided to steal their look and lifestyle, inviting themselves into their mansions and houses when the said stars were out on the town. A quick Google search after school on showbiz websites ...

Primark Men's Sunglasses 21/05/2015

Looking good for £2!

Primark Men's Sunglasses Never buy sunglasses off the internet, especially from Amazon. Unless you are buying labels direct from the brands website or a reputable high street store online I would forget it. They are nearly all cheap copies and they break when they hit the deck, especially the generic brands. As I am not a big fan of brands I am not about to spend fifty quid on some Ray-Bans that may or may not crack on impact or in my pocket. The reason why I don’t do that for something that may last a little longer is because they probably offer no more protection than a cheap pair from, say BHS, and all that extra spend is simply because they are a brand. Like I said. If you drop these plastic frame jobs from Amazon they tend to break around the hinge and lens. Never buy the pound store ones for a long term fix as they offer only 50% protection and so suitable for posing in Spring and Autumn only. So no more cheap internet ones and off to the high street chain stores we go. I do feel Boots overcharge on sunglasses because they are opticians and you are supposed to believe Boots own brands are somehow super protective and so worth the £25.00 price tag and Debenhams also a little pricey. M&S did a good cheap brand (£.5.00) called Blue Harbor that lasted for ages but don’t do them anymore and so nothing there for me. I wasn’t expecting to find what I wanted in Primark though but there they were. At £2 each I was a little reticent to buy something so cheap but a little research on the internet ...

Metro Manila (Blu-ray) 21/05/2015

Sucky sucky ten dollar....

Metro Manila (Blu-ray) Star – Genre – World Cinema > Drama Run Time – 115 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – Philippines BAFTA - Nominated Awards – Wins 9 & 11 Nominations Amazon – £5.75 DVD (Blue Ray £15.75) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Like most Catholic countries, the birth rate in the Philippines is pretty bonkers as the Church encourages mothers to have unprotected sex. They say its Gods will. We know it’s to fill the collection plate from more and more believers. The Popes sweeps in on the Vatican’s private plane and bless the crowd from the Pope mobile and the people carry on bonking. Business is good in South East Asia. All this over population means the masses migrate to the big cities to look for work as western tariffs exclude third world farmers from first world markets. In the Philippines some 37% of the commercial wealth is in Metro Manila, the capital of this exploding country and the star of this engaging foreign language drama. This film is from the emerging talent of British director Sean Ellis, Manila an unlikely location for the Brighton filmmaker’s second movie. But moviemaking isn’t cheap anymore and its easier for these guys to make bold movies overseas, Gareth Evans another who has been successful that way to make his mark, his atmospheric low budget Sci-Fi treat Monsters set in Central America and costing just £300,000 and his brilliant cop thriller ‘The Raid , set in Indonesia, coming in at just £700,000. I’m all for getting away from predictable Hollywood ...

The Imitation Game (Blu-ray) 21/05/2015

Secrets & Lies.

The Imitation Game (Blu-ray) Star – Benedict Cumberbatch Genre – Drama/Biopic Run Time – 114 minutes Certificate – PG 13 Country – United Kingdom Oscars – 1 Win from 7 nominations Awards – 51 Wins & 117 Nominations Amazon – £9.99 DVD (Blue Ray £12.99) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So ‘The Imitation Game’, the Oscar winning biopic of the heroic war efforts of the enigmatic and extremely impressive Alan Turing, a posthumous national icon who was cruelly punished by a vindictive establishment for being gay soon after the war, even though his achievements were the single most important efforts on winning the war, so said Winston Churchill. This was the same judiciary that new of his then ‘still’ secret achievements when they prosecuted him, and no doubt some of those judges and politicians also gay and ‘active’. During the middle part of the last century it’s estimated that around 50,000 men were jailed for being practicing homosexuals in the United Kingdom. Turing chose option two of physical castration to avoid the two year jail term, which would have seriously curtailed his continuing work on first generation computing. So embarrassing where these prosecutions only recently was Turing given a Royal Pardon, believed to have been left so late so to avoid legal claims against the same establishment from any remaining living gay men from that period. Turing, of course, killed himself after suffering a tumultuous mix of genius, conflict with his homosexuality, depression, possible autism and the ...
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