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DVD & Blu-ray review: Mud (12)

August 30th, 2013 No comments

Mike Nichols’s excellent rite-of-passage drama channels Whistle Down The Wind, Stand By Me and, mainly, Huckleberry Finn. Two 14-year-olds, Ellis and Neckbone, unearth a charismatic fugitive, Mud (Matthew McConaughey), hiding out near the Mississippi river.

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DVD & Blu-ray review: A Hijacking (15)

August 30th, 2013 No comments

Tobias Lindholm’s claustrophobic, gripping hostage drama centres on a ship’s chef (Pilou Asbaek, the spin doctor in Borgen) and a control-freak CEO (Soren Maling), who negotiates from a sterile office in Copenhagen.

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DVD & Blu-ray review: Banshee: Series 1 (18)

August 30th, 2013 No comments

Everyone’s clearly having a blast on this outrageous HBO show. Antony Starr channels Martin Riggs and Jack Reacher as the former jewel thief who, after being released from prison, makes his way to the corrupt Wild West town of Banshee.

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DVD: The Look of Love

August 17th, 2013 No comments

Michael Winterbottom’s jaunty Paul Raymond biopic stars Steve Coogan as the billionaire property baron, strip-club impresario, and girly-mag publisher.

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DVD: The Dictator

September 22nd, 2012 No comments

The Dictator is more conventional than Sacha Baron Cohen’s last two films, in that it has a proper script, and no duping of unsuspecting members of the public.

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Quadrophenia: The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

September 2nd, 2012 No comments

Highly Recommended My “memories” of Quadrophenia are by association only. I had never seen the movie until this Blu-ray release from The Criterion Collection, but I had been aware of it – perhaps excessively so – thanks to the neo-Mods of my teenage years. This was in the early 1990s, and although it would be easy enough to label these neo-Mods as misguided poseurs (which they most certainly …

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Pocahontas: 2 Movie Collection (Blu-ray)

August 30th, 2012 No comments

Highly Recommended Pocahontas Blu-ray Review Disney’s Pocahontas may not be the mostfaithful telling of the story imaginable (for some that follow history”to thebooks” and expect filmmakers to entirely follow suite that might evenseem a gigantic understatement) but it is acreative, visionary, and beautiful film about the discovery of the “newworld”in America by Spanish explorers and the …

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Lonesome: The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

August 29th, 2012 No comments

DVD Talk Collector Series THE FILM: Please Note: The images used here are taken from promotional materials, not the Blu-ray edition under review. “Gee, it’s funny how lonesome a fella can be, especially with a million people around him.” The new Criterion Blu-ray edition of Paul Fejos’s splendiferous 1928 color/B&W, silent/talkie Hollywood hybrid Lonesome is the kind of thing that makes you …

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Quick (Blu-ray)

August 29th, 2012 No comments

Rent It The tagline on the back of the Quick Blu-Ray proclaims: “It’s Speed on a motorcycle!” Although that easy-to-digest line certainly paints a picture for the prospective viewer, I don’t think it’s the right picture. Speed is certainly a silly movie, but it plays its central conflict straight: Will Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, and a busful of character actors get blown to bits? Quick spins …

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Weekend (2011): The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

August 27th, 2012 No comments

Highly Recommended THE FILM: Please Note: The images used here are taken from promotional sources, not the Blu-ray edition under review.

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