What DVD have you just watched?

Originally Posted by winkyincanada:
Originally Posted by Haim Ronen:

 

Touching film about the last three months of a young woman dying of cancer.

Still not getting into the comedies, eh?

Winky,

 

I get my daily overdose of comedies and farces just by listening to our brilliant politicians who are aspiring to get (or remain) into the white house.

Aubrey Manning does for geology what David Attenborough has done for biology.

Made in 1999, but only recently released on DVD (no Blu-ray), this is one of my favourite documentaries. I would recommend it very highly, and at £5.19 for eight fifty minute episodes it won't break the bank to give a try.

 

Now just starting the first season of the 'West Wing'.

Great scripts, excellent cast, and appalling music from 'Snuffy' Walden, who did the music for 'Thirtysomething'. Hopefully there will be more dialogue, and less music it progresses.

Really enjoyable, somewhat whimsical Woody Allen movie.

It will not change the world, and does not outstay its welcome at around 90 minutes, but left us happy to have watched it.

(Actually watched on demand, not DVD).

Originally Posted by JamieL_v2:

 

Really enjoyable, somewhat whimsical Woody Allen movie.

It will not change the world, and does not outstay its welcome at around 90 minutes, but left us happy to have watched it.

(Actually watched on demand, not DVD).

Fully agree; light, fluffy and enjoyable. I was thankful that Woody Allen had chosen to let someone else do the acting.

Originally Posted by Haim Ronen:
Originally Posted by JamieL_v2:

 

Really enjoyable, somewhat whimsical Woody Allen movie.

It will not change the world, and does not outstay its welcome at around 90 minutes, but left us happy to have watched it.

(Actually watched on demand, not DVD).

Fully agree; light, fluffy and enjoyable. I was thankful that Woody Allen had chosen to let someone else do the acting.

Yep, loved it.

 

Based on director Konrad Wolf's diary entries, this film set in the waning days of World War II tells the story of a young German-born man (Jaecki Schwarz) transplanted to Russia who returns to his homeland as a soldier in the Soviet army. As he struggles to come to grips with his identity and heritage, he also discovers a burgeoning optimism for the fate of postwar Germany in this landmark drama.

The BBC series called "Colditz."

 

Bought a couple of weeks ago at a knock down price in HMV, and the first DVD or CD actually  bought by me for more than two years.

 

10 discs, and something to make one very reflective about compromise [on both sides], and the need to always search for peace, heroic or not ...

Every spare leisure moment this last week has been dedicated to watching this. Not on DVD but rather on my iPad on the move. Superb, classy. This is how TV should be. Absorbing and I somehow guessed the murderer from very early on. More twists than....

 

Attack The Block

 

I enjoyed this far more than I expected. Simple plot line well executed.

 

The only thing that gave me pause was watching someone with a crack pipe - something I don't want to see 'normalised' on any level.

 

The street slang is toned down, and so didn't get in the way of the story.

 

Simple, effective effects.

 

M

 

No Strings Attached

 

Natalie Portman in a Ivan Reitman film, and the best he has made in a long while.

 

When Harry Met Sally - Can a man and a woman be friends without the sex thing getting in the way?

NSA - Can a man and a woman be fcuk buddies without the love thing getting in the way?

 

Now I enjoyed this film, which has some very funny moments, and we had some friends over to watch it a few days later, and Helen's reaction took me by surprise, she just saw the two principles as morally depraved, and so had no empathy for them at all.

 

Personally I would say that if you like RomCom then this is worth a view.

 

M

Way of the Gun

 

Really enjoyed this film, written and directed by the writer of 'The Usual Suspects'.

 

The movie follows the exploits of two criminals who have a much sought after shot at a pile of cash. The convoluted plot keeps you interested, and gives you enough information to determine what is happening - which I liked.

 

There is lot of good dialogue, and good performances, including James Caan.

 

Best 'Sam Pekinpah' film I've seen in years!

 

M

Black Swan

 

Another good film, but not one I'll buy.

 

Very effecting, but this is a film that will live in my memory, and the device is such that for me the impact will not be the same second time around.

 

Natalie Portman gets full marks for the work she must have put in to appear to be a ballerina.

 

Powerful piece.

 

M

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Fright Night

 

Always enjoyed the 1980s original, and think the new version isn't too shaby either.

 

Colin Farrell seems to have gone a bit downhill to end up in this, but puts in a workman-like performance as the fanged terror, with generally good support, esp by David Tennant.

 

There is enough character screen-time to engage you with the major protagonists.

 

Frequent laughs and tension.

 

....I might even buy it.

 

M

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Kill The Irishman

 

Based on events that occurred in the late 60s and 70s involving unions and racketeering in Cleveland. Ray Stevenson shows his acting chops delivering a picture of a man who combined natural intelligence and violence in a mix that lead him into the path of The Family, and bloody bombing campaigns, as various blockages where removed - permanently.

 

Good support by some well known names.

 

I have some concerns with the denouement, in that Danny Greene was a violent killer, and I feel that he is let off somewhat lightly; that Hitler may have loved his mother does not forgive his actions.  Greene was used as an enforcer and debt-collector, and used brutal force and extreme prejudice to carve out a living for himself and his associates.

 

Recommended; Stevenson shows he can carry a film.

 

M

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13 Assassins

 

Best samurai film I have seen in 33 years, in fact since I first saw Seven Samurai.

 

The first half covers the politics in showing a senior samurai why he should kill the half-brother of the Shogun, without directly asking him to do so. He then gathers his team, and manoeuvres the putative victim into going by a route he dictates.

 

The second covers setting up the battleground, and the battle.

 

Well worth repeat watching.

 

M

 

Originally Posted by winkyincanada:
Originally Posted by Haim Ronen:
Originally Posted by JamieL_v2:

 

Really enjoyable, somewhat whimsical Woody Allen movie.

It will not change the world, and does not outstay its welcome at around 90 minutes, but left us happy to have watched it.

(Actually watched on demand, not DVD).

Fully agree; light, fluffy and enjoyable. I was thankful that Woody Allen had chosen to let someone else do the acting.

Yep, loved it.

Just seen this in our local village hall. I wondered how many of the viewers had heard of Gertrude Stein.. ('Hi, Alice'). I thought Carla Bruni was good - actually the idea of using France's First Lady as a tourist guide was pretty neat.

Not an easy watch, but a superbly acted and scripted slice of a world of violence, despair and grief but with an uplifting conclusion.

 

Full of the worst swearing and some truly shocking scenes, it's nevertheless a riveting and memorable film. Highly recommended but not for the faint-hearted.

 

A great bluray update of this classic. No obvious attempt to remove film grain, but compared to the DVD release, the picture is significantly sharper without obvious over sharpening or smearing, and color is better, too. The english subtitles are hilarious too - the two guys talking jive "Shiiiiit", subtitled "Golly".

 

Cheers,

 

EJ

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