Tales Of The Unexpected - The Complete Fourth Season
01/10/2007. Region 2 DVD. pub: Network 7952679. 3 DVDs 425 minutes. 17 * 25 minute episodes and no extras. Price: £24.99 (UK).
Tales Of The Unexpected Series 1
01/04/2006. DVD: Network 7952388. 225 minutes 9 episodes no extras. Price: £19.99 (UK).
Tales Of The Unexpected Series 2
01/09/2006. DVD: Network 7952484. 400 minutes 16 episodes no extras. Price: £19.99 (UK).
Tales Of The Unexpected Series 3
01/12/2006. DVD Region 2: Network 7952546. 225 minutes 9 episodes no extras. Price: £19.99 (UK).
Tales Of The Unexpected Series 5
01/12/2007. Region 2 DVD. pub: Network Serial 7952753 3 DVDs 450 minutes. 18 * 25 minute episodes with no extras. Price: £24.95 (UK).
Tales Of The Unexpected Series 7
01/07/2008. region 2: pub: Network B0015B04KE 500 minutes 3 DVDs. Price: £24.99 (UK).
Ted (Frank's take)
01/08/2012. It was a matter of time before subversive writer Seth MacFarlane took his brand of off-kilter, twisted imagination to the big screen after years of treating television audiences to his brash long-running prime time Family Guy cartoon. In Ted, MacFarlane’s (who incidentally provides the voice for the cuddly-looking, caustic titular toy) off-colour joke is clear: take a seemingly innocuous childhood icon—the teddy bear—and turn him into a flippant playboy at will.
Teknolust (Mark's Take)
01/05/2003. This SF film plays like a throwback to 1960s mod film making. It is every bit as colorful as intended, but not nearly as intelligent. It plays like a college skit but for the digital special effects that allow four Tilda Swintons on the screen at one time.
Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machine (Mark's Take)
01/08/2004. The new Terminator film has fewer ideas to slow the action. The film is in more ways than one just a machine demolition derby. The future sends back what is supposed to be the most advanced Terminator robot of the series but budget constraints and poor writing make it less intelligent and less capable than its predecessor was.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: Frank's Take
01/08/2004. This juiced-up futuristic fable is delightfully on maximum overdrive and Arnold S. does what he does best ... deliver his brand of robotic ribaldry with the precision of an extremely well-oiled machine.
Terminator 3: The Rise Of The Machines (Geoff's take)
01/01/2004. pub: Columbia Tristar CVR 34144. Price: £12.99 (UK) - this varies so shop around for the best deal) stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes and Kristanna Loken.
Terminator: Salvation - Rod's take
01/12/2009. Region 2 DVD: pub: Sony Pictures CDR 61426. 1 DVD 110 minute film with no extras. Price: £19.99 (UK). Stars: Christian Bale, Sam Washington, Anton Yelchin and Moon Bloodgood.
Test Pilot Pirx (Mark's take)
01/08/2011. Stanislaw Lem's space pilot Pirx is given a double task. He is to orbit two satellites in Saturn's rings and at the same time see if he can detect which of his crew is actually a humanoid robot.
The 7th Dimension
1/09/2010. region 2 DVD: pub: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment KAL8067. 1 DVD 90 minutes with extras. Price: £12.99 (UK))stars: Kelly Adams, Jonathan Rhodes, Lucy Evans and Calita Rainford.
The Abandoned: Frank's take
01/03/2007. Spanish co-writer/director Nacho Cerda has an eerily perceptive vision that some horror fans know all too well, says Frank. In Cerda's innovative and grim 1994 short film Aftermath the filmmaker proved that instilling an audacious and salacious tone to his frightening fare is certainly what the genre was desperately looking forward to well over a decade ago.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes: original motion picture score by Basil Kirchin
01/04/2005. CD: Perseverance PRD 004. 40 minutes. Price: $24.95 or $17.00 off their website.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes/Dr. Phibes Rises Again (Geoff's take)
02/02/2008. region 1 DVD: pub: MGM 1009636. double-sided DVD: 95mins/89mins. Price: under $ 8.00 (US) if you know where to look). The Abominable Dr. Phibes: cast: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotton and Virginia North. Dr. Phibes Rises Again: cast: Vincent Price, Robert Quarry and Valli Kemp.
The Adjustment Bureau (Mark's take)
01/04/2011. The agents of Fate, says Mark, battle the force of Chance in this odd romantic fantasy loosely based on a Philip K. Dick story. Angels or aliens have agents on Earth to make sure that what Fate says will happen really does. Two people who are fated not to meet do meet by chance and fall in love. If they want to stay together they must defeat the little men in suits and fedoras who are the agents of fate.
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
01/10/2002. Frank puts his feet up for the space-aged spoof 'The Adventures of Pluto Nash', only to discover this film is about as funny as an asteroid stuck up one's rectum.
The Amazing Spider-Man (Frank's take)
01/08/2012. America’s favourite web-slinging wonder is back for some exciting summertime action in the heralded rebooted film franchise of Stan Lee’s celebrated comic book wall crawler. In The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel’s web-headed hero marches to the same beat of adventure, angst and adulation but there is a sense of freshness and purpose that is also distinctive from its animated predecessors.
The Amityville Horror: Frank's Take
01/06/2005. The real horror behind 2005's The Amityville Horror is that it had the audacity to try and mine its lukewarm absurd scares from the 26-year old original bland product. Let's face it-the 1979 blueprint and its woeful 3-D sequel wasn't exactly anything uniquely distinctive to write home about in the first place.
01/07/2003. Video: Warner Home Video: S037316. Price: £ 9.99 (UK). 110 minutes.
The Apollo Story: Man's Journey to the Moon
01/06/2009. region 2 DVD: pub: Revelation Films. PAR61303. 1 DVD 45 minute film plus extras. Price: £ 4.99 (UK).
The Assault (Frank's take)
01/05/2012. French filmmaker Julien Leclercq’s intense-driven thriller The Assault recalls the horrific 1994 hijacking of Air France Flight 8969 at the hasty hands of four Islamic terrorists. The Paris-bound plane was to depart Algiers as the diabolical hijackers had other perverse plans in mind—mainly to crash the plane into France’s world famous symbolic architectural structure The Eiffel Tower.
The Assault of the Sasquatch
01/11/2010. region 1 DVD: pub: Synthetic Cinema International B003VC6EZO. 1 DVD 85 minute film. Price: $14.95 (US), GBP 8.55 (UK) stars: Greg Nutcher, Sarah J. Ahearn, Cristina Santiago, Andrea Saenz, Shawn C. Phillips and M. Kelly Kevin Shea.
The Astronaut Farmer: Frank's take
04/03/2007. There's something that can be said for innocuous family fare that embraces its inspiration with notable fortitude, thinks Frank. Whimsical films about reaching impossible dreams or existing in worlds where anything imaginable can overwhelm the mind is something that cosy-minded cinema loves to convey. In writer-director Michael Polish's NASA-driven narrative The Astronaut Farmer, the mawkish sentiments are displayed on the launching pad. Unfortunately, the treacle-induced tendencies are unfocused as a high concept adventure for schmaltzy consideration.
The Astronaut Farmer: Mark's take
01/03/2007. This film may involve rockets and exploration, finds Mark, but it should play better with a non-technical audience. If somewhat overly familiar and contrived at times this is a likable Capra-esque story of a farmer who believes he has the smarts to build his own low-cost orbital rocket. He finds he has to fight the system to achieve his dream. The view of small town life will be pleasing to some and cloyingly sweet to others. On balance this is just okay entertainment.
The Avengers (Mark's take)
01/06/2012. This epic superhero film is the fulfilment of plot hints dropped in many previous Marvel films and brings together Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, and Black Widow into a spectacular dustup directed and co-written by Joss Whedon. While the film lacks the visual imagination of Thor or the period feel of Captain America, it has more of a sense of structures on a huge scale being blown up by even bigger explosions. This film can be seen equally well as a piece of literature or as some mindless screen action. It seems to be a real audience-pleaser.
The Bionic Woman Season One DVD boxset
01/02/2006. DVD: Universal 8238384. 11 hours 12 minutes 13 episodes with no extras. Price: £14.97(UK) but shop around for the best deal). stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks and loads of guest-stars...
The Bionic Woman: The Complete Season Two
01/05/2007. region 2 DVD. pub: Universal Playback 8243291. 1052 minutes. 22 episodes with no extras. Price: £26.49 (UK) if you shop around for a good price). stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks (contrary to the box label) and many guest-stars.
The Bourne Supremacy
01/09/2004. Robert Ludlum's mysterious United States government assassin again returns to the big screen from what some assumed and hoped was death. Again we have a complex plot with twists and doublecrosses. Again the infallible and deadly assassin is pitted against the agency that made him what he is.
The Bourne Ultimatum (Mark's take)
01/09/2007. Jason Bourne, says Mark, is hot on the trail of the people who know why he was made a deadly assassin. There are a few cracks in the wall of his amnesia and he is starting to see the picture beyond. The last of Bourne trilogy of films should have been the most satisfying of the three with the loose ends tied up and the CIA closing in. Will it be Bourne Dead or Bourne Free? But this film is less interested in good plot than it is in having long, drawn-out action chases of which there are entirely too many.
The Brothers Grimm: Mark's Take
01/01/2006. The Brothers Grimm is a funhouse of ideas and visual surprises but a story with no centre and virtually no characters, says Mark. It is more imaginative than the similar Van Helsing is, but it has many of the same faults. Terry Gilliam has to realize that there is a lot more to film than creating unexpected and amazing images. There is certainly enchantment here, but the story does not do much to hold it together.
The Cabin In the Woods - Mark's take
01/05/2012. Drew Goddard directs a film he wrote with Joss Whedon and takes the viewer over a lot of very strange territory even for horror films. While the film is funny and frequently at the same time scary, it also looks at what makes horror films work before it dumps the viewer on the doorstep to one of the great master horror writers (who shall remain nameless). Spoiler warning: I do not think I gave away anything that should bother a viewer, but this is a film that it is best to see knowing as little as possible of what is to come.
The Cabin in the Woods (Frank's take)
01/05/2012. The ultra-cheeky frightfest The Cabin in the Woods finally does justice to its overexposed genre by instilling a sci-fi/horror vibe that resonates with fresh thrills, fun-oriented freakiness and a genuine outlandishness that never seems recycled or stale. Simultaneously chilling, introspective and funny, The Cabin in the Woods is joyously off-kilter and vibrantly wicked in its cunning goose-bump gumption.
The Champions: The Complete Series
01/07/2004. pub: DVD. pub: Carlton 37115 05843. 30 * 50minute episodes plus assorted extras. Price: varies from £50 to £30 so shop around for the best deal) stars: William Gaunt, Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo and Anthony Nicholls.
The Champions: The Complete Series Special Edition DVD boxset
01/10/2006. DVD - Region 2. pub: Network 7952408. 9 DVDs. 1595 minutes. 30 -50 minute episodes plus many extras. Price: £59.99 (UK). stars: William Gaunt, Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo and Anthony Nicholls.
The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian: 2-Disc Collector's Edition
01/05/2009. pub: Disney BUA0090201. 2 DVDs 144 minute film with extras, Price: about £ 6.00 (UK) if you shop around. Stars: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Mosely, Anna Popplewell and Ben Barnes.
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Special Edition Original Soundtrack composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
01/02/2006. CD: Walt Disney Records 5008 61373-7 17 tracks. 70 minutes. DVD disk (Region 1): behind the scenes extras. Price: $24.95 (US) although this can vary to $ (US) when I looked around.
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Special Two-Disc DVD Collector's Edition
01/06/2006. DVD: Walt Disney/Walden Media SC1A BUR0011201. 2 disks 137 minute film with loads of extras. Price: £24.99 to £14.99 so shop around the best deal (UK) stars: William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy and many others.
The chronicles of narnia: the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe: Mark's Take
01/01/2006. Disney Studios brings the best-known chapter of C. S. Lewis's Narnia books to the screen, says Mark. Shooting in New Zealand is only one way in which this film mimics The Lord Of The Rings. But somehow one never really cares much for the four children who generally just do the obvious. Aslan is a big lion, but also just a cipher and is much less interesting than even Kong.
The Chronicles of Riddick - Frank's Take
01/08/2004. Four years after Pitch Black, filmmaker David Twohy decides to follow up his celebrated pet project with the disjointed and bloated sequel The Chronicles of Riddick. Utterly ponderous and as clunky as a crater rock, Riddick fails to capture the spontaneous spirit of its predecessor.
The Complete Fruit Baskets Boxset (PG)
01/05/2007. Region2 DVD: pub: Revelation Films/Funimation. FUN 72104. 4 DVDs 650 minutes 26 * 24 minute episodes plus extras. Price: £49.99 (UK). English/Japanese (English dolby Digital 5.1/2.0 Japanese Dolby digital 2.0).
The Core: Frank's Thoughts
01/05/2003. The Core definitely had the making for fascinating sci-fi stimulation. The attempt to turn the scientific discipline of electromagnetism into a robust and cheeky mainstream entertainment seemed quite challenging in concept.
The Core: Mark's Thoughts
01/05/2003. A spectacular set of disasters and a heroic expedition to save mankind. Some real science and some nonsense mix. If the film does not quite click, it is probably because we have higher standards than we had for science fiction films in their heyday of the 1950s and 1960s.
The Corridor People
1/8/2010. region 2 DVD. pub: Network B003WFO4NE. 200 minute 4 * 48 minute black and white episodes and a photo gallery. Price: £10.99 (UK)). stars: John Sharp, Elizabeth Shepherd and Gary Cockrell.
The Covenant (Frank's Take)
01/10/2006. Poor Renny Harlin, says Frank. What in the world happened to this filmmaker to the point of despair? If one were to do a dirty laundry list of all Harlin's unappetizing flicks, they would have to invest in a soap detergent factory just to wipe off the stench. With forgettable fizzles such as Cutthroat Island, Driven, Deep Blue Sea and Exorcist: The Beginning, you would think that the misguided moviemaker would shoot for something digestible to redeem his current curse of flaccid filmmaking.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Mark's take)
01/01/2009. More than just a film, David Fincher's The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is a genuine accomplishment. It stylistically shows a span of history, carefully orchestrating an evolution of style and mood that tracks the passing years. This, finds Mark, is an intelligent fantasy with a beautifully sustained and intricate attention to tone. Almost certainly this haunting fantasy will be my best film of 2008.
The Curse of Tutankhamen's Tomb
01/02/2011. region 2 DVD: pub: Network 7953500. 80 minute film. Price: GBP 10.20(UK) direct from them). stars: Robin Ellis, Harry Andrews, Angharad Rees, Eva Marie Saint, Tom Baker, Wendy Hiller, Barbara Murray and Raymond Burr.
The Da Vinci Code (Frank's Take)
01/06/2006. So the question presents itself as this: will one of the highly controversial event motion pictures of the year stack up to its enormous expectations? After all, says Frank, The Da Vinci Code has a lot riding on its explosive reputation. Not only is it based on the sensational best-selling book penned by Dan Brown, it has also created a worldwide buzz not experienced in quite some time.
The Da Vinci Code (Mark's Take)
01/07/2006. What appears to be a ritual murder in the Louvre leads to the discovery of secrets that could change our concept of two millennia of history. For once, says Mark, we have a thriller that is 90% idea and 10% action rather than the other way around. Ron Howard directs the film adaptation of Dan Brown's international bestseller from a script by Akiva Goldsman.
The Dark Knight (Mark's take)
02/08/2008. In a year in which one film after another is based on comic books this, says Mark, is a super-hero film whose depth is like no other. It plays with the whole philosophy of the superhero and the whole nature of superhero battles. It manages to bring together an action film and a thought piece.
The Dark Knight Rises (Frank's take)
01/08/2012. As a filmmaker, how does one follow up on continuing the excitable exploits of the Batman film franchise and expect to top what is perhaps the greatest superhero film of all time in the spectacular The Dark Knight? Well if you are the highly heralded Christopher Nolan then you will instinctively find a way. Hence, the explosive and dynamic The Dark Knight Rises is certainly not a bad way to start.
The Dark Knight Rises (Mark's take)
01/08/2012. Batman is pulled out of his self-imposed retirement to face two villains. Bane is a big bull of a man in a really ugly mask. The other is Catwoman, particularly attractive in her skin-tight suit. The film has more action, more special effects, and more mystical philosophy than The Dark Knight, but less intelligence.
The Dark Knight: Two-Disc Special Edition
01/02/2009. DVD Region 2. pub: Warner Bros Z1 Y17658. 2 DVDS 152 minute film with extras. Price: £ 9.99 (UK) if you look around) stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman.
The Day After Tomorrow: Frank's Take
01/07/2004. Frank reckons 'The Day After Tomorrow' will most likely be viewed as a long-winded and loopy meteorology mishap for weather forecast freaks. Justifiably so, Emmerich’s furious yet flimsy convention of cartoonish catastrophe gives a whole new meaning to the classic movie title Gone with the Wind. It’s too bad that this global gloom session couldn’t sweep away any sooner than its two-hour running time.
The Day After Tomorrow: Mark's Take
01/07/2004. In this new movie Mark finds global warming launches a quick-freeze ice age, killing billions of people. Roland Emmerich brings us a special-effects-laden look at the human race reeling under the havoc caused by the worst natural disaster in 10,000 years, a super-cold cyclonic storm that covers the face of the planet. The story is compelling and plausible enough for non-experts.
The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961)
01/10/2009. Region 2 DVD: pub: Network B002GDM322. 96 minute DVD with no extras. Price: £ 5.99 (UK). stars: Edward Judd, Janet Munro and Leo McKern.
The Day The Earth Caught Fire (Geoff's take)
01/08/2006. DVD: Network 7952138. 96 minute film with extras. Price: £ 6.59 (UK). stars: Janet Munro, Leo McKern and Edward Judd.
The Deadly Spawn by Michael Perilstein
01/05/2005. CD: Perseverance PRD 005. 43 minutes. Price: $21.95 or $17.00 off their website.
The Death Of Mr Lazarescu (Mark's Take)
01/02/2007. This, discovers Mark, is a film not so much about death as about the experience of dying in modern society. It is a realistic look at the last hours of a dying man as he goes through the wheels of the medical bureaucracy of Romania - probably not too different from our own. The film feels very real and not a little scary since the viewer knows that he is very likely to eventually likely to share Lazarescu's fate.
The Descent (Mark's take)
01/09/2006. Seemingly expanded from some horrific images from The Hobbit, The Descent is a genuinely suspenseful adventure and horror film. Some women get lost in an unexplored cave and run into man-eating cave dwellers. But the scariest monster is the cave itself.
The Dinosaurs that just wouldn't Die: Jurassic Park III
01/09/2001. A short punchy action sequel to the two dinosaur films made by Steven Spielberg. Joe Johnston directs a straightforward story of an excursion back to the island of the dinosaurs.
The Dukes of Hazzard (Frank's Take)
01/09/2005. If you were looking for an evening of sophistication, an annoyingly hell-raising hillbilly hoot such as The Dukes of Hazzard wouldn't necessarily be your ideal cup of tea, says Frank. But then again, if you are purposely looking for moronic moments to fill your idle time then director Jay Chandrasekhar's pointless big screen treatment of the classic cornfield 1979-85 CBS series may satisfy your need for instant dumb-down entertainment.
The Eagle (Frank's take)
01/03/2011. The Eagle has landed…and the choppy adventures that transpired in this nearly two hour pulsating but stiffened period piece can be arbitrarily reduced to historical hogwash.
The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (Mark's take)
01/05/2006. This is a courtroom drama about an alleged demonic possession and the resulting exorcism, finds Mark. The story is loosely based on real events. The Exorcism Of Emily Rose sports a very good cast, solid production values, and an intelligent script. By modern standards the gore is minimal and most of the thrills come from production craftsmanship.
The Eye (Frank's take)
01/03/2008. The cornea-deprived caper The Eye, notes Frank, definitely sports a blurry vision in the meager horror B-movie sweepstakes. Co-directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud ("Them") oversee this flaccid fright fest that is a rudimentary remake of the twin Pang Brothers' Hong Kong blistering horror show of the same name. Although the Pangs displayed a convincing eerie atmosphere in their original nail-biter about sadistic senses, the Moreau-Palud combo merely scratches the bare surface and never revisits the mouth-watering chill factor that manifests so potently in the Asian original.
The Fabulous World Of Jules Verne (Mark's take)
01/05/2012. Czech animator Karel Zeman, nearly forgotten now, was a genius of the animated film. Here, as his masterwork, he adapts a lesser novel by Jules Verne into a highly creative screen adventure. Showing great imagination on a tiny budget Zeman emulates the look of the lithographs of Verne's early editions and makes his film a pioneer in the style that since has been dubbed "steampunk".
The Film Without Fear - or Shame.
01/04/2003. In Daredevil, Mark R Leeper finds an uninspired comic book superhero film that borrows everything, while inventing and contributing almost nothing. An uninspiring actor plays an uninspired idea for a superhero in a familiar setting … one that feels like it was stamped out at a factory.
The Fog: 2005 remake movie (Frank's Take)
01/11/2005. John Carpenter's 1980 original release of The Fog wasn't exactly a skilled and penetrating horror movie to behold, says our Frank. Nevertheless, Carpenter's sinister showcase had the atmospheric creepiness to at least register some legitimate jolts. So what does he think of the remake? Read on.
The Fountain (Mark's take)
01/01/2007. Mystic pizza. This is an enigmatic story involving the Tree of Life with three story lines: one in the 1500s, one in the near future, and one in the far future, says Mark. Darren Aronofsky is less interested in coherence than in creating New Age-ish cosmic images. This is the sort of film that plays much better at midnight whether you stay up that late or not.
The Great Yokai War (Mark's Take)
01/09/2006. A war is fought in one night with an evil lord and his robotic minions against humans and the monstrous spirits of Japanese folklore, finds Mark. Some of the scale of this film rivals that of The Lord Of The Rings. This is a wild adventure that is not always easy to follow, but it is a font of comedy and macabre imagination with a wonderful Japanese flavour.
The Green Hornet: Frank's take
01/02/2011. Sure, the obvious sentiment from countless critics and moviegoers alike about yet another glossy superhero flick on the rise was…”yeah, that’s nice…let’s see what this particular entry brings forth” in the wake of the kinetically-charged arrival of The Green Hornet.
The Grudge 2 (Frank's Take)
01/12/2006. So what do we have here, folks, asks Frank? That's right...another belaboured and brain-dead boofest that's being served up to whet our hair-raising appetites. For those of you that wanted a frantic follow up to the 2004 hit-making scarefest The Grudge then count your giddy goose bumps because director Takashi Shimizu is back in the saddle again.
The Guardians - The Complete Series
01/03/2010. region 2 DVD: pub: Network B002ZJ1JOK. 4 DVDs 13 * 55minute episodes with a photo gallery. Price: £39.99 (UK)) stars: Cyril Luckham, Derek Smith, David Burke, Lynn Farley, Gwyneth Powell, John Colin and Edward Petherbidge
The Hands Of Orlac (1924): Mark's take
01/10/2008. One of the nearly forgotten films of the German (actually in this case Austrian) Expressionist period is the Conrad Veidt version of The Hands Of Orlac. This is a seminal horror melodrama about a pianist whose hands are destroyed in a train crash and are replaced by hands taken from an executed murderer. The hands come to have a life of their own. This film was remade as the until- recently also rare Mad Love with Colin Clive as Orlac and with one of Peter Lorre's juiciest roles.
The Hidden/The Hidden 2
02/02/2008. DVD Region 1. pub: Alliance Atlantic 20968. 2 films 98/91minutes plus extras. Price: $ 5.81 (US) if you know where to look). The Hidden stars: Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri. The Hidden 2 stars: Raphael Sbarge and Kate Hodge.
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Mark's Take
01/06/2005. It is hard to be too harsh on a film with as many smiles as this one has. But for many of us the jokes will be just too familiar. Some of the visualizations are quite good and perhaps the best thing about this version of the oft-adapted stories of Douglas Adams. This film is a pleasant experience but a throwaway one.
The Human Centipede - Mark's take
01/05/2010. In The Human Centipede, relatively standard mad scientist horror film elements combine with a truly twisted premise. Dutch filmmaker Tom Six writes and directs a horror film with a really tasteless gross-out concept. The film has good production values, but is still disturbing in ways that perhaps no film before it has ever been. This is a film experience for a narrow select audience.
The Hunger Games (Frank's take)
01/04/2012. Undoubtedly eager fans and followers with have a ravenous appetite for the competitive and combative thriller The Hunger Games, a high-minded cat-and-mouse caper that pits young folks against one another in a high stakes contest of survival and savagery.
The Illusionist (Mark's Take)
01/10/2006. In this film, finds Mark, a mystical and mysterious stage magician, Eisenheim, becomes the rage of Vienna while working out his own personal love triangle. His childhood sweetheart is now engaged to the Crown Prince. The Prince has the power of his station, and Eisenheim seems to have his own mystical powers. This is a captivating and atmospheric tale that will keep the viewer wondering what is real, what illusion.
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (Mark's take)
01/02/2010. Terry Gilliam's new film is a lot like his previous imaginative films, only perhaps more so. A small tacky traveling show in a caravan hides real magic. It has a gateway to a subjective land created by the visitor's own imagination. The show's owner is also genuinely immortal do to a pact he has made with Satan himself. The actual story is muddled, but the imagination of the visual imagery is very good. And Gilliam deserves admiration for having brought this film to fruition in spite of nearly impossible circumstances.
The Impact of Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone
01/01/2006. I was this past week on a panel discussing the television show The Twilight Zone, says Mark. It brought back a lot of good memories of the late 1950s and early 1960s when my life really was divided in two pieces: watching The Twilight Zone and waiting for the next Twilight Zone. I don't think that there is any television show that had the impact on me that that series did.
The Incredible Hulk (Mark's take)
01/07/2008. The Army created but cannot control Bruce Banner, the Hulk. Banner's anger has the power to turn him into a bouncing ten-foot monster as hard as rock. Edward Norton (who plays Banner) is one of the finest actors of his generation. This, believes Mark, may not be the best film for him, but he is an asset to the film. The Incredible Hulk is a darker and grimmer superhero film with a more tragic hero than we have seen of late from the Marvel films.
The Incredibles: Frank's Take
01/01/2005. One might be wondering to themselves the following thought: just what would the handlers at Pixar do for a darn encore? Let’s face it folks, we have been so spoiled by the 3-D animated gems that insist on rolling out of the Pixar universe. It seems that year after year, the Disney/Pixar assembly line serves up the generated goodies.
The Invaders: The First Season
01/12/2008. region 2: pub: Paramount Pictures/CBS PHE 9376. 5 DVDs 17 episodes 835 minutes and no extras. Price: varies but I pulled my set for about £ 6.00 (UK). stars: Roy Thinnes and assorted guest-stars.
The Invaders: The Second Season DVD boxset
01/05/2010. pub: Paramount/CBS DVD PHE 9847. 1282 minutes 26 * 50 minute episodes with no extras. Price: about £11.00 (UK) if you know where to look) stars: Roy Thinnes, Kent Smith and a multitude of guest stars.
The Invasion (Mark's take)
01/09/2007. This is a film that is pretty good until it turns bad. The fourth adaptation of The Body Snatchers has some thoughtful and intelligent additions to the telling. Sadly, in the last twenty minutes the film goes terribly sour as it metamorphoses into another mindless action film with a much too Hollywood ending. Nichole Kidman stars as the psychiatrist whose patients start reporting that the people around them are turning strange. And they are right.
The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers by Denny Zeitlin
01/05/2005. CD: Perseverance PRD 003. 70 minutes. Price: $21.95 or $17.00 off their website.
The Invisible Man - Limited Edition (PG)
01/06/2007. Region 2 DVD: pub: Network 7952838. 4 DVDs 650 minutes 27 episodes (including unaired pilot) with extras. Price: £ 29.99(UK).
The Jacket: Frank's Take
01/04/2005. The Jacket feels a little snug around the arms as a messy mind-bender. Although this murky psychological thriller has a challenging premise that’s undoubtedly riveting, British director John Maybury (1998’s Francis Bacon biopic Love is the Devil) never really finds the right niche to secure his hysterical head-spinning account of a lost man on the brink of a breakdown.
The Lake House (Mark's Take)
01/07/2006. In this movie, says Mark, A man from 2004 and a woman from 2006 are in mail communication through a magic mailbox outside the same house that each is living in his or her respective year. It could be a good idea, but the fantasy is leaden and refuses to play by the rules it itself set up. So it is not very good as a fantasy and it really does not work as a romance.
The Last Circus (Balada Triste De Trompeta)
1/12/2011. This is a sensational surreal horror/comedy fairy tale co-written and directed by Basque auteur Álex de la Iglesia (The Oxford Murders). It has to be the weirdest and one of the funniest films I have seen in quite a while. As time goes on, everything in The Last Circus becomes more grotesque and dreamlike.
The Last Mimzy
01/03/2010. region 2 DVD: pub: Entertainment In Video/New Line Cinema EDV 9489. 1 DVD 92 minute film with extras. Price: about £ 2.00 (UK) if you know where to look) stars: Chris O'Neill, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Timothy Hutton, Patrick Gilmore, Joely Richardson and Michael Clarke Duncan
The Last Mimzy (Frank's take)
01/05/2007. Critics and moviegoers alike usually have the tendency to call them as they see them, says Frank. After all, you can't blame the masses for assessing New Line Cinema executive Bob Shayne's slight family fare The Last Mimzy as an E.T. knockoff for the millennium age. The comparison is obvious and tries to match the whimsical and imaginative spectacle of Steven Spielberg's early eighties memorable, fetching fable. The distinction, of course, is that there's a vast difference between the Oscar-winning filmmaker's little alien that wanted to "phone home" and Shayne's spotty sci-fi narrative that's lucky enough to invite the "compare-and-contrast" vibes.
The Last Mimzy: Mark's take
01/04/2007. A box of toys from the future transforms a young brother and sister into something beyond human. Only one or two ideas were taken from the Lewis Padgett story Mimsy Were the Borogroves, supposedly the source of the story, says Mark. The film becomes a sort of low-budget variation on E.T. with a lacklustre rag-doll bunny standing in for E.T. The film may work better on the small screen than in theaters.
The Limb Salesman
06/12/2004. This is an ironic love story set in a future world that has been badly damaged in some strange way making uncontaminated water rare. Society is now built around the efforts to find safe water. The story drags more than a little.
The Lone Gunmen: The Complete Series
01/06/2007. Region 2 DVD. 20th Century Fox F1-SGB 2924701012. 3 DVDs 554 minutes 14 episodes with extras. Price £17.97(UK) if you know where to look). stars: Tom Braidwood, Bruce Harwood, Dean Haglund, Stephen Snedden and Zuleikha Robinson.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (Mark's Take)
01/01/2004. Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings completes its cycle with The Return of the King, a spectacular film of complex battles and breathtaking scenery. Mark ponders whether the final part of the trilogy delivers all that it promises.
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