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  1.  I like it lots when a plan almost comes together!


    Given all the negative reviews this film received upon its cinema release over the summer, indications that it would either be a disaster of pretty substantial proportions, or at the very best, destroy childhood memories of easily the most fun American TV import of the 1980s. Fortunately, Joe Carnahan's skilful reworking of the show for modern audiences is largely a delight! The action's on a far larger scale than the TV show and it leaves you gasping at times due to its sheer audacity, although frantic editing does make some of 'the plans' hard to follow (the reason for the deduction of one star in the rating system!). The film's major plus, and the show's greatest strength lies in the characterisation of the team members - for me the series was never about the formulaic action and repetitive story-lines, it was always about the hilarious interaction between the characters, with the team often behaving like a disfunctional family, with Hannibal as the patriarch bringing his bickering 'children' together whenever a plan needed to be executed. This element comes across well in the film: Sharlto Copley and Bradley Cooper's 'Murdock' and 'Face' respectively, are perfectly cast and Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and Liam Neeson make good attempts at reviving 'B.A.' and 'Hannibal', although Mr Neeson's performance lacks the swaggering, goading arrogance that made George Peppard such fun to watch, he's still not bad though! All in all, this is great fun for all the family, with big laughs and even bigger action, and it certainly left me wanting a sequel (this film is essentially the team's back-story as described in the opening titles of the TV show!). Hopefully DVD sales will cover for disappointing box office - this is far better than the 'Karate Kid' remake - and persuade the producer's to go for a follow up...so switch off your brain and enjoy the action comedy of the year!

  2.  horror anthology nostalgia - bollywood style


    For anyone familiar with, or a fan of anthology horror, be it of the 'amicus' film or 'tales from the crypt'-'twilight zone' style, there's plenty to enjoy here simply because of the sheer predictability of it all. For horror fans there's nothing unfamiliar here, the wrap around story won't surprise anyone au fait with Milton Subotsky's screenplays and the 6 tales are all reworking of western 'horror themes' although the Shilpa Shetty tale of 'cursed apples' is completely barking, but great fun because of its silliness...a decent watch on Halloween Night all in all...so enjoy but avoid any temptation to reach for the fruit bowl!

  3. Vinyan



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     slow and stylish but well worth a watch


    Having read most of the reviews for this, and being a fan of the horror genre, I was slightly put off, in fact I only made the purchase when it materialised for under a fiver in the 'play' disc clearance on blu-ray. I've just given the disc and spin and I'm glad I did. Admittedly, there's little here for fans of mainstream horror or despite the 18 certificate, hardcore gore either - the rating was probably given for the copious amounts of nudity on display. The plot of a couple looking for their lost child who was washed away in the tsunami of a few years back, is actually a character study about the response, both physically and mentally, of two people to the loss of a child. Taking elements from other material, especially: 'Don't Look Now' and 'Apocalypse Now' initially, and then towards the end, borrowing from 'Lord of the Flies' and Italian genre cinema, the film looks and sounds wonderful with excellent cinematography and a really impressive sound mix, although the latter does muffle dialogue in places. Sewell and Beart are pretty good as the tortured couple, and although the slow, deliberate pacing won't be to everyone's taste, the strange, at times, dreamlike style will draw you in, if you give it a chance...and the pay-off at the end is either strangely happy or very bleak depending on your interpretation. No classic, admittedly, but it rewards the patient viewer, and as such is worth at least one viewing.

  4.  intense and chilling but ultimately derivative


    Eden Lake brings the north American wilderness chills of Deliverance and Southern Comfort to the home counties...fans of full on gore movies will undoubtedly enjoy this, as commendably, it doesn't pull its punches, although the most scary aspect of the film is its socio-political stance that will have readers of the right wing press at various moments being either appalled by the antics of the stereotypical working class 'yobs' or cheering on the educated, middle class leading lady fighting back...despite some ropey performances, especially by some of the teenagers, and a twist ending that you'll see coming a mile off if you're familiar with some of the film's US influences, this still offers a tight 90 minutes of thought provoking mayhem...you may not like the hope free message the film imparts about the next generation, but it'll certainly get you talking afterwards, and let's face it how many genre films do that?

  5.  Ultimately, this is good value!


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  6.  The funniest comedy ever made - am I wrong!?


    After the slight disappointment of the Oscar winning 'No Country for Old Men', and despite the praise laid on that film by critics, the genius of Joel and Etan Coen only truely becomes apparent when producing their own material - adaptations and major studio collaborations as shown in the 'Ladykillers', 'Intolerable Cruelty' and 'No Country...' indicate they these guys shouldn't be constrained by either studios or other people's material. Despite being a flop in its day, 'The Big Lebowski' has become a monster cult hit and deservedly so, this is one of the few comedies that gets better with repeated viewings and virtually every line in the film's almost 2 hour running time is a quotable hilarious gem. This film is so consistantly amusing that it stands with the greatest comedy produced on film anywhere and at anytime. No matter what some critics might say, this is just as smart and as funny as anything Billy Wilder did at the top of his game. With a farcical structure aping the Raymond Chandleresque world of film noir and with Bridges and Goodman arguably being the funniest film double act since Laurel and Hardy...yes, I did say L and H...this is a masterclass in comedy, given a quirky, dazzlingly look by the genius Coen boys...there may be films as funny as this, but you'd be hard pressed to find something consistantly funnier...my only gripe with the UK release is where did the BBFC get an '18' certificate for this film from? OK, there's a lot of what 'the stranger' refers to as 'cuss words' in the flick, but despite the kidnapping plot, there's little violence, except of the slapstick variety...if, like me, you were disappointed by 'No Country...' there's no better time to watch or re-watch this fantastic romp to remind you of just how great the Coen's are...this film is sunshine on a silver disc and I defy anyone not to come away with the biggest fixed grin on their face after viewing...

  7.  Superb


    Despite a couple of 'naysayer' reviews here, this really is the greatest gangster film ever made...a complex, awe inspiring masterpiece that works on so many levels - as a tribute to old school gangster films, a meditation on the nature of time, friendship and betrayal, I could go on...the characters themselves may not be sympathetic to most (and given who they are, why should they be?), but at the heart of this story are friendships, betrayals and the biggest guilt trip in film history...this film is superlative in virtually every department - script, camera work, production design, performance and of course, Ennio Morricone's masterful soundtrack...apparently, a whole portion of the film, running almost an hour, was removed prior to its release, featuring Louise Fletcher...to see that restored would be something else - so how about it Warner Bros?

  8.  It's like James Bond on Mescaline


    With the final film in the Harry Palmer series, any pretense at de-glamourising the secret service, as in the first film in the trilogy, which showed agents as jobbing civil servants, is thrown aside by Ken Russell's manically brilliant direction...told on a large canvas, on the strength of this, imagine what Russell would have done with legitimate Bond...the mind boggles...taking the film as a whole, it becomes clear early on that the great Mr Russell realised that the plot eventually becomes pretty much incomprehensible and decides to compensate the viewer instead with scene after scene that sticks in the memory...watch the film and you'll see...add to that a really memorable soundtrack by Richard Rodney Bennett, who perhaps should have done more soundtrack work on the strength of this and his classic 'Murder on the orient express' score...my only problem with this release is the fact that The Beatles' 'Hard Days Night' is missing from the soundtrack during a hilarious scene in the film, which is cut to the rhythm of the song...presumably, this absence is due to a royalties issue...it's present during the frequent BBC showings...and makes you wonder why Mr Russell didn't venture more into the world of music video...I think he did a few in the 1980s...anyway, all in all, an essential piece of psychedelia that could have only been made in the swinging 60s...to digress slightly, if you buy and like this film, try Theodore Flicker's hilarious 'President's Analyst' - which is an equally madcap 'summer of love' curiosity and going for under 3 pounds on this very site...a perfect double bill of underrated 60s mayhem, all in all...

  9.  Hammer Horror in Gloriously Campy Vein


    This is arguably the most entertaining Dracula film in the entire Hammer back catalogue - and made by the studio in an attempt to achieve the success that its rival AIP had had with their modern 'Count Yorga' vampire series. Let's be honest about this, much of the entertainment value surrounding this film is based around what's wrong with it - the supposedly hip dialogue is hilarious and endlessly amusing, especially after repeated viewings...watch the film and you'll see. The half hearted plot about a group of teenagers (who are all about 10 years too old - including Foyle's War's Michael Kitchen and Dynasty's Stefanie Beacham) being manipulated by a follower of Dracula into resurrecting him into a swinging 70s London is really of secondary importance to the other joys on display. Despite the laughable dialogue, and misjudged 'teen' performances, the technical credits are top notch - Dick Bush's camerawork is highly atmosperic in both the 'gothic' and 'swinging' scenes, Mike Vickers' score is very groovy indeed but best of all are the 'adult' performances - Lee and Cushing working together for the first time (in the roles that they are perhaps most famous for anyway) since Hammer's 1958 vampire landmark are simply superb. Cushing's 100 percent committed performance as Van Helsing shows why he's the finest actor the horror genre has ever produced...and probably ever will...and Lee on top snarling form as the Prince of darkness gives real depth to what's really an underwritten role - it's a shame that Mr Lee disliked some of the Hammer productions he appeared in, especially the later ones, as time is suggesting that like wine, some of these films do improve with age...all we need now are for Warner's to release an uncut version of the equally bizarre, but equally terrific sequel - 'The satanic Rites of Dracula', which plays like an episode of The Avengers with added bite!

  10.  Quality 'Who'


    Having just watched this the day after the 'Who 2008' Sontaran story was broadcast, I'm in total agreement with the previous reviewer in that the key plot point of that slick, but empty invasion story was 'borrowed' from this gem from 1969. With a running time of nearly 2 and half hours, this is great fun from start to finish and I have to say after having seen all of Troughton's DVD releases in the role to date, his performance is a real delight giving the Time Lord a Chaplinesque comic appeal, especially in this story. After Tom Baker, he could well be my favourite Doctor. With a nicely involved plotline and impressive monsters in the ice warriors - I wonder how long it will be before they are ressurected for the new series - the highlights though have to be Wendy Padbury's corpsing at a rather unfortunate, but understandable moment and superbly stylish, almost cinematic direction by Michael Ferguson - a fitting candidate for a return to new 'Who' in my opinion, as Graeme Harper has done...a pity about the paucity of 'extras' though, I'm sure all these could have fitted onto the 1 disc...making the edition a 2 disc set does give the impression that there are more bonus features than there actually are...a pity, but don't let that put you off buying this, it's still highly enjoyable...