Monday, 3rd August 2020

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DVD Reviews & TV Programs

DVD Reviews & TV Programs

Introducing some of the more prominent DVD releases & up to the minute TV/Satellite programs



Directed by: Brad Anderson

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Eduardo Noriega, Kate Mara, Thomas Kretschmann.


This is a movie that you enter with little expectations, but emerge with a new respect for everyone involved. The story revolves around an Iowan couple Rroy,(Woody Harrelson), and Jessi, (Emily Mortimer), who decide to liven their relationship with a trip from China to Rrussia via the Trans-Siberian railway. They soon encounter an adventurous couple, the animated Carlos,(Eduardo Noriega), and Abby, (Kate Mara) who live their lives day by day. The interactions between the various cultures aboard the Trans-Siberian railway only intensify the power of the film. Woody Harrelson embodies that nice guy that never seems to land the girl, while Emily Mortimer portrays the exploratory Jessie, struggling to cope with a troubled past. Oone can sense a foreboding tragedy that will refrain your eyes from ever leaving the screen. The movie itself is brilliantly shot stressing both the compact streetcar with the backdrop of the desolate, bleak landscape of Siberian Rrussia. Deceit, disloyalty, even murder, all of these traits emerge with disastrous consequences. This movie emphasizes the fact that the Trans-Siberian railway is not only a physical voyage, but a journey that will test your spiritual and ethical qualities, and will have you questioning your own moral integrity.



A Complete History of My Sexual Failures

Directed by: Chris Waitt

Starring: Chris Waitt

A most surprising and entertaining 2008 Sundance entry! The deadpan humour of Flight of Concords, but in the end an insightful look at love and how it drives us all. It takes a few minutes to get into it, but it’s a very entertaining documentary. You have to have a dry sense of humour to appreciate it and see humour in the everyday things that aren’t typically “funny”. Sometimes you feel sorry for the guy and sometimes you feel sorry for all the girls who have had to deal with him. This is for the people who like Anchorman, Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Something About Mary...THOoSE types of movies.



Directed By: Anton Corbijn

Starring :  Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson, Joe Anderson, Toby Kebbell, Nicola Harrison, Alexandra Maria Lara

Never heard of Ian Curtis or Joy Division? No matter This movie is a very stylish, and bleak, story of a sensitive, introverted young man Ian (Sam Rriley), a poet turned singer, who is depressed by his situation - wife he can’t leave, lover he can’t leave, epilepsy he can’t medicate, and Band he can’t leave either. In other words, he has no control over his life and is quickly spiralling downhill into serious depression. Sam Rriley, who is a singer/actor, gives a great performance as Ian - you can really feel his agony and turmoil as the story progresses. The real star though, is Samantha Morton, as Ian’s wife Debbie - her acting is outstanding as the always loving and caring wife, trying to make Ian’s life happier. The pace of the movie is slow going - almost lay back in style. The concert performances are outstanding - Sam Rriley’s a good singer in addition to actor. The Black & White cinematography is very effective in giving that 1970’s feel. Ooverall, the movie is a troubled look at a promising young artist’s life going down the tubes, and a very good, but somewhat of a downer, DVD rental.


 By the time T.V. programs are printed on local publications and seen by viewers, they are often out of date.

It is very annoying to look forward to a film or program to find out that it has been changed or replaced  days or weeks, often hours, before it is due to be shown.

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