Thursday, 6th 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


The Reader

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Starring: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, David Kross, Volker Bruch.

This film is about pain and characters that have perpetual pain. It also takes you to places deep within and asks you to have sympathy for a character that is a victimizer as well as victim of her own pride. Based on an award winning novel by Bernhard Schlink, a German law professor and judge, Te Reade deals with the understanding of a generation that grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust. Schlink brings understanding about what happened in Germany and how it could have happened so effortlessly. This is a story of an innocent young boy who is seduced by a much older woman who desires him to read to her. Michael finds himself desperately in love with her. The fifteen year old boy, German actor David Kross, lends a feeling of innocence to the role; few actors of his maturity would be able to credibly convey. Winslet plays a woman who is incapable of expressing love. This story is told in flashbacks, with Ralph Fiennes as the adult Michael looking back on his earlier life. The affair abruptly ends and ten years later Michael finds Hanna again as he observes her trial as part of his law school assignment. She is accused with several others of Nazi War crimes and her pride becomes her biggest obstacle. Fiennes plays Michael with intelligence and sensitivity, but this is clearly Winslet’s time to shine.




Directed by: Zack Snyder

Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup

I loved everything about this film. But that said, it is probably not going to be as popular as a Batman or Spiderman movie. Despite its big budget and terrific effects, there is something of an art house sensibility to this film that’s sure to put some viewers off. This is a superhero film for adults—in just about every sense of the word. NOT FOR KIDS! No kidding! Nobody too young to view full-frontal male nudity, a violent and realistic near-rape, extremely graphic and realistic violence and gore, and hot simulated sex should view this film. But even more than these obvious points is the adult-themed “message” of this film. The moral centre is shifty and complicated. The story is shifty and complicated. Cynical and darker in theme than The Dark Night or even Sin City could ever hope to be, even though the visual palette is much brighter, this movie sort of catches the audience off-guard with its relentlessly nihilistic story.



Directed By: Paul McGuigan

Starring : Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Djimon Hounsou, Camilla Belle

Push is a superhero movie that doesn’t exactly fit the same genre. Similar to “X-Men”, people are born with powers; Powers of telekinesis, mind control, healing abilities, and so much more. Chris Eevans is Nick Gant, a second generation “mover” whose father was taken by the US Government agency that is hunting down all of those with powers to turn them into weapons. He meets Cassie (expertly played by Dakota Fanning) who is a second generation “watcher” and has the power to see the future. They know that they have to save someone, a woman on the run from the same agency. The excitement of Push starts quickly and almost never lets up. It is an exciting and enjoyable movie, definitely for fans of the “superpowers” genre, like Heroes, or X-Men. I enjoyed the ride.


 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.

Just click on the enclosed icon and check your "up to the minute" TV program as updated by the TV stations.

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