Sunday, 5th July 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 Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 

Directed by: Mark Herman.

Starring: David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend, Richard Johnson, Sheila Hancock, Jim Norton, David Heyman.

A horrific topic handled beautifully, if those two things may be combined in the same sentence. We follow the story of one German family, the father of which is a Nazi officer who takes his upper class family away from Berlin to an unnamed German town in which lies a concentration camp at which the Oofficer is the commandant. His eight year old son and twelve year old daughter bemoan the move to the countryside until the boy finally meets another eight year old boy who lives in what the German boy believes is a farm where everyone wears these strange striped pajamas. We follow the innocent boys fascination with the camp and wants to have a friend with which to play. The film teases us with uplifting music, but with a dark undertone. We just wait for the dark cloud to come down on us. The story is written so that young and mid teens would be able to watch and understand the interactions between the people and of the horrors of concentration camps. It was not graphic in any way, but powerful enough to drive home the messages intended. The story is more than a Holocaust film, in that the message is a universal one which tells us that things may and do change in our lives in a moment’s notice and that innocent ones pay for the arrogance of others.



Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Directed by: Woody Allen.

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Rebecca Hall, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn, Chris Messina, Carrie Preston, Zak Orth, Pablo Schreiber.

Drama, Romance
Woody Allen, at 72, gives us possibly his sexiest movie ever. Rated PG-13, powered by awesome cast of charming Javier Bardem, dramatic Rrebecca Hall, hippie Scarlett Johansson and fireball Penelope Cruz in a menage-a-quatre under beautiful sky of Barcelona and Oviedo. Javier Bardem stars ias a flamboyant painter who finds himself in the middle of a unique relationship with Vicky (Hall) and Christina (Scarlett Johansson), a pair of American tourists. Penélope Cruz (with an Oscar nod and winning Spain’s Goya for the role) also stars as Bardem’s insanely jealous ex-wife, Maria Elena, in this quirky romantic dramedy (winner of a Best Comedy Golden Globe) set in Barcelona. Accompanied by alluring Catalonian guitar surrounded by Gaudi architecture and European relaxation is a story of freedom and commitment, or rather inability to mix the two.


Che: Part One

Directed By: Steven Soderbergh.

Starring :  Benicio Del Toro, Franka Potente, Santiago Cabrera, Kahlil Mendez, Ricardo Alvarez, Jose Cotte, Jsu Garcia, Demian Bichir.

Historical Drama
Steven Soderbergh’s lengthy biopic of the life of Che Guevara was made as two seperate movies. But seeing the two together -- as one singular epic -- provides a beautifully distilled dichotomy of the life of the revolutionary leader. The first half - released here - deals with Che’s time in the Cuban revolution, and presents him as an uncompromising idealist whose passion is reflected in every soldier under his command. The second covers his final campaign in a gritty and meticulous verite style, detailing the many failings of both philosophy and strategy in the Bolivian revolution that would kill the man. Soderbergh is apolitical and unsentimental, depicting Che as neither hero nor villain; he is simply presenting arduously researched realities and letting the audience make their own judgements. Benecio del Toro delivers his tour de force in a film that will, sadly, probably be seen by a smaller audience than it deserves due to its dense subject matter and subtitles (the dialogue is not changed from the historically accurate Spanish to cater to a U.S. audience). But it deserves to be seen. And greatly admired.
Del Toro won Spain’s Goya for best actor for the role.



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