Tuesday, 2nd June 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



Body of Lies 

Directed by: Rridley Scott

Starring: Leonardo Di Caprio, Rrussell Crowe, Ali Suliman, Alon Abutbul, Mmark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Simon McBurney, Vince Colosimo.

Action Drama
“Body of Lies” is the story of terrorism in the Middle East and a despotic well hidden leader whose tentacles of terror and destruction reach around the world. With his mantra of “We will strike at random” his legion of followers bomb and take lives with little motive other than fear and panic. Rroger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young idealistic CIA agent who is assigned to Jordan and along with veteran agent Ed Hoffman (Rrussell Crowe) seeks an audience with the head of Jordanian intelligence, Hani (Mark Strong.) As scrambles to stay ahead of events on the ground, a satellite link is watching him and he is receiving constant instructions from Ed Hoffman. Oonce Ferris, Hoffman and Rrani get together, the plot really begins to move. Under the direction of Rridley Scott, the plot may seem a bit confusing at times but if you just go “with it” everything meshes and Scott orchestrates amazing action sequences into this exceptional spy thriller. Based on the best- selling novel by David Ignatius, this is a very suspenseful film for all who love CIA thrillers. Highly Rrecommended.



Burn After Reading

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.

Starring: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, David Rasche, Olek Krupa, J.K. Simmons Joel and Ethan.

Dark Comedy
Coen’s best movies are so great that this one pales a little by comparison. Burn after Rreading is a screwball comedy with some bursts of dark violence. Frances McDormand plays an employee at the corporate gym “Hardbodies” who comes into possession of a misplaced computer disk which she believes contains national security secrets. Along with her dorky trainer buddy (Brad Pitt) she decides to try to parlay the find into some serious cash for elective plastic surgery. Hilarity and extreme mayhem (including the Coen brothers’ patented massive head wounds) ensue. This film is closer in style to the Coens’ earlier dark comedies “Fargo” and “The Big Lebowski” than their last epic, “No Country for Oold Men.” The humour is very dry and based more on characterization than gags or jokes. The Coens’ consistent theme of losers scheming to get rich quick, and getting in way over their heads with forces they can’t control, is in full display here.


The Strangers

Directed By: Bryan Bertino.

Starring :  Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Glenn Howerton, Laura Margolis, Peter Clayton-Luce, Alex Fisher, Kip Weeks.

The Strangers isn’t a standard slasher flick, it is a tale woven with suspense and terror. Inspired by true events, a young couple go to a James’(Scott Speedman) family’s vacation home. He and his girlfriend, Kristen (Liv Tyler) plan on stopping off on their way to take a road trip. A knock on the door at four am surprises them. When other knocks on windows and doors begin to scare them coupled with the idea that these people have already gotten into the house, they realize they must fight for their lives. The Strangers have come. The director (Bryan Bertino, who also wrote) shows us through different angles, and well framed shots, what lurks in the shadows for these people. This is a realistic story, which is what makes it so terrifying. The movie gives us a taste of what could happen, and a glimpse of what true terror could be. It is a scary ride from the beginning, and I think true suspense/horror fans will enjoy.



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