My Video Collection
After cataloguing my music collection I thought it was about time I did my films as well. I have listed all sequels alongside their original counterpart so that series can be viewed as one.
Please select a letter to browse by title:
|The Adam & Joe
Compilation of the best moments from the masters of low budget comedy from series 1 right through to series 4. NB
A crash landing on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events that forced humanity to abandon the planet, leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) stranded. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help so they can return to humanity's new home Nova Prime, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. The father and son must learn to work together and learn to trust one another if they want any chance of escaping Earth and returning home.
|Akira - Collectors Edition
A landmark film that introduced much of the Western world to modern anime, AKIRA is a marvel of modern animation. Based on Katsuhiro Otomo's 2,000 page manga, AKIRA begins on July 16, 1988, when what was believed to be an atomic bomb was dropped on Tokyo, completely destroying the city and marking the beginning of WWIII. Thirty-one years later, Neo-Tokyo has sprung from the ruins of the old city and is experiencing a prolonged period of civil unrest caused by student uprisings, political instability, and, most destructively, biker gangs. One of the members of these biker gangs, Tetsuo, is detained by the military after a near accident with a strange young boy. After recognising innate psychic ability in him, the military begins using Tetsuo as a test subject to channel Akira, a source of unimaginable power and the cause of the explosion that destroyed the original Tokyo. However, the military's plan backfires, and instead of locating the source of Akira's power, Tetsuo becomes a medium for it. Endowed with incredible psychic powers that make every one of his destructive impulses a reality, Tetsuo begins to go on a rampage that threatens to completely annihilate Neo Tokyo. Combining a complex science-fiction universe with intricately detailed animation and phantasmagoric images, AKIRA is a stunning visual experience and a disturbing vision of the future. - Amazon Synopsis
|Alien Quadrilogy - Alien,
Aliens Special Edition, Alien 3, Alien Ressurection
idea to present
the series in a definitive collectors boxed set was a brilliant
move. The Alien series owe a great debt to H.R. Giger for his
fantastic art direction but doesn't fail to use it to the full
attaching a legendry & hugely influential universe to the
the third & fourth films in the series,
these are still great additions bringing their own evolution to the
story. Nothing is ever going to be as monumental as the impact
& freshness of the release of Alien with its excellent use of
suspense or even the release of Aliens with the all out action it
brought to the series, but the third film returns well to the originals
suspense with a fresh scenario of an archaic prison colony with no
weapons & little tools, & the fourth film brings on a new twist
with the introduction of Genetic Engineering to the mix. Even the
unfortunate mutation of the alien away from it's distinct beauty to a
more generic horror monster doesn't entirely ruin what is otherwise a
great film. This
more recent incarnation with the special edition of
Alien. truly deserves to be in any horror or cinema fans
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS -- and connects directly to Scott's 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Took a risk on this budget movie as it seems like a reasonable plot on paper & emulates several other successful movies already out there, but in practice it's poorly scripted & executed. I wouldn't even blame the cast as I have seen most of them turn far better roles elsewhere. A missed opportunity. - NB
After 12 years of thinking about it (and waiting for movie technology to catch up with his visions), James Cameron followed up his unsinkable Titanic with Avatar, a sci-fi epic meant to trump all previous sci-fi epics. Set in the future on a distant planet, Avatar spins a simple little parable about greedy colonizers (that would be mankind) messing up the lush tribal world of Pandora. A paraplegic Marine named Jake (Sam Worthington) acts through a 9-foot-tall avatar that allows him to roam the planet and pass as one of the Na'vi, the blue-skinned, large-eyed native people who would very much like to live their peaceful lives without the interference of the visitors. Although he's supposed to be gathering intel for the badass general (Stephen Lang) who'd like to lay waste to the planet and its inhabitants, Jake naturally begins to take a liking to the Na'vi, especially the feisty Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, whose entire performance, recorded by Cameron's complicated motion-capture system, exists as a digitally rendered Na'vi). The movie uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to plunge the viewer deep into Cameron's crazy toy box of planetary ecosystems and high-tech machinery. Maybe it's the fact that Cameron seems torn between his two loves--awesome destructive gizmos and flower-power message mongering--that makes Avatar's pursuit of its point ultimately uncertain. That, and the fact that Cameron's dialogue continues to clunk badly. If you're won over by the movie's trippy new world, the characters will be forgivable as broad, useful archetypes rather than standard-issue stereotypes, and you might be able to overlook the unsurprising central plot. Avatar frequently hits a giddy delirium all its own. The film itself is our Pandora, a sensation-saturated universe only the movies could create. - Robert Horton, Amazon
|AVP: Alien Versus Predator
In delivering non-18-rated excitement, Alien vs. Predator is an acceptably average science-fiction action thriller with some noteworthy highlights, even if it squanders its opportunity to intelligently combine two popular franchises. Rabid fans can justifiably ask "Is that all there is?" after a decade of development hell and eager anticipation, but we're compensated by reasonably logical connections to the Alien legacy and the still-kicking Predator franchise (which hinted at AVP rivalry at the end of Predator 2);; some cleverly claustrophobic sets, tense atmosphere and impressive digital effects;; and a climactic AVP smackdown that's not half bad. This disposable junk should've been better, but nobody who's seen Mortal Kombat or Resident Evil should be surprised by writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson's lack of imagination. As a brisk, 90-minute exercise in generic thrills, however, Anderson's work is occasionally impressive... right up to his shameless opening for yet another sequel. - Jeff Shannon
For those who found 2004's Aliens vs. Predator too lightweight in the gore-and-guns department, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem offers a marked improvement in both categories, as well as a respectable amount of rumbles between the title extraterrestrials. Set in the 21st century (which predates the story to all of the Alien features), Requiem sends a crippled Predator ship crashing to Earth in a small Colorado town;; unbeknownst to the locals, the craft is loaded with H.R. Giger's insectoid monsters, which make quick work of most of the population. As the human cast is slowly whittled to a few hardy (if unmemorable) souls, a Predator warrior also arrives to complicate matters and do battle with the Aliens, as well as a ferocious Alien-Predator hybrid (dubbed a Predalien by the sci-fi and horror press). Visual-effects designers and music-video helmers The Strause Brothers (who make their feature directorial debut here) keep the action on frantic throughout, which is wise, since the dialogue and characters are threadbare at best;; that should matter little to teenage male viewers, who are inarguably the film's key audience. Fans of the Alien franchise, however, may find the offhanded nod to the series' mythology given during the finale its sole saving grace. - Paul Gaita, Amazon.com
|Africa: The Serengeti
An early IMAX DVD release showing off what the new format was capable of. NB
|Alaska: Spirit Of The Wild
An early IMAX DVD release showing off what the new format was capable of. NB
|Alien Of Darkness - Japanese
Entertaining Manga film about a group of lesbian space pilots who stumble upon a shapeshifting alien intent on breeding with them. (I Didn't buy this by the way, someone gave me a copy) NB
|Amelie - French
With its use of special effects to express the main character's internal emotions, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie could have been mistaken for a French version of Ally McBeal;; however, unlike Ally--"woe is me for I cannot find a man"--McBeal, Amelie is not distressed by the lack of men in her life, in fact the whole idea of sex seems to amuse her no end. Basic pleasures such as cracking the top of a CrĂ¨me Brule offer her all the sensual satisfaction she needs and her existence in the "Paris of Dreams" is the stuff of fairy tales. Indeed, this cinematic treat must have worked wonders for the Paris tourist board: Jeunet's beautiful interpretation of Parisian life is depicted in all the vibrant colours you would expect from the director of Delicatessen. On the DVD: Amelie has received an additional disc for this special edition release. Disc 1 is the same as the original single-disc release, with a choice of DTS or Dolby 5.1 sound and an 16.9 anamorphic widescreen picture with optional director's commentary. The second disc contains the new special features and, just like original disc, a lot of thought has gone into the access menu with its lavish graphics offering the choice of entering the CafĂ©, the Canal or the Station. Yet the most exciting extra in name--"Audrey Tautou's funny face"--is simply a series of out-takes which does little more than allow you to warm to Tautou as a person. The home movie includes the transformation of Tautou into Amelie and the creation of the "photo-booth album". There are also interesting interviews with Jeunet and the cast and crew, and a nice little section themed around the gnome and his travels. Along with this is a storyboard-to-screen exposition, behind-the-scenes pictures, scene tests, teasers and trailers. All in all a decent enough package, but hardly warranting the special edition label. It's hard not to wonder why Momentum didn't offer this set two months earlier. - Nikki Disney
|An American Werewolf In London - 21st
An American Werewolf In London is an underrated film that often doesn't get the recognition it deserves. There aren't many horror films that manage to evoke a feelgood factor but this film will leave you beaming ear to ear with it's great British humour and excellent soundtrack. In its day this was also a landmark in special effects, managing to show the werewolf mutation in great detail with very few cut away shots & lots of close ups that modern films would waste away with 2nd rate CGI work. This continues to be one of my all time favourite films. NB
||Apartment 1303 - Japanese
Sometimes finding the perfect apartment is a curse more than a blessing, especially if the apartment is unit 1303. Although it's bright and airy, with a lovely view, it has a dark and bloody history that continues to haunt each and every resident who makes the fatal mistake of moving in. This J-Horror film is a terrifying look at how a tragedy from the past can send ripples through time that can only be stopped by solving the mystery that created them. Sometimes finding the perfect apartment is a curse more than a blessing, especially if the apartment is unit 1303. Although it's bright and airy, with a lovely view, it has a dark and bloody history that continues to haunt each and every resident who makes the fatal mistake of moving in. This J-Horror film is a terrifying look at how a tragedy from the past can send ripples through time that can only be stopped by solving the mystery that created them.
- Amazon Synopsis
|Apartment 1303 - USA
Paranormal horror starring Rebecca de Mornay and Mischa Barton. Ignoring the warnings from her neighbours about the fate of previous tenants, Janet Slate (Julianne Michelle) moves into a high-rise apartment building in Detroit to escape her musician mother (de Mornay). At first she is captivated by her new found sense of freedom but as she begins to witness a number of chilling events in the apartment she starts fearing for her safety. When she is then found dead after falling from the balcony in an apparent suicide, her sister Lara (Barton) decides to investigate by moving into the apartment herself...
|An American Haunting
Based on the book AN AMERICAN HAUNTING by Brent Monahan, this horror movie details a ghost story dating back to 1817 Tennessee. Inspired by manuscripts documenting the only spirit-caused death in U.S. history, the film stars accomplished actors Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland as the mother and father of Betsy Bell (Rachel Hurd-Wood), an adolescent girl tormented by a mysterious spirit haunting the Bell family home. The spirit is thought to have been sent by Mrs. Batts, a witchlike neighbour who--after having a bitter dispute over property rights with Betsy’s father, John Bell--put a curse on John and his daughter. Even though John Bell was the one at fault, it is his daughter who bears the heaviest burden of this spell, being thrown about her room nightly, slapped, and even sexually abused by the mystical force in question. Most of the film takes place in the home, where Betsy’s parents, a local priest, and a local schoolteacher (with whom she has a flirtatious relationship) try their best to exorcise the demon away. While the film never fully explains what the spirit is or where it came from, it does propose one disturbing theory near the end that involves the nature of young female sexuality, echoing the theme of CARRIE, which also starred Sissy Spacek. But this theme is only vaguely hinted at as the story unravels. - Amazon Synopsis
|Anitibodies - German
Critically aclaimed film from Germany that is both a disturbing & gripping tale of a small time village cop attempting to solve a long standing murder case by talking to a dangerous isolated prison convict, some similarities to silence of the Lambs but without the sugary American gloss. NB
|AI: Artificial Intelligence
hold it all
together with a great story about a boy robot who's programming drives
him on a quest for acceptance by his adoptive mother & could be
interpreted as a modern day Pinocchio. This
at its best & will delight old & young
alike with its futuristic set & emotionally sensitive plot.
It is let down slightly with Steven Spielbergs' over indulgence &
would arguably be a better film without the final 30 minutes but all
the same, its still worthy of its place in the history of films NB
|Apocalypse Now - Redux
In the tradition of such obsessively driven directors as Erich von Stroheim and Werner Herzog, Francis Ford Coppola approached the production of Apocalypse Now as if it was his own epic mission into the heart of darkness. On location in the storm-ravaged Philippines, he quite literally went mad as the project threatened to devour him in a vortex of creative despair but from this insanity came one of the greatest films ever made. It began as a John Milius screenplay, transposing Joseph Conrad's classic story "Heart of Darkness" into the horrors of the Vietnam War, following a battle-weary Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) on a secret upriver mission to find and execute the renegade Colonel Kurtz(Marlon Brando), who has reverted to a state of murderous and mystical insanity. The journey is fraught with danger involving war-time action on epic and intimate scales. One measure of the film's awesome visceral impact is the number of sequences, images and lines of dialogue that have literally burned themselves into our cinematic consciousness, from the Wagnerian strike of helicopter gunships on a Vietnamese village to the brutal murder of stowaways and the unflinching fearlessness of the surfing warrior Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), who speaks lovingly of "the smell of napalm in the morning." Like Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God, this film is the product of genius cast into a pit of hell and emerging, phoenix-like, in triumph. Coppola's obsession (effectively detailed in the riveting documentary Hearts of Darkness, directed by Coppola's wife, Eleanor) informs every scene and every frame, and the result is a film for the ages. - Jeff Shannon
Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.
- DVD Synopsis
|A Quiet Place
In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star in this sci-fi drama directed by Denis Villeneuve. After mysterious alien spacecraft land on Earth, American linguistics professor Dr Louise Banks (Adams) finds herself working with the army to decode the aliens' communications. Under the command of Colonel Weber (Whitaker), Louise and military scientist Ian Donnelly (Renner) try to learn more about the aliens' language so they can communicate with them and discover why they have come to Earth, before someone else across the globe decides to attack first. But with the CIA and global leaders monitoring their interactions, will they be able to make their breakthrough without any unwanted interference?
|A Time To Kill
You wouldn't know it by watching the Batman movies they collaborated on, but this smart adaptation of John Grisham's novel proves that director Joel Schumacher and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman have some talent when the right project comes along. Schumacher had previously directed Grisham's The Client, and brought equal craft and intelligence to this story about a young Southern attorney (Matthew McConaughey, in his breakthrough role) who defends a black father (Samuel L Jackson) after he kills two men who raped his young daughter. Sandra Bullock plays the passionate law student who serves as McConaughey's legal aide and voice of conscience in the racially charged drama. Added to the star power of the lead roles is a fine supporting cast, including Kevin Spacey, Ashley Judd and Oliver Platt. - Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
|Audition - Japanese
Much of the controversy surrounding Takashi Miike's Audition centres on the disturbing nature of the later part of the film--understandable when you consider the imprint these admittedly horrific images leave on the viewer--but fails to note the intricate social satire of the rest. This is a film that offers insight into the changing culture of Japan and the generation gap between young and old. Shigeharu Aoyama is looking for an obedient and virtuous woman to love and asks, "Where are all the good girls?"--a comment that seals his fate. A fake audition is organised to find Aoyama a wife. Asami Yamazaki is introduced as the virtuous woman he is looking for, dressing for the majority of the film in white and behaving with the courtesy of an angel, especially when juxtaposed against the brash stupidity of the other girls at the audition. Although his friend takes an immediate "chemical" dislike to her, Aoyama begins a love affair to end all love affairs. But as Asami's history unfolds we see her pain and torture and slowly understand that the tortured in this instance holds the power to become the torturer. Aoyama is slowly drawn away from his white, metallic and homely environment into the vivid- red and dirty-dark environment of Asami's sadistic world. Audition can be viewed on a number of levels, with important feminist, social and human rights issues to be drawn from the story. However, the real power of this film is its descent into the subconscious, to a point where reality is blurred and the audience is unable to decide whether the disturbing images on screen are real or surreal. This refined, hard-hitting and essentially Japanese style of horror is ultimately much more powerful than anything offered by Hollywood. This is a film that will get under your skin and infect your consciousness with a blend of fearless gore and unimaginable torture. It is not for the faint-hearted. - Nikki Disney
The good old fashioned ghost story is back, in the form of cinema. The likes of `Paranormal Activity' and `The Orphanage' in 2007 have helped green light many a decent chiller since. These are stories that forgo the gruel of `Saw' style movies and instead rely on the classic scares and atmosphere of a `The Haunting' or `The Innocents'. `The Awakening' follows in these footsteps of the genre, with the cynical Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) visiting an all-boys boarding school during a school break to investigate a series of mysterious happenings.
It takes a combination of several things to tell a good movie ghost story and `The Awakening' gets most of them right. Good casting is a start and in Hall and Dominic West they have two more-than-capable leads. Atmosphere is the next things and director Nick Murphy provides this by the bucket load with creepy shots. He is aided in no small way by some eerie sets and great sound effects/music. Finally, the story itself must hold up. Like with many ghost stories the premise of `The Awakening' is a basic one, but it feels believable and packs a big enough punch at the end so you feel your time has not been wasted.
A film like this lives and dies by the subtly of the scares and it is here that `The Awakening' is a triumph. The slow build up, coupled with shock moments means that you spend the entire film on the edge of your seat. My partner for one was terrified, without being put off by too much gore. The only real downside to `The Awakening' is that it is so traditional. It is a classic ghost story told in a classic way, but with modern techniques and sensibilities added for the scares. There is nothing truly fresh about the film, but it does the classic things well. - Sam Tyler
make an effort to
watch, but if like me you have caught this on the TV & been
pulled in by the fantastic acting & gripping true story, you would
find it hard to tear yourself away. Despite
childlike real life personality he
always seems to perform at his best in characters that are very complex
& withdrawn. This film is no exception as he battles to deal with
his phenomenal success in re-awakening a group of patients who have
survived in a semi comatose 'statue' like state for many years, only to
have them taken away from him as they one by one recede back into their
previous states. As usual, Robert De Nero is also on fine form
with his portrayal of the star patient & will have even the most
hardened viewers on the verge of tears as his health declines. NB