Angeldust - My Video Collection

My Video Collection

After cataloguing my music collection I thought it was about time I did my films as well.  I have controversially listed all sequels alongside their original counterpart so that series can be viewed as one.  Many thanks to  Amazon for the plagiarised review data & artwork, where available this has saved me an enormous amount of time.

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Elysium
Elysium
                                                                                                                                                                                              Neill Blomkamp writes and directs this sci-fi drama starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. It is the year 2154 and the wealthy have fled the overpopulated and largely resource-drained Earth in favour of Elysium, a luxurious space habitat located in the planet's orbit. With no poverty, no sickness and no war, the contrast between Elysium and the ravaged planet it revolves around couldn't be starker - and is tough for those left on Earth to bear. When Max De Costa (Damon) learns that he has no hope of beating the cancer that has afflicted him without breaking into Elysium, he understands the scale of the task he has undertaken. With Secretary Delacourt (Foster) charged with enforcing Elysium's strict anti-immigration policies and a team of hardened troops at her disposal, led by the ferocious Agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley), Max faces the battle of his life if he intends to bridge the cosmic gap between rich and poor.   - Amazon
Enders Game
Enders Game                                                                                                                                                                                                  Big-budget sci-fi starring Asa Butterfield and Ben Kingsley. When an alien race known as the Formics attack Earth, the International Fleet prepare for their next attack by recruiting the most intelligent children on Earth and training them to lead the inevitable battle. Split up from his family and taken to the Fleet's Battle School, Ender Wiggin (Butterfield) quickly makes a name for himself as the best recruit of his generation with abilities even surpassing those of the legendary war hero Mazer Rackham (Kingsley). As his reputation grows and Ender continues to impress his peers, he is expected to be Earth's only hope against the alien race. But with the Formics preparing for their next move, will Ender finish his training in time to lead his people to victory as anticipated? - Amazon Synopsis
Equilibrium
                                                                                                                                                                                                 So many modern Sci-Fi films sacrifice the plot & script quality in favour of showing as many special effects as possible to please the (dumb) masses & earn high ticket sales.  Equilibrium however breaks the mould by re-introducing the more traditional angle of Sci-Fi's where the story comes first.  Following a future society where emotional response has been outlawed, with everyone receiving compulsory drug treatment, the story sounds very reminiscent of George Lucas' first film THX1138.  But this story is very different in its presentation & deserves a viewing for those of you who like to see more than just bombs & Guns

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Event Horizon

Drawing from Andrei Tarkovsky's heady science fiction meditation Solaris by way of Alien and Hellraiser, this visually splendid but pulpy piece of science fiction schlock concerns a mission in the year 2047 to investigate the experimental American spaceship Event Horizon, which disappeared seven years previously and suddenly, out of nowhere, reappeared in the orbit of Neptune. Laurence Fishburne stars as mission commander Captain Miller and Sam Neill is Dr Weir, the scientist who designed the mystery ship. Miller's T-shirt-and army-green-clad crew of smart-talking pros finds a ship dead and deserted, but further investigations turn up blood, corpses, dismembered body parts, and a decidedly unearthly presence. It turns out that the ship is really a space-age haunted house where spooky (and obviously impossible) visions lure each of the crew members into situations they should know better than to enter. The ship is gorgeously designed, borrowing from the dark, organic look of Alien and adding the menacing touch of teeth sprouting from bulwark doors and clawlike spikes inexplicably shooting out of the engine room floor. Unfortunately the film is not nearly as inventive as the production design--it turns into a woefully inconsistent psychic monster movie that sacrifices mood for tepid shocks--but the special effects are topnotch, and ultimately the movie has a trashy B movie charm about it. - Sean Axmaker
Evil Dead - Uncut Edition

Upon its initial release Evil Dead caused uproar & was banned from many cinemas.  Watching it today it's difficult to appreciate how legendary its effects were at the time, and also that this was one of the first horrors to be approached with the tongue in cheek gore that spawned a whole generation of imitators.  Even without the approach of innocent eyes it still manages to entertain with some great one liners & caricature acting.  The humour factor only helps to make this a timeless classic.  NB

Evil Dead 2

Following on from the legendary Evil Dead came the sequel.  Even though it starred the same lead role, the same house, and almost the same story, it is still hugely entertaining doing everything the first film did but bigger, better & funnier.  Technically, by the directors own admission, this isn't quite a sequel but more of a remake of the original film.  They couldn't quite suss out how to link them together & so decided not to bother.  What a shame that the third film in the series became such a farcical mess.  Taking the story away from the house & into medieval Britain just doesn't retain the same atmosphere.  NB


The Excorcism of Emily Rose

A surprise hit when it was released in September 2005, The Exorcism of Emily Rose tells a riveting horror story while tackling substantial issues of religious and spiritual belief. It's based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, a German student who believed she was possessed by demons, and whose death during an attempted exorcism in 1976 led to the conviction of two priests on charges of negligent manslaughter. As director and cowriter (with Paul Harris Boardman), filmmaker Scott Derrickson adapts this factual case into a riveting courtroom drama in which questions of faith, and the possibility of demonic possession, take the place of provable facts in the case of Father Moore (superbly played by Tom Wilkinson). A small-town Catholic priest, Moore has been put on trial for the post-exorcism death of Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter), a college student who, like her real-life inspiration, believed she was suffering from demonic possession. As an agnostic defense attorney (Laura Linney) argues the father's case against a Methodist prosecutor (Campbell Scott), flashbacks reveal the exorcism ritual and Emily's ultimately fatal ordeal, and Carpenter's performance is so frighteningly effective that it's almost painful to watch. From here, the film remains deliberately ambiguous, leaving viewers to ponder their own belief (or lack of it) in the supernatural. It lacks the extreme shock value of The Exorcist, but by leaving room for doubt and belief in a legal context, The Exorcism of Emily Rose gains depth and resonance in a way that guarantees similar long-term appeal. - Jeff Shannon
The Excorcist - 25th Anniversary Edition

Director William Friedkin was a hot ticket in Hollywood after the success of The French Connection, and he turned heads (in more ways than one) when he decided to make The Exorcist as his follow-up film. Adapted by William Peter Blatty from his controversial best-seller, this shocking 1973 thriller set an intense and often-copied milestone for screen terror with its unflinching depiction of a young girl (Linda Blair) who is possessed by an evil spirit. Jason Miller and Max von Sydow are perfectly cast as the priests who risk their sanity and their lives to administer the rites of demonic exorcism, and Ellen Burstyn plays Blair's mother, who can only stand by in horror as her daughter's body is wracked by satanic disfiguration. One of the most frightening films ever made, The Exorcist was mysteriously plagued by troubles during production, and the years have not diminished its capacity to disturb even the most stoical viewers. - Jeff Shannon
eXistenZ

For those of you who have spent any time immersed in an adventure console game, much of this film will seem eerily familiar.  Set in the near future the film follows the adventures of a game creator & her security officer as they connect into her new game using an organic console called a Biopod.  To use this console a Bioport is installed into their spine where the umbilical cord of the console is connected.  The console runs from the energy harnessed from the hosts body & completely immerses them into its world to the point where you may forget that its not real.  And that's the twist, as they plug into consoles within the game world & then again into another console etc. it becomes almost impossible to follow where the games end & reality begins.  NB

Ex-Machina
Ex-Machina

A fantastic film about a computer coder who is invited to interact with the worlds most advanced artificial intelligence contained within a female humanoid body.  The film is very cleverly constructed bringing up many questions of morality with a cast of complex characters leaving you very confused as to who to trust right up until the end of the movie.  I thought this movie was fantastic & kept me gripped throughout.  NB
Extraction
Extraction

Thomas Jacobs is a brilliant engineer who invents a device that enables him to enter the mind of a patient and observe them in their memories. Having run out of funds to complete the project, he reluctantly partners with the Justice Department who plans to use it to see criminals enact their crimes, BUT, during the first test on a convict, Tom gets trapped, leaving behind a pregnant wife and his unconscious baby.For four years Tom is stuck in the criminal s mind until he discovers a glitch in the system. It soon becomes a race for survival as Tom is forced to work with the reluctant criminal to find a way out.  Amazon Synopsis

The Eye - Hong Kong

The Eye (Jian gui) incorporates a very old suspicion that has prevented many people from ticking the cornea section on their Donor card. From the age of two, Mun (Angelica Lee) has been blind and has learnt to live her life through her other four senses, but after a cornea operation she discovers she has a sixth sense. As her sight slowly returns she notices shadowy figures prowling around her that are definitely not normal human beings. So begins a quest for the eye donor, during which Mun discovers that peoples superstitions still remain as strong as ever. Hong Kong directors Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang have not made another generic horror in the wake of Ring, nor an ultra-violent picture in the style of Battle Royale. A clearer comparison is with The Sixth Sense, but unlike M Night Shyamalans film The Eye uses stunning visual effects to evoke a deeper sense of the unknown and a deeper understanding of death without the trappings of Christianity (here suicide does not lead to eternal damnation). Ultimately, The Eye is a supernatural suspense story, with Mun turning detective and learning a little more than she bargained for about her own mortality. On the DVDThe Eye offers a short (eight-minute) making of documentary which is extended further in the Pang Brothers documentary. As with all Tartan products the disc is full of trailers, but has some added value with Justin Bowyers film notes. There is the option to play the film without English subtitles, and the subtitles have been improved in contrast to earlier Tartan releases by the addition of a black rim around the italics. Sound and vision are exceptional and will certainly add to any jumpy reactions. Lets hope this one also gets the two-disc special edition treatment in the future. --Nikki Disney

The Eye 2 - Hong Kong

Thai horror maestros Oxide and Danny Pang follow up their hit 2002 film with a sequel that equals the chills and creepy mise-en-scene of the first. Qi Shu (MILLENIUM MAMBO) stars as Joey Cheng, a troubled young woman who is pregnant with the child of the boyfriend who just dumped her. On holiday in Bangkok, she makes a suicide attempt in her hotel room, but is foiled by her wake-up call. Something was altered in her close contact with death, however, and returning home to Hong Kong, the realisation slowly dawns on Joey that the wraith-like people she now sees everywhere are actually deceased. This knowledge does not sit well with Joey, and as she descends further and further into her own torment, she attempts to reconnect with her ex-boyfriend Sam (Jesdaporn Pholdee), who seems to be hiding some kind of secret. The Pang Brothers' characteristically excellent cinematography infuses THE EYE 2 with atmospheric foreboding, and Qi Shu hands in an outstanding performance as the haunted expectant mother. - Amazon Synopsis
The Eye Infinity - Hong Kong

Thie third installment of The Eye is a big deviation for the franchise with very little relation to the original stories. Has more shock value but a less involving story. One for the teenagers. NB

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