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    As I'm a member of the Amazon DVD rental thing I'm constantly on the lookout for decent films to put on my list...

    So any recommndations? I like fillums with some intelligence, bit leftfield perhaps, and as little schmaltz as possible - frinstance I watched "Big Daddy" recently with Adam Sandler and almost threw up due to it's saccharin-sweetness.

    A smashing film I watched recently was "Dead Man's Shoes" - a Shane Meadows film about an avenging angel in Matlock (bit like "High Plains Drifter" in Derbyshire, but more gruesome and lots of swearing in a docu-drama style)

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    the green mile.

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    You'll love this.

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    Seen the Green Mile, and have put Last Great Wilderness on the list..

    It's not as tedious as "Morvern Caller" though, is it?

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    Leonard Smalls wrote:
    Seen the Green Mile, and have put Last Great Wilderness on the list..

    It's not as tedious as "Morvern Caller" though, is it?
    Never seen Morvern Caller Leonard, so I can't comment. If you liked Dead Man's Shoes this one is worth a go.

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    One of the best films I have seen for a while, I hope it wins something this weekend, it thoroughly deserves to




    D'oh, Why Do My Actions Have To Have Consequences?

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    Couldn't be more different from the Ballard novel/Cronenberg film of the same name!

    On the list as well...

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    I agree, Dead Man's Shoes is excellent! If you like violence and dark humour you'll enjoy this Kitashi Kitano movie:

    Brother:





    Another 'left field' movie. Very thought-provoking (but not so violent). What would you do if there was no tomorrow? Excellent film.





    Here's a great resource for movie-buffs:

    http://www.imdb.com


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    Last Night isn't available on Amazon, but Brother's on the list...

    The question is, is it as good as the best US Yakuza film, American Yakuza 2? And is it better than Woo's HK offerings?

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    You would do better at Lovefilm or Screenselect. They have the fullest availability. I like Lovefilm's website best. Screenselect have an advantage in automatic sequencing of series, whereas Lovefilm, you have to manage that yourself withing the choice queue. I'm a member of Lovefilm.

    I have many movies to recommend. I've just seen Charlie's Angels, don't get that ! It's utter drivel.

    You will find with these two operators you can hire obscure old series from tv.

    My top recommendation from tv is the series Heimat.

    (Or, you can buy the £100 box set from Amazon for only £42 ! It comes nicely packaged, with a book.)



    There's a great cartoon for all ages, its brilliant: The Incredibles. It is very funny and clever too.

    http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/an...s/incredibles/


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    Don't think I can cope with all the 9000 hours of Heimat - the other problem is my mum loves it so as a rebellious youth there's no way I'm going to sit through all that Germanity!

    And ScreenSelect and Lovefilm look good - I'll see how Amazon do for the moment though as they're cheaper and I'm an old skinflint...

    Motorcycle Diaries tonight, then next week it's an Ealing Fest with Kind Hearts and Coronets and Whisky Galore, plus the joy of Jacques Tati in "Traffic".

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    I'm telling ya! Brother is outstanding!

    Haven't seen American Yakuza 2 but I'd say that Brother is different to John Woo's offerings. A bit more subtle but, like Woo,Kitano has been compared to the French director Jean-Pierre Melville. (very cool)

    Check out this great movie from 1967. 'Le Samurai':

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062229/


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    Jezzer wrote:
    Check out this great movie from 1967. 'Le Samurai':

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062229/
    Sint... And absolutely nothing happens in it, apart from standing around long coat grey hat smoking a cigarette etc..

    If "Brother" is like that but with violence I may get quickly bored, and my Mrs will supply the drama using scissors and a pick axe handle.

    BTW, American Yakuza 2 was very "cool" - a forerunner of the Tarantino hip murders school of film-making. Or perhaps I was less discriminating in those days! There is a great Elvis impersonator sub-plot though..

    http://www.screenselect.co.uk/visitor/product/9532.html

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    No way is Amazon cheaper. Their deal is for so many discsa month and the deal they offer is crap. With Lovefilm and Screenselect the use is unlimited and as fast as you watch and return them. The postal aspect of things is now well settled and reliable. You really do get it much cheaper away from Amazon if you watch quite a lot of DVDs. I did look at Amazon but rejected it straight away. The lowest headline figure they quote is a misleading false economy. Also, their range is not as good.

    Heimat is 16 hours by the way

    I think you'd like the Incredibles though.

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    As we only watch 4 dvds a month Amazon works out about £4 cheaper than t'others!

    And mebbe I'll give Heimat a try, though it's difficult settling down to 2 hours never mind 16 (and isn't that just the first series?).

    Incredibles is already on the list..

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    I must admit, Brother is a little slow. But worthwhile and certainly at a faster pace than Le Samurai (which isn't difficult come to think of it).

    Shame Last Night isn't available cos it's one of the best films my mates and I have seen in ages.
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    From the reviews I've read "Last Night" seems like it's incredibly depressing - is there any humour or is it all black like the night?

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    Leonard Smalls wrote:
    And absolutely nothing happens in it, apart from standing around long coat grey hat smoking a cigarette etc..
    Yes, but it's one of the coolest films ever. If there was an Oscar for "best smoking" then Delon would have been a shoo-in.

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    From the box set of the Comic Strip Presents......, hire the disc with.........

    MR.JOLLY LIVES NEXT DOOR



    Starring: Rik Mayal, Ade Edmundson, Peter Cook as Mr.Jolly and Nicholas Parsons as himself !

    The funnisest short film ever made.

    Some sound files to remind yourselves:

    http://www.pagan.clara.net/mrjolly.htm

    I've been to the location of the offices and the off licence. It is now a block of flats. I have photos of both. I think one of the bars nearby was also used but the staff were all recent and couldn't confirm it.

    What a pity Mr.Jolly did not get it's own DVD release. They could have done a documentary on it too. Nicholas Parsons could have been interviewed. They could go inside the flats and show the occupants what went on i.e. assassination by meat clever and of course "Dreamy Time Escorts". They could have talked to people who worked on it - the crew, the extras. There are many fans around the country who feel strongly about Mr.Jolly. They too could have been interviewed. Someday I would still like to set up an internet fan group for Mr.Jolly.

    "Escorts - Bestcorts !"




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    Nah. Not depressing. Contemplative. Stays in the mind. Worth watching.
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