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Human Traffic | DVD | (14/04/2003)
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Five best friends, 48 hours and a bucketload of ecstasy pills make for an enjoyably lightweight slice of pop-cultural ephemera from debut director Justin Kerrigan. Cardiff is the city, and hardcore partying, clubbing and pubbing is on the menu as Jip (John Simm) and his renegade band of McJobbers clock off and head out for a weekend of debauchery. Among Jip's hedonistic posse are the cheeky cockney drug-dealer Moff (Danny Dyer), the terminally jealous boyfriend Koop (Shaun Parkes) and the bad-boy magnet Lulu (Lorraine Pilkington). And that's pretty much it. Our heroes meet in a pub, get drunk, take drugs, go to a club, then to a party, then home and then meet up in another pub, just in time for the closing credits. Along the way there's a shamefully lethargic attempt to establish character back-story: Jip is temporarily sexually impotent because his mother's a prostitute; Koop's father is institutionalised; Lulu has nasty boyfriends; and Moff has conservative parents. But generally Human Traffic is happier at the heart of the party, celebrating the intoxication of club culture--which it does in style. Kerrigan pulls out all the formal stops with an energetic melange of jump cuts, slo-mo, and speeded-up "smudge" motion camerawork. There's also direct addresses to camera, fantasy sequences and some self-conscious cameos from DJ Carl Cox and former-drug dealer Howard Marks, author of Mr Nice. Wall-to-wall music from the likes of Fatboy Slim, William Orbit and even Primal Scream help paste over the occasional cracks in the veneer, which include some particularly duff lines ("We're gonna get more spaced than Neil Armstrong ever did!") and a drawn analysis of drug references in Star Wars, a nod to the films of Kevin Smith, such as Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy. And if the whole project already feels dated and empty, well that's because it perfectly captures an essentially 1990s moment, and one gloriously empty weekend. --Kevin Maher
American Psycho | DVD | (30/10/2000)
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Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a young handsome Harvard educated Wall Street success seemingly perfect with his stunning fiance (Reese Witherspoon) and entourage of high-powered friends. But his circle of friends doesn't know the other Patrick Bateman the one who lusts for more than status and material things. With a detective (Willem Dafoe) hot on his trail and temptation everywhere Patrick Bateman can't fight his terrible urges that take him on the pursuit of woman gree
Hannibal Rising | DVD | (25/06/2007)
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It started with revenge. In Red Dragon we learned who he was. In Silence of the Lambs we learned how he did it. Now comes the most chilling chapter in the life of Hannibal Lecter - the one that answers the most elusive question of all - why? Hannibal Rising marks the first time in the award-winning series best selling author Thomas Harris (""Red Dragon "" ""Silence of the Lambs"") writes the screenplay - reaching back to explore the origins of Lecter's rage terror and savagery. The story begins in Eastern Europe at the desperate end of World War II. For many it was no longer a conflict of nations but one of individual survival - at any cost. A young Hannibal watches from only steps away as his parents' violently die leaving his cherished young sister in his care. This horrific moment will soon pale in comparison to the atrocities he is forced to witness and perhaps survive as a result of. Alone and without any means of support he is forced to live in a Soviet Orphanage that once served as his family's beloved home. He flees to Paris to find his uncle has died but his beautiful and mysterious Japanese widow Lady Murasaki (Gong Li) welcomes him. Even her kindness and love cannot soothe the nightmares and sorrows that plague him. Showing a cunning aptitude for science he is accepted into medical school which serves to hone his skills and provide the tools to exact justice on the war criminals that haunt him day and night. This quest will ignite an insatiable lust within a serial killer who was not born but made. Gaspard Ulliel plays the fearsome Lecter alongside Gong Li Rhys Ifans and Dominic West. Peter Webber (Girl With A Pearl Earring) directs.
Football Factory | DVD | (27/09/2004)
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This is England's worst nightmare. Enjoy it! Tommy Johnson is a bored twentysomething who lives for his weekends of casual sex watered-down lager heavily-cut drugs and occasionally kicking the hell out of someone. Tommy's life ambles along until a violent encounter with the top boy of a rival firm starts a tit-for-tat war and a series of nightmares that force him to ask himself the question about his life: is it worth it? Told through Tommy's eyes and linked together by his re
Blow | DVD | (19/11/2001)
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A briskly paced hybrid of Boogie Nights and Goodfellas, Blow chronicles the three-decade rise and fall of George Jung (Johnny Depp), a normal American kid who makes a personal vow against poverty, builds a marijuana empire in the 1960s, multiplies his fortune with the Colombian Medellín cocaine cartel, and blows it all with a series of police busts culminating in one final, long-term jail sentence. "Your dad's a loser," says this absentee father to his estranged but beloved daughter, and he's right: Blow is the story of a nice guy who made wrong choices all his life, almost single-handedly created the American cocaine trade and got exactly what he deserved. Directed by Ted Demme, the film is vibrantly entertaining, painstakingly authentic... and utterly aimless in terms of overall purpose. We can't sympathise with Jung's meteoric rise to wealth and the wild life, and Demme isn't suggesting that we should idolise a drug dealer. So what, exactly, is the point of Blow? Simply, it seems, to present Jung's story as the epitome of the coke-driven glory days, and to suggest, ever so subtly, that Jung isn't such a bad guy, after all. Anyone curious about his lifestyle will find this film amazing, and there's plenty of humour mixed with the constant threat of violence and paranoid anxiety. Demme has also populated the film with a fantastic supporting cast (although Penelopé Cruz grows tiresome as Jung's hedonistic wife), and this is certainly a compelling look at the other side of Traffic. Still, one wishes that Blow had a more viable reason for being: like a wild party, it leaves you with a hangover and a vague feeling of regret. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Gone Girl | DVD | (02/02/2015)
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On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies deceits and strange behaviour have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn
The Duke of Burgundy DVD | DVD | (27/04/2015)
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In an unnamed European town in an unspecified year live Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen - Borgen) and Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna - Berberian Sound Studio). Every day Evelyn cycles to Cynthia’s mansion to work as a lowly maid – and every day the cruel vindictive Cynthia inflicts countless sadistic humiliations upon her. But as the days go by and the pair begin to reveal themselves it soon becomes clear that the humiliation may not all be of Cynthia’s design… Startling stylish and heady with atmosphere The Duke of Burgundy is a dazzling exploration of romance relationships and desire from the multi-award winning director of Berberian Sound Studio. Laden with wit and brimming with filmic references it is one of the most remarkable films of the year and will doubtless leave you reeling.
Requiem For A Dream | DVD | (06/08/2001)
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Fantasy mixes with the harsh reality of addiction and the desire for hope in Requiem for a Dream. Beginning at the dawn of a new summer in Coney Island, the film charts the relationship of Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) and her son Harry (Jared Leto)--two characters who are lost with in a world of the self-absorbed desire to feed their addictions at the cost of hope and love. With a sublime score (performed by the Kronos Quartet) accompanying some intense visual imagery, the film sets up an almost fairy-tale wash over the characters' lives, with every hit of their chosen drug turning them into beautiful people surrounded by a haze which enhances all their features. However, unlike films such as Trainspotting which turn the dream into a nightmare then end with a huge dose of hope, Requiem for a Dream forces the viewer through all loss of hope and the descending madness of reality, as winter begins. Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to the critically acclaimed Pi is a movie which exposes not only the terror caused by addiction of any kind--be it TV or Heroin--but also offers a powerful insight into the destruction caused by the desire to achieve "the American Dream". Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr, the film sacrifices dialogue in favour of imagery and movement: the editing and cinematography are reminiscent of MTV, however the movie takes this very aggressive style and moulds it to its own needs, adding a beautifully haunting narrative and powerful performances by its four main characters (Burstyn just missing out on an Oscar for Best female lead to Julia Roberts). Ultimately the viewer is left with a sense of desperation and despair: Requiem for a Dream exposes drugs and addiction in the most powerful and truthful way a film has ever managed, leaving no stone unturned. On the DVD: This disc is bursting with excellent special features. The anamorphic widescreen picture makes the most of the film's stylish visuals, and the soundtrack offers choice of either Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0. As well as offering the obligatory theatrical trailer, scene selection and a fantastic director's commentary, there's also a "making-of" featurette, TV trailers charting the reviews and success of the film, an "Anatomy of a scene", and a wide range of deleted scenes. By far the best feature is Hubert Selby Jr's interview with Ellen Burstyn, which offers the writer a chance to put across not just his opinions on his work but also on life as a whole. All these features are placed within an impressively formatted menu. --Nikki Disney
The Proposition | DVD | (17/07/2006)
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Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) captures fugitive Burns brothers Charley (Guy Pearce) and Mikey (Richard Wilson) at the scene of bloody rape and murder. Informing Charley that he must kill his older brother Arthur (Danny Huston) in order to be set free Stanley drags Mikey to a decrepit jailhouse while he waits for Charley to carry out the deed... Director John Hillcoat's second collaboration with melancholic musician Nick Cave (here contributing the film's screenplay and soundtrack
Lucky Number Slevin | DVD | (10/07/2006)
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Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman co-star in this drama about mobsters and the unwitting victim (Josh Hartnett) who winds up in the middle of a murder scheme. This film originally screened at Sundance.
Titus | DVD | (01/03/2005)
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Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange star in this powerful suspense filled story where honour and duty collide with the seduction of power and hunger for revenge. When the victorious Roman general Titus Andronicus returns home after a long and brutal war witht he Goths his first act is to sacrifice the eldest son of his prisoner the Goth Queen Tamora. But when the corrupt Saturninus is made emperor and takes Tamora as his wife a new battle ensues as Tamora and Titus enact a campaign
Awaydays | DVD | (28/09/2009)
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When Carty meets Elvis at a Bunnymen gig they fall headlong into a volatile friendship that each of them aches for but neither can control. Violent sexy and funny Awaydays is a blade-sharp rites-of-passage that buzzes with the post-punk energy of its late-70s Liverpool setting. Based on the classic novel by Kevin Sampson and pulsating to a soundtrack of Joy Division The Cure Magazine Echo & The Bunnymen and Ultravox Awaydays examines identity fate the nature of male longings and their need to belong. It is the first major feature film to be set during and evocatively portray the first dawning of the football casual fashion cult. Quadrophenia meets Control. Trainspotting meets Stand By Me. Awaydays is all of these - A Catcher In The Rye with switchblades.
Love Exposure | DVD | (25/01/2010)
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Having grown up in a devout Christian family Yu (Takahiro Nishijima) has always been a well-behaved kid. After his mother dies his priest father is seduced by a woman who breaks his heart causing him to torment Yu by forcing him to confess his sins on a daily basis. Of course being a fairly normal kid Yu has no legitimate sins to confess. To appease his increasingly demanding father Yu is determined to become a true sinner eventually training to become an expert at sneak upskirt photography. Pornography being the one sin no priest can overlook Yu gets the attention he's been so desperately seeking from his dad. One day while hanging out with his fellow sinner pals-but dressed like Sasori as punishment for being on the losing end of a bet-Yu meets a beautiful girl named Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima). Their first meeting is a glorious one beginning with an all-out street brawl and ending with a kiss. There are only two problems: she thinks he's a woman and a devious cult leader named Aya (Sakura Ando) is carefully manipulating both of their lives.
Sweet Sixteen | DVD | (16/07/2007)
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Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison Liam (Compston) a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Rise Of The Footsoldier | DVD | (10/03/2008)
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Based on a shocking true story the Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late eighties and early nineties.
Monster | DVD | (10/10/2005)
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In a revelatory and Oscar winning performance Charlize Theron stars in the shocking and moving true-life story of Aileen Wuornos a prostitute executed in 2003 after being convicted of murdering six men. While Wuornos confessed to the six murders including a policeman she claimed to have killed only in self-defense resisting violent assaults while working as a prostitute...
Magnolia - Two Disc Set (1999) | DVD | (02/10/2000)
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Scum | DVD | (24/02/2003)
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Raw violent and shocking Scum is a compelling story set in a contemporary Borstal. It tells of life in an institution run by violence and brutality rather than reason where the boy who can fight his way to the top of the heap and reign as Daddy will gain the respect of the inmates and sadistic screws alike. One of the most controversial films ever made in the UK and one which caused a furore when it was first screened on TV 'Scum' stars Ray Winstone as Carlin the one man prepared to struggle against all odds to be top dog in a system that is intent on breaking him.
Sweeney Todd | DVD | (06/02/2006)
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A dark and enthralling tale of love obsession murder and ultimately redemption. Based on a real-life serial killer from 18th century London Sweeney Todd tells the story of the murderous barber of Fleet Street east London who slashes the necks of his unsuspecting victims whilst they are sat in his chair. When Mrs Lovett a young lady who isn't too choosy about her men or the source of meat for her pies is installed in a shop next door to Sweeney's thriving business the pair for
Starred Up | DVD | (04/08/2014)
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David Mackenzie's 'Starred Up' stars Jack O'Connell as a troubled and explosively violent teenager transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match - a man who also happens to be his father. Eric (Jack O'Connell) is a violent young offender prematurely thrown into the dark world of an adult prison. As he struggles to assert himself against the prison officers and the other inmates he has to confront his own father Nev (Ben Mendelsohn); a man who has spent most of his life in jail. As Eric forges allegiances with other prisoners he learns that his rage can be overcome and discovers the new rules of survival. But there are forces at work which threaten to destroy him.