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The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford | Blu Ray | (31/03/2008)
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Of all the movies made about or glancingly involving the 19th-century outlaw Jesse Woodson James, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the most reflective, most ambitious, most intricately fascinating, and indisputably most beautiful. Based on the novel of the same name by Ron Hansen, it picks up James late in his career, a few hours before his final train robbery, then covers the slow catastrophe of the gang's breakup over the next seven months even as the boss himself settles into an approximation of genteel retirement. But in another sense all of the movie is later than that. The very title assumes the audience's familiarity with James as a figure out of history and legend, and our awareness that he was--will be--murdered in his parlor one quiet afternoon by a back-shooting crony. The film--only the second to be made by New Zealand-born writer-director Andrew Dominik--reminds us that Dominik's debut film, Chopper, was the cunningly off-kilter portrait of another real-life criminal psychopath who became a kind of rock star to his society. The Jesse James of this telling is no Robin Hood robbing the rich to give to the poor, and that train robbery we witness is punctuated by acts of gratuitous brutality, not gallantry. Nineteen-year-old Bob Ford (Casey Affleck) seeks to join the James gang out of hero worship stoked by the dime novels he secretes under his bed, but his glam hero (Brad Pitt) is a monster who takes private glee in infecting his accomplices with his own paranoia, then murdering them for it. In the careful orchestration of James's final moments, there's even a hint that he takes satisfaction in his own demise. Affleck and Pitt (who co-produced with Ridley Scott, among others) are mesmerising in the title roles, but the movie is enriched by an exceptional supporting cast: Sam Shepard as Jesse's older, more stable brother Frank; Sam Rockwell as Bob Ford's own brother Charlie, whose post-assassination descent into madness is astonishing to behold; Paul Schneider, Garret Dillahunt, and Jeremy Renner as three variously doomed gang members; and Mary-Louise Parker, who as Jesse's wife Zee has few lines yet manages with looks and body language to invoke a well nigh-novelistic back-story for herself. There are also electrifying cameos by James Carville, doing solid actorly work as the governor of Missouri; Ted Levine, as a lawman of antic spirit; and Nick Cave, composer of the film's score (with Warren Ellis) and screenwriter of the Aussie western The Proposition, suddenly towering over a late scene to perform the folk song that set the terms for the book and movie's title. Still, the real co-star is Roger Deakins, probably the finest cinematographer at work today. The landscapes of the movie (mostly in Alberta and Manitoba) will linger in the memory as long as the distinctive faces, and we seem to feel the sting of its snows on our cheeks. Interior scenes are equally persuasive. Few westerns have conveyed so tangibly the bleakness and austerity of the spaces people of the frontier called home, and sought in vain to warm with human spirit. --Richard T. Jameson
True Grit | Blu Ray | (07/02/2011)
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John Wayne hams it up as a one-eyed, broken-down marshal in this 1969 adaptation of Charles Portis's bestselling novel. Kim Darby plays the formal-speaking adolescent who goes to Wayne for help tracking down her father's killer, and singer Glen Campbell straps on his guns to join the quest. Directed by old lion Henry Hathaway (Rawhide), True Grit is largely a showcase for Wayne (who finally won an Oscar), but it is also a decent Western with a particularly stirring final act. --Tom Keogh
3:10 To Yuma | Blu Ray | (28/01/2008)
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In Arizona in the late 1800's infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale) struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch volunteers to deliver him alive to the 3:10 to Yuma a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail Evans and Wade each from very different worlds begin to earn each other's respect. But with Wade's outfit on their trail - and dangers at every turn - the mission soon becomes a violent impossible journey toward each man's destiny.
2 Guns | Blu Ray | (09/12/2013)
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Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns. An explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.
Appaloosa | Blu Ray | (02/02/2009)
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When two gunmen Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortenson) arrive in Appaloosa they find a small dusty and lawless town suffering at the hands of renegade rancher Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons). Bragg has not only taken supplies horses and women for his own but also has left the city marshal and a deputy for dead. In Bragg they had an unusually wily adversary who raises the stakes by playing with emotions. It is now up to Cole and Hitch to stand against the actions of the renegade rancher which have already taken their toll on the town.
Submarine | Blu Ray | (01/08/2011)
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15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life. Featuring original music by Alex Turner.
The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada | Blu Ray | (06/04/2009)
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The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada is ultimately a human drama that in its conclusion offers forgiveness for wrongs committed and a striking note of empathy for lives irrevocably changed. The body of Melquiades Estrada (Julio C''sar Cedillo) is found in a shallow grave in the desert where it was hastily buried after his murder. Making no attempt to solve the crime the local authorities rapidly transfer the corpse to a pauper's grave in the cemetery. Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) a ranch foreman and Melquiades' best friend takes it upon himself to track down the murderer. A beacon of humanity in this remote part of Texas Pete forces the killer to transport Melquiades to his own personal Eldorado in Mexico and so offers his friend a memorable journey to his third burial. Directed by Academy-Award winning actor Tommy Lee Jones in his first feature film as a director the film picked up awards for Best Actor for Tommy Lee Jones and Best Screenplay for Guillermo Arriaga at the recent Cannes Film Festival. Arriaga's previous credits include the award winning Amore Perros and 21 Grams. The film's stunning landscape is captured by two-time Academy Award winning cinematographer Chris Menges.
Wedding Crashers | Blu Ray | (05/01/2009)
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Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla FisherDirector: David Dobkin
Seraphim Falls | Blu Ray | (06/10/2008)
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Never turn your back on the past. Pierce Brosnan Liam Neeson and Anjelica Houston star in Seraphim Falls an epic action thriller set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. Five years after the end of the American Civil War and it seems the solitary Gideon (Brosnan) is finally at peace. That is until one Colonel Morsman Carver (Neeson) re-enters his life with a blast from his rifle. Carver's out for revenge and Gideon must do everything in his power to out-gun and out-run his raging foe...