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Battle Royale - Special Edition | DVD | (13/12/2010)
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At the dawn of the new millennium Japan is in a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high and violence amongst the nation's youth is spiralling out of control. With school children boycotting their lessons and physically abusing their teachers a beleagured and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: the Battle Royale Act. Overseen by a former teacher (Takeshi Kitano) and requiring that a randomly chosen school class be taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death the Act dictates that only one pupil be allowed to survive the punishment. He or she will return not as the victor but as the ultimate proof of the lengths to which the government are prepared to go to curb the tide of juvenile disobediance. One of the most controversial films of all time clever creepy and ultra-violent Battle Royale is the jewel in the crown of Japanese Shock Cinema.
Pollock | DVD | (24/02/2003)
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Based on the biography ""Jackson Pollock: An American Saga"" by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith the film Pollock tells the story of this artist a leader of abstract expressionist painting whose work is one of the cornerstones of the modern art movement. Pollock's technique - of throwing drizzling and splattering strings of paint from the brush to the canvas - had almost nothing to do with the effect he created. His painting was instead about the process itself a form of perfo
The Filth And The Fury | DVD | (16/06/2003)
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While it may be true that the Internet is the new "punk" medium it's difficult to imagine any future documentaries about the web being anywhere near as entertaining as this tale of how the Sex Pistols changed the history of music--and safety pins--forever. Directed by long-standing Pistols pal Julien Temple, who was also responsible for the band's Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle film, The Filth And The Fury is the full story from the group's struggling early days (which found them using mikes nicked from David Bowie) to the furore surrounding Sid Vicious' alleged murder of smackhead girlfriend Nancy Spungeon. Using both contemporary news footage and his own never-before-seen backstage material, Temple succeeds in not just explaining why the rise of Johnny Rotten & Co. was important but also why it was inevitable in that socio-political context, when conformity was prized above all. Also included in the film, of course, are a raft of great songs such as "Anarchy In The UK" and "Pretty Vacant" but the most memorable moments come with the new interview material which finds a guilt-stricken Rotten still beating himself up for not rescuing the now deceased Vicious from Spungeon's claws: "All's I can tell you is, yes, I can take on England but I couldn¹t take on one heroin addict." --Clark Collis
Le Secret | DVD | (19/11/2001)
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Le Secret, starring Anne Coesens (Ma Vie en Rose) and Tony Todd (Final Destination), is rather limp as erotic dramas go. The story is that of an attractive wife and mother trapped in a humdrum marriage to a loving but unexciting husband. This leads her to commit tasteful adultery, and then they all live "ambivalently ever after". The script tends to rely rather too often on unsubtle allegory, such as the husband's symbolic "death" during a game with their children, and the obvious parallels between the main protagonist's monotonous personal life and her job as a door-to-door encyclopaedia salesperson. Where the film scores rather more highly is in its depiction of the smug complacency of the contemporary French bourgeoisie. It does have a few moments of genuine poignancy; and there's also a beautifully handled scene in which Coesens uncertainly removes her dowdy Monoprix clothing with all the enthusiasm of someone being fitted for a surgical corset, while at the same time conveying jittery surges of sexual anticipation with nothing more than a half-smile and a tilt of the head. Like The Dreamlife of Angels from the same stable, this film is perhaps best considered as a fairly easy analysis of personal and social relationships (leavened with some occasional bonking). --Roger Thomas