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Tuesday, 3rd January 2012
Shark Night (2011)
Blu-Ray PG-13

A group of college friends head up to the the lake for some R n R, but something lurks in the lake.

To paraphrase Sam Goldwyn, we need some new cliches. A reasonable premise is wrecked by overly familiar action, silliness, scares and characters. The 3-D shark effects are not much of an improvement over those in Jaws 3-D from 1983 which is odd considering the talent involved.

Having said all that what's not to love about a teens-in-peril-from-sharks movie?

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
Blu-Ray R
Contagion (2011)
Blu-Ray PG-13

Day by day, a virus spreads.

Technically excellent, emotionally aloof, this sort of thing has been done better elsewhere in more extreme variants such as Survivors, even The Stand and any number of zombie films. Points for the 'reality' of the thing but I'm neither extra alarmed nor comforted.

Jennifer Ehle shines among the amazing roster of acting talent.

Attack Of The Vegan Zombies (2010)
DVD
If nothing else, this has to be the title of the year so far...
Mickey's Eleven (1927)
DVD Not Rated
Friday, 6th January 2012
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
Cinema
The Devil Inside (2012)
Cinema
Tuesday, 10th January 2012
The Tall Guy (1989)
DVD R
Inept, vertically enhanced actor falls for a nurse and becomes the star of a musical version of The Elephant Man.

Early comedy effort from Four Weddings scribe, Richard Curtis. The elephant man musical spoof drags on a bit, but is atoned for by a rather erotic comic sex scene, Hugh Thomas demented medico and Madness on the soundtrack.

US version removes a scene or two and eliminates Suggs from his own song for reasons I can't fathom.

Moneyball (2011)
Blu-Ray PG-13
Killer Elite (2011)
Blu-Ray R
What's Your Number (2011)
Blu-Ray R
Friday, 13th January 2012
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Cinema
The Iron Lady (2011)
Cinema
Tuesday, 17th January 2012
Ides of March (2011)
Blu-Ray R
Friday, 20th January 2012
Red Tails (2012)
Cinema
Underworld: Awakening (2012)
Cinema
Haywire (2011)
Cinema
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Sundance
An isolated Louisiana community is hit by a big storm, a small girl and her father take to the water.

Almost documentary like look at a collection of Southern lives peppered with flights of fancy from its youthful protagonist.

Probably not what you were expecting, but ends with a haunting emotional wallop the likes of which I've not felt since Cuckoo's Nest.

Monday, 23rd January 2012
The Sessions (2012)
Sundance
Chasing Ice (2012)
Sundance
Grabbers (2012)
Sundance
Strange creatures infect a remote Irish island.

Spirited, in more ways than one, comic horror, in need of a little more horror or a little more comic for cult greatness. Boasts one splendid moment with our Garda heroes besieged in a patrol car.

Tuesday, 24th January 2012
Arena (1973)
DVD
Manhattan (1979-04-25)
Blu-Ray R
A romance with New York City works out better than any of the more human relationships in this story of assorted New York types.

Aided and abetted by Gordon Willis gorgeous cinematography and strategic Gershwin on the soundtrack. Streep, Keaton and Mariel Hemingway add extra value. My heart still belongs to Annie Hall though.

Wings (1927)
Blu-Ray
WWI flying aces fight the Bosch and fall in love. Did this get remade as Pearl Harbor? AA Best Film 1929 (the 1st).

Finally available on Blu-Ray in 2012.

Whistleblower (2010)
Blu-Ray R
Real Steel (2011)
Blu-Ray PG-13
Beware the Gonzo (2010)
DVD Not Rated
La rose de fer (1973)
DVD Not Rated
Love-at-first-sight couple become trapped in a cemetary for the night.

Sounds like a good premise for a horror film, right? But we are in Jean Rollin land, so this is more about the contrast (or not) between the living, personified by the gorgeous Fran├žoise Pascal, and the dead. Weird, ethereal and haunting, but most will just wonder why they wasted 80 minutes of their lives.

Thursday, 26th January 2012
Darling Companion (2012)
Santa Barbara
Friday, 27th January 2012
Wicker Tree (2012)
Cinema
Man on a Ledge (2012)
Cinema
The Grey (2012)
Cinema
One for the Money (2012)
Cinema
Tuesday, 31st January 2012
The Thing (2011)
Blu-Ray R
In Time (2011)
Blu-Ray PG-13
Drive (2011)
Blu-Ray R
Dream House (2011)
Blu-Ray PG-13
A couple taking a break from city life get more than a few bumps in the night in their new home.

A film where the real thrill is guessing the genre, but most of the surprises - aren't. Good performances and a couple of decent scares but needs a bit more voltage.



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