No one does Tarantinoesque quite like the original Quentin, a man whose love for cult Seventies cinema routinely manifests itself into polarising movie events. His films are so stylised and extreme, so deliberately written and knowingly shot, you have no choice but to love them or hate them. There is no middle ground.
Me, I love them AND I hate them. They’re thrilling and disappointing, hilarious and tedious, ingenious and derivative, sublime and obnoxious, all at once. This is true of virtually all his work and Django Unchained (18) is no exception.
As you may be aware, Lee Antony Manning, Matthew David Smith and Neville Barry Kahn of Deloitte LLP were appointed as Joint Administrators of Blockbuster Entertainment Limited and Blockbuster GB Limited (”the Companies”) on 16 January 2013.
Whilst we appreciate that this will be unwelcome news, it is the Joint Administrators’ intention to continue to trade the business as usual, whilst they assess the options for the business. [click here for more...]
We’ve got a couple of cracking crime films for you this week, the first a period thriller about honourable bootleggers battling crooked coppers, the second a futuristic actioner about a judge, jury and executioner type who saves the world, one ultra-violent slaying at a time. Brilliant!
A traditional American crime story about the good men who break the law and the monsters who enforce it, well told from an off-centre perspective with style, substance and plenty of personality, Lawless tells the true, prohibition-era tale of a moonshine-fuelled trio of bootlegging brothers who live, not in the big city, but the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia.
If you’ve not yet downloaded the January issue of Blockbuster Magazine, follow this link to treat the iDevice in your hands to a fabulous freebie that only lives to give. Jon Voight returns with a second column, Ben ‘Plan B’ Drew swings by for a chat, we’ve a tribute to late puppet master Gerry Anderson and every film and game worth its salt gets thoroughly reviewed.
Something else worth shouting about is a new column by a writer pal of ours called Jan Gilbert. We call it Jan Solo, in part because it represents her personal thoughts on the world of film, but mainly because we can’t resist dorky Star Wars references. This month Jan waxes lyrical on her love of movie musicals, focusing on this week’s epic release, Les Misérables (12A).
We’re in a quality, not quantity, frame of mind this week at blockbuster.co.uk. Submitted for your approval then, two romantic movies that have almost nothing in common, save for the fact that they’re both well worth a watch.
Though considerably better known for her acting, Sarah Polley proved her chops as a director with 2006’s Oscar-nominated Away From Her. Seven years on, Take This Waltz confirms her filmmaking talent. A smart, insightful drama with plenty of heart and provocative talking points, it’s seriously sexy too.
A tale of old dogs learning new tricks from a veteran Hollywood icon who, at 75, has finally popped his directing cherry, Quartet (12A) is a gentle comedy drama for folks of a certain age. Although I’m thirty years or more from those pasture days myself, the appeal of something sweet, cosy and amusing is easily apparent. Switching expectations to ‘nice’ and settling down for something comforting makes a welcome change of pace, and it’s only right that older parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and mummies are catered to in movies today.
A magnificent year for movies, 2012 was, for me, a treasure chest overflowing with golden treats. So rich and varied, it felt like a feast of film. Restricting myself to titles released on Blu-ray and DVD from the beginning of January to the end of December 2012, I set about the arduous task of selecting a personal top ten and although I could have easily produced a Top 30 without breaking a sweat, I finally cracked it. If there’s any below you haven’t yet seen, lucky you. Buy or rent them now from your pals right here at blockbuster.co.uk.
While many actors come up on the small side, only Tom Cruise gets stick for it. Though he’s no shorter than Al Pacino or Robert Downey Jr, all three of whom are 5’7’’ tall and not even close to being among Hollywood’s tiniest male stars, really it’s only Cruise who gets picked on. Sure, he wears platforms, favours low camera angles and errs on the self-conscious side, but those hardly seems like crimes.