Tuesday, March 31

J.C.V.D

Director: Mabrouk El Mechri

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130988/

Review: An amazingly entertaining and strangely beautiful look at the nature of celebrity.

Rent it if: You think Jean-Claude Van Damme can't act. You'll be proven wrong.

And if you liked: The films of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Being John Malkovich, The Wrestler

Saturday, March 21

Bronson

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172570/

Review: Really fascinating direction with an amazing performance at its center.

Go see it if: You can handle some heavy violence and male nudity.

And if you liked: A Clockwork Orange, There Will Be Blood

Sunday, March 15

The Untouchables

Director: Brian De Palma

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094226/

Review: Enjoyable story with great set pieces but is ultimately let down by its bad accents and terrible soundtrack.

Rent it if: You can handle the awful Irish accents.

And if you liked: The Departed, The Black Dahlia, The Godfather

Thursday, March 12

The Devil's Backbone

Director: Guillermo Del Toro

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0256009/

Review: A good story with an excellent backdrop with really amazing atmosphere and visuals.

Rent it if: You can handle subtitles, or can speak Spanish. Quick warning, my DVD's subs were a little off time. Nothing serious but other ones might be like that.

And if you liked: Pan's Labyrinth, Ring

Tuesday, March 10

Manhattan

Director: Woody Allen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079522/

Review: A really enjoyable and interesting film with beautiful framing and great moments of humour.

Rent it if: You can handle something with out a specific plot, that flows more like real life. Also, if you can handle black and white for artistic reasons.

And if you liked: Harold & Maude, Annie Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Sunday, March 8

The Secret of Kells

Director: Tomm Moore

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0485601/

Review: A visually stunning film that takes a little while to get going but once it does it's gripping.

Go see it if: You can handle this "old-timey" 2D animation.

And if you liked: Asterix, The Book of Kells?

Saturday, March 7

Surveillance

Director: Jennifer Lynch

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409345/

Review: An enjoyable and tense thriller that loses its way, story-wise, in the third act.

Go see it if: You can handle some violence and strange acting.

And if you liked: Lost Highway, Wild at Heart

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Director: Woody Allen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497465/

Review: A great story with interesting characters and realistic dialogue.

Go see it if: You can allow a film to just flow naturally rather than rigidly following a thread.

And if you liked: Annie Hall

Thursday, March 5

Watchmen

Director: Zack Snyder

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409459/

Review: A very enjoyable and very faithful adaptation that occasionally feels a little patchy and contains a little too much slow motion but ultimately does the story justice.

Go see it if: You can handle some violence and have gone to the toilet previously.

And if you liked: The graphic novel of Watchmen (obviously), Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 300

Check this out: Watchmen

Monday, March 2

Lynch One

Director: blackANDwhite

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1032207/

Review: An interesting insight into the way Lynch moves.

Go see it if: You're interested enough in David Lynch to want to see what he would consider the mundane.

And if you liked: Lynch's films obviously, Meeting People is Easy