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Lovefilm - New to DVD Sucker Punch

Lovefilm - New to DVD Sucker Punch | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

"It's less high brow and more Xbox"

 

Following the recent trend of my reviews, Sucker Punch is another new DVD release, yet the problem with reviewing it is that the critics have said it all, really. Sucker Punch is a mess of a film that director Zack Snyder should not list on his CV next time he is pitching a film. I ended up checking the plot of the film on Wikipedia as it never seemed sure what it was doing and only acted as the background to predictable and repetitive action sequences

 

The story starts with a 20 year old nicknamed "Babydoll" (Emily Browning) who is sent to a mental institution after her mother and sister are killed by her sexually abusive stepfather (Gerard Plunkett). The institution and her stepfather convince the authorities to have Babydoll lobotomised, and upon waiting for this to happen Babydoll spirals into different fantasies which consume almost the entirety of the film. Babydoll fantasies she is in brothel run by a mobster character called Blue, where she befriends other girls and plans an escape. On being forced to dance Babydoll fantasies she is fighting a variety of characters from wartime Nazis to futuristic robots......

 

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Love-film backer to raise £250m for tech firms - Telegraph

Love-film backer to raise £250m for tech firms - Telegraph | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

"Balderton Capital, which has backed the likes of Bebo, Betfair and Love­film is to raise a £250m fund to invest in technology-focused companies.

 

The London-based venture capital firm, best known more recently for its investment in controversial consumer finance lender Wonga, is to begin raising the new money as early as this month."

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Is Lovefilm, Netflix and more importantly Sky drowning the likes of Virgin Media?

Is Lovefilm, Netflix and more importantly Sky drowning the likes of Virgin Media? | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Broadband provider Virgin Media has expressed disappointment at the Competition Commission's decision not to intervene in the UK pay-TV movies market.

 

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Films blah blah blah: Blood Diamond

Films blah blah blah: Blood Diamond | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

On this trip down blog memory lane like the blog posts themselves we go back in time to 2006 to watch political thriller Blood Diamond. The film sold on the real life Sierra Leone Civil War in 1996-2001 the horrific tale captures the emotional audience that embraced such films as Hotel Rwanda and Shooting Dogs. Before giving away little to no spoilers I urge anyway that slipped into a film comma in 2006 to see this, but if you are like me remember to bring a box of tissues. 

 

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Should LoveFilm take the threat from Blockbuster seriously or is it their finally attempt to recapture their old market?

Should LoveFilm take the threat from Blockbuster seriously or is it their finally attempt to recapture their old market? | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Blockbuster has launched a series of new movie rentals, called ‘Exclusives’,
which it claims are not available on any other film service for a limited
time period, in a bid to outshine competitors such as Netflix.
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is Lovefilm's must see film of the week.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is Lovefilm's must see film of the week. | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

"I sat in my seat and felt smug in the knowledge Michael Bay could not interfere with my night."


Tomas Alfredson brings John le Carré spy novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to life but it feels like it's been a long and difficult task and that traditional Hollywood would have thrown it away a long time ago. I may have said "spy" and so have all the trailers but do not expect any Bourne like car chases or perfect fighting moves in this one. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is two hours of pure dialogue and although that sounds understandably boring Alfredson demonstrates how vital a look or a bead of sweat can be to the narrative.

 

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Films blah blah blah: Los ojos de Julia/Julia's Eyes

Following on from the well liked blog of Spanish film The Skin I Live In here are my thoughts on Julia's Eyes. The film is another collaboration between Guillermo del Toro (Producer) and actress Belén Rueda, following on from The Orphanage. Unlike the last few reviews I have posted on here I can not soak Julia's Eyes with enough praise.

 

Julia's Eyes starts with a very iconic scene when Julia's sister that has become blind mounts a stall to commit suicide and has the stall knocked away from a mystery invisible man (this features heavily in the trailers). Julia then takes on the mystery and tackles what she believes to be a murder and not the suicide the police and her husband are convinced it is. It may have been my knowledge of del Toro's involvement but it seemed to have his stamp all over it. I started to worry that as the film progressed and the suspension of horror built it would never deliver the killer punch.

 

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Lovefilm - New to DVD Sucker Punch

Lovefilm - New to DVD Sucker Punch | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

"It's less high brow and more Xbox"

 

Following the recent trend of my reviews, Sucker Punch is another new DVD release, yet the problem with reviewing it is that the critics have said it all, really. Sucker Punch is a mess of a film that director Zack Snyder should not list on his CV next time he is pitching a film. I ended up checking the plot of the film on Wikipedia as it never seemed sure what it was doing and only acted as the background to predictable and repetitive action sequences

 

The story starts with a 20 year old nicknamed "Babydoll" (Emily Browning) who is sent to a mental institution after her mother and sister are killed by her sexually abusive stepfather (Gerard Plunkett). The institution and her stepfather convince the authorities to have Babydoll lobotomised, and upon waiting for this to happen Babydoll spirals into different fantasies which consume almost the entirety of the film. Babydoll fantasies she is in brothel run by a mobster character called Blue, where she befriends other girls and plans an escape. On being forced to dance Babydoll fantasies she is fighting a variety of characters from wartime Nazis to futuristic robots......

 

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New to DVD on Lovefilm - Your Highness

New to DVD on Lovefilm - Your Highness | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

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"Your Highness proves its the king of masturbation humours but little else"

 

Your Highness is a comedy film that has a basic medieval premise that should equal laughs and a cast that should provide them and fill cinemas, however it seems to do none of these things. The biggest bemusement I have with this film is the cast, Natalie Portman makes another appearance on our screens and James Franco was clearly having an off day when he said yes to this. Portman seems to be everywhere at the minute, she's turning into the female Matt Damon. Whereas James Franco seems to do a gem of a film followed by an absolute stinker - Milk followed by Date Night, 127 Hours followed by Your Highness - Commonly known as Oscar-flop syndrome (Unintended double meaning referring to his uncomfortable Oscar hosting).......

 

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Films blah blah blah: Small Films For Big Cinemas

Films blah blah blah: Small Films For Big Cinemas | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

Fancy going to see a great new film this weekend? Well I hope you live in a big city or you may be in for a lengthy car journey, this is what many will face this weekend with the apparent non-release of Kill List and The Skin I Live In. I know there are some great independent cinemas around the country that need out much needed attention, however the this post concentrates on the distribution of films by Odeon Cinemas, this should not be viewed as an attack on them but a question of how one of the largest cinema companies in Europe decides what films to screen.....

 

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Films blah blah blah: The Michael Haneke Dissapointment

Films blah blah blah: The Michael Haneke Dissapointment | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

Recently, Lovefilm decided to reignite my previous Michael Haneke passion by sending me The Seventh Continent. Although The Seventh Continent is Haneke's first film, this was my third taste of the Austrian film-maker's work, slotting in behind Caché (2005) (Hidden) and Funny Games (1997). However, my love for Haneke came to a sudden end about an hour into The Seventh Continent as I became bored with the tedious lives the film centred on. My relationship with Haneke seemed like it would blossom as I threw myself into his collection, yet beyond Caché I only managed one and a half additional films before throwing in the towel -- maybe I've given in before experiencing the best of Haneke?....

 

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Critic's Choice: Best of 2011 So Far - LOVEFiLM

Critic's Choice: Best of 2011 So Far - LOVEFiLM | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

Six months in, how is the movie year shaping up for you?

 

We maybe in September and the nights are starting to draw in but Lovfilm is doing its review of the year so far. I give the critic's choice best of 2011 a mixed review, they have some of the obvious choices but they also have some less than acceptable picks. 

 

With obvious headliners such as 127 Hours (pictured) and True Grit to be expected under the "Also worth a mention" sections we had Javier Bardem in Biutiful. With the description stating Barden perfomance was "terminally strong" under the heading of "Best Performance in a Bad Movie".  Give this page a look and find out who was the strange casting alongside Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in Just Go With It. 

 

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True Grit makes a quiet arrival to Lovefilm

True Grit makes a quiet arrival to Lovefilm | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
An anti-climax? Well, almost. Great performances and a amazing script. It was built up to be one of the best, yet it lacked excitement and a well-needed punch thrill -- it barley flirted with it. Even under two hours I was ready for it to end. If you are looking for a film for the weekend or do not believe my negative slurs then by all means watch it. However, if you are after a modern day western I would not recommend this more than I would 3:10 to Yuma.


ARRGGHH: Central character Mattie Ross played by Hailee Steinfeld is amazing but where is her name on the poster or even the Lovefilm website? - on the site it comes last, after Elizabeth Marvel who plays the adult Mattie Ross, an appearance of roughly 5 minutes. Tut tut Hollywood.
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts ageing backwards with bizarre consequences.

You may have seen this film recently on television as I have a sneaky feeling it appeared on Film Four bit if you haven't then this is the perfect chance and its FREE! Brad Pitt at his acting best!

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Gangster Squad review Review | Movie Reviews - LOVEFiLM

Gangster Squad review Review | Movie Reviews - LOVEFiLM | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Los Angeles 1949. America is enjoying a post-World War 2 boom. The City of Angels has gone from dusty desert outpost to a vibrant sprawling metropolis.
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God I want to see this, why am I busy tomorrow....I should be in the cinema not making cakes. 

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Amazon's LoveFilm, taking on Netflix, adds Fox in Britain | Reuters

(Reuters) - LoveFilm, Amazon's European DVD and movie streaming service, has agreed to stream movies and TV shows from News Corp's Twentieth Century Fox TV unit, adding content from another Hollywood studio...
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Skyline Marketing Ltd observes LOVEFiLM rise to success

Skyline Marketing Ltd suggests Amazon’s LOVEFiLM is the business to watch throughout 2012. LOVEFiLM is an Amazon company who recently announced their partnership with BBC Worldwide, ABC and ITV in major TV streaming deals which will see the company become Europe’s leading Movie and TV subscription streaming business. Skyline Marketing Ltd, a Birmingham based outsourced sales and marketing firm have followed LOVEFiLM’s rise to success and see these last few streaming deals with major TV stations as the company’s way of leaving their competitors behind.........

 

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While we wait for Tree Of Life here's one to keep you company from LoveFilm - Mr. Nobody

While we wait for Tree Of Life here's one to keep you company from LoveFilm - Mr. Nobody | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

"is it a compliment that Mr.Nobody could arguably sit alongside Terrance Malick's Tree Of Life with everything its trying to say?"

 


During the run up to the Reading Festival this year Kerrang magazine promoted the dvd release of Jared Leto's new film Mr. Nobody (although had a limited release as far back as September 2009) giving his acting career as much emphasis as his band 30 Seconds to Mars. While Leto's band played the main stage at Reading and Leeds this year his acting career in recent years has been infrequent yet aroused much recognition. Personally I always see Leto either singing heavy repetitive rock or next to Edward Norton and Brad Pitt in Fight Club - surely everyone's favourite film.

 

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Lovefilm get a noisy neighbour on Samsung Smart TV platform

Lovefilm get a noisy neighbour on Samsung Smart TV platform | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

Not content with offering LOVEFiLM, Acetrax, Muzu.TV, Box Office 365 and BBC iPlayer on its Smart TV portal, Samsung has today added the video-on-demand service Blinkbox.

 

The VOD platform is accessible from Samsung Apps, so will be available to owners of the brand's Smart TVs, Blu-ray players and home cinema systems.

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Films blah blah blah: Insidious

Films blah blah blah: Insidious | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

"the first half the film jabs you in the face with the freakishness of the house and the child yet as it moved onto the second half it lacked a knock-out punch"


I'm back from a working weekend, with another on the horizon I've been struggling to both watch films and upload reviews. I've been a bit fixated on The Killing series one after watching the first four episodes in one afternoon, should upload a review?

 

Anyway, new dvd release Insidious is meant to be the main attraction here and it's definitely worth letting it give you a scare. Insidious is basically a hunted house horror film with a twist, the twist being that its in fact the child that is hunted. In the first half the film jabs you in the face with the freakishness of the house and the child yet as it moved onto the second half it lacked a knock-out punch and left me wanting them to re-do certain parts.

 

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Films blah blah blah: The Skin I Live In

Films blah blah blah: The Skin I Live In | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

La piel que habito / The skin I live in (Pedro Almodóvar, 2011)

Almodóvar has always been a love-him-or-hate-him kind of director, especially in his (and my) home country, Spain. I must admit that, even though I loved Volver with all my heart (he always manages to get the best out of Penélope Cruz) I was on the hate-him side. I always thought he gave an awful image of Spain – I was worried the irony in his colourful films, so outrageous and crazy and stereotypical, so evident for the Spanish audiences, would be lost on others and make them think Spaniards were actually like this, and quite frankly, in a world where people think Mexican hats are Spanish and that Spain is somewhere between Venezuela and Brazil, it was kind of thanks but no, thanks. Anyway, I am digressing.....

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Ben Wheatley Kill List interview - LOVEFiLM

Ben Wheatley Kill List interview - LOVEFiLM | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Well-versed in British comedy TV, writer-director Ben Wheatley explodes into cinemas nationwide with Kill List, one of the films of the year so far.

 

We discuss violence, hitmen and improv, and delve into the dark details of one of the most surprising British films for a very long time...

 

LOVEFiLM: Kill List is a hard film to talk about without spoiling it. Do you think people are going to be surprised?
Ben Wheatley: It's a really odd film to go into – expecting you're going to see something really extreme, like Hostel or something, and then you have to sit through 20 minutes of dinner party where nothing happens! I think that might make people really angry. But I think Blair Witch was the same. You relax into it and it creeps up on you

 

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The disappointing Top 20 Streaming films

The disappointing Top 20 Streaming films | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

Here are 20 films freshly added to our streaming service – a combo of recent titles available on a premium pay-per-view basis and crowd-pleasers ready to watch as part of your package...

 

As we enter the end of the first week of Sepetember I wanted to share lovefilms latest batch of streaming films, it's slightly unclear if this group of films is the August addition (like the Url states) or the September edition. However unlike most months I'm pretty dissapointed, where are the hidden gems of old that are now free to stream? Instead we are given the usual new films avaible for premium pay-per-view, even these films aren't great the highlights being Limitless and Sucker Punch. 

 

I'm sure the free to stream films have been free to stream for months - Deja Vu/The Rock/Con Air/The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

 

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Should Lovefilm worry about possible new competeition ?

Should Lovefilm worry about possible new competeition ? | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

Back in November, Channel 4 launched Film4oD, a web-based, on-demand adjunct to its Film4 linear channels that requires payment for movies.

 

It doesn’t seem to have made much of a splash. But web is just the start…

Film4oD is also a YouView partner. When it gets on to connected TVs, the service could take off.......

 

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Films blah blah blah: Trust

Films blah blah blah: Trust | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it

Following the theme of reviews on new DVD releases (Little White Lies) I recently watched Trust (2010). The film is directed by David Schwimmer aka Ross from friends and is based on a screenplay by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger. The film stars Liana Liberato as Annie Cameron a 14 year old girl that becomes close to a boy called Charlie that she befriends online played by Chris Henry Coffey. As a young innocent Annie becomes close to Charlie her parents played by Clive Owen and Catherine Keener seem to humour their daughters new found friend while both seem distant. Owen's character Will is heavily wrapped in his work while Keener's character Lynn has her attention on her son, who is moving away to college.. These circumstances push Annie to further interact with Charlie and their online relationship grows. However, as Charlie tells Annie his real age is 20, which then he admits is actually 24, Annie becomes unsure of her new found friend............

 

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Lovefilm - loved! Blue Valentine

Lovefilm - loved! Blue Valentine | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
It may have missed in the awards season and to many passive film watchers you may be wondering what I am on about - If that is you LISTEN UP.

I had high expectations for this film and it utterly delivered on them all, I held my emotions together until the very end when they got too much (watch it, you will understand). I am now dealing with a massive man-crush on Ryan Gosling - I almost watched the song scene twice.
At under two hours I was worried it would go by too quickly and the story would not have the substance I wanted -- none of my fears ever came true, I loved it from start to finish and I want to buy it on DVD.


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