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NEDs Review | Movie Reviews - LOVEFiLM

NEDs Review | Movie Reviews - LOVEFiLM | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Director Peter Mullan’s third feature may appear to be reminiscent of the traditional British kitchen sink drama, but a mixture of realism and extreme fantasy, make Mullan’s film something else altogether...

John McGill (Gregg Forrest) is a fresh faced Catholic boy, who boasts impressive book-smarts. Younger brother to notorious hardman Benny (Joe Szula), McGill’s promise looks set for a heavy downfall from the word go. By the time actor Conor McCarron steps in to play the teenage McGill, the foreseen trouble has already kicked in.

DVD of the week....? Can't help feel a bit disappointed. It delivers everything it should without blowing anyone away.

Can we have a bit of everything please.
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LOVEFiLM – Your details are safe | Gamedot

LOVEFiLM – Your details are safe | Gamedot | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Over the last few days LOVEFiLM have sent an email to all of their customers who have or are using the streaming service on the PS3 to confirm their details are safe.

Although the LOVEFiLM service uses the PSN to stream movies to subscribers, it is a totally separate service from Sony and so all details are stored away from Sony data centres.

Please don’t worry about the personal details on your LOVEFiLM account – it is not possible to access these through the PlayStation®Network (we hold this information, not Sony), so it all remains completely safe and secure.

Even if you used the PS3™ to sign-up for LOVEFiLM, your data is still locked tight in our vaults. (If you use the same password across a variety of sites and services however, it’s well worth changing these so that they’re all different).
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Lovefilm DVD of the week - Unstoppable

Lovefilm DVD of the week - Unstoppable | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
The Unstoppable train that of course gets stopped. A action packed ride for a Friday night - Just don't expect to much in this one. You'll probably find your mind wondering and asking yourself "what has that idiot train driver been in before....Oh yes My Name Is Earl" (Ethan Suplee) - back to the film. If your like me and have seen all the other films outs you may find yourself left with a number of these friday night action films
Unstoppable - Watched
The Tourist - AT HOME
Red - AT HOME
Tron - In the rental list

Hurry up Blue Valentine I'm waiting on you to save me.
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Tesco takes on Lovefilm and Sky with Blinkbox deal

Tesco is to take on Lovefilm and British Sky Broadcasting in the fast-growing internet video market with the acquisition of Blinkbox, a TV and movie-streaming service.

More than 2m people visit Blinkbox every month to access a library of 9,000 movies and TV shows, including Harry Potter, Inception, Spooks and The West Wing. The site offers some video for free, paid for by advertising, with more recent content available on a pay-per-view basis.

Tesco has acquired 80 per cent of the Farringdon-based company from its investors, Eden Ventures and Nordic Venture Partners. Terms were not disclosed.

A similar deal in the US last year saw Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, acquire Vudu, a video site, for a reported $100m (£61m).

The deal follows January’s acquisition of Lovefilm for £200m by Amazon, whose digital side of which competes with BSkyB’s SkyPlayer on-demand TV and movie service.
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C21Media: LoveFilm signs Disney streaming deal

LoveFilm has signed a deal to stream Disney film content in the UK for the first time, in an agreement that takes in both transactional and subscription video-on-demand.

The deal will make some 50 Disney titles available to LoveFilm UK subscribers, who will be able to stream content via PC, PlayStation 3 or connected devices, such as compatible internet-ready TVs.

These films will be available to stream at no extra cost to subscribers who pay £5.99 (US$9.75) per month or more, and include catalogue content such as Armageddon, Cocktail and Bedknobs & Broomsticks. New releases, such as Tron: Legacy, will be available to stream through LoveFilm's pay-per view VoD service.

"We're working with partners such as LoveFilm to offer our programming to viewers in ever more flexible, easy-to-access ways, and this agreement builds on our existing DVD rental partnership to further extend the availability of our films amongst UK audiences," said Catherine Powell, Disney's senior VP for media distribution in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

LoveFilm, which was acquired by Amazon in January, claims that some 80% of its user-base have now streamed a video online and the firm recently appointed a new digital technical development director, Nick James.

The Disney deal puts LoveFilm ahead of international rivals such as Netflix, which does not have a comparable, direct streaming deal in place with the Mouse House in the US. However, Netflix is still able to stream Disney content as part of its deal with pay net Starz, which has online distribution rights to content from Sony Pictures and The Walt Disney Company.

News of the LoveFilm deal comes as Netflix aims to broaden its online business model. The US video rental giant revealed in an update to investors that it plans offer 'family plans' to allow account holders to add concurrent video streams, for a higher tariff.
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Lovefilm vs Netflix

As Netflix continues its expansion in the U.S. and readies an international rollout, European outfit Lovefilm is also beefing up its presence.
With nearly 1.6 million members in Blighty, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, it is one of Europe's leading subscription entertainment services. Like Netflix, it offers DVD and videogame rental by mail and is fast expanding into streaming pics and TV shows over the Internet that can be viewed on TV, home computer or PlayStation 3 via its Lovefilm player, which bowed last year.

And now after seven years of operation, the company has more muscle than ever.. International News from the entertainment source: Variety.
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LoveFilm Watch Online "Matt's Pick" - The Hurt Locker

LoveFilm Watch Online  "Matt's Pick" - The Hurt Locker | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
The LoveFilm free with package/watch online service can come in for some stick sometimes, as the quality of film isn't always the best. However if adding the Hurt Locker to the online service is setting a quality precedent then we don't have anything to worry about. The Oscar winning film may have been overshadowed by Avatar when it was released but quality is impossible to leave in the shadows. If you did not get a chance to see this at the cinema then this film is a must see, when many of us may be waiting on the DVD release of the award season films (The Kings Speech - May 9th or Black Swan - 16th May) this is the perfect film to fill those April nights while you pine over the wait for Colin Firth or Natalie Portman.

If LoveFilm keep giving us great films such as The Hurt Locker we'll never have to rent another DVD again - Watch The Hurt Locker online, on DVD or on Blu ray with LOVEFiLM. Get The Hurt Locker (2008) for FREE as part of a LOVEFiLM trial.
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LoveFilm Watch Online film of the Week - The Human Centipede - First Sequence

LoveFilm Watch Online film of the Week - The Human Centipede - First Sequence | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Think what you want about this demented "horror" film...I was impressed.
A) It certainly is different, in a world of sequels and predictable Hollywood blockbusters staring the same old actors we have to see every summer, The human centipede is as different as it gets.
b) It's actually scary (well disturbing might be a better word) the quilt went over my face several times, most notable the "operation" where teeth are pulled one by one (maybe that's just me, my own personal issue I will have to work through)

However with a forthcoming sequel (Human centipede:Full Sequence) I have the feeling all this praise of the bizarre work of Tom Six may disappear, once you've seen the film you will understand why one human centipede is enough (the irony may be to much to handle if this turns into a trilogy)

Watch The Human Centipede - First Sequence online, on DVD or on Blu ray with LOVEFiLM. Get The Human Centipede - First Sequence (2009) for FREE as part of a LOVEFiLM trial.
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Matchstick Men - Remember why you liked Nicolas Cage in the first place

Matchstick Men - Remember why you liked Nicolas Cage in the first place | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
The LoveFilm recommendation - Now Free with package

Review: Breezy and well-acted, Matchstick Men focuses more on the characters than on the con.
"Nicholas Cage gives his best performance since "Leaving Los Vegas" as con man Roy Waller in this sophisticated movie about familial responsibility, self-imposed barriers and the possibilities of a well executed long con."
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LoveFilm sent The Departed

LoveFilm sent The Departed | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
A star studied cast lets Scorceses take his directorial credits at last. It's on the long side but well worth the ending which fills a lot like Reservoir Dogs.....which can never be a bad thing. The only thing that tainted the film was the inclusion of Mark Wahlberg.

Via @RottenTomatoes (92%) Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast that includes Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality that has infused director Martin Scorceses past triumphs.

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Will Tron 3's empire strike back or crash out? | Film | guardian.co.uk | LoveFilm 18th April

Will Tron 3's empire strike back or crash out? | Film | guardian.co.uk | LoveFilm 18th April | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Available to rent from LoveFilm - 18th of April.


Ben Child: Director Joseph Kosinski reckons Tron 3 could reach the heights of the second and best Star Wars film.

The news this week that there's going to be a third Tron movie isn't quite shocking enough to make one fall off one's light cycle, but I doubt anyone would have predicted it before someone at Disney bizarrely decided to resurrect the 1982 curio last year in the shape of Tron: Legacy. It seems the Mouse House has got it into its head that director Joseph Kosinski pulled off a miracle by posting a box office of $398m (£244m) for the belated sequel, higher than Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and the recent Star Trek reboot. The first difference is that both those movies achieved a fair whack of critical acclaim, while most people thought Tron: Legacy, though bright and shiny to look at, was dull as ditchwater. The second difference is that Tron cost more than the gross domestic product of some small African countries to make.
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Craig Gillespie set to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies | Filmonic

Craig Gillespie set to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies | Filmonic | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Before they even hit the bookshelves Seth Grahame-Smith’s huge selling revisionist period horror novels have been hot properties in Hollywood.
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The Mark Wahlberg update - 'Bait And Switch': Mark Wahlberg Landing New Starring Role?

The Mark Wahlberg update - 'Bait And Switch': Mark Wahlberg Landing New Starring Role? | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
After taking the lead in an Oscar-nominated drama, Mark Wahlberg may be headed for a new comedy. Variety reports that Wahlberg, who produced and starred in "The Fighter," has signed on to produce and may star in Universal's newly acquired action comedy, "Bait and Switch."
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Will an online service for new releases kill the cinema? Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox enter the frame

Will an online service for new releases kill the cinema? Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox enter the frame | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
The news that two of Hollywood's major studios, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox, are planning to make new movies available online only two months after release is being heralded as a harbinger of doom for cinema. We've been through this scaremongering before, with the rise of television, video, DVD, on-demand rental companies such as Netflix and Lovefilm, as well as video iPods. Like the hounded heroine of a stalk'n'slash horror, cinema has throughout its history faced attempts on its life, and moments at which its number seemed to be well and truly up.

Let's get something straight: nothing can compete with cinema, and nothing ever will. Audience numbers and box-office takings will always fluctuate. But suggesting that downloading can ever provide an alternative to cinema is like saying that fast-food chains will kill off restaurants. The experiences are not comparable. It may take people a while to realise that – they may dip a toe in the studios' on-demand scheme – but they will soon come to miss the largeness, the inclusivity and the sense of occasion that comes from going to the cinema. When you watch a film on a television or a laptop or, God forbid, an iPod, you haven't seen it as it was intended. Sometimes it's the only option available, especially with old or obscure movies now that the repertory scene is in permanent decline and the double bill has all but died out.
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The Press Association: Thurman's the top screen bride

The Press Association: Thurman's the top screen bride | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Uma Thurman's samurai sword-wielding character in Kill Bill has been named the top screen bride.
The blood-spattered assassin topped a poll ahead of figures from hit films such as Muriel's Wedding and Sex And The City.
Thurman's bride drew a third of the votes in the survey by rental and streaming firm Lovefilm ahead of Friday's royal wedding.
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Movie downloads: Are you sitting comfortably (and legally)? | Money | The Guardian

Movie downloads: Are you sitting comfortably (and legally)? | Money | The Guardian | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
The local DVD rental store has closed down. Music shops that sell DVDs are closing down. Your kids illegally download music and other stuff, but you're not comfortable with that. Is the answer to watch by streaming the film through your computer on to your television, legally, for a price of around £2-£4, or buy it as a download for around £10?

According to the British Video Association, the market for legal downloads of films more than doubled from £35m to £78m in 2010, while rental-style digital services grew in value by £5m to £205m last year

The film industry's hope is that the growing number of legal sites offering affordable (and even free) downloading and streaming of movies will mean consumers will abandon dodgy filesharing sources, which still account for the vast majority of downloads.

"While there are many websites that allow consumers to download and stream films illegally, the internet is full of cheap (and free) legal film and TV if you just know where to look," says a spokesperson for the Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness, the body set up to tackle film and television copyright infringement in the UK.
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Will streaming TV online lead to the death of the big media players? | Media | The Guardian

Will streaming TV online lead to the death of the big media players? | Media | The Guardian | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Battle lines are being drawn in the US in the struggle to make serious money out of the nascent online TV market. In one corner, Netflix, the DVD and streaming rental business that shocked the TV industry with a move into original content, splashing out $100m (£61m) to premiere Kevin Spacey's House of Cards remake online. In the other, broadcasters, denying Netflix access to new shows as they grow wary of ceding the video-on-demand initiative to the digital upstart.

Google-owned video sharing website YouTube is also increasing its investment in original content and focus on full-length programming, while Apple is reportedly planning a new cloud-based online video service described by investment bank Jefferies & Co described as an "assault on the living room".

Netflix is not available in the UK but LoveFilm, bought by Amazon in January for about £200m, operates on the same DVD and streaming subscription model. UK broadcasters, like their US counterparts, face the dilemma of whether to licence programming to online TV aggregators such as SeeSaw or hold it back for their own VoD services.....
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Lovefilm DVD of the week - Monsters

Lovefilm DVD of the week - Monsters | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
"On the face of it, a monster mash up of District 9 and Cloverfield, relocated to an imaginary Mexican no-man's land, Gareth Edwards' film doesn't quite go where you expect. Could it be that he’s more interested in character and atmosphere than in thrills and spills?" - Do I need to say anything else? Monsters? What monsters? Although, when you take into account what director Gareth Edwards did to make this film, then he deserves serious credit and most people would agree you would expect him to go on and have a long and fruitful career making great films -- but Monsters is not one of them.

It had all the right ingredients it just didn't feel like the perfect end result. Yet like LoveFilm reviewer Tom Charity mentioned its likeness to District 9 and Cloverfield should be enough for fans of this genre although it falls short of matching them.
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LoveFilm Watch Online - Still can't pick a film? Okay, here's two more

LoveFilm Watch Online - Still can't pick a film? Okay, here's two more | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Due to the sheer number of films of the watch online site it can be difficult to pick one, especially if someone else is trying to interfere on your decision. So if you have already seen The Hurt Locker or Matchstick Men (or for some crazzy reason you hate those films) then here's two more straight from this weeks LoveFilm highlight reel of films.

The Pledge (2001) http://www.lovefilm.com/film/The-Pledge/7086/
Jack Nicholson stars in Sean Penn's third feature film and although you won't be blown away, its certainly one to watch. Nicholson is at his best and is the most appealing aspect of the film which is not short of familiar names. However, some trailers and adverts may make you believe its a gritty crime / cop thriller, when it really isn't, it's focus instead is on the downward spiral that is Nicholson's characters life.

The Insider (2001) http://www.lovefilm.com/film/The-Insider/2898/
Russell Crowe and Al Pacino star in a legal/newsroom drama, based on the case of Crowe character breaking his confidentiality agreement and going public with everything he knows on the tobacco firm he was fired from. Pacino plays the man behind CBS's "60 minutes" and helps Crowe's story unravel. Although the story is compelling and intriguing the story lacks the gritty and punchy nature of most other dramas or thrillers, plus at two and a half hours the story takes its toll. This does not mean I did not like the film or would not recommend it, if you have the time and want something that will seriously make you think, while being extremely well acted this is the one for you.


Both films can be found on the Watch Online service.
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LoveFilm Watch Online Highlights - 3:10 to Yuma

LoveFilm Watch Online Highlights - 3:10 to Yuma | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
When you can list the Batman (the soon to be trilogy) as some of the more mediocre films of your career you're probably not doing badly. Christian Bale once again shows why he recently won an Academy Award, his performance in 3:10 to Yuma is steady, a term you can come to see frequency next to Bale's name. However what is surprising is the stand out performance of Russell Crowe, an actor that really became a household name with Gladiator and hasn't done anything of significant since. If you haven't already seen 3:10 to Yuma, it certainly worth a watch, the story is of course outdated and you won't be blown away but the performances of Bale and Crowe make the film more appealing than it really should be.
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Lovefilm - Ticking off the classics: Touching The Void

Lovefilm - Ticking off the classics: Touching The Void | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Trying to get through the classics: LoveFilm recently sent this gripping documentary, that I have to apologise for not seeing sooner...I'll use my youth as my excuse, once again.
Here's part of what I consider to be the most fitting of reviews.

TOUCHING THE VOID is a documentary that recreates the astonishingly true tale of two mountain climbers’ survival. Although, regrettably, it is filled with harsh language and numerous profanities, TOUCHING THE VOID touches a chord deep within the human spirit and is awe-inspiring and brutally honest.

"Strong humanist worldview where main character expresses his belief that God does not exist and admits that he left his Catholic faith years earlier and sees no need to return to it.."
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Movie Review - 'Your Highness' - Low Comedy's Crowning Moment of Awesome? : NPR

James Franco and Danny McBride set off on a quest in David Gordon Green's action comedy Your Highness — a sword-and-sorcery spoof that David Edelstein says is fantastic if you're in the right gross-minded juvenile mood.
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Arnold 'The Governator" Schwarzenegger is on his way back to the big screen

Arnold 'The Governator" Schwarzenegger is on his way back to the big screen | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
Arnold Schwarzenegger Close to Signing on for Kim Ji-Woon’s THE LAST STAND. THE LAST STAND movie directed by Kim Ji-Woon, written by Andrew Knauer.

With Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announcement that he’s ready to get back into acting following his tenure as Governator of California, the interwebs have been brimming with chatter as to what film Schwarzenegger will choose for his triumphant return. A new Terminator perhaps? Maybe True Lies 2? Well, now it looks like the actor may have settled on his next flick, and I’m a bit relieved to say it’s a wholly original film.
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X-Men: First Class Title Sequence

Inspired by classic Sixties movie titles and prompted by John Struan of Super Punch fame, I've built a 1960s style title sequence for the upcoming X-Men: First Class film.
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Wes Craven talks Scream 4's script controversy

Wes Craven talks Scream 4's script controversy | "The Love Film Files" | Scoop.it
During production, the director tweeted that he was no longer "in control of the script" after Scream 3 writer Ehren Kruger came in to rework Kevin Williamson's draft.

Craven told us: "I was just stating the facts. In some ways it's a Wes Craven film and in some way it's not entirely, because it's not a script I have control of

Read more: Wes Craven talks Scream 4's script controversy | TotalFilm.com
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