Querelle (1982) | On Blu-ray – Brad Davis stars in a surreal adaptation of Jean Genet’s powerful tale of lust and murder

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SYNOPSIS
Querelle (Brad Davis) is a sailor on shore leave in the French port of Brest. Following an argument, in which he stabs and kills his drug-smuggling partner, he seeks shelter in a nearby brothel. After befriending predatory madam, Lysiane (Jeanne Moreau), Querelle embarks upon a voyage of highly charged and sometimes violent sexual self-discovery that will transform him forever from the man he once was…

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THE LOWDOWN
Adapted from Jean Genet’s infamous 1947 novel, the final film in celebrated director Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s career is a powerful tale of lust and murder that has gone on to become a cult classic. Brad Davis plays the title character, the ruggedly handsome and lethal sailor who sets both men and women’s hearts aflutter, including Franco Nero’s closeted officer and Jeanne Moreau’s aging chanteuse. Not one of Fassbinder’s best, but its potent themes, surreal staging and Davis’ narcissistic performance make it a fascinating oddity.

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THE UK DVD RELEASE
The Artificial Eye Blu-ray and DVD release presents the film in its 16 x 9/ 2:35:1 aspect ratio with a choice of English, German or French languages, with English subtitles. The extras include an introduction by Tin Drum director Volker Schlöndorff (in French, with subtitles), and the mini-documentary, Twilight of the Bodies: Fassbinder in Search of Querelle (33mins, in French with subtitles).

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Dead End Drive-In | DVD review – The 1980s Ozploitation futuristic thriller reopens for business

Dead End Drive InTHE STORY
In an apocalyptic Australia, outcasts and misfits are being secretly herded into concentration camps disguised as drive-in movie theatres. When their car’s tyres are stolen whilst on a date at their local drive-in, Crabs (Neil Manning) and Carmen (Natalie McCurry) face the terrible realisation that they have become the prison’s latest inmates. Will they ever find a way to escape?

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THE LOWDOWN
This Ozploitation action thriller (which refers to a host of films made in Australia during the 1970s and 1980s) was the brainchild of Brian Trenchard-Smith (aka Australia’s answer Roger Corman), who was responsible for such diverse fare as The Man from Hong Kong (Australia first martial arts thriller), BMX Bandits (that made Nicole Kidman a star) and the cult prison actioner Turkey Shoot.

Dead End Drive-In bombed when it was released Down Under in 1986, basically because it was written off as a poor-man’s Mad Max rip-off featuring an unconvincing punked-up cast who looked like they had just stepped out of i-D magazine. Over the intervening years, however, the film has attracted a bit of a following and the ArrowDrome DVD release is the perfect chance to revisit the futuristic thriller that popularised German Bundeswehr vests and featured some cool music from Aussie alternative bands Hunters + Collectors and Kids in the Kitchen.

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The Anomaly | Film review – Noel Clarke’s low-budget sci-fi tries to do Source Code on the cheap

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Director and star of low-budget sci-fi action thriller The Anomaly, Noel Clarke tries to do Source Code on the cheap with this tale of a former soldier who repeatedly wakes up in different locations but only has bursts of consciousness lasting nine minutes and 47 seconds to unravel his role in a mind-control plot cooked up by evil scientists Ian Somerhalder and Brian Cox. Throwing Russian pimps and a plucky prostitute (Alexis Knapp) into the mix, Clarke never shuns an opportunity to show off his buff body but displays little of the intelligence or flair needed to pull off his film’s mind-stretching conceits. Instead, his film can only lurch from one ineptly staged set piece to the next, ripping off ideas from better movies – Memento, Bourne, The Matrix etc- as it goes.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 97 mins. Director Noel Clarke.

Released on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital by Universal Pictures.

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Godzilla | Blu-ray/DVD review – Human drama can’t match the monster mayhem in Hollywood reboot

Godzilla 3D - Blu-RayCinema’s legendary fire-breathing giant reptile goes on the rampage again for Hollywood’s second crack at remaking the classic 1950s Japanese monster movie, and it’s a much better attempt than 1998’s lumbering effort with Matthew Broderick. The special effects are awesome, albeit lacking the cheesy charm of the original’s man in a rubber suit, and prove that British director Gareth Edwards can handle a blockbuster budget after the paltry resources of his inventive 2010 debut Monsters. But the story’s human drama can’t match the monster mayhem. Too much time is spent with Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s dull US navy bomb disposal expert and the gargantuan acting talents of the impressive supporting cast – Brian Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Straithairn, Sally Hawkins – largely go to waste.

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Certificate 12. Runtime 118 mins. Director Gareth Edwards.

Released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD by Warner Home Video on Monday 27th Ocotber.

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The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared | DVD review – Boom! Boom!

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A slow-witted Swede with a lifelong passion for blowing things up escapes from his retirement home on his 100th birthday and stumbles blithely through a picaresque adventure involving, among other things, a suitcase stuffed with drug money, a murderous biker gang and an elephant in this darkly funny caper comedy based on the international bestseller by Jonas Jonasson.

The film piles one ludicrous incident upon another, yet the escalating absurdity just gets funnier and funnier. The deaths get ever more macabre, too. There’s knockabout historical satire in the mix, as well, with flashbacks disclosing that geriatric Allan Karlsson (played by popular Swedish comedian Robert Gustafsson) has had this knack of landing himself in the thick of things throughout his life.

A brother under the skin to Woody Allen’s Zelig and Tom Hanks’s Forrest Gump, he has rubbed shoulders with a string of world leaders, from dictators Franco and Stalin to US presidents Truman and Reagan, inadvertently altering the course of global events again and again.

Bringing down the Berlin Wall? Yes, that was one of his feats, although on this occasion one that didn’t involve dynamite.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 114 mins. Director Felix Herngren.

Released on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD & EST by StudioCanal on Monday 27th Ocotber.

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Fury | Film review – The horror and pity of war, and the hard-boiled sentimentality of war movies

FURY - Brad Pitt; Shia LaBeouf; Logan Lerman; Michael Pena; Jon Bernthal

David Ayer’s ferociously brutal World War Two drama Fury combines gritty realism with Hollywood fantasy as Brad Pitt’s craggy US army tank commander leads his five-man crew on a suicidal mission in the closing stages of the war. The scenes of combat have a grim authenticity but the story is pure guys-on-a-mission baloney.

At the start of the film, which takes place over the course of 24 hours in April 1945 as the Allies make their final push into Germany, Logan Lerman’s callow young recruit, Norman, joins Pitt’s stoic sergeant, Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier, and his hard-bitten Sherman tank crew: superstitious gunner Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Hispanic driver Trini ‘Gordo’ Garcia (Michael Peña) and redneck loader Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis (Jon Bernthal).

An army clerk typist, Norman has been in uniform eight weeks and his skills amount to the ability to type 60 words a minute rather than any facility with weapons. His inexperience could easily get his new comrades killed, so Collier – very much Norman’s ‘war-daddy’ – must scour the greenness off him very quickly and ensure he is as ready to kill the hated ‘Krauts’ as the next of them.

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Ayer is unflinching in his depiction of Norman’s baptism of fire into the horrors of war, conveying the sudden savagery of ambushes and firefights, as well as the sweaty claustrophobia of the tank and its desperate vulnerability. But the realism of the battle scenes (and Ayer has clearly done his tank warfare research) goes hand in hand with typical war-movie machismo.

Pitt’s grizzled warrior may test our sympathy with his savage, sometimes almost sadistic, actions towards the enemy, but he turns out to be an all too conventional cinematic hero, his screen charisma all too visible beneath the grease and grime. And when he leads his men into a fight against impossible odds, the merciless violence that ensues can’t disguise the film’s hard-boiled sentimentality.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 134 mins. Director David Ayer.

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Love, Rosie | Film review – Buoyant stars Lily Collins & Sam Claflin keep filmsy romantic comedy afloat

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Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling chick lit novel Where Rainbows End, this very slight romantic comedy is almost sunk by its messy plot and some icky, ill-judged moments but stays afloat thanks to buoyant leads Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. They play Rosie and Alex, lifelong pals whose friendship is clearly destined – à la When Harry Met Sally – to blossom into love. Yet before they can finally admit their true feelings for one another, each has to be put through the romantic wringer by other people, with Rosie becoming ensnared by Christian Cooke’s slick cad Greg, while Alex gets entangled with Tamsin Egerton’s leggy controlling Sally and Suki Waterhouse’s stuck-up, self-absorbed Bethany. Yet the hurts and heartaches all take place in a glossy, feelgood, fantasy world that looks a good deal like Richard Curtis’s cosily familiar, well-heeled rom-com North London, even though the film takes place and was shot in Dublin.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 102 mins. Director Christian Ritter.

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The Babadook (2014) | This frighteningly brilliant Australian Grimm fairytale will get under your skin!

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When troubled six-year-old Samuel (Noah Wiseman) finds a pop-up book called The Babadook on his bookshelf, his widowed mum Amelia (Essie Davis) makes it his new bedtime story. But the book exerts a bad influence on Sam, who becomes convinced The Babadook is coming to get them. At first Amelia suspects Sam’s disruptive behaviour is in response to her resentment of him (she blames him for his father’s death), but then she starts seeing glimpses of the sinister storybook presence herself! Is it just a figment of her imagination brought on by her insomnia, or is there a very real monster in the closet?

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Justifiably earning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, The Babadook is probably the best Aussie horror since 2005’s sleeper hit Wolf Creek. Making her feature debut here, writer/director Jennifer Kent has conjured up a contemporary suburban Grimm fairytale exploring grief, loneliness and guilt to reveal the monster that potentially lurks inside us all.

Essie Davis gives a captivating performance as the increasingly unhinged Amelia, trapped in a maelstrom of grief and terror, while young Noah Wiseman brings real depth to the troubled Sam who, armed with his homemade weapons, goes from frightened to fearless as the film’s dark events take hold and both son and mum are propelled into the very heart of darkness.

This frightening brilliant horror certainly gets under your skin, and marks Kent as an emerging new talent that’s one to watch.

The Babadook is out now UK and Irish cinemas from Icon Film Distribution

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Win the twisted horror comedy Bad Milo on DVD

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From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment comes the UK DVD release of the twisted comedy horror Bad Milo.

After being demoted at work, stressed out Duncan (We’re the Millers’ Ken Marino) discovers he has an actual pint-sized demon living inside him. In order to keep it from popping out and murdering anyone who angers him – including his sweet but pressuring wife (Community’s Gillian Jacobs) – Duncan must learn to embrace his inner demon and control its killer appetite!

If you fancy winning a copy of Bad Milo on DVD, answer the following question and send your answer to movietalk@timeinc.com:

Q: Milo is also the name of a popular chocolate malt drink that originates from which country?

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • United States

Competition closes 4pm Friday 14 November. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Win the novel behind the dramatic comedy This Is Where I Leave You – in cinemas October 24

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To celebrate the release of This Is Where I Leave You in cinemas October 24th we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of the book by Jonathan Tropper the film is based on!

Starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Drive, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne and more, this dramatic comedy sees a Jewish family attempt to sit Shiva after the death of their father. The four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother.

Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humour, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

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We have ten copies of Jonathan Tropper’s novel to give away. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic book, simply answer this question and send your answer to movietalk@timeinc.com:

Which Australian actress starring in This Is Where I Leave You is known for her work in the films Bridesmaids and X-Men: First Class?

  •  Rose Byrne
  •  Nicole Kidman
  •  Mia Wasikowska

Competition closes 4pm Friday 7 November. Terms and Conditions apply.

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