Angeldust - My Video Collection

My Video Collection

After cataloguing my music collection I thought it was about time I did my films as well.  I have listed all sequels alongside their original counterpart so that series can be viewed as one.

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Face Off
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
At his best, director John Woo turns action movies into ballets of blood and bullets grounded in character drama. Face/Off marks Woo's first American film to reach the pitched level of his best Hong Kong work (Hard-Boiled). He takes a patently absurd premise--hero and villain exchange identities by literally swapping faces in science-fiction plastic surgery--and creates a double-barrelled revenge film driven by the split psyches of its newly redefined characters. FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) must play the villain to move through the underworld while psychotic terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) becomes a perversely paternal family man, while using every tool at his disposal to destroy his nemesis. Travolta vamps Cage's tics and flamboyant excess with the grace of a dancer after his transformation from cop to criminal, while Cage plays the sullen, bottled-up agent excruciatingly trapped behind the face of the man who killed his son. His attempts to live up to the terrorist's reputation become cathartic explosions of violence that both thrill and terrify him. This is merely icing on the cake for action fans, the dramatic backbone for some of the most visceral action thrills ever. Woo fills the screen with one show-stopping set-piece after another, bringing a poetic grace to the action freakout with sweeping camera work and sophisticated editing. This marriage of melodrama and mayhem ups the ante from cops-and-robbers clichés to a conflict of near-mythic levels. - Sean Axmaker
Faith No More: Video Croissant

A great collection of early Faith No More videos interspersed with home movie footage.  Has possibly the best live version of Caffeine recorded.  Fantastic NB
Fascinating Nature

A collection of footage from around the world showing the most sublime landscapes nature has provided us with.  Fantastic visuals but the accompanying relaxing music will have you asleep long before the end.  NB
Ferris Buellers Day Off

Like a soda pop left open all night, Ferris Bueller's Day Off seems to have lost its effervescence over time. Sure, Matthew Broderick is still appealing as the perennial truant, Ferris, who takes one memorable day off from school. Jeffrey Jones is nasty and scheming as the principal who's out to catch him. Jennifer Grey is winning as Ferris' sister (who ends up making out in the police station with a prophetic vision of Charlie Sheen). But there's a definite sense that this film was of a particular time frame: the 80s. It's still fun, though. There's Ferris singing "Twist and Shout" during a Chicago parade, and a lovely sequence in the Art Institute. But don't get it and expect your kids to love it the way you did. Like it or not, it's yours alone. - Keith Simanton, Amazon.com

The Fifth Element The Fifth Element

Luc Besson's high-octane film The Fifth Element incorporates presidents, rock stars and cab drivers into its peculiar plot, traversing worlds and encountering some pretty wild aliens. Bruce Willis stars as a down-and-out cabbie who must win the love of Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) to save Earth from destruction by Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman) and a dark, unearthly force that makes Darth Vader look like an Ewok. Ancient curses, all-powerful monsters, shape-changing assassins, scantily-clad stewardesses, laser battles, huge explosions, a perfect woman, a malcontent hero--what more can you ask of any big-budget science fiction movie? - Geoff Riley
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - Animation

Despite being a commercial flop to the point at where the games company that created the film almost went bankrupt, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within remains a masterpiece of breathtaking animation.  You don't need to have played the 13 & counting games spawned from the hugely successful Final Fantasy franchise to follow the plot either.  It has an outstanding script & easily accessible story that can be enjoyed by anyone.  At times the high standard of the animation will leave you forgetting that this isn't a live action film. - NB

Flatliners

What if you could stop your heart to simulate a temporary death, and then be revived so you could describe your near-death experience to others? The mysteries of life--and the afterlife--compel five medical students (Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt) to experiment with their own mortality, and what they discover has unsettling psychological implications. That's the intriguing premise of this neo-Gothic horror thriller, directed by Joel Schumacher (Batman & Robin) with his typical indulgence of vibrant colours and hyperactive, hallucinogenic style. The movie borders on silliness at times, and the near-death recollection of memories results in some repetitious scenes, but the dynamic young cast takes it all quite seriously, which is what keeps this gaudy thriller on the edge. The fascinating premise could have been made into a better film, but Schumacher's mainstream excess doesn't stop Flatliners from being slick, occasionally even provocative entertainment. - Jeff Shannon
Fleetwood Mac: The Dance

A 1997 reunion concert of the quintessential members of Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of their classic, multi-million selling album, "Rumours." Filmed in conjunction with MTV over three nights at a sound stage in Los Angeles, the band performs titles from the album, such as "Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)," "Gold Dust Woman," "Dreams," and "You Make Loving Fun" as well as such favorites as "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me," "Sara," "Landslide," and "Over My Head." This was band's first concert appearance with the classic lineup since 1982 - Amazon Synopsis
The Fly & The Fly 2 - Remakes

The fly enjoys a somewhat cheesy reputation after repeated television screenings, but is still a great film.  With David Cronenberg's trademark visuals this is his most accessible film amongst such oddities as Naked Lunch & Videodrome.  It is rare that a remake of a black & white films offers something new, but with advanced visuals & a clever screenplay The Fly has done a great Job.  The Fly 2 is also not to be missed, especially now that it is available with The Fly at no extra cost.  This also does not have a great reputation but as with any sequel, you will never be as shocked as the first time around.  NB

The Fog - 1979

Director John Carpenter creates an old-fashioned campfire ghost story with THE FOG. Antonio Bay, a quaint, small seaside town is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding. That night a heavy, mysterious fog rolls through the town and people begin to die in savage ways. Rumors of a secret as old as the town begin to surface and the people of Antonio Bay realize they are victims of long dead sailors who have come to revenge their own murders at the hands of the town's founding fathers. The townspeople can only wait for the fog to roll in and pray that they are not the next to die.  Carpenter creates a chilling film with THE FOG and gets fine performances out of Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, and the fog itself, which creeps and crawls around as if it were alive. The film elicits its scares out of what is not seen rather than what is, and Carpenter exploits that style perfectly. Vauge shapes move within the fog, while strange noises heard in the distance grow louder, and no one can say exactly what they are up against. THE FOG is one of Carpenter's earlier films and helped to establish his reputation as a master filmmaker. - Amazon Synopsis

The Fog 2005 The Fog - 2005

As remakes go, The Fog has some grisly deaths that gore-mongers will appreciate, and star billing for Tom Welling is guaranteed to attract younger views and Smallville fans; however, the movie will have most horror buffs thinking fondly of John Carpenter's original. A combination of ghost story and slasher thriller, it's a typical example of why remakes are a risky endeavor, especially since the 1980 film does not rank with Carpenter's best. This time, residents of the seaside community of Antonio Island, Oregon, are falling prey to deadly specters that emerge from a spooky fog and are seeking revenge for one of the town's darkest secrets. As the body count rises, Selma Blair livens up this otherwise lukewarm horror pic in the role originated by Adrienne Barbeau, and genre buffs will enjoy in-jokes that refer to the original film and Carpenter's career in general (including one character named "Nick Castle," a reference to one of Carpenter's closest collaborators and fellow directors). Unfortunately, the film's also lost in its own fog of narrative confusion and lack of casting chemistry, but that shouldn't stop die-hard horror fans from checking it out. - Jeff Shannon

Forbidden Planet

Ahead of its time in many, many ways, Forbidden Planet has been cemented in its role as a science fiction classic over the past few decades, to the point where its 50th birthday is being marked with this special DVD release.  What’s more, the iconic film has never looked better. The print of Forbidden Planet has been buffed up to a terrific standard, and while it’s a cliché to report that it’s never looked better, we challenge anyone to disagree.  The film too is just as compelling. Set in the 23rd century, on a far and distant star Professor Morbius, his daughter and Robby the Robot are seemingly alone, until a space craft from Earth arrives. This sets events in motion that bring a real human core to a genre where such a factor, right to this day, is often lacking.  But it’s not just that which makes Forbidden Planet continually worthy of attention. The special effects, for instance, are astounding given the era in which the film was made, while the ideas and ambition that underpin the production are equally of merit. At heart, though, it was and is an utterly compelling movie, which has had a long and profound influence on the genre as a whole. This 50th anniversary edition also comes armed with extra features, notably several documentaries. But after all these years, it’s still the film that’s the star, and you simply wouldn’t wager against it enduring for another 50 years after this. - Jon Foster
The Forgotten (UK)
The Forgotten (UK 2014)

Strange noises from the apartment next door wake up Tommy, and one morning his mattress has been dragged to the shared wall. Soon he must confront his father's disturbing behavior while battling an unseen force raging next door.
  The Fourth Kind - BluRay

A fact-based thriller set in the fall of 2000, THE FOURTH KIND stars Milla Jovoivch as Dr. Abigail Tyler, a Nome, Alaska-based psychotherapist whose videotaped sessions with her patients offer the most compelling evidence of alien abduction ever documented. Elias Koteas and Will Patton co-star. - Amazon Synopsis
From Hell

If you enjoyed Bram Stokers Dracula then you must get a copy of From Hell immediately.  Directed with the same visual flair it is incredible that a dirty & downtrodden portrayal of old London can appear so gorgeous.  Telling the story of Jack The Ripper as it is widely believed to have happened, it presents a very believable take on the various conspiracies giving the masons & royalty equal blame in the events & showing the difficulty that the investigator encounters when trying to probe into matters where he is not welcome. NB

Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket begins by following the trials and tribulations of a platoon of fresh Marine Corps recruits focusing on the relationship between Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and Privates Pyle and Joker. We see Pyle grow into an instrument of death as Hartman has foreseen of all of his recruits. Through Pyle's torment and Joker's unwillingness to stand up against it, the climax of part one is achieved with all three main characters deciding their fates by their action or lack there of. The second chapter of Full Metal Jacket delves into Joker's psyche and the repeated referral to the fact that he joined the Corps to become a killer. When his mostly behind the scenes job as a combat correspondent is interfered with by the Tet offensive he is thrusted into real combat and ultimately must choose if he really is a killer.
Funnyman

If your expecting a horror, dont buy this, altho in truth the Funnyman is a killer, but its the fantastic script that keeps this film above the other slasher movies. Christopher Lee loses his stately home (purposefully) in a high risk game of cards to an arrogant record company executive, the exec moves into the house complete with trophy wife, inquisitive son and moody teenage daughter, cliches perhaps but tounge in cheek for sure, there he awaits his brother to bring his belongings to his new home but along the way picks up a rag tag bunch of hitch-hikers. Of course the funnyman dispatches them one by one, nothing new there i hear you cry, but its the way he does it, each death is feindishly inventive with the Funnyman, making razor sharp quips that make Freddy Krueger's jokes seem play school-ish.  In his own brand of part welsh part yorkshire the Funnyman lives up to his name with aplom. You are always on the Funnymans side partly because of his humour and partly because the characters are purposefully obnoxious.  All in all a fantastic horror/comedy, great script, very well acted, the only minus point possibly are the special effects, but they are certainly adequate at least. Highly recommended film, with many great features on the disc.  - Matt Wilson

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