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 controversially listed all sequels alongside their original counterpart so that series can be viewed as one.  Many thanks to  Amazon for the plagiarised review data & artwork, where available this has saved me an enormous amount of time.

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Madness: Madstock

Madness at Madstock is a no-frills, nothing-fancy record of the band's 1998 open-air concert in London's Finsbury Park, which was attended by 75,000 people. Madness brought to Two-Tone an ebullient laddish sound that owed much to the suburban hi-jinks of the Kinks in their heyday, as well as a cheeky brassiness that was not just a matter of a good horn section. This concert celebrates both the band's reunion after a long split and the sheer good spirits that went with the occasion--the band dance, the audience dance and everyone jumps up and down, because that's what you do when Madness play. After a brief introduction with some home-movie touches like a trip to the tailor, we are treated to a selection of Madness standards including "House of Fun", "Night Boat to Cairo" and "Baggy Trousers", as well as slightly odder items such as a version of some key themes from Swan Lake! - Roz Kaveney
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Madness: Divine Madness

A compilation of hits from Madness. The tracklist includes: 'Baggy Trousers', 'My Girl', 'Grey Day', 'Driving My Car', 'Michael Caine', 'Uncle Sam' and 'One Step Beyond'. - Amazon Synopsis
Madonna: The Immaculate Collection

Here it is. Every video hit from the pop diva-most famous woman in the world with a penchant for creating a different persona with each release. They're all here from "Lucky Star"to "Open your Heart" to "Express Yourself" to "Vogue." There are thirteen performances in all including a live version of "Vogue" from the 1990 MTV awards show. - Amazon Synopsis
Madonna: The Video Collection 93-99

14 music videos from the pop superstar covering the years from 1993 to 1999. All of the promotional videos for the albums EROTICA, BEDTIME STORIES, SOMETHING TO REMEMBER, and RAY OF LIGHT are included, along with her latest hit, "BeautifulStranger," from the AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME soundtrack. Also included is the clip for "Drowned World/ Substitute for Love," which has been previously unavailable in the U.S.  - Amazon Synopsis
Mama
Mama

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.
The Martian
The Martian

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. - Amazon
Massive Attack: Eleven Promos

Starkly packaged, Massive Attack's first DVD release comprises all the band's promos, and is as dark and inventive as the group's music. These rarely seen clips, including "Unfinished Sympathy," "Protection," and "Risingson," are filmed by a number of young directors, and prove an occasionally quite unsettling viewing experience. "Eleven Promos" shows that Massive take the medium every bit as seriously as their music. - Amazon Synopsis

The Matrix

The Wachowski Brothers' The Matrix took the well-worn science fiction idea of virtual reality, added supercharged Hollywood gloss and a striking visual style and stole The Phantom Menace's thunder as the must-see movie of the summer of 1999. Laced with Star Wars-like Eastern mysticism, and featuring thrilling martial arts action choreographed by Hong Kong action director Yuen Woo Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), The Matrix restored Keanu Reeves to genre stardom following virtual reality dud Johnny Mnemonic (1995), and made a star of Carrie-Anne Moss, who followed this with the challenging perception twister Memento (2000). Helping the film stand out from rivals Dark City (1998) and The Thirteenth Floor (1999) was the introduction of the celebrated "bullet time" visual effects, though otherwise the war-against-the-machines story, hard-hitting style and kinetic set-pieces such as the corporate lobby shoot-out lean heavily on Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Elsewhere the influence of John Woo, from the ultra-cool near real-world SF of Face/Off (1997) to the raincoats and sunglasses look of bullet-ballet A Better Tomorrow, is clearly in evidence. The set-up isn't without its absurdities, though--quite why super-intelligent machines bother to use humans as batteries instead of something more docile like cows, for example, is never explained, nor is how they expect these living batteries to produce more energy than it takes to maintain them. The Matrix is nevertheless exhilarating high-octane entertainment, although as the first part of a trilogy it perhaps inevitably doesn't have a proper ending.  - Amazon Synopsis

The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded delivers added amounts of everything that the first film had, with the exception of surprises. We see more of the "real world" in the "last human city" of Zion and we go back to the 1999-look urban virtual reality of the Matrix for more encounters with artificially intelligent baddies and--the real reason you've turned up--a lot more martial arts superheroics. The downside is that this is just part one of a two-pack of sequels, with Revolutions required to tie up the story and sort out a great deal of plot confusion. There are other problems: none of the stars have much good material to work with outside the fights and stunts, which makes the film sorely miss the mix of science fiction thrills and character interplay that makes X-2 more satisfying all round in the blockbuster stakes. However, the Wachowski Brothers still deliver more than enough stand-alone instant classic action sequences to make you ignore their duff script: in particular, Reeves and Hugo Weaving square off in a rumble that gets dicey, as more and more identical Weavings come out of the woodwork to pile on the lone hero, and a full quarter of an hour is devoted to a chase through the Matrix that lets Fishburne shoulder the heroic business. A last-reel encounter with a virtual God, the architect of the Matrix, finally delivers some major plot advances, but the scene is so brilliantly shot and designed--with Reeves framed against a wall of TV screens that show multiple versions of himself--that it's easy to be distracted by the decor and miss the point of what's being said. - Kim Newman

The Matrix Revolutions

The opening reels of Matrix Revolutions do nothing to dispel the feeling of exhausted disappointment that set in during the second half of The Matrix Reloaded. There's plenty more talky guff combined with the picking-up of hard-to-remember plot threads as Neo (Keanu Reeves) lies in a coma in the "real" world and is stranded on a tube station in a limbo "beyond the Matrix" while his allies do a reprise of the shooting-their-way-past-the-bodyguards bit from the last film (this time, the baddies can walk on the ceiling). A new Oracle (Mary Alice) makes some pronouncements about the end being near and more things happen--including the evil Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) manifesting in reality by possessing a minor character and perfidiously blinding our hero, who wears a becoming ribbon over his wounded eyes and perceives the world in an impressive "flaming truth vision". What about the action? The equivalent of the last film's freeway chase scene is a huge face-off as the Sentinels (robot squids) finally breach the caverns of Zion, "the last human city", and swarm against a battalion of pilot-manipulated giant robots: here, the effects are seamless and the images astonishing, though the fact that none of the major characters are involved and the whole thing goes on so long as if designed to top any previous robot-on-robot screen carnage means that it becomes monotonously amazing, like watching someone else play a great computer game. After a too-easily-managed major realignment of the enmities, the film--and the series--finally delivers a sign-off sequence that's everything you could want as Neo and Smith get into a kung fu one-on-one in a rain-drenched virtual city, flying as high as Superman and Brainiac in smart suits. It comes too late to save the day and the wrap-up is both banal and incoherent, but at least this single combat is a reward for hardy veterans who've sat through seven hours of build-up. - Kim Newman

Animatrix Animatrix

The Animatrix is a series of nine stories by different directors set in the Matrix universe, all of them conceived and commissioned by the Wachowski brothers. They demonstrate an eclectic mix of anime animation styles, stories and characters, most of which intertwine with the narrative of the first sequel, The Matrix Reloaded. The first and most impressive is the Final Flight of the Osiris (from the director of Final Fantasy). In a breathtaking computer-generated short that would have worked well as a pre-title sequence for the second film, the crew of the ill-fated Osiris discover the sentinel army and the machines drilling towards Zion. This most filmic of the offerings guides fans into the more individualistic animated styles of the subsequent features. The second and third instalments, The Second Renaissance, Parts 1 & 2, turn the tables on the man vs. machines battle by telling the story of the emergence of artificial intelligence and the ensuing (mostly human instigated) carnage leading up to the subjugation of the human race. The remaining features are: Kid's Story (directed by anime supreme Shinichiro Watanabe), which introduces us to the Kid, who also features in Reloaded; Program and World Record, written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, better known for schlock horror anime Vampire Hunter B; Beyond, which tells what happens when ordinary people discover bugs in the system; A Detective Story, a homage to film noir as PI Ash is hired to track Trinity; and the distinctly psychedelic Matriculated. The standard of animation is high throughout, even where the storylines are confused (and in one or two cases little more than conceptual). This is a fascinating collection of shorts that will appeal to Matrix and anime fans alike, as well as shedding light on some of the more obtuse plot machinations of Reloaded. - Amazon Synopsis

The Messengers

Twin filmmakers Danny and Oxide Pang's creepy 2003 feature THE EYE earned them enough kudos to make the leap to Hollywood, and their first effort is the creepy chiller THE MESSENGERS. A Chicago-based family comprised of Roy (Dylan McDermott), his wife, Denise (Penelope Ann Miller), their teenage daughter, Jess (Kristen Stewart), and young son, Ben (played by twins Evan and Theodore Turner) try to put the hard times behind them with a move to a picturesque farmhouse in North Dakota. Jess quickly becomes convinced that the house is haunted after some peculiar occurrences while she's alone there with young Ben. But Ben can't articulate what he's seen, and Jess's story is met with scepticism by her parents. It soon becomes apparent that past family tensions are slowly boiling to the surface. Meanwhile, the ghosts keep coming, and the Pang brothers never keep their audience waiting for long before another nerve-jangling scene shudders into view. But as the ghosts torment their new residents, Jess does a little research on the old farmhouse and discovers a few secrets that may just hold the key to why this is all happening. Packed full of CGI effects and a few moments that may cause a jump or two, THE MESSENGERS is a horror movie aimed at a young audience and not horror aficionados, as indicated by its certification. - Amazon Synopsis
The Messengers 2 - The Scarecrow

In this prequel to the Pang Brothers' terrifying English-language debut, the eerie backstory of farmer John Rollins plays out in all its bone-chilling glory. Doing what he believes must be done in order to save his family and livelihood, John places an odd scarecrow among his crops and promptly reaps the benefits. The thing is, his luck probably won't last for long... Produced by the celebrated Ghosthouse Pictures (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, DRAG ME TO HELL) and penned by Todd Farmer (the screenwriter behind the 2009 remake of MY BLOODY VALENTINE), this is one hayride best not taken alone.  - Amazon Synopsis
Metallica: Home Vid Cliff 'Em All

Perhaps upon the untimely death of bassist Cliff Burton Metallica came to regret their lack of official live recordings, thus putting together this compilation of bootleg material as a tribute to the lost band member.  The quality is seriously rough, both in picture & in sound but with no official material recorded until after their 4th album this is well worth viewing to experience those earlier Metallica performances. NB
Metallica: Seeking Justice

A self compiled collection of recordings from the Justice period, including a 2hr 20m gig in Seattle taken from the Live Shit, Binge & Purge compilation, & the 2 of One music videos.  These are the only official video recordings made before the black album & are therefore well worth viewing for those of us dissappointed with their later career.
Metallica: On The Roam

A self compiled collection of recordings from the Black Album period, including a 3hr 10m gig in San Diego taken from the Live Shit, Binge & Purge compilatio,, Live tracks recorded with The Anti Nowhere League & Diamondhead from the Metallican video & footage recorded at the Freddie Mercury Triubute.  NB
Metallica: A year & A Half In The Life Of

This is a documentary of 2 definite halves. The first brings us into the studio showing us the trials of recording &  debatably over-producing an album, interspersed with the music videos that accompany the album.  The second takes us on tour revealing the ins & outs of what goes into putting on such a monumental show.  NB
Metallica: Cunning Stunts

This spectacular concert was the first ever filmed specifically for the technologically-advanced DVD format. Recorded live in Fort Worth, Texas on May 9th and 10th, 1997, CUNNING STUNTS was directed by seasoned music video guru Wayne Isham with the features of the DVD in mind. Twenty songs are played here, three of which are available in multiple angles chosen by the viewer. Also included are interviews and behind the scenes footage. - Amazon Synopsis
Metallica: S&M

While I applaude anyone who attempts to cross musical genres, I have to say that this just doesn't work.  The fusing of thrash metal & a classical orchestra just sounds like two different CD's being played at the same time with little cohesion between the two performances.  Sure, I concede that the ballads work out OK, but then pre-production versions of  Nothing Else Matters & The Unforgiven were orignially mixed with an orchestra & later had this element was removed through fear of being unaccepted by the audience. All of the 'ballads' from earlier albums fail as once the ferocious guitars kick in towards the end of the tracks it again loses all cohesionNB
Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster

Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, SOME KIND OF MONSTER takes a shockingly in-depth look at Metallica, one of the world's most popular heavy metal bands. The documentary begins in 2001, just after longtime bassist Jason Newsted leaves the hugely popular group. Surprised by this sudden departure, the remaining band members, particularly singer/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, struggle to record an album without a permanent bass player, a situation that reopens many old wounds, including the loss of Newsted's predecessor, Cliff Burton, who died in a 1986 bus accident. The group even decides to hire a therapist, leading to a series of incredibly emotional confrontations and revelations. Berlinger and Sinosky's movie is unquestionably one of the most revealing rock documentaries ever made. Given almost unlimited access to tape the band during a crisis period of nearly three years, the filmmakers capture the members of Metallica both together and individually in remarkably intimate detail. Although the film features Metallica's music and includes vintage footage of the band's early days, it primarily focuses on the difficulties involved with recording the 2003 album ST. ANGER. The end result is not so much a film about Metallica, but a dramatic (and occasionally funny) portrait of a long-running band attempting to understand itself.  - Amazon Synopsis
MicMacs MicMacs - French

Bazil (Dany Boon) is struck by a stray bullet, which remains lodged in his head, leading to some strange side effects. After losing his job, a homeless Bazil meets a group of other misfits, including the man who holds the human cannonball world record and an elastic woman. Together, they set out on a hilarious quest to bring down the worlds biggest weapon manufacturers... Charming and inventive, with pacy, edge-of-the-seat storytelling and no end of visual gags, this new delightful comedy from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of AMELIE is a real treasure of a film (France in London).  - Amazon Synopsis
Mimic

An ultracreepy blend of horror and fantasy (think of it as Beauty and the Bugs) from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Cronos) about giant cockroaches in the subway tunnels beneath Manhattan. Like its DNA-altered spawn (the title refers to the way some insects evolve to resemble their predators), Mimic is not your everyday bug picture, but a more poetic (though quite gruesome) sort of film, literally crawling with bizarre, striking images. In this case, the mutant bugs are not the result of evil atomic experiments (as in Them!), but are the unexpected side effect of work done by an entomologist (Mira Sorvino) and her Centre for Disease Control officer husband (Jeremy Northam), who, in a last-ditch effort to control a roach-carried disease epidemic that was killing children, released a genetically altered form of sterile cockroaches beneath the city. They stopped the virus, but... Also starring Charles Dutton, Giancarlo Giannini, F. Murray Abraham, and Josh Brolin. - Jim Emerson
Minority Report

Full of morally flawed characters, and shot in grainy desaturated colours, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report is futuristic film noir with a far-fetched B-movie plot that's so feverishly presented the audience never gets a chance to ponder its many improbabilities. Based on a short story by Philip K Dick, the film is set in the Orwellian near-future of 2054, where a trio of genetically modified "pre-cogs" warn of murders before they happen. In an SF twist on the classic Hitchcockian wrong-man scenario, Detective John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is the zealous precrime cop who is himself revealed as a future killer. Plot twists and red herrings drive the action forward, and complications abound, not least Anderton's crippling emotional state, his drug habit, his avuncular-yet-sinister boss (Max Von Sydow) and the ambitious FBI agent Witwer (Colin Farrell) snapping at his heels. Though the film toys with the notion of free will in a deterministic universe, this is not so much a movie of grand ideas as forward-looking ones. Its depiction of a near-future filled with personalised advertising and intrusive security devices that relentlessly violate the right of anonymity is disturbingly believable. Ultimately, though, it's a chase movie and the innovative set-piece sequences reveal Spielberg's flair for staging action. As with A.I. before it, there's a nagging feeling that the all-too-neat resolution is a Spielbergian touch too far: the movie could satisfactorily have ended several minutes earlier. Although this is superior SF from one of Hollywood's greatest craftsmen, it would have been more in the spirit of Philip K Dick to leave a few tantalisingly untidy plot threads dangling. - Mark Walker

Mirrors
Mirrors

In New York, the former NYPD detective Ben Carson is hired to work as night watch of the remains of the Mayflower Department Store that was partially destroyed by fire many years ago. Ben became alcoholic and was retired from the police force after killing a man in a shooting. His marriage was also destroyed and now he is living in the apartment of his younger sister Angie. However he has not been drinking for three months and sees the employment as a chance to rebuild his life. When he goes to the rounds in his first night, he finds that the mirrors are impeccably clean and his colleague explains that the former night watch was obsessed by the mirrors. After a couple of nights, Ben sees weird images in the mirrors, but due to the lack of credibility of his past, his ex-wife Amy believes he has hallucinations as a side effect of his medication. When Angie is found brutally murdered in her bathtub...  -   Claudio Carvalho, IMDB 
Mirrors 2
Mirrors 2

While not a direct follow-up to the 2008 shocker Mirrors, Mirrors 2 does indeed boast its share of evil, murderous mirrors. The kind that, when you stare into them, show you an image of yourself doing bloody deeds like chewing broken glass or committing a ritual disemboweling. Not pleasant, especially when the damage manifests itself for real. Said mirrors also add to the misery of an already wretched security guard, Max (Nick Stahl), who finds himself cursed with the ability to foresee these deadly encounters, which happen to his fellow employees at a new department store complex. Max is already having a tough time because his memories of a fatal car accident are a constant nightmare; that might explain why he looks so awful, and why the best he can do is a security guard job when his father (William Katt) actually owns the whole new development. Horror fans will not find much beyond this setup, as Max occasionally visits his shrink and sort of becomes a suspect in the rash of killings. The cast includes Christy Carlson Romano as an early victim and Emmanuelle Vaugier as the sister of a missing woman, but most of the movie is spent waiting around for the grotesque attacks--which do nothing to disrupt the overall tedium that prevails.- Robert Horton, Amazon

Mission To Mars Mission To Mars

If Brian De Palma directed Mission to Mars for 10-year-olds who have never seen a science fiction film, he can be credited for crafting a marginally successful adventure. Isolated moments in this film serve the highest purpose of its genre, inspiring a sense of wonder and awe in the context of a fascinating future (specifically, the year 2020). But because most of us have seen a lot of science fiction films, it's impossible to ignore this one's derivative plot, cardboard characters and drearily dumb dialogue. Despite an awesome and painstakingly authentic display of cool technology and dazzling special effects, Mission to Mars is light years away from 2001: A Space Odyssey on the scale of human intelligence. After dispensing with a few space-jockey clichés, the movie focuses on a Mars-bound rescue mission commanded by Jim McConnell (Gary Sinise), whose team (Tim Robbins, Connie Nielsen, Jerry O'Connell) has been sent to retrieve the sole survivor (Don Cheadle) of a tragic Mars landing. During the sequence en route to Mars, De Palma is in his element with two suspenseful scenes (including a dramatic--albeit somewhat silly--space walk) that are technically impressive. But when this Mission gets to Mars, the movie grows increasingly unconvincing, finally arriving at an alien encounter that more closely resembles an astronomical CGI video game. But this is a $75 million Hollywood movie, and no amount of technical wizardry can lift the burden of a juvenile screenplay. Kudos to Sinise, his co-stars, and the special effects wizards for making the most of hoary material; shame on just about everyone else involved. - Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

The Mist The Mist

Writer-director Frank Darabont, who showcased the softer side of Stephen King in his film adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, turns to darker material for The Mist, his latest King adaptation about a group of ordinary townspeople trapped in a supermarket by a mysterious fogbank. Thomas Jane is top-billed as a Maine illustrator who attempts to calm the frightened shoppers, but his job is cut out for him from the get-go, first by the discovery of malevolent creatures lurking in the mist, and then by the mad mutterings of Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), a local eccentric who calls for Old Testament-style sacrifices to appease the supernatural forces. Darabont delivers monster movie thrills and understated social commentary with equal skill, and he's well supported by his cast (which includes Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler and Jeffrey DeMunn) and the vivid special effects by KNB EFX, which effectively mix CGI with models and stop-motion animation (the terrific monsters were designed by legendary comic book artist Bernie Wrightson). And for those curious about how the novella's downbeat ending has translated to film, suffice it to say that Darabont's conclusion is at once different and more unsettling than King's. - Paul Gaita

Monsters
Monsters

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system.  A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America.  Soon after, new life form began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE.  American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures" A US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border....   So a lot of people are complaining that the title is deceptive because of the lack of 'monsters'? Think outside of the box, monsters are everywhere in this film, from the greedy ticket seller, to the faceless girl who steals the passports, right up to the people who will pay big money for a girl getting attacked, and nothing for a girl smiling.  It's a brilliant example of making a movie on a tight budget, and the makers have made a movie with a low budget, look more or less like a blockbuster.  The two leads are fantastic in this, even though they are/were a couple in real life, they seem so comfortable, and the chemistry is awesome.  The film does threaten to drag every now and again, but then it does something so subtle, that it grabs you and pulls you in a little bit more.  It's a genuinely intense, atmospheric and altogether clever science fiction film. If you are expecting Bay-hem, you will hate it..  -  Corey S Newcombe

Monsters: Dark Continent
Monsters: Dark Continent

Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the "Infected Zones" have spread worldwide. Two soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts of the Middle East. By the time they reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.

If you loved the original, you'll find this pretty dissappointing, it's a poorly attempted cash that is an insult to the original movie.
Monsters Inc. Monsters Inc. - Animation

The monsters in Monsters, Inc. are just so incredibly cute--and they know it. Whereas Woody, Buzz and pals in the Toy Story saga were filled with self-doubt about just how much the children in their lives would continue to love them, here our heroic monsters and their impossibly lovable human ward Boo have no such worries, at least when it comes to the cinema audience. And that's why Monsters, Inc., for all its wondrous computer-animated artistry, its smart humour and its family-friendly appeal, doesn't quite capture the naïve charm of its predecessors. Nevertheless, John Goodman and Billy Crystal, as scare-champions Sulley and Mike, are a great double-act whose comedy never goes over kids' heads but still reaches up to make their parents laugh. The film's central conceit--that monsters in the bedroom closet are just doing a night's work in order to generate power from screams for the city of Monstropolis--is funny and cleverly worked out; and kids will of course love the fact that the monsters are mortally afraid of the very children they are trying to frighten. The animation is extraordinarily detailed (Sulley's fur is a marvel in itself) and the set-piece action sequences top anything that has gone before for sheer audaciousness. But overall Pixar play things very safe, from the hissable villain to the end credit "outtakes". A bolder film might have taken inspiration from The Nightmare Before Christmas; instead, a little of that Disney disease of knowing cuteness seems to have crept into the formula. - Mark Walker

  Moon

Science fiction can encompass many genres--suspense, horror, action-adventure, romance, even comedy--but director Duncan Jones's Moon doesn't fit neatly into any of them. This smart, provocative film has no aliens or cool spaceships, and the effects (mostly consisting of model vehicles lumbering across the lunar surface) aren't all that special; instead, the material is character- and story-driven, centering on an excellent, multilayered performance by Sam Rockwell. The scene is some undetermined point in the future. Rockwell plays Sam Bell, an employee of Lunar Industries, the company responsible for mining a fusion energy source called Helium-3, which is vital to Earth's efforts to reverse a serious energy crisis and can only be found on the far side of the Moon. Sam is all by himself, and as he nears the end of his three-year contract, the solitude is starting to get to him ("Three years is a long haul," he says. "Way, way, way too long. I'm talking to myself on a regular basis"); his only contact with his wife and daughter back home comes through the occasional video messages he exchanges with them, while his sole interaction on the Moon is with GERTY 3000, a computer voiced by Kevin Spacey (and an obvious parallel to 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL 9000). Things start to go seriously sideways when Sam crashes his vehicle while out inspecting one of the giant Helium-3 harvesters. He comes to in the base infirmary, seemingly none the worse for the wear; but an unnerving surprise awaits him when he goes back to check out the accident site, and the resulting complications occupy the rest of the movie. Fans of 2001, Solaris, and other cerebral sci-fi will enjoy figuring out what's going on; others will find it slow-moving and tedious. Either way, Moon, which was made quickly and on a relatively low budget, is well worth a look. - Sam Graham
Alanis Morrisette: Jagged Little Pill Live

Canadian pop star Alanis Morrisette managed to turn her success as a singing and dancing child performer into a critically-acclaimed solo career. Reinventing herself in the 1990'sas a loud, strong, and angry woman, Morrissette became an international chart topper. This video documentary chroniclesher 18-month world tour in support of her hugely successfulalbum, "jagged little pill." It includes concert footage ofeach song on the album, backstage footage, and personal interviews with the artist. Highlights include montage-style treatments of hits "You Oughta Know," "Head Over Feet" and "Your House." - Amazon Synopsis


(Motion) (Motion) - Animation

While there are many videos that synchrosnise computer art to music I have to say that nothing even comes close to the experience of (Motion). This video is a truly absorbing experience combining a collection of outstanding Warp label musicians with visuals that, while inevitably dated, still hold there hypnotic composure. This is a must by for any fans of the electronic ambient genre.  NB
Motorhead: Live In Toronto

True to the Motorhead philosophy, this is a no nonsence gig recording during the bomber tour.  Enjoyable to watch none the less.  NB

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