Our Weekly Recommendations (Feb 15th 2011)

Every week the people of Super Website (Super Blog) will give you a recommendation of a Film, DVD, Bluray, Book, Soundtrack or any other item for you the readers to check out.
Super Marcey Recommend’s:

Tron: Legacy soundtrack

This soundtrack has become my muse for everything. I purposely avoided listening to it before I saw the film, and I think that paid off. The experience of listening to this in it’s entirety with the IMAX sound system was phenomenal. Despite what you may think of the film, you can’t deny that this is one of the best scores for a film in years. In fact I do believe it was the best one to come out of 2010. From the get go this sucks you in, it transports you to another place. I listen to this soundtrack all the time now, it fixes everything that is wrong with me when I am listening to it. That is what a brilliant piece of music is meant to do, and this does just that! What are you waiting for? GO LISTEN TO IT NOW!
| Marcey’s Tron: Legacy Review | Purchase on iTunes |

 

Nick Bosworth Recommend’s:

Buried


You’ve all heard about the movie, some of you have experienced it first-hand and for those who have, I can guarantee it took your breath away in more ways than one. I’m speaking of the critically-acclaimed 2010 psychological thriller BURIED which I finally sat down to watch this weekend for the first time. The film itself centers around a man named Paul Conroy who is a U.S. contract truck driver working in Iraq when his convoy is attacked and the next time he wakes up he’s inside a wooden box buried alive. Buried with him are a number of useful items including the only character of the movie other than Paul himself in my opinion, a BlackBerry phone. Using the phone, Paul desperately attempts to figure out where he is and who will come to rescue him before his light, air and time runs out. First of all, I have to start by saying that I’m not that claustrophobic which seems to be a rarity with most of the population today. I’m not really scared of cramped environments or dark spaces so I went into this movie with a fear-free state of mind.
That being said, this movie made me DEEPLY uncomfortable despite not having these fears due mainly to the brilliant direction, cinematography and an amazing performance from Ryan Reynolds. You have to remember that the ENTIRE movie takes place inside the confines of this box and never leaves making it a very uncomfortable 95 minutes for the audience as there’s not one single connection to the surface other than the voices through his phone. Therein lies my favourite aspect of the film which is Paul’s communication with various voice characters throughout the plot and each character present their own weight to the story whether it is positive or negative. Like I said earlier, Ryan truly sells this character so well and it sucks that he’s never received the full credit he deserves for the role. There were a few times in the film where the plot holes did open up a little bit and where I thought Paul’s character was really making some foolish decisions in his situation but I guess it’s forgivable since the man is only human and we might make similar mistakes under such conditions. I won’t give anything away but there is one moment in the film where I basically said “What the f#ck was the point of that?”. If you’ve seen it, you know which part I’m talking about. In the end though, it was just minor nitpicks as the rest of the film was amazing with a spectacular ending. If you’re looking for a refreshing and new kind of psychological thriller, look no further than this movie. I give it a HIGH RECOMMENDATION for this week.
| IMDB | Purchase on Amazon |

 

Pat Torfe Recommend’s:

Re-Animator

Here’s an odd one for Valentine’s Day. Stuart Gordon’s adapatation of H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘Herbert West – Reanimator’ in 1985’s Re-Animator. Starring Jeffrey Combs, David Gale, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton, the film is a cult classic for many people, mixing gory horror antics with black comedy with some memorable acting by everyone involved. The film has spawned two sequels (with a rumoured third sequel lurking about) and gave fans the sex, gore and great one-liners they craved, all within 5 minutes of the film starting! Directed by Stuart Gordon (a memorable horror director who’s tapped the classical horror writer well more than once), the film is most remembered for Jeffrey Combs’ performance as Herbert West, an eccentric scientist who has successfully conquered death with his reanimation serum, although with horrific side effects. Countering West is Dr. Carl Hill (masterfully played by David Gale), a brilliant yet devious scientist who steals West’s formula for his own, but not after West kills Hill and reanimates Hill’s decapitated head. This of course eventually leads to Hill’s infamous scene involving a naked Barbara Crampton, but you’ll have to see the film to find out. Be sure to grab the excellent DVD set from Anchor Bay, which is packed full of extras and goodies for fans of the film and the horror genre.
| IMDB | Purchase on Amazon |

 

Bede Jermyn Recommend’s:

Stop Making Sense

While I’ve always known of the band Talking Heads, I never realised how amazing that they really were until after watching this concert film. Directed by Jonathan Demme (yes, the same man who would gone to direct the Oscar winning classic “The Silence Of The Lambs”) this is utterly fantastic, impeccably staged and highly entertaining film that had my toe’s tapping from beginning to end. Playing mixture of their most famous songs (“Burning Down The House”, “Once In Lifetime”, “Psycho Killer”) and songs, in which to be honest, I never heard of before until I saw them in this film (“Heaven”, “Slippery People”, “Life During Wartime”, “Girlfriend Is Better”), the band put on such a fantastic show that you almost feel like you’re in the crowd watching them live. Which I think is a great achievement on both Talking Heads part and as well as director Jonathan Demme. Overall I highly recommend everyone to check it out and I guarantee that after watching this film, you’ll want to go out and listen to more of Talking Head’s music.
| WIKI | Purchase on Amazon |

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