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  • Mickey Rourke | Shiny Shelf
    Robert Rodriguez RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October

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  • Robert Rodriguez | Shiny Shelf
    Till Dawn Trilogy Part 1 By Jim Smith on 30 June 2002 Comments Off There are two orthodoxies about From Dusk Till Dawn One that adhered to by film purists is that it s a shambolic bit of nonsense tossed off by Tarantino in his lunch hour and then given to an inferior mate to direct Tags DVD George Clooney Horror Quentin Tarantino Robert Rodriguez RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012

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  • Frank Miller’s Sin City | Shiny Shelf
    page it s hilarious violent and disturbing on screen the audience barely notices it happen How has Rodriguez made a movie with less motion and life in it than Miller s static pictures How Seventy two hours after the screening I am in still in horrid awe while my poor brain desperately writes over the film in my memory trying to convince me that I was just reading the comic all along replacing the slackness of Rodriguez s editing and the softness of his CGI with the fury and sharp lines of Miller s pages and the pace of them being turned Allow me to try and put this another way This is a record being played on a broken turntable and at the wrong number of revolutions per minute It s all there all of it well all of The Hard Goodbye The Big Fat Kill and That Yellow Bastard plus The Customer is Always Right outta The Dame Wore Red collection but the speed is wrong In fact the speed keeps changing and that means that the shape of each scene is wrong Miller s elegant melody slips and slides around out of tune and out of pitch Almost nothing works at any point Sin City is scary sexy shocking exciting intelligent complex beautiful brutal disturbing and macabre often all at once The film is none of these Ever Almost every performance is dreadful Even brilliant performers like Bruce Willis and Benicio Del Toro come up short Clive Owen tops an inexplicable Hollywood rise with a performance so dreadful and an accent so staggering that it will surely kill off his career for good if there s any justice at all Sin City has performances from that parallel universe where Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba can out act Michael Madsen Miller s hardboiled dialogue tumbles out of these actor s mouths mouths set in faces that radiate embarrassment and lack of understanding Rourke excepted Words that work beautifully when spread over pages and tucked into drawings seem wrong when mumbled out by actors who don t seem to want to be there The film is awful such a terrible mess and so much worse for being so right in so many ways Do yourself a huge favour buy some Sin City books don t go to the cinema It ll cost the same will last forever rather than seeming like it and won t leave you wanting to scoop your brains out and bleech them when you re done By the time I d done with Rodriguez s film I needed it to be proved to me that there were things in the world that I could actually like Meanwhile in multiplexes across the land Robert Rodriguez staggers to his feet blissfully unaware of his own lack of talent and says into the microphone Tonight Matthew I will be Frank Miller Not in this life Robert nor any other come to that Line Break By Jim Smith Share

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  • Kill Bill: Volume Two | Shiny Shelf
    single minded revenge without losing the audience s interest Carradine has been lambasted by some but his performance is hypnotically compelling Once again Tarantino proves his mettle when it comes to giving new life to washed up stars But this is part of the problem It s an actor s movie and that means lots and lots of talking and its talking without any of the flair of Pulp Fiction or Jackie Brown This is dull cliche heaped on tedious exposition delivered with skill but ultimately uninvolving Similarly Tarantino s golden musical touch has deserted him and the soundtrack sits in stark counterpoint to that of one There are few memorable moments some haunting Johnny Cash at the opening and nothing on the sublime use of the 5678 s in the first movie Instead Ennio Morricone is brought out in a tediously predictable use of his trademark showdown wail There is not even much of an outing for the ear splitting siren used in the first movie to mark the appearance of the Bride s prey The direction is accomplished but lacking the crazed eccentricities of Volume One film stock is used creatively but the camera seems subdued The one attempt at an old school martial arts rapid zoom into close up falls flat and some cheesy back projection seems tacked on So where does this fit in to the canon Pretty low down sad to say In fact this is probably the weakest of his directorial efforts to date Q and U may have created the Bride and brought her to life in glorious technicolour last year but they failed to keep the interest of the public Line Break By Stephen Lavington Share Kill Bill Volume Two Tags Movies Quentin Tarantino Samuel L Jackson Uma Thurman Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss

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  • Uma Thurman | Shiny Shelf
    Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007

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  • Kill Bill volume 1 | Shiny Shelf
    in The drive in tattiness gives way to hints of Kurosawa and the camera slides out of retro mode and sweeps gracefully for a while These give hints at a better movie fighting to get out one where the director had put aside his love for bad directors and allowed himself to be the great director he is Instead these lapses into good taste are an aberration and one which jars with the rest of the film Contradictions are thrown up like a fight scene which is shot and lit with astounding beauty but edited and sound designed like a decrepit martial arts potboiler It s neither fish nor fowl slick nor schlock The combination of A and B pic may have gelled if there was some human story here an interesting artistic intent but the determination to produce an exercise in trash culture prevents any humanity or higher thinking to slip into the storyline As with the visuals the script occasionally breaks away from the formula and the old Tarantino wit cuts loose but these moments are rare In Lucy Liu Tarantino also has an actress who couldn t be B list if she tried Liu brings a humanity to her role even though it s written as a cold hearted killer The girl just can t help being good even if she s supposed to be bad Not that there s any duff performances everyone is spot on for their roles and Thurman in particular deserves a shelf load of awards for the intensity of her performance What other Hollywood actress would allow such an unflatteringly grim portrayal of herself The Bride is a dead woman walking and the camera is unflinching in it s grotty realism from the bags under Thurman s eyes to the hairs on her toes It s a brilliant performance for a character who is like the others a cypher But that s Kill Bill all over It is what it is and to the best of its ability Everyone involved has put 100 into what they are doing from the acting before the camera to every aspect of post production It s a masterpiece perfect for what it is Unfortunately what it is is the best possible recreation of a load of old rubbish a true artist recreating total garbage It s the lost Beatles Death Metal album it s Monet s poster of the tennis girl scratching her bottom it s Martin Amis writing an authentic Mills Boon pastiche Brilliantly done but ultimately hollow If you like the source material you ll find this a dream come true If you don t have any time for the B pictures Tarantino adores and frankly I don t then you ll be at best mildly amused at worst left cold Really it all comes down to taste There s no soul in Kill Bill it s all about aesthetic presentation film as pure imagery As such your reaction will be in your gut

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  • True Romance | Shiny Shelf
    improved the cast list Sam Jackson was back in 1993 a bit part player but Jackson s later fame makes his role seem like Walken s James Gandolfini also turns up light years before his star making role in HBO s The Sopranos Unlike Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs or Jackie Brown this isn t an important film it doesn t seem to say anything or even try to it s just a peculiarly compulsive kind of blood splattered popcorn and this reviewer personally doesn t quite trust anyone who claims not to enjoy it The second disc of this two disc set is packed with top notch special features There are three yes three commentaries one from stars Slater and Arquette dull one from director and Tony Scott technical and one from the writer Tarantino s commentary is as impressive as you might expect it s a babbling ringing stream of sarcasm and hyperbole wit and sly cackles as Quentin talks and talks and talks about anything that leaps into his quicksilver mind Advertised as an Innovative Storyboard Track there s a function which allows you to access the director s storyboards while watching the film I seem to remember seeing such a track on the Tomorrow Never Dies disc released back in 1999 It may seem a might churlish but this kind of ill researched technical hyperbole irritates It s not the function I dislike it s ace in fact it s the labeling of it as something that it s not We also get the obligatory deleted scenes 30 minutes of em the equally obligatory trailer and a in parts dull in part amusing 1993 behind the scenes featurette as well as a photo gallery which let s face it not one purchaser in 100 will look at Line Break By Jim Smith Share True Romance Tags Brad Pitt Christian Slater Christopher Walken Dennis Hopper DVD Movies Patricia Arquette Quentin Tarantino Samuel L Jackson Tony Scott Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books

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  • Christian Slater | Shiny Shelf
    round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008

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