Movies you should own

Movies you should own: Mr Frost (1990)

Mr Frost

The Devil is a character who, for obvious reasons, pops up a lot in Western art and literature. Usually he’s there to lead the heroes into temptation or to act as an antagonist, someone who chases the heroes. Occasionally, he’s humanised and revealed to be part of God’s plan – for example, Bedazzled, with Liz Hurley playing the Devil as just misunderstood.

Rarely though is the Devil the hero of the piece. Or should that be anti-hero? Rarely does anyone ask how he feels about the whole set-up or ask what his plans are, while simultaneously depicting Old Nick as basically malevolent.

So the 1990 movie Mr Frost is a wonderful delight that you should get if you can. In it, Jeff Goldblum plays the seemingly ordinary Mr Frost – well, ordinary until it’s revealed that he’s a serial killer who’s killed dozens of people and buried their bodies in his back garden. He’s declared insane and taken away to a mental asylum where for two years, he refuses to say a word. That is until he meets psychiatrist Sarah (Kathy Baker). Frost claims that he’s the Devil himself. But what is the Devil doing in a mental asylum? Why would he allow himself to be captured? What does he want?

Well, if God moves in mysterious ways, surely the Devil must too…

Here’s a really bad trailer. Try to ignore the voiceover for starters.

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Review: SALT (2010)

Angelina Jolie in Salt

Salt - extended edition pack shotStarring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Writers: Kurt Wimmer.
Director: Phillip Noyce
Price: £19.99 (Amazon price: £9.99)
Released: December 13th 2010

Jean-Luc Godard famously said that “All you need to make a movie is a gun and a girl”. Of course, he meant a guy carrying a gun and a girl for him to be with, but times have moved on and thankfully, these days it’s frequently the girls/women who have the guns – and maybe a guy to be with as well.

Now SALT sees CIA agent Angelina Jolie – one of the movies’ most proficient women/girls with guns – accused of being a Russian sleeper agent and having to go on the run (with a gun). So you might suspect it’s nothing more than that formula. However, while you might have low expectations from the trailer and SALT does frequently fall off the narrow line between silly and good into silly on many occasions, it is a lot more than just that formula – in essence, it’s The Bourne Identity but on US soil and with a female lead. That can’t be bad, can it?

Review after the trailer and the jump.

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Review and competition: The Karate Kid (2010)

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (2010) double play DVD and Blu-Ray boxsetStarring: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith and Taraji P. Henson
Writers: Christopher Murphey (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (story)
Director: Harald Zwart
Price: £24.99 (Amazon price: £15.93)
Released: November 15th 2010

It’s competition time on the blog, as it’s your chance to win the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Review and competition details after the trailer.

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Review: Clash of the Titans (2010, 3D)


Do you remember Clash of the Titans, a delightful 1980s film loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus and Andromeda? It starred Harry Hamlin and Lawrence Olivier among others, but is best known as the last movie to feature the stop-motion talents of Ray Harryhausen.

A lot of people are very fond of it, but few people are so fond of it that they’d remake it. Which is what Warner Bros, writers Travis Beacham, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and director Louis Leterrier have done.

The question is: is it as good or is it better than the original? And does 3D make it a better movie than it would have been? Here’s the trailer:

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Review and competition: Julie & Julia

Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia

Amy Adams in Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia DVD and bookStarring: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci
Writer/Director: Nora Ephron
Price: £19.99 (Amazon price: £12.98)
Released: March 8th 2010

Calling all foodies! Slight departure from the normal TMINE fare, I know, but I refuse to be confined to one little box – here’s your chance to win a copy of Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep as famous US TV chef (ah, see the TMINE link now?) and writer Julia Child and Amy Adams (you know, off Enchanted, Sunshine Cleaning et al) as a blogger who tries to make all the recipes in Childs’ magnum opus Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year.

Review and competition details after the trailer.

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