Ida on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Ida, is set in the early 1960s, and stars the stunning Agata Trzebuchowska (below) as Anna, a young nun who’s about to take her vows, but before she does that, Mother Superior (Halina Skoczynska) recommends she visits her aunt, Wanda Cruz (Agata Kulesza, bottom pic), her only living relative, and who is unwilling to take her away from the orphanage where she’s presently living, making the excuse that Anna wouldn’t be happy living with her, when really, Wanda is a selfish woman who only cares about herself, her boozing and her loose morals, both of which are taken to excess.

However, she then seems to have a complete about-turn, to the point where I thought this was a different character written into the script, as Wanda takes Anna back to the house where her parents lived, so she can find out more about them and their time during World War II. Anna also learns that Ida Lebenstein is her real name, as well as some dark revelations about her family.

Video Games Charts (All formats) – week ending November 22nd 2014

week ending November 22nd 2014In this week’s all-formats video games charts for week ending November 22nd 2014, there are three new entries, with the highest new one being at No.1 for the next-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto V, plus one re-entry.

    1 (-) Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)
    2 (-) Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft)
    3 (1) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision) (review)
    4 (4) FIFA 15 (EA Sports)
    5 (-) Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA Games)
    6 (2) Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Ubisoft)
    7 (20) WWE 2K15 (2K Sports)
    8 (5) Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Warner Bros Interactive)
    9 (7) Minecraft: PS3 Edition (Sony)
    10 (3) Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Microsoft)
    11 (RE) Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros Interactive) (review)
    12 (6) Assassin’s Creed: Rogue (Ubisoft)
    13 (10) Destiny (Activision) (review)

1 Quadrillion XP! Call of Duty XP earned so far

1 Quadrillion XP! – That’s not my total XP, but it’s the amount of XP earned throughout the entire 11-year Call of Duty franchise.

Check out all the stats below, and read our review of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS3.

UK Top 100 Music chart summary & my views w/e November 29th 2014

November 29th 2014Going straight in at No.1, in the UK Top 100 Music Chart w/e November 29th 2014, Band Aid 30 with Do They Know It’s Christmas?, as a bunch of tax-dodging celebs tell us to give all of our hard-earned money to “fight Ebola” in Sierra Leone. Give your money to your chosen charity, not the ones that the celebs tell you to give it to.

As such, Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir drops to No.7 with Wake Me Up When It’s All Over… how apt, since this 7-hour dullfest perpetuates year after year.

The only other new entries in the Top 10 are four more entries: No.2 for Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne with Real Love, then a No.3 for Olly Murs feat. Travie McCoy with Wrapped Up, followed by a No.5 for David Guetta feat. Sam Martin with Dangerous, and finally, No.8 sees Wretch 32 with 6 Words.

And here’s David Bowie‘s new track, Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime):

Jurassic World – Official Trailer Sneak Peek (2015) – Chris Pratt Movie HD

jurassic-worldJurassic World takes place 22 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park, where Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.

Naturally, things are going to go wrong, but so far there’s just a sneak peak trailer that’s been released and… I can’t say I’m massively wowed by this because it doesn’t offer anything more than we’ve seen before. Or maybe that’s the point? I loved the original film, but the second and third ones were terrible.

A full trailer is due this Thursday.

Jurassic World is released in the UK on June 12th 2015, and stars Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Chris Pratt along with Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio and Omar Sy.

Check out the teaser below and see the full poster by clicking on the image above:

The Korean Film Festival 2014, by Helen M Jerome

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The Korean Film Festival 2014The Korean Film Festival 2014 – Who’d have thought it! Just nine years ago, the inaugural event showed just 11 films. Fast forward to 2014 and the total is 55. And the variety of genres, directors, stars, budgets and issues has never been stronger. Try to seek out some of these gems. You won’t regret it – and it might make you just as passionate as DVD Fever is about Korean movies.

You could not get a more kick-ass start to the festival than the high-tech epic KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT, set towards the end of the Joseon Dynasty, where obscene wealth and desperate poverty live cheek by jowl. Directed by Yoon Jong-bin, this stars Gang Dong-won as the villainous Jo Yoon, with Ha Jung-woo as his nemesis, Dolmuchi, an ex-butcher who is rather handy with a pair of cleavers. Starting with a one-sided, almost comic-book fight, we are introduced to a bunch of Robin Hood-type insurrectionists – the Kundo – who steal from the rich to give to the poor, pitted against Yoon, the bastard son of the corrupt, weak governor. In classic style, Yoon aims to wipe out any opposition to his power and wealth, and when he kills Dolmuchi’s family, the butcher feels impelled to join forces with the Kundo.

Breaking The Waves on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Breaking The Waves follows one of Lars Von Trier‘s habits of starting with a happy scenario before tragedy quickly sneaks its way in. Here, shy, religious Bess McNeill (Emily Watson) marries laddish oil rig worker Jan Nyman (Stellan Skarsgård) and they make their home in an idyllic cottage by the coast. unfortunately, newly-married life gives away to life behaving as it does, and Jan is off back to work, which can take him away for long stretches at a time.

However, Bess’ religious faith is tested when Jan is paralysed whilst working on the rigs, following an accident, and then her life looks like it could change a lot more when Jan – unable to provide the goods at bedtime – urges her to have it away with another and then tell him all about it.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Get On Up lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e November 21st 2014

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This weekend there are six new films out for you to choose from: sci-fi action in The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1, biopic in Get On Up, thriller in No Good Deed, drama in The Horseman, comedy in What We Do In The Shadows, and apparent comedy in My Old Lady.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 stems from the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and the book is being split into two films. This time round, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.

The film is directed by Francis Lawrence, who took over the franchise with the second film, and also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, Michelle Forbes and Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper.

I thought both of the first two films were so-so, but verging on worth a watch, so overall, this one will be a…

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

“Forgive me I have to run for a train” – Sir David Omand (Channel 4 News, 20.11.14)

Forgive me I have to run for a train“Forgive me I have to run for a train” isn’t the sort of thing you hear often mid-interview on the news, but during a discussion about phone hacking, Sir David Omand, director of GCHQ from 1996-97, had other places he needed to be urgently, while talking to Jon Snow on Channel 4 News.

Check out the video below:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS3 – The DVDfever Review

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set in the year 2054, so it’s 40 years since the world wars currently being raged, and things haven’t improved on that front. In fact, they’re getting worse as insurgent technology gets better – the enemy being the KVA, led by Joseph Chkheidze, aka “Hades”.

The initial mission sees you, Private Jack Mitchell, fighting for the government, but after losing your best friend, Will, in the first mission, his father, Jonathan Irons (Kevin Spacey) wants to recruit you to his company, Atlas, where their technology is 20 years ahead of the military, and your being injured is no barrier to progression, since they have fantastic exo-skeleton suits which will have you leaping about like a teenager.

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