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Now Over To the Experts…#4

Reviews from top critics can make or break a film or TV show. I have scoured LoveFilm to find the most influential, accurate and informative (and then I’ve reviewed these reviews, obviously.)

This week, reviews from Alien – a seminal space horror film which redefined a genre and still terrifies generation after generation.

But what do the experts think?

Alien Poster

Scary and suspenseful

By a customer

Many of the ‘classics’ that one is urged to watch are poor in quality (cf. Blade Runner, Solaris, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), so I was pleasantly surprised that this film was actually enjoyable. The pace built throughout the film; the tension was gripping, particularly in the third act; the alien was actually scary (unlike many ‘monsters’ seen in films both old and new). It may not be the most intelligent film ever, but it is certainly entertaining.

Blade Runner was shit wasn’t it.


Good in its day but dated

By mikeswan

 This was a good film in 1979 but it looks very old now in 2012. The whole look of the film is now dated looks a bit like a 1990s computer game. Watch it for an old classic, but one that has not aged well. Some of the acting very good like the lead girl, others a bit cardboard.




By a customer from Teignmouth

 must have been good in its day, but definitely dated.  Stopped watching after 30 minutes!

I hear it all kicks off in the 31st minute. Shame.



By a customer

very good film, although i think aliens has proberly got more action in it.

Stunning observation.

 The Cast of Alien

Not so thrilling

By Rich

 Thought it was a bit lacking story wise, and some of the invented sciencey things bugged me (like the motion sensor that picked up ‘micro changes in the air density’, something like that). I guess if I’d watched it when it was released, I’d have been more impressed, but I thought it was a bit slow paced and boring.



It was ok

By Usama Iqbal

It was ok I don’t know wy they made it 18 then 15 because It was not scarey then alien looked like someone was dressed up like a alien even the way the alien walkes. They improove on the alien in the 2nd and the 3rd I haven’t saw the 4th yet but I think they will improove even more and the 5th they will look more real than we all expected but the first part is ok but the 3rd is better than the first and the 4th part may be better than the 1st as well the 2nd part is better than alien 1 and alien 3 I don’t know about the 4th yet because I haven’t seen it yet but I am going to rent it.

Even my old maths teacher would have trouble with this one.



Review: Senna

From BAFTA winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, Senna is an insightful portrait of one of the most prolific talents and likeable personalities in sporting history.


For this engaging documentary, a rich tapestry of footage from the era and of the F1 hero’s life is cleverly woven together to create a moving and in-depth portrayal which is not only for racing fans – or even sports fans in general – but for any film fan with an appreciation for engrossing storytelling and exciting cinematography. And although the focus of this documentary is on Ayrton Senna, no sides are overly favoured from the perspective of the filmmakers – a refreshing rarity in the genre.

Senna was driven, passionate, fiery on the track, but often subdued and softly spoken off it. This is portrayed masterfully by the filmmakers but you also see the side of Senna who struggled with both the politics of the sport he was born to compete in and his own exceptional ability which he was always trying to improve on.

Ayrton SennaWatching from the perspective of inside Senna’s various cars through his career is breathtaking. You’re not just sat in the seat with a fast F1 driver, you experience the sport’s most naturally talented driver to date and his willingness to take it to the edge and push the limits of his body and mind, as well as the car’s capabilities.

With Senna, winning a race with ten laps to go with only a sixth gear wasn’t impossible, it was a challenge. And like most of the other challenges that he put himself up against, he rose to and defeated it.

He was the shining beacon of a country that had little else to believe in at the time and I think the biggest tragedy of his premature death was the void that was left behind in the hearts and minds of all of his devoted fans and followers. This is revealed emotionally and expertly throughout the picture via interviews with his fellow countrymen and peers.

Ayrton SennaHis mindset and personality are also communicated perfectly through the fast-paced editing and from the eclectic range of footage which has been found, compiled and put together with every bit as much care and precision as the impressive motors on screen.

With the enigmatic Senna, sharing home video moments of a family boating holiday are every bit as insightful, moving and compelling as being thrust into action as he wins Grand Prix after Grand Prix.

Director Kapadia and co. deliver a documentary full of spirit and passion to compliment the subject’s unique and unforgettable personality. Senna is a gripping documentary full of insight into the politics and transitions of a sport and its most memorable participant, at a time when it was men competing, not machines.


Now Over To the Experts…#3

Reviews from top critics can make or break a film or TV show. I have scoured the web to find the most influential, accurate and informative (and then I’ve reviewed these reviews, obviously).

This week, reviews from LoveFilm customers (again) on Chungking Express. This homage to Western cinema is one of Director Wong Kar Wai’s seminal works, and, personally, one of my favourite films.

But what do the experts think?

 Chungking Express

Don’t bother watching this film – you will be disappointed

Rated - 0.5 stars

By a customer      

What a waste of time! The subtitles were few and far between so it was a matter of guesswork as to what was happening! That really coloured the whole thing for me cos’ if you don’t know what’s going on then there really is very little room for enjoyment. I won’t bother giving this a rating as it certainly doesn’t deserve one!

 Although, I see you have given it a rating.


waste of time

Rated - 0.0 stars

By a customer from Ambleside

This is the first review I have been moved to write, wow what a waste of time, spent the whole time waiting for something to happen. So what if it looks good (it dosent’t) its pure dross.

This customer is so disappointed they’ve spiralled into arguing with themselves.

 Chungking Express


Rated - 3.0 stars

By Chantal from London

A very different movie from your usual Hong Kong martial arts predictable plot.

Is Chungking Express a martial arts film?


California Dreaming, sigh

Rated - 3.0 stars

By MarkBarton  from Bristol

Not really my knid of genre – more of a romantic film HORRENDOUS overuse of ‘California Dreaming’ tune – if thats what its called

A complete assumption from MarkBarton here which somehow pays off. God knows how he (almost) worked the title out. Genius.


Tinned pineapple

Rated - 5.0 stars

By a customer from Sydenham, London

If I ate that much pineapple I’d throw up as well. California dreaming . . .

I’ve got nothing.