Category Archives: 2007

REVIEW: Straightheads (2007)

straightpostDirected and Written by : Dan Reed

Starring : Danny Dyer , Gillian AndersonAnthony Calf , Ralph Brown.

Straightheads is a revenge film, and would happily be filed in the “Revenge Film” section of the local rental store, if they had such a section, and if those stores still existed. However, it would be doing it a great disservice to label it as such and leave it at that. It is a revenge film done right. It isn’t the cheesy kind of 80s film which takes a shallow look at the victim-aggressor relationship and wraps it up in corny one liners. Rather, it revels in a surprising amount of depth and moral complexity, happy to occupy the grey areas of the moralistic compass, rather than live at the extremes.

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REVIEW: Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Directed by: Tim Burton

Written by: John Logan, Hugh Wheeler

Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell-Bower 

Sweeney Todd is a deliciously dark and indulgent re-telling of the story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Johnny Depp plays the unfairly judged and exiled Benjamin Barker, a barber who’s beautiful wife caught the eye of the corrupt Judge Turpin. (Rickman.)

Fifteen years later he’s back, this time under the identity of Sweeney Todd. After setting up a Barber’s shop in downtown London, the downstairs tennant – the mysterious and quickly besotted Mrs Lovett (Bonham Carter) informs him his wife Lucy is dead and his daughter Johanna is in the custody of his arch enemy Judge Turpin.

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