I love movies. I have loved movies since I was a kid and I went to the cinema in Wood Green, North London and watched an adventure that took place a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away.
Ever since that huge Star Destroyer loomed onto that silver screen I was hooked. Over the preceding years I was an avid collector of VHS tapes, Laser Discs (yep, I was ‘that’ guy), DVD’s and then, to a lesser extent, Blu-Ray discs. Unfortunately Blu-Rays never really captured my imagination as another format had already attracted my attention for its convenience and non-existent storage space.…Digital Downloads.
However, there was a time when Digital Downloads were just too darn expensive, sometimes even more than their physical alternatives (a practice that sometimes still occurs today unfortunately). However, Apple’s iTunes has recently started to run deals on various movies starting off at £4.99.
It used to be just one film each week but recently it has expanded to encompass many different titles and genres.
Just a quick side note all of the movies I will be discussing each week are from the UK iTunes store. Stores in other countries might not have these titles available or at these prices.
So let’s kick off this new section with this weeks 5 Cheap-ish Movies of the Week….
Mrs. Doubtfire — Rated 12 – £4.99
The late and wonderful Robin Williams becomes the loveable British nanny, Mrs Doubtfire, as he tries to continue to see his kids after an unexpected divorce. A wonderful comedy drama with many funny and touching moments. Also starring Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan you owe it to yourself to see this and grab it at this price.
The Big Lebowski – Rated 18 – £4.99
Jeff Bridges is Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski in this comedy from the Coen Brothers. Following a case of mistaken identity and kidnapping The Dude, a spaced-out easy going amateur bowler, finds himself pulled outside of his comfort zone on the bowling lanes and into a bizarre noir-like detective yarn. Also starring John Goodman, Juilanne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman The Big Lewbowski is a rare, off the beaten track treat.
Shaun of the Dead – Rated 15 – £4.99
The worlds first Zom-Rom-Com. Simon Pegg plays Shaun, a bit of slacker, who has just broken up with his girl friend. Who knew that all it would take for Shaun to find direction in his life was a Zombie Apocalypse? Along with his best friend played by Nick Frost, Shaun must save his family and friends from the blood thirsty hordes by getting them all to safety at the local pub…What could possibly go wrong? A wonderful comedy horror.
Blades of Glory – Rated 12 – £4.99
Who knew that the world of professional figure skating was so…explosive? When rival skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) are banned from professional skating following a punch up at an awards ceremony they must put aside their differences and compete together as the first male on male pair figure skaters. A surprisingly funny movie that is still relatively unknown by many. Well worth snapping up at this price.
Blade – Rated 18 – £4.99
Before Iron man, Thor, The Hulk, Captain American and the rest of The Avengers took to the Marvel cinematic screen there was Blade. One of the first Marvel adaptations to take its subject matter relatively seriously. Blade proved to be a surprising fun action/adventure movie dealing with the comic book vampire hunter. Played by Wesley Snipes the character oozes cool as he stalks his prey and dispatches them with the aid of his trusty sword and other handy gadgets created by his accomplice Whistler played by Kris Kristofferson.
That’s this weeks 5 Cheap-ish movies of the week. What do you think of the section? Do you have any favourites you want to share with us? Please leave us your comments below and until next time, happy viewing.