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Grosse Pointe Blank (7/10)

The trouble with looking things up on imdb is that it causes you to do things that you wouldn’t normally do. Such as buying 2 films in a row featuring both John and Joan Cussack. There are some minor cast differences between this and high fidelity, Minnie driver (I believe she chooses to be called that) and Dan Akroyd.

Martin Blank (John Cusack) is a hitman who in addition to attending his high school reunion must also;
• regain the love of the high school sweetheart who he stood up at the prom
• bump off a his latest target
• avoid being killed himself by some guy who's pissed about his dog being blown up
• and fend of an old time collegue desperate to set up an assassins workers union
This is a funny film with one of the best rock soundtracks I've heard in a long time. Low on cheese, high in what can only be described (by me) as cool.


High Fidelity (8/10)

An adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel of the same name featuring the lovely lovely John Cusack as a twerty somthing music obsessive trying to gain some perspective on his failing relationship by making top 5 lists of everything.

Jack Black, Darlene from Rosanne and the terminal cold twins Joan Cusack and Lili Taylor (comic relief noses and all) feature.

I'd love to say I love this film because it has some genuine insight into the incessant need in all of us the pair off but my appreciation of it is solely down to an rising feeling of superiority when I get all the musical references when other don’t.


Fifth Element (7/10)

Luc Besson (Léon and Taxi) wrote and directed this future adventure featuring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich. This film is an epic space race with the sole aim of stopping a giant ball of evil destroying the planet using some bits of wood painted to look like stones and a supreme being (Milla).

Managing to keep the cheese to a minimum it provides all the bangs and bombs one would expect when Brucey puts on his muscles before breakfast. It also however is refreshingly funny and sexy and has had me reciting the phrase "multipass" on the tube since I first saw it in 2000. This is also the only good film Chris Tucker will ever be involved in, playing the flamboyant DJ Ruby Rodd.

No idea about bonus features on the DVD. I just got it on filthy stinking VHS from e-bay!