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The SDRSPodcast is designed to help you discover the best films and TV shows to rent (or buy) regardless of your genre preference. Never again will you be disappointed by your rental choices. If a title is suggested by this podcast, it is safe to say that it stands head and shoulders above the rest. Those that are considered by mfr to be perfect in every way (script, cast, soundtrack etc.) are listed as being Masterpiece Editions. Those films that are sourced from literature are Adapted for ...
 
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Welcome to Year Seven of the podcast and a change in production style. MFR also has a new fully responsive website. So if you have visited the website in a while, now would be the time to do so. Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/mfrbooksandfilm?fan_landing=trueDi SDRSPodcast
 
An epic Revisionist Western film based in part on Michael Punke's 2002 novel of the same name, which describes frontiersman Hugh Glass's experiences in 1823; that novel is, in turn, based on the 1915 poem The Song of Hugh Glass. Stream online: https://amzn.to/3v8NRvk Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/mfrbooksandfilm?fan_landing=true…
 
Stanisław Szukalski was a Polish sculptor and painter. He was a family friend of Leonardo DiCaprio after having been introduced to Leo's father George during his career as a comic book artist and distributor. Stream online: Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/mfrbooksandfilm?fan_landing=trueDi SDRSPodcast
 
Introduced to life in the fast lane through stockbroking, Jordan Belfort takes a hit after a Wall Street crash. He then teams up with his neighbour Donnie Azoff, cheating his way to the top as his relationships slide. Stream online: https://amzn.to/3v7WpT2 Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/mfrbooksandfilm?fan_landing=true…
 
Nick Carraway, a World War I veteran who moves to New York with the hope of making it big, finds himself attracted to Jay Gatsby and his flamboyant lifestyle. Gatsby on the other hand is interested in him because of his link to Daisy Buchanan, a vibrant, elegant debutant. Stream online: https://amzn.to/35ibaZf Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.c…
 
As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his life. With a career steeped in scandal and a controversial private life, the legendary director of the FBI retained his post as keeper of the country's …
 
This American neo-noir, psychological thriller, tells the story of Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, two US marshals, who are sent to an asylum on a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a patient committed for murdering her two children. It is based on the 2003 novel by American writer Dennis Lehane. Lehane sought to write a novel where th…
 
A CIA agent uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader. However, when he devises a plan with the help of his boss Hoffman to trap Al-Saleem, things take an ugly turn. Stream online: https://amzn.to/3frnEDE Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/mfrbooksandfilm?fan_landing=trueDi SDRSPodcast
 
To escape their ordinary and boring lives, Frank (DiCapro) and April (Winslet), a seemingly perfect couple, decide to move to Paris, France. However, their marriage begins to crumble when April's pregnancy compels them to abandon their plan. Based on the novel by Richard Yates. Stream online: https://amzn.to/3v7Hit0 Become a Patron: https://www.pat…
 
Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990's Sierra Leone, "Blood Diamond" tells the story of Danny Archer, a South African mercenary, and Solomon Vandy, a Mende fisherman. Stream online: https://amzn.to/3yVJ3wu Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/mfrbooksandfilm?fan_landing=trueDi SDRSPodcast
 
We continue our two month long showcase of Leonardo DiCaprio with the cop thriller in which he plays an undercover cop trying to bring down the Irish mob from the inside. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs and is also loosely based on the real-life Boston Winter Hill Gang. Stream online: https://amzn.to/3nEQ27y Become a Patr…
 
Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young American seeking adventure in Bangkok, stays in a drab travellers’ hotel in Khao San Road where he meets a young French couple, Françoise (Virginie Ledoyen) and Étienne (Guillaume Canet). He is immediately attracted to Françoise and based on this, invites them to accompany him in his quest to find a secret beach…
 
In the small town of Endora, Iowa, Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is busy caring for Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), his mentally impaired brother, as they wait for the many tourists' trailers to pass through town during an annual Airstreamers' Club gathering at a nearby recreational area. Stream online: https://amzn.to/32xZjWO Become a Patron: https://www…
 
It’s 2044 and a 25-year-old Joe works for a Kansas City crime syndicate as a "looper". Since future tracking systems have made it near-impossible to dispose of bodies, the syndicate uses time travel, invented thirty years later to counteract this. Managed by a future man named Abe, loopers kill and dispose of face-concealed victims, and are paid wi…
 
Husband and wife Janice (Marsha Mason) and Bill Templeton (John Beck) lead a pleasant life, residing in New York and sending their daughter, Ivy (Susan Swift), to a good school. Things change, though, when the odd Elliot Hoover (Anthony Hopkins) arrives and tells the couple that, after having spent time in India, he believes Ivy is the reincarnated…
 
Quiet teenager Marc Hall arrives as a new student at Indian Hills High School in Agoura Hills, California. Soon after arriving, he is befriended by fame-obsessed Rebecca Ahn. While at a party at Rebecca's house, Rebeca encourages Marc to sneak away with her and the pair check unlocked vehicles on the street, taking valuables such as cash and credit…
 
Philadelphia Police Detective John Hobbes visits serial killer Edgar Reese (Elias Koteas), whom he helped capture, on death row, moments before his execution. During their conversation he grabs Hobbes' hand and delivers a spiteful monologue in an unknown language, assumed to be gibberish but later identified as Aramaic. As he is executed in the gas…
 
Set in 1920s prohibition era America, Lawless is the true story of the Bondurant brothers. Brazen and fearless, these young rural bootleggers became legendary criminals. The youngest brother, Jack (Shia LaBeouf), is ambitious and impulsive, the middle brother, Howard, is loyal but reckless and eldest brother, Forrest (Tom Hardy), leads the family w…
 
Despite her sheltered upbringing, Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a teen with a bright future; she's smart, pretty, and has aspirations of attending Oxford University. When David (Peter Sarsgaard), a charming but much older suitor, motors into her life in a shiny automobile, Jenny gets a taste of adult life that she won't soon forget. Stream online: http…
 
Clay (Andrew McCarthy) comes home to Los Angeles after his first semester of college and encounters some disturbing developments. His former lover, burgeoning model Blair (Jami Gertz), has begun to abuse cocaine. But her addiction pales in comparison to the drug dependency of her new boyfriend, Julian (Robert Downey Jr.), who's also Clay's childhoo…
 
Los Angeles denizen Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) survives by scavenging and petty theft. He stumbles into a new career as a cameraman and -- armed with a camcorder and police scanner -- begins nocturnal forays across the city in search of shocking and grisly crimes. When he catches the eye of a shopworn news director (Rene Russo) who welcomes the …
 
Fiamma has been sent from Spain to boarding school in England/Ireland to separate her from Pablo, a young man that she has become infatuated with. Upon arrival, she causes a stir with students and teachers alike. Stream online: https://amzn.to/2A3npfJ Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/mfrbooksandfilm?fan_landing=true…
 
MFR is dedicated to bringing to you the best that cinema, TV and literature have to offer. We focus on world cinema, animation, vintage and tv shows of every genre and yet you will still find a few blockbusters here. Vintage is defined as everything prior to 1980. Please visit www.montagefilmreviews.com. Live sections of the website include the rev…
 
Please visit www.montagefilmreviews.com. Live sections of the website include the reviews section and the blog. The blog contains a library of short stories and short films of every genre. Show your support buy purchasing from the store, rating and leaving comments. It is currently free to do so. Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/mfrbooksand…
 
In one of the longest-running science fiction series in network TV history, FBI special agents investigate unexplained, mind-bending cases known as "X-Files." Though the government is convinced that the outlandish reports are false, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and realist Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), for most of the series, s…
 
A divorced psychologist tries to help his patients, some of them famous, cope with their life traumas while sharing his home with aimless adult son Ben, who only lives to make passes at Dr. Katz's sarcastic receptionist, Laura. The show was animated in a style, called Squigglevision, invented by the show's co-creator, Tom Snyder. This animated TV u…
 
Just as he is on the brink of winning a Senate seat, politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets a ballerina named Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). Though David is instantly smitten, mysterious men conspire to keep him away from the beautiful dancer. David learns that he is facing the powerful agents of Fate itself, and glimpsing the future laid out for …
 
The discovery of a clue to mankind's origins on Earth leads a team of explorers to the darkest parts of the universe. Two brilliant young scientists lead the expedition. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) hopes that they will meet a race of benevolent, godlike beings who will in some way verify her religious beliefs, while Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) is out t…
 
After a raid on the rural home of the psychopathic Firefly family, two members of the clan, Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), manage to flee the scene. Heading to a remote desert motel, the killers reunite with Baby's father, Capt. Spaulding (Sid Haig), who is equally demented and intent on maintaining their murder spree. While the …
 
Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the s…
 
Four mature women live together in Miami and experience the joys and angst of their golden years. Strong-willed Dorothy, spacey Rose, lusty Southern belle Blanche and matriarch Sophia, Dorothy's mom, occasionally clash but are there for one another in the end. Stream online: https://amzn.to/2SqXG7i Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/mfrbooksa…
 
Three people set out on a spiritual journey after death touches their lives in different ways. George (Matt Damon) is a construction worker in San Francisco who can communicate with the dead. French reporter Marie LeLay (Cécile de France) has a supernatural vision after nearly dying in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Meanwhile, a London schoolboy su…
 
Blue-collar family man Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) scoffs at supernatural phenomena -- until he lets his wife's sister, Lisa (Illeana Douglas), put him into a hypnotic trance. Upon waking, Tom realizes he has a psychic connection with his son, Jake (Zachary David Cope). He also has alarming hallucinations of a missing teenage neighbor named Samantha (…
 
It has been eight years since Batman (Christian Bale), in collusion with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), vanished into the night. Assuming responsibility for the death of Harvey Dent, Batman sacrificed everything for what he and Gordon hoped would be the greater good. However, the arrival of a cunning cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and a merciless …
 
A young girl finds herself held captive by a group of bandits hiding in the forests of Norway. Dagmar is a women who has had to flee to the forest from her village after being accused of being a witch and causing the black death to enter the village. Her daughter and unborn child were murdered by the mob and now she wants another child. Stream onli…
 
When a devious plot separates CIA agent Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) from his son, Robin (Andrew Stevens), the distraught father manages to see through the ruse. Taken because of his psychic abilities, Robin is being held by Ben Childress (John Cassavetes), who is studying people with supernatural powers in hopes of developing their talents as weapo…
 
"Well, for someone to find true love in their twenties, that's rare. So, if it's not true love then at least it's great practice. And if it is true love then it's a blessing. You can't ignore that” - A young homeless girl finds herself caught between her life on the street and her new found love for a man who knows nothing about her background. Str…
 
Afro Samurai, is a Japanese seinen dōjinshi manga series written and illustrated by manga artist Takashi Okazaki. These are the anime adaptations. In a feudal Japan of the future, a young warrior sets out to avenge the murder of his father, encountering life-altering lessons in brutality, love, betrayal and loss along his journey. Watch Afro Samura…
 
Amnesiac Gulf War veteran Jack Starks (Adrien Brody) can't explain why he's been found at the scene of a murder. Ordered to a mental hospital, Jack is subjected to Dr. Thomas Becker's (Kris Kristofferson) unusual treatment plan, which involves mysterious injections, sensory deprivation and confinement in a straitjacket. Locked away on his own, Jack…
 
Dr. Charles Kessler (Bela Lugosi), a well-to-do physician who shares his mansion with his daughter, Virginia (Polly Ann Young), has been depressed ever since his wife (Betty Compson) left him for another man, only to later die in a car accident. That's not all Kessler has to worry about, however. Unexplained murders have begun to occur around town,…
 
For four years, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) has awaited the release of her husband, Martin (Channing Tatum), from being imprisoned for insider trading. Finally, Martin comes home, but Emily feels just as bad as she did when he was incarcerated, and she sinks into a deep depression. After her failed suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude …
 
In this martial arts film, Ning Choi-san (Leslie Cheung), a traveling tax collector, takes shelter for the night in an abandoned temple. When he meets the lovely maiden Nip Siu-sin (Tsu-hsien Wang), Ning immediately falls for her. Unfortunately, Ning later discovers that she is a ghost who is forced to serve a cruel demon, and he resolves to save h…
 
Please don't forget to continue engaging with Montage Film Reviews via our website during this coming years sabbatical. Of particular interest might be the short film archive in the blog or the reviews section where you can find 5000 word reviews of an academic nature of some of your favourite films. Alternatively, you can connect with us on social…
 
Ordinary people around the world discover they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as they work together to prevent a catastrophic future. This group of people with superhuman abilities try to make their way in a world that is either frightened of them or want to possess them mind body and soul. As they comes to terms with their connection to…
 
Backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington. Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing, telling a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Margo takes Eve under her wing, and it appears that Eve is a conniver that uses Margo. Stream online: https://amzn.to/3bDcOGh Become…
 
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