By The Old Droner
Crack open the bubbly and pass the Pringles, girls, because have we got some cracking chick flicks for you. Rent one of this lot and it will be a girls’ night in to remember. And yes, they’re all real...
6) Das Kapital
Short film exploring the aesthetic and structural qualities of the film credit, consisting of a set of opening credits, a fade to black, and a set of closing credits for an imaginary adaptation of Das Kapital. With slow-panning helicopter shots of the Vancouver skyline.
We say: Thank heavens for those shots of the Vancouver skyline. Might have been a bit dull otherwise. Still, no sign of Zac Efron yet. Maybe the next offering will be better...
5) The Waiting Room (Brazil/France)
A group of people who fought against the military dictatorship sit in vigil while their friend lies on her deathbed.
We say: Hmmm, no Zac Efron and possibly a bit depressing for a girls-night-in DVD. More chardonnay, anyone?
4) The Ferguson Revolution
One invention more then any other revolutionised tractors and changed the face of agriculture in the 20th century – the three-point linkage and hydraulic lift. It was invented by Irishman Harry Ferguson and became known thereafter as The Ferguson System. The creator and his system are the focus for this enlightening programme.
Presented by Emmerdale and Heartbeat actor Stewart Howson, a self-confessed Ferguson fanatic, the programme features not only these wonderful tractors both static and at work, but also over one hundred surperbly restored Ferguson implements.
We say: Stewart Howson may not be a hunk, but he is at least a man. But this film is still not quite ticking that girls-night-in chickflick box. What else is in the DVD box?
3) Conned Once Restaurant (1993)
Chinese comedy about a recently qualified teacher who argues with the school authorities on his first job, but finds satisfaction in another school when substituting for a friend.
We say: Those Chinese and their crazy substitute-teacher-comedies. At least it’s got some laughs in it. Allegedly. Hmm. What else?
2) Silent Souls (Russia, 2010)
After the death of his wife, a man engages a friend to travel with him across Russia and assist him with the observation of the death rites sacred to the Merjans, an ancient Finno-Ugric people who have long since been assimilated into Russian culture.
Their traditions appear bizarre, half forgotten and, as the film progresses, we begin to feel that they may even be entirely fictional.
We say: Utter pants.
Two short works made for television. In How Do You Know It's Warren Beatty's Coat?, three characters wander in an indeterminate, almost empty world.
In Angel (pictured), battling against the odds and walking backwards up a down escalator, Mark Wallinger recites the first chapter of St John's Gospel – the piece has been digitally reversed.
We say: Okay, we tried – but everyone down the pub.Tweet