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    • OPI Natural Nail Strengthener / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      10.12.2016 21:46

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      I wouldn't be able to live without this nail strengthener! If, like me, you spent years abusing and biting your nails, you'll more than likely find they are soft and lack any strength as you begin to grow them. After 6 months of them bending and breaking (which can be quite painful) a friend recommended this to me and I genuinely wouldn't go back. It's quite pricey but its totally worth it. My nails feel harder and they don't bend back on themselves. They rarely break and they have grown so long now. Wonderful stuff!

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    • mysupermarket.co.uk / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      10.12.2016 21:38

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      Literally the best thing since sliced bread

      We've used this website a number of times and I wouldn't do an online shop without it now. You basically search for all the products you would like; bread, cheese, milk, from any of the available stores. The website then compares all of your products across the stores and lets you know where you can purchase your basket of shopping for the cheapest. For example, we started off shopping for Tesco products but once we were ready to check out, we found that our basket was cheaper in Asda. To make even further savings, the website recommends products of the same type that are even cheaper. For example instead of the branded or finest products, there is usually a cheaper supermarket own version. The only down side is that it doesn't currently compare Lidl or Aldi products. We've found over a year its saved us about £200!

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    • Vue Cinema (Thanet) / Other UK / Ireland topic / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      09.12.2016 22:31

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      A film I saw here - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

      Nothing to go ape about but…

      Star – Andy Sirkis
      Genre – Comic Book > Sci Fi
      Run Time – 130 minutes
      Certificate – PG13
      Country – USA
      Oscars – 1 nomination (Visual Effects)
      Awards – 15 Wins & 45 Nominations
      Amazon – £4.36 DVD (£9.99Blue Ray)
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      As a kid, one of the most horrifying scenes in a movie I can vividly recall was from seeing the original Planet of the Apes film (1968) when Charlton Heston realizes the foreboding planet he has landed on run by talking primates is actually Earth in the future, the astronaut staring at the Statue of Liberty half buried by the ocean still an incredible moment in cinema today. Sadly the films thereafter in the Planet of the Universe got progressively worse, as they did for many comic book movies back in the 1980s and 90s, and we had to wait until 2011 and powerful digital special effects to make the Planet of the Apes really work and so give the apes credibility. I’m told Helena Bonham Carter needed no prosthetics at all for her appearance as the ape Ari in Tim Burton’s 2001 early CGI mess.

      Andy Serkis plays the lead ape Caesar, here, as he did in the first film, The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this a sequel and his 7th grueling motion capture film. From 2001 to 2014, in just thirteen years, he has played 3 hunching characters in seven films (Gollum, Kong, and Caesar) and helped them to gross 5.5 billion dollars. He is not the best looking actor so you take the work when you can get it in the movie business.


      ===Cast===

      =Apes=

      Andy Serkis as Caesar………a common chimpanzee and the leader of the evolved ape tribe.
      Toby Kebbell as Koba,……..a scarred bonobo and Caesar's treacherous lieutenant.
      Nick Thurston as Blue Eyes………a common chimpanzee and Caesar and Cornelia's first son.
      Karin Konoval as Maurice……..a Bornean orangutan and Caesar's friend and advisor.
      Terry Notary as Rocket……… a common chimpanzee and Caesar's friend.
      Doc Shaw as Ash…..a common chimpanzee, son of Rocket, also Blue Eyes' best friend.
      Judy Greer as Cornelia…… a common chimpanzee and Caesar's wife.
      Lee Ross as Grey……. a common chimpanzee and a follower of Koba.
      Jason Clarke as Malcolm, the leader of the small group of good apes.

      ===Humans===

      Jason Clarke as Malcolm, the leader of the small group that forms a strong bond with Caesar.
      Gary Oldman as Dreyfus…….the leader of the remaining human survivors.
      Keri Russell as Ellie…. a former nurse at the CDC, and Malcolm's wife.
      Kodi Smit-McPhee as Alexander……Malcolm's son from a previous marriage.
      Kirk Acevedo as Carver…..a former San Francisco water worker and a member of Malcolm's group.
      Jon Eyez as Foster……. a member of Malcolm's group.
      Enrique Murciano as Kem… a member of Malcolm's group.
      Jocko Sims as Werner…….. the colony's radio operator.
      Keir O'Donnell as Finney…….. an ally of Dreyfus.



      ===Plot Catch up from Film One===

      A brilliant scientist (James Franco) is desperate to find a cure for his fathers Dementia and his bio company experiments on apes to try and achieve that. After a false dawn his father relapses from a cure but the upside being an ape, Caesar (Andy Sirkis), shows remarkable intelligence gains from the same drug, eventually busting out of his cage with some fellow apes and fleeing to the Northern Californian woods and freedom. In the process the scientist has unleashed a deadly simian flu…


      ===Plot===

      10-years on from the outbreak and pretty much all of the humans appear to be dead. The Apes, headed by Caesar, have set up a community in the woods with a hierarchy and basic structure. Caesar intelligence is still raging on and can now speak basic human but as they haven’t seen any humans for two years they think there are none left. Not so.

      In the ruins or San Francisco a human community rages, 700 strong, headed by Dreyfus (Gary Oldman). He has dispatched a team, headed by Malcolm (Jason Clark), drive high into the woods to try and kick start the old hydro electric plant to supply power to the city. But the team runs into Caesar’s ‘armed’ apes and a confrontation inevitable, the humans outnumbered and sent packing back to the city with a flea in their ear. If they are to restart the dam they will need to cut a deal with the apes, who have promised war if they return with another show of force.

      Malcolm takes it upon himself to go back and confront the apes, building up enough of rapport with leading ape Caesar to return with small team of technicians to work on the dam. If they let them get the dam working they will leave each other alone from then on in. But there is a dissent in the ape community, ugly and angry ape Koba (Toby Kebbell) challenging Caesar’s authority and demanding they attack the humans before the humans can attack them. Malcolm has a long diplomatic battle of building trust ahead of him if he is to re-open the dam, communicate with the apes and also stop Dreyfus from a preempted attack on the apes.

      ===Results===


      So, it’s a bit of a leap from ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ so best to see film one first if you haven’t. You can’t just pick this up to enjoy it. This is not Dawn of the Dead to Day of the Dead. It’s an intelligent trilogy (film 3 due in 2018) and involves your imagination and investing in the idea. The Apes were extremely hard to get right, CGI wise, and clearly the whole franchise hangs on that mix of special effects and animatronics, as did Spiderman being able to look good swinging through the skyscrapers of Manhatten in the brilliant Toby Maguire re-launch. Well it worked in Rise and it works here in Dawn, the apes believable enough and Serkis doing great physical and surprisingly emotional work in front of the green screen. The fact the apes are meant to be part human in behavior in this film enables those creases to remain.

      Dawn is not interested in staging conflict for the sake of it and the misunderstandings and tensions that drive the plot don't always feel like contrivances. This is a genesis movie that’s making sure it sets up the future films and audiences. This one cost $170 million to make but did an impressive $710 million back so they definitely got it right. A lot of these fantasy Sci-Fi comic book movies overdo the CGI on screen but this nailed it by limiting prominent apes, humans and locations.

      It’s a tad long at 2 hours 10 minutes but it flew by with some thoughtful story but salted with some decent action and authentic and grand special effects. Gary Oldman is a huge ham as per usual and the little known cast around him allow for the apes to own the movie as they soon will the Earth, of course. Jason Clarke understands that crucial dynamic as Malcolm and puts in the appropriate cowering turn. It does adhere to some stock comic book blockbuster rules of the big showdown ending and the expected traitors and heroes but still enjoyable stuff. I was always reticent to watch anymore Planet of the Apes movies after Tim Burton’s disaster but this has restored my interest. It’s not suitable for young kids although I’m sure they are buying the toys.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – /10.0 (votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 90% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – % critic’s approval
      Leonard Maltin –

      ===Trailer===
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2103281/videoplayer/vi3448876057?ref_=tt_ov_vi


      ===Special Features===

      =Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar=

      It’s a tough role for Andy and the apes actors to play as they are crouching in front of a green screen for the most of the movie. Here he talks about how the film was put together.

      =Gallery=

      =Trailer=



      ===Critics===

      Times U.K –‘[Dawn of the Planet of the Apes] is a text book example of how to stay true to the basic genetic code of a movie while also letting it evolve into a different, altogether more sophisticated beast’.

      Independent UK –‘Given the constraints under which he must have been working, being filmed with motion capture technology and under layers of heavy make-up, Serkis' performance is extraordinarily expressive’.

      The Film Stage –‘More smartly nuanced and visually bombastic than any entry in the series, Dawn boasts a surprisingly textured script and great performances from both the men and the apes’.

      Matt Reeves, the director of another end of the world type scenario in found footage film Cloverfield, takes the reins of this smart and attractive franchise and runs confidently with visceral wanton destruction and a blunt message about gun control’.

      Salt Lake City Weekly –‘Reeves conjures a spectacle that has you questioning every moment where movies have conditioned you to cheer instinctively, because the heroism of a moment is so often defined by your allegiances.

      Flavorwire –‘They manage to accomplish what few reboots have: to tell an origin story that honors the original work and pleases the superfans, while working as involving, compelling cinema, on their own terms and free of all other associations’.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      09.12.2016 18:23
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      Will 100% be recommending you

      Absolutely perfect, fast replies, very helpful and everything I wanted!
      My fiancé was desperate for a gaming PC and I found you online, saw great reviews and decided to give it a shot, amazing customer service and even allowed me to change things after my order had been placed! Very happy

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    • Plumbs Furniture Covers / Furniture / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      09.12.2016 10:37
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      • " done in 2 weeks."
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      • "Rubbish customer service"
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      Don't use Plumbs: they lie to get your order and they dont' care about you.

      I paid over £500 to have a rocking chair recovered. I wanted removable washable zipped covers. I needed it back quickly as I have a bad back and it's the only chair in which I can sit comfortably. The rep said it would take two weeks.

      After 2 weeks I rang head office who said it always takes 2 months.

      When I got it back the covers had zips but were nailed to the seats so are completely unremovable and unwashable. The zips are buckled, fit badly and don't lie flat.

      One cover has been made upside down with the nap running up the back instead of down.

      Plumbs have virtually no customer services. They haven't apologised, fixed their mistakes, offered a partial refund, they're total rubbish at customer services.

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      09.12.2016 05:42
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      Don't do it!!

      Don't waste your money on the 1:1 service. The singles events are good but I've had to chase regularly for profiles, then not received any still. I think they may have run out. Their age clientele is definitely over 50s.
      1:1 service is a scam.

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      08.12.2016 19:57
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      fantastic foundation

      I have been wearing this foundation religiously since 2012 as it was recommended to me by a friend when I started to develop acne, While dealing and managing acne it was important for me to get a foundation that helped cover my skin as I couldn't bare to walk around with it on show, at the time I used cheaper brands such as Max Factor and Maybelline and even though they're ok foundations they're not very good for people with skin issues so I had to make a big change.


      Why this foundation is best for acne prone skin

      When I used other foundations that were around the £10 mark, they were very hard to apply over acne patches on my skin when they first developed, the foundation would wear off it very quickly, it could go dry and crusty and make my skin look even worse, Estee Lauder double wear foundation is made for cover ups and problem skin areas, it helps create an even tone, this foundation is well known to cover acne, blemishes, birthmarks, dark circles and other skin anomalies due to its varied shades, thickness and long lasting coverage.
      The price and how long it lasts

      When I first started buying this the price was £26 however it is now £31. With the economy the price of this does keep rising, however the foundation only keeps getting better with expanding shades and quality training for their make up artists, if this foundation rose to £50 I would still pay this price because to me it is 100% worth it for the way it makes me feel and look. This price is for 30ml glass bottle with a screw top lid, this is my favourite type of bottle because it looks classy, elegant and it means no foundation is left behind in the bottom you can't reach like a pump bottle, so for the money you do get every drop of this. This bottle used almost every day and sometimes even two layers of this lasts me two months. If applied correctly and precise. Cheaper foundations previously lasted me two weeks at a time so this is significantly different in the quality, price and the amount of time you get out of this.


      Why so many shades

      The company have just developed a few more shades and improved other shades, they now have a massive 44 shades, to some people this will seem excessive and confusing when picking a shade, honestly to get this foundation you need to have a good chat with the artists and get what is really right for you. This is one of the reasons I most love this brand, because they know and understand everyone skin and issues are completely different from the next. In my eyes a brand that only has 10 shades for skin tones isn't to be trusted because they do not take into account not everyone already has flawless skin. Estee Lauder shades are split in two, warm and cool shades, often great for summer and winter, it's best to know the right shade for each season as a cool tone in summer may look too pale for the winter. The shades really do help to accommodate those problems, if the shade matches you skin tone but is too light to cover your problems then they're going to shine through, this is why there are 44 options available to try on and get whats right and best coverage which also blends perfectly, as well as this I believe the artists are able to mix shades for you to try.


      Application and wearing

      The consistency of this foundation is very thick and running, but don't be put off by this as it doesn't feel the way it looks. As well as being thick, this is fast drying to can make it sticky, because of this it must be applied with a good quality foundation brush, the better the brush the better the application. I have tried this with my fingers and a sponge and it just doesn't blend correctly or evenly, so a brush is the only way. This is thick, but it goes very far if applied correctly, so this is the way I do it.
      I tip the bottle upside down and give it a good shake, I take off the lid and use what is in the lid only, I will never use more than that unless needed. With just the tip of my brush I dip it in and start on my forehead and work with the lines of my skin side ways, sideways under my eyes and downwards on my nose, cheeks and chin. This blends easily and dries quickly, after it;s dried (about 15 seconds usually) I apply slightly more to my problem areas such as my cheeks and end of my nose. (It is of course suggested using the double wear concealer under, and the powder over the top but I use neither of these, I have in the past and they work well together but these days I don't need as full a coverage as I once did.)

      This goes on semi matte and it feels light weight as if it hasn't even been applied, despite it's thickness, because it is thick it doesn't need be piled on which is why it feels great on. I used to use the same powder but now I just use a cheap one over the to help it set. I remember looking at myself for the first time with it on and being amazed by how different and normal I looked, this is a massive confidence boost, of course having acne you can see the bumps but the skin is one shade, one nice even tone and it helped me feel like I fit in again. This has the staying power of 15 hours and honestly I think it lasts longer than this, never in four years of using this have I had to re apply anywhere, and often on a night out if I've been too drunk to wipe my face clean my face looks exactly the same in the morning (despite the big smudged panda eyes and lipstick up the cheek)
      Getting this off

      This is fairly average to take off, it really depends what else you have on your skin too such as contouring, blushers, powders and other variations but generally it comes off ok, It takes me two make up wipes to full get my face clean but that includes taking off eye make up, I always give my face a good wash afterwards just to make sure my pours are clean, but Estee Lauder also do have a liquid make up remover which I found to be fantastic but I've only ever used one bottle of this.


      Overall


      It's a foundation I've stuck with for four years, my skin is now under medication and no longer raised acne however the redness off it is still there for now, I will no doubt continue with this product long after my acne has gone as I truly love it.

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      08.12.2016 19:33
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      I've officially swapped foundation

      Why I chose to change foundation

      My last review was of Estee Lauder double wear foundation and how I would never change despite the price because I was happy with the results I was getting from it, well I decided to try a new foundation. Since my skin has cleared up of acne except for redness and different tones, I was looking through my social media and someone I knew posted a video about the body correction cream they have and how it ahs covered their tattoos, so I began to look into this and saw that Dermablend was created specifically for proper cover ups so I decided to give this a go.


      Price and Availability

      Originally I bought my first bottle of this from www.escential.com which stocks certain amount of products at a reduced amount, my first 30ml bottle was £12.20 but the price was never that low again, so I opted to buy this from boots as they stock a lot of the foundation, concealers and powders (but not body corrective ones) it is £18 but boots have a lot of offers on the Vichy range often such as three for two, or 20% off but I noticed this generally is on certain shades and not the entire range so I paid full price for my shade which was £18, which I also collected boots points for this. This can also be bought in a lot of online places such as www.dermablend.co.uk and www.vichy.co.uk and amazon.


      Choosing a shade

      For problematic skin, it is quite essential to have a lot of shades because there are that many tones and problems that often it's hard to match a shade, and that was quite hard with this brand because not only is the range not kept in the beauty section with testers, they only offer eight shades as it is, these are porcelain, opal, nude, sand, gold, bronze, coffee, espresso. These are common shade names and they are pretty accurate against other brands, the porcelain is too light and the nude comes off a bit orange like so I go for the opal, and the espresso isn't that dark so this bran only caters for certain skin shades, it was quite difficult picking one from the internet, at first I had nude and it was way too dark so I sent back and swapped it for opal.


      Application, wearing and removing

      I also apply liquid foundation with a brush, it's more precise, less is needed and it's easier to blend and have a nice finish, I squirted out a little on the back of my hand, only a pea sized at first because this is a squeezy bottle I don't like to waste it. It is quite viscos but not watery, this is really pigmented to give great coverage so in theory a lot doesn't need to be applied anyway. When applied this glided over my skin really easily, easy to blend and cover despite using so little, this helped with it feeling so light weight. It was very noticeable that it has evenly toned my skin, all the redness was evenly covered, I do put some concealer under my eyes but tbh it doesn't make much of a difference, on my eyes.
      The brands says this has 16 hour lasting power and to be honest I don't think this is the case in the slightest. I think I could get 6 hours out of this without having to re apply in certain areas, those being around my nose, and mouth and my forehead, generally the T section of my face could do with a top up during the day. I don't know if this is because of the cold weather or because of my skin, or even the product itself. When I first wore this I used a different brand powder and they didn't work together at all, it's like the foundation didn't set right, so I had to buy the same brand powder to set, but since I've got that it sets much better and feels much nicer.

      Removing this is extremely easy, it comes off in one cosmetic wipes, it doesn't cling to the skin and I always wash my face at night to make sure I have removed all my make up anyway, I always make sure I give my foundation brushes a wash too just a little fairy liquid and water, because if this builds up on the brush it doesn't apply correctly and then old make up is getting into the pores and isn't very good.


      Overall

      Overall, I am happy with the change that I've made, dermablend is a fraction of the price of estee lauder what I was originally using, for a 30ml bottle that costs £32 and for a 30ml bottle of dermablend it is £18 maximum price and can be cheaper, I think I can make this last longer on my skin and it's just a case of discovering what works best for me, it goes on great, it makes my skin appear brighter and healthier and with the same brand concealer and powder they all work great together,

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      08.12.2016 19:19
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      • "The little santa face"
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      Christmas spirit

      I purchased this bath bomb as I wanted to get into the christmas spirit and it definitely worked for me.
      The little face of father Christmas is enough to put a smile on your face and to help anyone to relax.

      When I first popped his little santa in the bath it fizzed into a whirl wind of pink, fizzing all around my bath tub,But then I noticed that it started changing colour to an emerald green, the colour almost reminded me halloween not christmas. Which was ok with me as I love halloween as much as christmas.
      The smell was nice and sweet and was similar to the snow fairy shower gel.
      I didn't think the scent of the bath bomb lasted as much as it should have done but I still enjoyed watching it disolve into a lovely green colour.
      It is a lovely bath bomb and I would purchase this item again and I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to get in to the christmas spirit.

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      08.12.2016 12:54
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      • "Very helpful assistance"
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      • "Easy to customise your pc"

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      If myself or anyone i know need a pc, i would happily recommend pc specialist

      I was very happy with the service recieved from start to finish. I actually had to send my 1st order back (through no fault but my own) but the communication & re-ordering process was excellent. I saw an add for pc specialist online, read some good reviews so decided to drop them an email stating what i would be using my pc for. I recieved an email back almost the next day with a suitable pc for my needs. Clicked on the link & it was all there. It was so easy to tweek anything i wanted to upgrade. The website is easy to navigate & choose your specs with plenty of info. I chose the finance option which was set out easy to understand with minimal jargon. This was set up swiftly & easily (it must have taken 15mins) & i recieved confirmation shortly after. Once ordered you can click on my account where you you see your order status. The whole order process didnt take long, im pretty sure i recieved my pc within 6 days which i believe is pretty swift considering its built from scratch. Like i said earlier though i missed a component i wanted (& this is only because im a bit of a pc novice). I phoned pc specialist up & they were excellent, we set up a return & the pc was picked up the next day & i was talked through the process again with constant updates via personal email. My original deposit was refunded straight away & my finance option cancelled by pc specialist themselves & i set up a new 1 for my laptop. On the whole i was very pleased with the whole process

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      08.12.2016 11:51
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      The Eagle flies again

      Star – Taron Egerton & Hugh Jackman
      Genre – Biopic > Comedy
      Run Time – 115 minutes
      Certificate – PG 13
      Country – United Kingdom
      Awards – 1 Win & 3 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.00 DVD £9.99Blue Ray
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      “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well”.

      (Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1863-1937)


      So, after the really enjoyable British film called ‘Pride’, about the miners struggle and a group of gay activist that dare to help them, I was up for more of the same with this one, ‘Eddie the Eagle’, earning similar glowing write ups in that ‘based on a true story plucky Brits make good’ comedy genre. Most of you know the story of Edwards and most of you would agree it’s amazing that it’s taken this long to produce a comedy about this countries greatest loser. If you don’t know what happened then Eddie, real name Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards, went from £6 grand a year jobbing chippy in 1988 to £10 grand an hour failed Olympic hero a week later after his inglorious flop in the 1988 Calgary Olympics 70m Hill , jumping just half the distance of the gold medal winner. It was a big story at the time.

      The British Olympic Committee had not sent an Olympic jumper to the Games since 1928 and not about to send Eddie, seeing him as a chancer trying to belittle the sport with his rubbish jumps. It’s a little known fact he narrowly missed competing for the Great Britain team for the 1984 Sarajevo Games as a speed skater, believe it or not. Now that would be chaos! To improve his chances to qualify for Calgary in 1988, he moved to Lake Placid, New York in the U.S. to train and enter competitions of a higher standard. But he struggled for funding and so returned home to work with his dad, plastering. To realize his Olympic dream, he decided to switch to ski jumping for reasons of cost and easier qualification as there were no other British ski jumpers with whom to compete for a place in the team. He was actually at a Finnish mental hospital (not as an inmate but as a plasterer) when he heard he had been selected for Calgary.

      After his infamous exploits in 88 to keep earning money and hold on to his unlikely fame he took up exhibition speed skiing and stunt jumping and held the world record for jumping over 6 buses on skis. In 1992, after declaring bankruptcy, Eddie would take a degree in law at De Monfort University in Leicester and became a sports agent. He is not as gormless as he looks and a true British hero. No one reading this would dare to ski jump on a 70m hill. No on you know would.

      The movie is directed by the rather excellent Dexter Fletcher (Lock Stock & Smoking Barrels), who bought us the rather excellent Wild Bill (2011) gangster film (you must check that one out). Edwards, who had optioned a script 14 years ago, was told the movie would be 90% made up and only around 10 to 15% of it is based on his life, in return he would get a cut of the DVD and cinema sales. Edwards has said: "I was sleeping in the car, in cow sheds, in a mental hospital. I was scraping food out of bins. And the whole time I'm thinking the next jump could very well by my last. I could kill myself. In some ways this movie doesn't show how bad it really was”.(Wikipedia quote)

      ===Cast===

      Taron Egerton ... Eddie Edwards
      Iris Berben ... Petra
      Rune Temte ... Bjørn the Norwegian Coach
      Hugh Jackman ... Bronson Peary
      Tom Costello ... Eddie (10 years old)
      Jo Hartley ... Janette Edwards
      Keith Allen ... Terry Edwards
      Jack Costello ... Eddie (15 years old)
      Mark Benton ... Richmond the BOA Official
      Tim McInnerny ... Dustin Target
      Edvin Endre ... Matti Nykänen
      Mads Sjøgård Pettersen ... Erik Moberg
      Marc Benjamin ... Lars Holbin


      ===Plot===

      10-year-old Gloucestershire schoolboy Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards (Tom Costello) dreams of being in the summer Olympics. He doesn’t know what event yet but something will come up. But after putting his wooden javelin through dad’s greenhouse and handicapped by all manner of child impediments he is not even athletic enough to get in his schools tiddlywinks team, let alone run the 100 meters. But little Eddie is determined and after learning on dads new color telly they actually have a winter Olympics he sets his sights on that.

      At 16, Eddie (Jack Costello) is a competent skier at the local snow dome and his dream is coming nearer as he is selected for the British skiing team by his 18th birthday. But with his thick lens glasses resting on his nose and a disastrous photocall in team kit, the disapproving British Olympic Committee decides not to pick him for the 1984 Olympics, wrong school the attitude.

      Mum (Jo Hartley) is supportive of her son’s dreams but dad (Keith Allen) not so and just wants him to get a trade, preferably plastering like his old man. But Eddie (Taron Egerton) is determined and sets out to the Bavarian ski resort of Garmisch in Germany to follow his dream. He has discovered that a loophole will allow him to represent Team GB at ski jumping, simply by registering a jump at a certified event. But first he has to learn to jump. Pretty 40something bar owner Petra (Iris Berben) has sympathy to the oddball Englishman’s dream and lets him work his keep, if he pops into her bedroom now and then ( yes, right!).

      After a few bumps and bangs on the kiddies 15m jump he is ready for the 40m jump, where his antics catch the eye of ex jumper Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman) , now a washed up drunk snow plough driver who maintains the jumps. He too, after awhile, takes Eddie under his wing (before Eddie kills himself) and after yet another painful landing in hospital to try and master the 40m he promises to help Eddie to stay up right on the 70m hill, on condition that once he has qualified they go their separate ways and he stops wrecking his jump landings.

      He enters Eddie into a Veterans competition where a recorded jump of any distance will be enough to go back to London and register for the Olympics, or so he thinks. On arrival at the BOC with his 31m jump in the bag they break the news that they have no intention of letting him embarrass the country in Calgary in 88 and announce the qualification for the jumping team is now 60 meters.

      ===Quote===
      BOC: You name me one, just one British ski-jumper!
      Eddie Edwards: Me. Eddie Edwards. I'm gonna be the squad’.


      Disheartened he returns home broke and dad ready to enroll him for plastering course. But mum has been putting money aside for him to keep his dream alive and Eddie ‘borrows’ his dads van and races back out to Germany determined to learn to jump properly for the 88 Games, Peary unable to shake the plucky Brit as the two friends prepare for the 70m hill and Calgary.

      ===Quote===
      Eddie Edwards: Any tips then?
      Bronson Peary: Don't die?



      ===Trivia===

      In response to the Edwards’s phenomenon and Eric the Eel in swimming, in 1990, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) instituted what became known as the Eddie the Eagle Rule, which requires Olympic hopefuls to compete in international events and be placed in the top 30 percent or the top 50 competitors, whichever is fewer. This would inadvertently see a big increase in banned drug use as Olympic sport became more professional and financially rewarded. The Olympic Spirit was well and truly dead, 75% of the Russian winter team doping.



      ===Results===

      Eddie the Eagle works really well and great fun in that familiar genre. But how could it not? The handsome square jawed Taron Egerton (The Kingsman) is brilliant and uncanny as Eddie and although Hugh Jackman looks out of place and awkward as his ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ jacket and tight Levis he wears in every scene he is still warm and charming as ever on screen. And that’s the point here to get us all behind our lovable loser. I was that 10-year-old dreamer once and I also believed I would be in the Olympics, another reason for me to love this. If it was a film with an edge to put the guy down for his forts it simply haven’t worked. We had to celebrate him. For me he is a genuine legend. Ski jumping is far more dangerous if you impact halfway down the landing strip as that’s higher off the ground. He genuinely could have been killed or paralyzed every jump.


      With a soundtrack as cool as the crisp mountain air and giggles coming thick and fast at the expense of the fumbling and gormless Eddie Eagle, you can’t help but not get behind this. Yes, there is a lot of artistic license to make his story into a movie that can move forward with some sort of positive narrative that engages us around our loveable loser but there is no film without that. The real story is genuinely grim and mundane. His dad was not best pleased how he was represented in the film and you can understand why but Eddie loved it and amazed how a hunk like Egerton could be him. In the extras he said that after Calgary women would queue at his hotel door for sex with the Eagle. That is why you have to take these celebrities historic sexual abuse accusations with a pinch of salt as some women will do anything to get with famous people, however strange or good looking they are. The nurses would queue even to be with Jimmy Savile. Fame is a powerful thing.

      It is the film you think it is and one of the best British comedies of the year. It s great for family viewing and mum and dad will chuckle away. There is nothing too naughty in it and noticeably no swear words. Dexter Fletcher knows his audience and how to produce an enjoying and entertaining film. He can be forgiven for the massive fiction in the story here. Let’s face it, there is a bit of Eddie in all of us Brits and that’s what we want to se here.

      ===Critics===

      Times UK –‘How to make a hero out of a loser? This is the question that drives, inspires, defines and ultimately bedevils the rousing new biopic Eddie the Eagle’.

      The Guardian –‘The film's heart is in the right place, but Jackman and Walken are all wrong’.

      Little White Lies –‘An oddly conventional biopic that uses a strained father-son relationship to frame its rabble-rousing, crowd-pleasing reflection on futility’.

      Daily Telegraph –‘Fletcher has a brilliantly attuned sixth sense for what his audience wants to see at any given millisecond, and Eddie's final flight, from the 90-foot ramp at Calgary, is a mini-masterpiece of intuitive cutting’.

      The List –‘"Eddie the Eagle" doesn't soar as high as it could have, but at least it doesn't crash’.

      Movie Talk –‘With his milk-bottle glasses, jutting chin and fuzzy moustache, plucky British ski jumper Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards... remains an endearing figure of fun in this feel-good sporting romp’.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.4/10.0 (43,276votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 80% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 54% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===


      ===Special Features===

      -Let the Games Begin: Soaring with Eddie the Eagle-

      Behind the scenes stuff but enjoyable all the same. The real Eddie appears and in good form. Talk about someone who will always dine out on his life story.

      -Deleted Scenes-

      Quite a few


      -Trailers-

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