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    • Paul (DVD) / DVD / 43 Readings / 38 Ratings
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      15.05.2011 21:27
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      If you liked their previous films, then this is the one for you.

      As a very big fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, especially when they were in their most famous two films 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', I knew I was interested in Paul from the get go. After seeing an interview with Weaver, I realised that it really did sound like my kind of film. I went to the cinema with my best friends from uni and we sat in the front seat of this huge cinema (possibly the worst seat possible in a cinema) and we absolutely loved it. #The Plot# Graeme and Clive are two British nerds visiting the USA, most specifically to see Comic Com. They decide to take their time and travel to all of the UFO sites to fill their nerdy ways however at one stop, they actually meet a real life alien called Paul. Paul is on the run from Government officials and drags the boys on the run with him, and helping him get to where he needs to get. #The Cast# Graeme (Simon Pegg) Clive (Nick Frost) Paul Voice (Seth Rogen) Jason Batemen Bill Hader Ruth (Kristen Wiig) #My Opinion# Being the big nerd that I am, I found all of the sci-fi jokes and references were a joy throughout the film brilliant. I didn't know much about the film before going in, but I was really interested in all of the references that they were giving us in typical nerdy fashion. Pegg & Frost were on their normal level, giving us some brilliant, timeless jokes which made the whole cinema, which was at full capacity giggle throughout. There are a lot of jokes for everyone in the audience, sure the bigger nerd you are the more you'll probably get out of this movie, but if you have never watched a sci-fi movie in your life then you will still get a good portion of jokes within the movie. The big question I'm sure you are asking, is if the film is better than Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Well we all came out of the cinema saying for sure it was a lot better than both of the films. Shaun of the Dead being our previous favourite, however this film was a lot more comical and I think the atmosphere of the cinema made our enjoyment of the film a lot more prominent and I think that was what missing when we saw the other films. Pegg & Frost are definitely one of the best duos on our screens today, their chemistry in this film is not even in doubt, they work off each other brilliantly and throughout this film I think they really show why they work together so well. The character of Paul is fantastic. For one of my modules this year, we created an animation involving an alien and found the life like performance of Paul brilliant and quite helpful to us. Paul is voiced by Seth Rogen, who some of you may know from films like Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and much more films. I can't really talk about his acting skills in this role, but his voice for Paul was one of the best choices that the film made. There are a few apparently 'suprises' when it comes to actors within the film, to be honest one of the confusing parts, was why one character was meant to be kept a secret. Throughout the film there are many silly lines and lots of fart jokes and swear word jokes so if you don't like these types of films, then stay away from Paul. I think this film is for anyone that liked their previous two films, and liked films like Pineapple Express, Knocked up and those sort of genre of films as it follows the same sort of jokes. I'm always a bit skeptical with alien films, however this one was one of the best films we've seen of it's kind and I will be buying this when it comes to DVD. A really good film, and one to check out when it comes to DVD I believe in June. It is very funny, and for all of you sci-fi lovers out there, there is a lot to keep you laughing and a lot to keep you interested throughout the film.

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      • Your Highness (DVD) / DVD / 30 Readings / 27 Ratings
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        12.05.2011 17:15
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        a nice film, not worth spending too much money on though.

        I went to see this movie with 6 of my friends from Uni. Three of us sat on one side of the cinema due to limited seats, and three of us sat on the other. Yes this is relevant for the final opinion on the film. #The Cast# Danny McBride- Thadeous James Franco- Fabious Natalie Portman- Isabel Rasmus Hardiker- Courtney Toby Jones- Julie Zooey Deschanel- Belladonna #The Plot# Thadeous has spent his life watching his brother Fabious venture out into the land embarking on fabulous journeys to win the heart of his people. When Fabious' bride to be gets kidnapped he asks for his brothers help to find the love of his life. Can Thadeous find his inner hero and help his brother find his wife to be or will he be the deadbeat he has always been? #My Opinion# The reason why I mentioned that half of us were sat on one side of the cinema and the others were on the other side, was because half the group enjoyed the film, and the other side only liked it slightly. I was on the slightly side and the reasons behind this I think is because I know I went in with quite high expectations of this movie. As a big Pineapple Express lover, I think I was expecting something rather similar from the creators of that movie. It does make you laugh throughout, I give you that, but there are just too many gags within the movie that fell flat and that bothered me a little. With Pineapple Express you really laughed at every joke however with this movie I think there was only about 20% of them that we laughed at. James Franco as always was adorable within this movie. He plays the same sort of character he played in Pineapple Express, minus the weed, but he's funny, charming and actually provides us with quite a few jokes throughout. His accent however was to be desired but I managed to forget about that half way through. Danny McBride was also brilliant in the film; he probably had the most laughs from the audience and some of the things that his character that got into were very funny. The female leads in the movie were hit and miss. I thought as always Natalie Portman was fantastic and she had pretty good chemistry McBride. That being said, half of the guys within the audience had their mouths wide open through her scenes so I'm sure some of you will enjoy that. Deschanel is not an actress that I'm a fan of. I think her sister Emily, who stars in one of my favourite TV shows 'Bones' manages to have the same quirks that Zooey has, but I do think she manages to pull it off better within film. Despite the fact that the film is supposed be set in past times, there is quite a lot of CGI within the movie, including a pet which is electronic. This added a few laughs into the movie. There is one point in the movie where I was very close to walking out and asking for my money back, however I decided to stay with it and as it was on a Wednesday, I only paid half price for my ticket so it wasn't really breaking the bank. It's not as good a Pineapple Express and I recommend that you don't go into watching it with high expectations. If you do, you'll probably be disappointed. If you are looking for a funny comedy with not much brain cells required then this is the film for you.

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        • Red Riding Hood (DVD) / DVD / 23 Readings / 18 Ratings
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          10.05.2011 16:42
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          We all enjoyed this film when we went to see it. x

          I was very, very dubious about going to see Red Riding Hood. For some reason I got it into my head that it was a Disney movie, and for me, this is the point where I turn off and full out refuse to pay any money. My mates needed me to come so the orange Wednesday worked out, and I sat down with no expectations what so ever, and planning on taking the most expensive nap I've taken in my life, and I was hooked from the first scene. #The Cast# Amanda Seyfried- Valerie Gary Oldman- Father Soloman Billy Burke- Cesaire Shiloh Fernandez- Peter Max Irons- Henry Lazar Virgina Madsen- Suzette Lukas Haas- Father Auguste #The Plot# When Valerie decides to run away with Peter, she is stopped in her tracks when the werewolf that has plagued their village for years, kills her sister Lucy. Valerie then learns that she is to marry Henry the wealthy blacksmith's son and before she can escape with Peter the town goes on lockdown and they all try to find out where the wolf is. #My Opinion# My mates opening argument about going to see this film, was it was from the same Director as the first Twilight film. I think there was some laughing in her face at this point due to the fact that any of my friends know, the Twilight films are probably worse than High School Musical on my list of terrible movies. (Sorry to all of the fans.) After watching the movie, it was very easy to see where she got the idea that it was like the Twilight film, especially as it was directed by Catherine Hardwicke who directed that film. It is very different from Twilight however, and the main reason for that, is the actors, can actually act! Amanda Seyfried, to all of those people that don't know was in Mamma Mia and she was very good in this movie. Her hair probably had more personality than Kristen Stewart which is not really saying anything so that was a plus. The two leads within the movie, Peter & Henry were pretty nice to look at, they're acting ability was OK, not brilliant but it wasn't enough for me to walk out of the movie, unlike I did with Twilight. There are many problems with the film as I'm afraid, and I think they have to put it in, they actually used the 'my what big eyes you have...' which made all of us in the audience cringe as it wasn't necessary. The CGI is to be desired, I think she concentrated most of her budget on the scenery rather than the wolf that runs throughout the movie which made me giggle out loud a little bit too loudly. The movie is no Harry Potter or something along those lines but it manages to do a lot better than a lot of it's types in the same genre. It isn't the best movie, but it is enjoyable for the whole family and I think I enjoyed it a lot more because of the low expectations I went in with. The twist in the movie is pretty good, I did get it as soon as the wolf talked however my mates were pretty stumped until the end of the movie. I know I have compared Twilight a lot to this movie, but this is just because this is one of the reasons why I didn't want to see it and I think it ruined my expectations to begin with. Forget about Twilight, this is 100x better than that movie, and it is enjoyable enough. I do think you'll probably like it better if you save your money and rent it out when it comes to DVD. It's got a very good twist and the scenery is beautiful, however from all of the other reviews I've seen on it, I'm not sure if the majority of you reading this review are going to come out with the same opinion.

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          • Scream 4 (DVD) / DVD / 18 Readings / 16 Ratings
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            10.05.2011 14:06
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            Really good film. Well worth watching.

            I'm not sure how many people can really say they loved the Scream trilogy, to be honest they were pretty poor movies when you looked back on them. The stories were dragged out, the twists were obvious and the acting was the only really saving grace. For some reason though, when I saw that they had released Scream 4, I got into my car, drove to my local cinema and sat down to watch it with my best friend and little sister. #The Plot# It's been 10 years since the last film and Sidney Prescott has now managed to put the past behind her. She comes back to Woodsboro and reconnects with her old friends Dewey and Gale and moves into the home of her Aunt Kate and cousin Jill. When Sidney returns, so does Ghostface which puts her friends and family again in danger. #The Cast# Sidney Prescott- Neve Campbell Dewey Riley- David Arquette Courtney Cox- Gale Weathers Riley Kirby- Hayden Panettiere Jill Roberts- Emma Roberts #My Opinion# Throughout the film, my friend and I were sitting there making comments about how this film compared so much to the first film, which in my opinion was the best one out of the trilogy by far. I really recommend watching the previous three if you haven't seen them before watching Scream 4, as it provides you with a lot more knowledge and you might be able to guess the twist a lot quicker with this knowledge. I was sitting there very confidently when I worked out who Ghostface was this time. As I watched the previous movies when I was very young and the third film came out when I was 9 years old and didn't really get the twist within the first three films. Since then, I have become pretty good at getting twists, even ridiculous ones that don't even seem possible, however I hold my hand up and say, this film stumped me and it houses one of the best twists I've seen in a very long time and the twists just keep coming at you once it begins. One of the themes that runs through the movie is the phrase 'The first rule of remakes: Don't f*** with the original' and I think this was something that the writers must have been thinking throughout the film. You can easily compare this film to the original as there are a lot of similar stories and parallels going on throughout the movie, however there is a point where the parallels ended and this movie took over and became something different. The opening sequences for me are probably one of the best parts of the movie. One of the things this movie has managed to do all along, is take the piss out of the movie and the opening sequence does this with a lot of famous actors including Kristin Bell and Anna Paquin and it will make you think for a minute whether you have stepped into the right movie or not. This is probably one of the best things about the movie, besides the very smart twist, because it does not take itself too seriously and when you start to cringe or laugh at it, people in the film do this as well. The three actors that we all came to love in the first three movies, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette were all just as brilliant as they used to be in the first three movies and even more so in this one as they have grown so much as actors in the last eleven years. A really good film and the one thing I should say, it is gory, and it does make you jump, but I can't say that the film made me scared at any point during the film.

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          • Source Code (DVD) / DVD / 24 Readings / 22 Ratings
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            10.05.2011 12:01
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            Really could have been better than it was.

            I watched this movie after a very long day at Uni and I was shattered beyond belief and found it quite a struggle to stay through this film. It was Jake Gyllenhaal though, so I kept my eyes open and was a little disappointed in the end that I had spent nearly £7 to see this movie. #The Cast# Jake Gyllenhaal- Colter Stevens Michelle Monaghan- Christina Warren Vera Farmiga- Colleen Goodwin Jeffery Wright- Dr Rutledge #The Plot# Colter Stevens is a military pilot who wakes up in the body of a stranger on board a train. After 8 minutes on the train, a bomb explodes which kills everyone on board. Stevens however survives and he finds himself back into the body of the same man and this time it's his job to find out who planted the bomb and hopefully find out how to stop the bomb. #My Opinion# I wasn't expecting much when I went in to see the film. I went with a few lads at Uni as they were itching to see this new action thriller; however I just tagged along to get out of the flat and to stop doing work; however in a way I do wish I waited for DVD. Jake Gyllenhaal is an amazing actor in everything he's in. I did find myself laughing at a few lines he was given to say within this movie, but all in all I do think that the performance he delivered was strong, and he worked off brilliant of Michelle Monaghan who I haven't really seen in much before this film. She was good, however I do think her part was not really written brilliantly and anyone could have really acted that particular role. The chemistry between the two leads was strong however as I came up with this elaborate twist involving the two of them, I think I spent most of the movie concentrating on that rather than the apparently obvious chemistry between the two. From what I can tell from previous reviews, this is one of the highest rates movies of April 2011 and it seems that everyone seems to enjoy it except for me. I think this is probably down to how tired I was when I watched the movie, but I came out rather disappointed with the ending and the overall film, and just how it was all put together. I'm never one to follow what everyone else says and these are some of the reasons why I was disappointed with the movie, especially after paying the ridiculous price that Vue cinema now charges at night. The Sci-fi in the movie is strong and the story could work, however I found it all very clichéd and the twist which could have been amazing, wasn't and at a risk of sounding big headed, I think I could have written a better twist than the one that they came up with. I have seen it compared to Deja-vu and I can see that in some ways, however Deja-Vu is a far superior movie as it made a lot more sense, I was constantly on the edge of my seat and I was interested in the characters within the movie. All of the little twists within this movie were too obvious for words, and I could not have really cared less about the characters by the end of the film. This for me is due to lack of characterisation at the beginning of the film, and this all comes down to the script. To tell the story it was necessary for them to miss the characterisation within the movie as they had to get straight into the movie but for me it was one of the let downs. If it sounds like your kind of movie, it's really not worth the ridiculous price of a cinema ticket, and I recommend renting it out when it gets released onto DVD.

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            • Water for Elephants (DVD) / DVD / 35 Readings / 31 Ratings
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              08.05.2011 14:38
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              One to watch at the cinema. A truly beautiful film.

              Water For Elephants Sorry there has been such a delay in writing reviews. University only allows me enough free time to watch films and not enough time to review them anymore. I've only got a few more weeks left, but in between writing my essays I thought I'd write a few reviews about some films I've seen lately. Last week I went to see the new Robert Pattinson and Reece Witherspoon movie, 'Water For Elephants'. I'm not usually a fan of Pattinson, to say I'm not a fan in the slightest will be the most obvious explanation and this was all down to the few films I've seen him in, including the Twilight series. It was an orange Wednesday, so it was only a few pounds to see the movie, and to be honest I really was not expecting much, mainly because of Patterson and my previous opinion that he couldn't act to save his life. The film started, and I forgot about this previous opinion and throughout the whole film I forgot he was English, as his American accent was very good and he could act a lot better than I originally thought. ======== The Plot ======== A young man who is training to be a vet, has to face the loss of his parents, and finds himself escaping his family home and going on the road. He jumps onto a passing train, and enters the world of the circus and is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. He then meets Marlena, the beautiful star of the circus who is married to the Ring Leader, August, and Jacob begins to fall for this beautiful but unobtainable woman as they both begin to care for an elephant who seems impossible to train. Can they both overcome the obstacles to find true love? ======== The Cast ======== Marlena- Reese Witherspoon Jacob- Robert Pattinson August- Christoph Waltz Camel- Jim Norton Walter- Mark Povinelli ========== My Opinion ========== The first thing I should talk about with this movie, is the cinematography as it was truly one of the most beautiful movies I have seen in a long time. The costumes, the sets are all exquisite and fit into what I think we all imagine the 1930's would have been like, especially surrounding the circus. As a film buff, this is one of the first things I looked for in the film and it is one of the highlights, and I would recommend going to watch the film at the cinema for this reason, because I don't think you'll get the same feeling on a smaller screen. Robert Pattinson was the shock of this movie for me. I'm sorry if I insult any Twilight fans, but his performance in that movie, was to be desired, however within Water For Elephants he was really actually good. He fit the role of 1930's posh vet perfectly and he was perfect for the role of Jacob. His chemistry with both Reece Witherspoon and even the Elephant in the movie, Rosie was exceptional and it just goes to show, once he has a leading actress who has a bigger personality that a brick wall, he can actually perform a half decent role. Reece Witherspoon is an amazing actress, and she showed this off in the movie. It's nowhere near the role she portrayed in Walk The Line, but her role as Marlena was very good and the stunts within the movie, mainly on the back of the elephant were just amazing, and here is a little bit of trivia, she actually did all of the stunts herself, so when you see her performing all of these amazing rolls and jumps, it's Witherspoon. I adored Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds and he was perfect for the role of this movie. He plays the Ring Master called August and his character wanted fame, and he would use anything, and anyone to get what he wanted, and even when there was not enough money to pay his men, he would still hire new acts, including Rosie the Elephant. I was shocked between the chemistry between Witherspoon and Waltz, they looked like a strange pair, however she probably had more chemistry with him than she did with Pattinson. His role is ruthless and it's quite difficult to watch some of the scenes he's in, but he was the shining star in the movie, after the elephant of course. Whilst I'm talking about the elephant, I should warn you, if you take your kids to see this movie, or even when you see this movie, you will want a pet elephant because Rosie the Elephant who is really called Thai is just amazing and the animal is so beautiful you can't help but fall in love. Pattinson has said in interviews that she was the best actress he's ever worked with, and I probably agree with that, she was brilliant. The film was originally a book which I already have on my Amazon wish list, and it seems that if you liked the book, it really is hit or miss if you enjoy the film or not. I think if you are the type of person that can watch a film and forget about the book, then you I'm sure will love this movie. It is definitely one of the best movies I've seen this year, and I will probably be going to see it when I'm home from University with the family as I enjoyed it that much. It really is a very beautiful, sweet movie and I bet none of you will be able to go throughout the whole film without awwwwwing throughout.

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              • The King's Speech (DVD) / DVD / 32 Readings / 30 Ratings
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                Really good film. Well worth the awards it won.

                Every year I attempt to watch as many contenders in the race for best picture at the Oscars and this year is no different. The first film I really wanted to see was the film that was going to probably bring home a few awards for us Brits, and that is The Kings Speech, staring the fantastic Colin Firth, about the speech impediment of the famous King. I wasn't sure if it was my type of film, but I managed to get a free screening of it at my local cinema, and wasn't going to turn it down. ========= The Plot ========= The story follows King George or Bertie as he was known to his family and friends. After his brother King Edward abdicates, Bertie assumes the throne however he first has to get rid of a stammer he has since childhood. To help him with his speech, Her Royal Highness hires an unorthodox speech therapist and with the help, can he finally be able to find his voice? ========= The Cast ========= Colin Firth- King George VI Helena Bonham Carter- Queen Elizabeth Geoffrey Rush- Lionel Logue Guy Pearce- King Edward VIII Michael Gambon- King George V Timothy Spall- Winston Churchill =========== My Opinion =========== It's very rare that I don't enjoy a Colin Firth movie and with this movie getting so many accolades I knew I had to at least give it a go. I was happy that I did because it was truly a very good film and the performance from Colin Firth, well, if he doesn't win the Oscar then I don't know what they expect. The film has everything in it, it made me laugh, it made me feel sad, and it was very deep and just enjoyable to watch. The acting first and foremost is the reason why this film works so well. Colin Firth like I said earlier really deserves an Oscar for this performance. He plays the role of the stammering Prince who is becoming King perfectly and the chemistry he has with his 'Queen', played by Helena Bonham Carter was just fantastic. Whilst I'm talking about Bonham Carter, I have to say, I am not a fan of her or most of the work she does, including the Harry Potter series which I love. This is the first film, which I have gone, wow she can actually act and is not just being strange and coo-coo in. Her performance in this film was normal, and was fantastic as she worked off Firth brilliantly. Geoffrey Rush was absolutely fantastic as well in the film, his performance of the speech therapist who attempted to help the King find his voice was truly just magnificent. I do have to say however, he is supposed to be Australian however if it wasn't for them mentioning it over and over again in the film, I would have been none the wiser. I don't know if that's just because I am terrible with accents or it just wasn't prominent in his voice. I really wasn't sure what to expect with this film, to be honest, it didn't seem like my kind of film but as soon as I sat down to watch it I really did love it. It just all worked together for me, from the fantastic acting, to the brilliant directing which was done by the fabulous Tom Hooper. You really felt everything I feel you needed to feel within the film and in my opinion that was done by the Direction of Tom Hooper. David Seilders who wrote the screenplay really did write an amazing script, and I have heard from other people that one of the reasons why he managed to capture the experience and the emotional side of the stutter was because he himself suffered as a child and I do think that experience really helped. It is really a film worth watching and I can't wait to watch it again when it's back on DVD and I do hope it does well at the Oscar's. Thanks for reading. Kirsty 2011 (C)

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                • Unstoppable (DVD) / DVD / 43 Readings / 39 Ratings
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                  A really good film, well worth buying/renting when it comes out on DVD.

                  This was written back when the film was released. I have only had time now to post it so it might read a little out of date. First review in a while to post, I'm hoping to post a few more in the next few weeks. Thanks for reading. As I now have a cinema literally a 5 minute walk away from me, I tend to go quite often, especially on Wednesday nights when I can split the price of a ticket with my flatmate. This week we went t see the film Unstoppable starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine and as my mate behind the desk at the Vue cinema said, it's going to be a good film as it's 2 hours of Denzel Washington. I was not sure what to expect, but sat down in the very, very hot cinema for 2 hours of Denzel Washington. ======= The Cast ======= Denzel Washington- Frank Chris Pine- Will Rosario Dawson- Connie Kevin Dunn- Galvin ======= The Plot ======= Unstoppable follows a runaway train which is carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. The train is well over half a mile long, and the train company try everything in their power to stop this speeding unmanned train before it hits a track called the curve, where at the speed it's going, it will most definitely derail and decimate a whole town. It becomes down to two very brave men, an engineer (Washington) and a Conductor (Pine) who is on his first day, to stop the train from derailing. Can they do it in time? =========== My Opinion =========== The film is Directed by the fantastic Tony Scott who is behind films like Man On Fire, Top Gun and Enemy of the State, so before even watching it, you know this film is going to be a film where no expense is spared and it should take you on a fantastic thrill ride. I have to say I was expecting this film to be good and I was right, I really did enjoy it from the get go. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and I really did like the whole metaphor of these two men just being your ordinary men with no training in anything other than what their job is, and they decide to do something which needs a whole lot of courage in the face of danger. It's not the first time Washington and Scott have worked together, as you can see from the list above, and they work again together again here fantastically well. Like I said at the beginning of the review, the reason why my mate who works at the cinema told me to watch this film, was because it was 2 hours of Denzel Washington and I do have to agree with him, this actor is just fantastic at what he does and I do think that any film he is in, he manages to deliver a fantastic performance. The shocker for me in the film was Chris Pine, whom I had only seen in chick flicks like Just my Luck and Princess Diaries 2, I had have course seen him in Star Trek but in this film he really showed he can actually act, and work alongside the likes of Washington and still deliver an amazing performance. You really believe his story and he is great at the action scenes that he needs to do more near the end. Rosario Dawson plays the train operator person and she is fantastic. Being quite a big RENT fan, as soon as she came on screen I immediately poked my friend and went Mimi, luckily she's probably the only person at the Uni who knows what the hell I'm on about. This is the only film I've seen her in other than Rent and thought she did such a fantastic job throughout. I found the filming in the film to be fantastic, the angles used throughout really made you think you are watching this film from a standbyers point of view, throughout the film, Scott keeps the camera quite far back from the train and makes sure to show all the houses near the tracks. It is amazing how well it's filmed because I can't imagine they would have been able to do too many takes, as it would have just cost an abundant amount of money. There was just a little bit too much Hand-Held sort of feel to the camera work, which did get annoying, the first thing you'll notice as soon as the film begins is the fact that first shot of the train is really shaky and for me at that point there was no reason for it. Otherwise the rest of the camera work was very well done. The Direction was fantastic throughout, and I think this has to be one of my favourite Tony Scott films. The action in the film is fantastic, my friend compared it to Speed and I do agree with it, however there is no sappy love story taking away from the action. The film is very predictable, there is no doubting it, however the action throughout keep you on your toes, and I was sitting up throughout. That being said, my mate was not that impressed with the film, she's still unsure of whether it was to do with the heat in the cinema not allowing her to pay too much attention or the fact that she doesn't like action films, but we came out both with different opinions. If you like Tony Scott films and are bit of an action/suspense genre fan, then this is the film for you. It is 2 hours with Denzel Washington on top form and I'm sure the majority of you will love it. (C) Kirsty 2010

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                  • Blackberry Curve 8520 / Smartphone / 45 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                    I love this phone, however it's not for everyone.

                    I finally have some time off from University as even Christmas Day I was sat doing some of my coursework and as I'm bored out of my mind, I thought I'd start writing the reviews I have wanted to write since I started University back in September. That being said, my love of writing has disappeared, so this review is going to be rather short. Well as short as a phone review can really be. -------------------- My Purchase -------------------- Just before Christmas, I seemed to be the only one left with a pretty crappy phone. I really didn't care less, until my beloved Sony Erickson gave up the ghost and I knew I needed a new one. How half of my friends at University afford a contract phone I don't know, but I knew I would never be able to afford it along with the price of rent I had to pay. I walked on into the Orange shop and was completely sold on the Pay As You Go, Blackberry Curve. Pretty much everyone seemed to either have an IPhone or a BlackBerry and I knew as soon as the gentleman showed it me, it was mine. -------------------- Specs -------------------- Size: 2.46 inches, 320x240pixels Keyboard: Qwerty Touch Sensitive Optical Track pad Internal Memory 256 MB Camera 2MP 512mhz processor Display TFT, 65K colours Why I chose The Blackberry? ---------------------------- QWERTY Keyboard ----------------------------- The first thing that sold me onto the Blackberry Curve was the QWERTY keyboard. Every decent phone at the moment seems to have a Touch keypad and despite my IPod, I have never been able to get along with any of my mates Touch keypads. QWERTY keyboard for all of you that don't know is a keyboard which looks just like the one you have on your laptop or PC keyboard. I have to say; even in the shop I noticed one big problem. I don't have the smallest hands in the world, but they are generally smaller than most guys, but the tip of my finger easily covers two keys and it takes a while to get used to pressing just one of the keys. ----------------------------- Pay As You Go ----------------------------- The next thing that sold the BlackBerry for me, was the fact that I could get it on Pay As You Go. I cannot afford the usual contracts which are usually around £20 a month or so and because I don't use my phone to text as much as most teenagers, the Unlimited Texts or Unlimited Phone Calls wasn't really appealing to me, so having it on Pay As You Go was perfect for me. There was however a catch. The catch was that to get the main features on the Blackberry, which are Internet, Email & Blackberry Messenger you have to technically go into a contract. Unlike a normal contract you are not contracted to stick with teh phone for 12, 18 or 24 months, it runs for however long you like and stops as soon as you don't have enough credit. This contract is £5 a month. It comes straight out of your credit, so it doesn't touch your bank and it is for all of the main features on the phone. So what I have decided to do, is put £10 a month on my phone. I currently have a package on my phone called Dolphin, and this gives me 300 free texts a month, and then out of that £10, the contract £5 comes from it leaving me with the rest of teh credit to spend on phone calls. This works perfectly for me as I was already paying that much on my old phone anyway. The phone is available on Contract however you are paying £20 a month + which for me is just a little bit too much. ----------------------------- Blackberry Messenger ----------------------------- The one thing I do love about this phone is the Blackberry Messenger or BBM. It works pretty much exactly like any other instant messaging service you've probably used before. You get use of this with the £5 a month you pay and it is brilliant. I use it all the time as about 9 people off my course alone have it and it's brilliant if we need help with what the hell we have to do for one of the modules. Everyone has a unique PIN and if you want people to be your contact, you enter the pin and hey presto. ----------------------------- Email & Internet ----------------------------- This is also included in the contract I pay for. I get free unlimited internet and email. I've never had a phone before with internet so it's amazing in my opinion. I seem to always be on FaceBook and emailing family and friends back home. It's just like texting on this phone and I love it. The only down side is, if you set up your email account to your phone and you get a lot of junk email, your phone will 'flash' all day. This flash means that something new is happening on your phone, wether it's to do with text, bbm or email. ----------------------------- Battery Life ----------------------------- I heard from a friend that the worst thing about the BlackBerry was the battery life, and they were not kidding. If you use your phone, aka text more than once a day, phone people or look at the internet, it swallows your battery life quicker than you can even blink. I tend to charge my phone up at least every two days which is an annoyance as my charger always seems to be plugged into the mains ready for my phone. ----------------------------- Camera ----------------------------- At only 2mp this camera phone is supposed to be rather poor. If you are in a dark room, there is literally no point attempting to use it as the camera has no flash so the picture will be very poor. The camera itself generally is not the best, however I think as long as you know how to take a good picture, it does good, however if you want to take pictures, still stick to your normal camera. --------------------- Ease of Use --------------------- My mother won't even attempt to do more than pick up this phone for me, she answered a phone call for me the other day whilst I was driving, and it turned out disastrous. It's not an easy phone to use. The track pad which is what you use to move the cursor around, pretty much like on a laptop, I'm still trying to get use to, and the QWERTY keyboard is really not for everyone. --------------------- Final Opinion --------------------- If you are looking for a simple phone then this is not hte phone for you. I had to pay £140 for this phone, so it's not cheap to begin with, and there are a lot more phones out there for cheaper prices which have good enough features if you just want a simple phone. You can choose if you want to pay for it monthly or PAYG, for me PAYG is a lot better as I don't text enough or phone enough to justify unlimited texts or anything like that, however for some people that is perfect. I would recommend this phone for people who like or need internet access at the touch of the button, and who always seem to spend time on social network sites like Twitter or FaceBook and if you have other friends who have a Blackberry then the messaging software is fantastic. For me this is the best phone I've ever used. I have only ever used Nokia's and Sony Erickson's before, and I knew if I was to change brand of phone it was going to have to be something special. The phone does have a lot of problems, it for some reason tends to freeze every now and then and I have to turn it off and on again which is annoying and if I'm in an area with low signal, it'll look like it's sent teh message however the next day or a few hours later it'll show a network out of order which annoys the hell out of me. It's a fantastic phone despite it's problems. I hope you enjoyed this review. Kirsty 2011

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                    • Life As We Know It (DVD) / DVD / 35 Readings / 31 Ratings
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                      It should be out on DVD in March, and I recommend you all rent or even buy it. A really good movie.

                      This is a review that I have just found on another hard drive of mine, I thought I had lost it so all's good. I hope you enjoy. Again it's short, but hopefully should be enough information in there for you. I am always a sucker for a good looking man in what looks to be a good old romantic comedy. When I saw the advertisement for the film Life As We Know it at the bus stop one day, I thought, I am definitely seeing this. On the poster is the gorgeous Josh Duhamel half naked and with Katherine Heigl as well. My immediate thought was they would probably work really well together and when I saw the trailer in the cinema I planned a trip with my new University friends to see it. ======= The Plot ======= Set up on a blind date by their mutual friends, Holly & Eric realise straight away that they hate each other, and even years later they still can't stand each other even though they are god parents to the same little girl called Sophie. When Sophie's parents however are involved in a car accident, Sophie is left an orphan and they find that they have been named her guardian. They honour their best friends wishes and try and raise the chid in their best friends home. ======= The Cast ======= Katherine Heigl- Holly Berenson Josh Duhamel- Eric Messer Josh Lucas- Sam ========== My Opinion ========== I am really a great sucker for romantic comedies but lately they seem to all fall flat, especially if Katherine Heigl usually has something to do with it. I do think she is a brilliant actress but after the likes of Killers, The Ugly Truth & 27 Dresses, they've not really done much for me. Though with her brilliant acting in Grey's Anatomy I have always been waiting for the film which just works for her and I do think this film is the one. Usually where most of the comedies fail recently is they add so many 'funny' moments into the film that actually are not funny that it just get annoying. There's only so many movies you can cope through which have all of the usual gags which are generally boring. This film had quite a lot of gags throughout which did have me and my friends and the rest of the cinema in stitches, mainly due to the brilliant acting and chemistry between the two leads. I was a little bit worried about watching this film as I believed it had been done before with the likes of Raising Helen which was really just a terrible film, but this film just worked. The premise was brilliant, and even though you think throughout that you know what is going to happen, there is a lot of red herrings and different storylines which make you think otherwise. It might not be as predictable as you think. Even though without really knowing much about the little girls parents, I did find myself shedding a tear when Duhamel & Heigl found out that their god daughter was an orphan and their best friends were dead. The acting for me is the shining star, Josh Duhamel is not an actor I really know too much about, other than the fact he is gorgeous. I did think he'd be another Tatum Channing and just be there for his looks but he really was a pleasant surprise throughout the movie. He plays the role of Messer, this guy that on the outside seems like a player with quite bad jerk tendencies, like usual we do find out he is really a softy, especially when it comes to the little girl in his life. Katherine Heigl is finally given a great script she can work with, I think this film is perfect for her as she's just recently become a new mother herself so I think the role she was given was really brilliant and she was really able to bring it alive from the paper. Duhamel and Heigl really do have amazing chemistry together and for me, without the chemistry I think the film could have fallen. For me the shining light of the film was the beautiful little girl called Sophie, who is played by triplets, and throughout the film she really does make you smile, laugh, cry and much much more. She made me and my three mates very broody after the movie, even though none of us even want to be thinking about children at this stage in our life. ======== Final Note ======== It's been a while since I've seen a romantic comedy that I've immediately wanted to see again after watching it. I do think it would have been a great idea to release at Christmas, but I don't think it'll be out until mid February at the earliest now which is a shame. Hopefully I might be able to ask for it as an Easter present or something. The characters are well developed, the script is very good and overall the acting is brilliant. I do recommend this movie if you want to see a good romantic comedy, however I think it's stopped showing at the cinema, so most of you will have to wait until it's release in the new year. Extra Details Director: Greg Berlanti

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                        If you love Harry Potter and the movies, then definetly go see this.

                        I'm Back :D ----------------- I was very lucky to be one of the first of my friends to see the new Harry Potter movie. My best friend at University's boyfriend works at the Vue cinema and I was invited along to watch a staff showing two days before Harry Potter came out. The film however did not show until 12am on the Thursday morning, which meant I was absolutely shattered by the time we got to watch it. I have now seen the film twice, after coming back home and taking my family to see it, and I am still pretty sure that my first opinions of the movie were correct. Here is my review. A little note, just to cover myself, there will probably be spoilers if you have not seen the previous film in this review. ====== Plot ====== In the 6th film, Harry Potter's mentor and friend Albus Dumbledore died, and Harry is now mourning his loss. Harry's 17th birthday is coming, which means the trace on him which hides him from Voldermort will soon disappear leaving him visable to the Dark Lord. Harry and his pals go to Weasley's house, to celebrate Bill & Fleur's wedding. Once there however he hears that the Ministry has been taken over, and they are no longer safe. Harry, Hermonie & Ron disapperate and go on the run, to try and complete the mission that Dumbledore set for them, and destroy the rest of Dumbledore's Horcrux's. Can they stay out of trouble and away from Voldemorts grasp? ======= The Cast ======= Harry Potter- Daniel Radcliffe Hermione Granger- Emma Watson Ron Weasley- Rupert Grint Voldermort- Ralph Finnes Snape- Alan Rickman Bellatrix- Helena Bonham Carter Scrimgeour- Bill Nighy Molly Weasley- Julie Walters Xenophilius Lovegood- Rhys Ifans ========= My Opinion ========= At 12am we sat down to watch the movie, and I have to say, despite the fact that I loved the film; I had my mates having to poke me awake quite a few times throughout. I am a big Harry Potter fan, I was the same age as the main cast when the first movie came out, so I've sort of grown up when they have aged over the years. This also means that as I've grown in maturity the films are on the same level for me, so I have always loved them. I am however, one of those people who sits through a Harry Potter film going 'that didn't happen in the book' or 'why didn't they include this in the film?' which annoys the hell out of people but I think it's impossible not to comment when you have read the book as many times as I have. Getting back to the film, I do think that this has to be the best film out of all 7 of them, I do think it would have been so much better if we didn't have to wait over 6 months for them to show us the ending, however the quality of the acting in this film has really soared since the last one, and I think that because it's quite dark, it adds a lot more emotion and substance to the movie. There is no Hogwarts in this movie I'm afraid, so for all of you that love Hogwarts and the school life you will have to wait until the 8th movie until you get all that, and I'm sure then you'll be sick of the school. In this film the trio are on the run, so there is so many different settings throughout the movie, they even closed off Piccadilly Circus for one of the first scenes in the movie, so you get the trio walking down the street in London, looking quite normal. The acting in this movie was brilliant, I have always had a problem with the acting, especially from Harry & Hermonie as they haven't always been the best, however I do think in this movie they have really matured and they have finally learnt how to act brilliantly. Grint as always is fantastic and delivers some brilliant one liners throughout and quite a few of my friends and myself found it very strange, that we thought that Ron Weasley was quite buff in the movie. Some of the other actors in the movie are brilliant, in this film there are two new big names, Bill Nighy and Rhys Ifans. I have to say I was not a fan of Nighy's role as he had a really annoying Scottish (I believe) accent which just grated on my nerves, both times I watched the film. Ifans however was just brilliant, when I read the book for the first time, he was exactly who I imagined Xenophilius Lovegood would be. For all you Notting Hill fans watching the movie however, you will have a hard time trying not to say 'Nice Tight Buttock's' or any other brilliant quotes from this awesome actor. I'm really not a fan of Helana Bonham Carter and I found her performance in the movie really quite annoying, I think she overplays the role of Bellatrix Lestrange, and she goes from being scary, to just ridiculous. I do think she cheapens the films in my opinion and I think there could have been a better actress who would have been able to perform it the way JK Rowling wrote it. The film ends just after the third death which I thought was perfect, I was really worried about how they were going to end it, but it did make it feel like it was it's own film, and not like they had split one film into two. The film is full of special effects, and in every scene they are doing something new. After watching a program on the film on ITV this weekend (sky plus'd it as I'm at uni), I learnt that the flying/chase scene at the beginning which runs for about 90 seconds, took a whole year to create, which is just amazing. I do think at 2 hours 20 minutes the film is a little long, especially as for me, there is quite a few scenes from the book which were missed out in the film. David Yates is a fantastic Director though, he managed to take what should have been at least around an 8 hour movie if they were to include the whole book, and still make it make sense in around 4 hours or so if you include the next film. Another note, my mom who has never read any of the Harry Potter books usually has a very hard time keeping awake during these films, however with this film, she found it a lot more engaging as there was always something going on. She did say that a lot of the scenes, most specifically the first scene at the table with Voldemort was too long, and it was just a little bit more than disturbing. If you enjoyed the other 6 movies then you will very likely to be impressed with this movie, I have yet to find someone that didn't like it which is always a good thing. I can't wait for the next instalment and I'm hoping it will be a fantastic end to what has been an amazing 10 years or so of the film series. (C) Kirsty 2010 Personal Note- I know I've not been on the site for the last few months, but Uni has taken over my life, and all of my creativness goes on that now instead. I have managed to find some today to get a few reviews written, so I hope you enjoy. I will try and read some reviews, but have to get back to coursework very soon. :-(

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                        There are some good songs, but most really appeal to young kids.

                        Back in 2008 I reviewed Katy Perry's first album, called One of the Boys. Despite the fact that I gave it 4 stars when I reviewed it, I remember being very disappointed later on, as the tracks were just not really up to scratch. If I said Katy Perry what is the song that immediately comes to mind? I am pretty sure that for most of you it will be the track 'I Kissed A Girl' which was loved and hated by many across the world. It was a risky track from Perry, however it cemented her place in the charts and since she has had a fantastic career. Other tracks off that album are the likes of Hot N Cold which was brilliant, but for me the highlight now, looking back on the album in hindsight, it would have to be the track 'Thinking of You' that made the biggest impact on me. When I saw Katy Perry was releasing a new album, I knew I wanted to buy it, so about 2 months ago; I placed a pre-order for the album, loving all of the tracks she was releasing in the mean-time. When I saw that the album would be released on the same day I was going on a road trip with some friends, I was hoping that the company would send the CD so I could listen to the album on the trip down to our holiday. It never made it, and when I came back 4 days later it still hadn't arrived, and found that my order was cancelled for some strange reason. I wasn't bothered when I saw that Amazon had a sale going on, and I could buy the MP3 for just £3.99. =================== Track 1: Teenage Dream =================== The first thought I had when I heard Teenage Dream on the radio was, 'this can't be Katy Perry'. She was singing in a very high register and to be honest, I wasn't really too impressed by the verse as it was very high, it wasn't until the chorus that I started to bob my head along. After about 2 more listens, I really did begin to fall in love with the track. Just like with the track California Gurls, this track was a fantastic summer anthem, it was insanely catchy, with strong beats, a great vocal in the chorus, and the lyrics were brilliant. After a few listens you forget that the higher register is not her normal singing voice and it really does fit in with the sugary sweet side to this song. The song is really only going to appeal to a certain number of people, I can't see die hard Pendulum fans (even though I love that band) singing along to Teenage Dream in their bedroom, but I really enjoy listening to it. Rating: 9/10 ========================== Track 2: Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) ========================== I have only really listened to this track twice, and to be honest I'm not really too impressed. It didn't feel like a fantastic put together Katy Perry track, and I'm sorry to all Ke$ha fans, but it felt like it belonged on her album. Something very unfinished and a bit stupid. I wasn't too impressed by this track at all, it doesn't seem polished, the lyrics are very good, but her vocals do sound very childish and for me, nothing seems to really gel. Rating: 4/10 =================== Track 3: California Gurls =================== This track is the first track off the album and I absolutely loved it from the first moment I heard it. After Eminem's 'Love the way I Lie' I do think this is one of the best summer tracks of 2010. Perry teams up with the brilliant Snoop Dogg and together they have created one of my favourite summer tracks of recent years. I think the whole song has quite a laid back feel to it, and it is the sort of track that really should be listened to in the car, with the windows down and everyone in the car singing along. With this summer however, the windows have had to stay up due to the terrible weather, but it is still a great summer tune. Perry's vocals are fantastic as always, she has such a unique tone to her voice, and even when she sings live she is able to show off her brilliant talent. Snoops rap is a bit forgettable, but I do think they work very well together. The whole song is very upbeat and if you liked her previous tracks, then I'm sure you'll like this one. Rating: 10/10 =================== Track 4: Firework =================== The one thing I think that Katy Perry does so well is create fantastic hooks and really catchy tracks which stand out and make you want to dance. This song for me, had so much going for it, when you hear the bridge and the chorus, you can really see what this song could have become. It really could have been an amazing dance track, but the verses for me, bring it back down as there's nothing really too special. I know her main audience is tweens, however, I think a very good song, has been ruined because they added too many poor beats and too much sickly sweet moments in the song. I really could have heard this track out in a nightclub until I think the producers made their stamp on it. 7/10 =================== Track 5: Peacock =================== Before listening to this track, I had heard it was possibly the most annoying track ever released. The first thing that came into my head was the track 'Hey Mickey' when I heard this track, and I could just see a bunch of girls doing a load of cheerleading routines to it. It's not a bad song, and really not as annoying as some have said. I heard the track before her appearance on Alan Carr and found it quite funny to find out why this track is called Peacock, as throughout the song she is saying "are you brave enough to let me see your pea-cock", which I thought was really childish originally, however apparently she wasn't allowed to use the word that she wanted to use, so she chose peacock instead, as one way or another people are going to take it in the wrong way, but in reality it is not a bad word at all. A genius move really, but not a brilliant track at all. Rating: 6/10 =================== Track 6: Circle the Drain =================== I assume this track was written about her former boyfriend Travis McCoy (who is currently in the charts with the track Billionaire and was in Gym Class Heroes), and when I first heard it I was really impressed with the lyrics. It was so different from anything I've really heard from Perry, it's got more of a rocky feel to it and the lyrics really did feel like they were coming from the heart. That being said, I have never been a fan of tracks that slate people, with the lyrics in the bridge she tells us all that he 'fell asleep during foreplay', which to be honest was not really necessary in the song in my opinion. Ignoring that however, the song is very good, all about addiction and the fact she couldn't stay with him anymore whilst he circled the drain. Rating: 8/10 ======================== Track 7: The One The Got Away ======================== This track is really nothing special, but it's not really a bad track, it is just quite boring, especially following the likes of Circle the Drain. Perry's vocals are good, but just nothing too special. It's not bad, and I'm sure some people will like it, but for me it's just a bit too boring. Rating: 5/10 =================== Track 8: ET =================== Another rather disappointing track, I had been told by a friend that they loved this track, but for me it was just rather disappointing. It had a strong beat, but nothing seemed to gel. Perry really does work better when the songs are catchy and I think that songs like this are only on the album for one reason, to fill a space. Nothing special at all, and the beat gets on your nerves very easily. Rating: 5/10 ====================== Track 9: Who am I Living For? ====================== So far this album has just been like One of the Boys, quite a few good strong tracks, but then the rest are only there for filler material. I liked Perry's vocals on the track, but it was just all too slow for me, and just didn't gel together. There is quite a weird sync sound to the track and it adds a bit of uniqueness to the track, which is why I've given it a bit of a higher rating than I'm sure it all together deserves. Another boring filler track. Rating: 6/10 =================== Track 10: Pearl =================== When I heard this song, I found that it just pretty much melted into the previous track, I always think it's a mistake to put similar tracks together. Perry's vocals do get a bit slower and I do like this track a little bit more, but it's just too slow, and has too much going on in the background. I have heard that Perry loves this track, but I can't understand why myself. It's just a bit too slow, but at the same time way too busy to be a very good track, just average like the rest of the album. 5/10 =========================== Track 11: Hummingbird Heartbeat =========================== This track seems to attempt to get the same hooks and likeability that California Gurls and Teenage Dream have attempted, but it just doesn't seem to work together. I do think that it is trying to rip of tracks like California Gurls and even Hot N Cold, and it's nothing really unique. As well as that, it becomes forgettable. I don't think people will talk about this as much as California Gurls was talked about when it was released. It's a good track, it's not bad, but it could have been a bit more catchy I think, I think the first thing that failed was the rather lame title. Rating: 7/10 ======================= Track 12: Not Like The Movies ======================= The one thing I was hoping for on the album was to get another 'Thinking of You' styled song. I think Perry's vocals are fantastic when it comes to ballads and I was happy to hear this song was on the album. It is in entirely different league to my favourite Perry song, but the song is simply beautiful. I think the album would has just gained another star after I listened to this track because it is really captivating and juts beautiful to listen to. Perry really shows off her amazing vocals, and I'm glad to see she's put another beautiful ballad on the album. One to listen to. Rating: 9/10 =================== My Opinion =================== I knew I wasn't going to get much from the album, but with my little sister paying half I thought it wasn't going to be too much of a loss anyway. I didn't really get much at all from the album and was quite disappointed by the lack of variety in the tracks and to be honest it was just too teeny bopper and she didn't really improve from the previous album. That being said, I've had a few of these tracks on in the car since reviewing them above, and one track in particular, firework has really grown on me and I can now really see it becoming a fantastic single from this artist. If I had to choose between One of the Boys and Teenage Dream I would say the previous album had a lot more to choose from, and I think the previous album had a bit more maturity to it, whereas this album in my opinion, bar a few tracks, is quite immature and really just overproduced and silly in places. I was quite disappointed as I really do like Perry's voice and I do think she has one of the best female voices in music today. I can imagine her doing some great things in a few years when she finally gets a bit more mature with her music and everything starts to work together. She really could have done a lot with this album, but I think she played towards her target audience a bit too much, which alienated the rest of us. One of the worst albums I've listened to in the last year and it's a shame as four of the tracks on the album are really good, but the rest are so bad that it's not really worth any money spent on it. I loved California Girls, Teenage Dream, Firework and Not Like The Movies, but the rest just were too poppy and juvenile for me to even be able to listen to in the car. Hope this helps. (C) Kirsty 2010

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                          I really enjoyed the read, but I wouldn't read it again I don't think.

                          For my 19th my younger sister brought me the whole collection of the I Heart books by Lindsey Kelk. I was not really sure what to expect, as I had never heard of the author, but the cover looked like a good ole chick flick and to be honest at the time I was looking forward to reading another chick flick. I sat down with my copy of I Heart New York one night and read the whole thing in one sitting. ======= The Plot ======= The book follows Angela, a woman in her late twenties who at her best friends wedding caught her boyfriend cheating on her with another woman. When she makes a scene at the wedding, she also finds out her best friends knew about her boyfriend cheating on her but decided not to say anything. She decides to make a rash decision and packs a bag and goes to New York City. There she meets a friend who makes sure she has an amazing time in the City that Never Sleeps. ========== My Opinion ========== After visiting New York last year, it's always quite nice to read about someone else visiting the amazing city and this book was brilliant for revisiting everything that I experienced last year. This is the first novel from Lindsey Kelk and I really enjoyed reading it, I wouldn't say she is the best writer I've ever read, and when I got to the second book, I was starting to get quite annoyed and bored in places, but with I Heart New York I was really enjoying it. The book follows Angela, as she embarks on a new life in New York City, and there she starts to have two very handsome young men after her. The one thing I had a bit of a problem with was the fact that it was just a bit too over the top fictional, it was not really believable that she could just pop on a plane and land in JFK with no idea what she was going to do. From what I can gather from the book Angela is not a well off girl, but she managed to afford a plane ticket, the taxi cab rides everywhere, a place in quite a posh hotel and all the trips to Bloomingdales she's dragged to. It did start to get a little annoying, as I think it would have been quite nice to read that she was struggling with money after the Bloomingdale spree, but no she still managed to spend. The character of Angela is really likeable; you do start getting a little jealous of her, as the young men after her do seem to be absolutely lovely to begin with. She does seem exactly like me, however I could only dream about hoping a plane to New York tomorrow and spending as much as she did in Bloomingdales. The only thing we ended up coming out of Bloomingdales with was empty bags. The other annoying thing that annoyed me was the list on the back few pages, which said 'Guide to New York', the idea was there and it would have been lovely and it's supposed to be written from Angela's point of view, however, it was a guide to 'rich' New York and not places where normal people will shop or eat. Lindsey Kelk is not the best author I've ever read, but she did keep my attention through the book. She has also written two more books in this series, called I Heart Hollywood and I Heart Paris. I have yet to read the latter, but the former was a good read. ========== Final Opinion ========== A good read, and if I had written this at the beginning of the summer I would have said a great read to have on the beach or lounging by the pool. It's something simple and Kelk really describes New York very well, and the book was good even though it was annoying and predictable in places. (C) Kirsty 2010

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                          • Knight and Day (DVD) / DVD / 33 Readings / 31 Ratings
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                            Go watch Mission Impossible instead. Cruise's acting ability has fell in recent years.

                            When I was out shopping with my mom the other week, we decided to pop into the cinema and see what was on as we had some time left on our car parking ticket. The only film which looked midly up our street that we hadn't already seen was 'Knight and Day' which stars the usually brilliant Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise. The plot didn't look too bad, I quite enjoy spy films usually, especially if the plot and the action are equally as good and both work together brilliantly and I was hoping this film would be good. As we sat down to watch the film, I was not sure what I was going to expect. These two well known names in Hollywood of course wouldn't pick a terrible film to star in, would they? ======== The Plot ======== June Havens is boarding a plane to get back home in time for her sister's wedding. In the airport, she keeps bumping into the 'handsome' Roy Miller, and quite enjoys the fact that they'll be on quite a deserted plane together for the period of time. After coming out of the airplane bathroom, she finds everyone on the plane except Roy dead; he has just killed them, as they are apparently out to get him. Roy is actually a CIA agent, and the CIA thinks he has gone rogue. Once the plane has been landed, Roy enlists Joy in helping him unmask the evil bad guy from the CIA. ======== The Cast ======== Roy Miller- Tom Cruise June Havens- Cameron Diaz Fitzgerald- Peter Sarsgaard Antonio- Jordi Molla Simon Feck- Paul Dano Rodney- Marc Blucas April Havens- Maggie Grace ========= My Opinion ========= After about 10 minutes in, I knew I was watching a mediocre film, sure it got a few laughs out of the audience, but most of them looked rather bored and to be honest, if I hadn't have paid full price for the ticket, I would have probably have walked out of the cinema about 40 minutes in. On paper the film sounds brilliant, it sounds like a great spy movie, with two of the biggest names in Hollywood staring in it. I think the fact that they hired the likes of Cruise & Diaz, means they probably got a wider audience, but still even Diaz who I do think is usually a good actress, wasn't able to make this film work. ========= Acting ========= Like I said earlier, I had high hopes for this movie because of who they cast, Tom Cruise, despite being quite insane is quite a good actor. I do enjoy some of his films, mainly his earlier work, but he is a good actor, but with this film, I just wanted to smack him throughout. He was acting like he had never acted before in his life, he was cheesy, he was trying to be too cool for words, and not like in the way he was in Mission Impossible, but it just didn't work, and to be honest, his performance in the movie, just made him look like an idiot. Diaz was slightly better than Cruise in my opinion, despite the fact that I don't think that this performance was anywhere near what she can actually do. The one thing that gave us a great laugh throughout the whole movie was the fact that the quite short Tom Cruise at just 5' 7" is constantly about an inch taller than Cameron Diaz in the movie who towers over him at 5' 9". I'm not sure how they actually did it, but my mother kept on whispering 'yellow pages' or stilts every time she noticed that he was taller than Diaz. =============== Opinion of the Plot =============== I really do think spy movies are either going to be great or a flop and this film fell in the flop section. The plot on paper was probably good; however it just did not come together at all. I'm not sure what it was, the overall cheesy acting or the fact that the script must have been terrible to begin with. When a film flops, you should always look at the script, if the script isn't up to par, then the film won't work at all and I think the film probably failed before it even got picked up by a production company. ============ Action/Comedy ============ The one good thing in the film was the action scenes, you had motorbikes jumping over cars, you had planes crashing, and much much more. To be honest, if you have ever seen any of the Mission Impossible films, then you don't really need to watch this film. It's pretty much Tom Cruise doing the same thing, just with a very scary smile on his face, and him trying oh so hard to get some chemistry with Cameron Diaz. The comedy was few and far between. I think we laughed more at the fact that Cruise was taller than Diaz in pretty much every scene, rather than what was happening on screen. Diaz's naivetity throughout the film did lend us a few laughs, but to be honest, I was quite disappointed that Diaz was not really able to use her impeccable comic timing in this film. =========== Final Opinion =========== Cruise really did try and become Bond in this movie but he doesn't have the necessary sex appeal and to be honest, I think you'd rather smack him in the movie rather than kiss him. The chemistry between the two leads was there, it wasn't as painful as it could have been, but I think Cruise really did just try way too hard and ruined whatever performance Diaz could have given. A rather poor film, which I will probably never be recommending. It had everything going for it, but the poor script, the poor plot, and the rather poor acting from one side especially just made it not really worth the price of the cinema ticket or my time and effort. I was really disappointed especially with two very well known names at the helm. Hope this helps (C) Kirsty 2010

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                            • Thomas Cook Airlines / Airline / 45 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                              It was a very uncomfy flight, however cheap flights like this are a nessesary evil.

                              When it came to booking our holiday back in May, I knew I wanted to book it through Thomas Cook as they did such a brilliant job with our trip to New York last year. The wonderful travel agent who actually booked my trip last year, found us a fantastic deal for the three of us to go to Turkey well within our rather small budget. We had to however, go on Thomas Cook airlines, which I had heard from friends were rather dire. ================== Checking In (Birmingham) ================== Checking in took a stupidly long time for some reason, we spent at least an hour just standing in what was a relatively small queue compared to the one we were in coming back, and it took twice as long. We decided to risk not sitting together, so decided not to the book the seats, however we were lucky and both there and back were seated together. Once we had checked in, we went to security which had a rather long queue but went a lot quicker than check in and we had no problems at all getting through. We were then allowed to go shopping and of course being the three of us, we found the nearest WHSmith, stocked up on food and found the nearest Spoons and sat down until we saw the flight was boarding. =============== Boarding the Plane =============== When we were all seated on the plane, the air stewardesses looked quite frantic and were moving about the plane at a very fast speed. Someone had to be taken off the plane, which meant we were delayed for a good 45 minutes because they couldn't find their bag. The flight was already long at 4 hours, however adding the extra 45 minutes when it came to sitting in the seats provided, I think we were all getting antsy and quite uncomfortable. =========== Leg Room =========== I'm quite small compared to my friends at only 5.5" and have apparently 'freakishly small legs' as well, so when I started to complain about the lack of leg room I think there really was a problem. For the whole trip, the three of us had to almost sit sideways just to get our legs into a remotely comfortable position. The leg room was atrocious, and on the journey there, every time I had to get out, I ended up falling over the foot of the man sitting behind me, who made no apologises about sticking his feet out into the aisle, and made no move to move them when I was struggling to allow my mates to get out. If you are of a tall stature then please attempt to book the extra leg room seats, because you will be too un-comfy for words by the end of the journey. The seats are also very un-comfy, they are very small and there is no room to really move about in, and the seats recline very little, so little that you barely notice the difference when it's put back to its normal position. ===================== Air Stewardesses/Stewards ===================== We did not need any assistance on the plane but most seemed to be rather polite and willing to help if there were any problems. The one thing I found rather rude was a gentleman who must have been over 6.7" at least, came on the plane, and three air stewardesses stood in front of us giggling, even using the phones from the different ends of the plane to make jokes. I found this very distasteful and quite rude, but otherwise they seemed quite nice and willing to help. ================= Entertainment & Food ================= I suppose when it comes to airlines, I am a little bit of a snob. For a good few years I will never be able to even dream of paying for first class, but I do like my luxuries on a plane, especially a plane as uncomfortable and claustrophobic as this plane. The only entertainment on the plane provided was a rented PSP for around £7, which is pretty good. As well as that, due to our flights being quite late, we opted not to get any food. I have never been so glad that we didn't pay for the meal, as it looked utterly terrible and the poor people looked quite disgusted with what they had in front of them. If you are going to fly on Thomas Cook Airlines, I would recommend using the shops before you get onto the plane and stuff your bag full of food if you want to eat on the plane, that way you know you'll be eating something remotely edible. =========== Izmir Airport =========== When we finally got to Izmir airport in Turkey, we had to get ourselves some Visa's. I was shocked that there were no people helping us get to the Visa place, and at 4am we had to find our own way there. Once we were done with all of the stuff at the airport, we were literally guided to our bus by the lovely Thomas Cook rep who was standing outside waiting for us. They were brilliant and once on the bus we were taking to Kusadasi and dropped off other people at the hotel. ============== Checking In (Izmir) ============== We got to the airport for the flight home at just past 1 o'clock in the morning; we were shattered and were shocked to see that we immediately would be checked through security. It was so different than the flight in, the Turkish security guards were lovely, they were friendly and were joking with the lot of us. Once through that we had to wait around for 2 hours until our flight. ======================== Boarding the Plane/Flight Home ======================== In the holding area waiting for the plane, we waited, and waited, and then we were told to get ready to board the plane. Half an hour of watching this gentlemen who was using a dot matrix printer or something printing out page after page after page of paper, we were allowed to board the flight. I have to admit however, as soon as we were situated, and the stewardesses checked our seatbelts, me and my friend were zonked out. I don't remember take off, but I do remember waking up about 2 hours later to find my whole body aching and to find that my knees were again up around my neck. It was probably more un comfy that the flight over, however this time at 4am were we too tired not to sleep. =========== Final Opinion =========== Would I fly with Thomas Cook airlines again? Yes, if my flights and accommodation was as cheap as ours were for this holiday then yes I would. To be honest, the seats were just as un comfy as the seats on the Virgin Atlantic plane I went on last year, and despite a bit more leg room on that flight, it felt just as un comfy. I wasn't too impressed by the attitude of the stewardesses on the plane however, they seemed relatively helpful, but I heard a lot of people being laughed at by them and to be honest it's not what you want to see by these people that are being paid to do a job. Would I recommend flying with Thomas Cook Airlines however? Probably not, if you can find a different airline to get there with then I would try and do that. The leg room was just ridiculous and I would really recommend paying extra for the extra leg room on those flights. Your legs and the rest of your body will thank you for it believe me. All in all, it was a necessary evil to fly with Thomas Cook Airlines, it was the only flight available and the flight and the accommodation together was £330 which is really quite a bargain. Hopes this helps and I hope that you've had better experiences on this airline. (C) Kirsty 2010

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