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    • Identity (DVD) / DVD / 157 Readings / 155 Ratings
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      An excellent thriller movie, highly recommended.

      BACKGROUND INFORMATION :

      American director and screen-writer James Mangold directed the psychological-crime/thriller film "Identity" , and it was released in 2003. The story of this movie is written by Michael Cooney. John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet portrayed the lead characters in this movie. The story of this movie revolves around a mentally troubled serial killer and his quest to discover the truth behind his brutal murders.

      LEAD CHARACTERS :

      ## Pruitt Taylor Vince portrays the role of Malcolm Rivers [He is a mentally disturbed serial killer. He is sentenced to death for his brutal murders. ]
      ## John Cusack portrays the role of Ed Dakota [He is an ex-policeman and currently drives a limousine for a Hollywood actress.]
      ## Ray Liotta portrays the role of Officer Rhodes [He is a policeman and transporting a dangerous criminal to another prison.]
      ## Amanda Peet portrays the role of Paris Nevada [She is a prostitute works in Las Vegas, now she is going back home to settle down.]
      ## John Hawkes portrays the role of Larry Washington [He is the motel owner. He is very greedy and dishonest person.]
      ## Alfred Molina portrays the role of Doctor Malick [He is the psychiatrist of Malcolm Rivers. He tries to convince the judge that, his patient is mentally disturbed. ]

      PLOT OUTLINE :

      Serial Killer Malcolm Rivers is imprisoned and sentenced to death for committing brutal murders. He is suffering from a rare mental disease called "Multiple Personality Disorder". His psychiatrist Doctor Malick tries to prove in front of the judges that, his patient is seriously ill and requires medical attention.

      Due to an unfortunate and bizarre series of events, ten people get stuck in a motel. It is a dark and stormy night and all the telephone lines are out. All the roads are flooded too. All of a sudden, these people are getting killed horribly one by one. They are frightened and start blaming each other for it.

      Who is the killer and what is his/her motive? Is Malcolm Rivers really suffering from a mental condition ? Is it possible for Doctor Malick to convince the judge and save his patient?

      To know all these answers, you have to watch this outstanding film. This movie has a highly engaging and thrilling storyline with full of very surprising twists.

      MY PERSONAL THOUGHT :

      American film director, script-writer and occasional actor James Mangold directed some excellent movies in his career. He wrote and directed the movie Girl, Interrupted (1999), and it was a huge hit and well received by the film-critics and audience. Angelina Jolie earned Oscar award for her role in this movie. The story of this movie is slightly based on one of Agatha Christie's the most famous detective story "And Then There Were None". But, there are loads of unique and interesting twists in the storyline of this movie. It is a very fast-paced, very engaging and well executed movie.

      Talented American actor and script-writer John Cusack portrayed the role of Ed Dakota in this movie. He is a very thoughtful, responsible honest and brave person. He used to work for Police Department but currently drives a Limousine for a Hollywood actress. Under difficult circumstances, He manages to keep himself calm and handles the situation wisely. I really like the way, director presented his character on the screen. John Cusack is a versatile actor. He did some great roles in his acting career. He always likes to portray diverse types of roles in different movies and most of the time; he looks very confident and believable in his roles. In this movie, he did an outstanding job. He looks very realistic and convincing in his role.

      Veteran American actor Ray Liotta portrayed the role of Officer Rhodes in this movie. He is a very powerful and dynamic actor. In this movie, he is a confusing, ruthless and doubtful police officer and transferring a dangerous prisoner to another jail. He did a great job in this movie. He looks very intense, realistic and honest in his role. He has this "mad look" in his face (in this movie), which is definitely going to make you uncomfortable straightaway. He looks very believable in his role.

      American actress Amanda Peet portrays the role of a call girl in this movie. She is a very kind thoughtful and sensible person. She does not like her profession anymore. Now she is going back home to start a new life. She wants to do farming and grow oranges. She looks very original in her role in this movie. She handles all the emotional scenes in this movie very efficiently. Especially, in one particular scene, when she was so terrified, she said "I am turning thirty next week, and I just want to go home and grow oranges!!" . I loved her facial expression in this scene. It is one of the best scenes from this movie. She looks very natural and believable in her role. All in all, Amanda Peet did a fantastic job in this movie.

      I really like the way Director gave the short but concise and effective introduction to each character in this movie. It gives the audience a clear idea about them and helps them to understand the plot development properly. A confused and mild-mannered family man George York (John C. McGinley) takes his wife Alicia York (Leila Kenzle) and kid Timmy York (Bret Loehr) on a drive. It was a stormy night. And due to some unfortunate events, they have to spend the night on an isolated motel in the Nevada Desert.

      There are total ten guests in that motel. Other guests are moody and spoiled Hollywood actress Carline Suzanne (Rebecca De Mornay), his Chauffer Ed Dakota, a police officer Rhodes, prisoner Robert Maine (Jake Busey), a newly married young girl Ginny (Clea DuVall) and his husband Lou (William Lee Scott) and a Las Vegas hooker Paris Nevada. They all spend this stormy night together in this remote motel due to some bizarre and unfortunate events. Very soon, this group of people gets to know that, one of them is a cold-blooded dangerous murderer and starts killing the guests ruthlessly one by one. All the guests are very terrified and shocked and start blaming each other for those murders. I really appreciate the way director represents all these characters on the screen. We get to know about their personal lives weaknesses and dark secrets. Mr. Mangold handles all these actors and their roles in this movie so professionally on the screen; it looks very genuine and believable.

      Puritt Taylor Vince portrays the role of serial killer Malcolm Rivers in this movie. Talented American actor Mr. Vince is a renowned character actor, and it is his second movie with Director James Mangold (first movie was Heavy, 1995). Malcolm is mentally disturbed and delusional. He killed six people and currently awaiting for his execution. His psychiatrist Dr. Malick (played by Alfred Malina) tries his best to cure his mental disease and also to convince the judge that his patent is seriously sick and unstable. Both these actors deliver terrific performances in this movie.

      Things that pleased me :

      1. Excellent direction by James Mangold.
      2. Very unique and interesting storyline.
      3. Fantastic performances by John Cusack and Ray Liotta.
      4. Brilliant visual effects.

      Some Inconveniences :

      1. I really did not like the performance John Hawkes. He overdid his character in this movie.
      2. Some murder scenes are very graphic, brutal and gory and not suitable for everyone.

      VIEWER'S RECEPTION & AWARDS :

      This movie was very well received by both audience and film critics. John Cusack was highly praised for his outstanding performance in this movie. Currently, this movie holds a high rating of 7.3/10 voted by almost fifty-five thousand viewers. It was also well received in rotten tomatoes website and currently this movie holds 62% fresh rating.

      Movie Website : http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/identity/
      Movie Trailer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgPhc5EZsV4
      IMDB Rating : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0309698/
      Rotten tomatoes Rating : http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/identity/

      FINAL THOUGHT & RECOMMENDATION :

      "Identity" is a very entertaining, well presented and well executed mystery thriller movie. The lead characters in this film did excellent jobs . Especially, Ray Liotta and John Cusack performed very well in this movie. Director James Mangold did a superb work here. The visual effects and background scores are very effective and well executed. The storyline is very well presented and realistic. The twists in the story are very surprising and convincing. Overall I really enjoyed this film. I highly recommend this mystery /thriller movie and it's really worth your time. This movie is only one hour and thirty minutes long and rated "R" for very strong and graphic on-screen violence and languages. You can buy the DVD from www.play.com , and it will cost you only £4 (including free delivery) . I did not check the DVD special features. So, it is a film only review.

      Many thanks for reading my review. It is sincerely appreciated.

      ©Gladiator007

      ***This is a movie only review and also posted on Helium and CIAO under same username. ***

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      • Nothing But the Truth (DVD) / DVD / 220 Readings / 211 Ratings
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        An excellent and thought-provoking film and highly recommended.

        ==BACKGROUND INFORMATION==


        Talented American director and script-writer Rod Lurie wrote and directed the film "Nothing But the Truth". It is a 2008 crime/drama movie and the storyline strongly inspired by the case of the journalist Judith Miller. Famous actress Kate Beckinsale portrayed the lead role of a journalist, Rachel Armstrong in this movie. This movie never saw a theatrical release due to some serious financial problems, but the DVD version released in 2009.


        ==LEAD CHARACTERS==


        ## Kate Beckinsale portrayed the role of Journalist Rachel Alice Armstrong (A married young, honest, hard-working and motivated reporter works at Capital Sun-Times.)
        ## David Schwimmer portrayed the role of Ray Armstrong (A writer and Rachel's Husband.)
        ##Matt Dillon portrayed the role of Patton Dubois (A strict and professional special agent and also a federal prosecutor.)
        ##Vera Farmiga portrayed the role of Erica Van Doren (She is the wife of an ex ambassador, and also an undercover CIA operative works in different countries for USA government. )


        ==PLOT OUTLINE==


        Honest and dynamic reporter Rachel Armstrong works at Capital Sun Times as a National Political Correspondent. She managed to discover the identity of an undercover CIA operative with the help of a reliable source, and published an article. US Government takes this matter seriously and asks Rachel to reveal the identity of the source. Even so, she refuses to reveal her source's identity. So she is jailed for the contempt of court.


        So basically the story of this movie tells us about Rachel's life and her constant struggle to hide her source's identity from the government. Will she be able to maintain her integrity as a reporter by not exposing her source's name? It also tells us, how this incident affects her family and her career? This movie has a very moving and realistic storyline, and I really enjoyed watching it.

        ==MY PERSONAL THOUGHT==


        Rod Lurie is a talented and creative movie director and script-writer. He wrote the story of this movie. Though this movie is based on a true story, but Lurie re-wrote the whole script and gave it a totally different outlook. Famous English actress Kate Beckinsale portrayed the lead role in this movie as an investigative reporter, Rachel Armstrong. She is very smart, determined, motivated and hard-working. She is married to a writer and they have a child together. She is a very responsible and caring mother and always looks after her son.


        As an honest reporter, Rachel thoroughly investigates and confirms the authenticity of different news and their sources before publishing them on the newspaper. Kate Beckinsale did a fantastic job in this movie. She looks very confident and believable in her character. The role of Rachel Armstrong in this movie has far more depth and creativity compare to Beckinsale's earlier film roles. Her role in this movie is not one-dimensional at all like some of her previous movies. Here, she portrays the character of a woman with different roles in her daily life. She is a caring mother, a loving wife and also an honest and dedicated reporter. I absolutely loved her performance in this movie.


        Famous American actor and director David Schwimmer portrays the role of Ray Armstrong in this movie. David Schwimmer gained world-wide popularity for his "Ross Geller" role in the comedy TV show Friends (1994-2004). In this movie, he played a smaller role, but he did a great job here. He is a free-lance writer and writes spy/thriller novels. He is always confused and makes some serious mistakes in his married life. When Rachel needs his support as a husband and friend, he finds it difficult to trust his wife. He also got some funny one-liners in this movie. Overall I enjoyed his performance in this movie.


        Talented Vera Farmiga portrayed the role of Erica Van Doren in this movie. She is an undercover CIA agent and works in various countries to discover terrorist plots against US government. Her husband is an ex-ambassador and now writes articles in the newspapers. She always maintains a low profile. All of a sudden, Rachel exposed her real identity in a local newspaper and her normal daily life turns upside down. She finds it difficult to cope with the situation. Media follows her everywhere and it is really unsettling for her and also for her daughter. She is having serious trouble in her marriage life and CIA indirectly suspects her of being a double agent.


        As an expert undercover CIA operative, Erica is a strong-mind woman, but this incident just makes her nervous. You can clearly see the constant tension and frustration on her facial expressions and body movements. It looks so genuine and believable on the screen. Her role is very well balanced and well executed in this movie. She got some excellent dialogues here. I really enjoyed Vera Farmiga's acting. She gave a powerful and moving performance in this movie. She was also nominated for the BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association) award for best supporting actress award (for this role).


        Matt Dillon portrayed the role of a US marshal, Patton Dubois in this movie. He is also a special federal prosecutor who is assigned by the US Government to investigate the Erica Van Doren case. He is very professional and strict in his job. He tries his best by interrogating Rachel to reveal the source's name. He did a good job in this movie. Veteran actor Alan Alda portrayed the role of an expensive Washington criminal Lawyer who takes Rachel's case. He tries his best to save Rachel. He is very experienced and knows how to manipulate the law. He got some excellent speeches in this movie. I really enjoyed his court scenes. He looks very animated, passionate and believable on the screen. I enjoyed his performance in this movie.


        Talented director Rod Lurie did a grand job here by writing a unique and very moving storyline. Yes, the starting of this movie is very similar to a real life event (The case of reporter Judith Miller, 2005), but as the story progresses, you can see no resemblance to this case. Lurie wrote a highly engaging and moving storyline for this movie, and he also managed to get the best out from the actors. It is a compelling and thoughtful political thriller film, which depicts the eternal struggle between human rights vs. Justice System. As a reporter, Rachel made a promise to her source that she won't reveal him/her name at any cost. On the other side, federal prosecutor Dubois is looking for the leak, the rogue agent who reveals the highly classified information to Rachel. It is a big threat to national security, so he tries everything to reveal the name of the source.


        I really appreciate the way director presented the theme of "professional ethics" in this movie. Rachel Armstrong is an honest and enthusiastic reporter, and she made a promise to her source that she won't expose her/his name. But after publishing her article, she has to go through a tremendous amount of troubles and problems. Her family needs her badly, but she tries her best to keep her word. She has a clear conscience and she maintains it properly. Even in one occasion, her husband, Ray emotionally tortures her to reveal the name, but she refuses to do it. These situations and sequences are very well directed and well presented on the screen.


        I really like the way Rachel's Editor Bonnie Benjamin (played by Angela Bassett) supports her all the time. She is a very kind and loyal to her employees and tries her best to keep Rachel away from jail and federal prosecution. She hires the best lawyer to defend Rachel and also spends a lot of money to save her. Angela Basset played her role really well in this movie. Her character looks very realistic and honest on the screen.


        Rachel Armstrong is not naive and egoistic at all. She knows very well that she has a family and a young kid who desperately needs his mother. But she made a promise, and she cannot break her promise(because it is against her professional ethics). Though, Dubois tries to convince her that it is a matter of national security, but she defends herself by saying that as a professional journalist I have the right to protect my source's identity. Her husband Ray Armstrong loses his patience and starts harassing her emotionally. She really needs Ray's support in that moment, but Ray ignores her. I really like the way, Kate Beckinsale plays all these different emotional scenes. She looks very natural and believable. Audience definitely starts sympathizes with her character. Beckinsale is extremely unfortunate that this movie did not have a wide theatrical release due to serious financial problems. Otherwise, her excellent performance in this movie is definitely worthy of an Oscar nomination.


        '''THINGS THAT PLEASED ME'''


        1. Excellent work by Rod Lourie (writing and direction).
        2. Superb and moving performances by Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga.
        3. Brilliant court-room scenes and some great dialogues.


        '''SOME INCONVENIENCES'''


        I really liked this film from the start to finish. But I really did not like the last twenty minutes of this film. It seems to me that the story has dragged unnecessarily and slightly lost the pace. Few twists in the storyline seem a little silly on the screen. But these are some minor flaws, and you can easily overlook them and enjoy this excellent political drama-thriller film.


        ==VIEWERS RECEPTION AND AWARDS==


        This film received mostly positive responses from both critics and viewers. Currently, this movie holds a high rating of 7.5/10 voted by almost nine thousand viewers. This movie also got 80% fresh ratings on rottentomatoes website.


        '''Movie Website :''' http://www.nothingbutthetruthfilm.com/
        '''IMDB rating :''' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1073241/
        '''Rottentomatoes Rating :''' http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nothing_but_the_truth/


        ==FINAL THOUGHT AND RECOMMENDATION==


        This is a well written, well directed political drama film and all the lead characters gave compelling and moving performances in this movie. The storyline of this movie is very thought-provoking and appealing. Nothing But the Truth tells us about a reporter's conscience and integrity and how far she would go to maintain her ethics. This movie is only one hour and forty-eight minutes long and rated R for some strong language and a detailed scene of violence. I really enjoyed this movie so it is highly recommended. There are some special features on the DVD but I did not check it (that is why it is a film only review). You can buy the DVD from amazon.co.uk and it will only cost you 6 GBP.

        Many thanks for reading my review. It is sincerely appreciated.

        ©Gladiator007


        '''***This is a movie only review and also posted on Helium and CIAO under same username. ***'''

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        • Dial M for Murder (DVD) / DVD / 191 Readings / 186 Ratings
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          A classic crime/thriller film, highly recommended.

          ==BACKGROUND INFORMATION==


          "Dial M for Murder" is a 1954 crime-thriller movie directed by the talented and legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and based on a stage play with the same name. British playwright Fredrick Knott wrote both the stage play and the script of this movie. The story of this movie revolves around married couple, where the jealous and villainous husband tries to kill his wife.


          ==LEAD CHARACTERS==



          ##Grace Kelly plays the role of Margot Wendice(a rich and aristocrat woman married to Tony Wendice, was romantically involved with Mark. )
          ##Ray Milland plays the role of Tony Wendice (An ex professional tennis player, husband of Margot and has a business of selling sports equipments)
          ##Robert Cummings plays the role of Mark Halliday (An American mystery writer and used have an extra-marital affair with Margot Wendice.)
          ##John Williams plays the role of Chief Inspector Hubbard(An intelligent, witty and honest police officer who investigates the murder of C.A. Swann)
          ##Anthony Dawson plays the role of Captain Lesgate / Charles Alexander Swann (He and Tony Wendice went to same college and now he is a criminal.)


          ==PLOT SYNOPSIS==


          Professional Tennis player Tony Wendice(Ray Milland) married Margot(Grace Kelly) for social security and wealth. Margot is unhappy with the marriage as she feels ignored. She had an extramarital affair with one of her old school friend named Mark Halliday. Mark Halliday is a famous American mystery writer and really cares for Margot. Tony Wendice finds out about her wife's affair.


          Now, Tony is planning to kill his wife. But he wants it to be a perfect murder, so he can get all her properties without any suspicion. So the story tells us, how Tony plans the murder and also does he get away with it. This movie has an extremely gripping storyline with some brilliant performances by the title roles. I really enjoyed watching this movie.


          ==MY PERSONAL THOUGHT==


          Dial M for Murder is one of the finest and entertaining thriller movies directed by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. The story of this movie is really unique and interesting. The viewers get to know about the criminal and his evil plans from the very beginning of the movie. So the question is, will he be able to carry out the plan and murder his wife without any doubt. I really enjoyed the way Mr. Hitchcock unfolds each phase of the story. The story of this movie mainly revolves around five characters. He gives equal importance to the each character of this movie and gives a brief introduction about them. So the viewers can get familiar with the characters and get to know about their likes, dislikes and thoughts. But Mr. Hitchcock makes it very concise and point to point on the screen. As soon as you get to know about the central characters of this movie, the storyline moves rapidly with great consistency. There are absolutely no plot holes and the storyline is full with surprising twists. I truly enjoyed every second of this movie.


          Ray Milland plays the role of '''Tony Wendice'''. He is very clever and coldblooded criminal. He is a very patient and careful person. He went to Cambridge and was a professional tennis player. He married Margot just for money. He used to ignore his wife and was always busy playing different tennis tournament. But when he found out about her affair with Mark, he left tennis and started a business (selling sports equipments). Ray Milland did an outstanding job in his role. He is a British born actor and director and also won Oscar's award for his role in 1945 movie "The lost weekend". He was the perfect choice for the role of "Tony Wendice." I really liked his calm and relaxed performance in this movie. He got some great and thoughtful dialogues in this movie. I really enjoyed his performance in this movie.


          Grace Kelly played the character of '''Margot Wendice'''. This is the first movie, where Grace Kelly worked with the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. After that she acted in two more Hitchcock's movies (Rear Window and To Catch a Thief). Margot is a rich, kind and elegant lady and married Tony Wendice. But later she realized that she made a mistake marrying him and her husband does not care about her. Her husband is more interested and passionate about Tennis and likes to play in various tournaments. Margot felt ignored and overlooked in her marriage life. She had an affair with her school friend Mark. But she is a very conscious lady and always feels guilty about her relationship with Mark. She really cares for her husband. When Tony left tennis and started paying attention to her, she broke her relationship with Mark and gave her marriage a second chance. Grace Kelly is simply brilliant in her role in this movie. She is very charming, polite and well-mannered. Her excellent dress-up and make-up Makes her on screen appearance more gorgeous and elegant.


          American Actor Robert Cummings portrayed the role of '''Mark Halliday''' in this movie. This is his second movie with Mr. Hitchcock. Mark Halliday is an old school friend of Margot Wendice. He is a famous American mystery/thriller novel writer. He was in an affair with Margot and really loves her. Though Margot broke up with him, still he really cares for Margot. Mark is very intelligent, quiet, thoughtful and caring person. His role in this movie does not have many dialogues. But he did play a very important role in the last part of this movie. He is very straightforward and realistic.


          Margot Wendice : Do you really believe in the perfect murder?
          Mark Halliday : (Smiles) Yes, absolutely. On paper that is. And I think I could plan one better than most people... but I doubt I could carry it out.
          Tony Wendice : Oh? Why not?
          Mark Halliday : Oh because, in stories things turn out the way the author wants. But in real life, they don't always.


          Mark is a talented and famous writer, but still he does not brag about it. He also insists Margot to tell Tony about their affair to avoid any future inconveniences and misunderstandings. He is always very honest and loyal with Margot tries to help her sincerely. His love for Margot is unconditional. When Margot explained to him that why she did not tell her husband about their affair, Mark was really supportive and helpful. Mark smiled generously and said ''' " Darling I understand now. That does not stop me from loving you." ''' I did like his facial expressions in this movie. He is very polite and well mannered. He looks very reliable in his character. He was the perfect choice for the role of Mark Halliday. All in all, he did a grand job in this movie.


          British actor John Williams portrayed the character of '''Chief Inspector Hubbard'''. He is an aging, quirky and very intelligent police officer. I really like his character. Mr. Hitchcock shows in this movie that the police force is very effective and intelligent. Most of the credit goes to the chief inspector Hubbard. He has a unique style of investigating a crime and does not afraid to take a bold step to solve the crime quickly. He got some really funny dialogues in this movie. He is a very observant, thoughtful and kind person. He did a great job in his role.


          '''~Are you trustworthy?~'''


          The story of this movie mainly revolves around a married couple and their hidden intention. Every relationship requires trust and sacrifices. Mr. Hitchcock shows in this movie that, how a relationship can turn into an ugly mess when you lose trust and doubt each other. Margot had an extra-marital affair with Mark. Later, she realized her fault and broke up with him. She did not tell her husband about her affair. I do understand it is a tough thing to do. Margot is also afraid that if she told Tony about her affair, there will be serious troubles in her marriage life. On the other hand, Tony already knew about that affair. He is furious and plans to hurt her wife. He always reads her diaries and letters and keeps a close eye on her. Tony always says mean and insensitive things to her.


          Tony Wendice: By the way, Maureen called just after you left and wants us to dinner on Wednesday. But you have got something in your diary for Wednesday and I can't read your writing. Looks like "All Bental". Who's he, another one of your boyfriends?
          Margot Wendice : The Albert Hall, you idiot.
          Tony Wendice : (pauses for a short period) Oh the Albert Hall, of course.


          Tony is always doubtful about his wife and tries to humiliate her in various occasions. He is very persuasive and always makes Margot to do something she does not like to do. But Margot is very kind and understanding woman and tries to please her husband.

          ==DIRECTION AND CINEMATOGRAPHY==


          Mr. Hitchcock did a brilliant job in this movie. He took some excellent actors in the leading roles. The story-line is fast-paced and very interesting. All the scenes and sequences are very well directed and well executed. Most of the movie scenes happen in Margot's apartment. The camera-work is very steady and clear. The background music is also very effective and well executed. The movie set and costumes are very classy. Mr. Hitchcock gave importance to every single detail on the movie set, and you can see there is no discontinuity in the movie set. He did a grand job directing this movie.


          ==VIEWERS RECEPTION and AWARDS==


          This movie received positively by the both viewers and film-critics. Currently, this movie has a very high rating of 8.1/10 in IMDB voted by almost 27 thousand viewers. It is also received 81% fresh ratings in Rottentomatoes as well.


          '''Movie information:''' http://hitchcock.tv/mov/dial_m_for_murder/murder.html
          '''Movie trailer: ''' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qWwFvsBVic
          '''IMDB rating: ''' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046912/
          '''Rottentomatoes rating :''' http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dial_m_for_murder/


          Actress Grace Kelly nominated for three awards for her outstanding acting in this movie. She won two awards for her role (National board review USA award and New York Film Critics Circle award). This movie did not win any major awards but recently this movie ranked 9th place in the list of top ten Mystery movies by American Film Institute (AFI).


          ==FINAL THOUGHT AND RECOMMENDATION==


          I really enjoyed watching this movie. It is a masterpiece, a classic thriller movie directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock. I have watched this movie atleast five time before and I watched it again last night. Every time I watch this movie I feel like I am watching this for the first time. Storyline of this movie simply brilliant accompanies with fantastic performances by the lead characters. It is a colour (warnercolor) movie and only one hour and 43 minutes long. If you did not watch this before and really like the thriller/mystery genre movie, I would highly recommend you to watch this movie. I can assure you it is well worth of your time. You can buy the dvd from Amazon.co.uk and it will cost you around £10. It is cheaper in play.com and it will cost you only £4.41(free delivery).

          ©Gladiator007

          ''' This is a movie only review and also posted on Helium and CIAO under same username. '''

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          • Advanced SystemCare / Utility / 180 Readings / 174 Ratings
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            An excellent and very useful software.

            ==BACKGROUND INFORMATION==


            IOBIT.COM is a USA based online software company founded in 2004. This company basically provides different types of PC maintenance software to general users as well as to business corporations. They distribute their products (both free and paid version) online. Though purchased version of these software have added features and facilities and can be found on different high-street shops in USA.


            ==INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED SYSTEMCARE==


            IOBIT launched Advanced SystemCare on 2006. It's one-click PC maintenance software, which helps the users to repair, clean, guard and boast-up the speed of their computers. This software has been praised world-wide by both the users and also tech-experts. IOBIT.COM states in their website that, so far, this software has been downloaded over 35 million times. Editor of CNET.COM already tested this software and confirmed that it is spy-free and reliable software for users.


            ==INSTALLATION ==


            It is a very small-size and powerful software can be downloaded from IOBIT.COM. It is only 7.53 MB in size and has a very easy installation process. Now I will describe the step by step installation process below. I have downloaded this software using Firefox browser.


            * Download and save the "asc-setup" file (it's an .exe file aka setup file).
            * Double-click on the .exe file.
            * The next few steps are self-explanatory, though you might want to think when you select additional tasks. There are three options in total such as create desktop icon, create quick launch icon and add Iobit to My Favourites. I only tick the "Create a desktop icon" option, as I don't want to crowd my computer.
            * In the next step, it will ask if you would like to install yahoo toolbar in your internet browser. I did not install the yahoo toolbar. But if you like to install it, just click on the option. Otherwise un-tick the boxes.
            * Installation process is almost complete now, in the last step; it will ask whether you would like to see the update history of this software. Basically this text file informs the user about the different added facilities and features in different released versions of Advanced SystemCare.
            * After clicking the "Finish" button, there will be a square size box appears on-screen to help the user to configure this software for the system. Here, user can decide the theme colour (Black or White) and default language. It supports 26 languages in total and covers almost all the major EU languages. I chose White theme colour and English as my default language for this software.
            * Now it will update the database file(411 Kb) from internet and you are ready to use this amazing PC utility software. It is recommended that, when you install this software, you stay connected to internet to get the updated version properly.


            ==COMPATIBILITY==


            Unfortunately it does not support either MAC or LINUX operating system. This software is exclusively designed for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and the latest Windows 7(both 32 bit and 64 bit).


            ==HOW IT WORKS==


            There are five buttons in total on the left hand side to operate this software. They are


            '''1. Maintain Windows: ''' This is the first button on the left hand side. When you click on this, there are four functions appears on the right hand side(Under "Functions" button). You can tick and select all the options or you can select the preferred ones.



            These functions are :


            * Spyware Removal
            * Registry Fix
            * Privacy Sweep
            * Junk file clean


            But if you want to use the junk file clean or privacy sweep function, its better you close all the internet browsers. Then these two functions can perform properly. It does not take much time to analyze and report all the problems found in the computer. After that, if there are any problems, it will appear next to each option. If you want to see the details of these problems, then just click on the "Problems Found" button. There are two buttons on the bottom, if you want to repair all these problems; you click on the "Repair" button. If you don't want to clean it now, then just click on the close button or go to any other option. There is a button named "Settings" next to the "Function" button. It helps the user to customize the settings of this software.


            '''2. Diagnose System:''' This option helps the user to analyze and check the performance and security of the system and also take required actions against them.


            There are four functions under Function Button and they are :


            * System Optimization
            * Security Defence
            * Disk Defragment
            * Security Analyzer


            Though tasks of each function are self-explanatory, but still it also explained under each function. If you tick on the Disk Defragment option, you better have some time in your hand. It is a longer process compare to others. After selecting your desired options, you click on the "Scan" button on the bottom. After that, you can select the repair button to fix all these problems.


            '''3. Utilities : ''' This is a handy and very useful additional option and divided into three sub-categories such as


            * Tune-up (there are 10 functions under this button including Smart ram, short-cut fixer and disk check etc.)
            * Security (Four additional functions to enhance the security of the system.)
            * Admin Tools (Nine extra functions to supervise and control the system in one place.)


            Though there are loads of additional functions in this option, but you can't use all of them in the free version. You need to use the paid full version to activate some of these functions.


            '''4. Care:''' It is a big blue button in the middle of all these options (in left hand side). It is a quicker way to perform the both "Maintain Windows" and "Diagnose System" tasks in one click. It will diagnose and detect all the problems and delete them automatically. You can't see the details of each problem or change the settings of each task. So if you want a detailed and personalized scan and repair, then you need to use the dedicated button to perform each task.


            '''5. Home: ''' It shows the complete summary of this software including user account type; last scan date, latest news from IOBIT and extra benefits for paid version. The user statistics button shows you all the executed tasks with detailed results.

            ==MY PERSONAL THOUGHT==


            This is All-in-One complete PC utility software with all important functions tasking abilities. Especially, it can clean my PC without interfering with the speed of my PC. It cleans all the spywares, dangerous cookies, unsecured personal information and data both online or offline quickly and effectively. I feel safe and comfortable.


            There is an amazing function under "Utilities" option.It called smart ram. It basically frees the cache memory, page file and optimizes the speed of my computer. It does not interfere with my work in any way and always work in the back-ground.


            Sometimes you may find that your PC works slowly than usual and it takes longer time to perform each task. One of the reasons may be that, your virtual memory is running low. So you can use this Smart ram option. There are two available options such as smart clean and deep clean. You can select either of these options and it will clear up the memory and instantly show you the available memory and page file. It speeds up my PC properly and I can perform tasks faster. I am really satisfied.


            You can personalize this software by selecting your preferred options from settings. Whenever I finish my work and about to close my computer, I use this software to repair and clean my PC. In any case, if I leave any important information online, it can quickly remove it. It also cleans up all the temp data to speed up the performance of my computer.


            ==BENEFITS==


            * Reliable and tested spyware free PC utility software.
            * Really Easy to navigate and self-explanatory steps.
            * Very clear and informative user manual.
            * So many useful functions with easier control options.
            * Very helpful and quick technical support.
            * Does not interfere with your work and always work in background.
            * Immediately, clean, repair and speed up your system.
            * Advanced Security for the System.


            ==DISADVANTAGES==


            There are no significant problems with this software. I am absolutely happy and satisfied with this. Though once my PC crashed while I was performing maintain windows task. But I was doing extreme multi-tasking in that time. So I can't really blame this software. Other than that, it is brilliant PC utilities software.


            ==EXPERTS OPINION ==

            This software has been received mostly positive by tech experts and also general users. The famous USA based CNET.COM tested this software and declared it spyware free. CNET editor rated this software 4 star out of five.


            '''Software Information: ''' http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html
            '''Download and CNET recommendation:''' http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-SystemCare-Free/3000-2086_4-10407614.html
            '''Technical Support: ''' http://www.iobit.com/support.html

            ==WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT ==


            You can use the free version first and if you like the experience you can buy the PRO version. You can buy this PRO version online from WWW.IOBIT.COM and they accept any major bank cards such as Visa, MasterCard etc. They also accept PayPal and wire transfer. It costs $ 29.95 for single copy with one year subscription, but right now there is a discount going on. If you buy more copies then the price becomes less as for example if you buy three PRO versions then each unit only cost you $13.32.

            ==FINAL THOUGHT AND RECOMMENDATION==


            This is an amazing and very useful all- in-one PC utility software for general PC users. It has a very convenient navigation process with faster performance ability. I am really satisfied with this software. So I will recommend you to use the free version in your system first. If you like the appearance, performance and tasking ability of this software, then you can buy the PRO version.



            Thank you very much for reading my review.


            ©Gladiator007



            '''***This software review also posted on Helium and CIAO under same user name***'''

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            • Roman Holiday (DVD) / DVD / 222 Readings / 214 Ratings
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              A Classic film, highly Recommended.

              BACKGROUND INFORMATION :

              Multi-talented American director William Wyler directed the classic romantic comedy film "Roman Holiday", and it was released in 1953. Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn portrayed the title characters in this movie. Famous actress Audrey Hepburn portrayed a major role for the first time in an American film (in this movie) and it also earned her numerous prestigious awards. The story of this movie revolves around a young princess, who is fed up with her restricted royal life and attempts to escape from this lifestyle. American script-writer and novelist Dalton Trumbo and John Dighton originally wrote the script of this movie. But due to some political problems, Dalton Trumbo was not credited for his work in that time. Legendary director William Tyler directed some excellent movies in his career, and he is the only director, who achieved twelve Academy Awards nominations for his great directorial works.

              MAIN CHARACTERS :

              ## Audrey Hepburn played the role of Princess Ann/Anya Smith (She is a young princess of an undisclosed European country and currently on an official tour across the Europe.)
              ## Gregory Peck played Joe Bradley (He is a struggling American reporter works at American News Service in Italy.)
              ##Eddie Elbert played the role of Irving Radovich (He is a good friend of Joe Bradley and works as a freelance photographer.)

              PLOT OUTLINE :

              Princess Ann is a member of an old Royal family and currently on a highly publicized goodwill tour all over the Europe. When she visits Rome during this tour, she has a nervous breakdown due to her official stressful tasks. She escapes from her palace and accidentally meets Joe Bradley on the street.

              So the story tells us about the great roman adventure of Princess Ann. It also tells us about the eccentric American reporter Joe Bradley and his hidden motives. Will Princess Ann able to escape from his hectic royal life and enjoy her life as she always wants? To know all these answers, you have to watch this great movie.

              MY PERSONAL THOUGHT :

              Director and producer William Wyler is widely famous for directing super-hit movies. He is also known as "The Perfectionist", because of his patience and numerous retakes to perfect each sequence and scene of a movie. Most of his movies are major box office hit and also earned several prestigious awards. He usually worked with great and well known actors. But, he decided to take relatively unknown actress, Audrey Hepburn to perform the title role in this romantic comedy movie. He was spot-on yet again and this movie earned ten Academy Awards nomination and Hepburn earned her first academy award as a leading female actress.

              The storyline of the movie is very unique and fascinating. Belgian born actress Audrey Hepburn was the perfect cast for Princess Ann. Princess Ann is a very gracious, well-mannered a well educated young lady. She has to perform some stressful heavy royal duties as a princess. She does not enjoy it at all. She is also tired of being watched all the time, and being told what to do and what not to do. She is in her teenage years and never experienced the normal life outside her castle. She is bored and tired of heavy royal duties and always wants to enjoy a normal life. One night at Rome, after performing a royal meeting, she has a serious nervous breakdown and her physician gives her medicine (sleeping pills) to calm her down. But she is irritated and decides to escape from the royal castle. Later she meets with a generous young American reporter Joe Bradley on the street, and he offers to help her. Audrey Hepburn is simply gorgeous in this movie. Hepburn maintained a consistent performance as a princess. It looks very believable on the screen. Her innocent and captivating facial expressions, lovely European accent and unparalleled exquisiteness made her character even more enjoyable on the screen.

              Legendary actor Gregory Peck portrayed the character of a struggling American reporter, Joe Bradley. He works for American News Service in Italy. He does not enjoy being in Italy at all and always wants to go back to New York. But he does not have enough money to buy a plane ticket. So he always looks for a big story which will earn him enough money to go back to the New York. One night, He finds Princess Ann on a road-side, and somehow he takes her to his apartment without knowing her real identity. Joe Bradley is a kind-hearted gentleman. He likes to help others. But he is also frustrated with his low-earning job and always wants to do something big. I really like Gregory Peck's acting in this movie. He is very funny, quirky but also a thoughtful person. Though he has so many problems in him life, still he helps Princess Ann without any self-interest. Though the storyline changes so quickly afterwards, and it also reveals each character's hidden intentions. But to find out all these you have to watch this wonderful movie.

              American actor Eddie Albert portrays the character of a photographer, Irving Radovich. He is a very good friend of Joe and works with him to cover different news. He is very comical and often creates some truly hilarious situation on the screen. I really like the way director presented the true and honest friendship between Joe and Irving on the screen. Eddie Albert did a fantastic job in this movie and his role also earned him an Academy awards nomination for best supporting actor.

              The storyline of this movie is very fast-paced and heart-warming. It is a classic mix of fairy-tale and reality. I really like the way director represented the contrast between the glamorous royal life of Princess Ann and totally normal life of Joe Bradley on the screen. Both of them have very different social values, manners and lifestyle. Princess Ann wants to be a normal girl and enjoys her life in a normal way without all these royal rules and regulations. On the other hand, Joe Bradley is a very simple man with simple dreams and does not know anything about a Princess or her lifestyle. They are completely different from each other. Above all both of them are human, and they can be together by the power of unconditional and pure love. All these differences can overcome by honest love. Despite their numerous dissimilarities, at some point they find comfort in each other. They start trusting each other and share their inner most feelings. I am truly amazed that, how masterfully both director and these great actors represents this theme on the screen.

              True love requires a lot of sacrifice and a great deal of mutual understanding. Princess Ann truly cares for Joe Bradley, but she does not forget her social background and royal duties. I really like the way Joe Bradley loved Princess Ann in this movie. He tries his best to be selfless and to make her happy. I think this classic romantic movie teaches us the true meanings of love. Just because you love someone you don't have to stay with him/her. If you love a person, you should truly care about that person's feelings. You need to be unselfish and try to make that person content and happy.

              I also like the way Director represented the true friendship between Joe Bradley and Irving Radovich. Both of them truly care for each other and respect each other. When one of them feels sad or upset, other friend comes forward to console him and to help him. In one particular scene, when Joe Bradley continuously insults Irving, he does not take it to heart and tries to find out why is Joe upset. Both these actors did a fantastic job in this movie.

              The story-line of this is not overly complex. To be honest with you, it is really simple and straightforward. This movie also has the perfect amount of well executed comedy, an exceptionally charming couple and a smooth flow in the script. The way director represents Princess Ann for the first time on the screen is hugely appreciable. All in All, Mr. Wyler did his magic again and delivered a truly masterpiece film.

              DIRECTION & CINEMATOGRAPHY :

              The entire movie was shot in the picturesque Rome, Italy. Rome is considered to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. The background scenarios, old buildings and sculpture are expertly shot in this movie; sometimes you may mistake it as a travel-promo. Even if it is a black and white movie, and it was shot almost sixty years ago, still the cinematography of this movie simply amazing. Director Mr. Wyler spent a huge amount of money for expensive royal sets, Hepburn's classy dresses and shoes and stunning visual effects in this movie. I can gladly say that the money is very well spent in this movie.

              VIEWER'S RECEPTION :

              This movie received tremendously positive reviews from both critics and audience. Audrey Hepburn widely praised for her exceptional performance in this movie. Currently this movie holds a high rating of 8.1/10 voted by almost twenty-nine thousand viewers. This movie also has a 98% fresh rating at Rottentomattoes.

              MOVIE TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIFo0txAvuE
              IMDB RATING: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046250/
              ROTTENTOMATOES RATING: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/roman_holiday/

              FINAL THOUGHT AND RECOMMENDATION :

              This movie has an extraordinarily moving and enjoyable storyline and the lead characters delivered excellent performances in this movie. The background scenes and musical score are simply awesome and well executed. I simply love this timeless masterpiece and highly recommend it to everyone. Watch this classic movie and treat yourself with a blissful and fun experience. I can assure you, every second of this movie is definitely worth your time. This is a black & white movie and only one hour and fifty-eight minutes long. You can buy the DVD from Amazon.co.uk and it will cost you only 4 GBP (including free super saver delivery in the UK).

              Many thanks for reading my review. It is highly appreciated.

              ©Gladiator007

              ***This is a movie only review also posted on Helium and CIAO under same username. ***

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              • Men Who Stare At Goats (DVD) / DVD / 227 Readings / 219 Ratings
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                A boring and slow-paced movie..not recommended.

                BACKGROUND INFORMATION :

                "The Men who stare at goats" is a comedy/war movie directed by the famous American actor, film producer and director Grant Heslov. This movie was released on 15th October, 2009 in the U.K and the story of this movie based on a book under same title written by British Journalist and documentary film-maker Jon Ronson. The story of this movie revolves around a frustrated journalist and his continuous attempt to find a great story, and later he follows an ex-American soldier to the Iraq.

                LEAD CHARACTERS :


                ## Ewan McGregor plays the role of Bob Wilton (A recently divorced frustrated journalist works at Daily Telegram, who is looking for a big story.)
                ## George Clooney plays the role of Lyn Cassady (An American ex-member of a secret Special force unit aka New Earth Army, he specializes in psychic powers.)
                ##Jeff Bridges plays the role of Bill Django (The Chief of New Earth Army, he took a trip across USA for several years to explore different techniques for his team)
                ##Kevin Spacey plays the role of Larry Hooper (Another member of New Earth Army, but he uses those techniques in a dangerous way to hurt his team members.)

                PLOT OUTLINE :

                Bob Wilton works as a journalist in a local newspaper, Ann Arbor Daily Telegram. One day, He interviews a local guy, who informs him about the top-secret unit (New Earth Army) specializes in psychic abilities. Later Bob's wife divorced him for his one-armed editor. Bob is devastated and trying to find a great story to get back at his wife.

                He goes to Kuwait to look into the Iraq war and to find a story. He meets Lyn Cassady (one of the most talented members of New Earth army) in a local hotel and follows him to Iraq. So the story tells us about the history and the activities of New Earth Army. It also tells us about the journey of Bob and Lyn in the Iraq and how they are able to find out about the conspiracy behind New Earth Army.

                MY PERSONAL THOUGHT :

                The story of this movie mainly based on a 2004 non-fictional book written by Ron Jonson. But later famous British script-writer Peter Straughan re-wrote the story. It's a slow-paced comedy movie full with dark humour. Journalist Bob mainly narrates the whole story, and sometimes other characters share their memories with him. Scottish Actor Ewan McGregor portrays the character of a troubled journalist Bob Wilton in this movie. Bob is having a mid-life crisis and his wife left him for a better and successful man. He is heart-broken and continuously trying to find a big story to prove himself. So he goes to Kuwait and runs into a legendary ex-military guy, Lyn Cassidy. He also discovers that, Lyn is one of the psychic spies, so he travels with him into the Iraq to get a story.

                To be honest with you, I am really disappointed with his (Ewan McGregor) acting. He always looks bored, tired and impatient on the screen. He has the same facial expression for different situations. I mean it's so annoying. Even, when he thinks something or says something funny still he looks irritated. It's seems like someone forced him to act in this film, and he is in a great hurry to finish it. He is the protagonist of this movie, and if you can't like him, it will be very difficult for you to enjoy the movie properly. He is absent-minded while delivering the dialogues and there's no depth in his acting. I absolutely hated his performance in this movie.

                George Clooney portrays the role of Lyn Cassady in this movie. He is one of the most talented soldiers in the New Earth Army Unit, and mastered all the techniques perfectly. He has strong intuition, remote viewing and cloud bursting. These soldiers are also known as Psychic spies or Jedi Warriors. Lyn is a very funny and smart person. I really like his performance in this movie. His outstanding performance is the best part of this movie. He always makes a fool out of himself on the screen. Still, he is very confident about his psychic powers, and he truly believes that he can win the war using his unique abilities. I really like the way director developed Lyn's character. He got some powerful dialogues and some great comical scenes in this movie.

                Veteran actor Jeff Bridges plays the character of Bill Django. He was shot in Vietnam War and later decided to go undercover to find better and improved techniques to win the War. Later he came up with the idea of "New Earth Army". This is a secret unit specializes in psychic powers. He also wrote the manual book for the unit. He came up with the idea that, military should adopt the idea of peace, love and mutual understanding instead of violence. He is eccentric, free-spirited, humorous and very kind. His role in this movie is similar to one of his earlier role as Dude in "The Big Lebowski". He wanted to win the War using psychic powers. He taught his soldiers how dance. Jeff Bridges is simply hilarious in his role. Especially, when he teaches Clooney how to dance is one of the funniest moments in this movie. He looks confident and believable in his role. Kevin Spacey plays the role of Larry Hooper. Larry is very jealous of Lyn and always wants to defeat him to become the best "Jedi Warrior" in the unit. To be honest, I really don't like his performance in this movie. He is over confident and always has this expression in his face that, look, I am The Kevin Spacey, so whatever I am doing is right on the screen. His acting is so typical and predictable that is simply annoying. He looks exhausted in his role.

                The title of this movie is based on a special power of these psychic spies. One of their special powers is to kill an animal by just staring at them (using brain waves). This experiment starts with dogs, but they feel too attached with them. So later their chief, Bill uses goat for this experiment.

                This is meant to be a comedy movie, but the storyline is a complete let down. The story starts fine with some funny and quirky moments, and it gets silly as it progresses. I am really confused who is dumber here, the great bunch of actors who read this bizarre script and agreed to act in this movie or the director who thinks it will be another successful Clooney-Heslov venture (Good Night and Good Luck, a 2005 film). There is no continuity in the story-line, and it does not explain anything to the audience. The storyline is always confusing , and it just jumps from one place to another. The flashback sequences are poorly executed. I feel cheated after watching this movie. I am a great fan of George Clooney and Kevin Spacey. I am always confident that, if they act in a movie together it must be something special. But in this case, there is no real substance in this movie apart from the superb performance by George Clooney. The story line is really slow-paced and boring. Some fighting sequences between Clooney and other soldiers are really funny. This movie is a collection of some irregular gags by George Clooney and Jeff Bridges. They are equally funny and entertaining on the screen. George Clooney gets some excellent one-liners in this movie. In one scene, Lyn Cassidy told Bob that he also specialized in "Invisibility" and explained it by saying that eventually we adopted it to just find a way of not being seen. This movie tells us about some peculiar USA military experiments on their soldiers. Probably, film-makers tried to mock the USA military and their unique and unconventional techniques, but in the end they made a fool out of themselves.

                VIEWERS RECEPTION & AWARDS :

                This movie received mainly mixed to positive by critics and viewers. Currently, this movie holds 6.7/10 rating in IMDB voted by almost twelve thousand viewers. It also received 53% fresh rating at rottentomatoes website. But, critics mostly praised George Clooney for excellent performance in this movie.

                '''Movie Website :''' http://www.themenwhostareatgoatsmovie.com/
                '''Movie Trailer :''' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC2TzspJn5A
                '''IMDB Rating :''' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1234548/
                '''RottenTomatoes Rating :''' http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/men_who_stare_at_goats/

                FINAL THOUGHT & RECOMMENDATION :

                There are some great actors in this movie. But the story line is poorly executed and there are some major plot holes. The plus points of this movie are excellent performance by George Clooney and some occasional humour. I would not recommend you to buy the DVD, but if you are a big Fan of Clooney or Jeff Bridges, or you like to stare at big, fat and healthy goats (make sure you don't kill them, oh right you can't kill them, because you haven't read Bill Django's "Jedi Warriors" manual) then you can buy the DVD. This movie is only one and half hour long. This movie is rated "R" for strong references of brief nudity and drug uses. The DVD of this movie is slated to be released on April, 2010.

                ©Gladiator007


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                  A very funny and enjoyable TV-series, highly recommended.

                  BACKGROUND INFORMATION :

                  "Chuck" is an American spy-comedy thriller TV series first premiered on NBC television channel on 24th September, 2007. There are thirteen episodes in first season and this TV show created by famous American screen writer Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. This show gained tremendous popularity among the viewers and received mainly positive reviews from the critics. The storyline of this show revolves around Chuck Bartowski, a normal computer technician works at local electrical store, and he receives a highly important encoded email from his college roommate. Now this creates some serious problems in Chuck's life. This American TV show was aired on Virgin1 TV-channel in the UK. The third season of this show recently aired on NBC, on 10th January, 2010. The DVD box-set of the first season released on September, 2008 and there are four DVD's in this set.

                  LEAD CHARACTERS :

                  ## Zachary Levi plays the role of Chuck Bartowski (The protagonist of this show, an average computer technician, works at Buy More as Nerd Hard member and lives with his sister.)

                  ~Family Members~
                  1. Sarah Lancaster plays the role of Dr. Eleanor Bartowski aka Ellie (She is elder sister of Chuck and works in a local hospital. She lives with her boyfriend, who is also works in same hospital.)
                  2. Ryan McPartlin plays the role of Dr. Devon Woodcomb aka Captain awesome (He is boyfriend of Ellie, works in same hospital. He is physically fit, active, and funny and frequently uses the word "Awesome" in conversations. )

                  ~Co-workers at Buy More~
                  1. Joshua Gomez plays the role of Morgan Grimes (He is also best friend of Chuck.)
                  2. Vic Sahay plays the role Lester Patel (He is one of his Nerd Herd team-member , and prefers to solve MAC related computer problems )
                  3. Scott Krinsky plays the role of Jeffry Barnes aka Jeff (An aging and alcoholic team-member of Nerd Herd, he's also the oldest employee of Buy More.)

                  ~Secret Service Agents~
                  1. Yvonne Strahovski plays the role of Agent Sarah Walker (A sexy, seductive and efficient CIA agent, her job is to protect Chuck and help him in government missions.)
                  2. Adam Baldwin plays the role of Major John Casey (A veteran and experienced NSA agent, he is also assigned to protect Chuck Bartowski)

                  PLOT OUTLINE :


                  Chuck Bartowski is simple and socially awkward young man lives in Burbank, California with his sister. He was expelled from Stanford University because one of his roommates Bryce Larkin wrongly framed him of cheating. Now he works as a technical expert in Buy More (a fictional electrical retail store). He received an email from Bryce Larkin on his birth-day, and it was an encoded with series of pictures that contains very important and secret information (also known as "The Intersect") about USA government. Chuck opens this email and all the information stuck in his brain. Because Bryce destroyed the govt. Copy of Intersect, now both CIA and NSA sent their best agents to recover The Intersect.


                  So, as the first season of this TV show progresses, it tells us, why Chuck received that email, and how he reacts when he gets to know about The Intersect. It also shows us, how the amateurish and comical Chuck helps both CIA and NSA in different missions using the Intersect.


                  MY PERSONAL THOUGHT :

                  Talented American screen-writer and producer Josh Schwartz created and produced some famous and well-recognized TV shows such as The O.C and Gossip girl. His class-mate Chris Fedak came up with the idea of this TV show. Later this duo co-created this excellent TV show. Zachary Levi played the lead role of Chuck in this show. He also acted in some well known US made TV series before. But he rose to fame and gained immense popularity for the role of Chuck. Chuck Bartowski is a socially awkward, shy and unenthusiastic twenty-something guy, who still works as a technical expert at a local store. His sister, Ellie continuously encourages him to find a better job and to do something better with his life. But, all of a sudden his life takes an unexpected turn, when his old nemesis Bryce Larkin sent him an encoded highly important email and all the USA government secrets are embedded in his brain. Slowly, he starts helping the USA secret services to catch the bad guys. Mr. Levi did an awesome job in this TV show. He has a day job in Buy More, and in the evening, he helps CIA & NSA agents to solve national security problems. He is confident, relaxed and really believable in his role. I really like the character of Chuck, because he is just an average guy, and he always have real-life problems and he deals with them in a funny way. It's very well presented and well executed on the screen.

                  Australian Born Actress Yvonne Strahovski played the role of dashing CIA agent Sarah Walker. She was sent to Burbank to recover the Intersect. But she ends up protecting Chuck and becomes a CIA handler of the Intersect. She is a smart, attractive and very kind-hearted woman. She always tries her best to help and protect Chuck from dangerous situations. Yvonne did an excellent job in her role. Adam Baldwin played the role of an aging NSA agent, Major John Casey. He is a very professional and smart NSA agent and does not show much emotion about real life. Joshua Gomez played the role of the best-friend of Chuck. I really enjoyed his acting. He is really weird and comical. He really cares for Chuck and often creates some absurdly funny situation on the screen. Rest of the casts are also very believable and well presented.

                  The story line of the first season is very fast-paced, engaging and entertaining. All the lead characters got equal importance on the screen so viewers get to know about the lead characters and their background very well. Each episode mostly revolves around Chuck's personal life, work life (at Buy More) and spy life (helping Sarah and Casey). Each episode is only 43 minutes long and full with surprising twists and hilarious situations. Chuck always finds himself in an awkward and embarrassing situation, when he tries to maintain a balance between his personal life and spy life. All these sequences are very well presented on the screen. All the episodes are consistent and have a smooth flow over the first season.

                  SPECIAL FEATURES :

                  This DVD box set contains very few special features. But all of them are really funny and interesting. There are few deleted scenes included in the Deleted Scene feature. Especially, when Chuck jokes about Sarah's sickness and tells his sister that she is suffering from Spastic Colon (it's a continuous gag; Chuck uses to explain Sarah's absence in important family get-together.). This deleted scene clip from various episodes is only nine minutes long and very funny.

                  "Chuck vs. The Chuckles" features the bloopers of the first season. Zackary Levi is very funny and always jokes around with his co-workers. In ninth episode, Yvonne and Vic Sahay did a comic scene together. This scene was well received by critics and viewers. Even the re-takes of this scene are simply hilarious. In another fighting scene, Zackary asks Yvonne to jump, and she replied jokingly that I only respond to "action". Zackary always mimics Yvonne's Australian accent, and it's just hilarious.

                  "Chuck on Chuck" features the commentaries by Zackary Levi, Joshua Gomez, Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak on different scenes and sequences from first season. They also discuss about their favourite scenes, character developments and behind the scene incidents. Josh Schwartz describes about the character development of Chuck and tells the audience that it is one of his hardest works in the first season. Both Josh and Chris give more importance to the family life of Chuck, and they discusses about a specific family dinner scene. Josh said that, family is the heart of this show.All in all, This DVD box set got some interesting and really funny special features, and I really enjoyed watching them.

                  ~Viewer's reception & Critic's Opinion~

                  The first season of "Chuck" received positively by both critics and viewers. Most of the USA newspaper included this TV show in their top ten TV show of the year, 2007.Both Zackary and Yvonne received some prestigious awards for their brilliant performance in this show.

                  '''Official Website: ''' http://www.nbc.com/chuck/
                  '''IMDB rating: ''' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0934814/


                  FINAL THOUGHT & RECOMMENDATION :

                  I just love this TV show. It is very funny, entertaining and the lead characters give superb performances in their roles. The dialogues are very witty, sharp and well executed. Sometimes, they make references to popular cultures (famous movies, Cartoon Characters and fictional characters) in various episodes and mimic them. I find it really amusing. Especially Chuck Bartowski is a truly hilarious character and surely knows how to entertain the audience. I really enjoyed this show and highly recommend it. It is a light-hearted spy-comedy TV show with a great and fast-paced storyline and really worth your time. You can buy the DVD box set from Amazon.co.uk and it will cost you only 10 GBP with free delivery (if you use super saver delivery in the UK).

                  Many thanks for reading my review and I hope you enjoy this great TV show.

                  ©Gladiator007

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                    A very useful and effective graphics card.

                    BACKGROUND INFORMATION :

                    Sapphire Technology is the main supplier of ATI based Graphics Cards for personal computers all over the world. It also produces different types of TV cards, work stations and digital photo frames for consumers. It is a Hong-Kong based company and has two ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified manufacturing plants in China. ATI launched the Radeon HD 4600 series on September 2008. This series loaded with some great additional features and fully supports HD gaming for PC users. I bought my HD 4650 graphics card (1 GB) from Dell online, and it cost me around £60. This graphics card designed on 55nm process and came with lots of useful software.

                    EXCLUSIVE FEATURES :

                    # It has built in HDMI support and also 7.1 surround sound support.
                    # It has a massive memory clock speed of 800 MHz.
                    # There is some useful software (Avivo HD Technology, ATI Power-Play Technology etc.) comes with Installation CD.
                    # It supports maximum resolution of 2500X1600.
                    # It works with both Windows Vista and Windows XP operating system.(Though it is Vista certified graphics card, still it supports all the released versions of XP operating system such as XP-64 bit, XP Media centre edition and basic windows XP)
                    # It has extensive and latest connectivity options( DVI , VGA and HDMI port)
                    # It is compatible with Microsoft DirectX10.1 version.(It helps the user to get faster response and better gaming experience)

                    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS :

                    # It requires a PCI-e slot in motherboard to plug-in with the system.
                    # It also requires at least 1 GB of system memory in the system. (Though in my personal experience, it better to have at least 2GB memory installed in the system to enjoy the full features of this graphics card.)
                    # An optical drive(to install the required drivers and additional software)
                    # To enjoy the high quality blu-ray experience, you need to have a blu-ray drive installed in the system.

                    INSTALLATION & USER MANUAL :

                    Installation of this graphics card is pretty straight-forward and simple. You just need to plug-in the graphics card into the PCI-e slot in the motherboard. Then insert the installer CD into the optical drive of the system. Then, you can see an auto-start program appears on the monitor. There will be two options, one for windows XP and another for windows Vista. I have Vista in my desktop, so I selected windows Vista. This graphics card is Vista certified, so it works better with Vista operating system. Then there will be a list of graphics cards appear on the screen and you select HD 4650. That's it; you are good to go with this brilliant graphics card.

                    Personal Experience:

                    I am really happy with the performance of this graphics card. I already had 4GB of installed ram in my computer. But I did not have any graphics card in my system. So I bought this card. This card also supports dual monitor at a time. It works much better with windows Vista operating system (compare to XP) and all the additional features also support Vista. There is only one cooler on top of it and noiseless. To be honest with you, I was doing some extensive programming after installing this card and not once I heard any noise coming out from this. As it says that it supports up to 2500x1600 resolution, but it works better on 1024x768. I wanted to play some games selecting the highest possible resolution, but it did not work out well. This is very disappointing.


                    I really enjoyed watching DVD's and music videos in my computer. The picture quality is crystal clear, sharp and vibrant. There is a built in option in this graphics card, which automatically updates the quality, brightness and contrast of the movies, so the user can enjoy a steady high quality video on screen. There is another option "DVD Upscaling" installed in this card, which updates and improves the quality of low-resolution videos. I really liked this option. I enjoyed watching some old movies with high quality playback support. AVT (Accelerated Video Transcoding) helps to modify any music videos or normal videos to fit in a portable music player. I find this feature really effective and useful. I did not have any blu-ray drive in my system. So I cannot comment on the blu-ray video quality. But one thing for sure, you need to have at least 2GB ram in your system to enjoy the full features of this card.

                    Plus Points :

                    # Cheap, reliable and handy graphics card.
                    # Noiseless and extensive connectivity options.
                    # High quality video play-back support.
                    # It also helps to upgrade the low-resolution videos and to enjoy them in HD quality.
                    # Manufactured on 55nm, so it consumes less power.

                    Inconveniences :

                    # Does not work well with XP operating system.
                    # You need to have a modern mother-board with PCI-e slot.
                    # I could not able to play high- spec games properly in maximum resolution.

                    FINAL THOUGHT AND AVAILABILITY :

                    All in all, it is a very useful and reliable graphics card for your system. If you want to enjoy high quality multimedia in your system it is an ideal choice. But, it does not support all those recent high-spec games. Anyway, I am satisfied with the performance of this card. You can buy this card from either Dell or Amazon.co.uk and it will cost you around £50 to £60.

                    Thank you very much for reading my review. It is highly appreciated.

                    ©Gladiator007


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                    • Anamorph (DVD) / DVD / 188 Readings / 184 Ratings
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                      An interesting thriller movie..recommended.

                      BACKGROUND INFORMATION :

                      "Anamorph" is a 2008 psychological thriller film directed by H.S. Miller and famous American actor Willem Dafoe played the title role in this movie. The theme of this movie based on the painting method "Anamorphis", where a single painting contains two opposite images and the viewer requires a special device or a specific point to see the other image. H.S. Miller also co-wrote (and Tom Phelan) the script of this movie.

                      MAIN CHARACTERS :

                      * Willem Dafoe plays the role of Stan Aubray (Main protagonist of this movie, an ageing and troubled detective in New York police department. )
                      * Scott Speedman plays the role of Carl Uffner (A young and dynamic detective and currently teams up with Stan to solve a case.)
                      * Clea DuVall plays the role of Sandy Strickland (A friend of Stan and Crystal )
                      * Amy Carlson plays the role of Alex Fredericks (An ambitious and intelligent reporter works for a local newspaper.)

                      PLOT OUTLINE :

                      Stan Aubray is a senior detective in New York Police department, and currently takes classes in Forensic Psychology department. Few years ago, he solved "Uncle Eddie case" and became popular in the police department. He got promoted. After that, he suffers from constant guilty feelings as he assumed he did not catch the real serial killer. Recently, a murder takes place in a hotel, and it follows the similar killing pattern of "Uncle Eddie". Detective Stan is called back to the crime scene to investigate and solve this murder case. He teams up with an enthusiastic young detective Carl.

                      So the story tells us, how they able to catch this violent and dangerous serial killer. It also tells us, about the past of Detective Stan and his guilty conscience. This movie has a very moving and gritty story line, and I enjoyed watching this.


                      MY PERSONAL THOUGHT :

                      It is a psychological crime/thriller genre movie and the storyline revolves around a serial killer and his artistic killing pattern. Detective Stan is a middle-aged, intelligent, mild and thoughtful NYPD detective. He investigated and solved a dangerous "Serial-killer" case few years ago. But somehow he thinks he made a fatal error and killed the wrong person. He lost his confidence and becomes alcoholic. I really liked the character of Detective Stan. Willem Dafoe did an outstanding job in this movie. He portrays the character of Stan Aubray with perfection. Stan is often confused and always thinks he did something bad in his last job. He always has these visions from his past and feels guilty about it. He starts drinking heavily and tries to forget the past. He is insecure and does not have active social life. He is obsessed by the memory of a poor girl, Crystal (one of the Uncle Eddie's victim). He could not be able to save Crystal's life and feels immensely guilty about it. Stan is an avid art lover and has this obsessive compulsion about paintings and antic furniture. The character of "Stan Aubray" is really difficult to perform on the screen. This character deals with lots of emotions, various facial expressions and difficult dialogues. But, Dafoe played this character superbly. He is a prominent stage actor, so it was probably a little bit easier for him to get inside this role. Audience easily feels sympathy for the character of "Detective Stan". I really liked Dafoe's performance in this movie.

                      This movie deals with various murder scenes, and all of them are very brutal and shocking. It is distinctly not suitable for the younger generations. All these crime scenes involve lots of bloods disoriented dead body. All these scenes are very explicit and truly disturbing. Well, one thing for sure, director did a tremendous job by creating such vivid and detailed murder scenes. If you don't like gory movies, and this one is definitely to avoid. The killer follows a unique art technique to kill his victims. Detective Stan is a dedicated art-lover and always tries his best to catch him. The killer applies a painting technique to kill his victims. He leaves clues for next murder in his paintings. Veteran detective Stan is an expert in historical arts and paintings, so he finds it easier to decipher the hidden message from those pictures. All these paintings are like puzzles, and you need to solve them as soon as possible to catch the killer. I really appreciate how the director explains the painting technique to the audience. The story of this movie moves very slow, most of the time it follows a descriptive style. Either detective Stan or other characters describe about various types of paintings and their historical relevance. Director slowly develops each character and reveals their personal life to the audience, so they can easily relate to them. Detective Stan always haunted by his past memories and constantly suffers from guilty feelings. I really like the way director shows the flashback of Stan's memories. This is very unique and stylish. To be honest with you, it is not much of an interesting story-line to watch. But the theme of this movie is very meaningful and realistic.

                      Scott Speedman plays the role of detective Carl. He is very confident, energetic, smart and outspoken. He teams up with Stan to solve this case. Sometimes, he is annoyed at Stan's odd behavior but always tries to help him to solve this case. Carl is completely different than Stan. But both of them work together to solve this case. Carl is very ambitious and wants to be a senior detective in the police force. But he is also honest and loyal. He really feels for Stan and always tries to help him. He is young and eager to learn about the different types of cases. He always tries to cheer up his senior partner Stan and gives him company. Mr. Speedman did a splendid job in this movie. He played the character of Detective Carl really well. I really like the courage and confidence in Carl's character. I really enjoyed Scott Speedman's acting. Famous Swedish Actor Peter Stormaire played the role of a supplier of antique furniture. He is smart and very kind. He always tries to help Stan to catch the serial killer. I enjoyed his acting as well. Clea Duvall plays the role of Shandy Strickland. She is an ex-girlfriend of Stan and a good friend of Crystal. She is also suffering drinking problems and sometimes Stan visits her to share his thoughts. I really don't like her performance in this movie. She is not connected with the scenes and always overdid the dialogues and facial expressions. All in all, Willem Dafoe gave a brilliant performance in this movie. As a young, passionate and ambitious detective, Scott Speedman did a very good job in his role. I really enjoyed their acting.

                      THINGS THAT PLEASED ME :

                      * Excellent characterization of Detective Stan Aubray.
                      * Unique storyline.
                      * Brilliant acting by Willem Dafoe and Scott Speedman.

                      SOME INCONVENIENCES :

                      * Very disturbing and brutal murder scenes.
                      * Excessive violence.
                      * Very lengthy.(approximately one hour and 45 minutes long)

                      VIEWERS RECEPTION :


                      This movie mainly received mixed responses from both viewers and also movie critics. It is mainly because of its unique storyline and some violent murder scenes. Currently, this movie has a rating of 5.6/10 in IMDB, voted by almost four thousand viewers. But this movie was received very poor responses from Rottentomatoes critics.

                      Movie Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayvIxctoJkc
                      IMDB Rating: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497323/
                      RottenTomatoes Rating : http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/anamorph/

                      FINAL THOUGHT & RECOMMENDATION :

                      To be honest with you, I enjoyed watching this movie. But, I really don't like those horrific murder scenes and excessive bloods on the screen. Other than that, this movie has a very gripping and moving storyline. Willem Dafoe and Scott Speedman played their roles very well in this movie. This movie has eye-catching and innovative flashback scenes, effective background musical score. Famous American wrestler and actor Mick Foley played a very small role in this movie. This movie is one hour 45 minutes long and rated "R" for strong violence and very disturbing images. But if you like arts and paintings and enjoy odd "serial-killer" movies then this one is definitely worth watching.

                      AVAILABILITY :

                      You can get the DVD from amazon.co.uk and it will cost you only £7 (including delivery charge). Otherwise you can rent this DVD from any high-street rental stores.

                      Many thanks for reading my review.

                      ©Gladiator007

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                      • Law Abiding Citizen (DVD) / DVD / 191 Readings / 181 Ratings
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                        A very entertaining and fast-paced thriller.

                        BACKGROUND INFORMATION :

                        American born famous movie director Felix Gary Gary (aka F. Gary Gary) directed his latest film "Law Abiding Citizen" , and it was released on 15th November,2009 (UK). It is a crime/thriller film and Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx portrayed the leading characters in this movie. F. Gary Gary is also well known for directing music videos, and he received some prestigious awards for his work. His first feature film "Friday" was well received both by critics and viewers. The story of his latest movie "Law Abiding Citizen" revolves around a man, who is seeking justice against his family's murderers.

                        LEAD CHARACTERS :

                        # #Gerard Butler plays the role of Clyde Alexander Shelton [He is a talented engineer and recently some criminals murdered his family. Now he is looking for justice.]
                        # # Jamie Foxx plays the role of Nickolas Rice [He is a famous and successful prosecutor and mostly interested in maintaining good reputation in his profession.]
                        # #Leslie Bibb plays the role of Sarah Lowell [A talented and very hard-working lawyer and assistant of Nick Rice]
                        # #Bruce McGill plays the role of Jonas Cantrell [He is the District Attorney and Boss of Nick Rice. He always supports Nick Rice. ]

                        PLOT SYNOPSIS :

                        After a home invasion, two criminals brutally murdered Clyde Shelton's wife and daughter. Now Clyde is looking for justice and prominent young prosecutor Nick Rice is handling his case. However, Nick Rice is more concerned about maintaining his good reputation as a prosecutor, and makes a deal with one of the criminals. The main killer gets a minimal punishment and this upsets Clyde very much.

                        Ten years later, Clyde Shelton comes back to the city to seek justice. But this time, he wants to do it within the boundaries of Law and Order. So the story tells us, how Clyde gets his justice and how cleverly he plans everything. It also tells us about Nick Rice and his continuous efforts to stop Clyde from committing these plans. This movie has a highly entertaining storyline and some surprising twists. I enjoyed watching this movie.

                        MY PERSONAL THOUGHT :

                        This is a very entertaining and fast paced thriller with a unique story line. Director F. Gary Gary directed some excellent and truly entertaining movies before like The Italian Job (2003) and Be Cool (2005). Gerard Butler played the role of a talented and innovative engineer Clyde Shelton. He is married and has a cute little daughter. He really cares for his family and likes to spend time with his daughter. But after the brutal murders of his family, he is shattered and heart-broken. All he wants now is justice, but the flawed justice system does not do the right thing and punish the criminals. So it's his turn to get the justice and punish those criminals.

                        I really like the character of Clyde Shelton. He is smart, quirky and very talented. Gerard Butler did an outstanding job in this role. I mean it was a difficult task for him to portray such a complicated character on the screen. He portrayed the role of an "Anti-hero" in this movie. His role slowly but steadily goes to the wrong side, and starts breaking laws and kills people. But still viewers feel sympathy for his character. I really like the way director developed the character of Clyde Shelton. He takes time and clearly states the mentality and reasons behind his actions. Gerard Butler decided to play the role of Nick Rice. But at the last moment he changed his mind and wanted to play the role of Clyde Shelton. Obviously he made the right decision. I am really glad to see him in the role of Clyde Shelton. Because this role has more depth compares to Nick's role. Clyde Shelton always has a strong conscience. He is determined to do the right thing in a very tactical way. He is a great father and husband. He was really hurt when his daughter and wife murdered cruelly.

                        The character of Clyde Shelton is a great mix of Dr. Hannibal Lectar (played by Anthony Hopkins in three movies) and Agent Ethan Hunt (Played by Tom Cruise in three movies). He is very clever, brutal and also very tactical. He plans everything over and over again to make sure that everything goes along to his plan. Here, Clyde is much more aggressive, funny and confident in comparison to those movie characters. He got some really funny one-liners in this movie. He wants a nice new bed from Nick Rice. So Clyde gets a nice new bed in his prison cell and his cell-mate appreciates it.

                        '''Clyde Shelton: ''' I don't think he likes me.
                        '''Cell Mate : ''' (looking at his new bed and appreciating) Nice bed.!!
                        '''Clyde Shelton : ''' (pauses for a short period and says jokingly) Thank you. It's a single.

                        I absolutely enjoyed his weird sense of humour. He can be very sarcastic at times, but he is always sticking to his plans. His facial expressions are immaculate and his body language is very flexible. He is not looking for vengeance, but he wants to prove that the law system is flawed and anyone clever and powerful can manipulate with it.

                        Nick Rice is a successful prosecutor and really interested to maintain a good reputation in his job. To do so, sometime he compromises with wrong people and takes some wrong decisions. Both Nick Rice and Clyde Shelton have striking similarities in their personal life. Both of them want justice, but they want it in a very different way. They really care for their families. Nick Rice is very smart, sharp and considerate. He really cares for his co-workers. However, due to his work-load he could not able to spend much time with his family. He is always confident about his work. Jamie Foxx did a great job in this movie. The chemistry between Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx is simply amazing. Both of them are very talented actors, and they did a grand job in this movie. I simply enjoyed their excellent performances in this movie.

                        American actress and ex- model Leslie Bibb plays the role of Sarah Lowell. Sarah is Nick's assistant/prosecutor partner. She is a very talented and energetic lawyer. Nick trained her over the years so one day she could take his position in his office. She did a good job in this role. Veteran American Actor Bruce McGIll plays the role of District Attorney Jonas Cantrell. He is a mentor, friend and immediate boss of Nick Rice. He always helps and supports Nick. He is like a father-figure to Nick. Mr. Bruce did a good job in this movie.

                        The storyline of this movie is really gripping and full of surprising twists. Sometimes it seems far-fetched and unrealistic but overall it's a good storyline. The story of this movie starts slowly, and it gives a brief description of the lead characters. There are very few plot holes in this movie. My only problem is with the ending of this movie. It does not make much sense at all. I really wish the director and producers think of an alternative ending. Anyway, overall it is a very exciting and enjoyable movie.

                        DIRECTION AND CINEMATOGRAPHY :

                        F Gary Gary directed some exciting and entertaining movies before. He did a great job in this as well. All the cinema sets and action sequences looks really realistic and believable. This movie got a huge budget and that money was well spent. Both the lead actors got equal importance on the screen and director gives them some heavy and powerful dialogues. Especially the sequences between Nick Rice and Clyde Shelton are really well executed. Famous American composer Brian Tyler did the musical score of this movie.

                        '''~THINGS THAT PLEASED ME~'''


                        ## Brilliant performance by Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx.
                        ## Great cinematography.
                        ##Well executed fighting scenes and court-room scenes.

                        '''~INCONVENIENCES~'''

                        ## Some very brutal torture and murder scenes.
                        ## Few plot holes.

                        VIEWERS RECEPTION :

                        This movie received mainly mixed reviews from critics and viewers. This movie was officially premiered in Glasgow on 15th November, 2009 , it's the hometown of Gerard Butler (he was born in Paisley). This movie was well received in IMDB and currently this movie holds a 7.3/10 rating voted by almost thirteen thousand viewers. On the other hand, this received very poor rating on rottentomatoes and currently it holds a 24% fresh rating.

                        '''Movie Website :''' http://www.lawabidingcitizenfilm.com/
                        '''Movie Trailer :''' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX6kVRsdXW4
                        '''IMDB rating :''' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1197624/
                        '''Rottentomatoes Rating :''' http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/law_abiding_citizen/

                        Famous American film critics Roger Ebert gave this movie three stars out of four saying that ''' Law Abiding Citizen is one of those movies you like more at the time than in retrospect. '''

                        FINAL THOUGHT AND RECOMMENDATION :


                        To be honest with you, I really really enjoyed this movie. Gerard Butler is simply brilliant in this movie. His extra-ordinary performance in this movie leaves a lasting impression on my mind. The story line is also very good, and it always makes you guessing what's going to happen next. The ending of this movie could have been better. I truly enjoyed watching this movie so it is highly recommended. You can still catch this movie on local cinema hall and the DVD will be out next year.
                        Many thanks for reading my review and hope you enjoy watching this movie.

                        Thanks for reading my review.

                        HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

                        ©Gladiator007

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                        • The Burrowers (DVD) / DVD / 206 Readings / 198 Ratings
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                          Very interesting and enjoyable movie...highly recommended.

                          BACKGROUND INFORMATION :

                          Talented American director and script writer J.T. Petty directed the horror movie "The Burrowers" and it was released in 2008. This movie is a classic example of horror theme with grand western background . The story of this movie is set in 1879; revolves around a group of men and their search for the brutal killers.

                          CLOSER LOOK AT THE DIRECTOR :

                          J.T. Petty is a dynamic and resourceful film director, author, script writer and also video games writer. He worked for the famous video game publisher Ubisoft as a game writer. He rose to fame and widely recognized for writing the first two segments of famous game series Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. JT Petty also wrote the script of this movie.

                          TITLE CHARACTERS :

                          * Jocelin Donahue plays the role of Maryanne Stewart (Young daughter of Mr. Stewart , who is in love with Irish-boy Coffey )
                          * Karl Geary plays the role of Fergus Coffey(An Irish immigrant and in love with Maryanne)
                          * William Mapother plays the role of William Parcher (An experienced Gun-fighter , who works for Spacks family )
                          * Galen Hutchinson plays the role of Dobie Spacks (Only son of Mrs. Spacks, a curious and helpful boy who recently lost his father.)

                          PLOT SYNOPSIS :

                          The story was set in 1879, when settlers came in Dakota to find a new place for living. Suddenly Stewart's family was brutally kidnapped one night. Irish man Coffey, who is in deep love with Marryanne, seeks help from Mr. Parcher.So they gather a posse to track down the family and rescue them. Young boy Dobbie also joins the posse to learn about difficult western life.

                          So the story tells us how this posse tracks down the Stewart's family. Will they able to rescue the family and take proper action against the kidnappers? To know all this answers you have to see this wonderful movie. This movie has a highly engaging story line with some surprising twists. I really enjoyed watching this.

                          MY PERSONAL THOUGHT :

                          To be honest with you I am not a big fan of horror movies. I just don't like extreme violence, bloodshed and bizarre torture scenes. But Mr. Petty is a very talented director. So I was expecting something different, something original and enjoyable. Gladly I can say that I am totally satisfied with this movie.J.T. Petty has done an outstanding work by collaborating two very different themes in one storyline and also maintaining the quality of the movie. It's not easy to execute a horror movie while having a pure western background. It's requires exquisiteness, continuity and double effort to present it on screen and make it believable. Director has excelled in every department with full mark and truly impressed me.

                          The story of this movie starts slowly but steadily. Director wants the viewers to connect with each character and to feel for them. He gives a brief intro to the characters, their likes dislikes and weakness. So the viewer can feel comfortable with the story development. Once you get to know about the characters, then the story revolves quickly and rapidly. In present days, it's very rare to find a good western movie like old days. But Mr. Petty did his homework very well; he used all the correct and believable sequences in this movie with right social references. Then he added right amount of plot twist and suspense, so the viewer always eager to know who did it and why did it. All these elements make this movie more interesting and highly enjoyable.

                          ~Brutality of US Cavalry~

                          During 1879, it was a difficult time for both settlers and Indians to co-op with each other and to live in the very same society happily. Especially US cavalry was very violent and brutal against Indians. Every time something went wrong, they blamed the Indians and tortured them very brutally. There was a serious lack of mutual understanding and proper use of law in that period of time. Mr. Petty has presented this situation with right sequences and references in this movie.


                          In no way, I am trying to have a rant at armed forces. I truly believe, they are trying their best to keep peace in our society. I am really grateful to them.

                          ~Discrimination against the immigrants~

                          Another complex and very touchy subject has been dealt with perfection and honesty by director J.T. Petty. Here we can see that, Irish immigrant Coffey consistently being harassed by local people and authorities. He does not able to find a decent job or gets proper respect from the society. In the very same way another black guy also suffers from very same problem. He works as a cook for the US cavalry and continuously being harassed by them.

                          There are some good people though, who does not discriminate them and respect them as a human being. Every society has right amount of good people and bad people. Director has presented this social problem excellently on screen.

                          When Coffey first met Callaghan (the black cook of US cavalry) they have the following conversation.One of the members of US cavalry called Callaghan "Walnut" impolitely and asked him to cook some food for the cavalry.

                          '''Fergus Coffey :''' Walnut, Is that your name?
                          '''Callaghan :''' The name's Callaghan.
                          '''Fergus Coffey : ''' Callaghan..(Pauses for a short period, smiles friendly and says jokingly) you Irish?
                          '''Callaghan : ''' (returns the friendly smile) that man that calls me Walnut believes he's better than me cause nobody ever owned him. But I am not enlisted. I cook for fort Lynch. But I am paid. I can leave any time I want. You understand?
                          '''Fergus Coffey : ''' Sure!!

                          Here we can see that, Callaghan is really annoyed at disrespectful behaviour from US Cavalry members and expresses his concerns. But, not all people are same. On the other hand, other settlers are very kind with Callaghan and give him the right social respect.

                          In every society, you will find some people who are hard to please. They like to bully others without any reason. They are intolerant, impatient, big-headed and extremely rude. No matter what is your skin colour, they always bully you. Here we can see that white Irish man Coffey, black cook Callaghan and brown Indians suffer from constant bullies and discrimination from US cavalry. So it depends on person to person, someone prefers to be polite, tolerant and kind to others. On the other hand, few others prefer to insult others without any valid reason.

                          In another conversation between Irishman Coffey and Callaghan, Coffey tells him about his background.

                          '''Fergus Coffey : ''' I came close to joining the army after New York. Impossible to get work here. No one will hire the Irish, on account of us being a bunch of thieves and beggars.
                          '''Callaghan :''' Sounds familiar.

                          Here we can see that, Coffey has suffered a lot because he is an immigrant and no one interested to give him work. Despite all these problems, Coffey later met a kind-hearted settler who hired him. Maryanne's parents also accept the relationship between Coffey and their daughter. So there are always a good side and a bad side of a society. Director has presented this situation masterfully on screen. I absolutely love the way director presented all these social problems so vividly and honestly.

                          DIRECTION and CINEMATOGRAPHY :

                          J.T. Petty puts a lot effort and honest dedication directing this movie. He spent a lot of time to make every character familiar to the viewers. There is no unnecessary violence, crude sexual reference or bloody scenes in this movie. Yet it is very much suspenseful, interesting and horrific. He keeps a right balance between western theme and horror theme in this movie.
                          Camera-work of this movie is also amazing. Every scenes, backgrounds and sequences are well-executed, believable and enjoyable. I truly enjoyed every scene of this movie.

                          THINGS THAT PLEASED ME :

                          * Excellent direction by J.T. Petty.
                          * Very well written script with honest references of social problems.
                          * Brilliant cinematography.
                          * Brilliant characterization of Fergus Coffey and Mr. Parcher.

                          SOME INCONVENIENCES :

                          I have enjoyed this movie very much. I don't think there is any major flaw in this movie. But, some people might find the torture scenes and bullies very disturbing. That is why it is rated 15+ and not suitable younger generation. Other than that, this is a brilliant movie.

                          VIEWERS RECEPTION :

                          It was not well received by the viewers on IMDB, which really surprising in my opinion. Though I found that, viewers left very positive comments about this movie. Currently it has overall rating of 5.8/10 voted by almost 1500 viewers.
                          It was well received in RottenTomatoes and currently has 67% fresh ratings.

                          '''IMDB Rating :''' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0445939/
                          '''RottenTomatoes Rating :''' http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10008613-burrowers/
                          '''Movie Trailer : ''' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaaMPMrg8oY

                          FINAL THOUGHT AND RECOMMENDATION :

                          It is a highly enjoyable western/horror movie with a very engaging storyline. Its only one and half hour long but it's worthy of every seconds of your time. I really like this movie so recommended.

                          DVD RELEASE AND AVAILABILITY :

                          The DVD version of this movie is now available in amazon.co.uk and some other stores. It will cost you only £7.98 with free super saver delivery. You also can rent the DVD from lovefilm.com.


                          Thank you very much for reading my review.


                          ©Gladiator007


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                          • I Confess (DVD) / DVD / 222 Readings / 218 Ratings
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                            A classic movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, highly recommended.

                            BACKGROUND INFORMATION :

                            Multi-talented director Alfred Hitchcock directed and also produced the movie "I Confess". This crime/thriller genre movie was released in 1953 and famous American actor Montgomery Clift played the title role as Father Logan.The story of this movie based on a 1902 French play and the script re-wrote by George Tabori. The story of this movie revolves around guilty conscience of a German immigrant and his activities.

                            MAIN CHARACTERS :


                            * Montgomery Clift plays the role of Father Michael Logan (An ex freedom-fighter and a kind-hearted Catholic priest in Quebec City)
                            * O.E. Hasse plays the role of Otto Keller(A German immigrant, who comes in Quebec city looking for work and Father Logan appointed him as the caretaker of the church)
                            * Anne Baxter plays the role of Ruth Grandfort (Wife of a famous Quebec Parliament member and she was romantically involved with Father Logan before war. )
                            * Karl Malden Inspector Larrue(A hard-working and honest police detective, who tries to solve the recent murder)

                            PLOT SYNOPSIS :

                            This movie opens with a murder scene, where the German immigrant Otto Keller murders his employer (a rich lawyer named Villette). Later Mr. Keller visits his good friend and mentor Father Logan and confesses his crime. Police gets to know about this murder and starts looking for the murderer.

                            So the story tells us, how the local police department able to discover the motive and hidden conspiracies behind the murder, and how they catch the killer and punish him. This movie has a very thrilling and engaging plot-line and I really enjoyed watching this.

                            MY PERSONAL THOUGHT :


                            Alfred Hitchcock is a multi-talented pioneer of crime/thriller genre movies in modern world cinema. He has covered a diverse ground as the themes of his movies. Most of the themes/story lines are very unique, suspenseful and well executed on-screen. Mr. Hitchcock got the idea for directing "I Confess" from a 1902 French play. Though, he used a famous writer to rewrite the whole script to make it more presentable and believable on screen.I am really impressed with this movie. This movie is distinctly different from other Hitchcock's thriller movies. Here, the viewers get to know about the killer in a first couple of scenes. So there is no suspenseful theme (like "who did it and why did it") in this movie. Instead this movie dealt with the guilty conscience of the killer and how he acts after the crime. This movie gives a vivid but honest idea about complex human mind, which leads a person to do very strange activities.

                            German Immigrant Otto Keller and his wife Alma came to Quebec City, Canada looking for a better life. However, they could not find a decent job with good money. So they work hard in various places to earn their living. Mr. Hitchcock presented the Character of Otto Keller in such an impressive and excellent way that viewers instantly feel connected with this character. Mr. Hitchcock did not rush out to reveal the main twist of this movie. Instead, he took the time to explain each character and their different background to the viewers. He did not specify on a certain character in this movie, but he emphasizes on the whole story-line and gives each character equal importance. As I told before, the story of this movie is very unique and it is an extremely difficult task to grab the attention of viewers, when they already know about the main criminal and his brutal crime. But, here we can experience the supreme talent of legendary Alfred Hitchcock. Despite telling the main twist in the first couple of scenes, he still manages to hold the undivided attention and interest of a normal viewer. I really enjoy the tense situation and thrilling moments of this movie. I really appreciate the way Mr. Hitchcock reveals each part of the story and connects each part to one another. It has a very moving and continuous flow in the story line which is truly brilliant and highly enjoyable.

                            Famous American actor Montgomery Clift plays the title character in this movie. Mr. Clift was a highly talented actor and received numerous prestigious awards for his brilliant acting as well as four nominations for Academy Awards. This was one and only time, when this two highly talented personality (Hitchcock and Clift) worked together in the same movie. Here, Mr. Clift portrayed a very difficult and sensitive character of Father Logan. He did an excellent job in this character. Father Logan is very kind, brave and devoted catholic priest. He truly believes in religious values and always tries his best to serve the people. He has a brilliant facial expression with supple body movements. He has a gracious and strong personality on screen and he also got some brilliant dialogues in this movie. I really enjoyed the acting of M. Clift in this movie, and I truly believe that, he was the best choice to portray the character of Father Logan.

                            VIEWERS RECEPTION :

                            This movie was received mainly positive by both the viewers and also movie critics. Currently this movie holds a rating of 7.2/10 voted by just over five thousand viewers. It was also received positively in Rotten Tomatoes and has 84% fresh ratings.

                            '''Movie Information :''' http://hitchcock.tv/mov/i_confess/confess.html
                            '''Movie trailer :''' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H43IqD7mEg
                            '''IMDB Rating :''' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045897/
                            '''RottenTomatoes Rating : '''' http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_confess/

                            FINAL THOUGHT AND RECOMMENDATION :


                            Ok this is more than 50 years old movie and it's also not a colour movie. It's a black and white movie but directed by the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and has a remarkable and thought-provoking story-line. I thoroughly enjoyed this crime/thriller movie and I would love to see it again. This movie is an absolute masterpiece and I highly recommend you to buy the DVD and watch it. It's only one and half hour long and well worth of your time. You can buy the DVD from amazon.co.uk and it will cost you only £5.

                            Thank you very much for reading my review.


                            ©Gladiator007


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                            • Albino Alligator (DVD) / DVD / 200 Readings / 196 Ratings
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                              A brilliant crime/thriller movie, highly recommended.

                              BACKGROUND INFORMATION :


                              Multi-talented American actor, director and script-writer Kevin Spacey directed his first feature film named "Albino Alligator" , and it was released in 1997(UK). It is a thriller/drama film revolves around three small time criminals and their horrible bad-luck. Christian Forte wrote the script of this movie, and Matt Dillon, William Fichtner and Gary Sinise played the lead roles in this movie.

                              MAIN CHARACTERS :

                              * Matt Dillon plays the role of Dova (A confused and big-mouth small time criminal and leader of the team.)
                              * Gary Sinise plays the role of Milo (Brother of Dova, he is kind and thoughtful and does not like violence)
                              * William Fichtner plays the role of Law (Very cunning and brutal criminal, most dangerous member of the team)
                              * Faye Dunaway plays the role of Janet Boudreaux (She works in the Dino's bar )

                              PLOT OUTLINE :


                              Milo, Dova and Law are small time criminals and just got out of jail. They robbed a warehouse in New Orleans and chased by the police. They went to a local bar and took few customers as hostages. Police surrounded the bar to catch those criminals.


                              So the story tells us, how these criminals handle the situation and how they manage to get out of the bar. It is an intense and suspenseful thriller movie with some surprising plot twists. I really enjoyed this movie.



                              MY PERSONAL THOUGHT :


                              Kevin Spacey does not require a formal introduction. He is an extremely genius actor. He is more of a character actor, and widely praised by both audience and movie-critics for his excellent acting. So I was expecting something original and unique from this movie. I am really glad that, I am not disappointed with this movie. Kevin Spacey did a grand job directing this movie. Yes, there is nothing new in the storyline; probably, you have seen the similar story before. However, the way Mr. Spacey handled the execution of each phase of the story is unique and remarkable. This movie has a slow opening and introduces you with the characters of this movie. We get to know about these characters and their weaknesses. All these characters are very common in our everyday life. So the viewers can easily connect with them and feel for them. Once you get to know about them and their situation, the story starts moving rapidly and consistently. Mr. Spacey covers a wide range of subjects in this movie and none of them are exaggerating.Human mind is very complex and often does unpredictable stuff. The story revolves around three central characters and their bad-luck. They were not supposed to be in this situation, but somehow they managed to find themselves trapped in a most terrible circumstance. Now it's really interesting to see how they react to save themselves. It's really amazing to see how Mr. Spacey presented each character on the screen in a simple but vivid way.


                              Gary Sinise plays the role of Milo, a small time crook and brother of Diva. Milo is different from his team members; he has a strong conscience and always tries to avoid hurting others. He is kind, thoughtful and really cares for his brother Diva. He is smarter than Diva and often gives him honest and effective suggestions. He does not like the other team-mate Law and unnecessary nastiness. He tries his best to protect his brother from Law's stupid and sickening ideas. Gary Sinise played his role superbly with strong passion and dedication. I really enjoyed his performance. Matt Dillon played the role of Diva, one of the most interesting characters in this movie. He is the leader of the team, but does not able to lead properly. He always tries to please both his brother and another team-mate Law and end up making a fool out of himself. He is not bold enough to make others follow his decisions. He is hyper, stupid and rude. Though he really cares for his brother, but does not like to listen to him. Though, I really don't like Matt Dillon's acting in this movie. He is a great actor, but he overdid his character in this movie. It often looks odd and unrealistic. It feels like he is in a great rush always and wants to finish the movie as soon as possible, which is truly disappointing. Clearly, Matt Dillon was not connected with the movie. He often looks lost, detached with the scenes, and it feels like he is just doing a routine performance. There was no depth and authenticity in his performance.When I watched this movie, I was thinking Kevin Spacey would be the perfect actor to portray the character of "Diva".William Fichtner plays the role of Law, the third member of the team, a mentally disturbed and cold-blooded criminal. Audience is instantly going to dislike the character of "Law". He does not like Milo at all and always tries to insult him or hurt him intentionally.


                              Faye Dunaway plays the role of Janet, middle aged woman works in the bar. She is smart, funny and thoughtful. Faye Dunaway is a famous American actress and won numerous prestigious awards for her excellent acting. She rose to fame and widely recognized for her legendary role "Bonnie Parker" in Bonnie and Clyde (a crime thriller movie released in 1967). But, she delivered a terrible performance in this movie. There is nothing impressive about her acting. Though she had a smaller role in this movie, and she did not get any punchy dialogues. Still she looks exhausted and bored in her role. She looked much older compare to her role. Her dress-up and facial expressions are simply ordinary. In fact, her performance was hugely criticized by film-critics, and she was nominated for the Razzie Awards in "Worst Supporting Actress" category. This movie mostly revolves around eight people who trapped inside the Dino's Bar. Those three criminals came in this bar to hide but unfortunately police gets to know about them. So they are all desperate to save themselves and took the bar-people as hostages. There were total five people inside the bar including Dino (the owner of the bar) and each of them has a different background. It is really appreciable how quickly but successfully Mr. Spacey introduces each character to the audience. The theme of this movie is really unique and innovative. It is a fast-paced movie with excellent dialogues and superb camera works.


                              VIEWERS RECEPTION AND AWARDS :


                              This movie received mainly mixed to positive responses both from viewers and cinema critics. Currently, this movie holds a rating of 5.9/10 in IMDB, voted by almost four thousand and two hundred viewers. It was also received mixed responses in Rottentomatoes as well.


                              '''Movie website :''' http://miramax.com/albinoalligator/
                              '''IMDB rating :''' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115495/
                              '''Rottentomatoes rating : ''' http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/albino_alligator/


                              FINAL THOUGHT AND RECOMMENDATION :


                              This is a superb crime/thriller movie directed by talented Kevin Spacey. Though this movie was not well-received by movie-critics. But Kevin Spacey was hugely praised for his excellent direction. The story-line is a basic hostage vs law-enforcer situation and their continuous negotiation. Still, this movie is very interesting, and I really enjoyed watching it. If you are a big "Kevin Spacey "fan like me, you have to watch this movie (if you haven't before) . If you are not his fan, still this movie is well worth of your one and half hour time. You can rent the DVD version of this movie, or you can buy the DVD from Amazon.co.uk and it will cost you only £4(including delivery charge).

                              Thank you very much for reading my review.

                              ©Gladiator007

                              '''***This is a movie only review and also posted on Helium and Ciao under same user name*** '''

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                              • Arabesque (DVD) / DVD / 198 Readings / 193 Ratings
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                                A very enjoyable classic movie,

                                ==BACKGROUND INFORMATION==


                                Talented American director and choreographer Stanley Donen directed the famous thriller movie "Arabesque" , and it was released in 1966. Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren played the title characters in this movie. The story of this movie loosely based on G. Cotler's novel "The Cypher" and later the script re-wrote by J. Mitchell, Stanley Price and Peter Stone. The story of this movie revolves around a language professor and his attempt of deciphering a code. Stanley Donen directed some brilliant movies such as Charade, Bedazzled and funny Face. Most of his movies are musical, although he directed some intense and highly entertaining thriller movies like Arabesque and Charade.


                                ==TITLE CHARACTERS==


                                # Gregory Peck plays the role of Professor David Pollock (An exchange American Professor in Oxford University who is also expert in ancient hieroglyphics)
                                # Sophia Loren plays the role of Yasmin Azir(A beautiful mysterious Arabian girl, who also tries to decipher the code.)
                                # Alan Badel plays the role Nejim Beshraavi(A rich and powerful Arabian Businessman, who is currently trying to plot against the current Arab Prime Minister.)


                                ==PLOT SYNOPSIS==


                                American professor David Pollock currently works in Oxford University as an exchange and gets himself involved in a difficult situation. He is trying to decipher a code to help the Arabian Prime Minister.In the process, he met a beautiful and mysterious Arab girl Yasmin Azir, he was often confused whether to trust her or not.


                                So the story tells us, how Professor Pollock able to decipher the code and get to know about the conspiracy against Arabian Prime minister. This movie has a very interesting and engaging plot-line with superb performances by the lead characters.

                                ==MY PERSONAL THOUGHT==

                                Arabesque is a highly entertaining thriller movie, packed with comedy, intense fighting sequences and brilliant acting. Director Stanley Donen is mostly famous for his musical movies and earned many prestigious awards for his superb works. He gave a lot of effort and time directing this thriller movie. Legendary Alfred Hitchcock was widely famous for his brilliant thriller and suspense movies during that time, and it was not an easy job for Mr. Stanley to direct a well-received and successful thriller movie. Even so, he did a grand job here. He also produced this movie as well. He took two brilliant actors to perform in the title roles in this movie. He gave them excellent dialogues, interesting and enjoyable roles and most of all a unique storyline.Legendary actor Gregory Peck does not require a formal introduction. I started watching his films after watching Roman holiday. He is supremely talented and has his own unique style. In this movie, he played the role of Professor David Pollock. Mr. Pollock is single American exchange professor and currently takes classes in Oxford University. He is expert in ancient Arabic hieroglyphics and very sharp. He is funny, kind-hearted and logical. I really appreciate that director gave Gregory Peck full attention on-screen. He got witty one-liners and great sequences in this movie. G. Peck's immaculate facial expression, sarcastic activities and bold personality in this movie made his character more interesting and enjoyable.


                                Highly talented and gorgeous Sophia Loren played the role of a mysterious Arabia girl Yasmin Azir. Yasmin is very charming, persuasive and mostly unpredictable. Professor met Yasmin in her house while helping an Arab tycoon to decipher the code. Yasmin is very convincing and able to influence others very easily with her charismatic beauty. She did an awesome job in the role of an Arabian girl. She was highly praised world-wide for this role. She got the very trendy costumes, witty dialogues and superb background in this movie. I am really amazed to see her captivating performance in this movie. No wonder, American Film Institute (AFI) mentioned about this movie while ranking her as one of the greatest screen legends. I mean it was a 1966 movie, but when you see Sophia Loren in this movie, you feel like watching a recent actress with fashionable dress and fancy shoes and jewellery. She is bold in her dress-up and dialogues yet it looks classy and suits her perfectly. The way she played the role of an Arabian girl with fancy Middle East accent is really appreciable.


                                Alan Badel played the character of Mr. Beshraavi. Mr. Alan is a famous English actor and widely famous for his unique and richly - crafted voice. He looks elegant on screen with his trendy suits. He is an excellent choice for the character of Mr. Nazim Beshraavi. He is very rich and powerful personality, and he was clearly able to give a clear impression to the viewers that, he can do everything. Alan Badel portrayed the character of Mr. Beshraavi superbly, and I really enjoyed his acting.I personally think dialogues are one of the strongest points of this movie. All of them well executed and placed in right places for right characters. Especially both Yasmin and Professor Pollock got the best dialogues. Professor Pollock is very sarcastic, quick-witted but also a thoughtful person. He often finds himself in awkward positions and remarks these situations with funny dialogues.


                                ==VIEWERS RECEPTION and AWARDS :==


                                This movie was received mainly positive by both critics and audience. Currently, it has a rating of 6.6/10 in IMDB voted by more than two thousand viewers. It was also well-received in another website RottenTomatoes as well.


                                '''Movie trailer: ''' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW82UTqYW1Q
                                '''IMDB rating:''' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060121/
                                '''RottenTomatoes Rating: ''' http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/arabesque/

                                This movie also nominated for three categories in BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards and won one award for excellent cinematography. This movie also got few other prestigious award nominations.


                                ==DIRECTION AND CINEMATOGRAPHY==


                                The story of this movie mostly sets in London. Director S. Donen spent a lot of money on costumes and movie sets. But it looks awesome and classy. Especially, Sophia Loren got the most expensive outfits in this movie. All the fighting sequences are very well executed and look very proficient and believable. Director took the best performers to act in the title roles in this movie. Both Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck did an awesome job as on-screen couple and their acting looks very much classy and professional. This is certainly one of the best performances given by Sophia Loren on-screen.


                                ==FINAL THOUGHT AND RECOMMENDATION==


                                This is a classic spy-thriller movie and two brilliant actors performed in the title role in this movie. The story-line is very fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable. There is always continuity in the story-line, and it looks genuine. This movie is only one and half hour long. I really enjoyed watching this movie, so I highly recommend it. You can get the DVD of this movie from Amazon .co.uk and it will cost you only £4 with free postage using super saver delivery. Otherwise you rent this movie from any rental store, but I would recommend you to buy the DVD and trust me, it's worth every single penny.



                                Thank you very much for reading my review. It is highly appreciated.


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                                • CCleaner / Utility / 232 Readings / 221 Ratings
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                                  21.10.2009 09:20
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                                  A very effective and useful software..

                                  Piriform Limited is a privately own Software company based in London and provides PC utility programs to the users. They launched the program CCleaner for PC users who uses Microsoft windows in their system. Basically CCleaner is a freeware (that means no payment required to use this software) but they accept any amount of donation. These donations can be made via Pay-Pal.


                                  CCleaner helps to clean the unnecessary information and data stored in PC. Especially when we use Internet, usually browsers tend to save some temporary data, pictures and information in a temp file and it slows the speed of our PC. So CCleaner helps to clean these files and speed up our system. It is really useful and necessary software for everyday PC users. This software performs some other important tasks as well such as it helps to clear all the unwanted registry entry from our PC and keeps it clean and faster.


                                  We can easily download CCleaner software from their website. Then we can install it in our system. It supports all types of Microsoft windows operating system such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. After finishing the installation, you can keep the installer file in your system as back up.


                                  This software is really easy to navigate and use. There are four tabs in the left hand side. They are cleaner, registry, tools and options. When you click on 'Cleaner' button, you will see two buttons (right hand side of cleaner tab) on top such as Windows and applications. When you click on windows you will see all the programs comes with your operating system as for example Internet explorer, windows explorer etc. Under these, you will find lots of options and you need to tick on desired options to clean the unwanted files from them. On the other side, the applications contain options for cleaning the installed browsers in your PC. After selecting all your required options, then you need to click on analyze button. Then it will analyze your PC and let you know the amount of unwanted and unnecessary files and all the temp files in your system. After that you have to click the Run Cleaner Button to clean all these files. It is really easy to use and light software. It does not require high specifications in your PC to operate.



                                  Similarly, in the Registry button, you can clean the registry of the system such as missing DLLs, unwanted file extensions, obsolete software etc. It will immediately speed up our system and help us to work better.

                                  I think CCleaner is really helpful and essential software for a PC. It helped me significantly to clean up my computer. It can clean all the stored data and information from my computer regardless whatever browser I use. It cleans all of them and helps those browsers to perform better and faster. It also has the option to delete/uninstall any unwanted installed software in your system. It also helps the user to select the start-up programs (similar to msconfig option).



                                  All in all, I am really impressed with this software. It helps me to keep my computer clean and have a better processing speed. It also helps me to clean up the unneeded registry entries from my system. So, if you have not used this software yet, please go and download it. I can assure you that, it will certainly make your system runs faster and clean all the unwanted data and entries from your system. I am really happy and satisfied using this software, so it is highly recommended.

                                  ©Gladiator007

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