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I went away for my birthday, and I rented this film on my iPad for 99p to watch on the plane.
Richard Gere plays Robert Miller, a billionaire who seems to have everything. A flourishing hedge-fund, the perfect wife and family and now he is ready to sell up and rest on his mountains of cash and be a family man.
However, all is not as it seems as he is in dire financial straits and really wants to sell the company to cover an investment loss of around $412 million. He has borrowed the money from a friend to cover up the holes in his account until the sale comes through.
Whilst he has the lovely wife Susan Sarandon at home, he is having an affair with a French artist called Julie. After missing her show, he goes to her apartment late one night to apologise, and offers to run away with her. Unfortunately he falls asleep at the wheel and the car crashes. Whilst he manages to escape relatively unharmed, Julie is trapped in the car which catches fire and she dies.
With his family and his business hanging by a thread, Miller has to do all he can to evade police suspicions he was the driver, and also speed up the sale of his hedge fund, before an audit reveals that the balance has been doctored. So much stress and so little time....
The film looked really good and like it had so much potential and so I was so disappointed at the outcome when it ended.
Richard Gere put on a stellar performance and is utterly convincing in his plight as a man trying to hold his life together when all seems to be going wrong. He is strong and believable; however, the lighting and probably the makeup just made him look so old. He didn't match his characters ability at all!
The downfall of the film is the thin plot line that is never resolved and leaves so many unanswered questions the film barely makes sense. The main antagonist is the detective who knows he was the driver, and is set upon pinning the crime down to him. Gere uses a payphone to call a kid from Harlem to come pick him up from near the crime scene. Evidence shows his car being driven through a toll booth which is apparently “proof” that he was involved. However this is shown to be manufactured evidence, the entire case is thrown out the window. It all feels too anti-climatic, very rushed and with no explanation as to what follows on.
By the time the film ended I was just left feeling really dissatisfied and uninterested so I wouldn't really recommend it. I like a real drama/thriller/crime film but this just didn't fit any of the criteria as it jumped around too much and the ending was too abrupt to make sense.
a while ago I had a bad neck pain from sleeping awkwardly at night. when it wouldn't ease the next day I went to my local chemist and was recommended to take voltarol.
The box is a basic white box, with the voltarol image of almost a stick person, in a swirl of orange and yellow design. They contain diclofenac potassium, and it is described as “effective pain and inflammation relief, for body pain, joint pain and muscular aches”. In the box are 18 tablets and it costs me £6.60 (expensive in my eyes, I rarely pay more than £2 or so for pain relief!)
The tablets are not coated or sealed, so those who are not fans of taking tablets may not be fond of these as you need to swallow them pretty quick so you don't notice anything! However they are so tiny, in a slight oblong shape they are about half the size and weight of a regular tic tac so easy to consume. They are to be taken with water and on a full stomach (so eat before you take these!) which is an important note that I followed.
Being quite wary, as I had already taken ibuprofen that day, and the box states no more than 6 tablets in 24 hours, I waited until about 4pm before I took 2 of these. In terms of effectiveness I have to say these were brilliant. As the course of the day went by, the pain had naturally gone down, but after 2 of these within the hour I could definitely feel the pain subsiding and I could considerably move my head to the left without wincing which was a BIG improvement on the morning’s initial pain!
It has now been 5 days since the initial pain, and there is still even a slight twinge on the left side of my neck but it is pretty much unnoticeable. For the first 2 days after however, I did continue taking 2 voltarol in the morning and was fine for the whole day, but not wanting to be dependent on them, over the weekend, I didn’t take any at all so as to wean myself off.
On a separate tangent, I had to notice that since taking them my back pain (which is usually rife sitting at a desk chair 7 hours a day, 5 days a week!) was non-existent and I hadn’t even really noticed. Even since I have stopped I haven’t had to stretch or click my back as much so it probably has had a spin off effect there too!
Overall I’d definitely recommend these for handy pain relief to anyone with some muscular pain. Bit more expensive than I’d usually pay, but they are very effective and easy to consume. Just don’t rely on them too much!
N.B. with these tablets you are not to consume these with any other NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) as there is a slight risk of cardiovascular problems.
I enjoy a good movie, and whenever I scrawl through Sky Movies I always end up seeing the same films over and over. (One of the reasons I’ve now gone ahead to cancel this part of my package with them). With nothing on TV a while ago I saw this film, and unfortunately not much detail was given. Only two flag ship names (Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck) and the description of it as a “crime thriller.” How bad could it be?
- Film -
Justin Timberlake plays a carefree and loose cannon Richie Furst who is currently studying at Princeton University and to fund his fees he assists fellow students with online gambling. After getting in trouble with the Headteacher, he attempts to win his tuition money by gambling online but ends up losing it all. Determined that he has been cheated, as statistically someone in the system is manipulating the game he sets off on a (somewhat random mission) to Costa Rica to confront the gambling website conglomerate Ivan Block (Ben Affleck).
After seeming like he is an enigma and hard to get to, Richie manages to get close to Ivan and confront him about his website scamming him out of his money. After initially being mocked, Ivan sees the statistics which prove coders have hacked into the software to allow them to cheat. To thank him for “bringing this to his attention” Ivan offers Richie a lucrative offer to stay in Costa Rica and work for him.
All seems glamorous at first as Richie finds himself bank rolling, and living a lavish lifestyle but is all what it seems and is this job just too good to be true?
- My Opinion -
Only really a snapshot view of the film here, as I didn't want to give much away, but to be frank there isn’t much to give away. I felt the acting was poor on both counterparts and the motion just never kicked in for this film to be justifiably called a “crime thriller”. Sure Ivan is a sneaky con artist, and Richie a weasel who is afraid of the odd kick in the ribs now and again but there isn’t much criminality and DEFINITELY not much of a thriller element here whatsoever.
Gemma Arterton comes in as the usual “love interest”. Prized and ogled over by Ben Affleck, but of course she flirts with our small time entrepreneur Justin Timberlake. Where does her loyalty lie? Do we even care? Not really as it’s the usual predictable padding of the film.
Overall, I wasn’t majorly impressed by this film in any manner of the sense. Aside from the two recognizable names, it had absolutely nothing going for it. I don’t remember any cinematic release or any hype around it, and to be fair there’s clearly a reason why. Way too much on the boring side, little action and no “crime thriller” element at all I wouldn’t particularly recommend it to anyone.
So I have finally taken the plunge to get a new phone! Being loyal I, decided to stick with #TeamSamsung.
It costs around £390 for handset with 16 GB Memory. With 02 I will pay the value of £320 for the phone. Being quite savvy it’s advisable to shop around.
In essence it's a smartphone like many others, and with this S5 Mini I get a decent 4.5" screen. It has really good screen clarity and quality for watching videos and navigating around the phone is easy as one swish of the finger across the screen will introduce you to all the different applications and functions.
Running on Android, the apps are vast and popular. With this phone it has this cool bobble where messages can linger in the corner, so no need to exit an app to reply to messages. The only downside is this doesn't work with WhatsApp.
I find it easy to locate to music on my phone as it is all stored in one music player list.
Connecting to Wi-Fi is easy to do and with my 4g Internet it is quite fast, but of course this will depend on the network provider for the phone. There is no difference in the 8 Mega Pixel camera aswell which is good.
Making calls and texts is easy enough to do. Same to any phone, just type it in, or use the personal assistant to tell the phone who to call or text! Sound quality is also perfect, I have not had any issues with hearing the other person, nor have they had issues with hearing me!
My biggest disappointment is the change in navigation with this galaxy model. In the bottom left hand corner, when pressed there was a highlighted button which would act like a “menu button” or if you were in an app it would prompt you to log out. Now, they have changed it to some weird “recent button” where instead it just brings up a whole list on the screen of the recent apps you have been in and now you can close them or re-enter them at a quick touch.
My next concern is the dodgy battery life. In the box it came with a charger and by the time I got home it was at 36%. I charged it for ONE HOUR and it did not go up past 36%! I was livid, however, I then used my old S III charger and it works like a charm. Takes about an hour to charge to full capacity which is a big shame as Id hoped it would improve.
I got my phone in white but it also comes in black. It is a pretty decent smart phone, and I recommend it. If you are already a Samsung user you will find it easy to navigate and not much difference. If you are new to the team, welcome to #TeamSamsung!
I recently have started to get into loving lipsticks but so far have always played it pretty safe with neutral glossy pinks/red colours which do look nice but don’t pack that much “oomph”! I’ve always wanted to try a dark purple colour lipstick and wanting to be brave on the weekend I headed into Superdrug to see what they had to offer me! I really like the Sleek range so I purchased one of theirs and wore it out on Saturday night and I haven’t felt so daring and bold in ages!
I bought the mulberry colour Lipstick for a cheap and cheerful price of £4.99. It comes in a cute shiny black casing which I was a teeny bit disappointed as its miles smaller than any of my other lipsticks. It's very petite in more of an oval shaped casing with a flat lid and bottom. However, with this small size it can easily fit in a pocket, or a minimal clutch bag whilst still looking really elegant.
The lipstick is a little bit of a moisturizing lipstick and so is ideal for me as a person who isn’t that much of a pro at applying make up to any extent. As it is quite a dark colour I found it easiest to apply with a lip liner to keep it in tact and to get a good coverage it did require a few layers so it would look nice and even on my lips.
The shape of the lipstick is slightly pointed but with a flat end so as to make it easy to apply. I also find this lipstick does not have that awful synthetic smell I tend to come across in most lipsticks which is good!
The dark purple came through as a really nice, rich colour (thank goodness as on first application I was worried it would look black but it grew on me eventually!) so it looks fabulous as a gorgeous vampy colour for a really bargain price!
I do have quite big lips, (in my opinion) but I am trying to embrace them so thought I’d like the boldness and to be honest I got loads of compliments from it so I felt very proud! It isn't overly sticky so as to leave me with the ugly, white residue in the corners of my mouth or the rim of my lips nor does it make my lips stick together when I am talking!
The lipstick has ok staying power, and overall I really love this new lipstick, and I am now eager for another night out so I can wear it again! Much cheaper than some of the other brands I own and it looks just as fabulous so I have to give it 5 stars!
As I’ve been in a little film watching zone, I’m always scrolling through sky movies for something interesting when I saw the heat. I quite like Sandra Bullock, and one of my friends said she had watched it and it was “alright” so I thought I’d give it a go.
***Film Only Review***
Sandra Bullock plays Sarah Ashburn, an up-tight, meticulous know-it-all FBI agent who doesn’t really get on with her colleagues due to spouts of arrogance and a patronising attitude. As she wants promotion, her boss says to her she needs to learn to get along with people and sends her to Boston to catch a well hidden drug lord called Larkin.
In Boston we have Officer Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) who is rude, crude, and determined to keep low lives off the streets by any means possible. Lo and behold our two chalk and cheese law enforcers clash heads but of course have to work together and bring “the heat” in order to take down this enigmatic Larkin, whilst getting into all sorts of trouble and with the DEA hot on their tail too!
I must admit I have quite a soft spot for Sandra Bullock which is definitely more so one of the reasons why I wantd to give this film a chance. However, I felt she wasn’t that great and Melissa McCarthy certainly stole her spot light as I watched on and listened to her one liner and her comebacks which were really funny. Bullock’s character reminded me a bit of her role in “The proposal” with Ryan Reynolds where she has no man, is too far concentrated on her work and starts off as really unlikeable but grows on you and you want her to find happiness. Of course this is really just the background story underneath the very farfetched and ludicrous storyline as they get themselves in all crazy situations trying to track down this Larkin fella.
In terms of the cast list, there are some memorable names and faces like Marlon Wayans and Michael Rapaport (who plays Melissa’s “younger” brother, yet he looks like he could be her dad – totally miscast) so it isn’t a total eye sore. The jokes sometimes are rather tongue in cheek, especially as they take a lot of digs at one of the DEA enforcers who is albino and frequent butt of their jokes – so some may find offensive.
Overall I thought this film was OK, but about 75% of the way through I did get quite bored and wondered at what point it was going to end. I think this surely isn’t one of Bullock’s finest acting jobs and probably won’t be her last lol. There are some funny bits and it isn’t unbearable to watch so if you’ve got nothing better to do one evening, why not give it a go?!
I quite like a good fragrance,and a few weeks ago, my sister came home withthis perfume she got for £20 in Superdrug. As I recently had bought the rogue perfume I was interested to give it a sniff, and I was left rather jealous! I purchased this perfume online from the perfume shop, and I highly recommend it!
It comes in a rather strange, prism like cylindrical bottle, with an intricate beige swirly design around the base and up the neck. For £15 I was a bit disappointed as the 30ml bottle is rather small. Nevertheless, this smaller size does make it easier for me to throw in my handbag for evenings out when I need a top up, without taking up too much space. Whilst the bottle design is unique (although others in the range are same design just a different colour bottle), this bottle is really awkward to hold. I find it quite difficult to hold this perfume bottle with substantial grip with one hand, and my index finger poised on the top to get a good squirt
Spraying the perfume it comes out quite subtle and sweet – and surprisingly for Rihanna who has quite a strong personality – this is more the opposite at being very neutral, light and fruity. With a combination of top notes which are Guava Nectar, Mandarin, Pear the instant result to greet you is quite warm and summery. It blends quickly with the middle notes however of Orange Blossom, Gardenia Petals, Velvet Jasmine Sambac which balance out the sweet top notes to give a more even keel.
Similarly to the Rihanna rogue, the base notes are Sandalwood, Second-skin Musk, Vanilla Orchid, and whilst these are among my favourite types of scent, really warm, deep and inviting, the perfume wears off to feel unoriginal and way too similar.
In terms of lasting power, I feel that within an hour or so, the base notes are much more noticeable and prominent in my clothes and I prefer this smell and aroma than the initial scent of the perfume. However, I feel Rihanna has let me down again as guaranteed within 2-3 hours or so I can’t smell anything and really need a top up to feel I am getting any wear out of the perfume.
The 30ml bottle typically costs between £15 from my searching around, so I definitely recommend to shop around and be savvy, and of course me being this I got it for a decent price and with cashback! For this price, I am happy with my purchase, even though disappointed with the longevity of it, but I usually find none of the perfumes last all day anyway. It may be hard to find this again to buy which is a shame, but since it still smells nice and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg I will still give this a 4 out of 5
I love a good lipgloss as it does me the world of good to give me a pop of colour and get me feeling glam all round! Leaping into superdrug I spotted this lipgloss for only £4.99 so after testing a few of the colours I settled on 304 - eclipse and I am super happy with my purchase!
It comes in in a nice chunky tube which is black with a circular shape except the lid which is more flat surfaced edgy shape with a pointy edge. It then blends into the colour of the lipgloss which is inside.
The lid is attached to a really strong and nice decent spongey wand as an applicator. It is described as "The intense rich colour of a lipstick, enhanced by a satin smooth shine.The earth-shattering lip lacquer from Rimmel London". It looks really nice and attractive, and not like a basic cheap lip gloss brand. Mine is a rich deep red, with a slight pinkish tinge to it called eclipse (304), but there are 13 colours in the range to choose from.
Applying the lip gloss is easy, when removing the wand out of the tube it has a mechanism around the rim (similar to mascara) of the tube to remove any excess gloss off the wand so only the amount what is needed on the lips can be applied. It produces a rich layer of gloss which I find glides on really easily and one coat on the bottom lip and then smacking my lips together is an ample amount to cover my lips effectively.
It doesn't feel sticky and one sweep across the lips is enough application without my lips feeling overloaded and I look like I've had an overhaul instantly!
The consistency of this lip gloss is really nice as it is not thick and sloppy but comes out nicely. I had my eye on this lipgloss for a while and from the first day I have used it, I have been majorly impressed. The most outstanding feature is the impressive lasting power. I apply this at around 7.40am for the start of my day to work and all until 4pm (once I've had both breakfast and lunch at my desk) it still has visibility. Albeit not as prominent as first thing in the morning.
I have had so many compliments that this is my new favourite lipgloss and I have been recommending it to everyone!
I really like this lipgloss and from superdrug it costs £4.99 which I think is a fab price. The colour looks great, and it lasts hours without need for re-application. It gets a big thumbs up from me and I give this gloss 5 out of 5 :)
I currently live in a private rented new build flat, and have done so for the past 4 years. It’s always been a bone of contention for me that I have yet to actually decorate the flat, and make it more homely and in the last year or so I have set to properly fixing it up – getting a new sofa, curtains, rug for the living room etc. Ages ago I purchased a clothes hook and a nice picture frame from Ikea but they have been in “storage” (aka my bedroom) for a good year or so, but being more focused I finally set about putting them up.
Since my landlord is a bit fussy about us drilling holes in the wall (he doesn’t quite know about us drilling holes to put up curtain rails!) I wanted an alternative, and my sister cleverly reminded me to use no more nails! So off I headed to B&Q a few weeks ago to pick up a tube and I haven’t looked back since.
It comes in a white tube with black and red font, which says the name of the brand and the product and information that it dries instantly (it says 0 seconds but then the website says in 10 seconds…I know a huge contradiction!). The style of it is easy to use, as it is a top down tube, and the adhesive comes out through a small hole as a white, rather thick liquid. It is for interior use and a 200ml tube costs me £3.48 in B&Q.
I initially used this to hang a picture frame of a flower in my hallway. Being quite footloose and carefree, I didn’t actually read the instructions, and I simple squeezed four blobs in each corner of the frame, used my carefully trained eye to ensure it was straight, and placed the frame against the wall. To my surprise, literally within a few seconds the frame was glued nicely to the wall and did not budge! I was amazed and surprised, as I expected it to be a fad product that wouldn’t really live up to the hype.
So, feeling rather excitable, next up was the Ikea clothes hook. It required some assembly which I cheekily commissioned the maintenance guy at work to do (in exchange for a cup of tea) so I didn’t stick this up until a week after the initial photo frame. Now here, I got too carried away, doing 6 huge blobs (4 in each corners of the wooden back, and then 2 at the top and bottom of the centre. Here the clothes hook would not stick at all. I was holding it for ages and ages, re-gluing, but each time I let go it would just fall off. Eventually, I waited an hour for it to dry, did 4 small blobs in the corner again, and patiently stood holding the clothes hook to the wall, and after 3 minutes, plucked the courage to let go, and hooray! It stuck! We were able to hang my daughter coats and jackets off it happily, and it has been there ever since.
Lastly, I bought a lovely “Love” inspired Canvas from Wilko which I was eager to hang in the front room. Again, very enthusiastic to be jazzing up my home, I squeezed on some of the no more nails, held it to the wall and FLOP. It fell off, I tried about 3 times with the same result when I eventually read the tube and it highlighted that it is for Wood, tiling, metal, stone, plastic, plaster and concrete. Poop, it doesn’t work on fabric, which the canvas was made out of, and overlapped to the back. So looks like I will be doing a small bit of nail work after all!
Despite the last hiccup, I have found this no more nails to be an absolute godsend. It is very efficient, durable and a really high quality sealant at an affordable price. I opted for the invisible version, because when it dries it turns transparent and the glue (where my amateur self has not done the job perfectly) sometimes leaks around the corners, but because it is clear, to the untrained eye and from a distance, you really cannot notice it at all. It is pretty much scentless – aside from a minor “gluey” smell and it is not sticky and doesn’t make a mess the odd times I have got some on my fingers.
On the whole, I think this is a brilliant product, and pretty much done the job I wanted it to. I highly recommend no more nails!
I am not a cereal person that much, being an adult now I have grown out of the coco pops and shreddies stage of my life (unlike my siblings who enjoy feasting on curiously cinnamon and the like!) but one cereal that has a really soft spot in my heart is Lucky Charms! I first really got into them when I went to New York in 2010 and bought a few tubs for breakfast (as they were much cheaper out there than they are here) and fell in love! Since then, I buy it on the odd occasion on this side of the Atlantic as a treat as it is pretty pricey!
Lucky Charms are cereal that are made by the brand General Mills. They are frosted oat cereal with marshmallows, which get their fun name from the cereal pieces being in shapes of “lucky charms” e.g. blue moons and horseshoes etc. They come in a variety of sized boxes, which are always red, with a fun looking leprechaun on the front, which varies what he is doing, but on my box he is head deep into his bowl of cereal, with a big grin and luclky charms shooting up the top! You can also buy them in individual sized cereal tubs which carry the same branding.
I purchased my 453g box from Tesco for £5 which is fairly reasonable, although at time of writing the same size box is available for £3.99 on amazon, with a minimum spend of £10 for free delivery.
In terms of the cereal itself, as soon as you open the box you are greeted with vibrant coloured, multishaped and sweet smelling oat cereal and you just want to tuck in. They are definitely more a childrens cereal, but luckily my daughter doesn’t like them so I can have a bowl all to myself!
Taste wise I love lucky charms. I am not sure what it is though, I can only have the cereal with warm milk. I find that heating it up, and adding the cereal, the pieces become nice and soft, and enjoyable to eat. The oat pieces are rather sweet in themselves, and combined with the soft marshmallow charms, they blend together nicely and create a tastey, warming, sweet cereal that I can eat all day! Surprisingly, they are not overly sweet and the brand has actually got the balance just right. I’m not a fan of sickly sweet things, and this doesn’t give me a toothache if I eat it all the time, but I do have it in moderation still.
I like that my bowl always looks colourful and it really manages to perk me up in the mornings. The cereal itself is very unpredictable, as I am always left with a colour of milk at the end but you never quite know what colour it will be! Today’s left over milk is green, and I always enjoy sipping at it with my spoon. I find it is a versatile dish, as I can have it sometimes as a late night snack and it satisfies a lot of my cravings. When in doubt what to eat, a bowl of lucky charms never goes amiss!
On the whole, this is a really fun cereal, its just a shame its so expensive. I rarely buy a box more than 3 or 4 times a year, and when I do I make it last. I currently have my box in my desk at work, and it has set up for the day this Monday morning! However, the sugar high may wear off soon, so I will probably need a red bull lol. I definitely recommend Lucky charms as a fun, tasty cereal which is enjoyable to eat, just not too often or we won’t have any teeth left!
I quite like adding to my makeup collection, and had seen my sister wearing a really nice lipstick when she advised me it was from the cheap and cheerful 2True collection in Superdrug. Not being one to miss out on a super duper bargain, I headed there and was all of a sudden allured by all the other goodies from the 2True brand range in Superdrug for only £1.99! Since my last mascara was ticking on a bit, and had got a bit old, I decided to “splash” out and buy a new one. Settling for this voluptulash mascara seemed quite affordable and it’s actually pretty decent!
It comes in a slim, circular black and metallic tube, which sadly is not already wrapped in plastic, but I fetched one from the back that was unopened. The mascara packaging is fairly basic, and is quite small and compact so fits neatly into my makeup purse. It is shade no.1 (black) but in all honesty I didn't see any other shades available in my particular branch of Superdrug.
The mascara brush itself is pretty basic and frills free – it has a swirly, quite thickly and densely populated brush which has lots of bristles. You can see some distinct space between the lines of bristles, but the mascara is a bit clompy which overshadows this. This isn’t usually the kind of mascara brush I’d opt for, but for the price I had gone for cheap as chips as we can see, so wasn’t too fussy.
The tube naturally has a filter around the rim of the mascara base, so when you pull the wand out it takes off much of the excess mascara making it quite easy to apply. In order to get an even coverage, I do find I have to comb the mascara brush through my eyelashes a fair few times to get the desired look I’d like. I also tend to stroke the mascara brush across my lashes first to actually apply the mascara solution, then comb it through which takes a while to achieve any real look of volume.
It doesn't irritate my eyes which is good, and I am yet to cry with it on, but with the hayfever season about, I have rubbed my eyes a fair bit with this mascara on and it hasn’t smudged so this is a good aspect about it.
On the whole, this mascara isn’t too bad. It only costs £1.99, and it pretty much gets the job done, which is to create the illusion I have thicker lashes than I actually do! It doesn’t really volumise, lenghthen the look or elongate my lashes to give a nice fluttery look I’d like to achieve (without the need for eyelash extensions) but surprisingly it does highlight my lashes no worse than my £10 mascara before has, so for that I still give it a good rating. Would recommend to someone looking for a simple, and high affordable mascara which does the standard job!
I love a good movie when I get the chance, so on the weekend I spent some quality time on my sofa snuggled watching White House Down. It was a film I had actually put off for a while, as I remembered I watched Olympus has fallen on a flight back from Barbados last year and, my opinion of it at the time was that it was AMAZING. I felt this was a while ago now though and I was ready to embrace the Tatum/Foxx version and I was I disappointed? Nope, not at all! *** Plot*** Channing Tatum (swoon!) plays John Cale, a capitol officer, acting as security for the Speaker of the House in the United States. However, he longs to work his way up and has high hopes of joining the Secret Service, only to be shut down that he ?has no respect for authority? and ?rarely finishes what he starts?. With a young teenage daughter who he feels distanced from, he has sweet talked someone on the White House to get tickets for him and his daughter to go in for a conference and they end up on a tour of the historic building. Jamie Foxx plays our President Sawyer and he is firm in wanting to withdraw US troops from the Middle East but he is facing resistance from other Cabinet members as well as large US businesses who of course make a fortune from selling arms to fund such a never ending war. We start to notice, things going awry in the White House with a group of men in to fix a so called ?Cinema room? and a Janitor pushing and abandoning a cart of cleaning products in the middle of the lobby of the White House. Before we know it, explosions galore, and everyone is running to safety. Aim is to get the President to the bunker, but are his ?Secret Service? as loyal as a President would hope? Will Tatum, our reckless but brave officer be able to rescue the President and his daughter before it''s too late? ***My Opinion*** In comparison to Olympus has fallen, I felt this film had a much different angle to it, and took quite a long time for the action to start and the film to really get going! The storyline was original, and although the general concept (White House under siege, and generally blown to pieces) is pretty much identical, I still strongly felt the film was wholly different so it was still refreshing to watch and did not feel regurgitated. I liked the Chemistry between Tatum and Foxx as they brought their roles to life completely, and even felt the comedic element which often came out was brilliant and had me in stitches! There are other notable stars like Maggie Gyllenhaal who actually plays a somewhat annoying member of the Secret Service, helping Tatum via a phone they have in the house. She feels really underplayed and I almost feel as if her entire character could have been scrapped and no-one would really notice the difference! Jason Clarke (I mainly remember him from The Great Gatsby) is brilliant as our bad guy, a former troop, disbanded by his country and wanting payback (oh and $400 million!) and having a personal Vendetta with Tatum from the outset. For an action movie of it''s kind, there wasn''t as much heavy action as I''d like, quite a lot of talking, chasing around the White House with gun fire, flitting between scenes relating to discussions with the Speaker and the Vice President etc etc. I was all on edge when some missiles and other serious artillery actually came into play and the film seem to develop somewhere! There was also a lot of back and forth with them getting the President, then he gets away, then he gets cornered out on the lawn and then they catch him again and so forth. At one point I''m sure I''d been on the sofa and noticed 2 hours had practically flown by and the film didn''t feel it was nearing an end! Overall though, I actually did really enjoy the film and I have recommended it to my sister, although I doubt I''ll be sitting down again to watch it any time soon. A bit of a contrast as with Olympus has fllen, I couldn''t wait to watch it all over again, and now even more so! I will say the film was gripping , and I was into it completely (once the White House actually did seem to be taken over), and it made me laugh so I''ll still give it 4 stars!
Watching a good film is not something I always get a lot of time to do, so with the rainy weather this bank holiday weekend, I had time to catch up on a really good movie!
Denzel Washing plays Alonzo Harris, head of the Narcotics squad in LA and Ethan Hawke is Jake Hoyt ? a rookie police officer who wants to move up and make detective. The film is set in one day, aptly named ?Training Day? as Hawke is to follow Washington for the first day to determine if he is up to the job and can handle being part of Washington''s elite team.
However, from the outset it is clear our guy is really going to have to prove himself as Alonzo is quite a complex character. He is arrogant, rude and from the beginning of the day he makes Jake either smoke a pipe of marijuana or he can say bye bye to his hopes of moving into his department. His quote being ?to catch a wolf, you have to be a wolf?. As the film progresses you can''t quite tell if Alonzo really is deep down a good cop just doing what it takes to catch the bad guy, or if he is corrupt and just as bad as the drug dealers on the streets himself.
I thought this film started off a bit slow, and as I had no real idea what it was about it took me a while to get into it. However, about 30mins in, it picked up pace and Washington''s acting, really brought this film to life.
He was excellent at playing with my emotions, one minute I thought he was the bad guy, then the good guy, then the bad guy again and round in a circle! He oozed confidence, believing himself to be above the law and everyone else and manipulating Jake every step of the way that we as the audience don''t even see it coming. He won an Oscar for best actor for this role and I can certainly see why as he showed his acting versatility.
I thought Hawke''s performance was equally as compelling, as a white guy trying to be tough in a predominantly black/latino neighborhood and exert his honesty all the way through his job. The two actors certainly had undoubtable chemistry.
The storyline was original, with many twists and was a new spin on the typical gang crime movies which showed a whole new dimension.
We have a few rapper cameos from Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg and the singer Macy Gray which I really thought brought a fresh perspective to the film so it could be more relatable to the younger generation.
On the whole I enjoyed this film! It''s edgy, gripping, entertaining and even has some small comedic parts. Washington is most certainly the outstanding feature for this film and it wouldn''t be half as brilliant without him! I''d definitely recommend it!
I love a good Disney film and the classics are completely my favourite. Having a 4 year old daughter it is only natural we will have lots of girly afternoons catching up on movies and this time around we snuggled on the sofa and watched Pocahontas!
***Film Only Review***
The film is an enchating tale of young love between two different cultures. Set in 1607, Pocahontas is the daughter of the Chief of Powhatan Tribe and is a mischievious, care free spirit. She has been dreaming of a spinning arrow and is confused of her path in life, often turning to her grandmothers spirit in the old willow tree for advice.
However, the tribe is in danger from some British settlers who want to build on the land and look for gold. Pocahontas is saved in a storm from one of the English men, John Smith. Over their time together, they learn each other''s cultures and fall in love, however the course of love never runs smooth. Although they form a bond, with their cultures so far apart, it could not be so simple, what does the future hold for them?!
I love a good Disney film, and this one surely doesn''t disappoint! Being based on a true story it allows me to teach my daughter about different cultures and a bit of history whilst being really girly and enjoyable. The animals in the film make it loveable and comedic whilst there is equally a balance with almost a poetic Romeo & Juliet type of love ? infatuated but torn apart from being born into different families. I certainly feel it is portrayed very subtly for young minds to understand and learn, but not take away from the awe and somewhat enchanting emotion that a Disney film can bring.
The film is easy to watch, and the time literally flies by as you realise you have been sat on the sofa well over an hour quite easily. From the musical songs to the somewhat serious underlying tone of the film it is really easy to get engrossed and it''s so enjoyable.
This film is an old Disney favourite of ours and certainly one I''d recommend to anyone who hasn''t seen it. The songs are catchy and memorable, although I do feel there are not as many as in other Disney films in retrospect.
On the whole we both rather enjoyed watching this film. I would thoroughly recommend watching it on an evening in with some popcorn on the sofa. Surprisingly I would actually buy it on DVD as it is a film I can never really tire of, now matter how old I get! Without a doubt, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars!
I always like a good film, and this weekend I spotted Man on A Ledge was showing on channel 4. It is a movie I had wanted to watch for a while so I set my TV to record as I was out in the evening. Being a relaxing Sunday, I finally caught the chance to catch up with the film and I must say I really enjoyed it!
***Film Only Review***
Sam Worthington plays a man called Nick Cassidy, an ex-cop, currently in prison for stealing a precious diamond. Nick has always protested his innocence; however his opportunities to appeal have since been exhausted.
Upon hearing that his father has passed away, Nick attends the funeral on a day pass and during an altercation with his brother manages to escape. With a big manhunt set out for him, in order to proclaim his innocence he goes to a hotel and climbs out on the window ledge. However his motives seem somewhat shaky and you never quite know who to trust or what the next twist will be!
I remember when this film was in the cinema I had seen the trailers for it, and had always wanted to see it but never got round to it! I contemplated buying the DVD but often find I never watch DVD''s more than once so it really is just a waste of money. When I saw this on channel 4 I knew I had to watch it, and it really didn''t disappoint.
I quite liked Sam Worthington as the lead actor although I felt he was a bit on the chunky side for the role! He is a good looking chap, so with loads of close ups and screen time dedicated to him standing on a ledge it really didn''t go amiss! He put on a stellar performance as a man wanting to clear his name and willing to go to any length to do so, so I felt this film brought out the best in his acting credibility.
Jamie Bell plays Nicks brother Joey Cassidy. As a brit. I felt he did well at an American accent, with his sidekick girlfriend Mandy Gonzalez as almost a comedy duo. Their scenes together bring some light relief to a somewhat tense film when you never know what is going to happen to Nick across the way out on a window ledge. Another actor who I quite liked was Anthony Mackie as I had only seen him in Eminem''s film 8 Mile, so here as a ruthless cop he showed a complete different side to his acting abilities and I was thoroughly impressed.
In terms of storyline, about halfway through I felt the film fell a bit flat as I could completely see where it was going and it was really predictable. Such a shame as up to that point I was gripped, trying to piece scene after scene together and work out where the film was headed. The execution of it felt rushed and the end seemed somewhat clumsy and bog standard. There was of course the typical underlying romantic plot line running through between our man on the ledge and the woman hired to talk him down which I really felt was strongly unnecessary. .
On the whole I still rather enjoyed watching this film and didn''t feel it was a time in my life I had wasted watching this film. I would thoroughly recommend watching it on an evening in with some popcorn on the sofa. I wouldn''t necessarily buy it on DVD as I am actually quite reluctant to buy most films on DVD as usually after seeing them once I cannot watch it again without good reasoning (my same theory on not believing in going on the same holiday destination twice, might aswell experience something new right??) but I would still give it 4 out of 5 stars!