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What can I say? I've waited a long time to get this game. Was it worth it? Honestly? I've no idea. I can't get the game to work on my pc! I have an AMD K6-2 400Mhz processer, 10GB Hard disc drive, 64MB Ram, and a 32x speed CD-Rom drive. When you read on, you will see that, my PC falls within the necessary given requirements to play this game. Unfortunately, the system requirements given by the manufacturers are misleading. Here are the basic system requirements as given by the manufacturers: Windows 95/98/ME/2000. Minimum 350Mhz Processor (Pentium II). 64MB Ram. 600MB free hard disc drive space, plus space for saved games. 4x CD-Rom Drive. 8MB PCI or AGP 3D accelerator card with full Direct3D driver support. DirectX 7.0a Compliant soundcard. DirectX 7.0a (supplied with game) Keyboard and mouse. You'll also need a 56.6Kbps modem should you wish to play online. (If you're reading this, you already have a modem!) So, where's the problem? What they don't tell you is that although a 350 Mhz PII processeor is the minimum, anything less than a 500Mhz PIII is going to be really slow and jumpy. (I have an AMD K6-2 400Mhz processor, and I can't get the game to work properly). They also don't tell you that although they say that 64MB of RAM is enough (which I have), 128MB is really the miminum you need if you want to have anything else running on your pc. They do have a helpline available for those who have problems, but it's going to cost you. As I've already said, this game won't run properly on my PC, so I am unable to give a full review of it. I just wish that I could play it on my PC. From what I saw before it froze up and crashed my pc, the graphics are beautiful. I would advise anyone comtemplating buying this game to thoroughly check that your pc can handle it before parting with your hard-earn
The story is basically this: Matt Damon, (playing Tom Ripley), is a man down on his luck, and rather impoverished. He will do anything to survive. Whilst standing in for someone at a piano recital, he is mistaken for a Princeton old boy, and asked by one of the audience to go to Italy to bring back the audience member's son, Dickie, (played by Jude Law). Tom agrees. Before leaving for Italy, Tom learns all about Dickie's interests, and makes sure that he too is well versed in the same things. When he arrives in Italy he arranges to accidentally bump into Dickie. He then sets about conning Dickie into thinking that he is somebody he is not. Finally, he admits to Dickie that Dickie's father has paid him to convince Dickie to return to the US. Together, Dickie and Tom hatch the plan to continue getting money out of Dickie's father whilst living it up. After a trip to Rome, Dickie becomes bored with Tom, and tells him to go back to the US. By this point, Tom is totally obsessed with Dickie, and he starts to change. I won't carry on giving away the plot, but will give my opinion of the film as a whole. This film is very good to watch, and extremely interesting in the way it explores the lengths a man will go to in order to survive. The character of Tom is indepth, and very well portrayed by Damon. Jude Law is excellent as Dickie. I recommend that everyone makes a point of seeing this film at least once.
I love this film! Starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Ackroyd, Alan Arkin and Joan Cusack, ‘Grosse Pointe Blank' is funny, clever, action-packed & has a excellent ‘eighties' soundtrack. John Cusack - as the film's protagonist Martin Blank - is superb, and virtually carries the whole movie. He plays an assassin who started out working for the U.S. Government but has now gone freelance, having managed to rationalise his cold-blooded killing. He is an amoral, sharp, ruthless killer, but also vulnerably human, neurotic, conscience-ridden, tender and romantic. Despite these ostensibly impossible personality contradictions, you never once question that his character is real, you can't help but like the guy, and never stop hoping that things work out for him. Pulling this off is a remarkable achievement and Cusack does it brilliantly. He reluctantly accepts a commission that takes him back to his hometown, Grosse Pointe, coincidentally at exactly the same time as his old High School reunion. While there he visits his childhood sweetheart, local DJ Debi (Driver), for the first time in 10 years – when in a fit of madness he had ditched her on their prom night to run off and join the army. As neither she nor anyone else had heard anything from him since then, her feelings about this are understandably rather mixed! Blank visits his institutionalised Mum and the family home, which to his great distress is now an ‘Ultimart', and eventually convinces Debi to go with him to the reunion. His reacquaintances with his former schoolmates are very funny and even quite touching, and are sure to strike a chord with anyone who's ever been to one of those things. Meanwhile various other assassins, chief of which is Blank's rival Grocer (Ackroyd – brilliant as ever) are out to kill him. Their reasons are many and varied – mainly involving an ‘Assassin's union', secret Gove
rnment operations and a dead dog (yes, really!). As you can probably guess, these are not the sort of things that are conducive to a successful High School reunion, and mayhem ensues. ‘Grosse Pointe Blank' is extremely funny, full of deadpan, twisted humour - mainly from Cusack, but ably supported by Ackroyd and Arkin. I particularly liked the running gag of Blank's response to the inevitable "what do you do for a living?" question: a completely matter-of-fact "professional killer", which of course not one person takes seriously. I also loved the hilariously neurotic exchanges between Blank and his hounded shrink (Arkin), who ends every conversation with "Don't kill anyone!" There's also a lovely little story involving a pen... The film is also a great action flick - it has some brilliantly choreographed and executed gunfights, and hand-to-hand fight sequences – in fact some of the best I've ever seen. Cusack looks, or at least is made to look, like a pretty decent athlete himself. The finale is a real tour-de-force, and, (for me,) sums up the movie itself: a great gunfight, clever & hilariously funny. This film is wonderful from start to finish – if you haven't done so already, see it now!
Both admirably influenced by everything from 2001 to Rosemary's Baby and remarkably prescient of everything from The 13th Floor to Hellraiser, Demon Seed is an excellent, artistic and ambitious film. Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver) is an Artificial Intelligence researcher, contracted by the US Department of Defence. He has arrived at a truly intelligent computer--Proteus. Understandably, everyone is excited about the possibilities of an artificially intelligent superbrain. Everyone, except possibly Harris' wife, Susan,(played convincingly by Julie Christie), who he's on the outs with ostensibly because of his obsession with his work. Not only is Demon Seed a quality horror/sci-fi work, but the tensions in the Harris' relationship provide an opportunity for some excellent dialogue scenes. Demon Seed seems to take place in an unspecified future. A place where, among the normal accoutrements of the typical family home is an elaborate, computer controlled home "envirosystem" that does everything from letting you in the front door to making your food and regulating heating systems beneath the floors. Of course, this fact also provides a convenient plot element for the horrors about to come. Horror centred mostly on the "non-believer"-the critic of AI obsession, Susan. Despite the effectiveness of Hal in 2001, it seems as if it would be tough to make a computer menacing. Director Donald Cammell does so with style and ease. Demon Seed has many moments of pure fright as well as many deliciously twisted, sadistic scenes that will please fans of more modern horror. It's hoped by the research team that Proteus will be able to accomplish everything from better mining of the ocean floors to curing Leukemia. Proteus turns out to have a conscience more concerned with the environment than its makers and a desire to be wholly human--or superhuman--physically as well as mentally. That spells trouble for o
ur protagonists. The aspects of Demon Seed that are reminiscent of other films-and the aspects that seem to have influenced more recent films-are broad. For example, 2001, aside from the AI influence, comes through in the beautiful, surreal visual sequences that pop up here and there. As in Hellraiser,(a later film), Proteus' physical form is suggested by a large, mysterious, life-connected cube that has an ability to rearrange itself in convenient ways. That Demon Seed has its influences might be seen as a negative fact by some readers, but that's not the case. Every work of art has its influences. No work is completely unprecedented; nothing occurs in a vacuum. Criticizing a work for being unoriginal simply because you can recognize some of its influences is disingenuous. Still, I was initially surprised that Demon Seed was as good as it is. The reason for this is both that (a) it is an adaptation of a Dean Koontz book, and Koontz adaptations have a bad reputation, and (b) I wasn't familiar with this film. On the other hand, of the Koontz adaptations I've seen (the only other two are Intensity and Phantoms), I've not been disappointed with one yet. So I gave Demon Seed a chance--after letting it be bypassed by a number of other recent purchases and rentals--and felt foolish for waiting. Everyone is bound to receive some enjoyment from this film--from fans of straight dramas to the more obvious market of horror and sci-fi fans.
Directed by Polanski, written by Ira Levin, (of "The Boys from Brazil" fame), Rosemary's Baby is a classic horror film. Rosemary, (Mia Farrow), and her new husband, Guy (played by John Cassavetes), move into a new apartment in New York, befriending an elderly couple, (Ruth Gordon), who live near by. But when another girl in the block commits suicide, Rosemary starts getting more attention than she desires, from all the wrong people. When they first move into the apartment block, Guy's career is at an all time low, and the couple have already start arguing. Then,(after becoming very good friends with the old neighbours), Guy starts to become successful, and Rosemary becomes pregnant. Rumours start to flow about witchcraft, and the Devil, and Rosemary starts to show signs of paranoia. The attention from the elderly neighbours becomes unbearble for Rosemary, and she starts to believe that something is terribly wrong. This film is another classic example of Roman Polanski's ability to get right into the mind of his lead characters. It works on an entirely psychological level...is Rosemary paranoid, or does she have reason to fear the worst? Why is she beginning to look so ill? Why are the neighbours being overly friendly and concerned? Why do they keep making her drink stuff? How did her husband become so successful over night? The film poses many questions which all get answered in the last 10 minutes. Almost everything is explained but for one twist right at the very end. Rosemary's main concern thoughout the film is the protection of her unborn child, (she begins to believe that people want to sacrifice her baby), but we discover at the end of the film that the child was never in any danger. Incidentally, at the end of the film, many people think that they see the baby's eyes...according to Polanski, this is just an illusion...you never see the baby's face-you just think you did.
Roman Polanski's "Repulsion" is a prime example of how to make a truly scary movie: The trick is not to fill the screen with monsters or indestructible serial killers, it is to portray fear in a way that will be familiar to the audience. It is clear from early on in the film that the lead character, Carol, played brilliantly by an extremely young-looking Catherine Deneuve, is not exactly normal. When her sister leaves her alone in their shared London apartment for a few days, however, the things that scare Carol are the sorts of things that have scared a lot of people spending the night alone, such as hearing (imagined) footsteps in the hallway and the like. Of course, while normal people get a brief fright from such a thing, Carol descends into a madness of hallucinations. The movie is seen almost entirely from her point of view, using techniques borrowed by later directors such as Darren Aronofsky for his movie, "Pi", which gives the entire movie a claustrophobic feeling that enhances the impact of Carol's hallucinations, (such as the hands of men coming out of her hallway walls, trying to grab and grope her). There are no doubt people who would like to explicate this film as an exploration of sexual repression or the like, and perhaps they are indeed hitting the mark in doing so, but this film works brilliantly as pure cinema, with no metaphoric subtext needed.
I actually liked Event Horizon, but felt that it was far too short, (and I rarely think that of a film). It could have been so much more. The storyline was quite good, and the direction was excellent; it makes you sit on the edge of your seat virtually the whole way through, but there were so many avenues not explored in this film. Questions were set up, but never answered in the film. Nothing was ever really explained very well. What makes this film work is the way in which it was handled, and the all-star cast of professionals. The director got the suspense just right. It is gripping, and scary, but like I have already said, it could have done so much more. Although I liked the film, I felt robbed. I must admit that after watching this film, you will be left wanting more...and not getting it.
There are a few things that you need to do before watching this film. 1. Watch it alone. 2. Watch it in the dark...no interruptions from anywhere. 3. Imagine yourself in the situation that is about to be presented to you. Open up your mind to the terror that awaits. This film works on a psychological level. It is extremely clever in the way in which it accomplishes its goals. There is no gore; there is no violence. All you have is atmosphere. For anyone to enjoy this film, you must allow the atmosphere to control you. You must do the three things listed above. I first saw this film on my own. I can not watch it without someone else being with me, now. It really does scare the cr-p out of me. Basically, the film is about three films students who get lost in the forests in Maryland whilst filming a project about a local legend...the Blair Witch. The relationship between the three is exposed to the full, and we are allowed to watch their every move, (due to the storyline, we are able to watch the recovered footage that the students, themselves, shot. The whole film being that recovered footage.) We get to see the build up of fear within the students; the absolute terror that strikes everyone of them as they are stalked through the woods by unknown person(s); the signs of voodoo, and witchcraft that they find as they wander aimlessly through the forests trying to find their way back to the car. We hear the strange noises that come to them as they sleep, awakening them with startling effect. We see each student's hard-formed composure slowly break down. All this adds up to an extremely well-thought out film. A definite must-see.
This film is a classic. Spielberg's 2nd attempt at major film direction succeeds on every level. For years, I was scared to go into the sea because of this film! The fact that Peter Benchley's book was so masterfully turned into a film is a massive accomplishment. Spielberg's effects are amazing, (considering when the film was made). The storylines are believeable, and the actors' performances are excellent, and extremely professional. The all-star cast, and the music that accompanies the film, makes all the difference. DER-DU-DER-DU-DER-DU... I have the 25th Anniversary edition DVD of this film, and must say that it is worth every penny. Packed with extras, (including deleted scenes, outtakes, etc), it will get watched over and over. Most people have seen the film at some point in their lives; watching it again will make them wonder why they had not made the effort to see it again much sooner. Buy this film. Relive the time when you were afraid to go into the water.
Made in 1967, I first saw this film under the title "Dance of the Vampires". Written, directed, and starring Roman Polanski, it is one of the only films where you will see Polanski, and his wife of the time, Sharon Tate, acting together, (before she was brutally murdered by Charles Manson's gang in 1969). It also stars Alfie Bass as the jewish innkeeper, (hence the title of this opinion - he gets bitten, and upon turning into a vampire, is shown a crucifix). Dance of the Vampires is a spoof horror, and is extremely funny. Polanksi, better known for Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion, Frantic, etc, specialises in thillers, but this early film of his is an attempt at comedy. He most definitely succeeds. Make sure you see this film..you won't regret it.
I recently bought the limited edition Director's cut of this film, as I had never seen it before, but had heard great things about it. Also, I had seen both Evil Dead, and Evil Dead 2, so this film was a 'must see' in terms of completing the series. Having now watched it, I find that I am disappointed. In fact, I found the film quite boring in comparison to both Evil Dead, and Evil Dead 2. It was like watching Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, or Jason and the Argonauts all over again. The special effects were not brilliant, (but they probably weren't supposed to be that good), and the storyline was terrible. Bruce Campbell was excellent, though, (as always). I had expected the film to be a lot funnier than it actually was, and I think that is what really spoiled it for me. It just wasn't funny. It was supposed ot be bad, and it did not fail in that respect, but you were supposed to be able to laugh at its obvious flaws. I did not laugh. As said previously, I bought this as a limited edition DVD, and to be honest, it was not worth the money I paid for it. Yes, there were a few extras on the dvd, but nothing to write home about. The version I watched was just plain boring, and far too long. Evil Dead, and Evil Dead 2 are much better.
Private Eye is absolute rubbish. Seriously, it is not fit for use as toilet paper. Cats wouldn't even defecate on it should you place it in their dirt boxes. Ian Hislop, (that bald little football hating man on "Have I got News For You"), and his team have no idea what satire is. They do not have the slightest understanding as to what can be classed as 'humourous'. I only read this magazine from cover to cover, every fortnight, because it is that bad. It is abundantly clear that even the 'Letters to the Editor' section is falsified. These are not real people, folks!! And as for... (cont. page 94) (Actually, Private Eye is the funniest piece of political satire around, and has been for many years. Everything in it is absolutely hilarious, from 'Rotten Boroughs' to 'Letters', right through to the book reviews. The fact that it is totally unbiased, ((it extracts the urine out of everything, and everyone regardless)), is one of the many factors behind its enormous success over the years. Another reason why it is so successful is that it almost always uncovers sleaze and corruption before any of the major broadsheets and tabloids even get close to the truth. Private Eye give the reader a fresh, informative, and witty perspective on current events. You really ought to read this at least once in your life...God, I miss Peter Cook.)
Went along to the show yesterday at Earls Court and thought that it was not quite as good as the first that I went to in '96; the Warner DVD demo was a big let down, alot of it not even the achieving the levels of quality that we expect from dvd; plenty of plasma screens about for various demos; but the absolute killer at the show for me personally had to be the 60inch widescreen rear projection set from Sharp. This set just blew away the rest of the competition; not even the Sony sets could match this wonder. The pictures are absolutely amazing on this set which uses some new technology that hasn't been applied to any other set; that's probably why I cant afford one right now. I asked the assistant if it was available, and he replied "Yes. For £48,000.00!" Take a while to save up for that then...
Pick a supermarket, any one will do. For this opinion, the actual store won't matter as the experience is the same across the board. Now picture this... It's 11am, on a Saturday morning, you need to get some shopping urgently. Where else do you go but your local Supermarket. You know it's going to be busy. After an initial struggle, you manage to get the two kids dressed and into the car by 11:30, you drive the 2 miles out of town to your local, and join the queue to get into the car park. The kids quickly become bored and start fighting. "Mum!!! He did this", and "Mum, she pulled my hair" are common cries from the cars both in front and behind you. After about 30 minutes, you finally manage to pull in. You slowly get to the "family" parking section, (supposedly for people with kids), to see a 20 something boy racer parking his Ford Escort XR3i convertable in the only space available. Eventually, you find a space at the back of the car park, (the time is now 12:20pm). After searching for that illustrious, yet elusive shopping trolley, you walk into the store only to find that your trolley does not want to go in the same direction as you. People everywhere. Kids running round like raving lunatics, parents shouting and screaming at them trying to maintain control. Shopping trolleys crashing into each other, and into shoppers. You sigh to yourself, and start making your way down the aisles. Someone bashes into you with their trolley, and almost knocks you flying. You look up to see them giving you a filthy look as if it was your fault. Your kids have run off, and are not to be found anywhere. The most important item on your list has sold out, and you have no chance of finding a member of staff to help you. Then child number 1 suddenly appears demanding that you buy him the latest pokemon toy. Your temper starts to show. People around you being to stare at child number 1, and give you the evil eye because you
can't control your own offspring. Finally, you snap... With one hand, you grab child number 1, and with the other, you smack his behind. For the briefest of moments, (although, to you, it seems like eternity), all eyes are on you. You feel two inches tall, and know that your fellow shoppers think you are the worst parent alive. Head down, with child number 1 screaming at your side, you resume your trip down the aisles... The deli counter is packed, (as usual), so you decide to give it a miss. Child number 2 is spotted over by the crisps section, munching away on an unpaid-for packet of Walkers, (out of a 24 multipack, no less). After about 45 minutes of non-productive shopping, you decide to make your way to the checkouts... Out of the 20 tills available, only 12 are manned, and most of them by scruffy looking 16 year olds. You join what looks to be the fastest moving queue, with the least amount of people in it. Then the words "Price Check on Till 9" ring in your ears. By this point, you are ready to cry. Both children are now grabbing things from the sweet counters so nicely placed in front of the checkouts for such a purpose. You give up. Let them have the sweets! You notice that the woman in front of you has managed to get the last one of the item you really wanted, (which had apparently sold out). She also has over 43 coupons to trade in. You stand there impatiently. After about another 20 minutes, you finally get to the till, only to find that the checkout girl needs to change the till roll. By this point, you just want to get out of the place. Throwing shopping into any bag, you accidentally break the bottle of vinegar, which then pours its contents all over your fresh loaf, and your frozen foods. The smell is unbelieveable. Once all your goods have gone through the till, you hand over your credit card. It won't go through the machine, so you pull out some cash to pay. You run out of the supermarket, with
kids in tow, making your way as fast as you can to the car. Throwing the shopping in the back, not caring where it lands, you unload the trolley. Kids in, seatbelts on, and you're off. You make it home by 2:30pm. After unpacking the shopping, you sit down with a cup of coffee, and breathe a sigh of relief that it is all over...until next Saturday.
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