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Leon Staring Natalie Portman, Jean Reno and Gary Oldman. I have this film on video but it was on the television last night so I decided to watch it. I had forgotten just what a good, well made, and well acted film it really is. I can't really remember if this film was actually nominated for any Oscars or the actual actors were but if not why not? The film is centred around the building relationship between Leon (Jean Reno) and Matilda (Natalie Portman). Leon is a low rent hitman who works in the city for the local Italian gangster. He meets Matilda on the stairs of the building they both share on a regular basis and they have small but to the point conversations. Matilda's family are killed over a drug-related incident and from there on in here relationship with Leon blossoms. Leon seems to give Matilda a Father like figure while Matilda gives some meaning to life to Leon. The relationship between the two could be described as a number of things from the innocence of friendship to an extreme and controversial paedophilic interest. There are a number of references Matilda makes towards Leon being more than a father figure and even claims Leon is "her lover" to one of the characters in the film. In this strange but thought provoking relationship between the two that gives the film it's great depth and intrigue. Gary Oldman plays the "Dirty Cop" who kills Matilda's family due to her father stealing a proportion of the drug parcel Oldman owns. He acts blends well with the characters of Leon and Matilda because of the cold, calculating, and psychotic mannerisms of his character. The final confrontation is reminiscent more of an action, "Arnie", film than the conclusion of this exceptional drama. The desperation shown by Portman when leaving Leon in the midst of a gunfight and the compassion towards Matilda shown by Reno is the most compelling moment in the entire fil
m. Having said this the final meeting of Reno and Oldman is a high point also. The film is a relatively unknown flick amongst the majority of filmgoers but it should not be underrated because of the masterpiece it is.
i have been watching OB play for a few years now doen and Bradford city and he has all the attributes to become a world class defender. He's been brought though the bradford city youth set up and performed remakbly well last season against the likes of Henry,Owen and Shearer. He is still only a long player and has a long way to go but I do feel he will be able to form a formidable partnership with richard dunne in the heart of the republic's defence. He is one of thoses new generation centre hals who can actually play football and bring the ball of when neccessary. He has established himself as a regular under 21 international and is on the brink of a full cap, injury permiting.
Stallone is set up in this film as a wise guy police detective who takes on those jobs that no one else would dare to touch. He is trying to catch a serial killer who's murders appear deceptively random. This is really the entire plot of the film and there's not much depth to it. There could have been a sequel and we may have then seen a progression of his character which we got from rambo and the rocky films. Its interesting to see Bridgette Nielson along side him in this role and strange to know that they were once married with the size of stallone compared to that of nielson! Its in all essence a action/thriler flick with very little imagination and I wouldn't recommend it for the general public. On the other hand if you're a stallone fan its not his worst.
Eddie Murphy returns as Axl Foley to Beverly Hills in an attempt to solve the alphabet crimes which are distressing the city. Added to this is the emotional return due to the attempted murder of the captain who we met in the first film.He teams up with his old pals Billy and Tagert and the havoc begins. The film is similar to that of the first with the same kind of gags. Murphy plays well off Reinhold(Billy) as we see the progression of Billy's character from a nieve young police officer in the first film to that of the "rambo", addicted to guns and firepower character within this film. He brings memories of the character from the Police Accademy movies in this respect. Brigette Nielson brings some "bitch" attitude to the "bad guys" much in a similar vein as the chracter she played in Rocky 4 and Jurgen Prochnow plays Murphy's adversary well. The film is a classic 80's flick and should be treated as such. If you didn't like the first film then don't watch this cause its just more of the same.
Although a re-mix rather than run done version of lock stock, Snatch is a truly enjoyable film which arguably goes further than Lock stock in terms of humour, characters and gore. This film's backbone is similar to lockstock in the sense that Vinny Jones plays the same type of character, a diamond replaces the shotguns, and boxing replaces cards. Thrown in are a mix or races including the gypsies, Jews and Americans. The film is shot in lock stock fashion with quirky camera work and slow motion footage. It has Guy Richie written all over it and includes links to lock stock and even Richie's love interest Madonna within the flick. Brad Pitt would be arguably seen to be the only a list actor in the film although Jones would probably disagree with his growing reputation in Hollywood at the MO following gone in sixty seconds. Pitt plays his part superbly and make up for the hash he made of the orish accent attempted in "The Devils Own". He provides the basis of most of the humour in the film and the running joke that no-body can understand him at all. Altogether I saw it as a superior film to that of lock stock although most would disagree. The only area I had problems with in the flick was the casting of Mike Reid. Although he played his part well there was no escaping the thoughts of "where's Peggy?" when seeing him on the screen.
The Queens Hall can be described as a night club/pub/fun bar. It is open nearly every day and night of the week and is a good place to go drinking. It has three floors with offer a variety of music. The top (balcony floor) is just really for space and a place to look for your mates when you're lost. It has two bars, one of which just serves bottles and has good viewing for the big screen when the football is on. The middle floor would be the busiest with most people preferring it. There is a microscopic dance floor against the wall in the centre of the room with the bar being situated in the centre also. There are video games, bandits and pool tables with in the room also and booths to sit down. The room plays mainly chat music and occasional 80's tunes. If you venture downstairs you'll find shaft which is a 70's night on Saturday night and play tunes such as the village people, bee gees, and the car wash. I would recommend a visit if you go out in Bradford one night as it is a good place to go and is quite cheap compared to other places in the vicinity.
At the moment the Irish at coming towards the end of their transitional phase as all goods teams go through. There is a lot of youth in the team now following the example of the Portuguese whose team has been playing together for a number of years and is now starting to reap the benefits. We have seen the end of some inspirational characters leave the team such as Houghton, Townsend and Cascarino but we have the young blood of Keane, Harte, McPhail and Steve Carr in the team. As can be seen from the match last Saturday we ran the Dutch close to beating them on their own turf and should have come away with all three points. This is I feel where Ireland are missing something from their game. We cannot play the up and under, long ball game as we did in the Charlton days because it simply won't work in this area any longer. We have to work to our strengths, which is pressure and battling. This should be emphasised in Roy Keane who hasn't really transferred his form from Man Utd to the National side. I do feel that we have not yet got the team to compete with the big guns of Europe yet but can see us matching Holland and Portugal to the finals games of the qualifying campaign.
Top Gun is one of those movies that excellently portrays the macho, patriotic, slick and arrogant styles of the 1980s that President Ronald Reagan's tough-line policies and patriotic attitudes generated(if your a yank). While the acting is a little cheesy, the storyline a little flimsy, and the undertones rather sexist, one of this film's biggest highlights are all the slick cliches. How could any of us forget: "I can see it's dangerous for you- but if the government trusts me, maybe you could." "Actually I've only done this twice. First one I crashed and burned." "And the second?" "I don't know. I'll tell you tomorrow but it's looking good so far." "I'm holding on to close. I've lost the edge." "You don't own that plane, the taxpayers do! Son, your ego's writing checks your body can't cash!" "I feel the need...the need...for speed!" "You were alot like your old man. Only better...and worse." and the best of all - "yee haar....jester's dead" Of course, the Navy recruiting efforts and Pepsi advertising in this movie seem a little overt, but all in all, it's a good movie if you want to see all the 80s stereotypes played out. It's one of those films that earmarks a generation. I really miss the 80s when I watch this movie. I mean this film really demonizes the Russians and makes Americans look great (it makes the Evil Empire look even more Evil).
Sleek, stylish and bathed in rich hues, the movie based on the popular TV series far surpasses it's predecessor. Helmed by Brian DePalm, whose resume is a monument of inconsistentcy ranging from the great (Blow Out) to the not-so-great, he's the definative hit-or-miss director. And this one he knocks out of the park. Tom Cruise takes on the leading role of Ethan Hunt (adding to his credibility as more than a pretty face) and does a convincing job with a role that in less suitable hands could be viewed as one dimensional. Things get rolling early and often as the team of C.I.A. agents prepare an elaporate sting of a computer pirate looking to cash in by selling a list of undercover agents to the highest bidder. Before long the plan falls apart and Ethan finds himself the only surviving member of his team and in turn is suspected of killing the others. Though the plot is more intricate than it seems, don't be fooled (after all this is a popcorn movie). All in all it's a rip-roaring adventure with assets that far outweigh it's faults.
The Rock is one of the greatest of all action films. This is a movie that not only presents some incredible, if not stunning, action sequences, but also a smart plot and intelligent screenplay. This is a film that really works in it's genre to the fullest. Director Michael Bay is a master of this material and adds great style and vision to already excellent material. The screenplay by David Weisberg, Douglas S. Cook and Mark Rosner has a touch of intrigue here, a touch of adrenaline there, a splash of rambo here, and the effect is great on the big screen. "The Rock" never slowes down but never gets dumb either. Elements taken from other films are lovingly polished to a gloss. Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris all give convincing performances that ignite the screen along with everything else. "The Rock" also has some of the best of all action scenes. The chase scene through San Francisco is pure excitement and thrills and amazingly filmed. "The Rock" is intelligent, action-packed, and a wild, thrilling adrenaline-pumped ride that's also wonderfully stylish.
The question of whether the legalisation of cannabis should take place is one that can't be taken too lightly. In essence there is nothing really wrong with smoking weed. There are no major side effects and your not really risking your life as your are with other popular drugs in today's climate. The one concern I would have is that it could be seen by the youth of tomorrow as a cool thing to do And would be taken up by many as a socially acceptable thing to do along the lines of drinking and smoking cigarettes. If this approach were to be taken a tougher stance on under age smoking would be to be enforced whereas the availability of cigarettes to children is widespread at the moment. If a similar regime was to be taken along the lines of the Dutch it could be quite a good thing and could bring a more relaxed population. I hope that, when eventually, cannabis becomes legal it is taken care of better than cigarettes and alcohol are now and that the companies which no doubt will promote it try not to encourage the youth to take it up.
Darren seems to be siding with the girls recently and seems to me to get more camp as the days go by. He seems very friendly if not a bit of a poser with his designer shoes and undies. It is funny to see that every time he takes his vote he is giving positive reasons for their ejection rather than the rest who give personally charged reasons. This could be seen, as either a smokescreen for his real reason for wanted the individuals ejected or a stunt to gain some sympathy from the public. He may just not want anyone to be ejected and generally looks on the positive side to people leaving but I generally find this hard to believe. I don't think he will win the money but could get quite far due to his charismatic persona and his ability to cook!
I do believe Ann will come through and challenge nick for the final prize in BB although not for the right reasons. She does seem very warm-hearted and gets on with everyone but does this make good viewing? Is she interesting to watch? The answer is no. I think Nick is by far the most interesting for the plain fact that people want to see what he gets up to next. Anna by comparison is predictable. She doesn't have bad feelings towards anyone or even a bad word to say so far. She like Thomas will not be missed when they leave the house because they bring no life to it. She doesn't have any romantic inclinations to any people in the house either compared to others flirting amongst each other. She will come close but not beat the like of King Nick to the 70 grand!
He seems to have escaped eviction votes recently after coming close to being voted out last time (Andrew). I thing Craig has the right mentality in the house and that is to enjoy the experience (the massage) and to not get too worked up about it, whereas others seem to become over emotional and fall apart. He isn't the most intelligent of guys, reminds me of Fred Flintstone on occasions) but it just adds to his persona of basically what you see is what you get. He has rarely been two faced in the house and has on occasions brought a smile to my face. The development of his relationship with Caroline is quite interesting as well due to their Love/Hate relationship. It was quite notable to see that Caroline didn't vote for Craig this time after he had comforted her when she was feeling down but yet Craig still continued his stance on voting for her. I think he'll last a little longer but 3 weeks more would I imagine be his maximum life span in the BB house.
It is becoming increasingly frustrating to watch Caroline in the Big Brother house. She doesn't appear to bring a lot towards the programme apart from an occasional outburst of donkey laughter or a bit of a crying session. I was quite surprised to see that the general public seems to actually like her, this conclusion coming from the way the voting has gone thus far. I was horrified to see the way she laid into Craig the other night when questioning his effort towards the tasks and the fact that he slept a lot. This was a very personal opinion that should have been discussed with Craig alone rather than involving the whole group. This could have been done for two reasons, firstly to discredit Craig amongst the rest of the group and secondly to try and promote herself infront of the group. I think she only succeeded in alienating the group further from her with the exception of Anna and Nicola. She will be voted out again?whether the general public sees fit to save her again will remain to be seen.