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    • 21 (DVD) / DVD / 81 Readings / 78 Ratings
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      Worth a wach.

      The movie "21" is based on the true story that was adapted into a book called "Bringing down the House" by Ben Mezrich which was published in 2003; the book details the life of student Kevin Lewis in 1993. The film is directed by Robert Luketic and produced by Kevin Spacey.

      This review is based on the movie and not the DVD, which includes extra features.

      Plot

      The story revolves around Ben Campbell who is nearing the end of his course at MIT and has the dream to go to Harvard Medical School. He is very intelligent and the archetypal smartest in the class but lacks the financings necessary to get there, the stumbling block of the mamouth $300,000 in tuition fees needed, stands in his way.

      He along with 70 others have been shortlisted for a scholarship to fund the fees, but one of the stipulations is to have had significant life experience and something which would stand out in his application, this is the one thing Ben lacks.

      Professor Micky Rosa sees Ben's potential in his blackjack scheme. Along with four other similarly smart students, Ben is shown how to count cards and to use this skill in the casinos. Thinking this is the only opportunity to get the money he needs to fund his dream Ben agrees to be part of the team. The mysterious Professor heads up the operation but never takes the risk of being in the casino himself. Is he all that he is cracked up to be?

      The film follows the groups endeavours in the gambling mecca of Las Vegas , Ben soon realises that gambling is not all fun and games and consequences for their actions in the form of the gruesome security boss Cole Williams will have something to say about their successes.

      Cast

      Jim Sturgess / Ben Campbell
      Kevin Spacey / Professor Micky Rosa
      Laurence Fishburne / Cole Williams
      Kate Bosworth / Jill Taylor
      Aaron Yoo / Choi
      Liza Lipira / Kianna
      Jacob Pitts / Jimmy Fisher


      My Opinion

      I usually think Kevin Spacey is a really good actor, in this he is solid if not spectacular and something doesn't convince me on this performance. The character Ben was played well by Jim Sturgess and you symphasisie with him and wants him to succeed in his quest. The rest of the cast are all solid and well portrayed.

      The movie was generally good, reminiscent of the Ocean Elevens movies in feel and not as good as that particular original, there were points that were slow going and the ending was a bit deflating, but there are lots of twist and turns, well worth a watch.

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      • Children of Men (DVD) / DVD / 71 Readings / 70 Ratings
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        A great movie that makes you think.

        'Children of Men' was released in 2006 and has been acclaimed to be one of the best films from that year. It was adapted from the P.D James book of the same name and is a sci-fi/ action movie, which features complex themes not always tackled by such films.


        Cast and Crew

        Director Alfonso Cuaron

        Clive Owen / Theo Faron
        Michael Caine / Jasper
        Julianne Moore / Julian
        Chiwetel Ejiofor / Luke
        Clare-Hope Ashiety / Kee


        Plot

        In the year 2027 the world is a different place to what we know today, the world is a bleak place where terrorists are rife and more disturbing than that, women no longer give birth and have become infertile!

        The film is set in the UK, on the news it is revealed that the youngest person in the world, known as 'Baby Diego' aged 18 has been murdered, the world is shocked and it offers to condemn the world to no hope. The UK is in a militarised state and has an abundant of refugees, with the streets surrounded by soldiers who are looking for illegal immigrants..

        Theo is a man who is full of inner turmoil and hate and seems to be at odds with the world. He is approached by a radical group who are fronted by his ex-wife Julian who are revolting against what they see as the extinction of the human race. Theo is somewhat initially forced and then agrees to help them in accompanying a young pregnant girl to flee the dangerous city and head to a safer place to give birth.

        Theo soon finds that not all of the people who are supposed to be helping them are not what they seem and the only people that can be trusted are the two of them.

        The film follows their journey on trying to escape the violence and destruction that they meet and their attempt to reach the safer places.


        My opinions

        The films finale lacks the quality of the beginning of the movie and seems to run out of steam, don't let this disappoint you though too much, it is still an excellent, thought provoking film that certainly raises more questions for you think about and certainly will discuss as the credits role.

        Alfonso Cuaron, a director who I have admired since 'Y Tu mama Tambien'' which is an excellent film and he does a great job of showcasing his bleak, heartless view of the terrorist torn vision of 2027 in a depressing way which seems convincing and not over the top of a futuristic vision.

        The action scenes, which there are many are all deftly handled and look great.

        Clive Owen I think is generally a steady if not spectacular actor in his performances, in this film he is thankfully more spectacular, and is believable in this moody role and one of the best performances from him I have seen.

        Michael Caine offers some comic relief in the role as the pot-smoking hippy that offers shelter and guidance in protecting Theo his friend.

        Overall a great film and definitely worth a watch with great action and thought provoking themes.

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        • Disturbia (DVD) / DVD / 68 Readings / 64 Ratings
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          06.02.2009 21:50
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          Well worth a watch.

          'Disturbia' is a thriller that was released in 2007. It is a remake on the Hitchcock classic the Rear Window where the main character has a broken leg and is restricted, in this modern remake a different type of affliction is used to keep him in the house.

          Cast

          Shia LeBeouf / Kale
          Sarah Roemer / Ashley
          David Morse / Mr Turner
          Carrie-Anne Moss / Kale's mom
          Aaron Yoo / Ronnie

          Plot

          The film starts with us watching 2 people presumably a teenage son and his father fishing in a wide open spaced. After a success time fishing, they pack up and head home, while on the way home, suddenly and shockingly they have a massive series of car crashes, the boy, Kale survives but his dad doesn't.

          We next cut to a scene in a high school class, a Spanish lesson, Kale seems to not have done the homework and is sat all glum and depressed with a hoodie at the back of the class, the teacher is all angry that he hasn't completed the set work and remarks a comment about his dead dad about him not being proud of his behaviour, this results in him losing it and in my opinion understandably punches the teacher.

          As a consequence the police have charged him and have given him an electronic tag and has to be house bound for three months. Kale is passed caring and thinks this can't be that bad, with all his amenities Xbox Live, itunes, TV, well his mum has other ideas and cuts him off from all the fun.

          This resorts Kale having to make his own entertainment, which quickly turns into spying on the neighbours, especially his new neighbours, a family with a young attractive girl of similar age.

          With nothing to do, his mind starts to wonder and hearing about missing people on the local new, paranoia sets in and he suspects that one of his neighbours could be the abductor. To make matters worse his mother has become friends with the suspected murderer.

          The film follows Kale's suspicions and the investigations he makes on the neighbour. Is the neighbour the murderer and will Kale get the evidence to prove it?

          My opinions

          Shia LaBeouf is an actor who I like and think is a good up and coming actor, he seems to play similar roles though, the cheeky chappy, like in 'I Robot', 'Transformers' and again in this movie, he offers funny moments and also moments of tension and is an extremely likeable character.

          The whole cast is really well suited and performs really well, David Morse is extremely creepy and does make you feel threatened at times.

          Overall I would say this is an enjoyable movie and one that is definitely worth watching and one I would watch again.

          Bonus features

          -Commentary with DJ Caruso, Shia LaBeouf and Sarah Roemer
          -The Making of Disturbia
          -Music video 'Don't Make Me Wait'
          -Serial Pursuit Trivia Pop-Up Quiz
          -Deleted scenes/ outtakes
          -Photo Gallery
          -Theatrical trailer

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          • I Am Legend (DVD) / DVD / 62 Readings / 58 Ratings
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            A great Action/Sci-Fi movie.

            'I am Legend' is the blockbuster movie starring Will Smith released in 2007, it is based on the novel of the same name from the 1950s written by Richard Matheson. I personally haven't read the book, but after watching the movie I certainly want to.

            As a fan of apocalyptic action movies and vampire/monster ilk movies this was a movie I had to watch. This review is based on the film only and not the DVD.


            Cast and Crew

            Director: Francis Lawrence
            Screenplay: Mark Protosevich & Akiva Goldsman
            Genre: Drama - Horror - Sci-Fi - Thriller
            Country: USA
            Certification: 15+
            Language: English
            Released: 15th April, 2008 (DVD)

            MAIN CAST

            Will Smith (Robert Neville)
            Alice Braga (Anna)
            Willow Smith (Marley)
            Abby & Kona (Sam - the dog)


            Plot

            When an apparent miracle cure for cancer becomes available all seems to be well until it goes wrong and causes to infect and mutate humans, Dr. Robert Neville, who is also luckily immune is in charge of creating an antidote and stays behind while New York City is evacuated. Unfortunately for Neville and mankind for that matter, he us unable create, the illusive antidote and the disease progresses and wipes out all human life.

            The scene now moves into 3 years into the future and we see that believing he is the only human left Neville and his trusty German shepherd dog Sam are living a lonely existence. To keep himself sane he still carries the belief that he will find a cure, that can ultimately reverse the mutations, in his basement, come lab CSI would be proud of, he has every resource imaginable, working on different serums to find a cure, trying them out on rats captured around the city.

            Neville's unwillingness to give up on the slim hope that there are other survivors out there, he is continuously looking for others, broadcasting a message on the radio stating if there is anyone out there to meet him at the pier at midday. Every single day he is there still with faint hope, but no one ever arrives.

            When the sun goes down it is not a safe place to be out and about, as danger lurks around every corner and Neville has to take refuge in his house that had been modified to be as secure as possible with numerous shutters, bolts and locks to be a fortress.

            After seeing some success in his experiments, Neville decides to up the stakes and test on a mutated human, after capturing one, a female, and unknown to him, the alpha male mutant wants her back and this causes a series of events which turns out to have dire consequences.


            My opinions


            In my opinion 'I am Legend' is an excellent movie, it provides fascinating viewing with New York in its post-apocalyptic state. Seeing the famous streets and avenues of New York which we are all accustomed to, juxtaposed as barren and empty is a sight to be hold, and is extremely well done and makes the unbelievable, believable.

            Will Smith manages to hold your attention and you genuinely feel and care for his characters plight, and being the main and only character for the majority of the film he puts in a great performance as usual.

            Some of the CGI of the mutants is not the best I have seen, but this is only a minor problem from an otherwise great action movie.

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            • No Country For Old Men (DVD) / DVD / 68 Readings / 66 Ratings
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              A gripping and tense movie, amazing acting.

              I finally watched ' No Country For Old Men' last night after having the DVD for months and have felt compelled to review it.

              The film is based on the novel of the same name by Cormac Mcarthy, it is directed by the Coen brothers who are like your proverbial Marmite, you either love their work or hate it. As coming to this film with not knowing much about the plot I didn't have any pre opinions.

              Cast and Crew

              Director: Coen brothers

              Tommy Lee Jones (Sheriff Ed Tom Bell)
              Javier Bardem (Anton Chigurh)
              Josh Brolin (Llewelyn Moss)
              Woody Harrelson (Carson Wells)
              Kelly Macdonald (Carla Jean Moss)
              Garret Dillahunt (Deputy Wendell)

              Plot

              The film starts in the badlands of the deserts of West Texas in 1980, with a narrative by Sheriff Ed Tom Bell talking about how society has changed and become more violent, the undercurrent theme of the whole film.

              Meanwhile we cut to Anton Chigurh who is in custody in a police station waiting to be sent to jail, who then manages to violently strangle and the policeman and make his escape. Instantly we know that this is a character not to be messed with and a seemingly professional villain, we later learn he is the main protagonist, a hitman, who is unlike any villain you would have ever seen before, his monotone voice, dour expressions and unique weapon of choice, a cattle gun conventionally used to stun animals but not in his case.

              Llewelyn Moss, a Vietnam veteran is out hunting when he comes across the remains of some sort of shootout with many people dead, with a bit of searching he realises that he is in the aftermath of a drug deal that obviously went wrong, after some more tracking he finds a dead accomplice with a suitcase full of money, $2 million to be precise, there is also one badly injured Mexican man who he just leaves even tough he asks for help and will be dead before long. . By a decision obviously based on greed he decides to keep the suitcase for himself.

              That night being unable to sleep, with anxiety and guilt and recurring thoughts of the sole survivor of the shootout he decides to go back with some water.

              Unfortunately for him once he is back at the scene of the shootout another truck arrives with people who want the money, Llewlyn fleas and is chased by various men and dogs and is repeatedly shot at and has to go on the run, and ultimately not for the last time in the film!

              These events start a chain reaction that the film charts, following the incredibly sinister and scary Chigurh, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, and the film's cat and mouse games tracking the suitcase of money and the twists and turns which Llewelyn is confronted with after his choice in taking the money.

              My Opinions

              No Country For Old Men is a mesmerising film, which you cannot take your eyes off the screen throughout the whole film.

              All the actors were terrific, especially Javier Bardem who put in an astonishing performance as the hitman Chigurh. Josh Brolin puts in an excellent performance of the man who stumbles across a drugs deal gone wrong and benefits from the money, but who doesn't know what he is getting himself into.

              Kelly MacDonald is a caring character that goes through all the emotions of not knowing what is happening with her husband while he is on the run. Tommy Lee Jones is as reliable as ever, as the Deputy who is trying to catch the perpetrators and who is delusioned with how the world is changing.

              The film is serious and is darker in tone; it offers some funny moments with some oddball quirky humour in the Coen's trademark style.

              A great movie, which will have your complete attention and at moments, will shock you like a cattle gun!

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              • Cloverfield (DVD) / DVD / 54 Readings / 51 Ratings
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                01.02.2009 18:34
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                A great modern innovative Sci-Fi movie.

                Having seen the Internet trailer that was circulating months before the release and all the hype surrounding the movie I saw this as soon as it came out onto the cinema in January 2008, the DVD was released in June 2008.

                'Cloverfield' has the same creator as Lost, JJ Abrams so with this in mind you expect it not to be your run of the mill action/disaster movie. The story isn't a new one, poor old New York under attack from another creature/ monster!

                Cast and Crew
                Director: Matt Reeves
                Writer: Drew Goddard

                Michael Stahl-David (Rob Hawkins)
                Mike Vogel (Jason Hawkins)
                Jessica Lucas (Lily)
                Lizzy Caplan (Marlena)
                T.J. Miller (Hud)
                Odette Yustman (Beth McIntyre)

                Plot

                A party has been thrown for Rob who is leaving New York for a new Job in Japan; the party has been organised by Lily and Jason. Jason is enlisted in filming the guest's farewell messages from Rob's friends for a memento when he's in Japan.

                Jason passes this task on to Hud by giving him the camera, Hud a jovial character takes this job on and starts to film everything, including Rob and his love of the life arguing, this results in her leaving the party. While Rob, Jason and Hud are discussing his dilemma with Beth they fell a tremor and everyone panics and thinks its possibly an earthquake.

                Wanting to get a look of what is going on in the city they run to the roof where they see the drama unfold in the New York streets with people running and screaming for their lives, a split second glimpse of some sort of creature really gets them wondering what is happening.

                A series of tremors results in the buildings to shake and with fires all around the city the friend's dash onto the street, where they nearly get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty's head! Which flies through the air onto their street!

                The film follows the attempts of the group of friends trying to navigate the streets of Manhattan and Rob's desire to find his beloved Beth.


                Opinions

                Having read a lot of peoples comments regarding the hand held 'shaky' camera, ala Blair Witch. I personally liked it and it didn't bother me, I felt that it enhanced the movie, putting you right in the thick of the action. It made me concentrate more on the action which unfolds and I found that I was trying to will the camera to move around to different points in the shot so you can see what is unfolding, especially early on when we were only receiving glancing shots of the creature tearing through the city.

                The film has captured the fear effectively well and some parts are very tense indeed. Especially the underground subway tunnels where the camera uses the night vision mode.

                Unlike the normal Sci-Fi movie, you seem to recognise with the characters after seeing them in this so called reality situations of the party

                A novel feature is that the film that is in the camcorder is not blank and has been used before; this results in some little flashes of Rob and Beth on a romantic outings. Representing the happier side of life juxtaposed with the torment they are experiencing.

                The only negative is on the ending, which could have been more solid, but it does leave it up to your imagination. Apart from that a great innovative movie, which will keep you, gripped all the way through.

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                • Blood Diamond (DVD) / DVD / 74 Readings / 70 Ratings
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                  This review is for the movie only, the name Blood Diamond comes from the practice in some parts of Africa of the diamond mining industry fueling civil warfare and as a result killing innocent people and hence the diamonds being tarnished with the blood of the people.


                  Cast

                  Leonardo DiCaprio / Danny Archer
                  Djimon Hounsou / Solomon Vandy
                  Jennifer Connelly / Maddy Bowen
                  Kagiso Kuypers / Dia Vandy
                  Arnold Vosloo / Colonel Coetzee


                  Plot

                  The Movie is set in Sierra Leone in 1999 during the civil war and features the conflict between rebel soldiers and the government soldiers.

                  A small village is invaded by rebels and the villagers are captured, Solomon Vandy is one of these unfortunate villagers and is forced to work in a diamond field and his young son is send to the Rebel forces to become a Soldier.

                  Danny Archer is a Rhodesian and is a diamond dealer who is a former mercenary.

                  The two men are drawn together after Solomon find a large diamond and manages to hide it, even though he gets imprisoned for his actions, Danny gets wind of this whilst at the courthouse and bails him out and promises to help him sell the diamond to help him get his family back.

                  Maddy Bowen is an American journalist who is looking to delve into the dirty under belly of the diamond world and reveal her findings to everyone. She convinces Danny to give her information about the industry in a bid to halt the vicious circle of diamonds, civil war and death.

                  Will they are all get what they want; will the mysterious Danny keep his end of the bargain? Will they all be able to prevail in the backdrop of the Civil War?

                  My Opinion

                  I really liked this movie; in my opinion is one of the best I have seen over the last couple of years. As a moderate fan of Leo, I was impressed, I think he puts on a star performance, very accomplished and believable as his character. All the actors in general are really convincing.

                  You generally build up a relationship with the characters and want them to succeed in their different quests.

                  The biggest impact the film has is the brutal attacks on the innocent civilians from the rebels it really makes you think about the world we live in.

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                  • Total Wipeout / TV Programme / 67 Readings / 64 Ratings
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                    22.01.2009 23:12
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                    Give it a try it will make you laugh!

                    In the realm of the wacky Japanese game shows, the popularity of such shows as Takeshi's castle and Hole in the Wall comes the new BBC games how for Saturday evenings, Total Wipeout.


                    On each show there are twenty contestants competing for the prize of £10,000. The competition is open to all ages and sexes.

                    The contestant's battle through different rounds until they get to the final where there is a race of the surviving three contestants and whoever gets the faster time wins.

                    Richard Hammond from Top Gear fame is based in the studio and not onsite but adds lots of humorous comments to the action, if not a bit predictable it still certainly adds to the show.


                    The rounds of the show

                    The contestants or should we say guinea pigs, for the first task have to make their way across a difficult obstacle course, the show focuses on all the funny moments experienced people falling over and making a fool out of themselves.

                    The second task sees the 12 fastest contestants take part in the 'sweeper' which features the contestants standing on podiums high above some water, a rotating arms spins around which the contestants have to jump over and land back on their podium. The rotating arms increases in height and speed making it very difficult to jump, this continues until there are only 6 contestants left.

                    The third stage see the contestants put into a 'round a bout' which sees them spun very quick and then released and they then have to race across a short course as fast as they can, this sees them fall over with being so dizzy and disorientated.

                    We are then left with 3!

                    The finale is called the Total Wipeout zone which a really big course where the contestants have to complete it as quick as possible, the course is reminiscent of a life size mouse trap course! Great!


                    My opinion

                    A great fun entertainment show that will honestly make you laugh really hard at all the contestant falling over, crashing into tings, just great fun!

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                    • Hole In The Wall / TV Programme / 92 Readings / 90 Ratings
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                      In the immortal words of Dale, Bring on the Wall!

                      In the realm of wacky and bizarre Japanese quiz shows like the great Takeshi's Castle comes the great, fun quiz show called Hole in the Wall.

                      The show starts with loud, blazing music with cartoon silhouettes going through walls; from this start it is definitely not going to be mastermind!

                      The host is Dale Winton who is joined by the two team captains, as Dale says "Everyone's favourite cricketer" Darren Gough and from Strictly come dancing, Anton Du Beke. The captains are each joined by two so called celebrities to make their teams, I said so called celebrities because they have had on their show, Z nobodies such as Vanessa Feltz!

                      Aim of the game

                      The aim is simple the contestants have to make a shape with their bodies attempting to get through a hole in a polystyrene wall that comes towards them at speed. If they don't make the shape and get hit by the wall they get knocked into the swimming pool! Dale gives the cry of the phrase, BRING ON THE WALL! before each game.

                      To make matters worse the contestants are wearing skintight silver lycra suits which isn't that flattering for the larger contestant!

                      They are awarded points for the attempt they made and if they complete the shape. This goes on for a couple of rounds and then there are team walls where each team has to make it through the holes.


                      The winning team at the end of the show receives £10,000 for a charity of their choice, so even if you don't like the show it is after for a worthy cause.

                      The show is very funny and hilarious when the contestants get dumped into the pool, mindless fun at its best. Some people probably won't like the show but you can't beat seeing desperate celebs being dumped in a pool wearing silver lycra!

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                      • Harry Hill s TV Burp / TV Programme / 78 Readings / 74 Ratings
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                        Great way to start Saturday night!

                        Harry Hills TV burp is shown on ITV 1 on Saturdays usually at about around 5:25pm and is repeated on the other ITV channels throughout the week and lasts for 30 minutes.

                        I have been a fan of Harry Hill since he arrived on our screens and have liked all his previous shows, I have also seen his comedy show live and found it great.

                        Harry with his over the top humour I someone you either love or hate with probably no middle ground.

                        It is a funny look at the last weeks terrestrial TV highlights. It is all done in a tongue of cheek way, he especially finds the target of the soaps like Eastenders and Emmerdale, Harry adds in his own little sketches which make even the not seemingly funny moments funny with his outlandish humour. Sometimes he also appears to be in the program adding a complete new twist on the scene to comedic effect.

                        Before the advert break there always is the classic 'FIIIGGHHTTT!' where Harry gives the large cry of Fight and two people or objects that have been the butt of the most jokes so far fight. He also sometimes have special guest where he obviously takes the micky out of them!

                        This brightens up the Saturday evening and if you haven't seen it you should give it ago you will be guaranteed to have a laugh!

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                        • School Of Rock (DVD) / DVD / 84 Readings / 81 Ratings
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                          A rocking movie!

                          School of Rock was released in cinemas in 2003 and is a comedy directed by Richard Linklater and was written by Mike White. The main star is Jack Black.


                          Plot

                          The film centers on Dewey Finn a wanabe rock star whose wild ways of excessive have got him fired from his current rock band.

                          With no job and no now band, Dewey is stuck in a rut, he is crashing at his best friends, Ned's house, has Neds girl friend on his case wanting him to move out and pay his way. One day Dewey answers a call, intended for Ned a supply teacher, so Dewey goes and takes the role and acts as the substitute teacher to earn some money for a change.

                          The school is a prestigious preparatory school and his aim is to do as little work as possible until the working day is over. Hearing the children in their music class gives Dewey the impetus to make more of an effort and teach them about the wonders of rock music! Turning the class into a band with the ultimate goal of getting them to the event of the battle of the bands, following all the various ups and downs that are faced along their journey.

                          Cast

                          Dewey Finn / Jack Black
                          Rosalie Mullins / Joan Cusack
                          Ned Schneebly / Mike White
                          Patty Di Marco / Sarah Silverman
                          Summer Hathaway / Miranda Cosgrove


                          My opinion

                          I really enjoyed this film; it is fun for the whole family. Jack Black is excellent, the best role I have seen him in. He is so enthusiastic and over the top in his role as the archetypal rock n roll star, he seems made for this part. The children actors are great and all act very well.

                          If you haven't seen it, give it ago and you will be pleasantly surprised.

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                          • Deal or No Deal / TV Programme / 63 Readings / 62 Ratings
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                            If you haven't seen it, where have you been?

                            Deal or No Deal is a game show, which is a simple format, unlike other popular quiz shows where you need to answer questions; this is totally down to the luck of picking the boxes.

                            It is on Channel 4 at 4:15pm every weekday and is extremely popular, the presenter and face of Deal or No Deal is the legend Noel Edmonds!


                            There are 22 identical red boxes split between the different sides of the game area, the East and West Wing. Inside each box is an amount ranging from 1p up to the jackpot of £250,000. The 11 highest amounts are a red colour and the 11 least amounts are blue in colour. Each episode a new contestant is picked at random by the computer, each player had already picked a box number, 1-22 containing an amount.

                            We are now ready to start the game, the chosen player has the task to reveal amounts as they go through the game in a bid to win a huge amount at the end.


                            After the player has picked three boxes, the game is stopped and evaluated, the contestant receives a phone call from the banker who is a mysterious character which no one knows the identity of. The banker makes an offer for the player's box based on what amounts are left. Noel asks the contestant Deal or No Deal? The contestant responds and we continue even if they have accepted the banker's offer.

                            The game uses some jargon which all fans will know, as mentioned earlier the East and West wings of the players, the power five the five largest amounts which everyone wants to keep in as long as possible. There is also the infamous 1p club where contestants who receive the lowest amount of 1p go into this unfortunate group of people.

                            There are also special editions of the shows, which have added bonuses like holiday packages; they have featured editions for Christmas, Halloween and anniversary of the show.

                            Deal or No Deal is a global success story with shows throughout the world and lots of merchandise including board games, DVD interactive games and online games.


                            My opinion
                            Deal!
                            I really like the game show and it is definitely my favourite game show. It doesn't appeal to everyone, but I enjoy it, it is very easy to watch and exciting at times. I like Noel Edmonds he is very charismatic and motivates the audience and players.

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                            • Jumper (DVD) / DVD / 58 Readings / 53 Ratings
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                              10.01.2009 20:10
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                              Give it a chance, you might like it!

                              Jumper was released in 2008 and was directed by Doug Liman. It features Hayden Christensen from Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader fame as the main character and has a host of other reliable actors.

                              Plot

                              David Rice is a young man who doesn't seem extraordinary, just an average high school student, however he has a special ability, which is the ability to transport him to anywhere in the world at a split second.

                              We follow him on his coming of age of his powers, rebelling of robbing banks and basically living the high life, relating the metaphor of the teenager exploring his surroundings and coming of age.

                              However nothing every goes as planned, does it? There are people who are part of an organization trying to capture people Like David, dubbed 'Jumpers' headed by Roland, Samuel L Jackson as evil and cunning, as you would expect.

                              The film continues with David's struggle to allude the hunters and the people who he meets along his journey.

                              Cast
                              Hayden Christensen / David Rice
                              Samuel L Jackson / Roland
                              Rachel Bilson / Millie Harris
                              Jamie Bell / Griffin
                              Diane Lane / Mary Rice
                              Michael Rooker / William Rice

                              My opinion

                              I think Hayden Christensen did a good job in his portrayal, people seem to knock him quite a bit, sometimes unfairly I think. I liked the support cast and all put in good displays on this movie.

                              The special effects are really good and seem convincing even though an obviously totally un-convincing plot. Some of the scenes are awe-inspiring with all the teleportation involved over the exotic locations throughout the world.

                              The film also raises questions of would everyone who has super powers use them for the power of good? Or just to live out a normal existence? Much like what the series Heroes does on a regular basis.

                              If you come to this film with an open mind and not expecting Oscar winning material and just sit back and enjoy the fun you will be pleasantly surprised.

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                              • Sunshine [2007] (DVD) / DVD / 43 Readings / 40 Ratings
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                                10.01.2009 19:02
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                                A great modern Sci-Fi movie.

                                'Sunshine' is a film by the inventive British Director Danny Boyle as a fan of Boyle's excellent other works including Trainspotting and 28 Days later. Boyle is renowned for the way in which he portrays characters in all of his works and this is the main theme of this movie.

                                Plot

                                Welcome to the year 2057, the sun is dying and the Earth's time is running out. The only hope is the Icarus 2 spaceship, which is to drop a megabomb onto the sun to kick start it back into action.

                                It has been a seven-year journey to reach the Sun; they are nearly at their destination when they find the Icarus 1 spaceship, which couldn't complete its mission. This results in some revelations.

                                The film documents the crew's experiences and the ultimate question of can they achieve their mission objective and save the Earth? and the problems that they face on their way.

                                My opinion

                                The acting is very good and consistent; Cillian Murphy an always very capable actor, the main star in this movie is excellent.

                                Sunshine could be summed up is a thinking persons Armageddon, don't get me wrong Armageddon is a fun movie, with Sunshine however you have more depth and meaning and is partly comparably to the classic of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

                                A sci-fi movie which offers thoughtfulness and thought provoking actions confined in the tight perimeters of the Icarus 2 spaceship.

                                I really enjoyed the sound used on the movie, a very futuristic sound accompanied by dramatic orchestration really adds to the feel of 'Sunshine'.

                                DVD extras

                                There are insightful commentaries by Danny Boyle and the scientific consultant to the film DR. Brian Cox offering lots of information regarding the film. A selection of deleted scenes and production diaries regarding the films development offer a complete range of features.

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                                • Dead Set (DVD) / DVD / 46 Readings / 44 Ratings
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                                  10.01.2009 16:18
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                                  Fun, Zombie movie with a Big Brother twist!

                                  I am reviewing form the E4 series and not the DVD which I have not seen. 'Dead Set' was originally shown on E4 over 5 nights around the Halloween period.

                                  The series was created by Charlie Brooker and is based around the UK Big Brother house an institution of the C4/E4 channels. I was originally drawn to the series as I am a big Zombie fan, I have a passing interest in Big Brother but nothing more.

                                  Plot

                                  The UK is taken over by a Zombie outbreak on Big Brother eviction night and subsequently the people in the Big Brother house are unaware of what is going on outside, eventually after 'big brother' doesn't speak to the contestants they realise something is wrong. This leads to the contestants finding out what is happening in the 'real' world, the series documents their progress and attempts for survival.
                                  I won't divulge any more information, as I don't want to spoil it for you.

                                  Characters/ Cast

                                  The cast all performed well. It is mostly made up of relative unknown British actors, one of the actors used to be in Hollyoaks.
                                  Jamie Winstone, excellently played the lead character Kelly.

                                  It also features some really good cameos, featuring the queen of Big Brother, Davina and some of the previous contestants from over the years.


                                  My opinion

                                  I really like the show, I think featuring the Big Brother house was quite inventive and is certainly different to you usual Zombie flick.

                                  It has quite a lot of funny moments, especially a dry sense of humour when the contestants are deciding what to do and whether it is Big Brother stunt or real. There was a lot of blood and guts which doesn't bother me personally but some may find it disgusting at times.

                                  I think the series could have been longer, I was getting interested in the characters exploits and wanted it to continue, and feel it has been cut short somewhat.

                                  I like the idea of having it on successive nights, in my opinion there is nothing worse then having to wait a week for each episode ala 24, Heroes etc.

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