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Peter James is a very successful (internationally) british crime writer and has written over twenty novels. He has written for TV and films in the past. Peter James recent books have has featured a main character called Roy Grace. Roy Grace is Dectective Superindentent who is passionate about his career which has an effect on his his private life, especially with his relationships. Dead Like You is the sixth book in the Detective Superindentant Roy Grace series. All of the books feature the
word 'Dead' in the title and are set in Brighton.
The Roy Grace series books in order are:
Looking Good Dead
Not Dead Enough
Dead Man's Footsteps
Dead Like You
All of these books have been popular and have all been in the top ten bestseller chart. I'm still reading 'Looking Good Dead' and 'Dead Tomorrow'. I've yet to buy the three other books in the series. I probably should have started off reading the first book 'Dead Simple', But when I started reading 'Dead Like You' I couldn't stop.
Dead Like You - The Plot:
After a woman is raped and another is a assaulted, both crimes have something in common - both of their shoes have been stolen from their attacker. The mystery attacker who is given the name 'Shoe Man', as it becomes apparent that he has a fixation with shoes, and not just any shoes but designer shoes. As the number of victims (female, young women) increases, Roy Grace sees the similarites between the latest crimes and the crimes on young women back in 1997. There is a chance that the attacker could be the same man who raped five women in 1997. Roy Grace comes to the conclusion that if the attacker is not the same man then there is a possibility that he could be looking for a copy-cat. As Roy Grace tries to solve the case he make a few mistakes along the way.
'Dead Like You' doesn't make for a comfortable read (but then what crime novel does?), though Peter James handles the sensitive subject of rape well. Peter James gets into the head of the perpetrator well and I could imagine the Roy Grace series being made into a short television series. 'Dead Like You' flashes back to 1997, 1979 and to the current day. I did guess who the attacker was, but it did not spoil the story for me. Peter James successfully writes from a female perspective as well as a male one. Peter James has really done his research for this book, which is clear in his acknowlegements at the end of the book, and show how dedicated he is to his writing.
I can't wait to read all of ther books in the series and there is definately room for at least one more, as there are loose ends in the character Roy Grace's personal life which haven't yet been tied up.
Dead Like You is currently £3.99 in Paperback. I brought the Amazon Kindle edition which is cheaper and is currently £3.59. All of the paperback books in the Roy Grace series are under £4 on Amazon. Good value I think as the books in the series are at least 400 pages long. 'Dead Like You is' 500 pages long.
The Only Way Is Up by Carole Matthews was released in September 2010. Carole Matthews writes two books a year, and this is her second book in 2010.
The Lamont-Jones family lead a privileged life that others would envy. Unbeknown to Lily, her husband Laurence has lost his job and their home is repossessed along with with their assests. All that the family has is the clothes on their backs and items that they have in their suitcases, which they had taken on holiday. The Lamont-Jones family's new home is on a council estate which is well-known for all the wrong reasons. The Lamont-Jones children Hettie and Hugo, have led a sheltered life and have never seen how 'the other half live'. Without a penny to their name Lily and Laurence have to do all that they can to provide for their family, and try and adjust to their new lives.
The focus of the book is mainly on the family's new life, only the first few chapters are about the Lamont-Jones lives before they had lost everything. As with Carole Matthews previous books, the chapters are relatively short, which isn't a bad thing. The style is easy to read as are the books she has previously written.
Lily is the main character and is written in first person, and Laurence's character is written in third person. Laurence is a sweet man who adores his family and wants to provide for them. Lily is a likeable character though some readers might not agree with a couple of decisions thst she makes.
Parts of the book aren't completely believeable, but then it is only fiction.
I liked the fact that Carole Matthews looked at the community on council estate rather than stereotyping it's residents, who add humour to the story.
The Only Way Is Up is one of my favourite Carole Matthews books, and I would say that it was better than her last which was called Now or Never (released February 2010).
The Only Way Is Up is currently available on Amazon for £8.44 in paperback, and is also available in the (Amazon) kindle edition at currently £7.99 though prices may vary.
The Lush Think Pink Bath Ballistic is very girly and sweet . It is (suprisingly) pink and has pretty flowers on the top in different colours. The smell reminded me of Parma Violets sweets and was not overpowering at all. Lush have reduced the size of the Think Pink Bath Ballistic to 90g, as this is only the second Bath Ballistic I have used from Lush, I don't know how much of a difference there is. I'd ordered Think Pink from the internet along with other products, and when arrived it was loose in the box so I had to find something to store it in.
At first I was reluctant about using the bath ballistic, as it is just soo pretty. As soon as I dropped it into the bath it began to fizz straight away and released pink heart confetti (which I hadn't expected, though plesantly suprised) into the water, which had turned into a warm pink colour. The confetti easily dissolves inbetween your fingers, when you touch it. The sweet smell of candy filled the room, and the colour of the water made my bathtime more pleasant and very relaxing. The downsides of the Think Pink Bath Ballistic was that it stained my bath slightly afterwards! Also the smell didn't last on my skin, so the only reminder I had of my bath was the stains that were left afterwards! If it hadn't stained my bath I would have definately brought this again.
Lush's Bath Ballistics are only available in one size and the prices range from £1.95 to £3.20. Think Pink Bath Ballistic is £2.30 and is suitable for vegans.
Ingredients include Tonka Absolute and Vanilla Absolute. According to Lush, the fragrance lasts long on the skin ages after having a bath. Another ingredient is Neroli oil which is suppose to improve your sense of well-being. The wamth pink colour in the bath probably gives off happy thoughts on it own alone.
Maybe a reduction in size included a reduction in smell. Loses two stars from me :(
Being a massive chocolate fan with a very sweet tooth (resulting in four filings and a possible two needed), I had to buy this as soon as I saw it. Lush After 8:30 Massage Bar is wrapped up in paper and has a sticky label (used to hold the paper together) which lists the ingredients used. The massage bar has a minty smell and looks realistically like a bar of chocolate. It has white squares on top of a slab of brown (which looks like dark chocolate). Even Madonna has brought a couple of Lush After 8:30 Massage Bar from one of Lush's branches in London.
What was it like to use?
Lush After 8:30 Massage Bar, was very rich, minty and.......messy. It left my skin feeling nice and soft but also left marks around the bath. A while I started using the massage bar I knew that I had made a big mistake. I was not looking forward to cleaning the bath out afterwards, due to the soap staining the bath. It was a nightmare scrubbing around the bath afterwards!
Apart from that did it work?
Yes it did though I felt like I needed another bath afterwards as the massage bar was a bit too rich and left my skin feeling sticky as the soap hadn't washed off properly. Not to be used unless you want to end up staining your bath and your towel.
Good at the time but you end up paying afterwards..............hmmm
Ingredients: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Synthetic Musk, Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita), Perfume.
After 8:30 Massage Bar is suitable for vegetarians.
A good idea Lush, but not very practical.
The Lush Puddy Holly Bath Bomb is a limited edition available around the festive season of the year. It is brown in colour and decorated white on top and also green and red in the shape of holly and a berry. It has a spicy smell due to the clove powder used, and the lemon peel powder gives it a sweet smell. The ingredients in the bath bomb also includes aloe vera extract and rose absolute, which both give moisture to the skin.
This was the first Lush product that I have used (Yes I'm a late starter). I ordered several products off the Lush website. My order was delivered in a cardboard box. I was expecting all the products to be wrapped, but my Puddy Holly Bath Bomb was loose amongst the polysterene in the box.
I used this bath bomb in my bath before a night out. As soon as I dropped the bath bomb into the water it started to fizz straight away. My bathroom began to smell of christmas, and the scent of cloves was more apparent (not in a bad way!). The water turned brown and I noticed that there were brown particles floating around in the water. Not very nice to look at!
As the smell was strong (though not overpowering), I did expect the scent to linger on my body after getting out of the bath, but I could only smell it where I had rubbed the bath bomb onto my wrists. This left me feeling disappointed as I expected to at least be able to smell it on my skin straight away after having my bath! The particles went down the plughole as easily as the water, so I didn't have to frantically scrub the bath out afterwards.
Though it didn't have a long-lasting (or any lasting) effect on my wrist, my bathroom still smelt of the Puddy Holly Bath Bomb the next day. So it worked well as a room fragrance, maybe next time I should use two of these at once........
The Proposal is a 2009 film which stars well-known actress Sandra Bullock and actor Ryan Reynolds (in his usual comedy genre).
Margaret Tate is a uptight career-driven executive editor in chief of a book publishing company. Margaret isn't exactly popular at work, especially her assistant Andrew Paxton. When Margaret faces being deported back to Canada because of her visa expiring, she makes her assistant Andrew help her to convince the immigration officer that they are a real couple who are engaged, so that she can stay in the country. Margaret and Andrew go to Alaska to stay at his family home, where they have to convince his family that they are a really life couple.
Sandra Bullock - Margaret Tate
Ryan Reynolds - Andrew Paxton
Mary Steenburgen - Grace
Craig T Nelson - Joe
Betty White - grandmother Annie
Malin Akerman - Gertrude
DVD bonus features:
Exclusive alternative ending
Feature audio commentary with director Anne Fletcher and writer Peter Chiarelli
Two deleted scenes
Outtakes and other absurdities
Cert 12 - contains moderate language and sex references
103 mins approx
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds seem like an unlikely pairing. As the main stars are the film they work well together and helped to make The Proposal the big success that it was. Sandra Bullock is twelve years older than Ryan Reynolds, and this might be partly why they make a unlikely pairing, though the age gap did suit their characters' relationship as boss and employee. One of the best parts of the film for me was the nudity scene with the two main stars, which was one of the funniest parts of the film. The first half of the film was the best part for me, with the characters' Margaret and Andrew's love-hate relationship. Betty White (from The Golden Girls) has been one of the most favourable actresses in the Proposal. There have been mixed reviews of the film due the plot and Sandra and Ryan together, despite the amount of money the film has made worldwide. As The Proposal is a rom-com, it was never going to a realistic tale, it is what it is - a easygoing enjoyable film with humour. The Proposal may be predictable, but at the end of the day it is a rom-com.
Sandra Bullock was also one of the producers. The Proposal is currently available for £4.49 on Amazon.
Valentine's day is a romantic comedy which was released in February 2010 has an all-star cast. After watching He's Not that Into You, I was sceptical about watching this film. It looked good from the trailer (though this doesn't mean anything), so as I didn't get to see this film at the cinema I brought on DVD as soon as was available to buy.
Main cast (includes)
Ashton Kutcher - Reed Bennett
Jessica Alba - Morely Clarkson
Jessica Biel - Kara Monahan
Eric Dane - Sean Jackson
Patrick Demsey - Dr. Harrison Copeland
Jennifer Garner - Juila Fitzpatrick
Jamie Fox - Kelvin Moore
Queen Latifah - Paula Thomas
Julia Roberts - Cpt. Kate Hazeltine
Emma Roberts - Grace Smart
Anne Hathaway - Liz Corynn
Shirley MacLaine - Estelle Paddington
Kathy Bates - Susan Moralez
Topher Grace - Jason Morris
Taylor Swift - Felicia Miller
Taylor Lautner - Willy Harrington
Bradley Cooper - Holden Bristow
George Lopez - Alfonso Rodriguez
Hector Elizondo - Edgar Paddington
Valentine's Day is all about the most romantic day of the year (yes you guess it) 14th February a.k.a Valentine's Day. The film is often compared with Love Actually as it has several storylines going on at one time. The film starts off with florist Reed (Ashton Kutcher) who is completely in love with his girlfriend Morely, who he plans to propose to later on that day. Teacher Julia (Jennifer Garner) is a friend of Reed's, and is in love Dr. Harrison Copeland (Patrick Dempsey) who is not being entirely honest with her. Jason (Taylor Lautner) and Felicia (Taylor Swift) are two teenagers sickeningly in 'love'. Sean Jackson (Eric Dane) is a professional footballer who has a revelation that he's decides to announce to the nation. Grandparents Edgar (Hector Elizondo) and Estelle Paddington (Shirely MacLaine) have been together most of their lives and their marriage is at risk when a secret is revealed.
The DVD features include additional scenes and an exlusive trailer of Sex in the City 2. Valentine's Day is a 12 certificate film and is 2 hours long.
Valentine's Day is a film about love, infidelity, secrets and revelations. I really enjoyed this film, it many not be to everyone's taste but to me it is a lot better than some other romcom films. I was surprised that for a very well-known actress, that Julia Roberts only had a small part in the film. Out of the main cast Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Garner regularly feature in the film. Some of the storylines are predictable, though there are others that aren't. I would say that the most annoying character is Taylor's Swift and the best included Ashton Kutcher's, Jennifer Garner's, and Anne Hathaway's. Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo are well-established actors whose acting careers started in the 1950s and 1960s. It was good to have a range of different ages in the film which portrayed young love up to long-lasting love. Valentine's Day was a film which got my attention from the start, the fact that it had different storylines going on at once made it more interesting.
Valentine's Day was directed by Garry Marshall who also directed Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride and The Princess Diaries. There is a soundtrack available of the songs in Valentine's Day with the title of the same name.
There is going to be a sequel which will be called 'New Years Eve' and will be released next year.
Having read all the books in the Shopaholic series, I had high expectations of this film. Confessions of a Shopaholic is based on the first to books The Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad. I went to see this film at the cinema with a friend and we both really enjoyed the film. I couldn't wait for it to be released on DVD, though when I first watched it at home, I couldn't see anything funny about it at all. In fact I was bored and had to switch off the DVD. I don't know what I found funny before, but it just didn't have that spark. I'm glad I didn't buy this DVD at it's full price which was roughly £13 at the time. I think I paid about £8 which was still far too much after watching the film again.
Rebecca Bloomwood - Isla Fisher
Luke Brandon - Hugh Dancy
Suze Cleath-Stuart - Krysten Ritter
Jane Bloomwood - Joan Cusack
Graham Bloomwood - John Goodman
Tarquin Cleath-Stuart - Nick Cornish
Derek Smeath - Robert Stanton
What is it about?
Rebecca Bloomwood is a journalist writing for a gardening magazine and is deeply in debt. She is fashion-obsessed and longs to write for a fashion magazine for Alette. Rebecca gets an interview for Alette magazine and on her way there spots a green scarf in a shop window. A stranger offers her $20 thinking that she is buying the scarf for her 'sick' aunt. The stranger turns out to be Luke Brandon who she later finds out will be interviewing her for 'Sucessful Savings' magazine (as the position in Alette magazine had been given to someone else). So Rebecca ends up working as a financial magazine giving advice on money despite being unable to look after her own finances. Her debt collector Derek Smeath is constantly trying to contact her and she struggles to keep her debts a secret as well us curb her shopping habits. Rebecca begins to fall for Luke (who is now her boss), and is at risk of losing everything she cares about if the extend of her debts are revealed.
Most fans who have read the books first will have been disappointed after watching the film. It is always a risk to adapt a book into a film, and Confessions of a Shopaholic was one them and not in a good way. Isla Fisher is not realistic at playing Rebecca Bloomwood, as she is far too sweet and cute, not at all like the character in the book (who is also a brunette). In the book Rebecca is from England and not New York. Krysten Ritter who played Rebecca's best friend Suze was annoying and and one of my least favourite characters, in the book she comes across as more of a warm likeable character. In the film Rebecca's parents were American whereas in the book they lived in Surrey and were not American. There are many big differences between the books and the film.
I felt that the film was not very well casted, as the actors are nothing like the characters in the book. It's no wonder why the film recieved such bad reviews, it was not funny at all. Sophie Kinsella has really benefited from this film as she has gained a lot more readers and a bigger bank balance (unlike the character she created Rebecca Bloomwood).
I've been waiting for this book to come out for what seem like ages. I'm a big fan of Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. The first book The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic was released back in the year 2000 and Mini Shopaholic is the sixth installment. Sophie Kinsella had already written five books in the 1990s under her real name Madeleine Wickham before her success of the ther Shopaholic series.
Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is back! In the previous Shopaholic book, Shopaholic and Baby, Becky gave birth to a baby girl called Minnie. Minnie is now two years old, and just like her mother, Minnie likes the finer things in life and wants anything that she sets her sight on. One of Minnie's favourite words is Mine! Becky and Luke struggle to cope with Minnie's demanding behaviour, and seek advice on how to control their daughter, though there is only one person who unexpectantly can control Minnie. Becky has an idea to throw Luke a surprise birthday party, and does anything she can stop him from finding out.
I really enjoyed this book and Sophie Kinsella's writing style is easy to read. The negative part of the book was that I was expecting to it be more about Minnie instead of being centred around Luke's birthday, the book would have provided a lot more humour there. I would have also liked to have read more about Luke's real mother Elinor, and her relationship with her spolit and stubborn granddaughter. There a lot of humour in Mini Shopaholic, but it could have been even better with having Minnie as one of the main characters rather than being in the background a lot of the time. There has been criticism that Becky has not learn her lesson from spending so much money, but if she had there would be no story.
There is still another opportunity for another Shopaholic book, and I hope Sophie Kinsella will write another one, it would be interesting to read about Minnie as she gets older. Sophie Kinsella will have a lot of pressure to get the next book right if she continues with the Shopaholic series.
Mini Shopaholic is available in hardback at Amazon for £8.99. I downloaded this book on Amazon for £5.98 as I'm trying save space, I have far too many books which I don't always have the time to read!
The other Shopaholic books in the series are:
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
Shopaholic Ties the Knot
Shopaholic and Sister
Shopaholic and Baby
I've been a big Simpsons fan since the start and couldn't wait to see the movie. I was given the DVD as a christmas present back in 2007. The Simpsons has been around for 21 years, and the decision to make a movie was planned years before the film was released. The writers and producers were sceptical about making the movie, as they were worried about the impact it would have on The Simpsons reputation and how successful the movie would be.
Homer Simpson - Dan Castallaneta
Marge Simpson - Julie Kavner
Bart Simpson - Nancy Cartwright
Lisa Simpson - Yeardly Smith
After rock band Green Day are killed (whilst performing on a barge) by polluted water in a lake, Grampa has a vision that something bad is going to happen. Homer adopts a pig and disposes it's waste in the already polluted lake, ignorant to the fact that polluting the lake even more would endanger the lives of others. When the residents of Springfield find out that Homer is responsible for the re-pollution of the lake, the Simpons are forced to go on the run. The only way that the Simpsons can stop living life on the run, is to save Springfield and its residents.
The Simpsons movie featured the familiar faces from the TV episodes including the Flanders, Krusty the Clown, Nelson, Barney. There were several guest stars whose parts were cut from the movie. The only guest stars who remained were Tom Hanks (as himself) and the rock band Green Day (as themselves).
When I first watched The Simpsons Movie I was disappointed, as it lacked the humour that it has in the TV episodes. I felt that it was unnecessary to make a movie, and should have been left as it is - a great tv series (though I'm not a fan of the so-called 'scary' episodes). The Simpsons Movie wasn't that bad, but it definitely does not live up to the tv episodes. Hopefully the writers and producers will decide not to make another film. It's amazing how long The Simpsons tv series has been around, at present there have been 22 seasons, though who knows how long it can keep going for.
The Simpsons DVD features include:
Deleted scenes and slightly alternative ending
A lot of trailers
PG rating - contains mild language, sexual innuendo and comic violence.
83 mins approx
Mean Girls is a 2004 film starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. Mean Girls is about female friendships, and how girls are the own worst enemies. The writer Tina Fey (who also appeared in the film) was inspired by Queens Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman, which was a non-fiction book about teenage girl's behaviours and social groups in high school. The female friendship can be complex and and fickle - especially if one girl has something that other girls want e.g the best-looking boy in school. Boys are a common reason why female friendships end. Every girl remembers the most popular girls at their school, and how they could often turn against each other in an instant.
Cady Heron - Lindsay Lohan
Regina George - Rachel McAdams
Gretchen Weiners - Lacey Chabert
Karen Smith - Amanda Seyfield
Ms Sharon Norbury - Tina Fey
Principal Ron Duvall - Tim Meadows
Aaron Samuels - Johnathan Bennett
Janis Ian - Lizzy Caplan
Amy Poehler - Ms George
Cady (who grew up in Africa) has to adjust to attending an American public high school after being home-schooled. She struggles to fit in and becomes friends wih social outcasts Janis and Damien. She becomes intrigued by the most popular girls at school 'The Plastics' - Regina (the 'Queen Bee'), Gretchen and Karen, and when they invite her to sit with them at lunch she starts to form a friendship with them. Cady begins to change the way she looks and acts to fit in with and unintentionally becomes one of 'The Plastics'. Cady is intimidated by Regina (as the rest of the girls in school are) and is envious of everything she has. Regina is the girl that every girl wants to be and when she has what Cady wants the most, Cady sets on destroying Regina's reputation.
Commentary by Director Mark Waters, Screenplay Writer and Actress Tina Fey, and Producer Lorne Michaels.
3 Featurettes - Only the Strong Survive, The Politics of Girl World and Plastic Fashion.
So Fetch - Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Mark Waters and Screenplay Writer Tina Fey
Widescreen Version enhanced for 16:9 TVs
93 mins approx
American high school films tend to have many different social groups, and Mean Girls is no exception. Mean Girls is about friendship, loyalty, lies, deceit and keeping your friends close and your enemies even closer. Mean Girls did bring back memories of school of how the most popular girls would compete against each other, and dress the same whilst hating each other and being two-faced at the same time.
Mean Girls was filmed during one of the better times in Lindsay Lohan's life, before she went off the rails. I haven't seen every film that Lindsay Lohan's been in, but would say it was one of her best. Rachel McAdams easily passes for a teenager even though sh around twenty-six years old when Mean Girls was filmed. There is a seven year age gap between Racehel McAdams and Amy Poehler who played Rachel McAdams character's mother!
Lindsay Lohan initially auditioned for the role Regina, before it was decided that she was more suited to playing Cady. Amanda Seyfield also auditioned for the part of Regina, the only reason why she ended up being casted as Karen instead was because Rachel McAdams looked better alongside Lindsay Lohan. In the DVD extras it is clear how much Tina Fey is proud of writing Mean Girls and much she enjoyed making the film.
Mean Girls is a good film and I enjoyed watching the DVD extras. Before buying the DVD I had only seen the trailers of the film, and definately do not feel that I have wasted my money. Mean Girls is now available on Amazon for only £2.93. Mean Girls 2 is a sequel to Mean Girls (with a different main cast) and is released next year.
He's Just Not That into You is an all-star cast film, which was released in February 2009. It is set in Baltimore and centres around he lives of nine people. There was a lot of publicity of the film partly due to the famous actors and actresses.
The Main Cast:
Beth Murphy - Jennifer Aniston
Neil Jones - Ben Affleck
Mary Harris - Drew Barrymore
Anna Marks - Scarlett Johansson
Janine - Gunders - Jennifer Connelly
Conor Barry - Kevyn Connolly
Gigi Phillips - Ginnifer Goodwin
Alex - Justin Long
Ben Saunders - Bradley Cooper
Gigi always struggles to get a second date with a man and cannot understand where she is going wrong. She seeks advice from others as she is desperately looking for love, along the way she meets bartender Alex who tells her where she is going wrong. Gigi's colleague Beth wants to get her long-term boyfriend Neil to commit to her, but he doesn't believe in marriage. Anna is seeing Ben whose friend Conor likes Anna. Anna's friend Mary like Gigi, is actively trying to find a man.
In 'He's Just Not That Into You' all of the main characters are linked to another in some way, and there is a mixture of happy and unhappy endings for each of the characters.
This film was far too long - about 2 hours and 35 mins (the whole length of the film). I was one of the worst films I'd seen from 2009, and I'm sorry I brought the DVD. The best parts in 'He's Just Not That Into You' were in the trailer, the film had so much promise but did not deliver, even with so many famous names. If I'd seen 'He's Just Not That Into You' at the cinema I would have definitely fallen asleep throughout the film until the credits rolled. I was bored after the first five minutes of the film and had to switch of the DVD. After watching 'He's Just Not That Into You' a few times since, I can say that I'm still unable to watch the film without pressing the fast forward button.
'He's Just Not That Into You' is somehow described as a romcom, though someone forgot to tell the writers and producers of the film. In fact one of the producers, the EXECUTIVE producer is Drew Barrymore, so not only was she in front of the cameras she was behind it as well. The film is based on the book (of the same name) He's Just Not That Into You' by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. I read the book (which came free with a magazine) before seeing the film and it was far more interesting.
Clueless is a 1995 film which is loosely based on Jane Austen's novel Emma, due to the main character's in the film interest in matchmaking others around her. There was later a spin off TV show and a series of novels written. Clueless was first available on VHS and was then released on DVD and then re-released on DVD to celebrate the film's 10th year anniversary in 2005.
Cher is a popular, rich and spoilt teenager living in Beverly Hills with her father. She has a 'ex stepbrother' (as she describes) called Josh who comes to stay with them, and is completely opposite to her. Josh is not materialistic and is more interested in world peace rather than money and (shock horror!) fashion. Cher's best friend is Dionne who also comes from a rich background, and when new Tai arrives at their school, they decide to give her a makeover. The girls take Tai under their wing and teach her hw to be popular.
Cher is use to getting her own way even when it comes to getting her teachers to change her grades, whenever she is given a 'low' grade. When she struggles to get one teacher to change her grade, she attempts to use her matchmaking skills and set him up with another teacher in order to get him to re-mark her work.
What Cher really wants most which she can't get (and what money can't buy) is a boyfriend, and when the first guy she really likes shows no interest in her, she later finds out that there's someone else that she does like. After seeing him with someone else that she is close to, she begins to realise how much she likes him. As Tai's popularity increases after an incident at the mall, Cher starts to question herself and the life she is living.
Cher Horowitz - Alicia Silverstone
Dionne Davenport - Stacey Dash
Tai Fraiser - Brittany Murphy
Josh Lucas - Paul Rudd
Murray - Donald Faison
Travis - Breckin Meyer
'Whatever! edition' DVD Special Features:
The Class of '95 - then and now.
Creative Writing - with writer/director Amy Heckerling talking about how she created 'Clueless'.
Fashion 101 - how the filmmakers invented the trend setting fashions that defined the movie.
Language Arts - director and cast explain the slang that defined the movie.
'Suck n blow' - a tutorial from the party scene in the film.
2 theatrical trailers
We're History - stories from the cast and crew on the making of 'Clueless'.
93 mins appox
Kids In America - The Muffs
Shake Some Action - David Lowery
The Ghost In You - Counting Crow
Here - Luscious Jackson
All The Young Dudes - World Party
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Change - Lightning Seeds
Need You Around - Smoking Popes
Mullet Head - Beastie Boys
Where'd You Go? - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Rollin' With My Homies - Coolio
My Forgotten Favourite - Velocity Girl
Supermodel - June Sobule
Clueless was an unexpected success and was very well received. It helped the careers of Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd and Donald Faison. Britney Murphy showed off her singing skills in Clueless. Alicia Silverstone is good at playing the spoilt and whiny teen (considering the fact that she hates shopping in real life). I would say that all of the main cast were good. Though the concept is unoriginal and predictable, Clueless is a still a funny and romantic girly film (especially with the pink DVD cover!). It is clear to see that this is a 90's film judging to the fashion, music, cell phones (before everybody had them) and the pagers.
The first time I saw Clueless was at the cinema back in 1995 when I was a teenager. I have watched it many times since over the years, after buying the video on VHS and then later on DVD when it was the 10th year anniversary. The TV series was ok, but not as good as the film, esspecially as it did not include all of the original cast, including Alicia Silverstone. There were 18 Clueless novels which were written between 1995-1995 aimed young adults. Clueless takes me back to the 90's. How I miss those years........
Clueless 'Whatever' edition DVD is available for only £2.99 on Amazon.
She's The Man is a 2006 film which stars Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum. She's The Man is inspired by William Shakesphere's Twelfth Night. Some of the casts character's names were from Twelfth Night:
Viola/'Sebastian" Hastings - Amanda Bynes
Duke Orsino - Channing Tatum
Olivia Lennox - Laura Ramsey
Malcolm Feste - James Snyder
Other cast members include:
Coach Dinklage - Vinnie Jones
Monique Valentine - Alex Breckenridge
Daphne - Julie Hagerty
Sebastian Hastings - James Kirk
Justin Drayton - Robert Hoffman
Kia - Amanda Crew
When Viola is rejected from playing in the boys soccer team , she later see an opportunity to play soccer for the team at her twin brother's new school by disguising herself as him, whilst he is in London. Viola/Sebastian struggles to fit into the school at the beginning, and tries to find a way that 'he' can win round his roommate and his friends. As 'he' begins to settle in Viola begins to fall for Duke, and has to cover up her feelings as Sebastian. Duke is in love with Olivia who has no interest in him and has fallen for someone else. Olivia's ex Malcolm Feste is still in love with Olivia and is determined to find out what he can about the new 'boy' Sebastian. Viola/Sebastian has to prove to his coach (Vinnie Jones) that 'he' is capable of playing for the team and improve her/his soccer skills, to move from second string to first. When the real Sebastian's ex Monique realises that Viola has been impersonating her brother, her and Malcolm plot to expose 'Sebastian'. Viola is set to lose Duke and her place on the school's soccer team.
Bonus DVD features:
Two feature length commentaries
Cast photo album
Music video 'Let go' by David Lichens
Deleted scenes with optional commentary
Making the man - with Amanda Bynes, the producer, director and writers of the film talking about how the concept of 'She's The Man' came up, and the process of making the film.
The troupe - cast members talk about each other and the bonds that they've formed
What makes the man - how Amanda Bynes found 'Sebastian's' voice and adopted male mannerisms.
Making up the man - explains who they 'turned' Amanda Bynes into Sebastian.
100 mins approx
She's The Man is a romantic comedy and has a lot of humour. Amanda Bynes is a believable as a boy, which had required a lot of research to get the mannerisms right. I would hardly call 'Sebastian' a man, more of a teenage boy, but then 'She's The Man' sounds better than 'She's The Boy'. Amanda Bynes is not afraid to let herself go as an actress, and really gets into the part of Viola and 'Sebastian'. Channing Tatum plays the school heartthrob, I've only seen him in this film and Step-Up so I don't know whether he his acting has been better in other films. I'll have to watch Step-Up again and see if he's any good. Vinnie Jones is Vinne Jones......
The negative sides of film though is how quickly Duke fell in love with Viola, after spending so much time with her as 'Sebastian', and not knowing that 'he' was really a girl. Also when Sebastian came back from London, nobody noticed the height difference between him and 'Sebastian'. Again another American film casting twenty-somethings as teenagers.
I have owned 'She's The Man' on DVD since 2006 when it was released, and have watched it over and over again. A good film which maybe inspired by Shakesphere, but is not Shakephere.
She's The Man is currently available at Amazon for £4.49
Marie Claire is a women's monthly magazine and was first published in the 1930's. At £3.50 Marie Claire is one of the most expensive magazines sold monthly, though it is bigger than an average magazine. In recent years there a has been a handsize version of Marie Claire, as well as the standard version (both sold at the right price). Marie Claire magazine is mainly associated with fashion, though it does tackle serious issues as well. Each month there are special reports mostly on issues from third-world countries, which can be quite disturbing. There are real life stories on issues such as domestc violence, brest cancer and mental illness for example. There are a lot of pages and adverts on fashion and beauty pages.
You'd have to be a millionaire to afford most of the clothes, bags and shoes in this magazine - £2000 for a handbag? Hmm I think not! There are a lot of designer names and a few high street names. Some of the make-up and beauty products are more affordable at under £10. There are a few celebrity interviews which includes the celebrity/celebrities on the front cover. There is travel information such which hotels to stay in and which places to visit. Marie Claire has spotlight pages which tells the reader what films to see, programmes to watch, music to listen to, and books to read.
Marie Claire regularly have have freebies such as chocolates, hand creams, canvas bags and nail varnish. Sucribing to Marie Claire it is a lot cheaper and especially the introductory price. At the moment there is over a 70% saving for 6 issuses at only £6 instead of £21. Readers who subscribe also get a free gift, which is normally a set of beauty products.
I don't buy Marie Claire each month, I like to look at the front cover and flick threw the magazine first. Sometimes the thckness if the magazine varies as well. This months issue is like a book and far too heavy to carry around.
A 'grown up' magazine.
www.marieclaire.co.uk - website is sometimes slow, though don't know whether ist's because of my internet connection.