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    • Violins / Archive Music / 35 Readings / 33 Ratings
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      Just a little about my violin playing!

      Last night I joined an orchestra, something that i have not done in the past 4 years. I play the violin, have done since year 4 which was '96, its something i have always really enjoyed.

      We always had a violin in the family, which i think was the reason that I wanted to play but when my parents got it valued because i was interested in it they found that it was worth quite a bit of money so they sold it and bought me one worth £200. I still play this violin. I know that at my standard I should be playing something better but i love this violin.

      To me playing in an orchestra is the whole reason for playing a violin, I myself am not a solo performer. I've done music at university and couldn't perform other peoples music so i decided to write my own meaning that i did not get violin lessons or any chances to play because my college of arts did not have an orchestra. I've been in quite a few orchestras over the years from school orchestras to the Dorset Youth Orchestra to Allington strings, there is this passion that you hold and all the other string players hold that just makes the music and makes you feel like a group, I just seem to fit in in a place where so many other people i know would never fit.

      I'm 23 at the moment and in the more recent orchestra that I've joined I seem to be the youngest player by about 20/30 years, this kind of thing I've got used to most people in my town do not keep this instrument up. I went through secondary school and sixth form while playing in the west Dorset orchestra being the best younger violinist until i hit Dorset youth orchestra!

      And now university is over I'm getting back into it again!

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      • Final Destination (DVD) / DVD / 147 Readings / 144 Ratings
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        30.05.2010 20:53
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        Final Destination

        Alex Browning is going to Paris on a school trip along with the rest of his class, but once he gets on the plane and settles down it turms out that his nerves were understandable as the plane explodes just after take off and he watched his friends die one by one.

        We soon find out that this was in his imagination this hasn't actually happened, but as he gets on the plane it is clear that the same things keep happening and he has had a premonition. After panicking he finds him, some of his friends and his teacher thrown off the plane and they have to watch the plane that the rest of their friends and teachers are on explode.

        There are seven survivors:
        Alex Browning (Devon Sawa)
        Clear rivers (Ali Carter)
        Billy Hitchcock (Sean William Scott)
        Terry Chaney (Amanda Detmer)
        Tod Waggner (Chad Donella)
        Carter Horton (Kerr Smith)
        Ms Lewton (Kristen Cloke)

        One evening he gets a strange message about Tod, upon arriving at his house he finds that he has dead, he later finds out that Tod commited suicicde but Alex doesn't believe this and starts to believe that him and his friends should of died on the plane and that death is out to get them. Who is next to die, will they manage to cheat death and will they manage to survive?

        I really enjoyed this film, I found that the storyline was very well written and original. There are loads of teen horror films on the market but this one is completely different. As well as knowing there are going to be deaths you usually know who is going to be next and yet they still manage to shock the viewer.

        I also really like the way in which the characters die, they are really different although some of them being ways in which you could easily do in the home but some of them also being really imaginative and elaborate and really well worked out.

        I really liked the actors in this film, with the teenagers being unknown at the time of filming some of them have gone on to have amazing acting carers With Ali Carter being in Heroes, Sean William Scott in the American Pie films and also Kerr Smith in Dawsons Creek. I can't fault the acting in this film at all.

        In the extras there is an alternate ending, this ending was to be their original ending but when it was played to the audience they didn't like it. They found that it was too soppy and also didn't like the fact that one of the characters managed to survive, so they had to record a new one. I have to say that I found it a really interesting watch.

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        • The Devil Wears Prada (DVD) / DVD / 108 Readings / 106 Ratings
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          27.05.2010 23:14
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          Devil wears Prada

          Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) has just got the job that a thousand girls would die for, but she's not one of them. After graduating from college studying journalism she decides that she needs to get a real job, to pay the bills but this job isn't following her career path.

          She gets a job as Miranda Priestley's (Meryl Streep) assistant, Miranda is the editor of the famous fashion magazine runway not easy to please and very demanding this job is not what she was expecting, but if she sticks at it this is the gateway to her dream job.

          She doesn't fit in at the office with the other employees being stick thin and very fashion conscious, but after not succeeding and with Miranda on her back is the way to succeed to change and fit in? Will she change more than her appearance and is her relationship with her boyfriend (Nate - Adrian Grenier) in trouble?

          One of the things that I liked about the film was that it was like stepping into another world. I'm not the most fashion conscious person and I really could relate to Andy. One character that I loved was Emily (Emily Blunt) The assistant that was fashion conscious and would do anything that she could to please Miranda.

          I loved the transformation of Andy, Ann Hathaway is stunning and in the beginning of the film she was dressed very simply with a simple haircut and plain clothes and when she decides that she wants to get further as soon as she puts on those labelled clothes she just looks amazing. You would definitely spot her in a crowd!

          I love the tasks that Andy has to do as her assistant, they are interesting and there is always something new. From collecting coffees for Miranda to trying to get hold of the unpublished new Harry Potter manuscript, its quite funny to watch.

          I found that I could watch this film all the time, it gets a bit boring. After I bought this film I watched it and then took it home with me over the holiday and my sister wanted to watch it. Twice within one week, the second time I just felt bored. I can watch it again, I just need to leave enough time between the viewings.

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          • Get Smart (DVD) / DVD / 78 Readings / 77 Ratings
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            24.05.2010 16:49
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            Get Smart

            Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) has always had dreams of being a secret agent, after fighting his own personal battles he has managed to get a job at control, a government organisation. He works as an analyst but has been working his way up the company and keeps trying for his dream of becoming a agent. Each year he has failed the test but this year he has managed to pass, after a meeting with his boss the chief (Alan Arking) he is told that he has finally passed the test, but he is told that he is so good at his job that they don't want to promote him.

            After a break in at control they find out that the identities of all their agents have been stolen by kaos a terrorist organisation. This means that Max gets promoted to agent 86, he is partnered up with agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) who has just returned after having plastic surgery. They are given the mission of going to kaos as control has heard that they have been producing nuclear weapons and they have to try and stop them.

            Max has no experience, he does everything by the book as he has never been out in the field before, Agent 99 is not impressed and doesn't want to work with him because he is so inexperienced. Can they work this out and become a team?

            I went to see this film at the cinema and we both loved it, so much that I now have the DVD. We are both massive fans of Steve Carell and I am a fan of Anne Hathaway which was one of the reasons that we chose to watch this film.

            I found this film hilarious, I especially liked the gadgets in this film, especially the ones that Max seemed to pull out. I really liked the penknife that he was given by his colleges when he was promoted including a blow torch and something that fires sharp objects with spider thread attached to it.

            I found that Steve Carell played the part of Max really well, he was hilarious as the accident prone agent. I loved the fact that with agent 99's help he seemed to become more confident and learn the skills that he was missing as an agent. I loved the blossoming relationship between the two as well.

            I found that I wasn't as impressed by Anne Hathaway, I have liked many of the other things that she has been in and I find her a really good actress but I just found that she didn't seem to fit the role of agent 99, There was something missing.

            I loved the way that the two actors seemed to go from hating each other to a growing friendship. That during this friendship they also learn to work together and become a team and also learn to trust each other. Not just with work stuff but with their pasts and also more personal details.

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            • Ghost World (DVD) / DVD / 53 Readings / 53 Ratings
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              23.05.2010 23:45
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              Ghost World

              Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) are best friends who are just about to graduate from high school, they have always fought to go against the usual traditions and because of this they have decided not to go to college and have always had dreams of moving in together.

              These plans have to take a backseat as Enid hasn't passed art, she needs to take a remedial art class through the summer in order to properly graduate. Rebecca has decided to get a job and save up some money to go towards their new flat while she is doing this.

              While reading the paper and looking for prospective new homes they cross the personal ads, they find one from a man who is looking for a woman in a green jumper, who managed to catch her eye but did she notice him? They decide to call him up pretending to be the woman and arrange to meet him, he arrives at the meeting place and they watch him and follow him back to his home while he is broken-hearted.

              Enid decides to go back to his home to spy on him, here she meets Seymour (Steve Buscemi) at a garage sale, he is selling old records and they seem to bond over music. The relationship initially begins because she feels sorry for him but this develops and they actually start getting on and find out that they have similar interests.

              This film is essentially a quirky film about the summer after the two girls graduate, the growing up that they have to do as they become adult and also the change in their relationship and the relationship that Enid develops with Seymour.

              The film is taken from a graphic novel called ghost world. The film has two very strong female leads and both Birch and Johansson are very good in their roles in this film. The film finds itself based more around Enid because of her relationship with Seymour being a big part of the film.

              I love the way that although both Enid and Rebecca have become friends because they both have this kind of loser and outcast streak to them. But when they both start to find their own identities after high school they find that they are slowly drifting apart and interested in different things due to no thought of their own, it's something that just happens in everyday life.

              I love the development of the relationship between Enid and Seymour; it's the kind of relationship that shouldn't happen in real life. Their relationship soon grows into a really close friendship and I really feel for Enid when she is confused about her feelings and confused about their relationship when she gets jealous that she can't spend as much time as she normally would with her.

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              • Jumper (DVD) / DVD / 64 Readings / 63 Ratings
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                23.05.2010 19:36
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                Jumper

                David Rice (Hayden Christensen) is a jumper, this means that he can transport from one place to another as long as he has been there before. He discovered this talent when he was younger. He was giving a girl Millie a present, when it was taken from her and thrown on the top of a frozen lake. He walked across the ice to get it and found himself inside the freezing lake, but after transporting himself to the local library he saves his life and also discovers his special talent.

                Using this he has managed to give himself a better life, he didn't have a happy childhood with his mother leaving when he was 5 and his father being an alcoholic. He has been missing ever since the lake incident. This is when he has his first experience with the Paladins, with Roland (Samuel L. Jackson) coming to his home.

                The paladins are a society who tracks down jumpers in an attempt to kill him; he still doesn't understand what is going on and managed to get away. He decides that he needs a change of scenery and goes back to his old family home in a hope of getting away from it all. This also means that he has the chance to see Millie again, the girl that he had a thing for at school.

                He finds Millie (Rachel Bilson) working at a bar, this shocks him as he knew that she had always had dreams of travelling the world, so he decides to take her on a trip to Rome. But while they are there they find that they Colosseum is closed. David uses his talents to get her inside. This is where he meets Griffin (Jamie Bell) who has the same talents as him and they both have another encounter with the Paladins. What will happen with him and the Paladins, will his relationship end with Millie after Rome and who is Griffin?

                I bought this film because after watching Chumscrubber and Hallam Foe I have really enjoyed the films that Jamie Bell has been in since Billy Elliot and growing up. I really enjoyed his performance in this film. Although he isn't around for the first half an hour of the film he makes a major impact. I found him to be one of the more interesting characters in the film and one of the best actors.

                The ending of this film was really disappointing, there was not real ending. I have heard rumours that this film is part of a trilogy, which would make sense with the ending but two years after this film being released I have not heard any rumours of a sequel.

                The whole idea of jumping in this film isn't explained very well, we know that it isn't just him when we are introduced to the character Griffin, but we are never told about the history behind this talent, or the reason why they are being targeted by the Paladins. I found that this is something that I wanted to know something that I would have been more interested in knowing.

                I felt that I didn't really believe the relationship between Millie and David, I felt that they were equally balanced and two people that could have been in a relationship together but I didn't feel as though there was any chemistry between the two people, and if there was I didn't believe it. Also the idea that Millie would just travel to Rome with David after his disappearance and being missing for as many years as he had been.

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                • Being John Malkovich (DVD) / DVD / 56 Readings / 54 Ratings
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                  23.05.2010 13:36
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                  Being John Malkovitch

                  Craig Schwatz (John Cusak) is a puppeteer, he is very talented but isn't very successful, how successful can you be as a puppeteer who busks on the street? He is married to Lottie (Cameron Diaz) their marriage is failing, and Craig is finding it hard to support her and her rather large animal collection.

                  He finds himself a job in an office, but this office is a little unusual the ceilings are low and the boss seems to think that he has a speech impediment because of his secretary but can speak fine. He also meets Maxine (Catherine Keener) and immediately becomes attracted to her, but she isn't attracted to him.

                  One day at work behind some filing cabinets he finds a door, which of course he decides to explore. When he goes down the hole he discovers that it leads to the mind of John Malkovitch. When he tells Maxine about this they decide that they can turn this into a money making scheme, they decide to get people to pay for the chance to be John Malkovitch for 15 minutes.

                  Lottie wants to become more involved with her husbands business, and invites Maxine round for tea one evening she finds that she is attracted to Maxine as well, but Maxine isn't interested in her either.

                  The relationship between Lottie and Maxine evolves with the help of John Malkovitch and Craig finds out that he is also able to control Malkovitch and can stay in his mind for a longer time than everyone else. Also what happens when Malkovitch finds out and he enters his own mind?

                  I love this film, I find that the story is dark and it holds your attention throughout. The idea of this film is amazing. The fact that someone actually though this up and then thought out all the plot lines and all the extra storylines as well.

                  I found that Cameron Diaz is amazing in this movie, I'm not really a fan of her work (Other than the sweetest thing) and this film is completely different from anything that she has ever done, her image is completely different. I was really impressed by her performance in this film.

                  I also found the relationships in this film really interesting. Especially Maxine's relationships, her relationship with Malkovitch, with Lottie as Malkovitch, Craig as Malkovitch and Lottie and Craig in their true forms. Although there is quite a lot going on in this film I never found it confusing at any point.

                  One thing that I think is interesting about this film is that it manages to be emotional, funny and also makes you think all in one film. To understand this film you really have to watch it as it's really hard to describe in words, I've tried my best and if you like it watch the film!

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                  • Coyote Ugly (DVD) / DVD / 45 Readings / 43 Ratings
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                    22.05.2010 22:27
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                    Coyote Ugly

                    Violet Sandford (Piper Perabo) is a songwriter and has dreams of writing songs for all the big musicians, but being from a small town she doesn't have much of a chance of being noticed. She decides to take the plunge and leave her family home where she lives with her dad to move to New York in the hopes of being noticed and making it big in the music industry.

                    As soon as she arrives she sends out tapes to all the music companies but they are just returned to her and she doesn't seem to be having much luck. She is told that the best way for her music to become known and heard is to play at an open mike night. Violet isn't a performer and has stage fright and doesn't feel as though she is able to do this.

                    While she is trying to make it in New York she realises that she is quickly running out of money and needs to get a job, she finds out that there is an opening at the Coyote ugly bar and manages to get a trial. The job isn't exactly what she expected, as well as manning the bar the staff are also expected to dance on the bar and entertain the customers. Violet is too shy to do this, and is also unable to naturally dance and exude the sex that they other staff do, she manages to fit in with the other staff Cammie (Izabella Milko) and Rachel (Bridget Moynahan).

                    As well as finding a job she manages to find herself a boyfriend Kevin (Adam Garcia), to begin with they don't see eye to eye but after a few comical encounters they get to know each other a little better and start seeing a lot more of each other. Will she manage to make it big and will she managed to overcome her stage fright?

                    I do really enjoy this movie, I like the fact that Violet is such an easy character to warm to. She is hard working and tries her best with everything that gets thrown her way. One of the things that I love about her character is that she doesn't want to be famous, fame is the last thing that she is looking for, she just wants to get her music out there and listened to, she just dreams of being successful at something that she loves. The chemistry between her and Kevin is believable and you really want them to stay together.

                    Both me and my boyfriend love this film, for the women there is the love story and the whole emotional rollercoaster with her music and for the men there are the ladies at the bar! Even though the women dance on the bar for the men you don't lose any respect for them, they are in complete control and are what make the bar a success and they know it.

                    I love the way that Violets confidence seems to grow throughout the whole film, after being thrown in at the deep end at the bar she seems to learn more from being at the bar and from the other women that work there. As soon as she starts working there her clothing and confidence improve and she becomes more sexy.

                    LeAnn Rimes also plays apart in this film, at the end she sings in the Coyote Ugly bar. She sings one of her hits Can't fight the moonlight which was the song that Violet had written for her. I just found this a little bit too much, this was an amazing chance for her music to become more known to new people and for her to gain new fans but I just felt that the fact that they used a well known singer ruined it a little for me.

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                    • Cruel Intentions (DVD) / DVD / 50 Readings / 49 Ratings
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                      20.05.2010 02:58
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                      Cruel Intentions

                      Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) and Step sister Kathryn Mertevil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) have the lives that any teenager would want. They are popular, they are rich and beautiful and they live their lives with minimal interference from their parents.

                      Sebastian is loved by the girls, but is fed up it's all too easy for him there is no chase. That is until he reads an article about Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon) Annette is their new headmasters daughter and soon to be student at their school and the article is about how she is proud to be a virgin and that she is going to stay that way until she gets married/falls in love.

                      This interests Sebastian and he also tells his sister, Kathryn is also interests and decides to offer herself into the bet. Kathryn is the only woman that Sebastian has never been able to have until now, she tells him that is he manages to bed Annette that he can also have her, but there is a downside to this bet if he doesn't then she gets his most prized possession his car.

                      Kathryn also has her own challenge in front of her. She has been asked to take Cecile Caldwell (Selma Blair) under her wing by Cecile's mother, which she agrees to but this is more for Kathryn's benefit than hers. Kathryn had been dating a man called Court, but then she was dumped for Cecile, she wants her revenge but this way it cannot be traced back to her.

                      Cecile is very innocent and virginal, it seems as though she is an only child and with her parents riches has been left to play the child for too long and Kathryn decides that it is time for her to grow up, as well as for her to get a sexual awakening, Kathryn wants to ruin her reputation and sabotage her relationship with Court.

                      This film has quite a few storylines running through but not so many that it gets confusing, which I really enjoy. During this film I never felt as though I was bored at any point and I felt entertained the whole way through.

                      I really enjoyed the characters Kathryn and Cecil, they are very different and both add to the film. Kathryn is very devious and I really enjoyed Sarah Michelle Gellar's portrayal of the character and I found her to be very believable. I loved the comedy that Selma Blair added to this film, she is a very gifted comedic actress and I always enjoy watching her.

                      I found that I loved the way that Sebastians character changed throughout the film, he managed to open himself up and change completely through the film. It was as though he learnt how to use his emotions again.

                      The soundtrack to this film is amazing including Every you, every me by placebo and Bittersweet symphony by the verve. I felt that these two tracks especially made the film and the track bittersweet symphony especially, making you feel even more emotional through the ending of the film.

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                        Boy in the striped pyjamas

                        Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and his sister Gretel (Amber Beattie) are having to move to the country because their father Ralf (David Thewlis) as a German officer in a high rank has just had a promotion. They are both not impressed and moan that they will miss their friends but they are given no choice.

                        Once they get there Gretel soon perks up as there is a new officer that she finds she has a crush on. Bruno on the other hand hates it. With their gates being guarded by soldiers and dogs, and not being allowed in the back garden he feels even more isolated than when he was in the city. From his bedroom window he spies people but they happen to be Jews in a detention camp. Bruno doesn't really know what's going on so he thinks that they are farmers and that it is a farm.

                        His mother Elsa (Verma Farmiga) soon boards up the window to protect him, but he doesn't understand why. Bruno decides that he wants to make a tyre swing to entertain himself, but the tyres are in the part of the garden in which he is not allowed so he is taken there with someone. While he is in the shed he spies a window, it's a way out into the countryside and he can go and see the farm.

                        When his mother goes to the market he decides that he wants to explore what is through the window and wonders through fields and woods until he gets to the farm. When he gets there he is excited to see a boy Schmuel (Jack Scanlon) on the other side of the fence in the striped pyjamas and starts to form a relationship with him. We all know that this is not going to end well, especially when each one is meant to hate the other.

                        I really did enjoy this film, it's really heart warming and emotional but I found it very strange that it was in English. I get that it comes from a book, which is probably a book written in English but with the topic and the fact that they are meant to be a German family it would have been nice for them to be speaking in German or at least have a slight twinge of a German accent.

                        I loved the child innocence in this film, Bruno while speaking to the Jew who had been assigned to do the chores in his house finds out that he used to be a practising doctor, his reply being 'you can't have been that good then if you had to practise'. Also when speaking to Schmuel about him he talks about how grown ups can't make their minds up about what they want to do that Pavel used to be a doctor and now he's peeling potatoes!

                        I not a very emotional person when it comes to films and I'm not known to usually cry at them but this film had me in floods of tears at the end. I loved the pace of the ending, it didn't feel as though it dragged at all. I found the two young boys who played Bruno and Schmuel to be amazing actors, especially Bruno and the emotions that he was able to show in his facial expressions.

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                        • Lars and the Real Girl (DVD) / DVD / 39 Readings / 38 Ratings
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                          16.05.2010 07:44
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                          Lars and the real girl

                          Lars (Ryan Gosling) keeps himself to himself, since his father's death he has turned into a social recluse and even moved out of the family that he shares with his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and his wife Karin (Emily Mortimer) into the garage.

                          One day whilst at work he gets a call from Karin telling him that a large delivery has been made and she has left it in the garage for him. On returning he knocks on his brother's door and tells him and Karin that he has met someone and that they would like to have dinner with them. Obviously they are excited for him as they have been worried about him and the fact that they don't see very much of him.

                          But all is not as expected, his friend is a plastic sex doll. Lars believes that she is real and even talks to her and listens to her responses. He introduces her to them as Bianca, she is half Danish and half Brazilian. She tells them that she is disabled and on her trip here both her clothes and wheelchair was stolen. They don't know how to react, and after putting her to bed in their house (she is religious and old fashioned) They suggest that they all take Bianca to see the family doctor the next morning to get her checked out after all the travelling.

                          After seeing the doctor they find out that Lars is suffering from a form of delusion and she tells them that they must play along, Gus is obviously not happy with this. She tells them that the only person that can stop this is Lars, and they have to wait for him to realise that he is ok and doesn't need her anymore. In the end because of the respect that the town has for Lars they all end up playing along and welcoming Bianca into the town.

                          I absolutely love this film, although the storyline is a bit out there it never feels to over the top. I love the way that you actually connect with the character of Lars and although I never felt sorry for him because of the mental illness that he has acquired his character just fills your heart with warmth and sympathy. Of course with the storyline that this film has there are bound to be laughs and there are but not so many that the whole warmness of the film is ruined.

                          Ryan gosling was amazing in this film, although he was playing a socially inept character that is very insecure you never feel uncomfortable. You really believe that he thinks that Bianca is a real person and you get completely sucked into the storyline. In one of the extras there is an interview with him and Bianca and you can really tell that Gosling has a sense of humour, and storms out at the end leaving Bianca to finish the interview.

                          One of my favourite scenes is when he first introduces Bianca to his brother and Karin, just their faces and the fact that they don't know how to act, whether to play along with him or whether to talk to him about it. I just love how straight faced and serious he is whilst the other two are losing their minds and think that he has lost it!

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                          How to lose a guy in ten days

                          Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) Is a journalist who works for the woman's magazine composure, she has a regular column in the magazine which is about how to do things. Although she is writing for a well known magazine she wants to write about more serious topics like politics, but hasn't proven herself and been given the chance to freely write yet.

                          Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) Works in advertising he has the bachelor playboy lifestyle, he has managed to attract the interest of a diamond supplier to his company and wants to head the advertising campaign himself.

                          One morning Andie's friend Michelle (Kathryn Hahn) is upset because she has been dumped, she gets her out of bed and drags her to work so they can attend a staff meeting. During this meeting their boss wants someone to write a story about Michelle's relationship experiences, so save her embarrassment Andie offers to write a how to story about this topic. How to lose a guy in ten days, the dos and don'ts of dating and the story of her driving a man away.

                          When Ben hears that the girls in his office have a meeting about fronting the diamonds account he is not happy and decides to crash the meeting. After talking with his boss and the girls he remarks that selling diamonds is like making a woman fall in love. After this his boss tells him that he can have the account if he can make someone fall in love with him by the party for the diamond account.

                          Andie is on the hunt for her man and when she is spotted by the women that are with Ben they decide that she is the one that he has to make fall in love with him. They already know about Andies article and realise that this might be the way for them to get their hands on the diamond account. This is where the fun begins!

                          I did actually really enjoy this film, I know that I do watch a lot of romantic comedies and girly films and realise that they are actually bad but this one I felt I really enjoyed and I felt it had a lot more substance to it than most films of this genre.

                          The whole idea of Andie and Bens relationship is a great idea for a story, I found the whole idea and some of the situations that they get into hilarious and the fact that they didn't know about the other it felt that sometimes there were three sides to their relationship, one for each of their agendas and one for their actual relationship.

                          I really liked that to me it felt that both the characters had chemistry, it felt as though they were actually close and that their attraction to each other was believable. One of the characters that I especially loved was Michelle, especially when she turned councillor for Andie which was one of my favourite scenes.

                          I think that Kate Hudson looks amazing in this movie especially near the end of the film when she is at the ball for the diamond account is the backless yellow dress. One of the things that I like is the amount of diamonds that they used for this film. They were all real, I know that they did make a copy of the diamond that Hudson wore in the film, but I think that was for insurance purposes and was destroyed after making the film.

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                          • The Virgin Suicides (DVD) / DVD / 56 Readings / 56 Ratings
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                            The Virgin Suicides

                            The virgin suicides is a story set in the 70's about 5 sisters. The story is told not by the girls but by the boys that lived in their neighbourhood. The 5 Lisbon sisters were the daughters of their Maths teacher Mr Lisbon (James Woods). Both Mr Lisbon and Mrs Lisbon (Kathleen Turner) were very protective of their daughters, and rarely let them go to school socials.

                            The boys tell the story of the events leading to their pending death starting with the first suicide attempt of Cecila (Hanna Hall). The girls were a mystery to them, one of the reasons that made them interesting was the fact that they were rarely seen when they were not at school, and as the daughters of one of the tutors the boys could not understand how 5 things so pretty came from that. The other four daughters are Lux (Kirsten Dunst), Mary (L.J Cook), Bonnie (Chelse Swain) and Therese (Lesire Hayman).

                            As the story unfolds they show how they started to develop a friendship with the girls and also the girls slow downfall. I loved the scenes when they managed to get out and socialise especially at the school dance, you really feel a relief for the characters that they are allowed to get out and be normal teenagers especially after going through their sisters death.

                            This film is based on the book of the same name by Jeffery Eugines, I stole this book from my sister quite a while before watching the film and was one of the reasons that I watched this film. I really enjoyed both and I think that the film really did justice to the book. The cinematography in this film is amazing.

                            I really liked the charater Lux, I really enjoyed watching the path that she took through the film, and I actually felt sorry for her. The way that the sisters are portrayed there is always much more of an emphasis on her, which is understandable through the storylines. I really would've liked more insight into the other sisters, but with the storyline that would make the film much longer and probably drag everything out a bit too much.

                            The soundtrack was composed by the band Air, I was already a big fan of air before I watched this film but I think the music was amazing, It all felt as though it fit, nothing felt out of place and I felt that it really fit with the scenes in the film.

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                              04.05.2010 23:25
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                              Nick and Norah's infinate playlist

                              Nick O'Leary (Michael Cera) has spent 6 months of his life in a relationship with Tris (Alexis Dziena) but now he is heartbroken and has been dumped. Tris goes to school with Norah (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Ari Graynor) they have both heard about the illusive Nick, but never met him.

                              Norah is obsessed with the mixed CD's that Nick has been making Trish, we one that he has made 'the road to closure vol. 9' that Trish bins but Nora manages to salvage it so that she can listen to it.

                              One evening Nora ends up going to see the band called the Jerkoffs in a gig and strangely finds herself attracted to one of the members, after one of her friends Tris starts to mock her about being single she decides that she is going to find a man and pretend that he is her boyfriend. After making out with the mysterious band member and asking him to go along with her plan she finds out that he is Nick, Tris's ex.

                              They hear of a gig of a band that they are both fans of where's fluffy but the gig is secret and they both decide that they are going to try and find the gig together. After her drunk friend Caroline is promised a lift home with the other members of the band that Nick is in they head off together to find where's fluffy.

                              This film is hilarious with the situations that Caroline gets into both strange and disgusting (So disgusting I was cringing) this film made me laugh quite a bit. The cast were amazing I already loved both Cera and Jennings but now I will be watching out for Ari Graynor as well!

                              I loved the fact that Nick was the only straight guy in his band and the way that they looked out for him, especially when they decide to take Norah into the back of their van and get her dressed into something more appropriate.

                              This film is about the story of their relationship as it evolves, with other little storylines added to the film to add more humour. I found the toilet scene with Caroline absolutely disgusting and at some points could not look even though I was still laughing!

                              The soundtrack for this film is full of amazing artists such as Vampire weekend and The cure. I loved the fact that both Nick and Norah have backgrounds in music and it was one of the things that united them.

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                            • Marie Antoinette (DVD) / DVD / 61 Readings / 59 Ratings
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                              03.05.2010 18:36
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                              Marie Antoinette

                              With the need to strengthen the alliance between France and Austria in the 18th century what would be the first thing that comes into your mind, a marriage perhaps? Well Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst) and heir to the French throne Louis-Auguste (Jason Schwarzman) do just that, Marie at the age of 14 is sent from her home in Austria to France for this marriage to take place.

                              The process of moving for Marie is more upsetting than one would think with the added pressure of her not being able to take anything from her life in Austria, a tent set up on the border is where she has to leave behind her dog, her clothing and everything she has ever known.

                              The meeting of Louis and Marie is not as you would expect for two soon to be newly weds and this carries on into their married life, Marie is unable to get Louis to consummate the marriage, his mind seems to be on other things, one of them being locks not the most exciting thing in the world.

                              She soon begins to fill this void with a life of parties, expensive clothing and gambling but what will happen to her, will she manage to consummate the marriage and produce an heir to the throne and will she win the love of her new country?

                              I bought this film not hearing much about it, and with it being almost 4 years old there was a reason for that its not very good. The one thing that was good though was the costumes and the scenery. The king's palace was amazing, the detail on the walls and the furniture. The dresses that Kirsten Dunst and her ladies in waiting wore were amazing (Shock horror, I'm a girl and like pretty dresses) and the gardens of the palace were beautiful.

                              The storyline of the film was ok but there wasn't enough in the storyline to keep me hooked, the scenes of the parties got boring after a while because it was the same thing again and again, Marie getting drunk and having a good time.

                              The one thing that really disappointed me about this film was the music, of course there was the traditional 18th century music as well as a few scenes from operas but within that they had tried to fit in pieces of more modern popular music. In my opinion I found that this didn't work and it really annoyed me, it felt that they were trying to do the same kind of thing that was done in A knights tale but really wasn't as successful.

                              The one character that I loved was the king's mistress Comtesse de Polignac (Asia Argento) her costumes were so bright and bold. At parts of the film, I felt of her as the witch type character though I wasn't sure if I was meant to look at her in that way. I loved the costume that she was wearing when she was leaving the palace, a bright purple cloak it was just so vivid.

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