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Oh dear, where do I begin?.............
This story is about a social worker, she lives by herself and has a close male friend. She becomes involved in "case 39", a 10 year old girl who is seemingly being abused by her parents. The social worker gives this little girl her phone number and tells her to ring if ever she needs to. Low and behold later that night the girl rings and says she is scared, the social worker darts to the house to rescue the child who is being put through quite an ordeal..... her parents have put her in the oven (Hansel and Gretel anyone?)
Anyway, the kid soon winds up living with the social worker, as the plot develops it soon becomes clear that sugar and spice is not what this little girl is made of, shes made of something quite dark and unnatural.
The social worker then spends her time keeping the demon kid happy, whilst secretly trying to uncover the secrets about her and discover who (or what) she is, including by questioning the parents - who of course had been trying to kill the girl on account of her being evil.
The girls 'evil' is nothing too spectacular or intriguing either, basically she can sense whats going and she can make bad things happen/realise a victims worst fear. But I wouldn't get to excited as there is only 1 scene like this, one little scene that lasts about 2 minutes, the movie could have used more scenes where the kid is using her evil powers, because if your going down the supernatural evil child route, you can't really get away with just 1 scene.
The movie desperately tries to make the main character like able, so the viewers can easily place themselves in her position as she searches for answers about this devil child (which is no bad thing for a movie), but by doing so the character feels bland and boring, with no real substance to her, it's like watching a talking prop. A boring main character is a no-no.
After the kid movies in with the social worker, the film plays tennis with itself, it bats back and forth 2 variations of the same scene........ Scenes where the social worker tries to uncover secrets whilst being made to feel awkward by the girl, and scenes where she is just playing along with the girl to keep her calm.
By the end of the movie absolutely NO secrets have been uncovered, it ends in a slightly dramatic but predictable way and the viewer is given absolutely no explanation ,therefore we are left with many questions like what was the child? who was the child?where did she come from? and WHY was she there? It's just stupid.
The movie was pointless, dull characters, a plot that lingers around the exact same themes throughout, and no explanation or "wrap up". And just to confuse us even more there was a pointless, unrelated, and confusing flashback scene towards the end.
So, if you like an unsatisfying plot line, forgettable characters and a confusing end...... watch it. If you like your movies to be at least half decent, then don't.
However..... after all that the acting was really good, the social worker was played by Renee Zellweger and the little girl is played by Jodelle Ferland. It's not Renee's fault her character stank and she's worth a lot more that his film, and Jodelle Ferland was really good. The acting isn't at fault at all.
If you want to see a good supernatural evil kid film then buy Stephen Kings "Pet Sematary" instead.
I've been a vegetarian since I was 11. It's so incredibly easy that I do wonder to myself sometimes why other people don't opt for it, not that I would ever tell anybody what to eat.
I think a lot of people believe that veggies have a bland and boring diet..... we don't! We can eat the same meals as meat eaters because we have a wide range of meat substitutes, we have the quorn range, the cauldron range and the Linda Mccartney range, not to mention the supermarkets own brand of vegetarians subs.
I think there's a lot of snobbery that is attached to being a vegetarian. I've had people assume that I'm going to be judgemental towards them for being meat eaters, it's simply not true, many of my nearest and dearest are meat eaters, and I have no interest in telling them what to eat, people do get very defensive!
Vegetarians do have to make sure that we're getting enough vitamin b12, it's important for red blood sells and nervs. You can get it in eggs, milk but you can also buy soya "so good" milk that has added vitamin b12.
I could go into the farming side of things, and the aspects of animal cruelty that is attached to the meat trade- and although it is a subject close to my heart I wont go into, because I don't believe that talking about vegetarianism should also be forced to co-exist with discussions of that nature. It almost always turns into a debate.
If somebody was to ask me advice on going veggie then I'd say absolutely give it a shot, I think you will notice a big difference within yourself. When I was 11 and I stopped eating it my energy went up and I never had bad skin as a teenager. The self discipline involved for the first few months can only be a good thing too!
I remember hearing that Gordon Ramsey had deliberately fed some vegetarians meat without them knowing. I felt quite upset about that because everybody seem to think it was a hoot, and I've had a person in my life thinking it was something funny to try and get the veggie girl to eat meat....... Its not funny and it actually becomes quite degrading. Luckily these people are few and far between, most people are just generally interested in the veggie lifestyle.... my answer is that it's not really a lifestyle, just a minor diet adjustment.
So, if your thinking about being a veggie, then go for it and good luck, you will have people try and debate with you about it, assuming that your judging them but just nip that kind of attention in the bud (politely :-) ) and all will be well. If you don't want to be a veggie then you'll find no bad vibes from me - I love you all :-D.
Peace out dudes.
Absolutely everybody should see this movie at least once.
It's incredible. Most importantly I think any decent movie makes you care about the characters, this one does that instantly with the main character Muriel. Everybody, regardless of who you are has been made to feel like a loser, or an outcast at some point in their lifes, and that's pretty much how poor Muriel is made to feel all of the time.
Her only "friends" are embarrassed to be seen with her, shes very awkward, and her father is a big fat bully.
Muriel soon absconds and winds up living with a crazy lovable chic she knew in school (Rhonda) I love Rhonda, she's just as much of an outcast but in a very different way to Muriel, Rhonda is the outgoing, confident all most alter-ego of Muriel. It gives the movie and the characters a fantastic balance.
Made obvious by the title it's Muriels main ambition in life to get married, she thinks shes "nothing" (thanks to her dear old dad!) she thinks she ugly, but shes obsessed with weddings and getting married, you'd think that this story would wear thin, but it really doesn't because the story weaves it in around everything else, and as a viewer it soon becomes apparent WHY she's so obsessed.
and does she get married? Well you'll just have to watch it and find out ;-)
Muriels Wedding has no problem roping the viewer into the story, give us a character we love, show us her life and come with her on her journey........ by then end of the film Muriel feels like an old friend.
Overall the movie travels at a steady and comfortable pace, it's a story about one young womans life and manages to steer away from silly side plots so many movies fall into. It has 3 major elements plaited together, Drama, Characters, and Humour... there were many laugh out loud moments, a few tearjerker moments, and the most incredible characters.
It's impossible to feel bad about anything after watching this movie, you'll be watching the credits go by with a big ol' smile on your face, satisfied with how things left off, but disappointed that you won't be able to see how Muriel gets on with the rest of her life.
Please watch it, I haven't given away too much about the plot because I really wouldn't want to spoil anything. But trust me, this is one of those films where little else matters because the character energy is so strong.
Whats more the soundtrack is ABBA! If you haven't already, go and watch it now!!! You won't regret a second. It's only £3.75 on amazon.co.uk, it'll well worth that!
It stars Toni Collete as Muriel and Rachel Griffiths and Rhonda, it was written and directed by P.J Hogan.
I watched this movie last night. I had no idea what to expect when I started to watch it, and "mafia movies" are not usually my thing. The basic plotline is very simple, an ex-criminal gets asked to do one "job" by the big mafia bossman, the ex-criminal accepts but the job goes horribly wrong.
The first 25-30 minutes of the movie were actually quite good (apart from a couple of needless and pointless scenes) it had really good potential and I thought I was in for a good ride. Unfortunately not.......... after the first 30 mins of the movie it suddenly dropped, it's almost as if the middle part of the movie was just stuffed full of further needless scenes and uninteresting side plots , like the main characters love interest for one thing. Each scene the main character spent with his girlfriend had an irritating little "isn't this lovely" tune playing over the top, it makes it almost laughable to watch. The middle part of the movie was just hanging in limbo waiting for the right moment to wrap the movie up with it's last 30 minutes.
I didn't like the whole mafia movie cliche of men being noble when faced with imminent death. Come off it, I would rather see something realistic.
Theres one scene nearer the end that was quite a good scene, I won't go into to much detail because I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, but the scene was a verbal showdown between the main character (the hero) and the mafia boss (the villain). That scene did remind me of how good the movie could have been.
All in all I would say this movie in very forgettable, not something I would want to see again. It had nowhere near enough character building or substance in it, so it's pretty hard to care about characters we barely know.
Although I will say, Fairuza Balk was one of the better things about this film, she's a remarkable under-rated actress.
Also starring Andy Garcia and Christopher Walken, directed by Gary Fleder.
I would say give this one a miss, because the chances are you'll be left disappointed.
Flash Bleach Spray.
I usually buy the stores own brand name, because it costs 79p, 30p cheaper than Flash which is £1.19, but I thought I'd give it a try for the sake of 30p.
I like this product. The spray fuction has a little cap that clicks in and out of place as required. The bleach it's self sprays out in a white foam, I like this rather than a clear liquid, because I can see exactly where the bleach has hitten.
It has that nice and clean bleach smell, but not overpowering, just enough!
Flash is better than the Stores own brand version, simply it doesn't leak, when I spray the own brands the bleach drips and dribbles out of the nozzle onto my hands, with Flash it only hits where you've aimed it!
It boasts on the label 'Hygienically cleans all your surfaces' I believe it does. It cleans my work surfaces, and it keeps my bathroom sink, and bath nice and white, it clears the 'soap scum' also a little spray on your greasy pots and pans cleans them!
The £1.19 bottle contains 500ml, if you use it for bathrooms,kitchens it'll last around a week!
Bullying in the workplace is a serious issue, yet it is rarely viewed as such. Even the intro on this mocked it with the comment "does the bad man in the next cubicle take your lunch."
As with all forms of bullying, it can take on many forms. I have never een bullied at work, although I have been intimidated by a previous manager. This woman made me work in situations I was not comfortable with or trained for. Inevitably I made mistakes and then she had the nerve to have a go at me for it. I worked like this for around 4 months before finally quitting.
I didn't give notice, I just told her on the phone while she was trying to make me work like that again, that I wouldn't be going to work for her again.
In hind sight that was not the right reaction, as I should have stood up to her a little more. However, this just showed me how easy it can be to get bullied. I am a very strong willed woman with very little risk of being bullied again (I have been a victim of a particular viscous case of bullying in my past) yet I still allowed this woman to intimidate me professionally, and I hadn't spotted it happening.
Workplace bullying must be miserable for it's victim. I also do not understand how employers can not notice. I have worked in management before now and would always make sure to speak with my staff regularly. If I ever got a whiff of bullying in the workplace I would have come down on it like a ton of bricks.
I would say that unlike childhood victims of bullying, adults at work have more options and a better chance of voicing their feelings. Employers must listen to employees, or else face tribunals and the threat of being sued. However, this theory if blown out of the water when you consider people working for small businesses, being bullied by the owner.
I don't really know what can be done to combat bullying at work. When it is just another employee, I guess they could be fired, but management and owners, well... I suppose the victim may have to look for another job. That sounds awful doesn't it?
God, bullying is one of the lowest things out there. How one person can take pleasure from humilating, scaring, or hurting someone else is just disgusting. It makes my blood boil. I would love to get my hands on these petty cowardly bullies and take them down a peg or two.
If you are being bullied then don't suffer it in silence. Speak up and tell someone else. The person bullying you is obviously quite pathetic and disturbed. They usually very cowardly, too. By standing up to them and challenging them on what they are doing and/or saying you can kind of take back the power. I know that is easier said than done, believe me I really do understand that.
To anyone out there who is bullying someone else, then please let us know why. You may not realise your a bully, but by making fun of someone, excluding them, spreading rumours, leaving petty notes or just plain being a bitch to them, you may well be making their life a misery. What is it you gain from that? Does it give you a kick? Or make you feel less crap about your own life? Whatever your issues, honey, don't make them someone elses problem. It's really not very big. We have all had our share of crap in this world, what seperates the "men from the boys" (I hate that saying but it seems to fit) is the way we handle that. I choose to grow as a woman and as a person and possibly even use my life experiences to help others. You choose to just transfer your crap and take it out on some poor so and so your bigger or stronger than. Nice one mate!!
I absolutely love this movie. I have never seen it live (mainly because none of my friends like it and I would never go alone) but I bet it's great!
For those of you not familiar with the story, it is about Brad and Janet, two small town american teens who stumble across a big old house one night when there car breaks down. Brad and Janet are 'wholesome and pure' kinda kids and they knock at this house to use their phone. What ensues is a world of total madness.
The house is that of Frank Furter, a transexual transvestite from transylvania. He has a host of guests and staff and Brad and Janet kind of get stuck there living in this bizzare world of Frank for the night.
Rocky is Franks creation, a hunky blonde guy, built for Franks pleasure. It is a little hard to describe the plot really, just give it a try. You need a querky sense of humour and open mind to enjoy this movie. It's strange like the film Tommy, but 100 times better than Tommy.
Some of my favourite scenes are when Frank sings his Sweet Transvestite song, when Frank gets it on with both Brad and Janet, he is hilarious. I love Magenta, too. Her and Riff Raff make the film what it is. Eddie (Meatloaf) is excellent in this film, too. For those not familiar with the cast it has some pretty cool faces - Meatloaf, Susan Sarandon, Tim Currie, Pat Quinn, and I'm sure some of the others are also famous but I don't know of them lol except of course the writer and possibly strangest most bizarre man ever - Richard O'Brien aka Riff Raff.
I didn't really like the Professor guy, he annoyed me in it. And the end sucked with the house imloding or whatever the heck that was. The little perfomance at the end was cool though.
Im not mad about the Time Warp like a lot of fans can be, it's been too covered and just annoys me when I hear it now!!
Overall, though, it's a really entertaining, funny film with a great cast and some cool music. If you have never tried it then give it a go. It is on this weekend I think, one of the ITV channels (i think). Have a look and give it a chance, you may end up loving it!!!
Everybody should have the right to choose if they want to get married or not! Whether Straight, Gay or Bi-sexual - it has absolutely nothing to do with anybody else if 2 people in love what to get married! I fully support gay marriage! (Or just marriage, as I call it!)
Homophobia in all of it's ugly forms needs to be put firmly in the past! I have never and will never understand why a person would be against two people falling in love and marrying? Simply because they are gay? Homosexuality is perfectly normal and marriage, for some people, is the natural next step for people in love, so why would anybody want to take that away from gay people?
There should be a 'straight marriage' or 'gay marriage' it should simply just be marriage!
What more can I say, other than I fully support the marriage between two people if that's what they choose, whether gay or straight!
I feel that firstly an apology wouldn't really cut the mustard here, with what was inflicted on these men, women and children just saying sorry would be insulting.
But... even if there were something that could be said or done to make up for what happened... who would say or do it? And who would they say it to?
What I'm saying is, how can we apologise for something we didn't do to someone we didn't do it to.
English and American people today are not responsible for what our ancestors did. And African people today can't really expect anyone to accept responsibility. I get really annoyed when you see someone on TV of African descent banging on about how 'we've suffered'. I'm sorry to sound harsh but you can't really be a martyr for a cause that you have no idea about.
Yeah my great great grandpa might have owned a slave and that slave was your great great grandpa, that is history and yes it is appauling and disgusting. But, I am not to blame for it, and you have not suffered because of it.
I think anyone not a weathy white male could say how history was unfair to them. But you can't expect an apology nowadays, and you can't really say it is 'your' suffering. It isn't, it's your anscetry. I feel that remembering history and remembering what went on is great and we should never forget. But we shouldn't take responsibility for the actions of our forefathers.
Would we ask German people to apologise for the Holocaust? No, I don't think so. On a more personal note, would you ask a murderers son to apologise for his dad's actions?
So in all, I say that a) more than an apology would be needed, but b) the men who owe it are dead, as are the ones they owe it to.
Vandalism is something that I feel strongly about. I don't really care about graffiti, some of it actually looks okay. I get really, really miffed about broken glass!
I have two dog and ALWAYS clear up after them in the street, but I am getting to the point where I'm wondering why I bother? I mean, I cannot walk anywhere in my area without encountering shards of glass on the pavement. I don't mean a little bit, it is huge quantities.
This is actually dangerous. Yes, dog poo is gross and unclean and no one wants to step in it. But better than glass right? I mean, there are people out there waiting to fine you for not picking up after your dog. My father once was spot fined for not going into a ditch to pick up a poo. I mean it ws in a blooming ditch, what was the big deal? But who is waiting to fine these "kids" for smashing their bottles in our parks, at or bus stops and in the middle of our streets? NO ONE!! Why is this??
I am not suggesting we don't clean up after our dogs, I'm just saying why are dog owners persecuted and these asbo yobs are left to it? I never see any other mess, just this smashed glass. Sunday morning is the worst time. If my dog cuts her foot on some of this glass one day, I won't be accountable for my actions! It really does anger me.
What does everyone else think?
I have a problem with these women who wear the full veil, when all you can see is their eyes. I don't object to them covering their hair, its now different to a hat, or bandana. So that to me it a-okay.
But, these full veil things where you only see there eyes are intimidating. It is like a balaclava or a mask and I feel very uncomfortable with them.
I want to know what they have to hide? It is offensive to me as an English woman walking on an English street and feeling intimidated by these women with their masks on. I could not go to Afghanistan (or somewhere similar) and where my jeans and vest tops (despite the heat over there) because I'd be arrested and possibly killed for it. So why are we expected to roll over and accept them coming to our countrys and going against the grain of our cultures??
If a person walked into my betting shop wearing a mask or balaclava I'd press my panic alarm, because logic dictates that 'hey, he has his face covered so is probably about to rob me' right?? Yet these women have their faces covered all the time - in our banks, our post offices, our airports, etc. etc. and we do not bat an eyelid.
I almost feel like it is an invasion and we aren't noticing. Please don't mistake what I am saying for prejudice or anything similar. I am not at all prejudice, and I respect their culture (well, some of it anyway). I do not blame the womenfor wearing the veil. Thy are doing it a) because they have to, b) because they are allowed to and possibly c) because they are afraid not to??(!).
No, I blame us as a country and our leaders for allowing it. Why can't all of the Muslim ladies in England who wish to wear their veils just wear them on their hair? That is all the Koran asks of them, so they aren't going against Allah or anything, and then we will all be happy.
Also, I would like to point out that, as a multicultural Britain, we should all be making an effort to integrate with eachother right? Well by hiding your face and making yourself scary and different, your not going to do that. British people are going to take offense, and shun you. It seems, these women want to benefit from our laws, and benefit from the safety net we provide here, yet they aren't prepared to meet us half way. It's like, OK love, you come to my country, have free nhs treatment for you and your kids, claim a few benefits, allow our laws to protect you, but dont worry about learning our language or making the effort to fit in. Continue having the best of all of your worlds, having your cake and eating it. Us british will sit here and just nod politely?? RIDICULOUS!!!!!
If a Muslim who wears the full veil is reading this review, please explain why/if you choose to? And what problems you have come up against because of it? Thanks.
I normally like ITV2 and I am a fan of many of their shows, but they have peed me off this weekend. I sat and watched Cracker last night ( I never saw it when it was new but its not bad is it?) and it ended on a 'to be continued' type thing. Well there is no sign of part 2 anywhere.
I have looked ahead s far as Skys guide will go (1week) and nothing!!! It really pees me off when they aren't consistent with their schedule. I got really into the storyline and now I haven't a clue what happened.
Has anyone else found this?? I wish they would just have a regular slot for things, we'd all know where we stood then!!
Also, another thing is, why do they show something on ITV2 then on ITV2+1 it says "we can't show the program earlier broadcast on ITV1 for legal reasons" what is that about?? what is the point in a +1 when it's apparantly illegal to show the program again?? anyone know?? im dumbfounded lol.
This is one of my favourite shows (I forgot about it when doing my top ten review, d'oh lol). It returns tonight with a celebrity special kicking off the new series. It's Sam Fox and that comedian who throw maggots at his audience (i forgot his name). Should be good, I think Sam Fox is wicked!
Anyway, for those of you who have never seen the show it isn't wife swapping in the keys in a bowl sense lol.
They choose 2 families a week (usually total opposites) and the mothers/wifes will swap places for two week. They swap lives completely and move into each others homes with each others families.
Each wife leaves a manual explaining what she does in a week, and the new wife has to follow the manual for the 1st week. Then in week two its 'rule change'. The women get to impose their own rules and stuff on her new host family. After 2 weeks both couple meet (and usually argue) before returning to their normal lifes.
Its really entertaining, as they usually pick really nutty families. Like swapping a slob with a clean freak. Or hunters with animal rights fanatics. Opposites dont tend to attract on this show either lol.
If youve not watched it before tune in to Channel 4 at 8pm tonight. Its celeb special with Sam Fox (like I said before) but next week will be normal swap with members of the public.
Okay here are my top ten TV shows:
10: Loose Women - I have actually reviewed this on here recently, it is the best day time show and really very entertaining.
9: Friends - one of my favourites, gutted it ended. It had hilarious characters, for those of you who don't know it is a sitcom set in new york in which 6 20/30 somethings live together-ish and it is hilarous!
8: Trisha Goddard / Jeremy Kyle - These are total trash chav chat shows but I love them. They are hilarous and I am usually shocked by the latest alley cat dragging its family on national TV for a barny!
7: The Simpsons - Matt Groening is a genius! This is the best cartoon ever, and I think I love more than any kid out there. :o)
6: Desperate Housewives - I really didn't think I would like this show, but I rented series one on DVD out of dsperation as I was bored and there wasn't anything else. I ended up an addict fanatic. It fab, if you don't already watch it then start to!
5: Neighbours - This is more out of loyalty to neighbours because I grew up on it as a child of the 80s.
4: Little Britain - Matt and David are fantastic! I proper love this show, it's hilarious and I can't help but to spend the next day after a new episode imitating the sketches. Embarrasing but too true!
3: Anything with Russell Brand in it. The man is comedy gold, and my whole family love him! Again, if you have never watched his material then go out there and buy some of his live work. Its brilliant!
2: Bad Girls - This was fantastic when it was on. Im peed off at the way it ended but the overall series was brilliant! I loved Atkins, Kerrigan and Wade and BodyBag was friggin hilarious wasn't she?
da da da da da da daaa daaa daaaaa (drum roll)
1: - Its has to be Eastenders. I have never seen a bad epsiode of this soap, and I have been watching since 1989/1990. I love it. It cannot be beaten. The characters are brilliant the stories are engrossing. Its the best thing since sliced bread, if not better!!
There r tons more that I couldn't list, and this list will change - im very fickle lol.
I don't know if anyone else saw that cooking show a little while ago where thy advised you to do a jacket spud, hollow out the spud bit, mash it with cheese n stuff then refill the skins, wrap in foil n bake for a little longer??
Well, if you did or even if you thought of this yourself, don't bother.
I attempted this recently and it did not work. The 'simly hollow out the spud' line is all lies, it aint simple.
The skin all tore, i mean it was ripped to hell. Completely UN-refillable. Useless! I spent ages waiting for my spuds to cook to make this yummy dinner idea, and it was a huge flop!! I was so annoyed that i wound up having crisps for dinner as i could not be bothered to make anything else lol.
So, let this be a cautionary tip to you all, do not try and spice up your jacket spud, have it in the traditional way, else you may end up hungry and frustrated with crisps for tea like i did.