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      URBAN SOCIAL Summary: A fresh new site for internet dating. UK based dating mainly with a current focus on London dating and other major cities. They are also events focused with an events directory in the making, and tend to have a professional user base that are mainly single and looking for love, a flirt or just to chat. The age range tends to be about 21 to 35 although any one is allowed to join as long as they are over 18. I joined urbansocial a while ago as it was offering free membership for one month. It was a bargain at ten times the price! Incidentally they plan on introducing a minor membership fee, much less than other sites I am told, as soon as they feel the userbase is large enough to warrant it - its pretty much there now so join soon is my recommendation. The site is very new and has been set up to try and make internet dating a lot more friendly. You can search for singles on-line, and even if you are not single the community seems to be very much chat and have fun... I even did a bit of networking with someone in my career online, even though she had a boyfriend. DESIGN The site is very fresh and funky, no pastel colours or plain layouts, really fresh and clean. I haven't got tired of using it like I have on some other sites very quickly. USABILITY It is really simple to use - there are sections that are always visible, your profile, messages, favourites, nights out and search. Also the urbansocial (or urban social) homepage is excellent because it summarises all you details very quickly - messages, members in your favourites etc... YOUR PROFILE Your profile is very flexible. You dont enter any personal details so now one can get in touch with you outside of the site unless you want them to. You are only known by your name. You can also upload 1 or 2 photos as well if you want. You have a bunch of attribute questions such as hair colour, what city you live in, age etc... as well as s
      ome personality pointers that are very useful and fun... do you prefer Beach or Snow holidays etc... Also you can hide your profile for a bit in case you are getting to many messages JOINING URBANSOCIAL Joining urban social is very easy - 1) enter you email address and you are sent an email ID number (I think this is to ensure no one creates duplicate accounts and everyone is a real person). 2) Click the link in the email and activate your account 3) Enter your 1 page profile and you are go to browse the members. In the future you'll need to be a paid member to email and message people, but there are free incentives and free memberships given. For instance at the moment if you get a friend to join you get free days membership. SAFE AND NO SMUT It seems that every photo and all free text content that you add to your profile is personally approved by a real person to make sure that there is no smut etc.. on the site. This is a refreshing approach to internet dating where so many sites are not this clean or user friendly! Think the url for joining is http://www/urbansocial.com/join.asp, but you'll have to check.

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      • The Devil's Own (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        01.12.2002 05:59
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        The impressive cast combination of harrison Ford and Brad Pitt should make this one an unmissable film, and although neither actor provides a drab performacnce the film certainly is missing something. Alan J Pakula failed to impress also as director and in the end we are left thinking-is that all! Brad Pitt stars as one of Irelands top IRA terrorists, Frankie MgGuire who after escaping the authorities, travels to New York under a different name. While staying there he is put up by Irish NY cop, Harrison Ford, becoming good friends with him and his family. Tom O'Meara (Harrison) starts to supsect that something is fishy with Brads identity and starts to dig deeper... from whence the action, what there is- kicks in. The tag-line to this film was "One man trapped by destiny, and another bound by duty. They're about to discover what they're willing to fight, and to die for", and that tag is about as exciting as it gets. Brad reportedly wanted to back out of this film, showing good judgement, but was bound in contractually. Nevermind. My advise is dont watch it unless you really are a die-hard, just love all his work, Brad PItt fan!

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          28.11.2002 16:41
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          • "Surfing - you'll find out what I mean
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          As a die hard Bond fan, and currently working my way though buying all the DVD's at half price offers, there was no way I wasnt going to like this film! Over the past 8 years Pierce Brosnan has produced mixed results as Bond, and as always, the film rests on its plot. and its explosions. This time round we have Bond pitted against an Diamond miner, Gutav Graves, who is not all he appears to be. Obviously some dastardly plan emerges and Bond is the only man to save the day.... or is he. This is where we come to the 'Hollywood Bond'. Since the death of Cubby Brocoli we now have his daughter Barbara at the helm of the Production vehicle with Lee Tamahori Directing. Unfortunatley there has been a sell out of what Bond is all about. Don't they realise we love his oh-so politically incorrect ways, he's sexist one-liners and the ability he has to always offend and charm. This he can be forgiven, why?, because he is Bond and this is his formula. BAD BOND With the signing of Halle Berry, Bond has given some of himself up... It appears that Oscar winner Halle Berry, although one of the best Bod babes (both looks and acting skills) to date, has managed to pervert the perversion of Bond. How you say? Well to list a few we ahve: Slo and fast-mo action sequences (not quite bullet-time, but this isnt Bond), a far more thrash rock style soundtrack (emulation of XXX maybe), an irritating introduction of NSA and its M equivalent Michael Madsen, equal footing between Bond and Jinx (nooo i hear you cry), equal billing on the poster! and some truly unbeliveable introductions (a vanishing/cloaking Aston Martin being at the head of the list). GOOD BOND All said though, this is one of the best Bond films to date. It truly shows us what Ian Fleming intended Bond to be.... a drinking, womanising, gambling, on the edge agent. This film introduces some extremley dark elements and puts Bond through more than we have ever seen him go thour
          gh before. At last we are actually able to get under his skin somewhat and see the perils of his work, the opening 20minutes will shock and disturb! BEST BITS The best things offered by the new Hollywood Bond though outweigh by far the negativees: - Aston Martin arre back in with the ever so sext Vantage - An amazing sword fight between Bond and Gustav Graves - Halle Berry brings a lot to the character of Jinx - John Cleese as the new Q, adds weight - the music has its good points too, and Madonnas song (which I originally disliked, works well) - The first hour is outstanding film making BOND BABES Rasamund Pike as Miranda Frost - seriously hot, manages to match Halle for stage presence and has a very sexy aloof attitude towards Bond Halle Berry as Jinx, wow, she even reportedly has her own spin-off on its way, all about Jinx. Also we reported have her returning in the next film Whoever you are you will like this film. Bond is the last bastillion of Britishness that is repected work over, make sure you go and see this, if merely to continue the tradition. If the next outing (no.5 was an option that Brosnan has signed for) holds the plot/expansion of the Bond character and gets rid of the silly, slightly to unbelievable action sequences and that balsted vanisishing Vantage, we can expect very good things indeed!!!

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        • Freddy Got Fingered (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          19.07.2002 03:00
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          • "Bad bad bad acting"

          I had a completly open mind before watching this moview but within 15minutes I was straining to turn it off! That said though the lunacy and complete lack of humour in any of the scenes was mesmorising. I had heard that "mad" and "funny" antics happened in the film. Everything from masturbating a horse and elephant, to skinning some road kill and wearing it as a coat. Potentially humour .... but in reality pathetic. Tom Green is NOT funny in this. Funny elsewhere, but not this film. To the film: Its about a mentally retarded (and by this i mean thick) struggling animator/cartoonist - whatever you wish to call him. Leaving home to go to LA he is told to quit his job and concentrate on drawing. Thus follows a serious of scenes designed to be funny but only achieve a pitying lack of humour punctuated by seriously gross humour. Example: His friend breaks his leg on a skateboard ramp, bone through the skin sort of mess, and Tom Green gets down on his knees and starts tongueing the bone/wound... bit grotesque, not funny. Whether it is because he just cant 'deliver' the humour in a way that should make it funny is beyond me, but either way, stuff that sounds like it might be funny simply isnt in the film. I dint notice the soundtrack much, but wasnt too bad. Plot was useless and there is a complete discontinuity between scenes. Drew Barrymore pops up in a role and rightly refers to him as nuts/stupid/mental etc... just in time to dump Tom in real life. And the title - well that refers to a misdiagnosis of Tom's younger brother in the film, Freddy (played by the geek who slept with Stifflers mum in American Pie), who apparently got 'fingered' by his dad... I think (must admit i fell asleep for 3 or 4 minutes)! If anyone out there really liked this please let me know.. I'd be interested to know if i missed anything. Now..that is definetly long eno
          ugh on this piece of trash!

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            19.02.2002 17:16
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            With all the hype I was slightly apprehensive as to how good this could possibly be. Counting against it we have the fact that its a remake, a lot a A-list stars and it is a heist flick, which can easily be screwed up. BUT all concerns are unfounded. Lets start with the plot...well its about a casino robbery of course. Not just one casino but three! If anything this was slightly dissappointing merely because only one vault is broken into. Just becase its the vault for 3 casinos hardly warrants a '3 casino in one night' tag line. The stars...well here was the danger. So many cooks and only one broth. But the performances between them are limited to how ever far they can supplement the story. Julia Roberts is hardly seen, Andy Garcia limited to only the best his character can offer as the bad guy (although to be fair he is the victim so the label bad-guy seems a bit preverse). Clooney and Pitt share top billing but although George is the star if screen time is to go by. And Matt Damon is just another one of the crew! Style...very very sexy. Every scene see's Brad and George in a swish new suit and let me tell you that no doubt this will be the style featuing heavily this summer. Music...cant remember specifics but was sutble and suitable. The ending...I'm not going to give this away, but there is a cunning escape planned and the ending could have played out several ways...I havent seen the original so i dont know what it compares like but i am fairly sure that this script has to be at least on par if not better. What should you do? If you are female: Go, you'll love every aspect of the film, not least Brad and George. If you are male: Go:) This is a stunning stylish piece of slick film making that just ouzes more panache than bond has ever done. Far more intelligent than you might expect and, although slightly lacking on the action, a masterpiece.

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            • Premiere / Magazine / Newspaper / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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              15.08.2000 21:44
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              Premiere magazine has been on the shelves for quite some time. It is no where near as popular as Empire magazine who already had a good readership base when it was bought over from the States. I bought he first few versions and occasionally rea it when I find one floating around. The aticle humour is not vbery sharp and although the topics covered are those that the general movie going public would wih to read, the magazine just does not seem to deliver. There are never any freebies with it (as we are all suckers for the free videos/cds etc that magazines offer). The movie reviews are useful, interviews ocassionally interesting and readers letters allow some light into the otherwise dark, maybe misty, cavern that is the Premiere magazine. If you are unlucky enough to get hold of one of the American imports (and you have to ask why as the movies are about one issue early) you will also see why American magazines pale in comparison to British ones - the pages feel like newspaper and every other page is an advert - also a shortcoming of the Britih Premiere.

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              • GQ / Magazine / Newspaper / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                15.08.2000 21:10
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                As the title infers his magazine is released 4 time a year and is for a higher breed of man. RUBBISH. The audience that was originally aimed at was as described but now the magazine has adopted a monthly release and angled itself towards the lads market magazine. NOw, as I read these magazines I am pleased with this transition, especially as GQ has managed to retain several elements of the original. It is not as crude as th likes of FHM and has many interesting articles tht do not reduce themselves to tiolet humour. That said, the humour is not realy reaidly available. The magazine has a more serious approach to its product than some of its rivals. The level of flesh revealed is somewhat less and the articles slightly more professional. Also the articles tend to be fresher than other magazines as I have not noticed such a policy of recycling. The best part though in GQ is the grooming tips which are far superior in content that any of the rivals. Products from sunglasses to suits and even afterhsave are reviewed. In addition there are features on health and diet. And occasionally the sister magazine GQ-ACTIVE is given as a freebie. The magazine GQ active has tips and health advice for training, sprots features and anything to do with health. It is an excellen supplemen and even standalone it is worth a read. I would recommend GQ and GQ-Active to anyone serious about their appearance and lifestyle.

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                • FHM / Magazine / Newspaper / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                  But what lies within. FHM, For Him Magazine was one of the pioneers of gentlemens magazines in Britain. Produced by the National Magazines company (who is also responsible for titles such as Elle and a thousnad other magazines) it has a strong backing. The main theme, as with all gents mags, is to get them bought, and this is done by very 'artistic' modelling by some of TV and films most popular dollies. Now, as a bloke I have to say this is a very good feature to attract their audience. All the women that pose never show too much flesh, all leaving with dignity but an increased fan base of drooling men. If you are beautiful, famous and female you are in. But what of the rest. Its all excellent. The articles within are humourous and interesting and appeal to the more basic instincts. Bad language, toilet humour and sexual conitation flow through-out and although some may say this is distasteful, it is handled in a very well meaning manner. Grooming tips and stories on how to handle the female species also abound and although I find it hard to see how fresh material will be forthcoming I am sure that their place as top gentlemens magazine will be ensured for some time to come.

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                • The Perfect Storm (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                  13.08.2000 02:32
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                  The Perfect Storm is surprisingly good. I have heard some very mixed reviews about this one and those that end up slating the film really should try to be more objective. In all my reviews I keep this in mind - if the subject matter is not my bag, then for the use of your readers you have to analyse the film holding back on the subjective waffle that is un-useful to anyone other than your therapist. The plot revolves around the Andrea Gale fishing disaster of 1991. 6 fisherman from the Gloucester fishing community are financially pressed into making one last trip to the Grand Banks in October, trips that take upwards of a month at times. Their search for Swordfish being unsuccessful they trek further a field and head towards the unwelcoming but fruitful seas of the Flemish Cap. 'The Perfect Storm' closes in behind them, and circumstances force them to trek back through the heart of 'the monster'. Some stunning visuals make this film a better draw than it would have been originally and decent supporting roles by the two main females, a ravishing land bound Diane Lane and a gaunt looking Mary Elizabeth Mastrantanio, add to the tension. However this film is a nothing other than a male starer, and Clooney and Wahlberg again prove (after Three Kings) that they can play off of each other quite well. The majority of the film is abject speculation and this is where artistic licence is allowed to add to what may have otherwise been quite a mundane wash-out (couldn't resist the pun). The special effects are amazing and keep the audience trapped in an escalating series of taut scenes that build tension throughout. For the first half of the film I even felt nervous for what I knew had to come (due to the over-teasing shots from the trailer). Considering the story line, a fishing trawler gets caught in a 'Perfect Storm' and that's about it, the film is remarkably good. It is an effective exercise into perfor
                  mance and tension at sea. And that's about it. The music, I am sure it was there, is unnoticeable, which I assume again adds to the tension and the plot thin, hardly the fault of the writer. Other elements are excellent. Clooney has adopted a brave role that I feel very few actors could have pulled off. Not only could this film have spelt absolute disaster for his career, but he also casts aside his classical good looks to sport a grubby beard. Coupled with the fact that you can't help thinking that he must stink of fish all the time, he delivers a sturdy performance that should prove his worth once and for all as an actor. Not really one for female Clooney fans this.:) What else is there? Well aside from some very large waves and some lunatic (brave) coast guards, there is my favourite character of the whole film. The old seadog who spends the whole film sat at the bar watching the storm on TV. Upon a newscaster announcing that the Andrea Gale has sailed through to the Flemish Cap, out comes his speech. "The Flemish Caps. I went there back in 62. Big fish and big seas. Very big seas." Excellent cheese.:). I burst out laughing in the middle of what I am sure was supposed to be a tension building scene. Never mind - definitely worth a watch, but once will be enough.

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                  • Lloyds TSB / Bank / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                    I joined Llyods bank when I went to university. They were offering £40 to new students and at the time it seemed like a great option. I even joined HSBC, then Midland, to make full use of these freebies - they did not care I was a member of another bank. Since then I have become more and more impressed with Lloyds TSB. For 6 years now I have not managed to find a major floor in their service. Cashpoints - numerous and in good locations. Always able to find a Lloyds cashpoint (especially since joining with TSB) and if not then a Barclays cashpoint in normally close by to help at no charge. The no charge part is very important to me as I am loyal when not ripped off, and Lloyds have not succommed to this temptation. Branches - always clean and reasanbly friendly. I have not had a lot of opportunity to find out what the staff are like but when I needed to extend my overdraft facility temporarily by phone they were more than happy to assist. Letters were sent of the alteration and it all went smoothly. Online banking - this is one of the best services I have seen, especially considering that they are a high-street bank. I work as a IT Consultant in London and as such often find it very hard to pay bills and transfer funds other than by online means. You need to phone to authorise payments from your account to another account. Once an account is approved to recieve funds it stays approved until you wish to terminate. No charges and online statements allow you to keep in touch with your finances 24 hours a day. ISA's - I recently got a cash ISA from Llyods and admit that going into the meeting I was completley at a loss as to the options available. I was walked through all choices available to me, implications and consequences and potential fund growth at the end of the period. Very very helpful and informative. They deal with Scottish Widows ISA's and thus far all has gone well. I have no knowlegde of mortages
                    and pensions offered by Lloyds but I would not feel at risk if I used them for these services. All in all a well rounded, professional service.

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                      This trip to Crete was my third and although I normally travel there to engage in a drunken session of debauchery and sin, more often than not I end up hiring a Samarai Jeep and exploring the island. There is a vast wealth of culture and history, while for the younger members of the family there are parties and bars for all manner of mood ranging from cultured Greek dancing to mad dance clubs open til dawn and beyond. The ideal place to stay would be just out of one of the main party towns. These tend to be overly commercial and if you don't stay up til the crack of dawn you may find yourself rudely awakened by some inconsiderate drunkards. I always stay in Stalis which is by and large considered a family resort. It is a short cab ride from Malia and Ksonosos which are two of the larger party towns and therefore you are in reach of a lot of shops and other facilities that you may need. Also Stalis is only a half hour from Heraklion airport which means that you will not have a long haul after your cramped filght. Try not to stay in too rural an area as this my count against you in terms of amenities unless you hire a car for your hoiliday (well worth it). Now, for the younger family members, and here I mean those that enjoy nightlife (15-30!) the bars and clubs are great. Virtually everywhere you go you will be enticed in with offers of free shots. Try and barter for more and you will receive. Safety in the clubs is great, typically because everyone is so happy. In all my time there I have not yet seen a fight. The Cretans in general are very friendly and although they all call you "My friend" fairly unconvincingly, they still enjoy your custom and you their service. Clubs are open until very late and nightlife starts to happen around 11 o'clock so don't start to early or you will miss the best. Try and get a croud of you going as this will result in far more people to bounce off and in turn you will meet a lo
                      t more people when there. The food in Greece is excellent but if you go to the wrong places you will end up with run of the mill meals that are nothing special. Try and aviod those with people outside trying to get you. Instead look for a more orthodox quieter looking restaurant. These places, which look less touristy, also tend to be a little cheaper. A clasic Greek night involves eating lots, drinking lots and smashing all your plates at the end of the night - very fun, theraputic behaviour I promise you. To be honest there is every sort of nightlife you could want in the toursit havens. Pool, quizes, partying, cultured meals, dancing. You name it and you'll find it. However, try and avoid the beaches early in the morning (3am-5am) as you will probably find couples cuddling up there as well as skinny dipping youths. Of course if you want to be involved in these activities just get details from your tour rep.:) For those that prefer to wake at dawn rather than pass out at dawn then you will require transport. Try and avoid organised tours. Just buy a map, rent a car, get some sunscreen and hit the open road. It will work out far cheaper, quicker and more pleasant in the end. The scenery in the country alone is amazing. The north of the country has a long road know as the Beach Road stretching from end to end. Some 250kms. Its passes through the main city of Chania (pronounced Hania) and ends up in Agis Nickolas. The rolling red hills, coastal grandeur and beaches are amazing. For those of you that saw the original Bounty advert, it was made on a beach called Vai, well worth a visit. In addition to the beach at Vai there are probably about 15 other beaches of amazing standards. One that is never, ever visited by tourists (much) is situated in the very south west corner of the island at a place called Elafonsi and is out of this world. It has a shallow bay which traps a crystal blue lagoon behind a sand ba
                      r. The sand bar links to an island which has yet another shallow bay to the south. Stunning. The water is tropically warm and has a lot of life swimming around in it. Maybe make your way down to the Matala caves which overlook another beach. Here the ancient gypises made their homes in the cliff caves which are still open to the public - although they do smell. Leaving beaches alone for a while have a look at the Samara Gorge. This is the longest gorge in Europe at nearly 17kms and if you are feeling athletic you can walk all the way to the coast. I did this on a day in mid-summer when the heat was topping 47 degrees. Although there is a river all the way down the gorge that you can drink from, this truly was exceptionally unpleasant. Once at the coast you catch a boat to a nearby town and hook up with your coach (and I am sorry but this is a trip where you will have to have an organised tour). Just to the east of the Samara Gorge is another gorge that leads to what I consider to be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It tops Key West, The Gold coast, San Fransisco and The Red Sea. It is a beach called Palm Beach just south of the village of Koxare. Here a river runs through the beach to the sea. Before the river hits the sea it runs in a dead straight line for about a kilometer and is emerald green. The plant life is almost fake it is so beautiful, with large shrubs and trees dnagling tantilizingly over the water. You can swim up the river and here you will find large boulders in excess of 4 or 5 meters that trap pools of water. Small waterfalls result from these pools and are again, amazing and great fun to slide down (they are only a meter or so high). I can not emphasise enough how much you should visit this place. On to the culture and historical sights. You will not be let down. Knossos is the fabled city where the Minotaur labryth myth was founded. It is a palace some 2 1/2 thousand years old, and although largely de
                      stroyed it still has impressive rooms and pathways left for you to follow. It is very cheap for what it is and is very easy to reach. Spinalonga is where the leper colony used to be and is quite an eerie place. I have not actualy been over to the island myself but my brother has convinced me that I should go next time we are there. Scattered across the island are numerous ruins that are interesting. One of my favourites was the Basilica of St.Titus in the city of Gortyn located on the road to Matala from Mires. Here too you will find several other buidings including the Odeum on whose walls the ancient laws were written and the Acropolis of Gortyn. Gortyn was once the main city of Crete and opposed Knossos in alliance with the Romans. For this reason it survived far longer than many other ruins and is still pretty much in tact. Further to all this the cities of Heraklion and Chania are worth a visit, especially the harbour regions which contain a wealth of potential gifts for family and friends. If all this is not enough I recommend that you just drive a jeep in to the hills, get lost, do some off-roading and find some hidden little treasures of the Cretan White mountains. All in all this country , this island is a treasure that I fear will soon lose some of its majesty under the tourism bandwagon. But in the words off that song - "Wear Sunscreen", you will burn!

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                      • Gone in Sixty Seconds (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                        Now I am a nut about sexy cars and stylish action films - hence there is virtually no way that this film could not impress me. Angelina Jolie is also somewhat of a sex symbol for me and I love Cage-Brucheimer creations (by that I mean I liked The Rock). So how is it that my subjective ramblings still lead me to feel a bit let down. Don't get me wrong, the film is exactly what it set out to be - an action film about boosting 50 cars in 1 night. Not just 50 cars but 50 of the finest pieces of machinery that man has ever created. The cars impress, the actors, most of some calibre, should also impress but somehow fail to do so. The skills of those involved (Cage, Jolie, Duvall and Vinnie Jones) do keep the film afloat, but the characters are not that great. We are supposed to believe that Cage gave up stealing cars (and everyone in his life) because his mum told him to, that the side-kick detective actually is that stupid and that the token British villain is ecentic/nuts/stupid enough to not shoot someone over a piece of wood. Hmmmmmmm. Anyway, all that said the film is still pretty good. As said, 50 cars are to be stolen in one night and Cage as the master car thief must do this in order to save his brothers life as he originally botched the job. Thats about it. The love interest is played by Jolie as a very seductive thief, although to be fair the film does not play on it in any way. Indeed it is almost criminal how little she is used. Robert Duvall plays the most convincing character reprising his car type films after Days of Thunder several years ago (again with Bruckheimer helming, although that time Don Simpson was on board). Other small points that keep the film above average are the key eating dog, Evil Kenevil style jumps, a reasonable car chase and a general obsessive panache over the cars. If you want to know why the film is called Gone in 60 seconds you may be at a loss. I was trying to work out before hand h
                        ow they could get the line into the film somwhere without sounding like just another forced line. They didn't. In fact the only place it turned up was on a poster in a police building - see if you can spot it. In fact this film truly promotes car crime as a glamorous act, and across America car crime rose when it was released. Its easy to see why. The soundtrack is pretty great. The scene of the film being immediately prior to the night of heisting when the team prepare by listening to some music (I can not remember what though). This coupled with some serious high octane ear candy allows your to revel in the moment and results in adrenaline shivers that are a key element of the unemotional action genre. Tracks by Moby, Chemical Brothers, Gomex and Groove Armada are also included. In truth, if you don't like cars then do not watch it. I hate to say it but honesty must prevale over must personal lusts and Bruckeimer has done far far better work than this. I read a review somewhere that said "The title mirrors your memory of the film - Gone in 60 Seconds" but I suppose that means car nuts can enjoy it time and time again.:)

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                      • Ally McBeal / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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                        As I think a lot of people found, the first series was quite a culture shock and I did not take to it. I just couldn't see what all the fuss was about. However a year or two on and the show has become one of the most popular shows on television. How come.? The reason is undoubtedly the characters, their interaction with each other and the quirkiness of their lives. I am not sure if people associate with the characters as much as the situations they find themselves in. Take Miss Mcbeal herself (Calista Flockheart) - she is forever experiencing love life problems, from men that cheat on her and not being able to find a suitable partner, too always searching for that one true love and even broaching the issue of fidelity and lesbian tendency (one for the lads maybe). She makes me feel she needs looking after. How she became a lawyer I will never know but she suits the part very well and hopefully as her character strives through life she will eventually find happiness, although I fear the show will have to come to an end when this happens. The series revolves around a law firm which offers the perfect opportunity to broach virtually any issue of morality and life, and all the conflicting sides of an argument. Added to this is the fact that no one forces an opinion down your throat AND the show is extremely funny, it is after all a comedy. The characters are all lovable in their own way, Ling is my favorite and the way she refers to one of her colleagues 'the funny little man' can be hilarious at times. The way the characters all play off of each other is wonderful and allows a nice opportunity for conflict, friendship and a surprising number of office relationships, a taboo that is broken by virtually everyone in the company.! Another good aspect is the sound-track, always with nice songs which tend to be played in the bar under the law firm while the characters are discussing things, mostly the aforementioned inter-off
                        ice relationships. Great comedy with sexy stars and has a number of unique elements that you will love or hate, cartoon add ons at amusing moments, animal sound effects and men singing to Barry White in the unisex toilet's bathroom mirrors - how could you not be curious?

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                      • Being John Malkovich (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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                        15.07.2000 21:56

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                        I went to watch this as I had an unlimited cinema pass for a month with Virgin cinemas and went to everything I could. If it had not been for that I would not have gone to see it. Now, sat in the cinema I had to ask myself 2 questions. Firstly what was I doing watching this film and secondly why is John Malkovich the subject matter of the film. I still can't answer the second. But I consider it good fortune that I went. The film is, for some inexplicable reason, quite good. The plot is absolute rubish, the performances are good and the soundtrack unmemorable. I have the opinion that whoever wrote it was taking some untested hallucinogenic at the time. The plot goes along the lines that an unemployable puppeteer gets a job on the 7 1/2th floor of a building and while there, finds a small doorway hidden behind his desk that is a portal to the mind of John Malkovich. Now John is a good actor, on screen and on stage, but this just goes too far in devotion to him. The film continues to give these life enhancing trips to his mind where you can see out of his eyes - potential for perversion here we think. Thankfully the film almost avoids that flaw and manages to find a thin plot in the form of morals and interferring with other peoples lives. Performances, are on the whole, good. Thrown into the mix is a weird kind of love square that is never really explained. John Cusack is dating Cameron Diaz, starts his new job on the 7 1/2th floor, find sthe portal, tells his girlfriend and said love square comences including John Malkovich and Jon Cusack's colleague.! Its all very weird and touches on complex issues regarding most peoples lack of satisfaction with their mundane every day lives. Perhaps there is something for us to learn here.! Special mention really should go out to Cameron Diaz who casts aside her blonde locks and Chesire cat smile to play one of the most undesirable women that cinema has seen for a while.! I have a feeling that she can act but this was a b
                        rave effort to test her box office draw ability. I think it worked, good luck to her, she puts up a noteable performance. Whether or not this is an ego boasting film for John Malkovich, or whether it is a contmepory study into our psychee I dont know but I will tentatively advise you watch it, if for nothing else than to see what all the fuss is/was about. If anyone knows why John was the subject matter or has any further insights into the film that I have obviously missed I would be gretaful for you opinions.

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                      • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 2 Ratings
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                        15.07.2000 20:47
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                        Straight of the bat, let me say that this is an excellent film. It is one of the funniest films of the last ten years and is far better than any of Carrey's other work (although I have not yet seen Man on the Moon). It was the first of Carrey's career defining movies, and the next few movies that he came out with (Dumb and Dumber and the Mask) rode the wave of this success. These three films were some of the largest films of their time and saw Carrey's hollywood standing higher than Stallone, Willis and any other A-stream actors (this is referring to box office takings). Carrey is Ace Ventura who is hired for his services as pet detective, to track down the mascot of the Miami Dolphins. The film also uses the talents of Courney Cox as a pre-Friends love line.! The sequel was lacking and although Carrey's performances have pretty much been repetitions of previous work (until Man On the Moon) this is still one of the comedy classics that everyone should watch.

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