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i'm going to cut to the chase and i have to say this is by far the worst musical i have ever seen in london. It is simply dreadful. I went in with an open mind and a ticket from the half price ticket booth in leicester square (£21.50) - i knew it was tina arena's last night so i thought i'd pop along and see what it's like There is only one good thing about the show and that is the cast. All have brilliant voices and you can't fault any of them. I was pleased to see steve balsamo and the cast who had played the parts in montreal were all on stage. Everyone had fantastic voices and sang their hearts out. There was only two songs i remembered afterwards and that was the opening song (the age of the catthedral) and live for the one i love. this is staged as more as a concert than a musical - a cast member comes and sings then goes off - However this makes the story so confusing - it is very hard to keep track of what's going on with the exception of two songs, the rest are just trash and instantly forgettable - the lyrics are a joke - my three year old niece could have done better the pre recorded backing track is very loud and it is sometimes hard to hear what the cast is singing - mix this with the repetitive music and you have a show which left me cold the whole staging was very "french" and for me it just didn't feel right here in london - if i hadn't bought the ticket i would have walked out at the end of the first act - the people sitting around me were also bored and i almost fell asleep - when you see people twitching in their seats and looking at their watches you know the show is in trouble plaese avoid this at all costs - wait until disney brings the hunchback of notre dame to london - it may not be as true to victor hugo's story but it is a hell of a lot more entertaining - but the disney video instead and save yourself a load of money
i have been watching WWF ever since i first got sky back in 1990. At the time on Sky it was one of the better programmes to watch. this was back in the days of ultimate warrior, mr perfect and ravishing rick rude. there was something about the wrestling that made you want to watch it. You knew they weren't hurting each other but the WWF put such brilliant shows it didn't really matter. the commentators were so brilliant - who remembers jesse "the body" ventura ? i then didn't have sky for about 3 years and once channel 4 put it on i started to watch the wrestling again. it certainly has changed a lot since i last saw it. It now has a very good cutting edge feel. all the wrestlers seem very modern and the moves they pull off are astounding. it is certainly more violent and bloody than it used to be but if the wwf hadn't moved on then they perhaps would not be as successful as they are now. Some people just don't seem to get WWF - they take it too seriously and give it a hard time - if you watch it for what it is (entertainment with a sporting twist) then you will have a good time. i'd rather watch WWF wrestling than eastenders
i was really looking forward to seeing this show and when i finally did get to see it i was very disappointed. the first thing i noticed was how bare and drab the production was - the scenery was minimalist and the best special effect was the start of the second act when the barricade is formed the production lasts for nearly three hours and while some of the music is very good, it can be a bit repetitive i have seen people crying at the end of this show but i just couldn't understand why - i didn't hate it all - there are some brilliant songs like stars, empty chairs at empty tables and the end of act 1 is quite impressive (one day more) - i was also impressed by the suicide of javert (simple but effective) however just for me it didn't live up to expectations - i had high expectations for phantom and it delivered on every front i really can't understand how this has ran so long - miss saigon had better music and a more effective staging but that closed last year don't believe the hype!
there are days when this chat service is really good but there are other days when you just can't believe how rubbish it really is! there is a fair selection of chat rooms to choose from but often they can be inhabited by the most stupid of people for example in the sports chatroom you often get people just insulting each other and there are lots of times when you go to the film and cinema chat rooms and not one film topic gets mentioned the site is full of teenagers pretending to be hard and a lot of the time they really ruin the conversation. you can get some very good people talking here but there are more silly people than serious chatters the other major problem with freeserve is the amount of times the server crashes - it can do it at any time and it is so annoying when you are actually having a good conversation it can also be very slow to connect - it uses a chat client which hogs two copies of your web browser overall a hit and miss affair
this is mt first venture into the world of pay as you go mobile phones and as a first time phone it is pretty good. I got this as part of the vodafone pay as you talk all calls package. the trium astral is not as good as the nokia phones i've used in the past however so i would suggest that you get this if you're a first time buyer and you can't afford to buy a nokia phone. for a start there is only 12 ringing tones. Now considering 8 of these are pathetic this only leaves you with 4 decent tones to choose from. according to the trium tech support (who emailed me back within 2 days) you have to buy software for your pc if you wish to create your own ringing tones. there are also no games on the phone. however the screen is very good - the phone is nice and light and according to the specs you get 3 hours talktime and 150 hours in standby. the phone has interchangable covers - the "mouse" on the front of the phone is used to navigate between menus and the system is very easy to use as a first time phone this would be great - however if you're use to a brand of phone such as nokia you may be disappointed
i saw this film in florida about three months before it came out in the UK - i had no preconceptions about the film what i watched then was one of the most intelligent, thought provoking and moving films i have ever seen. jodie foster plays ellie arroway who scans the skies for signals from outer space - one day she receives such a signal - is it a really a message from outer space containing blueprints for a machine or a cruel hoax by a dying scientist ? make up your own minds folks. don't let the 2 hour 23 minute running time put you off this film really zips by - jodie fosters performance is superb - matthew McConaughey plays the priest to perfection james woods is superb as the slimy government minister - tom skerritt is effective as the person who takes ellies funding away but wants to take the credit for himself and special word must go to john hurt who plays hadden, the mysterious benefactor who funds ellie there are some moving scenes at the start where we see ellie at a young age - david morse who plays her dad is also good as well the best scenes happen towards the end when the machine is built and ellie goes through it - special effects here are stunning the final courtroom scenes are heartbreaking when ellie is being questioned about how much has been spent on the project and with there being no proof, did she have a blackout and imagine the planet that she went too. the score by alan silvestri is one of the most astounding i've ever heard - beautiful and touching - definitely a five star film which everyone should go and see
what a great way to end the back to the future trilogy - after the slightly disappointing second film, zemeckis and the cast get back into gear for the rip roaring, rooting tootiing, sharp shooting ending. marty goes back to 1885 to rescue the doc only to find out once he gets there he can't get back as the delorean fuel tank has been punctured. the only solution ? a train - with this being the last film everything gets wrapped up nicely. The doc has a relationship with a teacher while marty has the usual run ins with biff tannen. all the humours in here along with all the usual cast - fox is on top form as marty, christopher lloyd is good as the doc and mary steenburgen is sweet as the doc's love interest the wild west theme is played to the full and we have funny moments like marty pretending to be clint eastwood. definitely worth seeing to complete your viewing of all the BTTF films - it on a par with the first and much better than the second film for the sound enthusiasts amongst you, there is a great surround sound moment at the end when the train lifts off the ground and the sound goes from left to centre to right before coming to a climax as the train comes towards you
evita is one of my favourite musicals and a few years back i managed to see it on stage and was very impressed. when i heard it was to be made into a film i was really looking forward to it. i was willing to give it a chance even though i heard madonna was in it. i hated this when i saw this at the cinema and i hated it when i caught it on video. This movie demonstrates how two mediums can take one subject and make it into two different results. On stage evita was great. on film evita is disappointing. As usual with filmed musicals bit have been added to pad scenes out which just don't sit within the film (do we really need to see madonna neing refused entry to her fathers funeral? ) madonna certainly looks the part but her voice is just not powerful enough to carry the role (i believe the music was altered down to accommodate her voice). antonio banderas may have the smouldering latin look but his voice is crap. the only bit i genuinely liked in the film was the song "you must love me" - this was truly heart breaking and touching as an andrew lloyd webber fan i was very disappointed. i hope they get someone decent to play the phantom of the opera.
i hated this the first time i saw this at the cinema - it was all hyped up and like most films which are hyped, it doesn't quite live up to it. it is very good at the start - the emotional first encounter at the cemetery and the omaha beach landings look very authentic and truly horrific. after the opening 25 minutes however the film seems to divebomb and it's very talky and very little action - and it is a great shame as if the momentum from the opening would be able to have been carried on then this would truly have been one the most superb films of all time. As it stands however, the film is fatally flawed. the ensemble simply argue and meander from one boring sequence to the next trying to find private ryan - the film does pick up towards the end as the soldiers defend a town from a platoon of tanks but i think by this time it's too late - you probably would have fallen asleep by this point. Hanks is very good as the flawed commander. Tom Sizemore is superb and barry pepper is good as the sniper. there's a nice touch at the end when the old ryan asks his wife "have i been a good man ?" but little touches like this are few and far between perhaps better on video when you can watch it in segments, saving private ryan will go down as an over rated classic.
james camerons follow up to ridley scotts classic is a rollercoaster of emotion, action and sheer terror. ripley is discovered in the escape pod of the nostromo where she has drifted for 57 years. The company is going to charge her for destroying the nostromo when they lose contact with LV426, the planet that the nostromo set down on where kane was infected with the alien. if she goes back as an advisor the company will drop all charges... rather like alien, aliens does take it's time to get going. It takes around an hour to get to the stage where the marines get to the planet and first come into contact with the alien. this is more of an action packed film than alien, which was definitely more suspenseful and definitely more stylish. we see more of the alien in this film than the original. The action scenes are very good and you'll find yourself willing the marines on as the aliens get closer to them when they are so near to getting to the escape ship. The alien effects are very good. Look closely however and you can see the strings controlling the aliens. The alien queen is very scary and the effects for that are very good. The DVD shows you test screenings of the alien queen as they perfect the puppet. all the performances are good. Weaver now has ripley down to a tee but we see a more maternal ripley. Michael Biehn plays hicks straight down the line and lance henriksen plays a very sympathetic bishop. The ensemble marine cast all play the kick ass marines to perfection while Paul Reiser plays the company man with suitable smarminess. If you're a purist go for the DVD widescreen directors cut. The additional footage is not that brilliant and does not add that much to the film (whereas the abyss directors cut was a totally different film with the extra 28 minutes). But at least you see what james cameron wanted you to see. is it better than alien ? well not in my opinion. Although it is more action pac
ked alien felt more claustrophobic and the cast that ridley scott had to work with was a cut above the cast here. definitely worth seeing. would love this to rereleased at the cinema so it could be seen on a big screen again.
in my opinion alien 3 is severely underrated. yes you can say it is not up to the standard of alien or aliens, but when you consider the production problems they had then i think they made a pretty good job of the film. the film begins with ripley crashing onto fury 161. The escape pod has a fire on it and ejects the pod onto the foreboding planet. The crash claims three victims - hicks, newt and the robot bishop. fury 161 is a prison planet run by andrews. the inmates have never seen a woman and they soon hear about ripley. ripley is befriended by a doctor (charles dance). Soon murders begin to happen. But the prisoners won't believe ripleys warnings about the alien. This film is by no means brilliant but it is not as bad as a lot of people say. i must admit i didn't like the film at first but i think the more you see it the more it grows on you. all the actors play the parts well. Weaver is very good and we see a different ripley take on the beast. Charles S Dutton is brilliant as one of the convicts. The mainly british crew stand up for themselves well. this is a new alien which is quicker than before. There's not the great shock factor in seeing the alien now. Music by Elliot goldenthal is sensational and the scene at the end where ripley takes matters into her own hands is set against a beautiful piece of music. The film really takes off when the prisoners decide to trap the beast in the lead works. Great camerawork means we see the prisoners being chased from the alien viewpoint. This is a very stylistic alien film. David Fincher directs competently and with the material he has to play with does a good job. don't believe anyone that's it really is a terrible film. Watch it more thoroughly and you'll enjoy it more every time you see it.
i have now seen this show three times and it impressed me the first time I saw it but the other couple of times I've seen it it has really disappointed. I first saw it in 1990 when dave willetts was in the lead role. This was the first show i ever saw in london and i have never forgotten the experience as seeing this caused me to get the musical bug. I will never forget the scene in christines dressing room with the mirror when we see the phantom for the first time. Then the scene with the boat on the lake as they sing Phantom Of The Opera is a sight to behold. Other standout scenes include the scene in the graveyard as the phantom hurls fireballs at raoul and finally who can ever forget the scene at the end when the phantom sees raoul and chrstine in the boat as they paddle to their happiness as the phantom stands alone and sings "You alone can make my song take flight, It's over now the music of the night......" and then goes to sit in his throne. As i say it was brilliant the first time i saw it but the second time i went i wasn't very impressed with the guy playing phantom. He didn't have dave willetts' presence or voice and i felt very litlle emotion at the end (when even the chair failed to work so he didn't disappear at the end) The last time i saw it in september 1999 it was even worse - the guy playing phantom (mike sterling) wasn't brilliant and the whole cast were pretty dire there had been changes made to the staging most notable at the start of the second act where instead of the curtain opening all at once at the start of the song masquerade, they now open a part at a time taking away the truly splendid sight of the cast on the stairs - no longer is there a gasp of sheer delight from the audience at that point. the last time i got a seat in the dress circle three rows from the front - the seats had an awful vie
w (yes even 3 rows back centre) - but it was nice to see what you miss from the stalls - you see the phantom a bit more is it worth going to see ? i guess so if you've not seen it - it's still sells out every night and probably will for many many years to come i don't think i'd go again until i knew the production was back up to scratch if you're reading this mr lloyd webber, i suggest you revamp the production as for the first time ever i felt cheated at one of your shows
currently running at the phoenix theatre in london, this is a very effective and sad tale of Mrs Johnson who gives birth to twins but can't afford to keep both of them. In desperation she gives one away to her rich employer. This twin grows up in wealth while the twin Mrs Johnson keeps grows up in abject poverty. The boys grow up and play together but never know the secret that they were parted at birth. The poor Eddie grows deeper and deeper into depression as his life goes from bad to worse as he is sacked from his job and then gets hooked on drugs. This all takes it's toll on his girlfriend who turns to his twin as a friend for help but soon starts to fall in love with him. This all leads to a tragic finale where the two men face a showdown and discover that they are in fact brothers before the final drastic act that will haunt their mother forever. i have seen this show three times and have enjoyed it every time. The story is very simple but told very effectively. The story spans their time from birth to their early twenties as they grow up in a liverpool with no prospects and growing unemployment. The funniest parts of the show are in their childhood when they are playing games and swearing. The scenes are very amusing and will have you chortling. Things get more turbulent in their teen scenes as Linda, Eddies Girlfriend, starts falling for his twin. But the saddest and emotional scenes are kept for the end. I won't tell you what happens but it is very sad. The music is hardly Andrew Lloyd Webber Standards but it serves it's purpose. There are some really catchy tunes like Tell Me It's Not True, Bright New Day, and I'm not saying a word. This is very much a musical drama and there is quite a lot of talking in it but this does not detract from the show. If you're after a really good musical drama then this is definite
ly worth catching. Definitely one worth seeing, tickets should be available from the half price booth in leicester square.
As in Armageddon, this is a film about a comet heading towards the earth. We send up a team of experts to try and blow the asteroid apart with a nuclear device. This is where the two films differ. Whereas Armageddon was an all out action film, Deep Impact is more of a drama which focusses on certain characters (Leo who discovers the comet and the reporter who accidentally discovers the story) on the events up to the comets arrival. We see the strife of leo as he gives up his chance of survival in a bunker to go back and get his girlfriend and also we see how the reporter and her estranged father eventually find each other again. The film is full of big names like Morgan Freeman (a good performance), Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni (mrs david duchovny), Elijah Wood and Vanessa Redgrave. The music is absolutely beautiful scored as it is by James Horner. The special effects are absolutely superb. The sequence near the end where a piece of the comet hits the eastern seaboard and destroys New York is absolutely stunning. What really makes the film for me is the emotion you feel. I felt it the first time i saw it at the cinema. It is most gutwrenching at the end when the comet cannot be stopped. There is a beautiful scene when the reporter is standing on the beach with her father and the comet zooms overhead and smashes into the ocean. The tidal wave is heading uncontrollably towards them and you hear her go "dadddddddyyyyyy..." and also the bit at the end when the crew in the spaceship decide to make the ulimate sacrifice for the sake of all mankind (accompanied by a fantastic horner score) i'd definitely recommend the film if you've seen armageddon and if you're after a good drama this comes highly recommended.
this is one of the first ever films i saw on betamax (snigger) way back in the early 80's - this is basically a star wars rip off which is based on the seven samurai but was made for about 29p + VAT as a lot of it is outtakes from other films the film stars richard thomas (john boy walton) whose planet is under threat from sador. they have no defences - sador will destroy the planet unless richard thomas can find help - he ultimately does as he picks up various scoundrels such as George Peppard and Robert Vaughn. each of the race thomas hires agrees to help him for various reasons they ultimately succeed and sador is defeated. I really enjoyed this film. It is not a star wars beater by any way but it's cheapness grows on you and in a scene at the end when thomas has to blow up his own spaceship, you will feel really touched. this is also the first film which i fell in love with the music of james horner. His score is superb and it also helped him get the Star Trek II job. if you see this cheap on a market stall buy it straight away and enjoy a cheap piece of sci-fi filmmaking at it's best.