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    • Hot Rod (DVD) / DVD / 16 Readings / 15 Ratings
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      excellent movie that picks up the pace and just keeps going!

      Discovered purely by accident on Film 4 while looking for a light hearted comedy we sat down to watch this thinking that a film about raising funds for a heart transplant may be heavier than anticipated.

      The cast looked good: Sissy Spacek, Isla Fischer, Ian McShane and a ton of unknowns.

      Tweny minutes in, aside from a few laughs, we were ready to quit. And then the laughs came.

      This is not a slapstick comedy that has turned sugary sweet. It is played deadly straight and this makes the comedy much funnier. Whether the lead character, Rod, is being beaten up by his step dad, Frank, or Rod is playing homage to Flashdance this movie packs a mean punch.

      Inspired by his own father to raise money for a heart transplant for his step father Rod sents out to jump 14 buses in the style of his icon Evil Kinevil (is that spelt right? you know who I mean). He enlists his looser friends that have clearly never been kissed and have created their own unique language. The result is hilariously bad stunts, a long trip down a hill and the help of some animal buddies. Meanwhile Sissy Spacek just lets them get on with it.

      I have been told in the past that I tell too much of the plot so lets just leave it there for now.

      There are some superb set scenes including the final march out and the neighbourhood folk as well as swimming pool and speed challenges. These and many other moments are well written with the acid wit of people of like a cruel laugh at the looser.

      The only downside is the start which dragged a bit but then we didn't know much about the film. My wife usually hates films like this but for an 80's, indie, coming of age, action?, family story it won our vote hands down.

      Oh, did you know there is a move in Tai Chi that makes you poop your pants? Hilarious!!

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    • Annie [1982] (DVD) / DVD / 13 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      01.06.2010 16:40
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      a feel good movie

      This last weekend I happened across a countdown of the 100 best loved family films. And smack bang in the middle was Annie. When I say smack bang I mean they showed the whole film as a mega break in the countdown.

      Now Annie to me has always been an irritating brat with ginger hair and a dress that you would love to rip to shreds so I concentrated on the supporting cast.

      Aside from the songs............yawn....with the exception of the fruitless seduction of Miss Hannigan in 'Sign', the tricky trio's 'Easy Street' and Miss Hannigans desperate plea to rid her of 'Little Girls'. I don't care much for the soundtrack. Oh there's the big numbers but they are a bit too insipid for my taste. 'Hard Knock Life' is good but when the girls sing I can't help but feel that it's studio recordings with bad miming.

      On the other hand you have Albert Finney..........who really can't sing, but plays a blinder. (Well Rex Harrison did the speak sing and Audrey Hepburn was dubbed) and then you have Ann Reinking whose dancing and singing ability are all but washed under the orphanage stair by the three true stars.

      Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan is superb. She plays a drunken tart with a heart (all be it late on) to great aplomb. Crooner, bathing and drinking her way through the soundtrack she is the ultimate musical baddy. Evil and funny all at once with comic timing and reactions that heighten the moments.

      Tim Curry plays Rooster, Miss Hannigan's brother brilliantly with a rich, sexy, evil voice.

      Bernadette Peters plays Lily Saint Regis (after the hotel) with a squeaky voice that would frighten Stuart Little and his family. She doesn't do much but what she and Rooster do a Warbuck's mansion is genius.

      The plot is know the world over. Little orphan Annie dreams of her parents and low and behold she is 'adopted' by Warbucks for a short time as a treat. Queue end titles, happy ever after.............no, no quite there is a lot in the middle involving the president and a hairy mutt called Sandy.

      The fil will appeal to young children and old romantics who like the traditional musical story line. But then for those of you of like a bit of nastiness you get a great sub plot.

      It's a well directed film with great set scenes and routines. The dialogue is cheesy but this is stage play adaptation. With three heavy weights in the bad gang the sub plot takes some of the sugary spewiness away making this an entirely watchable film.

      And yes, the sun will come out tomorrow!!!

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    • In Her Shoes (DVD) / DVD / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      26.05.2010 11:44
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      Great movie with excellent cast and black humour

      In Her Shoes is on the surface a chick flick. Starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette as two sisters who love and loathe each other in near equal measure.

      Toni is organised and hates disorder. She works hard and treats herself to shoes. Shoes that sit in her cupboard and do nothing. At the start of the film she is embarking on a doomed relationship. Not least because her sister sleeps with her man.

      Cameron Diaz is the polar opposite. Not too bright, can't read and gets by on looks charm and who she sleeps with her sister's 'boyfriend'.

      After picking her sister up from a high school reunion drunk they pair live together and bond as sisters and it becomes clear that there is a true love between them. Cameron Diaz gets a job and then gets attacked so steals a dog. After catching Cameron in bed with her man she throws her out.

      There is an interesting father daughter bond thrown in the melting pot with a very over bearing step mother whose daughter Marsha is clearly better than anyone else. The sad pretentiousness of this woman is one of those I want to laugh at you moments but feel guilty as I now someone like you feelings.

      With a bit of snooping at her Dad's Cameron Diaz finds old birthday cards from an unknown relative. After extracted the moment and claiming $200 for sleeping with her sister's man she heads for Florida to surprise her relative.

      Meanwhile Toni Collette decides to give up the high flying career and by default starts a dog walking business. She finally begins to breathe and starts seeing a new guy.

      Cameron meets Shirley McLaine, her grandmother who lives in a retirement home and doesn't suffer fools gladly. And, despite a botched theft attempt she offers to help Cameron but warns that she doesn't for nonsense. Cameron gets a job and begins reading to an old blind guy who used to be a professor.

      The film does head towards chick flick material but Shirley McLaine and the residents of the nursing village are brilliant and with a little help from her fairy Grandmother a few wheels are set in motion heading towards the happy ending.

      The film jumps in and out of the back story to the sister's birth mother and what happened to her. The two sisters have very different opinions of these parts of their life and we find that Toni Collette has kept a big secret to protect her sister.

      The thing about this film is that it does start as chick flick but heads into quite a dark family comedy. You will notice things about your relatives in each of the characters whether it be a drunken sibling, under the thumb Dad or a Grandmother that has accepted her lot in life but yearns to be involved again. The film is well shot with a quirky soundtrack and a canine nod to Rocky that is total cheese. It is well acted and while not fully believable that one can quit work so easily it does ring true on many levels. It also touches on adults with learning difficulties and their struggles and behaviours. But above all it shows that if you want it you can get it if you try.

      All in a great film that will raise a smile, then a tear, then a smile, then a tear...............mostly smiles though!!!!

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      • Moosehead Shaping Dough / Hair Care / 16 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        21.05.2010 15:00
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        Non sticky hair styler

        I have tried many hair products over the years in a bid to maintain youtful up to date looks. All this despite pushing 33 and receding at a rate faster than I would like.

        I happened across thid product in Tesco and figured what the heck it's worth a try. It comes in a smart brown/black tub with a colloured lid depending on the part of the range. Mine is the red one and it's a shaping dough.

        The price is average at around £3.50 - £4.00.

        First off this is a man's product. Designed with men in mind but no doubt your good lady will steal a few shots.

        It can be applied to towel dried or dry hair and is applied with your fingers. On opening the dough is a cookie dough colour and smells of a mix of caramel, fudge, cocoa and chocolate. Not the most unpleasant but I don't think everyone will like it. It is easily applied by running you fingers through your hair.

        Depending on hair length you can run your fingers through your hair and style as desired. I have longer hair and use straighteners for the desired effect and it's just as effective.

        It is not a overly sticky product and while you know your hair is styled it is still very soft and the product washes of easily. On average use it lasts about 4 weeks , longer if you don't style daily or use a cheaper brand.

        All in it's an effective product that holds a style well without the sticky residue of other products.

        UPDATE: My local semi chem is selling the 100ml tub for £1.00 at the moment. I asked if this was a special offer but they've been selling it at that price for ages. It's worthwhile looking around as I don't think all of the branches stock this product

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      • The Dark Knight (2 DVDs) / DVD / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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        06.05.2010 22:00
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        KAPOW!!! again

        Sequels are never as good, or even better? Fact? Balderdash. I watched this having watched Batman Begins a few days previous so the story was still fresh and the hype of Heath Ledger had long since passed. I must admit though that Heath Ledger is brilliant. Another good addition/ replacement is Maggie Gylenhal.

        The story starts with a bank heist of epic and hilarious proportions and moves to the quiet life of Bruce Wayne and the wanna e fake super heroes. With more twists and turns and the incusion of Two Face in a twist I never saw coming this film was surprisingly entertaining. Christian Bale did start to annoy me but that's just a niggle. Morgan Freeman again is excellent and in a story reminisent of current times when the wrong person is thrust into the lime light to save others the ensemble cast provide a solid performance.

        The film got much flak for violence from the Joker but I found two faces other face more freaky. There was one knife attack when I was reaching for the cushion.

        The guns, equipment and gadgets will leave you gobsmacked and the notion of the sonar spy machine is just plain scary
        All in a greatt night for all.

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      • Batman Begins (2 DVDs) / DVD / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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        06.05.2010 13:57
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        Good action/romance movie

        Batman Begins is exactly as the title suggests. It charts the beginning of Bruce Wyane, who wa ssurprisingly normal except that he lived in a huge mansion with a cave never discovered.

        The film starts in the far East with Batman in jail and charts the physical rise to fame of Bruce Wayne. Enter a brilliantly tached Liam Neeson.

        For martial arts and fight fans these scenes do no dissapoint. But as yet no Bat mobile or suit.

        Fear not Bat fans as the film moves along quickly we are returned to Gotham realised in a far more authentic way than ever before with only a slight nod to the comic books childish imagary.

        We learn a lot about Bruce Wayne's family and the political undertones as well as the jealousy of greedy people along the way and we meet some brilliant characters. MIchael Caine plays a blinder as does Morgan Freeman. Quite how he creates all of those cool toys is beyond me.

        The plot line is not the hardest to follow but I did find myself pleasantly surprised as a few slight twists although scenes where Katie Holmes is kidnapped and has to be saved are forumlaic to say the least. However, they are never the less enjoyable. A special note to the special effects team. Excellent work.

        As for villian Scarecrow does nicely. He actually featured in a dream I had the other night so the impact is there. There is also a seemless link to the Joker for the sequel near the end of the film.

        The film is effects laden but slows down for a human story that only makes the whole movie much more enjoyable for a wider audience.

        And for the ladies? Well, Bruce Wayne getting patched up and that phone sex voice of Batman when he has the mask on.............need I say more.

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      • Gone With The Wind (DVD) / DVD / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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        10.03.2010 13:56
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        Epic deep south love story.

        Having failed to locate our prized copy of Fried Green Tomatoes before realising we had watched it on V plus we sat with our glasses of wine in hand and pondered the options on V+. Movie after movie appeared, each as bad sounding as the last, or that we'd seen a dozen times until we hit this little gem.

        Sorry, did I say little. Made in 1940 in an era where it was okay to have a break in a film and when if you went to the pictures you were there ½ the day Gone with the Wind clocks up 3 ½ hours. Can you imagine if there was a directors cut? You'd need a week of sick to watch this.

        Many of you will know various bits of this film whether it is the iconic end of part one or Rhett Butler's immortal line at the end of the film, but did you know that I got butt rash and very drunk while watching it? Most pub sessions last a couple of hours, but in the comfort of you own home with endless alcohol. Okay scratch that, we ran out!!! I was on the 8% wine as there was nothing left.

        The farm starts with the happy plantation that is Tara and the carefree lifestyle of Scarlett O'hara. A child born of privilege that gets her own way and leads young seuters in a merry dance. It is set just before the civil war of Roots fame and brings with it all the fun and games of slavery although I must admit the family are very good to the slaves.

        From here we see the civil war break out and the damage that it causes, taking the happy go lucky people form excitement about going to war to the harsh truth. And it's a proper riches to rags tale as Scarlett's life tumbles around her almost as quickly as the plantation. But being a determined soul she resolves to make the land work for her in the iconic sunset silhouette scene.

        Part two kicks of with Tara in trouble as taxes are due and short of prostitution Scarlett will do anything to save it. Finally she approaches Rhett Butler who clearly fell for her earlier in the film but he is unable to help so marries a nice rich man much to the annoyance of family.

        After being attacked there is a revenge on a shanty town. And while not directly stated I think it was a little hint towards the Klu Klux Klan in it's own way due to the ethnic origins of Scarlett's attacker. During the revenge attack Scarlett's husband is killed and while still in mourning she marries Rhett Butler.

        A most self absorbed couple you will struggle to meet.

        I won't go into anymore of the story but let's just say these are edited highlights. There are many other bits to the tale and while they make up a good story I found myself asking who she married first time round before the husband that got killed. The book would probably answer that but I don't think I could face it.

        The story is wonderful, but so drawn out it was bound to loose some of the impact on the screen. That said the hammy embraces look more passionate than a lot of rubbish you get now. Vivien Leigh is suitable cast as the brunette airhead with more brains than you'd expect. She uses her womanly charm and carries no shame or guilt throughout. Only at the end do you actually feel sorry for her. Clark Gable just oozes sex God. His tash and slick hair would make any woman go week at the knees.

        The set and costumes are stunning although you can spot the studio shots at 100 paces with a glass eye and also the painted backdrops. But this was 1940 and if was to be remade it would never capture the naivety of the piece that makes it work.

        This is one movie that should never be remade. Did I enjoy it? The jury's out on that one but that may have been the alcoholic haze. It is not my favourite movie but I can see why it is as well loved.

        One final note, if the soundtrack doesn't have the hairs on your neck upright and you reaching for the hankies then you really should go find a wizard and ask for a heart.............but that's another review.

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      • Save The Last Dance 2 (DVD) / DVD / 20 Readings / 20 Ratings
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        07.03.2010 10:18
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        Awful sequel........why did they make this?

        Urban, gritty, moving, good soundtrack, intersting characters and back story lines, stuggling dancers and screwed up parental relationships......... and things that were in Save the Last Dance with Julia Stiles but sadly missing from this god awful sequel.

        This sequel picks up where the first movie ended with a video diary/interview of the main character Sarah Johnson. It basically fills in the story of the first film and explains why the main charcaters will not appear. Personally I think they got a script preview and thought about the potential damage to their career.

        Okay, Sarah has got into Julliard and she is finding it tough. The film looks at her struggle to dance ballet while yearning for something else, namely hip-hop. And sadly this is where the film falls down. We last saw Sarah dancing her ballet perfectly and her miodern routine was brilliant. So whyis she not doing modern dance? And more to the point when did she a gloriously blue/grey world of the ghetto and move into an MTV world of skinny stick insects and clothing that Gap rejected for a reason. Do you remember Sarah in her orange puffer jacket? Come back Julia Stiles!!!

        There is little by the way of dancing except one dance off with someone with attitude that has no reason to hate Sarah except that that is her character. There is then a drawn performance of Giselle. As good as it is it wasn't the ballet from the first film and there is definatey not the same atmosphere.

        The on off relationship with a new guy is at times believable, but there is little by way of chemistry.

        The film seems to have drained the franchise of the bitter/sweet touch the original had and while some dance fans will like it I reccomend that you save you last money and get the first film.

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          05.03.2010 10:35
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          good album that depends on your mood

          Okay, I don't know about you but I have a selection of CDs that I can only listen to when I in a certain mood. I have Scouting For Girls for those happy car journeys, and I have Darren Hayes for more reflective slow trips. And then I have this.

          Five for Fighting is a one man band headlined John Ondrasnik. His style is difficult to define in that the songs are very inspirational but also at times a bit dull. The blandness of some tunes whoever is what makes the music so good as you concentrate on the lyrics.

          I could go into the background of the band but you probably want to know more about the songs. I first found Superman on the Dawson's Creek soundtrack (showing my age there). From that I tracked down an import of the CD.

          Superman is by far the best song on the album. It became huge just after 9-11 and propelled Five for Fighting into the hearts of many people. It is perhaps why I tolerate some of the poorer songs such as Jainy and Bloody Mary.

          Another brilliant song is Love Song. It talks of separation and divorce through the eyes of the child and their thoughts about Dad finding a new partner with the haunting question 'Why me?' As the song progresses it shows how a child feels like they are important and gradually get pushed to side. Harsh but very true.

          Michael Jordan deals with an obsessed fan and while it's a good enough song it just doesn't work for me.

          Most of the other songs are instantly forgettable, but still worth a listen too.

          I find with this album that I like it best when the house is empty and the bath is warm. I can lie back and chill with a glass of wine. It's not an album that encourages energetic boosts, but rather affords itself time to reflect on what has been going on in life. Now that sounds heavy.

          Don't let this put you off. Some of the material is sound. Other albums have some good tracks on them and I reckon there are two excellent albums worth of songs between all of the albums. Get a copy from someone or buy it cheap to avoid disappointment.

          Star rating is tough for this as it depends on mood, hence the three stars

          Track Listing from amazon:


          1. Easy tonight
          2. Bloody Mary (A Note On Apathy)
          3. Superman
          4. America Town
          5. Somthing About You
          6. Jainy
          7. Michael Jordan
          8. Out Of Love
          9. The Last Great American
          10. Love Song
          11. Boat Parade
          12. Alright

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          Good solid game for an hour or two of time wasting.

          The primary story in Beautiful Katamari deals with the aftermath of the planet-sized King of All Cosmos's binge drinking spree that wiped out all the stars and other celestial bodies from the sky. The King (who appears to be chronically dissatisfied with his 10-cm-tall son's small size) charges the Prince to go to Earth with a "katamari"--a magical ball that allows anything smaller than it to stick to it and make it grow--and collect enough material for him to recreate the stars and constellations. The Prince is successful, and the sky is returned to normal.

          (above from wikipedia)

          I got my son to download a demo of this game, having been slaughtered 200 times by an alien in Alien vs Predator and not quite getting to grips with the controls.

          The premise is simple. Roll around and collect things to grow bigger. The first time I did this I got quite big, but didn't understand the lebgths I could potentially go to. So before you know it I was tearing around a little village smashing into all sorts of things and growing at a trmendous rate. When I managed to pick up stacks of barrels I got very excited. I then started plotting how to get big as quickly as possible and before I new it I had 90% of the town population attached to my katamari.

          In terms of game play this was onyl the 3 minute demo, but it is very straight forward. For playing the full game you would need to follow a game plan to progress but it was fun just collecting things.

          The graphics are no perhaps on par wit bigger games like Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty but this is aimed a younger (or in my case immature) audience who want bright colours and fun.

          It will appeal to kids from around 3 up, assuming they can work the control pad. Actually who am I kidding, I know kids that age that can programme the VCR.

          it is a fun gam. Would I buy the full version? Only if it was very cheap.

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        • Barr Irn Bru Diet / Soft Drink / 28 Readings / 25 Ratings
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          Maybe not the best hangover cure, but great ad campaign.

          And here we have a little Scottish drink that has spawned dozens of offensive advertising campaigns.

          Irn Bru is unique. While origianlly only available north of the border it is slowly infiltrating our firends in the South and is a staple on the Costa del wherever. (At cost I might add).

          Originally branded as being made in Scotland from Girders the actual recipe is a closely guarded secret. It's an unusal orange coloured fizzy drink with a nice stash of E numbers. Called ginger by Scots it's the basis for many a hyper active child and frequently referred to as 'loony-juice' by stressed out parents who wish they'd stuck to milk and cookies.

          The can I have is the diet version and it is sugar free, so not as unhealthy as you would think. However, in scotland it's best to tag it on to the end of the order at the local chippie. For example, when the calorie intollernat lady/gent asks: 'Kin a git two sausage suppers, a singel fish, foar fritters, two pokes ae chips n curry sauce.....oh n a boatel ae diet irn bru' (trust me there are no spelling errors in that) you just think beam me up.

          Not that Irn Bru is just for the working class. In fact a bill board recently showed the lord of a manor with his dogs and the caption saying 'I love Irn Bru and so do my b!tche$'. And people say the Scots have no sense of humour!!!

          Okay, but to the facts, it's available in various sizes: 250ml bottle (the wee bru), 330ml can, 500ml bottle, 1500ml bottle and 2l bottle. prices vary enourmaously depending on the shop: 4 for £1 for can, 3 2l bottles for £3, it depends o nthe shop. Average can price though by itself is 57p.

          It is fully recyclable so it's good for the environment, though where i frequent you would never know as there is a never ending stream of ginger cans strewn like pretty flowers in the parks and streets.

          One good use of this drink, and one that I support fully, is as a mixer for vodka. It's very pleasant when drunk it a tall glass very chilled and with lots of ice. The 'E' numbers play a big part in keeping you awake when out for the night!! This versatile plays a blinder it's last and possible best known role. After a heavy night on the juice and you feel that a hamster has crawled into your mouth and died nothing shifts a hangover like Irn Bru.

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          • The Wedding Singer (DVD) / DVD / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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            Great feel good movie.

            If you grew up in the 80's you will love this movie. The soundtrack is fantastic and the clothing is shocking, not to mention the dance moves in the opening scenes.

            A fluffy rom com that takes the decade that taste forgot and puts us back through the glorious fashion screw ups with great ease. Adam Sandler is on top form as Robbie Hart. His job is as the title suggests the 'Wedding Singer', but he is due to get married to childhood sweatheart Linda.

            He gets dumped and he hits emotional depression culminating in a gig where he sings 'Love Stinks for himself, the fat guy, the lady with side burns and all the mutants at table nine. He gets punched.

            By now he has met Julia, played by Drew Barrymore who seems to enjoy playing a straight forward homely girl with a heart. As they organise her wedding to 'Mr Financial but I still sleep with other women' they gradually fall in love.

            With references to such icons as Freddiy Krueger, Michael Jackson, Madonna and rubiks cubes the film is a nostalgic and very funny trip into the 80's.

            There are several laugh out loud moments along with a few cringe worthy ones when you recognise relatives or friends that dance like that still.

            There are also some great cameo moments with the oldlady learning to sing and Billy Idol's appearance towards the end. Not to mention George (the Boy Georeg wannabe). Some of the best lines go to the youngest cast memebers when one of the young nephews walks up to Linda and says 'You're a bitch' after she's dumped Robie at the altar. All in it's a movie that plays to it's strengths.

            All in the movie is a good distaction and while it will never be classed as cutting edge it is still very fun to watch over ten years after it's original release.

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              Well written tale of revenge and the consequences

              Imagine you had written a book about your home town. In it you criticise and slag off everything and everyone. You embellish the truth and tarnish reputations. It then becomes a world wide movie hit with big actors in the lead role and you make a mint living peacefully in your new batchelor pad a safe distance away. This is Joe's life so far, and then he gets a call that his father is very sick and he must go home................

              As if going home isn't hard enough this novel cranks it up a notch. The charcaters are recognisable as small town people who are blissfully unaware of the outside world unless it comes knocking and within moments of return Joe is wearing milk shake and having copies of his book hurled at his house by the Book Club.

              What follows is a realisation that life wasn't necesarilly as shit as he thought and some funny attempts at redemption. There are some very touching moments with an old best friend and realisation that he could have done more for the one that didn't make it.

              The book holds little by the way of surprising although the is one scene at the end that is hilariously funny but also very sad. The book highlights the good and bad reasons for family but ultimately that there really is no escaping them.

              While not as goos a read as 'How to Talk to a Widower' 'Bush Falls' still holds you in a slushy hhug and only lets you go when you know things will work out good.

              A funny, but touching tale of ignorance and acceptance.

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            • Very Bad Things (DVD) / DVD / 23 Readings / 21 Ratings
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              18.02.2010 16:05
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              excelent black comedy

              Okay, first things first. This film is a black comedy. That means it will offend and upset some people. It is also unrealistic meaning there are flaws. get over them and you are in for a treat.

              The film starts with a very dodgy piano vwerison of Here Comes the Bride followed by a crahsing of chords. Like 'The Hangover' recently thisis about a group of guys goingto Vegas for a batchelor party leaving behind a neurotic witch of a bride and the other respective partners. You will recognise a lot of the cast though at the time a lot of them were not as well known.

              When in Vega the guys party hard and there are copious drug and alcohal fueld scenes with very little meaningful dialogue. Then the stripper arrives. The groom refuses to take part and his pal takes her into the bathroom where he 'slips' and promptly hangs the stripper on the hook by her head. Shortly after she falls off. Then security comes in and just when you think all is well he spots the body.........and is quickly executed.

              What follows is the collateral damage including disposing of bodies to suit everyones religous beliefs, pep talks to motivate the mates to keep quiet, and the cover ups required when a missing persons ad is seen.

              Meanwhile Cameron Diaz is still trying to plan her wedding oblivious of anyone but herself. As the cracks show more of the pals get killed and enventually on her wedding day Miss Diaz looses it and orders her husband to tie up the loose ends.

              Lets just say she doesn't get the fairy tale ending. the film is clever, sometomes too clever but it keeps it's tongue in cheek and never plays it for laughs. it is a black comedy. Christian Slater is on top form as he often was around this film and several before as the lunatic best friend but Cameron Diaz's final shot will have you laughing out loud.

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                Bargain, all incl diving course

                I've just completed my open water certificate in the gloriously warm waters of the Dominicna Republic and all I can say is WOW!!!

                I have wanted to do this for a while but never had the guts or the money. It cost $411 USD that was switched from my account. I expected £300 when I got home so I was dleighted when it was £265. That was for everything. The book, the instruction, the dives and also a free dive at the end of the course. I booked via a group called PRO DIVERS and my instructor was PADI registered. Most beach resorts have huts where you can book the course and they give you a taster for free before you go where they show you basic techniques like mask clearing. If you can't do it they won't book you up.

                This cost also inclued the manual and the theory assessment.

                Day one is a taster to see how you manage and if you decide to boko up you are picked early the next day, or whenever suits. I had a three day gap that let me read most of the book and it was a good choice as I found I had picked up loads more than if I had been under the sea learning.

                I got picked up at 8.15 and sorted for fins then taken to the dive site for a 1/2 hour fun dive. I then resurface and get given a brief run doen on what tasks need to be done. Evreything is shown first and then you repeat. If you don't do it right you keep going. I was sick after both my dives as I could not get used to the sea but this was only on day one. Anti sickness tablets help immensly.

                Day two was a similar set up with the fund dive and then resurface for instruction. At this point I was still panicing about clearing my mask but my instructor was excellent and when I had a panic under water he held my hand, literally, and I calmed down really quick. Not once was I judged or laughed at. After surfacing a second time I had to show I could navigate and swim int he surface strongly with some pretty big waves. The boat then pulle din to pick us up.

                At the end of day two i had to sit a multiple choice paper. No serious time limit and I have to say i did well. And I had passed. I felt a bit of a fraud as I was still unsure about some things, or so I thought.

                I then had my free dive a few days later and lets just say it all fitted into place perfectly. I had a great 45minutes under the water, still with supervision but the underwater world really opened up. If you think you have seen some amazing sights above the water under is equally if not more amazing. It felt like the set of Finding Nemo with the volume of tropical fish.

                All in the diving course was worth the money, less than you would pay back home and all of the equipment was provided so no costly outlay. yes, I will need to get it over time but I only paid $6 for wet suit hire. The rest was provided. I have all my paperwork ready to send away for my full licence and am looking forward to many more dives to come.

                If you go to Sosua Bay in the Dominican look for Eugene, excellent instructor. If you wind up at Blue Bay Villas Doradas go find Javiert at the towel hut. They will look after you.

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