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      19.05.2011 07:48
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      A moving tale of how a woman and man try to rescue each other

      Denise is a single mother of Kyle, he is 5 years old but has speech problems. He is very underdeveloped and she longs for the day he tells her that he loves him. She has moved from her life in Atlanta to the house which her mother left to her in Edenton. She spends her evenings working in a diner and the days teaching Kyle to talk and visiting doctors. Denise really does live a quiet and lonely life since her move.

      Her life is about to take a drastic turn when one evening she is driving home from another doctors appointment when she has an accident and comes off the road. She is rescued by volunteer fire man Taylor but it soon becomes clear that Kyle has gone missing. Denise is reluctantly taken to hospital and Taylor vows to find Kyle. Kyle is soon found safe and well and Taylor delivers on his promise.

      Taylor too has a troubled life and since the death of his father he has not really known what to do with his life. He befriends Denise and they start to spend a lot of time together but can they both overcome their pasts and make their friendship more and will Denise ever here the words she so longs to hear from Kyle?

      I am a big fan of Nicholas Sparks and so I was very eager to red this book. I loved it right from the start. The story was great and very moving at times. I have only given a very brief outline of the story above and there really is so much more to be discovered from reading the book. I found it was very easy to read and enjoyable and packed full of emotions. The way the story was written was great as it gave lots of details about the characters and places but not too much to make me get bored. As a result I was able to build up a good mental picture of the characters and feel that I really got to know them all and the places they lived and visited. If I had one criticism then it would have been to have heard more about the town they lived in as it was so laid back and I think this would have been interesting to find out about.

      I found the two lead characters were lovely. Denise came across so different throughout the book. She was strong and dependant when it came to Kyle and his speech but we got to see the vulnerable side of her too and how she needed company. I loved how these aspects of her blended together and so made for an all round nice character. Taylor was slightly more complex. He was always coming across as hiding something and we did soon learn what it was but it was not fully revealed to us to the end of the book and I felt this added a little mystery to him and enjoyed it as it made him different from other straight forward characters. He was strong when needed and also a dare devil when it came to working for the fire department. He was very nice and pleasant and I loved how he always tried to help people. He never came across in a bad way and I did connect very well with him. We did have a few other characters in the book and despite being connected to the lead characters they did have small side stories of their own. This gave the story some depth and they were all very likable and fitted well with the story.

      The setting for the story was in a quiet town in North Carolina, I think this was a great choice as the slow paced way of life seemed to add to the story and the distinct lack of technology was great. I don't think this story would have had the same impact had it been set in a big city. We did get some good details about the area but I would have liked slightly more.

      When I was reading the book I did get very engrossed at times and had trouble in putting it down, therefore it did only take me two days to read. I think this was due to the fact it had me feeling so many emotions. I was happy for the majority of the book as things were blossoming and Kyle was happy but there were times when I would get sad and quite emotional for the characters. The story started off very dramatic and I think this is really what got me into the story as I had to keep reading the first three chapters to see what happened to Kyle and after this I fell in love with the characters so did not want to stop reading. I have to admit this is the first of Nicholas Sparks' book which had not made me cry but I don't think this is a bad thing as it is more of a happy story than other books. It is still a great read and full of emotions.

      The book which I have is the paperback edition and this has the retail price on the back cover of £7.99. You can buy this for under £5 on Amazon but I would be willing to pay the full price as I love this author and all of his books. The book was published by Sphere.

      I am more than happy to give this book a high recommendation and the full 5 stars. The story is excellent and moving and the characters are all so easy to get to know and understand. I think it would make a great escape read and one which will make you thankful for the little things which you have. This is definitely another strong book by Nicholas Sparks.

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        18.05.2011 07:52
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        A petty thief is offered a massive bank job but what lies in the vault?

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        Terry Leather owns a car show room and he is also a petty criminal. He owes money and is on the verge of loosing everything if he cannot pay the money back soon. His luck changes though when he meets up with old friend Martine Love who has an interesting proposition for him.

        She suggests that they rob a bank, she has details of the security system which is going to be off line for a few days and thinks it is the perfect crime. Little does Terry know that she has an ulterior motive for wanting to rob the bank.

        Terry gets his team together to rob the bank and they make a start, things seem to be going very well but will Terry discover the ulterior motive Martine has and if they are successful just what lies ahead for them?

        I have only given a very brief plot outline for this film so don't be put off by it being basic as there is so much more to be discovered from watching as a few good side line stories which all blend into a very entertaining outcome. I was really looking forward to watching this film as the trailers made it look good and there was also the act it starred Jason Statham and I am a fan of his. Both me and hubby were not disappointed at all by this film, it had a great storyline which was made better as this film is based on a true event which happened. I have to say at the start of the film I did get a little confused as we met several different people from gangs and I really struggled to see how they all connected and fitted into the story but don't be put off by this and keep at it as it does all soon come together.

        The acting from all involved was very good. Jason Statham took the lead role of Terry and I felt he did a great job. There was not much difference from the usual hard type characters he played but for me the added element of his wife and children made us see a softer side of him and I did think this was a good inclusion in the film. He delivered all of his lines with ease and I felt he was great in the action scenes and was effortless in the fighting scenes. He worked well with all of his co stars and in particular Martine Love. There was a constant chemistry between them both and I felt this added to the story as I also had the feeling of will they get together or not. Martine was played by Saffron Burrows and she too was great in her role. She was strong and independent but she always came across as hiding something and I enjoyed seeing how this unfolded on screen.

        All of the co stars were entertaining and easy to watch, we had a good mix of people and I found them all to be likable and the actors did a good job in their roles, some of the actors included, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mayes, Michael Jibson and Richard Lintern.

        The setting for the film was the 1970's and I did find this to be a good choice. The clothes we got to see were fun and quite funky but not over the top, there was a subtleness to them and I did find this worked very well. The props and sets were all very good and in keeping with the era of the film. I did find the cars to be a good highlight of the film as they were quite funny to see the style of but I did have to suffer hubby telling me the names of them all. I think this film would have been just as good set in the present day but I did enjoy the setting we got as there was a distinct lack of modern technology and equipment and I felt it was more fun to watch them struggle and work with the basic things they had.

        There is some action in the film, this is mainly towards the end, it is not the usual action packed film you would expect from Jason Statham but I think the film would have been slightly far fetched if more was included, it was a good balance how it was. There were a few small special effects used in the film and they did fit effortlessly into the film and were very subtle. I think the soundtrack was good and enjoyable and worked well with the story but I would have perhaps liked a few more of the more popular songs from this era to have been used. I would not personally buy this soundtrack but I felt it worked for the style of film.

        I liked how basic the film came across and think this helped me to believe that it was based on true events. I also enjoyed the fact that at the end of the film we got to read about the outcome for the real people involved in the back job. I felt this was a very fitting end to the story and for me it helped with the realness of what I had just watched.

        This is a film only review so there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 111 minutes and when watching I thought it was going to be quite slow as the bank job seemed to happen quite quickly but after this initial thought I felt it moved at a good pace as there was so much happening and if it would have been speeded up I would have lost track of the events. The rate is a 15 and I do agree with this, there is a lot of swearing and some of the scenes do involve mild torture and brutal violence. The DVD is widely available and can now be bought for under £5.

        I am more than happy to recommend this film and give it the full 5 stars. The storyline was great and this was helped with the fact it is based on a true event, the acting was also of a high standard. This is definitely one for all Statham fans to watch as we do get to see a softer side to him and also for those who are not fans of his, this is still a great entertaining film.

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          17.05.2011 15:24
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          A great smelling washing up liquid

          It is quite funny how I came to buy this washing up liquid as I had recently bought some new red accessories for my kitchen and when looking for my usual brand of washing up liquid I spotted this one and as it is red thought it would match nicely with my kitchen. Fortunately though it was on offer! What I came home with is Fairy Pomegranate and Honeysuckle washing up liquid.

          ~~PACKAGING~~

          The washing up liquid comes in a clear bottle which is sort of tear shaped. It is clear which means we get to see the red liquid inside and this also allows us to know exactly how much we have left in the bottle. On the front of the bottle we have a round label in the middle which has the Fairy name across the centre and the product name below this, the fairy baby is to the side and there is also a small picture of a pomegranate and some honeysuckle too. The back of the bottle had a label containing all of the directions for use, ingredients and warnings on.

          The bottle top is red plastic and this is simple to use as it is just the standard flip style one.

          ~~USE AND RESULTS~~

          It is very simple to use the washing up liquid and as with all other brands this just needs to be squirted under a running tap. It is simple to do as the top of the bottle just flips open and the liquid comes out with ease when it is squeezed slightly. I would warn that you really only need a little of the liquid as it makes a good lather and when I used too much I ended up with bubbles all over my sink and draining board.

          There is a scent to the liquid which is noticeable as soon as you flip the lid. It smells very sweet and pleasant. I noticed how floral it felt the first time I smelt it but after this I was able to pick up on the pomegranate side of the scent too. It is nice to be able to smell this when doing the boring job of washing the dishes and it always brings a smile to my face. The scent lasts for a good amount of time and even when I have left the water in the bowl for about 15 minutes and returned I have been able to smell it still. I am pleased with the fact that the scent does not linger on the plates or items which have been washed up in this liquid. I hate nothing more than eating food of a scented plate as it puts me off my food.

          I noticed how clean my plates and pots were and how much easier it seemed to be to get rid of dried in food. I also found my glassed seemed to shine more. I am lazy the majority of times and leave my pots and plates to drain instead of drying them up and I can report that they did not have any soap or bubble marks on them when they dried.

          ~~INFO~~

          The bottle size which I have is 740ml and one bottle lasts in my house for a good three weeks, I was pleased with this as I do have a lot of washing up and a bottle usually only lasts just over 1 week. A smaller bottle size is available but it does not seem worth while buying.

          The product ingredients are:-

          15-30% anionic surfactants, <5% non-ionic surfactants, methylisothiozolinone, phenaxyethanol, perfumes, butyphenyl methylpropional, hexyl cinnamol, linalool.

          A full break down of the ingredients can be found on their website at www.fairydish.com.

          There are some warnings on the back of the bottle and these include storing the bottle in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Rinse hands after use, avoid prolonged contact with the skin and caution is advised if you have broken or sensitive skin. Contact with eyes should be avoided and it should be kept out of reach of small children.

          The bottle is 100% recyclable.

          ~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~

          I was lucky when I bought my bottles or this as I got 2 bottles for £2. The full price when not on offer is around £1.50 which I still think is fairy reasonable as it lasts and a little goes a long way. This washing up liquid can be bought from all supermarkets and some local stores but it may be slightly higher priced in small stores.

          ~~RECOMMENDED?~~

          I am more than happy to recommend this washing up liquid as it cleans the dishes and pots very well and means I don't have to scrub them, it does not leave water or soap marks on glass when they are left to drain and it has the added factor of the lovely scent. I will definitely be buying this again when I run out as it also matches my kitchen accessories! The full 5 stars from me.

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          • Hot Tub Time Machine (DVD) / DVD / 45 Readings / 44 Ratings
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            17.05.2011 07:57
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            A group of friends go back to the 80's after a dip in the hot tub, can they alter their future?

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            Adam, Nick and Lou are all old school friends and now they are men they are all suffering from problematic and boring lives. Lou has an accident and ends up in hospital where the doctors think he tried to kill himself and as a result his friends have to step in to help him.

            The trio along with Adam's nephew Jacob head off on holiday to a resort they last visited in 1986 and try to relive some of the memories. They make use of the hot tub which the suit has but things go wrong and they end up going back in time to 1986. They soon learnt hat they must try and make sure they do things exactly the same way as they did before or they face changing the course of history.

            Can the men try and relive the past or will they alter their futures and what will it mean for Jacob who is not yet even born?

            To be perfectly honest this film never really appealed to me but hubby quite fancied it so I decided to give it a watch. I was actually quite surprised by the film and found some of the parts quite funny. The story was good but nothing very new and original. I think it was helped along with the humour and some good acting. I think I would have liked a little more from the story though because as it stood I did find it was very predictable and I had worked out the ending from half way through the film. This may be a good thing for some as it means you don't have to concentrate fully on what is going on but for me I would have liked another twist or big event to have happened at the end of the film.

            The acting was pretty good. John Cusack played the lead role of Adam and I felt he did a good job. He came across in a good way and was easy to get to know. I liked his way of living and felt he handled the whole time travelling very well. He seemed at ease with his lines and even the humour and he did give me a good few chuckles. The role of Nick was also a strong one, played by Craig Robinson, he came across as quite weak at times with what was happening in his life but he acted this way very well and I did at times feel sorry for him. I like how he was also able to take the serious nature away from his problems with his comedy timing. There was the role of Jacob which I did enjoy too, he was played by Clark Dude and he seemed the only sensible one in the film. He was strong and I loved how he would be shocked by some of the antics which went on. I though he handled the comedy timing with ease and think he has a bright acting future ahead of him.

            There was one role which I really did not like in the film and that was Lou, he was played by Rob Corddry. He was always drunk and full of self pity. I hated him right from the start of the film and could not warm to him at all. I think they played too much to his weaknesses and maybe if he was made slightly stronger and more caring I would have got to like him. He did also have some very good support actors in the film and I felt they were good and gave a little depth to the story.

            The film was set in the present day at the start but we soon moved back to 1986 and I did enjoy this aspect of the film. The clothes were hilarious and the appearance of the men was also very funny. I loved how the old fashioned ways were shown and how there was very limited technology. I felt they were able to bring a lot of laughs from the year of this film and don't think it would have worked as well had this been set in a different year. I felt the props, sets and costumes were all very fitting and worked very well indeed. I have to say that due to the year of this film we got an excellent soundtrack. I felt the modern songs were all good and lively and then when we moved to the older soundtrack I had to ask hubby to stop toe tapping and singing along, this was his era, as it was quite annoying. I did enjoy all of the tracks used and feel this would be a very good soundtrack for all fans of the 80's music.

            I did find the humour a little mixed. We had a lot of spoken gags which all had perfect timing and the actors were able to bounce of each other with ease and this all worked. Then we moved to the visual gags and some of them did not work. I felt the majority were good and fitting for the film but one or two, the ones which involved the character of Lou were a little out of place and not needed. I felt they made the film go towards a teen comedy film and they were a let down. The projectile vomiting scenes really was not needed and it did actually make me feel sick rather than make me laugh.

            This is a film only review so there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 101 minutes and I felt this was more than long enough. The rate is a 15 and I do agree with this as there is a lot of swearing right from the start, nudity and sex also feature a lot in this film so it is certainly not suitable for the younger audience. The DVD can be widely bought and is priced at around £7. The film is currently being shown on Sky Premier and Anytime TV so try to catch it there is you can.

            I am happy to recommend this film and give it 4 stars. I enjoyed the story and had a few good laughs. I did however feel some of the gags were not fitting for the film and there was one weak character. The ending is good but very predictable. Overall this is a good film which deserves a watch but try to get the best possible price or catch it on sky for free.

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              Can Dave be a good apprentice and defeat the evil wizards?

              Balthazar Blake is a sorcerer who has spend centuries trying to find the chosen one to defeat the dark forces which threaten the world. He was once an apprentice of Merlin and when Merlin was killed he captured the evil wizards and locked them in a special nesting doll where they will stay until some one can destroy them.

              Dave is an ordinary 10 year old boy who goes on a school trip to New York where he stumbles upon a strange shop which gives him the fright of his life. He meets Balthazar who discovers he is the chosen one. Unfortunately an evil wizard is set free and after a fight they both get locked in an urn for 10 years. Dave his the next 10 years of his life trying to forget and get over the fright he had that day. That is until Balthazar is released from the urn and he tracks him down.

              Balthazar now has to convince Dave of his power and the fact he is the chosen one and the only person who can destroy the evil wizards. Can Balthazar make Dave understand this and if not what will happen if the evil escapes and takes over the world?

              I have been looking forward to watching this film as the trailers made it look good. I do enjoy Disney films and the added bonus to this one was the fact Nicholas Cage starred as Balthazar and I find he is always very good in his roles. This film was very enjoyable and both me and hubby loved it. I felt the story was great and despite having not seen the original animated version of this I was easily able to follow the story and felt it was modern and quite realistic. The story did not get overly far fetched and I felt it was kept quite down to earth and simple for the younger audience to be able to follow it with ease.

              The acting was great, the role of Balthazar was played by Nicholas Cage and he was brilliant in the role. He was strong and determined throughout but we did get to see flashes of another side to him when he gave a few one liners which made both me and hubby chuckle. He worked well with his magical abilities and I felt he took the role to a good depth and made his character very believable. There was a good connection on screen with his and Dave and I felt at times he was a father figure to him. Dave was played by Jay Baruchel and I felt he was a great choice. He was a normal 20 year old male who was having issues getting ladies and I felt this was a good inclusion in the film as it gave the story some depth. He was able to make me feel a good amount of emotions. I was sad for him when he was young and then felt amused and happy for him when he was older. He too worked well with the magical elements and I again thought he was very believable in the role. I did think these two actors were a good paring as the comedy timing from them both was perfect and this meant the film had a slightly lighter note throughout.

              We did have some good support actors in the film, including the likes of Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell, Monica Bellucci and James A Stephens. They too were all very strong in their roles and played very different roles which helped to bring the film to life.

              As you can imagine with this film being about magic there are lots of CGi and special effects right from the start of the film. The effects were all made to a very high standard and I felt they were not overly produced so they fitted effortlessly into the film and looked very real. I found the actors worked exceptionally well with all of the effects and stunts which were included. I did not notice any added backdrops or parts which looked fake and thought a lot of time, money and effort went into the effects. There is also a lot of action in the film which was also well made and added in to the film.

              There are a few parts to the film which I must advise caution to parents over. We do have the lead roles in danger at times, being chased by evil wizards and dragons but none of this goes over the edge and it is all fantasy violence so I think children over the age of 7 will be fine with it all. I would suggest that if you are going to be letting younger children watch then give it a viewing yourself first as you will be able to judge for yourself then over the suitability of these parts.

              The music throughout the film was great and fitted very well. The dramatic parts of the story were given slightly classical and orchestral scores and I loved this aspect of this film as it helped add to the drama of the scenes. I liked the few modern songs which we got and I have to say I noticed immediately when the Fantasia track was used and I am pleased it was again used in this re make. I felt the setting for the story was good and felt it worked being in the modern time. I thought he costumes and props were all very good and consistent throughout the film but I also enjoy the element of old which Balthazar bought to the film too.

              The running time of the film is 105 minutes long and I did find this to be a good length with the story moving at a good pace from start to finish, I think children will be able to watch for this length as there is enough to keep them entertained throughout. The rate is a PG and I agree with this. We bought the DVD for £5 in Tesco and I think this is a great price. The DVD does have some bonus features but as I have not watched them I cannot make comment so this is going to be a film only review.

              I am more than happy to recommend this film and give it a good solid 4 stars. It is a good family film and children will easily be able to follow the story. I cannot comment or compare it to the original as I have never watched it but for me this is a great film which is modern and up to date and well worth the price tag.

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              • Tooth Fairy (DVD) / DVD / 37 Readings / 36 Ratings
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                The Tooth fairy get punished and has to spend the week being the Real Tooth Fairy!

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                The Tooth fairy is a minor league ice hockey player, he has this nickname due to the fact he is good at knocking players teeth out. He has a girlfriend who has two children and despite getting on well with the daughter he is struggling to get on with the son.

                His life is about to change drastically though when he drops out to the little girl that the tooth fairy is not real and finds himself being whisked away to a magical kingdom. The tooth fairy is given a punishment of serving one week as a real life tooth fairy for what he said to the little girl and he is shocked by this. The following morning he wakes in bed and thinks it was a dream. Unfortunately he soon discovers it was not a dream when his co worker turns up with his first job.

                Can The Tooth fairy cut it as a real tooth fairy and will he finally remember his own dreams and not take others away from them?

                I was not overly interested in this film but when I saw more of the trailers it looked quite fun and enjoyable. After sitting down for an evening and wanting something light to watch both me and hubby agreed on this film and I am quite glad we did as we both found it to be enjoyable. The story was good but very far fetched at times but I think it was a good balance for children and young viewers. There is enough in the story to make it appeal to children but it was lacking for the elder viewer. I did think it was also quite daft at times but the way some of the actors carried their characters it made it worth watching and overall if you want a light easy to watch film then you could not go wrong with this one.

                The acting was pretty good from all involved. The lead role of the tooth fairy was played by Dwayne Johnson and he did a good job. I would not have personally placed him in the role but after watching how he developed his character he actually was quite good and I think the way he looked so huge and out of place added to the humour of the film. He managed to convince me of his character and did deliver his lines with ease. He looked good when playing hockey and suited the costumes but I felt the tooth fairy costume was a little feminine on him and he did look daft. He bought some humour to the film but I thought he could have bought slightly more. He worked well with all involved and I did enjoy the connection between him and the daughter.

                Some of the support character I felt were strong than the lead. Julie Andrews had the small part of being in charge of the fairies and I felt she deserved more on screen time as she was a great addition. She showed strength and was not afraid at the size of the Tooth fairy. I also enjoyed the addition of Darien Provost as Gabe and felt he too bought a good fun character to the film. We had a lot of other good support actors who helped bring a good mix of characters.

                The two different world in this film blended well. I loved the real world and how it was shown, the setting was the present day and then I loved how different is was in Tooth fairy land and how bright and magical it came across. I felt that when they mixed it was done in a very good way and the use of the bright colours made it easy to spot who was from where. I felt the special effects which were used were good but some of them could have been slightly more detailed and with a little more work would not have looked too out of place. I noticed a few badly added backdrops throughout the film but as this is mainly for the children I don't think they will notice them. I felt that some of the hockey scenes were slightly too rough and I did wince a few times when people were being banged and hurt but I again think children will actually enjoy seeing this element of the film. The music for me was not at all memorable and I cannot remember a single track which was used. I do remember that we had some good chants when we were watching the hockey but this is all I can remember of the soundtrack.

                The film has a running time of 101 minutes and personally I found this to be a little too long as the story seemed quite slow paced. The rate is a PG and I do agree with this and think viewers around the 7 year old mark will find this a good fun film. This is a film only review so there are no bonus features to speak about but the DVD is available for around the £5 mark but personally I would recommend waiting for this to come on the TV and watch it for free.

                I am going to give this film 3 stars. Both me and hubby did enjoy it but felt there was a lack of adult humour for the parents who are watching with their children. It is an easy to watch film which is very predictable but I think children will thoroughly love it and find it very funny. Maybe with a few stronger effects and more humour I would have given it 4 stars. One to watch but maybe wait for it to come on the TV.

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                  We head back to Narnia for the third installment

                  Lucy and Edward have been sent to live with their Aunt and cousin Eustace during the war and they are not happy about it. They dream of being able to return home or to Narnia. Their wish gets granted when one of the paintings comes to life and the three children find themselves in the sea.

                  They are all rescued by the Dawn Treader which is being captained by Prince Caspian. He is sailing to find out what has happened to the peace in his Kingdom when he suddenly discovers a green mist which takes people away.

                  Prince Caspian, Lucy, Edward and Eustace now face the task of solving the mystery of the mist and returning peace to Narnia but can they do it? Also can Eustace actually believe that he is in Narnia and it is not all a dream?

                  I was really looking forward to watching this film as I have liked both of the two previous film, unfortunately I did feel slightly let down by this one, maybe as the full cast was not returned and we had only 2 of the children and also a new addition. I felt the story was good but it did get a little dark at times and I thought it was not suitable for the whole family as the previous film have been. I did find the story was very easy to follow though and we did have a few very good characters and creatures to help tell it to us.

                  The acting from the majority in the film was to a high standard. The roles of Lucy and Edward were played by Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes. I found they were both very good and made their roles believable. There was a good connection between them both and I felt they genuinely got along which showed on screen. I did at times feel Lucy became a little too posh but thinking back to the year this was set in then it did actually make sense with the way she acted and spoke at times. I did think children may not get the things she says at times and will think she is very snobby though. I also felt the role of Caspian was a strong one, he was played by Ben Barnes. He showed strength and courage throughout and he delivered all of his lines with ease. I felt I got to know a lot about him in this film, more so than in the previous one.

                  There was one outstanding role in the film for me and that was Eustace. He was superb and I felt so many different emotions towards him. At the start of the film he was very spoilt and stuck up and I enjoyed watching him grow as the film moved on. He delivered all of his lines with good conviction and ease and he did actually bring a lot of humour to the film. The young actor, Will Poulter who played him was excellent and I hope he has a bright future ahead of him as I would love to see him in other films. We also had a lot of support role including, Gary Sweet, Tilda Swinton, Billie Brown and Laura Brent. They all played quite different characters and I felt that they helped to bring some difference and depth to the story.

                  There is a lot of magic and mythical themes in the film and therefore it is packed with special effects. I felt they were all made to a very high standard and fitted into the storyline very well. The appearance of some of the creatures was also very good despite some of them being a little strange and I loved how it had a very storybook feel all the way through. I think this aspect of the film is what will make it appeal to children and the brightness of the clothes and characters will help to keep them interested for the running time. I enjoyed the setting and felt it worked well with the whole theme and idea of what we were watching and there is no way this would have worked so well had their been a different setting.

                  I did have some issues with the film and these were mainly to do with how dark it got at times. There really isn't many scary parts and they certainly did not scare either me or hubby but I feel that the PG rate for the film is appropriate. Children over the age of 8 will be fine watching this but I do advise that if you want younger children to watch then give it a watch yourself first. There is some mild threat and fantasy violence which may be a little too much for the very young.

                  The music throughout the film is very well produced and fitted effortlessly into the film. I loved the classical and orchestral feel it all had and felt it helped to keep the story light and enjoyable. There were a few parts when I thought the music also got a little ark and maybe this made the tension a little too much for children. Overall though it is an enjoyable and excellent soundtrack.

                  The running time of the film is 107 minutes and I did think this was a good length with the story moving at a good steady pace from start to finish and I do think there is enough to keep children entertained throughout. The rate is a PG and as I said before I would advise caution for children under the age of 8. The DVD can be bought in all good stores now. We paid just under £10 for ours from Tesco and I do feel this is slightly too high. I would suggest waiting for the price to drop before buying. There are bonus features on the DVD but I have no interest in watching them so this is a film only review.

                  I am happy to give this film 4 stars, I was thinking about 3 as there is a lot of threat and fantasy violence which I think should see this film having a slightly higher rate. I went for the 4 stars as taking everything into account it did merit them. I did enjoy it and the story was easy to follow but for both me and hubby it was lacking some of the magic the previous 2 films had. This is certainly a film to watch but wait for the price to drop first.

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                  • Date Night (DVD) / DVD / 41 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                    Could this be the worst date ever?

                    Claire and Phil Foster are a normal married couple with a happy family and busy working lives. They muddle through their lives but make a point of spending Friday nights as date night. They usually end up spending the night talking about the kids and work and never really have any excitement. When they both hear the news that their best friends are splitting up due to the fact their lives have become boring and predictable they both decide to make changes to their own relationship.

                    Date night sees Phil taking Claire to the city for a meal and a top restaurant but when they are unable to get a table they steel someone else's reservation. Unfortunately this is not a good choice as they get mistaken for other people and are soon being hunted down by dodgy cops with guns looking for a flash drive.

                    Claire and Phil have to try and clear their names but with a lack of police on their side and no idea what the guys want will they be able to do this?

                    I was really looking forward to watching this film as the trailers made it look good and I do find that Steve Carell is usually quite funny in his roles. Unfortunately I was left slightly disappointed with this film. The story was good and it was quite original on some level but when watching I kept think about the film Did You hear about the Morgan's as this had a similar story. I thought the way the actors handled themselves was quite good too and did help the story along.

                    Steve Carell took the role of Phil and he did a good job. He was a down to Earth Dad and husband who spent all his time working and when at home he spent his time with the children. He seemed to be in the shadow of his wife and was never trusted to help do job around the house. There were times when I felt he needed to be stronger and stand up for himself more but this was not the case and I did feel he was hiding behind his wife for the majority of the story. There was a good chemistry between him and on screen wife Claire. Claire was played by Tina Fey and I felt she did a slight better job in her role than Steve Carell. She seemed harder and more able to accept what was going on. I could sympathise with her with the way she felt at home and completely agreed with how she was so exhausted after looking after the children all day. I felt she delivered all of her lines with ease and was easy to get to know and warm to.

                    We did have some good support roles including actors, Mark Wahlberg, Jimmi Simpson, Common and William Fichtner. They all played quite different roles and bought some depth to the story.

                    The setting for the film was in the present day in Manhattan and I felt this was a good setting. We got to see a good few places around the city and central park and I loved them all. The costumes were also very fitting for the film, although no real effort was needed for them as they were just normal modern clothes. I did like the way me never stayed in one place and moved around as this gave the film depth and the travelling to the places at times was quite fun. There are some special effects in the film and I thought they were all made to a very high standard and fitted effortlessly into the film. The soundtrack was also good and quite mixed, we had some very modern and up tempo songs used throughout the film and in between this we did have some older more well known ones. I felt it was all very suitable for the places and scenes in which it was used.

                    The film is a comedy but for me it was lacking overall in big laughs. We did have some quite funny one liners and visual gags but they were used over and over again throughout the film and they did become boring. I felt that Steve Carell did struggle with come of the spoken jokes he was given and he did come across as quite wooden at times. I know he was giving the effect of being scared and out of his depth but for me it just did not work very well. Some of the support actors did bring the better laughs to this film. There really was a lot of potential to the laughs which we could have had in this film but sadly it was not reached.

                    The DVD does have the bonus features of a gag real but it is not worth buying the DVD just for this reason as there are a lot of gags shown on the closing credits and personally I did not find them very funny. There is also a digital copy of the film included on my DVD which allows you to download the film with ease and watch it on you mobile devises. I have not personally used this but my best friend has and found it straight forward to do. The DVD which we have cost me just under £5 and I felt this was a good price. I would not be willing to pay more to watch this film. The rate is a 15 and I do agree with this due to the fact there is moderate sex references and some strong language. The run time is fortunately only 97 minutes and I did find this was long enough.

                    I am going to recommend this film but only if you are able to get the DVD for a good bargain price or even catch it on TV for free. I am only able to give it 3 stars despite the fact it is watch able and we do have some laughs but for me it was overall lacking in big gags and I felt the full potential of the story was not reached or realised.

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                    • The King's Speech (DVD) / DVD / 43 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                      The true story of how King George VI tried to overcome his stammer

                      Bertie is the second son of reigning King George V. He knows he is not going to be crowned King as that falls to his elder brother Edward but soon Bertie realises that all might change when his brother falls in love with an American woman who has already been divorced twice. Bertie feels he is not able to make a good King as he has a speech problem. He has suffered from this since the age of 5 and despite seeing many doctors he has not been able to over come it.

                      After the death of his Father his brother become King and Bertie feels even more pressure as his brother is not a suitable King due to his lifestyle. Bertie's wife Elizabeth is trying to help Bertie and his speech problem when she discovers a new Doctor who has a very good success rate at curing speech problems but his methods are a little strange. Bertie reluctantly agrees to visit Lionel and he soon starts to help Bertie talk in the correct way and without a stammer.

                      What faces Bertie when his brother threatens to not be crowned as he is not believing in his own ability and will he ever be able to loose the stammer and talk with authority?

                      I am not a cinema person so have been waiting for a good few months now for this film to be released on DVD so I was so pleased when I got it yesterday. I had been looking forward to seeing the film and thought it looked interesting, the fact it has won so many awards was another bonus and I was just hoping it was not another over hyped film. Fortunately it was not and both me and hubby loved this film right from the start to the very end despite it being a true story and the fact we already knew what the outcome was going to be. I did find it hard to write a brief plot summery to the film as I was unsure on how much of the plot to give away but I think it is a fairly well know story in our Royal history so I think I have given just the right balance. There is a lot more to the film which I have left to be discovered when you give it a watch.

                      Collin Firth played the lead role of Bertie and for me I felt he was excellent. I thought he did an amazing job playing the role with the stammer and speech problems and felt he must have worked so hard to perfect this style of talking. He came across in many different ways, at times I felt he was weak and needed to be told to toughen up but at other times he showed courage and strength and I felt there was a good balance between these personas. He was a loving man and this was apparent when he was talking to his children but with the rest of his family he was the opposite and became a quiet bullied little man. I did fall in love with his character and felt proud when he did finally start to make progress with his speech. Despite being of Royal blood and very posh spoken I felt he bought a lot of humour to the role. This was apparent when he was working with Lionel and I loved how he made Bertie more normal and down to Erath. I felt there was a lovely genuine connection between him and Lionel, played by Geoffrey Rush and they were great when on screen together.

                      Geoffrey Rush was another very strong actor in the film. I loved how he spoke to Bertie and never dealt with him any differently despite being a Prince. He seemed genuine and strong and he was a joy to watch. He also bought a few good laughs to the storyline. Other good stand out roles came from Helena Bonham Carter, she played wife Elizabeth. I felt she was a good choice and took well to the role. She did at times come across in a very good way with how she wanted to help her husband but I felt there were a few times when she seemed to try to bully him. She and Bertie showed great love for each other and they were easy to watch and they had a genuine affection for each other. I did also enjoy the role of Edward which Guy Pearce played. He was the odd one of the family, in that he was loud and wanted to have a fun life and he did not seem keen on the royal duties. We also had some very good support actors which bought some depth to the story. I did not find a single weak actor in this film and thought it was all of a very high standard.

                      The setting for the film was the 1930 and the country was on the brink of war. I loved this setting as we got to see some lovely clothes and I loved the slower paced life of the city and the old fashioned vehicles and technology. I am glad that this film was set as the original true story was as I don't think it would have had the same appeal or strength if it had been bought into the present day. I felt the setting made it easier to watch. The Royal aspect of the film was also a joy to watch as we got some splendid scenery from the Palace and the regal clothing looked amazing.

                      The soundtrack to the film was lovely and really did fit in very well. It was all very classical and orchestral and I am so glad it stayed this way throughout the film. For some reason I felt it made the film more royal and interesting. I will say the musical director deserves a lot of credit for the whole soundtrack to this film. It helped with the tension and emotions and also the drama of the parts in which it was used. I would not personally buy this soundtrack but hubby would but for me it was well suited to the story.

                      There were no special effects in the film and none were needed, there is no action or fighting and some may find this puts them off from watching. I have to say that my Mom found this film very boring and did not enjoy it at all, she says it was very slow and nothing really happened. I will warn people that they too may find it slightly slow but for me it was an excellent pace as we really got to see the work Bertie had to do an if it would have been shortened I think it would have lost a lot of the depth and impact of his problems.

                      I do have the DVD which has a lot of bonus features on it. As I have not watched these (according to hubby we will be) I am not able to make comment on them so this is going to be a film only review. The running time of the film is 113 minutes and for me this was a good length with the story moving at a good steady pace from start to finish. The rate for the film is a 12 as there is a lot of swearing but comes out when Bertie is having speech therapy but I think children aged over 10 would enjoy this film and personally I would encourage them to watch it so they get to know of the countries history. The DVD can be bought for £9.97 and I do think this is a very fair price.

                      There really is only one rate which I can give this film and that has to be the full 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to end and I found the acting to be excellent from all involved. I think it definitely deserves all of the awards it has and I recommend his film to all. Go buy it, watch it and then make the kids watch to learn some history!

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                        A disappointing washing liquid.

                        I was not able to get my usual washing liquid on a recent shopping trip and could not decide which one to get instead. To be honest I was swayed to this Bold gel with pomegranate and orange blossom as it was a similar use to the one I usually use and the fact it was on offer.

                        ~~PACKAGING~~

                        The liquid comes in a white plastic bottle which is shaped sort of like a tear drop. On the front we have an orange label which has the Bold logo on and the product name, on the edge of this is some pretty flowers and a claim that the freshness of this scent will last for 12 hours when wearing the clothes. On the back of the bottle we have the directions for use and the information about the washing liquid.

                        The base of the bottle is orange and this is what it stands up on. There is also a small flap on the very bottom which is the part where you remove the gel from. The design of this is good as it means your liquid is always ready to come out of the bottle.

                        On the left hand side edge of the bottle where is a clear plastic strip running the length of the bottle. This allows you to see just how much of the liquid you have left in the bottle.

                        ~~USE~~

                        It is very simple to use the washing liquid. The top corner of the bottle is to be removed and the gel squeezed into the inside of this, this is then to be placed inside the washing machine drum with the clothes and not poured into the dispenser. The amount of gel to be used will vary from different load types. For an average load of lightly soiled clothes than ¾ of a capful is enough but for more soiled clothes and a full load then the full cap full it needed. If you are using this to hand wash then only a small squeeze is needed.

                        I did notice how much thinner the liquid was compared to my other branded liquid and I felt it was very easy to pour too much out of the bottle due to this. As a result I must warn not to squeeze the bottle too hard or you will end up with the liquid going everywhere.

                        ~~RESULTS~~

                        I did have high hopes for this liquid as it is a well know brand, unfortunately they were not met. I found the liquid was very simple to use, it is to be used in the exact same way as my usual brand, Ariel excel gel and I liked the look and colour of the liquid. I did notice when I poured the liquid out that there was a lovely light orange scent to it which I hoped would intensify once it met the water and clothes. Unfortunately this was not the case. I did notice I was able to slightly smell the orange scent when the clothes were in the machine washing but once they had been removed and dried it had completely gone. I don't know how they can claim to have a 12 hour lasting scent when the clothes are being worn as the scent does not even make it as far as the wardrobe. I was greatly disappointed by this.

                        When I took the clothes out of the washing machine I did initially think they were all clean but when I came to have a closer look I noticed that they were in fact not clean. This liquid was not even able to remove the school water based paints from the school jumpers. As a result I am now having to use a stain remover in my wash whilst I still have this liquid left.

                        The colours were fresh and none of them ran from this liquid but for me this is not a big point as the liquid was not good enough to clean the clothes. The clothes did feel soft after being washed in this but this is really the only main plus point.

                        I have not noticed any irritations to my families skin from using this, hubby has sensitive skin and it has not affected him so maybe another slight plus point for the liquid.

                        ~~INFO~~

                        The washing liquid which I have comes in a bottle size of 667ml. This according to the front of the bottle lasts for 18 washes, I am in fact ion wash 16 and still have a good ¼ of the bottle left. I have not been adding extra liquid to the washing as this has no effect on the ability to remove the stains at all. You can buy this is a larger size too.

                        There are some warnings on the back of the bottle and these include:-

                        - avoid contact with eyes
                        - In case of contact with eyes rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advise
                        - If swallowed seek medical advise and show this label
                        - Rinse and dry hands after use
                        - People with sensitive or damaged skin should avoid prolonged contact with the product


                        The washing liquid should be stored in a cool dry place and away from sunlight. The packaging is fully recyclable.

                        This liquid is not suitable for use on wool or silk according to the back of the bottle, I have washed woollen jumper with it and have not had any bad results from doing so. I would advise using it on these materials at your own discretion.

                        This liquid can be used on washes at a variety of temperatures, ranging from 15 deg. C. all the way to 95 deg. C.

                        ~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~

                        I was fortunate to buy my liquid on offer in Asda, I only paid £3 for the bottle and I am glad I did not pay the full price which is way over £4. I feel this is very expensive for a washing liquid that cannot even remove the smallest of marks. I suggest looking for the offers if you are still interested in trying this.

                        ~~RECOMMENDED?~~

                        Unfortunately I am not able to recommend this washing liquid. The initial smell is good but it does not last, it is simple to use and the bottle design is pleasant. I was let down by the lack of cleaning ability and the high price tag when not on offer. I have given this 2 stars as the scent is nice. I might suggest trying this if you do not have children and only tend to have washing which needs freshening up and not a full proper wash.

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                        • Old Dogs (DVD) / DVD / 45 Readings / 44 Ratings
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                          Dan discovers he has children and has to become a father to them

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                          Charlie and Dan have been friends since school, they are now business partners and on the verge of a massive deal. Charlie has helped Dan though a big divorce and tried to get him to move on with is life. He took him on holiday to Miami and it was here that he fell in love with another woman and on an impulse they got married, fortunately they managed to get the marriage annulled.

                          Dan thinks a lot about his short marriage and the feelings he had at this time and gets a shock when he receives a call from Vicky asking him to meet her. Dan is thrilled as he believes she wants to give their relationship another go but this is not the case. Dan gets the shock of his life when she announces that she is going to prison for 2 weeks and he needs to look after their twins which are now 7 years old. Dan had no idea he was a father and has not got a clue on how to look after children but he does agree to look after them and try to become their father.

                          Charlie is not happy with this decision as they are about to make a very important deal but he does agree to help Dan. Can Dan become a father to his children and can they still manage to get the deal which will make them very wealthy men?

                          I had not heard of this film before I noticed it on Sky Movies and as it starred two very good actors and sounded quite fun both me and hubby decided to give it a watch. I was not aware of the fact this was a children's film before starting to watch but I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed it. I think more so as it was for the younger audience so this meant I did not have to concentrate very hard on the story to be able to follow what was happening. I did enjoy the story and find it was very good and this was only helped by the acting and the humour which they bought to it.

                          The role of Dan was played by Robin Williams and I was pleased that he moved away from his daft characters and actually made this one more normal and sensible. Hew as strong and confident with matters concerning work but he became such a mess when having to deal with his children. It was obvious he had no idea of how to be a father and as a result we did get a lot of humour from this side of his character. He delivered all of his lines well and made them all believable and I found there to be a great chemistry between him and on screen partner Charlie. Charlie was played by John Travolta and he to did a great job. He was more of a stricter character and had no intention of being a father, I enjoyed seeing him warm to the children and change as the story moved on. He was strong and delivered his lines with ease to. There was a good connection between both Dan and Charlie and I loved how they managed to bounce off each other with ease and none of the one liners seemed forced or unnatural. The two children were played by good little actors but I felt they could have given slightly more to the roles and have been features with more speaking lines. As it was they seemed to fade into the background for the majority of the film.

                          The film is modern so no real effort was needed for the costumes or sets in the film, I felt they all fitted very well and I even enjoyed the setting for the film. We had some very different places featured in the film and none of them were very child friendly. I found the apartment of Charlie to be quite fun and I loved how Dan took over and had the baby proof team in, they bought quite a lot of humour to the story. The sets were all well made and shown in a good light. We did have some outside scenes in the film and they too were good and in keeping with the story. The music was good and quite modern and I felt it all fitted and worked very well. It was not an amazing soundtrack and not one which I would go out and buy but it did fit the film well.

                          There is a lot of humour in the film and both me and hubby had a few good laughs, I was please William had moved away from the daft face pulling and the daft element of comedy as he did make me laugh a lot in the film. The majority of the gags were spoken ones for the beginning of the film but as it moved on we did get a few more visual ones. I think all of the actors worked well and had perfect comedy timing. There is enough humour to appeal to both the young and older audience in this film. I would say that being in a light mood will make this film seem funnier.

                          This is a film only review so there are no DVD extras to speak about. The DVD can be bought fro around the £5 mark and I do feel this is a fair price. The running time of the film is 88 minutes and I think this is a suitable length and there is enough in the film to keep the younger audience entertained and interested right till the very end. The rate is a PG and I do agree with this, there is nothing offensive about the film at all.

                          I am more than happy to give this film a good recommendation. The story was good although not very original, it had great acting and a lot of good funny moments. It appeals to all ages and overall it deserves a good solid 4 stars. Definitely worth watching when you want a nice light funny film.

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                          • Turner & Hooch (DVD) / DVD / 43 Readings / 43 Ratings
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                            When a massive dog becomes a murder witness Scott Turner becomes his carer!

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                            Scott Turner is a small town cop who has his sights on moving to his new job in a big city. He spends his days training his replacement and dealing with mundane cases such as bike theft. Scott is called to investigate claims of noisy neighbour by old Amos who lives in the docks next to a factory he suspects is doing dodgy deals. Scott goes to talk to Amos but first he has to deal with the dog. Hooch is a massive dog who looks vicious and constantly drools.

                            Scott talks with Amos and finally leaves, that is after the dog has attacked him and pinned him to the floor. His partner thinks this is hilarious but is about o change his mind when Amos gets killed and Hooch becomes the property of Scott as he is a witness.

                            Scott takes Hooch home and soon discovers his perfect house is not suitable for a dog and they come to blows. Hooch is curious and as a result trashes the house and Scott goes mad.

                            Can Scott and Hooch learnt o live together and can Hooch help him solves the case of how killed Amos?

                            I have seen this film several times over the years and have always enjoyed it a lot. I find the story is very good and is actually quite believable. I think the story works so well as Hooch is just so lovable and Tom Hanks works very well with him. The story is slightly predictable but the ending did come as a shock to me the first time I ever watched this and I did think it was rather sad but over the years I have come to realise how feel good the ending actually is.

                            The lead role of Scott Turner is played by Tom Hanks and for me he is the perfect choice/ He manages to bring the character to life and I love how perfect he comes across. He deals with the upheaval of getting Hooch in a very fun way and this makes for some good fun viewing. I did think he managed to show a very good bond with Hooch and they seemed very at ease on screen together. He managed to deliver all of his lines with ease and I really cannot fault his character in the slightest. If I did have to pick him up on something then it would be his choice of underwear, as we do get several scenes of him just in his pants and they are not exactly nice ones. Hooch was amazing and so well trained. He really came to life and I did start to think of him as human with some of the expressions he pulled and the way he understood what was being told to him. He looked so cute and cuddly despite his size and even the drooling was overlooked by me after the first half of the film. Hooch bought a lot of comedy into the film and for me he was the real star of the film.

                            We do have a few good support roles in the film and some of the actors included, Mare Winningham, Craig T Nelson and John McIntire. I felt they all played very diverse and different characters and this did give the film some depth.

                            The film was made back in 1989 and this is very apparent right from the start of the film. We have a distinct lack of technology and the clothes are very fitting for the year. I found the setting for the film was very good and worked well with the story. Despite this being an old film it certainly stands its ground in today's market. We do have some special effects in the film and they are well made and produced and I felt they fitted effortlessly into the film.

                            The one thing which I think could have been slightly improved on in the film was the soundtrack. We had a lot of massive hits back in this decade and I felt a few more of them could have been used in this film for the more memorable scenes. I did enjoy the soundtrack we had and felt it was good but a few more big songs would have made it perfect.

                            There is a lot of humour in the film but this does not take away from the serious side of the story. The humour mainly comes from Tuner and Hooch, they have an excellent connection on screen and this adds to the humour and the fact they do not get on well at the start. I felt Hooch was able to make me chuckle from the noises he would make and the facial expressions he gave us. He did an amazing job at making both me and hubby laugh with very little effort as he seemed so natural when doing this.

                            This is a film only review so there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 97 minutes and I felt this was a good length with the story moving at a good pace from start to finish. The rate is a PG and I do agree with this. There are some nasty scenes for the very young viewer, involving murder and mild threat but I think children over the age of 7 would love this film and easily be able to follow the story. The DVD can be bought for just a few pounds now from online shops and I do think it is worth this price tag.

                            I am more than happy to give this film a good solid 4 stars. The story is very good and so to is the acting. I felt Hooch was amazing from start to finish in t he film and he made this film the hit it really was. It is old so the fashions are dated but the film is able to stand up to today's market. Well worth watching even if you are not a dog lover.

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                            • 2001: A Space Odyssey (DVD) / DVD / 46 Readings / 45 Ratings
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                              A strange film which I did not like and seem to be one of the few who felt this way

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                              At the start of the film we are witnessing the birth of man and who they came to be, what we watch is how they find a strange object in the Earth and what effects it has on them. We then move to thousands of years later when space travel is the norm. A Doctor is travelling to the moon on a mission to see what they have discovered. They too find a strange object with powers and different abilities.

                              Later we see a new mission travelling Jupiter, this shuttle has the high powered computer HAL helping the crew member on their way. HAL is intelligent and tries to control the mission but the crew member get wise to this. Just what will the crew find on Jupiter if indeed they get there and what is the significance of the objects they have already found?

                              I have to say I have found it very hard trying to write a plot summery for this film as it found it a very strange film indeed and I felt there was a complete lack of story and it was all very disjointed. The few little stories we had were very poorly told and I just could not follow them and to top all this off the ending was absolutely rubbish and both me and hubby had no idea just what was going on.

                              We did have a few actors in the film but none of them really made a stand out performance. They all came across as wooden. Some of the actors included, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester and Douglas Rain as the voice of HAL. I felt they did not know where they wanted to take their characters and they gave the impression of reading their lines from the scenery. They were trying to give the impression of being in space and having to walk wearing gravity boots but they made this look awful and they all looked like they have had an accident in their pants and as a result had to walk this way. None of the characters really stood out to me and they were all pretty weak and poor. We never got to see any of them develop as we did not get to know much about them or their past and for me this was disappointing.

                              This is a very old film and due to this fact the special effects were pretty awful. I suppose they would have looked amazing in 1968 when this film first came out but they would not stand up to even the worst film of modern times. We had a lot of space scenes and they were not the worst effects of the film but they seemed very cheap. The appearance of the space rockets was poor and I am sure there were a few times when I spotted a small piece of wire moving them. The appearance of the planets was quite good and I liked how old they looked compared to the images we have today. The sets were also quite cheaply made and I could not work out what effect they were going for. I imagine from the title of the film they were trying to make them look futuristic but the overall feel which both me and hubby got from them was from the 1960's.

                              I had to laugh at some of the costumes, the women looked like they were wearing mushrooms on their heads and it just looked daft, this did give us both a chuckle though. The space suits also looked strange and slightly out of place. The crew did not manage to get the effects right with the appearance of living and walking on a spinning ship. The tried hard but it just did not happen and they slowness they gave was very dull and off putting. The whole film seemed to move so slowly. We got a shot of a ship moving towards the moon and it lasted fro a good 15 minutes, I did at this point go for a cigarette and when I returned it had still not got any closer. I felt this was overly played and this did happen a lot throughout the film. The length of the film could have been reduced to half an hour if these scenes would have been speeded up and maybe I would not have lost interest so much if this had been the case.

                              The soundtrack for the film was the best part and I found it to be excellent. The music was all orchestral and very powerful. All of the songs used seemed to be known by me already and I was able to place some of them in other shows I had heard them in. The only problem with the soundtrack was that it did not seem to fit. We would have a lovely orchestral piece playing and I could imagine people dancing around on stage to it and not the boring space ship travelling through space that we got. I think this was very badly placed in the film and it happened a lot. There was one track which we heard a few times in the film and I felt it was a good choice and fitted in well. I think the sound track sometimes did help add to the drama of what we were seeing.

                              I have to talk about the end of the film, I don't feel I will be giving anything away by doing so as I have no idea what actually happened. It seemed to go so far fetched and unbelievable. We felt there was no story to the end and this was no really very surprising considering the story throughout the film. If anyone does know what the ending was all about then please do feel free to message me and let me know.

                              I am only reviewing the film so there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is a whopping 141 minutes and I felt this was way too long and everything seemed so drawn out. The rate is a U but I don't think children would enjoy this film as there is no real story and they will not be able to work out what is happening. The film can be bought on DVD for just a few pounds but I would advise against wasting money on it.

                              I am not able to give this film a recommendation and I can only give it 2 stars. I have given both of these stars for the soundtrack although the majority of it did not fit the film. I really would recommend spending your time either watching the grass grow or paint drying instead of watching this film.

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                                05.04.2011 15:30
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                                A lovely bath foam for the whole family to use

                                My latest bath foam was one which I was initial undecided about trying, I have bought 2 others in this range and liked one and not the other. This one did sound good from the writing on the front of the bottle and for the price tag I decided to give it a go, I am very pleased that I did.

                                ~~PACKAGING~~

                                The bath foam comes in a clear plastic bottle which is a wavy shape. It has the Imperial Leather logo on the top and a pattern in the middle of pink hearts, the product name and scent is written below this. On the back of the bottle you can find all of the product details and the directions for use.

                                The top of the bottle is white plastic and fit very snugly onto the top of the bottle. I have found it is quit tricky to get this on and off and even more so if you have wet hands.

                                ~~USE AND RESULTS~~

                                It really is very simple to use the bath foam, that is once you have managed to get the lid off, a small amount of the liquid needs to be poured into running water. I have noticed the liquid is a good consistency so I don't have to stand for ages waiting for it to come out of the bottle and neither do I get lots coming out when I only want a small amount. The bath foam instantly starts to work and lather once it mixes with the water. I am pleased to say that the bath foam does not change the water colour which is good as I think it would be slightly off putting getting into a murky bath. We do also get a lot of lather and bubbles from only using a small amount of the liquid. The bubbles and lather are white and are soft and light and they do last for a good length of time. I have still had some left in the water after having a good 15 minute bath.

                                There is a scent to the bath foam and it is classed as jojoba and vitamin e according to the bottle. Personally I find it smells just like a sweet soap. I know this may be a bit of an obscure description of the scent but I cannot think of anything it resembles. The scent is light and very pleasant and I do think it is suitable for the whole family. Once I had gotten out of the bath and dried off I was still able to smell the scent on me for a good few hours and even hubby commented on how nice it was. He to has had the lingering scent after using this and does not feel that it is overly feminine.

                                I found my skin was left feeling very soft and moisturised after bathing in this and this feeling lasted for a good few hours. I hate having a bath and then feeling like my skin is dry and tight. I had lovely soft skin which was a delight and I felt very clean. I did not have any patches of dried skin from using this and even hubby who has sensitive skin has had no reactions from using it. I have allowed my boys to use this in their baths and I have noticed that the scent and softness does last for slightly longer on their skin. They have their baths before bed and I am still able to smell this on them the following morning.

                                ~~INFO~~

                                The bottle size is 500ml and if you only use a small amount in each bath you should get 10-15 baths from the one bottle. It lasts in my house for about 1 month as I do have so many bath foams to choose from.

                                The bath foam has skin friendly pH, is mild enough for the whole family, dermatologically tested and 100% soap free. I do agree with these claims which are on the back of the bottle, especially the soap free one as when my boys got bubbles and lather on their face and in the eyes it did not irritate them like it would have if it contained soap.

                                The ingredients for the bath foam for those wishing to know are:-

                                Aqua, sodium laureth sulphate, cocamidopropyl betain, sodium chloride, glycerine, polyquaternium-7, parfum, styrene / acrylates copolymer, tocopheryl acerate, simmondsia chinesis, sodium benzoate, lactic acid, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate.

                                The shelf life of the bath foam is 12 months. The bottle is fully recyclable too.

                                There are no claims on the packaging at all as to whether this bath foam has been tested on animals or not.

                                ~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~

                                I bought my latest bottle of this bath foam from Asda and it cost me just £1. this can be bought in all supermarkets and usually comes at the same price. I think this is excellent value for money.

                                ~~RECOMMENDED?~~

                                I really am more than happy to give this bath foam a very high recommendation. It smells great and leaves skin soft, moisturised and clean. The price tag is another bonus so I say it is definitely worth a try as it is suitable for the whole family. The full 5 stars from me and my family.

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                                • Confetti (DVD) / DVD / 42 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                                  05.04.2011 07:46
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                                  3 couple compete for the perfect wedding

                                  Confetti wedding magazine is looking at improving their reading figures. They come up with an idea of holding a wedding competition with the most unusual weddings being involved. The winner of the competition will win a house. They start auditions for the contest and soon arrive at their decision. Three couples are chosen to take part.

                                  We have as nudist wedding, a tennis themed wedding and a musical wedding. They are all given help and a large budget to work with but cracks soon start to appear when the couple cannot decided on how their weddings are going to go and how with family members interfering it is never going to be easy.

                                  Who all three couples survive the arranging and make it to their weddings and if so just who will win?

                                  I had looked at this DVD several times in Tesco before finally deciding to buy it, I was swayed by the fact it is a British film and a comedy. I am pleased that I did buy it as I thought it was very good and the story was quite original. I felt it was going to be similar to the film four weddings and a funeral at first but I was so far off the mark. We are shown three couples who are all different and they handle their weddings differently and this does make for a good entertaining story. I did however think that the film was a little predictable and had worked out who would win from near enough the start of the film but never the less I enjoyed seeing how we got to this outcome.

                                  The acting from all involved was great, the couples all worked well together and they seemed perfect matches. We had a lot of differences between all of the character and they each gave a completely different element to the film and this is what made it so good. They all did great jobs with their roles and made them believable. I did find two of the character were not all good as the others as I did not feel I got to know much about them but this is what they were trying to get me to feel so it did work. The three couples were acted by Martin Freeman, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Meredith MacNeill, Robert Webb and Olivia Coleman. I do felt that the latter two actors had the hardest roles in the film as they played the nudists and were naked for a lot of screen time. They managed to do this with pride and not come across as embarrassed by the fact they were naked.

                                  We did have a few other very good support roles in the film and the few actors who stood out for me included, Jimmy Carr, Alison Steadman and Jason Watkins. They bought a lot of humour to the film.

                                  The film was set in the present day so no real effort was needed for the sets or props. We got to see a good amount of places and they all looked good and fitted well with the story and feel of the film. The costumes were also fitting but no real effort was needed with these as they were just normal everyday clothes. I did find the sets for the weddings were good and looked lovely and a lot of thought had gone into these and overall they were enjoyable and nice to see.

                                  The soundtrack for the film was actually a little disappointing. I know one of the weddings has a musical theme and so I would have liked more popular musical numbers which I would have been able to sing along to. The remainder of the soundtrack was actually very unmemorable and given this film was only made a few years back they could have used some good up tempo and modern songs.

                                  This film is a comedy and the DVD cover has at the bottom 'British comedy at it's best'. To be perfectly honest I do have to disagree with this. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of laughs in the film and some good fun parts but I have seen a lot better home made films which are much funnier. We do have a lot of dry humour in the film and this comes from the one liners the couples have. We do have some visual gags and personally I found these were much funnier than the spoken ones. There are some laughs but not enough to make this the best British comedy film.

                                  The DVD does not have any bonus features on but this is no loss to me as I am not a fan of them anyway. The DVD only cost me £2 from Tesco which I felt o be a good bargain price. The running time of the film is 95 minutes and I found this to be a good length with the story moving at a steady pace throughout. The rate is a 15 as it contains strong language and nudity and I do fully agree with this.

                                  I am surprised to be recommending this film and giving it 4 stars as it was better than I expected. The story is good and so to is the acting. I would have liked a stronger soundtrack and a less predictable ending to have been able to give this the full 5 stars. It is certainly one to watch if you too can get it for £2 or catch it on the TV for free.

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