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    • Definitely, Maybe (DVD) / DVD / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      01.08.2009 21:20
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      Worth watching

      This is a really quirky and cute romantic comedy and slightly different from all the others. It's a story told using flashbacks and eventually leading us to the present. The little girls in the film is great, she's cute but has charisma so you can't help but like her.

      There are stories of three very different relationships with three very different women and as the child tries to guess which one is her mother we are also finding ourselves becoming more and more enticed by the stories and trying to figure out which woman is the mother. The stories aren't sickly romantic or cliched but quite down to earth and funny with Ryan Reynolds doing a great job as the lead. The pace of the film is good and everything flows nicely. The film lets just just sit back, relax and get absorbed into the story where you'll cry and laugh and generally have a good time. It's a romantic comedy so there's a lot you know about it even before you've seen the film but it's still worth seeing and it's fun watching how they try and reinvent this worn out but very popular genre.

      I don't really have anything bad to say about this film. I thought it was very well cast and the plot was good. It's sensitive and emotional without draining you and there are some great comical moment thrown in to keep it light. It's not very memorable but it'll leave you a feeling a sense of happiness and warmth that comes with the typical chick flick. I have seen so many romantic comedies and their all pretty similar but i can't help but want to watch more of them. If you wanted a film that made you go wow or feel like you've just witnessed a masterpiece then you'd probably stay clear of romcoms in general. The fact that you've picked this genre means you want to be entertained in a chilled out way and you want it to make you feel good. This film does exactly that. You go on a journey and end with a happy ending. What more do you want?

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    • Mamma Mia! (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      01.08.2009 20:34
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      A really fun experience for everyone

      If you love ABBA then this is the perfect film for you. It's such a feel good, sing-along and fun loving film that will leave you in high spirits afterwards. The film has such a great vibe and energy about it you can't help but feel excited and enthusiastic. You find your self laughing, singing and dancing all the way through and enjoying every second of it.

      This has such a great cast. Meryl Streep is really good and really lets her hair down and it's great to see that side of her. Amanda Seyfried who plays Sophie does and incredible job and i had to double check that it was the same girl who was in Mean Girls (another must see if you haven't already). I guess that's a sign of a good actress when they can be two completely different people and it's so natural and believable. The main men in this film are obviously highly accredited actors and are a welcome addition to this passionate and fun film.

      The plots totally rubbish but you don't care because the songs are so good and you're in too good a film. You don't even really remember what the story's about, all the attention is focused onto the amazing songs. The renditions are truly creative and entertaining. Even though the singing isn't as good as ABBA (especially from Pierce Brosnan) it's kinda cute and endearing. Everyone looks like they're having so much fun and there is a great relationship and chemistry between the actors that it just makes this film feel warm. This is definitely the feel good film of the year and a great one to watch with the family.

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    • Camp Rock (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      01.08.2009 19:59
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      Not really worth watching

      Ok here's another Disney movie original and after the success of High School Musical i thought i would check it out. As cheesy as HSM was it was really entertaining and had a certain charm about it that made is so likable. This film however lacked that charm and therefore was no where near as good. The songs aren't as catchy, the characters aren't as memorable or creative and the whole plot was just weak. I understand that this was intended for kids but even they have standards.

      It was basically a worse version of HSM. The Jonas brothers were featured in it but it was mostly the eldest: Joe who was the male lead. The other two were very much just part of the background. Although i thought Joe did a pretty ok job, i felt Demi Lovato seemed to forced and too exaggerated, it just looked like she was trying to hard. They also lacked the on screen chemistry so the acting seemed a little wooden. No doubt they're talented artists and there are a few good songs in there especially the final jam song with Demi and Joe.

      The plot was too cliched and the characters just weren't charming or likable or witty enough to mask the bad script. I think Disney saw how big high school musical got and thought that if they had a similar script it would be equally as good. But oh how wrong they got it. I think it had the potential to be a good film and with some better songs, better acting and more charisma it would have worked.

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        31.07.2009 23:07
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        The writers and producers should have quit while they were ahead.

        If you thought the Scorpion King was bad you've seen nothing yet. What were they thinking when they made this film?! It's like they thought of all the bad things they could make into a film and put it in this one. I mean there were Yeti's in this film! Protecting the good guys because some girl could speak yeti and called to them for help! I mean i know this film is about mummies rising from the dead to take over the world so i didn't expect it to be realistic but that taking the mick!

        I also hated the fact that they used Maria Bello instead of Rachel W to play Everlyn. She was terrible and her 'English' accent was ridiculous, from the sounds of it i don't think she's ever heard an English person talk before. It was o fake and exaggerated and just made the film even worse. I do like Brendan Fraser and he was great in this film but the chemistry between him and Maria just wasn't there. Luke Ford played the grown up Alex O'Connell but he looked the same age as his parents. It was so good to welcome back Jonathan back and he was probably the only good thing about the film.

        Why do they insist on carrying on the series. The first one was pretty good and the second was bearable and then they should have just stopped. They should have realised that they had a good streak and just quit with some dignity and credibility but now they have lost all their respect. Even the actors look like they're bored and are not impressed with the film. No wonder Rachel Weiz turned it down. Although Jet Li does a pretty good job, he wasn't as scary as Arnold Vosloo and isn't really on screen very much. The CGI is pretty good but then technology is these days. For the purposes of the film i think it was over done and made that's really what made the film unrealistic. It's like they wanted to show off how good they were at CGI and so decided to create as many unrealistic and wacky scenes as possible. I can't emphasis enough how bad the Yeti's were! Yeti'? really?!

        The dialogue is empty and even the actors seem uncomfortable and embarrassed to say them. As hard as the actors try to make this awful film work, it was already a lost cause even before they started filming. Maybe it was one of those things where the idea sounds good in your head but as soon as you write it down and show everyone it's just embarrassing. They had a good cast, their talents just weren't used effectively.

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      • 27 Dresses (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        31.07.2009 19:55

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        Not the most original piece of screen play but it has that feel good factor

        Jane is the typical nice girl who love weddings. She has been a bridesmaid 27 times and hence the title of this film. But being a romantic comedy there is also a guy in this film that's perfect for her and he is not surprisingly gorgeous.

        This is a thoroughly enojoyable film: it's witty, romantic, predictable and makes you feel good. It's not much different from other films in this genres so from that perspective but you can't help but want to watch it anyway. You feel slightly agitated as you watch Jane being pushed around and always catering for everyone else's needs but hers and you feel good when she finally stand up for herself. That's what's great about these films and keeps us watching them. they make you feel a range of emotions but you always knows that there will be a happy ending. Therefore you don't care that the plot is predictable or it's just like every other romantic comedy because it still makes you feel good watching it and it's still entertaining to watch.

        The acting is good, the script isn't bad and the characters are all very likable. The film is fun and perfect to watch with friends as a girly night in. It's cute and girly and as always make you incredibly jealous as there is an amazing guy. We watch romantic comedies for a reason and this completely fulfills that reason.

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      • Come Dine With Me / TV Programme / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        31.07.2009 19:05
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        Good fun and a light show to watch

        I thought this was a pretty original take on the worn out reality TV genre and it's surprisingly entertaining. I don't really like watching cooking programs but this more than just cooking. I don't really know why it's so entertaining because it's just strangers taking it in turns hosting dinner parties but it just gets you hooked. The narrator (Dave Lamb) is probably my favourite part of the show. He's sarcastic and uses some really bad puns but you just can't help but laugh.

        The some of the contestants are really entertaining and there's lots of bitchiness, game playing and disagreements. Some of the contestants go all out and hosts some incredible dinner parties and others, well, leave a lot to be desired. The show isn't really that special it's something to watch if you have nothing better to do but it is the input of Dave Lamb which makes it slightly addictive to watch. He really brings the show together and adds a lighter more comical touch to teh show.

        The contestants have to rate each other's dinner parties and the winner get £1000 pounds. So obviously everyone puts their best foot forward and some even try some very unconventional ways of entertaining. They also do a celebrity version of the show with more z list celebrities than a list but it's fun to watch non the less. It's not the best reality show out there but it's still strangely entertaining and i find myself watching it every time it's on. It has a quirky charm about it.

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      • School Of Rock (DVD) / DVD / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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        31.07.2009 18:24

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        A really funny film that adults and kids alike will enjoy watching

        This film definitely shows of what Jack Black is capable of and this is him at his best. This film is funny, clever, creative and really different from all the other films out there.

        So Black plays this rock obsessed wannabe who's dream is to be a rock star. Unfortunately he gets kicked out of his band and strapped for cash he decides to go be a temp. He discovers how musically talented kids and comes up with a plan. The film is unexpectedly good, you read the plot and it sounds like another mediocre kids film but it's so not. This is one that will get adults and kids laughing all the way through.

        There is just so much enthusiasm and witty comments in this film you can't help but enjoy yourself. There are some great, catchy songs and the acting is of high quality form both the kids and the adults. This film is so well casted, the kids are adorable and very talented and the other main characters are, especially Jack Black are perfect for the role. It's such a great feel good film and some what inspiring. You understand and feel for the characters: you understand Dewey's (Black) desperation to reach his dream and you feel for the kids who live in cotton wool world created by their parents. This film has feeling and has a great sense of humor. It's well directed and the screen play is original. Jack Black has been in a number of questionable films where i'd say his talents were wasted but this film really shows what he has to offer and should be commended for his performance.

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      • I Love You Man (DVD) / DVD / 8 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        31.07.2009 00:45

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        A film that both guys and girls will love

        This is a romantic comedy with a difference. It's not about the relationship of a guy and a girl but of a friendship between two guys and it is incredibly funny. There are lots of laugh out load moments as Peter is in search of a best man. The film surprises you at how good it is. It's refreshing, witty, honest and an original idea. Ok so there really isn't really a plot it's just two guys hanging out and making us laugh but when it works it works! Also i don't think the film would work as well if there would have been any more of a plot because the focus is on the characters and their relationship and anything else would have detracted the film from that.

        Paul Rudd and Jason Segel work so well together and they're relationship seems natural and real. Segal has a great character and brings us the majority of the humor. This really is a film that guys and girls will both like and is fun and light to watch. The dialogue and the jokes are witty and not predictable like the plot. The film like the characters have charisma, charm and ingenuity and is really entertaining to watch. This really is a film for everyone and you can't help but like it.

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      • Bruno (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        30.07.2009 21:56

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        A film to watch if your after some crude humor

        There are some really funny moments and lines in this film and there are some really gross moments that make you cringe. What is great about this film is that it's not afraid to take the mickey out of everyone and everything. I do commend him because most of it is real. He actually does it to the unsuspecting public and that takes some guts especially considering what he does. You really fear for his life at one point as the audience go crazy and the conversation with the terrorist really takes guts.

        If you've seen Borat then you will probably like this but i didn't think it was as funny. Although there were lots of great scenes, some worked better than others. The humor is anything but understated and can be seen as more offensive than Borat. This film definitely pushes boundaries and is not for the light hearted. If you appreciate the irony behind it all and don't take the insults to heart then you will find that he is a really talented and creative actor and the film is very funny.

        There are a lot more disturbing scenes Bruno so it's one to see with mates and not parents! You have to not take him seriously to find this funny and don't watch it if you're easily offended. If you like slap-stick humor and shocks then this is the film for you.

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        30.07.2009 19:11
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        A really funny show

        This is a geeky comedy that will surely bring you lots of laughs. The show focuses on four very intelligent but also very socially inept, extremely nerdy guys and i not so intelligent but beautiful girl. These guys are your very stereotypical nerd and you find yourself laughing at them as oppose to laughing with them.

        The biggest nerd of them all is Sheldon. He's slightly autistic in that he has no idea how to behave in social situations and has to have his own way of doing everything. He is the funniest out of all the geeks cause he's absolutely clueless about everything apart for physics. As he meets Penny (their net door neighbour) he begins his journey to social competence and it's just so funny watching him. The other two are just as funny. Wolowitz is obsessed with women and thinks that all women find his charm irresistible and Raj is cute and can't talk to women unless he's drunk. Leonard is the most normal, although still a geek he's no where near as bad as the others socially.

        This show will bring out the geeky side of you. There are many physics jokes and references to comic book heros that are incredibly witty and funny. Even if you don't get the references or the physics it's still funny because of the way that they are delivered. The actors and actresses do an incredible show and really make the show as great as it is. Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon is so spot on and so portrays Sheldon so well. I think Chuck Lorre is a comical genius, Two and a Half men was really successful and although the humor is very different in this show it's till top class and super funny.

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      • The International (DVD) / DVD / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        30.07.2009 18:32
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        Not as good as it could have been

        The only reason i went to see this film was because the one we wanted to go see was sold out. It looked like a pretty good from the trailers, there was some good action scenes so we thought why not. Well this film was a huge let down. They put all the good parts in the trailer so the film itself was mediocre at best. The plot was really weak and slightly confusing and the ending was such an anti climax. It's one of those films where you have to think about what's going on but it just wasn't interesting enough to receive your undivided attention.

        The one scene that saves this film from being an absolute failure is the shooting in the Guggenheim. It was fast paced and exhilarating to watch and definitely a great location to have the shoot out. But the rest is just boring and it's not worth watching this film just for the shoot out. There's not much action in this film or suspense so if that was what you're expecting then choose another film.

        Briefly the films about an Interpol agent who's trying to avenge his partner by getting involved in with a bank owner who's doing more than just trading money. It sound like it could be an interesting film but it just wasn't. The characters are weak and the acting isn't any better. None of my friends liked it either in fact one of them fell asleep during it so it wouldn't bother wasting your time.

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        • The OC / TV Programme / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          30.07.2009 17:57

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          This is one of those guilty pleasures that you can't resist

          At first glance this seems like another one of those shows where everyone is rich and beautiful and there are lots of unrealistic drama and scandal. And even though this show has a lot of that it also has some great characters and deals with issues that people can relate to. It is very much a teen series and it appeals to both genders. The teenager characters on the show talk like teenagers and go through a lot of things that many can relate too. Relationships are the centre of the show and the trouble and fun that comes with them.

          There are a real mix of characters which makes the show interesting: we have the geek who love comics and falls in love with a popular and beautiful girl; we have the poor, troubled kid who was rescued out of prison and who's family abandoned; the beautiful, popular, rich girls who get into trouble and many other weird, crazy and troublesome characters along the way. Yes it's melodramatic, often corny and predictable but it's just so entertaining and it works. Adam Brody is probably the best actor on it and in my opinion has the best character: Seth Cohen. He adds the humor element to the show and is just so adorable. His character is really well developed and very well portrayed.

          This show is really addictive and while the plot does sometimes seem a little far fetched the writing is clever and well thought out. You don't care that stuff like that would never happen in the real world because it's set in a society where people eat drama for breakfast and have more money than they know what to do with so that always leads to trouble. The show has some great ideas and is nothing short of entertaining.

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        • Gilmore Girls / TV Programme / 7 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          30.07.2009 17:27
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          A real change from the normal high drama, glamorous american TV series.

          This is a really quirky, witty and entertaining show about the lives of these two inspirational girls: Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. The thing that makes this show stand out is the dialogue between the characters. It's intelligent, incredibly witty and has substance. All the characters talk really quickly and all just play off each other with quick witted comebacks and references that can jump from bears to Dickens. You watch them and you wish you could be them and talk like that.

          There are in total, seven seasons and we go on a journey with these two brilliant women and the ups, downs, twists and turns of life and love. This show is anything but stereotypical and each character has their own unique personality. This really allows you get to know the characters and they become more than fictional people in a TV show. You can relate to them and they're very memorable. This show commands your attention without using unrealistic drama or using outrageous scandal. It's down to earth as the show doesn't feel manipulative. You don't feel that the drama happens because the plot dictated it but it feels like it's stemmed from genuine interaction between the character so it feels real and not staged like on many shows.

          The humor is sophisticated and the show relies on the characters and the high quality content to make this as successful as it is. It's seen as a chick series but i'm sure many men will also enjoy watching this. The writers and the actors work together to give this spectacular series that's light, intelligent and it just has a certain charm about it.

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        • Nikon SB 600 / Camera Flash / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          29.07.2009 22:33

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          Versatile, powerful, automatic, accurate

          I have owned a Nikon Speedlight SB 600 flashgun for a few years and use it regularly. It never fails no matter what light condition it is. The i-TTL mode works perfectly with both my Nikon D70 and D700 and it can always get the right light and exposure.

          The remote control and the little stand which comes with the flashgun is very useful for creative lighting and the automatic light/exposure control works equally well in the remote setup. The automatic setting works well in most situations while flash compensation can be easily set up by the camera or the flashgun buttons. Although the minimum distance in the specification is 0.6m I have no problem even with macro photography (about 20cm). There is a build in the wide flash adapter which could act as a diffuser. The head can rotate 270 degrees and tilt 90 degrees. i-TTL works well in any position with reflected or bounced lighting. Charging speed is really fast and it works well with D700 even in high speed continues shot mode. The auto focus and auto high speed sync work perfectly with my camera and lens

          As it works well in most cases without needing to touch the menu system, you do find it is not that easy to work though the menus if you occasionally need to. There are a few occasions that I have to refer to the user manual to get it right.

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        • Stardust (DVD) / DVD / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          29.07.2009 20:23

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          A great film for everyone to enjoy

          A modern and original fairytale with some brilliant charactrers. When i saw the trailer for this film it thought i was another lame children's film but as my friends and i were bored we thought we'd check it out anyway. The trailer does not do the film any justice. It's creative, funny, great plot and some substantial performances. It's not at all cheesy or cliched but fresh and highly entertaining. There's an all star cast with the new comer Charlie Cox making a brilliant debut. Ricky Gervais, although doesn't have a large role, steals the spotlight when he's on. There are many comical moment but there is also drama,romance and excitement.

          This film has it all really: love, magic, action, comedy, fantasy, great characters and show stealing performances. It's not what you expect which is great and there's a nice feel and flow about the film. You feel magical just watching it and it is also a great feel good film. There's a good and satisfying ending without being too mushy and cliched. It's great for adults and children alike.

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