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Up is the latest computer anomated movie from pixar studios. Directed by Monsters Inc;s pete Doctor it follows and old age pensioner Carl who is sick of change around his home and decides to follow his dreams and go on an adventure his wife and he always dreamed of. Unknown to Carl when the day finally arrives and he send his house flying with many balloons a young boy cubscout Russell is aboard and Carl must take him with him without a choice.
The movie is stunning to watch wth vibrant colours and quality animation it delivers a first grade picture which itself is worth the watch. With a great story also the character development hold the film together, with Carl still sad with the passing of his wife and clearly lonely he starts to see himself in Russell as when he was young and warms up throughout various stages of the movie.
The film can at times be subtly emotional with Russell wanting ore of a father figure and Carl's scenes with his wife in the beggining. The movies supporting characters also bring life to the fil with te hilarious talking dog and a great villian the movie has a uniuqe quality that can be watched over with much enjoyment.
The music to up adds to certain scenarios and has a life of its own.
All round a great family adventure that not only amuses but sparks old memories of lost loved ones and how life really is a big adventure.
The Shaewhank Redemption is a frank Darabont directed film based on the stephen king short story. The movie focusing on a young shy banker called Andy Dufrense who is send down with a murder charge and ends up in a prison full of old and new crimianal. Andy ends up making a friend in wise inmated called red who he end up forming a strong and lasting bond.
They both teach eachother new things and help eachother along with life lessons and keeping themselves busy with prison life. Andy soon catched the eye of the warden who strats to trust him but is here ther movie adds another layer of twists and turns as Andy uses the new trust and plots his escape. Also focusing on how prison life effects long timers and new inmates the movie is a story of human bonds and how fragile people really are. A commentry on life, love and the prison system the film not only makes you think about the characters but has a long lasting effect on you once watched. The movies magic comes from the situation of however dire the circustance there is still hope out there in the real world outside the sonfines of the prison walls.
All the cast a perfect in there roles and brings a uniuqe characteristics to each of thir parts. Morgan Freman and Tim Robbins put in powerhouse performances that ares ome of the best in film to date.
The strong elements of the film is the story and great writing that fleshes out each character. The plot is woven tightley yet seems to flow effortlessly on screen and the direction is stunning to look at.
The DVD has some wonderfull elements such as commentries and making of's with a great insight into this masterpiece of filmaking.
A powerfull story of redemption that is a must see
The Usual Suspects is a mystery crime thriller directed by Bryan Singer. The plot centres on five criminals who meet at a line up. upon release the five criminals find it usful to form together to pull of a precious robbery after hearing of some precious stones. There antics grab the attention of the hidden Keyzer Soze who cons them into more work.
The film is complex and shot almost in flashback with each of the characters plight told by one of the cons who is in for questioning, as the stories unfold the pace builds up the film brings in lots of questions ans tension as the whole story comes to a mindblowing climax through one very key last scene.
What Singer has constructed is a complex and genius movie which brings something new and giffrent to each frame of the film, With clues everywhere you will need to watch again to piece together what you are watching on screen.
kevin Spacey is amazing in his role decieving the viewer the whole time as he tells his story. Not only does he seem the most innocent all the way through but seems to be the bind that holds everything together. His precence is strong and is his finest role to date.
The Movie is very stylish with the ise of lots of close ups and cross editing keeping the narrative move along with ease. The running time at 1hour anf 42 minutes is over in a in what seems just over an hour which is a testament to the quality film making.
Wouls be a crime not to own on dvd
The departed is a 2007 thriller from acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. loosley based on 2002's internal affairs it follows a gang member who is undercover as a police officer and a police officer as a member of his gang. the two must keep their identity secret whilst filing information that is crucial to both parties. This brings an automatic tension to the film as they must both play a risky game at risk of being caught at any time. leonardo Dicaprio plays Costigan who is undercover in the boss played by jack nicholson on form in his gang. He must convince in order to gather vital evidence for the police to take down. matt Damon plays sullivan who is a cold and brutal gang member who belives in his cause and excels in his role as a policeman rising through the ranks on ly to use his trusted piers to gather intel and lead evidence in a diffrent direction.
damon is ruthless in his role and easily with silence and sheer confidence intigrates himself as a police officer. mark Whalberg is one of the supporting roles who is in turn a mouthy cop who steals scene after scene he is in. Although brutal and frank he is the good force in the film who only wants to take the bad guys Down. His loyalty to his chief is a key part of the film and end up having the most remembable scene toward the end of the film.
The direction is first class and the pace builds up the tension as all the proceeding come to a head. Scorsese lets everything run its course naturally and every frame and decision of the characters feel real. the oicture is gritty and shows a convincing side to gang rule and a currupt police system.
The film impresses until the final frame. With a making of and some intresting commentries the dvd is a must for fans of detailed and tense thrillers.
The Boat that Rocked is a 2009 comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis. It follows a group of radio pirates led by Bill Nighy who must think of diffrent ways to bring in money to keep the radio station going, constantly outsmarting the goverment to make the advertising legal. The film follows the funny shennanigans of the Dj's and Brannaghs goverment official and gives us an isight into the fun world that is 1960's radio.
The film is very funny with some great performances especially from kenneth brannagh who creates a new level of stuck up. Full of Sixties music the film is clearly a labour of love from Richard Curtis who directs with a sense of fun and a keen eye for direction. His script is full of humour and clever dialouge that translated effortlessy to screen.
The dvd is packed full of 11 deleted scenes but unfortunatly dont improve the movie but it doesnt need it. Commentrys are funny and and shows how much fun everyone involved had making the film.
Running at 2hrs and 10 mins its a long film but passes by without dragging due to the great acting and writting from all involved in the movie
Amelie is a 2001 Ramantic Fantasy directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Starring Audrey Tautou as the title character it follows yonug Amelie who has been sheltered from the real world for a majority of her life and live n her own fantasy world where romance and dreams are possible. Amelie spens mosts of her time spying on her nieghbours and throwing stones in a pond whilst constantly surrounded by oddball characters who she feels obliged to interfere and help out. Its when she unexpectantly sees the love of her life she starts to puzzle together the clues to find her romeo.
The Movie is stunning and uses the setting of paris to as its playing board. The cinematography is beautyfull and complements the characters and surroundings. Its rare to find a film that has such a light tone among a group of characters with problems but it works as it shows it from Amelies point of view. The film often cuts to diffrent scenes to show Amelie's view of the world and are done with diffrent styles of the camra to show her point of view. The DVD has a commentry and a making of but the film outwieghs the extras.
Tautou dominayed the film and is exceptional as the mischievious women who plays with people for amusement. She portrays a ray of light who brings happiness to everyone she meets. She carries the film but what also works is the great supporting cast who each bring a diffrent but endearing personality to the picture.
A gem of a movie
Flashforward is a Tv show created by David Goyer and starring Joseph Fiennes and Johns Cho as two FBI Agents investigating a global event where the whole world stops for 2 minutes and seventeen secons and as they are blacked out they all have a flashforward at a fixed point of time apart from a few who saw nothing.
The Show is great and has many characters to follow throughout. The essemble cast all gel well together and the show poses some great wuestions such as can you change the future and in some circumstances to tragic circumstances. Joseph Fiennes is a solid lead and hos partnership with cho is endearing and there relationship is part of the highlight of the show.
The show also has some great enigmatic characters in the guise of jack davenpirt as lloyd simco and dominic monaghan as his work mate and the mystery between them and the event is sure to be riviting.
The show is an instant success and will keep you hooked and wanting to know more.
A great new tv event to get yourself into.
Empire is the worlds leading movie magazine and is one of the greates reads on a monthly basis. The magazine has lots to keep interested such as good reviews and fantastic insights into the making of new movies. Not only does it give you interviews with interesting stars the magazine constantly suprises upon every issue with the latest news coming first.
Assisted by top class reviewers and great cover stories the mag is a par above most out there.
often the magazine will give you a free calendar and poster of the most recent up and coming films but best of all knows exactly what the readers want in a mag. The special editions are worth the buy and multiple covers great for collectors of the magazine.
The Film reviews are often a good insight into what to see at the cinema but has all the latest releases of dvd's and best tv series releases out there.
With so much to choose from in every monthly issue Empire is the magazine to have and can be trusted as a reliable source of the Movie Industry
Mattel's Scene it is the Dvd board game that the whole family can enjoy.
The Game not just for film lovers is a wonderfull addition and sure to be a classic like such games as scrabble or monopoly for family favorites.
The idea is you follow the instructions on the disc and you guess catogories such as what the film clip is or who is the actor. If you get it right you move up the board. The premise is simple and easy and anyone new to board games will find it thrilling and fun.
The Game is best used with 3-4 players and there are so many questions you will find some new ones even after a few games.
The Board is easy to use and does not confuse. What makes the game so good is the interaction it gives you with you through the dvd, it talks you therough as you play the game and there is also the option to play a shortened version of the game
A great board game for all the family
The Royal Famly are back doing the best thing they know and watching Tv. As usuall Barbara is again doing all the work and put upon Anthony is making all the tea's while Denise and Jim Do nothing but be a pain.
The main build up through this series is denise's pregnancy and he ending does not dissapoint. The series works so well because its just observational and it portrays a middle class family very well.
The series has its highlights such as jims banjo playing and The Christmas special with the Baby. The key scene of the whole series is the moment Jim gets up of his sofa and cradles his distraught daughter. As emotional value is so underplayed the scene is heartbreaking seeing how a man who seems to not care at all actually has one of the biggest hearts. Although Denise is not so likeable her vunrability ends up winning the audience over.
A great second start to an already classic series
The Imbetweeners is Back and the whole gang return for a hilarious second outing.
Will and the gang are stil trying to fit in and get more notice from girls with great results.
The episodes again are an individual story and last in the standard half hour format. The series has some of the best scenes and stories yet with will and the gang on a scholl trip which results in utter choas when stuck n a boat with a nacked simon.
other Highlights include the duke of endinburg sceme where jay takes it upon him self to be crude and make a mistake in front of an old lady.
The series has improved upon the first series and the cast are more confident in there characters. even the smaller roles are fleshed out and funny with Will's mum being a highlight.
The Principle is back and as grumpy as ever the the last episode involves him and will in a smelly situation that will leave you laughing until long after the episode. The Dvd higlights are a treat with all four boys participating in some very funny interviews.
A cracking dvd to own
M&M's choclates peanuts are a crunchy delight for anyone who likes there nuts with a little choclate.
The Choclate is a real treat for a ll the family and the taste is to die for.
The confectionary comes in a yellow attractive package which is a reconised image of the brand. the packet is east to open and gives an instant appeal to the choclate.
M&Ms peanut come in may diffrent colours and make the experience that little more fun. The snack is usefull for all ages except for those with allergies to nuts. Too many of the sweets can get a bit sickly out the portion is just enought to satisfy your fix of sugar and choclate.
M7Ms can also be uses to be put into Ice Cream and can brighten up yours pudding if put to good use.
One of th leading and best choclate peanut snacks out there, M&Ms is a treat fro the whole family at any time of the day.
Benidorm is an ITV series that follows a group of people over a week who go to make use of the all inclusive Holiday.
Full of full and vibrant Characters Steve pemberton heads up the cast as the head of a middle class family.
The series is a delight and anyone who has been to benidirm can see similarities is some of the characters. The couples and families all regualy interact and it is through these meeting most of the comedy lies. Johnny vegas also stars as the oracle who is a pub quiz master who relies on his older put upon mother even though he disownes her for most of the series.
The Episodes are half an hour and with so many stories to tell would benifit a longer running time. 6 episodes make up the dvd and due to the fun aspect of the program goes by too quickley.
A lot of the characters are observation exagerated but as they are all likeable you hope a second series will follow suit
All in all the series is a treasure and with an added bonus of some funny cast interviews is one to own
The Inbetweeners is a Channel Four Comedy that follows the lives of four friends who are not geeky enough but nor cool enough to be anything.
It Stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James buckley and Blake harrison as sixth formers who have to deal with issues such as love, sex and acceptance.
The Series is very funny and extremel wwell written and acted.
Bird stars as Will Mckenzie who's mum has split up wth there dad and he has been put in a comprehensive. he befriends three lads and many adventures follow such as will learnig to drive and getting themselves into trouble from there general curiosities.
The Acting is funny and all liines and situations are delivered in style.
The best character is jay who plays a sex pest and liar who steals much of the scenes with is lewd and disgusting comments.
A great series full of six episodes that you can watch over and over again.
The Royle family is a British Tv Series created by and starring Craig Cash and caroline Aherne.
The premise follws the lives of th Royle Family as they bicker and talk infront of the telly. The series is an observation into a family and the pitch perfect cast makes it a must see.
Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston star as Jim and barbara Royle who along with there two kids and there daughters Boyfriend ponder about the live of other around them. The series is slow moving and leads up to Denise's Wedding and the constant irritations of Jim Royle.
The Show has some lovely moments and the last episode of the series is as moving as any over emotional film.
Tomlinson has created a monster of a character who is lazy and ful but shows some real tender moments when his family and children need it.
The series is Comedy gold and the slow pace although sometimes grating will still have enthralled due to the wonderfull characters presented on screen