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Star – Hilary Duff
Genre – Comedy
Run Time – 92 minutes
Certificate – PG13
Country – USA
Amazon – £ DVD (£Blue Ray)
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So whatever happened to Hilary Duff? Well now a lot happened to in the first place and so does it really matter? The ex ballet dancer hit it big in the Disney TV series Lizzie Maguire and then hit the music charts with her album ‘Metamorphosis’, making the top spot on the Billboard 200 with $2.6 million sales. A string of chick flicks and fluffy pink comedies followed and a clothing line called ‘Stuff by Hilary Duff’ made $5.3 million soon after. Her sister Haylie Duff is also off the same Hollywood production line. For someone so un-famous outside of Hollywood she is money making machine. Oh and she wrote a children’s book called Elixir that made the NY Times Best Seller List. But what really sums her up is she has her own Barbie Doll model.
But things picked up in 2008 when she appeared in the extremely under rated satirical spoof War Inc with John Cusack. But she cant get away from playing bubblegum chewing teenagers and According to Greta (known as ‘Surviving Summer’ here) seeing the 25-year old Duff playing a moody intelligent 17-year old. She can just about get away with that.
Intelligent but rebellious teenager Georgiana Evelina "Greta" O'Donnell (Hilary Duff) has issues and so packed off for the summer by mom (Melissa Leo) and to stay with her grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and Grandfather (Michael Murphy). Mom (Melissa Leo) has had her enough of Greta ruining her relationship with yet another husband (Christopher Hakim) and a change of scene is the best plan she has.
Greta has no plans to do anything of note this summer and compiling a bucket list before she kills herself. But it will take a while to tick them off so decides to get a summer job in a restaurant in the sleepy New Jersey beach community she is lumbered in. Her grandparents are trying hard to deal with the rebellious streak and sarcasm and soon wishing she wasn’t here. So enter handsome short order cook Julie (Evan Ross), a black boy from the wrong side of the tracks, who has sorted his life out after juve. He is confused with her depression but drawn to her abrasive service manner at the restaurant, as are some of the customers.
After a while it dawns on her grandparents that Greta is not the one with the problems and her mother hasn’t been there for her. But as Greta ticks off her bucket list it also dawns on her that she hasn’t exactly been a nice person. Sometimes being intelligent turns into arrogance and intolerance of others.
I always give low budget American indie films a chance with decent IMDB ratings as they tend to be quite accurate. This is not one of those worthy self-obsessed indies but Hilary Duff trying to reignite her acting career. If Mathew McConaughey can win an Oscar then why not Hilary? This is not an Oscar winning performance in any shape or form and as she is co-producer credit here then clearly paying for her place on the film to get this role. She is charismatic and fun here and I enjoyed her performance.
It’s a reasonably well written film with a strong cast and light hearted enough to tackle its darker themes of teen depression and loneliness. Being as beautiful as Duff, it seems unlikely she would have these problems though. Oddly she does come across as a precocious 18-year-old for her 24-years but an actress still living in the past.
It’s funny, contrived, unlikely and fun. It will appeal to film fans who want to have one or two English language movies on their hardrive to avoid yet another one of those foreign films we record. It’s not too bad as far as low budget Indies go and I stuck with it. Not much story and acting going on but stylish and quirky enough in delivery to appeal to a younger audience as well as older. It earns my third star. Its no Juno (ThankGod) but fair enough.
Never more so than in the last few days, BBC America has excelled itself with the coverage of the recent tragic events in New York City, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. From the beginning, it gave up-to-the-moment information as it became available, and was as complete as local US coverage. Since then, it has continued to update us on the situation, on the rescue efforts, on the people stories behind the headlines. The sheer amount of reporting was amazing.
This is not unusual, though. I tend to watch the World News on BBC and then turn to my local network for the news in my state. The World News definitely gives me better coverage on news outside of the US. The other networks only tend to cover stories that have some tie to the US, where the BBC gives me news from all over. On BBC I learned about the events at Holy Cross School in Belfast - which received no coverage on my local station whatsoever.
I have nothing but praise for the Beeb with regard to their coverage of world-wide news. They provide concise information, which appears to be unbiased, so that we can see what is going on in the world around us. Thanks to those who bring us the news and those who work behind the scenes.
This is our world and we ned to know what is going on in it.
It has been many years since John Reith first established the values of the BBC. The BBC World channel is perhaps one of only few BBC channels which still upholds the tradtional Reithian values.
What is on it:
The channel aims to provide impartial and informative news coverage on events on around the world. I would say that is unrivalled in terms of quality and agenda and always manages to capture stories from the most appropriate angle.
It is the BBC's aim to deliver the news packages without a bias, I feel this value is upheld and there is no leaning to any political party or favouritism shown.
The BBC has long held strong ties with the Royal family and it is perhaps no surprise that the service features quite a lot of coverage on the Royals. You might notice that when news is compiled, stories about the Royals often are at the top of the ladder in terms of national importance.
All BBC reporters speak 'the Queen's English' are usual given an area to focus upon. There will be one reporter for politics, one for education and so on
Verdict: Broadcasting 24 hours a day, BBC World provides up to date and informative news which can be understood by people of all ages. I find it a trustworthy and reliable service
In my opinion this station is great it offers good, accurate news whever you are in the world. The specicific news programs on this channel are also great i.e. world business report, Hard talk etc. What makes this channel particularly good however is that it can be streamed through their internet site to everywhere in the world. Its use of good well trained reporters that do not make mistakes when reading the reports makes a good change from CNN where the reporters regularly mess up when reading the news. A good accurate news program offering inpartial news wereever you are in the world. Highly recommended.
What is the BBC world service all about. I travel to many parts of the world as part of my job, (not glamorous like Judith Chalmers etc.) I would love to be able to hear of news/events at home occasionally. Wherever I happen to be I can usually receive the BBC world service, either by radio (short wave long distance or locally). Or nowadays by TV. For reasons I cannot fathom, the BBC is obsessed with all things Asia, i.e. business reports, markets or any matters. This Asian content seems to dominate if I am on the opposite side of the globe from there. I could say the news repeats itself to much, but bearing in mind time differences across the globe I can understand that. The content of the news is the most disappointing thing though. A major story can sometimes take the whole news half hour, only to be repeated again and again. Ex-pats don't get a look in about anything going on in he UK. A UK news round occasionally would not be too much to ask. They put on programmes like "top gear" now and then and the "hard talk" shows are quite good. Thumbs down to the patronising "Click online" which pays a lip service to the computing world. Even this always appears to be biased to the Asian sector. I will say that the weather reporting service is good on a global level, giving a wider coverage. On TV the teletext service is a little helpful, but could do better in terms of UK content i.e. the lottery results can take days to update. Football results seem confined to the major events. BBC, I think try to emulate CNN, but it does not come off. At least CNN keep you informed of things Europe if your in Europe for example.
BBC WORLD is simply a news channel, which is not widely available in the UK, If you visit a hotel or you go abroad that’s where you usually find BBC WORLD, it’s a commercial channel that offers news to people around the world it’s a lot like BBC NEWS 24 but its more comparable to CNN offering news to a world audience. BBC WORLD is also available 4 times a day on BBC America it offers the main news for BBC America viewers. BB WORLD also shows many of the programmes you can find on BBC NEWS 24, examples include “Business today” and Hard Talk”.