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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy follow-up, 19 Oct. 2006
Here it is, Kevin Smith has come full circle and 12 years after the original - we have Clerks II, but could a film, a sequel no less, be as good 12 years after the original?

Well, happily I can say that this is as good as the original, but in a slightly different way. This is no longer the cheap student film the original was, this is a proper movie - with a budget!!!!

The film starts brilliantly as it apes the original's monochrome and Dante turns up to work to find the Quick Stop burning down. Jump forward a while and Dante and Randal are now working at the fast food shop Moobys, but nothing else have changed.

The film is very, very funny as it focuses on how their lives really haven't moved on much, well at least Randalls, Dante is about to get married. Again this concentrates on a day in their lives and in fact the last day before Dante leaves to get married or will he stay and pair up with the manager.

There are a host of new and funny characters, but gladly I am able to report the return on a subdued Jay and Silent Bob who are fresh out of rehab, glad to have you back boys.

The film is more feel good and grown up from the original, but you don't mind that - yes you always know exactly where it's heading and how it's going to end, but because you like the characters so much, you can just sit back and watch it happen.

Watch this film and think of the original, you won't be disappointed!


Jersey Girl [DVD] [2004]
Jersey Girl [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.89

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feel good movie making, 19 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Jersey Girl [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
This is the strange Kevin Smith film as it's the one that doesn't take place in the View Askew universe and is his first step away from his beloved characters.

This is done to mix effect, because this isn't a bad movie - actually quite enjoy it - but it is definitely his weakest film. There just seems to be something missing in the plot that makes it feel unfinished, plus it's a little cheesy.

I was a bit apprehensive about getting this, but I'm glad I did as it is a good film, even if it does feel a little bit too sugary/feel good at times.

The plot revolves around a man whose wife dies in labour and he is left to raise the kid on his own and subsequently loses his job and has to do something he hates for a living all the while wishing for something more.

The film tries to be more adult, but still has plenty of low brow humour that kind of stands out to be honest with you.

You should see this film if you fancy a dose of feel good, but not if you're a big fan of Jay and Silent Bob.


Chasing Amy [DVD] [1997]
Chasing Amy [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Most adult film yet, 19 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Chasing Amy [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
This is probably Kevin Smith's greatest achievement and his most grown up film to date. The themes behind this film are more adult and to be honest, more interesting.

It's a funny movie as I hated it when I first saw it as it wasn't as stupid as his previous film, Mallrats, but now I've grown to love it. I can see the film for what it really is, a grown up comedy (albeit, with a lot of juvenile humour).

I don't know how Smith does it, but he always seems to get a good performance out of Ben Affleck and this is no exception with Affleck on career best form. The rest of the cast is also solid with Jason Lee given good in support. And of course, I can't do a review on Kevin Smith without mentioning Jay and Silent Bob who turn up for a brief cameo, great.

Seriously, if you want to see a Kevin Smith film that's a little more adult then you should watch this one.


Mallrats [DVD]
Mallrats [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shannen Doherty
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.64

3.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!, 19 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Mallrats [DVD] (DVD)
I don't why this film didn't do well at the box-office (it's considered a flop) as it's actually quite good. Yes, it's not Kevin Smith's strongest film, but that doesn't stop it from been funny.

Yes, the film is very juvenile, but that is part of it's charm. I love the way that this movie is so pointless and full of great dialogue and memorable characters.

The cast is also brilliant with Jason Lee been the standout performance, but who can forget Mewes and Smith - this is the film in which they really shine. Yes, they were in Clerks, but it's this movie that their characters really come out - and I'm glad they did, they're the best thing in this film.

If you see this movie, don't go expecting the cleverness so Smith's other films, just go in looking to have a lot of fun and a bit of a chuckle. Hey it could be worse - I've seen the original opening.
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X Men 2 [DVD] [2003]
X Men 2 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman|Halle Berry|Ian Mckellen|Patrick Stewart
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £1.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even better then the original, 19 Oct. 2006
This review is from: X Men 2 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
If you liked the original then you are going to love this movie as it's bigger and better and it feels like a proper movie (the original was little more then an intro) and what's the coolest thing about his movie? Wolverine finally goes berserk as he takes out half a special unit team who attack the mansion on his own. How cool is this.

The film is big and concentrates on Wolverine's past so we finally get to see a little bit more about where he came from and how he became who he is.

The effects and action sequences are also spectacular and it contains one of the best intros I've ever seen as the White House is attacked.

The downside to the film is that some characters seem to fall by the wayside (Cyclops doesn't seem to have a part), but apart from that, this film is brilliant and you should definitely go and watch it!


Blade II [DVD] [2002]
Blade II [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Wesley Snipes
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - an excellent follow-up, 19 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Blade II [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This move it brilliant, pure and simple. I even think it can take a title of sequel better then the original which puts it alongside films the Godfather II and Aliens.

I loved Blade, it was a cool film, so I was looking forward to a sequel and boy was I happy when I got to see it. This film is brilliant - it's bigger, better and gorier then it's predecessor and Wesley Snipes is on career best form.

Yes, there's no plot, but who cares when it has action sequences like this one. Each fight looks amazing and it fully holds your interest the whole way through. Admittedly the CGI is a little dodgy at times, but I'm not going to hold that against it as it's such a cool film to watch

The `plot' has Blade teaming up with a vampire squad trained to kill him in order to kill a new threat to both vampires and humans - The Reapers. Reapers are some of the best villains in screen history as their hideous and scary. Led by Luke Bros, who is brilliant as the mutated leader.

This film is both scary and action packed and contains one of the best end fights that I have ever seen. I recommend that you go out and buy this movie now!!!


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD] [2002]
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Elijah Wood
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.97

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad as middle parts go, 19 Oct. 2006
Sequels are always a hard thing to pull off and to pull off the middle part in a trilogy is even harder! The middle part can have no beginning and no end like a normal film and that always makes it the weakest link in the chain until you can sit down and watch the films in one go.

The film is not bad though and is the action version o f the first one. A lot more happens here then previous and the battle scenes are spectacular. It also has a great story that concentrates on Sauroman trying to get the ring of power.

Gollom is also a good edition to the cast and looks brilliant here - the effects company doing a good job to blend him into the action, he really does feel just like another character.

It's always hard to find a bad thing to say about these films as they're just so enjoyable to watch. I really recommend that you go and watch the whole trilogy.


Twin Caliber (PS2)
Twin Caliber (PS2)
Offered by media-4-u
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 18 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Twin Caliber (PS2) (Video Game)
I hate this game - it's awful, one of the worst purchases i have ever made.

I saw it in a shop and it sounded cool and then took it home. The gameplay is awful - i only control the guns? and the voice talent is dreadful.

i hate this game and i'm exchanging it tomz.


Cold Fear (PS2)
Cold Fear (PS2)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good edition to the sub Res Evil genre, 18 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Cold Fear (PS2) (Video Game)
The `Survival Horror' genre is a very busy one: you have the Resident Evils and Silent Hills at the top and then a lot of lesser imitators at the bottom. I'm happy to say that this game sits somewhere in the middle.

I like this game, it a good solid game. The story isn't really there and seems to be big gaps in what story there is, but you're not playing it for that - you're playing for zombies on a boat!!!!! Come on as far as concepts go it equals Snakes On A Plane.

The gameplay is fun and fairly simple and this game is more reliant on action then puzzle which for people like me who just fancy messing about on something every now and then is perfect. I loved walking around the boat and shooting the fast moving zombies, brilliant.

The second half of the game is also fun, but feels added on. Sadly with all boat games, there's not too much for you to do, a boat's only so big. So for the second half of the game, you move to an oil rig and the `story continues' or in my case, an excuse to go around and shoot more zombies.

I really think this is a game you should think about buying as it's always on sale and is a lot of fun to play. I guarantee that this will keep you occupied and happy for an afternoon until RE5 is released.


The Suffering: Ties that Bind (PS2)
The Suffering: Ties that Bind (PS2)
Offered by trguk
Price: £19.78

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst sequel in the history of sequels, 18 Oct. 2006
In my opinion - this game gets the dubious title of Worst Sequel Ever!!!!!

The original is an amazing game, one of the best games on the market - I can't think of a bad thing to say about it, but this game? I can barely think of a good thing to say about it, it's just awful.

I was looking forward to the sequel to The Suffering, but when I finally sat down to play it, everything about it felt rushed (into production), including the story or should I say `lack of one'.

The graphics also look bad and like the game makers couldn't be bothered finishing them off. Another downside is the levels - the original felt free flowing, but his one makes you feel like you have to go through that door or this corridor to proceed.

The whole game just feels wrong and I urge you not to buy it if you're a fan or the original as it will just ruin it for you.


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