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21 Jump Street (Blu-ray) [2012]
21 Jump Street (Blu-ray) [2012]
Dvd ~ Channing Tatum
Price: £4.80

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, 17 Aug. 2012
21 Jump Street is a very funny cop-buddy comedy. There are great comic performances all round from the two leads and also Ice Cube in particular. The jokes make it aware that the filmmakers know they are shamelessly rehashing an old TV show and that is part of what makes it funny. The big surprise for me was how funny Channing Tatum was. I'd never seen him in a comedy before and had no idea he had such great comic timing. This film is much better than I expected.

Lars and the Real Girl [DVD] [2007]
Lars and the Real Girl [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Ryan Gosling
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very likeable, 17 Mar. 2012
Lars and the Real Girl is quite an unusual film. It starts off pretty slow, building character and back story etc but without unsubtly ramming it down your throat. The central character Lars (Gosling) is popular in town but is to put it mildly a likeable weirdo. When he buys a sex doll (Bianca) from the internet and starts introducing her to the locals as his girlfriend the film really takes off. It's constantly amusing and pretty soon you find yourself with a stupid grin on your face as the antics become dafter and dafter.
The performance of Ryan Gosling prevents this from ever becoming too stupid and unbelievable. It's also very moving in places and by the end I felt like I had watched something similar to It's A Wonderful Life. Enjoyable and a bit different.

Drive [Blu-ray] (2011)
Drive [Blu-ray] (2011)
Dvd ~ Ryan Gosling
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £6.57

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change, 15 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Drive [Blu-ray] (2011) (Blu-ray)
Drive won't be everyone's cup of tea but it is a breath of fresh air. A fairly basic storyline has been developed into something much more thought provoking than could have been expected. Ryan Gosling's "Driver" is the classic "Man with no name" from an old western. He appears in town with no back story, speaks minimally and deals with bad guys in extremely violent ways. This is no Fast & Furious movie. At times it's slow paced and it's stylised to look like an eighties movie, complete with regular musical montages. The film is split into two acts, the first hour is a steady build up, high on atmosphere, the last half hour or so is a violent revenge story. The film ends leaving the viewer with a few unanswered questions, but enough information to piece together your own conclusions. It's a shame there aren't a few more films like this being made these days. The soundtrack is brilliant too, a real eighties throwback. And the film gets better with repeated viewings.

Source Code - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)
Source Code - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £4.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining sci-fi flick, 25 Aug. 2011
I found Source Code to be a pretty enjoyable way to pass 90 minutes. If you don't like sci-fi or films where you have to suspend disbelief then don't bother with it. However it's about as good as it can be considering the premise. Jake Gyllenhall's character has to keep reliving the same 8 minutes over and over to discover who was responsible for blowing up a train. Naturally he gets ideas of his own and decides he wants to prevent the bomb from going off rather than follow his mission guidelines and just track down the culprit. The plot unravels at a solid pace and I was never bored at any time. It's basically an action movie equivalent of Groundhog Day so if you liked that movie then this is similar, just without the laughs. Definitely worth giving it a chance.

Rugby World Cup 2003 - England's Story [DVD]
Rugby World Cup 2003 - England's Story [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rugby World Cup 2003 - England's Story
Offered by kurekro
Price: £14.90

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great memento, 25 May 2011
This is a great DVD if you're ever feeling nostalgic about England's world cup triumph. It has highlights from all the games leading up to and including the final. It also has the players reflecting on how they were feeling at the crucial times. The only thing really lacking is any dressing room or training footage, but if it's just the best bits of the games you're after then this does the job.

Swingers [DVD] [1997]
Swingers [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Vince Vaughn
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £2.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and unique, 20 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Swingers [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
There aren't too many films like this around. It's kind of a Sex in the City for guys, although I think it came along before the SATC series. It's a guys film that's pretty good for a lads night in. There are some great early performances from Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn and Brooke Langton. Heather Graham shows up too. It's not slapstick humour but rather observational comedy about the dating scene from the male perspective. Great quotable dialogue too.

by Karin Slaughter
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis, 5 July 2009
This review is from: Genesis (Hardcover)
This was leant to me by a friend. I'd heard of Karin Slaughter but never tried one of her books before. This was well worth reading and I'm now keen to try some of the earlier efforts. I was hooked right from the start and the book got better and better as it went along, with some great cliffhangers.
Definitely recommended if you like an intelligent action packed thriller.

Role Models [DVD]
Role Models [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seann William Scott
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.97

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, and heartfelt, 23 April 2009
This review is from: Role Models [DVD] (DVD)
Role Models is a really funny film. Stiffler and McLovin in the same flick! What makes the film work, aside from the slapstick laughs is that at its core it has genuine heart. The viewer can genuinely warm to the characters who are all outsiders in their own different ways.
The last twenty minutes or so when the cast are dressed as fighting fantasy characters doing battle in a live action gameplay scenario is side-splittingly funny.
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The Godfather
The Godfather
by Mario Puzo
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 29 May 2008
This review is from: The Godfather (Paperback)
I bought this on a whim when I saw it on sale. I figured that as I liked the film so much it would be worth a go. It had me absolutely gripped from the first page. I guess it helps when you can picture the cast members from the film in your head as you read, but even without that, this is awesome.
Brilliantly written, not a word was wasted. If only gangster novels were still this good.

I Want Candy [DVD]
I Want Candy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Riley
Price: £3.47

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nearly very funny, 22 April 2008
This review is from: I Want Candy [DVD] (DVD)
I Want Candy is an odd film. The idea is very funny, the script is loaded with amusing set pieces, the acting is ok, it's even reasonably well paced, but somewhere along the line it managed to not be very funny. It's hard to see exactly what went wrong with it, but it's almost as if the crew were told they only had 2 weeks to shoot the whole thing and therefore didn't ever get to do a second take when the first one was bad. There are so many amusing situations that didn't succeed in making me laugh. A joke is set up, but then the timing of the punchline seemed to be a bit off too many times.
On the plus side, Michelle Ryan was much better than I expected, as was Carmen Electra but both of them were a little underused. The two leads were competent but neither of their characters had a consistent personality, and although that shouldn't matter too much in what is meant to be a silly comedy, it left me thinking that this could have been absolutely brilliant in the right hands. It's not really that bad, but it seems like a really wasted opportunity to make a hilarious comedy.
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