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D. Oliver "cmonthepirates" (Glasgow, Scotland)

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Ali [DVD] [2002]
Ali [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Jamie Foxx
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Very Good, 16 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Ali [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Despite not being much of a Will Smith, Muhammed Ali, or even much of a boxing fan, I was drawn to this film. Perhaps that was down to good advertising!
But the film over all is a good one. Smith is outstanding. He has captured the Ali confident persona that he is reknowned for and has all the mannerisms to a tee.
The film focuses specifically on the Vietnam issue that surrounded Ali's career, and despite having to grasp the politics surrounding the issue, maintains entertainment for the audience and manages to avoid boring the audience, who more than likely know Ali as the invincible boxer.
What keeps the audiences attention is Smiths performance, as I have said, he besically IS Ali and is very lively and carries the film through the politics.
All in all a good film, long, and I don't do long films, but it's long but it held my attention and Smiths performance is worth it.

Only an Excuse
Only an Excuse
by Jonathan Watson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best comedy football book for a long time, 7 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Only an Excuse (Paperback)
Hogmanays television highlight, Only An Excuse, couldnt possibly get any funnier than when its onabout 10:30 on 31st December. But then it does. This book, a diary of the daily goings on in football is simply hilarious. Dealing with the rumours and happenigns of that time, and adding its own satrical element, makes this seriously funny.
The book though is taken to the next level by the inclusion of the great Only an Excuse impersonations, Tommy 'eeerm' Burns, Gazza, Graeme Souness et al 'contributing' a page of their own. These pages are the written version of possible sketches from the programme.
It also doubles as a reminder of the season and the jokes and farcical situations that took place during it.
If You Like Only An Excuse, Scottish Football, or a good laugh, then read this book. 5 stars does not do it justice. Hilarity at its strongest.

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