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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Comedies in Recent Years..., 20 Feb 2004
School of Rock is simply one of the funniest and most interesting films from recent years. First off all the rock references make this a must for hardcore rock fans, as not only will they recognise the songs, they'll see a part of them in Black's wanna-be rock star persona. And that's where the comedy lies - Jack Black. Having stole every scene in 'High Fidelity' as well as the under-rated 'Evil Woman' he's finally been given a leading role, playing a bum who wants to be a rock star, but ends of pretening to be a substitute teacher to a class of rich kids. So what does he do? He teaches them to rock.
Aswell as Black, it's the kids who really shine. They all play their own instruments, which is mind-blowing, especially the lead guitarist, and they truely learn how to rock.
This is a film for everyone, from the aspiring musician, to the fifty year old who still plays air-guitar to Dire Straits, anybody with a love for music, or comedy will love this film. A must-have in your collection. You will love it...
Watch if you enjoyed: High Fidelity, Orange County, The Wedding Singer.

Tigerland [DVD] [2001]
Tigerland [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Price: £2.49

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping..., 20 Feb 2004
This review is from: Tigerland [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Tigerland is one of the best war films in memory, but not because of the action, it's because of the drama. Tigerland is not based around gunfights and beach landings, it's about unity in soldiers, and how they were forced to go to Vietnam, when there was no real need. Colin Farrell offers his best performance to date as the grunt who opposes the system, and helps the other soldiers when he can.
Tigerland is one of those films you cannot fault. It's moving, fast-paced, great performances and will be a classic in years to come.
If you've ever enjoyed a war film, you must watch this, because it's something different, and something important.
Watch if you enjoyed: Saving Private Ryan, Phone Booth, The Thin Red Line.

Office Space [1999] [DVD]
Office Space [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ron Livingston
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.90

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius,,,, 20 Feb 2004
This review is from: Office Space [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
This film is quite simply genius. Not a lot happens; there's no big explosions, shoot outs, alien invasions. It's just a film about a guy (Ron Livingston on form) who gets bored of his mundane job, and decides to leave, ripping off the company in the process. The jokes are absolutely classic, and the characters are so unique and witty, yet dull and mundane that the contrasts just make this film classic. Jennifer Aniston, in a very early role filmwise, pops up as Livingston's girlfriend, and has a great seen flipping off her boss. I cannot recommend this movie enough, it's cheap and funny - the perfect movie. Created by Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead) this film is for the filmfan who likes something a little less commercial and their comedy a little different too. I cannot recommend this higher. Give it a watch...
Watch if you enjoyed: Punch Drunk Love, Being John Malkovich & Swingers.

The Hot Chick [DVD] [2003]
The Hot Chick [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Rob Schneider
Price: £3.59

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schneider's Best Effort Yet....., 20 Feb 2004
This review is from: The Hot Chick [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Comedian Rob Schneider is always trying to emulte the success of his best friend Adam Sandler, but always struggles to do so, mainly due to poor material. But with 'The Hot Chick' he has finally found a good source to unleash his brand of humour. Schneider plays a down and out bum who due to an ancient curse (that parts a bit far fetched) swaps his body with a stunning high school student. Needless to say Schneider prancing around as a woman is much funnier than a Male Gigalo or a cop made of Animal parts. The set pieces are really funny, with the night club seen and fight afterwards being the highlight. The stunning Anna Faris (Scary Movie trilogy, Lost in Translation) offers good support as the best friend falling in love with Schneider - as a woman, which offer's an interesting subplot. Overall, this is Schneider at his comedic best, and if you have been disappointed with his pervious ventures, I urge you to give him one more chance, because the Hot Chick does deliver the goods. Enjoy...
Watch if you enjoyed The Wedding Singer, Evil Woman & Little Nicky.

Donnie Darko [2002] [DVD]
Donnie Darko [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Price: £2.19

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Stunning, 7 Jan 2004
This review is from: Donnie Darko [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
Donnie Darko is the tale of a young man with mental problems who is told that the world will end in 28 days. He is visited by a bunny in his dreams, and he sets out to figure out how he can stop the world from ending.
This film deals with the idea of time-travel and dreaming, and is absolutely amazing. Both visually stunning, and incredibly intriging, this is a must see movie.
Donnie Darko is a film you will never see again. Original and amazing, you must rent this film. If cinema is supposed to be an experience, Donnie Darko is a film you must experience.
Jake Gyllenhall shows why he will be 'the-next-best-thing' in Hollywood. A must see.

The 25th Hour [DVD] [2003]
The 25th Hour [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Edward Norton
Price: £3.89

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bold, yet Satisfying, 23 Dec 2003
This review is from: The 25th Hour [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
When I got the chance to see 25th hour, I wasn't expecting much. I'm not a big fan of Spike Lee, and seeing his latest offering didn't appeal to me. However, on seeing this film, my opinion has changed.
25th Hour is a slightly dark film. Monty (Norton, superb throughout) has 24 hours before he is sent to jail for 7 years. Before he goes, he's desperate to rekindle his relationship's with his father (Brian Cox) and his two best friends (Pepper and Hoffman). At the same time he has to try and figure out who tipped off the police, and inturn sent him to jail. Suspicious of his girlfriend (Dawson), he has an interesting day ahead of him.
What I found enjoyable with this film was the relationships between the characters. You could easily emote with all of them, feeling sympathy for Monty and his girlfriend, as well as sensing the awkward situation his friends and father in.
Needless to say, the day is very interesting as Monty goes through all the emotions he can, while enjoying himself. But it's the ending that makes this film for me. Completely unexpected but genuinely rewarding for the audience. I recommend this film very highly if you like strong gritty drama's. The actors are superb and overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable film.
4* (Watch if you enjoyed: Risky Business, Donnie Darko or Rules of Attraction - it's a drama about people in precarious situations, and their relationships between one another).

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