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Planes 2: Fire and Rescue [DVD]
Planes 2: Fire and Rescue [DVD]
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an improvement from original "Planes"!, 20 Oct 2014
You know what, I actually thought "Fire and Rescue" was not as bad as the previous "Planes". It's full of jokes and actually some soul-searching material (when Dusty the racer plane has to humbly become a firefighter due to tragic circumstances). The action scenes are aplenty and somewhat breathtaking - the $50m were well-spent on production! There are unpretentious characters, a few corny jokes and a warm and earnest message - what more could you wish for?

A ten-year old enjoyed it (he awarded 4.80 stars to it!).
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Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock Heart [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock Heart [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Artist Not Provided
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: £15.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everybody, but very special!, 20 Oct 2014
What a wonderful Burton-esque film “Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart” is! Rich visual imaginary, eccentric characters, surprisingly rock-ish soundtrack make this production a real gem!

I loved this! (And the 10-year old watching “Jack and…” also gave this film 4.5 stars – although beware of the not so happy end!)


Carrie [DVD] [2013]
Carrie [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Chloë Moretz
Price: £6.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best choice for a Halloween night., 20 Oct 2014
This review is from: Carrie [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Some teen girls are evil. 50 years ago, and still now. There is always an underdog at school. You know the story of this one - a shy outsider Carrie (played by Chloe Moretz) is sheltered from the world by her deeply religious and overprotective mother (Julianne Moore). Things go wrong and Carrie releases full force of telekinetic powers.

"Carrier" the film is hour and a half long, but it's only the last 30 minutes or so get you slightly uncomfortable (definitely not a choice for a Halloween night - this is very bloody but little scary!).

Somewhat forgettable and perhaps slightly boring.


Shopaholic to the Stars
Shopaholic to the Stars
Price: £5.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Becky loses the plot. 3 - 3.5 stars., 20 Oct 2014
I read all of the shopaholic books and I used to be a huge fan, both of Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and Sophie Kinsella, but her recent books left me a bit disappointed.

Okay, I admit I devoured "Shopaholic to the Stars" in one sitting (it was on a 4-hour flight), but this is definitely not the best offering in the series. What is wrong with it? Becky. She completely loses the plot and her behaviour is scary and unjustified. It's not even about shopping now. It's like she became this grown-up child who does not get the world and does not have any interest, it seems, in her husband, her only child, her family and friends. There are numerous loose ends in the book, but the story lines that get finished are brought to an end suddenly and without any explanation (thing the last 20 or so pages of the book). Becky used to be imaginative and inspired, always making right whatever wrong she did. Now she is just starry-eyed and behaves like a crazy woman! We get a good look at her "obsession", but all the supporting cast (including Luke and Suze) appear one-dimensional and sketchy.

Good news - there will definitely be another book about Becky and her [mis]adventures. I just hope Sophie Kinsella brings Becky back on track and has some really good story-lines and explanations up her sleeve (and seriously, a bit more of the narrative! Pages and pages of dialogue are quite tiring!).


Maps to the Stars [DVD] [2014]
Maps to the Stars [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Julianne Moore
Price: £14.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If only for Julianne Moore., 18 Oct 2014
First things first, Julianne Moore is simply amazing in this film; she absolutely deserved the best actress award in Cannes in 2014 for her performance in "Maps to the Stars". As to the rest of the film... Mia Wasikowka plays her typical heroine (think Stoker) and Robert Pattinson is cast simply for his looks, it seems.

"Maps to the Stars" is a distressing social satire which doubles as a eerie ghost story set in out celebrity-obsessed world. It stars intriguing, but very quickly this dysfunctional-family drama turns into gibberish. A stylish imaginary less any coherent storyline. Yes, I get the social satire part, but I also like to enjoy my time in the cinema. Here all the enjoyment came in the form of amazing Julianne Moore. An extra star for her talent.

Quik reference - think Cosmopolis [DVD] (another Cronenberg's film) - if you enjoyed it, give "Maps to the Stars" a go, if not - definitely give it a miss!


Lucy [DVD] [2014]
Lucy [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Scarlett Johansson
Price: £14.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Messy and not very scientific!, 18 Oct 2014
This review is from: Lucy [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I went to see "Lucy" expecting big things of Luc Besson (I guess I am still associating him with Nikita [DVD] and The Fifth Element Special Edition [1997] [DVD], expecting admirable female heroines). BUT. What might have looked good in a script did not quite transform into a great thrilling film.

The idea of "Lucy" is good, very good and exciting! Lucy, an American student in Taiwan, is forced to act as a drug mule and transformed into super-human by vaguely explained mechanics of maternal cells which feed the embryo (or some such bogus explanation) consumed in huge quantities, has 24 hours to share her newly-found wisdom (literally, of the world, think God-like wisdom) with a bunch of neuroscientists. Part philosophical/scientific piece, part action movie, "Lucy", the film quickly goes from exciting turmoil (think some pseudo-scientific stuff) to boredom (the film abruptly ends at 89 minutes). To recap all the silly and senseless action taking place in the film is just beyond me. If you are looking for action tarring Scarlett, ridiculous but quite watchable - go for it. If you are looking for a interesting (even hypothetical) study about brain capacity incidentally staring Ms Johansson - maybe give it a miss.

Ah and yes, the humans already use more than 10% of their brain capacity - making the premise of the film false. Just google it.


Authors Anonymous
Authors Anonymous
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: £3.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I've seen worse., 14 Oct 2014
This is no way an indie film (as suggested by the other reviewer) – this is one of those mediocre attempts at comedy starring a number of C-list stars (the most familiar of them would be that guy from “American Pie”).

So, a group of aspiring wannabe writes gather together for praise and critique, then one of them secures a book deal, which breaks apart their cozy circle. “Authors Anonymous” is not very funny, the characters are painfully flat, and there are many clichés in the script, I’ve seen worse.

Uninspiring and easily passible. Not recommended.


50 Labels , 50mm Diameter Round , Royal Blue , Colour Code Stickers , Self-Adhesive Sticky Coloured Dots
50 Labels , 50mm Diameter Round , Royal Blue , Colour Code Stickers , Self-Adhesive Sticky Coloured Dots
Offered by Easy Time Uk
Price: £2.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 13 Oct 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
50 self-adhesive labels of 50 mm diametre. Bright blue and of a very good quality. The sticking side is not dry and sticks perfectly.
These stickers are very competitively priced.


Earth to Echo [DVD]
Earth to Echo [DVD]
Dvd ~ Teo Halm
Price: £10.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Echo goes home., 13 Oct 2014
This review is from: Earth to Echo [DVD] (DVD)
If you are a target audience of the film (i.e. between 8 and 12 years old) - chances are you will enjoy the film and it's cute alien Echo. Maybe not.

If you wanted to see a new take on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial [DVD] [1982] you will be disappointment. Echo is a youtube-esque story about one cute but very forgettable alien that crashed in the middle of Nevada desert and 4 slightly annoying teens who help him get back to his home planet. There is a pathetic attempt of making this story "real" with help of shaky camera use and a first-person annoying narrative. There is no real substance to the film, no special effects, no drama, pretty bad casting job and no imagination used in creating Echo itself, who has quite a mediocre personality. Seriously, I just can't...

I know I am not the target audience, but I would not recommend this film for education or entertainment purposes for family viewing. Very underwhelming.


A Hijacking (Kapringen) [DVD]
A Hijacking (Kapringen) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Pilou Asbæk
Price: £5.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and not very edgy., 6 Oct 2014
I was recommended this film after I raved about Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013]. Note: this might be the same subject, but two films could not show the catastrophe surrounding cargo ships captured by pirates more differently. Whilst I loved nail-biting "Captain Phillips", I found "A Hijacking" quite tiresome, not really involving and pretty lame for a masculine melodrama.

This ain't no Hollywood production! And whilst with this kind of film you would expect nerve-wracking suspense, the long minutes showing negotiating process (and boy don't Danish vessel owners look unbothered when people are stuck in the awful condition on the ship for months... Talk about price oh human life!) just dragged on and on and on... Good acting, but the whole effort is unmemorable.


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