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The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense
Dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant twist, 16 July 2014
This review is from: The Sixth Sense (DVD)
Although the subject matter seems to belong to the 'horror' genre (it's about a little boy who sees ghosts), this is really more of a 'thriller'. There are very few unpleasant or gruesome scenes, but there's a lot of mystery. As a child psychiatrist (Malcolm) sets out to help a boy (Cole) who has a dark secret, we wonder how it will work out, how much he can be helped, and how exactly this all relates to the opening scene in which Malcolm himself had been shot. There are a lot of questions we forget to ask, but the tension mounts, the relationship between man and boy grows, and in a brilliant final couple of scenes everything clicks together and makes sense, so that the ending is quite satisfactory. Highly recommended.


Secretary
Secretary
Dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very erotic but never hardcore, 8 July 2014
This review is from: Secretary (DVD)
Maggie Gyllenhaal should really be listed first not second in this movie's credits because she's in every scene and it's all about her story.

Gyllenhaal plays a girl (Lee) who returns home after a nervous breakdown and takes a job as secretary to a guy who turns out to be perverted and sadistic. But whereas previous secretaries (and he's employed a few!) have tired of his perversions and had to be paid off, Lee finds this is exactly what she needs to cure her of her shyness and her tendency to self-harm.

Gyllenhaal is a beautiful actress and her character does increasingly sexy things as the film progresses; initially just revealing her legs, then exposing her underwear, then undressing, then masturbating, then showing off her boobs, and towards the end appearing full-frontal. So for the viewer who likes looking at sexy ladies there's always more to look forward to - but in the context of a plot-line that's far from contrived.
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The Ugly Truth
The Ugly Truth
Dvd
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, 1 July 2014
This review is from: The Ugly Truth (DVD)
When a romcom introduces a couple (in this case, a squeaky clean producer of a TV show - Abby - and a guy brought onto the show to peddle his political incorrect views about love and relationships - Mike) you just know (if you've ever seen a romcom before) that somehow against all odds this most unlikely of couples will end up getting it together.

There were so many scenes where I found myself genuinely unsure whether I'd seen this movie before or whether it simply reminded me of another, similar, one!

So is it worth watching? Well yes, probably, once - if only for one or two very funny and unique scenes. First among these must be the 'vibrating briefs' scene! And second must be the hopeless blind date that Abby goes on with a guy called Jim early on in the movie. Unfortunately part of this latter scene didn't make the final cut, but the whole scene can be watched under Special Features.


The Hole
The Hole
Dvd
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3.0 out of 5 stars A horror story that avoids the usual cliches, 21 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Hole (DVD)
Apart from the dog that occasionally yaps at an unseen presence, this horror manages to steer clear of the usual clichés of the genre. Two boys move into a new house, discover (and unfortunately open) a hole in the floor of their basement, and unleash a load of strange characters who start to haunt or terrorise them. For a long time the significance of these characters (intentionally) alludes us, and the events that occur seem totally random. But slowly a pattern, and an explanation of sorts, emerges - and the film comes to a reasonable conclusion after about 85 minutes. Apart from the deliberate mystery about what-exactly-is-going-on, the plot is easy to follow with only four main characters: the two boys, their mum (perhaps one should say "mom" as it's set in the US, but fortunately it avoids being too American), and for added glamour the cute girl-next-door.


The Bed Sitting Room
The Bed Sitting Room
Dvd
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1.0 out of 5 stars This didn't do it for me :-(, 17 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Bed Sitting Room (DVD)
When this rental DVD arrived I couldn't remember ordering it - though obviously I had. I read the reviews and they seemed pretty good so I watched it anyway - all 90 minutes of it!

It's an impressive cast list comprising Cook, Moore, Secombe, Feldman, etc. - even Arthur Lowe of Dad's Army fame, though heaven knows what he (Lowe) must have thought of the script, or why he was willing to do it. I personally enjoy a wide range of humour from sitcoms like Dad's Army to farce and Python and satire, etc. And I've enjoyed some other books or films by these particular writers. But I never got into this.

It's about a post-nuclear bomb scenario (though for some reason no-one's willing to say the word "bomb") and how a select few characters survive. It's mad enough already before characters start turning into parrots or wardrobes. Sorry but I just didn't get it at all and, apart from a few good one-liners, it didn't make me laugh.


Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Monty Python..., 10 Jun 2014
I've been a fan of Monty P since my uni days in the 70s, when 300 students would cram into one room to watch it. I thought I'd seen every TV programme or movie they'd ever produced but in the build-up to this summer's (2014) show in London I discovered this old live show I'd previously missed.

A great mix of the old/familiar with some new stuff. As has been stated elsewhere, the live performance enables some bad language / sexual innuendo that wouldn't be possible on TV, but this is never done just for its own sake - it always enhances the humour.

I didn't know Americans loved Monty P this much, but the audience at the Hollywood Bowl (or, as Michael Palin called it, "the Ronald Reagan Memorial Bowl") seemed to laugh at all the same things as I did.


Video Voyeur
Video Voyeur
Dvd
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's scary to think this is a true story, 4 Jun 2014
This review is from: Video Voyeur (DVD)
A family discover that a neighbour has been videoing them in their bedroom and bathroom.

You'd think that the discovery of what's been happening, and the admission of guilt by the voyeur in question, would be the end of the movie - but it's actually only half way through. The story of the emotional trauma for the victims, the impotence of the legal system to punish the perpetrator, and the way the local community closes ranks around the guilty party, help us realise the true cost of such activity - which is far from being a 'victimless crime'.

Although loosely based on a true story, while intentionally embellished for dramatic effect, this film still leaves one wondering about those US states (and other parts of the world - because surely this can't be just about the US?) where, incredibly, such behaviour remains legal.


Conspiracy of Silence
Conspiracy of Silence
Dvd
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4.0 out of 5 stars Movie that asks important questions, 29 May 2014
This review is from: Conspiracy of Silence (DVD)
Like the Da Vinci Code, this is a movie that is totally fictional but nonetheless well-researched, so that it warns the viewer of the excessive powers of the church - especially when she finds her traditions and hierarchies being publicly challenged. Though paedophilia isn't mentioned, the way this movie (written in 2003) deals with other cover-ups could no doubt be applied to that issue too. Look out for a young Chris O'Dowd playing the part of a seminarian, years before he found fame in The IT Crowd and Bridesmaids!


Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids
Dvd
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for watching once, 17 May 2014
This review is from: Bridesmaids (DVD)
This story about the preparations for a wedding is not as funny as it's made out to be. Maybe part of the problem is that it consists of American-style slapstick rather than the kind of humour Brits prefer. Another downer is that it revolves around a central character (Annie, the Maid of Honour) whom it's impossible to like or even feel any empathy for because she's just such an all-round loser. So the movie has a 'villain' but no 'hero'.

In its defence the plot is very easy to follow, with just a few larger-than-life characters. The most familiar actors to British audiences will probably be Chris O'Dowd (The IT Crowd) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain).


Jonathan Creek - Series 4
Jonathan Creek - Series 4
Dvd
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still good storylines, 14 May 2014
This review is from: Jonathan Creek - Series 4 (DVD)
I enjoyed this almost as much as previous series, although the story-lines are becoming increasingly 'paranormal'. But I think this series misses Maddie (Caroline Quentin), whose relationship with Jonathan had previously given the plots an extra twist. Also beware that the episodes aren't presented in the correct order because the Christmas ones are both placed on the final disc.


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