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Knocked Up [DVD]
Knocked Up [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth Rogen
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 2.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet, 30 Dec 2007
This review is from: Knocked Up [DVD] (DVD)
I didn't expect to like this movie much but it certainly is a heart warming tale.
Ben and Alison have a chance meeting one night in a club and after having far too much to drink end up in bed together. As the title suggests this ends up in the worst possible way with Alison being pregnant. The two are complete opposites; Alison is heading up in the world of tv, has a life plan of sorts and is relatively mature. Ben on the other hand is unemployed, obsessed with women/sex and spends all his time smoking pot or talking absolute rubbish with his equally high, 'loser' friends. Ben's side of the story in terms of his friends and their conversations can get a little annoying as it reminicent of movies like 'American pie' and 'Road trip'. The relationship he has with Alison on the other hand is incredibly sweet as he tries to do right by her and their child while trying to win her over. Also adding to the humour with brilliant supporting roles are Alisons sister and brother-in-law who are having their own marital issues but are very much involved with her and Ben's life.

This is a cute, funny movie about an event that in reality is far from humorous (which is a little worrying...). I would certainly recommend it for a night of light hearted entertainment but probably wouldn't show it to anyone under 15-ish; there is a ridiculous amount of foul language and they don't need to get any funny ideas about pregnancy and happily-ever-afters!

The Family Man [DVD] [2000]
The Family Man [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 3.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Carol with a twist, 28 Dec 2007
This review is from: The Family Man [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Nicholas Cage shines in this movie which sees him going to bed a successful but lonely businesman one Christmas eve and waking up a married man with two children.
Essentially he is being given a glimpse at the life he could have been living had he made a few different choices. As you can imagine it is a dramatic change leading to some comedic scenes as he tries to figure out who his is, who other people (like friends and family) are and what he's supposed to be doing! He eventually starts to fall into the role of husband and father which is heart-warming to watch as it is rather adorable.

Great movie that is good for any time of the year to be honest. Light and feel good in just the correct proportions.

Havana [DVD]
Havana [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Redford
Price: 5.16

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Redford - Pollack combo, 28 Dec 2007
This review is from: Havana [DVD] (DVD)
The previous review is quite elaborate and will probably give you most of the information you want about this movie. Unfortunately, I don't agree with how fantastic it is.
I agree that the cinematography is top notch and Pollack does a brilliant job with capturing the essence of life in 'Havana' just before Castro's revolution. What I liked best was how he moved to compare what was happening in the real world among the Cubans themselves and that of the American (and other) tourists who only knew the world of casinos, dancing and a good time in general. He takes the comparison further by building it into his main characters; one a poker player who refuses to get involved or care about anything other than surviving and making money and the other the wife of a high ranking rebel.
Unfortunately, the movie seemed a little disjointed at first as I struggled to figure out who was who and what was really going on (I don't pretend to know much about Cuban history!). Once I got involved it was interesting but not mind blowing and eventually I ended up tired and bored as it hit the 2hr mark in running time. Hence the overall rating of 3 stars.

A Good Year [DVD] [2006]
A Good Year [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 5.21

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ridley-Crowe combo, 27 Dec 2007
This review is from: A Good Year [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
An entertaining movie which you could convince yourself has some deeper meaning. Absolutely beautiful settings and scenery in the french countryside where Russell Crowe's character (Max) is coming to terms with his uncles death while trying to sell off his newly acquired estate. Unfortunately for him the memories of his uncle all have to do with being taught to be a good person and enjoy life. This goes against his plans to love and leave the waitress in town, put his 'farm hand' out of a job and swindle his uncles illegitamate child (who's turned up at the 11th hour) out of what is her inheritance by french law.

I did feel the ending came all too quickly after the slow and steady build up. A bit too rushed for my liking. The other flaw (some might argue i was being picky) is Russell Crowe's accent. Don't get me wrong he's a brilliant actor and I love his stuff but he just doesn't pull off a decent British accent. I don't understand why they had to cast someone all the way from australia when there are enough actors out this way.
Otherwise... decent enough movie - very cute and light hearted with a fair deal of wit and one liners that made me chuckle.

The African Queen [DVD]
The African Queen [DVD]
Dvd ~ Humphrey Bogart
Offered by NetsavesUK
Price: 11.83

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a true classic, 21 Dec 2007
This review is from: The African Queen [DVD] (DVD)
Fantastic movie even a good 50 plus years after its original release. The first few minutes weren't the best and I was worried Katherine Hepburn was going to let me down for the first time. The lines just seemed too cheesy and the acting forced to the point of being comical. Like I said, it was only for the first few minutes. Once it becomes all about Hepburn and Bogart I was blown away. Two characters for pretty much the whole film and that was more than enough with the witty, charming dialog of the good classics. Bogart really steals the show and it isn't hard to see why he was awarded the oscar for best actor.
Essentially it's a tried and tested formula. Boy meets girl and they take instant dislike to each other but over time warm to each other and fall in love. We all know it is coming but the journey is equally endearing and hilarious as they come up with a plot to blow up a German boat in Africa because it is their duty as British subjects to aid the war. Well, it's more Roses idea that Charlie gets bossed into. The only problem is they have to navigate down an 'impassable' river to get to said boat leading to lots of adventures along the way.

The Last Legion [DVD]
The Last Legion [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Firth
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 5.36

36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the ninth legion, 18 Dec 2007
This review is from: The Last Legion [DVD] (DVD)
Not the best of movies but watchable for some light entertainment. There are some good fighting/battle scenes but the overall plot is a little below par and the same goes for bits of the dialog. I felt like I was watching a B movie with celebreties at some points.
Nothing dramatic and although I wouldn't scare you away completely, there are much better films out there.

Room To Breathe
Room To Breathe
Price: 13.15

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars to be highly accurate!, 11 Dec 2007
This review is from: Room To Breathe (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album by Reba McEntire and has most of my personal favourtites. Unfortunately, it also has 2/3 songs that I'm not too particularly keen on. Namely - Moving Oleta, Love revival and I'm gonna take that mountain (hence 4.5 stars).

The rest of them are 4- 5 star songs especially the following:
'Secret' is a great opening track. You think you know what she's singing about but when you find out it's a little more painful and sad. Yet for some reason I still find myself trying to sing along with her powerful voice. Brilliant, though it always feels too short.
'Once you've learnt to be lonely' which is about the struggle of learning to love again and has the perfect melancholy tune to it. Reba sings the lyrics with such feeling.
'He gets that from me' is another favourite as it's so bittersweet in meaning but the lyrics again are just beautiful. I imagine a lot of people will be affected by this tale of loss and love.
The title track is the type of song I've come to expect from Reba in terms of meaning. She does a lot of stuff about the struggles and strength of women. This one is asking for 'room to breathe' to make sure that this relationship and life is really what she wants.

The ones I haven't potentially bored you with descriptions of are good too but they don't blow me away in the same manner. A worthwhile purchase in my opinion. I suppose I should make a small note that a couple of songs have a religious connotation and are pretty much songs of praise and this may or may not appeal to you.

Friday Night Lights [DVD]
Friday Night Lights [DVD]
Dvd ~ Billy Bob Thornton
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.10

4.0 out of 5 stars American football, 11 Dec 2007
This review is from: Friday Night Lights [DVD] (DVD)
Another movie based around Americans love for football (their kind!) and the passions it stirs within them. There have been a lot of movies about the sport which are 'based on a true story' over the years. This isn't much different from the rest except that the town of Odessa has brought home the state championship before and so have very high expectations of their local school team. We get to know about the private lives of only a few of the team members and the coach and even then not always very much. This makes it hard to grow attached to them and their quest for gold.
It's still manages to entertain with some decent body bashing scenes (otherwise known as football).

I'd recommend 'Remember the Titans' if you want an uplifting and incredible football story. Even 'Invicible' had something that 'Friday night lights' lacks.

The Bourne Ultimatum [DVD] [2007]
The Bourne Ultimatum [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.75

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 10 Dec 2007
Fabulous conclusion to the trilogy. Lots of CIA tracking technology that is as frightening as it is interesting. Equally enthralling is how Jason Bourne goes about evading all these procedures and even uses them to his aim. Several car/bike chases and action packed sequences. Essentially, 'The Bourne Ultimatum' delivers in all aspects for an action movie.

Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Mark Hamill
Offered by dvd s r us
Price: 29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible, 9 Dec 2007
I borrowed this off a friend on a whim. I vaguely remember bits of the movies from when I was a child but have never been particularly intersted in watching them as it seemed a very fantasy/futuristic, 'boys and toys' type series. I must confess to being blown away.
The storyline is interesting and the effects/sets are amazing for movies made in the late 70's and 80's. I swear it tops some of the rubbish you see nowadays when you can just tell its computer simulated. I never once felt things were just dragging along even though they are lengthy films. Humour and action packed scenes are available in abundance but so are ones of romance and inner turmoil.
All in all the star wars trilogy was truly ahead of its time and should be watched by anyone willing to expand their imaginations and take it all in. I understand now why it has lasted the test of time. Enjoyable stuff!

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