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Office Space [1999] [DVD]
Office Space [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ron Livingston
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £3.50

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming if disjointed fun, 28 May 2006
This review is from: Office Space [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
I stumbled into 'Office Space' with no idea of the plot or style, and on both counts I'm not that much the wiser having seen it. Nonetheless I find myself reaching for it time and time again, for while it's a little unfocused what does come through is the shining sense of humour, and the feeling that you, like the main character, really shouldn't worry too much about it. You may not know exactly what's going on but it will all be okay in the end.

Peter Gibbons is a generic office worker. His days consist of excrutiating commutes, inter-changable bosses and TPS reports. He visits a hypnotherapist with his partner, asking desparately if there's any way they can make him forget his days at work. It's killing him a bit every day and he knows it. But when the hypnotherapist dies halfway through obliging, the new, carefree, relaxed Peter begins to see how wonderful a life of nothing can truly be.

The film is thoroughly genuine throughout. The characters feel real and alive and the distaste with which the office treats each other is painfully funny. Everyone is caught in their own problems and it's only when Peter relaxes that he can treat the office for what it is. A lot of the film rests on Ron Livingston as Peter and he pulls it off with a kind of amiable charm that permeates the whole film. His coworkers Zamir and Michael Bolton, (no relation to the singer), are familiar and funny support, and there are memorable characters filling the office all fantastically played.

It's not perfect, midway it becomes a semi-serious crime caper that blurs from fantasy to reality with startling speed, and the subplot with Jennifer Aniston is not given the attention to make it worthy, (it could have been either developed or cut, but as it is it just feels underdone), but the humour is always present and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, and the acting is topform across the board.

Rent it if you can, it's not a film for everyone, but if you do tune into the satirical sense of humour and you don't mind a lack of real direction, you'll find it's well worth your time

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride [DVD]
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matthew Broderick

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'sequel' is such a strong word.., 4 Oct. 2004
Okay first things first; if you're looking for a repeat of The Lion King, you won't find it here. The Lion King 2 is a sequel in the best sense of the word. It takes the story and characters of the first film and builds on them without being too afraid to step in another direction.
The constant references to Scar and the, um, 'scars', he has left may indeed turn some people off. Personally I loved it. Kiera and Kovu are worthy successors to Simba and Nala. Here we have characters who cannot escape the past, but unlike the first film where Simba is trying to escape HIS past, they are trapped in the shadow of events before their time. They weren't a part of Scar's betrayal or downfall yet they still live with the consequences. Their struggle to be seen as individuals away from their heritage is a metaphor that easily applies to the film as a whole and I for one think it is wholly successful.
The film is altogether darker than the first, (Scar's vengeful mate is a pretty twisted figure), but it works perfectly in it's context as a sequel. You watch The Lion King when you're young and fall in love with the beautiful artwork and songs, then you watch The Lion King 2 when you are a bit older and appreciate for the first time just how complex the first film was to leave such a legacy, and hopefully see it in a new light.
Some people won't want to view an old favourite in a new light, and I must admit I didn't watch this film out of choice, but the new characters soon had me involved in a whole new way, the new songs, (especially the emotional, 'He's Not One of Us'), are never far from my tongue, and in moments of doubt Timon and Pumba are there to ease you along.
There are many Disney sequels and most are straight-to-video for a reason, but if you dismiss The Lion King 2 on those principles, you'll miss out on a real gem.
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Ikiru [DVD]
Ikiru [DVD]
Dvd ~ Takashi Shimura
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £11.49

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 100 melodramas have told this tale. This does it right., 23 April 2004
This review is from: Ikiru [DVD] (DVD)
I love this film. It's not the kind of thing I would normally watch but Iwas subjected to it in film studies and am now eternally grateful to myteacher! Watanabe is not an instantly likeable character, he's veryintrospective, but this just makes learning about him all the moreinteresting. The film is a study of a profound question; if you had alimited time until death, how would you live? Especially asvictim-of-beaurocracy Watanabe lacks direction in his life, making hisfinal act all the more poignant.
Although some may find this film a little slow it's a subject worthy ofcontemplation, and Watanabe's deeply saddened eyes more than hold theattention.
And the moment where he sings a lament in the bar is guaranteed to bringa tear to your eye. One of my favourite ever sequences.

Destruction of Illusions (Gene Roddenberry's "Andromeda")
Destruction of Illusions (Gene Roddenberry's "Andromeda")
by Keith R. A. DeCandido
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars If the show were a book series..., 18 Sept. 2003
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
..this would be the pilot. It's certainly enough to keep you reading, working equally well as a tie-in novel to the show or a novel in it's own right.
I originally purchased it as a way of filling out my Andromeda merchandise, a filler read for the bus. However, I finished it all in one night as I couldn't put it down. The story is complex enough to hold the attention, and the characters are, (mostly), deep enough to carry it, (with the possible exception of Harper, who is somewhat of a minor character here).
Tyr and Beka in particular benefit from their characterisation, and Trance is well-drawn in the limited time she appears, despite the slight differences between her personality here and her onscreen persona. Offside characters Bolivar and Ferahr are also wonderful additions, adding a touch of class and humour respectively.
Well-worth reading, it would merit five stars if not for the criminal lack of Harper!

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