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Wanderlust [DVD]
Wanderlust [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Aniston
Price: 5.48

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but slightly disappointing, 16 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Wanderlust [DVD] (DVD)
As much as I like Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, there was something about this film that didn't quite seem right. Don't get me wrong, it is not a terrible film, and there are some reasonably funny parts, but it was just too hit and miss. I would say 50% of this movie is quite good, but 50% really isn't - this includes the cast, the jokes and the script, etc.
It is random and occasionally wayward, but Rudd and Aniston produce good performances as the married couple who move to a hippie commune. It is just a shame that nothing much was built on what could have been a funny premise.
Being that comedy is subjective, I'm sure there will be people whose funny bone this will tickle continuously; I however, just felt that there was not enough to the film (particularly as it eventually boiled down to a guy-gets-back-girl flick), for it to be worthy of more than 3 stars.
Wanderlust isn't hilarious, but is fairly enjoyable.


Charlie St. Cloud [DVD]
Charlie St. Cloud [DVD]
Dvd ~ Zac Efron
Price: 4.56

2.0 out of 5 stars Generally Quite Poor, 16 Sep 2012
This review is from: Charlie St. Cloud [DVD] (DVD)
This is a film that could have been poignant; however, it becomes one that tries to be too sentimental and loses any sensible storyline less than twenty minutes in. I actually thought Efron's performance as Charlie was quite good. Unfortunately, the script, dialogue and poorly written flashbacks drag the movie and the message it is trying to convey, downhill. It seemed stretched and uncomfortable, particularly as the majority of the supporting cast were fairly poor - Augustus Prew was especially cringeworthy as Charlie's British friend.
Zac Efron gives a sense of what Charlie is feeling after the loss of his brother. However, the cheesy pop tunes and unnatural actions from the rest of the cast detract from this performance. To sum it up, Zac Efron's performance actually saved this film from being worthy of one star - and I didn't expect to be saying that.


Ted - Extended Edition (DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy)
Ted - Extended Edition (DVD + Digital Copy + UV Copy)
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Price: 5.00

75 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best comedy of the year, 12 Sep 2012
Ted is hilarious, rude and crude (possibly the word you will see in every review of this movie). The film is cast with comedy gold, with a smattering of Family Guy voice actors thrown in for good measure, and the one-liners smack you in the face right from the beginning. The hilarious narration (provided by Patrick Stewart) supplies a healthy handful of these. The mention of the Apache helicopter was still making me laugh when the film had ended.
What can sometimes be the best thing about a comedy is when it is set in a world that is actually believable - obviously with a living and breathing teddy bear involved this comment might seem slightly strange. However, everything else is plausible, and the animated bear is really well integrated into this world as a second rate "celebrity". From here, the laughs continue to flow.
Some people have described this as an hour-and-a-half long episode of Family Guy, and although the humour is broadly the same, believe it or not, there is much more substance to this movie, with sex, romance, danger, drugs and language used in ways that a twenty-minute episode of Family Guy could only dream of.
As John (Mark Wahlberg) and Lori (Mila Kunis) try to create some kind of life together, Ted's shenanigans (possibly an understatement as these shenanigans often involve parties, drugs and prostitutes) continue to come between them. To John, he is just having fun with his longtime friend. To Lori, John is being influenced more and more by these "shenanigans".
I saw one review describe Ted as "wildy unoriginal", however I'm not sure if you can get more original with a storyline that involves a walking, talking, drug-addled teddy bear. So often, comedies are hit and miss, or run out of steam towards the end. Ted, however, is not one of these and this is why it is probably one of the best and most original comedies I have ever seen. Perhaps the plot is fairly standard, but with the creator of Family Guy at the helm, things don't always go the way you expect.
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Blackbird
Blackbird
Price: 7.25

5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Album Ever, 31 Mar 2012
This review is from: Blackbird (Audio CD)
For some reason, I'm reviewing Blackbird 4 years after having bought it and One Day Remains, and after having reviewed their brilliant third album Ab 3.5. There is good reason for reviewing it though - it is by some distance my favourite album ever. As you have no doubt been told a hundred times, Myles Kennedy has one of the greatest voices in the world, and Mark Tremonti is one of the greatest guitarists I have ever seen. It is rare, particularly nowadays, that every song on an album is impeccable - but Alter Bridge have achieved it three times, and when that happens you know you are listening to a great band. My personal favourite song on the album is Before Tomorrow Comes, and I know many people also love Watch Over You because it is such an emotional song. However, the title track is one of the best songs ever - it is seriously up there with the likes of Stairway to Heaven and Bohemian Rhapsody, and it is also worth noting that the guitar solo was recently voted the greatest ever by Guitarist magazine - it is a beautifully crafted song. Such is the greatness of this album that you would be hard pressed to find a song that is worthy of a rating below 9/10.
PS: check out Live from Amsterdam (Deluxe Edition With Bonus DVD) and Alter Bridge - Live at Wembley European Tour 2011 [Blu-ray & CD]. I have had the pleasure of seeing them live twice (including at the Wembley gig) and they are something to behold.


Life
Life
Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Lizzy Rocked, 31 Mar 2012
This review is from: Life (Audio CD)
It was all to sad that this was the final album, and the final tour. This album features all the major members of the band throughout the years, including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey (obviously), Scott Gorham, John Sykes, Eric Bell, Brian Robertson, Gary Moore, Snowy White and Darren Wharton). In my opinion, Lizzy never produced an album that was particularly brilliant as a whole; however, throughout the years they did write some fantastic songs including The Boys are Back In Town, Jailbreak, Don't Believe a Word, and Emerald - this album inevitably covers them all and more. For me, the standout tracks are Black Rose and Still In Love with You, both of which are played as well as I've ever heard them. It might not be as definitive as Live And Dangerous, but it is a classic album that covers the Thin Lizzy life in one night.


Johnny English Reborn [DVD]
Johnny English Reborn [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Price: 3.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but not a patch on the first..., 6 Feb 2012
This review is from: Johnny English Reborn [DVD] (DVD)
Johnny English Reborn is definitely worth a watch; however it probably wasn't worth the price of the cinema ticket I paid. There is of course the inevitable rubber-faced (sorry, overused expression) humour that Rowan Atkinson is so good at, and these scenes are (for the most part) very funny. English's inept attempts to be a half-decent, suave spy create some hilarious scenes, and there were two or three moments that I couldn't stop laughing at. However, the plot started to get a bit muddled and just wasn't quite as slick as the first film. Some of the supporting cast were also quite poor and too unbelievable even for a film like this.
I understand that for a film made in this style, the comedy is the number one priority, but once it starts to get a little bogged down, it becomes less funny because the basic plot can't back up the humour.
Like I said, it's worth a watch, but unlike the first film, this is unlikely to keep you laughing a second or third time.


Into the Wild [DVD] [2007]
Into the Wild [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Emile Hirsch
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 9.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, 5 Feb 2012
This review is from: Into the Wild [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I may be covering ground that has long been left dusty by other reviewers, but this is such a raw, beautiful, mesmerising film that I feel compelled to travel down the same path.
As I followed Chris/Alex on his journey, I felt like I was there, just a few steps behind him all the way, and it was amazing to see how much he touched other lives - people who helped him along the way. In particular, his relationship with Ron Franz was extremely moving, with Franz eventually coming to think of him as a grandson. It was the last real relationship he had with another person before he made his way to Alaska. I didn't know anything of Christopher McCandless' story, and it is fair to say that I felt slightly choked up at the end.
Emile Hirsch's performance was wonderful; so vivid and real. Hal Holbrook gave a touching performance as Franz, with the rest of the supporting cast also giving very strong performances (in particular; Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart).
Living in Alaska is a seductive thought. Into the Wild shows it as such a beautiful and emotional place, yet potentially dangerous. And I think that this is what shines through most during the film.


Black Swan (DVD + Digital Copy) (2010)
Black Swan (DVD + Digital Copy) (2010)
Dvd ~ Natalie Portman
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 4.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating, 4 Feb 2012
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For the first few minutes I wasn't quite sure what to think of this movie, having bought it because of some of the reviews. However, it turned out to be one hell of a ride. I'm sure it is immediately obvious that I know nothing of ballet, but I knew the intensity that is often involved, and this was paralleled in the overall storyline. The film dances (forgive the pun) between Nina's (Natalie Portman) frailty, and her quest to become the Swan Queen versus her rival, Lily (Mila Kunis). Nina's fragile mental state becomes more and more of an issue throughout the film, as she struggles to differ between dream and reality. She pushes through these boundaries, and this eventually costs her. Her battle for the role of the Swan Queen is overseen by Thomas (Vincent Cassel) who she is sure is starting to prefer Lily, the bolder, looser, but less perfect of the two. Whether, this is all in Nina's head, we don't know, but it pushes her further towards her goal of perfection.
Black Swan is phenomenally well acted, dark, and intoxicating - one of the best films of 2011.


Friends With Benefits [DVD] [2011]
Friends With Benefits [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Justin Timberlake
Price: 3.00

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FWB, 4 Feb 2012
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I'm going to assume that we all know by now that this is a film that eventually finishes with a fairly typical rom-com ending. But come on, if you seriously think that it shouldn't end this way, ask yourself how you would rather it ended. It is the journey that this film takes getting there that makes this such an enjoyable flick.
The premise is simple - Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) decide that adding sex to their relationship is a great idea because its just physical. Eventually, they decide mutually to stop but remain friends and as the film progresses further we get to know them, and their families, and all their problems.
The fact is that there are not many movies I have enjoyed more than this, and this romcom just felt streets ahead of many others I have watched - the acting is good and it was something that a lot of romcoms aren't - it was very funny. Timberlake held his own with Kunis, and the supporting cast of Woody Harrelson (Tommy, the gay GQ sports editor), Patricia Clarkson (Lorna, Jamie's mum) and Richard Jenkins, who plays Dylan's father, provided some really good scenes (my favourite being the scenes between Dylan and his dad).
The sex scenes were well written, well acted, and well directed, managing to be fairly raunchy without going over the top. The dialogue was also really well written, and it was fun to watch Kunis and Timberlake play off eachother throughout the movie. Highly recommended.


True Grit [DVD] (2010)
True Grit [DVD] (2010)
Dvd ~ Jeff Bridges
Price: 3.01

5.0 out of 5 stars True Grit, 3 Feb 2012
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This review is from: True Grit [DVD] (2010) (DVD)
This is without a doubt one of the finest films I have ever seen, and is one that I could watch a hundred times. It is superbly well told, and as close to the novel as can be. Having never seen the original 1969 film, I could not compare the two, however, I have heard that this is the better version, and that rather than a remake, it should be considered a re-adaptation. It is a compelling story, and in the hands of the Coen Brothers, Mattie Ross' quest to bring her fathers killer to justice is wonderfully played out. It is less quirky than most other Coen Brother films, but is quite possibly their finest to date.
Matt Damon (LaBoeuf) and Barry Pepper (Lucky Ned) play their characters to near-perfection, and for me, Josh Brolin (Tom Chaney) is one of the finest actors of his generation. However, it is Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges who steal the show; Steinfeld as 14 year old Mattie Ross, and Bridges as the usually-drunk Rooster Cogburn. Unsurprisingly, both were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances.
It might be a simple Western, but the craftsmanship that has gone into this film is remarkable.


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