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John Joyce "Author - The Virtual Trilogy" (Dublin, Ireland)

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The Titanic [1996] [DVD] [2007]
The Titanic [1996] [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Peter Gallagher
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.75

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Attempt at a Legendary Subject, 15 Aug. 2009
While this is no James Cameron blockbuster, or even another "Night to Remember", Robert Lieberman's "Titanic" does a decent enough job at telling the legend of this terrible tragedy. Some of the newer revelations about the sinking that have come to light since the wreck, such as the ship breaking in two before it sank and the events that conspired to bring about the collision with the iceberg are also portrayed, which should keep Titanic fans happy. Catherine Zeta-Jones brings a real presence to the film and George C. Scott adds a tragic gravitas as Captain Smith.

My main problem with this film (and the reason I am only awarding it two stars) is the plot line concerning an over-the-top crooked steward (played by a usually brilliant actor Tim Curry) and what I consider to be a gratuitous rape scene in a shower that spoils an otherwise decent and very watchable film.

Charlie Wilson's War [DVD]
Charlie Wilson's War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £2.74

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars West Wing Goes Worldwide, 10 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Charlie Wilson's War [DVD] (DVD)
Virtually Maria (Virtual Trilogy)

As a great fan of Aaron Sorkin, the man who wrote West Wing, I was delighted to hear that he had penned the script for this Tom Hanks / Julia Robers vehicle that tells the story of how one slightly seedy US politician managed to engineer the defeat of the entire Russian army in Afghanisan.

The script (as you would expect from Aaron Sorkin) is intelligent and fast paced. Tom Hanks is excellent as the playboy politician who suddenly realises he can actually make an impact on the world, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman's cynical CIA superspy is a joy to behold (watch out for the glass panel scene at CIA Langley!!).

What is also notable about this movie is that it contains the serious and sobering message that, having spent billions to get the Russians out of Afghanistan, no money was allocated to rebuild the country afterwards - leaving the people at the mercy of religious fundamentalists and triggering the mess that the world is in now.

A movie to enjoy and to learn from at the same time.
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The Kingdom [DVD]
The Kingdom [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jamie Foxx
Price: £1.22

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An above average action movie, 10 Dec. 2008
This review is from: The Kingdom [DVD] (DVD)
If you like the TV shows Criminal Minds and CSI, with a bit of West Wing thrown in for good measure, then this DVD should appeal. A group of FBI agents are flown in to investigate a car bomb atrocity in Saudi Arabi, encountering not only the problems of solving a crime, but also a completely different culture. How they cope with this is one of the strong points of the movie and that, along with the incredible ambush scene on a crowded highway, are what raises this movie above the average.

I particularly liked the DVD extras - especially the detailed analysis of how the fast moving motorised ambush scene was carried out, as well as the way the final showdown was put together.

An action movie with strong performances, and intelligent script that makes you think, and incredible action sequences.

Timeline [DVD] [2003]
Timeline [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Paul Walker
Price: £2.63

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slick adaptation of the original novel, 10 Dec. 2008
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This review is from: Timeline [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Virtually Maria (Virtual Trilogy)

As a great fan of the sadly lamented Micheal Crichton, who has written a trilogy of time travel books of my own, I would recommend this DVD as a slick and entertaining adaptation of the original novel.

OK - there isn't the attention to detail and the intricately woven technical explanation that made Crichton's novel so believable that you felt you could go out and build a time machine of your own out of a fax machine and a laser pointer. But hey, this is Hollywood!

The techno-babble is plausible enough, the battle scenes are fantastic, the bad guys are wonderful and the extras on the DVD - particularly the documentary narrated by Richard Donner on how the movie was made - are extremely good and well worth the money.

It's not quite Jurassic Park, but it's a good movie and a great way to spend an evening with a cold beer and a hot pizza.

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