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Good Girl, The [2003] [DVD]
Good Girl, The [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Aniston
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 3.95

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Depressing, 6 Jun 2003
This review is from: Good Girl, The [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
I have to say that when I read the back of the DVD I thought this would be a really good film. With a caption that read "Seriously funny", I sat down and began to watch...
Justine Last (Aniston) has a dull job and equally dull life, coming home to a stoned husband (Reilly) everyday. Younger man, Holden (Gyllenhaal) begins working at her workplace and off her initial interest, they embark on an affair that leads to tragedy.
Billed as a black comedy, I found it very hard to crack a smile, let alone laugh at anything that came on screen and considering I've loved other black comedies such as 'Grosse Point Blanke' I was very disappointed in this.
That said, I thought Jennifer Aniston was very good in a role that was far as removed from her 'Rachel' character as you could get. John C. Reilly as her permenantly stoned husband was also solid but Jake Gyllenhaal as the depressed, recovering alcoholic, Holden started to grate on my nerves as he changed from being mildly aloof and mysterious to a pathetic weeper that made you wonder how Aniston could put up with him.
As to the plot of the film, it just wasn't my cup of tea unfortunately - it just seemed to be one tragic or awful event after the other and when it was over, I felt a bit down about it all.
The features on the DVD include a Gag reel which is quite amusing and loads of deleted scene's.


Never Been Kissed [1999] [DVD]
Never Been Kissed [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Drew Barrymore
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.72

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, 22 Mar 2003
First of all I have to disagree whole-heartedly with the 'official' review of this film. Never Been Kissed is a wonderful, feel-good movie that will leave you with a huge smile on your face long after it's ended.
I'm not a 'teen' and I still enjoyed it thoroughly. Drew Barrymore is great and totally believeable as the nerd who is an ugly duckling on the outside but a swan on the inside, who returns to school for an undercover job as a reporter, where she ultimately finds herself.
When I saw this at the pictures, the whole audience was totally absorbed by the film and vocally sympathised with Josie's humiliating flashbacks and laughed out loud at her charming awkwardness.
David Arquette as her 'cool' and 'popular' brother was inspired casting and Michael Vartan as the teacher she falls for plays his part perfectly.
These three actors alone make the film well worthwhile. Watch it and see.


10 Things I Hate About You [DVD] [1999]
10 Things I Hate About You [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Heath Ledger
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 5.82

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kat the Cursed!, 22 Mar 2003
This film was much better than I'd expected. A re-telling of Taming of the Shrew that transfers well to the modern day high school.
Good fun throughout, the two leads are very likeable as Patrick takes on the paid task of 'wooing' Kat to enable another school chum to go out with her sister. Of course he ends up falling for her but she finds out about the money and isn't very happy to say the least.
Kat's poem to Patrick at the end is brilliant - you just know that each time she's saying 'hate' she really means 'love'.
A very witty film with loads of one-liners that you'll have to watch a couple of times just to make sure you hear them all and the outtakes that come on during the end credits are a good laugh too, so make sure you watch them!


Dead Man's Curve [DVD] [1998]
Dead Man's Curve [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Matthew Lillard
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Thriller, 22 Mar 2003
I found this film very entertaining. Although I thought there'd be a twist at the end it wasn't the one I was expecting.
You can't exactly 'warm' to the character's but Matthew Lillard is excellent as instigator and plays his role with his usual energy. Michael Vartan is also good as his room mate who reluctantly helps Lillard carry out the killing.
The film leads you first one way and then another until the final dramatic ending. Even though you'll think you've guessed it, chances are you haven't!


She's All That [1999] [VHS]
She's All That [1999] [VHS]
VHS
Offered by dyerwilliams
Price: 4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, 22 Mar 2003
She's All That is not as funny as the some teen films released such as 10 Things..and Never been Kissed but it's still a nice movie.
Freddie Prinze Jr is dumped by his 'popular' girlfriend and takes on a bet to transform any girl his friend picks into someone just as popular.
Of course, the girl is the most clumsy and awkward female in the entire school with absolutely no social graces or dress sense. And she finds out about the bet just when he realises how he really feels about her and then he has some serious making up to do!
A bit slow in places but it will make you smile.


Emma [DVD] [1996]
Emma [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 3.99

12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 22 Mar 2003
This review is from: Emma [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
No matter how old you are, this film is a thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam are brilliant as the two leads.
Wonderfully funny, with an excellent supporting cast, I don't think anyone could dislike this film or be moved by Mr. Knightly's declaration of love to Emma at the end.
One to watch.


While You Were Sleeping [DVD] [1995]
While You Were Sleeping [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Sandra Bullock
Price: 3.75

47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film, 22 Mar 2003
This is exactly the type of film that you can watch again and again - especially if you're a romantic. It's warm, funny and brilliantly acted. When Sandra Bullock see's the man she 'wants to marry' get mugged and pushed onto a rail track she saves him and after a mistake at the hospital (a nurse overhears Bullock talking to herself), his family turn up to find him in a coma and being told she's his fiancee.
From then on, circumstances (often comical) happen that means Bullock has to go along with the ruse. Then she meets her 'ideal' man's brother and falls in love with him.
Bullock's character is lovely and you really feel for her when she explains always she carries her passport around with her because she's going to Italy someday.
Bill Pullman as the brother she falls for is also very good. You can almost see the internal struggle he's fighting not to show that he has feelings for his brother's 'girl'. One of the best moments is when he plays cards with his comatose brother and says that the highest card gets Bullock - when it goes against him he then decides it's best of three, very sweet!
You always know it's going to turn out alright in the end but it's such fun getting there.
Good for a girls night in with lots of popcorn and chocolate - the perfect evening.


Can't Hardly Wait [DVD]
Can't Hardly Wait [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Love Hewitt

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Hardly Miss This!, 22 Mar 2003
This review is from: Can't Hardly Wait [DVD] (DVD)
Preston Meyers (Ethan Embrey) has been infatuated with Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt) ever since he saw her on the first day of school four years ago. Four years on, they've graduated and are going to a party to end all parties. Amanda has split with her boyfriend and Preston decides to tell her how he feels.
That's the story of this film in a nutshell but to be honest the real humour and interesting storyline comes from another source. Seth Green plays Kenny Fisher and is by far the best character and actor in the film for me. Every time you see him you're laughing. Kenny is a white guy who acts black from the way he dresses to the way he talks and he's determined to lose his virginity at the party - unfortunately the girls aren't interested even though his rucksack is loaded to the brim with all kinds of sexual aids and books!
He accidently gets locked in a bathroom with a girl called Denise (Lauren Ambroise) who uses her sarcastic attitude to protect herself and who used to be good friends with Kenny when he was little. As the evening develops so does their relationship. In fact I was more interested in what happened to these two characters more than the leads.
The film also has a great soundtrack and is good fun throughout as all the characters show sides of themselves at the party that they didn't at school.
If you want to have a good laugh then watch this!


Enter Whining
Enter Whining
by Fran Drescher
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, 22 Mar 2003
This review is from: Enter Whining (Hardcover)
What a fantastic book! It's written as though Fran Drescher is there talking to you and I've never read anything so funny in my life.
This woman has been through SO much and yet remains positive and happy. You laugh out loud one minute, then find yourself crying the next, only to start laughing again as you turn the page. It's almost like reading the diary of a friend, it's written so naturally.
You find out how Fran strives to reach stardom and all about her husband and family and it even touches on her terrible ordeal at the hands of a rapist in her own home.
You also get a great insight to her hit show, 'The Nanny,' with some amusing behind the scene's stories and pictures. In fact there's pictures galore throughout the whole book and by the end of it you feel like you're one of the family too.
Even if you're not a fan of Fran's, it's a great read about one woman's struggles and joys on her journey through life. I assure you, you'll find it hard to put down once you've started to read.


The Italian Job [DVD] [1969]
The Italian Job [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Price: 3.91

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self Preservation Society!, 22 Mar 2003
This review is from: The Italian Job [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
This is the movie that defined the word, 'Classic'.
Michael Caine plays Charlie Croker who's just been released from prison. Rather than trying to keep on the straight and narrow, he immediately embarks on trying to steal gold bullion from the Italian's. He gets the backing of Mr. Bridger, London's head of crime, who's in prison himself.
To help him carry out the plan, he gathers together an array of colourful people including Benny Hill as the clever professor who has a penchant for big women.
Add to the mix three Mini Cooper's as the unlikely get away cars and you're in for a fun filled, action packed film that sees Charlie and his gang trying to outrun both the police and the Mafia.
The build up to the heist is interesting and funny but the unique get away at the end is the scene stealer. Through underground sewers and subways, down church steps, through rivers and up to the very rooftops, it's gripping and highly entertaining. I think anyone that watches the film will just yearn to have a Mini Cooper afterwards.
Of course, the cliff hanger of an ending just fits so perfectly too.
To add; I also think the soundtrack is great and the film produced one of the most, if not THE, memorable quote of all time from Michael Caine when he sees the truck explode into thousands of pieces during a practice run and then turns to the unfortunate explosives 'expert' and says, "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off."
Mr. Caine has said that he still has people come up to him in the street and say that to him, even now!
To conlcude, The Italian Job is very patriotic, even the cars are red, white and blue, and I think it's the masterpiece for all British classic's.
So, "get your skates on, mate" and buy it now - your collection is lacking if this film isn't a part of it.


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