Gulley Jimson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (69 of 89)
Location: Leicester, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,778,367 - Total Helpful Votes: 69 of 89
Born on the Fourth of July [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Tom Cruise
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Cruise Can Act?, 15 Oct 2006
I must admit that I'd never previously rated TC as an actor, but his work here is certainly worthy of all the plaudits that it has received. He convincingly portrays Ron Kovic, an all-American patriot, who willingly goes to fight in Vietnam and is gradually transformed, through his experiences, into a committed anti-war activist. Though the film is frequently raw and shocking, Stone is still able to infuse some moments of dark humour into the mix (Kovic being given the last rites by a priest before he'd even been seen by a doctor; Kovic's fight with another wheelchair-bound veteran, etc).

The 'Special Edition' comes with disappointingly few extras. There is an audio commentary… Read more
Match Point [DVD] [2006] <b>DVD</b> ~ Scarlett Johansson
Match Point [DVD] [2006] DVD ~ Scarlett Johansson
5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I, like others, had high hopes for this one but, alas, Woody's disappointing run continues. Instead of borrowing from Ingmar Bergman, Woody now appears to have moved onto ripping off his own work. "Match Point" plays like a slower, humourless, retread of "Crimes and Misdemeanors."

The plot is predictable and won't surprise anyone who has ever seen "A Place In The Sun" or "Room At The Top", the dialogue is leaden, the attempts at suspense are bungled and the denouement is completely unbelievable. Also, Woody makes little attempt to utilise his British setting and characters; to hear the word "schmuck" being used was particularly jarring.

There are nevertheless some… Read more
I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Tom Wolfe's skill as a writer of prose is evident on every page of his latest book but, ultimately, good writing alone isn't enough to sutain a novel of this length. In close to 700 pages, Wolfe gives us no more insight into American college life than could be gleaned from an article in a Sunday supplement. American students swear a lot, are obsessed with sex, and like to party and get drunk. No! Really?

The characters and settings are all well defined; all, that is, but our eponymous heroine. Naivete is one thing, but Charlotte is so completely clueless that it appears either that her parents have kept her locked in a basement for 18 years or that she is a visitor to this planet… Read more