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22 Jump Street [DVD] [2014] <b>DVD</b> ~ Channing Tatum
22 Jump Street [DVD] [2014] DVD ~ Channing Tatum
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dude, Its Awesome!, 7 Jun 2014
Having (surprisingly) loved the first film, I went into this one with some trepidation. So, I was delighted to find that the film plays on this anticipation, and the general crappiness of sequels (cue 'no-one thought it would work the first time, but you surprised everyone, and they decided to double the budget.') Of course there will be reviews that completely miss the joke, and I expect numerous 'the plot is identical to the first film.'

This is definitely a film for those who remember the films of the 80s and 90s the first time round, and I lost count of film homages (Ace Ventura, Police Academy to name two.) And I did enjoy the digs Tatum took at himself: Schmidt: Maybe we… Read more
Sacred Treason by James Forrester
Sacred Treason by James Forrester
2.0 out of 5 stars A Tudor Da Vinci Code, 24 Feb 2014
I bought this book because it was written by historian Ian Mortimer, and was hoping for something better than the usual HF fare, and it's impossible to criticise the history (which makes a change!)

However, this book demonstrates all the worst qualities of genre fiction. The characters weren't fleshed out, and just vehicles for the plot. The plot was derivative, hackneyed, and clichéd, as though it was straight out of Dan Brown's note book, using codes and ciphers that weren't that clever. Nothing really happens, just the two leads running from one part of London (via Sheffield at one point), there's a lot of torture, implied rape and murder (much of which could have been… Read more
White House Down [DVD] [2013] <b>DVD</b> ~ Channing Tatum
White House Down [DVD] [2013] DVD ~ Channing Tatum
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm going to admit it, the only reason I watched this film was because Channing Tatum was in it. I went in with really low expectations, mainly because I do like a good action flick, but most which involve blowing things up and killing people end up being dumb 'idiot male' movies.

But, I actually really enjoyed this film. Far from taking it seriously (unlike Olympus Has Fallen, which takes itself far too seriously), if you go in expecting a parody then it an enjoyable film. What made it a four-star for me - rather than a three - was its sharp observations of US-Arab-Israeli politics, and really loved the way it subverted the automatic response 'its the Arabs.' It was a clever… Read more