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Drag Me to Hell [DVD]
Drag Me to Hell [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alison Lohman
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.72

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Trashy Brilliance!, 28 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Drag Me to Hell [DVD] (DVD)
`Drag Me to Hell' is in my opinion one of the best American horror movies in recent years.
The movie is about loans official Christine (newcomer Alison Lohman who clearly has great potential). After refusing an extension on a loan for an old woman named Mrs. Ganush, the vile old bag puts a curse on her.
The movie gets off on extreme gross-out humour & psychological scares.
I personally would much rather be stabbed than have someone vomit in my mouth (okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit) if you are the same then you are guaranteed to get that adrenaline fuelled rush from watching this films (as you should from watching most good horror movies.)

Unlike a lot of horror movies `Drag Me to Hell' manages to garner the audience's sympathies for Christine; who is we learn from very early on in the film a really nice girl & the fact that she was a former `fat girl' increases our sympathies. This makes us want to root for her, which I think is a rare quality in a horror movie, generally I am happy to see dumb American teenagers getting killed off in brutal ways because of their lack of likeability. Another admirable aspect of the film is the character Clay (Justin Long), Christine's supportive boyfriend. Instead of thinking she's a total nut case he stands by her through all her trials & tribulations.

Even if you don't find `Drag Me to Hell' as frightening as most critics claimed you will, I can guarantee to all those who are fans of the comedy-horror genre you will at least be extremely well entertained by it.

In conclusion a very entertaining movie that is essential viewing for all horror fans.
If you liked 'Shaun of The Dead', 'Eden Lake' & Resident Evil' you will love this.

The Class [DVD] [2008]
The Class [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Juliette Demaille
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.39

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Talky & Tedious But Very Insightful, 27 Jun. 2009
This review is from: The Class [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I went to see `Entre Les Murs' recently with my French class. At the end of the film my teacher apologized for `that abhorrent film' although I think she was being a bit melo-dramatic; it wasn't that bad!

The film is Based on the novel written by Francois Begaudeau (also the lead actor) on his experiences working in a state school with various ethnicities on the outskirts of Paris. `Entre Les Murs' plays out as a docudrama, with all the young actors being normal teens plucked out of school. The acting is adequate for amateurs & considering Begaudeau has never had any acting experience himself he does very well at playing his role convincingly.
The movie is intriguing & a very insightful study into the teacher-pupil dynamics. Even if you don't enjoy this film there is no doubt that you will come out of it thinking about the issues raised which are very interesting for debate. Unfortunately the movie is very talky, in a classroom setting there is obviously going to be a lot of this but at times the movie is very boring & tedious; one example of this is a teacher meeting & there is at least four minutes devoted to the teachers conversing about the staff room coffee machine. I personally don't mind talky films when there is a point to be made, a reason for me to bother listening & being fully attentive. The movie is also very claustrophobic, the whole film is set within the school grounds, I think potentially it could've been a lot more interesting if we were given a deeper insight into some of the adolescent's lives & the teacher's.
In conclusion `Entre Les Murs' is a very rewarding film. If you have patience, good concentration & are really interested in the subject matter then you should be able to make it through `Entre Les Murs', but it is not the kind of film one would watch for entertainment, but for intellectual insight or to spark a debate. I think if it was a real documentary it would've been far more effective & would've given all the characters (particularly the teacher) the depth we disappointingly don't see in the film.
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Slumdog Millionaire [DVD]
Slumdog Millionaire [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dev Patel
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £2.74

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Feel-Good Movie, 6 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Slumdog Millionaire [DVD] (DVD)
`Slumdog Millionaire' is a story about the victory of 18 year old Jamal (Dev Patel) winning the Indian equivalent of `Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'.
Jamal lives in the slums of Mumbai, he enters the show purely so that he can be reunited with the love of his life, childhood friend Latika (newcomer Freida Pinto).

The night before his win he is captured & interrogated by police who can't believe a Slumdog could be so knowledgeable, here they go through each question & the viewer sees in flashbacks the events that in Jamal's life that gave him the answers.

Jamal has lived a life of extreme Dickensian poverty laced with pain & betrayal, it's physically impossible to watch this movie & not be rooting for him to get the one thing he really wants in the world & I don't mean the 20 million rupees he is set to win for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

The film has a number of flaws, although they are not significant enough for me to even bother mentioning.

As a massive Danny Boyle fan (the director) I truly believe 'Slumdog Millionaire' is his best work since 'Trainspotting'.
I would gladly see this film winning Best Film at the Academy Awards.

So, your probably wondering why I gave it only one star, feel-good generally isn't my genre of choice & don't hate me, but I didn't feel the chemistry between Latika & Jamal.
Although visually `Slumdog Millionaire' is stunning; a good view is given of the good & the bad, but also the beauty of Mumbai itself.

However, in conclusion a brilliant movie about the underdog, there's nothing I like more than seeing someone totally ordinary or not even that succeeding despite the odds & I guarantee even the cynics such as myself will come out of this film feeling like they can really achieve anything & you can't get much better than that when it comes to feel good films!

Hallam Foe [DVD]
Hallam Foe [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jamie Bell
Price: £3.95

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Above Average Indie, 30 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Hallam Foe [DVD] (DVD)
Jamie Bell plays Hallam, a messed up teenager living in Scotland with voyeuristic tendencies. It's a year after his beloved mother's suicide. Hallam deals with his mother's death by spying on people. He lives with his dad & his dad's girlfriend Verity (Claire Forlani) (mistress when his mother was alive) & his sister Jenny.
Hallam decides to move to Edinbrough. He gets a job washing dishes at a hotel. Here he meets Kate (Sophia Myles) & he becomes obsessed with her because she has a strong resemblance to his late mother.

`Hallam Foe' is an above average indie film. I enjoyed it, but I didn't like it enough to go out of my way to watch it again. While Hallam has depth & charm I can't say the same for the rest of the cast, especially the women who are much undeveloped.
The sexual chemistry between Sophia Myles & Jamie Bell is strangely obvious.
The movie succeeds in being quirky & original, but the character of Hallam is too creepy to be relatable, he's not particularly likeable to say the least. The one thing found most believable & loved about the film is the unlikely relationship between Hallam & Kate.

In conclusion a good film, not essential viewing but if you can watch it on TV or borrow it from someone, then I would advise you do, just to take a look. Its definitely not as good as (director) David Mackenzie's first offering `About Adam'.
If you liked this then I would recommend: `Control' & `The Squid And The Whale'.
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Pet Sematary [1989] [DVD]
Pet Sematary [1989] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fred Gwynne
Price: £3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Some Very Scary Scenes, 29 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Pet Sematary [1989] [DVD] (DVD)
A young family move to a new town. Soon they make a discovery across the road from their home of a cemetery erected for pets & road kill.
Louis Creed, the father of the family is a doctor & attempts to treat a severely injured man named Victor Pascow. Victor dies of his injuries & comes to Louis in the middle of the night (as a ghost) to convince him to avoid a deadly part of the pet cemetery.
The next day his daughter's beloved cat (Church) is found dead by the man about town, Judd Crandall. Judd takes Louis to the part of the cemetery Victor explicitly told Louis to avoid at all costs to bury the cat.
A day later Church is back from the dead, but vicious now & foul smelling.
What is silly about the film is the amount of warnings Louis receives to avoid that part of the cemetery & the guy even gets to see the horrific results himself, but still stupidly continues to go against his past experience & the word of others.
`Pet Sematary' is a good horror movie; it does what it's supposed to do; provide cheap thrills. It's not original or groundbreaking, but if you're a true horror fan there are some truly classic scary moments (the most horrific involving Louis' wife's decade's deceased sister Zelda who looks horrible as a result of spinal meningitis).
So for all the horror fans, watch this film, there's not much story or depth but there are genuinely frightening moments that no fan of the genre should miss.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre But Brilliant!, 29 Dec. 2008
`Australia' is about prim & proper English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travelling to Australia to confront her cheating rancher husband. Her husband is murdered shortly before her arrival, thought to be killed by an aborigine chief.
Soon Sarah meets Nullah (Brandon Walters) an aborigine boy who lives on the ranch; he becomes a sort of surrogate son to her.
Some events happen & Sarah finds that King Carney (Bryan Brown) & Neil Fletcher (David Wenham) have been stealing her most valuable cattle.

The only way to save the family fortune is to drive 1'500 cattle to Darwin, across the Northern Territory, so Sarah enlists Drover (Hugh Jackman) to assist her on the deadly trek.
It has to be noted that `Australia' is an epic on a big scale, EVERYTHING is over the top. Obviously it wouldn't be if it wasn't written & directed by king of mellow drama, Baz Luhrmann (other notable films directed by him are `Romeo & Juliet', `Moulin Rouge' & `Strictly Ballroom'),
At over two & a half hours this movie is long & one of the down sides of the film, although the film managed to gage my concentration (which is a great achievement for me).
Set in the late 30's to the early 40's, World War ii is very apparent, Pearl Harbour is touched upon far more tactfully than that garbage that was `Pearl Harbour' & also the Japanese bombings on Australia.
Visually `Australia' is stunning.
Watching this movie is enough to make anyone buy a ticket to the country pronto & there is a lot of cattle, probably computer generated but it looks very realistic.

The acting is excellent all around. Hugh Jackman is brilliant as the name-less Drover, he is unbelievably beefed up. He has to be to play such a tough, heroic, compassionate man's man.
David Wenham's performance as Neil Fletcher is preposterously over dramatic, even more so than is normal for the rest of the cast, who do their fair share of over-acting. The real stand-out performance is Brandon Walters who plays Nullah.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who loved movies like `Gone With The Wind', `Moulin Rouge' & `Strictly Ballroom'.
I accept that there's going to be people who will hate this passionately & others, who will absolutely love it, so if your not a fan of the many genres tapped on, give it a miss.

Waitress [DVD] [2007]
Waitress [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Keri Russell
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £4.45

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet & Predictable, But With Many Flaws, 25 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Waitress [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
`Waitress' is a sweet, predictable film about a waitress named Jenna (Keri Russell).
Jenna works in a southern restaurant; she is extremely talented at concocting original pie recipes & also making the pies.
Unfortunately Jenna has an abusive, possessive husband, Earl (Jeremy Sisto).
After finding she is pregnant after being raped by Earl, her life changes dramatically.
She meets married Gynaecologist Dr. Pomatter & embarks on an affair with him.
Dr. Pomatter is a world apart from her insensitive, repulsive husband, he is a caring & clearly has a genuine affection for Jenna, she isn't just a mistress to him, but someone he could potentially end his marriage for.

The film is bittersweet, highlighting the struggle of working women juggling complicated relationships.
The female actresses in the film are commendable, Adrienne Shelly (also the director & writer of the film) shines as Jenna's sparky friend Dawn.

It seems director Adrienne Shelly (who is also Dawn) really cared about the female cast but had little regard for the males (who have no depth or back story), which is unfortunate & is a big downfall of the film. It was such a tragedy that writer-director Adrienne Shelly was murdered, `Waitress' isn't perfect, but Shelly really had the potential to be one of the few great female directors in Hollywood & I commend her for what she has achieved with this film.

In conclusion I would recommend this film to women ONLY those who are avid feminists or enjoyed other films such as `P.S I Love You' or `Love Actually'.

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants [DVD] [2006]
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Amber Tamblyn
Price: £2.74

5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Film Any Female Will Love, 19 Dec. 2008
Based around four best friends, `The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants' is a beautiful story of friendship, love & loss.

Its summer & the four girls Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), Lena (Alexis Bledel), Carmen (America Ferrera) & Bridget (Blake Lively) are all doing different things. Lena's going to Europe to stay with extended family, Carmen is meeting her dad's new family, Bridget is going to football camp & Tibby is staying home, making a documentary about the `freaks' of society. The film switches between the four girls as they mail each other `magical jeans' that miraculously fit all of them at different stages in the summer.
I wasn't expecting much from this film judging by the cheesy title, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it & how emotionally involved I became with the characters.

My favourite characters were Tibby & Carmen. The other two I could take or leave, especially Lena whose story in my mind wasn't very interesting.
I loved Tibby; she is the misfit indie girl of the group, she befriends a young girl named Bailey & the relationship between them is amazing, how two people so different can all of a sudden become best friends. Tamblyn's performance is without a doubt the best of the lot.
Carmen is the chubby girl of the group, self-conscious & feeling rejected because her dad has in her mind left her behind for a new `perfect' family.
Lena falls for a boy whose family have been feuding with her own for decades; it's a `Romeo & Juliet' type story line.
While Bridget is dealing with the boy she likes & coming to terms with the death of her mother.

In some ways `The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants' is a coming of age tale, adolescent girls maturing into women.
The film has the ability to make you laugh & cry throughout.

I would recommend this film to any teenage girl & any other women for that matter, its something that any female can watch, enjoy & relate to.

Twilight (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Twilight (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kristen Stewart
Offered by rightpricediscs
Price: £2.50

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Girls Will Love It!, 18 Dec. 2008
'Twilight' is based on the bestselling teen series (there are three other books) written by Mormon housewife Stephenie Meyer.
The story is about seventeen year old Bella (Kristin Stewart). She has just moved to Forks (allegedly the rainiest town in America) to live with her dad. Here she meets the mysterious Edward (Robert Pattinson) & an immediate attraction occurs between the teens. Eventually she finds that he is a Vampire.

The main reason the viewer believes in the love of Edward & Bella is the amazing chemistry between them.
Unfortunately Bella has very little personality & Edward is an abusive stalker at worst; (he watches her sleep, follows her & listens in to her conversations). Despite this, it doesn't take from the fact that Edward (or Robert Pattinson) has been launched into global sex symbol territory & the claim that Pattinson is the hottest vampire ever is in my opinion a valid claim. Edward does get away with his stalker behaviour because he is charismatic, sexy & he knows how to make all those teen girls' hearts race, the way I think those girls will take his behaviour is that he's the kind of guy who is utterly devoted & wants to protect his lover with every inch of his being.
There's not much action, it only kicks in for the last half hour but we have to remember, 'Twilight' is only the first of three other books & there will be sequels, so I really think this is just setting the standard of what further movies will be like, I can guarantee you there'll be for more action in the movies to come.
The two lead performances are commendable, even though Kristin Stewart doesn't have that much to work with personality wise. I think maybe Bella's limited personality is a good thing, so that the young girls can put more of themselves into the character. The dialogue is adequate; I mean normal teenagers generally don't have the biting wit of `Juno' anyway so it isn't really that big of an issue.

I really do think the people who will get the most satisfaction out of 'Twilight' are in fact the teen girls who poured over the books & the burgeoning rock chicks, who shunned 'High School Musical' for being too animated.
So book your cinema tickets now, girls, add the DVD to your Amazon wish list & enjoy!

Role Models [DVD]
Role Models [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seann William Scott
Offered by figswigs
Price: £2.50

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Viewing For Comedy Fans, 3 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Role Models [DVD] (DVD)
To my surprise I actually liked 'Role Models' it is funny, with likeable lead charcters & a plausible story line.
Based around best friend's Wheeler (Sean William Scott) & Danny (Paul Rudd) who go around schools advertising energy drinks.
After being dumped by his long-term partner Beth, Danny has a mini-meltdown which results in both he & Wheeler ending up on the wrong side of the law. Sentanced to community service, the two men end up at a programme aimed at helping 'problem' children.
Danny is paired with Augie (Christopher Mintz Plasse) an online-gaming fanatic & Wheeler is paired with foul-mouthed pre-teen Ronnie.

'Role Models' succeeds where a lot of other comedies of this genre failed; likeable leads, intelligence & a sweet, undertone that unites the four leads.
Rudd & Scott are believable losers, they're a great comedic pairing with amazing chemistry. I'm positive you'll be rooting for both Wheeler & Danny throughout the film.
Mintz-Plasse is also commendable as Augie, the misfit who's obsession with gaming alienates him from his unsupportive parents.
But the funniest gags are of the programme founder Gayle, a former alcoholic & drug addict she is hilarious with the funniest one-liners.

After hearing of the controversy surrounding the film due to the use of the word 'faggot' more than once, I watched the film & came to the conclusion that the word wasn't used to be homophobic. I think in today's society offending people is something people are too exceedingly concious of. I am all for homosexual rights & would not use any such demeaning words but comedy is all about making oneself look stupid or others. It seems unfair that its ok to target racism at the English or mock fat people but other realms of sub-cultures are appareantly too off-limits for a few jibes. If you're easily offended don't watch this film, simple as!

In conclusion a great comedy, it combines all different styles of comedy but still manages to pull it off with sincerity & the jokes never get too crude.
I would recommend this film to all comedy fans, there's something in this film that enables it to draw in even the most cynical viewers.

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