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Rocket's Red Glare (2000)
I watched this for fun, just to see how bad it was and it was dire. It only got three from me because it made me cry with laughter.
The smoke during the lift-off is extremely bad and it looks like the capsule does a U-Turn in space.
Once up there, the astronauts aboard the crippled shuttle look like a bunch of gormless idiots who wouldn't know what 1 plus 1 equals.
Oh yeah, and the kid wears a suit designed for his grandfather....totally different sizes etc....
I'm quite surprised they didn't having the kids manning the mission control
Truly magnificent, a masterpiece
Pinocchio is one of those films that you can't help re-visiting.
I remember watching as a child on TV one Christmas and have seen it numerous times since. I also had the pleasure of playing Geppetto in a school production.
The animation is fantastic and has set the standard for today. The use of multi-plane techniques add real dimension especially when you look through the window into Geppetto's shop for the first time. You believe it's real.
I recently acquired Pinocchio on DVD and the restoration job is superb and it still makes me cry, 20+ years after I first saw it.
A truly magnificent film and hard to believe it's over 60 years old and still is up there animation wise with the Disney films of today.
If ever a film deserves to be called a masterpiece, it's this.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Good but not that good
I went to see Spiderman 2 with an open mind having seen all the hype and even eaten the associated burger.
I didn't see the first one on the big screen but was somehow drawn towards seeing the second so I bought number 1 on DVD and was impressed.
This one however didn't live up to expectation...it was quite slow and lacked the pace in parts of the first one. The action sequences were good not as good as the first one.
Alfred Molina was great as Dr Ock, Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire as the hero were again on fine form. However it was spoilt as the love interest storyline took centre stage detracting from the Dr Ock plot and there was a noticeable period where the villain didn't appear.
By far the best parts of the film were the inspired opening credits which briefly outlined the first film and the in-jokes about Peter hurting his back (Tobey Maguire hurt his back prior to making the film and they almost had to re-cast the role). I was the only one chuckling in the cinema when they came.....
Overall I'd give it 7 out of 10 compared with 8.5 for the first one....
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
The perfect comedy
This show is centered around one thing, if it wasn't for that thing there would be no show. That thing is Will Smith.
His acting capabilities are superb....especially in the episode where his father comes back after a 14 year absence and then leaves him again. This episode had tears running down my cheeks with sadness as you really genuinely felt for him as he shouted out all the stuff he had done and all the stuff he could do without his dad and how he wouldn't make the same mistake.
Another great thing about the show is the support casting and this is superb especially the guy who plays Carlton and has to put up with all the short jokes in each episode and Geoffrey is wonderful.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002)
Not as good as the film
While this TV version of the classic film was good, nothing is as good as the film with Robert Donat.
I felt Martin Clunes was a good choice for the role and the acting was good, but far and away the best part was the story....something that can never be bettered.
A great loss
Prey was one of the programmes that was kept you hooked and I managed to catch every episode even though it was screened late at night it a slot it never deserved. It kept me away from my study books.
I would love to see it revived just to find out the conclusion to the cliff-hanger but unfortunately it's now 4 years and Debra Messing (Sloan Parker) has moved onto "Will and Grace" which is passable.
Oh well.....it's a shame I didn't get to video it.
I caught this film on TV cause there was nothing else on.
I wish I hadn't been bored enough to watch it......it was dreadful.....in fact I'm at a loss for words to describe how bad it was....
Anyway, the thing that really did it for me was Matthew Broderick.....to me he is only one character.....Ferris Bueller and I expected him to start talking to the camera all the time......
I wish I could give it 0 but instead I'll have to give it a less than deserved 1 out of 10
Just plain awful....do describe what was bad about it here would be too much.
They only dragged it out of the store cupboard cause of the anniversary
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
The best film I have ever seen
This is my all time favourite film.
I caught it on TV a few years ago and whilst watching it cancelled my afternoon's engagement so I could find out whether The Jackal got away with it.
Possible Spoiler: My favourite bit is when Michel Lonsdale tells them he bugged them all to find the leak and the look on their faces!!! :-)
The other day saw the DVD in a bargain bin in a shop. Naturally I snapped it up and went home and stuck it in my DVD player. After the film finished I switched over to the news.....President Chirac had just survived an assassination attempt on Bastille Day!!!!
Spooky or what????
Anyway, definitely 100/10 (if that's possible)
This is one of the best films ever made....way better than the original Star Wars trilogy put together and given special treatment.
The effects are amazing.
If you want to check out the director's other work....check out Braindead!! Simply the funniest film with the worst SFX ever made.....he's come along way has Peter Jackson and it's for the better