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There are many similarities between Dr Who and Merlin in terms of the
way they are written. Like Dr Who Merlin features likable characters,
moments of comedy and a little bit of tension that kids and grown ups
can both enjoy.
There is good chemistry between the main characters. Good sets, decent special effects and each show works well on its own and as part of a series.
Don't pick too many holes in the factual details though. There are many ethnic groups in Uther's court, which probably wasn't truly representative of the population of England at that time in history. But hey, magic doesn't really exist so why not make a new TV show that has its auditions open to any actor regardless of ethnic background.
I think Merlin will run for at least another series. It would be a shame if it didn't continue. Whatever the future holds for the show the excellent Colin Morgan has a bright career ahead of him.
Supernatural delivers great entertainment in so many ways.
Firstly there is the horror/suspense side, which is spooky without being unsuitable for any non horror fans. The ideas are well thought out and there s clearly much imagination being employed in developing a wide base of supernatural foes for our main characters to fight.
Secondy there is some well placed humour. I've seen humour used in other films/TV and it hasn't always worked. In Supernatural it's always just right. The story can move between humour to suspense to seriousness without ever feeling like they were just trying to cram in some unused funny lines. There are proper laugh out loud moments but it's never at the expense of any other part of the show.
Thirdly the acting, direction, soundtrack and all the sets/locations are all first class. The right ingredients are well used to develop each show in it's own right but also to develop the characters and storyline. Each episode can stand on it's own merits and doesn't automatically require you to have seen the previous episodes. I like that about a lot of US shows. Each episode has it's own story, it's own set and a different spooky/scary thing, be it a ghost, monster or whatever.
Fourthly there is a little but not too much eye candy. Women are attracted to the two main characters. My wife likes the show partly for this reason. There are some attractive females on the show too but at no point is there any full nudity. The show doesn't need it and I am happy for my 14 year old son to watch the show with me. I also like the fact that they have kept swearing down to a real minimum. Again the show doesn't need it. Scary, fun, funny, entertaining, thrilling etc etc does not mean there has to be lots of swearing and nudity and this show proves it can be done.
Fifthly there is a great soundtrack. A bit like the film School of Rock, this film is making mullet rock popular again. There is a good combination of modern and older songs whose titles and/or lyrics often fit the story...Don't Fear The Reaper!
There is more I could say. Everyone I have shown an episode of Supernatural to so far has become hooked. Male and Female, from about 14 to 50 years, they've all thought it was really good. All I can say is if you haven't seen it yet, you're missing out on one of the best shows on TV in the last 30 years.
Quite definitely this is the funniest film I have seen in a long time.
There were small parts of The Anchoman and Kicking and Screaming that
made me laugh out loud but this movie has by far the most laugh out
loud moments of any film I can remember since first seeing The Life of
This is a well scripted film which is then developed further by a great cast who deliver the script perfectly. Add to that a few quirky bits, like the musical ending and you have a film you will remember when all the other 'comedy(s) of the year' have long been forgotten.
You get the impression that the cast really enjoyed being in this movie and wanted it to be as good as it could be. It certainly proves Hollywood can make a good film still.
I would say this is definitely not the film to put on when the village vicar is coming round for scones and tea and is rightly a 15 certificate in the UK. It's adult themed of course and there is some brief nudity but the film doesn't rely upon a little titillation to keep the attention of the viewer.
At the time I made this report IMDb had this film scored at 7.7 out of 10, not many films get that sort of score. I think this speaks for itself and is as good a reason as any to rent this.
I really enjoyed Live 8 at the time.
There was a real sense of occasion about it, that it might have an influence on world poverty.
Now watching the DVDs some of that sense of occasion has gone. Although there are still children dying every few seconds and the haunting video to Annie Lenox's 'Why?' still affects as it should.
What disappointed me most was the removal of some tracks, presumably due to shortage of time. I was particularly looking forward to seeing Keane's 'Bedshaped' again and found it was one of those that had been left out.
The sound quality however is excellent through my hifi speakers but not all the bands performed that well on the day. For me Pete Doherty and Black Eyed Peas were a little bit poor.
Overall it is still an excellent concert to watch, the variety of artists and the reason they were all there make it unique...apart from Live Aid of course
This film screams of an 80s style that is now out of fashion. Just like
thin ties, dangly earrings, shoulder pads, flicked hair and leg warmers
this film no longer works at any level. I'm sitting here trying to
think of it's redeeming qualities and after a few minutes I realised
there just aren't any.
The film borrows its ideas from other films, particularly A nightmare on Elm Street 1-4 and American Werewolf in London and has little of it's own uniqueness. In fairness Wes Carven produced this and the Elm Street movies but that doesn't excuse this from being so poor. The movie is laughable but not in a good way and the acting is surprisingly poor. I looked up the main actors to see what other films they'd been in and it was quite a few so it must have just been bad in this movie.
I can't really recommend this unless you are having a nostalgic 80s horror night with your friends, in which case don't forget your leg warmers!
There's not much wrong with what they did include in this remake other
than they made it a little bit too chronological and simplistic,
perhaps they don't credit Westerners with as much intelligence. The big
let down is that they cut the best segment of the original movie and
just elongated what was left to fill the 90 mins. The original film
relied more upon building a tension of fear and a feeling that you
can't escape the curse no matter what. This remake tried to make too
much of a story out of it and as is often the case scares were second
to the plot having to fit together exactly.
I have to say this is not a bad movie, so if you haven't seen the original and can't be doing with subtitles then you'll enjoy this. For those that have seen the original, there isn't any reason I can think of for you to see this one.
I understand that the UK version has been cut because apparently we
have to get a worse deal than other countries. I'm sure that's not it
but I was disappointed to find out that there were scenes cut from the
version I saw because what I did see I thought was very good.
The things that made the original so brilliant were not touched on at great length in this movie but this version is more about action. Good action scenes they were too, well paced, well acted and the tension was well developed by the direction. The zombies were scarier than in the original, they looked scarier and posed a bigger threat than the zombies in the original movie, which were slow moving and easier to escape from. I was pleased they didn't over gore the film as was the case in Day of the Dead.
All in all a very good horror film that doesn't require too much thought. Just sit back and enjoy the scares.
Great film for all the family. Been a little while since I'd seen this
and having seen it again I think I'll need to go and buy it. The film
has the right ingredients to make a good Christmas film and will be
popular with my family for many years.
The story follows a dad and his son one Christmas night when due to an accident the sceptical dad finds himself having to finish Santa's deliveries. Of course when next year comes around is the new Santa going to believe in himself in time to take on the job again.
There was a sequel to this film which was pretty good but this is the better of the two films.
Wonderful and charming classic movie that makes you feel good to the
The story is based a great deal on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, only in this case it's a guardian angel and not 3 ghosts and it's a good man he comes to visit. The guardian angel shows our hero George Bailey how life would have been without him. When George realises how much he has and how much he's done for others and on Christmas Eve no less, he understands what's really important again. It's inspiring to see George swimming most of his life against the current but always in the pursuit of doing what's right. His selflessness and understanding of others is something in modern society we don't seem to even aspire to emulate any more.
If you haven't seen this film you will find scenes you've come across in other movies and never knew where they came from. The film contains so many memorable scenes and wonderful moments that I really can't do it justice. You simply have to see it for yourself.
Make sure you have a full 2.5 hours free to watch it because it's a long movie. In fact leave 5 hours free so you can watch it again straight after.
Having now been converted to Eastern horror I suppose I was foolish to
watch this film, expecting to enjoy it. I have realised for some time
now that Hollywood horror is about as imaginative and scary as an
episode of Scooby-Doo, not one of the better episodes either. This film
started with a terrible idea, used bad script and direction to develop
an utterly scare-less atmosphere and then insulted my intelligence by
connecting every single aspect of the story, giving me absolute reasons
for everything. I've seldom felt like my time was wasted watching a
film because I love films and enjoy a variety of different genres but
particularly horror. This was one such time when I think that 90
minutes of my life have been wasted and I feel aggrieved that I can do
nothing to get those 90 minutes back.
I'm actually writing this review wasting further minutes of my life but as I'm ranting I consider this therapy. If you do like a ship based ghost story I would recommend 'Deathship', from which I imagine this film was loosely based. 'Deathship' however is a superior film in every way to this and is worth 90 minutes of your life. If any type of horror is your thing then you must start to watch films like 'A Tale of Two Sisters', 'The Eye', 'Kairo' and 'Ju-on' to name a few. These films will alter how you judge other horror films and they will challenge your intellect as well as properly scare you.
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