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3:10 to Yuma (2007)
I watched this film on sky a couple of days ago and to be honest, it is one of the best films i have seen in a long time. The story takes place around criminal and train robber Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), who is caught in the act and has to be transferred to the town of Contention to catch the 3:10 to Yuma prison train. He is transferred by a convoy of people, including Dan Evans (Christian Bale), his teenage son William (Logan Lerman) and a handful of others.
The films plot line takes them on paths of self discovery, which shows a more emotional side to the western, as well as some old fashioned gun slinging with rival tribes and railway engineers, making the film action packed and very dramatic.
To me though, it is 16 year old Logan Lerman who definitely steals the show from the Hollywood heavyweights such as Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Peter Fonda to emerge as this fantastic young talent, who's character William comes of age in the film, and see's his father whom he never aspired to, turn from being a lowlife to a hero.
The film is very good, and cinematography of the film is incredible, and it definitely brings back the days of the old western to a moder glory.
An average programme, it entertains...
This programme is rather average, the story lines i find good and interesting, such as the search Jesus' cross and the search for Excalibur, which provide very entertaining story lines, yet the writing is poor, with large plot holes that are not explained, and the show does not seem to flow with the continuity that other shows similar to it such as 'Bones' from America.
The acting though i think is OK, yet can be better, Julie Graham is a find, and a good actress, yet other members of the cast i think could have been better, but to be honest, the only problem i have with this show is its writing, but the show does manage to entertain the audience, and for that i like it. An average programme, that the BBC could make a lot better.
One Tree Hill (2003)
A fantastic show - packed with action, comedy, romance and emotion
This is without a doubt, one of the best teen shows to ever grace our TV screens, after 5 seasons and well over 100 episodes, One Tree Hill is still the hottest show on television for under 21's. Sure there has been the O.C, Dawsons Creek and dare i say it - Hollyoaks in the UK, but One Tree Hill stands above them for being the one with the best story lines, and above all, the best acting.
The show revolves around a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Tree Hill, North Carolina. Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan (James Lafferty) are 2 half brothers, both sharing the same father Dan (Paul Johansson), who is a rather nasty person. Dan along with his wife Deb (Barbara Alyn Woods) and Nathan, have nothing to do with Lucas, who has been brought up by his mother Karen (Moira Kelly) and his uncle Keith (Dans brother). The show also revolves around their friends, Haley (Bethany Joy Lenz/Galleotti) who is Lucas's best friend, Peyton (Hilary Burton), Brooke (Sophia Bush), Marvin 'Mouth' McFadden (played by Lee Norris), Skills (played by Antown Tanner), Bevin (played by Bevin Prince) and Rachel (Danneel Harris) and the relationships that they gain, lose and mend over the years.
The best thing about the show is not only the talented cast of some of Hollywoods hottest young stars, but also the great story lines, ranging from Nathan and Haleys marriage(s) and pregnancy, and also the Nathan-Brooke-Peyton love triangle, but the show tries to tackle issues teenagers face today which i also think is fantastic, such as Brooke's pregnancy scare, and the high school hostage situation, in which troubled teen Jimmy Edwards, takes some members of the group including Nathan and Haley hostage in the school, as well as shooting Peyton, and Dan killing his brother Keith, all in the same episode.
This show is fantastic, everything from its acting and story lines, to the music of the multi talented Bethany Joy Galleotti and many other artists who's music has been incorporated into the show over the past 5 years. I am pleased to see the CW has brought the show back for season 6, and i am eagerly awaiting its return to UK screens.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
A good laugh and good fun, if a little cheesy
Being the 17 year old straight male, many would think i should hate this, but i didn't - i thought it was great.
The best thing about this is of course the songs, which span from Waterloo (1974) to Lay All Your Love On Me (1981), and they really do fit in with the story line of Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfried) who is marrying her fiancée Sky (Dominic Cooper) at her mother Donna's (played amazingly by Meryl Streep) Greek hilltop Villa / Hotel. The only problem is, Sophie wants her father to walk her down the aisle, yet realises from her Mothers diary that it could be 1 of 3 different men. Sophie invites the men to her Wedding, without telling anyone. The 3 men arrive and chaos ensues. Christine Baranski and Julie Walters are hysterical, and i personally think they make this movie as Donna's 2 best friends, serial divorcée Tanya (played by Baranski) and Rosie (played by Walters.) But the film does have its faults, especially the chorus of Greek's that keep popping up, make it cringeworthy at times (no disrespect to the Greeks) and some moments in the film will make you want to throw up, but on the whole, this film is pretty good. Its the type of film you want to see for a feel good laugh out loud moment. And i thoroughly enjoyed it!
My Super Sweet 16 (2005)
Oh Dear... this show symbolises everything wrong in the world...
This show is quite possibly the pits of hell for me. It follows spoilt, filthy rich, snobby and bratty 15 year old kids plan and execute their 'sweet 16' birthday party.
Im physically sickened by the way some of these kids treat their parents. They have no respect, no manners and are genuinely awful people, they symbolise everything that is wrong with the world. Clearly the parents need to beat the crap out of these kids to knock some sense into them, i would if they were mine.
It is awful programming, for the simple minded. People who enjoy this show must not have an education and they have to be the dumbest, thickest people on the planet. MTV today has brought some crap onto our screens like 'laguna beach,' 'the hills' and many others, but i think this is the icing on the cake...
Politically Incorrect, rude, ignorant and one of the funniest things i have ever seen
in my life.
The film follows insane Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev and his friend Azhamat travelling across America in the hope of making a film that would help better Kazakhstan. In the film, Sacha Baron Cohen tries to insult everyone, including Americans, femenists, gypsy's, gay's, the country of Uzbekistan and last but definitely not least - Jews.
His trip is amazingly funny, masturbating publicly in a New York street, kidnapping Pamela Anderson, and running through a hotel stark naked.
The people who took offence to this film should be shot. Its not meant to be taken seriously and the people who did take it seriously need to lighten up and see the funny side. This film blatantly pokes fun at America and its people, as well as Russia and Kazakhstan.
Bravo to Cohen (who is Jewish himself) for making this cinematic masterpiece.
7th Heaven (1996)
hey did they manage to make 242 episodes of crap?
i cant believe this show - it has to be one of the worst things i have ever seen. The basic plot line follows a reverend and his wfire raising 7 kids up to be perfect and god fearing. But the main intention behind this show is to educate and in a way brainwash you into never doing a few certain things including - underage sex - underage drinking - drugs - to vote and many many others.
The story lines always involve the vicar or whatever he is intervening in peoples lives and meddling in their personal business. I cant believe it lasted 10 years and 242 episodes - thank god it was cancelled.
High School Musical 2 (2007)
what time is it? Time to stop making crap films!
This film was bad - nowhere near as good as the first.
The first opening sequence was good, the song, the dance everything was good until they took it out of the high school and that was when it all went downhill.
The film took on a different purpose. Instead of it being about people following their dreams, finding out who they are and stuff like that, it became about Sharpay's (Ashley Tisdale) awful obsession with Troy (Zac Efron.) The character of Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) was i thought not even in half of the movie - and the only good bit was when she stripped and got into her bikini (although I've pretty much seen it all if ya know what i mean!) As its Disney - it robbed us of several moments including a fist fight and a gay kiss. The acting was sketchy at parts and became very cheesy. The songs weren't as good as the first - instead of fun showtunes they became sloppy balads which were just plain awful.
The only thing in this film that was better than the first was the choreography, it was brilliant. The dance moves were complex and great to watch.
I hated it that Miley Cirus was in it as well, im just glad Disney didn't give her a speaking party, if they would've then i think id have to jump under a bus.
Overall - not good.
High School Musical (2006)
New, Fresh, and quite good, leave your brain at school and enjoy it!
When i first sat down to watch high school musical - i shall be honest, i thought i was going to hate it.
But, after a good ten minutes i was easily won over. Disney took relatively unknown actors and actresses and made international celebrities out of each and every one. The acting in the film is top quality, although some of the jokes can be sometimes a tad corny and cheesy.
The plot line for the film is OK, Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) meet at a new years party while on holiday and exchange phone numbers. Yet when Troy returns to school, he discovers Gabriella has moved from San Diego to his school, and they develop a quick friendship. They then 'acceidenatly' audition for the school musical - much to the dislike of Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) and her twin brother Ryan (Lucas Grabeel.) The best thing about this film is the songs and the dancing. Kenny Ortega did a fantastic job at directing and choreographing this film, especially the dance moves in 'stick to the status quo' and also 'were all in this together.' The songs are fun and laughable showtunes which really put a smile on your face. Another good thing about this film is how they manage to take actual teenagers, kids aged between about 15 and 25 and have them make a musical, meaning it isn't like Grease. (Grease had to use 40 year old teenagers!) Overall a success for Disney, and a fun film.
quirky, different, moving, funny and sad... it has it all.
as a huge fan of desperate housewives and Felicity Huffman herself i sat down to watch this film rather sceptical as i knew it was going to be nothing like watching Depserate Housewives on a Wednesday night.
But although i was very sceptical i was soon won over, this film just had it all. For an Indie film - the resolution of the camera was very good, and the acting was outstanding. Felicity Huffman played Bree really well and to keep the low octave voice up couldn't have been easy and i felt she did really well with it. The films basis is very quirky - a pre op transsexual that takes a road trip with her long lost son.
Everything in this film was great - from the acting, to the comedy and especially the drama sequences which just made me melt. It was a great film and Felicity Huffman deserved the Oscar nomination for it too. Great film.