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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Christian Bale's best, 15 June 2009

Forget Batman! Forget American Psycho! In my personal opinion, "The Machinist" is Bale at his best. Not just because he literally starved himself for the role but his acting once again shines through. The film itself is a roller-coaster into paranoia and you'll keep guessing "What's going to happen next?" and as for the twist at the end, woahhhhhh!! This is a film about punishment and redemption; a man suffering from insomnia for over a year and as the year has gone on, his weight has exceedingly dropped but he carries on. That is until Ivan makes an appearance and his world turns around completely as he begins to lose the remnants of his insanity and he works hard to solve the mystery before he loses everything.

I'm not going to give away the ending but I suggest for the first viewing, just watch the film. Watch it, become emerged into it. Then watch it a second time to figure out the clues. Trust me, even after many viewings, you will STILL be looking for clues. I guarantee it.

This is definitely Bale's movie so if you're a Bale fan, then take the risk and buy it. However, this film isn't for everyone so unless you;re a die hard fan, rent it :-)


Helen xxxxx

Psycho II (1983)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
One of the best sequels ever!, 27 March 2009

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With every sequel that comes after a great film, especially one that has taken decades to come to the screen, there is always going to be the criticism that it till never be as good as the original. The truth is in many cases, they are right and most sequels should be avoided.

With Psycho 2, it is not superior to Psycho but that does not make it a lousy sequel. With the success of the original film, the writer and director could have made it all 1980s slashy and gory style riding on the back of its original. It doesn't.

Yes, the murder scenes are more gory that the 1960s BUT unlike many sequels, this one rides on plot. We see elements from the sequel we get an original story which whilst keeping to the Psycho vision, is independent from it. There are more questions, more suspects and it's one of those "wait til the ending" parts because with the first time round of seeing this (unlike you know the ending), there is always the question of who did what and even at the end, some questions are STILL unanswered which makes it a true thriller because in many cases of life, there are unanswered questions which we interpret. Some people interpret the questions left at the end of this film in their own way. The director and writer respect Hitchcock by trying (and in many ways succeeding) by keeping up to his high standard.

The acting from Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and Meg Tilly as Mary is superb. In fact Perkins is better in this than he was in the sequel.

Like I said, not the best film in the world but it should be snuffed out until you give it a try. It is an underrated movie and a really good sequel, definitely the best sequel out of the three Psycho sequels (watch out for Psycho 3! That one is the worst!) I give it 8/10 :-)

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
One of the best ever Disney sequels, 10 December 2007

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Now I have seen the first film and fell in love with it. I have not been a fan of Disney sequels so I watched this with cautioned.

In the end, I fell completely in love with it. It would have been nice to have Daveigh Chase be Lilo. However, due to her commitments with the TV show, that wasn't possible. To be fair, I really liked Dakota Fanninf in this and in my opinion, she gives Lilo a "lower" voice which actually reflects on the dark tone of the film.

Yes it is somewhat darker than the original film and I guess that's why I like it so much. Now, in my opinion, some Disney sequels don't seem to have much plot but this one had a great plot. It continues with Lilo missing her parents (although her mother tends to be the one mentioned the most) and with her and her sister now coping with their new extended family (Stitch, Peakley and Jumba).

Of course, more problems occur when Stitch becomes out of control due to a malfunction and he is losing confidence as well as causing a strain in his friendship with Lilo.

This is a great film equal if not superior to the original film. If you are cautious about Disney sequels, well still watch it. You may hate it but I'd recommend you do what I did: Just watch it and never judge the DVD by it's cover lol Helen xxxxx

5 out of 37 people found the following review useful:
Awful, 5 April 2007

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I agree with the user "SpecialAgentFoxMulder" that this episode is awful- posisbly thr worst of the entire show. Now I'm not keen on many episodes of the later series but this one takes the biscuit! It was unfunny and unoffensive. As for the ending, I'm sorry but it disgusted me more than any other episodes combined.

I mean, the boys think they meant well but the ending was so upsetting- that they think the whale belongs on the moon and over the credits, we see it has died. Wht could have saved the episode was if the pranksters were able to confess for what they did.

There seem to be no outgoing message. Okay, South Park may be guilty of preaching too much and its always nice to see an unpreachign one (such as Make Love Not Warcraft") but this episode was just wrong! Avoid at all costs! Helen xxxxx

Epic Movie (2007)
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Don't bother!, 4 March 2007

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This film was awful. The thing (the really sad thing) is that this film had potential to be good. I feel it was trying too hard to be in the same style as the Scary Movie series- basically "Scary Movie without the horror spoofs".

Sadly, it failed in all accounts. Jokes were over-used and the jokes that had potential to be funny were poorly written.

I know people have written long reviews on this film so I don't know what I can say that they haven't already said so I'm going to simply say: Don't bother! Spend your time watching good spoof films such as Spaceballs, the first two Scary Movies (soryy number 3 and 4 just weren't as good in my opinion! The Wayan brothers should have been brought back into that franchise!)

11 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Shocking!, 10 February 2007

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The plot is that Cartman was conned out of some money by a fifth grader Scott Tenorman. Cartman tries his hardest to get it back to no avail and the more that Cartman tries, the more that Scott gets his revenge! Then Cartman thinks of a plan....

This episode is so shocking, not because of the pubic hair reference but rather the twist at the end. You will see Cartman in a whole new light after this episode and this is shocking even by South Park standards! I can honestly see why it is constantly voted as one of the viewers' favourite episode, if not THE favourite (of course, with the recent success of "Make Love...not Warcraft", this episode could have some serious competition!

This is a must-see for all true South Park fans and don't say I didn't warn you about the shocking ending (What? I'm not going to tell you what it is!)

7 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Extremely funny!, 10 February 2007

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One of the funniest episodes ever! When ghost pirates make an appearance before the Halloween bash, it is up to the gang (along with Cartman's "Christmas present" the Antonio Banderas Love Doll) to solve the mystery and to help them is the band, Korn.

This is such a funny episode, a basic parody of Scooby Doo with Korn being "groovy" (with even a Velma moment). The "I Spy" bit is a laugh "a twee!"

Who are these ghost pirates?

Or are they pirate ghosts?

Will the mystery ever be solved?

Who will win the fancy dress competition?

And, most importantly, will the gang be able to scare the fourth graders?

This is a small fact: Korn perform "Falling Away from Me" on this episode. This moment has been noted for the song's premiere on US TV.

14 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Not necessarily depressing but it's a sad episode., 10 February 2007

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Basically, after what seems to be a lifetime together, Wendy has dumped Stan and is going out with Token. Stan is heartbroken and so to cheer him up, the gang take him to a bar called Raisins (which is like Hooters except that the waitresses are beautiful girls aged about 10). This doesn't help Stan but Butters ends up falling in love with one of the waitresses. Stan finds himself hanging out with Goths who seem to show the same depressing and cynical view of life that he does.

This one isn't depressing but it does have a heartbreaking message on what it is like when you lose your first love (Stan with Wendy and Butters with the waitress, Lexus). Most of us have had a similar experience and we can relate to it (although I don't think many of us would be so young but hey you never know!).

Give this one a try and if you're sensitive, get the tissues out!

Blessed Be!

Helen xxxxx

11 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Tom Cruise, get a life!, 10 February 2007

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Okay, he's not going to read that comment but I thought I'd mention it because he made such a big deal over this episode. Obviously, he needs to get that rod out of his backside and just sit down and have a laugh. After all, when has South Park ever been taken seriously? Anyway, onto the episode, basically, Stan takes a Scientology test and the members of the cult believe he is Ron L Hubbard reincarnated! Tom Cruise comes to meet him and Stan says he is a not very good actor (I think) Tom gets upset and goes into a closet. The rest of the scenario is a pun of him "coming out of the closet" in reference to rumours of his sexuality.

Meanwhile, Stan is asked to be the new leader of Scientology. This part of the episode is minor compared to the Tom Cruise scenario.

All I can say about this episode: Sit down and give it a try. If you don't like it, you don't have to see it again, right?

12 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
One of the best episodes EVER!, 10 February 2007

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Now I have been a fan of South Park for 7 years and I have got to say that this is one of the best episdoes EVER! This is what South Park is all about!

Basically, the kids of South Park have bought the latest game "World of Warcraft" and are enjoying it when a rogue player starts to kill off innocent players. (The rules are you can't kill another player unless you are in a duel but it is implied that this player has played it so much that not only has he gone on a higher than even the game creators thought possible but basically, and most importantly, this player has no life!). It is up to Eric, Kyle, Stan and Kenny to save the day by playing it as much as possible so they can match to the "rogue" player and destroy him for good so everyone else can play the game peacefully. Of course, the creators are there to give a helping hand.

Now in recent series, I thought that South Park was losing its touch. There have been some episodes which I thought were brilliant such as "Scott Tenorman must Die" but on the whole, I thought it was going downhill. This episode proved to me that when it can, it doesn't have its good moments, it has it's GREAT moments! What I found refreshing is its lack of preaching messages which had to add some morale. This one is basically the lads just playing a game to defeat a menace so they could continue to bring peace to the World...of Warcraft.

Itbeautifully satires on how some people take games like this so seriously, it doesn't control their lives, it BECOMES their life! The one thing that disturbed me was:


The scene with Eric, Eric's mum and the bedpan. I thought that was a bit too grotesque!


I'd highly recommend this episode though and watch out for a very funny Butter moment (trust me. You'll know it as soon as you see it!) Oh and watch out for the music montage. Trust me, you'll have a 90% rate of getting hooked to the song!

Blessed Be!

Helen xxxxx

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