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"tell me what you don't like about yourself."-NIP/TUCK Dr. McNamara[none] & Dr. Troy[trendy]
It's really hit the fan this time...
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. My lifetime was drastically wasted by this pile of stink. I would rather chew off my arm than watch this film again. Painful story line, painful characters and a painful two hours.
The best way of describing this movie is a follows:- I would rather stick pins in my eyes and cut out my brain than watch another minute of this tripe.
Advice is to stay well clear and let your local dustman do you a favour of removing this rubbish.
Lin, you told me this was good!!!!
Superman Returns (2006)
Superman HAS Returned
Why is it these days, when films like this hit the horizon of release that we feel a little concerned? So many let downs with Hollywood chucking loads of remakes that just embarrass themselves more. Then you get the sequels or maybe horror films with CGI's which just DON'T work.
However, this film does and it does it in style.
I don't think it is as good as Superman 2 but it's good. Great effects for a start that look and sound great. The acting roles all fill in well and what a difficult task to wear the cape of the late Christopher Reeve. Kevin Spacey I thought was superb. His evil nature that lay dormant under a disturbingly intelligent and crazy individual, he played the part with brilliance.
Don't think there's much more to say and there can't be when there are only minor flaws such as a few holes in the storyline but it doesn't matter.
One thing I did notice and that was a couple of young kids with those smiles on their faces after the show. Took me back to when I first saw Superman as child with my family. Come to think of it, I also saw a few elderly people there as well and that was interesting as you don't get many going to the cinema in my area. It's a great atmosphere so my suggestion is go to the cinema and watch it. Superman MUST be watched at the cinema.
The best thing out of all this is...Superman has returned
Lord of War (2005)
Unexpected slap in the face!!!
I put this film off for quite a while and finally getting round to it, I watched it for no more than 15 minutes before falling asleep. I gave it one more try and was stuck to the screen the whole time.
I thought it was going to be this action film with machine guns firing and never running out and explosions and that but there is a film that has a very serious undertone to it with a slight twist of humour.
I found Nicholas Cage brought a good performance to this role and everything that he done which effected the world also effected his family.
Some slick sharp thinking made him the great salesman but not of cars...but of guns. It also left this disturbing thought in your mind that this is actually going on in the world and knowing how cold and evil this world really is.
If the slickness of his car-salesman tactics had been thoroughly thought through then I probably would have notched the score up a little but still a great film and a real eye-opener.
Runaway - Toxic Waste Alert!!!
Oh dear. First we had 'Friends', the most over-rated pile of stink I have ever had the misfortune of viewing and then THAT pile of stink goes and produces another load of stink...'Joey'. Well, for my review on 'Friends' you'll have to look back but it wasn't good but I can now reveal there is a show that is lower than that of 'Friends'...yep 'Joey'. I had to watch it to see if was any good and gave it a small chance, and it failed on every level. No excitement, no comedy and NO POINT. If you're a 'Friends' fanatic, then I think this will disappoint you. As for me, I am still suffering from being poisoned by this gutter trash.
I beg people that read this review to spare a thought on your hard earned cash and buy something more amazing like...a pack of staples.
The summary of this painful experience is this, I feel ill from watching this rubbish and will remain ill until my mind eliminates those horrid memories of 'Joey' so I will be on the road to recovery...AVOID.
A real shock...
I was very surprised to like this comedy. I am one who does not like American humour but I love this. It reminds me of a TV 'Dramedy' we have over in the UK called teachers. The characters are consistent throughout the three seasons that I have viewed and very enjoyable. To be honest, I didn't get on with it at first but given time, I'm glad I gave it an extra chance to prove itself.
The soundtrack through the series is well chosen, the tunes really do fit in with the story of what is actually happening and there are some episodes that have a serious undertone which many of us could learn from.
I love the use of actually getting inside the characters minds (day dreams etc.) which gives it that extra dimension of comedy and stretches the limits of creativity, there is just so much that can be done with that idea.
Some lovely guest star appearances and topped off by supporting characters that stay loyal to the show rounds this up as a great US Comedy which I (i can't believe it myself) adore.
Again, when translation from book to film very rarely works it's hard to watch films after reading a great piece of work. Christine is no exception. Reading the book was a fantastic piece of writing but surprised that I was, the cut down size to viewing format actually worked.
Cuts were made of course but that really didn't effect the film and the point of the film. The love triangle elements between Christine, Leigh and Arnie still strongly exists and you actually feel for the car especially towards the end. The soundtrack to the film is wonderfully selected and executed especially the part where Moochie gets killed. The car sits casually while playing a really cool track with fingers clicking. Then burst to life with fury. It gave the car real character. The actors were also chosen well which made the viewing more comfortable.
John Carpenter I think hit home here. To make a car feel like it has real feeling without making it into a spirited monster is surely an achievement.
To the book, this film is still a watered down version but a proud film it stands along a collection of horror films. I love it.
Tom Cruise - Better than I thought!
This film could be a major turning point in Tom's career. He plays Vincent with cold-blooded charm. It is wonderful to watch a character stay flawless throughout an entire film and not be OTT with Hollywood FX etc. The dialogue between Vincent and Max is brilliant and the tug of hate they exchange brings out some chilling truths.
I love the way this movie has been filmed. It almost shows you the dark side of LA as well as the dark side of life.
The soundtrack cruises through the film beautifully. It is well timed at crucial scenes and when the film is done, you just want to buy the soundtrack to listen to.
Everyone that I have recommended this film to have been well pleased. However, Tom Cruise was sensational in this film and I was never keen on him. This film sits high in the rankings table for me and I am telling those who haven't seen it - YOU MUST!
Top Class Television minus a couple of Seasons.
This is great stuff. Really great. I fell in love with Teachers after being forced to watch it. Truly wonderful television at it's best. All the characters are a joy to watch and I mean ALL. Simon Casey, played superbly by Andrew Lincoln, seems to be the main focus point. Supported very well by characters Susan, Jenny, Kurt and Brian along with The Head Mistress, Bob, Liz and Carol. Kurt and Brian seem to be the main comedy and Susan the rational one. Jenny is like a split personality of good and bad and Liz is the local gossip queen.
The characters play so well off of each other that it's an actual joy to watch. What is even greater about this show is the things you notice when you watch it again. The little things. Like a sheep on the school grounds or maybe teachers fighting on the grounds why the pupils look on. Brilliant stuff.
Season 2 was also fantastic. At first I didn't warm to JP but over time, I actually like him in this. Penny's okay, possibly the weakest character of the second series but not really flawed if you know what I mean. The music was also well chosen. Totally fantastic.
Now, like with a lot of good things, they have to come to an end and with teachers, for me, it came in Season 3. Three characters were gone and replacements were inserted. The female replacement was a pointless effort and a boring character. What were they thinking!!! Simon, being one of the actors to part with the show, does return for a few episodes and does lift the morale of the show. However, no matter how good he is, there is still a void from the other two characters which hurts deeply.
Season 4, now what was going on here. They should have just not bothered. I hate to say this but I have finally come to terms with it. This Season is thew worst and most pointless effort ever. I watched it over and over again to try a like it. Sorry but no way. This Season would have been more enjoyable if it had stolen my life savings and ran away.
Season 1 & 2 are brilliant and fantastic and well you see my point. Season 3 is still worth watching but Season 4, you must stay well clear of.
Top range comedy
When I first watched this show, I wasn't sure. My friend told me how funny it was but at first it seemed a bit normal. However, I gave it a chance and watched some more. It was too late, I was hooked.
This show is brilliantly written and the jokes are so different to other comedies it feels refreshingly different. It does require a different view point for it's comedy but when looking from that perspective, this show stands tall.
The character himself, Alan Partridge, is a wonderful creation and Steve Coogan has cemented his name in comedy history. I love everything about this character and can quite easily watch this show over and over again.
The funniest thing is, you seem to be laughing at Alans crashing career which is sick but you just don't care.
The best part of this show was the ABBA medley. Truly brilliant.
This is comedy at it's very best. The supporting characters are truly wonderful and as for Alan Partridge himself, fantastic and brilliant.
Fawlty Towers (1975)
British Comedy is The Best
Fawlty Towers. All there is to this series is twelve episodes. All twelve are absolutely fantastic. Although, a tad frustrating, this is John's style. It works brilliantly. I particularly like the episode 'Communication Problems' with the annoying Mrs Richards. Super-funny.
I also believe that they ended this show at the right time just as they had finished 'The Office'. They had basically done all they could with the show and really could not take it any further without disastrously repeating the jokes which would of possibly had drastic consequences.
The series is written perfectly with characters well defined and understood in the early episodes that makes for some enjoyable viewing.
This show is a great example of how good comedy was when insulting jokes (The Germans episode) are used without offending the viewing audience unlike this day and age where viewers, for some strange reason, take more of an offence about the slightest thing.
If you haven't seen this show (can't imagine why) then you must!! 10 out of 10.