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The Girl in the Café (2005)
Gr8 film revolving roung the G8 summit
Excellent, thought provoking, and leaves you wondering if the members of the G8 CAN actually manage to 'do the right thing'. I don't suppose there will be a 'Gina' at Gleneagles to make the points she made in The Girl in the Cafe, but lets hope their consciences are pricked enough to do the job.
The story centres around a civil servant who attends the G8 summit in Iceland, with a Girl he met in a Cafe. She seems quite above board in the beginning, but as the film continues, you do begin to wonder what her motives are, if any.
Well acted by Bill Nighy, and especially by Kelly McDonald. Enjoyable and would certainly recommend.
The Ring (1996)
Danielle Steel's "The Ring" film versus book
I read the book The Ring, by Danielle Steel, when i was around 13 or 14, and very quickly became hooked on all of her books. This was one of her best works, and I often re-read it, and knew the story inside out. Often wished they would turn it into a film, but it never happened.
Life moves on, and as teenage years turn into adulthood, lo and behold, what do i accidentally come across on TV during the Easter holidays, but Danielle Steel's "The Ring"! WOW!! What I had been waiting for, all those years ago! This TV movie didn't quite meet up to my expectations of how the story would look on screen, but its an excellent effort. The cast is pretty good - (Manfred is lovely!!) and lets just say, at the beginning, during and after I often found tears running down my cheeks.
Recommended if you have read the book, but still recommended even if you haven't. I admit, most of Danielle Steel's stuff is pretty corny, with disaster following disaster, then happy ending, but, just lose yourself in the film, take it as it is meant, and enjoy!!! I did!
I Am Sam (2001)
I have worked with kids who have autistic tendencies, and have often wondered as to their future. This film reflected the behaviours often displayed by people whose behaviour patterns are somewhere on the autistic spectrum (the banging on the table; the repeatativeness... etc) in a true to life way, and touchingly showed the loving side often shown. It also showed the confusion and misunderstandings by autistic people and the public alike, and many misconceptions of the capabilities of people with autism.