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Sex and the City (2008)
Love, Sex and most importantly, Friendship
If you're a woman living in a big city and your Saturdays and filled with bitch sessions or a night out with your girlfriends, you have watched and identified with the SATC TV series. So how could you not identify with the movie? The negative reviews and ratings for this movie are all by men. Men, WHAT are you doing watching this movie? This movie is not for you. This movie is for US. This is what we can identify with and what we understand. It's not SUPPOSED to have a story or be SERIOUS. It's supposed to be a feel good, fun movie for women - which is exactly what it is. It doesn't pretend to be anything more or anything less. And even with the frivolity of it all, it still has a basic theme - friendship is everything.
Because we would do ANYTHING for our friends, like run across New York on New Years Eve just so that you wont be alone or fly back and forth just to be with you on a tough day. This movie is less about love and sex, and more about friendship.
The characters we know and love are just the same, and you feel so good while and after seeing the movie, especially if you see it with close girl friends who you KNOW will do the same things that the characters do for each other in the movie.
Pretty much everyone in my movie theater seemed to agree with me that the movie was fabulous - They were all cheering, clapping and laughing at the fabulous moments.
If your a woman, of any age, and you love the series, you should love the movie.
Pretty darn good
First of all, I must mention that Goblet of Fire is my favourite Harry Potter book, and so I expected great things from this movie. And great things I did get, but they were entirely unexpected.
The movie starts off with Harry being shaken awake by Hermione in The Burrow. This itself gives us a glimpse into Mike Newell's thought process. Mike Newell and writer Steve Kloves seem to be Harry/Hermione advocators to a small extent. It's not so much as the fact that they show Harry and Hermione to be better friends than Ron and Hermione, which isn't really true to the books, it more the fact that they've made Hermione tag along or take care of Harry in several scenes.
As the subject matter of the Goblet of Fire book was too vast, many scenes in the movie have been sliced so that it deals with action rather than explanations. In a way, this works. On the other hand, Potter fans will surely expect some more details, and this, I predict will be the main negative response to Newell's work. The end particularly requires an explanation. Newell leaves things a bit up in the air. But this doesn't mean the movie is bad or disappointing. At least not for me. It is filled with laugh-out-loud moments, thrilling action sequences and a few new surprises that will captivate you. Truly, It has some wonderful scenes which seem like they've been plucked from your imagination. Voldemort's rebirth for instance.
And speaking of Voldemort, I must say Ralph Fiennes has done a remarkable job. The make up artist and computer animation guys must have worked hard too Voldemort looks just as evil and scary as he should! This is one of the reasons that the movie has received a PG-13 rating. The highly suggestive yet hilarious scene in the Prefects bathroom, as well as a few very suggestive dialogues here and there also explain the rating.
The movie's casting has been tastefully done. The new actors have managed to remain true to the characters that they play, and are very believable. Miranda Richardson makes a fantastic Rita Skeeter. Stanislav Ianevski (Krum) and Robert Pattinson (Cedric) are well cast and play their roles well. Clémence Poésy makes a good Fleur Delacour, but Mike Newell should have let her keep her hair down.
Unexpectedly, Matthew Lewis and Brendan Gleeson gave very good performances. Matthew Lewis, although he has grown out of his short and pudgy first-movie form and has become tall and slim, has nonetheless managed to keep Neville alive and kicking. There are many funny scenes as well as scenes that can only be described as 'cute' involving him. As for Brendan Gleeson, I didn't think much of him as 'Mad-Eye' Moody when I saw the trailers and the teaser pictures. But he makes a great Moody, crazy, loud and sometimes scary.
There was much debate about the casting of Frances de la Tour as Madame Maxime as many seemed to think that she didn't fit the part. I can see their point, since she isn't the best Maxime they could have got, but she wasn't too bad. Pedja Bjelac (also known as Predrag, in case you're wondering) made a wonderful Karkaroff.
As for the carry-over actors from the last movie into this one, I have to say that I am most impressed with Emma Watson's performance. (and of course Matthew Lewis, whom I have already mentioned.) Emma manages to capture the essence of 14-year-old Hermione quite well. Rupert Grint gives his 100% Ron. Sometimes it's hard not to imagine Ron as Rupert while reading the books. Daniel Radcliffe, the 'star' himself, has greatly improved in terms of acting since Prisoner of Azkaban and, although his performance is uneven, he still manages to be a convincing Harry. The Phelps Twins are remarkable as Fred and George and entertain with their hilarious banter and excellent screen presence. Bonnie Wright (Ginny) has a bigger role in this movie than in any of the others. She has almost no dialogue, but is present in many scenes here and there, which is something. Tom Felton, too, has a very small role. In fact he's only present in three scenes, one of which I am pleased to announce involves Professor Moody! But enough about the talented actors that have been a part of this magical movie. What about the scenes everyone has been waiting to see? Are they well done? What has been kept? What has been cut? I'm afraid you'll have to see the movie for that. If I begin to dissect this movie into what was well done and what wasn't, this review will probably be 8 pages long. All I can say is that this movie will make you feel happy, sad, anxious and surprised at the same time. It will make you laugh out loud, jump in surprise and gasp all at once. Prepare yourselves for a ride filled with mixed emotions. It's advisable to be prepared This ride can get very overwhelming!
All That (1994)
Great Acting, Bad Writing
I know everyone says that the original cast members were better, but i beg to differ. The new cast members are very talented. It's the shows writing that needs work. I used to hate All That. I thought it was a bunch of stupid stuff that only dumb kids would watch. But my little sister used to watch it all the time, so sometimes, i would end up watching it with her. After a few episodes, i really started to get into it and I've been watching the show ever since.
The show seems to get better and better with it's plot lines and acting, but needs serious work on it's scripting. Some of the lines are just not funny anymore. With a better, funnier script this show would even be better than the original show with the original cast.
Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (1999)
This show had potential
Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane was a show with a lot of potential. Which is why i was surprised when it only ran for a year. Jane (Azura Skye) and Jack (Michael Rosenbaum) were awesome characters played by fantastic actors and they could have taken the show to new heights. Although when the show started, it tried to be a teenage version of Friends and Will and Grace, it picked up later when the title was changed and Zoe (Selma Blair) and the gang started working. Sadly, the show was destined for only 13 episodes and was taken off air in response to the low ratings. I, for one thought the show had real potential and it could have improved if only the public had given it a chance.
Panic Room (2002)
VERY MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD
When i first went to see Panic Room, i had no idea what it was about. I went with no expectations and no idea's in my head. I thought the movie was really good. It was a well made movie with good acting and good direction. The script was original and it made for excellent entertainment. The movie is about a divorced woman in her 30's called Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) moving into their new house in New York. On the first night in their new home, three men break into the house in order to retrieve a hidden cache of cash. Mother and daughter hide in a secret room called the "Panic Room" which has been built for such emergencies. They are safe for the moment as no one can get into the room...but the men need to get in there. Because what they're looking for is hidden inside that room. I would recommend this movie as it is well made and provides good entertainment. Which is what movie's are supposed to do in the first place.
Everything you're looking for in a Sitcom
This was one of the best things on TV and I'm very sorry to see it end. The characters on this show were excellent and they have become a big part of my life, and of the lives of millions of other people all over. Friends has made it's mark on the world and i know for a fact that there are loads of people from all over who are going to miss watching this well made, funny show on TV. This is the kind of TV show one can watch over and over again. The plot line's rock, the script is strong and the lines are hilarious, the performer's are way talented and the characters they play are realistic. What more are you looking for?
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Never Judge A Book By It's Movie
The Princess Diaries series written by Meg Cabot was a witty and realistic portrayal of a fourteen year old girls life. The movie, however, is far from witty or realistic. The characters are not well defined. The performances are really good, and it is a fairly interesting movie, but it lacks the finer details. There are some elements that make a movie great and this movie lacks those elements.
As a movie, i would say that it was a fairly good attempt at a children's movie. It was enjoyable in some parts and it was fun to watch. But it is the kind of movie that one would rent rather than go to the cinema to watch. In fact, a person who has not read the book might think the movie was original and fascinating. But in my opinion, The movie was a poor reflection of the book. I know it is only supposed to be based on the book and is not supposed to be a movie replica of the book, but there are some things that one should never change, and The Princess Diaries has changed those things. Still, I'd recommend this movie. It's worth one watch. Just one, though.