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Charlotte Gray (2001)
What a fantastic film is Charlotte Grey, she is a young lady who joins the British Government and trains as an agent and sent to France during the 2nd world war to liaise with the underground to fight the German Army. Unofficially she is searching for her airman lover Peter who has been shot down, that's all l'm saying, the acting is first class, and there are quite a few good actors, James Fleet (Vicar of Dibley) Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks) Michael Gambon, Billy Crudup is so good as the hot head who is calmed down by Charlotte played by Kate Blachett who takes the character to the next level, the music is excellent, and the photography is beautiful, all in all this is a great film, and l gave it 10 out of 10 and would recommend it to anyone, you may need a hankie for the final scene.
Treasure Island (2012)
This is a pretty good film as it goes but the main character of Long John Silver was the worst casting error in Eddie Izzard that l have ever seen, there was no 'Ey Jim Lad' Izzard just spoke in a cultured English accent, l have noticed that a lot of remarks on this film say they had never seen any version of Treasure Island before this, let me recommend the Disney version made in the 50's in colour with the wonderful Robert Newton, now here is an actor who 'was' Long John Silver, eyes rolling, the right type of accents, and as sly as they come.
The other actors in this 2012 version did a fair job, Daniel Mays was good as Dr Livsey, as was Phil Glenister and Penry-Jones, so in all this film was good but Eddie Izzard as Silver oh no.
This is just one of the best Scarlet Pimpernel series l have ever seen, Richard E Grant is ideal as the Pimpernel and Martin Shaw stands out at the evil Chauvelin, the series also benefits from having the same director Patrick Lau all through series 1 & 2.
It's not hard to get these films as most can be bought from any of the Pound shops, but well worth the £6 if you can get all 6 parts, l have to mention also Elizabeth McGovern who plays the Pimpernels wife Marguerite, all in all a well acted, well staged production, and seeing that guillotine from time to time makes one shiver at the very thought of it...
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Olympus has fallen is just a stunning piece of filming, l would like to see very soon The Making Of....as the special FX were out of this world, Morgan Freeman was great, but the film belonged to Gerard Butler and it just goes to show he would have made a great James Bond, better than D.Craig. Back to Olympus... without giving any of the plot away the special FX of the White House being subject to all sorts of bullets, rockets, you name it it's there, it looked so real, l've seen a lot of action films but this was James Bond, John McLaine, Rambo, all rolled into one, l could go and see it again tomorrow and still enjoy it 100%, l really recommend this film if you like action films, there are a lot of negative remarks on this site, take no notice, if you want a great action film this is it, l don't want a film to give a message l just want to be entertained and boy was l.
The Three Musketeers (2011)
Well what a lot of hype for a load of nothing, this is a very poor adaptation of a great story, Logan Lerman (who) as D'Artanyen looked like a Sixteen year old doing a school play, the two brightest actors was Matt MacFadyen as Athos, and Orlando Bloom in his best role to date as the "baddie". Someone has already said that the Charlie Sheen/Tim Curry version of a few years back is much better, with more action all through the film and not just in the last 20 minutes. And whats with all this 3D stuff, every film that comes out now is done in 3D, why, l saw Three Musketeers in 2D as this 3D hurts my eyes and it adds nothing to the story, all the TV ads that have been on is very misleading because it shows most of the action at the start or end of the film, it's a great pity l love this type of film and have been looking forward to is for weeks, but what a let down.
Diamond Geezer (2005)
I can't imagine why one reviewer would say this was a poor series, l have them all on DVD and watch them every few months, The Diamond Geezer was a wonderful series, it had humour, sadness, adventure, and fun, especially funny was in the episode Old Gold when David Jason is in discuise as an effeminate art critic, it was priceless to see him in that disguise, also two others actors should be given a mention Stephen Wight as Des's son he is a really good actor and hope we see more of him on TV, and Gary Whelan as Mrs bad guy in both the pilot and a Royal Affair. All in all l think this was a great series, pity there was not more of them made, l would really recommend this series and l'm sure it will get re-runs either on ITV or Cable, watch out for them you will have a good laugh.
Hi, What do people want now days for goodness sake all CGI, well there is non of that in S.I.S l thought it was excellent, gritty, with a bit of character development, and what made it all the more real is that the cast was unknown (well in the UK anyway). I was a bit disappointed in the ending, but then l suppose that will happen in real life as well (not telling you what l mean as it would spoil it) The actor who played the bad guy was a real B*****d, and you really wanted to see him get his comeupance, l've seen a lot of TV series that could be cancelled and I just can't understand why they did not continue with the TV series, but anyway if you get the DVD enjoy it it's well worth a good watch l give it 8/10
Not all that bad
OK Matt Frewer is no Jeremy Brett, but l feel there has been a lot of poor remarks about his portrayal of Holmes, l could not fault his accent he dressed well, and you must remember the actors like Charlton Heston and Edward Woodward have played Holmes and no one chastised them.
The story is the same we all know it well, but the photography was stunning, the music added to the overall action, l have to mention the actor who played Watson, superb, a bit like Nigel Bruce from the 40's but not as bumbling, l have been a life long Holmes fan, raised on Basil Rathbone's Holmes, but not until Jeremy Brett has anyone come near the character as Conan Doyle wrote him, but l think Matt Frewer has done a good job and l would recommend anyone to see this film and make their own mind up 7 out of 10
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
I'm sorry but this film is of very poor quality, as an adventure film OK but as Sherlock Holmes no way, Robert Downey is to fat for Holmes, in fact the actor who played Blackwood was more like the Holmes we know, and why did they pick an American actor to play Holmes which is a very British Character l'm sure there are some excellent actors who could have been better, Jude Law was quite good as Watson (having been in the Jeremy Brett TV series when he was a young man) also l did not like the way Holmes was always unshaved and in filthy clothes, one review has said that Guy Richie has made Holmes right for a newer audience why change things that a a proved worth, also one real bad error in the film Holmes says to Watson's bride to be how pleased to meet you at last, Mary Mosten came to Holmes in The Sign Of Four after receiving a pearl every year on her birthday so he had met her already Guy Richie should do his homework, l suggest that you watch the Jeremy Brett TV series or listen to the BBC Radio series with Clive Merrison and Michael Williams as Holmes and Watson, sorry but this film in my opinion only rates 5- out of 10
The Last Marshal (1999)
How Action Films Should be made
I cannot understand why people condemn a film like this, what do they want, Scott Glenn is fantastic in the lead role, he hates everyone, but even though he is an old time cop (Just like Frost in the UK) he gets the job done in his own way, and along that way there is plenty to enjoy, he is a hard drinking swearing son of a bitch, and as l have said he hates everyone, there are some funny moments, but plenty of action as well, there are the usual Police Lt. who shouts all the time, there is a faggot who is the hotel clerk, and a real nasty baddie-well 2 of them really so you really root for The Last Marshall l rate this movie as one of my favourites and l give it 9/10