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PLEASE give Andy Serkis the Best Actor Academy Award, nobody deserves it more
RISE, DAWN, and WAR are a trilogy of movies in which Andy Serkis acts the hell out of every scene he is in. His emotions are on show 100% and for a CGI character, no words can express just how impressive that is. Caesar will be fondly remembered as a legendary warrior of cinema, certainly the best of his generation, and every single attribute goes towards Mr Serkis' compelling and emotional performance.
The journey of Caesar is wrapped up in a beautiful way and should resonate with any human being who feels strongly about the themes of family and survival.
Also, I'm truly bewildered by the number of people rating this excellent movie a ZERO on IMDb. WHAT?? Any part of the plot that you had a problem with does not discount the incredible commitment of every cast member and the level they perform that is FAR more realistic than any other movie or television show nowadays.
I've read people saying "the title 'War' is deceptive" - NO IT IS NOT. These people need to consider the need for BALANCE. If every scene in this movie included fights and soldiers then it would be dull, cold, ineffective - exactly what viewers DON'T want. This movie accomplished something special. It wraps up the franchise without taking anything away from the first two instalments, both of which I loved, and it sets a new challenge for Caesar in which you're once again rooting for his willpower to overcome the struggle.
I am thrilled to be part of a generation in which our young audiences have such an inspiring and loving character like Caesar to look up to. This film easily gets a perfect 10. Anything less is an insult. Powerful acting, powerful drama, and powerful conclusion to an amazing franchise that has done the legacy of PLANET OF THE APES extremely proud.
Hell House LLC (2015)
This flew under the radar but deserves so much recognition
I was flicking through the horror genre on Amazon and decided to give this a watch, never having heard of it before but immediately intrigued by the movie poster artwork that shows a photo of the 5 main cast members with distorted faces, much like the frightening photo visuals in the fantastic horror movie 'The Ring' from 2002.
I was so pleasantly surprised by how good this movie is. It's difficult to separate any of the found-footage films from each other because they all tend to follow the same route, but HELL HOUSE LLC offers some clever twists and turns, with genuine frights that don't feel cheap; the writer/ director has worked hard to keep the suspense building to the point where you're wondering when the characters are going to start figuring things out instead of taking the "ignorance is bliss" direction.
Given that it's a hand-held camera providing the visuals, I'm sure the naysayers will be sceptical of watching this type of movie because we know how camera work can be shaky and dark. Fortunately, we see clear images in the transition from found footage tapes to interviews with eyewitnesses of the scene. It was filmed in a really thoughtful and clever style, switching back and forth from past to present day - so that the viewers can figure out the mystery as the movie develops.
Much like 'The Blair Witch Project', the highlight of the movie is the performances. There are no star names in the cast but they work so hard to make you believe in the frightened reactions to the house and the tension between them all is palpable as the horror builds. I would definitely say that HELL HOUSE LLC is up there with 'TBWP' and 'As Above, So Below' as the best that the found footage genre has to offer.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
A visually stunning, yet careless adaptation of the book
I'll start by pointing out the obvious: The choice to hire Melissa Rosenberg for screenwriter of this saga was total fail. She bears no true sense of style when attempting to capture key moments between Edward and Bella. She doesn't seem to understand the true depth of their relationship. Her handling of their scenes is SO incredibly weak that it ultimately means the actors - Rob and Kristen - are left up to the task of re-establishing the connection between the characters. Moreover, she doesn't seem much interested in the Cullen family as a whole. Where was the airport scene that reunited them towards the end? Its absence made the voting scene seem like a major WTF? moment. Why was The Truth chapter scanned over as if it meant nothing? Edward's decision to leave and his suffering without Bella made total and complete sense at this point in the book, whereas in the movie, it's barely touched upon. Honestly, why did Melissa choose to tackle this story if she completely takes it for granted???
People are going to great lengths to cheer on Jacob Black after watching the movie. Ironic, given that more than half the fanbase previously stated their HATRED for New Moon and their complete boredom of it, especially with the middle part where you learn more about the werewolf aspect of the story. Let me guess ... Taylor Lautner's buffed-up body have anything to do with this newfound love you have for the guy? Oh please, save yourself time and just own up to it. The first shirtless scene he had included most of the back of the theatre getting all hot for him. Made me wanna shout out "HOW GROSS! HE'S UNDER-AGE, REMEMBER?" but why bother when apparently, a character's strength is determined by how he looks. Too bad, given that the character I'm familiar with in the books is immature/temperamental/self-serving (etc) but Melissa conveniently chose to give him more depth and show his innocent/loyal side. Why?? Oh yeah *eyeroll* -
The Love Triangle. Or more to the point - THE LOVE TRIANGLE THAT WASN'T IN THE BOOK BUT APPARENTLY EXISTS IN THE MOVIE FOR THE SAKE OF APPEALING TO A WIDER AUDIENCE AND GIVING TAYLOR A REASON TO JUSTIFY HIS CONSTANT HALF-NAKEDNESS. Anyone who knows anything about these books will recall New Moon being a Romeo and Juliet-based story, focusing on Bella's depression over her true love's departure and months later having her spirits lifted by 16 year-old Jacob who becomes her best friend. Does he want more? He's a teenage guy, of course he does. Does she? No, she wants Edward. Take note: Melissa's the one who invented this whole "dreamcatcher" thing. It WASN'T in the book. She created it to get you invested in the idea of a possible J/B romance. She went above and beyond to develop Jacob and Bella's bond in this movie when she did no such thing for Edward and Bella in the first movie. Shouldn't time be better spent on including moments that remind the audience why they should be MISSING EDWARD like they did whilst reading the book?? Sad considering Robert Pattinson is by far the superior actor of the 2 guys, playing Edward with deep intensity and subtle charm.
Taylor Lautner only shines in the earlier scenes. When his character is forced to transform beyond the boyish stage into a vicious werewolf, his amateur acting skills fail him. This guy can't pull off a look or line of intensity without making you cringe for him. And to top it off, JACOB IS A CARBON-COPY OF EDWARD. Read between the lines to see how much he reflects him: Sees girl, spends time with girl, wants girl, can't have girl, struggling with inner demons around girl, can't lose control with girl... Catch my drift??? There's nothing original about Jacob Black. Sure, he's more easy-going and carefree. But he hasn't had to live through what Edward has. He hasn't found his soulmate in Bella like Edward has.
Kristen Stewart gives a fair performance, particularly shining in the depression-related scenes. You actually feel her yearning for Edward through the way Kristen sells the character. This is her I'm crediting, not Melissa. You completely buy into her still loving Edward during Jacob's many advances, again thanks to Kristen's telling performance. Her and Robert together just sell it, plainly and simply. Yes, they have chemistry. (Still.) Yes, you should still be feeling that Bella belongs with Edward when you walk out of the movie. If not, then why bother watching the rest of the movies?
On the plus side, I'll give props to Michael Sheen, Edi Gathegi and Michael Welch as charismatic supporting actors. Sorry to say, the guys playing wolves with the exception of Chaske Spencer are one-dimensional and at one point, sit around a table doing nothing except being shirtless. They serve no real purpose when not in wolf form. The journey to Volterra fills you with the exhilaration that you just didn't feel throughout the rest of the movie. Also, the references to the Meadow are beautifully constructed, with a romantic score to fulfil that sense of longing for Edward and Bella to be united again.
The movie's biggest weaknesses? Script doesn't serve justice to the book. ~ Perhaps more voiceovers would have helped this, who knows. And from a marketing point of view, allowing the story to be a simple overkill of "will teen girl end up with vampire or werewolf?" makes it seem cheap and takes away from what made Twilight a hit in the first place.
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)
Loved this show, but the ending wasn't satisfying
Beverly Hills 90210 was one of those shows you look back on knowing it defined its era. Along with shows like Saved by the Bell and Dawson's Creek, 90210 was one of THE 90s shows. It had an amazing ensemble cast, the music was great, it was generally fun to watch.
However, many people say the downpoint was when Shannon Doherty departed, but for me, the real loss was Jason Priestley's Season 9 departure. As Brandon Walsh, Jason was central to the show. A lot of things revolved around him, and he played as amazing a guy as he was a sexy teen idol of his time. Seasons 4-7 were amazing because it was the time when Brandon and Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) were romantically involved, and continued to love each other whether they were dating or seeing other people. I will forever disrespect the writers for what they do to Kelly/Brandon in Season 8. The whole calling off the wedding at the last minute when they were clearly meant to be together was pathetic and a huge letdown to fans who not only followed the show but followed their relationship through its ups and downs.
And worse still - now I haven't seen all of Seasons 9-10 because I couldn't bear it knowing Jason wouldn't be in it, but I know Luke Perry returned as Dylan McKay. And personally I never really loved the guy anyway, even though he had a huge fanbase. He was great... with Brenda, Brandon's sister, played by Shannen Doherty. But having him get back together with Kelly after all those years and after she had chosen Brandon over him for real in Season 7? This really is taking the fans for granted. And the characters, too. Because I don't believe Dylan was the love of Kelly's life at all, it was Brandon. And the only way I can make myself feel better about this is just by knowing had Jason returned for the finale, Brandon and Kelly would have been endgame.
So, unforgettable show it was, exciting and cool show it certainly was, but the way it ends? I'd rather forget. There are only two characters who end together like they should, David and Donna. And they didn't mean as much to me so that doesn't make the finale any easier for me to watch.
The Notebook (2004)
'The Notebook' is, quite simply, a truly beautiful love story. More convincing than 'Titanic's' romance
Three quarters of the movie shows the relationship between young lovers Noah and Allie, played truthfully by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, who generate sizzling chemistry and share a romance ten times more beautiful, believable and fulfilling than Jack and Rose in 'Titanic'. When drawing comparisons, you always sensed that the tragedy of the ship sinking would tear Jack and Rose apart forever, whereas in this movie, every moment Noah and Allie are not together, you long for them to be and know deep down they will be again. Also unlike Titanic, The Notebook focuses solely on their unconditional and passionate love and isn't overshadowing any other story going on in it. This makes you root for the lovers to be together even more.
Even though you hate to admit it, you end up not completely hating the two main obstacles in the way of them continuing their relationship. Firstly, there is Allie's mother, Anne, played with a strong sincerity by Joan Allen. At the beginning, her ranting about the 'unsuited' couple makes you assume she genuinely just looks down on Noah because he's not good enough, however by the end of the movie, the audience learns there is more to her objection than she initially shows. Secondly, there is Allie's fiancée Lon, whom she has met 7 years after her break-up with Noah. Now because he is played so sympathetically by handsome actor James Marsden, when Allie is left to make her decision between the two guys, you end up feeling sorry for him because he seems genuinely in love with her despite knowing she spent a weekend with Noah. Nevertheless, you never get the sense of him being her soul-mate, at all. In spite of his love for her, he just always strikes you as the guy who the girl's parents approve of and is very wealthy. Whereas in the first half of the movie, you're desperate for her to stay with Noah because they learn a lot from each other, can be free when together and she continues to love him despite parental objections. Moreover, considering Allie's unfaithfulness when she visits Noah, she's lucky that Lon expresses any sort of loving feeling for her at all after he finds out.
James Marsden didn't get a lot of screen time but still made a decent subtle impact when he had the chance, although like I pointed out before, Lon's love for Allie doesn't compare to Noah's and Noah does so many things throughout the movie to prove the depth of his feelings. Sam Shepard brings some comic relief into the role of Noah's father and David Thornton has a very limited role as Allie's father but still impresses and doesn't play the character with straightforward hatred towards Noah. A special mention goes to Gena Rowlands (the director's mother) and James Garner who star as the older Allie and Noah, and generally act in the scenes where you need to reach for the tissues the most. My only concern is that neither one, James in particular, struck me as an older version of Rachel and Ryan! But their heartbreaking portrayals overshadowed this problem.
And last of all, the best thing about this movie is the undeniable chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. I mean seriously, they weren't even dating until the year after they made the movie, but their moments together felt so natural that I actually believed it was the actors falling in love, not just the characters. Ryan does a complete turnaround from his sinister brilliance in 'Murder by Numbers' and is flawless playing the devoted guy who wins the girl's heart. You would seriously think he'd played romantic leads beforehand, he is such a gentleman in this movie and very sexy, so it's not hard to believe that a lot of girls along with Allie fell in love with him watching him in this movie. Rachel brings a stunning beauty to the screen and like Ryan, pulls off changing from a sweet lovelorn teenager to an older, more serious person. Memorable scenes are the ones showing Noah and Allie dating through the summer and they can't keep away from each other, and of course the scene in the rain set seven years later.
To sum up, there is amazing acting from everyone, stunning cinematography, a heartbreaking developing story and two very gorgeous leads playing an unforgettable movie couple - perhaps the best couple ever screened. I was impressed, and hopefully you will be too! A can't stop watching the DVD it is that amazing!
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Mandy and Shane should do more movies together
I didn't watch A Walk To Remember for a long time, because I didn't expect it to be any different from just about every other soppy teen love story there is out there. But needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when I eventually did. And it was mainly due to the on-screen chemistry between the two leads, Jamie (Mandy Moore) and Landon (Shane West). Whoever wasn't impressed with their performances must be mad, because they neither overplayed nor underplayed with the complexity of emotions they had to express throughout the movie.
Shane was believable as the bad-turned-good guy Landon, a guy who felt like no one believed in him until Jamie came along. She turns his life around and getting to know her makes him want to change himself. All due to Shane's performance, you're right there with the character along for the journey as he falls in love with a girl who once seemed to be his total opposite - and out of his league. Moreover I'd like to commend Mandy for her role as Jamie, a kind-hearted and faith-filled studious girl with a heartbreaking secret. As a pop singer first and foremost, Mandy will no doubt be judged by critics for her supposed failure to bring anything new to the screen as an actress (understandably I guess, given Britney tried once and as far as I know hasn't since). But Mandy gives brings an undeniable screen presence, along with her beautiful singing voice and it's fair to say she has the most challenging role, what with having to go from a school tutor to a lovelorn teenager to a sick patient within an hour. Together Shane and Mandy create sparks on-screen and it's lovely to watch their journey together as their characters embark on marriage.
Any One Tree Hill viewers will no doubt see the similarity between Landon and Jamie's romance with Nathan and Haley Scott's. Personally I think the story has been copied way too much for the show and Landon/Jamie is much more effective in the long-term. Not to mention 'Dare You To Move' was not originally Naley's song!! Overall, a feel-good movie with lots of drama and at times, really tugs at your heartstrings. There's also a lovely song half way through the movie, 'Only Hope', sung by Mandy, which I'm sure will capture the audience's attention.
Dawson's Creek (1998)
Drama-filled show, the best one around before one tree hill
Speaking as a committed Dawson-Joey shipper, if Joey had picked Dawson and not Pacey, I may have given it a 10! Well a 9, anyway My favourite character is Jack, who enters the show in the second season with his sister, Andie. He's most remembered as the guy who turned out to be gay after stealing Joey from Dawson! Kerr Smith is one of the show's most strongest actors and shows real emotions playing this character, particularly in seasons 2 and 3 The show centres on a group of friends, but at the heart of the show is two lifelong friends/soulmates who live down the Creek from each other who have a very complicated relationship after developing feelings for each other in their teens Pacey is the funniest character, although is much more serious in the later seasons as he gets involved in serious romances. He's Dawson's best friend and is good to have around to make the worst situations rather humorous. Season 3 is the first big dramatic season as a pivotal love triangle develops between the main characters Dawson as the main character is the dreamer, although he really proves himself in the later seasons and ends up fulfilling his dream. The one thing that doesn't work out for him is his romance with his true love, who ends the series staying the closest of friends This show was brilliant, although in my opinion, the first two seasons were the best as I didn't like the relationship alterations after that. I'd recommend it to teens especially
Saved by the Bell (1989)
I grew up watching this show, never missing an episode
Seriously, Saved by the Bell was always airing when I got home from school during the 90s and I couldn't bear to miss it. The show was based on one group on the whole, comprised of close friends - Zack, Kelly, Jessie, Slater, Lisa and Screech. Everyone has a favourite guy or girl and I had the biggest crush on Zack! Whilst Kelly & Lisa were the popular girls. Zack & Kelly in the end proved that they were meant to be, going from school sweethearts to declaring their vows to each other. Their long-term romance kept viewers in suspense and it was definitely the main reason I watched the show. I will own the DVD set soon and I can't wait. The best show of the 90s
Underrated when compared to other Soaps
Currently, Hollyoaks is my favourite Soap. It's the one I never miss during weekdays In fact, it's been my favourite for quite a few years now, given that Eastenders has certainly suffered a great 21st century downfall The viewers' ratings for this Soap always suffer in comparison to the universally watched Soaps (Eastenders, Coronation St), much to do with the fact that Channel 4 suffers in comparison to BBC1 and ITV Nevertheless, I would say it is the most realistic of all the Soaps, and doesn't overstretch the boundaries in storytelling. In fact it is more in touch with human nature than all the other soaps, relating its plots to real teenage problems and even parental problems Moreover, it doesn't need to bring a character back from the dead to boost ratings; and most of the families are central to the main plots so you become familiar with them My current favourite characters are Louise, Warren, Carmel, Tony, John-Paul and Jacqui, all of whom are very much involved in the current gripping episodes I would recommend this Soap to both genders and to people in their teens and above, however the Late Night Specials include more adulterated content
Underworld is everything it should be - Gothic, violent, scary, sexy
I give a lot of credit to Kate Beckinsale because she picks some very memorable and yet critical roles to play, which moreso than never she tends to pull off well. Her role as Selene in Underworld makes no exception - she really is quite amazing as the dark, brave, independent female vampire. As the protagonist, Kate plays a much better part than Angelina did in Tomb Raider, because it's more serious and in many ways more believable Given I don't think Underworld adds up to the brilliance of other horror movies like 28 Days Later (which REALLY scared me) and Interview with the Vampire, it's not that far behind. I agree with a lot of people who have said that it's better than Van Helsing. Mainly because Jackman was the only reason I watched that film and Beckinsale's accent was too much to bear in it. Underworld is a refreshing change and is quite a shocker, with some gruesome scenes. Beckinsale has chemistry with co-lead star Scott Speedman, and the Selene-Michael romance is clearly set to develop in the sequel. The whole vampire and werewolf falling in love thing is actually intriguing to watch.
The eye candy's certainly not bad - for the women who are interested, Speedman and Shane Brolly who plays bad guy Kraven are more than a treat. Kraven certainly has his moments where he plays the jealous lover card, when he sees Michael with Selene.
Overall, I thought it was a great movie, and I'll definitely be watching the sequel. I disregard all the negative comments because they don't fit with my opinion of the film. I've always loved Vampire movies and so this one was a treat
One Tree Hill (2003)
21st century follow-up to Dawson's Creek - with hotter guys
When I first caught a glimpse of this show, I didn't think much of it - because I didn't expect to. I just figured it was another O.C.-esquire show. That was before I really got to know it and figured that there was more to the heart of this show than showing the high-life of being an American teenager and living the dream. It's about love - love of basketball, love of families, love of friends, love of lovers, love of life.
It's all focused on the once-hatred-now-respect situation between Lucas and Nathan Scott, two brothers who never grew up together and who had just two things in common, which was the same dad and a shared love for basketball. It's clear they were both born for the game and have equal potential. For most of the first season, however, the plot centres on Nathan's determination to hold onto his spot as Tree Hill Ravens basketball star by doing everything he can to keep Lucas off the team. Their history doesn't bode well and the whole town is aware of the situation - Lucas is three months older, having been born to Karen, the woman who Dan Scott loved first and left to marry Deb who is Nathan's mother. The tension between the families plays out until this day and perhaps may never be resolved. The Scott family trauma makes for some fantastic viewing and no matter what, Dan always seems to come out of it looking like the bad guy.
Romances rarely go smoothly in Tree Hill and for the most part, unless you're a lover of the Naley romance, you end at least one season disappointed that the romance you were rooting for ended badly. Peyton, who was at first Nathan's girl and the object of Lucas' affection, quickly became part of a love triangle when she got in the way of the budding romance between Lucas and her best friend Brooke. Many fans argue that Peyton and Lucas (Leyton) shared 'the spark' first, whereas others remain firm that Brooke was Lucas' (Brucas)destiny. I, for one, admit to being a firm Brucas shipper, not Leyton. Brucas, particularly by the season two finale, rang truer as defining the concept of 'true love' as Lucas fought hard to be with Brooke, who had always been insecure about their relationship after their split over Peyton first time round. She let her guard down and consequently got her heart broken. The Peyton-Lucas-Brooke triangle seems destined to go on until the show's end, but in our heart of hearts we all know who he'll end up with (like Dawson Creek's finale, however, we'll all have different theories of who that person should be). Naley comprises Nathan and Haley, the least complicated of all the show's romances (if you don't add the troubles of season 2 into the mix). Tutor girl fell for hotshot school hunk, he was scared to admit he had for her in front of his friends. By the end of season 1 they had (shock horror) married at 16 and this sparked off troubles as Haley's love for singing convinced her to go on tour and make it big, leaving Nathan behind. Like all examples of redefining true love, she returned, they found love once more, and all was well (pretty much). 88% of fans want Haley to go on forever. I'm guessing that as long as the show lasts, Naley will too, no matter how unbelievable it sometimes seems.
In a summary, romances play a big part in the show. But each character has something unique. Lucas = narrator of the show/central love of the female lives, Nathan = talented player/caring husband, Brooke = fashion lover/independence seeker, Haley = educated student tutor/Lucas' soulmate, Peyton = lonely artist/reserved love for Lucas and ex Jake. Questions still remain on fans' lips - will Nathan carry on basketball now that he is building a life with Haley? Will Dan and Karen ever get back together? Can Peyton and Brooke ever go back to being true best friends? Will Jake return? Will Keith's murder be overlooked? Will Mouth find the love of his life? Has Lucas got it in him to decide which girl is for him once and for all? As long as One Tree Hill stands, these questions will continue in their own right.
A truly spectacular and inspiring show, in which Lucas gives a moral or words of wisdom in every episode
Now and Then (1995)
a fresh, feel-good and fun movie, focusing on lives of typically emotional teens
Roberta (Rosie O'Donnell), Samantha (Demi Moore) and Teeny (Melanie Griffith) and Chrissy (Rita Wilson) all made a promise to each other twenty years ago that they would forever remain soul mates and reunite when one of them was in need. Now, Chrissy is about to give birth and that time has come. Cue back Then to the Summer of 1970, to four friends having the time of their lives as well as going through experiences of their own...
In all honesty, Rosie, Demi, Melanie and Rita are rarely in the movie - they are shown at the beginning and nearer to the end. Although when they are shown, they seem to share great chemistry and play the roles of the older version of the four lifelong friends well. Demi's role is particularly memorable, because as Sam, she is the storyteller throughout the movie. Onto the younger cast - which adds up to being generally faultless. Christina Ricci excels as tomboyish Roberta, Thora Birch inspires confidence as wannabe superstar Teeny, Gaby Hoffman pulls it off as emotion-filled Samantha and Ashleigh Aston Moore is considerably funny as highly-strung Chrissy. You cannot go wrong with a cast such as this one, because the chemistry between the girls and the effort put into their performances is more than obvious.
What I like about this movie is that the true life of a teenager is shown from both sides of the picture. For instance, one scene with the girls riding their bikes as they are singing along to the song 'knock three times...' is shortly followed by another scene in which Roberta is faking her own death, not just as a way to seek attention but as a way to deal with her own pain because her mother was killed. The emotional trauma of this subject strongly contrast with the high amount of fun being had by the girls as a group. Together, they are strongest. They don't have to deal with their issues alone and as we learn from Sam as the storyteller, each girl is going through a hard time. Not to mention being targeted by the Wormer boys on the street with jello balloons...
I'd give this great movie 9/10 because my only criticism is that Roberta's growing romance with Scott isn't developed further. Otherwise, I'd recommend this to anyone who wants their spirits uplifted and wants to sing along to a highly charged 70s soundtrack, with the songs used cleverly in the movie in scenes with the four friends together - showing that girls really do just wanna have fun. Devon Sawa plays Scott Wormer, coincidentally playing the love interest of Ricci's character just like he did in Casper; so all the girls out there can feel free to swoon over him. Oh, and watch out for cameos by Hank Azaria, Bonnie Hunt and Brendan Fraser. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did
The Prestige (2006)
The movie of the year - just make sure you're watching closely
Nolan film, check. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are the two main stars, check. A fantastic supporting cast, check. A gripping plot and subplots, check check. A worthwhile two hours, check. What more do you need?
Borden (Bale) and Angier (Jackman), two appealing magicians with so much potential, begin with a respectful and trustworthy friendship and end with feelings of mutual hatred and competitive streaks. Their aim to out-perform one another ends in occurrences of violence, conflict and tragedy. You see to the full extent how people are capable of abusing their own power for selfish gain and how extreme the effects can be on the people themselves and on those around them.
**MAJOR SPOILERS** The love interests, Olivia (Scarlett Johansson), Sarah (Rebecca Hall) and Julia (Piper Perabo) all stand at the heart of the magicians' competition and exploitation. Angier's need for revenge on Borden for the death of his wife involves him using new assistant Olivia as a way to discover Borden's latest and most genius trick which involves opening one door and coming out another. However, what he doesn't expect is Olivia falling out of love with him and in love with his sworn enemy, Borden. What this foreshadows is the tragic death of Borden's wife Sarah, who believed him to have had an affair with Olivia and loved magic more than her, when in fact there had been two Bordens all along - one loving one woman and one loving the other. Angier believes he has won - he has stolen Borden's daughter and put the wheels in motion for him to be hanged - but what he doesn't embark upon is that there is another Borden, the one who loved Sarah, still around and who ends up killing Angier. Of course, nothing is as it seems and the story doesn't end there - there are plenty more Angiers to go around... **END MAJOR SPOILERS**
I'd seriously advise many people to see this movie more than once, it really is that superb. However, there are some scenes of violence and the mood is very dark overall so I wouldn't recommend it to children below 14. Nolan, Bale and Jackman fans in particular won't be disappointed as this film marks what is possibly their greatest talents and performances so far. Michael Caine plays the stereotypical sidekick always around for advice and yet pulls the part off as usual, with Scarlett Johansson making the best of what she can out of being the shared love between the two protagonists. Watch out for memorable appearances by Andy Serkis (who never disappoints) and David Bowie who is surprisingly good in his role.
I give this movie 10/10 without a doubt. Arguably the plot goings-on are complicated but if anyone expected different, then they're missing the whole point of the The Prestige. Are you watching closely, asks Borden? I was. And I loved every minute.
A Whole New World indeed!
I loved this movie, not only is it my favourite Disney film but it is one of my fave films altogether.
The setting (Agrabah) is beautiful and the characters are a joy to watch and listen to. Within five minutes you become gripped and long to see more There are some equally joyous and poignant moments in the film that determine the ups and downs of Aladdin's journey from a poor street rat to a romantic lover. You feel personally involved with the main characters (Aladdin and Jasmine in particular) when they go through their complex emotions, but also the Genie, who longs for freedom The songs are fantastic, whether you seek tradition ('Arabian Nights') or romance ('A Whole New World').
Spectacular fun for the whole family, not to be missed!
The most unforgettable US sitcom of all time
Gosh, if I had friends like the six friends in this series, my life would definitely amount to something! The show has changed my whole outlook on life. You need friends, they are a necessity, yet friends like Joey, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Ross and Phoebe are hard to find. They all relied on each other for love and support, yet were unique and independent. Isn't that something that we all yearn for? And how often do you find yourself falling in love with your best friend's brother like Rachel did with Ross? Strange, but it worked. Although personally, I thought Rachel and Chandler would have potentially made an intriguing couple but hey, that's just me.
Who can forget Joey going commando? Ross and Rachel 'taking a break'? Chandler's inability to 'grow up' or 'commit'? Monica's cleaning obsession? Ross' insistence that he gave up a career in basketball to become a paleontologist? The game that won the guys the girls' apartment? Phoebe's songs? Ross and Rachel marrying in Vegas / having a baby / finding other potential lovers / finally reuniting? And pretty much everything else that involved the friends 'being there for each other'? Well, the events, lives, loves and losses of all ten seasons will stay with me forever, right from the Pilot to the Last One. They WERE there for us and boy were we lucky. Pure entertainment and pure television genius that will go down in history.
Depp made this movie, with a little help from his friends
Johnny Depp is truly an acting legend of recent years. This film is proof of it. He is always very considerate of what roles he takes on and is usually a totally different character in each of them.
Jack Sparrow is no exception. He is absolutely hilarious, as is his accent which does ring true; plus his friendship with Orlando Bloom's character Will Turner also rings true. There is chemistry between Depp and whomever he shares dialogue with because he is central to the whole movie - thankfully. Depp is my all-time favourite actor, I think he is so much more talented than he gives himself credit for. Bloom and Keira Knightley form the romance, which expected in all modern movies so I can't complain because the acting is great all round. Another talented actor who proves himself in this movie is Geoffrey Rush. Like Depp he brings charisma and comedy to the role, as well as threat. Barbosa is a character you love to hate (because of how he treats Sparrow as you will see for yourself and what we learn from their history).
Jack Sparrow's drunkenness will have you splitting your sides with laughter, believe me. If not then you can't possibly be viewing the same movie. 'Yo ho a pirate's life for me' was sang by Depp and Knightley who are rightfully paired by a campfire in one scene. There is a spark but the romance is firmly between Will and Elizabeth (Knightley). A great movie I would definitely recommend for anyone over the age of 12 who loves a good action movie mixed with comedy, romance and the talent of Johnny Depp! I give it full marks
Pearl Harbor (2001)
No one said it would be JUST Pearl Harbor...
As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing wrong with a portrayal of a usual romance where two people who fall in love near the beginning of the movie are destined to end up together by the end. Anyone arguing with this is either irritated by the film not just focusing on the war of that day, hates Ben or Kate or Josh, or hates the love triangle as opposed to what it should have only been and that is a two way romance between Ben and Kate. It got ridiculous once the writers brought the idea of a baby and a best friend rivalry thing into the mix.
I haven't taken into account one thing said by bad reviews. I saw the movie at the cinema with friends and now own it because I loved it and still do. The war scenes are effective and emotional as they should be. There's no argument that Michael Bay should have focused only on the events of that day because he shouldn't - the lives of the main characters should have been and were covered as well. War romances were typical of those days so I don't see the whole big fuss about it. Ben and Kate do have chemistry in my view, although I'm not sure about Josh and Kate. Ben and Josh are great as Rafe and Danny, two lifelong best friends who are involved in the events of that tragic day and ultimately become heroes in the film. A special mention should go to the soundtrack of the film because that was spectacular and composed by Hans Zimmer who also did the music for Batman Begins. The music for the love story is particularly well-crafted.
Overall I gave it full marks because I loved the movie, the soundtrack and the actors. Ben Affleck was the star of the movie, no matter what anyone else says about his acting.
A brilliant musical with all the charm and charisma you need from a gentleman
Before I saw this movie, I would have rated either West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music as my three favourite musicals. The brilliant Russ Tamblyn excels as Riff in West Side Story, Gerard Butler is hauntingly sexy as the Phantom and Julie Andrews sparkles as Maria who is destined to become Mrs Von Trapp. However, destiny brought me to Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and never before have I been so mesmerised and thrilled by an all-singing, all-dancing musical with a gripping underlying plot line. By the end I was thrilled as the brothers and the loves of their lives were happily united; who nowadays wouldn't want to be courted in the same way by a handsome young gentleman? I'm not sure it would even be possible anymore. Howard Keel and Jane Powell shine as on-screen husband and wife, with Adam's six brothers not far behind, all of whom were christened with first names from the Bible except Frank(incense - as he hates to be called!) Tommy Rall who plays him is truly an exceptional dancer who dares to act out fabulous stunts in the barn dance scene. Any girls looking for eye candy in my view should look towards Tommy Rall and Benjamin (Jeff Richards), but my personal favourite would have to be fabulous New York ballet dancer Jacques D'Amboise who played Ephraim. He was gorgeous and had a smile that made me go weak at the knees! Overall, I insist you buy or at least view this movie - fun for the whole family and seven gorgeous charismatic brothers to drool over!
Waterloo Road: Episode #1.2 (2006)
a brilliant TV show about the realities of local school life
I happen to live in a town that is very nearby to the area where 'Waterloo Road' is set and made, thus I can relate to knowing and agreeing how realistic this show really is. Some critics who are opposed to how the TV drama has been made and shown to be are obviously not aware to the full extent of how local comprehensive northern secondary schools are actually composed and what the lessons, pupils or even teachers are truly like. Familiar issues such as homophobia, racism and bullying have been tackled extremely well and it is all thanks to the knowledgeable writers (of another hit TV show 'Footballers' Wives') and of course the actors involved. The cast are brilliant (particularly Jason Merrells as the irresistible and authoritative head teacher) and the plot lines are gripping. Well done to the BBC for making another top-notch drama and I cannot wait for the next series to air.