Saturday, 22 August 2009

Jaws 4 The Revenge


(15)

Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary) still lives in the island resort town of Amity, and her sons Sean (Mitchell Anderson) and Michael (Lance Guest) don't work at Sea World anymore, and some time ago, Ellen's husband Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) died of a heart attack that happened because he was afraid of sharks. Sean is now a deputy in Amity. One night, during the Christmas season, Sean is called to untangle a log from a buoy, and when Sean goes to the buoy, he's killed by a great white shark. After hearing about this, Michael, who is studying to be a marine biologist, visits Amity with his wife Carla (Karen Young) and his 5-year-old daughter Thea (Judith Barsi). Wanting to get away from Amity and spend Christmas with Michael, Carla, and Thea, Ellen goes with them to their house in the Bahamas on an airplane whose pilot is Hoagie Newcombe, and Hoagie starts falling for Ellen. Michael's friend Jake, who is also studying to be a marine biologist, lives next door to Michael. Sometime later, while Michael and Jake (Mario Van Peebles) are out at sea, their boat is attacked by the shark that killed Sean. Michael and Jake try to tag the shark so they can keep track of it. Sometime later, while Thea and some of her friends are on a banana boat, a yellow boat shaped like a banana, the shark attacks the banana boat and kills a woman, leaving Thea in shock, but it looks like Thea will be okay. Carla is mad at Michael for not telling her that the shark is in the waters of the Bahamas. Michael and Jake didn't mention the shark, because they didn't want to upset Ellen and mess up her visit. Ellen believes that the shark is after her family and that it was trying to kill Thea instead of the woman it killed, so Ellen takes Michael's boat out to sea on a single-minded mission to find the shark and kill it while Michael, Hoagie, and Jake try to find Ellen because they're afraid the shark will kill Ellen before Ellen can kill the shark.

Michael Caine, Lynn Whitfield, Cedric Scott, Charles Bowleg, Mary Smith.

I love most of the Jaws movies, but this one was the worst. I keep asking myself why did they have to make it. I would recommend that you give this one a miss, and don't waste your time with. Stick to the first 3 and you can't go wrong!!!

Jaws 3


(12)

Michael Brody (Dennis Quaid) and Sean Brody (John Putch), the sons of former Amity police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), work at Florida's Sea World, a seaside park run by Calvin Bouchard (Louis Gossett Jr). Sean befriends Kelly Ann Bukowski (Lea Thompson), and Michael's girlfriend Kathryn Morgan (Bess Armstrong) is Sea World's head scientist who always works with Sea World's dolphins Cindy and Sandy. In its man-made lagoon, about 40 feet under the water, Sea World opens the Undersea Kingdom, a new set of underwater glass tunnels that have their own control room, and Calvin's friend Philip FitzRoyce (Simon MacCorkindale) is there to do some filming. When Sea World diver Shelby Overman (Harry Grant) vanishes, everyone is worried. Michael and Kathryn head into the water, where they find a baby great white shark and decide to bring it to Sea World to put it on display, but at Sea World, the baby shark dies. When Overman's body is found, Michael vomits when he sees it. Kathryn looks at the body and knows that the baby shark could not have been the shark that killed Overman, because the baby shark's bite radius is too small its 35-foot-long mother killed Overman. When Kathryn and Michael tell Calvin and Philip about the shark, they all try to evacuate the park, including the park's beach, as they try their best to protect Sea World's visitors from the shark.

The special effects for this movie are woefully bad, every scene with the main shark in it is just the same shot at different angles and looks plastic. The plot is predictable and the acting is worse than horrific, give this a huge bodyswerve.

Jaws 2


(PG)

The small island resort town of Amity is trying to bounce back from the financial problems it had after becoming known as the site of shark attacks four years ago. Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) is welcoming developer Len Peterson (Joseph Mascolo) and his new resort to Amity. Two scuba divers are exploring the area where the Orca sank after police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) killed a huge shark four years ago. A shark shows up and kills the two divers, but not before one of the divers takes a close-up picture of the shark's eye, and sometime later, while a mother is driving a boat that's pulling her water-skiing teenage daughter, the shark kills the daughter and causes the mother to accidentally blow up the boat, then a killer whale is found on the shore with a huge bite on it. After Brody sees this, he knows there's another huge great white shark in Amity's waters, but Vaughn and Peterson explain these attacks away as non-shark accidents, because the thought of another shark in Amity's waters would drive tourists away from the new resort and cause the new resort to lose money. It looks like Vaughn is still a mayor who puts money ahead of people's lives. Brody tips his gun's hollow point bullets with cyanide and melted candle wax and tells his sons Michael (Mark Gruner) and Sean (Marc Gilpin) to stay away from the beaches and tells them to not go sailing with Mike's friends, who include Vaughn's son Larry Vaughn Jr. Everyone thinks Brody's fears are shark trauma-induced paranoia. Brody even tries to call his friend Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), who is doing research on a boat in the Antarctic Circle, and Matt will be in the Antarctic Circle for a few more months. While keeping an eye on the waters from the beach's shark tower, Brody sees a huge dark spot in the water and rings the tower's alarm bell, but it turns out to be a school of bluefish. Vaughn fires Brody for causing this panic at the beach and scaring tourists and their money away, and even though they were told not to, Michael and Sean go out sailing with Junior Vaughn (David Elliott) and their friends, unaware that the shark is trailing them. Brody knows it's up to him to find them before the shark kills too many of them.

A fairly decent movie with some genuinely gripping action sequences. Some excellent suspense builders, notably the teenagers hanging out in the harbour and the desperate swim by Eddie for the safety of his dingy. As in the original, the soundtrack adds to the suspense.

Jaws


(PG)

Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) is the new police chief of Amity, an island resort town somewhere in New England. He has a wife named Ellen (Lorraine Gary), and two sons named Michael (Chris Rebello) and Sean (Jay Mello). On a Summer morning, Brody is called to the beach, where the mangled body of Summer vacationer Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie) has washed ashore. The medical examiner tells Brody that it could have been a shark that killed Watkins. Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), who is desperate to not lose the money that will be brought in by 4th of July tourists, wants Brody to say Watkins's death was caused by a motorboat propeller instead of a shark, because the thought of a shark in Amity's waters would drive tourists away from Amity. It looks like Vaughn is a mayor who puts money ahead of people's lives. Shark expert Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) believes Watkins was killed by a shark. Hooper is proven right a few days later, when Alex Kintner (Jeffrey Voorhees) is killed by the shark that killed Watkins. Looking for the quickest solution, Vaughn tells all of the local fishermen to let him know if they see the shark. A shark hunter named Quint offers to find the shark and kill it, but Vaughn thinks Quint's (Robert Shaw) price of $10,000 is too high. When a tiger shark is killed and hauled in by a couple of boaters, Vaughn hastily says that the shark crisis is over, but Hooper says the shark that's been killing people a huge great white shark is still in Amity's waters, but Vaughn leaves the beaches opened because all he cares about is the 4th of July tourist money. On the 4th of July, Vaughn encourages people to swim at the beach, and Hooper is proven right again when the shark kills a man, biting the man's leg off. Michael, who was in the water at the time of the attack, is taken to the hospital, where he's treated for shock after watching the shark kill the guy. Brody asks Vaughn to hire Quint to find the shark. Because his own kids were at that beach too, Vaughn agrees to hire Quint to find the shark. Quint, Hooper, and Brody are sent out to sea in Quint's boat, the Orca, ready to do whatever it takes to find the shark.

Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Kramer, Jonathan Filley, Ted Grossman, Lee Fierro, Craig Kingsbury.

This movie is the monster of all movies, it had generations afraid to go in the water. This is the best shark movie you will ever see. Its an excellant movie worth watching.

Hannibal Rising


(18)

Mischa (Helena-Lia Tachovska) and Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel), baby brother and sister, are inseparable; it is their love for each other that ties their bond. Their companionship is forever binding, until, with their family, while hiding from the Nazi war machine a twisted set of circumstance sets the pace for a most vicious attack on the future of one Hannibal Lecter for the sworn vengeance for the brutal killing of his baby sister. Years later, we find Hannibal, the teenager, setting up in Paris, and living with his aunt Lady Murasaki Shikibu (Li Gong) and studying at medical school here he finds his forte. Still searching for his sister's murderers, still bitter and still ever hopeful of satisfying his desire for retribution. This chance arrives, and soon we are to learn that for a pound of flesh lost a pound of flesh must be repaid. This is the horrific tale of justice and honor, a young man's growing pains that will have the guilty paying with more than just flesh and bone. This is the up and rising tale of the young Hannibal, prey you do not meet him, for meat you shall be to him. Taste his wroth.

Aaron Thomas, Richard Leaf, Dominic West, Rhys Ifans, Michele Wade, Richard Blake, Martin Hub, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Kevin McKidd, Joerg Stadler.

I have always loved Hannibal Lecter movie. This movie shows how and why Hannibal became a cannibal and what turns a small loving boy into a monster he became.
If you love horror movies/thriller will love this!!!

Hannibal


(18)
After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal (Anthony Hopkins) peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he is discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns back to America to once again make contact with now disgraced Agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) who is suffering the wrath of a malicious FBI official/rival as well as the media. Meanwhile, Hannibal must survive the advances by a disfigured and vengeful victim he first came in contact with years ago as a patient. He finds himself being tracked down not only by his wealthy victim and his henchmen but also by Agent Starling and the American authorities.


This movie is more about the doctor himself rather than the crime factor of the first. Julianne Moore is fantastic as Clarice not that Jodie Foster wasn't but there seem to be more chemistry between her and Lecter this time around. A really fantastic movie!!!



Silence of the Lambs


(15)

A psychopath known as Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) is kidnapping and murdering young women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the F.B.I. sends Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) to interview a demented prisoner who may provide psychological insight and clues to the killer's actions. The prisoner is psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant, murderous cannibal who will only help Starling if she feeds his morbid curiosity with details about her own complicated life. This twisted relationship forces Starling not only to confront her psychological demons, but leads her to face with a demented, heinous killer, an incarceration of evil so powerful, that she may not have the courage -- or strength -- to stop him!

Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald, Kasi Lemmons, Brooke Smith, Paul Lazar, Dan Butler, Lawrence T. Wrentz, Don Brockett, Frank Seals Jr., Stuart Rudin.

This movie has to be one of the best thrillers of all time. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins give 2 outstanding Oscar winning performances and truly deserved them both. I liked the other 2 movies but Silence Of The Lambs is without a doubt the best by far.




Red Dragon


(15)

Will Graham is an FBI agent who has an ability to get into the minds of criminals. Currently he is pursuing someone who in addition to killing people is taking parts of their body. Initially it is believed that he is collecting them but Graham believes that he is actually eating them. So he goes to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist, whom he consults with. When Lecter leaves him for moment he discovers that Lecter is the man. Lecter then tries to kill him but Graham manages to subdue him. Both men are hospitalized and when they recover Graham testifies against Lecter and Lecter is convicted. Graham would leave the FBI. A few years later Graham is approached by his former boss who wants him to help him find this guy who kills a family every full moon. Graham who is still emotionally and psychologically scarred, reluctantly agrees. When Graham hits a wall, he goes to Lecter for help and Lecter wants to play games with him.

Edward Morton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ken Leung, Tyler Patrick Jones.

A definite must for Hannibal collectors. This is an entertaining enough effort, but cashes in too strongly on The Silence of the Lambs. Hopkins is good as usual, and Edward Norton is particularly good, but the rest feels a little contrived. Still a got movie though!!

Hannibal Lecter

Red Dragon
Silence of the Lambs
Hannibal
Hannibal Rising

Gremlins

Gremlins
Gremlins 2 The New Batch

Gremlins 2 The New Batch


(12)

Here They Grow Again...

Billy (Zach Galligan) and his girlfriend Kate (Phoebe Cates) have moved to New York to work at an ultramodern skyscraper owned by a Donald Trump clone (a hilarious John Glover). Billy's furry little buddy, Gizmo the Mogwai, is captured by a mad scientist (Christopher Lee), who not only helps it multiply, but invests the nasty, scaly offspring with intelligence and the ability to talk - amongst many other imaginative abilities.

What follows is total anarchy, spoofing old movies, modern television, and the conveniences of postmodern technology

Not as good as the first, but very entertaining movie with some great gags. The brains gremlin is particularly good. Very funny!

Gremlins


(15)

When his absent-minded father gives young Billy Pelzer (Zach Galligan) a new pet, he warns him to abide by three rules. The rules get broken, of course, and the pet--a cute Mogwai named Gizmo--unwittingly gives birth to the vicious Gremlins who proceed to terrorise the town.

Hoyt Axton, John Louie, Keye Luke, Don Steele, Susan Burgess, Scott Brady, Arnie Moore, Corey Feldman, Harry Carey Jr., Phoebe Cates.

Funny, scary, moving and hugely entertaining movie. What more do you want? The puppet design and manipulation is fantastic and the superb characterization by the cast is only matched by that of the creatures themselves. Watch it and enjoy!

The Fly

The Fly
The Fly 2

The Fly 2


(18)

Seth Brundle was a renowned scientist whose warped experiments with teleportation transformed him into a man/fly hybrid called Brundle Fly. A few months after the Brundle Fly insect met its demise by his lover's, Veronica, shotgun, she dies while giving birth to their son, Martin (Eric Stoltz). Seth's corrupt employer, Bartok, adopts Martin, only so Martin can solve the new problems that the still-functioning TelePods present and to use him as a science project because of the dormant insect genes. Martin is now fully grown, even though he is five, and the fly genes begin to awaken and make him just like dear, dead dad. With the help of his girlfriend, Beth (Daphne Zuniga), they go to wherever they can find a possible cure before Bartok finds them and brings them back, but not before Martin finishes his transformation into MartinFly, the deadliest of the BrundleFly species.

Lee Richardson, Frank C. Turner, Ann Marie Lee, Gary Chalk, Saffron Henderson, Harley Cross, Matthew Moore, Rob Roy, Andrew Rhodes, Pat Bermel, William S. Taylor.

A great movie not as good as the first but still good, if you've seen the first then I recommend you watch this movie!!!

The Fly


(18)

Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) is a research scientist, employed by Bartok Sciences, who has invented "Telepods" two matter transmission pods that teleports any object through space from one "Telepod" to the other "Telepod". But, it is until Seth meets journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) who inspires Seth to correct the system, that Seth achieves successful teleportation. But something goes horribly wrong, when Seth uses himself as a guinea-pig in a matter transmission experiment, as he teleports himself, unaware his genes have been fused with a house fly that was trapped in the telepod with him. Seth, now finds himself slowly transforming into a terrifying mutant creature known as "Brundlefly" as he finds himself in a fierce battle as his mutated genes begins to take over.

John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson, George Chuvalo, Michael Copeman, David Cronenberg, Carol Lazare, Shawn Hewitt.

Great acting all around which is becoming increasing rare in the sci-fi/horror genre. Goldblum's portrayal of going from the caring inventor who only wants to do good in the world through his decent into madness as the hideous fly is flawless. Geena Davis' performance as the journalist who falls in love with Seth is also very persuasive.

The Amber Spyglass



Lyra lies sleeping in a cave near a rainbow, drugged into unconsciousness by her mother, Mrs Coulter, whose love for her daughter closely rivals her own ruthless ambition. Now, the latter threatens to overcome the former, as she strives to prevent the events which are dependent on the decisions Lyra is fated to make. Meanwhile, Will-scarred and traumatised after his last, fatal meeting with his father-seeks blindly for her, with only two of Lord Asriel's angels as companions on his dangerous search. The two are fated to meet once more, however, and begin their most treacherous journey. For Lyra owes a great debt, and she must repay it-she must rescue her friend from the Land of the Dead. Neither are prepared for the terrible sacrifice they must endure, or for the universal consequences of their actions. Lyra and Will must play their part in the war between the worlds and heaven...

This is an awe inspiring piece of fantasy literature, encapsulating every aspect that makes a good book for both adults and children; lovable characters, an exciting story line!!!

The Subtle Knife



There are worlds beyond our own - the Compass will show the way... The second novel in Philip Pullman's epic HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy. The first, NORTHERN LIGHTS, is now the stunning motion picture THE GOLDEN COMPASS, made by New Line Cinema and Scholastic Media. THE SUBTLE KNIFE brings Lyra to an eerie city where she meets a mysterious boy - a murderer. Will's fate is strangely linked with hers, and together they must find a powerful and secret object which people from many worlds would kill to possess. "A work of genius" TIME OUT

This is the second fabulously written novel in the His Dark Materials series. Overall this book was enthralling but not quite up to the standards set in the Northern Lights. It was still an excellent book though.

Northern Lights akaThe Golden Compass


There are worlds beyond our own - the Compass will show the way...The first novel in Philip Pullman's epic "His Dark Materials" trilogy is now the stunning motion picture - "The Golden Compass", made by New Line Cinema and Scholastic Media. When Lyra is given the strange and secret alethiometer, she begins an extraordinary journey that will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. The destiny that awaits her will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world..."Spellbinding writing, brilliant storytelling" - Scotsman".

Very enjoyable read, Pullman has created a world which although shares some similarities to our own, I thoroughly enjoyed exploring this world. A real great read!!!

Through the Storm



Two years of war have taken a terrible toll on Pearl Street, Liverpool. German bombs have reduced some houses to rubble and most of the inhabitants have lost friends and family. While sisters Eileen and Sheila share the anxious burden of absent husbands, the conflict for others brings excitement and freedom. Kitty Quigley, stuck at home for years with an invalid father, is forced to register for war work and is delighted to become an auxiliary nurse. And Jessica Fleming, struggling to earn a living, finds herself and friend Rita increasingly drawn to the glamour and excitement of the Yanks. Maureen Lee once again confirms her talent as a wonderfully storyteller, weaving together the lives of a Liverpool community in the Second World War.

This was was a fantastic book, you really get to know the characters and feel for them. Maureen Lee is a fantastic writer and I have read all of her books.

Laceys of Liverpool



Vivacious Alice Lacey couldn't be more different from her sister-in-law, the bitter, ambitious Cora. Alice is married to John, Cora to his hapless younger brother Billie. Both women give birth to sons on one chaotic night in 1940. It is Cora's jealousy and resentment that prompts her to swap her puny baby for Alice's beautiful son. With Alice's marriage in tatters, because the disfigured John rejects her, unable to believe that she still loves him when he looks like a monster, she borrows money from Cora in order to purchase the lease of the tiny hairdresser where she works. Alice is talented; the business thrives and a chain of salons becomes Laceys of Liverpool. The relationships between the cousins Cormac and Maurice, their parents, Alice's three girls and their eventual husbands and children, combine to give a unique picture of Liverpool in the last sixty years of the twentieth century.

I have now read all of Maureen Lee's books, and every one is fantastic. As soon as you pick the book up you forget about the outside world, because they are really hard to to put down. The stories are brilliant, you end up going through all the emotions with the characters because they are brought to life so well. Enjoy the read.

The Leaving of Liverpool



'It's not the leaving of Liverpool that's grieving me, but my darling when I think of thee...' It is a cold February night in 1925 when two teenage sisters - Mollie and Annemarie Kenny - escape from their home in a tiny Irish village. Their beloved mother has died and the girls have suffered shocking abuse at the hands of their doctor father. With sensitive, creative Annemarie so traumatised she can barely remember her name, Mollie decides they should make a new life for themselves and she takes her younger sister to Liverpool where they will board a ship to New York. There, she thinks, they will be safe. But the smallest, cruellest twist of fate conspires to separate the girls just as the boat is about to sail, leaving Mollie stranded in Liverpool and Annemarie at the mercy of strangers in America. The subsequent paths of their lives could not be more different. Annemarie discovers her future, her fortune and her raison d'etre on Broadway, while Mollie, devastated by guilt and grief at the loss of her sister, eventually carves out a life of family, hearth and home in Liverpool, a city of warmth and humour that she grows to love.As the 1920s make way for the Depression and the edgy 1930s, the spectre of another war looms. The Second World War will separate many more people from their loved ones, but, as Mollie sees in the cheerful, stoical camaraderie of blitzed Liverpool, it can also bring people together...

Another great Maureen Lee. Be prepared to be drawn into the story, the characters and their lives and the 2 parallel stories of what is happening to each of the sisters on the opposite side of the Atlantic. But don't be put off, you will not be disappointed with this or any of Maureen's novels.. I love them all!!

Friday, 21 August 2009

The Little House on the Prairie


(PG)

A long-running drama based upon the "Little House" series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Little House on the Prairie" follows the lives of the simple, farming Ingalls family: Charles (Michael Landon), Caroline (Karen Grassle), Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson), Laura (Melissa Gilbert), Carrie (Lindsay Greenbush & Sidney Greenbush)and then Grace (Wendi Turnbaugh & Brenda Turnbaugh) and the later adopted Albert (Matthew Laborteaux), James (Jason Bateman) and Cassandra (Missy Francis), who settle into a quaint little house on the banks of Plum Creek near the small town of Walnut Grove during the late 1800s. Often narrated by Laura, the series follows her simple farm upbringing from her childhood until her adulthood with Almanzo Wilder (Dean Butler) with whom she starts a family of her own. While the series is based upon the Little House books (and thus the real life of author Laura Ingalls Wilder), it is a very loose adaptation, with mostly only key events and elements of fact surviving the transition from book to TV series, the most important being Mary's eventual blindness, and Laura's future. Several other fictitious (some factual) characters make up the friendly community of Walnut Grove, including teacher Miss Beadle (succeeded by two other teachers, then Laura, then Etta Plum Leslie Landon), Dr. Hiram Baker (Keving Hagen), Rev. Robert Alden (Dabbs Greer), Mr. Hanson (Karl Swenseon) (of the Hanson lumber mill), and the well-to-do Olesons, owners of the local mercantile, and also the primary rivals of the Ingalls family (except the Oleson (Scottie MacGregor, Richard Bull, Jonathan Gilbert & Alison Arngrim) patriarch). Family friends include the Edwards family, the Garvey family and the Carters, who, in the final season, move into the Ingalls' little house.

Watched every episode when I was growing up, use to be on Sunday mornings, never missed an episode, will have to buy them all on dvd one day. As this was one of my favourite shows!!!

The Full Monty


(15)

Dole queue, Job Club, domestic discord - the world is falling apart for six unemployed Sheffield steelworkers. But one of them has had enough. Determined to beat the system, Gaz (Robert Carlyle) hatches a plan that will make him and his friends serious rich - and quickly! He convinces them that a strip routine will bring in the punters, especially when that act reveals the ultimate - the Full Monty! As our local heroes prepare for the big night word gets round that a very special act is about to storm the clubs of steel city.

Mark Andy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Baker, Hugo Speer, Lesley Sharp, Emily Woof, Deirdre Costello, Paul Butterworth, Dave Hill, Bruce Jones, Andrew Livington, Vinny Dhillon.

Director Peter Cattaneo combines black comedy, roaring hilarity and all the absurdity, heartache and pathos of six men trying to keep body, soul and dignity together. Well, just about! The most successful British film of all time, The Full Monty, also boasts a superb soundtrack, with hits by Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

Went to see this in the cinema with friends when it first came out. I thought it was really great, and really funny. Seen it a few time since and still thing its really good!!!
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Weird Science


(15)

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men. On their road to becoming accepted, they encounter many hilarious obstacles, which gives the movie an overall sense of silliness.

Bill Paxton, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson, Robert Downey Jr, Robert Rusler, Vermon Wells, Britt Leach, Barbara Lang, Michael Berryman, Ivor Barry, Ann Coyle.

This movie is really good, I remember watching this a good few years go, when I was in my teens. If is really a hilarious movie, it will have you in stitches.


Night at the Museum 2



(PG)

Two years after Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) defeated the three night guards plotting to steal The Tablet, he is now head of Daley Devices, a company that he founded to manufacture his inventions. These inventions, including the Glow-in-the-Dark Flashlight, were created from his experiences as a former night guard. He finds that the American Museum of Natural History is closed for upgrades and renovations, and some of the museum pieces are being replaced by interactive holograms. The actual exhibits are moved to the Federal Archives at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. On the last night, Larry meets the museum pieces such as Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Rexy the Tyrannosaurus Skeleton, and Dexter the Capuchin Monkey (Crystal the Monkey) and finds out that several exhibits, including Teddy, Rexy, the Easter Island Head (Brad Garrett), and good Pharoah Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) and his Tablet are not moving to The Smithsonian Institution - without the Tablet of Ahkmenrah, the other exhibits will no longer be animated. The next night, Larry gets a call from Jedediah (Owen Wilson), saying that Dexter stole the tablet last midnight and evil Pharaoh Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), Ahkmenrah's older brother, is attacking them. Larry goes to Washington and visits the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Castle to find the Federal Archives with the help of his son Nick (Jake Cherry). Larry sneaks into the archives and locates the exhibits, frozen in the middle of a battle with Kahmunrah and his troops, who are trying to lock the exhibits in a crate. Larry gets hold of the Tablet of Ahkmenrah, which had been stolen by Dexter, just when the sun sets and all the exhibits come alive again. Kahmunrah and his troops lock the crate and take the Tablet from Larry, and he tells Larry that bringing the exhibits to life is just one of the tablet's powers - he intends to use it to raise an army from the underworld and conquer the world. Larry escapes with the help of General George Armstrong Custer (Bill Hader), who gets captured, and meets Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), who is thrilled at the prospect of adventure and accompanies Larry.Larry and Amelia then go through an assortment of paintings and trap Kahmunrah's men in one. Meanwhile, Kahmunrah is able to recruit black and white agent Al Capone (Jon Bernthal), evil Russian emperor Ivan The Terrible (Christopher Guest) and French Ruler/General Napoleon Bonaparte (Alain Chabat) to help him capture Larry in return for sharing the world with him when he conquers it. Custer is locked up with the other exhibits from the American Museum of Natural History, and while he conceives a poor plan of attack (he will scream "Attack!" and the exhibits will jump out and attack), Jedediah and Octavius (Steve Coogan) sneak out to help Larry. Larry and Amelia are captured and taken to Kahmunrah. Kahmunrah then attempts to activate the tablet to open the gates of the underworld by pressing the symbols on the tablet, only to find out that the combination has been changed. He orders Larry to decipher the tablet's riddle and figure out the new combination before sunrise, and traps Jedediah in an hourglass to hasten his attempts. Larry and Amelia consult a bust of Teddy who says that the answer is in the heart of the pharaoh's tomb. The duo then consult The Thinker, but he gets distracted by a beautiful statue of a woman. Finally, at the National Air and Space Museum, they consult a group of Albert Einstein bobbleheads who tell them that the answer to the riddle (and hence the new combination) is pi. Larry and Amelia fly the Wright Flyer back to the Museum of Natural History, and Amelia goes for help while Larry delays Kahmunrah. Capone, Napoleon and Ivan arrive and tell him the code, and he opens the gates of the underworld and summons an army of bird-men. Suddenly, the statue of Abraham Lincoln from the Lincoln Memorial bursts through the window, frightening the bird-men back to the underworld. Amelia arrives, having freed the other exhibits, and Custer orders them to attack. Larry duels Kahmunrah with his flashlight, defeating him and then pushing him through the gate, which banishes him to the underworld forever. Amelia flies Larry and the other exhibits back to the American Museum of Natural History, where Teddy welcomes him back, and Larry assures him he has a way for them to remain there. Larry and Amelia say goodbye and kiss before Amelia flies away, leaving Larry outside the museum. Some time later, it is revealed that Larry sold his company and donated the money to the museum to pay for Audio-Animatronics exhibits - since the museum now opens late, the exhibits can come to life under the guise of animatronically animated exhibits, including Teddy as a tour guide, Ahkmenrah and Dexter displaying the Tablet, and Attila as a storyteller. Larry is rehired at the museum as the night guard, and meets a young woman who looks just like Amelia. The film concludes as they talk and walk off as Larry guides her toward the hall of miniatures. During the credits, a man from a black and white photo of V-J day in Times Square is seen examining Larry's Blackberry cell phone, which Larry left in the photo, and makes a new discovery (for his time period). His mother calls him, and it is revealed that his name is Joey Motorola.

Bad Girl


(15)

A gang of beautiful women ride the dusty range slinging sixshooters in this rollicking western. The open frontier was the land of opportunity for many cowboys and landowners; for women, though, the West held only two choices: marriage or prostitution. But an outlaw, a widowed farmer, a loner horsewoman and a displaced Southern lady find themselves out of options when one of them faces the hangman--and they're forced to break out of tradition and carve their own justice out of manmade laws. A corrupt sheriff and a cunning thief stand between the quartet and their dreams of freedom--but they won't stand in the way for long.

Madeline Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell, James Russo, James LeGros, Dermot Mulroney.

What a movie. The adventure started, focusing on the main characters straight away. Madeline Stow plays a great role of an under-control Cow Girl, whilst Drew plays the best character of the fiesty young one. The story behind the movie is really good, lots of fighting, action and stealing make this one a good action film distinct to the rest.

Riding In Cars With Boys


(12)

A fresh, funny, touching and unbelievably true story of writer Beverly Donofrio (Drew Barrymore, who ages from 15 to 35 in the role) and her often irreverent, always unique personal journey.

From celebrated director Penny Marshall comes the true story of a girl who did everything wrong but got everything right. Make way for Beverly (Drew Barrymore), a smart, beautiful young woman who can't wait to grow up, much to the frustration of her police sergeant father (James Woods). Her life takes its first detour when she gets pregnant at age sixteen. The baby's father, her husband (Steve Zahn), turns out to need more mothering than her newborn son. But through all the trouble, Beverly makes a life that's more than she ever imagined and lives a story that's waiting to be told. Join the ride and watch Beverly kick life where it counts.

Adam Garcia, Brittany Murphy, James Woods, Lorraine Bracco, Rosie Perez, Peter Facinelli, Mika Boorem, Celine Marget, Maryann Urbano, Alissa Dean.

Really enjoyed this movie, some parts a really funny, a very enjoyable movie and I highly recommend it to those who are a big fan of Drew.


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Girls Just Want to Have Fun


(PG)

Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular couple, Janey and Lynne are determined to audition. The only problem is that Janey's father doesn't approve of that kind of thing.

Lee Montgomery, Morgan Woodward, Ed Lauter, Jonathan Silverman, Holly Gagnier.

I think this movie is amazing, it is a very uplifting movie. It gets the adrenaline pumping round your body. It is filled with excitement and mild danger in terms of the star of the movie sneaking out of her bedroom window as her father will not let her enter a dance contest that she has always wanted to appear in. Helen Hunt pulls of a fantastic role and is very funny, and she befriends a goody two shoes Sarah Jessica Parker. In my opinion, this movie is one for all the family.
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Failure to Launch


(12A)

At 35, Tripp has an interesting job, a hip car, a passion for sailing, and a great house - trouble is, he lives with his parents. They want him out, so they hire Paula, an "interventionist," who has a formula in these cases: chance encounter, get him to ask her out, involve him in a trauma, meet his friends and get their nod, delay sex, have him teach her something, then launch him. It's worked up to now, but this gets complicated when Tripp thinks she's getting too serious and one of his pals is attracted to Paula's deadpan, semi-alcoholic roommate, who's plagued by a mockingbird. Too many secrets may scrub the launch, and what if Paula really likes him? Who can intervene then?

Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Kathy Bates, Stephen Tobolowsky.

This movie has its moments, but both of the main characters came across as rather annoying. Their friends however, are all quite amusing! Especially that nerd that went out with whats-her-name's flat mate, she was quite funny too.

Smart People


(15)

Smart People stars Dennis Quaid as Professor Lawrence Wetherhold - an imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed intellectual giant. However when it comes to solving problems relating to love and family, he's completely lost!

His teenaged daughter (Ellen Page) is an acid-tongued overachiever who follows in her father's misery-loving footsteps, whilst his adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church) has perfected the art of freeloading. When his brother shows up unexpectedly for an extended stay at just about the same time as he accidentally encounters his former student Janet (Sarah Jessica Parker), the circumstances cause him to stir from his deep, deep freeze, with often comical, sometimes heartbreaking, consequences for himself and everyone around him.

I enjoyed this movie. It's not brilliant but it is watchable and funny and a few of the characters are nicely played. There is also a few narks with the storyline. I still find it unbelievable that Sarah Jessica Parker's character would have went on a second date with Dennis Quaid's and Ellen Page's actions at first toward her father contradict the way she obviously feels about him. Ellen Page again has put in another great performance, she has a wonderful fun loving glint in her eye that betrays the icy young Republican student character she plays- best thing about the movie. Definitely worth a look!
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Fools Gold


(12A)

Ben 'Finn' Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) is a treasure hunter who is obsessed with finding the legendary 18th century Queens Dowry - 40 chests of exotic treasure that was lost at sea in 1715.

In his quest, Finn has sunk everything he has, including his marriage to Tess (Kate Hudson). Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her life, working aboard a mega-yacht owned by billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), Finn discovers a vital clue to the treasures whereabouts. Certain that his luck will change with the newfound information, Finn maneuvers himself aboard Nigels yacht and convinces the tycoon and his Blackberry-wielding, celebutante daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena), to join him in the pursuit of the Spanish treasure. Against Tess' better judgment, the search rekindles her love of discovery. But they are not the only ones after the treasure. Finns mentor-turned-nemesis Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone) has also set out to claim the prize!

Fool's Gold is pretty good fun, it is entertaining, easy to watch, with some exciting action and a few silly laughs, and of course we get to ogle Matthew McConaughey's rather hot bod. If you liked Sahara, you'll like Fool's Gold, It is really a fun movie!!
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Into the Wild


(15)

Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, 22-year-old Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) instead walked out on his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an emerging symbol for countless people. Was Christopher a heroic adventurer or a naive idealist, a rebelious 1990's Thoreau or another lost American son, a fearless risk-taker or a tragic figure who wrestled with the precious balance between man and nature?

McCandless' quest took him from the wheat fields of South Dakota to a renegade trip down the Colorado River to the non-conformists' refuge of Slab City, California, and beyond. Along the way, he encountered a series of colorful characters at the very edges of American society who shaped his understanding of life and whose lives he, in turn, changed. In the end, he tested himself by heading alone into the wilds of the great North, where everything he had seen and learned and felt came to a head in ways he never could have expected.

Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Brian H. Dieker, Catherine Keener, Kristen Stewart, Hal Holbrook, Jim Gallien, James O'Neill, Malinda McCollum.

Adapted by Jon Krakauer's acclaimed bestseller Into The Wild.

This movie is incredible. I could watch this movie a dozen times and not get bored! The acting is brilliant and the story line is amazing. Don't think about buying it, just do it! You won't regret it.
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Amy Fisher: My Story



(15)

This sensational true story of a near fatal attraction left Mary Jo Buttafuoco paralyzed for life and made Amy Fisher (Noelle Parker) America's most infamous teenager. Imprisoned 5-15 years for a crime she confessed to Fisher has nothing to lose by telling how it was-her way, her story. Deception, Promiscuous Sex, and Violence.

Ed Marionaro, Boyd Kestner, Pierrette Grace, Lawrence Dane, Kate Lynch, Kathleen Laskey.

This movie was based on a true story.

It is the best version of this movie. Acting by Noelle Parker was brilliant!! She was perfect for the role. No one else could have played Amy Fisher the way she did. It really tells the true story of Amy Fisher. I would recommend this move to all.

School for Scoundrels


(12A)

Roger (Jon Heder), a beleaguered New York City meter maid, is plagued by anxiety and low self-esteem. In order to overcome his feelings of inadequacy, Roger enrolls in a top-secret confidence-building class taught by the suavely underhanded Dr. P. Aided by his assistant, Lesher (Michael Clarke Duncan), Dr. P (Bill Bob Thornton) uses unorthodox, often dangerous methods, but he guarantees results: Employ his techniques and you will unleash your inner lion. Surrounded by a band of misfit classmates - Walsh (Matt Walsh), who's dying to move out of mother's basement; Diego (Horatio Sanz), a punching bag for his hen-pecker of a wife; and Eli (Todd Louiso), a shy guy just looking for female companionship - Roger's confidence grows and he makes his way to the head of the class, even finding the courage to ask out his longtime crush, Amanda (Jacinda Barrett). But Roger quickly discovers that star students have a way of catapulting Dr. P's competitive side into high gear. Soon enough, the teacher sets out to infiltrate and destroy Roger's personal and professional life. Nothing is off limits for Dr. P, not even the object of Roger's affection. In order to show Amanda Dr. P's true colors, Roger must rally his new friends and find a way to beat the master at his own game (Sarah Silverman, David Cross, Jon Glaser, Ben Stiller).

This movie is so hilarious! if u like comedy's such as The Benchwarmers and Napoleon Dynamite, Basketball and other 'stupid' comedy's - this is a movie for you!!!

Along Came Polly


(12A)
While in his honeymoon in a paradisaical beach, the conservative risk analyst of an insurance company Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) finds his wife Lisa Kramer (Debra Messing) having intercourse with her scuba instructor Claude (Hank Azaria) in his boat. Reuben immediately returns to New York and his friend Sandy Lyle (Philip Seymour Hoffman) invites him to go to a party. There he meets his former high school friend Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston) , who is a very independent woman that lives in the edge with her blind ferret in a cozy but simple apartment. Although having very different behaviors, they date and fell a great attraction for each other. When Lisa returns, Reuben has to decide if he wants to live his life in the suburb with his unfaithful wife, or have a risky relationship with Polly.

Ben Stiller made me laugh from the beginning to the end of this movie. Every character he meets is a complete nightmare for him and how he reacts and interacts with them is a joy to behold. Jennifer Aniston puts in a good performance as Polly who lives for today and doesn't care about tomorrow and Bryan Brown is fabulous as the daredevil businessman who wants Stiller to get him Life Insurance.A gem of a movie.
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The Heartbreak Kid


(15)

Eddie (Ben Stiller) is forty, owns a sporting-goods store, and is still single. After watching his ex-fiancée walk down the aisle, he meets Lila (Malin Akerman), an environmental researcher, who seems too good to be true. Pressured by his father and best friend, Eddie pops the question and marries Lila after only 6 weeks. However, as he almost instantly discovers, his new bride is a nightmare with more baggage than he can handle. She's immature, foolish, a monster in bed, owes a tremendous amount of money to various sources, and as it turns out, is only a volunteer and doesn't actually have a job. While on their honeymoon in Cabo, Eddie meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), a down-to-earth lacrosse coach who is visiting with her family. Sparks fly, and Eddie falls for her. Now comes the tricky part of breaking off his marriage to crazy Lila, all while keeping the truth from Miranda about why he's in Cabo in the first place...

Jerry Stiller (Ben Stiller father), Rob Corddry, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson, Polly Holliday, Danny McBride, Roy Jenkins, Stephanie Courtney.

This is hilarious although wouldn't recommend watching it around children as there is lots of swearing, but this movie is absolutely hilarious, I watched it with my husband and we were rolling around laughing, there really are a lot of laugh out loud moments.

The Good Shepherd


(15)

Edward Wilson (Matt Damon), the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in the newly founded Office of Strategic Services (OSS, the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency). While working there, his ideals gradually turn to suspicion influenced by the Cold War paranoia present within the office. Eventually, he becomes an influential veteran operative, while his distrust of everyone around him increases to no end. His dedication to his work does not come without a price though, leading him to sacrifice his ideals and eventually his family.

Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup,
Keir Dullea, Michael Gambon, Martina Gedeck, William Hurt.

This movie is great. It is a bit of a slow burner but had me riveted from the start. For once, Matt Damon doesn't look 12 years old all the time and Angelina Jolie proves that she can act in a demanding role. It's definitely a return to the good old fashioned spy movies that we used to get. A little overlong and you will need to watch it with no distractions

Shark Tale


(U)

This mafia movie, set in the world of saltwater fish, is the story of what happens when the son of the shark boss (Robert De Niro) of a fish crime family is killed by a dropped anchor, and a bottom-feeder named Oscar (Will Smith) is found at the scene of the crime. Hoping to win favor with the enemies of the ganglord, the fast-talking hustler poses as the killer known as the "sharkslayer", but soon learns it's a dangerous game in a world where the big fish generally eat the little fish...

Renee Zellweger, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Martin Scorsese, Ziggy Marley, Doug E. Doug, Micahel Imperioli, Vincent Pastore, Peter Falk.

This movie is amazing! It has a good plot, fantastic animation and wonderful, endearing characters. Anyone aged from 4 and up will love it, and its great for an evening with your family. Utterly fantastic.

Never Been Kissed


(12)

Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), at 25 the youngest Chicago Sun-Times copy editor, really is good at her job, which requires brain more than writing skills. The owner of the paper now wants her and no other to report undercover about today's high schools. Josie enrolls and quickly falls back into her own school habits: She was then known as Josie Grossie, she did not make any friends, she even was humiliated. Now, with a good job in her life and with her experiences from a life after school, she tries to fit in as well as possible. Having to seek friendship with some pretty but not very bright girls instead of with the people who really interest her gets really hard for Josie, but her job is at stake, if there is no gripping cover story soon. Falling for a teacher whom she is ordered to shred to pieces in her article, Josie is confronted with her greatest conflict - but also with the chance to undo mistakes she did in her own school days.

David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Gary Marshall, Sean Whalen, Cress Williams, Octavia Spencer, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Alba.

A very romantic movie. I could watch it over and over again and never get bored of it. I really loved the characters and the story. I would recommend it and have done so to all my friends.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Mad Love


(12)

Matt (Chris O'Donnell) and Casey (Drew Barrymore) are Seattle teens that find love. However, Casey suffers from clinical depression, and is hospitalized for a suicide attempt. Matt, caring for Casey too much to leave her, helps her escape from the hospital, and they take to the road. Heading toward Mexico, Casey beings to experience the depression again. Matt, trying to help her, becomes scared. After another suicide attempt, deftly parried by Matt, they return to Seattle and their families, where Casey agrees to medication for her problem.

Matthew Lillard, Richard Chaim, Robert Nadir, Joan Allen, Jude Ciccolella, Amy Sakasitz, T. J. Lowther, Kevin Dunn, Elaine Miles, Sharon Collar.

This is an excellent movie with superb acting and a dramatic plot. It left me in tears and it can be watched over and over again - a recommendation for anyone who likes a soppy love movie with a modern twist!!!

Wayne’s World 2


(PG)

Wayne (Mike Myers) is back, this time trying to organize a rock festival with help from friend Garth (Dana Varvey)and the spirit of Jim Morrison (Doors). Meanwhile, his girlfriend's manager is busy trying to woo her away from Wayne and move her to LA. Life gets interesting when Wayne must rush from the concert to try and stop the wedding. Aerosmith (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer) are featured at the concert.

Christopher Walken, Chris Farley, Ralph Brown, James Hong, Rip Taylor, Lee Tergesen, Dan Bell.

The original was one of my favorite all time feel good comedies and this lives up to the original, in small doses. There are still plenty of hilarious scenes and the characters are still as lovable as ever.


Wayne’s World


(PG)

Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) is a heavy metal fanatic living in a suburban Chicago neighborhood. On a Friday Night, Wayne and his eccentric best friend, Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) hosts "Wayne's World", a public cable network TV show in Wayne's basement and is very popular. "Wayne's World" catches the attention of handsome TV network executive Ben Oliver who wants "Wayne's World" on his television network in downtown Chicago and sponsored by billionaire Noah Vandahoff (Brian Doyle-Murray), one of the largest owners in the arcade business. With "Wayne's World" now on a Prime Time TV network, Wayne and Garth find themselves moving up big time and Wayne finds himself falling in love with Cassandra Wong (Tia Carrere), a Chinese-American lead singer of a heavy metal band. But Ben has a hidden agenda and plans on ruining their show and he bids to steal Cassandra from Wayne if Wayne and Garth do not make a success in making "Wayne's World" #1 in the TV ratings. Wayne and Garth finds the show isn't the same and Wayne plans to help Cassandra make it big time with her career.

Rob Lowe, Lara Flynn Boyle, Michael DeLuise, Dan Bell, Lee Tergesen, Kurt Fuller, Sean Gregory Sullivan, Colleen Camp, Donna Dixon, Frederick Coffin, Mike Hagerty.

The comedy genius, Mike Myers is superb once again in this classic comedy. Wayne and Garth have a cable access show and are underground heroes in there hometown. Things are going well until the pair decide to "sell-out" and things start to go wrong. Full of stereotypes, cheesy jokes and one-liners. The more you watch this film, the more you love it. Hidden jokes and special guest cameo's make this film offer something every time you watch it. Truly a masterpiece.

The Amy Fisher Story


(12)

The second of three made-for-TV movies detailing the life of the so-called Long Island "Lethal Lolita" Amy Fisher (played this time by Drew Barrymore) a rebellious, unsure-of-herself 16-year-old girl who became sexually involved with Joey Buttafuoco (Anthony John Denison), a married, 30-something, auto mechanic, in which the unbalanced Fisher planned and shot Buttafuoco's wife in August 1992 in which he may or may not have coerced Fisher into doing the deed, and then denying any involvement with her.

This movie was pretty boring. This one was way too serious and it did not seem to tell the true story of Amy Fisher. If you want to see a good one, see the one with Noelle Parker as Amy.
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