"About a Boy"

I was pleasantly surprised by this film – watched it at my mum’s over Christmas, and was expecting to be a bit bored. But actually it’s a very funny engaging film.. even Hugh Grant is quite acceptable in it. Well worth renting out of an evening if you fancy a film.


Superb film – go see! Superb DVD – go buy!This film has everything; humour, a good plot, gross jokes (to keep the little ‘uns happy), adult subtext, the usual emotional rollercoaster. Got it out the other day for another viewing, and holds up wonderfully. Seriously – go buy!

"Die Another Day"

Another Bond film. Again I went into this film with high expectations, and came out mildly disappointed. Oh, all the elements were there, and the stunts and action were all very good. I warm greatly to Brosnan’s Bond, and yet he’s also starting to irritate me as Bond. He lacks the flamboyance of Moore and Connery, although I do think he’s an excellent Bond. But anyway, the film. I feel a bit ashamed at how long it took me to see the ‘twist’ coming regarding the chief antagonist, and I was taken completely by surprised by the identity of the […]

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"

I just love the whole Harry Potter thing (book 5 has been pre-ordered already), and this film was again everything I hoped it would be in many ways. I’m grieved by the continued underplaying of Snape – he simply doesn’t come across as hating Harry’s guts! Lucius Malfoy is absolutely perfect – as others have said I’m surprised he didn’t melt the film stock! 🙂 Branagh was just great as Lockhart, and Tom Riddle was also very pleasing. I did like the diary sequences – nice use of sepia with just Harry in colour. I also loved the forbidden forest […]


Just started a new diet, in an attempt to be able to fit into my clothes once more! I’m measuring progress using my weight, and also my fat index (there’s a machine here which can apparantly work it out). So, the starting stats are: Height: 178cm (5’10”) Weight: 80.8 kg (12st 10lb) Fat Index: 21.6% Apparantly the normal weight range for my age, etc is 63.4kg – 78.9kg, so I’m a little bit over! That said, I do think it didn’t quite get my height right!


Another very nice film – no great action, just great acting and human interaction. The basic premise is that a wash-out film director comes across some software that enable him to create an virtual actress (Simulation One), who is drop dead gorgeous and everybody immediately loves. Of course it all spirals out of control, and when he deletes her program in order to kill her off, he ends up charged with her murder!! But a very high calibre cast, and a very nice concept – how long before it’s true? (is it already?)

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

You have GOT to see this film – the funniest sweetest film of 2002 by a long way! A laugh-out-loud comedy, which retains it’s subtely and empathy throughout.. You really care about the girl, and really understand what she’s going through without it settling into either sentimental rubbish or desperate cringing (although there are cringeful moments.) Just a very nice, entertaining film, set a gorgeous pace in today’s post-Matrix high speed film world.


Just a quickie to mention the films I caught on my recent trip to the states. Will do reviews when I have half a second (it’s a mad time for me right now), but at least if they’re listed I might be around to it one day! So, in full and in no particular order: Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life Terminator 3 Pirates of the Caribean Two Week’s Notice Down with Love Agent Cody Banks X2 Tortilla Soup Part of my lack of time has been contributed to by a couple of new games – Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness […]


Yes- managed 15 mins @ 10kph. Also went to the theatre on Thursday – saw Up on the Roof – and am going to the cinema tonight to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

"Up on the Roof"

This is a really fun play/musical about 6 college friends who form an impromtu barber-shop type vocal group on the roof of their student digs. There is a plot, of sorts, about their relationships and life choices, but the main appeal is the songs. Heavily based on Motown numbers, and just fantastic singing (but I’m a fan of acapella anyway) – a really good night out, and well worth the effort.

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