"Bruce Almighty"

A pleasing enough film – can think of many worse ways to spend a couple of hours of an evening. Once again I am not a huge Jim Carrey fan (although I was hugely impressed with The Truman Show), and I found his character – Bruce Nolan – very unbelievable. That said, the premise is great, Morgan Freeman does a very good interpretation of God, I just love Jennifer Aniston (appropriately named Grace), and I found this film to be both very funny but also quite subtle, in terms of the collatoral damage done by Bruce weilding his power to […]

"Legally Blonde"

I’m not a huge Reese Witherspoon fan, but I have to admit this film is actually pretty darn good, and Reese does manage to pull off the “ditzy blond who – shock horror – is sharp as a knife.” There are both genuine “laugh out loud” and quite moving scenes, although this is never in danger of being a deep film. The relationships between the characters is the main appeal, and are handled very well, although, as expected, it corners like it’s on rails (both me and the missus had the entire film pegged within about 5 minutes of the […]

"Bowling for Columbine"

This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen, although I found the subject deeply disturbing. Michael Moore wanders around America and Canada interviewing people about gun crime, particularly in the light of tragedies where school kids have got hold of guns and shot other kids (the title refers to Columbine high school). I found it be truly eye opening – for example he goes into a bank, and opens the account that comes with a free gun!! Later on a school kid goes into Wal-Mart, and buys all their ammunition (bags and bags of bullets) – the […]

"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"

I really enjoyed this film. Cheesy – without a doubt, but also highly engaging and loveable. The premise of the story is a little thin on the ground, although I found myself swept along, and only thinking “hang on” sometime after the film had finished. It’s lovely watching the two protagonists fall for each other despite themselves, and the comedic aspects are right up there. The chuckles remain long after the credits roll. Cast from the same mould as “Sleepless in Seattle” (which spookily they go to see in this film) – if that’s your thing you’ll love this, if not […]

"The Tuxedo"

Jackie Chan is a name synonymous with all action comedy and incredible martial arts and stunts. Although there’s nothing wrong with this film, it didn’t really scratch me where I itch. I think one problem is that Jackie is getting a bit too mature for this sort of physical comedy, and it was clear some of the stuff going on was either CGI or wirework – previously Jackie has been above that sort of thing. This and Shanghai Knights have made two in a row that, in my opinion, have lost the edge. If you’re a Jackie Chan fan you’ll […]

"Lilo and Stitch"

Disney have a wonderful way of playing with emotions, and here again they strike gold, making us care about the titular stars – both of whom are actually pretty unlikeable with very few redeeming features! It’s also a surprise to see Disney handling the sci-fi quite so well – the space-based opening sequence especially came as a surprise to me. Disney doesn’t pull any punches when dealing with (Lilo’s) broken family, and the emotion is pretty raw at times… but this is a cartoon, and so of course the emotion is tempered with classic Disney humour and top notch animation, […]

"Clockstoppers"

This film has a lovely premise – that of “hypertime”, whereby a person wearing a special watch can so accelerate the molecules in their body that time apparantly stands still. If you can suspend your disbelief for long enough to go with this (and some major liberties are taken with it – such as still being able to drive a car?!?), it’s actually quite a fun film. The filmmakers are clearly not taking things too seriously, but do (just) keep it from being too camp. The plot is entirely by the numbers, although that said there are touches of genius […]

"Phone Booth"

After a very bizarre opening sequence, this film settles down to it’s main stage, which is a street in New York, and a guy in a phone booth. Shown in real-time, this follows a conversation between a smarmy PR guy (Stu – Colin Farrell) and the nutter on the phone that’s got a high power telescopic silenced rifle trained on him from an overlooking window. The basic premise is that the sniper feels he is doling out justice to those who deserve it (Stu is apparently his third target – the other two being dead), and only by “coming clean” […]

"The Core"

I popped this film into the machine expecting a high tech war/conspiracy thriller/sci-fi – how wrong I was! Despite a very interesting premise and very clever ideas and truly stunning special effects, for me this was ultimately a story of human relationship and adventure – that fact most of it was set hundreds of miles underground was almost irrelevant. Good solid acting all round – hats off the wonderfully odious Dr Zinksy – although one or two more familiar faces wouldn’t have gone amiss. However the story is absolutely gripping – there’s a wonderful sense of the growing tension, and you […]

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