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There are those for whom this film will cause offence within the first 10 minutes. If this happens switch it off, its not for you. However, if you believe that when something is funny, regardless of who it offends its still funny, then I whole heartedly recommend this film. Gleeson and Cheadle are excellent as the leads whose culture and opinions of how to do their respective jobs differs as much as chalk and cheese. Gleeson thinks and acts in a straight line regardless of whose toes or opinions he steps on (including the IRA and at least half the Irish Guarda). Cheadle is a career cop who believes in sensitivity and not upsetting anyone with awkward truths.See it through to the end and be pleased that you did. Don't make up your mind half-way through, you will only be disappointed.
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition Box Set (15 Discs)
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As someone who has followed LOTR for some 35 years in book, radio play (CD), and then DVD, I am naturally highly excited that this is finally comiong to Blu-ray in its extended format (why aren't all films offered in DVD as extended? [HP take note]). However I have to agree with those who feel that this technology should enable viewers to watch this version from a single disc. I do really enjoy all the extra's, but not at the expense of having to pause a film (3 films actually) in the middle to put in the 2nd disc. And at 55 pounds it does leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth. Having said all this I wouldn't miss the chance for Blu-ray extended LOTR for all the treasure in Smaug's cave!
A Bunch Of Amateurs
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A great cast with a very good script covering well worn material with a modern setting. If you like old fashioned British comedies then what more could you ask for? Reynolds shines as the obnoxious American stuck by circumstance in a sleepy backwater littered with a host of British actors who, if the names don't ring any bells (you've never heard of Imelda Staunton?), then the faces most certainly will. Its a rights of passage movie for the over 50's. You know it will end ok and you know no-one is going to explode, but a surprise ending is not the point of the film. Clever observations on the most human of situations, peppered with comedic moments that are not nasty or vicious, but will ring bells in most people of the aforementioned age group. Great for cold evenings with a hot cuppa and the telly on. Go on surprise yourself, not all the best films are cinema blockbusters.
Robin Hood: Extended Director's Cut - Limited Edition Steelbook With Booklet (2010) (2 Discs)
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Firstly (and most importantly) this is NOT Gladiator. Different story, different country, different time. If you don't get this then stop reading as you are wasting your time.
Ridley Scott is THE Master of this kind of storytelling so enjoy all his films for what they are, not what you wish them to be.Russell Crowe (accent faux pas' aside) is simply wonderful in this sort of role and Cate Blanchett is at her best since "Elizabeth I & II"). Mark Strong is excellent as the baddy and a vintage Max Von Sydow turns in a delicate performance as a man having to deal with the world changing around him whilst he cannot see it for himself.
Lots of strong performances from many of the supporting cast adds to the premise of the story that is, in effect, 'The Making of Robin Hood'.
More films should be made of this quality instead of the teen garbage that Hollywood spews out by the bucketload. Occassionally they get it right - as in this case - so we viewing mortals have to respect them for that and avoid the other dross so that it fails to make any money and they get the message.
Long live King Ridley and long live Robin Hood!
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
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I saw this at the cinema when it first came out, more on a whim than actually expecting anything other than a typical teen-fest of ghouls, ghosties etc. etc. and I was very pleasantly surprised. Whilst there are some stereotypical American teen moments, the film as a whole offers a different view on the world of weird which lies just outside the world we all inhabit. The storyline is thoughtful and constructed to allow for proper character development. It also leaves it well placed for a follow up although I personally prefer Salma Hyack without her beard. Whilst not as dark and melodramatic at the Underworld trilogy, it is in its own way ploughing a different kind of supernatural furrow. Give it a go, who knows, you may (like me) be pleasantly surprised.