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  1.  Bingo..Bingooo


    While not as good as the first four seasons, this still boasts some hilarious moments throughout.

    If you enjoy good, intelligent, and downright priceless comedy, you owe it to yourself to get all 5 seasons.
    Here's looking forward to season 6.

  2.  So very cool


    Easily the coolest vampire film in years. The pace is fast, the story complex, but easily followed, the effects are stunning and thankfully play along with the story and don't overtake it.
    Night Watch is the first part of a trilogy, Day Watch is next followed by Twilight Watch.

  3.  Intelligent and stylish


    In the '80s films like Lethal Weapon and Die Hard reinvented the action genre, the Bourne trilogy revitalises them.
    After a string of ridiculous, over rated Pierce Brosnan 007 adventures, and poor cash-in sequels, it is so refreshing to see an intelligent, stylish thriller that is not only the best of the trilogy but one of the best films of the year.

    Starting off from where Bourne Supremacy finished, this is a non stop assault on the senses. From the realistically brutal fight scenes to the nail biting car chases, the films frenetic pace and camera work puts you right in the story from the outset and never lets go. The appeal of the Bourne films lies within the scripts as they assume the audiences intelligence and doesn't dumb it down by explaining everything.

    The cast is first rate, with the welcoming addition of David Strathairn. I would have liked to have seen more of Julia Stiles and Paddy Considine though. And some elements of the story could have been explored more, the relationship between Nicky Parsons (Stiles) and Bourne for example.
    These, however, are just minor grievances as the Bourne trilogy, like Die Hard before it, has laid the blueprints for all action films to come. Indeed, we can thank them for the last Bond outing, Casino Royale.

    Parts 4 and 5? While I normally am against the idea of endless sequels for any genre, in this case I wouldn't be opposed to it. However, let a few years go by before tackling them.

  4.  Redemptive


    Set south of the Mason Dixon, the film tells the story of Lazurus (Samuel L Jackson), a recently divorced, angry but well meaning man and Rae (Christina Ricci), an abused, drug and alcohol fuelled, promiscuous young woman.
    They inadvertently cross paths when she's beaten and left on the side of the road where Lazarus finds her. He decides to cure her of her wicked ways and proceeds to chain her to the radiator.

    A somewhat ridiculous premise with many inconsistencies and loopholes in the plot but it's the powerful performances from the lead characters that elevate this well above it's decidedly B-movie premise.

    While trying to show Rae the error of her ways, it is here that Lazarus, also a troubled man, starts to look at himself and ultimately both of them grow and begin to regain their self respect.

    The film also boasts a fine ensemble cast, most notably John Cothran as the Preacher and Justin Timberlake, who again proves he can act.
    The film is also complete with one of the finest soundtracks put onto film in recent years, Samuel L Jackson learned to play the guitar for the role and a fine job he does too.

    Close to the end I though the director, Craig Brewer, had gone down the happy-ever-after route with the fairy tale ending, but no, he still shows us that the characters are flawed, and indeed, human.

    A warm, honest and, at times, very funny film of virtue and redemption.

  5.  Thoughtful


    Set in the sleepy town of Jindabyne in New South Wales, the film revolves around Stewart and Claire Kane, wonderfully portrayed by Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney, their friends and family.

    At the start of their annual fishing trip, Stewart and his friends find a body in the river but instead of reporting it they tie the body up and continue fishing for a further two days, to the horror of the towns community when it is revealed. This is where the director, Ray Lawrence (Lantana) gets it right. We get to delve deeper into the already strained relationship of Stewart and Claire and the families of the other members of the fishing trip. While this really is Byrne's and Linney's film, much credit must be given to the fine supporting cast also.

    Where the film goes wrong is where Lawrence moves the story into a race issue, the dead girl was Aboriginal. Up until this point we had a fascinating look in the frailty of man, the break down of what was seemingly a friendly community and then we're subjected to 'white crimes'. For me, this ruined what was promising to be a standout film for it showed the weakness of the script, it is like the director didn't know where to go and the plotline was inserted as an afterthought.

    From the initial finding of the body to Byrne's attempt of explaining his actions there is no mention whatsoever about the fact that the dead girl was Aboriginal.
    Another problem with the script was the reason given for the fisherman not returning immediately after finding the body, it was a very weak and lazy explanation and not fully explored as it should have been.

    However, all that said, the stellar performances, the intimacy and style, make it a very thoughtful film but should have been so much more.

  6.  Highly recommended


    Alex and Margot are happily married and on their anniversary they go to a lake that they've been visiting since childhood. Come evening, they get ready to go home when Alex hears Margot scream, rushing to find out what's wrong, Alex is knocked unconscious.

    Eight years later, Alex is now a successful doctor, but clearly never got over the murder of his wife, which we see the funeral in flashback, wonderfully edited together with scenes from their wedding day and Jeff Buckley's 'Lilac Wine' as the music source.

    Then unexpectedly, Alex receives and anonymous email telling him to watch live feed from a web cam, when he does this he sees Margot.

    What unfolds is a very clever and taut thriller as Alex races to find out the truth. A totally engaging film with superb performances, that builds up the tension that keeps you gripped to your seat. With an A-list supporting cast including Kristin Scott Thomas, free flowing camera work, this is really a wonderful film that reminds you of how Hollywood used to do it.

  7.  Fascinating


    Marlene Dietrich labelled the voice of Edith Piaf as 'the soul of Paris'. And this is one thing that the film has a lot of, soul. Telling the harrowing true story of the humble and bleak beginnings of a singer that the world would come to embrace, La Vie En Rose is one of the best bio pics ever produced.

    The film hops back and forth from her childhood living in a brothel, to following her father in the circus, to the most expensive hotels in New York.

    While the film is almost technically perfect from the script, direction and the supporting cast, it is Marion Cotillard's stunning portrayal of Edith Piaf that is spellbinding. It is a very honest study of the character too, we are shown that she wasn't the easiest person to be around, whether as a teenager, a star, or even in her old age.

    A truly fascinating piece of work that deserves to clean the boards at next years Oscars.

  8.  Full of energy


    After seeing the original some 19 years ago, and disliking it greatly, it was with a sense of amazement and a touch of confusion that I found myself watching this. Well was I glad I did, from the outset the music and songs are full of energy and gusto.

    All Tracy Turnblad (Nicole Blonsky) wants is to appear on the Corny Collins show and have one of the lead dancers, Link (Zac Efron) fall for her. When the opportunity arises for her to audition, Tracy skips school to try her hand at it much to the dismay of her mother Edna (John Travolta). Of course Tracy is not going to have an easy time as the evil Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfieffer) wants her daughter to be in the limelight.
    With some priceless dialogue and tongue in cheek humour this is one goofy, feel good film.
    The cast are all wonderful here and you can see that they had so much fun in making this. First timer Nicole Blonsky is a very strong lead and holds up well against the weight of the other actors. Michelle Pfieffer is as always terrific, Christopher Walken as Tracy's dad is excellent but it is John Travolta as Edna that steals the show. The scene with Christopher Walken and John Travolta doing their song and dance routine is worth the price of admission alone.

    It does unfortunately bog itself down as it comes to the end as the racism issue gets a little too much but all in all this is a wonderfully bright and bubbly musical that had me smiling throughout

  9.  An unflinching and brave film


    Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers what can only be described as a riveting, stunning and powerful performance of a woman who's struggling to overcome her drug and alcohol addiction.

    Sherry (Gyllenhaal), has just been released from jail after two years incarceration, after settling in to a halfway house arranged for her by her parole officer she sets about to reconcile with her family and in particular her young daughter whom she hasn't seen since going to jail. Gyllenhaal portrays Sherry with complete emotional detachment, letting nobody get in her way, using sex to get what she wants; she is totally unapologetic and never asks anyone to feel sorry for her, indeed, you never do.

    This is the way the character was written and is portrayed, and it is so much the better for it.
    Laurie Collyer, in her directorial debut, always projects a sense of uneasiness throughout, even Sherry's seemingly idyllic suburban family home never feels comfortable and, as the viewer, you are very much aware that something is not quite right.

    Where most films like this fall down is the inspirational, melodramatic, redemptive ending that always manages to creep in. Not Here. Not once are we given any sort of 'rose tinted' views of Sherry. While the film ends on a note of hope you know that her path will be one of difficulty and hardship and injecting herself or diving to the end of a bottle is only a step away.

    It is an unflinching and brave film, one that deserves to be seen, not only for Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance but because of it's feeling of humanity and ultimately its message of no matter how many times life knocks you down, you have to get back up and try again.

  10.  Charming


    Kerri Russell plays Jenna, an extremely unhappy woman who works in a local diner and is celebrated for her pies.

    She's married to Earl, a self-centred, abusive slob, magnificently played by Jeremy Sisto. Jenna's world comes crashing down when she discovers she's pregnant. However it is when she meets her new doctor, the ever underrated Nathan Fillion, and begins an affair with him that she finds some happiness and meaning to her life.

    The photography is first rate, from the beautiful colours of the pie ingredients to the bland starkness of Jenna's home life, this is a wonderfully quirky, smart film that doesn't overdo the sentimentality like so many that came before it.

    Murdered in her New York apartment, writer, director and co-star Adrienne Shelley never got to see the finished product but she left behind a charmingly witty gem.