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cool stuff mate; enjoyed the thoughts and will tune in for more.

first thing that got my attention was the 'chick factor' :D:lol:

must see Juno; just seems to have sprung up from left field

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Chronicles of Narnia – Prince of Caspian

Many sequels have proved to be inferior to the original show, so will it be the same for this?

Actually, sometimes, it all pans out, as the second show does not have the burden of having to introduce the characters and leap straight into the plot and action. This time, it worked for me, i am glad to say, that the sequel was more pleasing and less heavy on the drama, which in this action flick is actually preferred.

If I wanted heavy going fare, I would have stuck to Juno or other such shows and here, there is enough substance in the plot to keep things going and plenty of the action to keep fans like me happy. It does help that the source, from a book by C S Lewis was well written and provides such rich material.

Plot: not bad, editing was quite tight as well and allowed for a swift transition from the dark dreary days of WW II to a magical brightly lit fantasy world of Narnia. Even the appearance of a torchlight out of Edward’s bag doesn’t seem incongruous and Lucy is ever so sweet, indeed the innocence of childhood is to be envied. 3.5/5

Action: yes plenty with battle scenes to rival LOTR, although an initial river scene looks too much like Lord TR again and even the actual river seems to be the same one! Surround effects are surprisingly subtle and bass is lighter than you would expect for a 2008 action flick. Not bad, but with Ironman and perhaps Transformers setting such a high standard, the rest have a lot of ground to make up. 4/5

Chick Factor: well our lovely maiden has grown up and has the right curves and demure in good proportions to be quite agreeable and yet convey the right amount of coquettish nature. Reminds me of a lovely Physio in Westmead, spunk, energy and beauty, all in one person, but that’s another story. 4/5

Rent/ buy or forget it

I bought a cheapo R 6 Chinese disc for the first show and have no intention of upgrading that, but for this episode, i will get the Blu Ray for keepers. Also look out for a nice theme song at the end which was quite a nice tune.

Overall 4/5

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Into the Wild

Very interesting true story. Bit of a waste of an intelligent young man's short life.

Screenplay and Directed by Sean Penn.

The fact that it was a real story brought home with the photo at the end of the film found in his camera.

I though Hal Holbrook was very good in it too.

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Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of Crystal Skull

So how is one of the most awaited sequels in history?

Perhaps its greatest weakness is how much is resting on its shoulders, with the giants in action film-making partnering with one of their most bankable stars in the past and another a new rising star.

Ok, lets get it over with, I give it 3.5 / 5

If they left out the Space / ET bit, it would have faired a little better, Spielberg seemed to be getting confused with his Close Encouters movie and for such a big production, there seems to be bits recycled from some other sets... Tomb Raider, Lost Ark etc.

The saving grace is an excellant chemistry between all the actors. Shia goes line for line with the veteren. For a oldie chick, she does well too and we can see that a movie with little gore, sex and nudity can fair pretty well too. I appreciate the no bad language style and even the horror is implied rather than zoomed in and there is less focus on the violence and the movie keep going reasonable evenly.

However the effects and use of surrounds was quite spare for a movie in 2008. And the bass, although far more prominent than the older ones. didn't have the same impact as Iron Man, a recent production and far removed from Transformers or Die Hard 4.

So the break down:

Plot: on its own, its is pretty good, but when placed against the 3 previous ones, it just managed to pip the 'pure dumb fun' of the Mummy series and other copies. Cate B doesn't look diabolical enough and has a certain dumb blond factor esp with her accent. 3/5

Action: This is the highlight and the chase through the forest was quite smooth and nicely done 4/5

Chick factor: two old dames don't quite match one Megan Fox in Transformers although the spunk factor and glint in the eye is better than babe pouting. 2.5 /5

As a Indy Fan, I will get the complete Blu Ray series. Its just a simple matter of nostalgia. I grew up on this and will continue to have late nights enjoying the whole clean action, romance, humor and adventure them that Harrison Ford, Lucas and Spielberg begun more than 20 years ago.

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Best I've watched lately have been No Country for Old Men (smouldering), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (nail biting stuff), Michael Clayton (brilliant) Gond Baby Gone (harrowing), Death at a Funeral (classic British farce) and Superbad. Superbad is probably the funniest film I've seen in ages.

One of the 'must see' films of recent time is In the Shadow of the Moon which is a moon landing doco. It features interviews with the Apollo astronaughts (with one notable exception) and the most incredible footage. I thought I new a bit about these events but I realised, while watching this, I knew nothing about the men themselves and what they were like. This movie filled a lot of gaps for me and it's great seeing the subject treated as well as it is in this film.

Notables are I Am Legend (better than I'd expected) and Dan in Real Life. Steve Carrell in DiRL is hilarious without playing his usual schtick but this is sentimental stuff and pretty saccharine at times. I liked Cloverfield enough to watch it right through without giving in to the debilitating nausea - but not enough to go through it again.

Run Fat Boy Run was disappointing after Shaun of the Dead and The Fuzz - a few laughs (the biatch fight) but no enough and far to sweet).

Southland Tales is one I can't stop thinking about it. I enjoyed it but I have no idea why - it's bizzare and so convoluted I was concerned it would disappear up it's own ar$e at times.

The worst (by far) is War (aka Rogue Assassin). This is a turd.

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Superbad is probably the funniest film I've seen in ages.

Could not agree more, those guys just keep getting better.

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He seems like a bit of a wordsmith d-train, couldn't he dumb it down for us who are not so "intellectual" :D

Yeah I dont think youll find any hugh grant flicks reviewed there either. :P

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Yeah I dont think youll find any hugh grant flicks reviewed there either. :P

Damn, where will I go now..... ;)

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