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The Golden Girls - Series 1 - Complete (Box Set) (DVD) 16/02/2006

Sex And The City with Cheesecake...

The Golden Girls - Series 1 - Complete (Box Set) (DVD) Sad though it sounds, but I actually left my name on a petition for Golden Girls to be released on DVD last year. And low and behold last summer the fabulous foursome arrived on DVD. I’ve always been a big fan of the programme, always catching the repeats on Living TV, so I was delighted to see that I could now own it for myself and see it right from the start. ►►What’s It All About? ◄◄ The Golden Girls began in 1985 with Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Betty White and Rue McClanhan starring in the lead roles. All four women are in the autumn of their lives sharing a bungalow in Miami. Blanche owns the bungalow. Blanche – played by Rue MacClanhan - is a man-eating, red-haired sex addict from Texas. Rose – Betty White - is a blonde widow. I stress on the blonde as she’s not the brightest light on the Christmas tree to say the least! The final women – Dorothy and Sophia – played by the fabulous Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty - are mother and daughter; and also residents of the bungalow. Dorothy is a divorced supply teacher, and her mother is hitting eighty with the best put downs under her hat. So, doesn’t sound that interesting really, does it? How wrong could anyone be…? ►► The Characters ◄◄ The brilliance of The Golden Girls is that without one character the whole series wouldn’t be complete. From Rose’s dumbness and Dorothy’s sarcasm they’re ...

Marvin's Room (DVD) 04/11/2004

A Contrast of Characters

Marvin's Room (DVD) In modern day life families fall apart, move away and loose touch. Barely any get the chance to ever see each other again as both sides are as stubborn not to get in contact first. It happens regularly, but what if it’s a bit more serious than just wanting to patch things up? What if there’s a life at stake and you really do have to patch things up for the matter of life and death? And how can you cope afterwards? Those are the very thought-provoking subjects tackled in the marvellous Marvin’s Room. Bessie (Diane Keaton) is told by her doctor - Dr. Walley (the hilariously dopey Robert De Niro) that she may have leukaemia. Bessie is a carer for her dying Father and loyal Aunt Ruth. She cares for the two of them 24/7 and has done for the previous 20 years after her sister Lee (the fantastic Meryl Streep) left to marry. Neither have seen each other since, until Bessie really needs her and her two sons, as a bone marrow match could cure her life. We are introduced to both Bessie and Lee’s stories separately. First of all we don’t know they are sisters and we are left wondering within the first part of the film the connection between the two. Lee’s life is the complete opposite to Bessie’s. Whilst Bessie barely leaves the house only for emergencies, Lee is out getting a degree in health and beauty and trying desperately to cope with her misbehaving son Hank (Leonardo Di Caprio) and other son Charlie. After Hank burns the house ...

Closer Magazine 29/08/2004

Closer To Reality

Closer Magazine Ever since Hello! hit the shelves in the early nineties everyone seems to be going mad for celebirty gossip. When Ok! followed we were equally as mad about them, and when Heat! arrived in the late nineties it seemed everyone had a favourite. In 2002 a new magazine hit the shelves. I remember - distinctly - the day it came out and I actually bought the first issue. It was different to all the other mags, because not only did Closer (the magazine in hand) have info on all the latest celebrity gossip, but it also had true life stories about real people. It seemed there was another firm favourite around, but could it beat it's competetors to get to that hot spot? I'm one of those people who loves to read all the juicy celebrity magazines. I've been on the Heat! subscription list for over two years now and buy a few other magazines too. Closer is one of them. I don't buy Closer every week (as it's not one of my favourites) but I do buy it from time to time. What's an extra £1 from your wallet once a week? It's a great bargain and a different read. So I really should start telling you more about it.... The Content Very much like Heat! Closer tends to give us the latest gossip from celebirty land. We get to learn about Posh & Becks' latest news, updates on Jessie Wallace and the rest of the things you tend to find in a celebrity gossip mag. What I find with Closer is that it's a lot less bitchier than some of the other magazines about. It's much more understanding about ...

A Royal Duty - Paul Burrel 20/08/2004

The Silence Has Finally Been Broken

A Royal Duty - Paul Burrel Ever since she stepped out of her flat, stepping into her blue metro after she and Charles had announced that they were engaged to be married, Diana lived a life in the spotlight. She was never free after that morning in the early 80's. Sure, she'd been in the papers before that but after this announcement she was major news. She was the new member of the Royal Family. This woman would give birth to the future King or Queen, she would attend royal do's, she would mix with the Queen, with the highest of circles, and she was only 19. After her death in Paris in 1997, Diana has remained a media favourite. She was haunted by them when she was alive, and now she's dead she's still being haunted. It seems there's something different in the paper every month, whether it's something to do with her "accident", or Paul Burrel (her ex-butler) there's always something new about Diana to write about. It's less than when she was alive, when she was on the front pages almosty every single day of the week but she's still being written about. There was one time when she wasn't out of the papers. The British public - at one stage - got rather fed up of hearing about her. About her visists to the gym, her new lover, her charities. She always seemed to be there, and then all of a sudden she wasn't. She was gone. In late 2003 Paul Burrell - Diana's butler until she died - released his autobiogaphry titled "A Royal Duty". Being a big fan of Diana and the speculation of her death I was first ...

Akura AODV151R-S / T-S 16/07/2004

The Combi Wth Style

Akura AODV151R-S / T-S I’d been a bit behind with DVD players for a while. I vowed I wouldn’t buy one when they were just out as they were too expensive. When I saw the record able one come out last year, I vowed I wouldn’t buy a DVD player (non-record able) until the record able one was cheaper. So, really I was being a bit of a cheap skate! So, when I got a brochure through the post and noticed a DVD/TV combi for under £100 I jumped at the chance to get it, because although it wasn’t record able it was still a great bargain. The make of it didn’t bother me, and I made sure it was more than a 12” screen (It’s 14”) and off I went to buy it. I’m not the most technical of people so I’m not the best of people to be writing this review. I barely know anything about the ins and outs of the TV/DVD, but what I do know is that I’m really pleased with it. So, I’m hoping that’s enough to go on and to satisfy your needs. ▲ Initial Tuning ▲ When I bought the TV/DVD it was very simple to tune in. It took me a mere 15 minutes and by that time I had all my channels tuned and my DVD raring to go. Tuning was simple, you simply chose “search” from the menu and then you had three choices – you either chose Auto Search (which tuned in any channel it finds onto one channel number. This is the quickest solution, but what it doesn’t always do is put BBC1 on 1, and ITV1 on 3 and so on.) The second ...

The Weakest Link (PC) 04/07/2004

You Are The Weakest Game... Goodbye!

The Weakest Link (PC) In the summer of 2000 more and more people tuned in at 5:15 on weekdays to watch a talked-about quiz show. It seemed quiz shows were the new black, after the success of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? there seemed to be a lot of excitement every time a new show came out. Well, the main attraction with The Weakest Link was the fact that sweet Anne Robinson – of Watchdog – turned nasty; and when I say nasty I mean nasty. It was becoming more and more watchable, and when we took a step back to actually see what the concept was, it seemed pretty fun. I became an avid watcher, and loved nothing more to hear Anne’s put-downs. So, when the PC game came out I jumped at the chance of buying it. I’d always loved the show, and when it went big – i.e. to America – everyone was talking about the show. There were mugs, Anne Robinson put-down t-shirts, even Anne Robinson wigs and glasses. So, I didn’t feel that sad buying the PC game, and couldn’t wait to play it. So, I opened the drive and put in the CD, and waited for the put-downs and abuse to begin. ■■ How to begin ■■ Before being brought to the main menu you first see the advert that was broadcasted in America showing just how evil Ms Robinson really is. It’s a great introduction but after a few times it can become tedious. When you reach the main menu you have different options. They are: ■ Single Player ■ This allows you to play the ...

Thelma And Louise (DVD) 07/06/2004

A Poignant Tale of Two Women...

Thelma And Louise (DVD) One of the best films made in the nineties, in my opinion, was Thelma and Louise. All aspects of the film are wonderfully done. The acting. The directing. The writing. There’s nothing missing in it. All the boxes have been ticked. It’s been labelled many a time as a chick flick, which totally lowers it. What Thelma and Louise is, is a film about independence. About love. Not sexual love, but the love you can feel for a friend. Most films don’t concentrate on this aspect of a relationship with people. Almost all Hollywood films nowadays have a boy meets girl scenario that has become tiring. Thelma and Louise was a classic film way before it’s time. And that’s just one reason why it’s one of the best films not just of the nineties, but also of all time. ◄◄The Plot►► Thelma and Louise are the best of friends. Louise is a carefree waitress, and Thelma a fed-up housewife. She’s stuck in a dead-end marriage with a husband she hates. So, when Louise suggest that she and Thelma go away for the weekend, Thelma jumps at the chance to go; she just doesn’t tell her husband that she’s off. Louise hires a classic American soft-top car and they head off to the house in the mountains for the weekend. On their way they stop for a drink in a little bar. Thelma begins to flirt with one of the guys there, and when Louise goes to the toilet, Thelma and the guy go outside and he begins to rape her. When Louise ...

Introducing my Circle Of Trust (COT) 05/06/2004

Buddies? What Are We Blinking Hillbilly’s?

Introducing my Circle Of Trust (COT) Well would you Adam and Eve it? Two years on the site and 200 reviews. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun, eh? Well, I pondered over it many times to think what I could do for the big 2-0-0. A challenge, I thought. I hadn’t done a challenge for well over a year so perhaps I could do one for this special occasion. No, I wanted something a bit more special than that. Then, I realised an Introducing My CoT would be perfect. Why? Well, because without these guys I don’t think I’d still be here today. I wouldn’t have reached 100 let alone 200. These guys are the best of people you could have in a CoT ever; and I’m not going to let anyone argue with me! Peeps, this is my CoT… (In no apparent order, everyone is equally as worthy of his or her place as the next.) ■■ GillJ I first came across Gill when she wrote her very thought-provoking opinion last year. Gill wrote a very passionate opinion on her troubles in life at that time and it was the first opinion that I’d read on here that brought a tear to my eye. What struck me immediately is how brave Gill was; she was a very strong person. That in its self makes a person deserve a place in my CoT, but not only that but Gill was a lovely person along with. I’ll never forget the times this woman has gone through and the pain (mentally and physically) she’s had to suffer. But, still this isn’t the reason she’s in my CoT. Along ...

Play to Win - Gabrielle 02/06/2004

She Played; She Won...

Play to Win - Gabrielle Gabrielle is one of those rare artists that sing for one reason. It’s not so she can buy that car she’s always dreamed of having. Or because she wants to be seen walking into The Ivy and actually getting a table to eat at there. Or because she simply wanted to be “known”. Gabrielle does what she does because she loves singing so much. Think back, have you ever seen her in a magazine craving fame? No, because Gabrielle isn’t that kind of singer. She does it because she loves it; and luckily we love it too. Ever since her first single Dreams Can Come True Gabrielle has shot to fame. When her greatest hits album was released in November of 2001 it went straight to number one in the album charts, remained in the top ten for almost a year. I, along with over a million others, bought that C.D. and was one of the most popular Greatest Hits released that year. I was never really what you’d call a “fan” of hers before I bought her Greatest Hits collection, but after that it became one of my favourites – if not my favourite – of all time. When I saw she was releasing a studio album I knew I had to buy it. Play To Win seemed different and typical Gabrielle, and I just had to buy it… My first impressions of the album were that it was extremely repetitive. I love all of Gabrielle’s songs. I love Out Of Reach as much as When A Woman, but I noticed that Play To Win lacked a lot of When A Woman kind of tracks and ...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon 27/05/2004

Simplicity Is The Key To A Good Read

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon The book that’s had everyone talking this last year is most definitely The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time. Why? Well, above everything else it’s different. It’s insightful. It’s passionate. It’s simple. Sometimes you read a complicated book that dumfounds you. You just fall in love with it, with its all complicated bits, with all its difficult parts. You can feel the same way, sometimes, with a simple book. You, basically, fall in love with its simplicity. And that’s why everyone’s been talking about it. Because, it’s one of those simple books that you just fall in love with. I’d been meaning to read The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time for a long while. I first read a review of it back in October and instantly decided I loved the idea of it. I never got round to buying it then, but when the paperback came out I immediately added it to my Amazon basket. I usually tend to wait until my Amazon order is £25 or over so I can have free delivery, but I was desperate to read it. On a recent shopping trip to Tesco I found it there for a mere £3.73, so I came home, deleted it from my Amazon basket, and sat down and read it! Immediately I was hooked. I honest and truly couldn’t put it down. I read it all in one go from the first until the last page, absorbing every single word with eagerness. I loved it, just like everyone told me I would. Haddon managed to grip me from the beginning right ...

Only The Lonely DVD 22/05/2004

Two’s Company. Three’s A Crowd…

Only The Lonely DVD The whole world is judgemental. We all go on first impressions. Admit it. So, if you saw a 40 year-old successful cop living in Chicago with his Mother, never married, never engaged, never in a serious relationship, what would you think? More than likely the words “sad” and “pathetic” would come to mind. It’s not fair, really, is it? We don’t know the full story. His Mother could be ill. He could be her carer. We don’t know the full story. But still, on first impressions you immediately think a grown man living with his Mother is pathetic, silly, and some may even go to the extreme of diabolical. So, is it really that sad? Only The Lonely doesn’t necessarily have the answer to that question, but it does give you great insight into the life of a man who fits the above description… Danny (John Candy) is a successful cop. He loves his job. He loves his life. He has everything. The only thing he doesn’t have is a partner. He never has. Why? Well, they wouldn’t necessarily fit the approval of Ma (played by Maureen O’Hara), would they? He’s lived in his childhood house ever since he was born. It was him, his Mother and Father and his younger brother. First of all, it was his Father who left… in a box. Not soon after his younger brother left to go to Law school. Which left Ma (Rose) and Danny. So, it was time for Danny to leave. But he didn’t. Ever. Why? Well, he didn’t want to leave ...

Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre 18/05/2004

The Runaway Bribe

Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre I have literally, just this moment finished reading the 2003 Man Booker Prize winner Vernon God Little. Was it a worthy winner? You’ll just have to wait to find out… After reading the first ever review on Vernon God Little I made my mind up that I wasn’t going to read it. I don’t tend to go for comedy, and although everyone praised it to the hills I just could not be bothered with reading it. When it came out in paperback I pondered over reading it once again. At first I (again!) decided against it, but whilst looking in Tesco and seeing it for just under £4 I picked it up, put all my doubt to the back of my mind and went home and began to read it. Within the first few pages I laughed. I don’t usually laugh whilst reading a book. Even if it is a comedy. I may giggle, perhaps, give a little titter, but I’m definitely not a rolling-on-the-floor laughing kind of guy. But, Vernon God Little, I must admit did have me on the floor laughing. DBC Pierre’s witty writing and one-liners were both so true and amusing. Within a couple of pages I got hooked on Vernon’s story, and I carried on reading. So, what was the story that put me off, then? Well, Vernon Little lives in a little town called Martirio in Texas. It’s not a very popular town, but when Vernon’s friend Jesus shoots 17 of his fellow students, the town is swarming with the media. Then, the finger points to Vernon Little. As the police begin to investigate ...

Stories with a twist in the tail 14/05/2004

The Meeting

Stories with a twist in the tail Ok, I am reluctantly posting this. It's just a little something I thought up whilst walking along the beach last week when it was a bit chilly. The actual settings are based on a place where I live, but the story is total fiction(!). So, critisicm, as usual, is kindly accepted. Here goes... The Meeting The phone rang constantly in the car. She didn’t answer it, though. She parked the car in the car park. Hers was the only car there. She was relieved to see that he’d walked, or parked his car elsewhere. That would, at least, put people off for a while. She got out of her car, without her handbag, but grabbed her mobile phone eagerly. She flipped it up. “22 missed calls” it read. All from him. She wanted to ring him back, something she’d wanted to do for months, but she held back. She was only a few minutes away from it now. Then it would all be alright. She walked across the dunes and saw a figure in the distance. She was sure it was him, but couldn’t be certain. She walked towards him with caution. When she was 200 yards or so away, she recognised him. His muscular physique standing strong. His floppy hair blowing uncontrollably in the wind. It was too windy. It worried her, but she didn’t pull back. She could, but she didn’t. As she neared him, she held back from running towards him and hugging him, holding him tight, and never letting him go. She wanted to, but she couldn’t; it would ruin ...

Private Benjamin (DVD) 09/05/2004

When Death Us Do Part I Shall... Join The Army

Private Benjamin (DVD) What do most daddy girls want? A husband with money a big house and perhaps a few children that the nanny will look after? Well, that’s exactly what Judy Benjamin wants. She’s not fussy about the love aspect of marriage or about anything, really, as long as she gets to be the perfect wife, who has the perfect husband, has the perfect friends and the perfect house. So, when she finds her victim their down the aisle faster than a pair of cheetahs! Everything’s perfect and everything has gone to plan. So, what can go wrong? How can the perfection be taken away from her? Pretty, simply really. During a full on sex session on their honeymoon night her husband dies. Of a heart attack. Whilst having sex. Judy is devastated and won’t talk to anyone for days. She locks herself in a hotel room alone. When she gets an invitation to join the army she quickly declines. But, when they say she’ll have a “private room” and a “yacht” she jumps at the chance. But it seems army life isn’t as simple and enlightening as she imagined… Private Benjamin was the film that made Goldie Hawn a star. Even though Shampoo made her known and after Cactus Flower won her an Oscar she was brought to people’s awareness, this is the film that brought her to movie producers’ awareness, and after this the offers came rolling in for her. She certainly does show her true talents in the film. She got an Oscar nomination for her ...

Death Becomes Her (DVD) 05/05/2004

Do You Remember Where You Parked The Car?

Death Becomes Her (DVD) I’m sure you’ve all worried about getting older. Even when you’re young you’re worried about looking old and wasted and no one loving you. I can imagine that it’s worse for a movie star. Wouldn’t you say so? Having all the magazines say dreadful things about you; spiteful things. Things about your looks and how you’ve aged. So, imagine how Madeline Ashton (played by Meryl Streep) felt when she hit 50 and was starting to look older by the day. Wrinkles. Saggy boobs. Loosing her firmness from her bum cheeks. So, what do you do when you get old? Do you grow old gracefully? Surely not! But what other alternative is there? Well, actually, you’d be surprised… ◄ The Plot ◄ Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) and Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) are best friends. Well, in actual fact their enemies. They hate each other, but they put on a front and act as if they like each other. When Helen falls for a Dr Ernest Menville (an unrecognisable Bruce Willis) she introduces him to Madeline. Every man Helen has dated Madeline has stolen off her. Would Dr Ernest Menville head the same way? Well he did, and before you knew it Madeline and Ernest were getting married. Helen couldn’t stand it and went into a bout of depression. She put on 5 stone and went to a mental institution. With the help of her therapist she plotted revenge and fast forward seven years and it’s the party of Helen’s book launch. Having not seen ...
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