Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 08-29-2007
(see the harry potter and the halfblood prince). This is part 5 of the Harry Potter series. I must confess I have never read a whole Harry Potter book and so my review is based around the film as a film rather than as a literary conversion. I really enjoyed the movie - the centre piece of the movie is how Hogwarts is infiltrated by a hyper conservative new management who attempts to dismiss its long standing staff in order to gain political power over the next generation of witches…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 08-24-2007
This film features the newsman from Bruce Almighty (played by Steve Carrell). It is a sequel but doesn't link in any way to the previous movie. Except for the fact that God is played again by Morgan Freeman. Things to enjoy about the movie: 1. God's love for humanity is highlighted. Frequently God says: "Everything I do because I love you." God is a very attractive character in this movie. He is wise, personal and kind. He is the kind of person we would love to hang out with. God…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 08-23-2007
I was expecting a predominantly fantasy based film along the lines of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Especially as it was made by Walden Media. What you get instead is a very intense drama about two children who don't really fit in at school - so they construct a fantasy sanctuary in the woods in their imaginations. By becoming heroes in their imaginations they are able to find resources to challenge the school bully and actually reach out to her and help her. There is very little Computer…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 08-23-2007
This film had such a good cast. Peter Falk, Julianne Moore and Nicholas Cage. It is based on a short story by Philip K Dick - the brains behind some of the all time great Science Fiction movies:Blade Runner, Total Recall. But this film is pretty useless. It reminded me of the old joke: Patient: "Doctor, Doctor everyone keeps ignoring me." Doctor: "Next..." This films deserves to be ignored. But because it was a long flight and i couldn't sleep I was hoping it would knock me out. Sad things…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 08-19-2007
This is the last film to be made by the director/ actress Adrienne Shelly who was tragically murdered in November 2006. It is a sweet movie. It reminded me of the excellent "Amelie." The film is based around the life of Jenna (Keri Russell) who works in a Diner in a run down Southern town in the USA. Jena lives in an abusive and loveless marriage and finds solace in the friendship of her two fellow waitresses (played by Adrienne Shelly and Cheryl Hines). She is also a master pie…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 08-15-2007
Ok so a combined effect of a rainy August, 25p DVDs at Blockbuster have meant our family has watched a lot of children's movies this Summer. Here's some of our views on children's DVDs. See also my 2008 recommendations. You can see some of the recommendations on my amazon store too: 1. Zathura - total rehash of Jumanji -but my kids had never seen Jumanji. Nicely put together with a take home message of loving your siblings while you can. Suitable for all ages but boys aged 5 and up…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 08-13-2007
OK I am a Douglas Coupland fan. I haven't read everything he's done. But here is my top ten. Life After God (1994) - my first exposure to Coupland - loved the open hearted pathos and homage to REM. Girlfriend in a Coma (1998) - loved the apocalyptic story line - it's the end of the world as we know it... Eleanor Rigby (2004) - great to have a female lead character - didn't see the radioactivity coming... Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (1991) - the book that…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 08-13-2007
- JPod is Douglas Coupland's 11th fiction novel. It follows a group of disillusioned game programmers whose names all start with the letter J. It is a very quirky, funny and as usual insightful book. Quirky The book includes PI to a 100 000 places (including one deliberate error for you to find). It also has every valid 3 letter word for the game of scrabble (including one deliberate error for you to find). Coupland has a field day with text art; quirky email circulars and random messages in large…
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