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Death Sentence (2007) - Film Review

Most of us know the feeling of longing for revenge, someone scratches our car, and we wanna see them pay.... Now imagine someone murders your son in cold blood in front of you - well, that’s where mild mannered executive Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) finds himself in James Wan’s 2007 film DEATH SENTENCE. This film perfectly illustrates how being grief-stricken and traumatised can change our very being, how the need for justice can drive a man to any lengths, and how our primal urge to protect our family can become all consuming. Moving away from the horror genre James Wan (SAW) proves his worth. I have to disagree with the critics on this one. DEATH SENTENCE is a gripping tale of revenge that any one of us with kids can relate to, and I for one, loved it!

As with most action films, Death Sentence isn’t blessed with believability, but Kevin Bacon is at his most convincing as Nick, the gentle natured office worker who finds himself waging war on the street gang who murdered his teenage son at a gas station.

Madder than a Full Moon Dog (2013) - Film Review

A fly on the wall look at all the madness and mayhem behind a busy heavy metal festival; Deborah Louise Robinson’s MADDER THAN A FULL MOON DOG is a hilarious look on stage, and back stage at The Full Moon Dog Festival 2012. The reality of this ‘rockumentary’ is what makes it so entertaining. Never before have I seen such raw and authentic footage – think Spinal Tap, but real!! This is a must for any fan of old school Heavy Metal.

 After the untimely death of ASOMVEL founder member and frontman, Jay-Jay Winter, The Full Moon Dog Festival was born.

Father of the Bride (1991) - Film Review

Charles Shyer’s 1991 remake of the Spencer Tracy classic FATHER OF THE BRIDE is a wonderful cocktail of comedy and romance. It is gentle, sentimental, and sweet but with bursts of comedy genius provided by the incomparable Steve Martin. FATHER OF THE BRIDE is a charmingly funny observation of everyday life; most of us will watch with true empathy as we imagine the heartbreak of a father watching his most wonderful creation; his daughter, move on, and feel the fear as he is no longer considered to be the main man in his little girl’s life.

 George Banks (Steve Martin) loves his idyllic life, his house with its white picket fence, his job running his trainer firm and, most of all, his family; daughter, Annie (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), wife, Nina (Diane Keaton) and his young son, Matty (Kieran Culkin).

The Notebook (2004) - Film Review

Tissues at the ready!! What a heart-warming, heartbreaking, romantic treat. I was mesmerised by this tender love story. I felt that I had been taken on an emotional rollercoaster along with the characters and felt every high and low along with them. My heart was spared nothing; I truly felt their joy and pain as I followed the wonderful tale held within Nick Cassavetes’ THE NOTEBOOK.

This magnificent journey all begins as we see an elderly gentleman (James Garner) reading a timeless love story to his aging

Frozen (2010) - Film Review

Imagine the horror of being trapped in freezing conditions, on a chairlift, high in the mountains and with no chance of rescue for 5 days. This is the scenario being faced by three friends in Adam Green’s 2010 thriller FROZEN. A simple idea and one with which the viewer easily relates. The scene is set for a tense and thrilling 90 mins of fear and desperation. Well made and well acted, FROZEN is an easy watch. Not a thinking man’s film by any stretch of the imagination but a fair watch. It could have been a great watch, but the horror of being up there with them was missing. At no time did I leave the warmth and comfort of my sofa for the icy cold metal of that chairlift. Had that been achieved then FROZEN would indeed have given a real chill. Sadly the temperature never really left luke warm.

 When snowboarding buddies Joe (Shawn Ashmore) and Dan (Kevin Zegers) have their snowboarding weekend crashed by Dan’s girlfriend Parker (Emma Bell), tension between the three

Message in a Bottle (1999) - Film Review

Luis Mandoki’s 1999 film MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE is a romantic tale set amongst peaceful settings with breathtaking coastal photography. It creeps along at a leisurely pace and allows you to relax and be fully absorbed. Not blessed with excitement or action, MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE is a quiet and weepy melodrama, ideal for relaxing into on a Sunday afternoon. Its slow pace will be painful to some viewers, however, I enjoyed watching the love story slowly unfold with tentative steps and the stunning cinematography ensured a certain charm.

Recently divorced, single mum Theresa Osborne (Robin Wright) finds a message in a bottle whilst jogging on the beach. So intrigued is she by the romantic nature of the note that it soon becomes the talk of the newspaper office where she works. Her

Panic Room (2002) - Film Review

It’s been seven years since I first watched PANIC ROOM and I remember loving it the first time round. Question was, would it still play as well after seven years on my DVD shelf, or would it seem stale and tired? Would it pale against the more modern and technically advanced films I have seen since? Absolutely not!! This film is a masterpiece of arse-clenching tension. David Fincher is a film-making virtuoso and nothing proves this better than PANIC ROOM.

The story, in a nutshell: Recently divorced Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her 12 year old Daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) move into an impressive 4-story house on West 94th Street in Manhattan. On their first night in the house, Meg, who has consumed a little too much red wine is having a restless night.

Copycat (1995) - Film Review

Jon Amiel’s 1995 psychological thriller COPYCAT is both captivating and intelligent. With a dark sense of foreboding throughout, COPYCAT never allows us to be one step ahead. It makes a nice change to be in-step with the characters as they try to outwit the killer in this stylish and tense film, which never quite permits us to exhale. 

Criminal psychologist Dr. Helen Hudson (Sigourney Weaver) has a narrow escape from a serial killer, and as a result becomes a paranoid recluse who suffers from agoraphobia. With only the