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Fan Friday: Kingdom of Heaven DVD

Kingdom Of Heaven
Kingdom of Heaven
is a film by legendary Gladiator director, Ridley Scott, starring Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean), co-starring Liam Neeson (Rob Roy) and written by William Monahan (The Departed). It's a 12th century epic based on the travels of Balian of Ibelin, who travelled to Jerusalem during the crusades to defend the city and its people.

Orlando Bloom takes the lead in this historical epic, making the on-screen transition from boy to man. While getting to grips with his own personal saga he is swept up in the throes of war - traversing from Europe to Israel, where Jersualem is forced to defend itself against impending Islamic armies in a holy war.

Kingdom of Heaven is rare, because it tries to engender an objective perspective on this time in history, representing its story from a level-headed disposition instead of vilifying one group or another. The swirling narrative is large in scope and some would say Balian's personal journey comes full circle and levels out before the call to battle is even heard.

It positions itself with other sweeping historical epics like Gladiator, Joan of Arc and Braveheart. Bloom handles the role with amazing dexterity, Neeson steadies the ship with his experience and Scott's battle sequences are extraordinary. Kingdom of Heaven is a historical action adventure that will make an excellent addition to your DVD collection.

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Trailer Showdown: 2012 vs. The Day After Tomorrow

2012 movie posterGerman film director, Roland Emmerich is one of the highest grossing film directors of all-time (18th at the time of writing) with $945 Million to his name. If you thought his salary was big, you should see his films! Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 B.C. and now 2012 cluster a blockbuster filmography spanning two decades.

Emmerich describes his films as 'popcorn' movies, stating that he's a film-maker, not a scientist. While the general consensus amongst critics is that most of his films are plagued by scientific/historical inaccuracies, cliched dialogue, illogical plot development, lack of character depth and an over-reliance on special effects, he continues to make his movies, often as producer, screenwriter and director.

Fellow German counterpart, Uwe Boll is comparable with Emmerich, not in scope or work rate, but in perseverance. While neither of these directors are likely to rake in Best Director accolades, they both seem to continue, despite criticism, fueled by a passion for film-making and armed with a sixth sense for movies by numbers.

2012 is yet another earthquake disaster film in the pipeline for release later this year, which exploits a doomsday event according to the Mayan long count calendar, scheduled for 21 December, 2012. The 2012 movie will probably overshadow The Day After Tomorrow in terms of special effects and catastrophe, boasting a recognised cast including: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Woody Harrelson. However, it's worth pitting both of Emmerich's film's trailers against each other in Trailer Showdown to predict which one will go down in history as a bigger box office blockbuster or failure! 

This week's Trailer Showdown is between the official 2012 HD trailer and The Day After Tomorrow trailer.



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At the Movies: 6-13 Nov

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New cinema releases and the SA box office top ten movies...


JULIE & JULIA Drama / Movie Trailer
SURROGATES Sci-Fi / Movie Trailer
TWILIGHT Fantasy / Movie Trailer


1. THIS IS IT Music / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
2. LAW ABIDING CITIZEN Crime / Movie Trailer
3. A CHRISTMAS CAROL 3D Animation / Movie Trailer
4. THE UGLY TRUTH Comedy / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
5. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS War / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
6. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS Animation / Movie Trailer. 
7. GAMER Thriller / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
8. UP (incl 3D) Animation / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
9. JENNIFER'S BODY Horror / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
10. TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 Thriller / Movie Review / Movie Trailer 


LAW ABIDING CITIZEN Crime / Movie Trailer
A CHRISTMAS CAROL 3D Animation / Movie Trailer
DEPARTURES aka OKURIBITO Drama / Movie Review / Movie Trailer

Fan Friday: Forrest Gump DVD

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
is a Robert Zemeckis film that ingratiated itself in American culture with the fictional character of Forrest Gump. It's a sweet, inspiring and remarkable film with a passion for story-telling, a nostalgic soundtrack and an unforgettable performance from Tom Hanks. "Mama always said life's like a box of chocolates... You never know what you're gonna get." and "Run Forrest, Run" will live on as if Forrest's fantastic coming-of-age biography were true.

It's an American tale that expresses the Zeitgeist of each decade as Forrest makes a name for himself in college football, ping-pong, running, Vietnam and shrimp fishing... finding himself in the right place at the right time. His natural charm, simple innocence and sense of integrity see him through dark days as he traces Jenny, the girl of his dreams. Her life is something of an antithesis to Forrest's as she makes all the wrong decisions, flying by night and against the wind.

All in all, Forrest Gump is a touching, uplifting drama and classic piece of down-to-earth Americana... a must-see and a must own. With six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Director, it will remain an all-time favourite in your collection for many years to come. You don't own it!? Luckily, it's up for grabs this Fan Friday and you could be feeling the triumphs, setbacks and all-round American experience through the eyes of dear old Forrest if you join the SPL!NG page below.

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