The Notebook (Movie Review)

Adapted to screen from the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, The Notebook is one of the best romantic dramas to hit the big screen in decades. Garnering high marks from a wide-range of critics, The Notebook is a funny and emotional film which deals with love, relationships, and the risks people take. James Garner turns in a notable performance as the elder man, Duke, who reads the pages of his notebook to dying nursing home resident Allie (Gena Rowlands). Overall, this is a classic "chick flick" with a dramatic twist. Set in the World War II era, The Notebook is a great film...

Duke (James Garner) regularly reads from the pages of a notebook to an older woman in a nursing home. Suffering from Alzheimer's disease, her memories of the parts which he's read in the past appears and disappears without order, but Duke continues to read to her because of their deep and enduring friendship.

The notebook's story centers around the lives of a teenage boy and girl who meet at a carnival in the late-1930s. At first, Allie Hamilton doesn't know what to think of Noah Calhoun, but she soon gives into his insistence that they go out on a date. When Noah and Allie fall deeply in love, Allie's parents try to break up the couple. The Hamiltons are rich, and Noah and his father are from the poor side of town. Nevertheless, Allie and Noah are determined to be together.

When World War II breaks out, Noah is sent into conflict. He writes numerous letters to his love, but they go unanswered because Allie's parents are hiding the letters as well as her replies to Noah. After several years apart, Allie becomes engaged to successful businessman. But after reading a newspaper article concerning Noah's restoration of a historic home he once promised her, she decides to go visit him.

Allie's visit with Noah turns both their worlds upside down when they learn the truth about the letters. Now, Allie must choose between the fiancée she truly loves and the man who is her real true love...

Actor Ryan Gosling is entertaining and likeable in his portrayal of the young and energetic Noah Calhoun. The Notebook as a film is better served by featuring his superb talents. Likewise, up-and-coming actress Rachel McAdams is brilliant in her role as Allie. The emotions of her young romance are clearly conveyed by a natural and instinctive penchant for delivering her lines in just the right way. Call it onscreen charisma or whatever, but McAdams is one to look out for in the future.

In short, The Notebook is as good a film as it is as a book. Few books translate onto the big screen as well as they read in print, so The Notebook is to be heralded for its ability to do so. Charming and easy to like, the film glorifies the romance of a young couple who find true love - a love that lasts forever. Well-produced and featuring some amazing shots of natural locations, The Notebook ranks as a definite must-see film. Do yourself a favor and go see it today...

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Up Movie Review

A delightful film complete with all the ingredients such as action, drama, humor and compassion.

Another movie that had the audience this much awe inspired was Wall-E. Now 'Up' is an adventurous, fun filled caper out to entertain everyone in the audience.

Beginning scenes describe the story of Carl Fredricksen (played by Jeremy Leary) and Elle from their childhood to old-age. How they dreamt of living on the cliff beside Paradise Falls in South America. Finally he decides to live the dream and ventures off in his balloon house. Soon he finds out that he has an unexpected guest, Russell an overweight Wilderness Explorer student.

Characters are designed so cute and their expressive animation is top notch. Speaking dogs are hilarious in every scene. The movie is made for all sections of audiences from kids to adults. There is sophistication in the plot as well plain old silly humour.

There are moments which needs special appreciation because they touch our heart ever so deeply. Firstly, the introduction of Fredricksen as a child and how he met his future wife. The passage is played in a musical note without much talking, but beautifully explained. Secondly, the way new characters come along with their journey and become more important than the dream itself. The sort of interaction between animals and humans we see could have only been done in an animated film.

Vocal performances deserve special credit especially Jordan Nagai (as Russell). The enthusiasm is all there to be admired. Technically the movie does not falter anywhere instead every scene is a pleasure to watch.

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Toy Story 3 - Movie Review

Movie Review - Toy Story 3

Unarguably the best among the three; Toy Story franchise returns with it's final edition in a 3D avatar for one last time. Directed by Lee Unkrich and produced by Disney Pixar, Toy Story 3 - one of the most loved animated movie - runs for 1 hour 45 minutes, making it a short and sweet adventure tale of lifeless toys, that speak a mind of their own.

Andy the kid, who once had a huge collection of toys in his room, has now grown up into a hand-some teenager, soon he will join college and it is time for him to put his beloved toys away, though they are still in perfect shape. Woody the sheriff is hopeful that Andy will tuck them away safely in the attic so that when he has kids of his own, they'll play with the toys someday, but Wood's and his friends' dreams are short-lived, for, Andy's mother is of the opinion that the toys be discarded as nobody would play with them once Andy leaves home.

As Andy picks up Woody and Buzz Light Year, his heart skips a beat yet again for the two of his favourite toys and he wants to take them to college with him. So he puts the two in a box which he would take away to college and others in a bag that his mom will donate to a nearby kid's day care centre. His mom mistakenly picks up the other bag, thinking it is trash and throws it out of the house. Woody is now in a fix. He has to save his friends. Off he jumps the window, saves his friends form trash van and they all crash land in the box that is to be donated to Sunnyside Day care.

Sunnyside Day care is now altogether new and fascinating home for the toys. An unknown place where they are accorded a warm welcome by other toys. But their grief of being discarded by Andy still looms, until they meet Losto - the Pink Bear. Woods tries to convince his friends to return to Andy, but the toys have now taken a disliking for him and decided to stay back at the day care centre, with different kids each day, playing with them all day long. The unruly kids of the day care get the better of Andy's toys and it is now they have been trapped by Lotso. Someone's arm is missing, while someone else's nose goes for a toss! The toys are in an utter mess and now want to break free.

Then on begins their adventure journey through the day care centre with loads of twists and turns. How they manage to save their life and whether Andy takes all of them to college is a must watch, the plot of the story flows smoothly throughout and does not give way to confusion. Even if you haven't seen the earlier two instalments; it doesn't confuse you a bit. You get the gist of the story the moment it begins to roll on screen. Also the romantic angle of a heart broken Barbie and Ken is well picturised. All toys play their characters well on the screen and same goes for voice over artists behind the scenes.
All in all... Toy Story is a must watch for people of all ages. Go Watch it.

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Will Ferrell Movie Quotes

Will Ferrell has uttered many memorable quotes in his movies. Here are some memorable Will Ferrel movie quotes or pieces of dialogue from Will Ferrell movies which I am a huge fan of:

Memorable Will Ferrell movie quotes from the movie Blades of Glory:

Chazz Michael Michaels, played by Will Ferrell, has his gold medal taken away and is banned from the sport of figure skating after a fight with skating rival Jimmy MacElroy. His only chance to skate again is by competing with his rival in pairs' figure skating.

Chazz: Night is a very dark time for me.

Jimmy: It's dark for everyone, idiot!

Chazz: Not for people who live in Alaska. Or people with night-vision goggles.

Chazz: Personal philosophy: Clothing optional.

Chazz: It makes my hair shine like the Belt of Orion.

Chazz: My victory in Boston was as sweet as the cream pie from the city it's named after.

Chazz: They laughed at Louie Armstrong when he said he was going to the moon, and now he's laughing at them from up there.

Memorable Will Ferrell movie quotes from the movie Anchorman : The Legend of Ron Burgundy written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay:

Ron Burgundy, played by Will Ferrell, is a successful anchorman who is about to suffer a change when Veronica Corningstone tries entering his male dominated world behind the desk.

Ron Burgundy (to dog): You're so wise. You're like a miniature Buddha covered with hair.

Ron Burgundy: I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal.

Veronica Corningstone: Really.

Ron Burgundy: People know me.

Veronica Corningstone: Well, I'm very happy for you.

Ron Burgundy: I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.

Ron Burgundy: I'm in a glass case of emotion.

Ron Burgundy: Son of a bee-sting.

Ron Burgundy (looking in mirror): Mmmmm... I look good. I mean really good. Hey everyone... come and see how good I look.

Ron Burgundy (to Veronica): It's all right, my sweet chinchilla.

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Predators Movie Review 2010 Reboot

Run...Go...Get to the chopper, is a very well remembered line for Arnold in the original Predator film as he attempts to save the the last of his patrol from the strange alien predator from another world. One by one, his team were slaughtered. Until only he stands to fight.

That was 1987, in 2010, Robert Rodriguez got to see his script for a Predator film finally come to the silver screen. 15 years prior, it was seen as a possible Predator 3 to be made, yet at the time 20th Century Fox deemed it to big for production.

Nimrod Antal, who has directed only two previous American movies, Vacancy in 2007 & Armored in 2009, of which both performed adequately at the box office, has been picked to direct this Predator reboot.

Much discussion on many online forums has amused and angered some potential viewers, as there is no report of Arnold returning, or to many other beefy types to appear. Even more so since Adrien Brody has been cast in the lead with him touted as a mercenary for hire.

The film has resemblance and much of the film will have references to the original. The premise of relocated human predators, all armed fighters from various nations fighting in an unknown environment against alien predators they initially do not realize who they are.

The cast is well chosen, and Rodriguez has always wanted more realistic fighting types rather than just Arnold, or another primary large individual.

There are surprises in store and the possibility that if all goes well at the box office, another sequel has potential to be in the works.

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Movie Review Inception

Movie Review - Inception (2010)

In the words of Morpheus "Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?" That pretty much gives you an idea as to what inception is all about. A lot of people will compare this movie to the Matrix because of some obvious similarities but Inception isn't just another Matrix rip-off. It's nothing really like the Matrix as this is more of a psychological thriller rather than a virtual reality cyberpunk action flick.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur, Ellen Page as Ariadne, Tom Hardy as Eames, Marion Cotillard as Mallorie "Mal" Cobb, Cillian Murphy as Robert Fischer, Jr., Ken Watanabe as Saito, Tom Berenger as Peter Browning, Dileep Rao as Yusuf, Pete Postlethwaite as Maurice Fischer, Robert's dying father, Lukas Haas as Nash, Michael Caine as Miles. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan who did other great films like The Dark Knight, The Prestige and Memento to name a few.

In the not too distant future it is now possible to invade people's thoughts while they are sleeping and extract information. That's exactly what Leo Dicap is, an idea and information extractor. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is his point man and they are basically thieves. They take information and ideas from important people. So they create a dream scenario and try to make the person they are extracting the information from believe it is real. Sometimes though in order to give them more time in the dream and to make a dream more believable they have to take their targets deeper into the dream realm. A dream within a dream. Now while extraction and taking ideas are a fairly common thing in this future, planting an idea or Inception is so rare that some believe it's not even possible. This is where this subconscious action flick takes off.

I really like the way Nolan filmed this movie. Not completely in sequence and a little surreal and experimental in the beginning. You feel like you're kind of being in a dream yourself. Now most dream movies like this tend to be bollocks. It starts off well enough but ends with a cop out at the end. "Oh he's dreaming that's why the movie didn't make any sense", tends to be a convenient ending. Inception is the one and only dream story I can think of that didn't do that. The story actually went out of its way to explain what is happening and why and therefore makes it believable. The way the story unraveled just keeps you hooked on and you won't even want to chew your popcorn too much as you will want to know what's going to happen next.

Having a good story is one thing but telling the story is just as important. They got both spot on. In fact the story was so good in that even without all the action in the movie I would have still liked it from a psychological thriller aspect. The action though does play its part in this rollercoaster of a movie and will make you hang at the edge of your seat. In case you didn't notice I like this movie. There have been few films that actually impress me in the way this film has. I know there is no such thing as a perfect film but I can't for the life of me think of a better film than this in the last few years. Now I might be a little biased because this film is exactly why I go to the cinemas. I love films that mess with your head and make you doubt things that you are so sure of. That's why I'm giving this film my very first perfect score.

My Movie Review rating 5.0/5.0

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Movie Review - Knight and Day

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are back in this year's summer action comedy Knight and Day. It's the second movie both of these A list Hollywood actors have acted in after the 2001 film Vanilla Sky. Which was a pretty friggin weird movie if you recall. Formally titled "Wichita" and "Trouble man", this film originally slated Chris Tucker and Eva Mendes as the two lead roles. Apparently Chris Tucker didn't want to do the Movie unless Jackie Chan was included as well. He also insisted they changed the title to Rush Hour 4 for some reason. Seriously though I think it just came down to the fact that nobody would buy Tucker as a spy. This movie is far fetched as it is.

Anyway Tom Cruise plays a spy *que Mission Impossible Music*, not exactly like Ethan Hunt however he plays a less serious, cornier version of his Mission Impossible character called Roy Miller. Da Da Da Duh Dum. Cameron Diaz plays June Havens who unwittingly gets entangled with him at an airport and now her life is in danger.

I did like how the movie started but it slowly spiraled down a path of big smiles, unrealistic action and predictable humor. The only saving factor for this movie was the fact that Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz were acting in it. These two A list actors took what would have been a B grade movie and turned it into something that's actually semi watchable. I'm actually a little surprised both of them agreed to take the roles.

It was entertaining at some parts though and shot in various locations around the world. So if you're in the mood for a generic Hollywood action adventure where the bad guys have such terrible aim that even after thousands of bullets have been fired hitting everything in sight but still managing some how to miss main characters, this might be your movie. Otherwise you might want to save your money for Toy Story 3. I hear that might be a good one.

I rate this movie 2.5 out of 5

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Top 10 Family Movies

If you're looking for an affordable fun-filled activity that you and your family members can enjoy, then you don't need to reinvent the wheel. Watch a movie! Although not every movie is appropriate for children, there are still tons that are. Here are 10 fun, wholesome films in no particular order that every member of your family can enjoy:

1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

This is an oldie-but-goodie film that never seems to become outdated. The film is based on the children's novel by L. Frank Baum, of the same title. "The Wizard of Oz" is about Dorothy Gale, 12-year-old girl from a Kansas farm. After becoming unconscious during a tornado, Dorothy and her dog Toto seem to be transported to the world of Oz. There, she meets a host of memorable characters.

2. The Parent Trap (1961)

This original version was much better than the 1998 remake. The Disney film is based on the life of teenage identical twins, and their (divorced) parents. Sharon and Susan meet at summer came, but don't realize that they're actually sisters. After becoming friends, they learn that their parents had divorced soon after the twins were born. The twins switch places, and ultimately attempt to reunite their parents.

3. Mary Poppins (1964)

This Disney musical stared Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, and was based on the Mary Poppins books written by P.L. Travers. The story is based on the adventures experienced by the Banks' family's new nanny, Mary Poppins; Mary's friend Bert; and the Banks' children Jane and Michael. "Marry Poppins" won five Academy Awards, and was nominated for 13 awards-an all-time record for Disney films.

4. The Bad News Bears (1976)

This original film is heads and shoulders better than the 2005 remake, and is also arguably one of the best sports films ever made. The movie is about Morris Buttermaker, who's recruited to coach the worst team in a Southern California baseball Little League. Although the Bears' first game of the season is a disaster, the team eventually earns a spot in the Little League championship.

5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

This film stars a young Drew Barrymore before she became a household name in Hollywood. The story is about Elliott, a lonely boy who becomes friends with an extraterrestrial named "E.T." Elliott and his sibling try to keep E.T. hidden from their mother and the U.S. government, while E.T. strives to return home.

6. Back to the Future (1985)

The film is the story of Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox. McFly is a teenager who accidentally travels back in time, from 1985 to 1955. Afterwards, he meets his parents while they're high school students. Marty has two missions: to make his parents fall in love with each other, and to find a way back to the future-the year 1985.

7. The Princess Bride (1987)

This is not only a fun family film-it's also funny! The film is based on grandfather's reading a book to his ill grandson. The humor in the fairytale is what makes it different from run-of-the-mill fairy-tales featured in other family films. It's a film with multiple layers.

8. Toy Story (1995)

The film was the first computer-animated family film to be produced, and was the first feature film in history to be made entirely using Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI). It also features voice acting by several Hollywood stars. The story is about the toys of eight-year-old Andy. The toys come to life whenever humans aren't around.

9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

This is the first film in the series, which introduces the audience to the world of Harry Potter. On his eleventh birthday, Harry Potter learns that he's a wizard. He then must attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to begin his education in magic. There he meets Ron and Hermione, who become his best friends.

10. Shrek (2001)

"Shrek" is an animated comedy film that was the first movie to win the "Best Animated Feature" award at the Academy Awards. The movie is about an ogre named Shrek, a beautiful princess named Fiona, and Donkey-a chatty donkey.

While several family movies have been produced in the history of film, these aforementioned ones are some of the best-of-the-best. If you have a DVD player then you're ready to enjoy an evening of quality entertainment with your family.

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Top 10 movies of 2010

2010 is starting off to be a good year for movie buffs.

#10 How to train your dragon.
This is a great movie on my list you definitely have to take the kids to go see it. This was a great movie from start to finish. You don't have to worry about crying kids for this movie it is fun for the whole family. The storyline is about a group of vikings that kill dragons because they believe them to be dangerous. One little boy goes against the norm and finds out their are more to dragons than meets the eye.

#9 Unthinkable
Another great movie the story is based on a American military specialist turned Muslim that plants three nuclear bombs off in three U.S. cities. The FBI and the military gets involved and brings in an unorthodox interrogator to try and find the locations from the prisoner.

#8 Clash Of The Titans
Another great movie to go see on a rainy day. This is a remake of the Old Clash of the Titan movie with characters like Medusa etc.

#7 Alice in Wonderland
This movie is absolutely spectacular the 3D version was excellent. This is another remake with various eye catching characters and lots of laughs. You will definitely leave this movie saying off with their heads. You will also want to jump down the rabbit hole yourself to go on your own adventure.

#6 Avatar
If you want to see a movie that is fun and full of action and adventure then you need to go see Avatar. This movie is about creatures called avatars that live in close proximity to a military base. This base has vehicles called Avatars that look just like the Avatar creatures and the humans go among the Avatars and try to learn their secrets. The military has another agenda they want to destroy the Avatars home so they can make money off of their resources. Its up to a select few to stop them and warn the Avatars before its too late. This was an excellent movie with a love story mixed in.

# 5 Nightmare on Elm street
If you want to be scared out of your pants then you need to go see the remake of the Movie Nightmare on Elm Street this is a good horror film. After you see this movie you may want to stay awake for a couple of nights.

#4 The Book Of ELI
This was a fantastic movie. This is one of those movies where everything comes together in the end. Denzel Washington did an excellent job in this movie as a hardcore mysterious stranger in town. Denzel is on a mission to protect a sacred book once the secret of this book is uncovered he finds himself fighting and on the run to keep his book safe.

#3 Shrek the Third
If you have seen all the other Shrek movies you need to buckle your seat belts because you are in for a wild and funny ride. This was his funniest movie yet and you get to see your favorite characters make you laugh one more time. This is a great movie for the whole family

#2 Iron Man 2
This movie had in your face action and adventure. If you thought Iron Man one was good then you haven't seen anything yet. With an updated suit and a new sidekick this movie packs a powerful punch. The fight scenes are incredible and when he takes fly you go on a wild roller coaster adventure in the skies.

#1. Prince Of Persia
If you thought Iron Man 2 was good then Prince Of Persia will make it look like a walk in the park. This movie has action, adventure, love, and suspense all rolled up into one solid killer movie.

You will leave this movie wanting a sword. You cannot just watch this movie one time, this movie is that good. Don't take my word for it go see for yourself.

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The Top Ten Mermaid Movies Ever

Most people have seen Disney's "The Little Mermaid" animated movie. But there are several others which are absolutely excellent - classics. Here they are:

1. My top pick for a mermaid movie is "Splash". Not only is it funny and the plot wonderful, but there is quite a bit of awesome footage of Daryl Hannah mermaiding in the ocean. We can't get enough of that! Keep in mind that this is not a children's movie. It was made in the '80s, and for the most part it is okay for the family to watch. But there is a little bit of nudity (when the mermaid is walking into New York out of the ocean with nothing but her long hair to cover her) and there is some implication of what she and the Tom Hanks character are doing in the elevator, though nothing is shown. The movie is wonderful, with a great story and awesome mermaid footage and lots of laughs, as well as a great romance.

2. My second top choice is "The Secret of Roan Inish". This is a safe, quiet movie the entire family can enjoy. It was made in Ireland, and as such is slower and quieter than most American movies. It is about a little Irish girl who moves to live with her grandparents. While there she unwittingly stumbles upon the mystery surrounding the island the family used to live on, called "Roan Inish" (Island of the Seals). As she slowly solves the mystery, she brings healing and unity back to the family. In this movie the mythical creature is a selkie, not a mermaid. The selkie lives in the form of a seal. On occasion she climbs up on a rock and removes her seal skin, revealing a beautiful woman. So this movie is a little bit different, and you will never look at a seal the same way again.

3. My third favorite mermaid movie is "Aquamarine." This one is geared to the teen crowd. It has nothing unseemly, so the whole family can enjoy it. It's a delightfully different rendition of the classic Little Mermaid story, with a wonderful surprise ending. The mermaid in this movie is different, more like a regular teen girl. There are several good shots of her in the water. The messages in this movie are high quality, such as loyalty, friendship, personal confidence, selflessness and courage. And it is also very funny.

4. Number four of my top mermaid movies is an old black and white classic called "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid." You will have a challenge finding this movie to watch, but VHS versions are available for sale on All of the underwater footage was filmed in the famous Weeki Wachee Springs in Weeki Wachee, Florida, only a year after this underwater theater opened. Made in 1948, this movie is about a married couple taking a vacation in the Caribbean. The man is almost 50 and is having a mid-life crisis. While on vacation he accidentally fishes up a live mermaid from the sea! Ann Blyth plays the enchanting mermaid and you will love this wonderful film. The only objections a parent might have is the theme of extramarital flirting, and some funny scenes with a guy trying to give up smoking.

5. One that is a little different, and which only recently came out, is a Japanese anime Miyazaki movie called "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea", or simply "Ponyo". In this one the fish-girl is depicted as a goldfish with a human face, which is rather strange. But in an unusual twist, this five-year-old fish-girl has to get the little five-year-old human boy to love her faithfully, or she will turn into sea foam and be no more. It is such a sweet interpretation, these small children learning to love and trust each other in such an innocent way. It is a tale of wonder and courage and should not be missed.

6. My pick for number six is Disney's "The Little Mermaid". It was the movie that got Disney back into the popular movie business again in the 1980s. The music and story are a delight. I remember how enchanted I was when it first came out - it is a delightful mermaid movie, fun for the whole family.

7. Number seven for me is the Russian adaptation of "The Little Mermaid." This 1976 film shows plenty of wonderful mermaid footage under the sea. Back then the swimmers had only small flippers, so they had to ripple their legs in a very quick motion for movement. The underwater scenes are only in the beginning of the movie, but they are marvelous!! (I can't figure out how those swimmers could be in the water with all those jellyfish!!). You can find this movie to rent at Netflix and it is directed by Vladimir Bychkov. Again, this version of Anderson's famous story is a little different, almost a completely new story. Be forewarned that there is nudity in one scene, and portrayals of a witch performing magic. Other than those the whole family will enjoy this one.

8. "Barbie Mermaidia" is a little-kid movie, but the plot is good and the scenes are beautiful. I especially enjoyed the unusual design of Barbie's mermaid tail. In this story the main character has to make great sacrifice, and learns some good lessons. I like this one better than the newest Barbie mermaid movie because of its great message.

9. There was much excitement this year over the new release of "Barbie in a Mermaid Tail." This one has wonderfully fun surfboarding scenes. The mermaid world of Oceana was a little strange - basically a mimic of our materialistic society. This made it funny but in this setting you lose the mystery and magic of legendary mermaids. This is what I call a "fluff" movie - nothing deep, just fun images and a nice little story.

10. My least favorite mermaid movie is a kid movie called "Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid." It's about a young small-town journalist named Roxy who gradually discovers her new homeless friend (a beautiful blond) is actually a mermaid. The movie is okay but throughout the entire film there are no underwater scenes or scenes with a mermaid in a tail - none - until after the very end. Then, finally, you see about 10 seconds of the blond mermaid swimming underwater with a gorgeous tail. The story is interesting enough, however, and children will certainly enjoy this movie.

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Top 10 Best British Movies in the Last 10 Years

If you look at the last decade of British films you'll see the same names crop up again and again. Danny Boyle, Guy Ritchie, Neil Marshall... These British directors have battled the wind, rain, mud and general gloom of their tiny isle to nip and tuck the face of British cinema and influence movie-makers and goers on a global scale.

How has British film experienced a new renaissance? And why? It's not just about the funding. It's about ideas, and adding a fresh spin on old ideas. It's about looking at tired old genres with new eyes, and it's an approach to the blockbuster where Britain has helped push the boundaries. Let's look at some of those genres, then move onto the top ten British films in the last decade...

The new-wave gangster caper

Do the gangsters of today have molls and leap on car sideboards? Sadly not - hence the rise of the British Cheeky Urban Gangster caper, as evinced by Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and several other mockney gangster movies... in fact, director Guy Ritchie created this new and commercially popular genre almost single-handedly. Attaguy.

The new-wave monster/horror movie

British directors Neil Marshall and Danny Boyle clearly grew up on a diet of comic books and late-night horror films, too much sugar and not enough vegetables. For which all movie-goers must be thankful. British monster films in the last ten years have been low on budget but high on cinematography, character acting and you've-just-GOT-to-tell-a-friend twists. Dog Soldiers, Severance, Creep, 28 Days Later (and the poor sequel, 28 Weeks Later)... These British films hit global cinemas with their innovative approach to tired old monster genres like werewolves and zombies. Speaking of which...

The Zom-Rom-Com

Yes, the zom-rom-com. Worth a mention all of its own, the zombie romance comedy is genre-splicing at its finest, and is entirely a recent British innovation. Nowadays the zom-rom-com is a film staple, with US-made Zombieland its most recent commercial success.

Let's take a look at some of those mainstream movies that put Britain back on the cinema-goer's map.

28 Days Later - 2002

Until 28 Days Later, zombies did what their master George A. Romero told them to do. Everyone knew a zombie walked slowly and craved brainnnnsss, because Dawn of the Dead said so.

Danny Boyle's film opened with an eerie and inspired scene promising something new - a loner in hospital scrubs, walking the empty streets of a wrecked and deserted London. There's something powerful in the image of a deserted city. The film ended with zombies who could have been you, or me, or your loved one - normal people but diseased - and fast. So terrifyingly fast. By updating the zombie format, this British monster film focused on what people are really scared of nowadays - disease, chaos, poverty and the unknown. And zombies who could outrun you. Suddenly the world woke up and realised there was more than one way to handle the zombie genre. After the success of 28 Days Later the zombie films followed thick and fast.

Dog Soldiers - 2002

Why should zombies get all the attention? Aren't werewolves fun too? Neil Marshall threw us a bone with this low-budget but fantastic-looking werewolf horror movie set in the gorgeous wilds of Scotland. Wait, you didn't know it was about werewolves? Forgive the spoiler - but the film was made eight years ago. To be fair, the film finishes with a delicious werewolf-related plot twist for those that don't yet know. What really made this film was the fantastic, gritty humour and interplay between the grizzled soldiers sent to investigate the disturbance, and the film was also helped by the moodily-shot atmosphere. A must for horror and action lovers - but one to avoid if you're not a fan of gore, however tasteful and considered the gore might be.

Shaun of the Dead - 2004

And here we have it... the zom-rom-com! A true love letter to Romero's Dawn of the Dead, with plenty of film nerd in-jokes. Shaun of the Dead made an international star of everyone's favourite ginger, Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Run Fat Boy Run). This film was witty, clever, charming, ridiculous... everything a zombie film has no right to be. Its bravery and humour made it a box office hit on both sides of the pond. A choice movie for anyone who likes zombies, romance, or comedy - and still a pretty safe bet for anyone who hates all the above. The ultimate in cross-genre success.

Children of Men - 2006

Children of Men. Was it sci-fi? Was it a drama? A thriller? An action movie? It was all of these things and none. Sci-fi haters considered it a beautiful and memorable film. Action movie lovers were thrilled by the powerful dust and rumble of the battle scenes. Everyone was moved by Michael Caine as a revolutionary old hippy, and the powerfully-handled concept of a pregnant woman in a near-future where fascists fight revolutionaries, refugee concentration camps abound and children are no more. Once again, the cinematography shone through to depict a beautiful, desolate rural England and a society torn apart by poverty and apocalyptic disease.

Casino Royale - 2006

It would be hard to list the top ten British movies of the last decade without namechecking Casino Royale - an entirely new cinematic makeover for England's favourite son, James Bond. Daniel Craig was an inspired choice - brutish, surly, violent and... blonde. And even naked on occasion. A world away from the suave James Bonds of the past, and more in keeping with the expectations of action movie goers of today. And what was more - M was a woman! Good heavens! Whatever next? Audiences flocked to see this revamped creation. Sadly, it currently looks like the James Bond franchise is winding down...

Son of Rambow - 2007

Imagine a long, semi-perfect English summer in the 1980s. It's only semi-perfect, because even on a long hot summer, being a young schoolboy is hormone hell. Two miss-matched boys are brought together to create their version of a Rambo sequel. They've only got a shabby old camera and a deserted wasteground, so their remake is by no means the big budget production of the original movie. But when the whole school joins in, and when the children start doing their own stunts, from kissing to explosions, this turns into a coming-of-age movie as iconic and classic and adult-friendly as Stand By Me, with a peculiarly bittersweet British slant.

Slumdog Millionaire - 2008

Danny Boyle is the darling of British cinema, constantly changing genres and finding new slants on old ideas which continue to satisfy an audience that demands so much more nowadays from its popcorn blockbuster movies. By 2008, Danny Boyle had a few worldwide film successes under his belt. There was Trainspotting, the black comedy where Ewan McGregor (Star Wars) made his name. There was 28 Days Later (zombie thriller, see above). There was also Sunshine, one of the few Danny Boyle films not to be considered as a top 10 best British film - an excellent but flawed atmospheric sci-fi thriller about some astronauts flying their ship into a dying sun to save the Earth.

In a total break from genre, Danny Boyle's next film, the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, took the world by storm. It's a rags to riches story of an 18 year old orphan on the slum streets of Mumbai, India, whose life is so peculiar that it miraculously provides him with the answers to the questions on the TV quiz "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" and earns him a fortune - and the attentions of the police. On paper, you might think this is a 'homework' movie - a movie you know you should see but feel is too earnest to be truly enjoyable. Cast your doubts aside. Feel-good without being sugar sweet, Slumdog Millionaire changed the lives of its actors (the young female lead was taken out of a Mumbai slum and given a wage, fame and an education to co-star). It will also probably change your perception of fate, poverty, slums, India and TV quiz shows.

Moon - 2009

Move over, Danny Boyle - isn't it time another British director got a crack at the whip? Moon is the debut movie by Duncan Jones - and it's won a BAFTA, another 17 film awards and countless nominations. Moon is the story of lone blue-collar astronaut Sam Bell who is struggling to stay sane as he reaches the end of his three year shift, desperate to return home to Earth, his wife and his daughter. As the movie tagline says, "250,000 miles from home, the hardest thing to yourself". Moon is full of plot surprises, sterile moon beauty, impossibly fine acting from the leads (including Kevin Spacey as the computer), with a soundtrack to die for. Moon's not just a sci-fi film - it's a film about what it means to be human. And yes, it has some good gags in it. Nothing will prepare you for Moon... Except, possibly, 2001:A Space Odyssey. A must-see.

Sherlock Holmes - 2009

Sherlock Holmes is the latest offering from director Guy Ritchie, the ex Mrs. Madonna. Ritchie established himself as world-class with earlier successes like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (a love letter to the gangster caper, updated to a British East End setting for a modern audience).

A comedy action movie, Sherlock Holmes proves that when he's on form and not indulging himself, Guy Ritchie can produce the perfect action movie. The film benefits from inspired casting: Downey Jnr (Sherlock Holmes) and Jude Law (Doctor Watson) revisit and revamp the dynamics between the much-loved duo and are clearly having fun; in interviews the actors say they did indeed have a bromance, so well did they gel together as co-leads. Guy Ritchie's directorial quirks are put to fine use in the film, with jump-cuts and camera trickery adding to the meat of the plot rather than spoiling it. Lastly, the big budget is done justice with some great cinematography - if you want to see a thriving, foggy Victorian London and have no time machine, watching Sherlock Holmes is the best way to do it. One of the most enjoyable examples of a popcorn movie this decade.

Harry Brown - 2009

Director Daniel Barber is a relative newcomer on the British film scene. He's looked at the great American movies and dramas covering the grimy side of life (like the Wire) and thought - how can this be updated, to offer the same action, the same drama, the same thrill, the same grandness of scale - but from a uniquely British perspective?

Cue Harry Brown. What does the British public currently fear most? Chavs, probably - a derogatory name given to a poor and violent youth subculture. Harry Brown is a chav revenge fantasy - the story of an old war veteran on a British slum estate who sees the social destruction brought about to his community by chavs and decides to take matters into his own hands. British National Treasure Michael Caine takes the starring role and is a joy to watch as an old age pensioner who refuses to back down.

Most of these films received worldwide critical acclaim and packed cinema seats across the globe. You may have missed some of them the first time round - now's the chance to take a chance the next time you hire out a Blu-Ray or DVD.

Don't be put off by the British accents, because you won't be disappointed - you'll find yourself immersed by the lights, camera action of ten of the best British films this decade.

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