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A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly

Year: 2006 Genre: Sci-Fi/ Animation/ Thriller This film basically covers the day-to-day activities of an LA narcotics cop who takes the very drug he’s trying to stop others from getting hooked on, and his loss of identity he experiences as a result. I didn’t like this film. While the ‘graphic novel’ style was intriguing, it didn’t really do much to alleviate the confusing plot, nor the slow build up to what was actually turned out to be an interesting conclusion….

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Accepted

Accepted

Year: 2006 Genre: Teen flick/ Pop Accepted is the story of a student who, after being rejected from every college he applied to, creates a fake college to fool his parents, but things go a little wrong when over a hundred teens turn up, having been ‘accepted’ to the fake college. I absolutely loved the film. It’s very funny, and I just love the base concept. The characters are realistic and you really feel for them. It’s just an awesome…

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The DaVinci Code

The DaVinci Code

Year: 2006 Genre: Adventure/ Religion/ Mystery The DaVinci code is based on the book of the same name by Dan Brown, and follows the adventures of American symbologist Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu, as they struggle to understand the situation they find themselves flung into, a situation that challenges the very way Christianity works. While I’ve not read the book, I would still say this was a cool film to watch, simply because of the main premise. The…

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Polar Express

Polar Express

Year: 2004 Genre: Childrens’/ Animation/ Adventure/ Fantasy This film is about a little boy who doubts whether Santa actually exists, and on Christmas Eve is taken by steam train on a magical adventure to see Santa at the north pole. I quite like this film. It has the classical elements of a feel-good Christmas story, with singing and dancing, newly forged friendships, more unusually a train, and a small child overcoming numerous adversities to live happily ever after. Okay, well…

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El Laberinto del Fauno [Pan’s Labyrinth]

El Laberinto del Fauno [Pan’s Labyrinth]

Year: 2006 Genre: Fantasy/ Drama/ Horror Language: Spanish with English subtitles This is the story of a young girl, Ophelia, and her pregnant mother who travel to live in a rural area of Spain with the mother’s new Nazi husband. Ophelia’s new Father doesn’t seem to care much for her or her mother, only the child growing inside the mother. Ophelia uses fairy stories to escape the horrible world she lives in, and descends, with the help of an imaginary…

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Dragonheart

Dragonheart

Year: 1996 Genre: Action/ Fantasy/ Adventure Dragonheart is the story of the last Dragon, Draco, and Bowen, a knight disillusioned when the boy he taught to be benevolent becomes king and a tyrant. Tired of chasing each other and always ending up at stalemate Bowen and Draco team up to scam villagers by Bowen ‘killing’ Draco. However when a young woman, Kara, turns up she convinces both Bowen and Draco to aid her in taking back the kingdom from the…

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Casino Royal

Casino Royal

Year: 2006 Genre: Espionage/ Action Casino Royal is the latest James Bond film, staring Daniel Craig as the 6th Bond. This is Bond’s first mission as a double-oh agent, and he has to stop a banker from winning a high stakes poker game and using the winnings to fund a terrorist organisation. I really, really enjoyed this Bond film. It’s one of the better Bond films in recent times, and Daniel Craig is a refreshing change from Pierce Brosnan, more…

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Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

Year: 2006 Genre: Comedy/ romance This is the story of Harold Crick, an IRS agent who starts hearing a voice narrating exactly what he’s doing and thinking, and seems to be dictating his life to some extent. This is also the story of Kay Eiffel, a rather neurotic and reclusive writer, who is writing her latest novel about a man named Harold Crick. And she intends to kill him. This is a good film. I think I enjoyed it more…

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Flushed Away

Flushed Away

Year: 2006 Genre: Animated/ Children Flushed Away is the latest film from Aardman Animations, and is their first full CGI film. It follows the adventures of Roddy the Mouse as he gets flushed down the loo by an unwelcome house guest, and his escapades in getting back home only to find thats not really what he wants. This film is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a really long time. I was laughing so hard, I almost wet…

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The Fountain

The Fountain

Year: 2006 Genre: Sci-Fi/ Romance/ Other The Fountain is three stories wound together all focusing, somehow, on the existence of a tree that can cure all ills and grant immortality. The main story follows Tomas Creo, a cancer research scientist who, on a whim, injects a cancerous monkey with a sample from some tree in South America, and his wife Izzy who has cancer and is writing a book as her last act. That’s where the second story comes in….

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