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Archive for January, 2008


Heath Ledger Dies at age 28

Heath Ledger Died unexpectedly this week, on Tuesday (22nd Jan 2008) at the age of just 28.

Early news reports suggested that his death may have been the result of a drugs overdose, as his body was apparently discovered “surrounded” by pills. His housekeeper made the discovery when he failed to answer the door for a massage appointment in his New York appartment.

He may be most remembered for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, a role in which he was nominated for an Oscar.

but I’ll remember him more for an earlier film of his, A Knights Tale in 2001, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Watching this movie was a bit of an accident, it was just supposed to be something interesting to watch while I was playing Warcraft on my laptop in front of the TV.

The problem was that I hadn’t realised it was a french movie with the obligatory sub-titles, which of course meant I had to pay attention to keep track of what was being said.

It turned out to be a very good mistake, as this is one of the most enjoyable movies I’ve watched in quite a while.

The plot revolves around a doctor who’s wife is apparently kidnapped, and later murdered, whilst he is knocked unconcious having been knocked out by the “bad guys”.


I am Legend, I think…

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this movie as I’d not seen any of the previews, but it sounded interesting and I usually like Will Smith’s films, so I took the chance and grabbed some popcorn for the journey.

Im not going to say I was dissapointed, as it was certainly an entertaining movie, but it kind of left me wanting/expecting more somehow, I just can’t work out why.

I guess because there’s so little character interaction, it could be because you don’t really build up that much of an “relationship” with Will Smith’s character.

Probably the only time I really felt for Will’s character was when he had to kill his “best friend”, although even that seemed a little hollow, possibly because you could see it coming so easily.

OK, so this wasn’t my first choice of movie to go watch with my kids, I was keen on seeing The Golden Compass, but the kids vetoed my choice.

The first 5 minutes had me worried that I was not going to enjoy the movie, as it was more than a little “tacky” in the old fashioned Disney cartoon fairy tale movie style, but it quite quickly changes gear as the characters suddenly find themselves in a very real, non-cartoon New York.

Amy Adams is not only more than attractive enough to be the fairly tale heroine, but has some great scenes as the cartoon “princess” thrown in to the “real” world with no idea what’s happened.