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Valkyrie, a review by Rich


"Tom Cruise gives one of the best performances of his career" (Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/Reel Talk) in this action-packed film from the director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men. Based on the incredible true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and his ingenious assassination plot targeting Adolph Hitler, this engrossing thriller reenacts the daring operation to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. Co-starring Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp and Eddie Izzard, Valkyrie delivers gripping suspense and pulse-pounding excitement from start to finish!

Despite poor critical reviews I had read of this film, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
History paints a slightly different picture of nazi Colonel Von Stauffenburg (played by Cruise), he wasn't such a well meaning and untarnished hero as Hollywood gloss team would have you believe. However for the sake of entertainment the movie works well as a stand alone thriller, a complicated and dangerous plan that could so easily have worked in killing Hitler.
Some solid performances from Stamp, Brannagh and particularly Bill Nighy, help Cruise in one of his most convincing portrayals. However I couldn't understand why anyone would cast Eddie Izzard as a nazi, it just came across as a drag queen wearing a german army uniform! David Bamber's brief menancing role as Hitler was chilling.
Excellent adventure and well worth watching, I will view this film again and there is no better recommendation.

(From Riches Random Reviews on May 20th, 2009)

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The Great Muppet Caper, a review by Dragonfire

The Great Muppet Caper will steal your heart as Jim Henson's incredible cast travels to Great Britain to solve the crime of the century!

When famous fashion designer Lady Holiday reports her priceless diamond necklace stolen, reporters Kermit™ and Fozzie™ are on the case! Starved for a story, the two new journalists head for London, without the foggiest idea where to begin!

The plot thickens when the goods are found on one of Lady Holiday's models, Miss Piggy™! It's up to Kermit™ and his Muppet sleuths to catch the real robbers red-handed...before Miss Piggy™ winds up in the pen!

My Thoughts

I remember seeing this movie as a child when it first came out - and I had a set of glasses tied to the movie too.  Unfortunately, they all broke. :(  I remember being devastated when my favorite glass, the one with Miss Piggy on it, broke. 
Anyway, I still love this movie.  It is fun and entertaining.  Having the characters sort of playing other parts worked very well and the plot was original.  Some new Muppet characters turned up once Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo were in London.  There were some running jokes, like how bad the hotel they were staying at was, and some of the jokes were rather silly, but they all worked for the characters.  I just love anything associated with the Muppets, and this is one of the better movies featuring the characters.


The Great Muppet Caper

(From Dragonfire: What I've Been Watching on February 23rd, 2009)

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My PILOT Marathon, a review by Rich

Chef - Series 1

Gareth Blackstock is the executive chef at Le Chateau Anglais, and he is infuriated when management cuts his budget. He is one up on the budget when Everton shows up and volunteers his service as a chef for no compensation in order that he can train in the most famous kitchen in England.

Meet Britain's finest -- and most ill-tempered -- chef, Gareth Blackstock (Lenny Henry), of the prestigious Le Chateau Anglais restaurant. Each meal is a masterpiece. Just don't ask for salt. Chef Blackstock rules his kitchen with an iron ladle and puts up with no slacking. Tuck in and prepare to double over in laughter with this hilarious and much loved comedy series from the BBC!

British comedy at its most lazy and worst. Canned laughter was essential, as there was nothing that even made me titter. Lenny Henry lost his comedy skills after Tiswas, and his character in this, obviously based on a black Gordon Ramsey, is simply pathetic. The remainder of the cast are a hodge-podge of familiar character actors, and all look totally bored and uninterested in this dire pilot show.
Ebay here we come.

(From My PILOT Marathon on September 23rd, 2009)