Patrick McGinlay's Internet Tendency

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December 30, 2003

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Hi!! It's Serena here, the office assistant at McGinaly's! some of you will have noticed that there hasn't been much new cool stuff on the site lately, but that's becuse the guys have been taking a bit of a break over the holiday season. Dave said "it's ok, nothing happens between november and Australia Day anyway!" and Jake agreed. But there were still some hot films coming out in that time, so Jake went and saw them and wrote reviews. Usually Dave edits and does the web work but he called from Byron and told me how 2 update the site myself, which is cool because i did take this job 2 learn some new skills anyhow! There's a couple fiddly bits which I couldn't get 2 look quite right but i think it's not bad considering this is my first go hey!!! :-)) Hopefully next year I might get the chance 2 write some fun artciles of my own design, like the one about sandals which ive been plotting out for ages! Anyway, here's Jake with your new hot flix!:


In the film industry it is sometime necessary to schmooze the people who run cinemas as well as a few other important people, these events are called 'Trade days'. I had the pleasure of being invited to one of these 'trade days' and so gentle reader, I thought it would only be fair if I reviewed the whole event.

The day started at 10am where I had to get my name badge (so the important people could identify me and probably avoid me) then I was treated to a free muffin and "nudie juice." This was quite good as I didn't get to have breakfast, the muffin and juice were quite nice.

Onto the first film - Big Fish. Big Fish is a story about Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) and his amazing adventures as a young man (Ewan McGregor). Bloom is a teller of "tall tales" and his uncanny ability to embellish and exaggerate what has really happened to him in his life, charms all around him - except his son, William (Billy Crudup). After a long estrangement, William returns home after hearing his father is to die. He is desperate to unravel the truth from the legend as he comes to terms with his father's great feats and great failings.

Tim Burton whose films like Batman and Edward Scissorhands are more thought to be of a darker tone seems to have a lot more fun with Big Fish. The film does give off this fairy tale feeling whenever Bloom goes into one of his story and this really allows Burton to go wild with his sets. It felt very reminiscent of his previous films in those scenes.

The ensemble cast who includes Ewan McGregor, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito really do help bring these tales to life.

I really like this movie and I think Burton has done a great job bringing to life the stories told.

After Big Fish we were invited to partake in some lunch. Now lunch at these things is always good - Sandwiches, fruit and lots of free drinks. Here is spoke to some of the other reviewers who I always seem to speak to at these things, we spoke about the usual crap, ate some food and then went back in for our second movie for the day - The Missing.

While we were waiting for The Missing to start everyone was offered a choice of choc-top. Now to explain how big this event was, every flavour of choc-top was available including Boysenberry, how cool is that. Anyway onto to the movie.

The Missing is the story of Maggie (Cate Blanchett), a young woman raising her two daughters in an isolated and lawless wilderness. When her oldest daughter Lily (Evan Rachel Wood) is kidnapped, Maggie is forced to reunite with her long estranged father (Tommy Lee Jones), who left her family to join the Apache, to rescue her.

Like many of Ron Howard's films The Missing is based around a core group of characters and follows their struggles. This does make a good film but at times I did feel that the pace of it was dragging but that could've just been me. What I did like was the way the scenery was shot and even the small touches of swearing in Apache was used.

The Missing although a bit long for my likes is overall a good film.


Many of us probably remember the Disney animated film version of J M Barrie's play , Peter Pan, I know I do. So it's good to see that P J Hogan and some very imaginative people have put together a film that has the feel of an animated feature in a live action version.

Our tale revolves around Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter), a boy who decides to never grow up, he also happens to live in Neverland a place that allows him to do so. Each night Peter leaves Neverland to hear the stories Wendy Darling (Rachel Hurd-Wood) tells her brothers and then brings these stories back to his companions. One night he decides to bring back Wendy as well her brothers so she can tell the stories in person. But Neverland is not an entirely safe place. As well as Peter resides the Pirate Captain James Hook (Jason Isaacs), Peter's eternal enemy. While Peter revels in the fantasy world of fairies, mermaids and Indians, Wendy is torn by her family's desire for her to grow up and deal with more than just adventure and the world of Neverland.

This is a much darker film than the happy Disney version but that should be expected as that version was made a good fifty years ago.

This film is visually spectacular from the brightly coloured skylines of Neverland to Captain Hook's ship this film makes you believe that Neverland could exist. The script is also clever and uses good humour to lighten some of the darker scenes.

Adults will enjoy this as much as the kids they will most likely take.


Boxing Day will be known to many of you as the day you try to go see Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, but in case you haven't already gotten your tickets for the first week of its release here are some really good films on that are great alternatives to the fun and hi-jinxs of Middle Earth.


In Lost In Translation, Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is an American film actor, far past his prime. He visits Tokyo to appear in commercials, and he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johannson), the young wife of a visiting photographer, who is looking for "her place in life." Bored and weary, Bob and Charlotte make ideal if improbable travelling companions. Both separately and together, they live the experience of the American tourist in Tokyo suffering confusion and hilarity due to the cultural and language differences between themselves and the Japanese. As the relationship between Bob and Charlotte deepens, they come to the realisation that it must soon end.

Sofia Coppola's seems to make films about characters coming of age in once sense or another. In her 1999 film The Virgin Suicides the story revolved around a group of boys obsession with a group of five sisters and their eventual group suicide. In Lost in Translation, the story revolves around our two characters, Bob and Charlotte, who both are looking for direction in their lives and their meeting in a Japanese Hotel bar seems to save them from their boredom of the trip they are on.

This film is a nice insight into what you may see as a tourist in Japan but also has some really funny scenes with Bob trying to understand the Japanese director of the commercials he is doing. Also look for some quite amusing scenes with Anna Farris who make a brief appearance as a movie star on a press junket.

Overall this film is funny and sweet and if you're looking for a good film over you long weekend and you don't want hobbits in it this may make a good alternative.


Set almost entirely in London, England during five frantic weeks before Christmas, Love Actually follows a web-like pattern of inter-related, losely related and unrelated stories of a dozen various individuals with their love lives, or lack of them. Our characters include the new bachelor prime minister David (Hugh Grant) who cannot express his growing feelings he feels for his new personal assistant Natalie (Martine McCutcheon). The prime minister's older sister Karen (Emma Thompson) slowly grows aware about her husband Harry's (Alan Rickman) flirtation with an office worker named Mia (Heike Makatsch). Karen's friend Daniel (Liam Neeson) who is a recently widowed writer whose 11-year-old step son asks for love advice to attract a girl he has a crush on. Meanwhile, Jamie (Colin Firth) is another writer who leaves his girlfriend after catching her cheating on him and travels to France to write a novel where he persues a possible romance with his non-English speaking Portuguese maid Aurelia (Lucia Moniz). Also, Harry's American secretary Sarah (Laura Linney) questions a romance she persues with the office hunk Karl (Rodrigo Santoro), but her personal family problems get in the way. Other parts of our story involve a photographer who persues his best friend's new wife Juliet (Keira Knightley), a pair of movie stand-ins, named John (Martin Freeman) and Judy (Joanna Page), who grow closer after their simulated love scenes, a libious chum who wants to travel to Wisconsin, USA to score with women; and a burned-out former rock star named Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) who decides to be honest with the world, while promoting his new Christmas song and trying to get it to number one on the charts.

Sounds like a really complicated film that you won't be able to understand because of the many storylines that are barely related to each other, doesn't it? Well it's not, Richard Curtis has done an really good job at trying to make all these different stories that only seem to have in common that they are about love intertwine really well.

Love Actually, is quite funny and sweet and with a great ensemble cast it is really a good film to watch. It has some really funny parts and some really sweet ones to, overall it will probably make some of you cry as well.

It goes to show that the English film industry still does have some great talents and can still make great films


Big Fish releases nationally on February 5 2004
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman,
Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito
Run Time: 125 minutes

The Missing releases nationally on March 4 2004
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Tommy Lee Jone
Run Time: 139 minutes

Starring: Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lynn Redgrave, Richard Briers, Olivia Williams, Geoffrey Palmer, Harry Newell, Freddie Popplewell
Rating: PG
Run Time: 113 minutes

Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johannson
Run Time: 101 minutes

Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson
Rating: M
Run Time: 110 minutes


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