Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Director: Kevin Smith

Cast: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Brandon Routh, Justin Long, Jeff Anderson, Katie Morgan, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords

Synopsis: Zack and Miri are two life-long friends living together and unable to make ends meet.   Despite having no romantic attraction to each other, they decide to make their own porno film together, after seeing how well it went for other guests at their high school reunion.

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Can’t Hardly Wait

Director: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green

Synopsis: School is over forever, and there is a party to end all parties to celebrate the freedom of a whole year group of teenagers.   Nerds seek revenge on the jocks that made their lives a living hell, two former friends but now long-term enemies get locked in a bathroom together, and Preston Meyers (Embry) thinks he might finally have the chance to tell Amanda Beckett (Love Hewitt) how he feels.

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Dead Island

Developer: Techland

Console: 360, PS3, PC

Synopsis: You play one of a team of four people whom wake up one morning in the hotel resort on the island of Banoi, where you were holidaying.  Suddenly, you have a voice directing you out of the hotel, which is now infested with zombies.   So this, like many games of the same ilk, has you working through a plot whose ultimate goal is to escape before you yourself are zombie chowder.

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Total Recall (1990)

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, Micheal Ironside

Synopsis: Douglas Quaid is frustrated with his lot in life, despite a beautiful wife and a stable job.   He attempts to get out of his rut by having his dream holiday implanted in his head… a trip to Mars.   However it seems he had memories of Mars already that had been wiped away and replaced with his current memories.   What ensues is an action packed reality where Quaid’s true history remains a mystery to him for the majority of the film.

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial on BluRay

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore

Synopsis: A squat, ugly (yet still somehow adorably cute) alien is stranded on planet Earth and is hunted by a number of government types.   He finds refuge and friendship in the house of a young boy, Elliott.   While Elliott helps E.T. get a message to his people, E.T. helps heal the wounds that result from a broken home.

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Back to the Future Trilogy on BluRay

Director: Robert Zemekis

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson

Synopsis: Marty McFly (Fox) is your average 80’s teenager with a less than ordinary scientist friend, Doc Emmett Brown (Lloyd).   The Doc invents a time machine out of a De Lorean, and accidentally sends Marty 30 years back in time to 1955, where he meets the teenage versions of his parents and almost prevents them meeting.   This leads to an adventure travelling back and forth through time over three films, meddling with the time lines then trying to repair them.

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Skyfall – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear

Film matched beverage: Silver Balloon Cocktail

Synopsis:   Bond is wounded, presumed dead, whilst pursuing a hard drive featuring the identities of every international secret agent.    He remains undercover, until MI6 itself is attacked, and returns to active service, facing more than one demon at the same time.

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Quantum of Solace – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Marc Forster

Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Jesper Christensen, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench

Film matched beverage: Choc-mint martini (for Dominic Greene)

Synopsis: Following directly from the events of Casino Royale, Bond attempts to extract mission from Mr. White on the mysterious organisation Quantum.   As he continues to follow the links in the chain, it is unclear whether his motives are professional, or if they are fueled by his hurt and anger over Vesper’s betrayal.

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Casino Royale – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Jesper Christensen, Judi Dench

Film matched beverage: Vesper Martini

Synopsis:   Finally, after years of legal wrangling, Eon got to make Casino Royale, the very first Bond novel that Ian Fleming ever wrote.   Being a beginning for Bond in popular culture, they made this film a new beginning for the franchise.   Indeed, they went full reboot mode, and to great effect.   New film, new start, new Bond.   And Daniel Craig made the role his own…. Continue reading

Die Another Day – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Lee Tamahori

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, John Cleese, Madonna, Michael Madsen, Samantha Bond, Judi Dench

Film matched beverage: Mojito

Synopsis: After being betrayed by a colleague, Bond is imprisoned and tortured for 14 months in a North Korean holding facility.   When MI6 is led to believe he is hemorrhaging information, they arrange a trade, but put him out to pasture as washed up.   Bond must track down the person who betrayed him to clear his name and exact revenge.

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