The Last Rainforest?

Having recently spent a bit of time not far from the National Park from which this recommendation got its name, I thought it fitting, being school holidays, to recommend one of my favourite kids movies.  Educational and even topical. Plus a bat voiced by Robin Williams - can't go wrong really!!

Excellent cast (including cameo voices from Ton Loc, Cheech & Chong etc) and terrific soundtrack.  Plus brilliant colours and characters.
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Fern Gully

CAST: Samantha Mathis (Broken Arrow), Christian Slater (Windtalkers), Tim Curry (Home Alone 2), Robin Williams (Aladdin),
PLOT: A city kid helps a group of fairies save their rainforest home after he and some loggers accidentally unleash their destructive enemy, Hexxus.

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  • A Bug's Life
  • How to Train Your Dragon

Thy Kingdom Come

You know my affinity for a good epic.  Now I'll concede that Orlando Bloom may annoy the crap out of you.  But here's a few excellent reasons to see this recommendation:
From the director of Gladiator and Alien, starring a former bond girl, 2 former gruff lions, 2 former werewolves, 2 former elves, and one of the greatest actors of his generation though you may not pick it's him right away!  Watch it if you love Gladiator, King Arthur, Lawrence of Arabia.
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Kingdom of Heaven

DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott

CAST: Orlando Bloom (PoTC), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Jeremy Irons (Appaloosa), Liam Neeson (Taken), Marton Csokas (Alice in Wonderland), Michael Sheen (The Queen), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges)

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  • Master & Commander
  • Gladiator
  • Centurion
I'll be super impressed if you can tell me who plays this character just by their voice (without a google/imdb search)!

RIP Grandfather

Peter Falk, who will always be remembered by my generation as The Grandfather in The Princess Bride, died on Thursday at home.  :(


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Once upon a time, before Sandra Bullock, before Jennifer Aniston, Meg Ryan was the darling of the rom com.  She defined the genre and for all your Sleepless nights I have always preferred these two films.  Kevin Kline's recent performances in No Strings Attached and Definitely Maybe reminded me just how fabulous he is.

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PLOT: When her fiance falls in love with a local woman on a trip to Paris, Kate faces her fear of flying to bring him home.  On the flight she is flung into the assistance of a small time thief who attempts to help her to win him back.

Meg Ryan (Sleepless in Seattle), Kevin Kline (No Strings Attached), Timothy Hutton

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This one is hard to come by but if you do, it is worth the hunt.  Revenge is sweet as a handful of strawberries ;)

PLOT: When their past loves fall for each other, Maggie and Sam band together to split them up, each for their own devices.

CAST: Matthew Broderick (Election), Meg Ryan (French Kiss), Kelly Preston (Eulogy)

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I've finally started reading the Game of Thrones series and am battling my own will to watch the series before I've finished the book.  I love a good battle and Age of Empires is most responsible for my love of all things trebuchet.  Here are a few films which include aforementioned fave weaponry:

The Last Castle

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To the manor born?

I've been on another vintage binge lately thanks to Downton Abbey and struck gold on this little ditty.  Based on the play by Noel Coward, it's clever and wickedly delightful.  Even the boy enjoyed it!  Colin Firth is particularly good playing against type as the disinterested lord.

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PLOT: The Whittakers are an old English family staving off bankruptcy through the sheer will of Mrs Whittaker.  The household is in uproar when the prodigal son returns having eloped with a modern American woman with a tawdry past.  No matter what the lovely Lorita does to fit in, she's constantly thwarted.  Soon it's all out war between the two Mrs Whittakers to the amusement of many.

CAST: Jessica Biel (Valentine's Day), Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Kristin Scott Thomas (Gosford Park), Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian), Kris Marshall (Love Actually)

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  • An Ideal Husband
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • A Good Woman