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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
(2002) A Greek-American girl finds happiness with a non-Greek man, overcoming the objections of her traditional - but highly amusing - family.A Greek-American girl finds happiness with a non-Greek man, overcoming the objections of her traditional - but highly amusing - family in this romantic-comedy. A surprise hit in the US
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Where have all the decent romantic comedies gone? Even the biggest UK hit of 2002 was about Hugh Grant's friendship with a schoolboy. Evidently audiences in the States were wondering the same thing, so when a low-budget film about an inter-ethnic relationship with no major stars (Corbett is better known from his roles in 'Northern Exposure' and 'Sex And The City') came along, word of mouth made it into the surprise hit of the summer. My Big Fat Greek Wedding belongs to Nia Vardalos, who turned the concept into a one-woman show, wrote the screenplay and takes the starring role as Toula. It's basically her life, from being the ugly duckling in a school full of petite, blonde American princesses to the frump working in her parents' restaurant, forever harassed by her family to get married and have children ("Nice Greek girls are supposed to do three things in life: marry Greek boys, make Greek babies and feed everyone until the day we die," she moans). However, Toula's life changes when she meets Ian (Corbett), a gorgeous, but definitely not Greek, man.
The film doesn't contain any shocks; no star-crossed lovers forever destined to remain apart are found here. What gives 'Greek Wedding' its wonderfully sweet charm is the warmth and humour found in all the characters and situations. Toula's smothering family are stereotypes, yes, but everyone has their own quirks. Toula's father (Constantine) may be on a mission to educate his neighbours about the superiority of the Greeks ("There are two kinds of people, Greeks and everyone who wishes they were," he insists), but his alpha male status is subtly and hilariously undermined by his wife (Kazan) knowing exactly how to play him, while Aunt Voula (Martin) responds to Ian's vegetarianism by saying "It's okay, I'll make lamb." You wouldn't want to live with any of these people, but they make wonderful company for 90 minutes.

Good Morning, Miss Dove
(1955) Warm, sentimental and engrossing drama about the life of a dedicated New England small-town schoolteacher, played by Jennifer Jones.Warm, sentimental and engrossing drama about a dedicated New England small-town schoolteacher, played by Jennifer Jones, as she recalls incidents in her life while she is lying in a New England hospital after collapsing.

Storm Over the Nile
(1955) AEW Mason's tale of honour, redemption and derring-do set during the British Army's 1898 campaign in Sudan, adapted from The Four Feathers.A man is accused of cowardice after refusing to leave his fiancé and fight in WWI. Drama starring Anthony Steel, Mary Ure and Laurence Harvey, and directed by Zoltan Korda and Terence Young
Hollywood loves a remake. While this has become an all-too common occurrence for modern moviegoers, it is rare that a film is remade a mere 16 years after the original - let alone co-directed by the same filmmaker. Such is the case with 1955's Storm Over The Nile, a remake of 1939's classic The Four Feathers (based on the AEW Mason novel of the same name). This version is co-directed by Terence Young (Dr No, From Russia With Love, Thunderball) and the flamboyantly named Zoltan Korda (Jungle Book) who was responsible for the 1939 film.
Storm Over The Nile, Korda's final film before his death in 1961, features numerous battle sequences lifted directly from The Four Feathers. This adventure-packed film, however, establishes its own identity and emerges as a worthy film in its own right and a fitting tribute to Korda.
The film focuses on British military officer Harry Faversham (Steel), a man who chooses to stay in London with his fiancée Mary (Ure) rather than trek off to the Sudan to fight in WWI. This decision irks his fellow officers John Durrance (Harvey), Peter Burroughs (Lewis) and Willoughby (Carmichael), the trio deciding to each issue Faversham with a white feather - a traditional symbol for cowardice.

Watership Down
(1978) A beautifully animated version of Richard Adams' classic tale of rabbits and men. Featuring the voices of John Hurt and Richard Briers.When Fiver the rabbit foresees the destruction of his warren, he must lead his brother bunnies to safety. Animated adaptation of Richard Adams' novel featuring the voice talents of John Hurt and Nigel Hawthorne
With Disney Studios in decline in the late 1970s, producer-director Martin Rosen sought to fill a gap in the animation market with Watership Down, an adaptation of Richard Adams' best-selling bunny book. Given its graphic violence and religious imagery, it was an ambitious project that didn't lend itself easily to kid-friendly fare. A bomb seemed primed to explode, especially when Rosen's first-choice as director dropped out and he decided to oversee the animation himself.Leaving aside that Art Garfunkel song, this film is actually far better than you might expect. It's a fine combination of adventure story and spiritual epic featuring voice performances by many of Britain's finest. It tells the story of Fiver (Briers), a psychic rabbit (go with it) who envisions the destruction of Sandleford Warren. Unable to convince the older rabbits of the imminent danger, Fiver and his brother Hazel (Hurt) lead a band of young bunnies on a daring cross-country trip. Eventually the rabbits make a new home for themselves in the tranquillity of Watership Down, but no sooner does their adventure seem to be over than Fiver, Hazel and co find themselves facing a new threat in the shape of the malevolent General Woundwart (Andrews).

Mean Machine
(2001) Vinnie Jones plays a footballer banged up for throwing a crucial game.In a high security prison, a disgraced former England football captain is forced into organising a cons versus warders soccer game. Vinnie Jones headlines the comedy-drama remake of the 1970s Burt Reynolds vehicle
Mean Machine It must have seemed like such a good idea. Surfing on a wave of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch-fuelled new lad hysteria, what could be better than remaking a minor classic that starred the archest lad of them all, Burt Reynolds? What could be better? How about sticking your fingers in a light socket? In Robert Aldrich's 1974 original (also known as The Longest Yard), Reynolds was an American football player chucked out of the game for cheating and then banged up in chokey after getting drunk and hitting a policeman. In the remake, Jones is a disgraced England football captain (booted out for fixing a match between England and Germany), but the rest of the set-up is pretty much the same. As are most of the characters and great lumps of the dialogue. The main difference is that the Reynolds version worked, and this doesn't.
Why? Well, the original managed to keep a healthy balance between comedy and drama. It was a bit of a potboiler but it never sacrificed believability to the extent that all tension died nor ramped up the prison grittiness to the point that the laughs seemed uncomfortable. The Jones remake manages to do both, rattling unconvincingly between Scum-style nastiness and ham-fisted slapstick. By the time the climactic football match trudges into sight, there isn't enough aimless mugging and desperate stylistic changes in the world to recapture an audience already mentally compiling tomorrow's shopping list.

My Cousin Vinny
(1992) Two teenagers are arrested for murder while on holiday. Unable to afford a proper attorney, they call on the services of their wiseguy cousin.Teenagers Bill and Stan are wrongly arrested for murder while on holiday. Unable to afford a proper attorney they call on the services of their wiseguy cousin. Smart-talking comedy with Joe Pesci in fine form
My Cousin Vinny Two young scallywags are standing trial in the Deep South, having been mistaken for murderers. Fortunately, one of the boys has a cousin who has just completed his bar exams. Unfortunately, Vinny Gambini (Pesci) is a bolshy Brooklynite with less-than-expert knowledge of criminal law. And he's brought his mouthy girlfriend (Tomei) along. The judge (Gwynne) is not impressed. The film relies almost exclusively on over used, lazy stereotypes (Italian New Yorkers, rednecks, the seen-it-all-before judge) for its comedy, but it is perfectly pitched performances that win you over. Tomei is particularly impressive - she steals the show and bagged an Oscar for her trouble.

The New Age
(1994) Married high-flying couple Peter Weller and Judy Davis decide to quit the rat race.Two yuppies take on Tofu after a bout of soul searching with painful results
From Michael Tolkin - the screenwriter of The Player - comes this 1990s version of those kaftan flowing soul-searchers of the late 1960s that usually starred Robert Culp.Californian yuppies Peter and Catharine (Weller and Davis) are loaded but spiritually destitute. When both are freed from their work they set out to inject some meaning into their lives. They open a fatally chic clothes shop (Hip-ocracy), fling themselves into some serious guru abuse and start sleeping around.
An astutely executed satire, it's also a well-performed, ruthless bite at the vacuity of new-age thought. Tolkin's excellent script succesfully conveys the agony of a couple who, by the end of the film, still haven't found what they're looking for.