8:00 PM, 16th March, 2007
Despite living 5000 miles apart, Amanda (Diaz) and Iris (Winslet) are suffering from the same problem - men! Concerned about experiencing a lonely Christmas at home, they sign up to a house swap website and agree to relocate for two weeks. Iris is bright eyed and excited at her new home in the star-studded LA, while Amanda trudges through snow to get to her tiny cottage for two weeks in Surry, England. Amanda quickly commences a fling with Iriss brother Graham (Law) to brighten up her cold winter, while Iris establishes a few friendships. Can running away from your problems really help? That's the question that Amanda and Iris struggle to understand throughout the story lines of the film. Amanda comes across as slightly egotistical, and Graham goes through a couple of apparent personality shifts, but other than that, you'll fall for the characters and be silently cheering them on. '
10:15 PM, 16th March, 2007
Ok, to be honest, this film has received some of the worst critical reviews Ive seen for some time. That said, when I saw the trailer starring our own Holly Valance, I just had to see it anyway. Now as a girl, I've gotta tell you this film is exploitative and atrociously bad for girl power, and while it has a predominantly female cast, well, it's a film based on a computer game with girls fighting in skimpy clothes, underwear and bikinis. But, taking it with a grain of salt and leaving my sense of righteousness at the door, I'm embarrassed to say I really enjoyed it. The plot, as it stands; Princess Kasumi (Aoki) is ninja royalty. Her brother Hayate has been presumed dead following a top secret, island-based martial arts tournament known as DOA: Dead or Alive. Kasumi accepts an invitation to attend the next DOA competition hoping to find out what happened to her brother. There she meets spirited pro-wrestler Tina (Pressly) and slinky thief and assassin Christie (Valance). The girls fight a procession of characters from the game. Sounds dramatic, eh? Well it isn't really, but the action scenes are cool and overall it's a fun film to watch. '