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Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Price: 14.90

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Lovers of the Film, 22 Jan 2008
This soundtrack is fantastic for those who love the new Tim Burton film. It is not a substitute for the Broadway OCR, as many of the songs are shortened or missing (although the Johanna reprise with Sweeney's extra melody is here and was cut from the Broadway album), but the film actors really do bring something new to the whole piece. It probably isn't great if you haven't seen the film, but for those who have, it's brilliant!

Volver (Almodovar) [DVD]
Volver (Almodovar) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Penelope Cruz
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: 9.75

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 5 Feb 2007
This review is from: Volver (Almodovar) [DVD] (DVD)
Having seen this film three times in the cinema, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Each time I sat there with a wide grin planted firmly on my face. As the previous reviewer explained, you never quite know where this movie will take you next. Comedy, thriller, drama, mystery; Volver has it all! It will definately make you laugh, and probably trigger tears of emotion too.

Penelope Cruz is a revelation. She is not only watchable (unlike her performances in English language films), but positively electric as she struts the streets of Madrid in a variety tight dresses, bouffant hairdos and stacked wedges. Not content with one award-worthy performance, Almodovar adds to this a supporting (almost all female) cast who play it pitch-perfect across the board.

Don't miss this one!

The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
by Lemony Snicket
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.99

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The End? You could have fooled me..., 30 Dec 2006
I have read all 13 of the Lemony Snicket books, and although 4, 7, 9, 11 and 12 were pretty dull, they always seemed worth it because you could feel some huge payoff lurking just out of sight. Some unifying fact tying the Baudelaires, the Snickets, the Quagmires, the fires, all the different VFDs, the sugarbowl, the questionmark on the radar screen etc. Instead it is very clear that Daniel Handler had not planned the story from the start. He desperately struggles to explain bits and bobs (not very convincingly), and then just writes everything else off using "the great unknown". Seriously, the most disappointing ending to any mystery (the equvalent would be if Agatha Christie had left one of her crimes unsolved) and made all the worse as it spanned not just one, but thirteen novels.

A Prayer For Owen Meany
A Prayer For Owen Meany
by John Irving
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ending Ever, 4 Sep 2006
I am not going to repeat all of the previous comments about how good this book is (and it really is amazing), but I would like to add, that if ever a book made you feel that the previous 630 pages have not been read in vain, this is it. With the extraordinary (and seemingly disjointed) events of the main part of the book being so original and interesting, it seems as though nothing could top what has gone before. But it does. A bit of advice, DO NOT read the ending until you have read everything else. Apart from being a stupid and spoiling thing to do, you will also not understand the significance of every line. It took me about half an hour to read the final 5 pages because I kept having to stop and calm my sobbing. It is not a twisty ending, and the general story will be very clear to you before you read it, but the details are devestatingly perfect.

On Beauty
On Beauty
by Zadie Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic, 4 Sep 2006
This review is from: On Beauty (Paperback)
The only book from this year's summer top 10 bestsellers list to have some serious literary merit. A really good story with lots of truly interesting characters and some fantastic development, particularly all of the Belsey family, who you will really know by the end of the book. I can understand why some people feel the ending is unsatisfying, but I feel that if you ignore the very last chapter as a way of explaining what happened after the end, I think that the penultimate chapter offers a nice way of tying the loose ends, without the feeling that these characters just stop. After all, in life, our problems don't all just suddenly resolve themselves at a suitable point. Add to this some of the most realistic dialogue (particularly the numerous LOUD arguments!), and I believe `On Beauty` is a true modern classic.

My Best Friend's Girl
My Best Friend's Girl
by Dorothy Koomson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Holiday Read (but nothing more!), 4 Sep 2006
This review is from: My Best Friend's Girl (Paperback)
This is a terribly written (in the style of a women's weeklies journalist) but quite enjoyable book perfect for reading over a couple of days by the pool or beach on holiday. I feel that if you didn't speed through it, you wouldn't make it at all, since the story could be told just as well in a novel of half the length. I would stress that it is definately not good literature as some people seem to suggest, and the characters are totally unrealistic and instantly forgettable. Something that could really have enhanced the story is a cast of supporting characters and perhaps a more intricate chronology; this is a very linear story with literally only 4 characters who appear more than once. However in a Richard Curtis kind of way, the ride is quite pleasant, and apart from the necessary death in the first 50 pages, you never doubt that it will all will work out fine in the end.

Jarhead [DVD]
Jarhead [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 1.83

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great War Film, 3 Jun 2006
This review is from: Jarhead [DVD] (DVD)
This film didn't get great reviews when it was in the cinema and I really don't understand why. It gives a brilliant sense of the desert, the waiting, and finally the fighting. Sam Mendes directs this film so well with the blinding white sands of earlier scenes contrasting the black oil later on. The sniping scene is incredibly tense and the film cleverly blends comic moments with a very real story. All this plus a killer soundtrack of classic songs (none of which seem to feature on the soundtrack album!)

Match Point [DVD] [2006]
Match Point [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Scarlett Johansson
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.05

23 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unspeakably Awful, 11 May 2006
This review is from: Match Point [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This is a truly terrible film. Its first main flaw is that it is really boring, particularly for the first hour or so. Secondly the actors have no charisma and the chemistry between Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers is non-existent. The film trawls through four or five of the most embarrassingly cringe-worthy sex scenes ever filmed (the scene with the tie round the eyes being the nadir chosen from a wealth of stinkers). The most annoying thing about this film for UK viewers is Woody Allen's distorted idea of Central London. When was the last time you happened to bump into someone you knew in the city whilst shopping. I could almost forgive him if it was a one-off, but it happens again and again, as if London were a small village. In a similar vein, why is it that every office worker seems to work at the gherkin? The answer - I suppose the tiny London village must have only one office block. Admittedly the story picks up slightly towards the end, but the lack of any sense of realism is painful, not forgetting you'll have to have an iron will if you're not to wrench the disc from the player during the first fifteen minutes, before spontaneously flinging it onto the fire. Avoid!
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The Singles [2CD]
The Singles [2CD]
Offered by MasterDVD
Price: 13.10

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than You Think, 27 Mar 2005
This review is from: The Singles [2CD] (Audio CD)
Having heard all of the tracks on the main album and having read numerous rave reviews I decided to buy this CD. What I hadn't realised was just how good every single track is. I could remember loving the big hits such as "Red Alert" and "Romeo", but had forgotten the likes of "Do Your Thing" and "Bingo Bango" (the new tracks don't hurt either). The bonus disc includes less dancy versions of some tracks, and different remixes, as well as some other songs, all of which are perfectly acceptable, and its worth getting for an extra 1, but it never quite reaches the giddy heights of the main disc. Don't be put off by the genre "dance music". Personally I hate most modern dance music with a rubbish "tune" and reedy vocals. This is dance music in the sense that you WILL want to dance to every single track. The samples are catchy, the variation in vocal styles is fantastic (compare "Jump N' Shout" with "Jus 1 Kiss") and the production is beyond superb. You may not recognise the names of all of the songs, but upon hearing the album, you'll soon realise you've heard them all somewhere before. If you're unsure, buy it. It IS better than you think.

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