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X-Periment + The Pleasure Seekers
X-Periment + The Pleasure Seekers

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electro funk at its best, 27 Sep 2009
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David Frank was the toast of the town back in the late 80s providing sequenced electro funk parts for Chaka Kahn's I Feel For You, Scrtti Politti's Wood Beez, Angela Bofill's Let Me Be The One, and Stevie Winwood's Higher Love among others. He didn't sing or write lyrics, thus his inspired partnership with Mic Murphy (The System). Many 80s productions have dated, the gated snares, twittering stereo hi-hats and highly syncopated kick n bass, but these productions are so committed they stand as towering testaments to the production values and excesses of the era. For me, these LPs are as important as Dare, Parade, Sulk, Slave To The Rhythm, A Walk Across The Rooftops, A Secret Wish etc. The quintessence of the 1980s, the title track of The Pleasure Seekers is a masterpiece. Take a little trip back ...


Tomb Raider Underworld (PS3)
Tomb Raider Underworld (PS3)
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 11.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original adventurer is no longer the best, 11 April 2009
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Well, this was a little disappointing. Never played Tomb Raider before, so being a fan of the terrific Uncharted Drakes Progress, thought I'd give the original explorer game a whirl. I enjoyed playing this game but ... what really lets it down is the lack of a decent story, characterizations and game-play controls. The cut-scenes are very PS2. In every way inferior to Uncharted which is inventive and funny with camera moves and controls which are beautifully responsive and smooth as silk.

So what does work here? Well, the puzzles, locations and music are all mighty fine. And you get a real sense of vertigo from many of the missions. And the design of the environments gives a great sense of progression and exploration. But next time, get a better script and try to refine those clumsy weapon controls. Still, you gotta love the hips 'n' lips.


Murphy's War [DVD]
Murphy's War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter O'Toole
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: 24.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked classic, 28 Mar 2009
This review is from: Murphy's War [DVD] (DVD)
Yes, this is a criminally poor transfer, 4:3, grainy and a scratchy print and yet ... Murphy's War is a great film with a stand-out performance from O'Toole. It's funny, the South American location is terrific and the script is wonderful. They really don't make em like this anymore. Directed by Peter Yates who also made Witness and Bullit. Hey and guess what? No CGI! Hurrah!!!!


Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Offered by Game Gadgets
Price: 12.39

18 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Soooooooo disappointing!, 23 Aug 2008
I just don't get it! Am I playing the same game as those who gave this 5 stars?! If you remove all the cut-scenes (which are cinematic and often entertaining but ... God give me strength! the frequency, slowness and relentless length of them!) you'd end up with just very MEDIOCRE game play. It feels like the gaming engine is struggling to deliver a tactile control experience. But Uncharted-Drake's Progress's graphics are the equal (possibly superior) to this, and that game is incredibly fast and responsive.

Let's be clear, this is not so much a game as a long form animation with some old style 2nd rate corridor gaming thrown in. Terrible sluggish controls, and bog-standard unimaginative shoot-em-ups. All the cool stuff happens in the cut-scenes BUT YOU DON'T GET TO TAKE PART!!! ARRRGH!!!!!

And why can't Snake behave in the (admittedly stunning) environments like a human could? So often he is unable to climb an obstacle that would present no problem to a child. Mercenaries set the benchmark for real world physics (you can roam a whole country, and wherever a human could go you can go) and that's a PS2 game!

The creator of this wants to be a movie director (he's setting out his stall for Hollywood with this), but what makes a good script for a game (and this veers from really rather good to silly) would make a terrible B-movie.

Do yourself a massive favour and go buy the utterly brilliant Uncharted or wait for Mercenaries 2 (which if it is anything like 1 will be a real treat!).
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What Dreams May Come [DVD] [1998]
What Dreams May Come [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Robin Williams
Offered by Empor UK
Price: 6.30

2 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh this film is soooo very bad, 25 Sep 2007
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So very very very bad. Dreadful script, awful acting. If you told me this was the first effort of a twelve year old girl novelist wannabe I'd say you were doing a dis-service to twelve year old girl novelist wannabes. Oh it's bad. How bad is it? ..... very. You have been warned.


Flags of our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Flags of our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Ryan Phillippe
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 4.95

8 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Know this, Eastwood can't direct war movies., 15 July 2007
I know you want to see another war film as good as Saving Private Ryan but this ain't it. Flags of our Fathers is clumsy, incomprehensible and poorly directed. There are too many characters, too badly drawn for you to empathise with any of them. The action sequences are truly dreadful. The sense of panic, confusion and fear that made Ryan so realistic is absent. Here's a wager ... try to figure out who's telling the story (awful narration anyway) and remember the names of any 2 characters, after you've watched the film ... which you really don't want to do. Oh, did I mention the music sucks? Guess who composed it. Don't say you haven't been warned!
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iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: Getting to the Core of Apple's Inventor
iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: Getting to the Core of Apple's Inventor
by Steve Wozniak
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware the autobiography!, 3 Jan 2007
I, and I suspect many others, have been doing Steve Jobs a great disservice by believing the rumours about the 2 Steve's. You know the ones, Jobs the egotistical self promoting manipulator and Wozniak the quiet self deprecating and principled boy genius. When you've read this tome, however, you will be in no doubt as to who Wozniaks greatest fan is (clue, his name is in the title). I'm prepared to believe that Mein Kamph is less self serving that this. (Note to self ... never read a biography prefaced by the word "auto"). Even Wozniaks co-writer hasn't been able to stem the flow. Has this man ever been wrong?!

On the plus side, Wozniak conveys a genuine and touching portrait of life growing up in Sunnyvale and his personal journey which ended in the development of the Apple II is full of lots of interesting detail. And Wozniak has achieved the impossible ... made me think more of Mr Gates!


Threesome No. 1 (3cd)
Threesome No. 1 (3cd)

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An historical document, 14 April 2003
This review is from: Threesome No. 1 (3cd) (Audio CD)
To characterise this music as political, comical satire (which it is) would be to mislead a potential purchaser, because it also has great harmonic beauty, originality and musicality. As someone who has owned every Zappa album, choosing the wheat from the chaff is a difficult job. Editorial discretion was never Zappa's strong point, but among the, what is it? 60-70 releases? there are 10 or so moments of bliss. These 3 (Freak Out, Absolutely Free, Were Only In It For The Money) from the very beginning of Zappas career are extraordinary, and as a collection unsurpassable. Now if they could just compile One Size Fits All, Studio Tan and Broadway The Hardway into a trio I could sell the rest of my Zappa discs for a mighty sum to some sad vinyl junkie.


Kaleidoscope World
Kaleidoscope World
Price: 7.01

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very wonderful LP indeed!, 5 Nov 2000
This review is from: Kaleidoscope World (Audio CD)
This was the band's most creative moment. Drawing inspiration from the music of Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb and Laura Nyro, and armed with a batch of terrific original compositions, they produced a very wonderful LP indeed. Paul O'Duffy, their producer, deserves special praise for his truely panoramic mixes as does the work of the string and brass arrangers (including Richard Niles and Jimmy Webb himself). Do you get the feeling I like this LP? Well I love Bacharach's and Webb's work, and this LP is a great tribute. Buy it.


Affectionate Punch
Affectionate Punch
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: 12.79

4.0 out of 5 stars A taste of glories to come., 26 Dec 1999
This review is from: Affectionate Punch (Audio CD)
In retrospect The Affectionate Punch sounds like a warm up lap, both conceptually and sonically, for the incredible expermintations of the Siutuation 2 singles, later to be collected together as the LP Fourth Drawer Down.

Billy Mackenzie initially called Punch a "babies LP", and the band quickly re-mixed the inferior original vinyl release using the sonic techniques they had developed for the follow up "Sulk" (their masterpiece). All the elements of the bands sound are in place. The panoramic reach of the compositions, playing and singing is startling, and those lyrics!

This album reminds you that occassionally work of great creativity is possible within the short-sighted confines of the record buisness. So you want to know what Punch sounds like, huh? Well it doesn't sound like anything but itself. And what better tribute can there be.


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