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Alice in Wonderland [1999] [DVD]
Alice in Wonderland [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tina Majorino
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £13.95

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No no NO!, 6 Nov. 2009
What on earth were the film makers thinking? Turning Carol's masterpiece into a saccharine, syrupy, sentimental strings and oboe accompanied faithless adaptation is a crime beyond compare. You don't need special effects to make a great adaption, you just need to be faithful to the books unsettling mix of dark comedy and terror. Why must film makers persist in sanitising children's classics? File with the Northern Lights adaption under AVOID. PS The 1970s Fiona Fullerton film is not perfect but much much better.
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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Offered by zoverstocks
Price: £10.48

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful!, 18 Oct. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Only a few words are needed here. Naughty Dog should rightly be proud of their achievement. This is as good it as it currently gets. We are approaching a true interactive film experience. It's interesting how a relatively cliched narrative can be so effective within the context of gameplay, and this is perhaps the next challenge for developers. Criticisms are too minor to mention and any gamer who thinks the action isn't challenging clearly hasn't tried "crushing" mode! One final rave ... after the brilliant Locomotion (how have they done that!) and Train Wreak chapters, Nat (I!) wakes up in a Himalayan Tibetan village. A stunning contrast and sooo beautifully realised. Bring on Uncharted 3! (How about some treasure hunting in a modern city?).


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 Sept. 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 Game Trade Online
Price: £10.43

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

9 of 10 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 MICRO LTD
Price: £13.99

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 ~ Movie
Price: £4.50

3 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh this film is soooo very bad, 25 Sept. 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
Price: £7.58

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.


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