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Escape from Monkey Island: Official Strategy Guide (Prima's official strategy guide)
Escape from Monkey Island: Official Strategy Guide (Prima's official strategy guide)
by Prima Development
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars helpful....?, 30 Nov 2000
Escape from Monkey Island is a fantastic game, but if you are a veteran of the Monkey Island series it should not pose you any real difficulties, it is the easiest one of the four. However there are points where a little help is handy and Prima's strategy guide is the kid for you. Clear guidelines and simple instructions, if you need some assistance, this is where to look. I give this 3 stars because MI regulars will only get stuck in a few places, so it won't be as useful to some as to others.


Shaft (Bloomsbury Film Classics)
Shaft (Bloomsbury Film Classics)
by Ernest Tidyman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It's the book that won't cop out..., 15 Oct 2000
This is the original form of Shaft. The film (with Richard Roundtree not Sam Jackson! ) follows this storyline to a point but in places is very different. Shaft's character comes to life in the book even more than the enigma of the film. The beauty of all character-based books like this of course is that you are inside the head of Shaft. You know his thoughts, his history and why he is what he is. The book follows the conflict in New York's crime underworld, the territorial wars between the Mafia, black militants, the Spanish etc. The daughter of one of the Black leaders is kidnapped and Shaft is contracted to find her. In doing so Shaft is pulled into the middle of the conflict and has to choose a side to belong to - his own. Ernest Tidyman's writing is clear and concise, being at once powerful and poetic. It's very readable and extremely enjoyable. If you have seen the original film(s), this book is a fantastic companion. To new fans who have only seen the recent Sam Jackson version, I would strongly advise reading this book and seeing the original films, you will not be disappointed.


Father Of The Bride [DVD] [1992]
Father Of The Bride [DVD] [1992]
Dvd ~ Steve Martin

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Caak?, 15 Oct 2000
Father of the Bride is by far the best of Steve Martin's later work, at some points even harking back to his glory days with Carl Reiner (The Jerk, The Man With Two Brains). Father of the Bride is a remake of the 1950s classic with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor but could not be more different. Martin's portrayal of the over-cautious father who is struggling with letting go of his daughter and, as he sees it, giving her to another man is unrepeatable. His descent into almost madness is sheer genius climaxing in the fantastic supermarket scene. Further comedy is injected when Martin Short (Innerspace) turns up as the indecipherable wedding co-ordinator, seemingly intent on spending all of Steve Martin's money! Short and Martin play off each other brilliantly, a fond reminder of Three Amigos, showing the fact that they are both greatly underrated these days. Diane Keaton (The Godfather) is perfect as Martin's wife, the level headed other half to Martin's anxiety-ridden character. The films great asset is that whilst being outrageously funny, it never ceases to be anything but completely realistic, I know people who have watched this and said it was a painful reminder watching Martin behaving as they did under the same situation! Though this should not put you off buying this film, it's a modern classic and no mistake. I gave this film 4 stars though I think the film really deserves 5, I deducted one for the DVD because of the lack of extra features. But the film itself is faultless.


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