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Transformers: Age of Extinction [DVD] [2014]
Transformers: Age of Extinction [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Mark Wahlberg
Price: £4.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst film I've seen in a very, very, very, very, very, very long time., 24 Nov. 2014
Fell asleep in the cinema. More talking than robots. Incoherent plot. Just, wtf.

L.A. Noire (Xbox 360)
L.A. Noire (Xbox 360)
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £10.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yawwwwnnn, 18 Jun. 2012
This review is from: L.A. Noire (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Okay sure it has a few perks and a long gameplay to it. And sure, the character's face acting is neat.

But jeez, this is boring. It goes on. Dreadfully disappointing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just so you know, 12 Jun. 2012
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This product does not come with batteries - it takes 2xAAA. Otherwise it's great. Light is more than sufficient for using as company to a PowerPoint presentation, a business meeting and many other handy uses.

Birdsong [DVD]
Birdsong [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eddie Redmayne
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £9.20

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was my favourite book, but you know what? This was excellent in its own right., 2 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Birdsong [DVD] (DVD)
Birdsong - after being adapted for radio (1997) and stage (2010) - is brought to our television screens and by jolly the BBC serve up a quality delight.

Birdsong, the book that is, was written by Sebastien Faulks in 1993. It was Faulks' fourth novel, and follows a man called Stephen Wraysford at different stages of his life both before and during World War I. It twangs on your love strings and tugs on your heart for sadness. The book, in essence, is fabulous.

So when it came to the screen it would be an understatement to say that I was wary. Birdsong is my favourite book and I wanted the television to capture that. With the perfection bias on my mind I can't say I've ever thought the adaptation flawless but it is nonetheless pretty fantastic.

Wonderfully transformed to screen by the writer Abi Morgan and represented through the eyes of director Philip Martin, this two-part series saw 6 million viewers tune-in for the first episode and almost 5.5 million view the second. It stars the handsome Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Wraysford, something a lot of female viewers certainly seem happy about, and the beautiful Clémence Poésy as the main love interest Isabelle.

Redmayne is excellent as Lieutenant Wraysford and shines particularly well in the war scenes. His emotion is distant, lost but focused on the revenant of his love. He plays the stare incredibly well. In fact it is the stare which is very much the essence of Redmayne's superb portrayal - after all, he says very little throughout most of the miniseries. A critic from The Guardian commented it is as though his character is "an empty shell living only on memories" and it would be easy to agree this were the case.

Poésy as Isabelle drifts from being a likeable character to an unlikeable character. She sometimes seems irresistible and warm and loving - much like we're sure Wraysford probably finds her, especially in the lead up to their first passionate kiss. However, now and again she'll seem cold and distant, and with the audience inevitably taking the side of perspective, i.e. Wraysford, it is almost certain to see her as this when she runs away from him. Sympathies for her, however, occur in the final part and questions Wraysford's decisions instead. It is very much a well-woven tale and excitably interesting to watch.

Unlike the book, the television series focuses mainly on the war and love story as two parallel events broadcasted in a twist of drama and emotional ups and downs. The book also had a third time-part following a modern day character recollecting her family line, and was also more explicitly divided into "parts".

Despite this the television miniseries exceeds in just what it is - a television miniseries. It has steamy sex scenes (for this reason I'd recommend watching away from the family!), brutal war realism and a drawing show of sweet romance. There have been some criticisms over the actors' diction of their lines, especially in part one, with claims some of the important ones were "mumbled", but a backlash against the complaints come from those who sympathise with the `reality diction' which appears to be an accolade of the "mumbling".

The television miniseries certainly pioneers in creating atmosphere with plenty of scenes one could wet their eyes to. It is also a great period drama of quality and stylishness which is becoming so rare - making it fantastically inspiring to see the BBC continuing to pursue quality despite cuts.

The BBC should learn from Birdsong to create and support stylish new adaptations and original ideas. There was a time when you'd not be without a good programme on the BBC all year round; a feeling which has begun to die over recent years. Let's revert back to the days when Spooks started, the years of The Good Life, or the superb legend of The Morecombe and Wise Show. Let's bring back the BBC's genius and integrity. Birdsong is by sure an excellent start.

Working Girls Doodle Pad
Working Girls Doodle Pad
Price: £3.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adds a Little Fun to Christmas, 21 Nov. 2011
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This is a gift exactly what it says it's good for - a secret santa laugh or a bit of fun for a good friend of yours.

If your a young adult like me and you're studying - and so is your girlfriend - why not buy her this? If she's got a sense of humour then this product makes the perfect extra little gift.

Euphoria 2011
Euphoria 2011
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £8.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of Tune, 9 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Euphoria 2011 (Audio CD)
Euphoria 2011 was, like the other reviewers have said rather bluntly but quite rightly, not really worthy of the Euphoria title. If you're a fan of music by Example then you'll probably be more sympathetic to this album's flaunts, but with the kind of audience who usually by Euphoria tracks, I wouldn't recommend this - it's out of tune with what you'd expect and be paying for.

However, you do get a decent sized collection, featuring a good number of remixed pop-genre dance twisted tracks. To some tastes, this could well be your indie-dance gem in the rough - but to Euphoria fans, this was a disappointment.

Private Eye Annual 2011 (Annuals)
Private Eye Annual 2011 (Annuals)
by Ian Hislop
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ian Hislop: "A Sued Genius", 9 Nov. 2011
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The Private Eye is something people acquire a taste to. Naturally, Hislop's Annual is no exception. If you like satire (and to do so you should know what it means) then you'll enjoy the Private Eye. Hislop may be the most sued man in Britain, but he's genuinely quite the genius. Private Eye is clever, comical and challenges all notions of the "PC".

The Annual's at a dandy price too, so if you've got the change, why not give it a taste? It's like marmite, you'll get it and love it to death, craving for more, or you just won't find it funny and you'll scratch your head and hide it among your bookshelf for that odd friend of yours to read when they come around.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Yellow Bulldog Ltd
Price: £3.39

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a Shame I love it, 8 Nov. 2011
I've consistently been a sucker for Captain Price and that's the only reason I purchased "yet another" COD game. I love the gameplay for multiplayer too - after all, it may be repetitive but it's fun to some of us, okay? It's also rather addictive and there's something enticing about watching your stats go up and up and up.

It's simply a shame this game's much of the same though. I love it, sure, but there's really nothing special here. You'll be in for another variation of fun, happy-go-lucky FPS gameplay that slaps a smile on your face as you scream swear words down the mic because your quick scoping isn't up to scratch, but essentially you'll think what we all think, no matter how cod-fan obsessed you are... this is the same game.

I now own both BF3 and MW3 and you know what, I prefer BF3 but still play MW3 just as much. It's a shame I love it, because I should be saying it's rubbish. Oh well.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing for its price, 4 Oct. 2011
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I am an avid Bond-fan - let's face it, the series is Godly. Yet when I go to buy fan-merchandise like signed photos, especially for this retail price, I expect a quality product. Unfortunately, it isn't as dandy as you may think. It's a print in a frame - sure, nicely finished, but it's still just a print in a frame, there's no... real legitimacy about it.

Before you buy this product, give it a second's thought - and then buy it anyway, because Bond is Bond :)

Hotel Babylon: Complete BBC Series 1 [2006] [DVD]
Hotel Babylon: Complete BBC Series 1 [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Max Beesley
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous, flawed and always OTT, but who cares? This is fun as hell!, 4 Oct. 2011
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Hotel Babylon is one of those TV series where the BBC takes a risk. Let's face it, it's hardly realistic or ground breaking, is it? But the BBC played its cards brilliantly here. Hotel Babylon is fantastic amounts of fun.

Max Beesely portrays 'cool-man', deputy manager Charlie to a great degree and the performance from Dexter Fletcher in this is truly, utterly the best. When I first saw this tv-series I wanted to be a doorman - or concierge as it's called - because Dexter Fletcher played Tony that well. Not to mention everytime I saw him later on I'd yell out, "It's Tony from Babylon!" Truly commendable.

If you like fun dramas which aren't afraid to push the boat out there a little, what are you waiting for? This is gold.

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