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Epson Stylus DX6000 Multifunction Printer
Epson Stylus DX6000 Multifunction Printer

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dont bother, 28 Jun 2007
Had this printer less than a month before it broke down. The black ink print head wouldn't print properly and no amount of cleaning it helped. Now have to go through the hassle of getting it replaced or repaired. In addition, the people complaining about this printer using up ink quickly have got it spot on. Considering the extortionate price of cartridges, this is a major headache. All in all, for 70-odd quid this printer is a major letdown. Go elsewhere and save your money.

Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000]
Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Nanako Matsushima
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 5.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chills to the bone, 4 Jan 2007
This review is from: Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
I made the mistake of watching this alone in the dark (okay my girlfriend was asleep in the other room but it felt like I was alone!). Seriously this is one of the most goddam creepiest things I've ever seen in my life. I felt something of a sense of triumph by making it all the way to the end, I was that freaked out. Neither am I ashamed to admit that I bottled out of watching 'Sadako's video' on the DVD extra features! A brilliantly crafted and realistic piece of terror.

3-Iron [DVD]
3-Iron [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seung-Yeon Lee
Price: 11.32

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strange yet compelling, 1 Sep 2006
This review is from: 3-Iron [DVD] (DVD)
A startlingly original film, not least for the fact that the main character never utters a word during the entire thing. The plot, for what it's worth, concerns an aimless young drifter who hooks up with a young girl who's being knocked about by her husband. The remarkable thing is that there is no dialogue between the two leads, a look tells a thousand words, and a slow mesmeric quality envelops the movie. As ever with these kinds of films, the meaning remains something of a mystery and it's impossible to figure out what is going on or what is trying to be conveyed. Nevertheless you still have a warm feeling at the end of it all.

House Of Flying Daggers [DVD]
House Of Flying Daggers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Takeshi Kaneshiro
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.73

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, but poor ending, 29 Aug 2006
Undoubtedly a visual masterpiece, HoFD also hits all the marks in terms of originality and suspenseful plot development. The visual effects are at times breathtaking, particularly in the forest action scenes near the end of the movie. Brilliant visuals on their own though do not produce a great film, but fortunately at no point is the plot predictable, and the major twists make you look at everything that went before in a whole new way.

Unfortunately the ending is an absolute turkey. This is doubly disappointing because everything was seemingly bubbling to a brilliant climax. It really feels like the writers had no idea how to bring it to an end so just fobbed us off with a drawn out and daft fight scene.

Despite this it's still a film worth seeing.

Fahrenheit 9/11 [2004] double disk extra features [DVD]
Fahrenheit 9/11 [2004] double disk extra features [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Moore
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 3.02

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great soundtrack too, 24 May 2006
Brilliant deconstruction of the phoney 'war on terror'. Seems even more prescient today with the debacle in Iraq still ongoing and with no end in sight. Moore rightly lets Bush & Co do a lot of the talking, thus digging their own graves with their hopeless statements. Particularly laughable is their interpretation of the supposed existence of Saddam's WMDs. In 2001 they said he had none. Two years later they presented clear 'evidence' that he possessed them. I clearly remember Blair telling us 'we know he has them'. How many turned up? A big fat zero.

Be warned. The footage of bombed civilians is grim to say the least. Depressing yet compelling stuff.

Offered by nagiry
Price: 5.24

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top notch, 24 May 2006
This review is from: Takk... (Audio CD)
Yeh, this is as awesome as everyone says it is. So many great tunes on here, mostly low level ethereal stuff but with occasional bursts of noise. 'Andvari' and 'Meo Blodnasir' are two of the best for me. And 'Hoppipolla', despite potential overkill from its use in various BBC settings, still retains its appeal.

King Kong [DVD]  [2005] (2 Disc Special Edition)
King Kong [DVD] [2005] (2 Disc Special Edition)
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.73

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok, 19 May 2006
KK is a frustrating film because it had the potential to be an absolute classic, but too many cock-ups spoilt the party.

IMHO the '12' rating, though necessary to bring in a bigger audience to recoup the mega-budget, kills the movie. At a '15', or ideally '18' rating, KK could have been a real nerve shredding chiller. Instead it's played as a semi-comedy, particularly by Jack Black, which is a disaster.

The CGI, supposedly awesome, are actually pretty lame, particularly on the big screen. It doesnt look convincing. Kong himself is also a bit of a letdown. He's modelled too much on the silverback gorilla, in effect just a bigger version of said creature. Of course, he has to look vaguely ape-like. But giving him a more unique appearance, more of a monster and less of a gorilla, would have been a better bet.

It's not all bad. The crew setting foot on Skull Island and meeting the natives for the first time is a pretty scary encounter, and the showdown at the top of the Empire State Building is also impressive. But there's just too many inconsistencies (how did they transport a giant ape across the ocean in a flimsy boat without him a)trashing the thing and b)starving to death - KK must have to eat like a tonne of food a day to keep going?) and irrelevant scenes (the battle with the giant insects is not only disgusting, but completely pointless, just a CGI sideshow to freak us out for a bit).

All in all could have done better. 2.5 stars.

Titanic [1998] [DVD]
Titanic [1998] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 3.77

14 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars yuck, 16 May 2006
This review is from: Titanic [1998] [DVD] (DVD)
Man, this is one turkey of a movie. If only Winslet and DiCaprio had thrown themselves off the front of the ship near the beginning of the film instead of climbing back on, they would have have saved us from 2 hours of their tedious and predictable romance and improved the film no end.

Granted, things perk up a bit once the ship hits the iceberg, but instead of concentrating on the collective plight of the terrified passengers involved, they are treated as throwaway pawns and we are left to suffer DiCaprio's dumb hero act.

Another thing that really grates is that the water flooding through the ship is so unrealistic. It looks like the water from your local swimming pool, not the dark freezing water of the north Atlantic. And DiCaprio and Winslet seem to spend ages wading and swimming through this stuff. I mean, this is April at night in the north Atlantic. If your legs were submerged in that water for more than a minute they would be completely numb and as red as tomatoes, yet Winslet goes diving around in it in just a flimsy dress and is not the least affected! Absurd.

All in all this is a boring and silly film which could and should have been great, if only someone had done away with the daft teenage love-in and focused on real characters important to the story of the Titanic.

Match Point [DVD] [2006]
Match Point [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Scarlett Johansson
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 3.92

16 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars daft, 16 May 2006
This review is from: Match Point [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
There are so many holes in the plot of this film the whole thing just ends up being laughable. Everyone seems to bump into each other on the street and major twists in the tale are pasted together by ludicrously convenient occurences, the chance sighting Myer has of Scarlett while both are in the Tate Modern being the worst offence. The moment when a ring is thrown into the Thames, only to bounce back after hitting a railing, is also ridiculous.

Aside from that, the english people in the film are so stereotypically portrayed that no english person watching this could ever take it seriously. Americans may lap it up but most of the lines uttered by the upper class buffoons made me cringe. And the main character, despite hailing from Ireland in the film, speaks with a perfect english accent. Somebody somewhere didnt do their homework here.

Truly this is such a dull film. When the only intersting bit comes, you're just about past caring. If you press the 'stop' button 10 minutes into this film, you'll really do yourself a favour.
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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Two Disc Set) [DVD] [2003]
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Two Disc Set) [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.50

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars just aint frightening, 24 Mar 2005
The core problem with T3 is Kristanna Loken's hopeless miscasting as the new Terminator. The whole point of a killing machine is that not only is it supposed to be a killing machine, it's also supposed to look like one. Both Arnie's original in T1 and Robert Patrick's liquid freak in T2 made you want to run a mile just by catching sight of them. T3 just makes you go weak at the knees. Call me old fashioned, but someone who looks like they should be on the cover of FHM does not make for a scary cyborg killer.

As a result of this blunder, T3 lacks the sense of dread that made the first two movies such compelling viewing. Instead we are treated to a series of ludicrously over the top car chases, explosions and smash 'em ups, in order to paper over the cracks in the plot. In fact the special effects are in my opinion inferior to T2. The new Terminator is hardly revolutionary either. I would put money on that the T-1000 from T2 could wipe the floor with this dolly. The acting is terrible as well. To be fair to Loken, she at least looks like she's trying to put some effort into her role. Stahl and Danes just look bored with the whole thing. Even Arnie seems more concerned with his pay cheque than breathing life into proceedings.

It's not that T3 couldn't have been a good movie. With a decent script and better acting there's no reason why it shouldn't have been on a par with the earlier films. But as it is it's just one big yawn from beginning to end. Hopefully T4 will put the fear and suspense back into the series. Just forget T3 ever existed.

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