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The Matrix Revolutions [DVD] [2003]
The Matrix Revolutions [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves|Carrie-Anne Moss|Laurence Fishburne
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.67

30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What is the Matrix? A complete cash in., 4 Aug. 2004
Why does Hollywood insist on making inferior sequels to great films? And why do we as the cinemagoing public always fall for it?
The original Matrix was revolutionary. Never before seen, mind blowing special effects, well choreographed fight sequences and a storyline that actually made you think.
The second sequel, Reloaded could be forgiven, in spite of its MAJOR flaws it was still enjoyable.
But Revolutions is criminal. Okay, the effects were good, but good effects do not make a good film. It does nothing other than to stain the good name of the original. The plot is complete guff, the action is second rate and even the actors look as bored as I was. By the end of the film I was begging to be put out of my misery. But just look at the box office receipts and this film can be seen as a successs! Yes, we fell for it hook, line and sinker, paying our hard earned cash to sit through two hours of tosh!
There is absolutely nothing good I can reccomend about this film, in fact, I would go so far as to say this is the worst film I have ever seen.
Take my advice; take the Blue pill, watch the original film and forget the sequels were ever made.

Far Cry (PC)
Far Cry (PC)
Offered by UKGameSource
Price: £6.99

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, well constructed shoot em up., 24 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Far Cry (PC) (Video Game)
There are literally hundreds of first person shooters available for the Pc as well as every other games console, so you may not be waiting with baited breath for yet another. But hang on, this one is different, well a little bit different.
First off, a warning, this game requires a very powerful system to run, so if your machine doesn't have a high spec, don't waste your time or money.
Now to the game. The plot, as with most first person shooters, is irrelevant, the basic premise being; if it moves, shoot it.
But the game is very enjoyable, pretty straightforward, challenging, but not so difficult that you'll be taking a sledgehammer to your machine in sheer frustration. Thankfully there are none of those annoying puzzles that tend to bog a game down, the kind where you spend hours wandering aimlessly about searching for a secret passageway.
Some of the levels are very well constructed and the level of detail sets a benchmark to which all other games must be measured. The AI is impressive too the enemy don't stick to a pre-programmed pattern of movements, they will quite happily try to outflank you, so watch your back.
My main criticism, is that as you progress in the game, the bad guys turn into ten foot tall armour plated mutants, with rocket launchers where there arms should be, not unlike bad guys I've seen in "Quake." Couldn't the programmers be a little more original and/or imaginative?

Where Eagles Dare  [1968] [DVD]
Where Eagles Dare [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Price: £4.99

72 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadsword calling Danny boy!, 12 May 2004
"Broadsword calling Danny Boy." Say that line to anyone over the age of twenty five and they will immediately know which film you are talking about, possibly the greatest war movie of all time. No matter how many times I see this film, I never tire of it.
Everything about it is right on the money, excellent musical score, terriffic performances from Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood and some great action sequences. Check out Burton's fight atop the cable car or Eastwoods shoot out with the Nazi's. These two action sequences stand up to anything Hollywood can produce today and this film is thirty years old!!!
The best thing about "Where Eagles Dare" is it actually acknowledges that it wasn't just America that won the war, in this, the Brits actually play a vital role. Horrah!
That old saying; "They don't make them like they used to," may be well worn and overused, but in this case it is true. A wonderful film.
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Bad Boys 2 [DVD] [2004]
Bad Boys 2 [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Will Smith|Martin Lawrence
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.68

6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Poor, 2 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Bad Boys 2 [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
You can never expect subtlety from a film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, but this is beyond all expectations. I don't mean that in a good way.
Our two heroes wander about aimlessly from shoot-out to car chase and back again. Any notion of plot is discarded early on, the filmmakers seem much more interested in making Will Smith look cool in slo-mo.
The first Bad Boys film, while not being very good, did have a sort of likeable charm about it, thanks to the witty banter between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. But the second installment has no redeeming features. The two leads are completely unlikeable this time round, and what few laughs there are misfire badly. This film is crass, overly violent (especially for a 15 certificate) and I've never seen a film with so little respect for the dead.

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.29

27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new hope for British music, 19 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: Franz Ferdinand (Audio CD)
I heard a funny remark the other day. Someone said to me that Britain produces the best music in the world. Funny? They must be thinking of a different Britain to me, because the one I hear is cluttered up with rubbish that people seem to think is cutting edge ('The Darkness' anyone?). Still, bands like 'Franz Ferdinand' give me hope that us Brits haven't totally forgotten how to write good songs that can be both critically and commercially successful, success that seems to come easily to our American counterparts ('White Stripes', 'The Stokes')
The eponymously titled album is a curious little hybrid that seems to blend together several types of music. Some songs are tuneful rock songs like the single "Take me out," whilst others like "Tell her tonight," have 'Talking Heads' written all over them. Their influences seem to rest in the post punk revolution of the early 80's although I can definitely hear some David Bowie and early Edwyn Collins in there.
Overall, a nice catchy album from a promising band.

The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Price: £5.00

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent place to start., 14 Jan. 2004
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To be honest, a "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds" greatest hits album should contain at least 3 Cd's, for much of Cave's finest work is mising from this collection. Still, you can't please everyone all the time.
What this album does do, is provide us with a fine introduction to the man that can only be described as a genius. It probably helps that the songs are not in chronological order, so we get a clear picture of what the man and his music are all about.
So if you are unfamiliar with Nick Cave, this is an excellent place to start.

Room On Fire
Room On Fire
Price: £4.03

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They still have it where it counts., 4 Jan. 2004
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This review is from: Room On Fire (Audio CD)
The difficult second album has long been a stumbling block for many of rock n' roll's saviours, so the question on my lips was; "Can 'The Strokes' follow up 'Is this it'?"
Thankfully, the answer is yes. While they could never hope to top their debut album, (Hence only 4 stars) 'The Strokes' still rock. They can still put together some of the best riffs and melodies in music today, Julian Casablancas still sings a bit like Lou Reed and that guitarist (Albert Hammond) still looks like Bolton's Ivan Campo.
The one and only criticism, occasionally the guitars are in danger of drowning out the vocals, but that is a small criticism. Long may the second best rock band in the world continue ('The White Stripes' obviously being the best).

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [DVD] [2003]
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.68

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiver me timbers!, 8 Nov. 2003
After a year of nothing but dissapointing of just plain awful movies, it's good to see that Hollywood hasn't completely lost it's touch.
At first I was dubious, the film is, after all, based on a ride in a theme park and there haven't been many good pirate movies in recent memory (remember the debacle that was "Cut-throat island"?). But "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a wonderfully entertaining film, with just the right amount of action, comedy and romance to keep most moviegoers happy.
Johhny Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow, captain of The Black Pearl, whose crew, led by the wonderful Geoffrey Rush (Clearly having a great time as the pantomime bad guy) have mutinied, stolen his treasure and left him to rot on a desert island. But the treasure is cursed and turns the mutinous crew into hideous undead creatures, so to break the curse they must return all of the treasure they stole. Whats more, the dastardly pirates have kidnapped the absolutely gorgeous Keira Knightly! Prompting childhood sweetheart Orlando Bloom to rescue her, aided by the the aforemenioned Jack Sparrow, eager to reclaim his ship. Okay so the plot is not exactly watertight, but hey, this is a pirate movie!
It has it all, adventure on the high seas, pirates, swashbuckling, good guys, bad guys and Keira Knightley's mightily impressive cleavage!
Orlando Bloom is good, as is Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush is a blast and it's good to see some familiar British faces up there; Mackenzie Crook from "The Office" and Jack Davenport from "Coupling."
But this is a Johnny Depp film from start to finish, here giving another lesson in; "how to completely steal every scene you appear in." He is absolutely hilarious as a sort of Keith Richards of the high seas and has some of the best one liners in recent memory.
Highly reccomended.

Let Love In
Let Love In
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Price: £12.99

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!, 6 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: Let Love In (Audio CD)
Has Nick Cave ever made a bad album? No, I didn't think so either. "Let Love in" provides us with yet more evidence (If we actually needed any) that Cave is the most consistent singer/songwriter living today. Five stars just isn't enough.

I have just three words to say regarding the album; BUY IT NOW!!!

The Firstborn Is Dead
The Firstborn Is Dead

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars just not enough., 16 Oct. 2003
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This review is from: The Firstborn Is Dead (Audio CD)
This has to be one of my favourite Bad Seeds albums to date. The opening song of "Tupelo" really sets the scene for this gothic, blues drenched masterpiece.
Jilted lovers, natural disasters and death row prisoners seem to a recurring theme in most of Cave's work and "First Born is dead" is no different. If "Knockin on Joe" (the death row prisoner) is not one of Cave's finest pieces then I don't know what is, a song that demands your full attention throughout. Also included here is Nick Cave's own rendition of Dylan's "Wanted Man." (Although I don't believe Dylan ever recorded this song, it was written for Johnny Cash) But in Cave's version, he's forgotten the lyrics and replaced them with his own. Absolutely blistering!!
I really can't praise this album enough and if you're a Cave fan who doesn't yet own this album, what are you waiting for?

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