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I'm With You
I'm With You
Price: 5.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Infectious As Ever, 26 Jan 2012
This review is from: I'm With You (Audio CD)
I have always loved the RHCPs - I just find their music infectious. It's been a while since the last album (Stadium Acadium), which was a mixed affair over 2 disks (some brilliant tracks & some not so good).I fully intended to buy `I'm With You' but did not rush to get it and when I finally did, put it on more in hope than expectation. For me though it hit the spot straight away - I love it, and a real return to form. The best album I have heard for a long time. Great musicians, nice harmonies and excellent production.

The Inbetweeners Movie [DVD]
The Inbetweeners Movie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simon Bird
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 6.11

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 9 Jan 2012
This review is from: The Inbetweeners Movie [DVD] (DVD)
Really wanted to see The Inbetweeners movie when it was on at the cinema but missed out; thankfully got the DVD for Xmas. I loved the series and love this film. It is really well written from a lads' holiday perspective (set in Crete) with the right mix of humour and pathos. There some gross moments of course, but again typical of a lads' holiday. Every little observation is spot on from the larey football fans on the bus to the desperate club ticket touts to the preening club reps. Above all there is the unrelenting mission to cop off and the differing levels of success with Neil taking on the older generation, Simon blindly refusing to give up on his ex, Jay setting his sights too high and then Will just being himself, which is enough to win the day. Just brilliant.

Fresh Meat - Series 1 [DVD]
Fresh Meat - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joe Thomas
Price: 15.40

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 6 Jan 2012
This review is from: Fresh Meat - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Fresh Meat was my favourite find of 2011. The scary thing was that the whole premise of a group of Freshers sharing a house was still very reminiscent of my own student days (back in the 80's), including the obligatory trip to London on a fleet of buses for a Student Union march. It is the brilliant contrast of characters coupled with superbly observed writing that really makes this series. I love the head strong Vod, the doomed whimsical love / lust between Kingsley and Josie, the rich girl desperately trying to be cool (Oregon) and then the eccentric nerd (Howard). There are some really laugh out loud scenes, i.e. loved the student / lecturer dinner party and then confusion over the theories of `Jedward'. Roll on Series 2
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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 8.13

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Grower, 4 Jan 2012
Was not sure on the 1st listen but High Flying Birds is a real grower. If you take all of the laid back harmonious Oasis B sides (when there was such a thing) and develop them for an album, this is what you get (Half The World Away etc). It is the mellow brother ( no pun intended) to Beady Eye's full on Rock - mix them up an you have an Oasis album (funny that). A recommended work from a great songwriter

Last Night on Earth
Last Night on Earth
Price: 5.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, 3 Jan 2012
This review is from: Last Night on Earth (Audio CD)
Last Night on Earth has a nice laidback feel to it with an effortless harmony a la Lou Reed /Lloyd Cole. It took me a few listens to really appreciate how good the album was. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N is the feelgood track (that tempted me to try out the album) but is preceded by 2 excellent songs so there is no urge to want to skip straight to track 3. The whole mood of the album is quite mesmerising, and keeps you hooked almost hypnotically, despite a couple of filler tracks.

Chalet Girl [DVD]
Chalet Girl [DVD]
Dvd ~ Felicity Jones
Price: 3.75

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It, 15 Nov 2011
This review is from: Chalet Girl [DVD] (DVD)
I loved this film. It is quirky, light and a lot of fun. Yes, you can predict what is going to happen as you watch but the cast really deliver and turn `Chalet Girl' into a movie for everyone. The backdrop and scenery in The Alps is stunning as Kim (Felicity Jones) leaves behind the drudgery of working in a burger bar in England to take up a job as a chalet girl in a top ski resort, working for a rich family & in situ for whenever they decide to come and stay. Kim needs the money to help support her grieving father, who seems to be housebound and with no energy or drive following the tragic death of his wife (Kim's mother). Kim has to settle in amongst the posh set, but she is a girl with attitude who can easily fight her corner. Kim is a former skateboarding champion and takes to snowboarding as a natural, and is enticed by a competition with large cash prize for the winner. To triumph, Kim needs to somehow overcome the devastating impact of the death of her mother + a seemingly complicated relationship with the son(Ed Westwick) of the wealthy family who employ her. I really recommend this film; in particular Felicity Jones & Bill Nighy are excellent, but all the cast are good. Keep watching as the credits roll as the cast have a lot of fun lip synching along to Kim Wilde's `Chequered Love'.
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Scaredy Cat (Tom Thorne Novels)
Scaredy Cat (Tom Thorne Novels)
by Mark Billingham
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Thorne Novel So Far, 28 Oct 2011
I have read a number of the Tom Thorne novels and Scaredy Cat definitely wins my vote as the best so far, within an excellent series. I think what makes this book stand out is that there are so many strands / sub plots that interweave throughout, continually intriguing as to how they will all connect in an ever-building and tense finale. The story centres on 2 serial killers who work as a team, with the use of flashback to their childhoods to explain a sinister relationship. As the pair kill randomly and in cold blood, the most chilling factors are that one has such a menacing influence over the other, and that they both seem to be leading normal lives with respectable jobs. Thorne is on their tail; greatly affected by the fact that one young boy has been left an orphan after his mother became a victim. As usual Thorne makes a lot of mistakes on the way to solving the case, distracted by solving another case involving a serial killer stalking hotel residents, the deteriorating mental health of his father and by constant run-ins with his superiors. It would also appear that some within his team have unexpected vices and relationships. The plot maintains a great level of suspense right to the very end, with a powerful and shocking conclusion.

Tangled [DVD]
Tangled [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nathan Greno
Price: 10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Viewing, 7 Sep 2011
This review is from: Tangled [DVD] (DVD)
Bought Tangled for my Daughter as a birthday present after she really enjoyed watching it with friends at the cinema. She wanted the whole family to watch it with her and we all loved it; a really fun film that harks back to the best Disney tradition. Lovely animation.

The Inbetweeners - Series 1-3 - Complete [DVD]
The Inbetweeners - Series 1-3 - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simon Bird
Offered by EagleDVD
Price: 11.49

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Box Set, 5 Sep 2011
I really love the Inbetweeners; the script, the comic timing (ranging from subtle to gross 'in your face') & the brilliant cast of nicely contrasting characters. One of the few comedies where I can gladly sit and watch a whole series of episodes back to back. For [] this is amazing value.

Let Them Talk
Let Them Talk
Price: 6.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice 'n Bluesy, 10 Aug 2011
This review is from: Let Them Talk (Audio CD)
You can really tell that this blues adventure is a labour of love for Hugh and I really enjoy listening to it. There is some great musicianship and on the whole Hugh gets it right with his interpretation of the songs, with maybe the vocals just failing him on a couple of occasions. Nice cameo from Tom Jones.

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