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BLACK REPLACEMENT CAR RADIO AERIAL MAST/WHIP FOR VAUXHALL INC CORSA/COMBO/ASTRA/VECTRA
BLACK REPLACEMENT CAR RADIO AERIAL MAST/WHIP FOR VAUXHALL INC CORSA/COMBO/ASTRA/VECTRA
Offered by MotorGuard
Price: £2.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Top Reception, 13 July 2016
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Cheap and cheerful and does the job perfectly.


Sourcingmap External USB 2.0 To 3D Virtual Audio Sound Card Adapter 7.1 CH
Sourcingmap External USB 2.0 To 3D Virtual Audio Sound Card Adapter 7.1 CH
Offered by UMEU
Price: £1.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job as described and a neat gadget overall ..., 13 July 2016
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Does the job as described and a neat gadget overall. Plug in the USB, plug in the headphones - you're away.


3.5mm Auxiliary Retractable Audio Stereo Jack to Jack Patch Cable AUX Headphone Lead for Car, iPhone, iPod, Android, mp3 players
3.5mm Auxiliary Retractable Audio Stereo Jack to Jack Patch Cable AUX Headphone Lead for Car, iPhone, iPod, Android, mp3 players
Offered by UK365Express
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 13 July 2016
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Does the job perfectly and has a next extending cable to accommodate the item plugged in.


Ghostbusters [Blu-ray] [2016]
Ghostbusters [Blu-ray] [2016]
Dvd ~ Melissa McCarthy
Price: £14.99

15 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who Ya Gonna Call? Not These Gals., 13 July 2016
Never has a remake of an 80s classic gained so much fear, scrutiny and doubt than ‘Ghostbusters’. We’ve had ‘The Karate Kid’, ‘RoboCop’, ‘Conan The Barbarian’ and even ‘Annie’ but this is off the chart. It’s not surprising given the cultural significance of the family friendly 1984 original populated with now iconic genre moments, characters and showcasing the talent of actors at the top of their game. Films like the original come along once in a generation, such as ‘Back To The Future’ and even ‘The Terminator’. They are a product that just should not be touched.

And this effort by Paul Feig shows why.

Firstly, to not like this film doesn’t make me racist, sexist or any other –ist you can think of. If anything, I’m a Paul-Feig-Comedy-ist. Populated with actors with little acting experience bar work on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and those who are Paul Feig’s usual suspects, this feels like a film where Feig and crew have a goal to reach, but can be silly and stupid along the way as long as they reach the end credits. It’s that untouchable bond between cast and crew that doesn’t always work in delivering something worthy to stand by its predecessor.

Melissa McCarthy, surprisingly, is probably least irritating out of the 4 leading ladies and she comes across as most humane of them all. Kristen Wiig continues her style of comedy where she narrates and makes overly unnecessary comments and quips about people or situations which gets old very quick. Kate McKinnon, whom I thought would be the best, turns out to be the worst with an annoying amount of over-played “wacky scientist” characterisation that comes across as nothing but childish. And Leslie Jones, while thankfully not as loud and in your face as the trailers made out, has her moments to shine but still plays a very uninspiring character. In fact, all characters are what you get initially on introductions; they don’t change, develop or progress from start to end. You have to take two acceptable characters to follow at the same time as following two irritating ones, which never makes for total satisfaction in viewing.

It’s actually Chris Hemsworth who comes off ok here, granted he’s playing a man who is dense to the point it’s too OTT at times, but I was chuckling along the lines of how absurd his character Kevin was and what his role was even relevant for except more silly gags, a point of lust of Erin and to use in the finale.

And the actors are fuelled by one thing I don’t sit well with – the comedy. Modern comedy, or that comedy that Paul Fieg injected into work like ‘Bridesmaids’ or ‘Spy’ is evident here. The film sucker punches you in the opening spooky 5 minutes where you have some wit in the script and you think you’re on safe ground; we even have the classic opening theme in short bursts; but then the “crude humour” that gained the films certification hits you.

Jokes and gags about wee and poo and sex and parts of the female anatomy. That’s when my expectations crashed and burned. If that sort of thing amuses you, along with characters who throw in racial quips, shout and do silly gurning and pratfalls in what I consider very amateur, lazy comedy, then you’ll be ok. If you prefer more discreet comedy and humour coming from character chemistry, serious delivery and an time when being crude wasn’t needed, then you’ll struggle to find this amusing.

Production wise, it’s decent enough. It delivers a few moments that make you jump but if you’ve seen the trailers, you know when to expect them, and it’s always moments when the music goes quiet and then the sound is cranked up with loud piercing scream and exclamation. It’s not exactly discreet, but it’s there. And we have a wealth of locations across Manhatten to explore and plenty of energy from the leads to carry us through the 2hr story. The Ghostbusters certainly kick ghostly ass with a variety of gadgets and gizmos to add more action and excitement to the demand for bigger and better action scenes.

Nods to the 1984 original come thick and fast, and it shows that even though this is a reboot of the franchise, it can’t help remake the original bar a few character replacements. It shows to me there is no confidence in rebooting a series to be more original and just serves as a silly love-letter to the original from shoe-horning in short but amusing cameos from nearly all the main cast, showing us the firehouse, revamping ECTO-1, introducing Slimer and his girlfriend (ugh), keeping the proton packs and traps, and pretty much doing the same story but tweaked. From the opening pre-titles to the large, white monster in the finale, it’s a checklist of “spot the homage” in a film that doesn’t know what it wants to be.

But where the film most is the CGI. All the ghosts look like something from a computer game or an episode of Scooby-Doo. Colourful, crisp and cartoonish. A few work, most not and there is very little realism to them, if anything. At least the original had effective model work and make-up on actors to give us something that resembled a human or monster, rather than just a colourful CGI creature. And it’s over-used in the finale where again, Feig abuses what he can do with CGI and delivers a tension free, action heavy battle in front of green-screen that goes for excess rather than simplicity. No model/actor-in-costume/camera manipulation here like the iconic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man – we have a CGI Godzilla style creature destroying the CGI city like all modern blockbuster films have their villain doing now. Yawn.

If I’d have known the humour would be this crass and lazy, I’d have not watched it but I did, as many will, out of curiosity on how a classic film is re-imagined for a modern generation. With another final moment after the credits that once more shows a lack of originality in setting up a sequel, I left feeling disappointed. That’s all. I wanted to enjoy it, but it just wasn’t for me. Had I known there would be so much nostalgia over originality, I’d have just watched the original at home and seen it done properly.

I will say one thing, I think it's clear that a quarter of the budget went to the designing the closing credits; very visually appealing right to the end I have to say. Good job!

Sorry for the rant. I didn't mean for it to be this long.


Writing's On The Wall
Writing's On The Wall
Price: £0.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ...."Along With The Rest Of Him?", 28 Sept. 2015
Lyrically it's interesting, and well crafted. Musically it has echoes of John Barry and you can't beat an orchestral swell. One star each.

Vocally it's typical Sam Smith - mopey, dreary and no power. As for the falsetto? Jesus Christ - not for a James Bond theme at all! Comes over as a strange Barbie-esque theme tune rather than a powerful 007 ballad like we had from Adele. Power, balls and some brass. This lacks all three.


Mobile Case Mate Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190 Case Cover Clear and Purple Raindrop Water drop with Stylus Pen
Mobile Case Mate Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190 Case Cover Clear and Purple Raindrop Water drop with Stylus Pen
Offered by Mobile Case Mate
Price: £3.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Buy, 21 Sept. 2015
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Bargain price, and fits the phone perfectly with a good amount of security to it. Good design too.


SanDisk SDSDB-016G-B35 16 GB SDHC Class 4 Memory Card - Blue (Label May Change)
SanDisk SDSDB-016G-B35 16 GB SDHC Class 4 Memory Card - Blue (Label May Change)
Price: £4.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Buy!, 21 Sept. 2015
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Does the job for a bargain price.


Self Adhesive Matt Photo Paper, Pictures, Photos
Self Adhesive Matt Photo Paper, Pictures, Photos
Offered by Express Goods UK
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain., 21 Sept. 2015
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Does the job perfectly.


STAR WARS EPISODE 7 : THE FORCE AWAKENS - US Imported Movie Wall Poster Print - 30CM X 43CM Brand New VII
STAR WARS EPISODE 7 : THE FORCE AWAKENS - US Imported Movie Wall Poster Print - 30CM X 43CM Brand New VII
Offered by Poster Station UK
Price: £15.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Fake Awakens, 21 Sept. 2015
Nice design from a fan, but shouldn't be selling this as a poster for 'The Force Awakens' because it's nothing more than something you could find on a fan forum or make yourself. Not at all official or commissioned by Disney.


Blackadder's Christmas Carol [1988] [DVD]
Blackadder's Christmas Carol [1988] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humbug!, 28 April 2015
A nice 42 minute run-time, aimed straight at the British public who love the ‘Blackadder’ comedy series, and those internationally, who have been won over by the cutting edge, satirical and wonderfully observant comedy.

Rowan Atkinson reverse the tale of Scrooge to start of well-meaning and full of spirit, gradually turning bitter and greedy to become the Blackadder we know and love so well, full of fantastic one-liners, put-downs and insults. Tony Robinson, as loveable and dead-pan as ever is on fine form, just like the series.

With faithful support from the likes of Stephen Fry, Miranda Richardson and Hugh Laurie reprising their roles from the series, along with guest star Robbie Coltrane, this is a perfect festive offering which does the job for a Christmas special.

“Mr Baldrick, I want you to go out and get a turkey so large you’d think it’s mother was rogered by an omnibus!”


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