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Mr. L. M. Sheils "Liam Sheils" (Liverpool, UK)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor business decision that damages the Amazon brand., 1 Feb. 2014
This review is from: LOVEFiLM By Post (App)
Lovefilm streaming is working on Android technology. They have it in the USA and it is available here exclusively on Kindle devices. However, the average UK customer is denied access to Lovefilm on their Android phones and tablets for no technological reason whatsoever. The only logic is that Amazon are trying to make their own Kindle hardware look more appealing by making the petty decision to deny the Lovefilm streaming app to competitive devices. However, this will not work as myself and many others (check the internet) will simply abandon Lovefilm and instead stick with Netflix which is pretty much available on everything from a toothbrush upwards. Also, I will definitely never buy an Amazon tablet because you are using it as a platform to take power away from the consumer. You are only allowing certain apps to be downloaded through a custom Kindle store and denying rare exclusive Kindle apps like Lovefilm to everyone else in an effort to cripple their services too as a lame, ineffectual attempt at evening the imbalance that you have yourselves created. It is obvious what you are doing and it makes me hate Amazon when I think about it. Therefore I will never support Lovefilm again until it is available on widely utilised relevant technology and as stated I will certainly never buy a Kindle tablet. Additionally, a viable alternative to buying physical goods of Amazon ever presents itself (and it will happen one day), I will be much less hesitant to jump ship. Don't screw your customers over - it is poor business sense and while the going may be good for a while - as with Apple's near-monopoly on music - it always backfires in the end - as with Blockbuster's near-monopoly on film rentals.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping Orwellian character study., 20 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Immemorial (Kindle Edition)
The tale behind Ernest Featherstone's role in an all-too-believeable attack on a near future London is an understandably dark one, and the lead protagonist's anguish, confusion and fears during his subsequent incarceration feel almost as palpable as if one is going through his experiences themselves.

With this in mind 'Immemorial' is at times a painful read, but given how close we are to the world of injustice the author has created, like Orwell's equally dark '1984', the work demands to be read and taken to heart, lest we sleepwalk into a rather unattractive new world order in which people are convicted without proper trials and a terrified populace allows its civil liberties to be all but wiped out, under the guise of public safety.

Of course, should those words above already ring a few bells in your mind then you will already have an inkling as to why Christopher's work is so important. Although the text is emotionally challenging, if you're anything like me, the thrill of peeling back each new layer of complexity in this sophisticated work will be more than enough to keep you transfixed to the pages, and whenever the darkness threatens to become all-consuming the author mercifully allows some black humour, and even occasional outright levity to creep through and provide us with the oxygen of daylight that both we, and Ernest, need.

Suffice to say, I will be eagerly awaiting more stories from this important author.

Nip / Tuck - Season 6 [DVD]
Nip / Tuck - Season 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dylan Walsh
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £14.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst season ever of Nip/Tuck - Stay away and remember the good times!, 20 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Nip / Tuck - Season 6 [DVD] (DVD)
Season 1 and 2 were outstanding, Season 3 lost its way somewhat and Season 4 while still retaining moments of genius, suffered greatly from episodes that seemed to be scripted by writers that hadn't seen the plot for the episodes preceding them. Season 5, for me, was a recovery - not as incredible as the first two seasons but generally consistent, exciting and successfully covering new ground - so it was with renewed enthusiasm that I settled down to watch Season 6...

unfortunately I came to discover that Season 6 is even worse than Season 4! Almost nothing exciting happens in it, Christian Troy's at-first dramatic cancer story exits the show with a pathetic whimper, troubled son Matt goes through ZERO character development after six years of waiting, Christian goes through ZERO character development, a LESBIAN character goes straight. Didn't this show have at least one gay executive producer? You'd think they'd be even more aware than common sense-owning heterosexuals that gay people don't just suddenly go straight - not even for one special person - especially not when there is zero chemistry between themselves and that person, making it the most unbelievable relationship since Puckerman and the highly unattractive talentless actress in season 2 of Glee (another show executive produced by Ryan Murphy).

Julia turns up for a bit - nothing interesting happens with her. Kimber turns up - one semi-interesting thing happens with her but by that point it was hard to care - a bigger question was of why is she even still in the show when her character had had her time. Sean McNamara's personality continues to zig-zag all over the place this season in ways that fail to convince and the one great episode (set in a psychiatrist's office) was spoiled at the end by a loud, brash ridiculous just-to-be-shocking conclusion that only served to remind of Nip/Tuck's failures. This show had once shocking and controversial in all the right ways - BECAUSE it had suited the narrative. It was so tragic that even an otherwise great episode could have been spoiled by the kind of heavy-handedness that at first delighted, but ultimately killed the series by degrees.

By the time this once classic programme ended its run it aimed to shock just for the sake of doing so, and in attempting this all of the time, this in itself became predictable. In a world of extremes, some subtletly would have been the most surprising, and commendable, thing of all.

The final episode, a beacon of hope as a chance to end the series on a high, disappointed just as much as the rest of the series, if not more so because so much hope of redemption was resting upon it for both the quality of the programme's dramatic narrative and its characters. But the show ended on a low - a shadow of its former self.

If you're a fan of Nip/Tuck you'll probably already feel that you have to watch this season both so that you know that you haven't missed out on anything worthwhile and for the sake of completion - I would have to as well - but in your heart of hearts by the time you're half-way through this final season and you realise that this is no longer the show that once fascinated, alarmed, scintillated and surprised - you'll wish you'd got out while the going was still good.

Game of Thrones - Season 1 (Includes 'Creating The Visuals' Bonus Disc - Exclusive) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Game of Thrones - Season 1 (Includes 'Creating The Visuals' Bonus Disc - Exclusive) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nooooooooooo!, 24 Dec. 2011
(If you've seen the show you know why.) Great television though and I can hardly wait until season two. Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage absolutely kill it - two amazing actors at their best.

Spooks Series 9 [DVD]
Spooks Series 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Firth
Price: £9.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooks on great form!, 7 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Spooks Series 9 [DVD] (DVD)
Spooks series nine sees the show on tense, surprising form (unless you've read the other reviews of course which nearly all contain massive spoilers!) It's not often enough that British television, or indeed TV in general, dares to be this bold. Richard Armitage makes for an excellent lead character to follow and with him at the helm the programme covers new and exciting ground. Watch this series with an open mind and if you're anything like me you'll enjoy the thrill ride from start to finish. One of the drama's main inspirations, 24 disappointed towards the end of its run, but it's great to see that Spooks is thusfar still holding up its end of the bargain.

Connected [DVD] [2008]
Connected [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Louis Koo
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £7.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Hong Kong action with a sense of humour, 31 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: Connected [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
This superior remake of the US thriller 'Cellular' is one action film that does not take itself too seriously, nor does it play things for laughs at the expense of action - unusually director Benny Chan imbues it with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach that pushes to incorporate the absolute optimum amount of both - and just about gets away with it. This film should not work but against all odds it does - the situations our hero finds himself in are frequently ridiculous and the action sequences are gloriously over-the-top. However, the excellent cast including protagonists Louis Koo and Barbie Hsu react in a straight fashion to each event meaning the viewer will find their nerves vicariously imperilled for every moment they are in danger, even as they often find themselves smiling at the purposeful (at least sometimes - for instance the phone shop sequence) ludicrousness of proceedings.

Importantly, Chan has a vague idea of when to pull back and let the drama of the leads' predicament take a more dominant focus, crucially across scenes that include the initial (high quality - see synopsis) set-up and the film's denouement, meaning the feature has its cake and eats it too. Although you will have have spent part of the film grinning gleefully your adrenaline glands will also be peaking as you root for Koo's loveable 'Bob' to continue to stay one step ahead of his would-be killers and save the day. Connected is the kind of film the term 'popcorn movie' was invented for and I'd recommend it to any of the many fortunate denizens of this world who've been gifted with the glorious trinity of empathy, a pulse and a sense of humour.

Another Way To Die
Another Way To Die

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This track is a Bondai Peach! (My apologies but aiming for original Bond puns doesn't leave you with many options.), 22 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Another Way To Die (Audio CD)
Quite a lot of people didn't like this song but I say, "Perhaps they would prefer Duran Duran's dismal "View to a Kill" as they clearly have no taste. This is a perfect Bond effort with a classic sound that can be traced back to the sixties era of the films. Jack White and Alicia Keys' voices complement each other to great effect against all odds and the lyrics are mean and bitter reflecting Craig's hard edge. If you want this track you will most likely have already bought it by now - but I can't let that 1-star review before me go unchallenged!
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Angel - Season 5 [DVD]
Angel - Season 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Boreanaz

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Fade Away, 15 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Angel - Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)
Angel's last season is an entertaining yet flawed collection of episodes -this can be largely attributed to the WB network's demands to make more standalone episodes of Angel in order to increase the number of casual viewers. Apparently there were not enough people willing to sit down and loyally follow a TV show from week to week. In making this decision the network seemed to ignore the success of such shows as Lost and 24 which prove continuity is key amongst fans of cult television, not one-shot efforts which tend to please casual viewers only.

As a result of these requirements we get plenty of mediocre episodes in the first two thirds of the season (Hell Bound, Damage) and even a couple of plain bad ones (The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco, Why We Fight) as the show attempts to diversify into a CSI mentality where every tale is told in the space of forty minutes. The series is still by and large entertaining but from Angel we've come to expect the exceptional, not just the watchable or even the very good (Destiny).

Thankfully there is golden wheat amongst the relative chaff and this comes in the form of the hilarious Life of the Party which sees the former staff of Angel Investigations on top comic form. The great Wesley-spotlighting Lineage also gives us more insight into the harsh complex relationship between the ex-watcher and his father and the inventive David Boreanaz-directed Soul Purpose sees an unconscious Angel feverishly dreaming that he no longer has an important place in the world. The epic You're Welcome sees Angel fighting against an on-form Lindsay (Christian Kane - is he ever not on form?) to save himself and recognise with Cordelia's help that he is still worth saving.

With just 8 of 22 episodes remaining of the series, A Hole in the World kickstarts a delicious rebellion against the WB which takes the series back into continuity overdrive where it belongs and my, oh my, don't we notice the difference. The Whedon-penned and directed A Hole in the World, a beautiful yet upsetting episode brings us the rise of the wicked (and wicked cool) goddess Illyria. The classic action-packed Shells makes you delighted the blue Smurfette isn't going anywhere. Origin sees Connor's welcome return as a confident more well-rounded character than that seen in the third and fourth season and more than I expected I was sad to see him leave at the end. Time Bomb sees another brilliant starring role for everyone's favourite s & m-themed deity Illyria written by the equally brilliant Ben Edlund.

Only the abysmal De Knight/Goddard collaboration, The Girl in Question shows the writers on bad form in this final third of the season. De Knight's work is frequently exemplary and the viewer is left wondering whether someone drugged his coffee that day to make him produce this disappointing (to say the least) Buffy-starring Sarah Michelle Gellar-free episode. In my opinion they should have ditched this script altogether (unless it could be rewritten and actually feature SMG), with the exception of some beautiful scenes between Illyria and her tragic lover, and begun the focus on The Circle of the Black Thorn an episode early.

Because when it begins you will be very, very glad. Power Play and Not Fade Away are two of the best episodes in the show's entire history and you will find it much easier to forgive the season's slow start when you see that it culminates with sheer excellence, the like of which almost never seen. Not Fade Away is everything one could hope for of a season finale, except of course for the absence of a "To be Continued" message at the end thanks to the US WB network's cancellation of the show. Each one of the main characters spends his day in Angel's words as if it's to be their last "because it probably will be", which leads to some touching scenes including Spike reciting poetry in a biker's bar and a haunted Wesley suffering from the latest catastrophe to further wound his once blissfully naive personality.

Then we are treated to a Godfather-esque climax where each of the characters are entrusted to kill at least one key member of the Black Thorn and like Buffy's last battle before it not everybody makes it out alive. As the surviving characters of Team Angel prepare to fight against the worst hoardes the Senior Partners of Wolfram and Hart can throw at them one cannot help but be inspired. Our heroes know that they will probably die but that really isn't the point. We learn that the point is to go on fighting and improve the world as much as we can before we meet our fates. Since Angel has left our television screens there truly is a hole in the world. "Live fast, die never."

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