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Taken 2 (Extended Harder Cut) [DVD]
Taken 2 (Extended Harder Cut) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Liam Neeson
Price: £3.00

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2.0 out of 5 stars I will hunt this dvd, I will find it - and I will make sense of it! Good luck..., 28 Jun. 2015
Oh no, what happened? The original Taken was a masterpiece in making a lean, adrenaline-fuelled thriller with a plausible feel and 3D characters, so how did the sequel descend to this?

Neeson's helpless daughter locating Daddy by using grenades down-wind, Neeson being tied up for a horrible death but left to make phone calls and cut himself free, ridiculous car chases when the heroes' seemingly-battered taxi (now driven by Neeson's daughter, who's suddenly developed the skills to be a stunt driver despite not being able to drive) mysteriously ends up looking brand new later on (anyone'd think that more than one got used during that sequence), and the authorities doing nothing to Neeson subsequently despite him single-handedly causing the destruction of virtually every police car in the city and demolishing the US Embassy in trying to get to safety behind their defences (!?)

Then you've got a two-dimensional bad guy who seems to have no personality other than the desire for revenge, and the henchmen letting Bryan (at gunpoint) ring his daughter to gruffly announce "Your mother and I are about to be taken" in a reversal of the first film so she can come and rescue them? No no no, Liam, it won't do - and I'm approaching Taken 3 with trepidation.


L.D Generation 32GB Ultra Slim Small 1.78'' Screen MP3 Player/MP4 Player Media/Music/Audio Player Video Photo Player & Voice Recorder (Silver)
L.D Generation 32GB Ultra Slim Small 1.78'' Screen MP3 Player/MP4 Player Media/Music/Audio Player Video Photo Player & Voice Recorder (Silver)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid like the plague, 17 May 2015
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Crashed the same day I tried to use it. Avoid like the plague.


Red, 30th Anniversary Edition
Red, 30th Anniversary Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red for danger, 26 Jan. 2015
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King Crimson's most 'in-your-face' album, perhaps. Loved by none less than Kurt Cobain, the band - stripped back now to a fearsome three-piece, albeit occasionally enhanced by old members Ian McDonald & Mel Collins - absolutely rock the paint off the ceiling: an approach which saw the band, particularly the rhythm section of bassist/vocalist/co-lyricist John Wetton and drummer Bill Bruford, overwhelm violinist David Cross who promptly left, leaving them with their 'musical centre', guitarist Robert Fripp, who plays some of his career's most striking guitar fretwork on this record.

From the Wagner-meets-Zeppelin instrumental of the title track, through the brass-soaked crunch of the next two numbers, the improvised and utterly menacing live track Providence and the incredible 3-part epic of the closing 'Starless' (which showcases the best of the 1969 'Court' era band and the best of the 1974 version) this is an incredible, heavy and brilliantly oppressive listen. It's 40 years old, yes, but buy it and listen to music with maximum brains and maximum balls. This version of the band broke up shortly after this was recorded, but what a way to go...


House Of Cards - Season 2 [DVD]
House Of Cards - Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey
Price: £13.40

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5.0 out of 5 stars Knock knock..., 2 Jan. 2015
[Contains spoilers for s1]

Season 2 of House of Cards is actually an improvement on the first, in my opinion. The music is even more haunting, all tinkling pianos and gloomy strings; the lighting is even more oppressive; the fates of the characters, including the embattled President Walker, are even more uncertain and the overall mood is even darker. Not the stuff of light comedy, perhaps not even black comedy, but what the series lacks in laughs (and action) is more than made up for by the intense acting and deep drama.

Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) has been promoted to Vice President (veep), but still shows no signs of letting up in his pursuit of power, namely the top job. Following his murder of the unreliable Peter Russo in s1 he becomes aware that a former ally, and others, are suspicious of him, and drastic action is taken to sort the problem. But it isn't the only issue he has to deal with - there are problems with an incriminating picture of Claire (his wife) getting into the public domain; Claire's attempt to pass a bill to help rape victims leads to all kinds of personal & political fall-out and is threatened with being dropped; the uneasy truce between Frank and Raymond Tusk threatens to end in collapsed relations with China, switched allegiances to the Republicans, blackmail over the energy grids and finally all-out war between Tusk and Frank, and saddest of all the owner of Frank's favourite food joint, the hard-working Freddy, sees his dreams of making big money off the back of Frank's custom threatened by his son's criminal record and his own distant past.

Somehow Frank has to try and continue with his plan to unseat the increasingly-vulnerable leader of the free world in his usual conniving and ruthless way, even if that means starting a fight with someone simply to switch their allegiance later. And you can't help but get drawn in, both by Spacey's wonderful delivery of his eminently quotable dialogue and by watching the clever war of wits between Underwood and his allies/foes, not all of which he wins, and to see just whether he will win through. Finally there's the pleasure in seeing glimpses of humanity and out of character behaviour from characters like Frank, the loyal Doug Stamper and Tusk (again finely played by Gerald Mcraney), and finding yourself both rooting for them and hoping they'll get their comeuppance, sometimes in the same scenes. A great series: beguiling, intelligent, moody and brilliantly-acted - and leaving you keen for season 3.


Never Loved Elvis
Never Loved Elvis
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great record. Love the celtic feel on it, 30 Dec. 2014
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Great record. Love the celtic feel on it, that's why it's my favourite of their works. Size of a Cow and Welcome to the Cheap Seats get the most attention from the critics, but there's some other fine songs on there - the wistful, sad Sleep Alone and the introspective Caught In My Shadow are also standouts, where lyrically there's clearly a lot going on and a lot of soul-searching even when the music's strident, upbeat and catchy. Miles Hunt's a better songwriter than he's given credit for.


December
December
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4.0 out of 5 stars winter warmer, 30 Dec. 2014
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I have a soft spot for this record. It's beautifully-performed, and whilst 1 or 2 songs don't quite suit the remaining Moodies' talents as well as the rest (by now I believe they were down to just Hayward, Lodge and Edge) it's a thoughtful yet upbeat record with good use of 'warm' keyboards' and the band's enduring optimism in the human spirit - a perfect winter warmer.


If I Could Only Remember My Name
If I Could Only Remember My Name
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting & mysterious, 30 Dec. 2014
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A shame David Crosby didn't release more solo stuff outside the various permutations of the CSN&Y group, but this record's a keeper. A personal, haunting album, a wistful goodbye to the hippy dream and, like a lot of the best LPs, oddly unique, even in his own canon.


A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector
A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's christmas when you hear this!, 30 Dec. 2014
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May've heard half these songs millions of times, but there's a timelessness about this collection. Short, but very sweet, and from a time when the enthusiasm and lack of irony or self-awareness is obvious throughout - just some very talented musicians making a great crimbo record.


Did You Hear About The Morgans? [DVD] [2010]
Did You Hear About The Morgans? [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Hugh Grant
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Price: £2.44

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as people say, 30 Dec. 2014
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Not as bad as people say, it's undemanding Hugh Grant fare, hardly earth-shattering but Grant's one-liners and delivery are faultless and it's all good clean fun, with a reasonable supporting cast. Didn't deserve quite the slating it got at the time.


Thrak
Thrak
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too scary for words, 30 Dec. 2014
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King Crimson's abrasive, dark nature is arguably beyond any other band (with the possible exceptions of Nirvana or Bauhaus), and this scary 1990s relaunch will drive the uninitiated from the room, particularly when Fripp is clearly pulling the strings. Belew's Beatles-fixation occasional shines through, on songs like the self-aware 'Dinosaur', and his melodic edge on songs like 'People' is also welcome, as the album contains moments of such brutal heaviness it's more frightening than anything on 'Red', the title track of which the top and tailing instrumentals are clearly copying.


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