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Antony Worrall Thompson by Breville BL19 Intelligent Blender
Antony Worrall Thompson by Breville BL19 Intelligent Blender

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to clean, 13 Jan 2007
I use my blender mostly for making salad dressings and dips, which it does very well. I did encounter a big problem cleaning the jug as once you get olive oil on it, it will steadfastly refuse to come off. I have tried scrubbing it and soaking it in very hot water with tons of washing up liquid, I have not tried a blow torch or a dishwasher (I do not have one). It is an absolute nightmare. I don't even know if I can use it anymore as it's still covered with grease. The plastic of the jug does not seem to be suitable for oily foodstuffs. An absolute waste of money.


Casshern - 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD]
Casshern - 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Yesuke Iseya
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sound and (Intermittent) Fury, 26 April 2006
When the film first started, I thought it was going to be great. It is visually stunning and worth watching for that alone... at first. Unfortunately, there is such a concept as 'too much of a good thing' as after a while it's like having your eyeballs raped. It distracts from the interminably boring non-action sequences and then goes into hyperdrive when people finally stop talking and start fighting.

The action scenes, especially the fight scenes - are very poorly directed, to put it bluntly. The effects are piled on, seemingly to make up for a lack of quality stunt performers. The actors themselves look highly uncomfortable performing the action sequences. The camera then zooms in and all you get is a sense of flailing limbs and pretty faces cutting across the screen.

I don't think I've ever watched a film for so little regard for any sense of pacing; just when you think its building up it cuts out for another round of talking/angsting.

Overall, it was very frustrating to watch and could've done with a more brutal hand in the editing chair.


Starchaser: The Legend Of Orin [VHS]
Starchaser: The Legend Of Orin [VHS]
VHS

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscover a demi classic, 18 Sep 2004
Very much a product of it's time, and similar in plot/character to Star Wars with a displaced hero, a roguish smuggler, haughty princess, etc, this film also stands up on its own merits with nice pacing and unpatronising dialogue.
The quality of the animation is strangely patchy, but it actually suits the storyline and action well and is mostly good quality anyway. I saw this twice in 3D in the 80s and its a shame you cant get it as a 3D DVD, as it is probably the best 3D film ever made. The animators made an effort to give a nice depth of field for the 3D, but the also makes this 2D vid far better for it.
There are a few quirks in the animation (and some of the framing is rather creative) but its all gravy(!).


The Map of Tolkien's Beleriand: and the Lands to the North
The Map of Tolkien's Beleriand: and the Lands to the North
by Brian Sibley
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you love the Silmarillion, don't buy this, 4 Jan 2004
This product is large map of Beleriand, with a flimsy booklet attached with further information about Beleriand and the events of the Silmarillion.
Maybe the title above should read if you HAVE the Silmarillion... as this product gives you very little, if any, info that isn't in the book itself or the appendices that come with the book itself.
The map is nothing to write home about, the illustration is just average and the detail(?) isn't as comprehensive as you want it to be.
This is just a wasted opportunity for something that could have been a nice little extra. I actually felt deeply stupid for spending money on this.
Buy the Lays of Beleriand instead.


Guilty Pleasures
Guilty Pleasures
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An appropriate title!, 4 Jan 2004
This review is from: Guilty Pleasures (Paperback)
If you like Buffy, then you will probably like Anita Blake, although the parallels between the worlds created by Whedon and Hamilton are few and far between both characters wisecracking sense of humour are quite similar.
There are some fundamental flaws in the makeup of Blake's world, where vampires have attained a legal status that means they have a right to live and work among humans. I would like to have seen more of the socially acceptable face of vampires (as you can probably guess, being a vampire hunter Anita Blake doesn't come into contact with this kind very often!)
Havind said this, the book was absolutely unputdownable. You DO see other humans' differing reactions to vampires within their society. Also, unlike Buffy, you do feel every one of Anita Blake's wounds/bruises and Hamilton seems to have attained a well balanced character in that she has 'powers', but is not so indestructable that she can just shrug off a bone-crunching right hook from a vampire.
Even with it's flaws, Hamilton's vampire society has great potential and I've already ordered the next few in the series.


The Stars My Destination (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Stars My Destination (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Alfred Bester
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic, 4 Jan 2004
The plot is quite simple, but the momentum it builds is so well balanced it sees you through the quirkier aspects of the storyline. I would say there are not many instances where you are made overly aware that this book was written about 50 or so years ago, some people say the attitudes to women are the most obvious, but I don't really agree in this respect.
Not so keen on the concrete poetry bit, but parts like the prison break more than make up for it. Stars... is so dynamic it would make a great film, but Hollywood is unlikely to make a film where the hero is SO antihero it would be impossible to reconcile without ruining the whole story.
This is a really great book to read when you've been wronged by someone. Foyle's quest for revenge is cathartic and absolute in it's single mindedness.


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