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Memento [2000] [DVD]
Memento [2000] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Guy Pearce
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.80

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably THE most rewarding movie experience ever, 26 April 2004
This review is from: Memento [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
OK, you know all the usual stuff--can't make new memories, it all runsbackwards etc etc. So what's left for me to tell you?...
Well, for a start, who's this movie for? I'd say everyone although expectto have to keep on your toes if you really want to experience the geniusof Memento. If you like a challenge then this movie will definatelyremind you of how much and why you love the genre. If you don't like tohave to think too much about a movie, I think you can still enjoy this andit will most definately bring you closer to a lot of other movies.
It's such a novel idea and there's quite a few comedy moments that allowyou to catch your breath when it starts to really mess with your head! All-in-all, this is probably the most refreshing and original cinemaexperience out there.


Crystal Planet
Crystal Planet
Price: £3.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Satch album of the lot, 26 April 2004
This review is from: Crystal Planet (Audio CD)
One of the first Satriani albums I listened to, Crystal Planet got mehooked instantly and, over 140 songs later, it's still probably myfavourite.
This is just so full of great melodies and songs that really stick in yourhead. Satch manages to create a huge amount of emotion without evenmoving his lips in showcase tracks like "Love Thing", "Ceremony", "A TrainOf Angels" and "Up In The Sky".
From the minute you hit play on your CD player, you're thrust into Joe'sfast-moving world of instrumental guitar that isn't insane in the wayYngwie Malmsteen plays an insane amount of notes per second, but it isinsane in the way that when you've finished listening, you wonder whyother musicians actually have to move their lips to put a pointacross!
Instrumental guitar fans--you NEED this. Satriani fans--you HAVE this. Everyone else--you will LOVE this.


The Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology
The Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £5.40

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS Joe Satriani, 26 April 2004
As a huge fan of Joe's, I bought this CD the second it hit our waters. For me, and other huge Satriani fans, this is basically all about theliner notes inside that Joe has written himself that give a reallyinteresting insight into what was going through his head when he wrotethese pieces and generally what makes Satch tick.
For Satriani newbies or less-dedicated followers, this is a great CD thathas the Joe Satriani you'll ever need in one place. Songs like "TheMystical Potato Head Groove Thing" demonstrate Joe's amazingguitar-playing ability, "Love Thing" shows off Joe's beautiful tone andsong-writing techniques and tracks like "Summer Song" and "Mind Storm"just show off how much Joe Satriani ROCKS!
All-in-all, a great CD for anyone who just likes to have their foottapping. The two bonus tracks are slightly disappointing and I would haverathered one CD had all his slow songs and ballads on it while the otherhad his more upbeat stuff though. Those points seem trivial though afteryou've just been blown away by how someone so technically gifted couldpossibly be able to have so much song-writing talent on top of that.


Flash ActionScript for Designers: Drag Slide Fade
Flash ActionScript for Designers: Drag Slide Fade
by Brendan Dawes
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The foundation for some great inspiration, 26 April 2004
Drag-Slide-Fade isn't just a book, it's considered to be the "FlashBible". Brendan Dawes is apparantly a "much sought-after speaker" etcetc. but who the hell cares about all that?
All you need to know is that this book will take you out of the rut thatyou're probably in if you're reading this review. It stops you fromwondering whether what you're doing is right and actually sets you on theright tracks to becoming a confident Flash designer.
Brendan, with the aid of his website that features all the necessary filesyou need to complete each section, takes you through a series of differentchapters that are dedicated to teaching you principal techniques that caneasily be built upon so that you can create awesome interactive webcontent.
It's all well laid out too--the steps are clearly discussed and commented,full-colour screenshots help with making sure you're in the right part ofthe program and each of the chapters has a great summary that basicallymakes you think "Hold on... I've just learnt a cool new technique herethat could let me do this, and this, and this!" so basically, it's atotal, brain workout!
Seriously though, Brendan's exercises are written on a personal levelthat're easy to concentrate on but leave plenty of room for you to developyourself.


Passion And Warfare
Passion And Warfare
Price: £5.90

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His finest work but no Satriani, 26 April 2004
This review is from: Passion And Warfare (Audio CD)
Passion & Warfare, Steve Vai's greatest ever album certainly shows offwhat his mentor, Joe Satriani, has taught him. Although the songs on thisalbum are all of a very high standard, the STRUCTURE of the individualsongs is just a little ropey at times. Plus, a certain degree ofunwelcome humour is present too. For example, the awesome "The AudienceIs Listening" is an amazing song but having to listen through 30 secondsof acting and talking at the beginning of it makes me want to skip throughthe track rather than listen to it.
It does have a great range of different style of songs on it though like"The Animal", a dirty-sounding powerful tune, "For The Love Of God", apowerful ballad and "Sisters", a beautiful acoustic number. And at thisgreat price, why the hell not!? Rock on...


G3: Live In Denver [DVD] [2004]
G3: Live In Denver [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jeff Campitelli
Price: £3.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than makes up for the last G3 DVD, 16 Mar. 2004
Ok, anyone who's seen the previous G3 DVD will know how disappointing it was. So, the big question is, does this DVD make up for it?
You're damn right it does! The trio of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and guest, Yngwie Malmsteen is just perfect; Satch provides the coolness, technical wizardry and innovation, Vai provides the all-round amazingness (even with a TRIPLE neck guitar!) and Yngwie provides the...emmm...comedy!??
Yes, it seems as if Mr Malmsteen is stuck in a time warp! It's impossible to date this madman and he's totally off the wall what with his mad hair, weird dress sense and awesome stage presence; throwing his guitar up in the air and round his back at every available opportunity. It's these traits that ALMOST distract you from the fact that Yngwie is probably the fastest guitarist in the world, looking scarily like something from an 80's pop-music video.
So what's the content actually like? Well you get more than the original three songs per guitarist, as was the case on the last G3 DVD and Satriani's first filmed performance of the awesome "Starry Night" fits in nicely but it's still not the same as getting the full show. Satch performs his set slightly on the quiet side with not quite as much heart as he shows on "Live In San Francisco" and he doesn't even have the same, awesome backing band. Vai, however, outperforms his teacher with the aid of the aforementioned triple-neck guitar which is totally crazy. Yngwie (pronounced 'ING-Vay') Malmsteen's set is awesome although his song writing skills aren't quite up to Satch's of even Vai's standards although he really does make the former two guitar Gods look slow.
And so, the famous G3 jam rounds off the show. Each guitarist sings on one track and all three play guitar in their selected styles. Satch lays down some beautiful melodies, Vai fills in all the technical parts and Yngwie fills in every available quiet moment with a zillion notes-per-second and a lot of roof-raising stage mannerisms--something that viewers who aren't total die-hard fans will really appreciate as he really does bring a new dimension to G3. His gruff voice on the cover of "Voodoo Child" works really well and it was the perfect choice for him.
All in all, awesome for die-hard fans of Satch and Vai. Plus, it'll also provide enough entertainment for people who just want to see some crazy speed playing and generally the spectacle of some great guitar players having a good time.


The Jerk [DVD]
The Jerk [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Martin
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £10.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems like it lasts for about 37 minutes and 24 seconds., 14 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Jerk [DVD] (DVD)
I'll try not to go off on quoting the funniest lines in this review because you really do have to see it to appreciate how hilarious this is.
Instead, I'll give a few names of movies that are obviously heavily influenced by this. Dumb and Dumber for a start, has the same structure and, is POSSIBLY less funny that The Jerk.
Genius scenes like cat-juggling, the PI's running style and Navin's recollection of the amount of time he's spent with his girlfriend really leave an impact that you'll laugh about months after you've seen the movie when the slightest everyday event reminds you of some of the most original comedy ever.


Everybodys Golf
Everybodys Golf

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly addictive, 14 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Everybodys Golf (Video Game)
Everybody's Golf is NOT a golf simulator, it doesn't have simulation features like "swinging" your analogue sticks such as in Tiger Woods golf. It doesn't have big-name sponsors and real player names like PGA Tour Golf and it certainly doesn't push the graphics boundaries.
What is does have, however, is some of the most addictive hours of play you'll ever experience. It just goes to show how game developers these days are going in completely the wrong direction, blowing gamers away with photo-realistic graphics in the hope that we won't notice the poor gameplay.
EG rewards gamers with actually making you believe that you're a golf expert. The feeling of judging the wind by throwing some grass in the air, selecting the appropriate club, hitting X perfectly on time and then spinning the ball back on the green is THE most rewarding feeling I've ever had on a computer game.
The cartoony music is great like tension music when you're putting to win a hole (especially when you perfectly judge the effect rain has on your play). And the controls really are great.
Actually picking up these skills and getting good at the game doesn't take long so it's the perfect party game. But at the same time, this short learning curve is full of engrossing gameplay elements (which are seamless) so that when you DO reach a decent skill level, you do actually feel like you've accomplished the same amount of knowledge that other games like Tiger Woods give after a few months of playing as opposed to Everybody's Golf's few minutes!


Flash MX 2004 Games Most Wanted
Flash MX 2004 Games Most Wanted
by Keith Peters
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.49

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lays down the foundations nicely but not for beginners, 9 Mar. 2004
This book is perfect for those wanting to create exciting Flash content. Whether it be for games or just for learning to animate and create real-time objects in the Flash environment.
I don't usually refer to books but I found myself not even knowing where to start as far as emulating gravity and collision theories so I thought buying a book would be a good starting point. I wasn't disappointed and just reading a couple of chapters really opens up a whole new area of Flash.
However, you should be familiar with Flash's Actionscript language before buying this as the functions within Actionscript are never explained as they're being used within the book. Instead, some complex functions are just used assuming you're already fairly advanced at this.
This seems strange as making games IS a complex thing and, to the beginner, so is Actionscript so it seems only obvious to give a little more background on the actual Actionscript that you'll be using.
All in all, this is a great book, nicely illustrated on glossy paper which makes the learning somehow a little easier. Just brush up on your mathematics and Actionscript beforehand.


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