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Fast Girls [DVD]
Fast Girls [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lenora Crichlow
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £7.85

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars False start!, 18 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Fast Girls [DVD] (DVD)
If you are going to do a sports movie, at least ground it in some sense of reality. This has none I'm afraid. The centrepiece of the film, the World Athletics Championships, has all the glamour of a school sports day, with the weak wintery sunshine failing to provide an appropriate backdrop to an event that is supposed to take place at the height of summer (and yes, I know it's London, but at least try and make it look like summer!) The film just looks like it has been made on the cheap (which it undoubtedly has). It also features some of the most blatant and bizarre product placement I have ever seen, the sort that would make even James Bond blush (at one point, a truck with SHREDDED WHEAT emblazoned on it appears in a scene for NO REASON AT ALL)! One to avoid.


Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge (Xbox 360)
Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gameline GmbH.
Price: £11.99

34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best rugby game by far, 14 Oct. 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
The much-hyped Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge finally arrives, and while it might not satisfy everyone, there's plenty here to keep the rugby gamer happy.

First, the bad. Passes can be erratic at times, and you'll often be wondering why your prop is first receiver or your lock is lined up alongside the backs. The game isn't the prettiest - player models are solid but unspectacular, and perhaps rather unsurprisingly, Southern Hemisphere players seem to have been modeled better than their Northern Hemisphere counterparts. Commentary is bearable - not as bad as some people have made out, but at this stage of the next-gen life cycle, you would expect better. I haven't tried the career mode, but apparently it's quite limited in terms of player transfers and variety - for instance, you play the same round of fixtures every year. Licensing issues also prevent full player movement in the French and Celtic Leagues.

Now onto the good news. Player animations are fluid, particularly in the tackle area, and there is a wide variety of well-modeled stadia to choose from. The core game mechanics are solid - scrums involve pushing both analogue sticks at the optimum moment, while rucks are more strategic. Lineouts are well implemented, and kicking from hand in easier than in previous rugby games, as time slows down, enabling you to actually put some thought into your kicks. Drop goals are possible. It's also unlikely that rugby fans won't find their favourite player in the game, however accurate they might be, as there are licenses for the Aviva Premiership, French Top 14, RaboDirect Pro 12, ITM Cup, All Blacks and Wallabies, as well as the New Zealand and Australian contingent of the Super 15. There is also a good variety of tournaments to take part in.

So there you have it. Rugby is notoriously a difficult game to represent in video-game form; if it were easy, EA would no doubt still be making games. I'm guessing that Rugby Challenge has been produced on a fraction of the budget that EA allocates to its sports franchises. That said, it is what it is - a video game. It isn't real rugby, and it doesn't include all the intricacies of real rugby. But if you're prepared to put up with the erratic passing, and a few other niggles, there's a lot of fun to be had.
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Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland
Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland
by Chris Thrall
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eating Smoke, 6 Oct. 2011
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I think this book will polarise opinion. On the one hand, it's a fascinating insight into the 'real' Hong Kong. Chris Thrall's narrative is top-notch as he expertly describes the paranoia afflicting him, the result of an addiction to crystal meth which threatens to send him into the abyss. There is also a fascinating cast of supporting characters, some funny, some sad, and some down-right scary. On the other hand, not a great deal happens in the book. Certainly if you're hoping for a bit of action from the Triads, meat-cleavers and all, you will be left disappointed. Most of the threat is implied, and you can never quite tell what is real and what isn't. Overall though, it's an impressive debut, and pretty essential reading for anyone who has spent any time in Hong Kong.


Catfish [DVD]
Catfish [DVD]
Dvd ~ Henry Joost
Price: £4.75

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype, 13 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Catfish [DVD] (DVD)
"Alarming...essential viewing", "gripping and jaw-dropping", "watch-through-your-figures scary" screams the blurb on the box. Well I must have watched a different movie, because I didn't recognise any of those qualities. The idea that people online may not be who they seem is hardly new, and when the reveal takes place, I was left wondering "is that it"? There was certainly no late twist to justify the hype. Disappointing.
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Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue [DVD]
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mae Whitman
Price: £5.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be a Tinkerbell fan to enjoy this, 2 Jan. 2011
This is the first Tinkerbell movie I've seen, and I have to say, I am very impressed. The animation is excellent, and the story is sweet with not a hint of the menace sometimes found in Disney Princess movies. You really don't have to be familiar with the world of Disney Fairies to enjoy it; it's just good old-fashioned family entertainment.


Disney Princess The Ultimate Guide to the Magical Worlds
Disney Princess The Ultimate Guide to the Magical Worlds
by DK
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 24 Dec. 2010
This is the perfect book for Princess fans, new and old. Each princess is featured (including Pocahontas and Mulan, who are rarely considered part of the Princess family these days). There is an overview of each story, along with full profiles of each Princess, their companions and enemies (boo!) The book is beautifully illustrated, and is much better value than the Princess Annual which comes out at this time of year. A worthy addition to any collection.


Princess Bedtime Stories (Disney Princess (Disney Press Unnumbered))
Princess Bedtime Stories (Disney Princess (Disney Press Unnumbered))
by Disney Enterprises Inc.
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.61

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for princesses everywhere, 9 Nov. 2010
This collection of 19 stories is great value. There are 3 stories for each princess (Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora), plus one for Tiana (Princess and the Frog). Each story is beautifully illustrated, with the sort of vibrant artwork you would expect from an in-house Disney publication. Definitely a book you can judge by its cover.


Whip It [DVD]
Whip It [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ellen Page
Price: £4.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get your skates on!, 15 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Whip It [DVD] (DVD)
Whip It (the title comes from a tactic used in roller derby) offers much more than your average teenage coming-of-age movie. Sure, there is a strong message of female empowerment, being true to yourself and finding your own 'tribe', but the world of roller derby also gives this film credence as a sports movie as much as anything else. Good fun all round.


Green Zone [DVD]
Green Zone [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: £2.75

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War. What is it good for? This movie!, 11 July 2010
This review is from: Green Zone [DVD] (DVD)
If you liked Bourne and The Hurt Locker, I can't see you not liking this movie. It has the visual style of the former, and the gritty realism of the latter. The sense of being in the thick of the action is startling - at times, you can almost taste the dust. A thrilling ride from start to finish.


Alpha Protocol
Alpha Protocol
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £5.48

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic?, 9 Jun. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Alpha Protocol (Video Game)
I'm glad the early negative vibes surrounding this game have been replaced by more favourable reviews as people get to spend quality time with agent Mike Thorton. Currently this game is in the top 10 for both games and message board activity on [], so it is obviously doing something right. I think how much you enjoy this game depends how much you buy into the premise of being a black-ops agent. If you like Bourne and Bond, this game is definitely for you. The graphics are good, the RPG-element is well implemented, the shooting mechanic strong, and it scores highly on replay value. What's not to like from a game that lets you decide whether or not to arrest a suspected arms dealer...or just shoot him??
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