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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 3.92

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best yet, but could be better still, 25 Sep 2007
You can't have read the book and then watch the film version, without making comparisons. One wouldn't have been made without the other.

As movie versions go, in this series to date, this has to be the best one yet and despite being a 2+ hour movie, they do indeed get a lot in from the story, not all its true, but as much as is possible with the allotted time and sufficient amount to get an overall picture of the book.

Its rare any movie can match the detail and intricacy of any book.

The director has given this movie the best treatment from his source and the best of the Potter movies to date.

The actors have clearly matured and given some of their best performances here. As to their actually aging, I find it ludicrous, the fears of them getting too old to play their roles. Many movies representing teenagers commonly use actors in their 20's where as the main trio are only a year or two older then the characters they play, and indeed the characters in the books aren't ageless, they grow up, that's kinda the point.

All that a side, its not perfect and where parts are missing or changed altogether it does appear either rushed or botched and lets down, what is an otherwise good translation of the book even changing plot lines or missing vital ones out altogether and this is where it does fall down at times.

As I stated in the title, it is the best one yet, but it could still be better.

MySims (Nintendo DS)
MySims (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Renaissance
Price: 11.95

14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed Opportunity, 23 Sep 2007
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: MySims (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
This was a highly anticipated new game for the DS. There was a lot of hype around EA making this especially for the Wii and DS, and around the DS community there was a lot of buzz. I personally was really looking forward to getting it. Sadly, it's a huge disappointment.

At best you have several hours of game play before its a repeat of the same old mini games and little in the way of real sims tasking. Even the Wifi features are limited to sharing patterns and thats about it.

There's some attempt at Animal Crossing: Wild World style features, but even these fail to deliver and are very clunky.

Overall, a total waste of money and not even half the game of Animal Crossing which is over two years old now and still going strong.
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Porco Rosso [DVD]
Porco Rosso [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hayao Miyazaki
Price: 9.08

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best from Studio Ghibli, 5 Jun 2006
This review is from: Porco Rosso [DVD] (DVD)
I am a long standing Studio Ghibli fan and have enjoyed every film so far, but of them all this is the one I enjoyed the least.

I found it a struggle to watch and at times even found myself bored. I found the pace to be wanting and also felt it to be a very masculine film overall, but this maybe the very reason I did not enjoy it has much has others from Hayao Miyazaki's work which I feel are more balanced in that respect.

I rarely like the dubbed versions, but did find Michael Keatons voice was very well suited to the central character.

The animation, as always with Studio Ghibli, is superb and the flight scenes are quite breathtaking. The story was not lost on me, but I did find myself skipping through bits out of boredom.

Not the best of work from Studio Ghibli, but by no means a terrible piece of animation work. I just didn't enjoy the story as much as others from Studio Ghibli.

Laputa: Castle In The Sky [DVD]
Laputa: Castle In The Sky [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hayao Miyazaki
Price: 14.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Studio Ghibli Anime, 8 April 2006
One of the very first animes I'd seen from Studio Ghibli through an Asian friend. I have since seen many more, and when this finally became available outside of Asia I quickly purchased it. This remains one of my favourtie Studio Ghibli animes and in particular a favourite from the work of Miyazaki.
As always with the work of Studio Ghibli you can expect a story that is very much for children and adults alike. And also true is the un-patrinising way they tell their stories. Western film makers could learn a lot from such works from Studio Ghibli.
The anime itself is, as always breath taking and the story rich, and simple at the same time, working on many levels.
"Laputa," is an action-adventure (loosely based on the writings of Jonathan Swift)
The main character is Sheeta and opens with pirates on a military transport who are after a "levitation" stone that Sheeta -an orphaned girl- is wearing which is a pendant around her neck.
Sheeta, trying to escape the attack, falls off the ship and floats gently to the earth, by the power of the pendant stone she wears.
She lands in the middle of a mining community where she meets Pazu, an orphan like herself. Together they begin their adventure seeking the floating world that is Laputa.
Pazu, to validate his fathers work and Sheeta to find her true heritage. We follow these two characters as they are chased and hunted on their journey trying to find the lost floating city of Laputa; Castle in The Sky.
Nothing short of five stars and a must see for fans of Studio Ghibli.

Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.88

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless, 21 Mar 2006
This review is from: Mezzanine (Audio CD)
To label this 'another great chillout album' would be to underestimate the depths of this album and the music within. Its not a an album I would label 'chillout' by any stretch of the imagination. More a soundtrack for nightmares then sweet dreams. Its dark, moody, and atmospheric, certainly not music to chill too.
Its one of those rare albums where every track is good and each stands out from the other. Each is telling its own story even when there are no words. It also dismisses any previous bench mark set for what defines trip-hop and crushes it like a bug.
On some tracks your ears a wooed with almost angelic vocals and moved on to more darker, masculine tones, hypnotizing, beautiful and menacing all in one package.

Altered Art: Techniques for Creating Altered Books, Boxes and Cards
Altered Art: Techniques for Creating Altered Books, Boxes and Cards
by Terry Taylor
Edition: Hardcover

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art For The Masses, 20 Aug 2005
This was my first Altered Art book and I haven't found a better one since. Its an all rounder, with various techniques, ideas and wonderful examples by other artists. Most of all it makes altered art feel accessible to anyone and its a book I just keep going back to time, and time again.

Ooh La La
Ooh La La
Offered by msales-8
Price: 7.60

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing, 20 Aug 2005
This review is from: Ooh La La (Audio CD)
I'm a Goldfrapp fan and so was eager to hear this track. I was very disappointed. I was waiting for the lyrics of other Goldfrapp songs to be sung, as this really is a re-mashed old track rather then anything new. Its not bad, its the Goldfrapp sound, but its lazy writing and not anything new. I just hope this doesn't set the tone for the whole album.

Ocean's Twelve
Ocean's Twelve
Price: 17.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Shame About the Movie, 1 July 2005
This review is from: Ocean's Twelve (Audio CD)
I was pretty disappointed with the movie, but was worth watching for the soundtrack alone. Brings back vibes from such movies as 'Bullit' and adds a superb feel to the movie where the storyline is otherwise lacking. David Holmes did a superb job on bringing back that wonderful jazz sound so often used in movies in the mid to late 60's and the stand out tracks for me, are without a doubt $165 Million + Interest [into] The Round Up and Lifting The Building. Even if you haven't seen the movie this is still one heck of an album on its own. My only reason for giving it 4 stars is that it is a movie soundtrack and looses one star for the poor movie it was based on, but otherswise a cracking album.

Insight Meditation Kit: A Step-by-step Course on How to Meditate
Insight Meditation Kit: A Step-by-step Course on How to Meditate
by Sharon Salzberg
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: 25.26

139 of 142 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, 13 Mar 2003
I have tried to get into meditation before and used various different kits and books with little or no results. This kit is both simple and effective. Most of all it works.
So far the approach for me, from previous kits has been wrong, this kit helps you see a bigger picture to meditation, allowing you to properly practice the art of meditation.
It goes into detail of you and your life that effect you when you meditate and vice versa. It puts you through the idea of practice benefits. Also, because you go through different levels/stages of meditation you grow through the workshop.
The book compliments the CDs and is not simply an add on. It really combines with the CDs for real benefits. The cards are also very useful as you go through the different levels as reminders/prompts since this workshop very much promotes practice. The most refreshing thing I found was that it isn't a chore, but a natural compliment to your life, and if you lead a busy life as I do this is a great way to help balance that out.
My only reason for not giving it a full five stars was the large amount of Buddisim in the book. Although much was very true and helpful, many might feel there is a large religous element to this workshop that may not be ojective to their own beliefs. My stance was to keep an open mind and at the end of the day you have your own beliefs, and this workshop can only compliment that.

FairyTale: A True Story [VHS] [1997] [1998]
FairyTale: A True Story [VHS] [1997] [1998]
Offered by AGJ1965
Price: 5.49

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and Magical, 14 Dec 2002
This is not simply a movie for kids, it works on too many levels to be pinned down to one age group. I found this film both sensitive and beautiful. Capturing and holding onto a childs perspective and innocence. For me this was particularly interesting since I have heard so many stories regarding fairys and the association of them around those that are very ill or close to death. Also, the fact the I grew up with my parents telling me about the legend of these two girls and their photo's of fairys. So to see it finally put to film was very interesting indeed. Fortunately (no offence to any Americans) it has retained its very British roots and stayed pretty faithful to the story I grew up with.

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