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Planet Of Ice
Planet Of Ice
Offered by indigogirl18
Price: £20.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Inspired, 24 Aug 2007
This review is from: Planet Of Ice (Audio CD)
Minus the Bear have made a mind-blowing album here, making the perfect balance between crisp production and their signature experimental sound. From start to finish, this record sounds excellent.

The songs all show a song-writing maturity, which is to be expected from a band that's been together as long as MtB have. The guitar and bass riffs and licks blend seamlessly with the keyboard, and as always Erin Tate handles the drumming with perfection.

Jake Snider succeeds where others have failed, his lyrics at once beautiful and meaningful. A particular lyrical highlight is 'Pachuca Sunrise', with its image of a Mediterranean beach. 'When We Escape' is also almost ballad-like in its content.

The album also features a few songs slightly closer to the band's old sound, most notably 'Knights'.

While some old fans will miss the slightly stranger, less precise Minus the Bear, the band have opened a new chapter of their career with this brilliant release.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy [DVD]
Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Will Ferrell
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.25

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What You'd Expect, 2 Aug 2007
Will Ferrell heads up another silly comedy, with many of the jokes in the same weird vein as films like Dodgeball and Zoolander, with as many zany catchphrases, perfect for a t-shirt or to fire off at a friend once in a while.

While it's not the most intelligent comedy in the world, it never fails to make me laugh, although it's the kind of guilty chuckle normally associated with dirty jokes overheard in the office.

The cast are all spot-on, with Steve Carell really stealing the show with his mentally challenged weatherman character and Fred Willard acting every inch the flustered manager. Christina Applegate, too, captures the indignant feminism of the up-and-coming 1970s career woman, used to having to break down barriers of chauvinism at every turn.

It's one of those films you can watch over and over again, too, but it only gets the 4 stars because I need to be on the floor laughing to give anything 5.

Football Manager 2007 (PC CD)
Football Manager 2007 (PC CD)
Offered by Satsumo
Price: £2.03

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not fun in the classic sense..., 17 Mar 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is really for those who have a keen interest in football, but also enjoy something of a mental challenge too.

The amount of depth in the game is quite frankly ludicrous, with thousands of players and teams to make sure you're never left with nothing to do. There's a risk of it taking over large proportions of any free time you have, though, so warn your friends and family in advance!

If you're hoping for graphical brilliance, this game isn't for you, but if you want an entertaining, engrossing and rewarding management sim, everything's in place with this game.

The scouting system's much more reliable than in older versions of FM, and this allows you to spend wisely - a necessity in a game where selling players is pretty difficult.

Besides that, there aren't any big shakes, just the kind of attention to detail and quality fans have come to expect from the Sports Interactive team.

A great game, for the right gamer.

Garden State [DVD]
Garden State [DVD]
Dvd ~ Zach Braff
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent debut!, 24 Feb 2007
This review is from: Garden State [DVD] (DVD)
A genuinely touching film from Zach Braff, who tilts the scales of comedic drama away from the laugh-heavy Scrubs style and toward a more dramatic plot-line.

Braff's character (Andrew Largeman) is a numb, isolated small-time actor in LA, forced to return home for his mother's funeral. The prescription drugs he takes, on the advice of his psychiatrist father, mean that he barely experiences life, but when he returns home he decides to take a break from them.

While home, he meets up with old friend and grave-digger Mark (played well by Peter Sarsgaard) who encourages him to get out there and party, (as any old buddy should!) but by the end is revealed as a good friend through an act of immense kindness (but I won't spoil the plot in case you haven't seen it).

Sam (a solid performance from Natalie Portman) is a quirky, eccentric girl that Andrew bumps into, and the two form a complicated bond in the space of just a few days. Her character is one who at first is a little too strange to be likeable, but soon her honesty and general 'niceness' win the viewer round.

The ending of the film is one of the best this decade, poignant, thought-provoking and well acted, and more than makes up for a slightly aimless opening, which is merely a product of Braff's writing inexperience.

The choice of music in the film is always spot-on, another quality Braff has imported from his time on Scrubs, and the soundtrack doesn't have a weak link. It really sets the mood and only adds to an already great film.

The Sufferer and the Witness
The Sufferer and the Witness
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £14.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Their Best, 16 Jan 2007
I was admittedly a little disappointed with Siren Song of the Counter Culture, after the unmistakable quality of Revolutions Per Minute, but this album represents a return to all that (at least for me personally) is best about Rise Against.

McIlrath's moody, more melodic vocals of Siren Song are replaced once more by the angsty, harsher, hardcore-inspired tones present in their early work, while the guitar work has progressed toward more a technical, complex style.

The quality of the production doesn't let the band down either, with all the songs sounding crisp, and the vocals are easily understood. Another great aspect of the album is its continuity, with each song running seamlessly into the next.

Every song on the album is an anthem in its own right, but songs such as Prayer of the Refugee, Behind Closed Doors and Survive really stand out from the rest.

In all, an excellent buy for new and old fans alike!

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