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The Ghost [DVD]
The Ghost [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Price: 3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow but worth watching, 1 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Ghost [DVD] (DVD)
The word "thriller" doesn't accurately describe this film; The Ghost is more of a drama film. Nonetheless it still worth seeing because of the superb storyline and acting. Ewan McGregor is brilliantly cast as the writer forced into an impossible position and Pierce Brosnan is equally good as the former PM of Great Britain who committed some... questionable acts whilst in office.
Obviously this is inspired by the events of the Iraq war and the character of Adam Lang is an obvious reflection of Tony Blair, however this manages to avoid being a personal attack towards Blair and remains a tense, if slightly dull, political drama. And with an unforgettable storyline it is easy to get through the boring parts because the rest of the film is just mesmerising. The Ghost is definitely worth seeing for those who can put up with slow, well crafted dramas.


Avengers Versus X-Men
Avengers Versus X-Men
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Wasted Potential, 16 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Avengers Versus X-Men (Paperback)
This was an enjoyable (if not overly long) read that delivered what it promised it would: a straight up fight between the Avengers and the X-men. The story line was good, the action was great and the drawing was frankly amazing. And for the first few issues, I was going back and forth on who I wanted to win.
The problem was, after a while there was a clear team that were the good guys and a clear team who were the bad guys.
This was my main problem with it. I was expecting something like Civil War, where there was no clear right or wrong and it came down to a matter of opinion. But this clearly presents one team who are just being evil and another team fighting for survival as the others try to kill them. No moral ambiguity. No differences of opinions. Just good guys fighting bad guys. Heck, even people on the evil team (I'm trying really hard not to say which one it is) think that they have become evil.
Still, I don't want to end on a bad note because I did enjoy reading this. And some of the themes were really well carried out, such as Wolverines and Beasts loyalties being divided and Hope's struggling to control her power and her unwillingness to embrace her destiny as the saviour of the Mutants. It's just a shame that they chose to go down to route of one team being good, the other being lead by psychopaths.


Van Helsing (2004) Single Disc Edition [DVD]
Van Helsing (2004) Single Disc Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 1.76

3.0 out of 5 stars Mindless action movie...in the right way, 10 May 2013
If you're are looking for a good old fashioned monster horror, you've come to the wrong place. If you watch this film, leave any nostalgia of the likes of Nosferatu and Frankenstein behind, and instead enjoy the unrealistic joy of this film. Blending gothic horror with modern-style action, it follows amnesiac monster-hunter Van Helsing as he is sent by a secret order within the Vatican to kill Count Dracula. This film strips out character development and a coherent, well thought out plot and instead gives us a action movie that's cool, slick and entertaining. If you only watch well thought out films, don't bother seeing this. But if you want to sit back, switch your brain off and enjoy a two hour plus action/horror/adventure film, then definitely buy Van Helsing.


Batman [DVD] [1989]
Batman [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ Michael Keaton
Price: 3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable., 19 Jun 2012
This review is from: Batman [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
I bought this as part of the Batman Legacy box set, but it doesn't seem fair to review this film alongside a series of increasingly poor sequels, so I'm reviewing it individually. And in a word: Amazing.
This is the film that took all the camp "pow" "wack" action out of Batman and brought about a dark, gritty story about Batman protecting Gotham City from the maniacal Joker (brilliantly portrayed by Jack Nicholson). It is because of this film that we actually have Christopher Nolan's spectacular Batman films. One of my favourite superhero movies.


Daredevil (Director's Cut) [DVD]
Daredevil (Director's Cut) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars For what it is, brilliant, 19 Jun 2012
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Daredevil: Directors Cut is never going to be the best superhero movie ever made. It will never be of the standard of superhero movies the first two Superman movies or Iron Man. But for what it is, it is a great, enjoyable film. The best way to describe it is a darker, grittier Spiderman with more intense fight scenes. And Colin Farrell's Bullseye is awesome (especially the scene on the plane).
The plot is admittedly a bit weak at times, but it is still an interesting watch. This certainly isn't the bad movie everyone says it is. Having said all that, I have never watched the theatrical cut so I don't know what that is like in comparison. Regardless of how good a movie the cut that was shown on the cinema is, the directors cut is still very enjoyable.


Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man Volume 1 TPB
Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man Volume 1 TPB
by Don Heck
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag., 8 May 2012
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As Iron Man is one of my favourite Marvel characters (after the X-Men), I thought I should buy his earliest stories. And they were a range of very good stories to some disappointing ones.
The first story was great. Tony Stark is captured in Vietnam and fights his way out. It's awesome. Then we get him fighting characters like Gargantuan or travelling back in time to meet Cleopatra or descend into the Neverworld, and I thought the stories had become a little too absurd. Iron Man is one of the more realistic characters (or as realistic as Super Hero stories can be), so some of these stories felt out of step with the rest. Which is a shame, as issues where he fights bad guys in similar suits of armour (who are usually communists or ex-employees of Tony Stark) are highly enjoyable. It's just such a shame that they get let down by some of the other stories.
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Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 2 TPB
Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 2 TPB
by Jack Kirby
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 8 May 2012
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The first volume of the X-Men was good, but I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed. This made up for that.
The stories flow nicely into each other, with some great writing and well thought out stories. This really is laying the ground for more modern stories, with the origin of the Mimic, the Sentinels and the Juggernaut covered. It is also nice to see that Magneto wasn't the focus of most of the issues, like the first volume. It was also nice to see the more personal lives of the X-Men, and to see their control over their powers grow. A must have for any X-Men fans.


Siege
Siege
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 8 May 2012
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This review is from: Siege (Paperback)
The dark reign saga reaches its climax. Norman Osborn has finally tipped over the edge of madness, and is preparing an all out assault on Asgard. And it seems there is very little in the way of people to stop him. The story line is, admittedly, quite basic, but a complex story wouldn't really fit the tone of the book, as it's more about the heroes setting aside their common differences to take on a super-powered army. The drawings are very good, and really helps illustrate the chaos of the fight. And the story turns from great to mind-blowing when the Sentry unleashes his full power.
However, there are a few thing that need to be kept in mind. Firstly, this isn't for younger readers. There are moments when this when the fight turns ugly. Secondly, this probably won't make sense if you haven't already read civil war and understand the events of the dark reign.
But, if you have, then this story is definitely worth buying. Everything about it is great.


Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 1 TPB: X-Men v. 1
Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 1 TPB: X-Men v. 1
by Jack Kirby
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.67

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning, 7 May 2012
Of all the Marvel stories, the ones about the X-Men are easily my favourite. So when I first heard that Marvel had reprinted the original stories from the 60's, I knew I had to get my hands on them. And I really liked it. I found the stories engaging and well written. The art work isn't awful and most of the stories very entertaining.
Which is why it is such a shame it is occasionally let down by some of the more ridiculous stories.
I appreciate that they were written when comics were a little less sophisticated, but sometimes the stories are too bizarre to be entertaining. The second story has both the most irritating villain and the worlds worst police officers, whilst the third involves the bad guy attacking the X Men with giraffes,elephants and acrobats.
However, except from issues two and three, the rest is thoroughly entertaining. The conflicts against the Brotherhood are enjoyable and the the Avengers' cameo is very interesting.
This is definitely worth reading for any X-Men or Marvels fans. It's just a shame about the second and third issue.


Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is., 10 April 2012
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This review is from: Secret Invasion (Paperback)
If you buy this hoping for something as intelligent as House of M or as thought provoking as Civil War or Messiah Complex, you're probably going to be disappointed. This is a basic, blockbuster-style story about aliens infiltrating the Marvel Universe. If you going into this book with that frame of mind, then it is good.
You do wonder who is human and who is Skrull. At times you even doubt who you think you know is human. There are a lot of surprises in the book, which I think is what makes it enjoyable to read.
The story is well written and well thought out and the art work is reasonable. Read it because it changed the entire Marvel Universe, and because it is enjoyable. Just don't expect something that will blow your mind.


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