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2012 [DVD] [2010]
2012 [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ John Cusack
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.71

10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars shameful, 28 Nov. 2009
This review is from: 2012 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
I am reminded of a few so-called blockbusters I've seen over the years where spectacular hype has encouraged me to lay out a few pennies to enjoy the cinema experience and yet the film has ultimately turned out to be seriously wanting in terms of entertainment value, cinematic craft, believability, honesty and sheer sensation. It seems that I never learn and once again, I find myself fuming at having succumbed to the publicity.

2012 is nothing short of a cynical vehicle by which cinema chains make money without any reference to a genuine attempt to satisfy the needs of eager film goers. This noisy little epic is utterly devoid of an effective or comprehensible plot or premise; it fails to reveal any of the acting abilities of the on-screen participants; the CGI is apocalyptic but lacks any sense of coherence or drama; some aspects of the story are completely ludicrous e.g. the main protagonists making too many wildly implausible narrow escapes and covering impossible distances across the globe.

John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton and Woody Harrelson have all acquitted themselves admirably in other roles but this time I'm afraid they've turned up for the paycheck and little more.

Once you've paid your money to sit in the auditorium, there's no going back; you've shelled out your hard-earned cash and the exchange is complete. You must then ask yourself the rhetorical question as if posed by Russell Crowe's Maximus, "am I not entertained?" The answer in the case of 2012 is sadly a resounding no.
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Reckoning Day [DVD] [2002]
Reckoning Day [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Julian Gilbey
Price: £1.28

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what's the point?, 15 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Reckoning Day [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Violent films are never easy to watch but that clearly doesn't always mean they're unwatchable; generally I try to avoid obvious slasher movies or gore fests but this affair is completely mad! The body count is pointlessly stupefying, the acting is vacuous and puerile and the story is utterly without logic or coherence.

I have never seen such a ludicrously senseless and badly put together piece of work. Who funds this stuff? Somebody had to be convinced to front the money.

Please somebody, tell me what this film's about!

I'm guessing they made it as bad as possible with the deliberate hope of securing an inadvertent low budget cult hit - well they haven't!

Ah well, at least it's got a chainsaw fight - is that a first?
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Annie Hall [DVD] [1977]
Annie Hall [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Woody Allen
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.53

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars achingly funny in parts, lucidly observant in others, 3 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Annie Hall [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
I love this film, it makes me laugh and it warms my heart because there are some deliciously subtle touches that indicate a level of extraordinarily careful study of some aspects of adult relationships; check out the way in which Allen appears to try hopefully to rekindle something with a rather excessively lingering kiss and how Keaton firmly but politely and ever so quickly rebuffs this none too subtle overture

Look how he tries to get things going again with the second woman and the lobsters - completely classic!

I haven't seen this for years and I'd forgotten how good it is at engaging the intelligent part of one's emotional/romantic brain

And to all those who say he focuses too much on himself? Phooey! That's what he does, he does it well and he bears scrutiny because he provides a mirror for many and he can be sooo funny!

Watch out for Jeff Goldblum - his 2 second spot must take the record for being both the shortest and the wittiest cameo in film

The Endless Bummer Rmx Appendi
The Endless Bummer Rmx Appendi
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £33.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars better than the original?, 3 Oct. 2009
much of this improves in lively fashion on VV's rather turgid original

but check out track 10, Hurt of a Nerd - what a fantastic cool sounding heavy chillout number this is; perfectly weighted ambient esoterica, deep, deep, deep bass, magnificently relaxed effectively and correctly ponderous drums, primary melody captured by a subtle blend of sax, flute and vocalesque synth - all in all an extremely richly put together and classy piece, well done Mr Jimpster!

get the disc for this track alone and you'll feel your money was well spent

the rest grows with repeated listening

Endless Bummer
Endless Bummer
Offered by Plastic Dreams
Price: £13.95

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars questionable musical heritage, 3 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Endless Bummer (Audio CD)
I bought this on the strength of an accidental purchase of Visit Venus' magnum opus Music for Space Tourism Vol 1, which is a true classic

I can only guess that The Endless Bummer (never a more apt title) is the result of having exhausted themselves of all musical ideas with their previous work

Little in the way of structure, direction or purpose here; varied ambient esoteric arrhythmic synthesis

Venus departed methinks...


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars classy start, 8 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Seek (Audio CD)
first 6 tracks are genuinely worthy additions to the chilled cool jazzy cannon, great vocals and deeply funked everything else; the other tracks are a bit repetitive and lacking in the quality of the earlier grooves; nice...


6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars acres of chilldom; does what it says on the tin..., 8 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Remixes/Classics (Audio CD)
3 CDs of chilled slightly ambient funkiness; fantastic value; I'd never heard of these guys but now I have I will look out for more (is there more?); this is the sort of stuff I just have playing all the time in the house/car, love that big phat relaxed cool sound they create throughout (everyone's clearly wearing Ray Bans); excellent stylish packaging too (where's the fun in downloads?)

check out the Mellotron near start of CD2 (or is it digitally created? no matter, it's a nostalgic sound)

CD2 is all you'll ever need for your chill medication

26 05 13: some vendors appear a little ambitious in their pricing of this item!!!!

The Untouchables [DVD] [1987]
The Untouchables [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Kevin Costner
Price: £2.47

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars De Palma dilutes Mamet with a bit of syrup, 2 Aug. 2009
Connery's accent is curiously confusing and the anachronistic and sometimes ridiculous score (synthesisers don't really work in a film depicting a historical era) can be a bit schmaltzy or over-dramatic - not one of Morricone's best. De Niro's acting's a bit ham although he's clearly enjoying himself - doing a Bob Hoskins impersonation!!! De Niro's not actually in the film very much. Everything feels a little staged especially the external scenes with rather wooden looking extras and the big sets look like... well, big sets! Chariots of Fire with lots of guns... and Andy Garcia in the background doing a very poor man's Pacino!! Somehow still manages to engage although it's a bit galling to see people crawling about after they've been shot 150 times. 2 stars for being moderately entertaining. A very simple gently paced film with a touch of Keystone about it too.

The Definitive Ambient Collection Vol.2
The Definitive Ambient Collection Vol.2
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £58.39

0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars file under stomach upset in a chip factory, 16 July 2009
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this consists primarily of numerous unvarying computer noises, glad I didn't pay for it new
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Up Life Gone Star
Up Life Gone Star
Price: £13.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars file under marginally rythmic computer noises, 16 July 2009
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This review is from: Up Life Gone Star (Audio CD)
I heard Quarksparking on a chill out internet radio station so bought this expecting at least similar to what I'd heard which was in fact very enjoyable chilled relaxing souinds. Mr Shaw, the author of this bizarre work, must have been merely experimenting with no great objective in mind with the rest of this CD; all rather meaningless bumps and scratches I'm afraid

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