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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mini-album, 21 Feb 2013
This review is from: Waysted...Plus (Audio CD)
Absolute stonking little album from Waysted, hard rock as its meant to be played. Criminal this band remains mostly unknown as their output is up there with the best.

The Good the Bad and the Waysted
The Good the Bad and the Waysted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Rock'n'Roll, 5 Feb 2013
I stumbled across the Waysted discography purely by accident but instantly became a fan. This is the band's 3rd album and the last to feature original leader singer Fin Muir (whose husky tones are from the Bon Scott school of singing). The constant line up changes and ill discipline might go some way to explaining why the band ultimately didn't hit the 'big time' but I'd put them right up there as one of the best rock bands of the 80's. The opening track 'Hang 'Em High' is a gem and sets the tone for what is an excellent album. Do yourself a favour and give it a go.

Dredd (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
Dredd (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Karl Urban
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal adaption!, 31 Dec 2012
This is a fat free, streamline re-introduction to the world of Judge Dredd and it packs a punch. Karl Urban is pitch perfect as the helmeted no-nonsense lawman who dispatches 'perps' who fail to comply with the law of the land. This is no bloodless 12A - heads explode and ribs are broken! Thoroughly recommended!

Game of Thrones - Season 1 (Includes 'Creating The Visuals' Bonus Disc - Exclusive) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Game of Thrones - Season 1 (Includes 'Creating The Visuals' Bonus Disc - Exclusive) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Books Wonderfully Realised on Screen, 2 Mar 2012
Thank the seven HBO decided to make Game of Thrones, any one else may have diluted the cut throat nature of the novels. The series is a triumph, great cast, strong production values and interesting storylines. With the imminent arrival of the 2nd season lets hope this series gets to run its full course as the story only gets bigger and more engaging. The Blu Ray is packed with extras, as with the Lord of the Rings DVD/Blu Ray attention to detail is evident, enriched with background information for both newcomers and original fans of the books. Well worth adding to your collection.
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Clash Of The Titans [DVD] [2010]
Clash Of The Titans [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Sam Worthington
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter bilge, 18 Feb 2011
Just watched this on Sky Movies, well I use the term 'watched' loosely as I found my attention drifting elsewhere due it being seriously dull. This should tick all the boxes for me but there's nothing mildly diverting about it, Sam Worthington is totally charmless as Perseus and the story is nonsensical.

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2.0 out of 5 stars The names Bourne, I mean Bond, 10 Dec 2008
I've never been a huge Bond fan but Casino Royale was a pretty good stab at 'rebooting' the faltering franchise, Bond was leaner meaner and more exciting. Sadly the follow up Quantum of Solace bored me to tears. The basic outline is over elaborate action sequence after over elaborate action sequence intersperced with Judie Dench either asking where Bond is or talking to him on the phone. There's barely any let up for character moments or heaven forbid, story. It feels like the stunts were given precedence over everything else which in turn nuters any excitement the audience is supposed to feel; Bond never keeps still long enough for us to care, every death defying act becomes more blaise. As previous reviewers have said this Bond owes a hell of a lot to the Jason Bourne series, but unlike Bourne this movie is devoid of intrigue or spark.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Harrison Ford
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Time to retire doctor Jones, 28 May 2008
After being one of many fans dearly hoping that a fourth Indiana Jones film would finally be made I have to report that you should be careful what you wish for! I didn't go into the movie with crazily high expectations or a fixed idea of how the film should pan out, just anticipating another solid entry into the beloved series. However after being promised over the last 19 years by the creative team of Lucas, Spielberg and Ford that they would wait until they had the perfect script I'm left with the enduring thought 'That's the best you could come up with!?'
The previous sequels Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade have their detractors for whatever reason, but both are head and shoulders above Crystal Skull in both quality and excitement. It's by no means a terrible film but it certainly feels much more like an imitator ala Tomb Raider or National Treasure than an actual Indiana Jones movie.
As other reviewers have mentioned our computer loving friend George Lucas managed to make the new Star Wars films look like a playstation game, but you'd think he'd leave poor Indy alone right? Wrong, from the start you get an uneasy feeling that all is not well as an unconvincing cgi gopher rears it's picsilated head throughout the opening act. From then on you're subjected to a lot of below par green screen effects and more and more computerized critters (the cringe worthy Tarzan scene in particular!). The originals had real creepy crawlies and locations, The Crystal Skull on the other hand feels and looks fake. I kept getting the sense throughout that other than Harrison Ford (who does Indy proud again), the other collaborators simply didn't have their heart in it. Steven Spielberg shows momentary glimpses of his old inventive self (the bike escapade on campus) but more often than not the action and pace of the film feels flat and forced. The Jungle chase must go hands down as the worst action sequence in any of the Indy movies, it was painful to watch. I haven't actually got huge contention with the main artifact used in the movie - I do think there could have been better choices. It's more how it's handled; the script is lamentably poor, Indy himself is left as a mere observer for the last 20 minutes when everything goes a bit X-Files. He's never really in any peril, the bad guy Communists don't come close to matching the threat of the Nazi's in the previous films. Great actors such as John Hurt, Ray Winstone and Jim Broadbent are frustratingly wasted in thankless one dimensional roles. There are some laughs to be had and the chemistry between Ford and Shia Leboeuf is decent, although it doesn't match that of Ford and Connery's. It's just a shame that the writers didn't show more imagination, rather than succumbing to tired old cliches. When the musical score to an Indiana Jones film is totally forgettable you know your in trouble, John Williams obviously thought by playing Indy's theme every couple of minutes no one would notice he hadn't bothered with the rest. My advice is stick to the original trilogy and forget this debacle, with the talent behind and infront of the camera the return of Indiana Jones deserved so much more.

The Last Legion [DVD]
The Last Legion [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Firth
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian and lacklustre, 26 Mar 2008
This review is from: The Last Legion [DVD] (DVD)
Despite the strong cast and a potentially diverting premise this is a movie really not worth bothering with. After reading the reviews I decided out of curiosity to hire it out. Despite my best efforts I soon grew bored and disinterested after the first 10 -15 minutes.
Although the production values aren't the worst their certainly on the cheap side of things, there's definitely a budget feature length television movie vibe. HBO's Rome certainly had a much more impressive look and feel than this.
I couldn't find anything interesting in the characters, most of them are generic stereotypes or cliches (dumb blood thirsty barbarians with rubbish wigs, a feisty female who can hold her own amongest the men, wise mentor etc, etc). The action is bloodless and Colin Firth should stick to the safety of rom coms because he's no Russell Crowe! He comes across like a neutered version of Maximus from Gladiator.
Put it this way even King Arthur with Clive Owen is better than this!

Beowulf - 1 Disc Edition [2007] [DVD]
Beowulf - 1 Disc Edition [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Winstone
Price: 2.75

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hero epic !, 11 Dec 2007
Whatever the scholars might cringe at or moan that's been changed from the orginal text, this movie is entertainment at it's best. I saw this at the IMAX 3D cinema and really, really enjoyed it. It's about bringing an old and to many - unintelligable story to a mass audience and hopefully sparking their interest in England's oldest piece of fiction.
To say it's been dumbed down would be totally wrong, this is an adult themed film, dealing with heroism, vanity, lust and ultimately redemption. In all the recent blockbusters this has to be one of the very best. This Beowulf is a flawed character, but all the better for it - despite his amazing strength and bravery he is fallible like all of us.
The movie is wonderfully designed and realized. The effects are of course the talking point and are amazing, sometimes the characters look scarily real, but ultimately it's the strong performances & story that keeps you interested. Alan Silvestri also does a fine job with the accompanying bombastic score.
Ultimately I found this to be a far more satisfying take on an ancient story than say that of Troy and highly recommend seeing it.
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Beowulf and Grendel [2005] [DVD]
Beowulf and Grendel [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stellan Skarsgard
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amateur, 22 Nov 2007
From the cast & production stills I was really looking forward to Beowulf & Grendel despite it not getting a cinematic release. I'm sad to report that the film is a complete mess and totally forgettable. The screenplay is atrocious and completely fails to do the ancient tale any justice. Nothing of any dramatic weight happens and the characters fail to come to life. Grendel is basically a tall bearded bloke who talks like he's deaf and dumb, they've tried to humanise his character but it just leaves the movie bereft of any danger or atmosphere. Gerard Butler's Beowulf doesn't fair much better, Leonidas he a'int. This Beowulf has no gravitas, no aura of being a legendary hero and to be honest he doesn't really do all that much. The diction & overall sound quality is bad, I couldn't really understand what was being said other than the odd swear word.
The scenery is fantastic and some of the costumes look impressivley authentic, but the direction is as flat as a pancake and any deviations from the original story just don't work. A live action version of Beowulf could be fantastic in the hands of a good director, but for now I'll recommend seeing the CGI version thats just come out and the 13th Warrior.

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