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Planes 2: Fire and Rescue [DVD]
Planes 2: Fire and Rescue [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roberts Gannaway
Price: £10.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Took him to the cinema to see this and he absolutely loved it. The story is different enough from the ..., 3 Dec. 2014
All the "professional" reviews marked this film off as being derivative of Cars, lacking innovation etc when it came out. But its aimed at kids, if you want to push boundaries go watch a Lars von Trier film.

My 3.5 year old has watched the original Planes dozens of times and has Dusty everything. Took him to the cinema to see this and he absolutely loved it. The story is different enough from the original movie that it didn't feel repetitive in the slightest. I could wax lyrical about how it contains some important lessons i.e. the value of not giving up, sacrificing yourself for the greater good. But I'm pretty sure my son just loved the cool action scenes and talking vehicles! Even better, it has AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" as a theme song and he now insists we play the "Planes" song whenever we're at home, much to his mum's annoyance.

Now that its out on DVD I shall be buying it and expecting to hear nothing else but this from the back seat of the car on long journeys for the next year.


Alien: Isolation - Nostromo Edition (PS4)
Alien: Isolation - Nostromo Edition (PS4)
Offered by PROGAMES
Price: £21.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb game, faithful to the film, 21 Oct. 2014
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I'm normally far more into "blast and shoot" type games, but having long been convinced that Alien is The Best Film Ever, I thought I had to give this game a go. I've not been disappointed. As many have said, you need to play this in a dark room with either headphones or a decent surround system. The tension as you stand by a door willing the damn elevator or transport to hurry, whilst you can hear the Alien approaching from behind, is superb. Took a while to get into the spirit of being sneaky-beaky rather than charging about, but once I did I found it great fun hiding in ducts, using a motion sensor to sneak around rooms etc.

The Sevastopol station is very well rendered, superb graphics and it really has that grimy industrial space tech feeling which the Nostromo had in the film. Definitely a game I'll be coming back to many times.


Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy - The Extended Cut
Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy - The Extended Cut
Dvd
Price: £0.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly terrible. Put on for a laugh whilst suitably drunk ..., 28 July 2014
Utterly terrible. Put on for a laugh whilst suitably drunk and had to switch it off and watch reruns on Dave after half an hour, its that bad.


Metallica - Through the Never
Metallica - Through the Never
Dvd
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars If only they'd been this good when I saw them live!, 22 July 2014
I've seen Metallica live twice (Newcastle in 1996 and Hammersmith in 2001) and on both occasions left feeling disappointed - the sound quality was poor and they didn't seem to gel as a band. The concert part of this film shows you how good they can be when they are really on top of their game. Sound quality is fantastic, you can hear all the individual instruments clearly and they play together like a well-honed machine. You still get that exciting "live" edge too though, and many of the songs sound better than they did on the original recordings (especially those from the earlier albums which had a somewhat tinny edge on CD but here come across in full bass-heavy glory).

The story is a little silly but if you just relax into it and treat it as a bit of a music video, you can enjoy the soundtrack for what it is. God knows what they were thinking with the fake "accident" on stage, but again, just ignore all of that and enjoy what is one of the greatest recordings of a live gig ever.


Red Tails
Red Tails
Dvd
Price: £0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars So bad its comical, 30 April 2014
This review is from: Red Tails (Blu-ray)
Had reasonably high hopes for this film having been impressed by the trailers of aerial combat. Unfortunately that's the only bit they got right - the combat scenes / special effects are pretty good but the rest of the film is awful. It has the worst acting I've ever seen in a film, so bad it makes you wince. The script is clunky and misfires at every turn. The editing is terrible - during scenes where you are looking at pilots in cockpits, one pilot will speak, then there is a 2 second gap before the camera cuts to the next pilot who replies. And towards the end, during the final mission which is the culmination of the whole film where the pilots get to provide fighter cover for a bomber mission to Berlin - one of the team dies, and you never even get to find out what happened to the bomber mission - its totally ignored.

Such a shame as the subject matter was really interesting and it could have been a good movie, given the budget that was obviously lavished on the effects.


Fresh and Light
Fresh and Light
by Donna Hay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.48

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow, tasty recipes, 16 April 2014
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This review is from: Fresh and Light (Paperback)
First impressions of this book were great - there are large, attractive photographs of all the dishes which make you want to jump in and cook them straight away. Its well laid out in sections (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks etc).

The recipes are well written and easy to follow, broken down into simple steps. A really positive factor I found was that the vast majority of them don't require a long list of ingredients. Instead they are based around a few store cupboard staples (or at least, they will be staples if you get into the swing of the book!) and topped up with some simple fresh ingredients you could pick up at most supermarkets. They don't require hours in the kitchen either, or generate a mountain of washing up.

However the best thing about the book for me was that all those things you think you should be eating more of (brown rice, quinoa, barley etc) but struggle to make tasty or appetising crop up in lots of different recipes. This allows you to replace pasta, potatoes etc with something a bit healthier without feeling like you are sacrificing on taste. The book even got some quinoa and chickpea burgers into a 3 year old whose normal idea of adventurous eating is trying to wriggle out of his chair and round around whilst eating yet another bowl of chilli con carne, so it must be a winner!


Rocksmith - includes Real Tone Cable (PS3)
Rocksmith - includes Real Tone Cable (PS3)
Offered by Trade-N-Go Gaming
Price: £34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts the fun back into learning guitar, 19 Feb. 2013
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I came to this game having spent hours on Guitar Hero, realised that if I was going to devote hours of my life to practising guitar music then I might as well get a real guitar and then some time later having stalled in my playing. Rocksmith takes the bits that made GH fun - playing along to the real song, imagining you're a real guitar god up there on the stage - and removes the tedium of sitting on your practise stool, practising the same riff / lick over and over again with no backing band and in slowly getting frustrated with your lack of progress.

Yes - the notation system takes quite some getting used to if you are used to tablature, and on fast sections with notes flying down the screen you will get confused. But this is where you go to the song practise mode, slow things down and learn it bit by bit. I certainly can't pick up a new tab and play it through in real time without studying it first and the game is no different. Once you've got the notes down, you can go back to playing the full song and the notes flying down the in-game fretboard serve more as a reminder of something you already know than anything else. Note this is only when you get to a fairly high level of "mastery" of a song though, and are playing most / all of the notes. If all you want to do is rock out quickly, then when you start playing a new song it automatically goes to "easy" where you are only playing maybe one in every 10 notes - enough to have a bit of fun and get the basic rhythm of the song, but not too much to overwhelm you.

The main thing as far as I'm concerned with this game is that it has made me want to play guitar again, rather than just want to be ABLE to play guitar. Its fun so I've spent many hours playing it, learned new techniques and new songs and progressed a lot in my playing. Its probably the best substitute for getting out there and joining a band if you don't have the time / motivation to do that.


The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember
The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember
by Nicholas Carr
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating history of how advances in media have changed the human thought process, 3 Sept. 2010
This book starts with an absorbing history of how technological advances through the ages, such as the invention of writing and the Gutenberg press, have had a profound impact on the way in which humans think, and as a result on society as a whole. It then explores the science of how the way you use your mind actually changes the physical structure of your brain, which in turn reinforces certain thought processes in a kind of "vicious circle". The central theory of the book seems to be that the period of popular reading ushered in by the Gutenberg press was a kind of "golden era" of deep human thought, but that the internet with its endless distractions is causing us to revert to our earlier, shallower state of thinking. It presents both negative and positive sides of the net though. Generally a very accessible read but very thought-provoking.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective and simple to use, 19 Feb. 2008
Excellent piece of kit. I bought this as am new to playing the guitar, and used it to tune both an acoustic and electric guitar in less than 2 minutes each. You can either hold the guitar next to the onboard mic and tune, or plug in via an input jack - either way the tuner works fine. It also makes it easy to tune your guitar up or down a step too as the display simply shows which note you are playing (including flat or sharp), and a little needle hovers around the display and centres when you are exactly 'on' that note. Highly recommended.


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