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The Conjuring [DVD] [2013]
The Conjuring [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Vera Farmiga
Price: 6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars The Conned-juring, 5 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Conjuring [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Have you noticed how a lot of exorcism movies promote themselves as being based on a true story or based on true events. The Conjuring has adopted this tagline to give an added scare factor to the viewer, as they will think every scene and scenario is factual rather than fiction.

Research the events behind this 'story', and you soon find out the characters within the film are trying to sell books based on their 'experiences' and so in no way will contradict any of the events in the film, and the evidence that was seen to be shot in the film itself has suddenly been erased with excuses given.

Treat The Conjuring for what it is, a film about a family being possessed within their own home, as the only 'true event' that may have actually been fact, is the dog dying in the garden, and everything else could be pure Hollywood made up entertainment.

People are gullible. It's entertainment folks, scary, spooky. Throw in the obligatory scary doll for good measure and we have the perfect next best paranormal hit.

The Fourth Kind was guilty of an even bigger sin, showing fake footage and recording it as fact. Do we really need to be duped to be entertained?

Recommended, but take the whole 'true' tagline with a mountain of salt, as the scarier it is the less likely it is to have happened.


Curse of Chucky [DVD] [2013]
Curse of Chucky [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Brad Dourif
Price: 5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Chucky : The Jason Voorhees of the doll world, 4 Jan 2014
This review is from: Curse of Chucky [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Good old Chucky. He'll go down in slasher heaven as a superhero alongside the likes of Freddie Krueger and Jason Voorhees. Kill him all you want, he will return. His sixth outing now ensures the franchise has embedded Chucky in this iconic Hall of Fame.

We've had scares and laughter along the way and this current outing merges the two with great effect.

With a creepiness throughout, as the film is set within a dark old rickety house, the film works best when the victims patrol the house waiting for their fate.

It's only when Chucky does appear that the scares seem to vanish, well it is just a doll after all.

With Chucky given an animatronic makeover for the modern age, and an effective storyline which introduces characters old and new, this is a worthwhile sequel.

It does have it's annoying moments however i.e. I don't think earplugs can drown out screams, but hey, every slasher flick seems to have them.

Be sure to watch the end of the credits as for those who watched the original Childs Play will be treated to an incredible finale.

Welcome back Chuckles.


Shangri La
Shangri La
Price: 4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jake Bugg......a young Elvis?, 2 Jan 2014
This review is from: Shangri La (Audio CD)
After a debut album which turned out to be consistently good, without bordering on the exceptional (apart from 'Broken'), could young Jake produce the goods just 13 months later for his second outing.

13 months? Yes, and that is just too short a time to craft, hone and record a studio album of consistence.

There are three exceptional tracks however. 'Slumville Sunrise' and 'What Doesn't Kill You', which offer a fast paced alternative which is where Jake excels. And at the opposite end 'A Song About Love' is pure beauty, although we may have been spoilt by the superior live acoustic rendition on 'Later With Jools Holland' which is probably THE stand out acoustic track of 2013. If you haven't seen it on YouTube then you surely must, with tissues in hand.

With 'Me and You' and 'Kingpin' being the only other tracks which hold your attention, half the album is then of average note.

I presume Jake must have written a large array of songs in his youth to reveal a second album so quickly, I only hope he is given the time and space by EMI to produce a third album which deserves to contain songs primed on his current and future experiences and feelings, which can only benefit any sequel.

A rare talent, and Britains' finest singer/songwriter. Global 'ala Elvis' domination awaits.......given time.


Now You See Me [DVD]
Now You See Me [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jesse Eisenberg
Price: 5.00

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dis-Illusioned Drivel, 9 Nov 2013
This review is from: Now You See Me [DVD] (DVD)
I had high hopes for this film. Magic and illusion in Vegas, that results in actual heists being carried out. Surely spellbinding stuff, and with an all star cast that includes Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Surely a ride of Oceans Eleven proportions.

Instead we were treated to illusions of the basic variety, the ones from the "Illusion for Dummies" manual. Mundane stage routines in order to fill the film and a storyline that eventually becomes tedious, poorly structured and executed, and somewhat disinteresting.

A twist at the end didn't even save this nonsense. How they could have made a great plot so boring to watch is an illusion in itself.

I should have known not to trust those 5 star ratings on the front of DVDs.

Disappointing.


Reflektor
Reflektor
Offered by Empor UK
Price: 6.91

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heaven sent?, 29 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Reflektor (Audio CD)
I wasn't really a fan of the single `Reflektor' and I did have initial misgivings about `Afterlife', but nevertheless I jumped in and bought the album, as any fan would, and compared it to the greats that rose before.

So with Arcade Fires at times somewhat religious musical themes, have any classic tracks from distant past been resurrected? Sadly not.

But, what we do have is Arcade Fire unleashing an alternative to any of their previous work, as if to beckon new followers to preach to. Do you see where this is going?

What I want from an album is a stand out track or two, one that brings a tear to the eye or a tingle to the arm. Funeral had that aplenty, Neon Bible was also capable, yet The Suburbs, albeit consistent in its approach, failed to deliver, and Reflektor belongs in the same camp.

Reflektor is more electro than any of their others, and therein lies the problem. It has no soul. A drum beat we've heard hundreds of times before being accompanied by various synthetic structures doesn't fill the listener with the emotion the vocals warrant. Where is the rawness, the piano melodies, the stripped down tracks where simplicity is more?

That's not to say that Reflektor is a big fail. It meanders along in the same vein as The Suburbs, but has no recognisability. After the album finishes there are no tracks with which you must play again before the start. It becomes just another album, without any tracks becoming your new best friend.

There are notable highlights. The single Afterlife, We Exist with its medieval sounding finale, Here Comes The Night Time (part 1) with a Brazilian sambaesque boppy nature, Porno with its Gary Numan sounding effects, and Supersymmetry, being the only track with an orchestral influence, before the electro noise muscles in for the last 5 minutes, with its Evil Dead undertones.

No doubt `Reflektor' will sell millions and be given multi awards, but only because it's Arcade Fire and not for its consistent quality. Compared to others, Reflektor is probably their weakest album, one that won't sit alongside their others in the car, and one that doesn't warrant a must see, concert wise.

Shame, but something for Arcade Fire to `reflekt' on for future albums.


Babel (Digipack With Bonus Tracks)
Babel (Digipack With Bonus Tracks)
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: 24.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No More Sighing........the Mumfords are back, 25 Sep 2012
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This was one of my most eagerly anticipated albums of all time, after the epic 'Sigh No More' brought a fresh musical genre to my collection.

Thankfully 'Babel' continues in the same vein and could easily have been the flip side to the seminal debut album.

And therein lies the debate. Should the Mumfords have brought something a little extra to the plate and introduced a different slant, or accompanying instruments even?

As you play 'Babel' you are taken back to the debut album as tracks have that familiar melody to them, with 'Broken Crown' having a noticeable 'I Gave You All' build up, after all the notes and tones of a banjo are limited. And how many times must you rythme start with heart?

As with their first, there are no must skip tracks, which is quite an accolade, as the beauty of the lyrics, vocals and instruments takes hold.

Alas there are no 'The Cave' moments, the only goosepimply feeling being in the build up to 'Lover Of The Light' which could be the albums stand out track. Others do stand out from the rest. 'Babel' being a thunderous opening track and another worthy for a single release, and 'Ghosts That We Knew' has you visualising sitting around the campfire with the Mumfords as you wallow in good company, a glass of wine and an open sky.

All in all a pleasing musical experience, lacking in the emotional aspects of the first album, but more of the same, which is no bad thing, after all if it aint broke then don't fix it.


London 2012 Olympic Games  [DVD]
London 2012 Olympic Games [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danny Boyle
Offered by themediamerchants
Price: 4.21

8 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC. Beautiful, Brilliant Coverage, 16 Aug 2012
The BBC Olympics 2012, from London.

Starring Boris Johnson as Boris Johnson
Jessica Ennis as Jessica Ennis
Rowan Atkinson as Rowan Atkinson

Also starring Mo Farah as Mo Farah.

Features special guest appearances from Prince William as Prince William and Prince Harry as Prince Henry.

Guest commentary from Hew Edwards, Hazel Irvine and Trevor Nelson as they talk all over the best bits.

Witness a truly remarkable feat of endurance as you sit through all 9 hours of footage.

Every aspect of the games is featured including the games' finest moment to live long in the memory, the Belarus 'Benny Hill' lookalike shot putt thrower, Nadzeya Ostapchuk.

Includes extra bonus footage with bloopers including Paul McCartney as he mistimes the start of 'Hey Jude'.

A fantastic compilation which should inspire a generation to try out new sports for themselves as they buy the official Olympics 2012 game for their Xbox 360 or PS3.


Wonky
Wonky
Price: 15.11

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonky. The 'All the Colours of the Rainbow' album, 4 April 2012
This review is from: Wonky (Audio CD)
Having listened to a number of tracks from the album prior to release, via Orbitals official pages, I felt a little disappointed in their quality. It's only when you hear all the tracks condensed on a single album, played over time, that you fully appreciate their worth.

One Big Moment takes me back to the Snivilisation days, with it's opening commentary, and provides a perfect melodic beginning to the album. 7/10

Straight Sun then rises to full effect for another instrumental to eclipse most others. 8/10

Never is certainly the track of the album, with its dripping synth effect and trademark Orbital lushness. 9/10

New France with its opening haunting halcyonic cries, then gives way to more painful vocal tones. 7/10

Distractions is a bass fuelled excursion changing direction mid flow to maintain interest. 7/10

Stringy Acid is Orbital let loose in rave heaven. 8/10

Beelzedub recaptures the Dr Who bassline, which in turn is given a Satan whipping for a full on drum and bass on'slaughter'. The past brought full circle. 9/10

Wonky is the albums marmite track. Its 'Spooky' radiator clanging sounding rift is suddenly impaled by a warped vocal. Yes or No? You decide. It certainly brings a smile to your face and it isn't called Wonky for nothing. 8/10

Closing track 'Where is it Going' is a strong instrumental which includes an 'Impact' sample. 8/10

Overall, not as bad as I was expecting. It is a grower, and although shorter than most of their other albums, and without the trademark cinematic epics, and the tracks which merge into one another, it is unmistakably Orbital.

To be creating new material over 20 years since they first chimed is quite an achievement, but to be producing music this distinct is groundbreaking.

Wonky. File next to the Brown album.


Source Code  [DVD]
Source Code [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Price: 3.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trailers.....check.....Adverts.....check.....oh, don't forget the film., 18 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Source Code [DVD] (DVD)
When you buy an original DVD the last thing you want is to be forced to watch trailers at the start of the film, but Source Code has gone one better. Not only do we have the film trailers to contend with, but now they have introduced commercials to give viewers that added "Cinema at Home" fix.

When you finally get to the main menu of the film, you're so infuriated that you've had chewing gum and chocolate rammed down your throat, you've completely lost your appetite for the none popcorn that you seem to think you must have, and the film itself.

So what of it? Well I was expecting more thrills and tension from Source Code. It's a slow burner that has a tedious opening in that the 8 minutes of a train journey are repeated in 'Groundhog Day' styley to try to pinpoint a bomb on a train and its perpetrator, in the hope of preventing a secondary device from exploding.

The backstory of its main character, and the reason he is on the train in the body of another human, through 'Matrix' styley download, does increase the films status, but despite the films originality it doesn't quite have the wow factor. Worth watching but certainly not the "non-stop 90 minute thrill ride" tagline that is splashed on the front cover.

3 stars for the film, but with the pre film adverts and other product placement within it (what next, adverts within films before the climax)............2 stars.


Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Offered by b68solutions
Price: 8.09

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring gaming, 3 Nov 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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As a casual gamer there are only two franchises which are a must buy in my gaming world. The Uncharted series and Grand Theft Auto. So you can imagine how I felt on release day when not only did I have Uncharted 3 to look forward to playing, but the long awaited trailer for GTA5 was also viewable that day.

My tagline for Uncharted 2 : Among Thieves was "The Highlight of Owning a PS3" and 'Drakes Deception' confirms that.

The graphics are astonishing to observe at times and certain levels truly remarkable in their depth of gameplay and tension, with the trademark cut scenes as equally stunning as it's predecessors.

In the third episode of Uncharted we get to see how Nathan first became acquainted with Sully in his teens, thus giving this episode an emotional edge as we briefly see and play Nathan as a boy and get to understand their relationship.

Whilst playing certain levels you often have a flashback to a film which is reminiscent of the action that's unfolding. At one stage "The Bourne Ultimatum" came to mind as you have to avoid capture, hopping from rooftop to rooftop escaping through occupied rooms.

The puzzles return and there seems to be more than the last outing, and more difficult as well, I'm embarrassed to say.

You have to be patient when 'playing' Uncharted because a lot of time is spent just 'watching' Uncharted. The cutscenes do draw you into its film like world, and on this occasion they seem to be longer in their storytelling than before. So treat Uncharted as your favourite action film where you can suddenly control the lead character, because that is what Uncharted basically is, and a unique experience at that.

A truly epic adventure which leaves you spellbound at times with its locations, action sequences, and visuals.

If this is what the PS3 can offer then..............well, dare I mention the PS4.


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