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Lost - Season 3 [DVD]
Lost - Season 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matthew Fox
Offered by Venture Online
Price: £6.29

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacob loves you man..........., 6 July 2008
This review is from: Lost - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
The second series "lost it" a bit but Lost is back with a vengeance in Series 3. Terrific characters and a plot that even the most skilled clairvoyant couldnt guess make it impossible to stop watching even if (like me) you promised yourself only one episode each evening. I was sad to see some characters go (I won't tell you which ones....).
The way how each character plays a role in getting the group towards their goal, and the way the backstory is teased out for each character is terrific.

Lost is easily the best of the huge proliferation of big budget miniseries from the US, and I can't wait for Season 4. The BBC would never simply sit down and produce a great series like this - they always try to hard to introduce a contemporary angle e.g politics, racism, sexuality etc, they cant just tell a good story , which is done brilliantly by everyone involved in Lost.
I wish I could have my memory erased and watch them all again. You must however watch Series 1 and 2 do not even entertain watching this without having seen them.

In my opinion one of the best things made for the small screen.


MapPoint 2006 Win32 English EMEA Only DVD European Maps
MapPoint 2006 Win32 English EMEA Only DVD European Maps
Offered by Software Direct UK
Price: £95.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Held back by lack of UK postcode updates, 11 Jun. 2008
We use this product at my company heavily to find distances between postcodes and generate maps. It is in general a reliable product and keenly priced compared to alternatives.

HOWEVER, the lack of updates to UK postcodes (which change quite frequently) causes us headaches. Whole postcode sectors are now missing as the data goes back to 2006. Why Microsoft can't give away (or sell) a downloadable yearly update for registered users is beyond me. You get this with Satnav software (at a price) so they are missing out on revenue. A lazy attitude from Mr Gates and co.


I Am Legend [DVD] [2007]
I Am Legend [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Will Smith
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.67

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better (SPOILERS!), 2 Jun. 2008
This review is from: I Am Legend [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The first half of this film is a promising, last guy left after the apocalypse type of thing. Well shot, with the scenes of deserted New York quite errie,and Will Smith acting quite well. The background to the viral outbreak is slowly revealed and heightens interest nicely.

Predictably though, someone thought the film was a bit too "intellectual" to continue in this vein and decided that some CGI monsters, explosions and good ole butt-kicking was required to guarantee box office green.

By the way screenwriters, it doesn't matter how crazy someone with a virus is, they can't climb up the side of a New York brownstone using only their fingernails, and two such people can't topple over an SUV weighing well over a tonne.

So, what could have been a brooding sci-fi chiller with some cleverly delivered shocks is spoiled by a run of the mill "ex-army hardman must keep the kid and the girl safe" exercise.

Monsters are ALWAYS scarier when glimpsed from the corner of an eye, so the heavy use of CGI to show as many monsters on the screen at once destroys all the tensions built earlier.

What a shame. I'd give it 2.5 as the first half is really pretty good.


Mr Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers
Mr Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers
by Ed Sikov
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 28 May 2008
I really enjoyed this book. An amusing account of a very talented actor.
His talent for accents in particular has never been matched. There is some footage of him in rehearsals for Dr Strangelove messing about with different accents and it is astonishing he really nails them all, West Country, Yorkshire, several different London accents etc etc.

Anyway, back to the book - a funny, tragic book about a funny, tragic person. Despite his talent and success he wasn't and messed up most of his marriages by being completely well, mad really.
It may cover ground mentioned by other material but I you haven't seen or read that material as I haven't then that doesn't matter really.
Its depiction of the glamorous circles that Sellers moved in at the height of his career is one of it's best points.
I have knocked off a star for the fact that much of the interviews seemed to be cobbled together from other sources rather than carried out by the writer himself, but as has been said by other reviewers some people who knew him will be fed up to the back teeth of talking about Peter Sellers, so getting interviews can't be easy.
Also, many people who knew him are now dead or decidedly long in the tooth, which can't help.


MCITP Developer: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Data Access Design and Optimization Study Guide (70-442)
MCITP Developer: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Data Access Design and Optimization Study Guide (70-442)
by Marilyn Miller-White
Edition: Paperback
Price: £37.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive, 19 May 2008
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I first brought the Microsoft book, which contained insufficient practice questions and was far too heavy on .NET development for what was supposed to be a SQL Server exam.

However, this book is much better and focusses on what you need to pass, rather than waving the flag for Microsoft. If anything it contains too much information and as such could serve as a general reference book for SQL Server data access as well as an exam study guide.

If you read the book and work through the exercises you should pass.


Body Exit
Body Exit
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lost classic by an underrated band, 28 April 2008
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This review is from: Body Exit (Audio CD)
If you like early 90s indie music and don't have this, you should buy it.
In my opinion this does "you know what" on the Mondays from a great height.
I was lucky enough to see them in 94 and they were great - really tight grooving stuff. The bongoes player really stood out.
Andy Spearpoint comes across likely a sober and angry Mark E Smith, but The Fall never grooved like this.
Worth looking for second hand or on eBay if it isn't on here.


Wuthering Heights (Penguin Popular Classics)
Wuthering Heights (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Emily BrontŽ
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont make prejudgements, 7 April 2008
This is a fantastic novel. I am trying to read some "classics" at the moment instead of my usual diet of Stephen King etc and this is the first one I have read that I have enjoyed from start to finish.
I think everyone will take different conclusions from this book, some will side with Heathcliff and Catherine, and some will feel sympathy for the wreckage they leave behind in their determination to be together.

The setting and the relationships between characters and the wild surroundings of the moor are also richly portrayed.

Highly recommended and no boring tale of Victorian morals at all.


The Boy with the Arab Strap
The Boy with the Arab Strap
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £5.97

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic and by far their best, 6 April 2008
Full of poignant, hummable tunes. They have never bettered this.
If you like catchy music buy it.
I am listening to Sleep the Clock Around now. Absolutely glorious. Especially when the synth solo bit kicks in, and then just when you think it can't get any better - bagpipes.
The current crop of British indie bands would sell body parts to write stuff like this. Belle and Sebastian would probably sell body parts to write more stuff like this.
A true classic.


Sword Of Honour [DVD] [2001]
Sword Of Honour [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £15.99

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 19 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Sword Of Honour [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Any attempt to condense the Sword of Honour trilogy into one lengthy film (although I think it was shown originally as a two-parter?) was bound to be flawed.
And it is. The books themselves start off more comic in tone (Men at Arms) and become more tragic and cynical during Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender. This probably reflects Waughs own state of mind which became increasingly bitter as his health deteriorated (see Selina Hastings' excellent biography)
However the film never quite knows where it is and tries to be funny and tragic at the same time (not easy) and fails in general.
It must be said that Daniel Craig does a good job, but Trimmer and Ritchie-Hook in particular are miscast. The portrayal of Apthorpe was also a big minus and not at all like Men at Arms.
The Crete section is well handled and stops me giving only two stars.
However this would have been better adapted as a six part series like Brideshead, and it often seems rushed an sketchy as a result, with key characters popping up and then disappearing 35 minutes later.

My advice to anyone who has watched this and not read the books would be (predicatably) to read the books!


Knocked Up [DVD]
Knocked Up [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth Rogen
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 10 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Knocked Up [DVD] (DVD)
Better than the average rom com that my wife drags me to under protest.

The chances of someone that looks like Katherine Heigl sleeping with someone that looks like Seth Rogen are a lot lower than they are depicted in the film if you ask me, no matter how much beer is involved, but since when did reality come into rom coms?

It isn't going to set the world on fire but its quite funny, my wife liked it and so did I. I can't say that about many films.


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