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Dance Factory (PS2)
Dance Factory (PS2)

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a game, but brilliant if you love music and dance, 20 Feb 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dance Factory (PS2) (Video Game)
Dance Factory is unique due to the ability to dance to your own music. This was the only reason why I bought it. And therein lies it's weakness.

Compared to DDR the graphics are poor as are the available game modes. The inlcusion of a creature mode does little to better the experience.

However if you just love to dance to your own tracks (like me), regardless of graphics, then this might be right for you.

Brotherhood [DVD]
Brotherhood [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dong-Kun Jang
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.70

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best war film I've seen, 20 Feb 2007
This review is from: Brotherhood [DVD] (DVD)
Most war films don't really reach me in the way that Brotherhood does. Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Fullmetal Jacket - all awesome depictions of war. But not like Brotherhood.

Brotherhood really delves deep into the human conditon and how humans are affected by war. By the end of this film I reckon most people would either be in tears or be in a sentimental mood. It really is that deep.

Whereas most films just depict a lot of death and destruction without much of a plot, Brotherhood does it all. If you love war films then this is a must have. If you're not such a huge fan (like me), I think you'd be happily surprised if you watched Brotherhood.

Oldboy [DVD] [2003]
Oldboy [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Choi Min-Sik

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best korean film I've seen, 20 Feb 2007
This review is from: Oldboy [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Oldboy really sticks out to me. The way it's shot, the FANTASTIC musical score and the faultless acting. Brilliant.

Sounds like I'm hyping it up? Maybe I am, but in my opinion it really is that good. If I had to compare it with a western film then I'd pick Fight Club. It really has you thinking all the way through: what's going on? Who is this character? Why has this happened? This isn't a bad thing though, it's handled in the way that Fight Club was filmed so that after each revelation you think, "Ohhh, so that's why." This in itself is great as the film feels like a real mystery at first but by the end it wraps itself up neatly.

In terms of action there isn't as much as I was expecting, but Old Boy is more of a psychological thriller than an action romp. The action that's included is well choreographed and has a gritty feel to it. No wireworks or 3D special effects here.

In conclusion, if you haven't experienced world cinema before then Old Boy is a great place to start. If you have then I'd still recommend Old Boy regardless, it makes a great addition to any film buff's collection.

House Of Flying Daggers [DVD]
House Of Flying Daggers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Takeshi Kaneshiro
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £2.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very slick martial arts action, 20 Feb 2007
I personally enjoyed this film a lot more than Hero and Crouching Tiger. I find it has better action and a better plot than both aforementioned films. The imagery is also a lot clearer and bolder with some truly wonderful set pieces. The cast is great too, with a trio of eastern stars who are infamous in their native china, hong kong and taiwan respectively. The only minor issue I have is with the ending, as it isn't tackled particularly well. You just get left with some white letters scrolling down the screen telling you what happened next in the story. A graphical representation would have been better in my opinion, but perhaps the director was limited due to the film budget.

The Eye (Collector's Edition) [DVD]
The Eye (Collector's Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Angelica Lee
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £3.90

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really scary, but entertaining nonetheless, 20 Feb 2007
The Eye is an interesting film. It borrows the theme of being able to see the dead, like in Sixth Sense. In some ways you could say it's just a cantonese rip off of the SS, but in some ways it's fairly original in itself.

The fact that much of it is set in a hospital is creepy, but I feel that more of it should have been set there to be honest. Enclosed areas, claustrophobia... excellent mood makers. There is actually one scene at a calligraphers where you might get a good shock. The angle the director uses is perfect and I really can't fault that.

However in most other areas you feel a little let down due to a lot of missed opportunities. One inside an elevator for example. This brings me to the fact that The Eye is very much like Sixth Sense in that it's more a chilling thriller than a horror film, except for a few scenes. A lot of the time it builds up a lot of suspense which ends with an anticlimax, basically making you tense but then not scaring you.

Overall it's a good film, but not really a good horror film.

Audition (Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2001]
Audition (Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ryo Ishibashi

10 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite know what sort of film it's trying to be, 20 Feb 2007
Okay, Audition. *sighs*

Firstly I have to say that for the most part this film was one of the most boring I'd ever seen. In the first 50 minutes or so there's not much going on to say the least. A lot of chitchat and such but no action or anything that might shock you. Then towards the end there's some confusing intervention by some new characters, followed by what appears to be an LSD induced trip and finally a scene resembling the Saw films. This film is confusing and leaves you asking Why? Who? And how? You just don't really know for sure what's happened by the end or indeed what's happened in the past.

Some people think that this is a classic japanese film but I'm not so keen. At some points it's trying to be a romance story, then at the end it's like a slasher, except without the horror. That's another thing - at no point did I actually get scared while watching this film. So if you're looking for horror then look somewhere else. The actual gory scene at the end was very disappointing and the level of gore has been too hyped up. For a film where there is a lot of pointless chatter for the first hour, you'd at least expect the grand finale to last a while longer. Sadly to say, it doesn't.

In conclusion if you buy Audition then what you're basically getting is a romantic melodrama followed by 10 minutes of gory torture at the end. Nothing is resolved and the screen goes black. Great. =/

Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD] [2004] [2006]
Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD] [2004] [2006]
Dvd ~ Ron Perlman

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best super hero film to date, 20 Feb 2007
I was really surprised with Hellboy when I first laid eyes on it. It appeared to just be another average, run of the mill action romp. How wrong I was.

The character of Hellboy in itself is just fantastic. A demon turned demon hunter with the macho charisma and unstoppable burliness of a freight train. Hellboy rocks, no argument. The story is very well planned with the past, present and future all clearly depicted. I also find it's a fairly mature film in that along with all the brilliant action you also catch a glimpse of social interaction like how Hellboy is seen as an outcast. 5 stars.

Hannibal: (Hannibal Lecter)
Hannibal: (Hannibal Lecter)
by Thomas Harris
Edition: Paperback

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Monotonous, 20 Feb 2007
I read this book a few years back and would have to say the portrayal of Lector was a bit drab in comparison to Silence of the Lambs. The plot isn't particularly well thought out and there aren't really any twists that surprise or amuse. I was already bored by the time I reached the halfway point but decided to continue and give it a chance. I don't think it was worth it...

The ending was disappointing to say the least and was definitely not worth the long drag of a build up. By the end I didn't particularly care about any of the characters and just wanted to finish the damn thing. All in all, if you like slowly developing stories where not a great deal happens then you might consider Hannibal. If not, then try something else.

Steel Angel Kurumi 1: Complete Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Steel Angel Kurumi 1: Complete Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Artist Not Provided

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent anime that will delight all viewers, 25 Sep 2004
Steel Angel Kurumi has many aspiring factors that make it the perfect anime for all teenage manga fans. Although it has elements of mecha and time travel, the basis of the anime is very simple. Boy meets girl, girl falls in love with boy, and all manner of trouble follows after that.
As the title suggests, the protagonist in this anime is Kurumi a steel angel (android), who is awoken by the kiss of a boy called Nakahito. Kurumi instictively falls in love with Nakahito, who still cannot believe that he kissed a girl! The pair then continue to meet many new characters, including other angels, on their quest to find out the origins of the steel angels.
The main story and subplots are very interesting, but the best things about Steel Angel Kurumi are the comedy and action sequences. The fight scenes are well-animated, violent and exciting to watch, whilst the comedy is just hilarious as the characters try (but fail) to get themselves out of crazy situations. Another fantastic factor of Kurumi is that as the story develops, you find that you actually care about the characters and are always worried about what might happen to them.
Overall, the actual content in the episodes is spot-on, whilst the quantity of extras is astounding (4 featurettes, production sketches, commentaries, interviews, I could go on and on...), creating an absolutely breath-taking box set that any anime fan should not be without!

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