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Mr. Matthew Kershaw "dillingers_wheelman" (Manchester)

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Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home
Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home
Price: 12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No one seems to be talking sense on this one, 8 Aug 2006
That someone has compared this to RATM and Nu Metal and someone else has been describing it as "Emo" bemuses me. If we're going to draw comparisons then it should be to the likes of PiL and maybe a little bit of ATDI, though they are now more distinctive then with the debut EP. It's very much post punk/hardcore with synths adding a warped dark disco edge.

It loses out on a 5th star as it fades out towards the end of the album, but for the first half they show they are good at what they do, wether it's your cup of tea or not. It happens to be mine and I would highly reccomend this to anyone who likes PiL, ATDI, Bear vs shark or the like.

Leaving Las Vegas [DVD] [1996]
Leaving Las Vegas [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 7.20

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nihilistic but touching., 21 July 2004
A great movie.
This is the film that Nic Cage was born to make. It is his best performance by a mile. Unfortunately it makes watching pretty much everything else he has done frustrating as he has never hit these heights again.
The bleak premise of the film, a broken man drinking himself to death in the company of a hooker whose pimp has been killed, could put some people off. Don't be one of them, this film has a rare beauty and emotional depth.
If you want to see a love story that isn't saccharine, cliched guff then this is it.

Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead [DVD] [1996]
Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Andy Garcia
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 6.75

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie? Give it a name., 21 July 2004
That this film isn't more widely known and regarded is a crime that only "The man with the plan" would be able to pull off.
It has a great story, with more emotional depth than any of Tarantino's superficially similar movies, and great characters bolstered by excellent performances by an impressive cast.Oh, and also cool catch phrases.
Less a mob film than a film about mobsters it has a human edge that makes you care more than any of the slew of films of this type that were released in the wake of "Res Dogs".

Dog Soldiers [DVD] [2002]
Dog Soldiers [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Sean Pertwee
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.03

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wry little gem., 21 July 2004
This review is from: Dog Soldiers [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Every now and again one of these films gets made. They are generally released without a blaze of hype or publicity and thus sneak under the radar only to be saved by word of mouth.
This is a perfect example. I read about it being made but didn't know it had been released until a friend recommended seeing it.
It's a funny, and often surprisingly touching movie, high on black comedy. What it lacks in actual scares it more than makes up for in a sense of bewilderment, anger and then resignation well portrayed by the cast. Speaking of whom, no stars but all well chosen for their parts.
Once you accept it's going to make you laugh more than jump you'll find it thoroughly enjoyable.

Join Me
Join Me
by Danny Wallace
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Funny, 8 July 2004
This review is from: Join Me (Paperback)
This book is simply fantastic.
Having been Dave Gorman's ignored voice of reason in Are you Dave Gorman? Danny Wallace (not the one who used to play for Southampton and Man Utd) shows he too has the gift of being able to complete a daft undertaking and then recount his tale in a charming, easy to read and thoroughly amusing style.
Just like AYDG? you end up willing a total stranger to suceed at a task so marvelously pointless that even at your drunkest you'd never do it yourself.
The only problem is he writes so well someone's bound to try to get him to do a novel and stop him doing something much more entertaining instead.

Price: 9.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form., 7 July 2004
This review is from: Caution (Audio CD)
I fell in live with this band 5 years ago when I bought No Division. I went on to get my hands on everything they'd done. Then came flight and a crash which, whilst a good album and better than anything a lot of bands could or have done, wasn't quite up to the quality of the likes of Finding the Rythms.
This album though sees them reaching for those heights again as they go back to the rawer punky emo sound from the more cerebral post hardcore sound of Flight.. with some fantastic songs. God bless men who sound like they're hurting their throats when they sing.

The Confusion (Baroque Cycle 2)
The Confusion (Baroque Cycle 2)
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 7 July 2004
An equally brilliant sequal to the excellent Quicksilver. Sprawling in scope whilst not sparing the minute detail that made the first book such a believable tale. The Baroque Cycle's world is a living, breathing, chaotic creation. I await the final part both eager to find out what happens and with a certain dread that this is going to end.

Fight Night 2004 (Xbox)
Fight Night 2004 (Xbox)
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 4.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Gem, 21 May 2004
That EA sports have come up with a good little game here is beyond doubt. The control system feels innovative and lends the game a feeling of skill and consideration lacking from many fighting games. Just plough in and the ability to block, swerve and counter means that you just get pummelled.
The use of Roy Jones Jr gives the game an edge of authority that is lacking from many EA games. Being able to pitch old masters against each other is also interesting.
Dodging a blow rocking in and countering big both looks and feels great.
Career mode wise the training mini games are a good way of advancing your fighters stats whilst.
In the career mode is where the niggling little problems that afflict most EA sports games kick in though. Opposition fighters are very samey in both looks and approach meaning that the only variation in fight comes from whether they have good stats, providing a challenge, or are weak, making them easy knockout fodder. (an EA game with dodgy opponent AI? never! I hear you say sarcastically)
Further taking away from the authenticity of the game are:
1) The careless ranking system - I was overtaken by a guy who'd lost his last 5 boughts, a situation made more ludicrous by the fact I'd sparked him in the first round of his his last fight and 4 times in my career.
2) Dubious judging - 1 of the judges will only score rounds for you if you really, really dominate, if you haven't dropped your opponent you probably lose the round. This leads to a few inexplicable losses on your career. Floor Gatti or lose? hiding to nothing.
3)No Ref in the ring - minor point I know but lets do it properly eh?
4)The Hip Hop styling - Who on earth is the announcer? Why not get some boxing commentators in and do a proper job? Or failing that some vintage 30s - 40s or 60s - 70s Golden age style commentary? The soundtracks awful and being able to add your own entry music would have been a great idea.
5) There isn't enough to spend your money on. A flaw correctd between tiger woods 2003 and 2004 but a lesson it would appear not to have been fully learned.
What your left with is the best boxing game i've played, It's entertaining, a quite good spectator game, and well worth a go. But! whilst the controls hint at a honest simulation lots of bits and pieces in the presentation make it feel like it's trying and failing to be cool. I hope 2005 is an improvement but having traded in FIFA 2004 to get this I'm not holding my breath.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [2003] [DVD]
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Price: 2.72

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 18 May 2004
This film is dire. A potentially great licence ruined. Whatever happens the people responsible for this must be kept as far away from making another film again as possible. Failing that just don't let them do Watchmen or Hellblazer.

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