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Red Dwarf Movie Book
Red Dwarf Movie Book
by Andrew Ellard
Edition: Unknown Binding

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Written by a performing monkey??, 11 April 2008
This review is from: Red Dwarf Movie Book
Dear oh dear, what can I say??? I was asleep after the first five pages or so. When I woke up and carried on I wish I hadn't, it really is THAT bad. You want good information the Red Dwarf Movie, you won't get it here.

It's just boring, dreary, self-indulgent-to-the-point-of-nausea anecdote after anecdote, none of which are enough to entertain THIS Red Dwarf fan, so who knows how a general reader would get on. Maybe if they had tears in their eyes due to openly weeping at the sheer tedium of the volume, then at least they could admire the psychedelic patterns that hit their retina, the words too blurred and streaked as the salty fluid warped the sunlight reflected off the paper. I say 'paper', what in the holy heckfire is this book printed on anyway?? It feels more like that tracing paper-style toilet roll you get in underground public conveniences. I suppose it's quite fitting, although I wouldn't even wipe mine with this rubbish. Talk about cheap publishing!

A real smug wannabe must have been employed to write this. I use the word 'write' loosely. Frankly I'm surprised this book is allowed to exist. After all, it is a companion to a movie that genuinely DOES exist. A movie I would definitely give 5 stars, on par with some of my favourites like Atmos, Rose and The Shadow Proclamation, not to mention the Medusa Cascade.

I could write a much better companion myself, if I could be bothered. Tragic. Dismal. Horrible.

Led Zeppelin - Mothership - Very Best Of (2CD/DVD)
Led Zeppelin - Mothership - Very Best Of (2CD/DVD)
Offered by Hardliner-music
Price: 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for Achilles Last Stand alone!, 21 Dec 2007
Firstly, it has to be said that if you don't own any Zeppelin...what are you waiting for? GET THIS NOW!!! Secondly, this is without a doubt the best Zeppelin have ever sounded, and IS most certainly worthy of any fan (yes even the whiney types saying 'but I already have every album' If you don't own Mothership then you DON'T have every album, so there!).

From the first note of Good Times Bad Times you know you're listening to a classic band, and the tracklist from there on does a great job of summing up why they're definitely one of the best ever. Yeah, it's chronological and contains all their best-known songs, but it's not as though no thought has been put into the track order or what songs they chose to leave off to make things flow nicely. In fact, the 13-song selection for CD1 is just...godlike! Seriously, what other band could come up with a compilation of that quality??

However, CD2 has the honour of having, in my humble opinion, the best track they ever recorded - 'Achilles Last Stand'. Ten minutes of pure frantic excellence that no self-respecting music lover should miss. Also notable, the bright and breezy 'The Song Remains The Same', the hauntingly excellent 'No Quarter' and, of course, 'Kashmir'. Sadly, they threw 'D'Yer Mak'er' on there too...probably the only moment of dodginess on this whole set, although it's by no means a rubbish song. If anything it's an example of them mixing up their style and is still worth being included.

Nothing else can be said. Let the gloriously remastered music speak for itself. Enjoy!

Extras : Complete BBC Series 2 [2005] [DVD]
Extras : Complete BBC Series 2 [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ricky Gervais
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 5.87

17 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking compared with series 1!, 29 Mar 2007
With all the awards and everything maybe you would expect there to be a moment where Gervais and Merchant 'jumped the shark' and here it is with Extras series 2. There are some good moments and Merchant is particularly notable as the agent but Gervais's ego has gone into overdrive. Just about every scene is him as the main character (Andy Millman) despairing because everyone else in the world is a complete tosser and he's normal. It SO reflects Gervais's own personality and ego it's untrue!

The sitcom ('are you 'avin' a laugh? Is he 'avin' a laugh?') is all right but YEAH YEAH YEAH Ricky we GET IT, you don't want to make shows like that do you? you want to make 'proper' shows like The Office and this is showing us over and over again how crap The Office would have been if the BBC had gotten their grubby hands on it. The whole series is way too much about 'luvvie' and zeleb references. And what the heck, the seemed to all but cut Maggie (Ashley Jensen) from the show, she hardly had a single storyline when the were some of the best moments in series 1 (like when she can't get race out of her head and in the Les Dennis episode where she meets her 'friend' who's dad is obsessed with the stage).

As for the cameos, most of them are OK, particularly Ian Mckellen (even though that episode was crap) and Daniel Radcliffe who I thought was good, it shows he could do comedy acting if he wanted (he must have enjoyed doing something more light-hearted as Harry Potter is always so full-on)

American Idiot
American Idiot
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.13

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking punk to the masses!, 23 Feb 2007
This review is from: American Idiot (Audio CD)
OK, no matter what all the whiney 'true fans' say (I know I'm a true fan because I love this), this is their best album since the early days of Dookie. Yes it's commercial but that's great because it means more people are listening to them than ever before. As with all bands that 'sell out' the old fans get annoyed because they feel their band is being taken away from them and now everyone knows them. Well what was Basket Case thirteen years ago if not pure pop??

Every song on American Idiot is great and it can't be faulted as a complete work. Once you get to the tracks at the end like Letterbomb and Homecoming it's so joyous, and it feels like it actually means something. It's the whole American Idiot concept album thing that really makes this something special. I too would have hated them if they'd made a commercial album that felt soulless but Billie Joe has never sounded more believable and genuine telling this story.
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Pirates Of The Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Special Edition)[DVD] [2006]
Pirates Of The Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Special Edition)[DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.73

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure excellence!, 3 Jan 2007
Without a doubt one of the films of 2006 and a real meaty middle chapter in what's destined to be a classic trilogy.

OK first things first, if you go into this thinking you're about to see a comedy film, you're wrong. I say this because a lot of people seem to have that idea due to the trailers always emphasising the humour, and yes there IS a lot of humour (most of if provided by the LEGENDARY performance of Captain Jack Sparrow, courtesy of Johnny Depp) but it's definitely not a laugh-a-minute feature. In fact, Dead Man's Chest is MUCH darker than the first film, Curse of the Black Pearl, and the story has gotten way bigger and more complex, which I think also threw some people. This is, after all, The Two Towers or The Empire Strikes Back of the Pirates trilogy.

So if you're like me and you yearn for a blockbuster movie to actually tell a great story as well as entertain with big bangs and effects (as The Two Towers did) then you've come to the right place. But you really do need to see Curse of the Black Pearl beforehand. Not that this is a bad thing as the first Pirates film is probably the best action/adventure blockbuster since the Indiana Jones series, so you're in for a treat if you've yet to see it!

Oh, and the extras are really great on this. I particularly liked the featurette where they talk about all the different parts of Jack's costume. Johnny Depp really does put so much into the character.

Doctor Who Original Music from Series One & Two
Doctor Who Original Music from Series One & Two
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 13.35

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, sometimes better than what was on screen!, 6 Dec 2006
The first new series of Who was amazing. The second was certainly patchy but, fortunately, the music was one of the saving graces. Murray Gold got a lot of flak over the weeks, if I remember, but most of the complaints were due to how loud the music often was in the show's mix, which wasn't his fault at all. Yes it was loud but that didn't matter to me because it was so GREAT, especially for a TV show.

I loved the frantic electronic stuff he did for the opening episode, 'Rose'. It really made a statement, quickly letting everyone know that this was NEW Doctor Who and it was out to make an impact. What Murray Gold did so masterfully then was to treat each episode as it's own animal, so you've got dramatic choral arrangements one week (for the likes of 'Dalek'), quiet emotional tones for the more personal story of 'Father's Day', some big orchestra work in a few episodes (especially the climactic sword fight in 'The Christmas Invasion'), and, of course, the 'Doctor's Theme' (you know the one, it's a woman singing when strange stuff happens, known to the fans as President Flavia's Theme) it's all here.

I'm pleased to know this album contains a track called 'The Face Of Boe' because that theme is excellent, one of the most haunting in series 2. Also, 'Song For Ten' and the new one from this year's Christmas ep - 'The Runaway Bride' should be a great listen. All in all, you're not a fan if you don't want to own this!

Stop The Clocks [2CD + DVD]
Stop The Clocks [2CD + DVD]
Offered by ajdiscs
Price: 9.99

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the definitive, but Noel explains why..., 13 Nov 2006
There was a recent interview with Noel Gallagher where he talked about Stop The Clocks. He said he just chose a selection that he thought worked when played through and wasn't thinking about making sure all their 'greatest hits' were on it. Some stuff on there like Talk Tonight is what he's most proud of, which is why it's on there even though it's a b-side.

He said there would be a proper singles album eventually, probably when they finish the band, and that Stop The Clocks happened only because Sony were going to release a collection no matter what due to Oasis leaving the company. 'Whatever' isn't on STCs because he still intends it to be a one-off single and not on an album. He likes the idea of it being sort of limited. ALSO, he expressed his dislike of 'greatest hits' releases with new songs on them saying what's the point when it's meant to be a retrospective and not just a tool to make more money by putting a couple of new ones on it that probably wouldn't be up with their best work.

No matter what, there's still a lot of solid tracks on Stop The Clocks. It's perfect for someone who doesn't own any Oasis.

The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11
The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11
by David Ray Griffin
Edition: Paperback

23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A summing up of what the Western world really needs to know!, 17 Oct 2006
OK, I disagree with previous reviewers who say if you believe the official government version of what happened on September 11th 2001 you shouldn't read this book, the OPPOSITE is true, you should pick it up right away!

Most people who believe the official version have never read anything to challenge that view, so this book is a great place to start if you want to take an alternative look without getting bogged down in message boards and sites that have so much hate for the Bush administration that their vision is blurred by an urge to lash out. This book is written really well and makes it's points clearly; you don't need to know how the government and military work inside out to get what's going on here. It doesn't shout at you, you can come to your own conclusions.

One thing's for sure, with all the evidence laid out in front of you, it leaves you with a LOT to think about regarding the darkest day in recent memory.

Battlestar Galactica - The Mini Series [2003] [DVD] [2004]
Battlestar Galactica - The Mini Series [2003] [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 3.94

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not seen this? Are you mad??, 15 Aug 2006
This is the FANTASTIC beginning of the new re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (aka the best series since sliced bread). You must see this before season 1 as it shows what happens when Caprica is thrown into emergency when the evil Cylons return after a 40 year absence.

In my view, this is the most successful merging of sci-fi and character drama ever to appear on the small screen. If you've yet to see it you truly are missing out. I just hope the developers of the new live-action Star Wars series also watch this and take more than a few pointers from it.

Doctor Who: Complete BBC Series 2 - Limited Edition 'Cyberman Head' Box Set with Lenticular Postcard (Exclusive to [2005] [DVD]
Doctor Who: Complete BBC Series 2 - Limited Edition 'Cyberman Head' Box Set with Lenticular Postcard (Exclusive to [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by dave1919
Price: 65.99

8 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on series 1!, 28 July 2006
I disagree with anyone who says series 2 was just as good or maybe better than series 1 because it blatantly isn't! I like how people are giving it 5 stars but then in their review they're giving episodes 3/10, 5/10, 6/10... Nothing came close to the quality of 'Dalek', 'The End Of The World', 'Father's Day', 'The Doctor Dances' or 'The Parting Of The Ways'.

They got a lot of things wrong is series 2. Great production values, guest stars and monsters (this year we got the sleek new Robocop/C-3PO-style Cybermen) weren't enough to make up for a) bad series planning (all the episodes felt standalone and random, no connection), b) mediocre to bad scripts by the new writers (only series 1 veterans Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat came up with anything half decent), c) naff chemistry between David Tennant and Billie Piper. There's a lot more but I won't go on.

Also, this years' series of Confidential (which will be on this set) seemed a lot more smug like 'oh look how great we are' to me. Obviously, the huge success of the first series went to their heads. I hope series 3 is better thought out.

On the plus side, we DID get a great 2-parter in The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit. I don't think it's a coincidence that this was the last one to be shot. I bet they looked back on what they'd done and thought 'crikey, we better deliver something here'. And Tennant grew nicely into the role as the Doctor.

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