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M. Gardner "Afro Matt" (Somerset, England)

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The Ashes 3 Disc Box Set - England V Australia 2005 [DVD]
The Ashes 3 Disc Box Set - England V Australia 2005 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shane Warne
Offered by The_Perfect_Used_Book_Store
Price: 3.43

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a series, 5 Jan 2006
One of the greatest triumphs of modern British sport! Chances are that you already know the score, so all i'll say is just buy this, sit back, and relive an amazing series that had people all over the country gripped by cricket of all things!
A fantastic rollercoaster ride.

The Island [DVD] [2005]
The Island [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.72

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Bay Directs Decent Film Shocker!!!, 4 Jan 2006
This review is from: The Island [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
As soon as I heard who was directing this movie I was skeptical, and if we're being honest you can't really blame me. Armageddon was hideously undercooked, and as for Pearl Harbor, well the less said about that the better methinks. But The Island is a top notch thriller. The acting is very good, the relationship between the two leads particularly impressive. Sean Bean, Djimon Hounsou and Steve Buscemi are all characteristically solid, and the plot itself is pretty damn absorbing too. The special effects are there of course, but this movie, unlike Bay's others, feels like a very well constructed unit and not just a mash of action scenes.
Very good indeed!

Price: 8.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 30 Aug 2005
This review is from: Funeral (Audio CD)
Words can't really do justice to how good this album is. The sheer depth of brilliantly layered music to be found here is never less than inspiring and beautiful. The album is varied. There are no bad tracks here, but there are some that will certainly knoick your socks off. My personal favourites are Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) and Rebellion (Lies), the video to the former simply shrieks of wondrous originality and life. And that's really what this album is...alive. Despite the rather sombre title, this is an album packed with deep, real emotion but all in vibrant shades of musical colour. This album cries out with musical life.
Miss it at your peril.

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Price: 2.92

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 6 Aug 2005
This review is from: Employment (Audio CD)
The Kaisers are a cut above the rest of the much hyped new wave of britpop along with other such stand out acts as Vloc Party. But while the latter seem to take themselves a bit too seriously, the Kaiser Chiefs seem anything but. This an album thatr really sounds like a band that is simply out there to have fun. If anyone has seen their live show they will know just how energetic it can get... and the album reflects the sheer exuberant energy of this band. Particular highlights are Oh My God, I Predict A Riot and my personal favourite Every Day I Love You Less And Less. A great buy. Purchase with confidence!

Purple Ronnie's Little Poems for Friends
Purple Ronnie's Little Poems for Friends
by Purple Ronnie
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking, 6 Aug 2005
If you ever need a little cheering up....then this is the book for you. Purple Ronnie does it again! Fantastic. I love it.

Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by streetsahead
Price: 3.75

22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting 'finale'....of sorts!, 6 Aug 2005
The anticipation for this film was huge....Finally, the last missing link in the chain of Star Wars movies that would tie up all loose ends and create one glorious saga. And I was not disappointed. The film is big and bold and is certainly a spectacle. The story is fantastic, but then I fell in love with the Star Wars universe a long time ago....even if the actual script is at times slightly forced and even occasionally laughable. I wasn't hugely convinced by Hayden Christensen but he was more than made up for by the sublime Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine who clearly relished reprising his role and was perfectly exaggerated and wonderfully manipulative. These are minor gripes, though. This movie was comfortably better than Episodes I and II even if it didn't quite compare to the original trilogy (but then, what does?) All in all, this is good fun and a fitting fianl instalment of the Star Wars saga. A must for any Star Wars fan, and at least 90% of everyone else too!

House Of Flying Daggers [DVD]
House Of Flying Daggers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Takeshi Kaneshiro
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.72

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully shot, if lacking a little plot, 29 July 2005
This is a beautifully crafted film. The cinematography and the theatrical orchestration is wonderful. The scenery is never less than outstanding and the fights scenes move like ballet with swords. The plot, however, is somewhat lacking, with some large questions left unanswered at the end of the film. However, the romantic love triangle does provide a certain other dimension to the film even if it is not explored as well as it could be. That aside, this is a visual masterpiece, and if you just let yourself be taken away by the lovingly crafted visuals and serene music you'll find here an enjoyable couple of hours.

Closer [DVD] [2004] [2005]
Closer [DVD] [2004] [2005]
Dvd ~ Julia Roberts
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Price: 2.75

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Compelling, 12 July 2005
This review is from: Closer [DVD] [2004] [2005] (DVD)
First thing....where are the DVD extras?! A video for Damien Rice's 'The Blowers' Daughter' and a few trailers. Not impressed.
Thankfully, the film is actually really good. It is not a comfortable ride by any stretch of the imagination, in fact some of Clive Owen's scenes are particularly disturbing, but the film is never less than compelling. An analysis of relationships and the human heart is put on display rather brutally, indeed the language is often very colourful, but that is the point. We are not shown relationships through explicit sex, as one might find in the recent movie 9 Songs, this is all about the language. The four main cast members are all superb, but Owen really steals the show as Larry, perhaps the character who understands his situation all too well. Again, this is another movie that shows a side of human nature that perhaps we don't want to see - themes of jealousy and obsession leaping out - but it's gripping if not comforting in a lightly fluffy way, and provides an interesting perspective that often is closer to home than one initially expects. Very good indeed, shame about the extras but oh well!

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Price: 4.92

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning, 16 Jun 2005
This review is from: X&Y (Audio CD)
I was utterly determined. I avoided radio's for several weeks just so I wouldn't get any previews or pre-album singles, and ordered X&Y as soon as I could. I spurned NME previews and Q interviews, I plugged my fingers in my ears whenever people started speculating and avoided those pointless reviews on Amazon where people review stuff months before it even comes out. Finally it word...
I loved Parachutes, but wasn't overly infatuated with A Rush of Blood... despite the fact that it had In My Place, The Scientist and Clocks (probably a bit too over played, especially with reagrds to Clocks). X&Y, however, is sublime. I can't actually stress how good this album is. Now,i'm quite the metal fan, I have all of Metallica's albums, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath etc. BUT I LOVE THIS ALBUM. It hasn't stopped playing for 5 days straight now. Nearly every single song is fantastic, and yet there are still uber-fantastic songs that just! The X part of the album is flawless, utterly without fault, and with my official new favourite song of 2005, Square One. The Y part is only marginally less impressive, with Speed of Sound particularly astounding.
Since their last outing, there have been many who have tried to imitate Coldplay. Bands such as Keane and Athlete who are very good in their own right, still seem to be lacking something. Coldplay do not lack anything. This, their third album, is a fine example of a modern classic. The band sound utterly tight-knit and in sync with one another. This is such a complete sound that it blows away all competition and really makes you wonder what the hell you've been listening to for the last couple of years.
Buy it.

Ghetto Pop Life
Ghetto Pop Life
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Price: 9.98

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric beats, but let down by unfortunate lyrics, 14 July 2004
This review is from: Ghetto Pop Life (Audio CD)
This is a wonderful album to ignore, to use as music to converse over as the beats are sublime. Danger Mouse's layered production is awesome and at face (or ear) value everything sounds good. What let's the package down is Jemini's uninspiring lyrics, particularly evident in the cliched Bush Boys. In a hip-hop world dominated by gangsta tendencies an album needs to break the mould in both lyrics as well as beats, and while some of the tunes on this album are way ahead of the pack, the lyric-spitting is bland and fails to stand out from the crowd. The artwork on the album cover is cool, but that in no way enhances the music. This is not to say that it's all bad. First single Ghetto Pop Life really is an amazing track, beaten only by its eerie choral introduction that should have been longer, and The Only One is a sublime club track that just gets your toes tapping, but ultimately this is a flawed album, and those negatives rest solely in the lyrics of collaborator Jemini. As more and more producers are busting out with their own stuff I think this should become a consideration of Danger Mouse...just look what it did for Kanye West!

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