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Copy Of A
Copy Of A

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent single, 8 Oct 2013
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As a freebie single you can't really complain - Copy Of A isn't the best song on Hesitation Marks but it's a good, catchy little song, built around a nice bloppy central riff, some interesting vocal delay effects and quick, surgical blasts of NIN standard processed noise to keep it going.


Homeland - Season 2 [DVD]
Homeland - Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
Price: 15.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Stellar second season, 8 Oct 2013
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By dropping a Plot Bomb early on and using it to completely turn the series on its head, Homeland avoided the usual trick of serialised thrillers with an eye on long-term success of dragging out their central mystery well past its natural limits (as seen in The Killing), instead taking a few episodes to flip the table over and then start a fresh attack, free from the storytelling shackles of Season One and striding off in a bold, confident new direction.

Damian Lewis gets to play an entirely different kind of Tom Brody once the dust settles from early revelations, still keeping the audience guessing as to his true motives, and Claire Danes continues to nail it as fragmented agent Carrie, in what must be an emotionally and physically exhausting role to play but one that finally catches the rest of the world up to what fans of her knew she was capable of as an actress almost twenty years ago.


Double Dragon [DVD]
Double Dragon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Patrick
Price: 5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible. Hilarious. Stupid. Also contains ninjas, 8 Oct 2013
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Again, simple video game premise - two brothers rescue a girl from a gang of kung fu bad guys. Apply 90s filter. Now we have a futuristic, grungey action movie about two street punks battling an army of colourful bad guys to get an amulet that the T-1000 needs to take over the world or something and then there's Alyssa Milano and a dude explodes like in Fist of the North Star and hey isn't that Scott Wolf from Party of Five and why do they now have matching red and blue outfits and WHAT IS HAPPENING WHAT IS GOING ON HAVE I GONE MAD


Super Mario Bros - The Original Motion Picture [DVD]
Super Mario Bros - The Original Motion Picture [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bob Hoskins
Offered by Films and Figures
Price: 24.95

3.0 out of 5 stars The 90s, 8 Oct 2013
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What happens when you take a brightly-coloured series of iconic video games and build a narrative around them for a film? Probably involve two heroic brothers (who happen to be Italian plumbers) going on a quest to rescue a princess from an evil dragon, right? Well... sorta, that's what Super Mario Bros does. Except it was made in the 90s, so instead...

Look, you remember the 90s. Everything went dark. Edgy. Postmodern. Nihilistic. The grunge generation and the post-capitalist fallout meant we all woke up and realised that actually, the world was a pretty messed up place once the hazy 80s filter was removed. It also meant that movies and popular culture in general took a strange sideways step - Frank Miller and Alan Moore became the brand guidelines for new projects, and Mario Bros very much falls under that umbrella of influence.

That's not to say it's bad - it's certainly weird enough to justify a watch, but this is a movie where things are just the wrong kind of dark and twisted throughout rather than a Nintendo-friendly kids flick. It's a brave choice, one that doesn't always work but is worth watching just to appreciate how strange it actually is.


Doom (Extended Edition) [DVD] [2006]
Doom (Extended Edition) [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Kevin Pereira
Price: 2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars DOOMY DOOMY DOOM DOOM, 8 Oct 2013
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Yes, it's just as ridiculous as you might expect, but Doom cares not for your opinions. Doom is a film for MEN. And also ladies who enjoy this kinda thing. It is a film about GUNS and MONSTERS and EXPLOSIONS and THE ROCK and SHOOTING STUFF and EXPLOSIONS and the first person camera bit that always has audiences hooting with joyous, unrestricted FUN. The only way this film could work was if it stubbornly refused to take itself seriously, and the second Dexter Fletcher wheels into view on his robo-cycle leg replacements, all your prayers are answered. EXPLOSIONS


Official Xbox 360 Common Controller for Windows - Black (PC)
Official Xbox 360 Common Controller for Windows - Black (PC)
Price: 19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars No explanation necessary, 8 Oct 2013
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Ya plugs it in, ya plays yer games.Works like a charm - nicely responsive thumbsticks, ergonomic button layout and responsive triggers. The days of snooty PC gamers telling you 'mouse and keyboard or GTFO' are over!


Hesitation Marks
Hesitation Marks
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 8.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully a grower, 8 Oct 2013
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As a lifelong NIN fan, any new release by Trent and co. gets me salivating, especially after a several year hiatus while he worked on award-winning film scores and his other band How To Destroy Angels, so once 'Came Back Haunted' hit I loved it - another step towards the clipped, rsetrained electronica that featured on the last few NIN albums but an encouraging sign.

Now that 'Hesitation Marks' is with us, after several listens my current feeling is that it's okay. Not amazing, just okay. There are some strong tunes on here, a nice variation is styles and sounds as always - the poppy 'Everything', the steady build of 'Satellite' - and if anything, this feels more like the spiritual successor to 'The Fragile' in how the songs are built, the layers going on, but the overall approach here is more in the minimal, carefully stripped back electronica of HTDA. If you love them, you'll dig this - if you're a NIN fan at all you'll find things to like on here, but after the live band-heavy approach of the last few releases (With Teeth, Year Zero and The Slip), I'm finding this new style not quite what I was wanting from something under the NIN banner. If anything, this feels like a Trent solo record (even though NIN can arguably always be a 'solo' project).


Celldweller 2cd Deluxe 10 Year Anniversary Edition
Celldweller 2cd Deluxe 10 Year Anniversary Edition
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 15.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered perfection, 8 Oct 2013
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It can't have been ten years, surely! Industrial rock crafted with exquisite care and attention to detail, now remastered and packaged with a load of bonus content including remixes, singles and work with other artists plus a few unreleased demos. 'Celldweller' is a landmark album and one that seems to finally be getting the recognition it deserves given the steady stream of releases from Klay Scott over the last few years - you'll have heard several of these songs in movies, trailers, video games and so on, and now's your chance to hear the full range of what Klay 'Celldweller' Scott can do. Metal, electro, drum and bass, ambient, rock - all on here, all amazing. One of those albums to take with you on the spaceship when you leave Earth.


Collections
Collections
Price: 7.67

3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more kick, 22 April 2013
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Delphic are one of those often frustrating bands with an excellent, bold live sound but whose albums often don't match that same level of volume or intensity. Lacking a live drummer, the electronic beats don't support the intricate keyboards or driving rhythms that the songs are asking of them, and despite some good, experimental diversions throughout this as the band push their style envelope out, they remain a group best experienced on stage rather than on disc.


The Next Day
The Next Day
Price: 10.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits, Volume IV, 22 April 2013
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Sneaking out a love letter to his own career, Bowie's voice may have lost some of its power in the years since 'Reality' (indeed, there are times on 'The Next Day' when he sounds all of his 66 years, lending a sense of fragility to several tracks), but every song on here feels like it's paying tribute to one of the many eras of his genre-defying career. Slow, jazzy ballads, stompy glam rockers, quirky art-rock - it's all referenced here, like Bowie's playing re-recorded versions of unreleased songs from his own back catalogue. If this ends up being his last album then it's a brilliant full stop on one of music's most remarkable careers.


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