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Family Guy - Season 9 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth McFarlane
Price: £7.86

11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly desperate humour, 6 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Family Guy - Season 9 [DVD] (DVD)
What happened to the Family Guy????

Here's my list of what annoys me about Family Guy now:

The storyline - It's non-existent! At least when I watch King of the Hill or South Park now I still know where I'm going! You just get a sense of confusion watching Family Guy.

Brian - Why is Brian not the straight-man (or dog) anymore? He's incredibly irritating and does not have the smart and incredibly sarcastic sense of humour that we loved about him. He was a scholar, a drinks connoisseur and a bit of a liberal, snobby douche. Brian was for me what was funny about Family Guy, the fact that the dog was the most straight and rational thinking member of the family and also that he loved to knock back loads of martinis!

Stewie - Why is Stewie extremely gay now? Maybe it was funny in small doses, but why isn't he evil, not trying to kill Lois and not trying to take over the world? It's the equivalent of turning Bart into a nice, respectable student who always does his work!

Too much toilet humour - Toilet humour is not what makes a series. Gross out, distateful toilet humour just to get people watching is disgusting (in my opinion). South Park is a good example of how to use toilet humour. The toilet humour is there for a reason and is always backed up by a strong storyline.

It just repeats itself - yes we know Quagmire is a pervert, we know Herbert is a pedophile, we know Joe is disabled, we know Chris has a Monkey in his closet, we know Meg is a looser... Family Guy just seems desperate and out of ideas. If Family Guy was a stand up comedian he/she would have been booed off the stage by now!

It's become a joke of itself - Family Guy was originally on the air to make fun of American ignorance and television. It's now become a joke of itself and become the laughing stock of the animation world.

The Flashbacks - too many of them! They're also most of time always 80s and 70s pop culture references that it's young target audience probably doesn't get or understand. Especially audiences that aren't in America.

My verdict: There are a few funny moments and parts of it are enjoyable but the bad parts outweigh the good ones. If you're a hardcore fan then it probably is still essential viewing. Drunken/high students and kids will probably enjoy it as well, but for regular viewers just looking for animated laughs, I say check out seasons 1 - 4 if you haven't already seen them all (Family Guy in it's prime). You will be disapointed if you waste your hard earned money on this. Just wait for the episodes to come on TV.
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The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today
The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today
by Kat Banyard
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The harsh reality, 8 Jun. 2010
I absolutely loved reading this book and I cannot recommend it enough! It's worth every penny I paid for it! It's a very interesting and enjoyable read and I recommend it to absolutely everyone! The book itself isn't too long and isn't too short, but you probably will wish it was longer so you can find the answers to the questions that the book leaves you asking. This book proves that we still have a long way to go on the road to a fair and equal society.

The Beat Konducta Volume 1-2: Movie Scenes
The Beat Konducta Volume 1-2: Movie Scenes
Price: £11.20

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy beats + Madlib = greatest stuff ever?!, 4 Mar. 2007
With a listen to this i feel that not much thought has gone into the tracklisting and the quality control was a bit low. I can't help but imagine this being just a load of beat-tapes picked up at random off Madlib's home studio floor, which is one of the main moans i have at Stones Throw being one of my love/hate labels, pretty much like Def Jux.

The production i think has a bit of a lazy feel to it. There are a lot of samples in here that i can tell have just been looped up or have been produced in a few mins.

This album will easily please Stones Throw fanatics, obsessed backpackers and Jay Dee diehards, but if your neither then i'd have a bit of patience with Stones Throw and wait 4 a 'real' album and not a 'filler'.

With a bit of patience and quality control Madlib could create another Unseen or Madvillainy, but stuff like this just doesn't amaze me and prove me nothing other than Stones Throw just out 4 a buck or 2. He'll have to spend more time on one thing to be put on my greatest producers of all time list.


2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh where has Zev Love X gone?, 4 Mar. 2007
This review is from: THE MOUSE AND THE MASK (Audio CD)
I was a bit disappointed at this release from MF Doom, who is my favorite emcee still as he is able to rhyme like no-one else can. It seems like as his fame is exploding along with his friends at the label Stones Throw his and their releases are getting too watered down.

The album has more of a commercial feel to it which isn't the problem really, as Dangermouse has produced some great beats on here, but the album just feels too gimmicky. Instead of the hard hip-hop beats, great guest emcess and 80s cartoon skits on Operation Doomsday, you get Gorillaz type beats and gimmicky skits from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Space Ghost. I just can't brush off the feeling that it seems like one big advertisement for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim with lyrics such as: 'I'm trying to watch Adult Swim...'.

From the first listen you can tell Dangermouse was influenced by Damon Albarn's Gorillaz album, as the many of the tracks such as Benzie Box have Brit-pop influences. The standout tracks include: Sofa King, The mask which which features a short appearance by Ghostface Killah, Vats of Urine, and Space Hos.

If this is your first taste of underground hip-hop, or you liked the Gorillaz album you'll love this. The album also has appeal to cartoon nerds who will love the appearances by Space Ghost, Brak and Zorak and the constant Jetsons references.

If you're an MF Doom fan who has loved him since Operation Doomsday and the Monster Island Czars you might be a bit disappointed. Underground fans may be quick to say he's fell off after this, but i'd wait until his highly anticipated album with Ghostface Killah b4 that is said.

Robot Chicken: Season One [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Robot Chicken: Season One [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £18.10

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show from the Family Guy crew, 20 July 2006
From Seth Green the man behind Chris and other voices from Family Guy, Robot Chicken is a childhood dream come true. All your favourite childhood cartoons such as: Batman, Peanuts, Teenage Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, The Flintstones, Sailor Moon, Looney Tunes, etc all parodied in short sketches.

Robot Chicken is very simple; characters made out of clay, a bunch of barbie dolls and special effects, but don't be put off as it's highly entertaining viewing. What you must be aware of though is that there is no storyline to the show. The jokes come fast and are very random which may not appeal to everyone. The show won't achieve South Park and Simpsons status, but it's a good laugh.

The show is great and is one of the standout shows on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, but calling the show one of the best on TV would be going a bit too far. I'm ready for this show to blow up in the UK like Family Guy and become a little bit overrated.

Overall: this show is great viewing and definetly not for kids. Any big kid who has a love for cartoons, comics and pop culture will love it! Also If you hate Family Guy stay well away!

Sailor Moon Supers: 1
Sailor Moon Supers: 1
by Naoko Takeuchi
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but pity about the layout, 15 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Sailor Moon Supers: 1 (Paperback)
Naoko Takeuchi's wonderful Sailor Moon series will always have a place in a manga fan's collection. The Sailor Moon series features her distinctive style of artwork which is great, but is ruined a bit due to the mangas change of the Japanese right to left format to the western left to right.
more true to the Japanese original than the dub version
great artwork
great characters and plot
changing to left to right ruins atwork a bit
names may confuse some fans(e.g. Usagi/Serena - Bunny)

Overall: The Sailor Moon manga series is great (and could arguably be better than the anime), but the left to right format doesn't do the series any justice. Should the Sailor Moon series be reprinted it should stay true to the original names and artwork as intended. Plot wise the Sailor Moon manga gives it's characters great detail, but the monsters (youma) aren't given enough depth, which is Ms Takeuchi's only failing, but overall the manga is greatly done and is one of the most influential girls manga of all time.

Tenchi Muyo - Ovas: Volume 1 [DVD]
Tenchi Muyo - Ovas: Volume 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hiroki Hayashi

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Tenchi, 15 Feb. 2006
Tenchi Muyo is about Tenchi Masaki, a high school student who's life is turned upside down when he accidently releases a 700 year old demon named Ryoko, who takes the form of a beautiful young space pirate.
As the story goes on we meet Priness Ayeka(who is often the victim of Ryoko's teasing and jokes)and Sasami, who are both of the Juraian royal family and the ditzy blonde space cop Mihoshi, who all get stranded at Tenchi's house and all fall in love with him for some wierd reasons. All this results in a lotta catfights, bitching and incredibly humourous situations. Sometimes you just feel sorry for Tenchi having to put up with all those females fighting for his attention.
Tenchi Muyo is a must for all Anime fans and IS NOT FOR KIDS due to nudity (courtesy of Ryoko), sexual references, and violent scenes.
If you love funny, wierd and action packed anime then you won't be disapointed.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End Of Evangelion [2002] [DVD]
Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End Of Evangelion [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Megumi Ogata
Offered by thelastresortofmusic
Price: £16.75

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful way to end the world, 30 Dec. 2005
This movie ends the series in the most spectacular way ever. You will be sat tense in your seat, shocked and you will even feel sad and puzzled at events. I just feel sorry for the poor Shinji and all the things he goes through.
I won't give anything away but this movie concentrates on the final fate of humanity and the shocking revelations uncovered by Shinji Ikari.
I warn you if you are after a film where everythings happy at the end, e.g. Disney films and even Kill Bill then you will be shocked. It will puzzle you and bring up more questions about the series. This is definetly an intelligent series where the viewer can develop different views of the ending.
With beautiful animation, beautiful music to accompany tense battle scenes, and incredible character emotions it is well recommended for any fan of great animation.
I don't reecomend this for kids though as it features some violent scenes, scenes of sexual nature and swearing. I also reccomend people watching death and rebirth first before purchasing this or buying the boxset with them all in.
Overall: Neon Genesis ranks upon the greatest animation of all time for not been afraid to express opinions on relgion and death. You will no doubt develop your own opinions on the series.

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 9
Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 9
by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Edition: Comic
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Sadamoto, 21 Dec. 2005
This volume of the Great Neon Genesis Evangelion series focuses on Kaworu Nagisa who is both mysterious and disturbing. This volume also tells you more about Asuka's mother as well.
One Note: If you haven't read Neon Genesis Volume 1 then i really urge you to do so as you will be pretty lost in the events and it will ruin the experience for you.
Overall this volume is very exciting and the artwork is great. Tough Choices have to be made in this volume. Can't wait for the next one!

DJ Qbert: Do It Yourself Volume 1 - Skratching [DVD] [NTSC]
DJ Qbert: Do It Yourself Volume 1 - Skratching [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ DJ Qbert

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tutorial, 12 Dec. 2005
If you're new to the turntablism game this is a perfect way to dip your feet into the water. What better way than to learn from the master? Qbert (and Skratchy seal!) deliver with humour and skills and all the tutorials are well explained. He even tells you how to make emergency slipmats. With ajustable camera angles and audio it makes life easier.
This tutorial DVD is well recommended for beginners who wish to get an idea of turntablism so they can develop a style of their own.

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