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Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)
Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)
Price: £2.81

1.0 out of 5 stars this is deffo one of the worst covers of all time, 13 Feb. 2015
Christ on a bike, this is deffo one of the worst covers of all time. Weak teeny boy vocals that are no competition for the original Simon and Garfunkel. No doubt the 5 star voters think this is an original composition by The Vamps. leave the classics alone and write your own toot.

Price: £15.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Blimey, an album prioper worthy of 5 stars, 4 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Electrified (Audio CD)
I never thought Yello, and especially BB, have got their due as pioneers in the electronic music field starting right back in 1979. After all BB was one of the first to extensively use sampling, though not of other people's music but self recorded.. So what have we got here, basically re-engineered original works that aren't on any Yello albums. CD one is generally uptempo, full of cracking instrumental numbers, some with the latin percussion sounds like on One Second. Others are more modern dancefloor numbers similar in style to Touch Yello and The Eye. Disc two is more ambient and filmic, akin to Stalakdrama off Stella. If you're a fan of Yello this is a must have and no mistake. If you're a fan of the more progressive dance sounds of bands like Orbital, The Orb, Underworld, Leftfield, 808 State etc you should listen to this..and then get it. Of course it's unlikely to bother the UK album charts and that's a shame cos it kicks everything else released in 2014 into touch, a big shame considering much of the overhyped toot that ended up in many albums of the year lists.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [DVD] [2014]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Andrew Garfield
Price: £5.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What's amazing is people have paid to this this dreck, 12 Jan. 2015
The problem in having kids reach a certain age is you increasingly become exposed to woeful music and films that you hitherto have managed to avoid. Unfortunately for me as my daughters get into double figures our TV set is increasingly been used by them to watch diabolical rubbish such as X Factor, Strictly, CGI cartoons and fantasy/sci fi films. The latest abomination to pollute our house has been this woefully boring and overlong travesty. Problem #1 is the uncharismatic lead who looks like Andy Murray's skinny twin. #2 is the casting of some pasty faced Leonardo di Caprio clone, who looks 8, to play the Green Goblin. #3 is the treacle thick angsty mush between Spiderman and his squeeze. The Yanks have a way heaping on bilious naval gazing intensity like no other nation. #4 a new villain is introduced within the last 15 mins, just like that, totally out of the blue. #5 the sheer length, at around 2 1/2 hours!. #6 formulaic boring fights in a downtown city location that we've scene countless times in other superhero films.

Seeing as the target demographic for films like this are teenage boys, it is strange how little action there is in the 2 1/2 hours while most of the screen time is given over to angsty introspective musing and bleeding heart to hearts, of a Twilight nature, which appeals more to girls, not the usual target audience. That said even my 10 year old's reaction to this was 'meh'.

The Green Hornet [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
The Green Hornet [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Seth Rogen
Offered by A1-Media
Price: £6.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of everybody's time including those who made and featured in it, 25 Nov. 2014
A few weeks ago I saw Kick-Ass on the TV and was surprised to find myself enjoying it despite the uncomfortable sight of an 11 year old girl wasting the bad guys with knives and hand-guns. With the premise of the Green Hornet being similar I thought I'd give it a go when it was shown last night. When I say similar I refer to the pairing of an incompetent wannabe superhero with a partner that knows their stuff, in this a case a rich boy slacker and a Chinese martial arts and engineering whizz. However, unlike the lead character in Kick-Ass, who is reasonably engaging and likeable, the lead character here is incredibly irritating with his over-enthusiastic, 'wow, let's do something crazy man' antics. I'd go as far to say this is one of the most irritating performances I've ever seen in a film so much so that I long gave up before the end. Why others giving 3-5 stars don't feel similarly is perplexing.
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Avatar [DVD]
Avatar [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sam Worthington
Price: £5.21

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Content 0: Style 4, 14 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Avatar [DVD] (DVD)
When I first saw this in 3-D at the cinema I was very impressed by the visuals and overall production values. They are mightily impressive on the big screen. However, in 2-D on the my 18" TV at home the film's many shortcomings are all too glaring, Stripped of the 3-D effects that masked these defects the lack of characterisation, the ponderous pace, the myriad clichés, the pilfering of plot lines from other films and its sheer length in fact make this film pompous and boring. I'm very environmentally conscious myself but the sort of heavy-handed eco messages in Avatar are as offputting to the man in the street as the crusty chuggers, working for Greenpeace etc, who bar your way as you're trying to get into Marks and Spencer. The human acting per se is almost non-existant while the 'Blue Indians' are almost as annoying as Jar Jar Binks. The test of what makes a great film is that it should still be engaging even if's shown on a 1970s portable black & white TV set. Basically Avatar is a classic case of a triumph of style over content.

Mirror, Mirror (DVD)
Mirror, Mirror (DVD)
Dvd ~ Julia Roberts
Price: £3.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pitiful, Woeful, 12 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Mirror, Mirror (DVD) (DVD)
Last night I had to watch this with my young daughters. If they ever make me watch anything as bad as this again then I'm cancelling Christmas. In a nutshell it's tedious, plain and simple. Tedious as in boring, slow moving, wooden acting, padded out thin plot, forced dialogue, weak contrived jokes, irrelevant scenes (the Bollywood type ending FFS!!), irritating and unengaging characters, Get my drift? Julia Roberts is no great actress but she's a veritable Meryl Streep in Notting Hill compared to her hammy performance here. Just thinking any more about this heap of gash annoys me. End of.

House of Fools - Series 1 [DVD] [2014]
House of Fools - Series 1 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Vic Reeves
Price: £13.72

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Ones, 3 Nov. 2014
Yes, as others have stated the BBC now seem to be making a habit of consigning their best comedy shows to their minority channels, previous underrated gems being How Not To Live Your Life, while BBC1 is stuffed with dreck like Mrs Brown's Boys. I was never a fan of Shooting Stars, preferring Vic n Bob in other formats like sketch shows (Big Night Out) and sitcoms (Catterick). House of Fools is a welcome return to their Big Night Out type comedy, transferring it to a surreal sitcom in a similar vein to The Young Ones and Bottom, but funnier. It's probably no coincidence that the best sitcoms (IMO) in recent years all tend to feature Matt Berry, starring here as their neighbour Beef. The man only has to open his mouth to elicit a laugh. HoF is utterly bonkers but you can tell the cast had great fun making it. Well recommended to fans of all the aforementioned comedies though of course this will go over the heads of others. Such is life.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (1-Disc) [DVD]
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (1-Disc) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shia LaBeouf
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £1.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into hell, 27 Oct. 2014
Don't be fooled by the 5 star reviews. They mostly seem to be by people who haven't quite grasped that this isn't the place to write seller feedback. Anyway, seeing that Film Four was showing this a week ago I thought I'd have a look to see what all this Transformers malarkey is about. Film Four decided to show it a 9pm but in hindsight it's hard to see why as it seems the target audience for this dross are 12 year old boys. The main problem is that this plods over 2 1/2 hours, interspersed with boring scenes of robots fighting eachother. The standard of acting would disgrace an amdram pantomime at your village hall, the awards for biggest turkeys going to Shia La Boeuf's 'mother' and his college room mate. Megan Fox does her usual pouty thing. To crown it all it's very po-faced and devoid of any wit. After around an hour and a quarter I gave up and decided to wash the dishes instead, definitely a more rewarding way of passing the evening. Being made to watch this on rotation is one idea of Hell.

The Twilight Saga: The Complete Collection [DVD]
The Twilight Saga: The Complete Collection [DVD]
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £12.79

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gash, dreck, pants..take your pick, 16 Sept. 2014
I had to watch this boxset with my daughters, one of whom had been given this as a present, but not from me nor my wife. Where do I start with stating how bad this franchise is. It's essentially angst-laden, PC and humour-free teen fodder in the vein of 90210 Beverley Hills, Dawson's Creek etc, all brooding glances, weight of the world on my shoulders crap. The lame arsed vampires are so right on they only drink the blood of animals, despite having no fangs and going on hols to Rio, well the Robert Pattison thing anyway. The acting is stilted, the pace crawling to ambling, the dialogue forced, the storyline paper thin, the characters unengaging and the actors unburdened by charisma. At least one of my kids agrees. The other might need a lobotomy. The only other franchise nearly as bad is The Matrix but this stands out as being totally devoid of any merit.

Price: £11.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NO OK in parts, 8 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
I'll start off by saying I'm still a pretty big Joy Division fan. Sure the music was not exactly a pick me up for those times when you're down and Ian Curtis may not have been the greatest of singers but JD was one of those bands that had the X factor where the whole exceeded the sum of the parts. And it is those early tracks carrying the mark of JD that trounce the other NO material. I'm talking of Ceremony, Temptation, Everything's Gone Green, Procession and Mesh. Then there is the proper JD track In A Lonely Place starting off CD2. With Blue Monday the NO shorn of its JD past starts out on a high but thereafter the quality of the tunes diminishes into pretty clumsy and dancefloor fodder. As the mini EP which contained the aforementioned tracks is out of print Substance is essential but is let down by the weaker later tracks, where 80s drum machine and monophonic synth sounds make them sound dated.
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