Profile for Spuzie > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Spuzie
Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,362,905
Helpful Votes: 206

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Spuzie (UK)

Page: 1 | 2
The Encyclopaedia of Guilty Pleasures
The Encyclopaedia of Guilty Pleasures
by Tom Bromley
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!, 19 April 2007
This book is definately worth buying, if for no other reason that it's concise description of the Black and White Minstrels. Very funny humour, this can sit with pride next to anyone's toilet- just be prepared for your guests to stay in there longer than they need to!

The Python Years: Diaries 1969-1979 Volume One
The Python Years: Diaries 1969-1979 Volume One
by Michael Palin
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely reading experience, 12 Feb. 2007
True this book is enourmous, which doesn't exactly lend itself to reading in bed (without the aid of strong arms and maybe some props!)but what else could you expect from a decade's worth of life? And what a decade!

Michael Palin shows himself to be an extremely likeable, good natured man-something I have long suspected is now confirmed! Those seeking a laugh-a-minute "novel" should perhaps look elsewhere, but do not dismiss it out of hand. The wonderful thing about a diary is the disarming ability to throw life changing events into the mix at the turn of a page. This is not a hastily constructed celebrity autobiograpghy, but a fresh, daily snapshot of a man's ordinary life- a man who just happens to occassionaly host Saturday Night Live and star in the odd motion picture between trips with his children to the local swimming pool or the annual family holiday!

Even those who are not completely familiar with everything "Python", like myself, will enjoy the journey. The years are peppered with the tragedy of his Father's illness, the uplifting and affectionate homelife that he enjoys with his wife and children and the sudden bursts of honest, laugh out loud comedy which he dervives from everyday life. Familiar history weaves into your subconsious as he narrates events which we ourselves are familar with, if only from an audience point of view. I shed a tear and smiled broadly only a few pages apart. The tempestuous but close relationships with his fellow Pythons are also honestly portrayed, adding to the fascinating mix. You would never watch "The Holy Grail", or "Life of Brian" in quite the same way again!

Having now finished the book, I feel that I shall genuinely miss Palin's story telling which is calm, effecting and methodical. These diaries were clearly not originally intended for publication, and frankly they are all the better for it.

Wicked [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Wicked [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Price: £6.35

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 17 Nov. 2006
This soundtrack is a must for anyone who has seen the West End show and wants to sing along loudly and off key with the Broadway cast as they reach new heights of brilliance from start to finish.

Certain songs stand out from the crowd, "One Short Day", "The Wizard and I" and "For Good" being among the best. It has to be said though, anyone who has seen the show and doesn't get shivers of excitement during "Defying Gravity" should have cold gravy poured over them in a public place as a lesson to others!

While there isn't a weak voice among the cast, Idina Menzel belts out her lead numbers with a voice that seems to literally raise the roof. Once heard, never forgotten!

So take my advice, try to avoid the Gregory Maguire novel (the Musical has a much better written narrative) and immerse yourself in over an hour of camp, harmonised, shiver-inducing musical bliss!

Apple iPod - 30GB - White [video playback] MA002FB/A
Apple iPod - 30GB - White [video playback] MA002FB/A

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get an Iskin asap!, 20 July 2006
Finally bought an Ipod after a long time of "should I shouldn't I" mucking about.

It seems completely random as to whether you get a good one which doesn't break, crash etc. Mine is lovely, and so far no complaints but the one good piece of advice I can give for this is that before you do ANYTHING with it, buy an Iskin and get it on your Ipod pronto!

I promise they are worth their weight in gold and will do a far better job than the case that comes in the box. Note- the so called "case" is an open ended pouch which won't protect it from anything!

This is where it lost a star for me, Apple could be nice and give you one with your new purchase but alas- they know that you will be likely to need one! Otherwise you will pick up your lovely new player to admire its shiny greatness and before you know it theres a scratch across the screen wide enough to put your small change into! Not to mention all the finger marks you will smear on the back of it!

Skins retail at between £15-£25 so make this extra small investment and you won't regret it!

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Children's Edition (Harry Potter 6)
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Children's Edition (Harry Potter 6)
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!, 22 July 2005
I will try to write as ambiguous a review as I can, to avoid spoilers for those who have not yet read the book!
Despite having a slightly frosty opinion of "The Order of the Phoenix", I bought my copy of "The Half Blood Prince" with tremendous excitement and eagerness to follow the penultimate stage of Harry's journey. I was not disappointed in any way.
JK Rowling is back on form with the sixth book in the series, mixing humour and horror in equal measure. Devoted fans will revel in the developments that the characters go through. (Those who are fascinated by the various romantic stories which have been bubbling under the surface since book four will be pleased to see them gain in strength!)
The previous time and emotion invested in getting to know Rowling's creations means that the reader can sit back and be fully immersed in the drama. While it did not seem that the story could take a much darker turn after book five, the final strands of Harry's innocence are stripped away as the final chapter approaches.
The heart wrenching ending signals a stark change in pace for book seven, and ingeniously pushes Harry one step closer to his destiny. The story forces the reader to tearfully acknowledge that nothing can forever stay the same. Just as life progresses and moves forward, so must Harry loose the constant protection which has always been present in the previous books, and so keeping him, and us, just shy of any real danger. You read the final few pages feeling as though this book has been a rite of passage for Harry, and that book seven will see him emerge as a renewed and stronger character.
The "Half Blood Prince" now firmly stands, along with the utterly fantastic "Prisoner of Azkaban", as one of my favourites. I await book seven with a renewed faith in what I can only describe as some of the best books I have ever read! It will be painful to finish the series in 2007 and have to let them go forever.

Ultimate Disney
Ultimate Disney
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.97

56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it really Ultimate Disney?, 1 July 2005
This review is from: Ultimate Disney (Audio CD)
Don't get me wrong, the first two CDs are ok, although there are a couple of weird, even creepy songs that seemed to have slipped in! But I guess that just means that its a good mix, and everyone should be able to find something they like on this compilation.
The one major dissapointment is the third CD. I'm sure that Disney have deep pockets, but why bother to shell out for singers to cover songs which were perfect in their original forms? The sing along CD has some of the best songs this set has to offer, but the listener is palmed off with cheap-sounding, kareoke renditions that should have been thrown in the studio bin!
Had the sing-along been replaced by a third CD packed with another 20 or so Disney songs (it would not have been difficult to fill) this complilation would have been perfect, and would have lived up to its name!

His Dark Materials Trilogy: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", "The Amber Spyglass"
His Dark Materials Trilogy: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", "The Amber Spyglass"
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching and heart breaking, 27 Sept. 2003
These books were recommended to me and, with some trepidation, I started on "Northern Lights". Within a week, I had purchased the remaining two stories with huge anticpation. I was not dissapointed.
Philip Pullman has created a series of worlds which are rooted in reality, but contains many fantasical elements which the reader must grasp as everyday fact. For example, in the first world we are introduced to, every human being is born with a daemon, an animal or insect which acts as an outer part of their personalities. These creatures live with their human until their death, where apon both beings lives end simultaneously. It is also widely believed that other worlds do exist and many scientists strive to find a way to move between these worlds freely.
It is from this first world where the heroine of the story emerges. This heroine, Lyra, is a brilliant creation. She is neither sickly sweet and innocent, nor is she completely repulsive. She is a realistically laid out character with faults, weaknesses and passions like everyone else. Her adventures are both thrilling and horrific as she and her daemon strive to rescue her friend Roger from kidnappers, who have taken him to a mysterious place in the far north for a sinister purpose. The final chapter of book one is very much left open but thankfully there is no three year wait to endure in this case!
The following two books introduce new characters, as Lyra is joined on her ever expanding quest by Will, a boy who wanders out of his own world by mistake. Their crossed paths lead them into other worlds, where they eventually learn the terrifying task that fate has set out for them. A task which will test their strength more than they could ever have imagined.
Pullmans trilogy is a wonderful read. His worlds where witches fly through the skies, giant talking bears rule the icy north and ghostly terrors stalk through worlds destroying life, never seem over done.
These books have been described as science fiction, but they are so much more then that single denomination. The characters and friendships are involving and richly drawn out, giving plenty of opportunity for many tear-shedding moments. It is a pleasure to see Lyra and Will grow from children to teenagers as their travels together progress. You genuinely miss them when the book reaches its beautiful, heartbreaking end.

Campion: The Case Of The Late Pig/Death Of A Ghost [VHS]
Campion: The Case Of The Late Pig/Death Of A Ghost [VHS]
Offered by funkybunnie
Price: £7.48

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely brilliant viewing, 19 Aug. 2003
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having grown up with Campion, I was overjoyed to see a video released containing an episode which had missed me the first time round.
This story, "The Case of the late Pig", did not dissapoint me. It was just as enjoyable as the rest! It is likely that most people interested in these programmes are those who are already familiar with the gentlemen detective, Albert Campion. They will already know how much fun this is and will need no pursuading!
In this double video set, Campion investigates the murder of an old School acquaintance and becomes involved with stolen artwork. Risking near misses to himself in the process! Despite being thirteen years old, this series has never lost its shine and is as wonderful today as it was in the Eighties.
For anyone who has come across this by accident, take it from me that this is a very good buy. An enjoyable distraction for a rainy afternoon.

Strange & Beautiful [CD 1]
Strange & Beautiful [CD 1]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £12.80

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful record, 14 Aug. 2003
I am afraid to say that I am one of the many people who fell in love with this song through a television advert and not because of any knowledge of the band themselves.
It is a perfect chill out record, with gorgeous piano and guitar backings underpining the slow moving, hypnotic lyrics.
I am now a huge fan of Aqualung. But unfortunately no review can properly put across the beauty of the song, you have to hear it for yourself. I can highly recommend it.

Campion [1989] [DVD]
Campion [1989] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nostaligic treat!, 12 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Campion [1989] [DVD] (DVD)
I grew up with the Campion programmes and so have lots of fond memories of watching them with my family over the years.
For those who are unfamiliar with the series, it followed the adventures of Albert Campion a sort of "freelance gentleman detective" and his manservant Lugg who joined his employ after serving at His Majesties pleasure for a number of years.
Together they travel around East Anglia and London solving a series of baffling crimes ranging from gang murders to supernatural mysteries. Corney it may sound, but some of the stories are genuinely unnerving, such as the ghost story of "Look to the Lady" and all are rivetting.
Peter Davidson is perfectly cast in his role of the charming and witty hero, with Julian Glover providing the effective light relief. They make a wonderful double act and play out Margery Allingham's dryly humoured stories with great ease and style.
I cannot praise this DVD highly enough. It will give hours of entertainment to anyone who makes it part of their collection.

Page: 1 | 2