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Alfie [DVD] (2004)
Alfie [DVD] (2004)
Dvd ~ Jude Law
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.06

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nope, 26 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Alfie [DVD] (2004) (DVD)
This is a disappointing remake which lacks class and karisma. It is predictable and supported by weak dialogue making the film boring and hard to remain focused.
Jude Law's performance does not seem that convincing, nor does he seem the right person for the job. Alfie is meant to be a person with flare who is ultimately a player; however, Jude Law is more of a looker and it seems to be his looks which get him the girls whereas in the original it was his personality and flare and all round karisma.
The ending is poor in the sense that it doesn't really tie up loose ends, he just realises what his problem is. Ultimately, the film never seems to be going anywhere and is only worth watching if you like any of the cast. The film needed to reflect moreso on the orignal.


Hot Fuss
Hot Fuss
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.07

5.0 out of 5 stars A band to look out for in the future, 15 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Hot Fuss (Audio CD)
This album had everything i was expecting, and more. The singles were the only reason why i bought this album, and by no means are they the only reason why it's good. There are some class tracks such as 'Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll' which is just one of the many examples of the standard of the album tracks.
I like almost all of the tracks on this album ; i think that if you liked the singles you will like the rest of the album, it's well worth the money if you ask me.


The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III
The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III
Offered by Hatherley's
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest collections of greatest hits of all time, 29 Jan. 2005
This collection has it all, you could not ask for more out of a collection of greatest hits. Although the third greatest hits does contain numerous covers, it still doesn't let the album down, but gives it more variety with performances by artists such as George Michael.
The first greatest hits is the definitive collection, with so many great songs such as 'Killer Queen', an absolute classic, and the songs everyone knows such as 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'We are the champions', 'we will rock you' and 'another one bites the dust'. These are all classics as well as the other tracks on the first greatest hits, i can't think of another single disc of greatest hits which is as good as the first greatest hits by Queen.
The second greatest hits isn't quite as good in my opinion but none the less is still a great disc, even though there are a few songs which i don't like on this disc, whereas the first there were virtually none.
The third might seem like a bit of an amalgamation of the previous two greatest hits which it is to a certain extent. However, i feel that it is the live performances and performances by other artists which makes this disc interesting and v. good. I particularly like 'somebody to love' which was performed live by George Michael. It does still, however, have new tracks such as 'living on my own' and 'driven by you' which make the album seem more original and different to the other two.
All in all, this is essential to any 'Queen' fan, it contains the best of the best, and is great value for money.


Kish Kash
Kish Kash
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Price: £1.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good from start to finish, 28 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Kish Kash (Audio CD)
This is the most consistent album for me, i can listen right the way through this album without having to skip any tracks as aresult of the improved consistency.
The singles which are on this album aren't as good as other basement jaxx singles such as 'rendez-vous' or 'Romeo', however, the album tracks are more impressive such as 'hot and cold' and'Right here's the spot'. The other album tracks are also cool which helps makes the album even better and means you don't have to skip any of the songs.
The singles, despite not being as good as previous ones, are still cool, just as cool as the whole album. I believe that it is not the singles that make an album, but the remaining tracks which decide whether an album is good, the album tracks give it the consistency which i didn't quite feel was there in the prevous albums. It is for this reason that i have given it five stars, not only are the singles good but the album tracks are cool making it, all in all, a very good album worth listening to if you like their previous work


L.A. Confidential [1997] [DVD]
L.A. Confidential [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one word...amazing, 24 Jan. 2005
This is a true classic, a great film with a great cast to accompany such a great script. The film is about conspiracy, this conspiracy being within the police department involving a few policemen who are corrupt.
The police department are investigating into the murder of a recently removed ploiceman, who was a close friend of Russell Crowe. Russell Crowe tries to find out the mystery behind the case and in doing so reveals, with the help of Guy Pearce, the conspiracy behind the Los Angeles Police Department.
Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, James Cromwell and Kevin Spacy all play members of the LAPD. Kim Bassinger also plays a girl who becomes involved with members of the police department.
The story is intersting as the truth is only gradually revealed and all becomes completely clear at the end where there is a shoot out between the goodies and bad guys.
The cast all contribute immensely towards the success of this film; their performances give an accurate depiction of reality which is also assisted by the script.
This is not just a story of corruption and conspiracies, but also of betrayal. The film depicts the 1950s in L.A.
I would say that this is one for your collection, regardless of your feelings towards this genre, it is an excellent film...to conclude, in one word...amazing


Reservoir Dogs [DVD] [1993]
Reservoir Dogs [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Harvey Keitel
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Price: £1.69

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff from start to finish, 23 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Reservoir Dogs [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
I first saw this just after having seen 'Kill Bill'. This film certainly does not do Tarantino's reputation any harm.
Although it is evidently a budget film, it manages to be cunning in the most simplistic form, a group of robbers finding themselves in a situation where they have a cop within their squad.
The squad members are all colours, i.e. Mr. Pink, Mr White etc. The opening scene shows the atmosphere before the crime, the dialogue making this scene at the audience begins to get afeel for the characters who make up this squad. It is followed up by a scene further on in time, where Mr. White is with Mr Orange travelling away from the crime scene to a safe location. Mr. Orange has been shot and the scenario is set as the audience begins to realise that the job went horribly wrong.
Once Mr White has arrived at the warehouse, soon after, another member arrives, Mr. Pink. The two begin to talk, discussing the situation and scenes they have just experienced. The dialogue makes the film as it vividly depicts reality. Both are unsure though at how the police knew.
With Mr. Blonde's entrance, the characters each begin to take digs at each other, questioning how the police knew of the job, and trying to point the figure on someone. The situation develops from this idea, with flashbacks of both the training , and also of the crime itself.
Meanwhile the squad fall apart as they try to establish just who it was who is responsible for such a failure. The squad members' characters and attitudes all are revealed as one blames another, .
The dialogue makes this film great, along with strong performances from each member of the cast. The music is also very well suited to the film, and this combination creates an atmosphere the audience can almost feel as we realise that someone just needs to go that little bit further for madness to reign over the situation within the warehouse.


Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [DVD] [2003]
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
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Price: £2.08

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of work that Tarantino should be proud of, 23 Jan. 2005
Tarantino has relased a great film, packed with exciting films showing off his repertoire of violence. It's got action, classic music as always, and the plot itself isn't too bad at all.
The idea of a woman just setting out on a journey in order to obtain revenge does not sound that amazing, but the film is not just about its story.
Beatrix is on the receiving end of a massacre, the deadly viper assassination squad that she once was part of, returned under the orders of Bill, to kill the bride, Beatrix. However, they failed, despite Bill shooting her in the head, Beatrix survived, but was in a coma.
She sets out to get her revenge, along the way, the background of her first victim, Oren, is revealed. The two films are about revenge, a dish best served cold; Beatrix sets out with a death list five, with it, the names of all those who tried to kill her on that day she was shot in the head.
The result is an excellent film filled with action and some amazing stunts and sword fights. All in all, if you like his other films, you're going to like this one.


Alien [DVD] [1979]
Alien [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.48

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In space, no one can hear you scream, 23 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Alien [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
Ridely Scott introduced in 1979 the idea that'In space, no one can hear you scream', setting the scene for the horror movie, Alien.
The plot is relatively simple, a small crew discover a distress signal which they, by following regulations, investigate. They land on a desolate planet and find a ship with the remains of its crew and mysterious eggs that lie beneath a thin layer of mist. Little do the crew know that the eggs contain aliens, before becoming aware of the danger of this, a crew member is attacked by the alien within the egg. This leaves the member unconscious.
The horror has only just been introduced and its development is inevitable when the crew bring the member, along with the alien, back on board their ship. As suspected, the alien gets loose (in cunning fashion, the method of which is completely unexpected unless you have previously seen this film).
The alien rapidly grows, as too does the crew's dilemma as they try to resolve this situation. One by one, the alien kills the members of the crew, leaving the survivors more vulnerable than before. The members' deaths are also well built up, the suspense leading up to their deaths is magnificent, resulting in an excellent suspense film.
Ulitmately, there is a showdown between the alien and the main character, Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver. The suspense is maintained from the moment they arive on the planet to the last scene where Ripley feels she has killed the alien.
This film is a classic, a great example of a suspense film, which is also a sci-fi. A truly great film which will keep you on edge for the majority of the film.


The Untouchables [DVD] [1987]
The Untouchables [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Kevin Costner
Offered by MEDIA-MOST-WANTED
Price: £2.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, 22 Jan. 2005
This is a classic, untouchable so to speak. This film is a fantastic mob movie filled with excellent performances from all the cast, in particular, Robert De Niro, who plays the role of Al Capone. The acting is excellent, as is the story and these combine to make a classic, a truly great film
In one word, amazing


Mean Girls [2004] [DVD]
Mean Girls [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lindsay Lohan
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Price: £2.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no complaints, 11 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Mean Girls [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
Strong performances all round, good to watch, entertaining from start to finish, nothing to complain about. Nothing i could do to make it any better, just a good, funny and entertaining film well worth watching if you're into that sort of film


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