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Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
by Chris Ware
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good indeed, 22 Aug 2008
Almost perfect. Almost. In my opinion, it gets a bit too clean and ordinary towards the end and loses the denseness that makes three quarters of the book an absolute masterpiece.

But, to be fair, it's one of those books that should be placed near the very top in your bookcase. The sheer guts, imagination and vision behind this book is enough to make it the greatest comic book/graphic novel/pictorial book I've ever read. No match. Not even Watchmen. Don't spoil it for yourself. Just buy it and take your time when reading it. Absorb it. Savour it. You won't see/read anything in the same class for a while.

The Dark Knight (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
The Dark Knight (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by Formats
Price: 7.99

7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fine, long, overblown, 7 Aug 2008
The reviews are right in pointing to the great performance that Ledger gives. It's mesmerising. Fantastic. Haunting. You're watching it and you read all sorts into it. The problem for me was that I would've preferred the whole film to be just focused on the Joker and forget everybody else. Just imagine:

In honour of Heath Ledger the director and the producers decided to scrap The Dark Knight, re-edit the film and call it The Joker!

Oh yes, if only.

Instead what we have is an action-flick disguised as something serious. We have the usual nonsense spoken about technology, law courts and mafia. We have Two-Face turning errr...two faced. And we have Batman and the annoying Bruce Wayne flaunting his riches. Now, the film's supposed to be about Batman, right? So where was the inner turmoil? Staring out the window and talking about Rachel is not really turmoil. The only time Batman turns Dark is when he wants to beat the Joker to a pulp but even then we get a lame beating (you'll see much darker beatings on EastEnders). I got the strong feeling that Christian Bale was pushed to the sidelines in the final cut.

And what is the message here? Surely we're not talking about terrorism and America in a Batman film are we?

The Dark Knight is a fine action movie that tries too much and for too long to be something else. One more thing: V for Vendetta was a better, darker film, also based on a comic book, which actually managed to convey its message.
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Edge Of Heaven [DVD]
Edge Of Heaven [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nursel Kose
Price: 6.02

36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars subtle and very watchable, 23 Jun 2008
This review is from: Edge Of Heaven [DVD] (DVD)
The Edge of Heaven, to give you it's correct title, is a film that has received a lot of attention from worldwide film buffs. What you have here is a film that explores identity in a world in which realisations come much too late but, God willing, come.

There are several characters in the film whose stories interconnect and whose lives directly or indirectly affect one another's. The German professor, his father, his father's girlfriend, his father's girlfriend's daughter, his father's girlfriend's daughter's see where this is going, a domino-like effect in narration which builds up throughout the film.

The Edge of Heaven does not attempt to bash you over the head with its meaning. It takes its time to show you, to move you, and its cinematography is never anything less than beautiful. The actors do a good job (although the Turkish girl is slightly grating) and my personal favourite is the old man: bitter, independent and very much alive.

Comes highly recommended.

Bogdan Tiganov - author of The Wooden Tongue Speaks- Romanians: Contradictions & Realities

Sony Playstation 3 Console (40GB Version)
Sony Playstation 3 Console (40GB Version)

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one for the future, 17 May 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
So far so ordinary. To be honest nothing really stands out in the PS3 library that would make you want to own it (MGS4 should be fab though). But, and here's the real but, you need to own it because this beast of a console will be around for a long while. The games will only improve as the programmers learn how to actually use its ridiculous power. And when those games finally do come there will be no stopping it.

As others have mentioned, the 40GB is missing backwards compatibility so you can no longer play PS2 games, which is a shame considering the huge PS2 library, but then again the 40GB uses more advanced technology to make it quieter and more stable than the other versions. It also looks beautiful, looking far more like a futuristic next-gen machine than either the Xbox 360 or the Wii.

You can also play Blu-ray films, which look better and have more features than regular DVDs. Again, this is a feature for the future as the Blu-ray library is not that big at the moment.

What I don't like is having to install games on the hard-drive which takes so long it's like playing on the Spectrum again. You could probably make ten cups of tea while GTA IV is installing! But, if you run out of hard disk space, you could always upgrade it with a notebook one.

Overall, though, this machine feels like something important, feels like it's just getting started and the true measure of its greatness is yet to come.

Xbox 360 Console (20 GB Hard Drive)
Xbox 360 Console (20 GB Hard Drive)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The gamers' choice, 17 May 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The Xbox 360 has now firmly established itself as the gamers' choice. It has a built a nice little library of games for itself, from Halo 3 to Gears of War to the frankly amazing Bioshock. There is no console out there better for games than the Xbox 360. It's worth getting for games like Mass Effect alone.

At the same time, the Xbox 360 is also the best net console, with the online gameplay far superior to its competitors. The graphics are fantastic and, so far, have outdone the PS3. The gamepad, in my opinion, loses out to the PS3 because you either need a lot of batteries or need to buy a separate charger.

Now for the bad news and it is something that cannot be overstated. This console seems like it's about to blow up anytime. It's so loud it's like having a mini helicopter in your room and your eyes keep looking at it half expecting those three red lights to come on and for your console to be rendered useless. I cannot understand how Microsoft have managed to botch up so many of these machines. Bad design. Bad production.

But for all that you cannot help but feel like the Xbox 360 is a must. The games are fantastic, the graphics are great, the sound quality superb, the online play is unmatched, just make sure you wear the headset when playing games so you won't hear the noise! And now the price has gone down so there is no real reason for you not to own one.

Nintendo Wii Console (Includes Wii Sports)
Nintendo Wii Console (Includes Wii Sports)
Offered by DOOGLE
Price: 219.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The populist choice, 17 May 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The Wii is aimed at everyone, everybody, everything, as it's supposed to take the traditional amount of button pressing and joypad expertise away from gaming and it make it something much more accessible. Which is a good thing. Now the whole family can join in and play the bundled Wii Sports or attempt to get fit with Wii Fit or play party games etc

Now the question on gamers' lips is 'it is just a fad'? Personally, I have struggled to see much depth to a lot of the Wii games so far (Mario Galaxy and Zelda are exceptions) but I do think that the motion sensitivity will only get more accurate and more innovative allowing for better games, and when I say better I mean games that deliver a lot more substance.

I also think it was a bad mistake on Nintendo's part to create something that is so behind the times on graphics that it takes graphics out of the equation. People are generally more likely to get blown away by graphics than anything else and as the other next-gen consoles only get better there's not much the Wii can do about it.

On the other hand, no other console has brought gaming to such a relaxed level of fun, with friends and family especially. And surely this is what gaming was supposed to be about. It wasn't supposed to be about dedicated gamers who play all night for high scores to boast about but people who can have a bit of fun playing something that doesn't pretend to be something more than it actually is - a game.
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iStuff iPod nano Neoprene Sports Armband
iStuff iPod nano Neoprene Sports Armband

5.0 out of 5 stars Jogging just got easier, 17 May 2008
I don't know about other joggers out there but, after a while, I get a bit irritated with having to keep an eye out on my nano to make sure it's still alright. So I decided to go for the iStuff Armband, having already sampled other iStuff delights, and I'm happy to say that my nano is safely tucked away, the cable no longer strangles me and I can focus on the task at hand (or at foot as the case may be). Overall I would say it's very useful for any of you fellow joggers.

iStuff Companion Speakers
iStuff Companion Speakers

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad at all, 17 May 2008
As long as you understand that these speakers are not likely to be used in the O2 anytime soon and that what you use them for is to magnify your sound when travelling then you're on to a good thing. Cheap as chips (and, with inflation, chips are probably more expensive) these companion speakers look nice and modern, are very lightweight and can be carried around in your pocket. I've used them on train journeys and they're perfect for a listen with mates to show them your latest iPod finds!
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iStuff AutoScan FM Transmitter for iPods and MP3 Players and Mobile Phones
iStuff AutoScan FM Transmitter for iPods and MP3 Players and Mobile Phones

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for the car, 17 May 2008
So you're driving along bored out of your mind listening to the DJ filling up time with self-congratulatory remarks and you're thinking what I want is to listen to some music! Well, just plug the iStuff AutoScan FM transmitter to your iPod and it will automatically block out the annoying bloke on the radio with your music. Trust me, if you do quite a lot of driving then this device lets you be in quality control. The sound quality is great and it only costs a few quid anyway.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bluetooth is the way to go, 17 May 2008
I'm very happy with this little device as I can now transmit my tunes via Bluetooth, which is surely the way most devices are going these days. So no longer do I have tunes stuck on my mobile that I only listen to occasionally as I can now hear them properly through my iPod speakers! Join the Bluetooth revolution...

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