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Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?
Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth? This album is one of a kind, consistently brilliant, 27 Nov. 2010
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Paloma Faith, musician, actress, song writer and performer extraordinaire smashes the pop genre out the park with this wide vocal collaboration of soulful touches, of catching songs and purposeful lyrics that will delight many people of various ages and genders.

Myself, 21 year old male have listened to this frequently in the evenings to help me chill out from work, and on long walks on my phone.

Each song has a strong backing tune that always feels passionate to its purpose, such strong examples include "My legs are weak" and "Play on" missing strong beats and strong lyrics for the desired relaxation effect.

With a vibrancy and uniqueness to rival a Rihanna or a Lady Gaga, Paloma Faith is one to watch for the future, especially since she dived into acting as well.

There are 10 tracks on this record, with not a bad one on there and in complete honesty all sounding varied and unique, it is that special this album.

Released singles have not received the right chart recognition but all remain stand outs. "Stone cold sober" is a great upbeat lively smash whilst recent release "Smoke and mirrors" comes with a narrative connotation demonstrated in the music video.

Another great quality of this 2009 release is that half the songs are relaxing soulful pop songs, such as the album title track and "Broken Doll" and the others are vibrant ecstatic bouncers, "Upside down" and "New York"

I cannot recommend this album enough and I will close by saying this is quite possibly one of 3 albums I have listened to in my life where there is no bad or inconsistent track. Faith's album is vibrant, energetic and truly unique, have a listen and you will not be let down.

10/10


Iron Man 2 [DVD]
Iron Man 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £5.87

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Stark leads entertaining charge for Avengers, 18 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Iron Man 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I picked up an old copy of Total Film magazine (issue 160) the other day which was promoting the future 100 and Jon Favreau, Iron man 1 and 2 director said "The big challenge is how do you not have it be two guys in suits hitting each other? I've done that. I don't want to do more of it."

I read this after watching the 2010 smash on DVD and was rather surprised as there was plenty of guys in suits hitting each other, particularly at Iron man's own home which begs the question, how different is this to the first one?

The first Iron man shook up the superhero summer two years ago which was overshadowed by the Dark Knight but it was still a great blockbuster and a great story, being funny, light hearted and 100% action packed. And although this release is fun entertainment, it falls quite short of the bar the first one raised.

Opening with star of the moment Mickey Rourke being a recluse and formulating a plan to attack Iron Man the story is laid ahead for us and soon we are with superhero Tony Stark, a legendry comic book character and thanks to Robert Downey Jr, an icon of masculine bravado and cocky swagger that you cannot hate him for. He has created a genius and if there was ever a reason to go see a film for the best comic book real world character, here it is.

Rourke as Whiplash has been praised by many, certainly his evilness and swagger is excellent but in relation to the story his motivation to go after Stark seemed rather strange.

Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson set up the upcoming Avengers film nicely with carefully reserved performances giving us all something to look forward to.

The story of Iron man 2 sees Stark living with himself as a now global superstar and the difficulties he conceals behind the scenes with his health, well being and fame.

There are a few lapses in action sequences which are all rather flashy rather than substantial in the moment fights. The Monaco grand prix is impressive and as mentioned the big suit fight in the house is rather good.

The great quality of this action film is it has a deeper meaning to a popcorn film. It feels more than a warm relaxing entertainer than a franchise maker. Sure Iron Man is glorified to the heavens in occasional conventional action battles and `emotional' confrontations with friends and fans but this all feels genuinely authentic and exciting, the icing on the cake if you will and where you may read reviews with 3 out of 5 stars this deserves an extra one for being pure guilty and entertaining indulgence.

And yes, it is by no means a match for the 2008 release but for a laugh, for entertainment and for something containing one of the best comic book creations in Tony Stark, this is certainly worth catching

7/10


Play Dead
Play Dead
by Harlan Coben
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A rough start but good end, 18 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Play Dead (Paperback)
Tell no one, Harlan Coben's critically acclaimed thriller was a fascinating read of deception, family and love dilemmas with twist after twist and unmatched suspense and since I read that I have pursued more of his novels since and hoping of more of the same electric energy I picked up Play Dead, his first ever novel recently republished.

The story revolves around an ex model now business sensation Laura who has jetted off to Australia with basketball superstar David Baskin and eloped. Having the time of their lives things turn into a nightmare when Laura attends a meeting and returning to her honeymoon, her husband is found dead, having committed suicide.
Laura's world crumbles and soon she is embroiled in a game of misguided knowledge involving family, friends and long lost identities that show there was more to David's death than originally thought.

Coben's style of writing is exceptionally thoughtful, always in the present and reverting his knowledge to the past, dropping clues along the way so the reader is always engrossed and always anticipating more, but with this particular novel, there are quite a lot of flaws.

Along the way, told around different people in families and friends and officials we are given dramatic knowledge and minor leakages of potential happenings surrounding the mysterious death. Problems arise when reading as there are so many family members and such fine detail relating to each case of supposed misguidance.

And this causes a problem because the story is not fast and you will find yourself putting the book down, claiming to "read more tomorrow" and you can lose your thread.

There is no vintage Coben pacing or a great hook as what is obvious about the big end twist is obvious from the 5th chapter. And so you are waiting for firm confirmation and as the story develops in a dreary tale of family affairs and sabotage there is one of the most shocking revelations of all that is actually quite sick about David and Laura.

There is an underlining sense of intrigue where you like to see how character's interact with certain faces and as usual Coben leaves his best till last with a good snappy last few chapters.

If this is your first Coben read do not be put off as he is very intelligent in bringing past and present together in a dramatic and powerful choreography, but unfortunately Play Dead is rather predictable, flat and as his first novel, probably expected.


WWE - Survivor Series 2001 & Vengeance 2001 [DVD]
WWE - Survivor Series 2001 & Vengeance 2001 [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Rock

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong invasion and undisputed champion, 8 Nov. 2010
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Survivor series 2001

European championship Christian vs Al Snow

Christian, even at this stage of his career, is one of the best in the business and it's a shame he never really received a main event push but this is some of his best work and gives a great match against Snow. 7/10

William Regal vs Tajiri

Average match with reasonable build up, Regal is a great mic worker. 6/10

Intercontinental and U.S unification match - Test vs Edge

Great match with twists turns, big boots, spears and Edge again showing why he is now a main event superstar. 8/10

Steel cage unification match WCW vs WWF tag titles - The Dudley Boys vs The Hardys

Great match involving two great tag teams and there is one reason this is memorable and that reason is Jeff Hardy. What a nutter, but by what a reason to watch. 9/10

22 immunity battle royal

Considering this has 22 wrestlers in it is over in such a short space of time, probably cause commentator Paul Hayman is moaning about Tazz. Eventual winner is hardly surprising 5/10

Women's championship - Trish vs Jacqueline vs Lita vs Mighty Molly vs Jazz vs Ivory

One of the better women wrestling matches from this period and a good deserving ending to the eventual winner 7/10

Winner take all traditional survivor series match

Shane McMahon, Booker T, RVD, Stone Cold, Angle
vs
Kane, Y2J, Rock, Undertaker, Big Show

Great match that brought an end to the Invasion story that could not have had a better send off. Up and down, twists and turns, controversies an ace in the hole this elimination match had everything but the kitchen sink. Jericho's finishing move here is silly and Shane is annoying but otherwise what an ending to a very good PPV 10/10

Vengeance 2001
Scotty 2 Hotty and Albert vs Test and Christian

Good opening but it is exceptionally hard to take Albert dancing seriously. 7/10

Intercontinental title - Edge vs William Regal

Good match with great build up, Regal again an underused superstar of mic and matt capability. Shame about the ending 8/10

Jeff Hardy vs Matt hardy

Two mega stars battling seemed awkward for fans as matt was doing a partial heel turn here. Because of this awkward brother vs brother and Lita as referee it didn't feel right and there were great moves and a controversial ending

Tag team titles Dudleys vs Show and Kane

Good match that was won a ridiculous way, great comedy here from the watching Stacy Keibler 7/10

Hardcore championship RVD vs Undertaker

A very, very good match that went through the audiences and ended in breaking fashion. Seeing Undertaker as a somewhat villain character, and not the good kind, is strange 8/10

Women's championship Trish vs Jacqueline

Good match over fairly quickly 6/10

Stone Cold vs Angle

Good match with great rivalry that went outside the ring numerous times contained some great moves and twists 9/10

Rock vs Y2J

This Jericho villain character is terrible and whilst the guy can still do the moves this was a stretch. Rock delivers great set ups and with a big shout and controversy this topped its predecessor to set up the final for the undisputed championship

Winners of last two matches face off for undisputed championship

Great match and great controversy to round off the PPV with the new undisputed champion.

These are two great PPVs with the end of the invasion and the dawn of the undisputed championship with memories to last many years

9/10


Scrubs - Season 8 [DVD]
Scrubs - Season 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Zach Braff
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £18.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shame it is all over, but what a finale, 8 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Scrubs - Season 8 [DVD] (DVD)
Almost 10 years since starting, the lovable sitcom came to end with series 9 earlier this 2010 year, but not to much note. And perhaps because it should have ended here at series 8, with a heartfelt swan song, a tear in the eye and the feeling that everything was in place for all our much loved characters.

The writing strike had impended itself on series 7 which was shamefully short and not at full brilliance from Bill Lawrence. Still Braff had directed the final fantasy episode which was great and with the odd hint at the future this brought about great anticipation for this series, which has gone down a treat.

Sharp and funny as always J.D., Turk, Elliot, Dr Cox et all return in a swashbuckling collection of difficult medical cases and dramatic personal implications. Bob Kelso has never been funnier than this series, Cox is the new chief and adds an extra dimension to his character and with the surrounding implications of love and lust between J.D, Elliot, Kim and a returning Shaun this series provides thrills and spills throughout. The Sesame Street jokes are great and the one liners from Janitor especially are comic majesty.

What I personally liked about this season is that after a few more comic orientated seasons this brought the drama right back to the hospital. One episode near the start involving a man facing death and his fear of the next stage was very sentimental and the way this series finishes is heartbreaking and equally joyous that every fan must see. For the symbols, for the star studded corridor, for the scripting genius it is a picture perfect finale. As before, this for me is where Scrubs ended and with the on screen magic so good, I would like to leave it here.

There is a good selection of extras including a look at the Bahamas, bloopers and deleted scenes.

I have never seen anything like Scrubs. There are other hospital dramas and comedies but nothing has ever matched the parody pasting, the slick staging, the fantastic fantasies and the cool characters and it is a shame that it is all over, but if it was ever going to go out on a high note, it could not have hit it any better.

10/10


Rayman (PS)
Rayman (PS)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventurer's classic, 8 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Rayman (PS) (Video Game)
I played this game years and years ago and I am now 21 and still love the attentive game playing, the 2D styling and the annoyingly addictiveness of it all.

Similar to a Crash Bandicoot format you work yourself through various styled environments including jungles, a musical sky and boulder filled mountains. The object is to find 6 cages on each section and fight and defeat enemies.

There are many levels and frequent boss levels which, even at my age, can be reasonably difficult. Especially the rock mountain one.

But the pure joy of this game and its ever alternating universe is the reason there is now a franchise of Rayman games. Jumping on disappearing clouds, using hair to fly, getting powers off a fairy and grabbing floating pink rings are some of the simple joys of what many have called a timeless classic.

Because of my love for this game I bought Hoodlum Havoc a few years ago which is a 3D advancement but it is more confusing and have played it about twice briefly.

Nevertheless this is quite challenging at times but 100% fun packed novelty that should delight many gamers or neutrals getting started.

9/10


WWE - No Way Out 2008 [DVD]
WWE - No Way Out 2008 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wwe

4.0 out of 5 stars Great simply for the last sensational match, 8 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: WWE - No Way Out 2008 [DVD] (DVD)
ECW championship - Chavo Guerrero vs CM punk

A good match with good build up. It seems strange to see Punk as a fan favourite but a good energetic match 7/10

World Heavyweight championship - Edge vs Rey Mysterio

As talented as he is it can sometimes be hard to take Mysterio seriously. The build up story to this was rather daft and the fact the match finishes almost carbon copy to the Rumble match sums it up. 5/10

Smackdown elimination chamber

Two of the greatest athletes ever in Batista and Undertaker start off the match and other `superstars' in Finlay, MVP, the great Khali and Big Daddy V enter. Easy to tell who the final to will be but what a finale and oh my word what a fantastic finishing manoeuvre! Just for that this is worth an 8/10

Ric Flair vs Mr Kennedy

Good match, Mr Kennedy (Or Anderson on TNA) is a brilliant mic worker and great athlete and with the prospect that if Flair lost he would retire this boiled some good tension and a great finish. 8/10

WWE championship - John Cena vs Randy Orton

With Cena's big return at the rumble this got the fans excited and a good lengthy match and although I can barely stand Cena he was alright, the ending to this match was so abrupt and funny. 8/10

Raw elimination chamber

With a good array of matches behind it No Way Out boiled down to a sensational last match that did include a roster of all respectable stars in Jeff Hardy, JBL, Y2J, HHH, Umaga and HBK and despite my accidental stumbling on the result, you could not guess who would win this. Fantastic moves, fast and slow paced, bodies hitting steel, a swanton off a pod a bloody collection of bodies, this was easily match of the night. 10/10

A good pay per view, entertaining though not classic but if anything at a cheap price I would buy simply for that last Raw chamber match.
7/10


Easy A [DVD] [2011]
Easy A [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Emma Stone
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.42

35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super sharp comedy worth seeing, 24 Oct. 2010
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Emma Stone stars as Olive, a lonely heart who lies about losing her virginity to her best friend and soon rumour spreads she is a slut. Initially mortified Olive parades around the school as a slut, wearing an `A' on her clothing but soon she ends up in trouble.

Described as "the best teen comedy since Mean Girls" this is a must see because quite simply, it is. The comedy variety of clever performances, physical humour and beautiful word play make a combination of knockabout comedy a treat for anyone over 15 years of age that will entertain you for a glorious hour and a half.

Emma Stone in her first major leading role excels as a typical but not yet typical teenager going through life's friendship and educational battles, and thankfully with a difference. Olive narrates via an internet blog about how everything came about and her life and school reputation changed. Through some original narrative design and comic brightness audiences are easily engaged into the world of its heroine.

Stone's performance is indescribably funny. From singing alone in her bedroom to strutting around in revealing clothing and making us laugh at the same time has made her a star for the future. One scene where she pretends to have it on in a bedroom is very funny and whilst marketed as a comedy, the inevitable drama sequences show Stone as a rock.

Stone steals the film but thanks to the experience of Stanley Tucci and Thomas Haden Church we have an array of comic genius. Tucci has never been funnier.

The plot boasts some great twists and turns whilst marketing some great songs on its soundtrack. The way it separates itself from the normal comedy, by diversifying itself through visual aids such as the live web blog or plot differentiations makes it one out watch over and over again.

A couple of drawbacks include the fact Lisa Kudrow cannot shake the Phoebe tag and the ending is slightly predictable.

These minor things aside this is a knockabout comedy with a great lead performance that is certainly worth checking out.

9/10


The Social Network (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2011]
The Social Network (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Jesse Eisenberg
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.33

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very strong drama with great Eisenberg and Fincher, 24 Oct. 2010
Based on the novel by Ben Mezrich and the real life occurrences of the foundation of Facebook, David Fincher's critically acclaimed film markets the trials and tribulations of the world's biggest social network site.

The film revolves around how Mark Zuckerberg, played brilliantly by Jesse Eisenberg, who is a social misfit and yet a technical mastermind.

After berating his girlfriend and getting himself dumped, he takes his fury out by posting blogs and creating a website which matches women from surrounding colleges and naming it Facemash, allowing users to vote who is more attractive out of their classmates.

An uproar ensues and soon Zuckerberg is targeted by Harvard students to design a website from them.

In and amongst all the animosity of court cases, social and friend rivalry we see a great story jump from past to present in a calm fashion that grabs you full attention, thanks to the styling of director David Fincher and the unfazed exploits of Zuckerberg's actions against anyone.

Whether you love Facebook or hate it, there is minimal doubt that how it all came about from a bitter spat with a partner is intriguing. The weaving legal terms are fascinating and the amount of detail encoded about the formulas and constructing is great.

Eisenberg after his impressive comedy outings in Zombieland etc has created the perfect enemy that you can somehow route for whilst being intellectually unmatched throughout. Despite the serious predicament he finds himself in the character can often come up trumps with a killer comedy line.

One very good note to take from this film is that Andrew Garfield will be a great Spider-man. Playing Zuckerberg's best friend Eduardo, he is slick, funny and carries the burden of being the victim in the bigger scenes, the final showdown at the Facebook office is a very strong scene.

The film has a few flaws. For one a showdown between Eduardo and girlfriend Christy about why he hasn't changed his Facebook status to `in a relationship' makes the whole principle of the site seem ridiculous. Justin Timberlake is hard to take seriously and occasionally there are lapses in repetition, as if the same thing had been discussed before.

Nevertheless this has proved a special surprise.

This is a good strong drama with great leading performances and an unmatched drama by David Fincher to create possible Oscar nominations for next year.

Worth checking out.

8/10


WWE WrestleMania XX [DVD] [2004]
WWE WrestleMania XX [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Eddie Guerrerro

5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining Wrestlemania - the good old days, 20 Oct. 2010
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Wrestlemania is what its all about and this is one of the greatest PPVS ever for numerous reasons.
The party starts with a great rendition of the American national anthem and then it is right down to business.

US championship
John Cena vs Big Show

A very good opening that Cena showcased his old better mic skills. Still the build up and actual match were good if not the best we've seen between the pair. Thankfully the ending isn't as cheesy as current WWE programming.

8/10

World tag team championship
Booker T and RVD vs The Dudley Boys vs La Resistance vs Mark Jindrak and Garrison Cade.

This fatal four way for the tag team championship had some great spots but there is only two good teams who weren't featured nearly enough

6/10

Christian vs Chris Jericho

Fantastic match that had a great build up. They were essentially wrestling all thanks to Trish Stratus and Lita and their wrestling did the talking. Great spots, great twists and turns and for first time viewing what an ending.

10/10

The Rock and Mick Foley vs Batista, Randy Orton and Ric Flair

Before going to wrestle we see Foley and Rock backstage and Rocky didn't seem the wrestler of old and it showed somewhat in the ring to. A good match that had a great sense of comedy styling

8/10

Torrie Wilson and Sable vs Miss Jackie and Stacey Kiebler

Reasonable tag team match, the fans liked the fact it was changed to a lingerie match

6/10

WWE 10 man cruiserweight championship match
Great match that lasted longer than normal. Many superstars to watch out for but watch out for Billy Kidman's shooting star press, oh my God.

8/10

Brock Lesner vs Goldberg

This had a very good build up but it was more of a staring competition than a wrestling match. The fans really slammed Lesnar for selling out

6/10

WWE tag team championship
Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty vs APA vs The Bashams vs Shelton Benjamen and Charlie Haas.

Like the previous tag team title match there were good spots but not enough awe to entertain

6/10

WWE women's championship
Victoria vs Molly Holly

One of the more competitive women's matches you'll see good twists and turns and an over sold ending

7/10

WWE Championship
Kurt Angle vs Eddie Guerrero

Very, very good match. The Olympic vs latino heat was brilliant great moves, build up and what a brilliant ending that epitomises the characters

10/10

Kane vs Undertaker

The return of the dead man resounded around Madison square garden and what a match to follow. Brothers divided this showed some skilful and powerful executions and Undertaker is once again sensational

10/10

World Heavyweight championship
Triple H vs HBK vs Chris Benoit

This triple threat match lasted a joyous long time that had a good build up and nice to hear the fans getting behind the right man. How the end came about was great

9/10

Overall entertaining PPV and certainly worth catching


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