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Timecrimes [DVD]
Timecrimes [DVD]
Dvd ~ Karra Elejalde
Price: £9.97

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4.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant Darko-esque time twister, 14 May 2010
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When Hector (Elejadle) sees a beautiful woman in the forest he goes to see her and is attacked by a masked villain and flees, only to stumble into a world of time trouble.

Empire magazine to my recollection has never been completely wrong when passing on judgements about films, the people there are experts. And a few months ago they included a short article about this film with the headline "The new Donnie Darko?" and I instantly read and was gripped and couldn't wait to watch it and to my immense pleasure enjoyed it from beginning to end and can pretty much guarantee if you like the Richard Kelly picture, you will find a similar edge and vibe to this 2007 release.

From the chilled opening in the car and at Hector's home things seem pretty straight forward but when Hector sees the young woman in the forest he is instantly intrigued and from there on in there are delicate fine details, extraordinary circumstances and a flare of dialogue that never feels exaggerated or repetitive.

When we first see the masked person the film feels exceptionally sharp and edgy, turning from curiosity into full on panic as we dive into Hector's shoes as he quickly looks for ways to survive. What follows from here is worth skirting around as I don't want to upend any changes or dilemmas to the plot as it is all quite remarkable. It is all shifting all action heavy breathing and has quite a few twists and turns to keep any viewer on their toes right until the sharp finale.

As a small Spanish film this does well with production. I can honestly say I have never seen a film with so few actors which is fantastic to encode such a heavily twisting informative and scientific plot around.

Elejadle playing Hector is perfectly scared and acting in bizarre and normal ways given the circumstances of his predicament whilst Nacho Vigalondo (acting and directing) uses his character's position as the catalyst for all problems and solutions that have delicious twists and turns.

His direction serves up a nice slice of fast and furious action montages with carefully mounted surprise quick takes that succumb to many plot movements, particularly the scissors and the use of the time machine.

So the big question how does it compare to arguably one of the greatest time twister puzzlements of all time? With Darko Richard Kelly encoded a period feel, using that special 80's vibe with a powerful score and unique protagonists and no matter how frequently you watch it, you get something new from it each time. Here there is not as powerful score and the odd hiccup questioning realism but this has the same excitement, drama and intrigue as the other and to all fans I would certainly recommend this powerful pleasure of time travelling mystery.


The Simpsons - Season 7 (Ltd Edition 'Marge' head) [DVD]
The Simpsons - Season 7 (Ltd Edition 'Marge' head) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dan Castellaneta
Offered by The Heron Bay Trading Co.
Price: £23.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watchable over and over again, 17 April 2010
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Series 7 of the much loved American comedy showcases some of the finer moments of the show. From the sharp conclusion to who shot Mr Burns to Homer rocking with the Smashing Pumpkins this is a fine collection of comedy fantasy that is worth watching again and again.

As the Simpsons has noticeably hit a decline over the past few years it is worth treasuring these finer episodes of comedy gold.

Some of the most memorable episodes come in Lisa the vegetarian, Mother Simpson (a fantastic tear jerker) Homer the Smithers, A fish called Selma and Homerpalooza.

I have yet to view the bonus features but as typical with Simpsons box sets there are plenty and should serve up tasty viewing. From introductions to commentaries, animation showcases, illustrations commentaries and deleted scenes.


WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role (PSX)
WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role (PSX)

5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage wrestling game playing, 17 April 2010
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It may be many years old but this original Playstation one game literally packs punches in its arsenal to deliver a largely entertaining game of wrestling.

From old fashioned slobber knockers to the unforgettable TLC's this game has some charming features to win over its many fans through provocative game modes, season changes, superstar creations, pay per views amongst others.

Old superstars such as The Rock, Scotty too hotty and Stone Cold all feature with their trademark features and wonderful camera angles that may have lost their originality in way of modern Smackdown vs Raw games, but are still great to view and enjoy playing.

These were the days when your own wrestler could have any move they wanted along with any theme song and own entrance walk and such that generate vigour and power within the player.

Whilst early days back then there are obviously flaws in the fact you have to constantly filter though rankings for titles that takes absolutely ages and as I have moved this onto my PS2 with the old memory card there are often crashes and pauses, not to forget the graphics are exceptionally old school.

But I do not want to knock this any more because this is pure bliss gaming at minimal effort. The controls are easy, the game modes are many and the superstars are vintage. What more could you possibly want?!


MotoGP 08 (PS2)
MotoGP 08 (PS2)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Energetic fun game, 17 April 2010
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This review is from: MotoGP 08 (PS2) (Video Game)
When I first got this a few years ago I was excited about one particular circuit, Laguna Seca and the corkscrew in particular. What materialised was a pretty standard collection of graphics and conventional activities, that whilst may be slated by many gamers, still has that fun and exciting factor all these bike games possess.

There is a career mode, starting from 125 class and working the way up. There are time modes, quick races, championships on three levels and activities to unlock other activities and such.

The principal of this game will never tire. To race as your favourite rider on some of the finest tracks in the world is pure gaming gold. The tracks have all the energy about them that other games do and as before, I was slightly let down by the difficult texture of Seca's most famous turn but bar that the quality is good enough and its the enjoyment of the game riding high.

A few minor glips in that there are only 3 options for race length that is either exceptionally short or full length which takes an awful long time no matter which level you're on and if you're like me, you'll want to race all tracks rather than just the same over and over.

This is a great game through principal and although the PS2 has obviously made way for its bigger and more expensive sister, this has all the right elements for enjoyment.


Romeo And Juliet Volume 2
Romeo And Juliet Volume 2
Price: £8.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captures film perfectly and great for chilling, 17 April 2010
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This album contains all the main music from the fantastic Romeo and Juliet that is well worth checking out.

The songs play out almost in sync with the film, and as it encodes numerous speeches from Baz Lurham's production, it's almost as if you are seeing it by listening it.

This album has a great selection of dramatic music that worked wonders with the film itself. The music which plays on the beech, the unforgettable `Kissing you' alongside the unforgettable `young hearts run free' brings together an all together purposeful energy that is perfect for either driving along or chilling with a cup of tea.

There are some soundtracks that you find are only good because of their connection to the film and their particular placement within that film. This has certain tracks like that, particularly when you hear the speech from the protagonists but the majority of music is some chilling instrumental pieces that work beautifully as both and are beneficial for relaxation and entertainment.

There have been a few re releases of this soundtrack over the years and this certainly stands out as being closer to the film than any others and for that reason I recommend it to anyone


Straight in No Kissing
Straight in No Kissing
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £18.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good consistent rocky poppy album, 17 April 2010
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After hearing one of Dirty Epics' songs on a Skins episode earlier this year I was immediately hooked and having purchased this album I can say I have enjoyed listening to the wonderful rocky styled pop with a certain zest of power and assertive vibes.

The opening song "Way too pretty" brings the listener into their vibes with a sing along association of stubborn lyrics that is head nodded with a great back rhythm.

As the album progresses there isn't much in the way of variety as all focus on the sing a long rock pop genre, but personally, that's what I loved about this album.

Songs which stand out are "Dirty Dog" "Over ted" and "Turn you on" there is always a variable in terms of quality but as a listen this album has the right lyrics, the right styling and the right choice of lyrics to make any modern singer nod their head and sing along.

If to compare to other artists I would say a mellower Paramore, and the harsh lyrics compare to Pink's or Kelly Clarkson's. This is certainly worth checking out


Coupling: Complete BBC Series 1-4 Box Set (Special Collectors Edition) [2000] [DVD]
Coupling: Complete BBC Series 1-4 Box Set (Special Collectors Edition) [2000] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Davenport
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful charming collection of all things couple related, 17 April 2010
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There is one main reason Coupling should be watched. And that is because it fulfils its purpose as a British comedy.

It is sharp, unique, light hearted, frequently enjoyable, doesn't take itself seriously and has an array of likeable characters that anyone who has ever been in a relationship can associate with.

Written by new Who man Steven Moffat, Coupling began at the turn of this still young century and straight away we were instantly engaged into a world of coupling, dating and daring fanatical situations amongst friends, colleagues and associates. Whilst there are numerous comedies out there that tackle such concepts, Friends etc, this for me was the first I viewed to really know how to generate a profound use of exquisite appreciation of realism. What Moffat has managed to achieve over the 4 years was a collection of stories taking into account difficulties of men and women in relationships and singleton and convey it in a manor which any audience could compare with.

Stories revolving around troubled relationships, awkward workplaces, family traumas and unusual acts of perversion are all bluntly managed and are more often than not, brilliantly hilarious. The wonderful double meaning humour never out shadows the physical comedy (the handcuff scene is memorable amongst many others)

All the while there is never a compensation for overshadowing drama over comedy or vice versa, it all flows smoothly in the story's context which makes it better for all involved.

Jack Davenport and Sarah Alexander lead the way with some wonderful worrying and smart remark humour, Jack certainly nailing the worried and stubborn male stereotype spot on. Jeff is the character to not be knocked. Richard Coyle created something wonderful with the middle aged worldly man. His ability to make up any nonsense from anything ordinary is unbelievable. The "Giggle loop" was fantastic amongst other random quirks and it his absence was certainly noticeable in the last series which was replaced by Oliver, whose presence felt like a poor rip off, even if he did have his moments.

The unusual encodes of fantasy and story overlaps can be appreciated as true TV magic that certainly is going to benefit any Dr Who fanatic this year.

Apart from the odd feeling of repetition and the slight down grade of the last series, this collection is a true must have for anyone who likes to laugh, especially when in a relationship as its appreciation of anything couple style, is always spot on.


Coupling: Complete Series 4 [DVD]
Coupling: Complete Series 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Davenport
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £7.04

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good climax to great series, 17 April 2010
The final series of Steven Moffat's creation has all the wham bam action and blunt sexual humour the first three encoded with the majority of the cast returning to dazzle and entertain, if not captivate as fluently as before.

The series opens with one of Moffat's wonderful ideologies of multiple stories happening during the same time period. This 9 and a half minute titled episode brings together stories of Susan and Steve, Sally and Patrick also with Jane and new protagonist Oliver. What follows is an exceptionally clever encoding of various situations that all interlink with open humour and puzzlements that all work out neat and tidy come the interesting conclusion.

Straight Away Jeff's absence is notable. The quick notice of his void is given to Steve over a phone and the sad conclusion is that he doesn't return for the entire series, bar one in one of the most unusual fashions imaginable.

As the series progresses we the audience become more integrated with the characters emotionally than before. The pregnancy issues regarding Susan, the terrible usage of Patrick's cupboard and Jane's commitment to her real boyfriend.

All in all Coupling is a great show. Ok, some puns may have similar styling and predictability, but this is great light hearted entertainment with a wonderful zest for entertainment and a great realisation of TV timing that should not be missed.

Sadly I can't pass comment on the DVD extras for I have yet to see them but there are out takes and a story of how it goes from paper to production.


Lord Sunday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 7)
Lord Sunday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 7)
by Garth Nix
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good finish to great series, 12 April 2010
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Arthur, rightful heir to the kingdom, has fallen into the gardens and as the House is thrown into more Nothing, the fate of the world is up to him and his friends.

The final book in the Keys to the Kingdom series was a tantalizing wait, especially since the last instalment ended so unexpectedly and the entire complexity of the world hung in the balance, .

And after a decade the saga draws to a close in what many may seem as rushed, others may seem as a stroke of genius and all the while if you have reached this point, you will ultimately have your own opinion, as with the Harry Potter series.

Book 7 begins in a vivid fashion as Arthur is thrown into unusual territory whilst Leaf and Suzy have struck up their own agendas with humans and piper's children.

This book takes up a very strong gamble in its structure. Garth Nix has chosen to take the story onto account from dividing the characters up into their own stories, using some good personal issues along with the current situation of the House and world. This is a good development as previous books had also separated the story, giving account of happenings elsewhere rather than be fixated with Arthur all the time. This works strongly as the pace of the personal stories are fast and edgy which is what you want given the amount of Nothing that is dissolving the House, a nice fast paced movement that is usually consistent, even if the constant switching of stories between chapters upsets the energy occasionally.

The ending has certainly divided many and whilst there is a hint of inevitability and obvious conclusion there is a nice relief, a way that doesn't seem too cheesy and that fits the majority of questions in exquisitely. This obviously a personal preference but if you have got thus far it would certainly be worth finishing it off.

There are a few drawbacks in the fact the overall pace is disrupted through changing of sub stories. Arthur's doesn't seem that big compared to others and from memory there were a few unresolved issues from Saturday that were unanswered here.

I dare to criticize further as this book, along with the other six, have all worked splendidly, capturing that essence of vivid imagination the author used in his other works such as Sabriel.

In comparison to the other 6 books this is probably the fastest moving with, especially on first read, a purpose and excitement of the unknown. There is less personal attachment to Arthur on this novel, perhaps due to the amount of time he is not in the sequences which is a shame but thankfully the quirky Suzy gets more page time and Leaf has developed into an interesting protagonist.

If to choose out of the 7 my personal favourite would have been Saturday as the pace, the refreshing nature was all spot on but the idea of the first book and the new unique ideas that Nix generated were simply sensational.

If you are just discovering this series, Mister Monday is the opener, and what an opener with fast flowing semiotics and action that begins a truly joyus journey of adventure, fantasy and personal excitement you will not regret reading.


Terminator Salvation [DVD] [2009]
Terminator Salvation [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Price: £5.96

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Destroys original idea through action driven narrative, 4 April 2010
John Connor (Bale) attempts to bring Skynet down through a hidden signal whilst Marcus Wright (Worthington) causes their foundation trouble.

6 years since the release of the critically slammed Terminator 3 and the story was in jeopardy and although the Sarah Connor chronicles regenerated interest the offing of a fourth was always inevitable, but as a franchise maker or a story reboot. From the evidence, it seems, certainly released in the summer and starring big Hollywood names, made for complete profit and once again, the brilliance of Cameron's original ideas sadly comes crashing down.

Not that it seems that way when the film opens. Sam Worthington's character is sat in a prison cell with a brilliantly miserable Helena Bonham Carter and as the film moves forward there is anticipation to what Marcus is going in for.

As the film shifts to present day warfare between man and machines, year 2018, we get out first glimpse of the new John Connor. Adopting a Cameron technique the camera pans from feet to head as Connor gets off a plane and mounts a carefully manned scheme to investigate their surroundings with humans stored underground. The shaky camera style adds some wonderful realism, giving that edge of excitement and unknowing to proceedings and it seemed McG had hit the nail on the head, and yet after this first initial stage, all becomes irrelevant as the film cascades into mediocre popcorn triviality.

Such as when this particular scene ends you will notice there is nothing but high stakes action junkie sequences along with a plot that, come the end, has not moved anything forward at all. Honestly if you have not watched this film yet you will hardly believe that practically 80% of this 2009 release has action orientation. There are big robots that shoot bikes out of their legs (no that's not a joke) there are squid monsters (why would humans build them?) there is slight continuity in the flying ship things and the treadmill style robots from T3 but, why? The first film blossomed on its usage of simple T101 models and whilst there was an explanation in the second film it didn't feel the need to glorify itself on special effects to demonstrate the size of its gigabyte hard-drive.

There is little meaning in the plot aside from the action as the resistance continue to find a solution to the finale of the war but all the dialogue seems to build towards something and as it turns out there is a consequence and it all blows into a ridiculous conclusion that given all the action and scientific futuristic elements, comes down all humane and dramatic on us, expecting us to shed tears and sympathise with a Connor who is more Dark Knight than human's war leader and a trivial inevitable love fling that is inevitable and somehow ridiculous.

Through all its, albeit impressive, visuals there is an underlining story of attempted survival that feels inadequate and repetitive.

Personally, I feel the Terminator should have ended in 1991 but as long as we have computers and machines, there will be many more.


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