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Darren Carroll "darren_carroll" (Kent, England)

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LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4  (Xbox 360)
LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Turbotrance
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but full of bugs, 3 Nov. 2013
The game is great fun, and myself and my 6 year old son are closing in on 100% completion BUT the game is full of bugs; game play freezes, players get frozen in place, etc. etc.

Travellers Tales: Please take note. Please fix bugs and freezes. If you can't do this before the release date, please fix it via a patch update. No excuses really. You're letting your customers down.

Can I also point out that its not only Harry Potter either. The same problems exist in other Lego titles as well.

TT - get it sorted!

Stunt Brum
Stunt Brum

1.0 out of 5 stars Brum just been delivered but didn't work...., 23 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Stunt Brum (Toy)
...I'm going to persevere and order a replacement - I'll let everyone know if the 2nd one works!

Fresh Wine For The Horses
Fresh Wine For The Horses
Price: £11.53

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 4 Oct. 2005
Rob Dickinson was the former lead singer and co-songwriter for the excellent Catherine Wheel, who split up following the release of 2000's Wishville. The chances are, if you're reading this, you will be a fan already of CW's washy guitar sound and Rob's emotional, soaring vocals and you may be wanting to know how Fresh Wine for the Horses stacks up in comparison.
I think the answer is 'very well' but this is certainly a Rob Dickison album. If you liked Rob's more personal efforts whilst with Catherine Wheel such as All of That and Descending Babe, then you'll certainly like the more intimate moments on this album; Night, Mutineer and Bad Beauty.
If you like the fuller CW sound then you'll be pleased to know that the CW boys play together on their co-written Storm and Towering and Flowering. Neither of these songs reach the heights of tracks like Broken Nose from CW's album Adam and Eve, but they are good nevertheless, especially the closing number.
Rob's voice sounds fantastic throughout - often at it's best in the more melancholic tracks.
The weak point on the album in my opinion is the opener My Name is Love which seems very pop/chart oriented and I find myself starting the album from Track 2, Oceans. As a whole though, the album is very good with some excellent melodies and will not disappoint any fan of Rob or Catherine Wheel.
I hope this is the first of many Dickinson albums to come and perhaps a CW album may not be out of the question?!

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [DVD]
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bill Murray
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.52

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Andersons best work, 11 July 2005
Being a huge fan of Wes Andersons previous work (particularly Rushmore and Bottle Rocket) my expectations were high for A Life Aquatic. It has all the ingredients of a classic; the ever brilliant Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, a wonderful concept and some great off-kilter music, but Anderson doesn't quite deliver the whole package (as we know he can).
Let me just say (before I highlight a few of my negatives) that this would be a pretty impressive movie by the standards of many other film makers!
A few problems;
The majority of scenes in the movie are short which means you don't get a lot of time for dialogue and reaction delivery between characters (compounded by there being a lot of secondary characters). This leads to 2-D characterisation and a lack of emotional involvement which I'm afraid A Life Aquatic suffers from. This is not so much a problem with the script but rather with Andersons direction of his own material; it detracts from the quirky script rather than adding to it.
A deadpan character like Steve Zissou, as played by Bill Murray, does not need the camera panning away from him fractions of a second after delivering his lines (particularly around the cut-in-half boat set when he is interacting with Wilson). The script is subtle and there are some very funny lines to be found but Anderson buries it all in his roaming shots. A good example of this is the short exchange between Captain Hennessey and the company bond stooge near the end of the film when discussing how Hennessey's espresso machine ended up on the Belafonte. There is a good laugh here but it's spoiled by Anderson panning away from it when a cut would have been so much more effective.
It's as if Anderson had to justify the cost of the impressive cut-in-half boat-set by panning all over it at every opportunity. So much excellent dialogue, characterisation, and laughs are lost by Anderson in doing this (in my opinion).
It's not all bad of course; this is still a 4-star Anderson movie! The many highlights include the visual gag of Ned looking though the back of the safe (which I find very funny for some reason), Ned's first approach to Steve, the pirates ladder appearing on the Belafonte (typical Anderson!), and the helicopter crash (which Anderson handles very well).
All in all, despite liking the movie and respecting the vision behind it I remain disappointed and frustrated that I can't emotionally involve myself in the scenes where Anderson wants us to.

Infinity Land
Infinity Land
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.96

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2004, 8 April 2005
This review is from: Infinity Land (Audio CD)
Like Biffy's previous 2 albums I found Infinity Land hard to get to grips with at first and it can often be a frustrating listen; just when you think they're on to something accessible and superb in a particular song it changes via strange time signatures and angular guitars into something completely different and more challenging. You may begin to doubt the album if you are new to the band but the rewards for repeat listening are huge - the album reveals itself to be a truly superb piece of work and, in my opinion, the best of 2004.
Simon Neil's vocals range from fits of screaming to soothing harmonics but always convey pure passion. The music is hard to classify but is rooted in hard guitar indie/indie punk. The melodies swerve and dodge making for a totally gripping aural experience. This non-linear approach keeps the music fresh and there is always something new to discover and a new favourite song to pick!
Very highly recommended.

New York City Nightlife 2004/05 (Zagat Guides)
New York City Nightlife 2004/05 (Zagat Guides)
by Zagat Survey
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Pub crawl!, 26 Jan. 2005
Whether you've never been to NYC before of whether you practically live there, this book has something for you! It has very clear, lively information and ratings on 1,311 bars, clubs and lounges. The 'Zagat rating system' has 0-30 ratings for Appeal, Decor, Service and Cost (of the average drink). It has has a brief decription of what you can expect if you decide to go there and whether credit cards are accepted (very useful).
What I particularly like about the guide is the various ways you can find a place to drink. You can search on location, what's 'hot', most popular, by gender or age, the best service, the best value or even by what you want to drink when you get there. Want a microbrewery? No problem!
Like all travel guides they only prove their worth when you actually get to the destination and this guide is no different. I recommend buying a map of NYC before you guy and mark on all the bars or nightclubs you fancy visiting whilst you're there. You can decide to go on a traditional British pub/bar crawl or drop in if you find yourself in the vicinty.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally captivating (and fun!), 14 Jan. 2005
I received a Game Boy Advance and a copy of this game for Xmas and I started playing it with some trepidation, I didn't know whether I was going to like it or not.
I shouldn't have worried beacuse it's fantastic in every way, a work of genius! The main quest in the game has you setting out on an adventure to rescue the princess Zelda who's been turned to stone by the mysteriuos Vaati. This main quest has you trying to find 4 elements (Earth, Wind, Fire and Water) to magically transfer to your sword. These elements can be found in seperate dungeons which, in typical Zelda style, need a combination of puzzle solving and sword wielding to negotiate.
If you get bored (or stuck) on the main quest it's a good idea to go into Hyrule Town to relax and undertake some of the side quests. These mainly involve fusing 'Kinstones'. You find Kinstones as you go about during the main quest; cutting down hedges, opening chests and completing certain tasks. These Kinstones are half of a stone in a particular colour. Nearly everyone in town also has a half of a stone and if you can match yours with theirs something special appears or happens anywhere on the map! I spent ages travelling around fusing as many Kinstones as possible. This sounds boring but it isn't!
I found the difficulty of the main quest just right; the problems are logical (although sometimes required me to go and make a cup of tea to think things through before a flash of inspiration). You never feel cheated!
The attention to detail in the game is truly awesome and simply moving about the world is great fun.
Highly recommended for all lovers of great games; there's something here for everyone!

Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd
Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd
by Philip Dodd
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too middle of the road, 7 Jan. 2005
Upon buying this book I was eagerly anticipating the inside story on the highs and lows of one of history's most influential bands. Mason's style is witty and easy to read but it left me feeling as if nothing substantial or revealing was said.
Instead of shedding any light on the enigmatic powerbrokers of the (post-Syd) band, Gilmour and Waters, it treads a frustratingly conservative line through the history and is careful not to upset anyone. Mason was always the peacekeeper of the band, one to sit on the fence, and he reveals himself in the book that the other members (apart from Barratt) had read the initial drafts and given their suggesstions as to their version of events. He seems to have listened to everyone and diluted all the really interesting bits down.
This is a real shame because Roger Waters is a notoriously difficult and excating individual who would make for a great chapter all of his own. Syd's departure, Rick Wrights virtual 'sacking' and Gilmour's alienation following Waters' self proclaimed leadership following The Wall are all dealt with in meer paragraphs when I believe this would make great reading in more detail.
A missed opportunity.

The Ring [DVD] [2003]
The Ring [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Price: £2.39

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, 31 Oct. 2004
This review is from: The Ring [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
This is a tremendously well made psychological horror movie that succeeds due to the central performance of 'serious' actress Naomi Watts (21 Grams and Mulholland Drive) and 'artfull' direction from Gore Verbinski. The photography is washed out greys and greens and the distrubing ending works because the rest of the film is all set in a very real world. The central characters are intelligent, practical individuals that deal with their relative situations in a way that most of the viewers would. This grounded approach really starts to deliver near the end and the creeping dread you're left with upon viewing the movie will stay with you for some time. I don't normally watch 'horror' movies but this is superior stuff and the story alone is strong enough to keep you coming back for more!

Weezer: Deluxe Edition (Blue Album)
Weezer: Deluxe Edition (Blue Album)
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £20.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stone cold classic!, 4 Oct. 2004
This perfectly-formed gem of an album deserves a place in ANY record collection - it is perfection! I've listened to no album more in the past 10 years and this Deluxe Edition is very, very welcome! The 'Dusty Gems and Raw Nuggets' on CD2 complete the early Weezer story with my particular favourites being 'Mykel and Carli', 'Jamie LIVE Acoustic' and 'No One Else LIVE Acoustic'. The packaging on the CD is excellent and contains song lyrics, band photos, an introduction by Todd Sullivan (the man responsible for signing Weezer to Geffen), and a synopsis of each of the songs on CD2.
Weezer's follow up album, 'Pinkerton', has grown on me over the years but I don't think they've captured the essence of this debut since. It's a sincere, utterly brilliant slice of song writing. Enjoy!

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