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As Heard on Radio Soulwax Vol.2
As Heard on Radio Soulwax Vol.2
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Miss, 8 Nov. 2015
A sublime mix of thirty tracks that really shouldn’t belong together, several of which I thought I wouldn’t enjoy, thoughtfully blended in a way that makes you think the Dewaele Brothers must have had a splendid time putting it together. It’s beautifully tongue in cheek and the production’s punchy and crisp. I’ve put this on plenty of times when I’ve had folks over, and it’s pretty reliable. There’s a hidden Kylie track prior to track 1, which is probably my least favourite on the album; so I’m grateful to them for hiding it.


Vietnam in Hd [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Vietnam in Hd [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £8.32

3.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Sam gazes at his navel, 15 Aug. 2015
If you want a romanticised grunt's perspective, this should do the trick. You won't see anything about atrocities like the Mai Lai massacre, use of Agent Orange, or a single interview with a vietnamese person. Footage of people on the receiving end of napalm? Not in. It's propaganda like this that helps explain why, when you ask Americans how many people died in Vietnam, a depressing amount will give you a number in the tens of thousands. The real figure's closer to 1.5 million, but only if you count the Vietnamese.

My sympathies go out to all those involved in such a horrific event, including the US soldiers, and I watched the whole thing because their testimonies are as powerful, important and valid as anyone's. At the same time it saddens me that something like this is beamed into American homes without any hint of regret that such a powerful country should cause such a colossal level of long term damage to a much weaker, less industrialised region. This DVD represents an almost pathological refusal to learn from history.

Extra star awarded for doing what it says and at least not pretending to be anything it isn't. I sort of felt like that about Mein Kampf.


Analogue Studios Carbon Fibre Stylus Brush
Analogue Studios Carbon Fibre Stylus Brush
Offered by Analogue Seduction
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect brush, needs a cap, 1 Jan. 2015
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This has just one job to do and it does it perfectly. Some sort of container or cap would be useful though.


LEGO Friends 41015 Dolphin Cruiser
LEGO Friends 41015 Dolphin Cruiser
Offered by WOW WEE
Price: £89.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 1 Jan. 2015
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I spent the day putting it together with my 8 year old, and the level of thought that's gone into the detail is impressive to say the least. Who designs these things? What a great job. The product is given top marks not least for the instructions, which, that's right, a child could follow. I have to say I got a bit carried away and hogged it a little, but Lego can do that to an adult if you're not careful.


Prisoner of the Mountains [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Prisoner of the Mountains [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable, 1 Jan. 2015
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This film works on so many levels - from the depiction of life in the village, to understanding the level of corruption and inherent in the Russian occupation (and the amoral nature of colonial occupations generally), well-defined credible characters, beautiful cinematography and an unforgettable conclusion. If I was feeling stingy I'd knock off a star for the very ordinary ambush scene near the start, but it's mercifully brief and this film isn't about that kind of battle; and numerous scenes more than make up for it, not least the scene with the local wrestlers. According to the sleeve notes on my old VHS copy, the wrestlers themselves (who were also bodyguards for the crew) kidnapped the director and a couple of others when they found out the female lead was getting paid more than them. Can't find anything about it online, if anyone knows more, please leave a comment.


Fury [DVD] [2014]
Fury [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £5.00

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch the first 90 minutes, 24 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Fury [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
A frustrating war movie that could so easily have been brilliant. On the plus side, it looks and feels suitably earthy, a couple of the characters are credibly amoral and there's a decent bit of drama here and there. The scene where the three Shermans take on the Tiger highlights how obsolete they were against such a behemoth and stands out as solid filmmaking. In fact the first 90 minutes is pretty watchable in a reliable 4 star kind of way.

Then we come to the last scene, the Alamo moment. There's so much I want to say about this, but it seems fair to quote veteran Bill Betts, who was active on the Western Front at the time: "Too far fetched... In reality they would have easily taken out an immobile Sherman tank using Panzerfausts."

So, in the same way Saving Private Ryan was made legendary by its opening scene, Fury is all but ruined by its closer. It's a shame that Hollywood finds it so hard to make the WWII movie that moves beyond the video game.


Heat [DVD] [1995]
Heat [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Al Pacino
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, not great, 22 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Heat [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
I really wanted to like this film!. It's clearly a labour of love and it's got lots of great scenes, but Pacino's a caricature of his hoo-hah! self and De Niro sleepwalks through the whole thing. They both have the obligatory Hollywood man-centric relationships with two dimensional female characters, and the whole thing's entirely predictable. That said, there's a decent subplot with Val Kilmer and his missus, and the robbery scene's so good it's almost worth it.


Suck UK Cat Scratching DJ Deck
Suck UK Cat Scratching DJ Deck
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It backfired, 10 Jun. 2014
Since I bought this for my cat, all he plays is The Birdy Song by 80s chart toppers The Tweets. Cheers then.

Great for kittens, less so for cats.


USB Flash Drive 64GB - USB Memory Stick 64GB - Capless Swivel
USB Flash Drive 64GB - USB Memory Stick 64GB - Capless Swivel

1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T DO IT!, 2 Oct. 2013
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It's all been said in the other reviews, so I'm just adding my voice to the general chorus of disgruntlement. It's crap.


Bedtime for Democracy
Bedtime for Democracy
Price: £13.76

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful swansong, 29 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Bedtime for Democracy (Audio CD)
This is a great album, for more reasons than the music alone. Lyrically, Biafra has rarely been better, and Winston Smith's cover illustration makes for one of the finest album covers of the eighties. Musically, many of the songs are a touch samey, but if you like your punk rock thrashy, it won't be a problem. Outstanding moments include a breakneck cover of Johnny Paycheck's Take This Job and Shove It, a delightful tongue in cheek monologue leading into Triumph of the Swill, Dear Abby - a letter from a struggling parent with a creative solution to Reagan's economic policies, and One Way Ticket to Pluto, which makes me grin every time I hear hear it. There's also time devoted to some much needed introspection about punk rock itself. The insert (I'm talking about the original vinyl release here) is nothing less than an education, and the whole product is a great, if not flawless, swansong from one of the finest bands ever known to punk rock, as well as a scathing indictment of life under Reagan. One thing that lets it down a little is Biafra's slightly tinny production, but it's not a huge niggle. So, as many have said, it's not the best DK's best album. But it's my favourite.


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