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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
Price: £49.99

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]
Dvd ~ Oleg Menshikov
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable, 1 Jan. 2015
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]
Fury [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £13.14

6 of 9 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] (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 of 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 film making. In fact the first 90 minutes is pretty watchable in a reliable 4 star kind of way.

Then we come to the 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 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 MusicnMedia
Price: £4.54

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: £16.99

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
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £12.73

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.

5150 Elm's Way [DVD]
5150 Elm's Way [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marc-André Grondin
Price: £3.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, not without its flaws, 28 May 2012
This review is from: 5150 Elm's Way [DVD] (DVD)
Yes, it's another "innocent stranger gets treated very badly in the home of a mental family" movie, and one of the better ones at that. The characters are surprisingly credible, and the dynamics between them extremely watchable, and the direction's pretty flawless. The problem is that plot flaws irritate me, particularly ones that could be easily written out. There's quite a few in this movie and I can't go through them individually without spoiling things, but they are quite stark, plus there's one less than credible coincidence towards the end, which is a shame, because it detracts from an otherwise brilliant conclusion. Good film, could have been great. BTW if you're enjoying these post Texas Chainsaw balmy family kidnap movies, try 'Mum and Dad'; although keep a bucket handy ...

Manhunt [DVD]
Manhunt [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrik Syversen
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £4.09

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not breathtakingly original, but lots to like, 21 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Manhunt [DVD] (DVD)
A terrifying and tidy little slasher. If you enjoyed Eden Lake, but found yourself frustrated with the coincidences and plot flaws, then this might float your boat. Imagine a nastier vesrsion of Deliverence without the buddy element ...

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