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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Martin Freeman
Price: £26.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy movie of the highest level, 14 Dec 2014
The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies is an epic fantasy adventure film directed superbly by Peter Jackson. It is based on the novel by J K Tolkien. It is the final installment in the series.

It is a fantasy movie of the highest order. The balance between story telling and action scenes work well. The characters are well developed. The insight into different groups is well explored. It is an epic between good and evil. It tells the story of how new threats affect the kindgom. The dwarfes inside Lonely Mountain face the threat of the sinsister creature dragon Smaug who destroys a whole town. Bilbo Biggins is the central character featured in the movie, as you are about to find out. It is an epic battle facing the kingdom involving dwarfes and elves. The group expose their diferences. The Orc are the main danger, who bring a large army for attacking the dwarfes, but elves comes to the rescue. The battle scenes are bloody and gruesome. There are emotional scenes. There are old scores to settle. It reaches a perfect ending. The dialogues and script wiring is top class. The special effects are stunning. The movie fires in all cylinders of what I expect of solid and quality fantasy adventure.

I would recommend the latest installment if you are a fan and love a quality fantasy adventure movie. I throughly enjoyed it.

Seeing Other People
Seeing Other People
by Mike Gayle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, 12 Dec 2014
This review is from: Seeing Other People (Hardcover)
Mike Gayle is a delight to read. See Other People is an enjoyable read. It is based around a journalist and a father of two Joe, who feels so guiltily following a one night fling with office interim. How will affects his life once announcing the news to his wife Penny? Will this change things for forever? Is there a chance of redemption. Gayle is fantastic writer of relationships and adult themes. Joe's character is well developed, as we learn a lot about him on a professional and personal. The bonding Joe and the children is admirable. The novel is filled with plenty laughs. There is sadness. I enjoyed the read.

The Burning Room
The Burning Room
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Connelly's weakest piece to date, 11 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Burning Room (Hardcover)
I am a huge fan of Michael Connelly. Michael Connelly is hailed as one of the best crime fiction authors of the 21st century, without any doubts. However, The Burning Room fail to my expectations. Connelly has written nail biting pieces featuring veteran LAPD officer Harry Bosch. Angels Flight, Black Box and Drop are some of the novels which have wowed me.. Should this mark the end of the character? I have to say yes, as he is becoming a ragged character now. The author seems to be depleted of ideas on how to utilize and move forward the character. The plot is around unsolved cases featuring the death of a band member and burning of a house leading to a number of the deaths. He is partnered with a new officer, Sato, a rookie cop with a point to prove. I am not sure whether this partnership works. To me, this signals a strong message for the author to introduce new characters for future novels. Harry appears to be doing the same work and is always affected by the politics. These are the usual cliches of the character.

The Burning Room starts well, but loses momentum and becomes flat mid way through. The author ran out of steam as it appears to me. There are detailed sections about police procedures and processes. Whilst being insightful, it defeats the point of what is expected of a high octane thriller.The story metaphorically speaking is like a stagnant river. Nothing is flowing in the river. In this context, it is stale with elements of action and excitment missing to grip readers. It is highly commendable Bosch comes across as a dedicated and committed detective protecting the streets of LA and sometimes bending rules to achieve results. I feel the character lack a personal touch in the novel. The relationship between the daughter could have much more developed. The daughter ambition is to follow his father footsteps. Boring and dull character. The ending is so rushed, as it appears the author struggled to put pen on paper by denying readers a nail biting conclusion as previous novels show.

Compared to previous novels, The Burning Room is one of the weakest novels of the author I have read so far in the last 16 years. On this occasion, I can award three stars. Connelly falls below the mark for me. I would give this novel a miss, as it not his best and will be disappointed for fans of the author. This is a big let down. Connelly should call it a day with Bosch.

Paddington [Blu-ray]
Paddington [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Nicole Kidman
Price: £17.25

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great feel good movie, 5 Dec 2014
This review is from: Paddington [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Paddington is a comedy film suited for all ages. It is a charming, sweet, funny and a great feel good movie. It tells the story of a likeable bear Paddington. The Brown family spot the bear in the station and kindly provide a home for the bear. Paddington is known for creating chaos as you are about to find out. He shows a warm and nice personallity. He has an interesting history to unfold. There are plenty of funny moments. The audience laughed out loud. I applaud the idea of bringing a classic show to the big screen. It really works well. It is classic tv show I enjoyed watching as a kid. The CGi effects are amazing. If you like a great feel good movie, I would recommend Paddington. It is richly entertaining to watch and would be enjoyed by the whole family. Thanks for a great treat building up to the festive period.

NOW That's What I Call Disney
NOW That's What I Call Disney
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Disney album on offer at present., 4 Dec 2014
Now That What I call Disney offers 68 tracks, plus a bonus 24 Disney Christmas songs. It is one of best Disney album selling at present. Now is a top brand in music retailing.It knows and understands what makes a good complication in specific genres of music. It has done an excellent job providing a great album at good value for money on a great and varied selection of tracks from Disney films. It includes tracks from classic and modern Disney films spanning decades. I have been brought up and raised with Disney films since childhood. I love this album. The music is feel good and magical for your listening pleasure. Listening to this album relieves special moments of Disney films. It received a full five stars. I cannot fault and criticise this album at all. It what I call quality Disney music songs.

NOW That's What I Call Legends
NOW That's What I Call Legends
Price: £10.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now That what I call quality and fine music, 3 Dec 2014
Now That's What I call Legends features a varied and great selection of songs from artists and bands who have embaced the music scene. Michael Jackson, Queen, Bob Dylan, Ub40 and heaps. Does that keep you interested? Now is a top brand in music retailing, knows and understands what makes a great complication. This is what I call fine and quality for listening pleasure. If you love quality music from some of the fineartists and bands, then this an album for you. I love it.

The Drop  [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
The Drop [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well crafted crime drama, 2 Dec 2014
The Drop is a crime film drama, starring Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfni, who starred in The Sarpanos and Noomi Rapace. It is based on Dennis Lehrane's novel. The story opens up in a bar located in the rough streets in Brooklyn, introducing us to bartender Bob and Marv, who is the cousin. The bar is a spot for criminal activities involving drugs, gambling and robbery, hence the name Drop. The two get involved in highly dangerous situations, featuring an injured dog, armed robbery and confrontation by the mafia. I do want to comment too much details about the plot, as it would act as a spoiler. The Drop is a gritty, compelling, dark and well crafted crime drama. The acting is first class. It kept me enthralled, the moment it started. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout. Plenty of swearing and violence.This is expected from this type of film.If you are intersted into gritty dramas, I would definitely recommend the film. If you are looking for a bit of humour, you have chosen the wrong movie.

Now That's What I Call Christmas [2012]
Now That's What I Call Christmas [2012]
Offered by Empor-online
Price: £7.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What better way of celebrating Christmas, 28 Nov 2014
Christmas is looming closer. Time passes so quickly.Shops already decorating to build up to the festive period. Christmas brightens the dark and gloomy winter days. It is so bitterly cold outside Darkness in the night arrives so quickly when I step outside after work. I see off the rush hour traffic with car lights switched on. Lightness stays for short hours. The festive period is about rejoicing and celebrating as a family unit watching tv, opening presents, partying and indulging in plenty of delcisous treats. The music lifts the spirit of the festive period. The album features a host of classic Christmas tracks spanning decades and to listen during the festive season. I remember dancing along Slade, Wizzard, Boney M, Shaking Stevens, Abba, Cliff Richards, Band Aid, Wham and heaps more in a lighted disco floor during my school days. Well. I can relieve the memories through listening to the album. There is vintage Christmas tracks as well with the tradional settings of snow. It offers a great and varied choice of tracks to embrace the Christmas spirit at the comfort of your own home and perhaps sing along. I love Christmas music. Now is a major brand in music retailing. It knows and understands what makes agood Christmas compilation. It has got it absolutely right featuring of most well known tracks, where others fail to do. This is what I call quality Christmas music. Well, do you love Christmas music? Here is your answer to the perfect choice of festive music.

Frozen Grave
Frozen Grave
by Lee Weeks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Weeks shows the skills as a fine crime writer, 27 Nov 2014
This review is from: Frozen Grave (Paperback)
Lee Weeks shows the skills as a fine crime writer. Frozen Grave proves the point. The tone is straight away set from the opening page, without any delays. It kept me enthralled throughout as I wanted to know what the outcome would be.

If you read previous novels, you would recognise the characters of Detective Inspector Cater and Detective Constable Willis. The two leading senior police officers are working on a new case involving a murder of an attractive lady found in a rough estate of London's East End, notorious for gang activities. Homeliness appears to be a major problem. There is shelter provided. Many sleep rough in the streets taking drugs. The victim background adds a new light on the case as you about to find out. Could this hold the key in solving the murder? Two further murders adds a another twist to the plot . Could the murders be linked?

Lee Weeks is a new talent to look out for in the crime fiction field. She produces another thrilling and absorbing read as previous novels show. If you are looking for quality crime fiction, I would recommend Frozen Grave.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 [Blu-ray]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Lawrence
Price: £13.00

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well crafed adventure film and best in the trilogy, 23 Nov 2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is a science fiction adventure film. It is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. It is the final instalment in the trilogy. Another part is scheduled for release next year to conclude the trilogy. Adding another part makes perfect sense, as it would not be possible to be rolled into one. The movie would be lengthened. There is a danger of condensing the story, that is not true to the words of the novel.

The third installment is by the best in the series. It is an incredible cinematic experience. It delivers a powerful and compelling storyline. The characterisation is much more developed. The special effects are stunning, without any point neglecting storyline. The rich futuristic settings blend in well. Well, what is it about? It is a great follow up from previous installment. Katniss, the herione of the piece and fellows Victor and Finnick have been rescued from a dangerous situation. District 13 is an underground rebel facility. She is reunited with family members. She is later introduced to the unit president. The president directly approaches her about the consequences of what her actions have resulted into. There have been an escalation in riots and strikes against the Capitol, a brutal regieme. She is also informed about an important mission. This mission involves becoming a mockingjay, a symbol of rebillion. She is taken to district 12 to see the devastation caused by a bombing campign launched by Capitol. The district is found in ruins. Peeta needs to be rescued. He is brainwashed by the regieme. A broadcast in a state television channel shows Peeta been brainwashed in an attempt to go against the rebels. She reluctantly accepts the mission. The Capitol bomb other districts causing bloodshed wars and total destruction. District 13 is under attack calling for immediate evacuation. An elite team is immediately dispatched for a dangerous mission in rescuing victors. Will the mission be a sucess? How will they take on the fight against the evil regime of Capitol led by ruthless dictator President Snow?

The ending is perfect, as it opens for an explosive and nail biting conclusion to the trilogy. The action scenes are limited in this installment, as it feels they have been reserved for the next insallment. The focus is drawing on certain characters and how they are affected by events.

The latest installment demonstrates intelligence and effective planning in film making. It is a well crafted science fiction adventure film. The Hunger Games draw similarities to George Orwell complex novel 1984. The concept is interesting to explore and well delivered. Can a totalitarian regieme be defeated? What are the consquences of rebelling aganst the regieme? This what makes the latest installment a thrilling and an interesting adventure film. I would recommend Mockingjay Part 1, if you like adventure films and enjoyed the previous installments. There is depth in storytelling and intelligent shown.

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