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Cinderella [Blu-ray]
Cinderella [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Lily James
Price: £13.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, enhanting and magical, 15 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Cinderella [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The live action Cinderalla movie is a delight ro watch. Beautifully cinemagraphed, stunning special effects and enchanting settings. A classical fairytale about a beautiful young girl raised with the step mother and step sisters. Cinderall is treated appallingly, as she is expected to clean and deprived of enjoyment in her life. Meets a handsome princess and goes to a ball in a stunning outfit. Can her dreams come true? Disney delivers a fine live movie. It is a film for the whole family to enjoy. I loved it. The acting is great, storyline is easy to follow and magical. Well done Disney to keep us entertained for generations.

Spectre  [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015]
Spectre [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Price: £15.99

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and weakest Bond movie I have seen, 31 Oct. 2015
Does Daniel Craig fourth outing as Ian Fleming James Bond character meet expectations? The opening scene shows Mexico City in a flamboyant carnival festival. A plan attack occurs prompting Bond chasing bad guys around a massive square in Mexico City, flooded with people in costumes. Another attack occurs elsewhere. The action scenes are typically shown in James Bond style featuring big car chases located in narrow streets and the background music flowing. There is a connection between the attacks. So I thought to myself, Spectre is looking promising and will head a thrilling direction. I was proved wrong later on. The middle parts of the film run out of steam. The momentum completely lost. I was literally bored for one and half hours watching Spectre. Nothing really happens and bland in many parts. Far too much emphasise on Bond trotting around the world without a purpose at times. Christopher Waltz burst too late in the scene as the main villain. Bond’s character is like an assassin filled with rage. Q character feels a bit confused at times, as he is gadget man. The Bond’s character lacks the charisma and spark as previous James Bond movies, as in the days of Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. OO7 team on the verge of being closed down, as ordered by the home secretary to be replaced by another organisation. I could not see the point of adding this, as I knew it somehow would survive. It is far too predictable.

Although James Bond is an iconic British hero and for generations it has thrilled us, Spectre would not beat some espionage movies today like the latest Mission Impossible. It is miles better, as it heads a direction and plenty of suspense keeping you enthralled, without hardly a dull moment. There is an element of surprise. Spectre drags on for almost 2 and half hours of dribble and pointless side stories. I would give this a miss and look elsewhere. Any forthcoming release of Bond movie need some work on refinement.

Spectre is one of the boring and weakest Bond’s films I have seen of all time. I am being honest. Spectre is a victim of false expectations. Quality weighs greater importance than publicity. Film-makers need to get this message. I get annoyed when we see adverts of product showing Bond , when the movie matters the most. Spectre is a disappointment for me. Spectre may mark the end of Daniel Craig’s era as the secret agent. It needs to formula on the earlier days. More purpose and suspense needed. 2/5 is a fair reflection.
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You Are Dead (Roy Grace)
You Are Dead (Roy Grace)
by Peter James
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and intriguing crime fiction, 18 Oct. 2015
I have been highly critical of previous novels of the author. You’re Dead shows the author regaining form, but still in tedious in details in certain parts. Overall, the novel is gripping and intriguing piece of crime fiction.

The plot is centred on a serial killer in Brighton. DS Grace, the central character is leading the investigation. A serial killer is on the loose targeting females of similar traits. The serial killer strikes again by creating mayhem and panic in the streets of Brighton. The murders are gruesome. Are there any connection with a murder 30 years ago? What are the motives of the killer? How close are police force putting the killer behind bars? The novel for most periods kept me gripped and intrigued. This lacked in previous novels. The build-up flows at a brisk pace. There is an elements of suspense, as you want to know who the killer is. The mysterious disappearance of Sandy haunts the senior detective. This is a side story. Does it reach a conclusion?

Peter James is an accomplished crime fiction writer. You’re Dead show signs that he can be good. An improvement from previous novels. If you like a good crime fiction, I would recommend the latest novel.

The Martian [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015]
The Martian [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Price: £14.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good science fiction film, 17 Oct. 2015
Ridely Scott is a tremendous director. The film credits speak highly of the director. The science fiction theme is the standing point of the director.The Martian centred around the space theme, on an inspiring adventure to Mars, where life exists.

A crew embark on a mission to mars. A sudden storm swept across the planet, prompting the crew to abort the mission, leaving Botanist Whatney behind. Whatney is presumed dead. A media conference share the news. Amazingly, Whatney survive against all odds. He uses his skills as a botanist to survive in a planet where conditions are challenging to humanity. Unable to establish communication with NASA, he regular does video logo. Few NASA members view satellite photos, realizing Whatney survived. The key questions: How will NASA share this information? How will the astronaut survive? Complications can hinder rescue operations, as anything can go wrong. Will Whatney be successfully rescued?

The Martian is a portrayal of life in mars. There are no living souls. There is a huge stretch of barren land. Surviving is difficult due to the atmospheric pressure. It is an epic adventure of survival of one man in a lonely land. It is captiviating and full of tension. It is a well delivered science fiction film which I enjoyed.
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Everest [Blu-ray] [2015]
Everest [Blu-ray] [2015]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Price: £14.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangers of climbing Mount Everest, 19 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Everest [Blu-ray] [2015] (Blu-ray)
Everest unfolds a true story about a 1996 expedition to Mount Everest at Nepal, Kathmandu. As you can imagine, Mount Everest is one of the most dangerous and feared mountains embracing the world. History reveal alarming facts about climbing the deadly mountain. In this movie, the actual scenes are recreated for relieving the terrifying and distressing moments of an expedition. Careful planning excuted, but it never turns smoothly, as you do not know what to expect from nature most mammoth attractions. The aftermath of climbing physically scarred climbers, as you are about to find out. It conveys a strong message about real dangers of climbing the mountain.

The scenery of Mount Everest is stunning and breath-taking. This show nature at its most beauty. There is an aerial view of the mountain. The camera work is professional and skilfully sketched. The journey many mountaineers dream of fulfilling is risky and incredibly dangerous. These mountaineers accomplished so much in climbing mountains. This speak volumes of their desire and fearless mind set. Mount Everest remains the most challenging of all quests. One should question whether is worth enduring the risks? The physical endurance and determination to achieve the dream is admirable, but it comes at a cost. The high altitude reduces oxygen levels significantly. It becomes difficult to breath. The treacherous conditions experienced led to enormous difficulties ascending and descending. Helicopter flying is massively risky. The air rapildy becomes thin, thereby making it difficult to maintain control of the vehicle as it skid and loses balance. A single sound may trigger an accumulation of snow travelling down at high speeds. Known geologically as an avalanche. The storms and huge gale wind add further dangers.

In terms of film-making, it recreates the scenes authentically and realistically. The mind shivers as you engage in the movie, as you are praying for their survival and their safety. The build up to the actual flows at a steady pace. The characters feel so real and you can connect them easily. The acting deserves strong praise, for relieving the actual climb and showing the physical demands you would experience in climbing the mammoth size mountain. There is a strong cast featured in the movie. Nature represents beauty, but can be risky for human beings. Who comes on top? The plot details will be kept minimal as possible in the review. Describing the journey would build a picture of what the film attempts to show. Does it always end in tragedy? It is a well thought out and delivered film. If anyone like a true adventure of film of climbing earth most wonderful attractions, then I would recommend.

Sinister 2 [Blu-ray] [2015]
Sinister 2 [Blu-ray] [2015]
Dvd ~ Shannyn Sossamon
Price: £12.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Critics got it wrong, as I liked it, 29 Aug. 2015
Sinister 2 is a 2015 American supernatural horror movie. It is a follow up to a hugely successful Sinister, the first instalment. It features a new cast and setting. The story is centred on a mother and his two son based in a rural and isolated farmhouse. The two sons encounter experience with ghostly children, who appear to be tormenting and brainwashing ideas into their heads. A footage shows some sickening and appalling killings taking place of families. These footage are quite distrusting which some viewers find. The farmhouse appears to be haunted by activities as you are about to find out. There are plenty of edge of seat moments. The suspense levels build up well. I am in disagreements with critics this time. It is a descent horror movie. I quite liked it.

Pixels [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Pixels [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Adam Sandler
Price: £12.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and silly, 16 Aug. 2015
Pixels is a typical Adam Sandler's movie. It is a movie filled with comedy, charm and some romance. The opening scene starts in 1982. Arcade machines was a popular activity during the decade. It relieves the childhood days of four lads. These lads known to be experts at arcade machines. The main characters featured are Sam, Will, Ludlow and Eddie. It features well known computer icons such as Pacman and Donkey Kong. The film show present day events involving an alien force declaring war on planet earth using computer characters. It is up to the gamers to use their skills for defeating the computer forces sweeping planet earth. The storyline is silly. The whole point is meant to be deliberately silly. It is a type of movie that will not be everyone cup of tea. Adam Sandler’s forte is playing comical characters. On reflection, I would give it 3 stars. If you like comedy and into computer game in a movie, then this is one for you. I enjoyed it as a whole. I would not watch it again if I am being honest. Watching once is sufficient.

The Nation's Favourite 80s Number Ones
The Nation's Favourite 80s Number Ones
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 80s music at its best, 14 Aug. 2015
I love 80s music. Raised in the decade as a child watching cartoons and dancing to the music on disco floor. The tunes are so memorable like Come on Elieen, Billie Jean, The Reflex, True, Never gonna give you up and so on. The Cd offers 60 tracks of the decade to listen timelessly and relieve the nostalgic days of the decade. The music will always have a special place in my life. An ideal place for a disco and dance. Nothing can beat 80s music. It is feel good and great music. I love it. This is a perfect cd for me.

Poltergeist - Extended Cut [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015]
Poltergeist - Extended Cut [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015]
Dvd ~ Sam Rockwell
Price: £14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the original, 17 July 2015
Personally, I am not a fan of remakes. I feel sticking to the original is better and you cannot beat it. Poltergist new version proves my point. I found the movie confused, rushed and ridiculous. Story features a family moving to a house haunted by evil spirits. The young girl gets processed by the sprits. Similar plot to the original. It lacks tension, lacks excitement and poorly executed. The ending is rather abysmal and silly. Hollywood should not make too many remakes, unless it can deliver. If you are fan of Poltergist, I would stick to that and avoid this completely. It is absolutely awful. Only gets one mark out of five.

Jurassic World [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free]
Jurassic World [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Chris Pratt
Price: £14.55

11 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A victim of false expectaions and hype, 13 Jun. 2015
Was it worth queuing up in large numbers in a cinema hall? Show after show sold out quickly. The car park was fully parked, making it a long walk for me to the cinema hall. Was it worth the hassle? Does it match up to its expectations and hype? On reflection, I would say no to each question raised. Jurassic World will no way beat the original Jurassic Park released in 1993. I prefer Jurassic Park than the new release . The original version consist of a strong cast, depth in storyline and high educational content.

Unfortunately, I cannot offer much positive praise for Jurassic World. I applaud the idea of a dinosaur park by exploring their vast habitats. The ideas and concepts are interesting and fascinating, but needed a different angle than glory scenes and extensive use of CGI. There is a lack of depth and substance featured in the storyline. It mirrors the story similar to Gozilla, featuring a vicious predator. To me, this is a familiar site. Terrified visitors fearing for their lives in a park. In a nutshell, the plot is based around one predator and the park is on high alert. To me, there is nothing spectacular about this. There is hardly any education aspects to the movie, which I expected. Learning about each dinosaur spices that evolved millions years ago would be more appealing. Jurassic World is categorised as a pop corn movie as opposed to a high quality movie of what I expected of exploring intellectual contents using experts and in-depth analysis. The late Richard Attenborough added credibility to the original one as an expert and so this Jeff Goldblum and Sam O Neill. The dialogues between character lack sophistication and annoyingly cheesy at times. Chris Pratt's is a little lost for me in context of the plot.The CGI overpowers the film for a large proportion as opposed to quality in storyline. I am not faulting the CGI. The attention of each dinosaur species is impressive. Storyline and depth weigh greater importance as a finished product. The balance is completely wrong. The characters are poorly developed. The characters are uninspiring and not engaging at all. The ending appears to be rushed. It felt the script writers are depleted with ideas. It dragged on, lacking a killer punch.

I think Hollywood is losing the plot at present. The industry is bombarded with remakes and sequels. Rebooting an original film to the 21st century is questionable for me, as they never beat the original. Jurassic World prove to be disappointing for me. It fails to wow me at all. 2 stars is my reflection of the film. I am being brutally honest whenever I write a movie review. Stick to the original as it is miles better. This is another victim of false expectations and hype.

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