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Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves [DVD] [1997]
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Rick Moranis
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £5.83

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Average, 23 Mar. 2009
I loved the original, the second was silly and has aged very badly however the third is cheap and cheerful.

Rick returns but his wife does not and is replaced by someone who doesn't quite look like her and baby Adam looks completely different. The effects are quite poor in places but the sets are well done and it just depends on what they are doing as to how good it all looks. Some of the stunts are great ideas but the film would have been lifted by a larger budget and much, MUCH less action of the children's party going on around them which is just plain awful. Thankfully the adventure of the adults is better.

A very generous 3 stars (probably feeling nostalgic over the original)

Family Plan [DVD]
Family Plan [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leslie Nielsen
Offered by westworld-
Price: £12.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not funny enough!, 23 Mar. 2009
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This review is from: Family Plan [DVD] (DVD)
I could watch Leslie Nielson in almost anything but this film did test my staying power a little bit as it lacked laughs and direction.

The premise is that Nielson takes away some orphan children to a summer camp that Judge Reinhold has just converted into an adult summer camp behind his girlfriends back. Cue various misjudged jokes that are too silly for adults but not silly enough for children but the whole films too twee for teens. Therefore it doesn't really suit any particular audience and had all of us disappointed by the time the credits rolled. We then got out Kindergarten Cop which does this kind of thing 1000 times better...

Brothers And Sisters - Season 2 [DVD]
Brothers And Sisters - Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dave Annable
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £6.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked, 23 Mar. 2009
Hooked is exactly what you will be by the end of season 2. Essentially the format is exactly the same but now you're invested in the family after season 1, you'll be rooting for them every episode this season. There's only 14 episodes this time round (writers strike strikes again) but each one is gold. This season is a little more faster moving with weddings, divorces and affairs ruling the roost. Now I can't wait for season 3.

A real slower burning drama that draws you in without realising.

ITV Sport Guide Grand Prix 2009
ITV Sport Guide Grand Prix 2009
by Bruce Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Out of Date Already, 23 Mar. 2009
I was bought one of these guides as a present. It contains all the teams and drivers entering 2009 but its out of date already. It has Sato at Toro Rosso but he hadn't been signed and the seat went to Bourdais anyway, and Honda are called Team X because Brawn GP hadn't been announced. They'd also put Bruno Senna in the driving seat.

The reviews of the circuits are mediocre and the review of last year is brief. A look at the upcoming Abu Dhabi circuit is interesting but you can get all the pictures and layouts on the internet anyway.

Overpriced, outdated and airy - just wait for the end of year reviews instead if you want to buy memento's

This Is the One
This Is the One

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utada Goes Urban Pop!, 16 Mar. 2009
This review is from: This Is the One (Audio CD)
Aimed directly for the American audience, This Is the One is about 300 times more westernised than Exodus ever was. I loved Exodus as it was essentially alternative pop music but this album is very different. Each song is crafted for quick catchy chorus' and every song has a big beat except for the single "Come Back to Me".

My favourites are "Apple and Cinnamon" and "Merry Christmas Mister Lawrence - FYI" because they remind me of Utada's Ultra Blue album. However "Dirty Desire" songs like an A+ Madonna or Britney track, "This One (Crying Like A Child)" reminds me of Rihanna's Umbrella but more saddened and Poppin' is a bit like Michael Jackson and Shaina Twain's love child!

All in all its great catchy songs that aren't cheesy and will stand the test of time well. Listen to some of the tracks two or three times and they will soon become favourites. First essential album for 2009.

Chalenj! Game
Chalenj! Game
Offered by New2Used UK
Price: £26.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag, 23 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Chalenj! Game (Toy)
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Chalenj! is kind of like a teen version of adult board games like Cranium. You roll the dice and move around the board and get asked a challenge (chalenj) that's determined by what space you land on. There's physical challenges that can involve a ball, a target mat or the mini twister-style mat. There's brain challenges which involve picture and number discs. There's mystery ones which are all a bit random and then personal ones which are a mixture of the above. You then bid to see how many of the challenge you can do in 30 seconds and the bidding increases until someone challenges you to it.

Some of the challenges are genuinely fun and interesting. We had people of all ages playing and at times we were having a good laugh. However the mats are actually plastic sheets and when you're asked to hop around them, one of us slipped over on them and then later on in another challenge we really ripped it in half! Also the amount of challenges that ask you to throw something at a wall or ceiling is a bit naughty - I can't see too many parents really wanting those games to take place.

The problem for me and my family was that its all a bit watered down. It's fun in a small dose - like once a year - but there's plenty of better games doing the same thing out there that do it better.

Nagano Winter Olympics (PS)
Nagano Winter Olympics (PS)

2.0 out of 5 stars Aged very badly, 19 Feb. 2009
When I first got this game I thought the graphics were blocky and poor at the time, now more than 10 years on they are very ugly indeed. However behind 1 star graphics is 3 star gameplay. Its all typical Olympic fair. You button mash for speed skating, balance your d-pad for luge and bob-sleigh and get your timing right for all the skiing events. There is a nice curling game which gives longevity but if with a serious lack of ps1 winter sports games, this one one of the better choices. On the PS2 however this pales in comparison to RTL's winter series.

A Time To Kill [DVD] [1996]
A Time To Kill [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Matthew McConaughey
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Taut and excellent court room drama, 19 Feb. 2009
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This review is from: A Time To Kill [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
This is an all time favourite film. A Time to Kill blurs the line between what is more morally wrong and takes on the big issue of racial divides. The acting is very underplayed and therefore very believable. Matthew is the man who's on screen for most of the film and you really feel for him as he struggles to fight Samuel L Jackson's case. Kevin Spacey too deserves a mention for although he's not on screen for a massive amount of time, you really end up hating his character!

The only strange thing with this DVD is that it's split the film in half and is a double sided feature despite only being 2 hours 20 minutes long. It makes no sense to me to do that as it interrupts the flow.

Apart from that though, flawless.

Brain Challenge (PS3)
Brain Challenge (PS3)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good online, 4 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Brain Challenge (PS3) (Video Game)
Brain challenge basically takes simple mini game tests and then rates your performance by giving you a percentage of how much you used of your brain. The theory being the better you've done, the more of your brain you used. The games are very simple and and the controls are literally move left and right and press X to select your answer. Some of the multitasking stuff involves a bit more work but that's it.

One player is more about getting your scores higher to "improve your brain" and taking your daily test. Online and offline multiplayer mode is much more fun when you've got 4 people battling over who's brainiest - it can be as fun as Buzz if you've got some good competition.

Not life changing but very fun if you get into it.

Monster Madness: Grave Danger (PS3)
Monster Madness: Grave Danger (PS3)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Generous 4 Stars, 1 Feb. 2009
Monster Madness is a comic hack n slash. If you've ever played Zombies Ate My Neighbours by Konami, you'll feel right at home - the only difference is that instead of saving neighbours, you'll just be fighting off hordes of scary creatures b-movie style.

The games very light hearted and ideal for a quick pick up and play but don't expect it keep you entertaine for hours. The 4 player co-op mode works very well though so you can have extra laughs with that.

I picked this up in a sale and enjoyed it for what it was - a simple but very playable game which you can dip in and out of.

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