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X-Men 3: The Last Stand [2 Disc Edition] [DVD]
X-Men 3: The Last Stand [2 Disc Edition] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £4.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slight disappointment... but only slight, 28 April 2007
I loved the first two movies. Exciting, great effects, cool characters, terrific stories... then you come to that 'awkward third album'... And yes it is awkward. But not a disaster by any reckoning. The story is good, the effects better than ever, the characters dynamic. So what's the problem? They simply try to squeeze too much in. There are loads of new characters, all demanding their air time, with the result that there simply isn't enough time for everyone to get a decent crack at things. It would've been far better so cut some of the minor characters to give the leads more time. Plus, some of the editing decisions are VERY questionable. For example, the battle at Jean Grey's house involving Wolverine and Storm... well, in the movie, it looks like they lose it to me. Not what you expect from your heroes. BUT... stick on the extra features and see the extended scene, however, and you get a very different picture. And a far, far superior scene. The finale has some similarly baffling editing.

So, when the action scenes are questionable, and the main characters don't get enough screen time, is it any wonder the movie didn't come up to expectations?

All this said, it's still a great movie. Not a triumph, but a worthy addition to the franchise.


Friends: Complete Season 3 - New Edition [DVD] [1995]
Friends: Complete Season 3 - New Edition [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Aniston
Offered by Willcox Trading
Price: £18.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We were on a break!, 28 April 2007
Thank God the writers weren't!

I'm not a big fan of 'cute' sitcoms overflowing with 'cute' people, but Friends just wipes me out. It's so much more than just a gang of attractive people going through contrived situations, spouting contrived lines. The writing, acting, direction are all of the highest quality, and that's why it was so popular, year after year after year. It was no promotion stunt that saw each of the stars on $1m an episode by the final season! It's unusual to find a show with 6 lead characters in which all 6 can actually take the lead. Usually, one or two of the characters are head and shoulders above the others, so everything has to revolve around them and when things don't, the show falls flat. Friends really bucks that rule. The dialogue is so sharp and the characters so well drawn that virtually any show, involving any storyline, around any character is a knockout success. Season 3 is one of my favourites. It's both touching and funny how Ross and Rachel finally get it together in season 2 after making viewers wait so long. And that's only the start - without spoiling anything, things don't exactly run smoothly in season 3. 'The' argument is one of my favourite episodes. Absolutely hilarious. So much so, it spawned a long running catchphrase. If you've never watched Friends, you missed out on some of the best TV of the last decade. And I'm so jealous - I wish I could experience it all for the first time again!


The Green Mile
The Green Mile
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'The' King novel?, 28 April 2007
This review is from: The Green Mile (Paperback)
Okay, so I'm not a big King fan. What I have read is okay, but nothing special. That said, Carrie was cool. Then I came to The Green Mile... This is a wonderful book. It deals with such huge themes on such an intimate level, you can't help but be drawn in and captivated. But it's not just the story, or the characters that get you, it's King's writing - it just seems so much farther above his normal standard. For example - `She was black as the ace of spades and as beautiful as the sin you never had nerve enough to commit.' Wonderful stuff! And that's only on page 4. Okay, the book isn't heaving under such evocative narrative, but it's such tiny touches that raise it above the norm.

As for the story/characters? Well, John Coffey does so little, yet does so much. And isn't his fate a reflection on how we really do treat good people in the real world? Isn't King simply holding up a mirror for us, something good writers often do? Who can't be moved by what happens to Coffey and by the predicament Edgecombe finds himself in? Very moving and frighteningly realistic in its worldview.

It's certainly a book I'll be returning to again - a thing I do not do easily!


Saw 2 [DVD]
Saw 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Donnie Wahlberg
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.26

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable, 28 April 2007
This review is from: Saw 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Saw was unbelievable. Saw 2 is too, but for totally the wrong reasons. The original was... original! It was innovative. Edgy. A cool thriller. Suspenseful. Exceptionally well plotted. This... is derivative garbage. In all but title, it's nothing to do with the original really. Yes, the villain is resurrected. Yes, there are wondrous ways for people to die. Yes, people are trapped with only fiendishly clever ways for them to escape... but where's the gripping concept that kept you glued from the first minute with the original? Where are the clever twists, the intricate plotting, the "Ohhhh, didn't expect that!"? This is just one of those sequels that has no other aim but to cash in on the success of its predecessor. Such a waste. I bought this, unfortunately. I will not be rushing to watch it a second time.


Land of the Dead:  Directors Cut with Limited Edition theatrical poster (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]
Land of the Dead: Directors Cut with Limited Edition theatrical poster (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a return to form, 28 April 2007
I never saw Night of the Living Dead in it's cinema release days - far too young! - but it's a really cool movie, especially the twist at the end. 'Dawn' wasn't up to the same standard, but it was still a decent flick. 'Day' was the best of the bunch overall - such a cool movie, combining good horror and action. So, I came to this with high hopes. Oh well... This is the weakest of the four. Not only is the plot cliché and already well-used, but other than some really spectacular special effects employed to kill the zombies, it brings nothing new to the genre at all. As horror/action goes, the remake of Dawn is by far superior to this. Yep, Romero's really dropped the ball with this one. He originally set the standard, but now is barely keeping up with his contemporaries, with this effort actually seeing him lagging behind. It's a pity the franchise had to end on such a downer.


Night Watch [DVD]
Night Watch [DVD]
Dvd ~ Konstantin Khabensky
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £1.26

3 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A big yawn, 28 April 2007
This review is from: Night Watch [DVD] (DVD)
Literally! I fell asleep.

From the first 10-15 minutes, the ideas and action seemed really interesting, but then it was just a drag with little actually happening worth watching at all, with the exception of the vampire fight using light and mirrors. Yep, if you want a bang for your buck, you'll have to look elsewhere as this is little more than a whimper! And this is the first of a triology?! Don't know what the book's like - well, I don't speak Russian!- but whether through lack of money, or lack of vision, it just didn't translate to the screen at all. Very disappointing.


Lost - Season 2 [DVD] [2005]
Lost - Season 2 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Jorge Garcia
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £9.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So cool!, 1 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Lost - Season 2 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
I enjoyed season 2 much more than season 1 as there seemed to be more answers, more action, more character development... simply MORE. To be honest, I got a little bored with the first season at times. It was infuriating keeping you in the dark, but then it was supposed to create intrigue. But I often found that the characters or the episode plots weren't giving me enough to make up for that deficiency. Still, I stuck with it. And I'm glad I did. The second season far surpassed the standards set by the first. Not only do you learn more about the characters, the island, and the Others, but it introduced new characters, who were both likeable and dynamic in their interplay with the original ones. And it had it's fair share of shocks. Not everyone who started out in the first season made it all the way to the second. Well... Need I say more???

Supposedly the third season is going to increase the level of action and answer even more of the questions, WITHOUT posing too many new ones. If that's the case, the third is going to be the best so far.

Get this quick and get up to speed on the story so far. You don't want to miss out on season 3 and a show that promises to be the televisual highlight of 2007!


The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant., 1 Nov. 2006
This has to be one of the funniest books ever written. Why? Because it's filled with absolutely wonderful stream-of-consciousness style humor. And I mean humor! The kind that is legitimately funny. This will make you smile, even laugh. If you like wacky, off-beat, often surreal gags, you have to buy this book.

Okay, so if it's so good, why not 5 stars? Why only 4? Because, truth to be told, there isn't that much of a story. It's kind of like a sitcom - the characters are so wonderful and throw out such gloriously funny lines, you barely notice that there's very little actually happening and you don't really care that much. Well, this book is like that. A series of 'incidents' that are really neither here nor there, but presented with a sharp, surreal wit, not least in the narrative, let alone the dialogue. Okay, everthing eventually ties in, but the joy in reading this is not in the world-building and grand storytelling scale of the likes of Lord of the Rings, but in the sheer delight of it's comedic value.

It's an old book now, probably given a new boost of life by the recent movie (unfortunately, not that good an adaptation). If you enjoy wacky humor, you won't be disappointed here.


Dawn Of The Dead (The Directors Cut) [DVD] [2004]
Dawn Of The Dead (The Directors Cut) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Sarah Polley
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.96

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A remake better than the original?, 1 Nov. 2006
You bet! Sorry to all those Romero aficionados, but I have to say it is. Okay, Romero's genius provided the idea without which this couldn't have been made, but this far surpasses his movie in most areas. The standard of acting is higher. The script is tighter. The action is way, way more exciting. The special effects are superb (but then, that's to be expected with today's technology). But on top of that, the dialogue is much sharper, with some really cool, almost throwaway, lines - like the exhange in the stairwell between Micheal and Ken regarding Michael's expertise with a gun. Plus, the characters are much better realised - you don't care about all of them, but you do care about the few that really matter.

I don't usually like remakes - they rarely deliver and usually only succeed in watering down the original - but this is the exception to the rule. A really cool horror flick


Alexander (Two Disc Edition) [DVD]
Alexander (Two Disc Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anthony Hopkins
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.89

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars !, 22 Aug. 2006
I loved Stone's JFK, but this... Words fail me, but I'll try to find a few. Okay, the pros? Angelina Jolie. I've never been a big fan of hers, but, boy, was she the hottest woman alive in this movie! More pros? Hmmm. Certainly not the action sequences which were muddled and hard to follow. Certainly not the weird Irish accents the lead characters adopted. Certainly not the story.

This is just one of those films you believe can be so bad and that something cool is gonna happen the instant you hit the off button, so it stays your finger. My advice? HIT THAT BUTTON!

And I won't even mention the blonde wig!


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