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Predestination [Blu-ray]
Predestination [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Ethan Hawke
Price: £7.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Time travel caper asks 'which came first, the chicken or the egg?', 28 Feb. 2017
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The premise appears to be that a Time Travel Cop is trying to go back in time to stop a terrorist whom is always one step ahead. The reality is that this plot line is secondary to the copy 'seeding' the past in order to create a unique kind of antidote for the terrorist.

If you're less than fully awake, this film may well be lost on you. If you're fully awake, you may end up concluding that even if time travel were possible, the outcome of the film is not. And if you're a quantum physicist, please drop me a comment to confirm that suspicion.

Train To Busan [Blu-ray] [2016]
Train To Busan [Blu-ray] [2016]
Dvd ~ Yoo Gong
Offered by Empor-online
Price: £10.91

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, fun and quickly forgotten., 28 Feb. 2017
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It's both fun and a solid slice of escapism, for sure, as it rinses just about every angle it can out of the concept... passengers escaping a Zombie plague want to get from A to B with said plague spreading on a train that is passing through a country that is being rapidly overrun by said plague. Who will survive? Will anyone survive? And how long will the toilet doors on a Korean train withstand the combined strength of a dozen zombies*?

The downsides are the cliched characters, timelines going awry in a couple of places and (in hindsight) not nearly enough gore... South Korean cinema is comfortable with the idea of misery and mass killings but let's see a zombie rip a throat or two out instead of settling for the default of an aggressive love bite.
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Island Life
Island Life
Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Talented if a little raw, 16 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Island Life (MP3 Download)
Very interesting, one to look out for in the future as his/her/their sound develops. 'It's Okay If You Don't Want to Say Anything...' is absolutely stunning, electronica at its most sensual, I haven't enjoyed listening to something of this ilk since the 'Immunity' album by Jon Hopkins some 2 years ago. A little synth heavy in parts for my liking, but there's still much to admire.

Black Cat, White Cat [1998] [DVD]
Black Cat, White Cat [1998] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bajram Sevredzan
Price: £7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars a little known gem, 7 Mar. 2015
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Great film with some excellent acting performances, particularly from the villain, and incredible music you may find yourself getting up and dancing to in front of the TV.

My attempt to describe it is: riotous gypsy mafia romantic comedy caper. It's completely bonkers and at times is nonsense, utterly adorable nonsense. A scene at the end, involving a Goose, had me in stitches.

Plasplug - Hollow Door Fixing (Card of 5)
Plasplug - Hollow Door Fixing (Card of 5)
Offered by Handy Stores London Ltd
Price: £2.12

2.0 out of 5 stars Minor design change would make this a winner, 7 Mar. 2015
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not enough of a 'lip' on them, so they vanish into the door while being screwed in. Didn't work for me, so had to revert to another type of Rawlplug which wasn't giving me the result I wanted in the first place.

PetSafe Easy Walk Harness,  Medium, RED/BLACK for Dogs
PetSafe Easy Walk Harness, Medium, RED/BLACK for Dogs
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed the owner's life, 12 Mar. 2014
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The dog in question is a Spaniel and it belongs to an elderly relative. I'd tired of seeing the dog walk the man so looked into different harness options and plumped for this one.

I was the first person to try the harness on the Spaniel and the effect was immediate. You start walking, the dog goes ahead, you stop and hold on. As soon as the lead is taut the chest position of the lead causes the dog to spin 60-90 back towards you and look very confused. What just happened?

Walking is then a pleasure and its only when the dog is in reach of known locations (100 yards from the park, 50 yards from home) that it will pull. Even then, the pulling isn't to the same degree that would occur when led from the collar.

This harness has changed the life of the Spaniel's owner; they now walk together. But, when put back on the collar, the dog pulls from the off. So it isn't a training device, it's a permanent fixture.

The downside of using one is twofold. First, it gets dirty unless you're going to use it to get to a destination (the park) and then remove it. Second, it is a little confusing to put on and adjust. It works even when it's quite loose on the dog, Too tight and you may be causing friction sores so be careful. Sores are the lesser of two evils by comparison to your dog damaging it's neck and windpipe by pulling from the collar.

Ryman Super Mega Art Set 258 Piece
Ryman Super Mega Art Set 258 Piece
Offered by Ryman Stationery and Office Supplies
Price: £19.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 12 Mar. 2014
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Take a good look at that picture and that price. If you're looking to arm an army of children with colouring in materials, this is the set to go to war with. If you're a professional artist, you won't go near this set but for a child with a love of art, this will last a year.

Cable Mountain Black Single Screen Vertical Monitor or TV Desk Arm Clamp
Cable Mountain Black Single Screen Vertical Monitor or TV Desk Arm Clamp
Offered by Cable Mountain
Price: £33.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid? I could hang a car off it, 12 Mar. 2014
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Very good stand, simple to assemble and adjust. Very heavy and durable. Deserves the 5 stars. If there's a fault, the things so strong you wonder if they didn't think to offer accessories that allow you to hang something else below the screen arm - keyboard or laptop tray for example.

Acer G6 Series G246HLBBID 24 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (16:9, FHD, 2 ms, 100M:1 A 250 nits, LED Acer EcoDisplay) - Black
Acer G6 Series G246HLBBID 24 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (16:9, FHD, 2 ms, 100M:1 A 250 nits, LED Acer EcoDisplay) - Black
Offered by Tick Ltd

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, minor faults, 12 Mar. 2014
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For the price, it deserves a minimum of 4 stars.

The issues I have with the screen are completely avoidable - I'm talking to you, Acer.

First, the power on time is a good ten seconds. The Acer logo appears, wait... then the Energy Saving logo appears, wait. Screen on. From standby it's quick to turn on so there's no need for the lengthy start up from Off... combine Acer and Power Saving into one if you really need to throw your branding at us Acer but please note that doing so, when the Acer logo is fixed to the lower bevel, doesn't do your branding any good.

Second issue is the On/Off button which hangs below the bottom right corner of the screen. It's nice and big, which is good, plus it's transparent and so lights up yellow or blue depending on the mode (Standby or On). In design terms, it wins, but it doesn't work reliably. By this I don't mean it refuses to turn off, or on, I simply mean that it may take two strikes to do so. In technical terms, that big button is sitting below a very small electronic connector. By hitting the power button off-centre, you're able to 'click it' and yet not affect the underlying electronic switch.

As I said, small complaints, avoidable ones that stop a decent screen from getting the 5 stars it otherwise deserves.

FIFA 14 (PS4)
FIFA 14 (PS4)
Offered by Swift Stock
Price: £9.95

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cold Turkey, 24 Dec. 2013
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While initially this game is enjoyable, that phase is also the one in which you give it the time and patience that each release of FIFA requires; the adjustment period. When that's over, and after 200 games of FUT I say, fairly, over, what dawns on you is that this release on the PS4 is a joyless experience. If Stoke versus Hull is your idea of football heaven, dive in, but if you want a beautiful, flowing and fair game, run away.

The biggest change to this year's game is the loss of speed and the emphasis on strength. Players wrestle and drag at each other. Let's call this the physics engine and let's say that it's fundamentally flawed. When on the ball, you can draw fouls from this pushing and pulling, sometimes, but not nearly enough. Clear on goal? Player a yard behind you? Get the shot off quick or despair as the clean air between you and the defender whose speed is 30 points below yours is eaten up and lost. Not got the ball but with a clear goal scoring opportunity? Good luck, any combination of player or keeper can take you out and no foul will ever be given.

Also, within the game you get skill tests. One of them is precision passing and it's a brilliant challenge, knocking balls into small nets circled around you at quick pace. It's really tricky too. Shame it means nothing in the game where direction of pass seems to mean nothing at times. The degree to which you press the pass button is more relevant to where the pass will go, sometimes. A major flaw. I see this and the lack of player speed as the end of Silver teams bossing the leagues with pure golazo play. In a previous version on PS3 I won Division 1 with a Silver team. I wouldn't even consider building one in this version.

EA seems to disguise the game's lacking of quality and fun with am more authentic experience. The press photographers are there and their cameras cleverly follow the ball. Far too often, two balls enter play at a throw in, the ball boys mistake. Wow, that's just like the real world, it happens and it's boring, causing delays that aren't necessary in a game which has far too many replays - when none are required or wanted in that close-up camera mode. Stick the game, for 90 minutes, in one camera angle please and stick your authenticity where the ball doesn't bounce because it's tedious, not clever, nor entertaining after the first few plays. Sure, the stadiums and crowd look ace, but who, ultimately, cares? The game should be king but this release is pauper.

And a word on accessibility, by which I mean making the game fair for people with colour blindness, sight issues or just a poor TV. Shadows on the pitch combined with some of the balls available can make the ball invisible at times. And no, we don't care for a snow mode. With a white ball. How many years of this rubbish EA? Too many.

Breaking down the game into its limited parts, because the number of game modes is limited, I'll say the following:

1) Drop-in (Virtual Pro). The worst element of the game. The new physics engine makes this football played with dodgem cars. Drop-in was always messy and yes, some games were terrible when certain players were being idiots. Drop-in is now a mess and every game I played saw my enthusiasm diminish to the point where I became that idiot mid-way through the 2nd half. So bored was I that stupidity was the only escape.

2) Career. What you'd expect, kinda enjoyable for a while but it does get boring playing the AI after 20 games.

3) FUT. Let's make it clear that FUT is gambling and extortion. Keep putting money in for packs that get you players, on top of the primo price to take the game off the shelf. It makes FIFA EA's number one product and so gets the most development attention. It has a few bugs where crashes occur, particularly when searching the transfer market. Overall the interface and layout of FUT are improved. I played up to and comfortably in Division 3. By then the games cracks, bugs and joylessness had beaten me. Dropping divisions didn't help, the game play and physics engine beat me down. For being a gambling product disguised as a game, and not a very good game, 2 stars is a fair mark.

For millions of people around the world, FIFA is the crack cocaine of their gaming lives. The product has gone bad and it's time to go cold turkey. Where's PES?

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