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24: Season One DVD Collection [DVD]
24: Season One DVD Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by Direct Entertainment Supplies
Price: £14.75

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 24: Series 1, 3 Mar. 2007
If you are here reading this then I guess you're asking the question: 'What's all the fuss about?'. Not a year ago I asked the very same question and then I bought the first season of 24. By the end of it I wondered how I could've possibly missed it on TV. Then I bought the rest of the series.

From the pioneering split screen perspective, now commonplace on our screens (ie: Trial and Retribution), to quality script and storylines, 24 has changed the way we look at TV. Highly original in format and pace there's nothing quite like it.

In a nutshell it's 24 hours in the life of Jack Bauer, operative with Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit. The plot...well I can tell you nothing for fear of ruining every breathtaking twist and turn.

A word of caution: those who prefer their thrillers grounded and having some semblance to reality should either suspend belief and climb on board for the ride or give up their place in the queue.

by Nick Hemsley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clock, 3 Mar. 2007
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This review is from: Clock (Paperback)
Clock is unique in many ways; it's structure, its narrative and its ability to ensnare the reader, to name but a few. For me the most endearing quality of this remarkable book lies with the author's ability to blend the covert side of human dynamics in a manner that doesn't demean or ridicule the story's protagonists. In many ways, and I'm certainly not demeaning this in any way, the narrative flows like a multi-perspective myspace blog. Hemsley is able to net his audience early and even when the book has finished never really sets them free. This is an author to watch. And I'll be one of those pulling up a seat for his next novel.

Stand By Me [DVD] [2000]
Stand By Me [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Wil Wheaton
Price: £3.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing the test of time, 1 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Stand By Me [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Stand by me was conceived from the Stephen King short story 'The Body' in his book Different Seasons (which also gave us The Shawshank Redemption and Apt Pupil). A group of children go on a road trip to find a body rumoured to be lying in the woods.

As a movie this is not only one of the best Stephen King adaptations it also stands the test of time. Sterling performances by the late River Pheonix and Cory Feldman aside, this movie captures the soul of youth and the destruction of innocence with consumate ease and sensitivity.

Bob Reiner, better known for Spinal Tap before this, is confident in his delivery of what has ultimately become a classic tale of childhood's end.
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Serenity [DVD] [2005]
Serenity [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Nathan Fillion
Price: £3.20

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serenity, 28 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Serenity [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
In Joss Whedon's vision of the future, a hybrid superpower known only as 'the alliance' dominates a solar system still ravaged by a war long since done. Settlers occupy the outer rim, facing a literal final frontier as they battle with the hardships of poverty and technological breakdown and raids by cannabalistic humanoids known as 'reevers'. Amid this chaos add a ship full of brigands who harbour two fugatives on the run from the alliance, one of whom may be the most powerful weapon known to man.

It should be run of the mill space fantasy but Whedon's strengths as a writer and first time big screen director hone this movie into a rewarding experience for the viewer. The dialogue effortlessly flits from wiscracking humour to social commentary in the blink of an eye. The action set pieces more than justify a round of applause.

Once an axed TV show now Serenity is a 'leaf on the wind.' Watch how it soars.

Happy Feet [DVD] [2006]
Happy Feet [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Elijah Wood
Price: £2.75

7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Happy Feet, 28 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Happy Feet [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
There is no doubting the true stars of this movie: the animation and the soundtrack. Happy Feet, ultimately an updated tale of the ugly duckling, tackles the sensitive issues of stigma and exclusion in a unique way.

In this movie penguins sing. They have a soul voice and this gives them cultural identity. But when the lead character, Mumbles, is born with the gift of dance, he finds himself automatically ostracized from his emperor penguin community. What follows is a journey to right wrong and a challenge to discrimination.

One of the flaws of Happy Feet is that you are never too sure who the intended target audience is: adults or children. Whereas traditional CGI movies (think any Pixar movie or Shrek et al) beguile the kids and tickle begrudging parents, Happy Feet wades in far too long and not too deep. My children (a five year old and a eight year old) began to lose interest once the novelty of singing and dancing penguins wore off. When I watched this in the cinema most children were meandering through the aisles. The truly painful rendition of Queen's classic 'Find Me Somebody to Love' didn't help matters.

For me this movie is a little like crossing Moulin Rougue with the penguin biscuit commercial and unfortunately, despite the positve sentiment and clear message that to be different isn't necessarily a bad thing, left me cold.

Monster House [DVD] [2006]
Monster House [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Gil Kenan
Price: £3.48

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monsterous Fun!, 27 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Monster House [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This movie has all the components an afternoon popcorn movie should have. Thrills, spills, spooky goings on and great characters who feed off each other, when the house isn't trying to feed on them! This has a great feel to it but with it's PG rating parents may well want to watch this before allowing younger children since it has a fair few 'jumpy' scenes. Great fun.

Those who enjoyed The Goonies will love the dynamics and one liners between the central characters, whilst parents will revel in the subtle 'adult' humour. This may also appeal to those who enjoyed the book Beatrice Beecham's Fearsome Feast.

Famous Five Adventures Collection: "Five On A Treasure Island" "Five Go Adventuring Again" "Five Go To Billycock Hill
Famous Five Adventures Collection: "Five On A Treasure Island" "Five Go Adventuring Again" "Five Go To Billycock Hill
by Enid Blyton
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairytale Adventures, 25 Feb. 2007
Enid Blyton's classic tales of friendship, adventure and skulduggery should be dated in this techno-obsessed world in which we live. But far from becoming irrelevent their innocence has morphed into the language of fairytale which only heightens their appeal. Highly recommended.

101 Poems of Consternation
101 Poems of Consternation
by Catrina Lawrence
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars James Herbert meets Shelly!, 25 Feb. 2007
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Catrina Lawrence has hit upon a unique, winning formula: the fusion of high suspense and horror, with low brow, easily accessible prose. The combination makes for a rewarding, albeit, unsettling experience. This anthology skillfully takes us down the dark corriodor's of Lawrence's imagination where there's always something waiting around the next corner.

Recommended for those with a sturdy disposition!

Tripwire: (Jack Reacher 3)
Tripwire: (Jack Reacher 3)
by Lee Child
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller on many levels, 25 Feb. 2007
Tripwire was my first introduction to Lee Child's work. I guess the best testament to it's impact is that I've now read, and continue to read, his novels. Featuring the ex-MP turned drifter: Jack Reacher, the book features Child's consistant and skillfull ability to blend highbrow whodunnit, action and adventure, and a fair vat of violence, without either losing or patronising his audience. Highly recommended.

The Goonies [DVD] [1985]
The Goonies [DVD] [1985]
Dvd ~ Jeff Cohen
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.24

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Goonies, 24 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Goonies [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
I can remember watching this film as a child and being both thrilled and scared in equal measure. At breakneck pace it takes the viewer into a world of friendship, skulduggery and adventure that has only improved over time.

Now, as a parent, I've watched this with my eldest son countless times and it never fails to entertain. If you enjoy this kind of rollicking, adventure mystery, yarn you may also enjoy the films: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Monster House; and the books: The Hardy Boys Mysteries and Beatrice Beecham's Fearsome Feast.

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