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The Transporter [DVD] [2003]
The Transporter [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Jason Statham
Price: £1.14

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get over yerselves, 15 April 2011
This review is from: The Transporter [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
is what I say to those giving this a low rating. It is what it is, a tongue-in-cheek actioner. That's the thing with action movies. Plot and characterisation come second to the thrills and spills and as with Bond, Die Hard etc you need to suspend disbelief and just go with the flow. You might as well criticise AC/DC's 'Back In Black' for not having an adagio movement or McD's for not offering a starter with their big meal offers. Some nitwit said this is the worst film ever made. Well if he's managed to see every film ever made he should get in touch with the folk at Guinness BoWR. That the film doesnt take itself seriously as a piece of art seems to have gone over the heads of the low raters. Anyway, it's a high adrenalin fun film recommended to anyone who wants a couple of hours of escapism but for whom 'Finding Nemo' is too nauseous.
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The Very Best of Latin Jazz
The Very Best of Latin Jazz
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More appropriate would be 'Latin Tinged Pop Even Your Granny Knows', 2 Feb. 2011
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Knowing my taste for jazz and Latin music I was given this as a present. It's fine as a compilation of Latin tinged 'pop' and 'soft' jazz but only around half the tunes here are bona fide latin jazz tracks e.g. those by Carl Tjader, Tito Puente and Sergio Mendes. It's a bit of a stretch including hoary old chestnuts by pop acts like Los Lobos, Gypsy Kings, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Lou Bega, Jose Feliciano and the Puppini Sisters. Take them out of the picture and I'd give this four stars.
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The Wicker Man - Director's Cut [DVD]
The Wicker Man - Director's Cut [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
Offered by Clearance Game Deals
Price: £1.92

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not just a turkey..but a full grown ostrich, 2 Feb. 2011
I appreciate the ironic 5 star reviews and indeed this woeful remake has loads of unintentionally funny elements, the funniest (IMO) when he launches into unprovoked attacks on some women, laying them out with upper cuts to the jaw. Side-splittingly funny I have to admit. Other 'gems' if you will are him wandering around in the woods with Rowan in his bear costume, the 'bee suits' ..hold on I might have to watch it again. Nicholas Cage has been in some fine films (Wild at Heart) and some stinkers (Face Off) but none that have 'classic turkey' written all over them as much as this. It will go down in cinema folklore as one of the all-time duffers. I note that the genuine positive reviews are from people who've never seen the 1973 film. This effort lacks all the sense of menace, chills, creepiness of the original. While the final scene in the original is genuinly disturbing, here I was glad to see the annoyingly shouty Cage getting his come-uppance.

Out From Out Where
Out From Out Where
Price: £9.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The jewel in Ninja Tune's crown?, 1 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Out From Out Where (Audio CD)
IMHO Ninja Tune is the greatest label in 'popular' music. Throughout 20 years they've released varied but high quality and original output. Even among top notch artists such as Bonobo, Cinemtic Orchestra, Herbliser and Mr Scruff Amon Tobin stands out in having an original and unique style fusing drum n' bass, break beat, film noir, modern classical, kitchen sink .. And this is his best album. Now it might not be for everyone. If your taste in dance/electronica leans towards Basshunter etc you may think this is dark and foreboding stuff. And to an extent it is occasionally.Very atmospheric sometimes bordering on the spooky and unsettling. You can imagine some tunes making good incidental music for chiller/horror flicks. If you're unfamiliar with AT's stuff it's hard to say what's it's like. Certainly nothing like any of the other Ninja acts. I guess if you're into the likes of Wagon Christ, Aphex Twin, Autechre and other acts at the more warped and twisted end of electronica this album could be for you.
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The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Ninth Edition
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Ninth Edition
by Richard Cook
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but still essential, 9 Dec. 2010
I give four stars for the fact this book exists at all. In a world where the shelves in Waterstones and WH Smith etc are chocka with bios on utterly worthless pop stars and rock bands. The Penguin Guide to Jazz stands out as a beacon to the fact we haven't all lapsed into retardedness. In general it is an indispensible guide to jazz newbies but to those of us who've got more than A Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme in our collections it often falls short. For example, it gives relatively short shrift to important characters of the hard bop era (my particular bias) with no more than a couple of pages on the seriously underrated Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Donald Byrd. Then again it tends to stick with the received wisdom that certain 'classics' are worthy of their reputation (e.g. Love Supreme) while totally ignoring less celebrated (but excellent) albums by major players e.g. Freddie Hubbard's 'Backlash and 'What's New' by Sonny Rollins. That's not just my opinion. Check out's reviews for a start. But, this edition is still an essential purchase for anyone with more than a passing interest in jazz, more so as the 10th edition falls way short of the general quality of the series.

Drums & Roses
Drums & Roses
Price: £8.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Foundations looking shaky, 9 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Drums & Roses (Audio CD)
I've given a 5 star rating for the DH's previous album 'Drum-believable' which is a major improvement on the debut, which was more reliant on electronics. However, with Drums and Roses, although there's a more natural feel and less of the electronic dance vibe it's generally lacking the upbeat groove of 'Drum believable. There are more mellow tracks with female vocal which don't work for me. On the plus side there's the thundering dhol monster played by the whole group which now seems obligatory on DF albums (a good thing!) and several good up tempo numbers. Not a bad album at all but not a patch on Drum-believable.

Master View
Master View
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Price: £6.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the Ninjas, 13 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Master View (Audio CD)
The 1 star review here is so wide of the mark it's nuts. One thing this isn't is bland whatever other criticisms you can level at it. It's in fact a top example of breakbeat tunage mixed with a couple of dowmptempo songs. I have around 70 Ninja Tune albums and this is definitely among the best 5. It's also a definite improvement on Rewind and way better than Robots. If the likes of Fatboy Slim's first two albums, early Chemical Bros etc appeal to you I reckon you might like this. If not, you probably won't.

You Don't Know - Ninja Cuts
You Don't Know - Ninja Cuts
Price: £8.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thin spread, 23 Sept. 2010
This review is from: You Don't Know - Ninja Cuts (CD-R)
So, I may sound like some grumpy old f**t going on about the good old days but as far as I'm concerned NT haven't released a consecutive bunch of great albums since 2004. Sure there've been a couple here and there but seems to me, like with Warp, that the best days are behind them. And that's reflected in this box collection. The best tunes here are from longer established acts on the NT roster with their takes on jazz, trip hop, instrumental hip hop and breakbeat. Just not so fussed about the stuff put out out my some of the newer acts here, doing unremarkable bog standard hip hop or dance floor s***. To my ears there are about 15 -20 good tracks out of the 50, while others here are frankly pants. This simply doesn't compare with cracking compilations like Funkungfusion, Zen, the Solid Steel series and Flexistentialism. Now, if the best tracks had been bunged onto one CD it would've def been a 5 star effort.

2 Pie Island
2 Pie Island
Offered by musicMagpie
Price: £4.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the name and listen to the music, 14 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: 2 Pie Island (Audio CD)
I only came across this fairly recently after bunging in Fluke's name to see if they had anything new on the cards. As it is Fluke were woefully overlooked yet IMO were much better and more consistent than similar-ish acts like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers and the Crystal Method, although they're all pretty fine. 2 Bit Pie are even more ignored which is a shame as 2 Pie Island is a cracker although I understand several tunes have been lifted to soundtrack US shows like CSI Miami. In all bar name this is a follow up to Puppy although the contribution of others makes it a little different. In short if Fluke's up your street or you like the other bands mentioned you could do worse than checking this out. Not too fussed about the name though.

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Price: £9.00

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underworld...Abovethe rest, 14 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Barking (Audio CD)
For me Underworld slipped up quite badly on Beaucoup Fish with only 2 or 3 stand out numbers. Since then they've got progressively better culimating with Barking, for me easily their best album, bar the truly excellent Dark & Long ( Swedish import). So maybe there aren't the 10 -20 minute long epics like Juanita/Kiteless, as on Barking the longer tracks clock in around the 7 minute mark. Apart from the downbeat Louisiana most of the tracks here are very club-floor friendly but that doesnt mean they're vacuous and throwaway like 99% of club tracks. With Dubno and 2nd Toughest there are a couple of fillers I tend to skip. I only bought Barking yesterday but have played it through four times and it gets better with each listening. Toppermost tunes here are the 3 openers 'Bird I', 'Always loved a film' and the drum n bass of 'Scribble' but best of all is the stonking 'Diamond Jigsaw'. Good to find that the dance vets have got back on form particularly as many other big names in electronica/dance have come out with disappointing stuff this year. If you mostly like the big multi-layered epics of the early years you might be disappointed with the shorter tunes here but they still contain the familiar build ups and breakdowns and Karl Hyde's distinctive vocals and off the wall lyrics. Good work fellas.

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