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The Mighty Boosh [DVD]
The Mighty Boosh [DVD]
Dvd ~ Noel Fielding
Price: £1.50

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bring on the mod wolves...., 5 Jan. 2006
This review is from: The Mighty Boosh [DVD] (DVD)
(WARNING!! Cliche on the horizon) You'll either love or hate this show. (There....thats out of the way). The main reasons for me believing this show to be nothing less than an absolute triumph are:- 1) The undeniably surreal, yet tight storylines (each episode has an encompassing theme rather than random pockets of mayhem (not that that is a bad thing, but this is what works for the show)). 2) Wacky characters with consistently strange traits (this includes animals). 3) Spectacularly witty banter between the main characters, Howard and Vince. And 4) A comic creation of genius..... yes it's Bob Fossil. The Main highlights for me were 'Babuyagu', the green hitchhiker with the enormous thumb... 'Charlie', Vince's bubblegum creation -(he melted like a pink bi*ch)-, and the 'Mod' wolves. Let's not forget the wonderful 'Dixon Bainbridge'. The show is a wonderful flight of fantasy and is a worthy addition to the bbc's burgeoning array of comedy classics. This is a review of the first series but i can also recommend the second, but with a warning. Dixon bainbridge is a notable absentee along with Bob Fossil except for one cameo as a TV music show host. If you are a fan of surreal, wacky, off the wall comedy then you won't be disappointed.

2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the greatest sci-fi tale ever...., 15 Oct. 2005
This review is from: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Paperback)
There really isn't much more to be said about this novel that hasn't already been said. It's so open ended that virtually any interpretation can be applied, so let's keep it simple. Let's get this straight. The people that say they understood every aspect of the film without reading the book are either lying (ie. they read the book first but won't admit it for fear of undermining their intellectual superiority/reasoning process) or they don't really understand it at all. The only people that appreciated the last half hour of the film, without reading the book were hippies on an acid trip. So let's get down to cases. This is the greatest ever sci-fi novel because, a) it offers an interesting twist on evolution.... b) until the stargate it is based on real physics right down to the very last nut and bolt.... c) despite clarke's stark use of description, it manages to convey a real sense of isolation in "between planets".... d) probably most important of all, it is totally believable. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. For readers of all ages and all persuasion, you won't be disappointed.

Hammer House Of Horror - Complete Collection [DVD] [1980]
Hammer House Of Horror - Complete Collection [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Price: £9.00

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top level nostalgia, 15 Oct. 2005
4 Stars for me personally, if only because of the nostalgia it provoked. There's no point in going into how dated it looks. Instead (and this may only apply to folks between 30 and 50 years old) let's remember what a very good series this was. Hammer commanded a huge audience (or is it just my fading memory) with some great actors of the age. My overriding memory is "Two faces of evil", which i watched when i was (i think) eight or maybe nine, and still remember to this day being so scared i couldn't sleep. This won't appeal to all audiences, but my generation (30 somethings, you know who you are) will love it, if only for the memory of being too scared to switch the light off.

In This Life
In This Life

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look back in time and see....., 20 Aug. 2005
This review is from: In This Life (Audio CD)
I bought this album on vinyl on it's first (only? i don't know) uk press and was susequently blown away. I remember i'd heard/seen 'everyday is a holiday' on an old uk terrestrial programme called 'raw' (an adaptation of the magazine of the same name(shown around 3am)) and decided to buy this album. What can i say? Innovative but not lacking in structure (so easy to go off on a tangent). I suppose you could say it's a lot like the stuff Linkin' Park are doing now (without the horribly adolescent, cliched lyrics). My only problem is that the whole record has a slightly tinny sound. It's a shame because Art Liboon's bass is excellent, but would definately benefit with a crunchier sound. This aside, it is an fantastic record (and still amongst my favourites), and deserves to be ranked as one of the pioneers of nu metal, rap metal, or whatever you want to call it. Well crafted, well executed..... listen to it over and over, you can't go wrong.
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by Iain M. Banks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His finest SF work to date, 17 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Excession (Paperback)
I may be slightly biased towards Excession, as it was the first Banks SF novel i read (i have since read them all).
As it was my first (and hence i had no idea what 'The Culture' was or what it was about), the first few pages completely baffled me. However, sticking with it, i was blown away.
There is no doubt that the minds are the stars of the show, so to speak. I found it warming that entities of such immense power that can think millions of times quicker than humans can be petty, vindictive and deceitful (and above all, they just 'wanna have fun' (The land of IF)). The human/alien characters, taking something of a lesser role, were also excellent. Byr/Ulver/Gestra, whilst living in a perfect society, all have their own little quirks. The Affront are a creation of genuis (i loved the history of how they got their name). The Excession itself remains an enigma throughout, with only cursory details of its abilities. Banks plays his cards very close to his chest here.
To sum up. The plot is tight and intricate, and the dialogue is excellent (not to mention, very witty). Above all though (and for me, this is the marker of any great book), i approached the last few pages with a feeling of impending dread, because i didnt want the novel to end.

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