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The Conjuring 2
The Conjuring 2
Dvd
Price: £3.49

2.0 out of 5 stars A step too far and not scary, 13 May 2017
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This review is from: The Conjuring 2 (Amazon Video)
Enjoyed the first film but this one isn't as tight or scary. Filled with plot holes (did the nun demon travel to the UK to bring the warrens over to kill them? Why?) and over melodramatic acting. These types of horror (This and insidious are the main culprits) are not for me.


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Deluxe Edition - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by WaterTower Music
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Deluxe Edition - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by WaterTower Music

4.0 out of 5 stars Great score, 13 April 2016
I love this score! It's a synth-heavy score with great base and fits the film perfectly but more than that it is a great listen. It sounds like it has come out of the 80's in the best possible way. It fits in with scores from great 80's action or sci-fi films, the influences of John Carpenter or Brad Fiedel are clear without being a direct rip offs. Stand out tracks are too many to list - give this score go.


Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood
Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood
by Joshua Williamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to an ongoing series, 19 Oct. 2014
I will admit that this is a little different but I really enjoyed the mystery that is laid out in the intro chapter of this story. This is the first collection of an ongoing series, so there are a lot introductions and twists and only a few answers. This has got me really invested and I can't wait for volume 2.

I should also mention the art. It's consistent throughout and very good. I can understand that it may not be the taste of those more familiar with or who prefer a cleaner line style. The style adds a good tone to the story and style to the characters.


Batman A Death In The Family TP New Ed
Batman A Death In The Family TP New Ed
by Jim Starlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.62

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Essential to continuity but not your reading list, 24 Nov. 2013
A Death in the Family was an exercise in interactive story telling and a publicity stunt. The central drive being that the readers could choose the fate of the then Robin, Jason Todd.

The McGuffin of the story is the search for Jason Todd's "real" mother and three candidates are established early on, each with increasingly tenuous links to Jason and his past and trying to tie him more into Batman continuity. Add to this a bizarre story about the Joker selling Missiles to the middle east and his foray into world politics and you have an oddity of a story that has not stood the test of time.

This could, and should have, been a story dealing with grief and hope with a tragic end. It isn't.

Jim Starlin's script and story are very much of the time in which they were written and expect the reader to accept some huge logic and deductive leaps. There are also several points that are clearly there for shock value alone and probably played better in the 1980's than they do now.

Jim Aparo's art is serviceable and consistent with clear hold over's from the Neal Adam's Batman look. The problem I had was that whilst the art isn't poor by any means what Aparo is having to draw to serve the story isn't very good and adds an element of camp that should have been lost.

When dealing with comic characters that have such a huge back catalogue, such as Batman, the term essential reading is used repeatedly. I feel that this term can be broken into two categories. The first are the stories that are well written with great artwork and the second are the ones that contain fixed points the characters continuity but with very little artistic merit (I accept that there are a few that cross the two but these are fewer than would be expected). "Death in the family" falls strongly into the second category.

This story is still essential for Batman continuity and is still impacting the world Batman in the new 52. However, I would recommend that you find the key story elements on line, give the book a miss and move onto the much better stories that have come about as a result of the events depicted.


Heat Wave (Nikki Heat Series, Book One)
Heat Wave (Nikki Heat Series, Book One)
by Richard Castle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but really only for those that enjoy "Castle", 1 Nov. 2013
Heat Wave by "Richard Castle" is one thing and one thing only, a fun novelty in joke for fans of the show. Luckily I am a fan of the show.

The book itself is all part of the gag. The back cover includes a picture of Nathan Fillion as author Richard Castle and a short blurb about him. Within the book we also get an acknowledgements section as written from Castle. Each of these contains little Easter egg gags and references for those that have watched the show to enjoy and enjoy them I did.

Now for the story. Well this is the first Nikki Heat story and all of the Heat universe characters are stand ins for the characters in the Castle show. Therefore this is nothing more than a prose version of an episode of Castle. Unfortunately the story is a bit of a mid-season filler. It's fine and the humour is there but at no point do I ever feel there is a sense of urgency about having to solve the murder. They do try and make it affect the central characters but they never really feel at threat and there is no ticking clock devise to push the action along.

In addition to this there is the "racy scene" that is mentioned several times in the series and so has to appear in the book. This feels a bit shoe horned in and slightly ruins the sexual tension that should/could have lasted a bit longer.

The Character of Castle is supposed to have written some award winning mystery stories but this is very middle of the road. I don't think he would be to pleased. It hasn't been revealed who has actually written this book (or the rest of the series) but it is clear that they are doing it between writing their own work.

This book almost requires two scores. As a fan of Castle I give it three, I enjoyed the novelty of the book and the elements of the story that would work in an episode of the show. As a mystery novel it falls a little short and I think that there are better detective characters out there. Really this books success depends on the readers exposure and enjoyment of the TV show, which as a side note I highly recommend.


Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls TP (The New 52) (Batman (DC Comics Paperback))
Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls TP (The New 52) (Batman (DC Comics Paperback))
by Scott Snyder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new power pair, 26 Oct. 2013
Every now and then a partnership come together in the comic industry that have great chemistry and create something special, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, Denny O'Neil & Neil Adams, Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale and now we have Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo. I really enjoyed the mystery and intrigue of this story. It was a brave choice to do something looking into Gotham's History like this when DC was heading into a new phase but it works. I will admit that some of parts are a little dialogue heavy but this balanced out with the overall story. In addition to this Capullo's art is excellent (I have been a fan since his days on Spawn) and brings every aspect of the story of the page. Capullo's real talent is that he brings something special to the quieter more character moments just as much as the splash pages.

I honestly believe that this run by these two is something that will be talked about for years to come a rightfully so. Get in at the ground floor and get this volume.


Chew Volume 7: Bad Apples
Chew Volume 7: Bad Apples
by John Layman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great installment of a great series, 18 Sept. 2013
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This story is as good as the now expected standard with some great jokes and comic book moments. However, there is shift in tone in this book following the events of the last book. Things are starting to come together and as the reader it feels clear that we are heading into a new phase of Chew. Can't wait for the next volume.


Dredd (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
Dredd (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Karl Urban
Price: £7.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is now firmly in my top 10 fav films, 18 Sept. 2013
This is an excellent film that deserves a sequel. I love this film as a brilliant representation of the great character that I have loved since my childhood. Thank you - NOW PULL YOUR FINGER OUT AND MAKE THAT SEQUEL!!!


Animal Man TP Vol 2 Animal Vs. Man
Animal Man TP Vol 2 Animal Vs. Man
by Jeff Lemire
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Animal vs MAn, 27 Jun. 2013
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This new 52 series is the first Animal man that I have read and I have really enjoyed what Lemire has done. This is more of a family centred horror comic than the superheroics of Superman or Batman and the tone is pitched almost perfect throughout. I have been told that Morrison's Animal Man is the best but it would have to go a long way to improve on what has been done here.

The one fault I would raise is more to do with the series structure and the fact that this is tied into the New 52 Swamp Thing series. Luckily I have read those as well, however I don't think that this issue could be read in isolation.
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The Echo [DVD]
The Echo [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jesse Bradford
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.05

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected, 27 Jun. 2013
This review is from: The Echo [DVD] (DVD)
A creepy slow burner that would have benefited from a bit more money and slightly more dynamic direction. However, this is still better than the usual gore soaked nonsense that is coming out at the moment.


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