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CSI Review

Posted : 12 years, 9 months ago on 26 February 2008 10:57 (A review of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a show that I will never miss if I can help it.

It's great to watch the mechanisms used to solve the crime, they're thorough, delicate and interesting...I very rarely care whodunnit.

Unlike 'Miami', the original CSI does not rely on Mexican drug lords or bikinied women to draw your interest. The character's are especially complex and very likable..Grissom in particular is an unquestionable genius, and a joy to observe.

Each episode has greater production values than a small country...the special effects and quality of writing make the spend worthwhile. CSI is the pinnacle of the crime drama genre and TV in general.


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Ewan! Leave the Misses at home!

Posted : 12 years, 9 months ago on 18 February 2008 10:34 (A review of Long Way Down)

Long Way 'Round was really good, the almost brotherly relationship between Ewan and Charley was fun to watch, the journey around the world on motorbikes was a good premise. Obviously nobody told them, if it isn't broken don't fix it.

The journey part in 'Long way Down' was interesting, from the North of the UK to Cape Town, South Africa. The Ewan/Charlie dynamic was great at the beginning but ruined by the addition of McGregor's wife. Eve began without a licence and none of the biking experience the pair picked up in Long Way 'Round. The challanging routes had to be avoided and the 'lads day out' feel dissappeared entirely. The validity of the friendship was cast into doubt, and Charlie was awkwardly left as a third wheel for a good deal of the series.

Really not worth watching and nowhere near as good as the first series.


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Catherine State

Posted : 12 years, 9 months ago on 18 February 2008 09:54 (A review of The Catherine Tate Show)

I heard a chav on the bus with a Catherine Tate ring tone the other day. She then preceeded to talk about her drug habit and selling her stuff she nicked from Dixons...these are the type of people Tate appeals to.

The the same jokes are repeated in every episode and no real thought or wit has gone into the writing of this show. Catherine Tate writes like an idiot for an audience of idiots. If you want a well written and intelligent comedy, delivering wit and satire of culturally and socially relevant material...you're in the wrong place, you need Peep Show.



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Postlethwaite is a legend.

Posted : 12 years, 9 months ago on 18 February 2008 12:35 (A review of In the Name of the Father)

I just happened to catch this film the other day; I've watched it 3 times in as many days.

The film is based on the real life incidents of the Guilford 4, wrongly arrested for the Guildford Pub IRA bombings. Daniel-Day Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite play father and son Gerry and Giuseppe Conlon; and they play them outstandingly. The accents are flawless and the acting is second to none. Postlethwaite, as usual makes you believe that he is actually feeling the wealth of emotions he displays, wrongfully imprisoned and facing his imminent death. The performances in this film made me up my ratings for most of the main cast.

This film not only depicts some controversial and horrible real life events, but is also an entertaining and fine acted piece of drama, with a number of particularly moving scenes and stunning cinematography.


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The Godfather: Don't forget to love it.

Posted : 12 years, 9 months ago on 14 February 2008 01:39 (A review of The Godfather)

Real film fans are scared to love 'The Godfather' these days; it has become the immediate social site, fav film answer for any shumck pretending to appreciate 'real' cinema.

Donโ€™t let this attitude take over, there is a reason they have picked up on it...it is one of the greatest films ever made. Every little part of this film is master crafted; it should be on the walls of the Sistine Chapel.

The music alone draws you in, while panning shots sweep across detailed and busy streets, even the lowliest extra plays his part like a pro.

Very few other films can boast such a talented cast as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan...not to mention the sea of brilliant supporting actors. The main characters are complex and interesting; the plot of vendetta and betrayal is gripping to the last.

The Godfather is such a pleasure to all the senses that it doesn't seem like it's from the same planet, let alone media as today's ten-a-penny Hollywood blockbusters.

Films like this will always be needed to appear now and then, shake off the high-gloss, Jennifer Lopez veneer from Hollywood and let the real artists crawl out for a spell. Come to think of it we're about due.


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OK Computer Review

Posted : 12 years, 9 months ago on 10 February 2008 10:01 (A review of OK Computer)

This album is usually the least favourite of the hardened Radiohead fan, Headites such as myself prefer a dip into other albums such as Amnesiac or Kid A. EPs such as 'My Iron Lung' are also a big hit. However for first time Radiohead listeners, or those on their journey away from pop into good music, this is the first stop.

However, it is not a bad album, saying it is the worst of the lot is in no way an insult. For those who want to get out of the fake world of 'The Hoosiers' and 'The Fray'..this is your 'Red Pill'.


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Marley Legend Review

Posted : 12 years, 9 months ago on 10 February 2008 09:51 (A review of Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers)

There are a lot of 'Best of Bob Marley' albums floating around. A good deal of them are full up with lesser known stuff and covers. This album however has every one of his big songs and is a definate buy for anyone with ears.

Bob Marley is definately reggae for the masses, this album is accesible and a great place to start for any raggae virgins.


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Milkeyed Mender Review

Posted : 12 years, 9 months ago on 10 February 2008 09:14 (A review of The Milk-Eyed Mender)

I do love a bit of folk. I orginally bought this album to listen to while I revised or wrote essays. It soon found its way onto my Mp3s most played. Its beautiful and a whole range of instruments find their way into the tracks.

I can't see why anyone wouldn't like this album (well any civilised individual at least).


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No one wants to watch mums in mini skirt

Posted : 12 years, 9 months ago on 10 February 2008 08:36 (A review of Spice)

A great bit of nostalgia, I remember singing Wannabe into a hair brush at my 10th birthday party. In their hay-day they were amazing, unstoppable and original.

However the recent split of the 'Girls, after their mammoth 5 second reunion shows us they are no longer apt or cool. They are old, mumsie has-beens. Keep yourselves in the C list girls and wait for Victoria to overdose on something. Some TV programme will be dancing on something next week and you'll be on TV again.


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No-one likes James Blunt.

Posted : 12 years, 9 months ago on 10 February 2008 08:23 (A review of Back to Bedlam)

James Blunt's upper class and highly privileged life puts him in no position to write anything about hardship or 'pain'. His videos are so painfully sickening, in the rain, on a boat....all the same positions that Cliff Richard adopted in his latest calendar.

Its unbelievable and unoriginal...in a word, it's a farce.


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