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Corgi Toys CC04904 Goldeneye BMW Z3 05/05/2012

The Underused Bond BMW

Corgi Toys CC04904 Goldeneye BMW Z3 When it come to merchandise linked to films or TV shows the quality of an item that is mass produced can drop considerably, with the vehicles released by Corgi as part of the James Bond Range you know straight away that the vehicles themselves have good presentation and most importantly are accurate to what was seen in the film. Goldeneye was released in 1995 and marked the return of the Bond movies after a six year absence, in reality which was due to a legal wrangling over the rights of the films themselves. However the film itself was the first appearance with Pierce Brosnan as 007. As a move away from the normal brand of vehicles Bond drove a BMW Z3, controversial at the time and to be honest it doesn’t get used much in the film at all except top be seen in Q’s lab and driven down a road when Bond is in Cuba. However it is part of the Corgi collection, and I have to say that I am impressed with the details of the vehicle itself as the attention to detail is high and quite impressive to say the least. By this I mean the accuracy of the vehicle. The body paint colour of a rather fetching pale blue that borders a light grey is absolutely spot on as is the dimensions of the BMW itself and the replication of the angles of the easily recognisable BMW given the badge on the front has been applied in very good detail without any splashing of paint into the surrounding edges. Also in the early Corgi releases of this vehicle the car didn’t have any passengers and was just simply a ...

Doctor Who 5" Weeping Angel 01/05/2012

An Angel Not To Be Blinked At!

Doctor Who 5" Weeping Angel Since the re-launch of Doctor Who back in 2005, the villains of the show seem to play a more integral part of the story than before. What I mean by this is the Daleks and Cybermen will always be used in the episodes, that’s a given, yet it’s the new characters that seem to raise awareness of the show itself based on their originality and a very good example are the Weeping Angels. These for me are right up there with the Daleks as the prime villains in Doctor Who, the Weeping Angels first appeared in the episode titled Blink, which ironically enough didn’t really feature much of the Doctor in the story as he played a secondary part to the main character of Sally Sparrow. This was a David Tennant era story in his second season in the role. As with most franchises today the availability of action figures that are launched as an off-set to the show is nigh on obligatory and so we have a collection released that runs in parallel with the TV show, in this case the Weeping Angel is a very good example of what can be achieved with an action figure. I always tend to think that the scariness factor can be lost in translation when a figure is created as the moulding process simply loses the features and a factor of blandness is introduced. With the action figure of the Angel it’s a different story completely, the facial features have been translated extremely well and the figure still has its ferocity and still looks scary with its sharp teeth and open mouth, similar to a vampire yet ...

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Blu-ray) 30/04/2012

A Smiley Culture

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Blu-ray) One of the highlights I remember watching in the early eighties was Alec Guinness as George Smiley in the TV adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Having only really seen Guinness in the Star Wars trilogy, this bought home that the actor could do far more than give a kid advice about the Force! The series was full on to say the least and spread over six 30 minutes parts. It was great pleasure that I watched the new film and given the fact that Gary Oldman now plays the role of Smiley then it only raised the bar even further. The plot is simple, inside the organisation referred to as “The Circus” it has been determined that there is a mole, who is a double agent relaying information about British Secret Service to competitors. Smiley is bought back in from retirement to conduct an investigation on a number of people who are suspected of being the mole. What is interesting is how this is done and how the film deals with this is key to the sheer quality of the production. Set in the early eighties this can easily be seen a period piece as their isn’t a mobile phone or computer in the film at all and this makes it a little harder for the audience to understand who is the victim and who is the bad guy and because of the lack of technology in the film manages to settle outside the comfort zone completely and turns the story into a rollercoaster rather than a flat road in terms of suspense. Oldman takes the role of Smiley and builds it to make its his own. Appearance wise he ...

Serenity (Blu-ray) 28/04/2012

I Have Found Serenity!

Serenity (Blu-ray) About 10 years ago a show called Firefly premiered in America, the show itself was a mixture of science fiction with a western twist and so this gave the show a unique feel and something that was fresh in its approach, to be honest if I was to say something that this was similar to then it was Blake’s 7 with less hardcore science fiction and a lot more adventure and scope. However Firefly wasn’t really given the chance to grow and was cancelled after only 10 of its 14 first season episodes, which is a shame as the series had a great premise to start off with. So as you can imagine the show has become something of a cult classic and to fans of Firefly the story was simply dropped without any endings. So a decision to make a film set after Season 1 was a brave decision to take and what has been produced has shown the executives that this was a missed opportunity. At the beginning of the film you are told how the Earth has been literally evacuated and new planets are discovered and terra formed, this leads to a civil war taking place between factions and causes some serious problems for the Alliance who believe they control the new colonies. The plot of the story is simple, the crew of the Firefly, a Serenity class vessel, are paid to perform “jobs” for people who pay them well, in fact they are mainly robberies yet the robberies are for items that are important rather than money as you get the idea that money is irrelevant in this society. And so the tasks the crew of Firefly ...

I Am Legend (Blu-ray) 28/01/2012

The City That You Can Never Get To Sleep

I Am Legend (Blu-ray) The end of the world is a premise that has been used over the years in cinema to good effect, whether it’s used as a more cerebral approach or a more of action orientated film. If you have seen the films that are the original source material for the recent fashion of re-makes you may get the impression that the remakes aren’t actually worth doing based on the grounds the original is better, with I Am Legend the remake rules have been rolled out in force. This being the third remake of the story, probably the best known version is the Charlton Heston film called The Omega Man released in 1971, a film that is considered to be a cult classic for its style and characters. However the latest version takes the same premise of a viral disease being let loose yet does the approach in a totally different and modern style reflecting a more brutal fashon of story telling. Will Smith plays the main character of Robert Neville, a Military man who as we discover is the last human in New York City, Neville’s back story is explained in flashbacks showing the mass evacuation and the loss of his family in a helicopter accident. Neville remains in the city and attempts to find a cure for the disease that initially was a cure for cancer, but evolved into a viral strain that turns humans into nocturnal predators. Smith has no one to talk to except his German Shepherd that he uses as a friend as well as security. You see the man go through a lot of changes in an attempt to bring some normality in ...

The King's Speech (Blu-ray) 22/01/2012

The Very Best Of British

The King's Speech (Blu-ray) The Royal Family can be a touchy subject, I always feel the media give them a rough ride and that the Royals aren’t in a position to fight back, however when a film is made based on a member of the Royal Family or about them then again the writer has to be given credit to even approach this subject. The Kings Speech is quite refreshing for what it does and to some extent how it does it, by this I mean that the subject of Abdication of a man who turns his back on the throne for the love of another woman is just a sub-plot of the story about Prince Albert who is thrust in a direction without any choice. The film itself deals with a subject that is not usually my cup of tea and after watching this I felt that I had cheated myself of a trip to the cinema to watch this film, emotional and in some places quite disturbing to see a man who comes to terms with his affliction that is being caused by his stutter and with the help of Lionel Logue who has the request of help thrown upon him, Prince Albert has to adopt methods taught to him to overcome his stutter. I went to school with people who had a stutter and after the film I had an understanding of what they had gone through, others tormented them and even so the speech impediment itself caused the torment, having met with them at a school reunion the stutter had been cured and to hear them speak clearly was satisfying to say the least, no to mention the high levels of confidence they had. To pull this film off you have to have a ...

Speed (Blu-Ray) 17/01/2012

Ding Ding! Hold Very Tight Please!

Speed (Blu-Ray) It’s hard to believe that this film was released back in 1994, okay it’s been on the TV a multitude of times and edited in parts to be shown on TV earlier than the 9pm watershed, but the problem is that this film is addictive to watch and as you watch it you seem to become immersed in the story itself. Speed is a high octane old fashioned 20th century film that I still like to watch, the reason is simple. It’s just fun, it tells the story of a Los Angeles cop, Jack Travers, who as part of the LA Bomb Squad, thwarting the plans of a bomber in a down town skyscraper, with the help of his partner Harry Temple free the hostages from a lift just before the bomb explodes and the lift plummets to the ground. Realising that the bomber is still in the building, Jack and Harry decide to give chase, in a stand-off situation with Harry having a gun at his head, Jack decides to even the playing field and shoots his colleague in the leg, the bomber appears to commit suicide. The next day as Jack goes to work a bus explodes just outside a coffee shop, nearby a phone rings and Jack answers it, it’s the bomber and this time Jack becomes the hunted rather than the hunter as he is told that another bus will explode if his demands aren’t met, the catch being if the bus falls under 50mph in speed then the bomb will go off. I did notice that the majority of the cast went on to bigger things after this film, for example Keanu Reeves plays Jack Travers. This for me was a revelation seeing him as the ...

X-Men - First Class (Blu-ray) 13/01/2012

First Class Reboot!

X-Men - First Class (Blu-ray) And so another reboot and another franchise is attempted to be revived with a new cast playing the same characters. With the last X Men movie being about the origins of Wolverine the franchise as it has evolved had really reached as far as it can without a drastic turn being taken to revitalise the stories and broaden the scope of the characters in the story. X Men: First Class simply tells the story of how the X Men were formed and the issues they come up against. It’s never easy to jump start a franchise again and in this film the initiative of doing away with everything in the previous films and restarting fresh has been taken, literally by the bucket load. Whereas Wolverine was obviously the main focus in the previous four films, here it is slightly different as the main characters are a partnership, Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr, both men have spectacular powers. Xavier is a telepath and Lensherr has the ability to control metal. When both men are approached and recruited into the CIA by one Moira MacTaggert . Xavier and Lensherr become recruiters themselves and seek out other mutants. Unbeknown to the CIA, both men have a darker desire and use this recruitment for their own purposes. The film covers multiple decades from World War II to the 1960’s and so the theme throughout is domination and the film feeds off various parts of history as it goes along, beginning in the German camps in the War with a recreation of the first scene from the first X Men film to ...

Green Lantern (DVD) 08/01/2012

In Brightest Day.....

Green Lantern (DVD) Green Lantern is a character that is published by DC Comics and is a member of the Justice League of America. The film that has recently been released is part of the ever growing trend that both Marvel and DC seem to be competing against each other with at the moment. This is a film that has been a long time in the making, since the less than expected returns of Superman Returns, DC has been somewhat cautious about releasing superhero films, with the Batman films being the exception to the rule given the high standard of the production. Green Lantern is an origin story that tells the tale of Hal Jordan becoming a super hero and is very close to the source material that the film is based on. I was fascinated that Ryan Reynolds was given the lead in the film, he plays test pilot Hal Jordan, a brash and cocky pilot that knows no limits or fear in how to get a good result for himself rather than be a team player. This is shown in the film mainly in the early part of the film when the aerial dogfight scenes show Jordan make the sacrifice of his wingman to prove a point against two unmanned drones that are being tested by the company that Jordan works for called Ferris Industries. When Jordan is grabbed by a strange green energy and transported to a crash site, it is here that he inherits a green ring from an alien called Abin Sur, a Green Lantern who has just won a battle in space against a force called Parallax. He is dying and the last thing he has to do is pass the ring onto a ...

Lonsdale Classic Leather Skipping Rope 07/01/2012

Old Fashioned Exercising!

Lonsdale Classic Leather Skipping Rope As part of my New Years resolutions, I decided that I would try and improve my stamina and after looking up suggestions on the Net came to the conclusion that a skipping rope might help me improve in this area. After all I had seen it in the Rocky films and my gym has recently bought this as a new part of gym kit, and I knew that this was a core exercise in what used to be called PT! So to me I knew straight away that these objects are a well proved tool that is used for exercise and fitness. I didn’t want one of the ropes that are basically made up of a plastic coated washing line with a couple of sponge holders on each end, they look cheap and don’t do the job at all and can be pretty harsh to a person if contact is made at speed when the cord is spinning. So after much deliberation in Sports Direct and JJB, I bought the Lonsdale Classic, a leather skipping rope that due to its weight meant that I could easily control the speed as I spun it round. The control is the key feature on a skipping rope, if the cord isn’t heavy enough then the force of using it can be impact the performance. The handles are made of alloy and weighted as well so as your wrist rotates that is being exercised as well. I like the fact the cord makes a rather nice slicing sound through the air as the cord is spun around as you start exercising. This is quite comforting and if you’re like me as someone who hasn’t done skipping in years then the first few hours of use can be frustrating to say the least. ...

The Towering Inferno (Blu-ray) 21/12/2011

137 Floors of Suspense

The Towering Inferno (Blu-ray) This is the type of film that Blu-ray was invented for and when two major Hollywood studios such as Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox work together to make a film, then you know it is something that is worth watching. The Towering Inferno was a film released in 1974, which took the fashion of disaster movie to new heights in terms of action adventure movies. This became the hallmark of which further films of the genre were based with the now all too familiar multiple sub-plots coming together to give a bigger picture of the story. Bigger is a key word with this film as well as the cast that have been bought together contain a number of names that previously haven’t worked together before, a good example is Paul Newman and Steve McQueen who play the Architect and the Fire Chief respectively. The story begins with Architect Doug Roberts being flown to The Glass Tower, a 137 floor structure that he designed and has been built in San Francisco. The first few minutes and the opening scenes give the viewer the sheer size of the building compared to the remainder of the skyline, upon landing he is met by the builder of The Glass Tower, James Duncan played by William Holden, together they travel down to Duncan’s offices on the 85th floor in preparation for the opening dedication ceremony that distinguished guests will be attending at the top of the Tower. Elsewhere in the building a power overload has caused a spark and in turn has caused a pile of rags to catch fire, it’s ...

Nike Sport Watter Bottle 20/12/2011

If The Sports Cap Fits......

Nike Sport Watter Bottle So the time of year is slowly approaching that gives us all the opportunity to start with a clean slate and regain our fitness, or in my case increase the levels I have strained to get to over the last year. Losing a little weight has made a difference to me in terms of a leisure perspective and so the exercises that I do down the gym are far more varied than before. For example for increasing my stamina I tend to go for as long as I can on the cross-trainer. At present I am up to 19 minutes in one hit and to do that I need the occasional slurp of fluids. I back off from using the communal water fountain on the grounds of hygiene and so tend to take my own supply with me, which led me to buy a Nike water bottle. I like the design of this bottle as it has grooved grips made from soft rubber on both sides that allow a tight grip and so therefore eliminates the slippage element when using this when exercising. The bottle is made from plastic and as such the design is flexible enough for it to be squeezed. On the rare occasions that I do take bottled water with me I tend to choose the sports cap that means the central part of the cap itself has to be raised from the locked down position to allow the bottle to be squeezed to drop fluids into your mouth. This is catered for in the bottle anyway as the bottle has a sports cap as standard. This is much better than the flip lid design and a lot less painful for your lips and gums as well. Filling up is easy as the sports lid ...

Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore 16/12/2011

Batman One Shot

Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore I’ve always said that things in the comic world happen for a reason and a Batman graphic novel called The Killing Joke had an immediate impact to DC and the characters linked to it. Originally released in 1988 to an audience that were still at the early stages of accepting graphic novels, the book itself has been re-printed a number of times to the extent that deluxe hardback printings of the book have been released, each printing showing the writing and artistic qualities of those involved. The plot of the story is simple, The Joker wants to see what it would take for a man to simply snap, or in his word “to have a bad day”. The Joker is a character that has no boundaries and so you know straight away from the cover that the character is going to go full out to reach his achievements and this is the foundation of the story. A dark, twisted and quite disturbing tale that simply focuses around Batman and The Joker in their on-going struggle, by the end you do see that the two are the perfect match for each other and while the book itself has a number of stories that acts as sub-plots that are told in terms of flashbacks you get to see how different forms of madness have been dealt with by both men and how Batman keeps it under wraps while Joker decides to use this as a tool for his evil trade. The story that is set in the present is quite short in terms of pages, yet the added value here is the inclusion into the story of flashbacks to see The Joker in his previous ...

Captain America - The First Avenger (Blu-ray) 09/12/2011

Red, White and Blue!

Captain America - The First Avenger (Blu-ray) Marvel continue to bring out more of their key characters and transfer them from paper top the big screen, in fact with Captain America this is the fifth film to be released. The original was a movie serial, two TV films in the late 1970’s and a rather sun-standard yet strangely cult film in the 90’s, needless to say that most failed in what they were trying to achieve. So when it was announced that a new version of Captain America was going to be made it was with interpretation and serious appetite whetting that I awaited the film at the cinema. To tell a story like Captain America, the production has to be to a high quality and good production. Here is no exception with a film that has a good strong cast as well as utilising a high calibre of special effects in quite a subtle manner the film is better than I initially expected. It tells the story of Stephen Rogers, a man who can only be described as a short and quite weedy man. He wants to join the Army and due to a long list of conditions such as Asthma and high blood pressure is refused point blank, all he wants to do is serve his country, and this is in the midst of World War II. So the film has its setting and to be honest as a period piece it works really well and the attention to detail is immaculate. When Rogers gets his opportunity to enlist, he takes it and discovers that he has been “volunteered” for a top secret project, one that will make him a super-soldier to fight against the Nazi’s. Having seen Chris ...

Bluewater Shopping Center, London 28/11/2011

Wonderland!

Bluewater Shopping Center, London Regeneration is a splendid thing if it's done correctly. A good example is Bluewater in Kent, situated just 1.5 miles from J2 of the M25 on the A2 towards Dover and less than 40 minutes from Central London by train, the shopping centre is more a celebration of retail than it is a shopping mall, yet its also a place that has a lot to offer any family or couple that go there, noting that its easily possible just to spend the day there and shop, eat and see a film without ever having to go back to your car. Built on a site of an old disused quarry, Bluewater has built itself to be the ultimate shopping experience, and even with the nearby Lakeside that has rapidly fallen behind in recent years the whole feel of Bluewater has a buzz about it. With 13000 car park spaces available and free to park, as well as its own Bus Station and a regular shuttle service to nearby Greenhithe railway station with direct links to Cannon Street or London Bridge, its safe to sat that Bluewater is well connected and in the 12 years since its opened in 1999 it has become well established as a shopping centre in the South East. I was surprised to see a designated coach area as well and was even more surprised to see a whole plethora of coaches park there as well, not a few but well over 30 whose companies had organised shopping trips to Bluewater. This is a good example of how busy it gets and even though the mall itself is well covered with CCTV, the car parks being regularly patrolled and a host ...
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