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Thank you for the "Current issue" prize. I presume they are picked at random these days because there were some much better pieces than mine!

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The Internship (DVD) 02/07/2017

The Internship - comedy by numbers

The Internship (DVD) The Internship DVD Review The Internship is a 2013 comedy which brings the "frat pack" duo of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn together once again. The movie is a riff on how old parts don't fit in a new machine and it gambles most of its laughs on the "fish out of water" scenario of our two technically inept protagonists as they attempt to fit into the computer age. Basically we have a fresh take on an age old formula which I feel works to a slim extent, but thank God for the chemistry of the two leads because at the end it's only their charisma that lift this out of the bargain-bin. Cast Vince Vaughn - Billy Mcmahon Owen Wilson - Nick Campbell Rose Byrne - Dana Simms Josh Brener - Lyle Spaulding Dylan O'Brien - Stuart Tiya Sircar - Neha Tobit Raphael - Yo-Yo Max Mighella - Graham Aasif Mandvi - Mr Roger Chetty. Directed by Shawn Levy (co-produced by Vince Vaughn) Lots more bit-parts and loads of little cameos (yes, of course Will Ferrell has a part, do you need to ask?) but really the two leads carry this, they feature in pretty much every scene and there is no attempt to bring the rest of the cast into the limelight via sub-plots. On that front both Vaughn and Wilson are excellent, they have a natural chemistry which just seems to show them in their best light. It's hard to believe that they've only done three movies together because they just seem the perfect "buddy movie" pair, especially after The Wedding Crashers - hard to believe that was 11 years ago. The rest of ...

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Xbox 360) 18/06/2017

Pro Evo 2009. Slipping down the league...

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Xbox 360) Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 Xbox 360 version Since the beginning of the modern age of consoles in the early 90's we have been subject to franchise wars. From the Sonic V's Mario arguments of old when 2-d platform games were the pinnacle of programming, through the Street Fighter v's Mortal Kombat beat-em-up feuds on the 16-bit systems, right through to the modern shoot-em-up Goliaths Call of Duty and Battlefield on the latest machines. Even if you enjoy both games in one of these little squabbles, it's hard not to pick a side - it becomes a matter of territory. One of the biggest match-ups of the last two decades has been played out on the virtual football field. I speak of course of FIFA versus Pro Evolution Soccer. Pro Evo was born from an old (often overlooked) football game from KONAMI called International Superstar Soccer (ISS). In 2002 they dropped the ISS line and rebranded, releasing a Pro Evolution every year since. The Game It's football. That's about as much detail as most folk will need (me, certainly!) but of course it does go a little bit deeper than that. There are half a dozen game modes which are all variations on the same. UEFA Champions League is quite a coup, in the 2009 issue of the game Pro Evo have exclusive rights to it. Choose any team and play the full campaign leading up to a handful of showdowns against the greatest teams in Europe. Exhibition is just a bit of fun whereby you can play a single game pitting any two teams against each other. I ...

Play it pinball (PS2) 16/06/2017

PS2 - (don't) Play It Pinball.

Play it pinball (PS2) Play It Pinball Playstation 2 Several years ago after a visit to Las Vegas I got a silly idea about buying a classic Pinball table for the Man Cave. We'd visited a really cool arcade place out there and all of a sudden I needed one - even phoning the owner once we got back in Blighty to see which he would part with and what sort of shipping costs. Luckily, before I spent the equivalent of a family Hatchback on a rather silly indulgence my wife removed my spending privileges (it's not the first time...) and that was the end of that. Apologies for the anecdote, but that's what planted the seed to buy a pinball game to play on the consoles - and over the years I bought many! Play it Pinball is todays review, not because it's the best but simply because it starts with a P! The other ones I have had were a couple of imported NTSC versions of Pinball Hall of Fame. They released both "Williams" and "Gottlieb" collections with about 8 tables on each, all based on popular tables from the past. Sadly those went when I sold my NTSC based PS2 system. The game Play It Pinball is a 2003 release from the playit studio, a tiny firm who seem to specialise in quiz and arcade games. As you would expect it's a simple pinball simulator, boasting 11 tables and the tagline Classic American Pinball like you've never seen before. Admittedly, that's true unless you've viewed it on an old Nokia 3310 screen I suppose. It is all 1950's themed, from the table style right down to the music, and ...

Poker Masters (PS2) 10/06/2017

Poker Masters PS2. Master of nowt!

Poker Masters (PS2) Poker Masters PS2 version There is nothing like a good game of poker. Pity that this is nothing like a good game of poker! First off please ignore the other review on this game - the chap is clearly reviewing WSOP (same console) and put his review in the wrong place. Poker is one of my favourite hobbies. I play regularly on the Pokerstars website, but I have had deals to play at some of the other big sites in the past. I have had some decent sized wins and collected some fairly famous scalps over the ten years or so I've been playing, and while I no longer play at the stakes I used to manage before having a family there is still plenty of enjoyment in playing at the lower stakes and it's always been a good way to unwind. Yes, Poker can be quite a thrill, but that's mainly because it involves the risk/reward of winning or losing money, so of course it has never really lent itself to console gaming, where the only risk is busting out of pretend money and the only reward is a glance at a CGI trophy. Released in 2004 on the PS2 by relatively unknown UK firm Liquid Games, this was really the first Poker game for the PS2, with WPT (World Poker Tour), WSOP (World Series of Poker) and World Championship Poker coming the following year. The reason the the little run of Poker games was The Moneymaker Effect (detailed below) which put Poker at the centre of the world for a couple of years - everyone was cashing in quick! ~~~The Moneymaker effect~~~ Chris Moneymaker (helluva name ...

The Blues Brothers 2000 (DVD) 28/05/2017

Blues Brothers 2000 - Watered down for the kids...

The Blues Brothers 2000 (DVD) Blues Brothers 2000 DVD review As a die hard fan of the original Blues Brothers, I was of course overjoyed when in the year 1998 a long awaited sequel popped up in the cinemas. A Blues Brothers sequel had bandied around for years, with the death of John Belushi in 1982 it was originally penned as something of a tribute to him, with the idea of James Belushi stepping into his shoes. I'm not sure how well that would have worked really, James is significantly taller and every time I picture it, I just see two "Elwood" characters on stage. In the end Dan Ackroyd and John Landis put their heads together to pen this sequel out of thin air. The formula remains largely unchanged, with some new characters introduced to replace the ones who sadly couldn't join us for this outing, but to be honest it's a lot of repetition of the first (classic) movie just without the rude words and adult themes. Once again this takes the Showband of The Blues Brothers, made famous in the 1970's on Saturday Night Live, and plants them in a movie - part road trip, part musical, part mad-cap comedy. After the death of John Belushi, The Blues Brothers still performed live, mainly for special occasions on SNL and with special guests filling in the vocals - most notably aforementioned James Belushi partnering Dan Ackroyd playing the part of Zee Blues. Cast Leads; Dan Ackroyd - Elwood J Blues John Goodman - "Mighty" Mack McTeer Joe Morton - Commander Cabel Chamberlain J. Evan Bonifant - Buster The ...

The Blues Brothers (DVD) 19/05/2017

The Blues Brothers: A Briefcase full of Blues!

The Blues Brothers (DVD) The Blues Brothers DVD Review The Blues Brothers is a 1980 comedy/musical movie starring Dan Ackroyd and the late John Belushi as brothers Elwood and Jake Blues. Starting out as a comedy sketch in 1976 on the American powerhouse which is Saturday Night Live, the Blues Brothers were an all-star show-band made up of some of the greats in the Blues and R&B field of music. As a connoisseur of their music, Dan Ackroyd put them together as an ensemble and took the role of front-man along with fellow comedian John Belushi, creating some very entertaining sketches which were an even mix of musical prowess and slapstick comedy - prancing around the stage dressed in bee outfits singing I'm a King Bee - Buzz buzz sticks in my mind especially! Audience reactions were great, no-one could get enough of the Blues Brothers and so after the immense success of a debut album in 1978, they decided it was time to paint Hollywood black. They took an old script Ackroyd had written (never expecting it to see the light of day!) and along with directing legend John Landis, developed their act into a full movie. It was one of the most expensive comedy movies ever made, with costs spiraling way out of the planned budget (originally - and quite optimistically - set at $12 million), and for a moment it looked like it may be a break-even prospect, with a very average opening weekend. However, it exploded and went on to almost quadruple its $30,000,000 costs, dominating the box office for several weeks ...

Are you rather watching movies at home or at the cinema? 12/05/2017

Movies on the silver-screen can't be beat!

Are you rather watching movies at home or at the cinema? What a great topic We were just having a debate about this in the pub, very weird coincidence! As a massive movie fan I'm generally at ease watching them anywhere. I watch films at home most evenings, cinema when the opportunity arises and even on the desk-top at work or my phone (doesn't half eat battery life though!) Cinema The cinema is always a treat, and even as a 34 year old grown up *ahem* I get inordinately excited at the thought of catching a new release on the silver screen. I visit at least once a month but try to go quite a bit more often (babysitters allowing). It's not unheard of for me to even head off alone for a couple of hours peace and quiet if I find myself with an afternoon free. Summer at the cinema is always good fun, when there is generally a slew of the big name action and comedy hitting the theatres. Why the best stuff is reserved for the summer is anyone's guess, but I am always spoiled for choice with the big budget releases competing for attention and vying to break last years box-office records. Even in the so called Dump Months (google it - very interesting, when the independent movies, vehicles to launch new actors and and more unusual genres which are not expected to set the world alight are released), I am still a keen customer and happy to hand over my reddies. On that note however, we've hit on what I think is the only negative for cinema viewing. An adult ticket now is at least £10, with the best seats in the house costing a premium on ...

Hot Tub Time Machine (DVD) 10/04/2017

Hot Tub Time Machine DVD. Kicks some past!

Hot Tub Time Machine (DVD) Hot Tub Time Machine DVD review Hot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 movie about...well, you probably don't need a great imagination to suss it out. It's a buddy movie and a pretty decent comedy, though it's another one of those love it or hate it affairs I'm afraid. This is an odd one. It looked to me like a rubbish movie from the first trailer I saw back in 2010. It is such a silly premise that even the cast don't seem to take it seriously, and after the trailer in the cinema my wife and I glanced at each other with one of those Not in a million years looks and there it went, filed away into the "don't bother" pile. Luckily, very luckily, I caught this on TV a few years later when I was home alone and either very stuck for something to watch, or sat more than 5 feet from the remote to change the channel. It was just as daft as I thought, but so funny and such a retro feel-good comedy, that it made its way into my favourites list filed under "Guilty Pleasure". Cast John Cussack - Adam Yates Clark Duke - Jacob Yates Rob Corddry - Lou Dorchen Craig Robinson - Nick Webber-Agnew Chevy Chase - Mysterious repairman Plenty more bit parts but a full cast list (down to the extras, at times) is pointless. The four leads are all spot-on. John Cussack is the big name A-lister of course but comedian Rob Corddry is a well known name on the TV comedy circuit (owner of Adult Swim who produce some very funny stuff), Craig Robinson is a fan favourite on the American version of The Office, ...

Happy Gilmore (DVD) 02/04/2017

Happy Gilmore DVD - Talk about a hole in one...

Happy Gilmore (DVD) Happy Gilmore DVD review Happy Gilmore is a 1996 comedy (is it really 21 years?? I'm getting old!) starring Adam Sandler as himself. Sorry, typo. It stars Adam Sandler as Happy Gilmore, a failed hockey player who finds his skills perfectly suited to the game of golf. The movie proved to be Adam Sandlers big break in Hollywood. With a dozen smaller roles to his name and a couple of poor attempts at writing (Billy Madison, Going Overboard...) this film was generally well received. Of course Adam Sandler movies are a bit of an acquired taste, his brand of "comedy" is basically a modern day slapstick, with crude and childish jokes galore and lots of obvious set ups/easy put downs. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, I personally find most of his films quite funny and Sandler himself very likable. I count them as a guilty pleasure (albeit one to be taken in small doses!) Although Adam Sandler himself writes, produces and takes lead actor in this one, he drafted in David Duggan, a very well known and respected TV director with a handful of movies also under his belt, to direct. I won't say it was a match made in heaven, but they have since collaborated on seven more feature films so obviously they've found that they make a good team. Cast Adam Sandler - Happy Gilmore Carl Weathers - Chubbs Peterson Christopher McDonald - "Shooter" McGavin Alan Covert - Gilmores homeless Caddy (credited as "Otto" though never referred to by name). Julie Bowen - Virginia Venit Frances ...

Human Traffic (DVD) 29/03/2017

Human Traffic DVD; Sex, Drugs & On The Dole!

Human Traffic (DVD) Human Traffic DVD review - Remixed edition This is a classic which takes me back a good few years, but it still gets the odd spin to reminisce about the good old days when trance and house-music was the be-all and end-all. First off I'll start by saying that I actually prefer the original to the "remixed" edition, but the updated soundtrack to this later edit slightly edges the first one. Human Traffic is a 1999 movie from the mind of Justin Kerrigan, who at 25 years old and fresh out of film school decided to make a movie about the "House music" driven club scene and surrounding drug culture. On a shoe-string budget and using practically no big name actors, he created a bit of a masterpiece. It's not that the movie is especially good, it's not a "film to see before you die" by any means, it was just a mould breaking concept which binned any sort of coherent developing story in favour of a 100% character driven ensemble film. Cast John Simm - Jip Shaun Parkes - Koop Danny Dyer - Moff Lorraine Pilkington - Lulu Nicola Reynolds - Nina Andrew Lincoln - Felix Directed by Justin Kerrigan, who also wrote and produced the whole thing. The cast are excellent. They all seem like real people, no ego is present at all, none of them milk their scenes for laughs or look like they are angling for an Oscar, they just do a bloody good job of the material given to them. I applaud that! Jip seems to be the glue holding everyone together - the little group of mates was formed around him ...

Tissot PRC200 Men's Watch T0144101103700 08/03/2017

Tissot PRC-200. Precise, Robust, Classic!

Tissot PRC200 Men's Watch T0144101103700 Tissot PRC200 As I've said before in previous reviews, I'm a horophile. Before the chorus of Yes, we've seen the pictures begins, all that means is that I'm a watch collector. I've worked in jewellery for over a decade which has left me well placed to partake in my passion with staff discounts and little incentives. However, I've now got my own place and with the watch market looking a bit saturated I made the decision to stick to jewellery (or 95% at least), meaning pickings are a bit slim, so I've got to pay full price for my watches again. It sticks in the throat a bit, but needs must when the Devil drives. I mainly collect Seiko watches and other related Japanese brands, but there isn't much I haven't tried - everything from Timex to Rolex as I always say. This Tissot was one I spotted reduced a few months ago so I thought I'd give it a try. Tissot Tissot is one of the worlds best known Swiss watch houses. Established in 1853 in Switzerland they started out as a pocket-watch maker and later adapted to the "modern" wristwatch. Throughout their 160+ years in the industry they have always taken risks and led innovation, anyone who was around in the 1980's might remember their Woodwatches and Rockwatches, carved from a single piece of wood or granite with a quartz powered Swiss watch movement set into the back. Tissot merged with Omega in the 1930's and formed a new holding company called SSIH (Société Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlogère) which was declared insolvent in ...

Road Rage 3 (PS2) 25/02/2017

Road Rage 3. Wants to be GT, plays like I:D

Road Rage 3 (PS2) Road Rage 3 PS2 review This is an odd little game. Developed and published on a shoe-string in 2003 by low budget independent outfit Phoenix Games, this was a fairly average racer which drifted right under most peoples radar. Phoenix ended up with a pretty poor reputation in the gaming community for ripping off other games, 'borrowing' themes and ideas and generally turning out poor quality games - particularly for the PS2. I recall reading once that they spent a couple of months programming a new game, where the big studios would spend a couple of years ironing out all the kinks and making sure it's actually ready for the public to play. This one isn't awful, but it's nothing ground breaking either. The Game Road Rage 3 is a Japanese racing game with its feet stuck right in the "Drift" style of racing. At first glance it's a total knock-off of the Initial D arcade games, but it's actually a bit more advanced than that with a couple of game modes. As I mentioned, it's Japanese themed. All six car manufacturers featured (Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi and Mazda) are Japanese and that really limits things. Yes, there are still 30 cars to work your way through, but it gets pretty boring pretty quickly, you'll even find your opposition driving the same cars a lot of the time. The tracks are also Japanese, we have four open at the start and I seem to recall there are 12 in total. All very tight winding race tracks, quite a lot of mountain racing (imagine the last ...

Resident Evil 4 (PS2) 22/02/2017

Resident evil 4; PS2. Go FOURTH and prosper!

Resident Evil 4 (PS2) Resident Evil 4 PS2 Background Resident Evil is one of the best known games of the modern age. First released in 1996 on the Playstation (1) it created its own sub-genre with Survival Horror and constantly fought off newcomers to stay on top of the pile. Silent Hill came close to "out-horroring" Resi in the late 90's, but as far as playability goes, Resident Evil is the boss! Since that first slow paced, action/adventure/survival horror in the mid 90's RE has come on in leaps and bounds. It can be said that each game has evolved slightly, regular players and fans of the series will notice dozens of small changes, but in 2005 Resident Evil 4 took an enormous leap by introducing the first roaming third-person perspective. All previous games had eerie fixed-angle cameras focusing on a corridor, or a specific part of a room for example. It was an old system popularised by the old Point-and-Click games on the early PC's, but it worked well and became a bit of a trademark for the Resident Evil series. Fixed cameras help keep the tension up (you never know what is lurking just off screen) as well as utilising the more limited programming of the 90's by using pre-rendered scenery and just animating the character instead of the surroundings. The gamble of updating the viewpoint seemed to pay off. Some of the RE purists complained that it had become a clone of the other 1st and 3rd person action games flooding the market and had lost its soul by stepping away from its roots, but ...

Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360) 17/02/2017

Red Dead Redemption; A million ways to die in the west!

Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360) Red Dead Redemption x-box 360 version Back in 2004, Red Dead Revolver re-invented the Western for a new generation. It could all have been so different - the game was originally bank-rolled by gaming industry giant Capcom and planned as a silly, fun, off-the-wall shoot-em-up set in the Wild West. Following various hiccups and set-backs, Capcom agreed to sell the property to Rockstar Games (best known for the Grand Theft Auto franchise) who took it right back to development and turned it into a gritty, story driven action/adventure game with free roaming and third person view. It worked perfectly! It was slow paced and glitchy, and not as well received as the GTA games of course, but it paved the way for much bigger things. Roll on to 2010 and X-box 360 and PS3 owners were treated to a sequel. Rockstar had played it very close to the chest to avoid any disappointments (good job, with 5 years in production!), but with Red Dead Redemption they blew audiences away. Rockstar used their patented RAGE engine (Rockstar Advanced Gaming Engine) to deliver players an enormous, immersive, free roaming environment comparable to Grand Theft, but set in the early 20th century American South West. The story was fantastic, the music fit the game, the voice acting was perfect and the game just seemed to appeal to gamers from every popular genre. A third person shooter at heart with decent action, elements of RPG (role playing games) and cinematic cut-scenes straight from a Spaghetti ...

Ghost Rider - Spirit Of Vengeance (DVD) 16/01/2017

Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance. Ghost-BUST!

Ghost Rider - Spirit Of Vengeance (DVD) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance DVD review Well, where to start. After the first movie released in 2007, which was passable but in need of improvement, Warner Brothers and Columbia Studios went back to the drawing board and came back with this effort in 2012 It's a sequel of sorts, but to be honest it all but ignores the first movie (even going as far as reproducing the scene where Johnny Blaze signs away his soul) and I suppose it stands alone in its own right. So, Johnny Blaze is Ghost Rider, a spirit who comes alive in the presence of Evil to feast on the souls of bad people. He also is/was a bounty hunter for the devil (or Hell-Lord, depending on whether you've read the comics) named Mephistopheles, or Rourke in his human form. The premise is that Demons have little power on earth when in human form, so they need right-hand men to do their dirty work. Ghost Rider was intended to be just that, but turned on Mephistopheles in the last movie and so lost his protection. Right, let's get this over with... Cast Nicolas Cage - Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider Ciaran Hinds - Mephistopheles / Rourke Idris Elba - Moreau Johnny Whitworth - Ray Carrigan / Blackout Fergus Riordan - Danny Ketch Violante Placido - Nadya Ketch Directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor. OK, the good bit first - No Eva Mendes. Thank the Lord. Now the bad bit... everything else! Seriously. This is laughably bad. Nic Cage takes off from the last movie but gone is the tortured soul struggling to control ...
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