Reviews

Reviews of Books, Gadgets and anything else I have found useful.

How changing your seat can increase your income and improve your buttock circulation at the same time!

March 14, 2016
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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my buttocks Nothing kinky, you understand It’s just that having been working from home the last few years, I find my bum gets achey when sitting for long hours. My back starts playing up. And generally I get a lot of distracting pain in my lower back and…

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DVD Review: The Wolverine

November 26, 2013
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Watching Hugh Jackman kicking butt for two hours isn’t exactly hard work. But other than the swoon factor The Wolverine brought very little else to the table. The film is the second focused on X-Men star Wolverine – played by the Australian hunk – and the sixth instalment in the X-Men series. Although the movie…

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DVD Review: The Great Gatsby

November 18, 2013
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Of course Baz Luhrmann was going to take on The Great Gatsby. It offers the opportunity to send cameras swooping through the garish decadence of 1920s New York mansion parties, where besuited men fling around dainty women in party dresses, Champagne flutes in the hand, to faux jazz with a hip hop beat while a…

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DVD Review: This Is the End

November 12, 2013
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Jay Baruchel hates Los Angeles, but comes to visit his best friend Seth Rogan,and is quickly and reluctantly dragged to a celebrity-filled party at James Franco’s new house. Just to make matters worse, the apocalypse hits the Hollywood hills and Jay, Seth and James, along with Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride, must fight…

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DVD Review: Now You See Me

November 5, 2013
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I may have enjoyed Now You See Me, a caper thriller directed by Louis Leterrier, but I can’t be sure. Between a ridiculously fast-talking Jesse Eisenberg and French Interpol sidekick Mélanie Laurent, whose accent is the incomprehensible side of sexy, a lot of this film was lost in translation. The plot is promising – four…

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DVD Review: World War Z

October 29, 2013
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You would think that watching Brad Pitt embark on a globe trotting mission to prevent a zombie apocalypse would be the perfect way to spend an evening with nothing better to do. The ingredients for a thoroughly entertaining two hours all appear to be on the DVD box with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, an…

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DVD Review: Summer in February

October 22, 2013
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Knowing that someone local has been involved with a film usually heightens my intrigue but more often than not I am left sourly disappointed. Summer in February, which was produced by Effingham resident James Cowdrey, is a pleasant exception to the rule. Based on the novel by Jonathan Smith, this period drama tells the true…

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DVD Review: Outpost 11

October 7, 2013
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While Hollywood continues its feeding frenzy of end-of-the-world epics and superhero fantasies, advances in technology have allowed a healthy, low-budget industry to follow in its slipstream. Outpost 11, the debut feature by Guildford-based filmmaker Anthony Woodley, cost less than £100,000, not that you would know it to look at it. Most of the film is…

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DVD Review: Byzantium

September 30, 2013
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Sex and vampires across the centuries are the subjects of erotic horror movie Byzantium. On discovering this film was directed by Neil Jordan, better known for his work on Interview With The Vampire, many horror fans would have been rushing to the shops to buy it last week. It may not, however, meet expectations. Byzantium…

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DVD Review: The Fast & The Furious VI

September 24, 2013
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You can’t fault The Fast The Furious – it does exactly what it says on the case: it’s fast and it’s furious. If petrol is your cup of tea then you’re bound to enjoy this film, the sixth in the hugely successful franchise. I’m not a self-confessed petrol head but I must admit to seeing,…

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DVD Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

September 10, 2013
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The last few years of big budget cinema have seen a noticeable shift in the direction of subjects that were previously mocked for their geekiness. First it was comic books, now it’s big budget science fiction and in this genre there is no bigger name than Star Trek. Director JJ Abrams (Lost, Super 8) successfully…

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DVD Review: Olympus Has Fallen

September 2, 2013
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‘Die Hard in the White House’ screams the DVD cover when what it should say is ‘It’s not Die Hard’. The Olympus of the title is indeed the White House and it has fallen to a guerrilla attack by North Korean terrorists on the very day of a visit by the South Korean prime minister.…

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DVD Review: Oblivion

August 27, 2013
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Good science fiction always starts with a good concept, or a particular idea that makes us question the future direction life might take. Joseph Krasinski’s Oblivion (12) certainly has some good ideas, but it makes the mistake of spending so much time showing off its ideas that it forgets to make you care about them.…

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DVD Review: Trance

August 14, 2013
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Danny Boyle has done it again. Each time nay-saying audiences cry: “He can’t beat Trainspotting, or Slumdog Millionaire, or 127 Hours.” And yet he comes back and does just that, releasing a movie even more complex and brilliant. Trance was certainly no disappointment. Flying high and fresh from the success of his London 2012 Olympic…

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DVD Review: The Host

August 6, 2013
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First, a confession: I own the Twilight box set. The Host, directed by Andrew Niccol, is based on a 2008 novel by Stephenie Meyer, the author beloved of teenage girls and sheepish 20-somethings worldwide. For this reason I was prepared to accept a film that was poorly acted with a clumsy plot, as long as…

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DVD Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

July 29, 2013
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If I’m entirely honest I was surprised to hear this film had been made. After struggling through the first film, I didn’t think they would ever commission a sequel. But I was wrong and this week the G.I. Joe: Retaliation DVD hit the shops. However, my judgement on the film was not wrong. The second…

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation [DVD]

July 29, 2013
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