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Funny

Posted : 10 years, 11 months ago on 24 December 2006 01:06 (A review of The Road To El Dorado)

Even though I missed the first 10 minutes of this movie I found it to be funny and rather enjoyable. The animation is good and the characters are engaging throughout.

One problem I had was that everyone seemed to speak perfect English with a slightly British accent at times... It just doesn't seem believable to me that a seemingly untouched civilization on an island would speak immaculate English and nothing else. The Spanish characters only seemed to say two words of Spanish in the whole thing too. I know it's a children's movie, but other films have handled the issue well in the past (such as Atlantis: The Lost Empire).

Anyway, overall it's a decent enough movie and I would certainly watch it again.


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Fantastic

Posted : 10 years, 11 months ago on 23 December 2006 12:09 (A review of Espedair Street)

I sometimes find Iain Banks' books slow to get started but great reads in general. With Espedair Street I felt the start to be more interesting with an equally good ending. This book is a great story of love, music, and dreams, among other things. It reads like it could be the story of a real band and thus it is easy to see it come alive and it makes the character of Daniel Weir all the more real to the reader. The ending may seem predictable, but it was more satisfying for me that way as the story remained quite simple and everything fell into place.

The book will most likely stand out as one of my favourite Banks books, along with Crow Road, for a while.


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An amazing insight into the human mind

Posted : 11 years ago on 27 October 2006 10:58 (A review of PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (Postsecret Book))

I saw this book while on holiday in America and knew I had to get it the next time I saw it. I was in Glasgow yesterday and found it again so took my chance. I am so glad that I did because it is such an amazing and beautiful collection of secrets. Some make you laugh, others make you want to cry, and if you look hard enough you might even find something similar to your own secrets. This book makes me want to set my own secrets free.

If you want to see if this book would interest you visit the PostSecret website and see. [Link removed - login to see] I'll definately be buying the next book.


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Imagination at it's strangest?

Posted : 11 years, 1 month ago on 25 October 2006 10:14 (A review of The Acid House)

This is probably the best short story collection I've come across so far. It is so creative, funny, and twisted in such a way that holds the reader's attention while it shocks you. While American readers may be put off by Welsh's obvious use of Scots (I could hardly read it myself at times) it is definately worth trying (though it is definately not for the squeamish).


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An excellent follow-up

Posted : 11 years, 1 month ago on 25 October 2006 09:50 (A review of Yes, Virginia...)

When I first listened to the album I didn't like it as much as their first, but after listening to it more and more I've come to love it just as much as the first. A lot of bands seem to be let down by their second (studio) album, but I find this to be a great album which has some tracks which I find so addictive. For me "Sex Changes" and "Sing" are perfectly placed to give a crashing introduction and a gentle finish respectively. The former has such a perfect opening to start off not only the song, but the entire album.

I'm hoping that Palmer and Viglione can keep this up for a third (at least).


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Anyone for a cliffhanger?

Posted : 11 years, 3 months ago on 11 August 2006 07:19 (A review of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey)

It has been called "one of the most anticipated adventure games in years" and I certainly believe this to be true. When I found out there was to be a sequel to The Longest Journey I was very excited about it since it was one of my favourite games. Now that I have played it I must say that it didn't quite meet all my expectations, but it was very well made and I enjoyed the storyline. I have to complain, however, that there were quite a few bugs for me, the controls were confusing, and it was way too short. I managed to complete the game in just under 2 and a half days, which I think is a little short considering the long wait. Now I have discovered there is to be a third game, but just how long will it be before this one appears? I don't want to put anyone off it, it is a great game, but long time fans may feel a little let down by the prospect of another long wait.


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