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Yes man Stars Jim Carey and Carl who is is a divorced man of 3 years working in a bank as a loan clerk and life has got a little full for him where he is negative, doesnt keep in touch with his friends(basically ignores them), basically he says no to everything and he stays in most nights.
Everyone is about to abandon him when a chance ecounter with a old friend convinces him to go to a power seminar where the main empahsis is to say yes to everything, making a covenant with the spokesman he now says yes to everything and a lot of stuff happens to him along the way.
And thats basically the premise of the film he meets a girl, does crazy things, he get promoted in his job, his friends welcome him back and basically life become a wonderland for him, i did go into this film with a negative attitude as i thought it wasnt a film for me as this was almost like jim careys film liar liar, how wronf i was this is a excellent rom-com i watched it with my girlfriend and we were howling with laughter and there wasnt a dull moment, this is a definate film for not watching it alone!
Northampton is a large town offering all the amenaties that a person could want, a shoping center, all the shops you could want in the town center, a university, bars, a few clubs, theatre, train station and lots more so really there nothing that you cannot do here.
Having went to university here and stayed on for what nearly comes to 4 or 5 years now id have to say ive pretty done all that can be done northampton and like my backpacking days i cant wait to move on.
Dont get me wrong theres nothing paticularly wrong with the town its just that you get to the stage when you want something more so i suppose this review is more of a personal opinion, the only negative side i find about northampton is the lack of proffesional jobs that you would get in a much larger city or town as it seems to be mainly warehouse work or call center work.
This films carrys on 3 years after the last film and all is not well, the deceptecons are still on earth and up to mischief, luckily the autobots are still on earth and helping the world ie:mainly americans with a token british guy protect the piece and find out what the enemy is up to.
In the midst of this our human hero is Samuel James Witwicky who after the last film is going to college and leaving his girlfriend Mikaela Banes (Megan fox) working in her father garage to get him back on his feet.
The plot unfolds where a small piece from the allspark has managed to be left in his coat pocket and he is now inplanted with lots of information to a hidden weapon,etc so begins the adventure where they have to stop the deceptecons gaining this information and thus the weapon.
To rate this film i would have to say its a boys film, there isnt much room for the ladies unless you want to stare at U.S soldiers or are a big sci-fi fan, main appeals for the men are lots of action, scantily clad ladies especially megan fox!, lots of guns and military vehicles and appeals to anyone whos played with transformers.
Plot wise this isnt deep or subtle, there arent many suprises and humour is used repeatably eg:the dogs!(you will know), this doesnt progress much from the previous film in fact its almost the same story!thats not to say its a bad film its a great summer film and im glad i watched it, the only thing i questioned was in this film they say that the transformers have been kept a secret and a cover story put forward, now i may not be the only one but how do you cover up a major destruction of a city in the previous film???i will leave you to ponder that after you have watched it.
Stopped over Malaysias capital city whilst traveling around south east asia and what a great place to spend a few days to catch your breath before exploring the rest of the country, being a main airport hub KL is in easy reach to every main asian country and when using Asia Air very cheap too.
We stayed at a couple of really cheap hostels that were recommended by the Rough Guide and were pleasently suprised on how clean they were and how friendly the people were, being in the center and near the metro also helps expand the places you can go and see.
there are many activites to do whilst in the city for one there is a massive water park which was fantastic way to spend the day, there is the hindu temple in the Batu Caves, visiting the jungle in the middle of the city, there is a muslim musuem well worth a visit and of course going up to the main bridge in the petronas towers, it wasnt a very good view considering we were not allowed to go to the top but we couldnt complain as it was free!
we didnt go out much in KL so my experience of the nightlife isnt very good the couple of bars we went to near our hostel were reasonably priced especially one that had a jamaican theme going in it this seem to be a regular backpacker hangout so i think they kinda catered for people without too deep a pocket be warned if you want to go to more high end bars and the prices we were told get very pricey.
Finally my final subject is the food and my word will you be spoilt Malaysia being the melting pot of so many cultures offers a wide selction of dishes that will have you coming back for more, many street stores offer quick snacks such a bau, noodles etc if you are in a ruch our personal fave was the roti canai which is a pancake type thing served with curry sauce ingrediants can be added to the pancaked whilst its cooked to make it more filling, this was cheap and tasty and we had it everyday although i will admit not good for the waistline!
all in all a fantastic city well worth a few days of your time, this is not your typical asia and i will admit that some places are a bit westernised but you will find hidden gems in the midst of the hussle and bustle, so go explore and dont sit in your hotel!
i went here with my girlfriend for a long week and it couldnt have been so much different from our last holidays, this harbour town is a bustling and exotic city, markets and shops for any wannabe shopperholic and lots of exciting activites to keep you busy.
we stayed at a family run B&B call edthe Hotel Villa Fortin which although basic was more then adequate for our needs, the family our really friendly and helpful when you have any difficultes, the room have air condition which is a godsend!although will cost a little extra but is worth it, breakfast was basic but filling and will get u going for the rest of the day.
there is plenty to do around town either exploring the city or walling along the harbour, being with my girlfriend it wasnt long until we were in the markets and shops, to be honest i was a little worried about how much hassle we would get reading some of the previous reviews but this wasnt the case as long as you are firm and ignore the various tactics they use to stop you it isnt much of an issue.
we went on a couple of activites one was a half day trip to the nearby ruins of ephesus whis was great, the tour guide was ok but overhearing other tour guides i felt they were getting more information they we were!regardless it did help to have someone who knew what everything was in the ruins. The other activity was a boat tour which is pretty much a must thing to do whenever you are in Turkey, we had a good time jumping in the cold sea and tanning you up, lunch is also served on bored and was really tasty.
there are many beaches around Kusadasi we went to two ladies and Long beach both are great for sunning yourself and swimming in the sea, as well as that there are plenty of bars and snack arears if you're feeling peckish, my reccomendation is to go to long beach which is only 15min by bus from the main city but is less busy and crowded.
Now to nightlife from what some guidebooks state this is a bit of a party town which is not the case , sure there are plenty of bars to cater to those that want to but nor do they seem to take over the town, food is great and varied such as english, italian , indian and yes even turkish!entertainment is provided in some placed which livens up a meal but if you fancy a quite meal then there are plenty of those too, best go down side streets or go to where the locals go, i recomend a seafood cafe about the fish market on the docks which was a real find and the seafood is nearly 2-3 times cheaper then the ones served elsewhere and to be honest was much tastier. there can be a lot of pitching to get you in some restaurants but as long as you are firm and friendly they tend to not bother you much.
Kusadasi is a great place to visit i would say for no more then a week as you might have used up all the activities there is to see nearby, there are some further afield but they will take sometime to get there and i felt being on a bus for more the 4h was a bad way to spend a holiday. so yes go visit this great place and try the seafood cafe about the fish market i cant rave about it enough!
Ive been a long time fan of the Ace Combat series and was blown away when this came out on the PS2, the first thing that i found that was a welcome change is a decent storyline!basically the plot is that meteors have caused massive destruction, the worlds governments build a defence system call stonehenge to defend the world, trouble is one nation realises they can use it to shoot down planes so take over it and so begins the war, which is where u come in.
The story is told from the perspective of a child and goes through all the climatic periods of the war which really drives the story along and makes u want to keep going, this is top notch and i dont want to go into too much detail as it would spoil it.
Gameplay is faster and the graphics are sharp for both the planes you use and the surrounding areas in fact at a certain height its very photo realistic, go down near the ground though and it gets blurry and really less detailed, but the game doesnt suffer for it as you will be flying to fast to notice.
Dog-fighting can be a little intense at times setting the difficulty higher really pushes you to keep jinking to dodge all those missles fired at you,ground bombing was my favourite part of the game as i dont think it was a perfect system they placed in, but it had its moments.
I recomend this game to anyone wether you are a fan or a newcomer, just the amount of planes to play with and the added feature of unlocking weapons and special planes will keep you at it for a long time, this is as close to flying in a jet fighter as most people get
Virtua fighter premise is simple select a character in the menu screen and either set to work fighting all the character in the game or even better play in 2 player mode and do some damage on your friend or family(on screen of course!)
this is a retro game for people on a nostalgic journey after you play it for more then an hour you will soon get bored of it, dont get me wrong this is still a great game in its day but better ones have come to make this look virtually prehistoric, which offer better gameplay, gaming option and are faster!
Graphically this game is in the dark ages, blocky, techno coloured and ugly, i seem to recall that this was released on the Saturn but coldnt complete against what i think was a superior game Tekken on the PS1, which i think boasted better of everything.
so would i recomend it, no i think we have moved on from those days and in this climate your money should be spent on better games that will entertain you for far longer then an hour, in fact i believe that Sega had this on one there sega collections series, a much better buy if you ask me!
Wallace and Gromit are back!one of the best loved animated series of time and no matter what your age and temperament will instantly warm to these loveable character.
The story follows our heroes and they try and make it in the bakery business, but while they are doing it someone seems to be murdering other bakers in the area and wallace, to contend with this Wallace has a new love interest who may not appear as sweet as he thinks and shock Gromit even get a love interest as well (about time too!).
the animation is fantastic as ever especailly when you realise how long it takes them to produce even a minute using the stop start animation they use, attention to detail is great as ever and you may repeatedly reverse the dvd to catch small gags they have placed with in the scenes.
just a great show as always, showcasing that british animation and comedy is up there with anyone in the world, and can even taken america by storm, just get this if you are a big wallace and gromit fan you wont regret it!
I have to say i was hugely dissapointed with this film is has a great start ans plot seem to going along well as soon as it hits the middle and the end it seemed to signifigantly run out of steam, i really do think the budget was used up at the start so they were making do as best they can!
Basic plot is that its set some time in the future and van diesel is some sort of mercenary/special forces person who has commited some heinous crime and cannot get into his home country anymore, the job he gets is to smuggle this girl in his home country therefore he can stay.
The premise is that this lady is some sort of Messiah or is going to be a giving birth to the Messiah, who this religion is trying to smuggle in and present to the world so they can legitimise their faith, to be fair this isnt very well presented so it leaves you have to work out why this lady is so damn important!
so begin the adventure and at the start this is an amazing film with scenes that excite and makes you think you are in for something special this doesnt last long and you start to hate how in insults you when the special affects get lackluster, the bionics at the end looked awful! and the plot meanders and goes no wear the last few minutes of the film seems rushed and doesnt satisfactry tie all the loose ends.
so would i recomend it?, yes only so you can see what could have been, this could have been so good especially at the start of the film if they had better writers and the budget had not been used up at the start, (well thats my opinion).
Basically an add on to the Game Civilisation II, first impressions are that everything is the same and to be honest it is only everything is futuristic and sci-fi, so basically this is Civ for Sci-fi fans.
This doesnt take away from the experience at all and i found it thoroughly enjoyable to play, you play it exactly how you would play any civ game set up a city with good resources nearby and expand until you have a good civilisation going, often you will come across other civs wether you decide to wage war or be diplomatic is up to you at the early stage this is fine as resources become scarce you may need to take action.
there are added theme mission you can take which adds longevity to it, civs you ecounter are interesting enough and some are down right strange but then that what makes the civ games interesting, a must have for any civ fan i just wish they would make a sequel to this
Axis and Allies plays like a table top game only on your pc and much better then fiddling around with all those small peices and dices! strategy is key and making sure you get the most out of your purchasing points is key in winning battles and thus the war.
the AI of the computer combatents arent too bad but to get any real challenge and increase the fun level its best to play with a friend, gameplay is isnt much different to any other RTS game but the challenge is trying to decide what style of play to use to counter any attack or exploit weakesses at a given moment, it is turned based so once you make your move you better be sure.
Graphically speaking this is as simple as they come and frankly it suites this type of game and keeps it real simple to follow, music isnt nothing to brag about so some other tunes on a stereo is called for, this game can become addictive but for some people looking for instant action id steer elsewhere.
your misions can include just taking over the word, playing key moments in the world war like Kursk or El Alamain to name a few, the game tries to keep it as accurate as possible and depending what country you play you get bonuses such as Russia being able to produce cheaper troops but their affectiveness is reduced so you are going to need lots of men and machines to win battles.
All in all this is a great game that will appeal to strategy gamers who are looking for something a little different and quite retro ive honestly not ever seen a game like this people may be put off by the simple graphic but they are missing out on a deep game that forces you to use strategy for once rather then building enormous troop levels and swamping the enemy.
The Call of Duty has always had a big place in my gaming pile mainly because i like first person shooters and the creaters to it so damn well!this game is basically the same world war two series but set in the a modern world setting with the action ramped up, gameplay is better and the graphics are top class.
The story mode is short but very fast moving with a plot that Tom Clancy can be proud of, the main character alternates playing SAS or U.S marines, being British you can tell who i much prefered :), you go from the Berring Sea, Russia and Middle easter Countries trying to stop a Ultra Nationalist Madman and a Terrorist, levels are massive and really detailed with set pieces like when you are on a sinkin shop and everything is flying apart.
After quickly finishing the story mode which depending how good you are can be finished in 6-8 hours, you may feel a tad dissapointed but dont be!this game offers a massive online enviroment where you can take on the world, the clever thing that the makers have done to increase longevity is that challenges in the games enable you to earn skills and get add on for weapons.
A definate must have for any die hard first person shooter and call of duty fan, from start to finish you will be bored as the action is relentless and once you hit the multiplayer you are always striving to get one over other multiplayers because they put a bullet in your back!
To be honest i played this game years ago and have been trying to track it down for ages!me and my brothers played it to death and the storyline is very original and very dark in places, in fact i can think of one paticular puzzle solving event that may cause offence which will turn away a few people, lets just title this the Children of the Korn puzzle, to those who have played it you know what im talking about!
Besides this it a long game with many twist and turns where you have to find out who you are and how you can get back to reality without loosing your mind, graphically this hasnt dated well but with a great story to go though it doesnt really matter, cut scenes are the highlights and really build on the atmosphere of the game, the music also is quite satisfactury and builds the tension up although it will never be on par with Silent Hill which makes a more affective use of sound.
I only discovered this game by accident and never really heard of it until i tried finding out more about it, this was mainly panned by reviewers in mags but i think a lot of them were biased due to the point and click nature of the game, much like broken sword was, but for any fans of this genre you cant go wrong this is a more mature plot then Broken Sword and much much darker, id only play if you are not of a sensitive nature and like dark stuff especially with that puzzle i mentioned.
I was expecting Bangkok to be a lot of hard work but it only becomes that if you let it best to go with the flow and dont rush about, this Massive City needs your patience and time to get the full experience out of it.
We stayed in the main hostel area on the Kao sok road which is where most backpackers end up, everything you could want is there wether its booking further travel elsewhere or just finding a bargain in the markets, there are many bars down this road and are very cheaply priced.
First stop on anyoned list is the Royal Palace, best time to go when its really sunny as the glittering mirrors and polished surfaces of the palace really makes it feel you are entering some dream like place, the tinkling bells on the roof really add to the affect, The crown Jewels are also on display and well worth the small entry fee there is also anice museum displaying artifacts and even various weaponary used by the royal family.
Also other places to visit is the various temples dotted around the city read the Guide Books to go to the best ones, the one with the giant Buddha lying down is just stunning, some of the statues outside are great as well especially the one with the big top hats! as i said choose the best one as you are going to get 'temple fatigue if you try to go to every single one.
There will come a time when you have to take a Tuk Tuk this is where the patience comes into play that i mentioned at the start of the review, they will take you to every shop along the way as this gets them tips which they buy fuel with apparently we done this once just for the experience but to be honest after the second time this becomes rather tiresome as you really want to get to where youre going, nagotiating with them at the start helps but to forego all of this just hiring a cab is a better idea and they get you there quickly!
Going out in Thailand is brilliant there are so manner places to suit all tastes, the people are friendly and very helpful especially hostel staff who are keen to recomend the main tourist sites which they seem to be deeply proud of.
The Pace of the city can get tiresome after awhile so best to use Bangkok as hub to springboard to other places that are more peaceful although this is becoming rare in this country there are gems to be had just ask at the tourist office.
Visited Malacca on my travels around Asia and found it to be a great place to stop by take in the sights as well as taking in information on the affects varios cultures and countries have had on this small state.
To be honest i was a bit dissapointed with the historical area but this was mainly due to my guide book, from the way it described the location it would have been much bigger!not that i didnt enjoy my stay it was very interesting looking in the churches, the museums, the reconstructed portugeuse trading ship is a must although me and my travel buddies were a little more interested in pretending to be pirates :P.
I thoroughly recomend having something to eat in the local cafes that in the old quater near the churches, mainly only to look at the interesting achictecture and also it does in way send you back in time, there are lots of temples that are a dream for any budding photographers out there.
Hostels for back packers are easy to come by we found a really reasonably priced one that wasnt too far away from the main tourist areas, just use the Rough Guide and you cant go wrong, i really did like this town and would certainly recomend it be placed on anyones travel plans.