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    • Stepping Out (VHS) / DVD / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      23.05.2009 18:14

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      a lovely film and deserves wider recognition

      Another hidden gem of a film, this tap dancing story is well worth seeking out. It is a feel good film and there just aren't enough of them in the world. Liza Minnelli is on excellent form as the tutor and the supporting cast, including the wonderful Julie Walters, make the whole film a delight.
      The story of a tap dancing studio and the people within the class, it does not sound the most exciting of films but you soon find yourself being drawn into their world, toe tapping along and willing them to succeed. An excellent script, terrific cast and some memorable moments, especially at the end, make this a must see for anyone with half a heart - you will laugh and cry and if you are like me you will end up clapping - always a sad sight to see as you walk into a living room! Do give this film a try, you will not be disappointed I promise you.

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    • Xanadu (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      23.05.2009 18:06
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      an enjoyable musical that has been hidden long enough

      Bought in a bargain bin, I was not really expecting a lot from this film but was very pleasantly surprised - full of great songs, lots of dancing and some excellent roller skating, it was a really enjoyable film and I have watched it several times. Gene Kelly is the real star for me, he is just so effortless in all that he does, but you have to hand it to Olivia Newton-John, she sings well and her acting skills are better than you might expect.
      I loved the storyline, always a sucker for fantasy, and the scene with the 1940's band merging with the 80's rock band was really clever and well constructed - even my husband had to agree.
      If you have never seen this film do give it a go, it is fun and the music is just as good today as it was when first made. If you like fantasy and music I am sure you will enjoy it just as much as me.

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        23.05.2009 17:56

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        watch an expert in action and a lot of happy, contented dogs at the end.

        How this man does what he does is a mystery to me but we both love to watch him and the way the dogs react to him.
        Basically people with problem dogs contact Cesar Millan and he either deals with them in the people's home or takes the dogs back to his centre and his 'pack' of diverse dogs and sorts them out. Although usually it is a case of bad owners rather than bad dogs, the way most of these dogs react to him is incredible to watch - a snarling monster will sit and ignore passing dogs, a small, yapping hellion will become a calm and happy bundle of fluff - if you haven't seen him in action you really should. It makes us thankful that we have a dog that spends most of his day in a calm and submissive state - usually laying on his back snoring his head off but I doubt Cesar Millan could do much about that! Well worth watching for any dog lover.

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      • 27 Dresses (DVD) / DVD / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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        23.05.2009 17:49

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        very enjoyable romcom, great example of it's type

        Even though you can guess what the ending is going to be this film is a delight from start to finish. If you are feeling a little depressed then this is one of a dozen or so films that will soon have you smiling despite yourself. The basic boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets her again, formula has worked in countless films over the years and never fails, especially when the cast are all so photogenic and the costumes so extreme! If you want a challenging storyline don't watch this film but if you want to get caught up in the idea of true love and all that goes with it then this is the one for you.
        I didn't enjoy 'the devil wears prada' half as much as I enjoyed '27 dresses' and thought it was rather more reminiscent of 'six days, seven nights' or 'pretty woman', both fluffy romcom's that left me with a smile on my face!

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      • Skellig (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        23.05.2009 17:37

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        a story of hope and insipiration

        Tim Roth is terrific in this extremely well written childrens film which is just as enjoyable for adults. First shown on Sky, it is a story of hope and the power of belief, beautifully acted by all the actors. It is difficult to describe the main character as everyone seems to interpret it differently but I tend to think of him as a fallen angel figure. He is jaded and has lost the love of life and the entire film works well at several levels. I won't spoil the storyline but it is all done very well and the special effects, particularly the makeup, are worthy of the big screen and the plot is a lot better than some of the recent blockbusters. A charming film that is very suitable for family viewing, my nephew is 11 and I would guess that is the right sort of age for children to get the most out of the story and teenagers or adults should enjoy it but there are parts that may upset very young children.

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        23.05.2009 17:28

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        Quirky drama with just the right amount of humour

        I thoroughly enjoyed this series when it was first shown and decided it would be nice to own the set. Even thought I had seen most of the episodes and so knew what the twist in the plot was it is still nice to be able to sit and watch them at my leisure.
        The scripts are excellent, with just the right amount of humour, although I still think that Caroline Quentin made the best sidekick and can't really understand why they changed part way through. Alan Davies is excellent in the part - I always find him rather annoying when he is not acting a part but can't fault him in this series. The stories all stand up individually, unlike an awful lot of box sets that have to be watched in order - it helps with this series but is not essential so if you pick out the wrong dvd it is not the end of the world.
        Worth buying if you are a fan of the series or as a present for someone that likes quirky detective drama.

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      • Cirque du Soleil: Varekai (DVD) / DVD / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        23.05.2009 16:38

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        well worth watching before you see them live

        The fantastic Cirque du Soleil produce some wonderful DVD's and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The costumes and acts are wonderful and if you can't get to see them in the flesh this is the next best thing.
        I was lucky enough to see the live show last year and the DVD paled in comparison to it, I realised just how much you miss as the camera can only focus on one part of the stage and often does so from an angle that you would not see from the front of the stage. If you get the chance to see one of the shows live I would really recommend that you buy the DVD's first as you will find the live performance so much more fufilling if you know where to look to concentrate on the action! If you can't get to see the show you will not know what you are missing so it is a win win situation. well worth buying.

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        23.05.2009 16:30
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        lots of good points but a little jaded.

        Nick Park does it again! Having followed Wallace and Gromit from their first outing this film was a must have but to be honest, I didn't think it was as good as the earlier films. The animation was, of course, faultless and the humour was still much in evidence but it seemed to me that something was lacking, it just felt a little forced in places.
        I always think of these films as being ideal for families as the children and adults have plenty to laugh at with such a broad spectrum of humour and I don't know what would happen if Peter Sallis was to retire - Wallace just wouldn't be the same without his wonderful voice.
        The storyline was amusing and it is hard to put into words what seemed to be lacking, it just didn't have the same feel to me but I expect Nick Park will pull out all the stops for the next film and can only hope it will be as much of a classic as 'The Wrong Trousers" is.

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      • Mamma Mia! (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        23.05.2009 16:19
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        a great film to bring out on a rainy afternoon

        If every a film left you feeling cheerful this is it! As a devout collector of musicals I couldn't let this one slip by and was really pleased to see it drop through my letterbox. My long suffering husband sat down with me to watch it, though he hates musicals in general, moaned for the first ten minutes, started smiling intermittently and then started to tap his foot along to the songs - success! He has even agreed to watch it again sometime so it must of had the right effect on him.
        Full of gentle humour and with a lovely backdrop, the music slots in beautifully and it is a great film for a rainy afternoon. Treat yourself and get the singalong version, even the most miserable person on the planet will not be able to resist joining into the strains of 'Dancing Queen'. Anyone who says this film is no good needs a course of anti-depressants. It has it's faults, which film doesn't? Sit back and enjoy it for what it is - a very lighthearted, fluffy, film full of joyful songs.

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        • Sony Ericsson W350i / Mobile Phone / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          23.05.2009 16:08
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          Cheap and cheerful phone that far exceeds your expectations

          I bought mine on a whim, I wanted a lightweight phone that I could listen to music on and this was cheap and cheerful. I soon realised it was actually better than my far more expensive phone, changed the sim over and haven't changed back since.
          When I was purchasing it I was warned that the front flap was flimsy and there had been problems with it breaking off but so far it has proved adequate, the buttons are a little small but it is not really a problem for me and the direct play buttons on the flap are great. I use this phone on a neck lanyard when working through canal locks so it is forever banging against the lock beams with no ill effects, it takes reasonable photos, transfers everything to my laptop and holds a good battery charge. Playing music is easy and I love the fact the earphones are a colour match. As with all Sony Walkman phones it is so easy to transfer music onto and to play.
          A lovely, neat little phone that does what it promises and has no real downside.

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        • Apple iPod touch 32 GB / MP3 Player / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          23.05.2009 15:44
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          Apple have excelled themselves with a truly mind blowing gadget

          An incredible device! Having seen the sony music system that takes an I-Pod I treated myself to both, intending to use this to store my music collection on, but soon discovered just what a marvellous gadget it is - the I-Tunes software is amazing, easy to use and intuitive and the online app-store is great.
          I bought a video connection cable and hooked it up to my plasma and my main home cinema system - it works perfectly. It connected to my wireless network in minutes and does everything you could want - I am now an Apple fan and you can guess what my next phone will be.
          There are only three minor faults - the accessories are white which really gripes as the Touch is black and PLEASE get a case as soon as you get the Touch as the shiny back looks great but scratches really easily and your fingerprints on the screen mean you are forever cleaning!
          The app-store tempts you with an incredible array of applications and games that keep you occupied when you should be working but we all need break now and again!
          In other words it is a fantastic piece of kit and I can't think of anyone that would not love it.

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        • Sony CMT-BX70DBI / Hifi System / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          13.05.2009 21:52
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          love this neat little unit, does everything it promises and looks good too.

          I couldn't resist buying this little unit for the bedroom, the perfect partner for my I-Pod Touch. It looks great, takes up much less room than my previous unit and works perfectly. The black finish fits in anywhere and is easy to clean. I had heard of the charging problems with some I-Pod's but found the dock cradle included with the hifi (also black, which is a vast improvement on the one supplied by Apple) sits it at the right angle and you just have to remember to press the I-Pod firmly into place and away you go.
          We have good DAB reception here and I found a good variety of stations including the wonderful BBC 7, using the wire arial supplied, the CD works well and it is just a pity your can't copy CD's onto the I-Pod using the unit but you can't have everything and I think it is excellent value for money.
          Apart from the recording the only other gripe I have is the speakers not being magnetically shielded. This is not really a problem for me as I don't have a TV in the room but for anyone considering putting it in a bedroom or as part of a multi function area I would look into replacing the supplied speakers just to be on the safe side.

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