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The James Stewart Collection Box Set
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Every single one of these movies is an absolute classic. I've been watching It's a Wonderful Life every Christmas for several years now and first saw Rear Window and Harvey five years or so ago. Only very recently did I see Mr. Smith goes to Washington but that's also a fantastic film. If you consider that the recent release of It's a Wonderful Life costs more than this box set, you'll know which is the smart choice.Anyway I can't comment on the extras as this hasn't actually arrived yet but as far as I'd imagine they will be the standard releases so no real extras to speak of but plenty of language options for those of you who are interested in that kind of thing.The films as I say are all brilliant, just imdb them for proof.It's a Wonderful Life 8.7/10 for me THE Christmas movie to watch.Read Window 8.7/10 (One of Alfred Hitchcock's best films)Harvey 8.1/10 (All about a crazy but lovely man, another heart warmer)Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 8.4/10 (proof that political corruption and greed are nothing new, excellently told)
Don't be put off because they are old and black and white (well Rear Window is in colour but besides that), they are all great films that are still relevant today. I bet you can't find another box set full of films rated 8 and above on imdb, especially not at this price. Do yourself a favour and get this now.
We Sing: Robbie Williams (Game Only)
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I bought this because it was cheap and I wanted another karaoke game to add a few songs (I already have u sing). I was never a massive Robbie Williams fan but reading the track list I found 6-7 songs I thought I liked enough to warrant buying the game. As it turns out there are a fair few I recognised but didn't know by the titles and there is quite a range of difficulty on here too, he's actually a pretty good singer. I reckon I'll probably have a crack at each track at least once and there are unlocks and things to be had like an extra song and videos and things. Having meant to have a go at "Rock DJ" and then leave it alone I ended up singing a further 6 songs... so this is fun, addictive stuff.
One thing I should mention though is it asks you to update your wii before you can play (no net connection needed) which means if you happen to be running pirate stuff on your wii this game might mess it up (I'm not so I'm fine, but I thought I'd share that and save the pirates a further 6.49).
Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer
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I'm not sure I like the international title but at least it's finally out. I saw this in Mexico when I was living there in 2006.Alatriste isn't a musketeer at all, he's more of a mercenary but he is hired to protect royalty so I suppose that's where the musketeer similarity comes from.The film is actually based on a multi part book series but it tries to condense five books into one film which means it feels a bit like it's rushing at times - especially in the middle.It is great to see Viggo Mortensen doing his Spanish bit (he puts on a Spanish accent here since his "natural" Spanish accent comes from growing up in Argentina) and he's a very watchable star. If you've been waiting to see him dust the sword off since Lord of the Rings this should give you something to enjoy.Elena Anaya is stunning as the love interest of Viggo's young friend and rent-a-spaniard Eduardo Noriega is a good addition to the cast, playing a bad guy.There are lots of interesting sword fights and locations so if that's your thing, give it a shot.On a final note,even if you do speak Spanish it could be worth putting the subtitles on as it's all spoken in old Spanish (good chance to get to grips with those "vosotros" conjugations though - here used to show formality towards one person rather than its modern day usage).
007: GoldenEye (James Bond)
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I actually prefer the DS version to the Wii one - yes, they still say Janus wrong and the levels don't look anything like the film (the N64 recreated everything spot on) but once I got past that I enjoyed the cut scenes and seeing Daniel Craig on the portable screen. There's a nice selection of missions, some quiet, some shooty etc. It did go by a little bit too quickly (probably about 6 hours to complete) but it was fun while it lasted. Also, the wifi multiplayer is pretty good though more Call of Duty style than Goldeneye N64 style - you get two weapons and can choose again every time you die. The multi-player levels here though offer lots of opportunities for cat and mouse style chasing and hiding and there are hours of fun to be had. A better purchase than the wii game.
Laptop Memory / 2GB / PC2-5300 / DDR2 / 200pin / SODIMM
I bought one of these to upgrade from 2gb to 3gb on my acer 5920g. The upgrade works fine and everything is recognised though to be fair it hasn't made much difference performance-wise.
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I read this a couple of years ago after seeing the film and loving it. I had to know where the inspiration had come from. There are major changes, even one of the main characters' names is changed. While Priest has some very interesting ideas the ending doesn't really tie them together neatly at all. The switching between present and past does give you some insight into the characters but it is, ultimately, unnecessary. With the film, the Nolan brothers have taken the raw ideas from the book and added a flash of genius and magic to make something truly special. The film, by my estimation, far surpasses the book. If like me you absolutely love the film, however, it won't hurt you to read the book too. It makes me wonder what other average material Chris Nolan could get his hands on and make brilliant.
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Let me start by saying I have read a few books on film-making and screen writing. This book talks about every stage of the process and is presented almost like a film-making course. Everything from coming up with story ideas, to how to direct actors, to getting a first job is covered. The book is very intelligently written (I will admit I've had to grab the dictionary a few times) and Rabiger explores the whys as well as the hows of film-making. Above all I appreciate that Rabiger understands that movie making is a tough business to get into and, unlike some other books, he never loses sight of this. No promises are made to make you a millionaire but if, like me, you like the idea of making films this book is definitely a good place to start.On a final note, I have a degree in media and I will admit here that I learned more from this book than I ever did at university. Recommended to all.
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I bought this book a couple of years ago when I was first worrying about what to write about for my dissertation and how to go about it. I was a great big stress head, this book helps you to know what exactly it is you are meant to do for a dissertation gives advice on good and bad topics and guides you through the process. It won't make your dissertation easy, but it certainly helps. I got a first for mine.