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Grand Theft Auto 4
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I bought this game first on PC, where it looked glorious (with no modding). But due to the poor console to PC port, there where too many performance issues, unless I turned the graphics all the way down.. but then it looked terrible. So I got it on ps3 and am really enjoying playing it with no issues. But I was shocked by the jagged graphics, and the blurryness of objects in the not-to-distant distance. All in all though, it's a tremendous game. Very enjoyable way to pass the time!
Veho VSS-001-360 / 360 Portable Rechargable Speaker For iPod/MP3 Players with 3.5mm Socket
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I just bought 2 of these.. thinking I'd save some money over the more expensive mini speakers.
Compared to the "X-Mini" brand of speakers on sale on Play, these are abysmal. The volume control is a clunky button that you slide to the side, like a normal on/off switch. But this button moves in clunky stages raising and lowering the volume. Very poor control. The bass is distorted. The superior "X-Mini" bass is superb compared to these.
So, in closing.. do yourself a favour and buy the "X-Mini" speakers from Play instead. Yes, they're twice the price, but the sound difference is off the scale. You can't put a price on good sound quality!
However.. if you only need this speaker to upgrade from the worst speaker possible, then it'll do. But like I've already noted, there are better ones readily available here on Play.
I'm very disappointed and have learned a valuable lesson. I'll keep these 2 speakers as emergency speakers, but am just about to purchase the "X-Mini" speakers instead.
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Wow.. what a mess of a film. Great visuals aside, the film was a total embarrassment.
Terrible plotline, worse-than-wooden acting, shoddy direction, weird editing, Liam Neeson looking suitably embarrassed to be there, RIhanna also looking embarrassed despite oddly being invited to the film for no real reason.. overall it was a complete and utter shambles.
What's really frustrating is that they can make a film that looks so good (very good CGI) yet totally neglect the script or direction. What were the studio executive producers doing.. surely they oversee the project?
Oh yes, Taylor Kitsch must be the worst male lead since Jake Gyllenhaal. He messed up John Carter and he messed up here as well. He plays a jobless loser who's brother tells him to join him in the navy and next minute he's an officer commanding the fleet (or so it seems!). The plot was odd from start to finish. I could come up with better whilst half asleep.
Overall, great visuals.. but the film is let down by a terrible plot and shocking acting. Worth a watch for the visuals I suppose.
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Confusing to start with, but turns out to be a decent flick. It's a long story, with a US Civil War veteran suddenly transported to Mars (called Barsoom by the natives there). There he is engaged by three opposing cultures who are at war with each other. He sides with the human-like people and the story goes on from there.
The story is far too muddled and confusing at the start.. I got the feeling that I was expected to know the characters history and backstory prior to watching the film, but this isn't Lord of the Rings, and I had no idea that John Carter was taken from a series of books.
I felt the editing was all over the place at the start, which confused things even more.
So, in closing, it's certainly worth a watch, as the film gets better as it develops, and the effects are probably the best ever. It looks amazing and puts even Avatar's effects to shame. It's just a shame that the first third of the movie is so confusing storywise.
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So, in closing, it's certainly worth a watch on Blu-Ray, as the film gets better as it develops, and the effects are probably the best ever. It looks amazing and puts even Avatar's effects to shame. It's just a shame that the first third of the movie is so confusing storywise.
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This film gets a zero rating for me based on the marketing of the film as a sci-fi film. It's not... it's a drama. The "Another Earth" angle is exploited to such an extent that it has nothing to do with the film at all, other than to make the main protagonists (and ourselves as the viewer) think about "what if".
So, the story.. it's about a young lady who crashes into another car. The accident is her fault. She goes to jail and is released after 4 years. She then goes to the home of the only survivor of the car crash and interacts with him in the guise of a "cleaner for hire". That's basically it. The story evolves with them getting to know each other more and moving on.
So what does this have to do with "Another Earth". Nothing.
A very wierd premise for a basic drama and that's why it gets a thumbs down from me, for being deceitful in it's description.
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It's a short series with only six episodes in total, but it was an absolute joy to watch. The two lead protagonists (three, if including the pervy office manager) are hysterical as the emotionally messed up colleagues who have a bout of casual sex together. Sharon Horgan is very funny at all times, just like in previous work that she's done. All in all, well worth buying, as repeat viewing is recommended!
Skyline (With Lenticular Sleeve)
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So... bearing in mind that the film was made on a very small budget, it should be noted that this is a pretty decent film. The effects are amazing (and took up most of the budget), the aliens look good, a nuke is detonated (always a good thing of course), but it's all let down by the setting taking place in the apartment block of the lead protagonists. This clearly shows that the film had no outside production budget and hampers the film immensely. What could/should have been a really good film turns out to be a "what if" film. More money and a better director would have really done this script proud. Overall, it's certainly worth a watch and is by no means a terrible film (ignore ALL the silly "worst film ever" quotes from previous reviews), but it lags behind other more recognised films. It's better than Cloverfield though, so that's one thing!
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It's certainly worth a watch, especially for the effects. But the streets of Manhattan were empty most of the time (in close-up shots), which took away a lot of the tension, as you could tell they just didn't have the budget for thousands of people to be running around screaming in terror.
A film of this nature should suck you in and spit you out when it's over, but I was bemused to see characters smirking (including soldiers) when they should have been terrified. The acting was pretty wooden.. at times the protagonists would pause, faulter and stumble through their lines whilst always forgetting to inject genuine tension/terror/panic into the situation.
So in conclusion, it looked like a really good Hollywood movie (via the good effects), but came with "made for TV" acting and direction. Still, it was entertaining... just not as good as it should have been though.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
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Ok, this is an RPG, but it's so boring. I played WoW for years, so I know how RPG's work but it's just so monotonous to walk around doing minor stuff all the time. To get the most out of the game you need to talk to everybody and there are so many books lying around with stories and tales to soak up that you'd need a thousand hours to play this game to the max. I just don't have that time. I got a ps3 for casual gaming, but this just reminds me of Fallout 3 on PC. I played that for 50 hours and it was just the same... walk to new area, root around for stuff to pick up and sell to the traders, upgrade something or other and move on. Repeatedly. Where's the game? Where's my enjoyment? Technically it's impressive... it's just too dull and tedious for me to enjoy. If I wanted to sit down for a six hour gaming session, I'd go back to my PC.