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Treason Keep

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 8 April 2008 04:59 (A review of Treason Keep: The Demon Child Trilogy)

I think this carried on from the first book in the series pretty well. It had a nice and steady pace and I had difficulty putting it down.
There were however some problems with it. First it's predictability. I think this one is far more predictable then the first it is also cheesier and has just a bit too much of a romantic element for me but then again I don't read for romance and I don't like girly reads so for someone who might like a bit of a lovie dovie touch to their fantasy this could very well be for you. I myself don't appreciate so many characters being paired up.
There was also the banter between certain characters which after awhile became a bit tedious and wore on my nerves. I wonder how much of it was really necessary.
Another thing is the mistakes. The grammatical and spelling errors are just ridiculous. Like the first book I wonder who edited this one and how they got their job.
As long as I don't dwell on the errors or any problems with it I still am enjoying the trilogy enough to want to read more. I guess that says something.

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A Cure For Insomnia?

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 3 April 2008 04:34 (A review of Casshern (2004))

That was the most drawn out, pretentious, over done piece of crap I have seen. Ok maybe one of... It was enough to put me to sleep and in fact almost did. Think I would have had more enjoyment watching grass grow.
I'm a bit pissed off, can you tell? I just wasted over two hours of my existence trying to stay awake. Sure I loved the imagery, some of it was fantastic but after watching it for awhile that's pretty much all it was.
An excuse to have a string of great imagery put together along with melodrama and dialogue that amounted to drivel. Drawn out drivel!
In the beginning it was a tad confusing and pretty slow but when the Neo Sapiens proclaimed themselves I thought maybe it was going to turn around.
Boy was I disappointed. I spent the rest of the time rolling my eyes and yawning. I had to mute the sound half way through because, although the soundtrack could have been great, it only added to making it feel like it was going on for ever and didn't even seem to match the movie. It started to drive me nuts.
The story line wasn't too bad though it's just if they had of cut a lot of it out and made it tighter then it may have been easier to watch but as it was it was just scene after scene of drawn out bull.
Basically more real action (not whimsical action) was needed & less melodrama. Pretentious try hards...

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Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 1 April 2008 05:24 (A review of BloodRayne)

After watching this I think I might just be sick in the head because I kind of liked it. Perhaps I was just in a trashy mood. In my defence I haven't played the games so I couldn't tell you if it was a good adaption but then again a good adaption doesn't happen often.
It's not exactly the best film. For starters I thought "Hmm this must be rated 18+ for a very good reason" after seeing the back of the dvd cover showed dismembered bodies but to tell you the truth I don't think it was as bloody as it could have been. Sure it was graphic in parts but I've still seen far worse. Although I feel that could be because I had a high expectation of gore and blood lust. In saying that it did still deserve the 18+ rating but if you're used to real gore it's pretty tame.
Secondly the acting was pretty bad. The actors emotions were out of sync with their characters experiences. Come to think of it they didn't really seem to have emotions. It's as if they were on this even keel the whole time and feeling nothing no matter what happened. Maybe they thought a raised eye brow here and a glance there was an adequate expression of emotion in the scene. I think they need to take acting classes...
Finally I felt like there was something missing. I think the movie could of had more detail.
Other then that I liked it but that could just be because I'm a sucker for swords and chicks running around slicing and dicing... Who knows?

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Snow Queen

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 31 March 2008 05:08 (A review of The Snow Queen)

"Real cold will kill you dead, just like that." No kidding. With lines like that you know you're in for some riveting dialogue. Yes I'm being sarcastic. This movie was odd and not in a good way. It was also a tad stupid and slightly painful to watch at times and yet I couldn't look away.
First of all there is a polar bear that talks and who gives the impression that he has a smacking fetish. Then there is the horrible acting, the psycho spring lady with really bad fashion sense, a boy magician that sounded so much like a girl (plus couldn't act to save his life) that I had to look extra hard at just to make sure I wasn't being deceived, robbers who were meant to portray autumn (what the?) and then there was Bridget Fonda.
I can't quite accept Bridget Fonda as a villain. Sure the notion grew on me as the film progressed but to me it was like she was play acting or it was some sort of parody. I kept expecting her to break out of character and be all light and fluffy. I think she exudes too much innocence for a roll like that.
Add into that this stupid obsession with a mirror that you don't get to find out why she is so obsessed with until about the last 10 - 15 minutes. That bugged me.
All in all I think the polar bear was my favourite character as he turned out to be the most convincing of the lot.

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Into The Wild

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 31 March 2008 04:51 (A review of Into the Wild)

There isn't much to say on a movie like this. I haven't read the book so I can't say if the movie did it justice but I hope it has.
It goes on in a pretty steady pace and has meaning in it's own way but it's not until the last 15-20 minutes that it has a true impact and makes it a beautiful film.
Then there is the soundtrack that matched it perfectly.

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Ask & It Is Given

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 28 March 2008 09:06 (A review of Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires)

Read at the right time, especially when on a spiritual path, I think this could be one of those life changing or at least very pivotal books to read. It's very simply set out and easy to comprehend which is great for those who are only just learning or discovering law of attraction. As for people who already know about law of attraction I think it's great for a reminder and for fine tuning what you know.
I did find it to be slightly repetitive but I feel that given the subject and taking into consideration how much we are all used to a certain perspective it's probably for the best as it drums it in more helping to push past any resistance and keeping a open mind.

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Johnny Depp Biography

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 28 March 2008 08:51 (A review of Johnny Depp: The Illustrated Biography)

A very, very light read. So light it's like going for reduced fat milk rather then full cream. Basically it skims the life of Johnny Depp which is probably understandable when it's about a man who doesn't appreciate having his private life delved into (as keeps coming up through out the book). Through out it I wondered how much Depp had consented to this book (if at all) because you could tell that a lot of information was from other sources and past interviews.
If you're interested in reading this book I recommend it only for the photographs and if you're a big Depp fan (obviously I am or else I would've given it a lower rating) as the photographs aren't exactly exceptional and there aren't many of them.

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Beyond Fear

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 19 March 2008 09:31 (A review of Beyond Fear)

What looks like a self help book turns out to not be your typical self help book. Instead it delves more into the psychology of fear and explains the human relationship to fear to give an understanding rather then a quick fix.
Usually I have difficulty reading such deep thinking non fiction as I become quite bored with the writing style that a lot of 'self help' books have but Dorothy Rowe was not only easy to understand and follow but she wasn't dull in her delivery. Perfect for anyone interested in psychology but not used to reading such heavy material.

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Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 17 March 2008 05:39 (A review of Tombstone (1993))

I don't like westerns as a rule and it's rare that I watch them so I couldn't tell you if this was a good one or not. I wouldn't have watched it if a friend of mine hadn't of recommended it so after all this time of trying to get my hands on a copy I finally get to watch it and I found it to be quite dull. Dull is the word that springs to mind and really the only word. The acting was ok it was just the story. It felt like it became slow in parts and as a result I ended up fast forwarding a fair bit of it towards the end. Didn't care that I missed out on dialogue because as far as I was concerned the dialogue was nothing special.
Whether I like westerns or not I think it says a lot when someone finds a movie so dull they can't wait for it to be over. Possibly more enjoyable for western lovers but anyone else might just find it flat.

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Dido Has Diabetes

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 13 March 2008 11:20 (A review of Dido Has Diabetes)

Perfect for young ones who have recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes or even for children who have had it for a few years. It's easy to understand, isn't intimidating in any way and addresses certain stigmas and social problems that happen as a result of this disease.

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