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Easy Access to Netflix USA

Filed in General, Tech Stuff by on July 14, 2013 0 Comments • views: 35

With the demise of physical disc based media continuing to march onwards, like many people I subscribe to Netflix.  Unfortunately anyone who has a UK Netflix account will know that if you are able to browse the US site you will see that our version is something of a barren wasteland of content compared to […]

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Death of the Disc

Filed in Tech Stuff by on February 13, 2012 4 Comments • views: 43

I’m a big fan of simplification wherever at all possible.  Over the years I’ve written numerous posts on here about cutting back on media, whether it be videogames, movies or CDs.  Physical media was once something that was almost placed on a shelf with pride, in a sort of “Look at my collection of stuff!” […]

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Blu-ray Review: Bad Boys

Filed in HD, Reviews by on May 27, 2010 1 Comment • views: 46

Before Michael Bay spent a gazillion dollars on the Transformers franchise he made a series of somewhat clichéd action movies, but the one that has always stuck out for me is Bad Boys (his first feature film).  Give Bay a relatively small budget and a paper thin plot (two cops bust drug dealers and cop […]

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A Week With Alan Wake

Filed in Reviews, Videogames by on May 22, 2010 3 Comments • views: 464

Alan Wake has been a long time coming for me. Given that its major influences are Stephen King (my favourite author), The X-Files (my favourite television show of all time) and Twin Peaks along with a smattering of Lost for good measure, this is the game that could have been designed just for me. After […]

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Splinter Cell Conviction: A Wonderful Surprise

Filed in Reviews, Tech Stuff, Videogames by on May 6, 2010 0 Comments • views: 23

If certain web forum trends are to be believed then once every few years people who play videogames a lot (or have done for a long time) usually tend to go through an occasional “why do I do this?” phase.  Of course I’m no expert on this particular subject, or any other for that matter, […]

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PS3 Review: Nier

Filed in Reviews, Videogames by on April 22, 2010 9 Comments • views: 2657

Square Enix is the latest in a relatively short line of Japanese videogame companies who have been aggressively acquiring Western studios to expand their portfolio of titles, and perhaps more importantly customer numbers.  If you had told me a year ago that I would have played three Square Enix published games in the space of […]

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Blu-ray Review: 2012

Filed in HD, Reviews, Sci-Fi by on March 24, 2010 0 Comments • views: 69

John pondered holding up a boombox to save the world Hollywood has a large number of easy targets for vitriol such as Jerry Bruckheimer or Michael Bay who produce loud, visually stunning movies that are devoid of any quality story or character development.  As many people sagely state “Michael Bay likes blowing sh*t up!”, and […]

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Blu-ray Review: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Filed in HD, Reviews by on January 24, 2010 0 Comments • views: 25

It is taken as a given that Pixar are the rightful rulers of CG Animated Movieland(TM) and despite numerous imitations none of the other studios can replicate their magical formula.  Dreamworks continue to cram as many pop culture references as is humanly possible into their outings, and previous Sony titles have been a trifle insipid […]

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Bayonetta: Inspired Insanity

Filed in Reviews, Videogames by on January 18, 2010 0 Comments • views: 32

For the past few years there have been numerous articles written in countless magazines, on gaming web sites and blogs about the state of the Japanese gaming industry.  Where once Japanese companies, games and studios ruled the roost, now we find some of the largest players in the electronic entertainment business are from the US […]

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New Media Arrives

Filed in General, HD, Videogames by on January 9, 2010 4 Comments • views: 148

Thanks to the excessively cold temperatures this past week we went without any post until yesterday when this bumper crop arrived.  To be honest I’m amazed it all came at once Planet Terror and Crank 2 were from the Play.com sale (£9.99 each, the only non-digital sale items I bought this..no wait..last year) and Bayonetta […]

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Blu-ray Review: The Taking of Pelham 123 views: 18

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (henceforth to be referred to as Pelham in this review) is something of an oddball movie because at times it isn’t sure quite what it’s meant to be.  Is it an action movie, thriller, character piece?  More on that in a moment. This re-imagining (which is Hollywood’s latest […]

BBC iPlayer on Freesat views: 18

I have been a little bit out of touch with the world of Freesat just recently, but thanks to the launch of the Food Network (channel 405) I have become complete addicted to it over the first couple of days of my Christmas break.  The PVR is actually getting some use for once! But I […]

Blu-ray Review: Angels & Demons views: 20

It only seems like five minutes ago I reviewed The Da Vinci Code’s Blu-ray outing as Angels & Demons received its theatrical release.  Now, never ones to miss a cross-promotion opportunity, Sony provides the BD release of Robert Langdon’s second theatrical outing just as Dan Brown’s latest cash cow is about to hit book retailers […]

Blu-ray Review: Punisher: War Zone views: 18

Released back in 2004, the first Punisher was very much a Marvel property given a cautious outing.  The budget was relatively low by both comic adaptation and Hollywood standards, and while it wasn’t a particularly great movie (you can read my review of the very shoddy UK Blu-ray release here) it had its moments.  Particularly […]