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November! Went to the Leeds climbing wall last Tuesday, which was great. Going to try and go every week for a bit – at least until moving house issues come well and truly into the fore. No other excitements really – can’t wait to see Harry Potter!!

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

I actually now really regret not seeing it at the cinema. Strange film, in many ways.. I found it very slow in getting off the ground, and a lot of things only really made sense when I watched it with the director’s and screenwriter’s commentary on (oh the wonders of DVD). Very enjoyable though – fantastic action sequences, and very beautiful to watch. As a film I wouldn’t rate it that highly, but as a martial acts movie it ranks up there with the best. Indeed, as an experience I can think of many worse ways to spend a couple of […]

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FINALLY – I’ve seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I actually now really regret not seeing it at the cinema. Strange film, in many ways.. I found it very slow in getting off the ground, and a lot of things only really made sense when I watched it with the director’s and screenwriter’s commentary on (oh the wonders of DVD). Very enjoyable though – fantastic action sequences, and very beautiful to watch. As a film I wouldn’t rate it that highly, but as a martial acts movie it ranks up there with the best. Indeed, as an experience I can think […]

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Just back from holiday (in Greece) – feeling tanned and refreshed, so that’s good. 🙂 Excitements? Well, the oz DVDs all worked (hurrah!), and both the Blues Brothers and Aliens are special editions, with extra previously unseen footage. The Blues Brothers had loads of new stuff – most of the songs extended, plus one or two new scenes, and one or two extended scenes. In most of the cases I can understand why they were cut for the theatrical release, but for some of them I can’t! Aliens – well what can I say? Still possibly my “best film of […]

"Moulin Rouge"

A fantastically clever and well-made film, with some great cinematic techniques and a rocking score. However I have to say I came out of it feeling ‘dirty’ somehow, and very sad.. It has such a sense of squalor and quiet desperation/hopelessness to it that I couldn’t really say I enjoyed it, even though in a technical sense it’s a very good film.

"The Blues Brothers (S.E.)"

Loads of new stuff – most of the songs extended, plus one or two new scenes, and one or two extended scenes. In most of the cases I can understand why they were cut for the theatrical release, but for some of them I can’t!

"Aliens (S.E.)"

Well what can I say? Still possibly my “best film of all time” – I have watched it many many times, and can still hardly find any way the film could be improved. This special edition seems to be even longer then the special edition released on VHS a few years ago, but I wouldn’t swear on that.

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Long time since last update – been busy! Just a quick rave about ezydvd.com.au (R4 DVDs from Oz – the online seller lin ked with dvd.net.au) – I ordered 3 DVDs on Thursday, they were dispatched on Friday, and arrived this morning (all of 3 working day s later). They’re Blues Brothers, Aliens, and Eric Clapton Unplugged , and I can’t wait to give ’em a whirl. And the price?? Well don’t know the exact pric e, but it was Aus$95, which works out at just under 30 quid, including p∧p (for c omparison, HMV sell Clapton for 22 quid). […]

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Played Gran Turismo 1 again… I think I was a bit harsh on my judgement of GT3 – it is a country mile better graphically than GT1… I guess I just didn’t play it for long enough. Still not worth 40 quid tho.

"Gran Turismo 3"

Played Gran Turismo 1 again… I think I was a bit harsh on my judgement of GT3 – it is a country mile better graphically than GT1… I guess I just didn’t play it for long enough. Still not worth 40 quid tho.

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