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... and my three year old son LOVES toy cars. Cars the movie, and Hot
This film doesn't make a whole load of sense viewed in isolation as it is midway through a five part series, but the plot doesn't really matter when you are only three.
(If you must know though Dr Tesla has assembled a bunch of racers from rival street racer gangs to race against the drones to gain the Wheel of Power and save the world.. or something...) The graphics are not too bad for a computer animation. The cars are well crafted and the physics are about right for toy cars. The 'drones' make quiet good baddies, I suspect they are influenced by the Borg in Star Trek though.
The final race in the city 'world' is good, and that's what this film is all about, don't worry too much about the hokey plot, just enjoy the racing of Team Teku and the Metal Maniacs against the baddie drones.
It ends abruptly though. I suppose I'll need to buy the boy the next in the series to see what happens next.
This is a sketch show ran by the titular Morgan Robinson. It's not bad.
I never rated Catherine Tate that much and I would say Morgan is
slightly better than her.
The two chaps that are there to help her out with the sketches are good too and I love the rather confused Chelsea pensioner skit that they do.
I like Gilbert too, and the Mortitians, but the mad film star and Fern Cotton I can do without.
Like a lot of shows at the moment though it does suffer from having the same characters doing the same stuff each week ala the Fast Show.
Good enough to watch on a week night though, and does fine in the slot after Frankie Boyle on channel 4.
I think I fancy here a little bit too! O_o
Channel 4 back on form if you ask me but I am sure this won't be to
everyone's taste. Part stand up, part sketch show, it is half an hour
of sick comedy with plenty of swearing and a rather disturbing amount
of jokes about paedophilia.
But then that's Frankie Boyle, he likes to push peoples buttons and joke about topics that other comedians wouldn't touch with a barge pole. Frank himself does the stand up, in his usual aggressive Glaswegian banter but a few other regulars are there to help him out with the sketches.
While most of the material is really out there, I love it, because it reminds me of the old days of Channel 4 when they used to do edgy and weird programs all the time. Stuff that makes you wonder if you won't be tainted just for watching it. Great!
God help Frankie's kids though...
You can't really go wrong with this crew. I enjoyed the Fast Show a lot
and I listened to most of 'Down the Line' on radio 4.
Bellamy's People is basically 'Down the Line' on TV in that Bellamy himself is a character rather than a real Radio DJ.
Down the Line was a Radio 4 show and the first time I heard it for about the first 15 minutes I thought it was real rather than the spoof that it is. It was set up like a phone in show ala 'Any Answers' and sounds very very real until the callers become more and more silly and you realise that your actually listening to Higson, Whitehouse, Day et al. I liked it very much and the last ghost episode was actually very spooky.
Having survived the ghost in his studio anyway, Bellamy is out and about talking to 'members of the British Public' - actually characters played by the cast. This is one thing I would say that makes it not quite work as well as on the radio, because you can quickly tell its a spoof as whatever make-up he's under Paul Whitehouse has a very distinctive face!
Also, some of the characters are very reminiscent of Fast Show characters.
Still its a good format and funny, in the same slanted way that the Fast Show was funny. I laughed last night the most at Bellamy questioning the rappers about their names and that if he wanted to be known as 'accurate' then why was his name 'Sniper' (which was violent) and not 'Atomic Clock'.
My 2 year old son loves this film! It's - what - 5 minutes long? About
6th in a series that include Mater being a Matedor, being a fire truck,
befriending a UFO etc.
The set up is the same each time, Mater will start telling a 'tall tale' that involves him and a rather bemused Lightning McQueen.
This tale, in my opinion (and my sons!) is the best so far. Mater tows a Japanese car back to Japan and is then 'Modified!' to be a drift racer. He insults another car and must race to the top of Tokyo tower at midnight to become 'King of the Drifters' or suffer the indignity of being stripped of all modifications and becoming .... STOCK! Fun, non-stop excitement and an excellent sound track.
My wife read the Diary of Anne Frank last year for English class, and
when we visited Amsterdam we went to see the house.
The house in this TV series is exactly the same as the real house, almost to the extent that I wonder if they filmed it there.
The story as told in this series is very close to the book and shows Anne as she shows herself in her diary. An intelligent, boisterous, moody, lively teenage girl.
The fact that she was SO full of energy and ideas and yet was cooped up in those rooms for so long is the really moving thing about the book I think and they have captured it very well in the series.
This BBC drama feels completely authentic, I can't think of anything to criticise it about at all!
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Firstly, I did enjoy this film, it had strong characters and some
interesting scenes. However, I've worked in a mental hospital and I can
say that where I worked was nothing like that! The patients were
supervised a lot more and given much more attention than Poppy , N and
the others were given.
I suppose it could be argued that it was being portrayed as how the hospital 'felt' to the patients rather than reality, but this is not shown really in the film. It could also be looked at in a Kafka-esquire nightmarish slant on reality, but again , I think that would be reading too much into it. I know it is a film about madness, but it is obvious in it what is real and what is not.
Poppy is the character in the film that is supposedly sane, who as been sent to the hospital by accident (like One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest), and this was another thing that bugged me. How on earth can you do so badly filing in a job application form that you end up in a mental hospital?? This was the reason given in the film and I half expected it to turn out that Poppy WAS mad after all, as it seems such a daft reason!
I think the only reason Poppy was in hospital was because the Plot demanded that she was. The modern day NHS simply does not operate like this.
And again and again I got a little bit ticked off by the rail road plot that sent this poor woman down a pretty predictable decline into actual madness, until it reached its rather disappointing ending.
Still, I don't want to put anyone off as I did actually enjoy this film, but more for the good performances than the plot, which turns the NHS into some sort of ghastly monolithic institution very far away from reality.
This has been a cracking series.
David Starkey is a good presenter, a lot more serious than Adam Hart-Davis - but that's the way we like it! This is serious history for serious grown ups! It goes into a great deal of detail on each of the monarchs and I have really enjoyed the recent run through the Stuarts, the four Goerge's and William the IV. My wife is Indonesian and is learning all this for the first time and asks lots of questions - but it shows how the good the series is when a complete history newbie is happy to watch an hour of this every Monday night.
In essence each episode concentrates on one monarch (of England, and then the United Kingdom) and leads on to the next one. So for instance you will get a whole hour (more or less) of Charles II, leading onto James II and then the Glorious Revolution.
Because of the depth of detail I have been learning a lot. Especially about how bloody and ruthless things were back then! I can't recommend it enough. It isn't as accessible as something like 'What the Roman's did for us' but I think anyone can watch this - not just history-buffs like me.
1942 was one of my all time favourite arcade games when I was a kid.
Although 1943 was better, 1942 was still top notch.
It was a 'shoot-em-up' in style. You viewed your little plane (It must have been something like a WW2 'mosquito' by the shape of its tail) looking down at it, you enemies arriving from above or the sides.
You started off on an aircraft carrier, presumably you are an American during the battle of midway.
From here you took off and quickly you are shooting down wave after wave of fighters and kamikaze planes and collecting power ups.
As with other games of this type there is an end of level boss, which could be a massive air craft carrier, bristling with gun emplacements, or a huge flying fortress type plane, which you had to blast the wings off.
What I loved about this game was the frantic pace that it had, and the ducking and weaving you had to do to avoid all the baddies and bullets.
I got very good at it, and still like to fire it up on MAME32 sometimes.
It is still good fun even today!
This was one of the games that came with the Spectrum 48k, although I
suspect it ran on the 16k as well.
We had a Spectrum at Primary school and the competition was fierce to get on it and play games like this one. It is a laughably simple game, but for kids from the 1970's it was great.
The game consisted of two main levels which you played over and over as they increased in difficulty.
The first level was a Frogger clone and you had to guide Horace (A head on legs basically) over two roads to get to the ski shop. If you got run over you were taken away in an ambulance.
Assuming you survived that then next you had to ski down a hill going through the ski gates and over ramps while avoiding the trees.
Very simple, but we loved it as kids back then!
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