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In I Am a Cat, a supercilious feline narrator describes the lives of a set of middle class Japanese. Amongst these are Mr. Sneeze (literally translated from Chinno Kushami, in the original Japanese) and family (the cat's owners), Sneeze's garrulous and irritating friend Waverhouse (Meitei), and the young scholar Avalon Coldmoon (Mizushima Kangetsu) with his will-he-won't-he marriage to the businessman's spoilt daughter, Opula Goldfield (Kaneda Tomiko). After two years chronicling the foibles of these foolish humans and the general superiority of cats, the nameless protagonist gets drunk and drowns in a water barrel.
"[The Authority in His Dark Materials] is the God of the burners of heretics, the hangers of witches, the persecuters of Jews, the officials who recently flogged that poor girl in Nigeria who had the misfortune to become pregant after having been forced to have sex - all these people claim to know with absolute certainty that their God wants them to do these things. Well, I take them at their word, and I say in response that that God deserves to die."
Each new Robbie Williams release seems to arrive more quietly than the last - Sin Sin Sin has been heralded with a minor toot rather than a Let Me Entertain You-style fanfare. The reason is obvious - with Intensive Care, from which this synth-based song is taken, Williams and co-writer Stephen Duffy have headed away from transparently commercial material and towards slightly more subdued, thoughtful pop. Sure, the big chorus remains present and correct, but Robbie's trademark showiness has been replaced by a more reflective mood. The results are mixed - this is a solid, hummable pop song, but after repeated listens begins to feel a little plodding.
With second record One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back not breaking the Top Ten of the album chart, those who predicted the fall of The Darkness seem to be vindicated in their judgement. However their popularity globally seems as strong as ever, having recently visited Australia and Japan, they’ll spend the summer rocking the European festival circuit. With Justin Hawkins' falsetto at an all-time high, Girlfriend encapsulates the fun of The Darkness' music, all while carrying a message of reprieve from having cheated on your partner. It's upbeat and has a chorus that a toddler could cope with… but you can’t help feel the band are running out of ideas musically. The accompanying video is amusing; with Hawkins paying tribute to eighties' flick 'Flashdance'. -Alex Lai (Contact Music)
Empire - Simon Braund: A shot in the arm for the classic disaster movie. Awesome effects, nail-biting tension and a cast of characters we don't want dead after half an hour - even, amazingly, the cute kid. Chicago Tribune - Michael Phillips: At least Poseidon takes care to dispatch the Black Eyed Peas' Stacy Ferguson who, as the shipboard entertainer, sings what may be the worst song ever written, reprised over the end credits. Baltimore Sun - Michael Sragow: If this version had been called The Poseidon Adventure, audiences could have sued for truth in packaging.
Brain Age presents quick mental activities that help keep your DS brain in shape. Activities include quickly solving simple math problems, counting people going in and out of a house simultaneously, drawing pictures on the Touch Screen, reading classic literature out loud, and more. You can also play Sudoku, the number puzzle game which has become an extremely popular feature in U.S. newspapers Brain Age is inspired by the research of Professor Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. His studies evaluated the impact of performing certain reading and mathematic exercises to help stimulate the brain.
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