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  • Top 10 Best Middle-earth Moments | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    It s even better when you realise that with one single act of mercy Bilbo unknowingly saved all of Middle earth in the end by allowing Gollum to live as Gandalf said The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many 4 Forming the Fellowship By all accounts the Council of Elrond was a disaster nobody could agree on anything or listen to reason all overcome with petty mistrust and selfish desire Even Gandalf is yelling That is until Frodo steps in announcing that he will take the Ring to Mordor Quiet descends as they realise that this one Hobbit has proven the bravest of them all Gandalf and Aragorn pledge themselves to Frodo unconditionally Even Legolas and Gimli will stand beside him despite the bad blood between their respective families Despite his expressed desire to take the Ring to Gondor even Boromir chooses to go for honourable reasons And of course Sam Merry and Pippin stick to Frodo through thick and thin It s just a majestic moment the assembled heroes the music Elrond declaring them the Fellowship of the Ring even Pippin s decidedly comedic question still doesn t defuse this scene s quality In this moment one brave Hobbit united all these disagreeing minds The one thing that all these seasoned warriors can agree on is that this innocent Hobbit must be protected thus taking their first great step towards the Ring s destruction 3 Ride of the Rohirrim Perhaps the single greatest cavalry charge in the history of cinema which has remained unmatched even to this day Amidst the riders Eowyn promises to look after Merry who steels himself for battle a small but heartfelt moment Theoden looks out to see the impossibly vast Mordor army but bolsters his men s spirits tapping their spears with his sword determined to ride to glory Horns and battle cries of DEATH thunder across the plain as six thousand Rohirrim charge Even the Orcs arrows do little to slow the charge and the music cuts off as the sounds of battle take over For sheer awesomeness this scene is possibly the most impressive part of any battle in all six films Howard Shore s classic Rohan theme blasts out over the charge and shouts of the Rohirrim and rumbling horses and the enemy is practically wetting themselves all adding up to one of cinema s most glorious moments 2 For Frodo The Mouth of Sauron succeeded in spreading fear and doubt among the heroes as to whether Frodo was still alive or not potentially rendering their mission to distract the Eye of Sauron useless As the Black Gates open Aragorn rallies the Men of Gondor and Rohan in a defiant speech and bids them to stand their ground with swords drawn and so they do a few hundred warriors willing to face annihilation in the hopes that Frodo is still alive and can destroy the Ring The Army of the West is quickly surrounded and morale remains fragile

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  • Cinema Classics: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    of the moments that may never lose its power Even when the saw is let loose there s only the odd splash of blood here and there Hooper relies on the ingenuity of cameraman Daniel Pearl and composer Wayne Bell who delivers an ideally cacophonous score that seems as deprived of humanity as the killers The filmmakers have your privates in a vice without having to resort to gratuitous gore shots making Massacre a perversely moral barrage of cruelty Keeping us invested in the nightmare is the late Burns as Sally who is without a doubt the best actor in the film and one of the more memorable slasher heroines in cinema history We never learn too much about her and she doesn t have a story arc per se but she certainly takes a beating with commitment She can also scream with the best of them which she does often and at length But then you d probably illicit a similar response if you were being chased by Leatherface the saw wielding behemoth played effectively by Gunnar Hansen He s the classic silent killer hidden beneath a mask which in this case is actual human flesh That makes him sicker than Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees combined and Hansen goes about his business with a chilling efficiency His cannibalistic co stars are just as indelible with Jim Siedow cackling to blood curdling effect as the demented Cook and Edwin Neal effortlessly selling insanity as the Hitchhiker It isn t hard to fear for Sally when the family finally have her in their grasp The truly stomach churning sequence around the dinner table in which the fiends mercilessly taunt her over a meal of body parts sees Hooper getting lost in the hysteria the soundtrack and photography get so vitriolic that the film passes the point of no return And that s before they wheel out their ancient Grandpa John Dugan to finish her off who is so old that all he can do is suck greedily on her slashed finger The sight of this weathered man trying desperately to hit a screaming woman over the head with a hammer and failing miserably would be darkly comical if the sequence didn t go on and on and on It s therefore a release for the audience when Sally breaks free of the farmhouse only to be chased by her captors in the film s wildly OTT finish The infamous final shot of Leatherface swinging his chainsaw in a frenzy is the ideal cap to an unrestrained work of demented art The Texas Chainsaw Massacre premiered on a wave of publicity following the ad copy s insistence that the film was based on true events For years it would be brought back as a Midnight Movie or reissued to much success making somewhere in the region of 30 million by 1975 However the producers and actors weren t seeing a penny as the mob controlled distributor Bryanston Pictures made off with

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  • A Month of Ghibli #1: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    bit pretentious in some moments but most of the time it doesn t feel too forced and it justifies the plot really well This is really about how being destructive leads to more destruction It s an easy to follow narrative bolstered by good characters and an intelligent and mature approach to its subject matter but it does have some problems The first two thirds of the tale consistently follow Nausicaä but as we get into the third act side plots are created from the numerous amounts of characters introduced making it a little bit overstuffed Studio Ghibli features have a tendency to get to the ending as quickly as possible and as the film reaches its climax it rapidly switches from one offshoot to another quickly resolving them to make space for the main story focus Miyazaki really knows his stuff when creating strange and imaginative settings with this one having a gritty and threatening atmosphere to it The director manages to make this almost unwelcoming world look almost magical with an air of whimsy to it evident from Nausicaä s introduction where she explores the poison filled forest without worry and blissfully relaxes on an insect shell whilst watching spores fall beautifully like snow Utilising his love of any machine that has wings and can fly Miyazaki takes many opportunities to show off the world from up above resulting in many beautiful scenic shots and awesome flying sequences The standout aspect of this film is the female lead herself One of Miyazaki s strong points in his writing and directing is his ability to create strong multifaceted three dimensional female protagonists Nausicaä is smart brave resourceful and an extremely capable leader when in action but she can also be cheerful sentimental and caring She hates conflict but will take drastic measures when trying to protect anyone or anything she cares about and can switch from being tough to vulnerable in appropriate junctures Supporting her is a plethora of equally interesting characters from the wise swordsman Yupa a feisty young pilot named Asbel and a cast of stern yet amusing elderly soldiers from the valley The villains are probably the least interesting personalities but they are portrayed with having a moral compass and reasonable motives behind their actions making it quite difficult to pin point who the real antagonists are Being an 80s animated flick Valley not the most impressive looking Ghibli film in comparison to later works but it still manages to convey the post apocalyptic feel of the world and make the characters look like they have real emotion Despite the animation s choppy appearance the action set pieces are exhilarating and epic in scope and the flying scenes are always spectacular Composed by Miyazaki s frequent musical collaborator Joe Hisaishi the soundtrack has a mixture of sweeping orchestral scores that emphasises landscape shots and cheesy 80 s synth for the action set pieces which sometimes felt strange and didn t fit as intended With an interesting

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  • A Month of Ghibli (Studio Ghibli) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    folklore based comedy read more A MONTH OF GHIBLI 7 Kurenai no buta Porco Rosso 1992 May 22 2014 at 8 19 pm A Month of Ghibli Studio Ghibli Movies 0 comments R G returns to his Ghibli duties with a humanoid pig as he hunts down sky pirates in this post war adventure read more A MONTH OF GHIBLI 6 Omohide Poro Poro Only Yesterday 1991 April 30 2014 at 5 06 pm A Month of Ghibli Studio Ghibli Movies 0 comments Ghibli explores childhood nostalgia in Isao Takahata s understated romantic drama read more A MONTH OF GHIBLI 5 Majo no Takkyūbin Kiki s Delivery Service 1989 April 19 2014 at 2 16 pm A Month of Ghibli Studio Ghibli Movies 0 comments A teenage witch lives independently in this charming coming of age story from Ghibli read more A MONTH OF GHIBLI 4 Tonari no Totoro My Neighbour Totoro 1988 April 13 2014 at 8 16 pm A Month of Ghibli Studio Ghibli Movies 0 comments We take a ride on the Cat Bus and hang out with Studio Ghibli s mascot in this cheerful children s fantasy read more A MONTH OF GHIBLI 3 Hatoru no haka Grave of the Fireflies 1988 April 10 2014 at 6 44 pm A Month of Ghibli Studio Ghibli Movies 0 comments A brother and sister struggle to survive in one of the most powerful and evocative war films ever made read more A MONTH OF GHIBLI 2 Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta Laputa Castle in the Sky 1986 April 6 2014 at 2 34 pm A Month of Ghibli Studio Ghibli Movies 0 comments Hayao Miyazaki goes higher into the skies in this exciting fantasy adventure read more 1 2 Next Movie Squabbles CULT CORNER The Return of the Living

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  • Cookery Come Dancing | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    sharp implements But I ve gone off point I may do a bit of cooking now and again but this product is obviously not aimed at me and I m sure it ll make a lot of old dears happy on Mother s Day Not the fact that they ll have received this frankly awful waste of plastic but that their little darlings have remembered to get them anything at all The creatively named Cooking Songs can be picked up for a reasonable 10 99 from Amazon co uk Disc 1 1 Troublemaker Olly Murs feat Flo Rida 2 What Makes You Beautiful One Direction 3 Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera 4 Hall of Fame The Script 5 Stronger What Doesn t Kill You Kelly Clarkson 6 Poker Face Lady Gaga 7 Only Girl In The World Rihanna 8 I Gotta Feeling The Black Eyed Peas 9 Beat Again JLS 10 Toxic Avant Britney Spears Bloodshy 11 Hips Don t Lie featuring Wyclef Jean Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 12 Faith George Michael 13 I ve Had The Time Of My Life Bill Medley Jennifer Warnes 14 Put Your Records On Corinne Bailey Rae 15 Nothing s Real But Love Rebecca Ferguson 16 Beautiful Christina Aguilera 17 Fallin Alicia Keys 18 Just The Way You Are Bruno Mars Disc 2 1 Dancing Queen ABBA 2 The Promise Girls Aloud 3 Black Heart Stooshe 4 Life Is A Rollercoaster Ronan Keating 5 Drive By Train 6 You Bring Me Joy Amelia Lily 7 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cyndi Lauper 8 These Words Natasha Bedingfield 9 It s Raining Men The Weather Girls 10 9 To 5 Dolly Parton 11 Don t Stop Believin Journey 12 Footloose Kenny Loggins 13 Manic Monday The Bangles 14 I m In The Mood For Dancing The Nolans 15 Ain t Got No I Got Life Nina Simone v Groovefinder 16 Never Tear Us Apart Paloma Faith 17 Bleeding Love Leona Lewis 18 Because You Loved Me Theme from Up Close and Personal Céline Dion Disc 3 1 Rehab Amy Winehouse 2 Blow Me One Last Kiss P nk 3 Price Tag Jessie J 4 DNA Little Mix 5 How We Do Party RITA ORA 6 TiK ToK Ke ha 7 Smile Lily Allen 8 Hey Ya OutKast 9 Spotlight Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Tor Erik Hermansen Jennifer Hudson 10 Living In America James Brown 11 A Little Less Conversation Elvis Presley 12 Here Come The Girls Ernie K Doe 13 Music To Watch Girls By Andy Williams 14 Walking On Broken Glass Annie Lennox 15 Leave Right Now Will Young 16 You Raise Me Up Westlife 17 Wherever You Will Go Charlene Soraia 18 White Flag Dido Related Squabbles CINEMA CLASSICS The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 Just a Man in a Can Revisiting Iron Man Kicking Cancer in the Headbangers Balls SEQUELISED Batman Forever 1995 Outtakes from SquabbleCast 14 Force Awakening AWESOME ALBUMS Mystery Jets Radlands 2012 Year Zero coming to a

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  • Rod Petrie | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    comments Well it s been out for a while now Does Episode VII still cut it Rod gives us a detailed analysis read more CINEMA CLASSICS Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back 1980 December 17 2015 at 5 58 pm Cinema Classics Movies 0 comments Rod returns to a galaxy far far away for the greatest chapter read more May the Force Be With You Revisiting the Super Star Wars Trilogy November 29 2015 at 9 22 pm Games Movies 0 comments Rod hopes he s strong with the Force as he revisits a trio of challenging games from a galaxy far far away read more GAMING GREATS Castlevania 1986 October 25 2015 at 2 45 pm Games Gaming Greats 0 comments Rod sharpens a stake for Dracula with this NES classic read more Silent Hill The Games vs The Movie October 13 2015 at 3 17 pm Games Movies 0 comments Twin Peaks has nothing on this place Rod compares the Silent Hill movie to its video game inspiration read more LICENSE TO THRILL Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 September 28 2015 at 1 58 pm Comics Games License to Thrill 0 comments Rod puts down the pizza and picks up a control pad for a TMNT classic on the NES read more GAMING GREATS Secret of Evermore 1995 August 24 2015 at 2 26 pm Games Gaming Greats 0 comments Rod and his trusty canine companion have a galactic adventure in this SNES favourite read more 1 2 Next Movie Squabbles CULT CORNER The Return of the Living Dead 1985 SEQUELISED RoboCop 3 1993 REVIEW The Jungle Book 2016 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City Gaming Squabbles GAMING GREATS L A Noire 2011 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995

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  • Cult Corner: The Cable Guy (1996) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    lisping idiot there is more going on than initially appears We see a little into his unhappy childhood and his reasons for being obsessed with television But crucially no matter how far he descends into Ventura esque flailing he is in full control of the Cable Guy at all times It is a turn worth watching and exploring in more detail Ben Stiller is a solid director and I m sure he was trying to do something more interesting than a standard wacky comedy There are some fantastic set pieces and although there are obviously many Hollywood bits in it there are others that have stuck around in the collective consciousness Who in the 90s didn t want to go to Medieval Times And surely it is a universal trait to have a person in your life that latches on to you and will not go away Whether at work school or your spare time a part of being human is learning how to cope with someone becoming overbearing and assuming friendship over just a few days This understanding is taken here and turned up to eleven earning instant cringe points for that I doubt anyone has ever ruined a game of basketball as badly as in Stiller s film but how many times have you wished you could get someone away from a social situation The Cable Guy however is not the perfect blend of silliness and horror I never thought Broderick was right in the main role especially when he has to play off a foil as strong as Carrey He almost forces the narrative back on track stopping the darker elements from taking hold The conclusion is also a little too neatly wrapped up and despite being a vague satire of television it does not play with it enough In the end this is still a Big Studio Comedy and it may be that The Cable Guy falls between two stools It is too dark to appease fans of Ace Ventura and The Mask but it is still clearly in the mainstream I would have loved to have seen what Paul Verhoeven could make with this story That said it is still worth a watch Carrey s performance is fantastic and if you are willing to ignore some flaws there is a darkly comedic tale of true quality here Best Scene As I said above I love the fight scene but the karaoke bit is worth watching again and again Why it works so well is because Carrey is in total concentration despite his writhing Just what is going on in that head through all of this Useless Trivia Via IMDb The scene at Medieval Times where the Cable Guy asks for Steven s chicken skin and then performs his Silence of the Lambs impression was all improvised Ben Stiller loved it and wanted to keep it in the film even though it wasn t in the script If you look at Matthew Broderick s face during

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  • May the Force Be With You: Revisiting the Super Star Wars Trilogy | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    Death Star in the Battle of Yavin to name a few But liberties have definitely been taken with certain things For example at the end of the first level set on Tatooine you actually fight the Sarlaac Pit from Return of the Jedi In the third person Landspeeder levels you will have to kill a certain number of Jawas who come at you on tiny Speeder like vehicles of their own Your Landspeeder is equipped with jets that allow you to hover above the ground and you can hover all the way up to the top of the screen You have a bar that indicates how much fuel you have but you can pick up more by destroying Jawas and they also drop hearts to replenish any lost health Womprats are a secondary enemy you will encounter There are also moisture vaporator towers as obstacles to avoid hitting The only annoying thing is that there are pits on the ground that if you get caught in them will drain all your health so you still have to be careful The final level of course is the attack on the Death Star where Luke pilots his X Wing through the trench to get to the exhaust port and fire off the torpedoes that lead to the core of the space station This is played in the first person view Now once you get your lightsabre you might think Oh this is so cool I m going to destroy everything in my path easily But since Luke isn t experienced with using it yet in the movie this is reflected in this game by the way Luke is animated whilst using it It is a powerful weapon that can damage an enemy more than your blaster however it means you have to get in close and with certain enemies that means you re going to lose a lot more health when not standing in front of it and firing at a distance I would advise using it sparingly mainly for bosses that you are able to get up close and personal with and as long as you have full health at your disposal There is a time limit in each level and enemies will drop time extensions helpfully Super Star Wars is the only game in the trilogy that has a time limit though It s neither here nor there in this game and you ll only run out of time if you avoid the time limit extensions or just mess around on purpose There are some weak points about this game though that don t necessarily make it terrible but can be frustrating especially since they are rectified in the next two titles One of these is the fact you can t run and shoot at the same time which means you will have to stand still and then aim where you want to fire The second is that there s no save or password feature and this means you will have to complete the game in one sitting unless you re willing to pause the game and leave it that way until you wish to continue playing Super Empire Strikes Back It is a dark time for the Rebellion Although the Death Star has been destroyed Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth The evil lord Darth Vader obsessed with finding young Skywalker has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space After playing Super Star Wars you will notice that in Super Empire Strikes Back there are a few changes The first is that you have a password feature which really helps as this game is longer than Super Star Wars Like the latter the characters you can play as are Luke Han and Chewbacca But just as in the previous game you can t choose to play as Han or Chewie from the beginning and it will be a few levels into the game before you can You will also notice once you begin that Luke is much better now with his lightsabre which in turn means said gameplay is better for the player He can actually block now too The animation of using the lightsabre has been greatly improved as well Han now has a secondary weapon aside from his blaster which are bombs that actually look like the old World War II grenades the Germans used Unfortunately though when you complete a level as Solo the amount of grenades you collected reverts back to zero Chewbacca has a cool spin attack he can utilise which uses up energy but refills automatically when you stop using it A slight change to Chewie s jump is that instead of just leaping higher when you double jump he too will now do a somersault like Luke and Han The controls are basically the same except they changed the button you press in order to switch between Luke s lightsabre and his blaster Icons you collect are pretty much the same except this time you can collect Force Upgrades to replenish your Force bar once you reach the Dagobah level and have received these Force Powers Elevation Mind Control Slowdown Sabre Control Sabre Deflect Invisible Heal and Freeze The third person view returns for certain levels in this too like one of the Battle of Hoth stages when you re fighting in your Snowspeeder There s a side scrolling level where you get into a Snowspeeder too You even get to ride on a Tauntaun which you can dismount if you wish It is given a much larger health bar than your characters ever get at the start of a level Later in the game you will visit Cloud City on Bespin and this is a level where you are

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