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Enlightened - Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Enlightened - Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Laura Dern
Price: £8.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique show with great lead performance, 21 Jun. 2013
This is a gem - Laura Dern gets a great tragi-comic central lead role, and the ambivalence of the series when it comes to weighing Amy's quest for enlightment against the world around her is fascinating - and surprisingly moving. The fourth episode in particular possesses quite startling emotional honesty about her relationship with her ex-husband, depicted with great intimacy and integrity. And it all has some extremely funny moments. All said, a wonderful unclassifiable show. Has some of the feel of a slighter, more comedic Six Feet Under.


The Detour
The Detour
by Gerbrand Bakker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another winner from this wonderful writer, 13 May 2013
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Having loved Bakker's first novel, I had to get hold of this one too. It was not a disappointment. The novel starts off slow, but this slowness itself has a purpose, allowing the reader to feel some of the relief of later openings up. Another beautiful, off-beat and ambiguous study of human relationships: the conclusion is at once frustrating and revelatory...


Beneath This Burning Shoreline
Beneath This Burning Shoreline
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Price: £19.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Super album, 7 Nov. 2011
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Such a good album though so invisible - classy but populist, surely deserves a mass audience. And proves that a classic set-up can still be fresh. On a par with the best of the National.


Let the Great World Spin
Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Over-praised, 21 Aug. 2011
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Bombastic, over-written and cliched. At it's worst, it's rather like the Paul Haggis film, 'Crash'. I am mystified as to why such a stale, airless work has been praised so highly.


In The Wake
In The Wake
by Per Petterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest novels I've ever read, 14 July 2011
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In poetic, measured prose Petterson explores semi (or mainly) autobiographical tragedy and its impact.Some of the most beautiful and precise descriptions of feeling, sensation and experience I have read.


The Twin
The Twin
by Gerbrand Bakker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, 14 July 2011
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A beautifully written and profound study of man in isolation, and his struggle to develop his own identity. Sometimes a little lacking in subtlety, and perhaps occasionally contrived in its effects, yet remains an outstanding work of fiction. A not dissimilar effect to the work of the great Per Petterson.


Battlestar Galactica - The Final Season (Season 4, Part Two) [DVD] [2009]
Battlestar Galactica - The Final Season (Season 4, Part Two) [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos
Price: £7.79

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the end of a unique television journey, 25 Jun. 2009
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The final ten episodes of BSG are not without their problems: some OTT moments, some unclear editing obscuring story points. But having just finished watching the series finale, I am left deeply moved by the conclusion, and feeling extremely bereft that the show that redefined the possibilities of what science-fiction could be is finally over. Equally I have to remind myself it's easy to take BSG too seriously: this was always a show that has made things up as it went along, and the writing is not really of the quality found in more earthbound shows (Mad Men, Six Feet Under). And yet, its sweeping mythology and intensely human portrayals of characters living on the brink of destruction have remained absolutely compelling throughout the series' life, lending the show uniquely addictive qualities. And I don't have a problem with the way that certain issues remain open, even at the end of the series. The show has always been about mystery: there could never have been any specific worked out 'answer' to the issues it raised, and preserving the mystery is better than explaining every detail away, and more consistent with the approach of the show as a whole. What we are left with instead is a gloriously beuatiful (if somewhat improbable?) vision of renewal, and a surprisingly deep sense of loss, as characters we have grown to love finally give up the ghost.
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Between Me And The Wardrobe
Between Me And The Wardrobe
Price: £9.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique singer-songwriter record, 8 May 2008
A fresh, moving, witty selection of material, immediately striking and accessible, but with layers of musical detail and lyrical interest that repay repeated listening. Combines melancholy and joy with ease.


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