Profile for Jo > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Jo
Top Reviewer Ranking: 462,381
Helpful Votes: 121

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Jo (haverhill, suffolk United Kingdom)

Page: 1
The Venetian Awakening
The Venetian Awakening
Price: 2.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved every minute, 18 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Haven't much to say other than I loved it and CAN'T WAIT to see what happens next! Couldn't put it down x

The Very Best Of Cat Stevens
The Very Best Of Cat Stevens
Offered by MUSIC2000UK
Price: 5.14

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!, 9 Jan 2004
If you had asked me a month ago to name one of Cat Steven's songs I would have had great difficulty so when I got this album I wasn't expecting much. What a mistake! I found I knew almost every track on the album. His tracks have been covered by everyone from Boyzone to pop idol contestants.
There are some really great tracks on this, I'm hard pushed to choose a favourite but i think it has to be the classic 'the first cut is the deepest', but 'I love my dog' comes a close second, what a title for a song!!
This is a great album to relax too, especially to listen to in the car on the way home after a really hard day!
This has made me a huge fan of Steven's and i would urge everyone out there to get this album. You wont regret it.

Lord of Misrule: The Autobiography of Christopher Lee
Lord of Misrule: The Autobiography of Christopher Lee
by Christopher Lee
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 8 Jan 2004
As a big fan of Christopher Lee's work I was very excited to recieve this book for Christmas. It makes a nice change to read an autobiography written by someone over the age of 40!
The book starts (obviously!) with Lee's view on his childhood, he was born into a family of Italian nobility on his mothers side and tried out for Eton as a youngster. He fell into acting when it was recommended to him by a cousin and he said 'why not!'
Throughout much of his early career Lee was typecast as a horror actor, especially after taking over the reins of Bela Lugosi as Dracula. Lee used to live next door to Boris Karloff another actor famed for his horror roles and he is just one of Lee's famous friends mentioned throughout the book.
I personally found the last few chapters most interesting as Lee spoke about his more recent work in Star Wars and Lord of the rings. The intoduction of the book was written by Peter Jackson the director of the Lord of the Rings just as filming ended on the last part of the trilogy.
I throughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all of not only Lee's fans but fans of the movies in general. It may also help o have an interest in Golf (i dont!) as his favourite pastime it does crop up a lot!
I am looking forward to seeing Christopher Lee on our screens for a long time yet.

Gone With The Wind [DVD] [1939]
Gone With The Wind [DVD] [1939]
Dvd ~ Clark Gable
Price: 4.50

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankly my dear, this is fantastic!!, 10 Sep 2003
This if my favourite movie of all time and it deserves much, much more than 5 stars.
It's the perfect cold, rainy sunday afternoon movie, just switch it on and you're transpoted back to a world where women have afternoon naps and the most impotant part of the day is being shoe-horned into a corset to acheive an 18 inch waist!
The performances from Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O'Hara) and Hattie Mcdaniel (Mamie) are superb. My only criticism, if it is one, is how is the audience supposed to believe that the vivacious Scarlett would fall for a drip like Ashley Wilkes?! As if!
This film started an my obsession with Clarke Gable, Rhett Butler; what a guy! He is overbearing, arrogant and drinks to much but it's all part of his charm and thats one thing he has plenty of.
Even though theres no happy ending the viewer is left confident that once Scarlett reaches her beloved Tara everything will be allright again, she'll get her man back and it will all be Happy-ever-after.
If you have never seen this film you don't know what you're missing! and for all those other GWTW fans out there, I salute you!
I know what I'll be watching this sunday, with a big bar of chocolate and some tissues.

The Ring [DVD] [2003]
The Ring [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 5.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying!!, 7 Sep 2003
This review is from: The Ring [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
I have never heard of the Japanese original, so have nothing to compare this movie too. I watched it last night and was terrified!! I'm not easily frightened by moivies but this one is in a league of its own! The plot is fast moving, the characters are solid with a strong performance by Brian Cox. The kid is freaky!! The ending was a little disapointing but the rest of the film made it worth while.
Watch this but have a cushion handy!!

Write Right: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar and Style
Write Right: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar and Style
by Jan Venolia
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.74

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A clear and easy to read guide to writing right!, 5 Sep 2003
This is jam-packed with tips, rules and common mistakes. It is extremely readable and very precise without being too indepth. It's a great size too; small and neat and can easily be carried around. I keep it in close reach for easy reference.

The Cutting Room
The Cutting Room
by Louise Welsh
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different VERY good, 5 Sep 2003
This review is from: The Cutting Room (Paperback)
I have never read a book like this before! All the characters are dark and interesting with shady pasts or little secrets. The main character spends his spare time looking for chance encounters in the park or gents toilets, yet he also manages to grip you to the storyline and you end up feeling for all the characters no matter their personality or preferences.
This book had me hooked from the first page! If you want a novel that is fresh and original you MUST read this. I cant wait to see what she writes next!
The ending caught me totally unawares!

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers [DVD] [1954]
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers [DVD] [1954]
Dvd ~ Jane Powell
Price: 5.10

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 stars for seven brothers, 5 Sep 2003
Fantastic! Howard Keel is as always superb. What a voice!!
This was one of my favourite films as a child and i couldn't resist buying the DVD. Watching is as an adult gave me a totally different perspective. I remembered all the songs, the brothers A-to-G names; Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ethan, Frank and Gideon! However i never realised what cavemen they were!! Going into a town and taking 6 young women screaming out of their beds away from their families to be wives to men they hardly knew!!
This didn't last long though and i was soon back to singing away. This story is bascially Snow white and the seven dwarfs all over again! Only this time the sweet untidy little dwarves are replaced by strapping unkempt men who live in a pigsty!!
Watching Molly cope with them and turn them into well mannered and well dressed gentlemen (almost!) is a joy. This film is a perfect pick me up and worth watching for Howard Keel's (bless her beautiful hide!) performance alone.

Calamity Jane [DVD] [1953]
Calamity Jane [DVD] [1953]
Dvd ~ Doris Day
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 4.01

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I lost my heart in the black hills..., 5 Sep 2003
This review is from: Calamity Jane [DVD] [1953] (DVD)
This film is my favourite musical of all time. It has something for everyone, lots of dancing, singing, shooting and love in unlikely places.
Doris Day plays Calamity Jane; she dresses like a man, rides like a man, talks like a man and fights like a man. The only problem is she's not a man, and she and all the men in Deadwood City are in danger of forgetting it!
After her friend and hotel owner Harry is almost lynched by the townsfolk for unwittingly employing an actor to entertain them instead of an actress, Calamity Jane promises to go to the 'windy city' of Chicago to bring back their favourite actress Adeilade Adams to perform in Deadwood.
This time Calamity Jane has bitten off more than she can chew. Miss Adams is a huge star on her way to Paris and wouldn't dream of setting foot in Deadwood. Her maid Katie Brown is trying on Miss Adam's costumes in her dressing room when Calamity Jane bursts it. She mistakes Katie for Adelaide and begs her to return to Deadwood. Katie seeing her shot at stardom readily agrees.
Once in Deadwood all the men in town go crazy over the new arrival including Calamitys best friend Wild Bill, and the man she has her eye on; Lt Danny Gil-Martin. Katie soon admits she's not really a huge star but by this time everyone loves her for herself and doesn't care.
What follows is a fight for the girl. Bill and Danny want Katie, Katie wants Danny and Calamity wants Danny too. Katie moves in with Calamity and starts to make her more ladylike. This results in Calamity being the belle of the ball when they go to a local dance.
At the dance Katie and Danny kiss watched by a jealous Bill and Calamity. Calamity is so mad she shoots a glass of punch from Katies hand. Later she sees the error in her ways after wild Bill gives her a good talking too. She realises that she has been in love with Bill all along and rushes to apologise to Katie and share her good news. In the meantime Katie has left towm.
In true Calamity Jane style she chases to stop the stage from leaving and brings Katie back to Deadwood where the film ends with a double wedding.
This film is fantastic. The acting is first rate with great performances by Doris Day and Howard Keel (what a voice) as Wild Bill. The songs are so catchy you'll be humming them for weeks! They really don't make them like this anymore.

Slipstream: A Memoir
Slipstream: A Memoir
by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An honest account of a very interesting woman., 1 Sep 2003
This review is from: Slipstream: A Memoir (Paperback)
This is a very honest and moving account of the life of a remarkable lady. I had never heard of Elizabeth Jane howard before I picked up this book, but once I had picked it up I couldn't put it down! It starts off slowly with her early life and the difficult relationship between Elizabeth and her mother, but quickly picks up after moving away from home.
She comes across to start with as very naive when it comes to relationships and speaks very openly about motherhood and her early relationship with her daughter.
Elizabeth Jane Howard has some remarkable friends and all though I had not heard of her before most of her friends, lovers and acquaintances are giants in the literary world. Cecil Day-louis, Arthur Koestler, Louis st Bernieres and of course her third husband Kingsley Amis, to name just a few.
Although her relationship with Kingley Amis lasted over eighteen years it ended badly, and thier differences were not resolved before his death. However Elizabeth Jane Howard speaks about him with great affection regardless.
I enjoyed this book so much that I have now bought a copy of Kingley Amis' boigraphy to hear his side of the story!
This book is a must for fans of biography and literature.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 25, 2013 6:06 PM GMT

Page: 1