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J. N. Valente "jnscav" (Evora, Portugal)
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Hetty Wainthropp - Woman of the Year
Hetty Wainthropp - Woman of the Year
by David Cook
Edition: Audio Cassette

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawlessly transcripts, 14 Jan. 2001
If you are mad about the TV series you will probably fall in love with Patricia Routledge's character all over again. The option not to dramatise, but to "narrate" the stories is not - as frequently happens - a sign of a lesser effort. A superb actress, here and there rising above her lines, is always a joy, so go out and get it and treat yourself to a fine audiobook. If you don't surrender to its charms, I'll be happy to read your opinion...


Central Station [VHS] [1999]
Central Station [VHS] [1999]
VHS

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph Of The Human Spirit, 31 May 2000
Fernanda Montenegro's portrayal of the cynic and harsh Dora, that befriends an orphan boy and realises that Love has many ways of coming back into one's life is absolutely magical and real. Few, if any, actresses would achieve such a feat. She moulds her face, her whole body, to the evolution of her relationship with the boy Josué, with the landscape of hinterland Brazil, with Faith that she has lost for Gods and Saints but recovers towards the end of the film as something far more complex - faith in humanity. She's probably the Best Actress in the world at this moment. The cinematography is breathtaking, the soundtrack absolutely right, and the supporting cast (particularly Marília Pera) a delight to see. It beats me why Fernanda didn't win the Oscar, and it's a scandal that the clownish Life Is Beautiful stole Central Station its Foreign Language Oscar as well... Still, anyone who chances watching this film will see it for the universal masterpiece of film making it is. Superb!


Queer As Folk: Series 2 [DVD] [2000]
Queer As Folk: Series 2 [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Aidan Gillen
Offered by westworld-
Price: £4.98

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Balancing Act, 27 April 2000
I hereby state my condition - completely in love with Queer As Folk (the first). Naturally I had extremely high expectations as to the follow-up. Not very wise... One of the things that bothered me most was the way so many plotlines were packed into so little time. Are we supposed to develop them ourselves? Not too bad. But Stuart blowing up cars and ending up with Vince in a huge pond rather than a ghetto is pure fantasy. What about Alf? What about parents with whom everything remained to be settled? Technically, I'm not too sure the widescreen format feels right. There's a bit more extra features than on the video, but for a DVD this is way below potential... Overall? See it at your own peril.


Queer as Folk 2 [VHS] (2000)
Queer as Folk 2 [VHS] (2000)
VHS

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit unreal, wasn't it?, 23 Mar. 2000
Disappointment is a word that comes to mind. I guess there will always be a QAF for us to go back to and love by - but it won't be this one. From groundbreaking to stalemate, Did I hate it? Of course not, I still loved it, but only in the way you just love this brilliant new american show that's got this guy that's got these eyes... O well, it was fun.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering the art of storytelling, 8 Mar. 2000
The much missed Joan Hickson (IMHO the 'only' Miss Marple on film or TV) gives a perfect rendiction of two of Agatha Christie's 'Thirteen Problems'. They are not gems, rather more like marbles. But marbles are very entertaining and glisten beautifully, don't they? Also, if you get the chance to listen to Joan Hickson's superb readings of 'They Do It With Mirrors' and 'Nemesis' don't miss it!


Queer as Folk:complete Scripts: The Scripts
Queer as Folk:complete Scripts: The Scripts
by Russell T. Davies
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking drama, 11 Feb. 2000
When it comes to TV scripts, once in a decade (if you're lucky) you can use "groundbreaking" and not be afraid of overstating your case. Although the series is yet to show in Portugal, it was a huge video hit here, and I had been dying to read the scripts from the day I saw it. Well now that I have I'm more than certain of R.T.Davies talent, wit and courage. And the bits that weren't on TV help you put the whole series into context, define the characters a little better, and leave you gasping for more. Which is coming, I believe. Can't wait!


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