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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Montreal &Quebec City
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Montreal &Quebec City
by Gregory B. Gallagher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok, 14 Jun. 2008
This is by no means a bad guide - it has the DK's usual excellent assortment of sights, restaurants, cafes, general travel info. However, it has no map for Montreal's metro system which is a obvious defect (despite being a fairly walkable city, being there for a short time and on a budget, I inevitably ended up using the underground trains).
the restaurant guide is excellent (having happily tried several of the recommendations) and the book covers all of the main sights.
Usefully, this is a small, andtherefire portable guide


No Country For Old Men [DVD]
No Country For Old Men [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tommy Lee Jones
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars demented psychopath!, 13 Jun. 2008
This review is from: No Country For Old Men [DVD] (DVD)
An engrossing film: suspenceful throughout, repulsive yet strangely beautiful. The stange sparseness of McCarthy's writing is represented through superb cinematography and brilliant acting. One possible flaw in the film is possibly also its most striking asset - Javier Bardem's performance is so stunning that it virtually overshadows everything else on offer. His character is up there with the most menacing and ruthless characters in movie history!


China (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
China (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
by Hugh Thompson
Edition: Flexibound

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bamboozled? buy this one, 3 Feb. 2008
Firstly, this is a very chunky guide but then China is a vast country, so at the price of heaving this around in your bag, you'll have a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated book which contains chapters on all of the provinces with lots of information on the larger cities, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong etc as well as their surrounding areas.
The front of the book is divided into sections which give a marvelous introduction to the country - for example, Landscape and Wildlife, Arts, Architecture, Religion and Philosophy, History (including a dynasty timeline) and more.
The back of the book contains many pages of practical information, including accommodation, travel arrangements, places to eat etc.

The main attraction of the eyewitness books are their fantastic illustrations which really bring a country to life before you've even traveled. For a two week trip covering Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing I found this guide to be superb.


New York (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
New York (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
by Eleanor Berman
Edition: Flexibound

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide, 7 Dec. 2007
This eyewitness guide is superb; I found it to be an excellent buy for a first trip to New York, particularly as it is organised into sections district by district, for example, with Central Park, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown etc. Each of these sections are introduced with a pictorial map indicating the locations of the sites worth visiting described on the following pages which are lavishly illustrated throughout with excellent photographs and drawings.
Useful practical information is included towards the back (including lists of accomodation, restaurants, music venues, bars as well as travel tips (a subway map is located on the final page)).


Pan's Labyrinth [DVD] [2006]
Pan's Labyrinth [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Ivana Baquero
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a unique storyteller, 5 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Pan's Labyrinth [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
The fantasy element to this film is stunning - with the scene where the monster is asleep next to the feast-laden table being supremely beautiful, striking and suspenseful. It's a shame there isn't more of the little girl's/faun's world in this film (and less of the civil war story which seems weak by comparison and slightly lacking in depth). Del Torro's storytelling skill and ability to communicate this story from the child's perspective is remarkable.


Dead Man's Shoes [DVD] [2004]
Dead Man's Shoes [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Paddy Considine
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £6.11

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly brilliant, 1 Nov. 2007
This is fantastic film making - a straightforward but riveting story delivered in a masterfully deliberate way - important snippets of information being witheld until the last possible moment with devastating effect. I was left stunned by the end credits.
The humour is laugh-out-loud funny (the gang's crap old citroen is hilarious) until something close to the full scale of the tragedy is revealed. A harrowing and tragic story brilliantly told.


Lunar Park
Lunar Park
by Bret Easton Ellis
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars YBRET, 18 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Lunar Park (Paperback)
Excessive, poignant, hilarious and quite unsettling by turns; Lunar Park is a brilliant read. The novel begins as a self-confessional autobiography of Bret Easton Ellis written in such a way that it's difficult to know which details are fictional and which are real, with Easton Ellis constantly referencing real events and real people (often involved in very believable scenarios). The candidness of this part of the novel makes for extremely funny reading (particularly when Keanu Reeves comes into the story).
This setting later morphs into a fantastical horror story. The writer decides to make a go of family life but finds himself haunted by demons from his past - all rooted in his relationship to his now deceased father. The supernatural elements are quite disturbing but somehow mix surprisingly well with an emotional and very moving family drama. Easton Ellis's narrator, for all his faults, is a very likeable narrator.


Zodiac [DVD] [2007]
Zodiac [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating..., 30 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Zodiac [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Zodiac is a fascinating and painstaking recreation of the police investigation (as well as the parallel sleuthing of a newspaper cartoonist) into the serial murders of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Without the special effects and visual panache often associated with David Fincher films, Zodiac is permeated with a dreadful, unflinching realism which must go some way to accurately portraying the panic and paranoia connected with such a case.
The extreme lengths Fincher has gone to to make the characters and events of the film as realistic as possible are revealed in the interesting documentary on the making-of..., in the extras: the attention to procedural difficulties (coordinating between different policing boundaries) and the use of the real murder locations in the filming, including the re-landscaping of these areas as they would have been at the time. Mark Ruffalo (who plays San Francisco's head detective) apparently spent weeks with his real life counterpart.
The intensity of the film is brilliantly sustained thoughout, especially considering its length and to my surprise - for a famously unsolved case -comes much closer to a conclusion as to the identity of Zodiac, than I expected.
Look out for a special edition dvd in 2008.


A History Of Violence [DVD]
A History Of Violence [DVD]
Dvd ~ Viggo Mortensen
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a celebration of human flaws?, 25 Sept. 2007
This review is from: A History Of Violence [DVD] (DVD)
A History of Violence is totally engrossing from beginning to end with fine performances from Mortensen and Bello. Whilst this film isn't without its flaws; the uncomfortable questions the various portrayals of violence provoke are presented in a slightly heavy-handed way, they are thought provoking questions nonetheless and perhaps this isn't really an issue with an adaptation of a graphic novel. The violence and sex-scenes
are indeed graphic (as would be expected from Cronenberg) but needfully so - the twists and turns of the plot demand this to create the contrast between the celebrated ordinariness of small-town family life and the accepted violence of the criminal underworld. The understated ending is fantastic.


Iannis Xenakis 1
Iannis Xenakis 1

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent Xenakis selection, 25 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Iannis Xenakis 1 (Audio CD)
An excellent double disk covering a large time-span in Xenakis's output. These pieces perhaps lose some of their intensity and vitality in a non-live performance but they are superb performances all the same. I've particularly enjoyed the two cello pieces, Nomos Alpha and Kottos, and the string quartet music.


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