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Jump!
Jump!
by Jilly Cooper OBE
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A sexy front cover with empty pages, 14 Aug 2014
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This 907 page novel fails to develop the character of Lester Bolton as an internet tycoon specialising in porn., nor does it explore the life of a successful porn star as embodied in the person of Cindy Bolton. They are merely cardboard characters used as decoration for this poorly written excuse for a novel. Not even the vicar, Niall Forbes, is developed enough to explain why he has a dwindling congregation and how he intends to respond to it. Jilly Cooper failed to take me a on a journey through this tome and forced me to waste my time with one-dimensional characters that I had no hope of connecting with. It just felt as though an experienced writer had suddenly dried and turned into a bad writer overnight. This isn't a bad hair, this is just an awful nightmare. The material is so bad that it is the size of three badly written novels. If 'Riders' and 'Score' was good, they have been cancelled out by the length of three bad novels embodied in 'Jump'.


Job for Everyone
Job for Everyone
by John Goldingay
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Job abandoned by his friends, 11 Aug 2014
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This commentary explores the underlying sympathy and compassion that was missing from Job's friends when he was ill in bed. I know exactly how he feels because there was an absence of sympathy and compassion from my previous church when they found out that I was unemployed. It seemed as though they had no true understanding of unemployment, and the same could be said for Job's friends who had no true understanding of his torture,

One of the things that this commentary helps you to do is to think yourself back into Job's scenario and experience the thoughts and emotions of what he went through. It enables you to travel through the country of the spirit as though you are there with Job, spiritually sharing his suffering. That's one of the things that is absent from my church life: Christians who share my suffering and participate in my life as an unemployed man. This is why I relate to Job so much because he experienced the heartlessness of friends that I have experienced from my brothers and sisters in church.


Magnificent Obsession [DVD]
Magnificent Obsession [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jane Wyman
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1.0 out of 5 stars A remake of the Robert Taylor film, 11 Aug 2014
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Despite the talented cast, this is a boring film. The characters are one-dimensional, and the plot fails to engage you in any way. The Robert Taylor version is much the same.

There is a scene where a painter introduces Rock Hudson to the concept of doing good without telling anyone, and makes reference to Jesus without saying his name. In the Robert Taylor version, the man picks up the bible to illustrate who he is referring to. What the film doesn't address is whether or not it is exploring a Christian concept, or if the artist is a Christian.

Like Taylor, Hudson was used for his good looks, but that's all he is in this film. I don't believe his character, nor do I believe the story.

It's only because Agnes Moorehead is in this film why I bothered to watch it. She doesn't add anything to the film, but her best work is in black and white.


Of Human Hearts [DVD] [1938] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Of Human Hearts [DVD] [1938] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ James Stewart
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4.0 out of 5 stars James Stewart and Charles Coburn, 9 Aug 2014
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James Stewart appears 43 minutes into this film as Jason Wilkins, the son of a preacher, Ethan Wilkins. He is a rebellious son who has no understanding of his father despite the passing of time.

However, the first 43 minutes of Jason as a child is far more endearing. They move into a new home where Jason says he's never going to enjoy living there. He reminds me of myself when I moved to Tottenham in 1983 and said the same thing. He says 'it's not like where we used to live', and I said more or less the same thing at the time. He plods along by selling copies of Harper's Monthly magazine just as I sold my old toys to friends and acquaintances at school. What I didn't believe is Annie's infatuation with Jason. It's more than likely that a girl would either have been rude to him to indirectly express her feelings for him, or she would have just remained aloof and not saying anything. When they grow up and he tries to kiss her, she moves her face away to spurn his advances. I know exactly how that feels because that happened to me with one of my colleagues. The grown up Annie is far more believable than the young Annie.


Sliver
Sliver
by Ira Levin
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The film is better than the book, 8 Aug 2014
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This poorly written is nowhere the near the quality of the film. The characters are poorly drawn, and the writer fails to create sympathy for them or give you an entry into their world. I didn't care for any of the characters nor was I engaged in the plot.


The Blue Gardenia [1953] [DVD]
The Blue Gardenia [1953] [DVD]
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1.0 out of 5 stars Anne Baxter and Richard Conte, 7 Aug 2014
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This films lacks credibility despite the fine cast. I think I would have preferred it if Anne Baxter had killed Raymond Burr in self-defence. Bringing in a third party towards the end of the film to justify that Baxter did not commit the murder is silly.

43-year old Richard Conte is wasted in this film and has to be subservient to a 39-year old George Reeves who is on the rise as Superman on television.


Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl
by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars The television series is better than the book, 7 Aug 2014
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This poorly written book is not as good as the television series. Lonely Boy, Dan Humphrey, is poorly developed and states that he's never had a fight before. However, in the tv series we see him punch Chuck in the eye and threaten him with a second black eye. He is much stronger in the tv series, but in the book he is undeveloped.

I understand the principle of opposites attract and that although Serena and Dan are outsiders in their own way, they don't inhabit the same world. Serena is an outsider because she has been kicked out of boarding school and rumours fly around speculating as to the various reasons why that is. However, in both the book and the tv series I don't believe in their relationship. He hasn't fought to win her in the same that his sister, Jenny, is fighting to be accepted into this middle class society. I would have liked to have seen more of Dan being excluded from high society in his school such as people ignoring his presence.

Vanessa Adams needed more development as an aspiring filmmaker. I wanted to share her dream of making films, but what I got from her was jealousy over Dan falling in love with Serena.


Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther for Everyone
Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther for Everyone
by John Goldingay
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars An Impenetrable Commentary, 6 Aug 2014
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One of the things that this commentary explores is what it means to be a true descendant of Abraham. Those who are mixed race, or do not have a uniform history are not part of the true remnant of Israel. It's a bit like saying that an Englishman of West Indian origin like Lewis Hamilton or Steve McQueen are not true Englishmen because they do not have a history stretching back to the Battle of Hastings. In this sense, the book of Ezra has relevance to modern audiences because it speaks about how ethnicity makes up one's nationality.

The commentary on Nehemiah has nothing to say other than sharing your joy with others as well as your food with those who can't afford to provide for themselves.


The People's Bible Commentary: Chronicles - Nehemiah
The People's Bible Commentary: Chronicles - Nehemiah
by Michael Tunnicliffe
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars No connection with the present, 6 Aug 2014
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The book of Chronicles presents the history of Israel to a new generation of readers. However, this commentary does not make the book of Chronicles relevant to churchgoers in the 21st century. What relevance has genealogies got for the unemployed in modern society?

The exile in the 6th century may have some relevance to contemporary unemployed Christians who are in exile from the workplace, but Chronicles is not written during the exile and therefore has no relevance to modern scenarios. What is clear is that Chronicles is written during a period of prophetic silence where God had nothing to say to his people, and this commentary has nothing to say to his modern readers but he is out of touch with them. In short, it is an impenetrable commentary about an impenetrable collection of books written by an impenetrable author.


The Avengers : The Definitive Dossier 1967 (Box Set 4) [DVD]
The Avengers : The Definitive Dossier 1967 (Box Set 4) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick MacNee

4.0 out of 5 stars Mission Highly Improbable, 6 Aug 2014
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'Mission Highly Improbable' is probably the best colour episode that Diana Rigg made. The rest of the colour episodes are silly, although she looks gorgeous in them. They are a masterclass in colour grading, costume and production design, but in terms of story they don't stand the test of time.


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