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Robot & Frank [DVD]
Robot & Frank [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frank Langella

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5.0 out of 5 stars One fo the best films I have seen in a long time., 13 April 2013
This review is from: Robot & Frank [DVD] (DVD)
This film is a delight. Something you will hear a lot no doubt, but in this case it is true.

Frank Langella plays a retired jewel thief. His memory is going with the onset of alzheimers. So his son decides to get him a robot helper, to keep him active and help give him a routine.

It is a strange buddy film, in that the robot becomes Frank's lifeline to his old life. Allowing him to undertake jewel heists again by teaching the robot to pick locks and how to avoid detection.

There is a lovely back story to it too. And a gentle a beautifully played love story between Frank and the lady librarian whos library is being closed to create a futuristic media center.

In equal parts touching, sad, beautiful and uplifting. A wonderful film. Something that just doesnt happen very often any more.

Armageddon: The Musical
Armageddon: The Musical
by Robert Rankin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A long standing fan, 26 Sep 2010
Now, I am a long standing fan of Robert Rankin. I am also a very long standing fan of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Though in all honesty I have never got into Tom Holt that much.

So I am going to be as balanced as I can and NOT compare Rankin to Pratchett or Adams. However many people do compare Rankin to Pratchett, usually saying that Rankin riffs of sir Terry. This is of course a little unfair as Rankin's first published novel that catapulted him to stardom (the Antipope) was published in 1981. A couple of years previous to The Colour Of Magic's publication.

So now the review bit. Well the plot is convoluted and complex. It twists and turns like the twisty turny thing of legend. There are running gags all over this book, some rather nifty culutral references and a really clever idea as the central premise.

Rankin also has a style that is very much his own. It may not be to everyone's tastes, but he does his own thing in his own way.

If you enjoy a wild ride of fast paced gags and sillyness then this is the book for you. If you expect a Terry Pratchett clone... best stay away.
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