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The Great Gatsby [DVD + UV Copy] [2013]
The Great Gatsby [DVD + UV Copy] [2013]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Price: 7.00

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible wasted opportunity., 6 Jan 2014
I was looking forward to seeing an updated version of the Redford movie and of course seeing how the classic and beautiful book would be adapted. Good, God; what an awful film. Massively over stylised; if you're looking for a definition of style over substance, this is it. It is all very strange. Good (and great) actors give dire and wooden performance, the whole think has the air of amateur pantomime and perhaps worst and most mystifying of all a movie set in the 1920s when some of the most exciting music ever made was being written and performed is ruined by the inclusion of rap and dance music!

Avoid like the plague.


Man Bites Talking Dog
Man Bites Talking Dog
by Colin Dunne
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the Golden Age of Journalism, 28 Aug 2013
This review is from: Man Bites Talking Dog (Paperback)
Reading Colin Dunne's Man Bites Talking Dog is akin to sitting in a smoke-filled pub, surrounded by friends and colleagues and nursing a pint of beer as tall tales of long ago are recalled with warmth and humour.

The book - a "hack-lit" reminiscence - starts with the author's first steps into the tobacco-stained world of 1950s journalism on a local weekly newspaper and takes us through the golden age of Fleet Street to the editorship of a popular, if financially challenged magazine. It is littered with many amusing anecdotes and moments of high comedy, some of which David Nobbs would feel proud to have penned. The fact that this is non-fiction makes them all the more satisfying. The cast of characters that traverse the pages of the book help bring to life a time when there was a real magic in the newspaper business in the days before the management consultants took over.

The most striking feature of the book is that despite, or perhaps because of all the humour, the reader is left feeling a little sad about the passing of a time when talent and tenaciousness were mixed with alcohol and tobacco to produce newspapers of real worth. Produced by a motley crew of eccentrics, Dunne's book leaves us in no doubt that they were home to some of the best writers of the day.

Colin Dunne's book is an elegy for a vanished world of typewriters, three hour lunches and bras in waste paper bins. What more could the reader ask?


Invasion
Invasion
by DC Alden
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and scary in equal measures., 6 Aug 2013
This review is from: Invasion (Paperback)
"Invasion" is a great read. The author has created a novel that works on many levels: first and foremost it is simply a very good story - a classic example of a book that's difficult to put down. I found myself looking forward to the end of work every day so I could return to the novel. It is also a book that engages with some very pertinent questions regarding the future of the country and does not hide from discussing issues about the potential effects of the changing world we all live in. This has no doubt exposed the author to criticism from some quarters, but the characters are well drawn and their motivations are easy to identify with.
As a version of the future, the book is chilling and to some this will be a wake-up call while to others it will seem scaremongering. The truth (as it often does) lies somewhere in-between. What matters most is that it's a great read, a thrilling story and some scenes remain with you long after the book has finished. Recommended.


Bliss
Bliss
Price: 11.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Shimmering beauty, 3 Jan 2013
This review is from: Bliss (Audio CD)
What a discovery this album has been. Miranda's voice is so full of emotion and yet restrained and perfectly pitched. The song choices are first rate with the highlight being Don't Be a Stranger, but it's hard to pick others as all songs are first rate. The album shimmers with a beauty that is rare in much of today's music. A lovely, life affirming record.


Holding Briefs
Holding Briefs
Price: 2.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read., 4 Dec 2012
This review is from: Holding Briefs (Kindle Edition)
Really enjoyed this. Some well-drawn characters that helped bring the plot alive. Lots of tension, yet written with an undercurrent of humour. It did what the best writers do - made me want to read more. I'm looking forward to the next title in the series. Recommended.


The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2013 (Writers' and Artists')
The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2013 (Writers' and Artists')
by Www Writersandartists Co Uk
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.25

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor - Unless you're writing a novel., 27 Nov 2012
The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook has been around for a long time. But over the years it has changed. For one thing, the title is now quite misleading - there is VERY little in it for artists. There is more - but not much more - for screenwriters. The truth is it's now a tool for novel writers. And even then it is struggling to keep up to date. Probably worth buying if you're writing a novel and you don't own last year's, but for screenwriters and especially artists, don't bother.


Wacom Cintiq 24 HD
Wacom Cintiq 24 HD
Price: 1,679.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation, 19 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Wacom Cintiq 24 HD (Accessory)
Quite simply, the Wacom 24HD is all users could hope for and more. It features a huge screen which allows the user to have lots of pallets open (and in many cases does away with the need to use a second monitor for them). The colour reproduction is first rate and the experience of drawing is second to none. As someone who has always been wary of moving my workflow to completely digital, this has been a revelation. I now rough, ink and colour all on the machine. It has doubled my work rate and made the whole experience of drawing more enjoyable, as it encourages freedom.

Can't think of a downside, unless it's the weight (VERY heavy, but once in place no issues at all) and the cost. But even this isn't really an issue as it's not aimed at hobbyists, but rather semi/professionals. It's a true investment. Team it with some great software (such as Painter) and you won't regret it.


Only Fools and Horses - A Royal Flush  [DVD]
Only Fools and Horses - A Royal Flush [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Jason
Price: 6.80

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Low Point, 9 Jan 2010
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Without doubt, the low point in the entire 1981-2003 run of Only Fools and Horses.

It has been noted by many other reviews that the DVD has 20 minutes missing. Instead of complaining about the cut, we should be asking ourselves why?

The episode leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Del comes across as nasty and there is an overly patronising air to the whole thing.

No wonder John Sullivan wanted to cut so much out.

Best avoided apart from completists.


Clockwise [DVD]
Clockwise [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cleese
Price: 6.20

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's Comedy, 8 Jun 2008
This review is from: Clockwise [DVD] (DVD)
Pitch perfect mid 1980's comedy, with Cleese keeping his manic side in check - just - as he tries to get to a conference.

One of the oddest things about watching the films now is how old it seems. We still tend to think of the 1980s as recent history, but when you watch this you realise how much has changed. The cars, the trains, the lack of traffic, no mobile phones. Who would have thought it - 1986 is suddenly starting to look like the good old days.
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Wings Wild Life
Wings Wild Life

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much, much better than you've heard, 16 Mar 2007
This review is from: Wings Wild Life (Audio CD)
It is perhaps understandable that at the time critics hated this. Where was the next Abbey Road they asked etc etc. Since then the mud has stuck and this album is often sighted as the low point of McCartney's career. It isn't. What it is is a rock star who hasn't got a bloody clue what's happened - the 1960s have gone, the biggest band in the world have disbanded and after a couple of solo albums, the confort of a group dynamic was much needed. Once you get past the first track which sounds like what it probably would have been at any other time, a warm up, you get to some seriously good music. The title track is McCarttney at his raw voiced best. Tomorrow has more hooks than many albums put together and Dear Friend is heart-breakingly sad, yet oh so beautiful.

This album deserves a fresh look. It is a rocking, melodic and anguished cry for one of the great rock performers. It is nothing less than the mother of all hangovers after the mother of all decades. Wild life, indeed.

PS - As is frequently the case with these re-issues, ignore the bonus tracks. Programme them out, or they'll spoil one of the early 1970s most underrated albums.


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