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Oslo, August 31st [DVD]
Oslo, August 31st [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joachim Trier
Price: £14.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Reason to live ..., 4 Sep 2014
This review is from: Oslo, August 31st [DVD] (DVD)
Anders needs a reason to live. On a day release from a drug rehabilitation clinic he attempts to re-connect with old friends and family. He watches the people around him - each with their own little problems which make up a life - and he has just one big problem which he can't get past - he doesn't want the small problems, he can't re-connect without the drugs, life without being high is flat and featureless, other people's lives are meaningless, but he also knows he can't go back to the life of drugs and parties.

This is an exceptional film which will not appeal to people who prefer a bit more action. This is a film of mood, atmosphere and dialogue. It shows the reality behind depression and addiction and how other people, if they haven't suffered the same, can never truly understand what it is like. Definetly a film worth watching more than once.


Edimax EW-7811UN 150Mbps Wireless Nano USB Adapter
Edimax EW-7811UN 150Mbps Wireless Nano USB Adapter
Price: £7.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Small but powerful ..., 25 Aug 2014
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I was a bit unsure about the size of this Wi-Fi adapter being able to deliver but it did. Wanted an adapter that would fit into the back of a PC withough it being noticeable and sticking out - this fitted the bill. Plugged it in, added the information needed to connect to the Wi-Fi router and it just worked.

Highly reccomended.


Blue Is the Warmest Colour [DVD]
Blue Is the Warmest Colour [DVD]
Dvd ~ Adèle Exarchopoulos
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.55

4.0 out of 5 stars French cinema at its best ..., 25 Aug 2014
Based on a graphic novel of the same name, albeit with some plot differences, this tells the story of a love affair between Adele, a teenage girl unsure of her sexuality, and Emma, an openly gay artist. This is a film which deals more in character and emotions rather than plot.

Although the storyline is nothing special (girl meets girl) it is the intensity of the perofrmances which makes this a stand-out movie - especially from Adèle Exarchopoulos who manages to capture the intensity of first love, the exhilaration of finding something new and exciting and the confusion of being a teenager who is 'different' to her classmates perfectly.

This is definetly a film worth seeing and if you already love French cinema then you have, probably, already watched it, if not its worth trying it for something different. If you like this film it is also worth taking a look at the director's previous feature 'Couscous (La graine et le mulet)'.


A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 (Knausgaard)
A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 (Knausgaard)
by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A 21st century masterpiece ..., 25 Aug 2014
It wasn't until I looked up the name 'Karl Ove Knausgaard' that I realised I had already read one of his books, 'A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven', which didn't impress me and I barely made it halfway through. After finding that out I approached this book with caution - which turned out to be unfounded.

The first book in the fictionalised memoir series 'My Struggle' ('Min Kamp' in Norwegian or 'Mein Kampf' in German) mainly deals with the death of Karl Ove's father. Along the way he digresses on death, life, growing up and the act of writing. He moves backwards and forwards through different times seamlessly and he uses no stylistic quirks - this is a story told in a straightforward 'flat' style and no chapters. All of this adds up to what has to be on of the best contemporary novels I have read in a long time and to call it a page-turner would not be a critiscism.

Quite simply this is a contemporary version of Proust - something I didn't think a modern writer would attempt again - and I am equally looking forward to the next chapter in Karl Ove's 'struggle'.


Inside Llewyn Davis [DVD] [2014]
Inside Llewyn Davis [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Oscar Isaac
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Needle stuck in a groove ..., 21 Aug 2014
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Llewyn Davis is a struggling folk musician trying to get somewhere with his music and life in Greenwich Village during the '60's. The film shows us a week in his life and, like 'O Brother, Where Art Though?' before it, it might also take its inspiration from the Greek myths.

The film works on many levels - as a mood piece, a character study, a pean to the days of folk, a mystery and a look at the 'struggling artist'. It has the trademark Coen Brothers' smart dialogue, humour and slight surreality (almost Lynchian) about it. You feel as though you are watching a fairly straightforward, naturalistic film until the end. The music is used to good effect as well to the same degree it permeated throughout the already mentioned 'O Brother, Where Art Though'.

For me this has to be one of the best films I've seen for a while and definetly up there with the Coen's best.


BT Home Hub 4R N600 Dual Band Wireless ADSL Modem Router
BT Home Hub 4R N600 Dual Band Wireless ADSL Modem Router
Price: £44.99

4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Wi-Fi routers I've used, 21 Aug 2014
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Extremely easy to set-up, really is 'out-of-the-box', and very good Wi-Fi strength and speed. This is being used with TalkTalk ADSL connection and not with BT and there has been no internet problems. Recommended.


Barbarians
Barbarians
by Tim Glencross
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and uninspired ..., 2 April 2014
This review is from: Barbarians (Hardcover)
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Coming off like an attempt at a modern day version of an Evelyn Waugh novel (think 'Vile Bodies' and 'Brideshead Revisited') I found this novel to be unengaging and uninspired. Concerning the trope of an 'innocent' involved with a family far beyond his/her social class and family experience it doesn't add anything new and is very derivative.

For a better, modern, interpretation of this type of storyline then try 'The Interestings' by Meg Wolitzer or just try Waugh.


The Good Luck of Right Now
The Good Luck of Right Now
by Matthew Quick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and surreal ..., 19 Mar 2014
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I wasn't expecting to enjoy this novel fearing it was really a self-help book under the guise of fiction. Even though it does have 'self-help' qualities ('good and bad things happen but you should still carry on') the quality of the writing and the likeability of the characters propel you through the narrative.

Overall an easy read for people who like their fiction quirky and surreal.


Shotgun Lovesongs
Shotgun Lovesongs
by Nickolas Butler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just too generic ..., 11 Feb 2014
This review is from: Shotgun Lovesongs (Hardcover)
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The blurb and the laudatory reviews promised a lot for this book but it has failed to deliver. It is a generic story of the trials and tribulations of a group of friends who have grown up, and mostly still live, in small town USA. The writing is not exceptional, short sentences reminiscent of people who have taken a Creative Writing course, and there was nothing here to hold my attention.

Overall an easy but forgettable read.


Child's Pose [DVD]
Child's Pose [DVD]
Dvd ~ Luminita Gheorghiu
Price: £12.67

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mother's love ..., 16 Jan 2014
This review is from: Child's Pose [DVD] (DVD)
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Cornelia is one of Romania's elite so when her son is involved in a car accident she uses her power and influence to help him out. This is an emotionally charged film examining the relationship between a mother and her son. She wants to re-exert control over her 30 year old son's life and he is trying to escape from the maternal clutches.

The film sees the point of view of the mother when their child leaves home and they feel a sense of loss thus constantly trying to regain some power over the child - which usually takes the form of critiscism of how he lives his life and, especially, his wife.

Overall this is a very good example of the new Romanian cinema but it does become a little wearing at times and feels slightly overlong.


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