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Words from London
Words from London

4.0 out of 5 stars A promising start, 1 April 2014
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I think the eponymous poem is the best of this collection. All of them work though, some better than others, some are funny, some sad. It's hard to put it clearly, but it feels naked, if that makes sense. A sense of longing perhaps. A good book to have to hand, to be read again.

Winter's Bone [DVD]
Winter's Bone [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Lawrence
Offered by MediaMine
Price: 7.59

5.0 out of 5 stars America beats itself up... Again, 10 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Winter's Bone [DVD] (DVD)
This is a beautifully shot and acted film about murky goings on in the backwoods of America. Every single character from the smallest cameo to the main protagonists, is convincing and three dimensional. It is a tough film but well worth watching.

But you have to ask, why do the Americans make so many films about what swinedogs they are or at least, can be? It is a tradition that goes back to the original Great Train Robbery back in the 1920s. I suppose a heritage based on lawless adventurers stealing the land of another nation and taking over is part of it, and the long legacy of the crime era of the 20s and 30s as well, but still, I cannot think of another national film industry so bent on vilifying its own people and their history. And they don't even seem to learn anything by it.

So anyway, here it is, a story of a feisty girl solving a mystery nobody else wants solved. Jennifer Lawrence is fabulous, utterly believable as the country girl at the heart of the story. The first time I saw this, in the cinema, I hadn't heard of her, but now I/we all have, I realise this performance is acting up there with the very best of the world's character acting. Nowadays she seems to be lost in the Hollywood fantasy film genre, but this film will make you pray she gets another part like this and soon. And maybe a heroine of similar qualities, to remind us that despite their worst efforts, the Americans are at heart a kind and honourable people, trying to do the right thing. But as someone once said, God protect from people who try to do good...

Norman Mclaren: Masters Edition [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Norman Mclaren: Masters Edition [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Grant Munro

5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all animators, 27 July 2011
I make my living in this industry and Norman MacLaren is the greatest innovator of them all. He used film to play with sound and vision and make them dance. These short films are sometimes very funny, though usually more likely to be graceful and thoughtful, but always technically inventive and exquisitely executed work. Every idea you ever had, every trick you ever tried, you'll find MacLaren tried it first. Any animator who really wants to understand his medium should own this collection, for reference and inspiration, or just to while away a few minutes and hours.

I should add the first disk is perhaps only for afficiandos of NM, who want to see everything he did, as it is mostly short films produced for government departments and not to do with animation at all. But the rest are his animations set out in groups with commentaries and other material so you come away with a very complete understanding of his life and work.

Tenacious D: The Pick Of Destiny [DVD]
Tenacious D: The Pick Of Destiny [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Black
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Price: 3.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Unique Movie, a total blast of laughs, 27 July 2011
This is the reason Jack Black and Kyle Gass (who he?) must be kept in luxury for the rest of their lives. I was already a fan of the band, but this is the cherry on the cake (or a metaphor altogether more profane and funny if JB and KG wrote it, without a doubt). No sacred cow goes by without they take a brilliant swipe at it. Surreal, pointless, irreverent and endlessly inventive. If you don't love this movie and find yourself alone, you're already dead (to quote another great movie in quite a different genre).

School of Rock/Orange County/Without a Paddle [DVD]
School of Rock/Orange County/Without a Paddle [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Black
Offered by Red-Jet Movies Music & More
Price: 8.46

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More fun with Jack Black, 27 July 2011
Nothing very taxing here but some good fun, great movies for watching half asleep on a wet Sunday. I get a bit fed up with the unimaginative way Hollywood just recruits from an ever-diminishing gene pool (we get Tom Hanks equally bland son here, in Orange County). School of Rock is great but you already know that. It is the reason for buying this package. I haven't watched Without A Paddle yet, but I'm not expecting much more than the other two provide.

The Town [DVD] [2010]
The Town [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Price: 3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, grown up film, a credit to its creators, 27 July 2011
This review is from: The Town [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This film is a revelation if you think Ben Affleck is just another Hollywood beefcake and not much else. It is beautifully directed, the performances, from the main leads down to the smallest bit parts, are all three dimensional, real people. The camera work is sparingly done, shots that tell you exactly enough to get the point and move on to the next, as well told as any Billy Wilder or Sidney Lumet film (two of my personal top ten favourite directors).

The Town is a sad story of love, greed and loss. It is about a group of people living with that perpetual anger that apparently is the lot of police and villains, anyway according to Hollywood, but set in contrast to ordinary citizens and their enviable lives of peaceful neighbourliness. It is a real life story (rare in Hollywood these days). It has a nuanced understanding of the human heart that makes it a film you can watch many times and still find new details, and go back after a while and it is as fresh as the first time. Recommended highly.

The Devil You Know: Looking Out for the Psycho in Your Life
The Devil You Know: Looking Out for the Psycho in Your Life
by Kerry Daynes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.77

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I'd rather not know!!, 13 May 2011
This is a compelling read and as Geraint says, it leaves you looking at all your friends (and even yourself) in a new light. A nice mix of facts made comprehensible by the anecdotes and the witty writing. A great book to have around and dip into for a follow-up look through after the first reading. That first reading took me hardly more than a day, couldn't put it down!!

joseph heller catch 22 audiobook read by peter whitman - complete and unabridged on 14 cassettes
joseph heller catch 22 audiobook read by peter whitman - complete and unabridged on 14 cassettes
by joseph heller
Edition: Audio Cassette

5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive version, 15 Mar 2009
This is one of the great classics of war writing. Seemingly a comedy it has a terrible tragedy at its heart, more than the tragedy of war, it is the awful waste of life and youth especiially; the insouciant idiocy of so many of the commanders, the lack of empathy they must live with so that it is possible to order people to risk death and inflict it. Peter Whitman captures all of this in his clear, measured reading, as well as delivering a faultless succession of dialogue performances that gives every character in the enormous cast a unique quality. If you've read it you will love him reading it for you, and if you haven't, you won't need to.

Mud and the City: Dos and Don'ts for Townies in the Country
Mud and the City: Dos and Don'ts for Townies in the Country
by Jessica Fellowes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Laughter in the mud..., 7 Oct 2008
This is a wonderful book, full of funny but actually useful advice and comments. Stepping lightly through muddy fields in my hand-made Italian shoes I wished I'd thought of buying any wellies let alone Hunters... And there's lots of helpful hints on how to avoid annoying the natives (I'm still learning - back to Mud & The City for more!!). This would make a great Christmas prezzie for anyone you know who is yearning for a bucolic fest...

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