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Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Holland Is Our Herodotus, 17 Sept. 2015
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I read Rubicon this year, in anticipation of Dynasty. It is not essential to do this, but a real treat is instore reading both of them. Holland gives not just the history, but a narrative of gossip, titilation - what is happening on the street as well as the senate and the shadows of the palace. His love for the style of Herodotus comes through in a modern retelling of the rise and fall of the house of Caesar. Rubicon will give much more detail to some of the characters briefly mentioned here (and why would you want to miss out on Cicero?), and the urgency and momentous decision of Julius in crossing the Rubicon plays well to Hollands strength as a writer with a gripping climax. The Republic truly was bigger than any Dynasty - so if I had to choose which was my favourite I would say Rubicon. But both books are must reads if you want to know more about the period, and Holland goes for the man and not just the legend when it comes to the Caesars.

Get the drama together with historical accuracy, and read this book.


The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mother Teresa's Reputation Is Screwed In "The Missionary Position", 21 Mar. 2015
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Whether a severe lack of palliative care, support given to crooks and despots, the desire to save souls from damnation by using suffering as a form of spiritual cleansing - Christopher Hitchens provides the rational scrutiny that anyone claiming to be beyond politics deserves. A must read for how not to be taken in, using eye witness accounts of what Mother Teresa was in practise.


Immortals (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [2011]
Immortals (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [2011]
Dvd ~ Henry Cavill
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Adrenalin yes, but no pulse - 2.5/5, 25 Aug. 2012
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No pulse because the heart is missing, in the sense that you don't really care for the characters or see the arc as they develop. Whatever you might think of Clash of the Titans (COTT) they at least attempted that. There is no tension and scenes pale in comparison to other films - LOTR: Helms Deep compared to the Great Wall here just one of many you can make. Mickey Rourke hams it while trying to be quietly menacing failing where Stellan Skarsgård prevails in "King Arthur" as Cerdic.

Pains me to say this as I loved him in "The Tudors" but Henry Cavill's performance is mainly done by his physique. He is not given a script, or the time , to show an emotional performance. It does seem that he is overwhelmed with the lead role. He can do better, but he really is not given the chance to do so here before we head off for the next cut and thrust.

So does the action and bravado make up for it, like it did in 300? Sadly not because it's too quick, save for the Titans V Gods and the final showdown, when they remember to draw it out for some belated tension. No cinematography, seems CGI ruled that out. Rather this is action porno of the limp kind. If you want that (and the five star reviews seem to love this of Immortals) then I would recommend Ninja for the blood lust.

I'd almost recommend anything else to watch but this film. Not because it's terrible but because it's annoying when you've seen other films pull it off so much better. Hence me wanting to give it 2.5/5. It does not deserve a 3 because this is an average effort.


The Tudors - Season 4 [DVD] [2011]
The Tudors - Season 4 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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Price: £8.11

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was as good as the other 3, 14 May 2011
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Just note that I have wached several times my box sets of series one to three. Must buys.

The final series sets the mortal decline of Henry the Eighth in an atmosphere so dark at times that they forget the gaiety with which they romped through the Tudor history in the previous three that made me tune in each week. The intrigue is not played out over episodes in the same high stakes (I'm thinking religious especially), the chemistry of the actors is frizzled by a script that lacks the poetic drama of the past. Even the muscial score cannot quite save this. it is easily the worst. At one point you may be forgiven for thinking you have fallen through a worm hole as Henry suddenly inexplicably ages - though remains still slim. That underlines just one aesthetic issue with the rendering of the history.

It may not be so much that the fourth series is itself bad but that it fails where the other three succeeded. The final episode where the previous Queens with daughters appear in a vision to confront Henry underscore just what this series was missing. An ensemble of characters that you passionately cared about inspite of knowing their doom with foresight.

Having watched on BBC I am prepared to wait till it drops in price before buying.


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