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Fear the Walking Dead Season 1
Fear the Walking Dead Season 1
Dvd

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific - quality drama, 24 April 2016
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Tense exploration of the start of the zombie plague. Really gripping and interesting characters. Strongly recommend.


Bad Words [DVD]
Bad Words [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jason Bateman
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't have been made, 23 April 2016
This review is from: Bad Words [DVD] (DVD)
Comes on like a Palahniuk script. It is watchable at first, but it's also completely inappropriate and sickening.A comedy about an adult who would be imprisoned for child abuse if he acted like this. Yet the basic premise is supposed to be the audience should root for him even if he is unlikeable. The character this scriptwriter has created is not some unlikeable quirky anti-hero, he's someone who abuses children. I am amazed this film was made and that it still shows on Sky. At least Palahniuk deals with adult characters.


Bridge of Spies [DVD] [2015]
Bridge of Spies [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £10.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bridge Not Far Enough, 8 April 2016
This review is from: Bridge of Spies [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
Spielberg and Hanks are almost the guarantee of a good film, aren't they? But Bridge of Spies, though perfectly watchable, doesn't make it as a great film in the end. This spy story should be a good vehicle for getting under the skin of the Cold War, but here it meanders along with little exploration of the characters or the times, reaching a happy ending, at least for the Hanks character. None of the angst of Munich here.

The tone also veers a bit. I hadn't realised it was a Cohen brothers script and I was wondering why Spielberg was throwing in little Cohenesque jokes to his film. Don't think they helped. Nor did the lack of realism in the interrogation scenes or the studio set Berlin scenes around Checkpoint Charlie.

It is a film worth seeing. Hanks brings his charm as always. It is an interesting story. But the stakes never seem high and I think it was a missed opportunity. I'd blame the script writers. Their glibness didn't help.


Guns At Batasi [DVD]
Guns At Batasi [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Attenborough

5.0 out of 5 stars Your Boot on our Neck, 22 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Guns At Batasi [DVD] (DVD)
Excellent political drama, still relevant. Tense and realistic. Well worth seeing. Errol John is excellent as the insurgent leader, Lt Boniface and Richard Attenborough brings to live the brave little Englander, whatever people of different politics might think of that character. The film's sympathies are clear, but it is certainly more than propaganda; intelligent and dramatic.


The Movie Doctors
The Movie Doctors
by Simon Mayo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

2 of 77 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Least Funny Doctors Since Tinkle and Kilmore, 19 Nov. 2015
This review is from: The Movie Doctors (Hardcover)
My wife bought this for my nephew, aged 10. I think he will like it and he has very liberal parents who let him watch lots of films. As a cash-in Christmas annual for a youth who likes popular films it's ok. A passable stocking filler. But really, for adults, it's a tired re-tread of films and routines fans of these dodgy doctors must be very familiar with.

As Mark Kermode didn't say in his last book an awful lot of Amazon Reviews look suspiciously like those written by publicists or friends and mindless fans so beware those 5 star reviews. Hatchet Job was better than this, though poorly written. This is the equivalent of those Goodies File books boys enjoyed once upon a time.

Dr Kilmore: just as I thought. You fell on your coccyx.
Patient: I did not. I fell on my back.

Well, I don't know. More entertaining than the routines from those two malodorous medics, Mayo and Kermode.
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Dumb and Dumber To [DVD] [2014]
Dumb and Dumber To [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Jim Carrey
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it. A lot., 6 Nov. 2015
I liked this a lot. Sorry! It's quite sentimental in its way. Deals with friendship and getting old. Like meeting 2 old friends, long missed. As for Kathleen Turner - superstar! And one of the worst (best) mcguffins ever (the box wrapped in brown paper).
I've watched it 3 times and will watch it again. A pick-me-up after even the worst of weeks.


Second Nature
Second Nature
Offered by world_media
Price: £13.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the Sweet Spot, 12 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: Second Nature (Audio CD)
I like Linda Lewis's hippy soul albums of the 70s so much I didn't think about buying later albums like Second Nature, expecting to be a bit disappointed. However I'm glad I did - this has a joyful, jazzy vibe - Sweet to Do Nothing, Dino and Lovesake all hit the spot. Linda's voice and romantic, spiritual singing style transcends the decades. She is one of the great soul / pop singers and lucky fans who know that shake their head about the ones who haven't discovered that yet.


The Language Of Life
The Language Of Life
Price: £13.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Would the Roof Fall in?, 17 July 2015
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This review is from: The Language Of Life (Audio CD)
Is the deluxe edition worth splashing out the extra cash for? Is it worth replacing your original edition for? Yes, certainly. Most of the additional tracks, the live versions, home demos and variation mixes are a pleasant luxury. However, the song 'Will the Roof Fall in?' is an essential for all fans. What a beautiful song! How was it excluded from the original 10 tracks? Who knows. But it is never too late to correct a wrong. 'Baby. Would you cry if I told you everything I feel?'


Silicon Valley: Season 2
Silicon Valley: Season 2
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boo to Hooli and the like, 28 Jun. 2015
Excellent second series. Educational. Informative. Insightful. I know, I know, I'm not exactly selling this as a comedy! But the knowledge of technology and business is what makes the scripts so involving. Mike Judge has always been a guarantee of quality writing. Alec Berg too. Great series. Oh, and, politically spot on. Boo to Hooli and Gavin Belson and the rest of the corporate dictators (hello, Amazon!)


Here's Some That Got Away
Here's Some That Got Away
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £18.95

5.0 out of 5 stars B Side Beauties, 25 Jun. 2015
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I play this album more than the other ones. These ones that got away are often better than the ones that didn't. (Such is life.)
Sweet Loving Ways - love this romantic song
A Woman's Song - great version, very moving, even like the off tune bits
Piccadilly Trail - best song they ever did. Been singing along to it for years. (All those betrayals!)
April's Fool - go back to him, please!

And at least half a dozen other B side beauties. Like those Northern Soul gems you come across on compilations that warm the heart.

I don't know what was going on with Paul Weller in his 20s, but he hit a wonderful creative streak. The Jam were fun, his solo career has got some good stuff, but the Style Council were pop genius's. (I nearly went to see the tribute band recently - that's how much I like them!)

Peace.


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