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Bluestone 42 [DVD]
Bluestone 42 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kelly Adams
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best comedies for years, 14 July 2015
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Excellent hard edged comedy. An unlikely scenario for comedy but the writers pull it off and have produced a fast, zippy script delivered by a good cast with aplomb

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut, 14 July 2015
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This review is from: Salome (Audio CD)
Solid debut album from a band showing great promise. Several sounds & styles exist here so it's difficult to pigeonhole them here. Personally I don't get the references to Cocteau Twins, maybe bits of their debut 'Garlands' but it's tentative at best. I was getting bits of Lush and Hooverphonic on first few listens before it clicked that they sound more like Echobelly - And that's no bad thing in my book. Well worth a listen.

Everything Else Matters
Everything Else Matters
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut album - could be my pick for 2015, 19 May 2015
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Its going be a damn good release that stops this from my 2015 album of the year.

Dodoart has listed quite a few bands that PSUB remind you of and they do have little glimpses of them (and a few more too), yet they have their own unique sound too.

If you are into the likes of Cocteau Twins, MBV, Slowdive, Lush, Tearwave to name a few then you will like this album - clever, thoughtful, atmospheric, at times ethereal - whats there not to like ?

I summarised them to friend as "Love Spirals Downwards with a bit of noise added" and I probably stick by that after numerous listening's. Here's hoping for more releases in the future.

Puzzle Mates Portapuzzle Standard Jigsaw Accessory (1000 Pieces)
Puzzle Mates Portapuzzle Standard Jigsaw Accessory (1000 Pieces)
Price: £19.99

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should be better, 23 April 2013
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Sadly this product fails on a couple of (IMHO) important points :

Main board is too flimsy - put the side flaps out and the main board just bends to a mild banana shape too easily.

Surface on main board, while gripping the pieces well (including vertical storage), has too many ripples and bumps on it (some of them about 5 to 6 mm high) thus not giving a smooth, flat surface and individual puzzle pieces are pushed up from main puzzle. I was hoping that these ripples were as a result of the packing & storing of the board and I have allowed a month or so for this to resolve but closer inspection shows that the surface is badly fitted to the board and there is no way of smoothing these out.

A shame as it nearly fits the bill but fails on the above important points.

Dor [DVD]
Dor [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gul Kirat Panag
Offered by Saveafewbob UK
Price: £6.40

5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant watch, 28 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Dor [DVD] (DVD)
I caught on TV this completely by accident one evening where the film director gave a little intro of the film prior to its showing. I was intruiged and suprised to find myself so engrossed in a film that normally I would have thought wasnt to my liking. Took me ages to find it on DVD (not helped by the fact I couldnt remember the title !!) but Im so glad I did - everyone who has borrowed it and seen it loves it too.

A tremendous story, which gives a better insight into Indian culture that is so different from other Indian/Bollywood films, well acted and sometimes the cinematic landscape was breathtaking. Two women from different backgrounds and cultures coming to terms with their place in society, a society that was not as sympathetic to them as one would have expected or hoped.

Sadly its films like these that are hard to hear about & find as they are not Hollywood blockbusters with mega budgets and lots of special effects. There are no guns or explosions or big name actors - just a good story, likeable & believable characters, and a gentle meander through a culture I thought I understood - but clearly dont.

A very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010) [DVD]
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Noomi Rapace
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 17 July 2010
I am probably in the minority in that I hadnt read the book prior to seeing the film so I had no preconceptions or dissapointments regarding the film adaptation of the book. I have subsequently devoured the excellent Millenium trilogy.

The film is superb - yes there are a few potentially disturbing scenes but some are central to the depiction of Lisbeths character and why she is so distrustful of men and authority. The film moves along at just the right pace and while there are a few deviances from the book they are, in reality, quite minor. The existance of subtitles IMHO adds to the ambience of the film and the Swedish landscapes helped me enjoy a very non-hollywood movie experience.

Lisbeths character is very well played with the right balance of isolation, confidence, aggression and brittleness which is very faithful to the description of Lisbeth in the book.

In short : an excellent film adaptation of an excellent book

Dinnerladies - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1998]
Dinnerladies - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Victoria Wood
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victoria Wood at her best, 20 Mar. 2010
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Dinnerladies is a complete triumph.
The scripts, the characters, and the actors are all perfect.
Victoria Woods' ability to write warm, likeable comedy for all is shown here at its best. The characters have a degree of brittleness, a degree of madness, a degree of normality and yet are all completely believable.

Its sad that we never got more than 2 series, or that the series never got as much acclaim that it deserved, but what we do have is British sitcom as its sparkling best.

Celtic: The Supersonic 70s!
Celtic: The Supersonic 70s!
by Gerard McDade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, but...., 29 Jan. 2010
The concept of the book was good - tie in football, music and entertainment of a 'happening' decade to give the reader an insight of the context of the 70s.

The insight into TV of the 70s were quite detailed and enthusiastic but this is probably due to the fact that the author experienced more of TV programmes than he did the football, as the author didnt attend his first game until 1974 (accompanied by an adult, so Im guessing he was about 10 or 11 at the time). This results in the memories of specific matches and events not being personal or insighful,and with so few references to 'The Jungle' (always the highlight of a visit to Paradise, its clear that not many games were attended by him. He admits that crackly reception of Radio Clyde was his main method of getting the results.

I went to virtually all Celtic games in this decade (though some alchohol intake blurs some of my memories)and hoped to have more memories jogged by this book but I have to admit my dissapointment that it didnt meet my expectations. However it is an easy book to read written in a style that doesnt offend.

So if you want fairly descriptive and enthusiastic reviews of Starsky & Hutch or The Multi-coloured Swap-Shop and want an insight to the sartorial elegance of Scottish TV sports presenters and are prepared to accept patchy descriptions of football matches and footballing events from someone who wasnt there but probably spent time watching old film of these games, then this is the book for you.

Until The Earth Begins To Part
Until The Earth Begins To Part
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but its not that great, 19 Jan. 2010
I read the good reviews and thought that maybe 4AD had got back into the habit of signing good bands again (I was a big fan of 4AD in the good old days of Cocteau Twins, Pixies etc) so I let nostalgia get the better of me and got this.

Ive given it a few plays and its just not for me, this Celtic/folky/country hybrid. Maybe Ive been around too long but it doesnt sound new or original - it almost sounds like the singing style of the lead singer from 'The Darkness' fronting 'Keane' - some reasonable tunes and lyrics but the voice and, in particular, its sudden leaps into higher octaves just dont do it for me. To make things worse, the track 'A Good reason' sounds so much like the Charlie Daniels Band track 'The devil went to Georgia' - that manic fiddle orientated country track from way back - yep it really does.

I can imagine they would be good live.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good all round package, 19 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Aurora (Audio CD)
This is my album of 2009.

The well crafted and varied songs offer a combination of female & male vocals over a varity of instruments with a mix of multi-layered complexity and stripped down simpleness.

Im a fan of the music of Sigur Ros (but not their vocalist) and The Deer Tracks offer a similar sound to SR in terms of some beautiful melodies & production with the bonus of much better vocals - think of a less twee Stina Nordenstam

A tremendous debut album from a duo who show great promise and who can also perform live.

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