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RHINO Refill Pads, (Pack of 10) Yellow paper, A4, 100 pages, 8mm ruled and margin
RHINO Refill Pads, (Pack of 10) Yellow paper, A4, 100 pages, 8mm ruled and margin

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, 2 Jun 2014
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These are excellent quality, have a good thickness of paper, attractive covers and are bound well. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to buy lined yellow paper but with covers for protection (which legal pads do not have).

Weekend [1967] [DVD]
Weekend [1967] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mireille Darc
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: 6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful dialogue, awful pacing, but not awfully clever, 19 Jan 2014
This review is from: Weekend [1967] [DVD] (DVD)
I am a fan of international cinema and bought this because it had received such positive reviews.

Sadly they were off by a mile. The thing that made me cringe the most was not the violence, the creepiness of the protagonists or the cannibalism at the end, but the awful, awful script. It was full of dialogue that was supposed to be poetic, humorous and insightful (and was no doubt praised for being all these things) but was just gibberish.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the sound quality is possibly very bad. I say possibly because I'm open to the interpretation that JLG thought there was something incredibly clever and artistic about playing loud music over quiet dialogue, but I don't frankly care.

Result Winter Essentials Double Knit Cotton Beanie Hat Cream
Result Winter Essentials Double Knit Cotton Beanie Hat Cream
Offered by COOZO
Price: 6.54

2.0 out of 5 stars small, 28 May 2013
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For some reason the default hat size seems to be small or extra small. Granted that I have quite a generous head, I still found this very tight.

Blessed By Fire [DVD]
Blessed By Fire [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tristan Bauer
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 13.83

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dramatic Masterpiece let down by Didacticism, 3 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Blessed By Fire [DVD] (DVD)
Recently I was reading an article on the left-wing Guardian website about the sinking of the Belgrano. I was rather surprised that an event which well into the 90s was considered a vile act in liberal circles was roundly defended on the message board underneath.

Perhaps there is a slight paradox that whilst Britain is sick of war, as a people I think even those of us on the left have recently re-appraised this conflict. It is not helped by the Argentinian government's risible claims to have 'anti-imperialist' ambitions to invade an island which has never been part of Argentina and which doesn't want to be part of Argentina.

Whilst this may seem an abstract way of introducing a drama, it is also unavoidable as the film ends on a rather bombastic note which sadly makes it flawed for me. If only the junta and its officers were better people, the message is, Argentina would be totally justified in breaking international law and invading a nation.

It is sad that this didacticism seeps into what was an excellent drama. Like the German masterpiece Das Boot, Blessed by Fire's strongest moments are when it recounts the dirty, monotonous nature of war and when it follows a group of three friends who are in an ill-equipped outpost.

When they kill and eat a sheep one of them is arbitrarily blamed (though in a touching scene his two friends confess to helping) and is tortured by his brutal sergeant.

The monotony is broken by the British counterattack which is excellently filmed and surprisingly realistic. Though whilst the Argentinians are shown bleeding and hobbling away from the destruction, the only recognisable Brit goes storming to the attack, stiff upper lip only faltering as he dies.

Despite the inbalance, BbF cannot in any way be accused of glamorising war and it is an emotionally draining film.

Bad Lieutenant [DVD]
Bad Lieutenant [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
Price: 3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 30 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Bad Lieutenant [DVD] (DVD)
Werner Herzog: director of The Enigma of Kasper Hauser, Nosferatu the Vampyre and other gothic central European works working on a rethink of a miserable and pretentious 90s film set in contemporary America. It could have been a recipe for disaster.

Yet this is a masterpiece: hilarious, moving and exhilarating. Whilst the original had tedious misanthropy masquerading as dark sophisticated humour this has genuinely hilarious scenes, such as when the drug addicted cop sees a dead man break-dancing/ threatens two elderly ladies with a magnum. It's also a surprisingly moving film about love and friendship as well as an exciting thriller.
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Nosferatu The Vampyre [1979] [DVD]
Nosferatu The Vampyre [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Klaus Kinski

4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Take, 27 Aug 2012
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Bram Stoker's novel Dracula has a strange relationship with cinema. Full of pompous Victorian moralising, frequently stagnant prose and moments of cheesy melodrama, it nonetheless contains some very compelling scenes and ideas.

This paradoxical nature: baggy prose blended with visual imagination offers challenges and opportunities for film-makers.

Herzog's approach must be one of the strangest. He turns this novel, which glorifies the Western middle class and turns it into a quasi-Nietzschian fairytale.

What makes this approach even more ironic is that much of the first half feels like a Herzog documentary. Bruno Ganz (who would later achieve fame for his portrayal of the charismatic yet demented Adolf Hitler) practically sleepwalks in his role as Jonathan Harker. He leaves 'Wismar' and travels to the carpathians, where the characters often speak in poetic epigrams, which contrast with the dim scenery. Castle Dracula is not full of monstrous life-forms and gothic interiors but a whitewashed necrotic castle which feels more Brs Grimm than Orientalist.

Harker is trapped in this castle whilst Dracula travels to Wismar by boat, killing the crew in the process. Again, this section (which has great dramatic potential) is shot in a strangely flat style adding to the documentary feel.

The journey by boat bridges the narrative, which then focuses on Harker's wife Lucy (sic) acted by Isabel Adjani (another generally esteemed actor, who also seems practically somnambulent) and a plague that comes to a town of Wismar. This town, evidently in the Netherlands, is a strangely surreal location which becomes stranger as there are mass funerals and animals start to occupy the city centre as the dying inhabitants dance and feast in the square.

Finally Lucy tempts Dracula to his death and 'Nosferatu' ends with a superbly hallucinogenic image of Harker galloping over a stormy beach.

This film certainly is not for all audiences. Those who want an action adventure will find this film slow paced and lacking gore and violence. Personally, I wouldn't even entirely reject the criticism that this film is too long and slow. However, it is also a masterpiece of set design and visual imagination. Whilst the good cast is generally wasted, Kinski is superb as Dracula.

I personally found this film best appreciated not so much in its own but as a part of the varied career of Werner Herzog. That this is the work of the man who produced Aguirre and The Enigma of Casper Hauser somehow made it more enjoyable to me.

The Nameless [DVD]
The Nameless [DVD]
Dvd ~ Emma Vilarasau

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused, Cliched and Slow, 20 Jun 2012
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This review is from: The Nameless [DVD] (DVD)
I have recently been watching Spanish Language DVDs to help me learn the language. Being a horror enthusiast I have gotten some horror films going cheap.

Perhaps it's because it helped reinforce vocab that I can even give it three stars. The script was confusing and illogical whilst the ending and characters were totally cliched. Also the sound was so badly handled, the dialogue was quiet whilst the makers used the cheap technique of using speeded-up film clips with deafening sound effects to shock. Lastly the saturated cinematography felt really hackneyed as well.

On the plus side, the production design was fairly good and there was a genuine atmosphere of unease. I wouldn't deny there was a strong mood of tension, but it isn't a film I'd really recommend.

Machuca [DVD]
Machuca [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matias Quer
Price: 18.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary Political Drama, 8 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Machuca [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this because I am trying to learn Spanish and it was reasonably priced. However, I didn't have high hopes for it. The idea of a film about the friendship between two boys of different social classes during the Chilean coup sounded a recipe for sentimentality, didactic dialogue, characters shabilly constructed to personify ideas, people yelling Marxist/right wing philosophy at each other and for patronising poor people as helpless victims. Whilst I am interested in political philosophy, I do hate worthy, plodding dramas.

Machua is none of these things, and conveys political tension with Chekhovian delicacy. The political discussions are few and clumsy, the friendship is beautifully portrayed and unsentimental, most characters are neither ideologically left nor right but just trying to do their best in a horribly divided, confused society.

My one criticism is the character of Silvana: a beautiful girl who looks to be in her late teens/early 20s who evidently feels irresistibly attracted to a chubby ginger haired boy who looks about 8. She has to be the most absurd wish fulfillment fantasy ever, but is well acted and an interesting character.

In all a wonderful film.

History of Nairnshire.
History of Nairnshire.
by George Bain F.S.a. Scot.
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but..., 8 Jun 2012
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This review is from: History of Nairnshire. (Paperback)
This is an interesting book on one of the most beautiful and fascinating parts of Scotland. The writer provides copious information on the social history with some notes on the geology as well.

However, the printing is abysmal: grey text on a grey background. There is no excuse for charging such a high price for such shoddy work. The book is free on

Atrocious [DVD]
Atrocious [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jose Masegosa
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: 6.25

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Little Shocker, 8 Jun 2012
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Whilst the 'found footage' sub-genre of horror is not one I feel much enthusiasm for, this low budget thriller is an inspired example.

The plot is very simple but clever and the use of the hand-held camera creates a great atmosphere of tension. The viewer essentially becomes a character as the claustrophobic Borgesian labyrinth becomes a nightmarish enclosure.

Not a film for those who love cgi action/ copious gore, but an intelligent, well-acted and well-written film that will hopefully be followed by more ambitious works by the same director.

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