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Romper Stomper [DVD]
Romper Stomper [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: £2.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That was Pommy Bill. He's come to help., 22 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Romper Stomper [DVD] (DVD)
A young Russell Crowe leads his gang of skinheads in battle against Vietnamese immigrants, hippies and his girlfriend's incestuous father. The result is a great deal of mayhem (the Vietnamese have reinforcements) and a lot of angst as the hippy chick causes ructions in the gang. I am not too sure what is the message of the movie other than don't start fights you cannot win but it rocks along a bit like a Shane Meadows' version of Clockwork Orange.


Confessions of an 84 Year Old Teenager
Confessions of an 84 Year Old Teenager
by Thomas N. Shaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.23

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ecco Homo, 21 Mar. 2015
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Tom Shaw was the man in the dugout behind the success of Avalon Hill a producer (for many years the producer) of quality strategy games. These games ranged from wargames through legal and business games to Tom's real favourites - sports games. I have played many of them and even one against the man himself. Nowadays with a big growth in interest in gaming it is perhaps easy to forget the depth and width of the Avalon Hill offering, but I suspect many of the bosses of the companies that produce Euro or Ameritrash games had more than a few Avalon Hill games in their collections.

Much of this story is not about board games but sports games. Tom Shaw comes from a period where socialising via sports clubs (usually involving some sort of bat and some sort of ball) was much stronger than today. So the book is also about friendships forged in the ...er...blood (well sweat anyway) of battle and strengthened by a mutual love of music.


Mademoiselle Chambon [DVD]
Mademoiselle Chambon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vincent Lindon
Offered by DVD Vault UK
Price: £4.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rencontre Bref, 17 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Mademoiselle Chambon [DVD] (DVD)
Another example of the French cinematic skill with matters romantic. In this case not the usual couple of Parisian intellectuals with lots of time and a thesaurus but rather using more typical materials. The male lead, a builder, actually looks like a builder and is not given to philosophising (he's from the Yorkshire part of France); the female lead is wonderfully played as someone who is a stranger to real intimacy, a permanent wanderer. Rather than being a film about philandering this is a film about yearning, at times almost excruciatingly so.


Coup De Torchon [DVD]
Coup De Torchon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Philippe Noiret

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sunny Place For Shady People, 12 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Coup De Torchon [DVD] (DVD)
Viewers may have difficulty spotting the genre of this dark piece set in the bright sunlight of French West Africa. The "hero" is a put-upon copper who variously encompasses the downfall of his tormentors; a bit like Monsieur Hulot playing the Count of Monte Cristo, but without the laughs. Is it comedy, is it satire, is it a moral tale; yes to all of the above. If only they had let him have a decent sleep!


The Big Bang [DVD]
The Big Bang [DVD]
Dvd ~ Antonio Banderas
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £4.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window., 11 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Big Bang [DVD] (DVD)
Faithful to many of the conventions of film noir but mixed in with a lot of quantum physics in-jokes and puns this is an odd film, but with a clever denouement. Instead of Moose Mulloy looking for Velma, we have a big Russian boxer looking for Lexie; and all the clues are there providing you can hear through the mass of mumbling that would make Mark Wahlberg proud. You will have to get past the geek humour (how many references did you kids spot?) to the underlying mystery but it is worth it.


The Official ARRSE Guide to the British Army
The Official ARRSE Guide to the British Army
by Major Des Astor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gone For A Soldier, 8 Mar. 2015
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As fine an example of British humour and cruel understatement as one could wish, at times cynical at others quite serious it is always very funny. Very useful for civvies like me to bone up on the nicknames of the regiments of your Army chums. It covers just about everything, and a great deal of nothing.


The Great Beauty [DVD]
The Great Beauty [DVD]
Dvd ~ Toni Servillo
Price: £6.79

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Heart's In The Highlands, 1 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: The Great Beauty [DVD] (DVD)
Paulo Sorrentino's films build up slowly, in this case operating of pulses of action from party to night time walks in Rome to surreal interiors and exteriors and back again. Accompanied by wonderful photography and a fine score the story circles rather than progresses around the life of Jep Gambardella, a socialite journalist whose career (if such it be) is based on one novel and a lot of acquaintances. But it is also an excuse to peregrinate around Rome, a city that appears almost as an organism unchanged by its human inhabitants. This is not narrative cinema, but it is very good.


Margin Call [DVD]
Margin Call [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey
Price: £4.10

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5.0 out of 5 stars Long and Wrong, 22 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Margin Call [DVD] (DVD)
Something is amiss in the risk profile of a New York brokerage which is in the midst of "trimming back". As the young analysts (one of them played by Mr Spock) realise the full horror they move up with the news past layer after layer of management, each more dog-eat-dog than the other. It reminded me of working in a Big Four accounting firm; only you know the issue at hand in detail, the others are playing catch-up, not with the issue, but the liability, yet trying to seem in control. There's some vicious fun to be had here. As the escape plan is developed and executed flocks of chickens come home to roost. The cast really is good, and the sharp distinction of being in (or out) is clearly made. You do need to understand a little about markets but not much.


Kidnapped [1971] [DVD]
Kidnapped [1971] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Price: £8.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're a big King, but you're out of condition, with me it's a full time rebellion, 21 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Kidnapped [1971] [DVD] (DVD)
This was surprisingly good; Michael Caine kept his Scots accent to a lowland level and avoids the Freddy Jones Hoots Toots version, fortunately the lead was exactly the sort of stickler Lowland Scot one needed, and Catriona has the red hair. It is years since I read the books so any errors passed me by. Shot in Scotland to its benefit.

And was that Doctor Snoddy playing the doctor? More Scots stereotypes than you can shake a stick at.


Byzantium [DVD] [2013]
Byzantium [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Gemma Arterton
Price: £5.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Day Walkers., 18 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Byzantium [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
This is a clever film about another twist on the vampire legend; in this case a group of sexist vampires pursue a female vampire for "making" her own daughter. Into the tale come various interfering do-gooders, and a strangely mannered performance from Caleb Landry Jones as the twin soul for Saoirse Ronan. We learn more and more of the back story as the film progresses until the final showdown in Hastings. Good performances by everyone especially considering the vampire legend can, if we are left time to dwell on it, appear ludicrous. This film skillfully decided to delay that moment for a long time


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