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Margin Call [DVD]
Margin Call [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey
Price: £4.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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: £8.70

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

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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


Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake (known as Complete Meal Replacement) (Berry - 850g)
Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake (known as Complete Meal Replacement) (Berry - 850g)
Offered by Blue Herbs
Price: £54.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for energy, great for alkali, 17 Feb. 2015
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I find the problems with a healthy diet are remembering to buy and prepare the right stuff, so the idea of taking one meal out of contention by using this shake was very appealing. I found the energy increase useful but the major advantage was the alkalising effect; I have (or had) an acid stomach as the result of blood pressure drugs. The Vega shake reduced this overnight. But this effect is very individual, other people have experienced discomfort on switching to Vega, using it is a more dilute form may help here.


Iraq - From War to a New Authoritarianism (Adelphi Series)
Iraq - From War to a New Authoritarianism (Adelphi Series)
by Toby Dodge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope Deferred, 9 Feb. 2015
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This is a well-argued if depressing book that takes us from the fall of Baghdad through to the withdrawal of the Americans (and a bit more). The war aims that the American administration had when it went to war were, in large part, to wreck on the shoals of inadequate resources and the damage Iraq had sustained from its previous wars, the Shi'a rising, and sanctions. The resulting rise of another strong man and the practical exclusion of the Sunni from the grand coalition are an excellent example of the curse of getting what you wished for. Ruling an empire is like boiling a small fish.


End of Watch [DVD] [2012]
End of Watch [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Offered by Sent2u
Price: £5.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cruising For A Bruising, 5 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: End of Watch [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Extreme violence mixed with a bromance as the boys in the patrol car voyage around South Central engaging in heroism, joshing, discussing their women and other policey stuff only to run into the Cartels. I was never quite sure of the film's genre but apart from a fast forward through the home life bits it moved effectively to its denouement. It certainly has plenty of old fashioned police film clichés but it avoids the sort of nonsense we saw in RAMPART. Some very amusing dialogue for so grim an ending.


Lola - (Mr Bongo Films) (1961) [DVD]
Lola - (Mr Bongo Films) (1961) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anouk Aimée
Price: £11.81

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4.0 out of 5 stars Reigen, 1 Feb. 2015
Lola takes it time to get there, but when it breaks through it has an excellent story to tell. In a rather La Ronde fashion the film concerns lost loves, missed loves and mistaken loves. Roland loves Lola who loves Michel, but Michel has gone to seek his fortune, and she is a "dancer" (nudge nudge wink wink) loved by Franky, who meets Cecile, the young daughter of Madame Desnoyers, who is herself interested in Roland. For the first half I felt the leads needed a good slapping, but it all ended rather well. The heart really is a lonely hunter.


Klitschko [DVD]
Klitschko [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sebastian Dehnhardt
Price: £5.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Grim, 24 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Klitschko [DVD] (DVD)
This is an excellent film covering the lives and careers of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. It reminded me of "Senna" another brilliant documentary that had as much drama as fiction. It helps that the Klitschko brothers are very intelligent fighters who plan their careers and have the ability to criticise themselves. The film is aided by the views of many who have trained and who have fought the brothers. The violence of the sport is ably shown by the Lennox Lewis and Samuel Peter fights; but you can see the brothers adapting, learning building up their ferociously intelligent fighting style. There are scenes with their parents and of the beginnings of Vitali's political career but above all that it is a tale of two brothers. Made in 2011 it ends with the comment, "..to be continued"


DC Comics Deck Building Game: Rivals - Batman vs. The Joker
DC Comics Deck Building Game: Rivals - Batman vs. The Joker
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £17.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Deck-Building, Batman!, 23 Jan. 2015
I have been playing the various games using the Cryptozoic Deck Building engine for some years. I continue to be impressed by how much they can wring from the system. In this case we are firmly in DC Comics Deck Building country but with a few twists. There are no arch-villains just the two rivals - Batman and the Joker represented in each case by three large cards with increasing strength and abilities. One gains cards normally but can, if you feel lucky (punk) choose to have a confrontation where you must beat your opponent's strength. In most cases you will not be certain of doing this - counting on drawing and deploying cards during your play. Just to add to the fun your opponent can play blocking cards to increase his strength. If you fail to beat your opponent you do not use the cards to gain others, you simply discard them. The usual Equipment, Super-hero etc etc cards are present but all with a Joker or Batmen theme.

Great fun


Killing Them Softly [DVD]
Killing Them Softly [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £3.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Busted Flush, 23 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Killing Them Softly [DVD] (DVD)
If the Godfather showed the mob as opera, it has been downhill since, and no further down than this interesting film. Two very stupid people get together with Johnnie Sac to hit a poker game. We know they are very stupid from the 20 minutes plus of sub-Dumb & Dumber conversation liberally spiced with cursing. Try not to give up on the film at this point, because it gets better, though not noticeably less vulgar. The denouement is not really surprising but very cinematically realised. It's noire, but in colour. En route James Gandolfini reprises his moody gangster, Ray Liotta takes a beating, Brad Pitt is unusually together, and a host of other actors do their piece. Richard Jenkins is very good as the contact to the gamblers arranging the vengeance much as he might book a catering firm. With a running background of the 2008 Presidential Election the whole piece has a wonderfully discordant feel. And it ends before the story ends, just as it should.


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