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Finally, Sunday [Blu-ray]
Finally, Sunday [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Fanny Ardant
Price: £6.75

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hurry Up Sunday, 4 May 2015
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A light whodunnit in which the lovely Fanny Ardant tracks down the truth behind claims her boss murdered his wife. Set firmly in a Maigret world of clubs, heavies and working girls, and with a Hitchcockian tone as Ardant plays a Katherine Hepburn role this is never going to be a realistic film noir. Its romantic end seemed particularly unbelievable (though it fitted the off-screen romance between star and director) and Truffaut seemed to have deliberately played Ardant against shorter male leads which gives a Sigourney Weaver feel to the whole thing.


The Lookout [DVD]
The Lookout [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Auteuil
Price: £9.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spiral: The Movie, 2 May 2015
This review is from: The Lookout [DVD] (DVD)
It's a major shootout on the streets of Paris, so it's a heist movie, is it, or maybe it's a betrayal movie, but who is doing it all? And there's something loose in the gang, but what or who? Keep following the clues and rifling through your list of suspects because he's there all the time.


The Bling Ring [DVD] [2013]
The Bling Ring [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Emma Watson
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 'em Danno, Celebrity One., 25 April 2015
This review is from: The Bling Ring [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
This is a clever film about people who have taken superficiality to the next level. The desire to thieve is clearly strong in these airheads, but so is the desire to possess beautiful things owned by the beautiful people, there was on odd innocence in their larceny especially its lack of difficulty and their lack of nous in hiding it. At time it seemed to be CLUELESS gone horribly wrong. It ends much as one would expect, there a few surprises.


Guardians of the Galaxy [DVD] [2014]
Guardians of the Galaxy [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Chris Pratt
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning, 23 April 2015
I came to the movie without knowledge of the Marvel background so the finer points were missed, it's a movie long on plot but to me the most impressive point was the magnificent effects that were everywhere, not just in big scenes. I remember the excitement for Stars Wars; this is several orders onwards.
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The Paperboy [DVD]
The Paperboy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Zac Efron
Price: £5.30

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3.0 out of 5 stars True Detective: The Early Years, 21 April 2015
This review is from: The Paperboy [DVD] (DVD)
A rambling tale long on the unpleasant details about a campaign to free a murderer and its sequel. Despite being set in the same general milieu as True Detective, and based on a powerful novel, it failed to come together as a single piece compared to McConaughey's more successful series. Instead of that sense of American Gothic we got American Sordid; True Detective with a screenplay by Jeremy Kyle. It fits well within the Killer Joe style for fans of that film.


Croupier [DVD] [1998]
Croupier [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Clive Owen
Price: £4.10

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5.0 out of 5 stars Faites Vos Jeux, 19 April 2015
This review is from: Croupier [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
This appears on first viewing to be a mixture of heist movie, whodunnit and moral tale; and largely it transpires that it is all three with the separation achieved by Clive Owen's delphic stare as he takes on the role of the croupier. Owen is an actor who knows how to deliver a line and to track an emotion. Seldom was it better seen in action than here. A fine film, but then it is from Mike Hodges.


Top Dog [DVD] [2013]
Top Dog [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Leo Gregory
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £10.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Bit Lock Stock Ain't it?, 18 April 2015
This review is from: Top Dog [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
This is a mixture of diamond geezers, footie firms and a twist of the Long Good Friday. Because one "side" are not real gangsters it all gets a bit talky as they realise how far in they have got themselves; this may make it fall between two stools for viewers. Decent cast, reasonable plot (with few surprises), but talky.


Property Taxes 2014/15
Property Taxes 2014/15
by Robert W. Maas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £140.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Source For Advisors, 16 April 2015
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This review is from: Property Taxes 2014/15 (Paperback)
Robert Maas is the doyen of property tax advisors, not only because of his knowledge but because of his ability to impart that knowledge to we lesser mortals. The chapter divisions handily encapsulate topics and the book has already saved me from a couple of errors


The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days that Changed Scotland Forever
The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days that Changed Scotland Forever
by Alex Salmond
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The View From Inside, 15 April 2015
This is not a considered analytical account of the referendum but how it was seen (in full emotive flow) by its chiefest architect. Salmond is a man of strong views, his opponents are numpties and his chums witty and wonderful (he must be from the Yorkshire bit of Scotland, tha' knows) but he's also a damn good politician with the unerring grasp of how to meet and greet people. He wrong footed the opposition frequently and only when he was nearly there did they get their shoulders into it and stop the YES surge.

One of the most interesting pieces of the book is the silence on how the YES campaign failed (temporarily anyway). Alex is in full flow and then...suddenly... it's only Free Dundee that's really supported him. The silence speaks volumes for the shock; it is very eloquent. It also reflects the problem that Salmond finds it hard (it seems) to see why anyone would be a Unionist for good reasons. Assuming your opponent is always foolish or motivated by fear weakens your ability to win him over. It is however how many politicians think - they are (despite the bad press they get) genuine enthusiasts for their own cause.

But it takes more than a shot to the head to stop Wee Eck and within a few pages he is back dealing doughty blows to all and sundry. There is a degree of repetition as we have yet another round of golf, or we meet Jings McTavish, but that's the life of the politician: that most social of beasts.


Les Condé
Les Condé
by Christian Bouyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.74

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5.0 out of 5 stars C'est pire qu'un crime, c'est une faute, 11 April 2015
This review is from: Les Condé (Paperback)
Excellent account of this cadet branch of the House of Bourbon, moving through the Huguenot period into the military splendour (and rebellion) of the Great Condé, and then into a period of stability overturned by the Revolution, the Army of the Princes and the death of the duc d'Enghien.

This is old-fashioned narrative history, there is little longer-term analysis.


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