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Rush [DVD]
Rush [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Hemsworth
Price: £5.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Start Your Engines, 13 Dec 2014
This review is from: Rush [DVD] (DVD)
A great story (albeit with a little bit of reality sliced off), two very different protagonists, in an epic Formula One racing season all put together extremely well by Ron Howard. Sports films can be formulaic, but this one simply needs to reflect the actual events to keep us busy watching. It also takes the opportunity to take us back to the mid-Seventies when the world (and the sport) were very different. I think even a non-Formula One fan will find this one hell of a story.


In The House [DVD] [2012]
In The House [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Fabrice Luchini^Ernst Umhauer^Emmanuelle Seigner^Kristin Scott Thomas^Denis Ménochet^Bastien Ughetto^Jean-François Balmer^Yolande Moreau^Catherine Davenier^Vincent Schmitt
Price: £5.66

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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive, 6 Dec 2014
This review is from: In The House [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
This may be an Ozon film (of Juan Mayorga's play) but in it we drift into Hanecke Land: the place where nothing is what it seems except when it is, but then from several unreconciled points of view. The story of reportage as fiction, of the cuckoo in the nest, of voyeurism while combined with some amusing sidelines has a wonderfully unsettling quality but will not please you if you like a tidy ending. I am not sure I can even categorise it, and I wonder if the screenwriter could.


The Politicos Guide to the 2015 General Election
The Politicos Guide to the 2015 General Election
by Iain Dale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars Election Stuff (And Lots Of it), 4 Dec 2014
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A series of articles on the upcoming election covering the policies and campaign of each party (written by an insider), the candidates, the bye-elections, polling, media, marginal seats, campaigning, and a round up region by (European Parliament) region of the seats. Since elections are now a form of racing this is as near a form book as the old Waller & Criddle Almanacs (without being quite as chunky).


The British General Election of 2010
The British General Election of 2010
by Philip Cowley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars All Political Life Is Here, 2 Dec 2014
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Well, almost all; starting in 2007 with the exit of Blair and Brown deciding not to go ahead with an election this book covers the political scene up to, through and after the Election (including the formation of the Coalition). It considers events, issues, parties and personalities. There is good analysis of what happened and how it actually turned out (Cleggmania seems so distant now and was misread it seems). Produced soon after the election in 2010 it lacks coverage of what has happened since allowing us to snicker at an unwise projection or admire prescience. Lots of stats, some good posters, and the usual waspish comments. I enjoyed the one about Vince Cable (known for his gloom) whom naughty Tories claimed had predicted nine out of the last one recessions. However, even with that you need to be pretty politically hardcore to enjoy the book fully. But our numbers are legion.


Trio
Trio
Price: £6.11

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 27 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Trio (Audio CD)
Excellent piece of country (with contemporary folk, I guess, in the case of the splendid "I've had enough"). Especially good if you enjoy the harmonies.


Lone Survivor [DVD]
Lone Survivor [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Wahlberg
Price: £6.20

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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Wings, 23 Nov 2014
This review is from: Lone Survivor [DVD] (DVD)
A Navy SEAL team behind enemy lines is faced with the choice of killing three locals who stumble upon their position or letting them go. They choose the latter with brings down the wrath of Taliban in the village. There follows a lot of shooting, injuries, and death plus a bit of a SNAFU on the relief all crowned by aid from a, perhaps, surprising source. Decent action film though the title might give the game away.


Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad by Sutcliffe, Rosemary published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (2005) Hardcover
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad by Sutcliffe, Rosemary published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (2005) Hardcover
by N/A
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Illustrations Clear Text, 12 Nov 2014
The Iliad and the other poems on the Trojan War tell one of the most famous stories in myth (and possibly a good dollop of history). This book is aimed at children so it lightens up on the constant repetition of slaughter (but only relatively) . Sutcliff manages a deliberately semi-archaic hommage to Homeric speech and does pretty well. The illustrations are first rate.


The Body [DVD]
The Body [DVD]
Dvd ~ Oriol Paulo
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Price: £4.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Whodunit Thriller, 8 Nov 2014
This review is from: The Body [DVD] (DVD)
This is a very good mystery film, so get out the tea, stocks of cheese and biscuits and settle down for a duel of wits. I got half way there but barely so. Reviewing the events afterwards the clues were all there, avoid them though I might. Is this murder in the morgue (rather than rue Morgue), is it going to go supernatural, is it a revenge film, will it be a gore fest? Paced well, acted well and with a compelling back story this is a fine Spanish film.


Training Day [2002] [DVD] [2001]
Training Day [2002] [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
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Price: £3.47

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better To Reign In Hell Than Serve In Heaven, 5 Nov 2014
Magnificently threatening performance by Denzil as Lucifer, Prince of Detectives, seeking to drag Ethan Hawke down to Hell. The ending may be a bit too pat, but until then it is top work by the whole team from Antoine Fuqua down with some marvellous camera work. Not since Henry Fonda killed the family in Once Upon A Time has a good guy gone bad quite as splendidly.


War Cries on Horseback : The Story of the Indian Wars of the Great Plains
War Cries on Horseback : The Story of the Indian Wars of the Great Plains

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5.0 out of 5 stars Plain Speaking Book On Indian Warfare, 4 Nov 2014
In the battle between sounding good or bad clashes of peoples and cultures are never going to be easy to steer in one direction. The citizens of the American Republic with their teeming masses seeking opportunity, with a government pledging its word easily but impermanently and an administration of greater or lesser pork barrel can be portrayed as brutal conquerors. The Indians with their savage warfare (essentially that ascribed to Conan the Barbarian, kill the men, rape and enslave the women and drive off their herds)unstable leadership and dangerous pleasure in drink can be seen as the biker gang from Hell. Yet, of course, both sides had redeeming features or defences for their outrages. The strength of this book is that the author tries to visit both the pluses and the minuses (though with a weary shake of the head as the same cycle kicks off again). He also has an excellent practice of jumping out of the time-line to look at topics that span the subject: the buffalo-based ecosystem, what it was like in the Army, etc etc all help one relate back to the next campaign and the next outrage. Occasionally, he has a rather sanctimonious tone, but carries us onward nonetheless.


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