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Guantanamero [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Guantanamero [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Derek Jacobi
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: 6.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I do not care, 3 May 2014
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One of those films which leaves me cold. I really do not care about these people. The only good bits are the comedy provided by Rupert Evans's Arabic accent which sounds like a bad Spanish accent and Derek Jacobi's hilarious American accent which sounds like a character in a Monty Python sketch. The scenes of what I suppose to be Havana are perhaps the real story of the movie as they are a testament to the splendours of sixty years of communist rule.


Soundless Wind Chime [DVD] [2009]
Soundless Wind Chime [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Yulai Lu
Offered by The Gay & Lesbian Cinema Store
Price: 5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Satyricon retold, 5 Sep 2013
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Nobody knows what The Satyricon is about because we only have fragments from different stages in the story. This is what Soundless Wind Chime is like. This is pretty to watch and the actors are attractive but trying to work out what it is about is the road to the lunatic asylum. Just enjoy the view then get on with your life.


Luna Park [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Luna Park [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Michael Brent
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 9.82

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Four Mad People, 20 Aug 2013
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There are four mad people involved in this film :

1 the person who wrote this story

2 the person who read the story/screenplay and said 'yes yes we must make this into a film'

3 the person who also read it and said 'yes I will spend my money getting this film made'

4 Me for buying this rubbish


From Beginning to End [DVD]
From Beginning to End [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gabriel Kaufmann
Offered by Gayfilmlover
Price: 5.39

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So slow, 22 July 2013
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This review is from: From Beginning to End [DVD] (DVD)
The film took so long to get going. There was too much about their childhood. We were supposed to believe that everyone was concerned about the closeness of these two boys but nothing that they did could have provided any suspicion about their relationship. As adults engaging in an incestuous relationship they were dull. The sad thing is that I did not care about this family at all. What a film could have been made examining these people if the boys had been real people, with real concerns and feelings, if they had done anything other than float through their comfortable lives. All people have difficulties growing-up, gay people even more so, two incestuous brothers must have the most. A lost opportunity.
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Circe and the Woman I Remember
Circe and the Woman I Remember
by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only a Short Story, 7 Mar 2013
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I love Mary Elizabeth Braddon's books. This is an interesting story but far from being her best. However, it took 167 pages to tell a tale that deserved about 25. In addition, each page is littered with phrases in French. I do not mind the odd French phrase especially those that have been adopted into English but you need to be fluent in French to understand most of these. If, like me, you are trying to read all of her novels then give it a go but otherwise after you have read Lady Audley's Secret and Aurora Floyd try The Doctor's Wife, Just As I Am, John Marchmont's Legacy, Only a Clod and Henry Dunbar.


The Forbidden
The Forbidden
by F. R. Tallis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get back to Vienna, 15 Aug 2012
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This review is from: The Forbidden (Hardcover)
Oh dear, what a waste of my time and money. The story is silly. The Vienna-based detective books are great stories (not high literature) but fun to read. This was so improbable but maybe that is how this type of story is meant to be. This is a book for the gullible. Perhaps an eight year old would enjoy it but I did not. I left about two thirds of the way through to do something more interesting like dusting the attic.


The Diamond Jubilee HM Queen Elizabeth II - The Official BBC Highlights [DVD]
The Diamond Jubilee HM Queen Elizabeth II - The Official BBC Highlights [DVD]
Price: 6.17

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor and even Poorer Value, 14 July 2012
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I, like Cosmic (reviewer) bought this for the Service and especially the Diamond Choir singing Call of wisdom. This must have been the highlight of the service for The Queen and those watching. What did we get - The queen arriving, one hymn, the National Anthem, the whole of David Cameron's reading and The Queen leaving. Children were there none.

Maybe Sky will release their own DVD. They did a better job on each day and now appear to be the Broadcaster of Record.


The British Unknown Warrior
The British Unknown Warrior
by Michael Gavaghan
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 8 Aug 2009
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A well written account of an interesting event. The story is probably as comprehensive as any can be of this seminal moment in the history of both the Great War and Britain's traditions of remembrance. Those traditions almost all date from the unveiling of the Cenotaph and the burial of the Unknown Warrior. The author claims to attempt to clear-up ambiquities in the original, sometimes conflicting, records. However, in so doing he creates his own : on the cover he quotes the signal from the warship carrying the body home, inside he quotes it again with different words. Later he quotes the wording on the wreath card from the King and Queen but the picture of the card shows the wording to be different.

For all that I am glad to have read it and found the pictures most illuminative.
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Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe
Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe
by Julia Gelardi
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but flawed, 25 Mar 2009
The author of a biography of several people has the choice between a book with a section on each person and a book which follows the lives in parellel. Julia Gelardi choose the second form. She is to be admired for her bravery and her scholarship however, the continual movement between five lives can be confusing. It would have been helped by each section being given a sub-heading of the person referred to.

This book would have been helped by a good editor, who would have spotted such things as the 'acension' of Edward VII to the throne and one of the girls having a 'stillborn birth'

The other serious problem is the inconsistency of names. In three following sentences we have the Queen of Roumania described as - The Queen of Roumania, Queen Elizabeth and Carmen Sylva. The Emperor of All the Russias is variously described as : Th Emperor, The Tzar, Nicholas, Nicholas II and Nicky. The author also uses family names eg missy for Queen Marie. I daresay this is to claim an intimacy which is impossible. What it serves to do for the reader is to add further confusion.

The author has clearly so immersed herself in her subjects that she can easily switch between their many names - formal, baptismal, family. This reader finds this most unhelpful.

Note to authors - list the various names if you like but choose one to use in the body of your work and STICK TO IT.

Note to prospective readers - for all its faults the book is a facinating read.


Snow in Harvest
Snow in Harvest
by Angus Stewart
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your time, 21 Jun 2008
This review is from: Snow in Harvest (Paperback)
Before you buy this book borrow it on an inter-library loan, read it and then write and tell me what the heck it is about. I adored Sandel, his first novel, but this is self-indulgent nonsense. If you have time to spare to read this go and do something more useful and enjoyable like scrubbing the bath.
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