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The Small Book
The Small Book
by Zina Rohan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.80

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small book, big story, 6 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Small Book (Paperback)
An execution in the First World War has repercussions that last for generations.
Told through a variety of family members, Rohan expertly alternates their voices to create the novel's 'chapters' and her characters' changes over time gives them depth. The environment is so rich, I feel it must exist. Get to know her world and the people in it, because the ending is emotionally powerful stuff. Highly recommended.


Consumer Kids: How big business is grooming our children for profit
Consumer Kids: How big business is grooming our children for profit
by Ed Mayo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning - contains excessive repetition, 16 Feb. 2009
The topic is noble enough and the authors' observations are generally interesting, but what really lets this book down is the writing. Ed Mayo and Agnes Nairn constantly tell you what you're about to read followed by a recap of what you have just read. After 50 pages, it becomes insulting. It reads like a school essay which struggles to reach its minimum word target: padded to the nth degree.


Mamma Mia! The Movie [DVD] [2008]
Mamma Mia! The Movie [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Meryl Streep
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.94

14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the 1 star rating - it deserves 0, 28 Jan. 2009
An incompetently directed horror movie, which is an embarrassment to the cast and viewer. It's an insult to ABBA's music and the art of film-making. I hope Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus are ashamed.
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War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds
Price: £18.75

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not his best, 17 Jan. 2006
This review is from: War of the Worlds (Audio CD)
Because I am so accustomed to being continually impressed by John Williams’ work, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with War of The Worlds. The soundtrack’s atmosphere and tension is expertly woven such as “Probing the Basement” and the sustained “Escape from the Basket” and the panic is obvious in tracks like “The Intersection and Ferry Scenes” but nothing particularly grabbed me for an eager second listen. My favourite moments are the broken piano solos that echo as if they are lost but these are too few. I was hoping it would grow on me but it hasn’t yet.


Batman Returns: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]
Batman Returns: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]

5.0 out of 5 stars A career-best from Elfman, 2 Nov. 2005
After such a fantastic scoring effort on Batman, I thought Elfman's hopes of topping it were fairly slim. He not only topped it but in my opinion produced a classic that is my favourite score of Elfman's career. Sandwiched between the two Batman movies, the effect of Elfman & Burton's Edward Scissorhands is obvious (Birth of a Penguin) and the festive setting of Returns gives the perfect opportunity for the 'La-la' choir that the composer handles so well. The highlight of this score is the addictive four-note Penguin theme that perfectly captures the twisted spirit of the villain in all of its variations. In it's last statement (The Final Confrontation) the funeral arrangement of his theme stayed with me long after the movie was over. For Catwoman we have the screeching sounds of 'mioaw' strings that are playful, sexy, angry and doomed. Batman's theme takes more of a back seat on this outing but the sheer richness of the rest of the score (Elfman had a little more character substance to work with) sets it above the original.
The quality of the disc is superb but for some reason the orchestra just doesn't sound as 'big' as the original, especially the snare drums (not sure if this is due to the orchestra size or the mixing). Bonus points for presentation of the score album: tracks like 'Cat Suite', 'Batman vs the Circus', 'Rise and Fall from Grace' and 'End Credits' are spot-on arrangements. And finally, it wraps with 'Face to Face' by Siouxsie, an excellent song based on the Penguin's theme.
I can't recommend it enough. If you have not already discovered Elfman's Batman scores then I envy you.


Batman: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE
Batman: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE
Price: £5.36

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 2 Nov. 2005
This trend-setting score has stood the test of time and sounds just as impressive now as it did fifteen years ago. Elfman's gothic style of scoring became almost a template for subsequent superhero movies and a revisit to this CD will demonstrate why. The Batman theme is fantastic: no matter how often Elfman uses this dark march (Main Theme, Batman to the Rescue, Attack of the Batwing), it never tires and never fails to excite. Things turn silly when it comes to the Joker and tracks like 'Face Off' and 'Waltz to the Death' are Tchaikovsky-like waltzes that compliment the action and the use of 'Beautiful Dreamer' borders on farce for Joker's infatuation with Vicki. As for Vicki Vale, there is a brief (and slightly tedious) theme for her relationship with Bruce that is based on Prince's 'Scandalous' but the connection is too disguised to spot easily.
What sets this score high above others is the soundscape that is established. Tracks like the mysterious 'Childhood Remembered' and gothic 'Up the Cathedral' really ground you into this fantasy world and the pulsing 'Descent into Mystery' is a career highlight that is always on replay on my stereo. The quality of the disc is good, showing off the size of the orchestra (it's big) and most of the score is on the CD without skipping too much out. This should, without a doubt, be in your soundtrack collection.


Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Episode 3)
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Episode 3)
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The End to a Great Saga, 2 Nov. 2005
Easily being the most anticipated soundtrack of the year, Revenge of the Sith was at the top of the list of my must-buys. Battle of the Heroes obviously stands out as the new theme of the movie (not as accomplished as 'Duel of the Fates' in my opinion) and its phrases of choir and good old-fashioned Williams' brass carry quite a bit of power. However, this and most of the disc's other themes seem to appear briefly and kept to a few tracks so there's quite a bit of non-thematic variety here, especially 'Palpatine's Teachings' and 'Padme's Ruminations', which feature lots of continuous droning, quite unlike previous Star Wars scores.
One of the highlights is 'Anakin's Betrayal', a track similar to 'You are the Pan' from 'Hook' that is full of tragedy and endlessly playable. There is plenty of sorrow in this soundtrack such as 'Anakin's Dream', 'The Immolation Scene' and 'Padme's Destiny' and it really does give you the sense that things are looking bleak. The CD then ends full circle with a welcome return of themes from 'A New Hope'.
Overall, the CD is okay but suffers a little from the bad editing that plagued the original release of 'The Phantom Menace' and it's obvious that a lot of the tracks were just not intended to be presented this way. It does have fortune of growing on you after a few listens and it gets a lot of bonus points for a superb extra DVD that revisits all the great themes from the saga. As a two-disc set, it's a great buy.


Batman: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE
Batman: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE
Price: £5.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 31 Oct. 2005
This trend-setting score has stood the test of time and sounds just as impressive now as it did fifteen years ago. Elfman’s gothic style of scoring became almost a template for subsequent superhero movies and a revisit to this CD will demonstrate why. The Batman theme is fantastic: no matter how often Elfman uses this dark march (Main Theme, Batman to the Rescue, Attack of the Batwing), it never tires and never fails to excite. Things turn silly when it comes to the Joker and tracks like ‘Face Off’ and ‘Waltz to the Death’ are Tchaikovsky-like waltzes that compliment the action and the use of ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ borders on farce for Joker’s infatuation with Vicki. As for Vicki Vale, there is a brief (and slightly tedious) theme for her relationship with Bruce that is allegedly based on Prince’s ‘Scandalous’ but the connection is too disguised to spot easily.
What sets this score high above others is the soundscape that is established. Tracks like the mysterious ‘Childhood Remembered’ and gothic ‘Up the Cathedral’ really ground you into this fantasy world and the pulsing ‘Descent into Mystery’ is a career highlight that is always on replay on my stereo. The quality of the disc is good, showing off the size of the orchestra (it’s big) and most of the score is on the CD without skipping too much out. This should, without a doubt, be in your soundtrack collection.


Batman Returns: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]
Batman Returns: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A career-best from Elfman, 27 Oct. 2005
After such a fantastic scoring effort on Batman, I thought Elfman's hopes of topping it were fairly slim. He not only topped it but in my opinion produced a classic that is my favourite score of Elfman's career. Sandwiched between the two Batman movies, the effect of Elfman & Burton's Edward Scissorhands is obvious (Birth of a Penguin) and the festive setting of Returns gives the perfect opportunity for the 'La-la' choir that the composer handles so well. The highlight of this score is the addictive four-note Penguin theme that perfectly captures the twisted spirit of the villain in all of its variations. In it's last statement (The Final Confrontation) the funeral arrangement of his theme stayed with me long after the movie was over. For Catwoman we have the screeching sounds of 'mioaw' strings that are playful, angry and doomed. Batman's theme takes more of a back seat on this outing but the sheer richness of the rest of the score (Elfman had a little more character substance to work with) sets it above the original.
The quality of the disc is superb but for some reason the orchestra just doesn't sound as 'big' as the original (not sure if this is due to the orchestra size or the mixing). Bonus points for presentation of the score album: tracks like 'Cat Suite', 'Batman vs the Circus', 'Rise and Fall from Grace' and 'End Credits' are spot-on arrangements. And finally, it wraps with 'Face to Face' by Siouxsie, an excellent song based on the Penguin's theme.
I can't recommend it enough. If you have not already discovered Elfman's Batman scores then I envy you.


Batman: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE
Batman: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE
Price: £5.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 27 Oct. 2005
This trend-setting score has stood the test of time and sounds just as impressive now as it did fifteen years ago. Elfman's gothic style of scoring became almost a template for subsequent superhero movies and a revisit to this CD will demonstrate why. The Batman theme is fantastic: no matter how often Elfman uses this dark march (Main Theme, Batman to the Rescue, Attack of the Batwing), it never tires and never fails to excite. Things turn silly when it comes to the Joker and tracks like 'Face Off' and 'Waltz to the Death' are Tchaikovsky-like waltzes that compliment the action and the use of 'Beautiful Dreamer' borders on farce for Joker's infatuation with Vicki. As for Vicki Vale, there is a brief (and slightly tedious) theme for her relationship with Bruce that is allegedly based on Prince's 'Scandalous' but the connection is too disguised to spot easily.
What sets this score high above others is the soundscape that is established. Tracks like the mysterious 'Childhood Remembered' and gothic 'Up the Cathedral' really ground you into this fantasy world and the pulsing 'Descent into Mystery' is a career highlight that is always on replay on my stereo. The quality of the disc is good, showing off the size of the orchestra (it's big) and most of the score is on the CD without skipping too much out. This should, without a doubt, be in your soundtrack collection.


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