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The Sentinel [DVD] [2006]
The Sentinel [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Michael Douglas
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: 2.75

2.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled promise, 17 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Sentinel [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
It sets up a very intriguing situations and for about two-thirds the film is interesting and compulsively watchable -- only to unravel and descend into the most incredible mess. A great pity, given the excellent cast. But such an awful script!


Liberal Arts [DVD]
Liberal Arts [DVD]
Dvd ~ Josh Radnor

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 13 Jan 2013
This review is from: Liberal Arts [DVD] (DVD)
This film is absolutely wonderful. It manages to be at once very very funny, in a WoodyAllen-ish kind of way, very witty, intellectually stimulating and extremely moving. In my opinion Josh Radnor, whose film it is in more ways than one, is a genius. The acting at all levels is quite outstanding, even the smaller parts. (Watch out for Allison Janney's 'Professor Fairfield' and Zac Effron's 'Nat'.) I came across the film completely by accident on a long flight from the Gulf and then I watched it twice, in the course of my journey.


Summer Moonshine
Summer Moonshine
by P.G. Wodehouse
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top five stand-alone novels, 10 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Summer Moonshine (Paperback)
This is Wodehouse at his comic best. The set-pieces, of which there are several, are an absolute delight. Watch out for Bulpitt having his false teeth knocked out and the serial stealing of chaps' clothes. Joe Vanringham is indeed one of Wodehouse's most wonderful buzzers. The Princess von and zu Dwornitzchek s the most atypical Wodehouse anti- heroine but she is beautifully done and brings a chill and an edge to this otherwise most sunny of novels. Joe V.'s love for Jane is also, disconcertingly, rather touching, especially towards the end, when he believes it has reached an impasse. Marvellously constructed, as is usual for Wodehouse in his golden period, and compulsively readable. NB In some ways the novel resembles Hot Water and Money in the Bank, which are also favourites of mine.


The Singing Sands
The Singing Sands
by Josephine Tey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.92

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lethal obsession, 4 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Singing Sands (Paperback)
Suspenseful, sophisticated and compulsively readable, abounding in interesting ideas and original observations. The reasons for Grant's quest for the truth are fascinating. Tey achieves the rare feat -- for a Golden Age mystery author, that is -- of making you care about her characters. The dead young romantic, the widowed Lady Kentallen, the American Tad, the hubristic Heron Lloyd, Grant himself -- they all stay in the mind long after one has finished the book. NB Make sure you read Tey's absolute masterpiece Brat Farrar as well.


Take Two at Bedtime (Classic Crime)
Take Two at Bedtime (Classic Crime)
by Margery Allingham
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Allingham, 29 Dec 2012
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I have never liked Allingham's novels, but I was very pleasantly surprised by these two novellas, Wanted: An Innocent and Last Act. Both are ingeniously plotted, especially the second one, whose denouement was completely unexpected and rather original. There is a young couple in love at the heart of each story and the reader really cares about them. Very clever atmospheric writing. Has made me seek out the Allinghams I haven't read, especially her shorter fiction.


Wildfire at Midnight (Mary Stewart Modern Classic)
Wildfire at Midnight (Mary Stewart Modern Classic)
by Mary Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.72

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tediously novelettish, 29 Dec 2012
The novel is billed as 'romantic suspense', however, the suspense is contrived rather unskilfully and the romance unconvincing in the extreme. The characters fail to come to life and the whodunit part of it -- which is the main part -- never takes off the ground. The actual denouement is flat and, when examined closely, very silly. The author is neither an Agatha Christie nor a Ngaio Marsh. This is the kind of story that would have been serialised in one of the women's magazines in the 50s. The whole effect is tediously novelettish. (The beautifully written lyrical descriptions of mountains and lochs are there all right but not enough to sustain this reader's interest.)


The Bourne Legacy [DVD]
The Bourne Legacy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Renner
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: 4.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Newly Bourne, 15 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Bourne Legacy [DVD] (DVD)
The story is confusing and farfetched, but the action sequences are wonderfully orchestrated. The new Bourne does have charm and credibility. Good chemistry between him and Rachel W. too. Hope for a sequel.


Total Recall (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Total Recall (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Price: 4.00

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Rubbish, 15 Dec 2012
This is incredibly, embarrassingly bad. Poor script, poor direction, poor acting, especially from the two women. It lacks the manic energy, the amazing set pieces and general compulsiveness of the original. No chemistry between the hero and the evil wife. No chemisty between the hero and the girlfriend. Note how many times Colin F. is asked "Are you OK?" That's quite funny, unintentionally. The story is muddled and rather tedious. Shame, really, given that the special effects were excellent.


A Talent to Deceive: Appreciation of Agatha Christie
A Talent to Deceive: Appreciation of Agatha Christie
by Robert Barnard
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ne plus ultra, 7 Dec 2012
This is the best study of Agatha Chistie and her books. It is perceptive, witty, affectionate and intellectually stimulating. The previous reviewer has entirely missed the point of Barnard's arguments, which only comes to prove that certain individuals should never attempt literary citicism as their brains are simply not up to it.


Firewall [DVD] [2006]
Firewall [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Harrison Ford
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific (and terrifying) techno-thriller, 23 Nov 2012
This review is from: Firewall [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Holds the viewer's attention from the outset to the very last shot with its superb unflagging suspense. All actors, from Harrison Ford down, are excellent. Paul Bettany gives a chilling performance as a dangerously psychopathic villain.


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