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Perfect Strangers [2001] [DVD]
Perfect Strangers [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Gambon
Offered by comedyfactory
Price: 16.99

56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picturing the past, 13 Feb 2004
This is one of the most interesting and emotionally charged dramas I've ever seen. Stephen Poliakoff proves to be an extremely talented writer and director.
"Perfect Strangers" focuses around a family reunion where the protagonist, Daniel, meets relations he never knew existed. During this event he becomes infatuated with one of his cousins, Rebecca, and uncovers an intriguing family history.
The tales which are revealed to Daniel are what makes this piece so memorable. This story deals with loss, discovery and understanding. The piece also has the interesting concept of using pictures to reveal the past. Questions are raised about photos the characters see, such as when, where and why they were taken. More importantly, can you look deeper into a photo to discover it's true meaning and the tale behind it? "Perfect Strangers" makes you want to learn more about your own family and analyse your photo collection!
"Perfect Strangers" successfully conveys the mixture of personalities that you can find within one family. The cast are outstanding. Matthew Macfadyen is captivating as the gentle Daniel and Michael Gambon's performance as his father is wonderful. The pair work well together and you really get a sense of the father/son relationship. Michael Gambon's dinner speech scene is particularly effective, as it emphasises how you can feel love and embarassment towards a relation simultaneously.
This story has a satisfying conclusion too. You don't feel that there is anything unresolved at the end and all the characters appear stronger by the experiences they have had.
"Perfect Strangers" is a truly amazing piece which shouldn't be missed. Perhaps what makes it so powerful is the idea that so many emotions and tales can be captured with the click of a camera. Have you captured yours yet?


Cool For Cats
Cool For Cats
by Jessica Adams
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Music and memories, 12 Feb 2004
This review is from: Cool For Cats (Paperback)
This is an immensely amusing book with a good storyline.
The protagonist, Linda, is often torn between her love for music and her personal relationships. This is because she cannot contemplate someone she loves enjoying what she considers really bad music!
Memory and emotion are two key elements of this book. Music, however, is the dominant role. The first chapter is particularly strong as Linda explains the 10 songs which changed her life and why. If you have a favourite song that brings a particular memory or feeling to mind then you will certainly identify with this story. The importance music can have on someone's life is emphasised throughout. It's fascinating to see how different songs affect the characters. What's more fascinating is that this makes you question your own taste in music and wonder if there's more to it than meets the eye.
I'd love to give this more than 3 starts but felt some parts of the book were unecessary. There were some conversations where I couldn't understand the significance to the plot and parts which hindered the pacing. However,it's not a book that's easy to put down as it conatins so many good elements. It is great escapism and definately worth a read.


A Present For Everyone
A Present For Everyone
Price: 5.82

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted, 11 Feb 2004
This review is from: A Present For Everyone (Audio CD)
If you want to hear some of the most amusing lyrics in modern music and a more emotional Busted then this is the album for you!
"Air hostess" is reminiscent of the "What I go to school for" track from their debut album, so you're on familiar ground here.
"She wants to be me" is an insightful piece describing a girlfriend mimicking the boyfriend's style. The song emphasises the view that personalities merge during a relationship and individuality is lost. 'She's stealing my identity' is a repeated line. The points made here are serious, but made in a light-hearted way.
"3AM" stresses the difficulties of trying to move on after a relationship. The song has some lyrics portraying a careless attitude, others denial and desperation.
You may assume "Fake" is about pretending to be someone else. Once you listen carefully to the lyrics you realise it's a much more embarassing scenario. The subject matter isn't one that you'd expect people to sing about!
This album certainly stands up to repeated listening. "Meet you there" and "That thing you do" are great songs to sing along to. "Why" combines moving lyrics with a real rock sound and "Over now" has some particularly heartfelt lines.
Each member of the group has a distinctive voice and vocal style. The tracks are addictive and sung with genuine feeling. These boys are gifted.
'A Present For Everyone' certainly sheds Busted of the typical boyband image. This is because they are singing about how it feels...and doing it in their own way.


Celebrity
Celebrity
Offered by we're all going ona summer holiday....la la la
Price: 3.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interest in this is justifiable, 10 Feb 2004
This review is from: Celebrity (Audio CD)
I'd like to recommend this to anyone who, like myself, hadn't heard of Justin Timberlake until he released his solo album 'Justified.'
*N SYNC produce a good, upbeat sound similiar to that of the Backstreet Boys. This album contains some excellent catchy beats in 'Pop' and 'Celebrity,' some more emotional material in 'Girlfriend' and 'Gone.' The album should be of particular interest to Timberlake fans as he's actually co-written 7 of the tracks which appear here.He also does the majority of singing and it's interesting to see how his style has developed.
If you're not into J.T and all you want is good pop, you'll find it here, plus a couple of ballads and some rnb type numbers. There are pieces to make you smile, sing and dance. Whatever you preference, interest in this is justifiable.


Innocent Eyes
Innocent Eyes
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feminine strength, 8 Feb 2004
This review is from: Innocent Eyes (Audio CD)
This is a truly beautiful album. Delta has a strong,distinctive voice which accompanies the piano like no other.
The most powerful track is probably 'Innocent Eyes.' It's refreshing to have a song that focuses on the fear of losing determination and imagination through growing older. It also offers an insight into what Delta herself was like as a child. It emphasises the fragility of childhood innocence and the longing to cling onto it.
This album seems to be about strength with tracks such as 'Born to try,' 'Without you' and 'Not me, Not I.'Unfortunately when you play the album from beginning to end it's hard to know where one song ends and the next begins. However,the important thing is that this album encourages holding onto beliefs and remembering who you are, which Delta has clearly done. That really is feminine strength.


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