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Murder At The Gallop (1963)
Murder At The Gallop (1963)
Dvd ~ Margaret Rutherford
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated classic, 10 April 2013
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This review is from: Murder At The Gallop (1963) (DVD)
You won't see this film on any best British films of all time list, but this is a well crafted, well acted, and of course being based on an Agatha Christie's who done it, the film is well plotted. The film is quintessentially British and has a Cosy charm. Probably going to appeal to people like me, of a certain age! That said, with our extended winter you could do worse than to spend and hour and twenty minutes experiencing some early sixties nostalgia and charm.

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover [DVD] [1989]
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ Richard Bohringer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, 10 April 2013
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Saw this film when it first came out and it left an indelible impression on me. The film is violent in places, crude but very funny black humour. Michael Gambon is truly superb, as is Helen Mirren. As has been said elsewhere its not going to everyone's taste. But if you want an unusual tail of love and brutality set in a magnificent opulent restaurant this film will delight. Helen Mirren's naked form is also a bonus and adds to the films eroticism. Highly recommended lol.

Into the Music
Into the Music
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of vans best, 21 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Into the Music (Audio CD)
A great album from van. Not a weak track and the quality of songs are maintained throughout. The tracks vary from the uptempo, Bright side of the road, and Full force gale to the romantic and earthy, Angelu and The healing has begun. Both sides have a distinctive feel and all tracks have plenty of tasteful brass and violin arrangements. The album as a whole is very accessible and you're want to hear repeatedly its that listenable. If you're fairly new to Van Morrison and have only heard greatest hits or Moondance and Astral Weeks, Into the Music would be a great addition and confirmation that it ranks along side his very best work

Born To Sing: No Plan B
Born To Sing: No Plan B
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5.0 out of 5 stars no cool crystal waters here, 21 Nov 2012
This review is from: Born To Sing: No Plan B (Audio CD)
After 35 albums I'm relieved that Van does have something else to sing about. Here, he does question materialism generally but thankfully quite sublimely wrapped in some sumptuous melodies. Much has been said about Van revisiting a few themes perhaps a little too often. Also, the fact that its been 3 years since his last studio album rather than the an album almost annually, may have contributed to a significant increase in quality: and this being the best album he has released since the nineties. There is not a weak track on the album and several real highlights reminding us why Van Morrison was so rated in the first place. The songs are well constructed, memorable, brilliantly played, and sung with Vans best and most convincing vocal performance for many a year.

The album has a relaxed easy listening feel, but is not in any way bland. The opener is catchy, radio friendly and will no doubt find its way on future Best of's. Going down to Monte Carlo, End of the Rainbow, Born to sing, If in money we trust, are real highlights and wouldn't be out of place on some of his 70s classics. Even Pagan Heart, is arguably his best and most authentic blues track in years.

Generally, even on first listen you can instantly tell that the album has been produced and crafted with care: more thought has been put into the making of this album than some of Vans recent offerings. There are still lyrical references to one or two philosophers, one of Vans staple devices. More interestingly is the track "If in money we trust" the extended jazz workout second half of the song which has echos of the theme tune to the old "Money" program from the 70s, clever!

I'm not sure exactly where it would rank with the rest of his work. After playing it probably twenty times now I would tentatively put it in his top ten best albums. A bold placement I know, but I would rank it along side "Into the Music", a personal favorite of mine for shear listen-ability alone.

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