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House [DVD]
House [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Katt

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment for the price, 1 April 2005
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This 1980's comedy horror is quite entertaining as far as horror films from this time period generally go. There are many amusing parts in the film and the acting is, quite naturally, not the best in the world. But hey, that's only to be expected. House makes up for these let downs since it becomes so comical in parts and the viewer just has to laugh. For the price, it's a pretty good deal.

Jacob's Ladder [DVD] [1991]
Jacob's Ladder [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Tim Robbins
Offered by Great Buys Uk
Price: 9.39

46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film but...., 29 Mar 2005
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..make sure that you get the full uncut 18 version, not the DVD 15 version that I was duped into getting because of false advertising. If you are unable to get the full version on DVD, just buy it on VHS. Believe me, it's worth it because there are multiple scenes which are cut from the DVD version.
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The Beach [2000] [DVD]
The Beach [2000] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 3.50

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining film, 29 Mar 2005
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I really don't know why this film got so much negative criticism. I found it to be a really well-constructed film which had abit of everything in it: violence, romance, swearing, drama, suspense, you name it. The acting for the most part is very convincing and it is a film which is unpredictable, which I think is a plus. With all the extra features on DVD, you can't go wrong.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape? [DVD]
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by streetsahead
Price: 6.34

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete masterpiece, 29 Mar 2005
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I saw this film years and years ago and bought it on DVD a few days ago. Wow, what a brilliant film! The acting is just breath-taking, especially from DiCaprio and Depp. Although there is not much going on in the way of action, it kept my attention throughout the entire film. Just goes to show that a film does not necessarily have to be action-packed and full of violence and swearing to be a classic.
Full of laughs, tears, romance and drama. Highly recommended.

The Dead Zone [DVD]
The Dead Zone [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher Walken
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 11.99

3 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Umm...what's all the fuss about?, 28 Mar 2005
This review is from: The Dead Zone [DVD] (DVD)
Ok, I bought this film a few days ago and was expecting a good film, since it's based on the Stephen King novel and never have I been disappointed with a King film in the past. However, Dead Zone was an absolute shocker. It's not gory, it's not scary, there's no action, no real drama, no....well, no nothing.
Christopher Walken's character has the occasional premonition about someone's death, helps the police on one occasion try and catch a killer and tries to help a young boy become more sociable. This film was so boring that I genuinely started to drop off and was relieved to finally be able to go to bed when it had finished.
On the back of the DVD cover, it got nothing but praise and stated that it was the "uncut" (snigger) version with the "scissors-suicide" reinstated. Oh yeah, that scene is pretty much the only one with any real gore in it. By the way, could someone please explain to me why this sorry excuse for a film has an 18 certification because it's got me bewildered....
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UEFA Euro 2004 Portugal (PC)
UEFA Euro 2004 Portugal (PC)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Fifa game so far, 29 July 2004
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I was wondering whether to buy this game at all, since it got both bad and good reviews. However, I decided to buy it in the end and was not disappointed.
You can choose out of all 51 European nations (Bosnia, Georgia, Macedonia, Albania and Netherlands) do not have the real names of the players but you could probably work out who is who anyway.
I've been playing it for weeks already and I am not bored of it. Besides Euro 2004, there are custom leagues, cups and knockouts that you can create, adding to the games longevity. The good thing about Euro 2004 is that you can randomise the groups in the qualifying stages, so that you do not have to play the default Euro 2004 groups every time. Again, this increases the enjoyment of the game.
Personally, I prefer Euro 2004 to Fifa 2004, although Fifa 2004 is also a good game and has alot more teams and options. I find the gameplay easier and more enjoyable, mainly because it is easier to do a through-ball on Euro 2004, whereas on Fifa 2004 you have a power bar which indicates how hard you pass the through-ball.
You have to be very accurate, otherwise it either falls short or runs past the player at 100mph.
I would definately recommend this game to those who like football games (I like playing with national teams more than club sides, maybe that's why I also like it better than Fifa 2004)

They Would Never Hurt A Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague
They Would Never Hurt A Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague
by Slavenka Drakulic
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book to read but still biased, 29 July 2004
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Slavenka Drakulic has written a well constructed and interesting book. However, she only reserves two chapters on Croat war criminals (and both chapters cover the same crimes and war criminals) and the rest of the book is devoted to analysing and discussing Serbian war criminals.
She states in the introduction that it is a "coincidence" that there are no Bosnian Muslim case studies in her book but I believe that she deliberately left them out. Drakulic herself is a Croat and no doubt is quite biased (and understandably so) concerning the last Balkan war.
Concerning Srebrenica, there is a point in the book where she comes up with the figure of 7,445 Muslim men executed at the hands of the Bosnian Serbs. However, until today, just under 5,000 bodies have been discovered in mass graves around the Srebrenica area, and many of them have not been identified.
Leading up to the Srebrenica massacre, there were many clashes between Muslims and Serbs in the area, and many Serb civilians were also murdered, so there is no way to know whether these bodies were, in fact, all Muslims. I just wonder where she got such a precise figure from, particularly since near the start of the book, she estimates that over 7,000 Muslim men were executed. There is a big difference between an estimate and a precise figure.

Kosovo-Serbia: A Just War?
Kosovo-Serbia: A Just War?
by Frank H Columbus
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More cons than pros, 8 May 2004
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The thing about this book is that it has some excellent theories by anti-war authors but also some chapters written by, well, war-mongers, to put it bluntly.
I found some chapters to be repetitive, in the sense that some topics are covered by one author in one chapter, and then by another author in a later chapter (particularly the Battle of Kosovo). I found this to be redundant; it is sufficient to describe something within a single chapter. I also found that a great deal of the book does not talk about the history of Kosovo but instead about Russian-Serbian relations during the 19th century, the Balkan Wars of 1913-14, etc. I think all of these topics should have been reserved for a general historical book on the history of the Serbian people.
The final two or three chapters are the only chapters that go into any greater detail about the 1998-99 Kosovo crisis, and 95% of the time the author(s) of these chapters are simply parroting the distortions of the mass media, politicians and NATO commanders/spokespersons. They have a completely two dimensional view of the conflict i.e. the Serbs were the "bad guys" and the Albanians were the "good guys". Enormous sympathy seems to be reserved for the Albanian civilians but almost no sympathy for the civilians of NATO bombing in Serbia and victims of the KLA.
One of the contributors points out how the Albanians will need to be protected by KFOR against possible Serbian "aggression". As the book was published only a few months after the conflict ended, it clearly demonstrates that this theory is not only erronoeus but outdated, since it has been obvious that almost all non-Albanians were driven from their homes in June 1999 from Kosovo. Not to mention murders by KLA extremists and the destruction of over 100 Orthodox monasteries.
All in all, more cons than pros in this book.

Tito's Flawed Legacy: Yugoslavia and the West Since 1939
Tito's Flawed Legacy: Yugoslavia and the West Since 1939
by Nora Beloff
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad, 3 April 2004
So, why did I give Beloff's book 3 stars? Well, because its a mixed bag. Beloff quite rightly describes Tito's regime as a dictatorship and in its early years, the Yugoslav Communist regime certainly was brutal in its treatment of dissidents, tens of thousands who were sent to the internment camp on the desolate Croatian island of Goli Otok in the Adriatic Sea.
However, during the 1960's and the 1970's there was quite a large degree of liberalisation in Yugoslavia where people could travel around the globe (unlike in other Communist countries where citizens were not allowed to leave), freedom of religion and the freedom to own property. It was a mixture of East and West, capitalism and Communism which seemed to work very well, for the most part. I know from experience, since my parents both remember their lives in Communist Yugoslavia with only positive feelings.
Beloff, however, tries to demonise Tito and his government seemingly at every turn. For example, she claims that before 1941, Tito had no interest in uniting the people of the Balkans into one state, how his regime only managed to survive because of huge loans from the WB, IMF, etc. This is simplistic and untrue. Sure, Tito did leave Yugoslavia a huge international debt when he died in 1980, but he also did many positive things for Yugoslavia, which Beloff omits. That was the best time for the Yugoslav peoples; they were internationally respected and all the other Eastern Communist Bloc countries looked towards Yugoslavia with envy.
So, Beloff makes good points, however she goes too far with her anti-Tito stance. It is also blatantly obvious that she has a deep loathing for Communism as an ideology, which would certainly affect her judgement.
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Bosnia: A Cultural History
Bosnia: A Cultural History
by Ivan Lovrenovic
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read general historical account, 3 April 2004
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Lovrenovic has succeeded in writing an excellent book on Bosnia's culture: its scholars, its poets, architects, etc. For people who are looking for more of a political history, rather than a cultural one, I suggest reading one of the following books:
"Bosnia: A Short History" by Noel Malcolm
"The Serbs" by Tim Judah
"The Fall of Yugoslavia" by Misha Glenny
Lovrenovic, quite convincingly in my opinion, demonstrates that medieval Bosnia was indeed a separate state from both Croatia and Serbia. For those Croats and Serbs who constantly claim that Bosnia has historically "always been a part of Croatia/Serbia" should at least read this book. Parts of medieval Bosnia in fact covered much of the Dalmatian coast and hinterland, which are both regions of modern Croatia, and extended into much of Montenegro and parts of south-western Serbia. Not only that, the medieval Bosnians referred to themselves as "Bosnjani" and for a time had their own Bosnian Church, distinct from both the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.

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