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Conspiracy [2001]
Conspiracy [2001]
Dvd ~ Colin Firth
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Price: £4.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing Film, 1 Jan 2014
This review is from: Conspiracy [2001] (DVD)
I have never seen a better film than this, in any genre. Its a masterpiece that really benefits from repeated viewing, partly to tease out the many subtleties in the script, but also to appreciate the many superb acting performances. Of course Branagh is wonderful, his villain here flip flops from urbane bonhomie to ice cold sociopath depending on whether he needs to flatter or threaten to get his way. For me though, the film was stolen by David Threlfall, whose troubled and complex civil servant appears to be the only participant who even vaguely approaches moral criticism of the appalling "Final Solution".

A magnificent film about man's dark side, how suited and rational men can calmly agree to create hell on earth. Unforgettable and unmissable, a truly "essential" film by any standards.


Shengshou 4x4 Black Speed Puzzle Magic Cube
Shengshou 4x4 Black Speed Puzzle Magic Cube

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor durability, 30 Jan 2013
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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Bought this cube for my son who was had no problems with other brands of cube. This cube fell to pieces in a few days and proved very difficult to reconstruct. Avoid.
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How to Survive the Titanic or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay
How to Survive the Titanic or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay
by Frances Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.05

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and humane, 10 Sep 2011
Frances Wilson's book offers a convincing and finely nuanced analysis of one man's personality and reputation. The book did challenge my own preconceptions concerning Ismay's moral status, and "How to survive the Titanic" will stay in my mind for a long time. It is easy to be prejudiced against Ismay, and Wilson succeeds in asking us to look again. I enjoyed the book a great deal.

However to my mind it contains one serious flaw. If Ismay's moral status is the issue then it is surprising to me that very little was said about Thomas Andrews. Like Ismay, Andrews (as one of the 3 designers of the Titanic) was responsible for the ship, and unlike Ismay, Andrews accepted that this responsiblity obliged him to stay out of the lifeboats, and choose death. If Andrews felt honourably obliged to die in this way, then we need to know why Ismay didn't. Andrews chose the fate that Ismay was criticised for not choosing. To my mind Andrews' decision is central to the question of how we judge Ismay.


Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Fixed Focal Length Lens
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Fixed Focal Length Lens
Price: £769.00

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful lens, 8 Jan 2009
In the best part of 30 years photography I have owned kit from many of the best camera makers, and I can honestly say I have NEVER seen better results than those provided by the Canon 135L.

A classic lens giving simply amazing optical speed and sharpness. If you need a "people" telephoto I would look really long and hard at this 135L, a magnificent piece of kit.


Porterhouse Blue
Porterhouse Blue
by Tom Sharpe
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly funny and beautifully written romp, a great novel!, 12 July 2008
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I've loved this book for nearly 20 years now, it is one of the select few books I re-read every year.

Porterhouse is not only astonishingly amusing, but Sharpe's gimlet intelligence comprehensively skewers the contortions of both liberal and illiberal consciences. Porterhouse neatly encapsulates the eccentricity that bedevils and glorifies England.

As well as being entertainment, this is a seriously good novel.


Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle AF Lens
Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle AF Lens

53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning piece of glass for not much money, 29 May 2007
This lens is fabulous, it makes a wonderful standard on Canon x1.6 sensor cameras, light and compact. The sharpness even at f2 is superb, on a x1.6 camera star images are sharp and round right to the edge of the frame, very impressive at any price point. Frankly this lens would be a bargain at twice the price. If you're interested in a 35mm lens for your Canon I really wouldn't think twice about getting this one - highly recommended
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Das Boot - The Mini Series (2 Disc Uncut Version) [DVD] [2004]
Das Boot - The Mini Series (2 Disc Uncut Version) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jürgen Prochnow
Price: £8.00

66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best war film ever made, 1 Jun 2004
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I first saw this epic and perceptive series/film in the late 1980s. It taught me more about humanity in wartime than any other work, filmic or literary. It is quite literally haunting and in my view has not been surpassed in any genre, anywhere. It will stay with you forever. If you are even remotely interested in men at war get this DVD, Das Boot is an exceptional achievement.


Where Eagles Dare  [1968] [DVD]
Where Eagles Dare [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Price: £5.56

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enormous Fun, 22 May 2004
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Wonderful action film for the young at heart. Great casting all round but you will always remember the SS guy! Burton and Eastwood are totally compelling as the Brit/Yank allies and the film exudes energy and gusto. Incredibly large amounts of ammo are shot off in the exciting second half of the film, with gratifyingly large numbers of dead Germans as a result. Actually as a child my brother and I used to try to count the number of despatched Nazis (I think we got to 130ish). A great film particularly if you are Eurosceptic.


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