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Wannabe a Writer? (Secrets to Success)
Wannabe a Writer? (Secrets to Success)
by Jane Wenham-Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing, 23 July 2013
This book is great if you want to be entertained and listen to lots of the author's anecdotes about her life (that became very boring to me very quickly as I am not a middle-class mum who's come from a long lineage of writing family members, who lives in a mess, decadently smokes and drinks all the time, and has a supportive partner), but it's severely lacking for practical advice on writing, plot and structure etc.
As others have mentioned, most of the useful bits are gleaned from other writers whom she quotes, but it feels like one of those souless 'inspirational quotes' books - where things sound good, but you don't get anything really substantial.
Plus, as others have mentioned, there's the plugging of her own books. I haven't read any of Wendham's books, and I don't think I'll be in a hurry to after reading this. I'll be going to read Stephen King's On Writing next as I've heard that it has lots of genuine useful tips on writing, and isn't about the writer's own ego and ulterior motives (ie: to sell more of his own books). Very disappointing.


Dubs From The Vaults - Conscious Sounds
Dubs From The Vaults - Conscious Sounds

5.0 out of 5 stars Great UK Roots Dub. Essential listening!, 19 Sep 2011
I'd heard some of (the very excellent) Centry's stuff before so I thought I'd give this CD a whirl. VERDICT: Superb stuff! Anyone who is a fan of the UK Dub & Roots scene will not be disappointed! A very rare gem full of great tracks.


Wasting Away [DVD] [2007]
Wasting Away [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Michael Terry
Offered by LuvFilmLuvMusic
Price: 4.90

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Original take on a tired genre. More comedy than a horror., 15 Sep 2011
This review is from: Wasting Away [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I found this very enjoyable. It will appeal to fans of "Fido" and "Shaun Of The Dead". A very unique take on the zombie medium, lots of fresh ideas, amusing and witty dialogue, and genuinely likeable characters (something that you don't get too often these days). Not to be taken too seriously. Yes, the premise does borrow a little from Return of the Living Dead, but that is merely the background of the story; the main character plots are very different in style and tone. I like how the film starts of very comic book, and how the film switches from black and white to colour in various parts of the film to show the difference between what the humans perceive and what the zombies perceive. I found the idea highly amusing, that the only uninfected people that could communicate with the zombies on their level were those who were blind drunk. This whole premise was a stroke of genius in my opinion and executed extremely well for a low budget film. There are a little tips of the hat to Romero films too, but this is basically it's own boss and tosses convention to it's side. I was very impressed with the special FX and makeup and the general look of the film too. Nice camera work and editing. I won;t go to much into the plot as others have already. Not an out-and-out classic, and maybe not one for the hardcore blood-and-guts brigade, but a good fun, beer and friends movie, which is worthy of minor cult status. I would rate this on a par with Fido, which is another ingenius twist on the satirical zom-com theme.


Trailer Park Of Terror [DVD] [2008]
Trailer Park Of Terror [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Nichole Hiltz
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable Indie Cult Horror film, Full of Dark Humour, 11 Sep 2011
I don't want to give too much away, but this was a surprise delight. Nasty, dark humour, great trailer park characters, a kind of Creepshow/ Comic Book feel to it mixed with a bit of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Great special Effects, Great original soundtrack (one of the undead rednecks is a Rockabilly guitarist). This a fun, rock and roll horror-fan classic! Recommended.


Wall [DVD]
Wall [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simone Bitton
Offered by Kinocom
Price: 20.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change. Brings hope instead of endless conflict, 9 Sep 2011
This review is from: Wall [DVD] (DVD)
I don't know what film Anthony J. Geha Yuja watched in his review, but it certainly wasn't the same film I saw. This is certainly not a pro-Israeli piece of propaganda. In fact, the only person who comes across as a intolerant, forceful bigot is the Israeli defence minister, even though the filmaker asked him a simple question and was not trying to badger him.
The film chooses to look at the apartheid wall and look at people on both sides of it. She interviews people herself, and because of her own background and that she can speak arabic and hebrew, many don't know if she is jewish or arabic. In fact, one sweet old Palestinean man asks her which she is. She replies jovially "whichever you prefer". This is a very positive film to come out of the conflict. What you discover is that a lot of regular israelis empathise with the Palestineans, many are against the wall. One Israeli man actually tries to explain the rightwing Israeli zionist mindset "We love this land so much, we wanted this land so much, but our love has driven us mad"....The film looks also at some hypocrisies on the Palestinean side of things: For example, a Palestinean construction team are actually being paid to put up the wall of their own prison, and the gaffer certainly has no qualms about this as business is business. The film shows evidence of the land grabs, and dying orchards that Palestinean farmers are unable to reach due to the wall cutting them off. It shows the madness of how the wall cuts through homes and along Palestineans places of work, and how some Palestineans have to walk a long way around the wall or climb over and risk getting shot ot just so they can work. You also see Israeli families watching at some points from their neigbouring dwellings and showing empathy and wanting an end to the injustice. This film is so different from most news about Israel and Palestine. It shows those who are not militants or people blinded by hate. It shows people who are just regular people. I can't recommend this enough. One part of tghe film shows families in Gaza talking to Israeli families via phone, and we hear about the terrible conditions in Gaza from a doctor who is trapped in there. This is a very moving and powerful documentary and the extras are also very informative. If you want a film that goes beyond media sensationalism, negative stereotypes and polarisation , and rather a more humanist approach, then this is the documentary for you.


All Ears
All Ears
by Michael Holden
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Eaves Dropping Masterpiece, 7 Sep 2011
This review is from: All Ears (Paperback)
We've all had moments where we've eavesdropped on interesting and hilarious conversations, but Michael Holden takes it to another level, deliberately trying to tune in to those brilliant aural ancedotal'kodac moments' in all manner of weird and wonderful situations and places. The results are very entertaining and the illustrations are brilliant too! A great book, I was bought it as a gift and will probably do the same after reading it.


Nighty Night - Series 2 [DVD]
Nighty Night - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julia Davis
Price: 4.55

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy, Series 2 is just as funny!, 2 Sep 2011
I can't understand how some people gave this just one star! Yes, it's very black comedy. Yes it makes you cringe, and sometimes get angry. Yes the main character is a vain tabloid-mentality sociopath who is extremely unlikeable. But that's the point. As the box says this is "A West Country Fatal Attraction". The absurdity of taking the fair of hollywood psychological thrillers but putting it in middle-england surburbia with a cast of dysfunctional characters. And the idea of setting serie 2 in a new-age beach retreat was genius. Whoever said in another review that the cast can't act needs their head looking at. Rebecca Front, Kevin Eldon, and Angus Deayton are great as the 'normal' type of characters (but even they have their dark sides), and Julia Davis, Ruth Jones and Mark gattiss are great as the more oddball/ crazed characters...Ruth Jones and Mark Gattiss in particular made me laugh out loud in this series. This is well written character comedy that dares to go places that most series wouldn't.


Nighty Night - Series 1 [DVD]
Nighty Night - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julia Davis
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 4.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very black comedy, but very funny at times too., 2 Sep 2011
I can't understand how some people gave this just one star! Yes, it's very black comedy. Yes it makes you cringe, and sometimes get angry. Yes the main character is a vain tabloid-reading sociopath who is extremely unlikeable. But that's the point. As the box says this is "A West Country Fatal Attraction". The absurdity of taking the fair of hollywood psychological thrillers but putting it in middle-england surburbia with a cast of dysfunctional characters. Whoever said in another review that the cast can't act needs their head looking at. Rebecca Front, Kevin Eldon, and Angus Deayton are great as the 'normal' type of characters (but even they have their dark sides), and Julia Davis, Ruth Jones and Mark gattiss are great as the more oddball/ crazed characters...Ruth Jones and Mark Gattiss in particular made me laugh out loud in this series. They create great comedy caricatures and never get tired. Series 2 is also a great edition, and cleverly written with a whole different environment and some new characters.


Pit And The Pendulum [1990] [DVD]
Pit And The Pendulum [1990] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lance Henriksen
Price: 5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan of Stuart Gordon, this one is for you!, 26 Aug 2011
So it may not have Vincent Price, but this remake is, to my mind, a great contender for the original's throne. Lance Henrikson acts his socks off, and Oliver Reed and Jeffrey Combs are fantastic too. The gore/ horror element is very well done and all in all it's a very enjoyable film. If you like Stuart Gordon's other films (Reanimator, Castle Freak, Dagon etc), then this is for you!


What's Up Tiger Lily? [DVD] [1966]
What's Up Tiger Lily? [DVD] [1966]
Dvd ~ Tatsuya Mihashi

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable. Ignore the film critics, this is very funny!, 14 Aug 2011
So the premise is simple: Allen saw a 1964 Japanese spy movie called "Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi" ("International Secret Police: Key of Keys", then decided to dub over it in English for comedy purposes. So the premise now becomes that the lead James Bond style Interpol Agent Tatsuya Mihashi, is now trying to track down a secret egg salad recipe. If you love quick and witty one liners and absurdist, sometimes purile, sometimes surreal humour, then this is a great film, and very well done. There are those memorable lines that the lead character uses when in a punch up (initially towards a black assassin)l "Roman dogs", "Russian Swine","Spartan pigs" etc. But they are simply the most memorable (because they are repeated) and most quoted lines. The moment where Bond meets a prostitute and exclaims "Mother!" and the following moments ( i won't spoil it) are very funny indeed and had me howling. And i was engaged all the way through the film. It also made me want to see the original, as the movie was well shot, stylistic and there were also some beautiful actresses in the movie. If you are a fan of Woody Allen, badly dubbed Japanese movies, or James Bond spy movies, then you owe it to yourself to see this film once in your life. The most amazing thing is that this has not been done more often; after all, what bad movie or movie without subtitles could be improved or recreated by redoing the dialogue? The fun feels adlibbed, quick-witted and clever and genuinely like everyone was enjoying themselves, and that to me, makes it more endearing. For those who say 'this is possibly Allen's film', I say poppycock. I certainly enjoyed this film a lot more that most of Allen's efforts of the last 10 years which have mostly been disappointing and unengaging in my humble opinion. Ignore the more intellectual reviews and film academic critic types, and have a chuckle, and enjoy Woody having fun. Check it out!


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