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Learning to See Creatively: How to Compose Great Photographs
Learning to See Creatively: How to Compose Great Photographs
by Bryan Peterson
Edition: Paperback

40 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some nice pictures, 31 Dec. 2003
I was surprised when I bought this book, because I was expecting a book telling me, as an inexperienced photographer, of ways to improve my technique and take better pictures.
What I got was the authors biography, stories from his many 'assignments' and lots of pictures of his favourite oak tree.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some nice photographs and some people would probably find this sort of thing interesting. But for a book about photography, I was surprised at the limited number and range of photographs.
The author goes to great length explaining how he achieved particular shots, but there is little technical information provided, and with tips like 'tilt your camera' or 'use a tripod', I found the advice laughable.


Eats shoots and leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats shoots and leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss
Edition: Hardcover

17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, easy and fun to use., 15 Dec. 2003
Firstly I have to point out that 'Zero Tolerance' is a concept, and not an adjective.
The beauty of this book lies in its unique approach, which makes learning punctuation fun and easy.
If you had a hard time with English at school, want to improve your already impeccable punctuation or maybe just looking for a gift for somebody who is particularly pedantic, then this is just the book for you.


Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
by Chuck Barris
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real genius, 12 Dec. 2003
This book is brilliant. Set in the ‘cold war’ era, it’s the autobiographical account of Chuck Bariss, who in the sixties was TV host by day and so he tells us, a CIA assassin by night.
The author has an incredible imagination, and although it is 'just a story' and one which has to be taken with a pinch of salt, you begin to feel there is more to this than meets the eye.
If you don’t think you know who Chuck Bariss is, he is creator of Blind Date and Mr and Mrs and a plethora of other trash TV programmes pumped out in the late sixties. Bariss in his time was seen as being responsible for the ‘dumbing’ down of middle American society, which personally I don’t think is a bad thing, but apparently he was lambasted by the media for it and run out of America.
The book begins in Bariss’ hotel room, he is stood naked contemplating his life, in which he provides a detailed description of certain parts of his anatomy, that nearly made choke with laughter.
The whole story is so fantastic, and detailed, that you begin to think, there must be an element of truth in there somewhere, nothing this bizarre could be made up. There are threads running through the book, that cross then twist and result, in what can only be described as a ‘wacky’ climax.
You may not like Bariss, but your not supposed to. He is a horny, self loathing, chauvinistic, egomaniac, and a killer to boot. But somehow, as the book goes on, you begin feel enamoured with his character, understanding his boredom and why he gets his kicks from killing. His first assassination, which is seen by Bariss like as a guys weekend away, quickly turns into fast violent mayhem, and its vivid description will make you squirm in your seat.
There is an excellent line at the end of the book, another idea Bariss had for a quiz show, I can’t remember if they included it in the film, but it is a perfect exclamation point to life.


Jazz Cafe
Jazz Cafe
Offered by westworld-
Price: £19.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great party CD, 12 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Jazz Cafe (Audio CD)
A great 2 disc CD, with lots of tunes some of which will will have heard before, but may never have been able to put a name to. Makes a great party album.
I'm not really into Jazz but this ones cool.


Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind [DVD] [2003]
Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Drew Barrymore
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.65

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film from a great book, 12 Dec. 2003
I think I was lucky to be one of the few people who actually bothered to read the book, before watching the film, and after watching the film, I had to read the book again.
The story is a brilliant one, but one which has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Set in the era of the ‘cold war’, it takes its gritty style from films in this genre.
Basically the tale of Chuck Bariss, TV host by day and CIA assassin by night, but the story is so fantastic, that you think, there must be an element of truth in there somewhere, nothing this bizarre could be made up.
If you don’t think you know who Chuck Bariss is, he is inventor of Blind Date and Mr and Mrs and a rack of other commercial TV trash programmes pumped out in the late sixties.
You can give Charlie Kaufman a lot of credit for this adaptation, because the story seems to have been lifted seamlessly from the pages to the screen. Though this not you archetypal Hollywood movie, it is a break from the mundane beat up, crash, pow, kaboom movies that are being produced at the moment, and it’s not James Bond either, if this is what you were expecting then you will find this disappointing.
Bariss in his time was seen as responsible for the dumbing down the middle American society, the inventor of trash TV and he was run out of the US for this. You may not like Bariss, but your not supposed to. He is a self loathing, chauvinistic, egomaniac, and a killer to boot. But because of the huge talents of Sam Rockwell, you begin feel somehow enamoured with this character.
The films lifts a lot of the cast directly from Oceans 11, but they without a doubt a great cast, meticulously assembled by Clooneys team, who himself portrays his character with real flair.
Julia Roberts plays Bariss’ sardonically sexy agent colleague, and you’ll even see Brad Pitt and Matt Damon making amusing cameo appearances as contestants in the dating game.
Rutger Hauer is ideally cast and plays superbly, a character, who had a much closer role to Bariss in the book, but no so much in the film, but for me the real star aside from Rockwell was Drew Barrymore. I have never rated Barrymore, but she really shines as the dropsy, dingle-berry and very patient, long time girlfriend of Bariss.
Not everyone will like this film, and a few just wont get it. But it really is a movie worth watching. And if you get to the end of the movie and wonder, what is it with these hats, then you have to read the book. It’s a fantastic rollicking read, and one which I recommend too.


Plundering Pirates (Where's Wally? Fun Fact Books)
Plundering Pirates (Where's Wally? Fun Fact Books)
by Rachel Wright
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There he is mi jim lad., 2 Dec. 2003
Another riotous excursion into the imperceivable world of Wally. This time Wallys covert antics find him (or not)amongst pirates of old. Great little book for the kids, minutes of distractions for rainy days and long trips.


Peter Kay: Live At The Bolton Albert [VHS] [2003]
Peter Kay: Live At The Bolton Albert [VHS] [2003]
VHS
Offered by pkeylock
Price: £2.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, 2 Dec. 2003
I'm going to get slated by the fans for this, but Peter Kay must have been getting tired of this tour by the time he reached Bolton. I loved the Tower, and pheonix nights, but this was a real let down. It has lot of the same old jokes, not much new material, and to appreciate a lot of the gags, you really need to have seen the Live at the Tower gig.
If you are a fan, then this ones for you. But, if this is your first step into the world of Peter Kay, watch the Tower first, otherwise most of this stuff will not make much sense.
No additional features on this DVD, just play and chapter select.


Drawing the Landscape
Drawing the Landscape
by Chip Sullivan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Still unable to review, 27 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Drawing the Landscape (Paperback)
I ordered this from one of Amazons market place partners nearly six weeks ago, and have still not received it. So my advice is avoid like the plague.


CLP Fast Track: Lotus Notes/Domino 5 Application Development
CLP Fast Track: Lotus Notes/Domino 5 Application Development
by Tim Bankes
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now!, 27 Oct. 2003
If you are self studying for your AD CLP or even starting on your CLS, this is the book. It covers exams 510 511 and 512, if you have taken the course, it can be used as a reference manaual, but if you haven't, then all you need, is in here.
I have self studied every exam from version3 onwards and this is the only book, and I have seven, that I have found to be any good.


Die Hard With A Vengeance (Two Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD]
Die Hard With A Vengeance (Two Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Offered by I-Deal Media
Price: £2.86

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great film, badly cut. (5 stars for the original), 27 Oct. 2003
This is a real guy film.
Once again, Willis is back in is his role of the uncompromising, street wise, no nonsense New York cop, John McClane. But this time, McClane is partnered up with an unwitting, Samuel L Jackson. Yes, OK it is starting to smell like another Lethal Weapon movie, but wait, there’s more.
Along comes Jeremy Irons, who for me, and I am a massive Willis fan, steals the whole movie. This guy is true class. Irons plays the brother of Hans Gruber, Alan Rickmans character from the first movie, and baby Gruber is out for revenge, for the killing of his big brother, or so we are meant to believe.
I was disappointed at not seeing William Athertons Dick Thornburg character getting puched again, for me, Die Hard without ‘Thornburg’ being punched, is like McClane without a dirty vest.
The movie marries and superb twisting plot line with some incredible action scenes, and a few almost believable but equally stunning stunts. And coupled with the special effects, this makes this movie, the liveliest of the three. If they had only put the same effort into the second movie.
My only major disappointment with this (15) version, is the cutting of the elevator (lift) scene, where Willis, in the original, takes on three bad guys, resulting in true Die Hard carnage. Unfortunately this scene was so badly cut that, I think by a four year old with play scissors, that if you haven’t seen the original, you are left bemused, scratching your head, wondering what just happened.
Still it’s a great movie, and one for your Die Hard collection, until the proper version is released.


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