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Hitler's Canary
Hitler's Canary
by Sandi Toksvig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars For Girls as well as Boys, 19 April 2015
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My daughter and I read this some years ago but it was unfortunately left out in a rain storm when we were camping. This was a chance to re-acquaint ourselves with an exciting and touching portrayal of the plight of Jews in wartime Denmark and the courageous evacuation to Sweden just before they were due to be deported to the death camps.
My only argument with Sandi was in her afterword in which she said that it would be an exciting story for boys - my girls loved it - really Sandi.


Sloop Of War
Sloop Of War
by Alexander Kent
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Sailor for a Sailor, 19 April 2015
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I spent a year away from home and got thoroughly into the Bolitho stories and "Sloop of War" was one of my favourites that got me hooked - in fact I think it was the first I read. This purchase was for Caroline - a friend who enjoys O'Brien and is now enjoying the Bolitho series - and she does sail a 72 foot two master herself for the Ocean Youth Trust.


Cabin Pressure: A-Z: The BBC Radio 4 airline sitcom
Cabin Pressure: A-Z: The BBC Radio 4 airline sitcom
by John Finnemore
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £32.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant - although I have to say the fact that ..., 19 April 2015
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Absolutely brilliant - although I have to say the fact that my eldest daughter has taken up "Yellow Car" so enthusiastically can be wearing. Still looking for a "camel camel".


Marty [DVD] [1955]
Marty [DVD] [1955]
Dvd ~ Ernest Borgnine
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adding to the 5* Reviews, 12 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Marty [DVD] [1955] (DVD)
What a delightful little movie this is - and possibly the only movie that Ernest Borgnine top billed in. The first ever winner of the Besr Picture Oscar and the Palme d'Or at Cannes this is such a gently rich tale you end up wondering what you have seen happen. It is simply one 24 hour slice of life that changes a man and a woman in a simple but fundamenatal way. No bangs, no explosions, no histrionics - just a group of people showing how actors can understand simple people and make them warchable and lovable.

I ended up feeling smiley and uplifted.


Out Of The Past [DVD]
Out Of The Past [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kirk Douglas
Price: £3.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns, 14 Dec. 2011
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Marvellous for the genre with a marvellous cast and enough twists and turns for a cat trapped in an alley.Robert Mitchum of course dominates but the absence of Kirk Douglas from the screen most of the time builds up his character as the powerful big hitter with the charming manner. Jane Greer is of course as flawless to look at as her character is fatally flawed - does she lurch from situation to situation or is she always one step ahead?

And how many of his films did Mitchum survive anyway?

Marvellous photography - especially the interiors and masterful direction.


The Marx Brothers: Duck Soup [DVD]
The Marx Brothers: Duck Soup [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Marx Brothers
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.07

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dated, 8 May 2011
Of course the set pieces such as the hat routine are still timeless and the mirror scene retains its clever magnificence - but the links are ore often no longer funny.


Der letzte Mann (aka The Last Laugh) [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1924]
Der letzte Mann (aka The Last Laugh) [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1924]
Dvd ~ F.W. Murnau

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the extras - remember the film, 14 Nov. 2010
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Richard Masters in his review of the DVD makes two points - it is not as good as Nosferatu - true but a very different type of film, and that the extras are thin. As a result he gives the DVD 3 stars. I don't quibble with his judgement, Both points are probably true - but I have given it 5 stars for the film alone.

This is a magnificent piece of innovative film making - the origin of moving camera shots craeted by the simple notion of strapping the camera to the cameraman's chest. This does indeed give you a sense of being inside the movie.The sets are terrific and Murnau's use of light and shade are truly magnificent - just as they were in Nosferatu but providing a sense not of manace as in that movie but of reality and the contrast between the drabness of the tenements where the protagonist lives and the light and sparkle of the hotel where he works.

The characterisation by all the actors is finely drawn even if every part is a cameo besides but the dominant part is Emil Jannings as the doorman - the protagonist of the movie.

Well worth concentrating on the movie.


The Lives of Others [DVD] [2006]
The Lives of Others [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Martina Gedeck
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of repression, 29 Mar. 2010
Some time last year I listened to an interview, part of the commemorations of 20 years since the Wall came down, with a female university professor who discovered that for ten years she had been spied on by her own husband. "The Lives of Others" brings that all pervading tension and fear of the Stasi to the screen, together with the associated abuse of power.

The film is particularly well acted and underplayed without the melodrama that could easily be installed. The interiors are well shot and the drabness of East Germany well shown.

I found the final scenes from the final raid to the very last line of the film both moving and uplifting.


The Aviator [DVD]
The Aviator [DVD]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £3.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a prejudice overcome, 1 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Aviator [DVD] (DVD)
I have to be honest - i've never really liked Leonardo di Caprio - never quite got what all the hype was about - but in this movie Martin Scorses makes him act and directs a magnificent movie.


In America [2003] [DVD]
In America [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paddy Considine
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Price: £3.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A feel of "A tree grows in Brooklyn", 1 Feb. 2010
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I know that real afficionados of the book of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" will disagree but i am more thinking of the film versions and their treatment of struggling families in New York and the depth of performance than anything else. Through the eyes of a child this perceptive and wonderful piece of cinema does give hope that we can survive emotional turmoil and grow stronger even when the world throws other obstacles.

Th performances are beautiful. Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, and Djimon Hounsou are great as the parents and the downstaira terminally ill neighbour but the real tributes have to go to young Sarah and Emma Bolger for their portrayals of the young sisters, Christie and Ariel.

This is a largely autobiographical work for director Jim Sherida who also co-wrote the script with his own daughters, Naomi and Kirsten. He escapes mawkishness and sentimentality and directs a wonderfully appealing film. I mark hard when i do the reviews and so wish i could give four and a half stars.


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