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Original Plumen 001 Bulb
Original Plumen 001 Bulb
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 17 April 2015
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nice attractive looks, works fine but if I could get one that gave out more light I would


The White Countess [DVD]
The White Countess [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ralph Fiennes
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Price: £7.65

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 17 April 2015
This review is from: The White Countess [DVD] (DVD)
It certainly has something but, much as I wanted to like it, I can't say it was in any sense a great film (like The English Patient was). I won't describe the plot as others here have done so already but the acting of Natasha Richardson was first class - she had the accent and the look (especially the holding of the mouth) of a White Russian and Ralph Fiennes was very good (though nothing like he was in the English Patient) (nb he'd obviously based his ' American man' on James Stewart) but I found that the direction too often strayed into the wooden and all the scenes involving a mass of extras felt like, well, a mass of extras and just didn’t work. In attempting to find a different angle - much to be applauded though that is - by the time Kushiro Ishiguro's plot has arrived on film, it felt just too contrived. As but one example of what I considered poor direction - when Mr. Matsuda says to Mr. Jackson (Fiennes) with the Japanese invasion on their doorstep that he should leave and Jackson says he'll stay -- I can't help but think Matsuda would not have just accepted that and not tried to persuade him at least once. That said, the ending was simmeringly beautiful (although I felt the lead in was 'rushed').


We Have All The Time In The World
We Have All The Time In The World
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Mar. 2015
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Pretty much all the great recordings are there and the sound quality is very good.


Wolf Hall - Original TV Soundtrack
Wolf Hall - Original TV Soundtrack
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5.0 out of 5 stars evocative and nicely different. Very true to the series, 29 Mar. 2015
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Lovely, evocative and nicely different. Very true to the series. It succeeds because of the brilliance of the TV drama


The Homesman [DVD] [2014]
The Homesman [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Tommy Lee Jones
Price: £4.38

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful yet somewhat harrowing, 28 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: The Homesman [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
At last, an original storyline - and brilliantly done. Very briefly, it's a tale not just about the extremely harsh life in the American frontier of the 1830s but a very clever story about three women who've suffered a severe breakdown and have to be taken back East - in the hope of recovery. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones and including a magnificent depictions of the heroic woman who volunteers (Hilary swank) and the roughneck drifter (Jones) who under duress agrees to help her.

It's wonderfully atmospheric, perhaps somewhat reminiscent of gritty Russian tales of the same era. To be clear, however, it's nothing like 'Unforgiven' which it seems to be compared with (except perhaps in stature) nor like 'True Grit' (both of which are westerns through and through)- in fact it wouldn't necessarily have needed setting in the American west, it could have been set in many differ locations.

Overall it's a real human tale and a clever script, plus excellent cinematography - a beautiful, though perhaps harrowing, film, yet one with great moments of human kindness and of humour at times- like real life. Tommy Lee Jones is excellent and has made an even better film and pulled off an even better performance than 'Three Burials.'


Apocalypse Now [DVD]
Apocalypse Now [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Price: £5.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent depiction of the true horrors or Vietnam, 21 Jan. 2015
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Absolutely magnificent depiction of the true horrors or Vietnam. Others have described the story so I won't but Martin Sheen as the lead protagonist (Willard) is outstanding, and the character played by Robert Duval ('I love the smell of napalm in the morning') is one of the best in cinematic history. The writing is of the highest quality and the film hangs together well under the skilful direction. I'd recommend it to everyone as a revelation of the truth about this part of history.


Unforgiven  [1992] [DVD]
Unforgiven [1992] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly acted (especially Gene Hackman) but, 21 Jan. 2015
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Brilliantly acted (especially Gene Hackman) but, basically, I can't see that it amounted to any more than bad guy Clint shooting the worse guys again. overall it's possible to try to read too much into it; the line of - how much a big step it is to kill a man when you know it's so final an all - might be closest but I get the impression it's over analysed. So 5 stars for the excellent acting and only 2 for a so-so story.


In America: Travels with John Steinbeck
In America: Travels with John Steinbeck
by Geert Mak
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.84

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and evocative, 21 Jan. 2015
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It's a book of 500 pages which follows the journey taken by John Steinbeck in 1960 and makes comparisons with the present day. It's well researched and written and paints a picture of the scenes very clearly but my reason for not giving it 5 stars was that I would have liked more direct comparison of the places - i.e. to take a slice of text from JS and make direct reference. For those of you interested in the earlier history - it does go into the history of the native Americans and the colonial influences, which was not necessary I thought as it's sold as a comparison of 1960 with 2011.


Last Tango In Paris [DVD] [1972] [1973]
Last Tango In Paris [DVD] [1972] [1973]
Dvd ~ Marlon Brando
Price: £3.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative, atmospheric cinema, 21 Jan. 2015
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I've revised this review three times over successive days since watching it - gradually raising my rating of it each time. It certainly leaves its memory with you - a haunting quality leaving you still thinking about it and not yet quite knowing what more you want to know. Additionally, it excellently captures the genre of French films and the mood of its time. Indeed, it's easy to understand why at the time of its release people raved about it - in its era it was provocative and highly liberal in its attitudes to sex and especially casual sex (and an era, too, when many didn't criticise it for fear of being labelled puritanical) - and there's something magical about it. But, at the same time, it's louche and depressing and at times depraved -- and at times cruel - all an important part of the narrative of course but leaving a cold lingering feeling .

As far as the acting, Marlon Brando is brilliant - the role certainly suited him as much as he suited it - even though he mumbles in French in the same way he often mumbles in English, and Maria Schneider excellently captures the spirit of a lost ingénue in liberated times. Additionally the direction is wonderfully done.

Would I recommend it? Yes, to most of my friends, not necessarily all.


Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game
Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game
by Andrew Hodges
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Congratulations to Andrew Hodges on such a fine piece of work., 17 Jan. 2015
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It's a good read -- extremely well researched and very well written and if you want the detail of the maths and science and his career it's to be recommended. However, it's a long book - some 600 pages - and if like me you're looking for more detail about the man and his character (as I was, having watched the film) it's not going to give you a great insight (perhaps because there's so little information available about his private thoughts). In particular I wanted to know whether it was true that he was intellectually emaciated by the chemical (oestrogen) castration - which the film suggested - but never felt I found out how deeply he was affected.

Overall, certainly worth reading, and it's permissible to skip some of the more technical stages.


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