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Prime Suspect: 2 [DVD] [1992]
Prime Suspect: 2 [DVD] [1992]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.87

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cop Drama, 27 Dec. 2003
Helen Mirren returns as DCI Tennison in this complex psychological police thriller. A body discovered under garden paving slabs initiates a murder investigation, but difficult race-relations and deeply buried family secrets impede the inquiry. Sharp scripting, cinematography, and editing propels the narrative forward, with the excellent cast (standouts are John Benfield as Detective Superintendent Kernan and Colin Salmon as Detective Sergeant Robert Oswalde) moving easily from tense, procedural scenes to emotionally fraught climaxes and confrontations. And Mirren, whether interviewing a dying man at his bedside or arguing with a spurned lover, is magnificent as the constantly harassed detective. A classic.


Prime Suspect: 3 [DVD] [1993]
Prime Suspect: 3 [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £9.12

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Compelling Case, 27 Dec. 2003
In the first 'Prime Suspect' the motif was gender politics; in the second it was race; here the motif is children, and society's failure of them. Tennison starts her new job with the Vice Squad only to become embroiled in a murder inquiry and potential Police cover-up. Ignoring warnings from the sinister Commander Chiswick and his dupe, Halliday, Tennison continues to probe, ably supported by her team (an excellent ensemble cast), and, in particular, by the "old school" DS Otley (the astoundingly good Tom Bell), a former thorn in her side who proves to be hardworking, invidious or otherwise. Excellent.


Prime Suspect: 1 [DVD] [1991]
Prime Suspect: 1 [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by marxwax
Price: £8.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Crime Drama, 26 Dec. 2003
'Prime Suspect', the compelling British drama series starring Helen Mirren, began with this harrowing, character-driven procedural focusing on the intelligent and hard-nosed DCI Jane Tennison. Tennison takes over, in unexpected circumstances, a homicide investigation that quickly turns into a hunt for a serial killer. Marking out 'Prime Suspect' is its portrayal, in amongst the gritty detail of police work, of the difficulties, personal and professional, of a female detective in the Metropolitan Police. It's a drama that succeeds on all levels: each performance, visual composition, and line of dialogue is in a class of its own. Very highly recommended.


A Sport and a Pastime (Panther)
A Sport and a Pastime (Panther)
by James Salter
Edition: Paperback

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Novel, 23 Dec. 2003
'A Sport and a Pastime' is the sad, tender story of the evolving relationship between a French girl and a young American visiting France. The tale is told in intimate, erotic detail by the American's friend (who is also living in France), and so the story takes on an unconventional quality, related to the reader at an extra remove. The reflective, restrained narrative voice drifts through the story of the affair, giving it a distinctive and compelling flavour; and although at times disconcerting, this thoughtful, voyeuristic perspective captures a strain of emotional intensity and complexity that would have been missed if the reader was not on the outside, covertly looking in.
Behind this relationship there is always a lingering sense of disaster approaching. Rarely is the narrator explicit about what is to come, but in a novel so concerned with life, experience, and the passing of time it is inevitable that the reader will encounter the flip-side. Salter concentrates on the shapes and the things, the words and gestures, while always making the reader conscious that something is being built to: the negative space, the silences and absences, surrounding the corporeality of the novel. This tension (a tension embodied in the choice of the title, a reference to a passage of the Koran), made real in the beautiful, resonant writing, is what makes 'A Sport and a Pastime' an essential read.


A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
by Samantha Power
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic History, 17 Dec. 2003
This passionately and eloquently argued book is an essential work of 20th century history. It is compelling from first page to last, written with academic precision in brilliant prose, and it well deserves the praise it has been awarded. Chronicling and scrutinising U.S. involvement in the genocides of the last century, Power paints a startling and damning picture of countless administrations and government officials in their employ. It is a vast, chilling, and important account of an aspect of our world that won't go away until we choose to do something about it. It is also a book about the many, many individuals who have worked assiduously to try and prevent genocides; here there is hope. With bravery and persistence people can make a difference, and intervention - whether NATO bombing or a simple phone-call - can, and frequently has, saved lives. Very highly recommended.


"A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide
"A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide
by Samantha Power
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic History, 11 Dec. 2003
This passionately and eloquently argued book is an essential work of 20th century history. It is compelling from first page to last, written with academic precision in brilliant prose, and it well deserves the praise it has been awarded. Chronicling and scrutinising U.S. involvement in the genocides of the last century, Power paints a startling and damning picture of countless administrations and government officials in their employ. It is a vast, chilling, and important account of an aspect of our world that won't go away until we choose to do something about it. It is also a book about the many, many individuals who have worked assiduously to try and prevent genocides; here there is hope. With bravery and persistence people can make a difference, and intervention - whether NATO bombing or a simple phone-call - can, and frequently has, saved lives. Very highly recommended.


Miss Wyoming (Vintage Contemporaries)
Miss Wyoming (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Miss American Culture?, 11 Dec. 2003
There is an unreal quality to 'Miss Wyoming': characters and actions remain believable, while occupying a world that doesn't feel quite right. This, in part, is what made Coupland famous. Too often, however, he seems to stop trying, slipping into a stale and unsatisfying stylistic and thematic autopilot - and here 'Miss Wyoming' shows its age, the novel itself becoming as banal as the existence it describes. But if the reader is prepared, for a time, to buy into Coupland's vision of modern North American life, they can expect to enjoy an unusual, often very funny novel.


Miss Wyoming
Miss Wyoming
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Miss American Culture?, 11 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Miss Wyoming (Paperback)
There is an unreal quality to 'Miss Wyoming': characters and actions remain believable, while occupying a world that doesn't feel quite right. This, in part, is what made Coupland famous. Too often, however, he seems to stop trying, slipping into a stale and unsatisfying stylistic and thematic autopilot - and here 'Miss Wyoming' shows its age, the novel itself becoming as banal as the existence it describes. But if the reader is prepared, for a time, to buy into Coupland's vision of modern North American life, they can expect to enjoy an unusual, often very funny novel.


The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History
The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History
by Philip Bobbitt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.98

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big History, 10 Dec. 2003
'The Shield of Achilles' is (in the most brief of outlines) an important, vigorous analysis of the "relationship between strategy and the legal order" as it concerns the past, present, and future of the modern state. It brings together, as Michael Howard observes in his Foreword, a study of warfare, a history of international relations, and an explication of international and constitutional law, tracing their "interaction throughout European history". And whether dealing with history, politics, law, or the changing shape of civilisation, 'The Shield of Achilles' is consistently, unswervingly compelling.
This wide-ranging and exhaustive book has crucial things to say about not only the history of the State, but also its future in the 21st century: along with countless, highly readable examples of war, peace, diplomacy and state-building spanning hundreds of years of history (and countless theoretical formulations extruded from these examples), Bobbitt gifts the reader with visions (plural, for he does not stop at one dystopia) of our possible future all the more chilling for their intricately calculated logic. His crisp, clear prose ensures accessibility, and no reader will be left either underwhelmed or unengaged. This thoroughly enjoyable, deeply enriching book is an essential read - definitely not to be missed, or ignored.


Miss Wyoming
Miss Wyoming
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Miss American Culture?, 9 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Miss Wyoming (Paperback)
There is an unreal quality to 'Miss Wyoming': characters and actions remain believable, while occupying a world that doesn't feel quite right. This, in part, is what made Coupland famous. Too often, however, he seems to stop trying, slipping into a stale and unsatisfying stylistic and thematic autopilot - and here 'Miss Wyoming' shows its age, the novel itself becoming as banal as the existence it describes. But if the reader is prepared, for a time, to buy into Coupland's vision of modern North American life, they can expect to enjoy an unusual, often very funny novel.


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