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The Songs Of Cole Porter
The Songs Of Cole Porter
Offered by rarerarerare
Price: 16.48

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De-Lovely, 12 Mar 2006
A great value box set - 60 songs makes it a great way to listen to the wide range and styles of Porter's music.
This collection tends to the more early house band style rather than the later jazz interpretations. However which ever you prefer this is how Porter probably intended the music when he wrote it, it sounds brilliant and is worth understanding. A lomg list of well known (albeit, of their day) artists perform including a rare performance of Cole Porter singing You're the Top which makes it worth buying on this alone.
This collection reflects the more witty, light hearted and scandulous nature of many of his songs and helps complete the overall picture of Porter's songwriting genius. Definately worth buying if you appreciate his songs and especially because this is an area/interpretation of his work that is often overlooked today.
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Ken Burns Jazz Collection: The Definitive Benny Goodman
Ken Burns Jazz Collection: The Definitive Benny Goodman
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: 16.13

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swinging, 12 Mar 2006
Definately worth buying - good sound and recording quality and a nice range of tracks.
It has some nice 20's/30's Jazz tracks including the recognisable Sing, Sing, Sing and Waitin' For Kate. This is an area of Jazz that seems to be overlooked at the moment but it is upbeat and a real joy to listen to.
A short review but that reflects lack of faults on the CD's part and I wasn't dissapointed with my purchase.

Live at Drury Lane
Live at Drury Lane
Price: 10.32

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink, Know What I Mean?, 3 Mar 2006
This review is from: Live at Drury Lane (Audio CD)
This is a great collection of some of the more memorable audio-style gags, including the Lumberjack song, the Bruces and the very funny Nudge Nudge Wink Wink Know What I Mean sketch.
Listening to it you realise what an impact they had on comedy and how a lot of it has entered and informs today's vernacular. The overriding impression from this collection is what fun they had doing it - every sketch has energy and a life of its own.
Not being old enough to remember the Python's original run this is a great way to access their material - it's the funniest jokiest, most songful and liveliest stuff.

Yes, Prime Minister - Series Two [1987] [DVD]
Yes, Prime Minister - Series Two [1987] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Eddington
Price: 11.09

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biting British Satire at its Best, 3 Mar 2006
This is such a shrewd and funny commentary on the way British government (still) works that it's a must see for any fans of satire or just for the excellent writing.
Despite the fact it's nearly 2 decades old (!) it remains sharp and funny, in a large part, due to the brillant acting by Nigel Hawthorne, Paull Eddington and Derek Fowlds. They all click so well they could have been doing it for real.
Hawthorne's Sir Humphrey has to be one of the most deviously machiavellian performances ever broadcast - a true master class in spin! The real joy is how this has to be used every episode to retrieve the idiot politician from a near catastrophic disaster of his own making. This farce frequently leads to the whole of government being brought to it's knees by the egotistical Hacker's insecurities.
Great fun and very repeatable.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [DVD]
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bill Murray
Offered by streetsahead
Price: 7.11

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under Rated not Underwhelmed, 18 Feb 2006
I think it would be fair to say this isn't a mainstream or 'normal' film. If you were expecting just a comedy or just an action film or even just a story with a happy ending then I wouldn't bother with this.
Wes Anderson's other films have all been a bit zaney but been in the mainstream acceptable because they fitted to formula - this doesn't. I can't speak offically for the intentions of the film but the film deals with dysfunction, egos, rejection and finally sucess or perhaps redemption - I'm not sure.
And I think it benefits the film that it is not set in another neighbourhood or Hollywood faux setting that is identifiably one thing or place. He has clearly created a fantasy land and that's what gives this film its depth, anyone can relate to it and make their own interpretation.
Despite what was an unorthodox script all the actors put in fine performances, Bill Murray demonstraing his recent new lease of life.
Give it a go - you may be pleasantly surprised!

Primary Colors [DVD]
Primary Colors [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Price: 3.65

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Comfort, 18 Feb 2006
This review is from: Primary Colors [DVD] (DVD)
Although it's never going to be the greastest political film ever made it's a great insight into Bill Clinton's run for the Whitehouse and the psyche of the man. I should say it's not explicity linked to Clinton at any stage but the similarities are too great to be anyone else.
With fine acting all round (particularly Travolta and Thompson) it is really quite a believable exploration of the man that helps understand the character of his 8 years as President. I found Travolta's portrayal, constantly switching between personas depending on the audience, engrossing - the Southern Governer singing "You Are My Sunshine" to the Champion of the working man rounding up donations from industrialists.
Brilliant stuff! Definitely worth watching, especially if you like the West Wing.

Ronin (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1998]
Ronin (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 12.70

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film, 12 Dec 2004
Regardless of how many discs this version of the Ronin comes with, it is still worth buying if you appreciate the effortlessly cool and smart action within. It would undoubtedly be a good film for the script but it is moved to the stratospheric proportions, by the cast. Robert De Niro and Jean Reno steal most of the film but there are fine performances from Sean Bean and Nicholas Price.
Essentially an "action" film it would be unfair to lump it in with most of the content of that category as it so understated and stylish in its action; it is more subtle menace and malice than anything else, terrifically dark. No review would be complete with out mentioning the brilliant car chase/hijack scene, successful exactly because it doesn't go for the clichéd Rambo style violence but more for the slick, calculating malevolence of De Niro as the consummate professional criminal for hire.
As to the issue of the second disc, although my thoughts are that usually I can take or leave them, for only a couple of pounds more the viewer will probably enjoy them and so represents a worthwhile investment.

Author, Author
Author, Author
by David Lodge
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.04

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight into gifted yet complex man., 12 Dec 2004
This review is from: Author, Author (Hardcover)
Despite what felt to be a slow start, David Lodge provides a lively and interesting insight into an incredibly gifted yet complex man, the late Victorian writer Henry James.
By writing the story as "fiction", Lodge uses his great skill of capturing his characters essence without historical records clouding what is a man of great contrasts and depth. Some James purists may find this style offensive but that is not the intention of the author - he provides a more human insight to James than may otherwise have been achieved due to the subject's deeply personal nature and a lack of personal records.
Henry James was an incredibly skilled and accomplished author who was not greatly appreciated in his own time yet arguably was the father of the modern novel. Lodge deals sympathetically with James's perceived failure of his work, his intense craving for reward both adulatory and financial that always seemed within reach, be it in periodicals, books or the stage and that yet was always just out of reach or dashed by events outside his control. He also deals deftly with the issue of James' sexuality through his relationships with contemporaries, friends and past experiences - in particular his inability to reciprocate emotions and feelings to others, especially those closest to him.
Definitely worth buying if you have read and liked Lodge's earlier work.

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