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Dom Hemingway [DVD] [2013]
Dom Hemingway [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Jude Law
Price: 8.25

2.0 out of 5 stars 2or3 different movies poorly welded - very little to cheer about, 24 July 2014
This review is from: Dom Hemingway [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Reasonable start - offensive, rude and quick fire. Then it drops into the basement of seemingly unrelated events - which I mainly fast forwarded through. And than a quick reprise of the first bit at the end. Clearly there was great challenge in sticking to one view of the type of film being made. Law's character in the first bit is kinda on the mark, but no-one else's is. Grant is miscast. Other characters pop in and out and just plain wrong in any context of the type of film being made at the points they appear. Overall, lacks focus, and is inconsistent in feel and story line throughout - compare to ritchie's films which by this standard would rate 6 out of 5.

American Hustle [DVD] [2013]
American Hustle [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Price: 7.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, entertaining enough..... But who's conning who?, 24 July 2014
This review is from: American Hustle [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Yes we know what's going to happen at the end but the film still plays well enough without losing interest. There's an odd relationship between the FBI agent and his boss and doesn't really fit with the rest of the film's general style. There seems to be quite a bit to and fro along the story time line and sub-twists in plot to try and throw you off what remains an obvious plot. I'm not too anamoured with cooper in the role as he plays it ambiguous - at times he seems to playing for laughs, which I'm not sure fits the bill. I could extend this to both Adams and bale in their varying emotional demeanour through the film - it just doesn't hang together for me and some scenes just seem out of place with other scenes in context of their emotional reactions. I'm just wondering whether the writers and director kept changing their minds about what type of film they were making - sometimes it comes across as a spoof - perhaps that's the joke - the film is con of a fictional con............

Black Cat, White Cat [1998] [DVD]
Black Cat, White Cat [1998] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bajram Sevredzan
Offered by The World Cinema Store
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Carry On Balkans, 22 July 2014
Stands many viewings as all good films should. Funny, manic romp. 'carry-on Balkans', packed with laughs and enough depth to keep the serious movie watcher happy.

Could be seen as a slight against the Roma, but more an experience, expression of that part of the world in mid-catastrophe. Whatever interpretation, it does not diminish the laughs.

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History)
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History)
by Eric H. Cline
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.57

3.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book and first reference for the period, 1 July 2014
As an intro it paints a broad picture of the snippets of Information available for the times and therefore worthy of 4 stars. However not for people looking for any fresh information and / or theories of the period. To my knowledge there's nothing new here that throws additional light, which is a pity.

The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood
The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood
by Irving Finkel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enough content for a great essay........., 1 July 2014
There are snippets here that are of interest but not a whole book's worth. It's perhaps a reflection of the snippets of detail available on clay tablets.

The Wolf of Wall Street [DVD] [2013]
The Wolf of Wall Street [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Price: 9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Carry on stockbroking!, 20 Jun 2014
Now there's a turn up for the books - film is miles better than the book.
You can trace some of the style and mannerisms of the film back to the great films by the man.
It's a knock about fare which makes it essentially watchable - almost a carry on movie - carry on stockbroking!
Probably too long - a shorter film would have been sharper, punchier and more in line with the main characters.
After the ride, it's a let down - you've enjoyed while it lasted but leaves nothing to think about afterwards. Perhaps it's the genius of the man in a subconscious expression of the meaningless existence of the lead characters - then again probably because it's series of snippets of life events, bolted together without any real story line and bereft of any moral/social values - Compare to goodfellas and casino in this respect and understand why they are great films and this one is average.

Easy Money [DVD]
Easy Money [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joel Kinnaman
Offered by wmdservices
Price: 12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Average fare, with predictable end, 20 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Easy Money [DVD] (DVD)
Poor boy gets involved with bad guys to get him through college and keep in with the rich set.... I'm sure someone will tell me this is based on a true story... Them again probably not. Misses on lots of fronts, but kinda of interesting to see a Nordic gangster movie type of thing. Varying styles, perhaps to separate the criminal world from the rich set / college world. There just seemed to be far too much going on and story evolves with far too much convenience and then there's the big leap in the storyline - which goes too far - however it's the cornerstone to the story. Sadly from this point the film becomes unintentionally a little comedic. Ok watch overall

Passion [DVD]
Passion [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rachel McAdams
Offered by b68solutions
Price: 6.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half decent remake, 20 Jun 2014
This review is from: Passion [DVD] (DVD)
Somehow it loses the unbelievability of keys parts of the original films. Compares less well in style and doesn't have Kirsten ST. Even though o knew the punch line still an enjoyable watch.

Trance [DVD]
Trance [DVD]
Dvd ~ James McAvoy
Price: 5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Tripping over itself, 20 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Trance [DVD] (DVD)
An ok watch, but tries to hard to be complex when in fact it's a straight story. Nice premise, half decent execution.

Lord of War [DVD]
Lord of War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 4.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable noir-like film, 28 May 2014
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This review is from: Lord of War [DVD] (DVD)
There's an obvious message right from the intro sequence in an arms factory to the field.
Watch the movie as a modern noir and you won't be disappointed. Some berate the movie because it doesn't constantly repeat a harder hitting message. Cage plays it well as he can when on good form and provides a glimpse of earlier values and style, which he mainly lost as the $$$$$ rolled in.

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