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The Loney: 'The Book of the Year 2015'
The Loney: 'The Book of the Year 2015'
by Andrew Michael Hurley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars Nowt' as Queer as Folk, 4 July 2016
Folklore and devil worship, mainly British and Irish but reaching further afield towards Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby too, all go tumbling into the blender for this atmospheric tale. Swap the Wicker Man copper for an Exorcist 2 Richard Burton, snatch Geraldine McEwan to reprise her scary mum from Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, just manage to avoid Dougal and Father Ted popping up to warn 'Down with this sort of thing!' and you end up in a well written landscape with strong characters trudging their way through wind and squall towards a rather unsatisfactory conclusion. Not a bad genre read. Not particularly disquieting either. Not quite worthy of the pages of unanimous praise within its cover. Father Dougal may offer the best advice on this one - 'Careful now'.


Goodfellas [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free]
Goodfellas [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Joe Pesci
Price: £7.97

2.0 out of 5 stars Five star film, Two star disc, 3 Mar. 2015
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Stunning film, seriously under-served by this lazy Blu-Ray. Poor job, Warners, only it's low price justifies buying the Blu-Ray rather than the DVD. Picture and sound quality very poor. Very disappointing, film of this high standard deserves a crisp and cracking transfer that Warners obviously couldn't be bothered to provide.


More Fool Me
More Fool Me
by Stephen Fry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Asleep in the Common Room, 16 Oct. 2014
This review is from: More Fool Me (Hardcover)
Stephen, judging by these reviews your predicted 'intervention' has arrived! You are not an arse, sir, but this latest 'memoir' certainly is; you're clearly not a fool either, so I suggest you should have taken this lazy bull by the horns and bravely entitled it 'I Saw You Coming'! End of term report, matey, 'Really must do better!'


Calvary
Calvary
Dvd
Price: £0.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure How To Handle It, 30 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Calvary (Blu-ray)
Like 'The Guard' before it, this is a film with a sound premise that sadly fails in its fulfilment. The tone is undecided and it's populated by 'characters' who are just ciphers in the story, each has their time to tell their little stories but it's hard to believe in any of their realities - there are no spaces to ask questions and apart from a pointless 'guess who?' that carries no tension it runs too cleverly and neatly towards its conclusion. Strong central performance, weaker supporting cast (great to see M. Emmet Walsh again) and a lot of effort put into some weighty themes that prove too heavy to realise. There's also a groaning cliche in the (literally) ' cuddly dog' part of the storyline. The photography on the other hand is gorgeous. I can't help wondering how these themes would have been tackled by the likes of the late, great Kieslowski, for one: his handling of such profound material could leave you reeling. This film left me disappointed, not sad.


Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
by Werner Herzog
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refer madness, 16 Jan. 2010
Because Herzog is Herzog,he dreams dreams, and precious little stops their painful realisation. In the dank, stinking, all consuming jungle, Herzog drags himself and a team of disciples through angry vegetation, to create a movie about a man who brings opera to the savage, entangled, heart of darkness. The pages of this extraordinary book will rot between your fingers, reclaimed to an organic mass, as the all consuming jungle covers, devours, and breaks everything down... equipment, lodgings, creatures, bodies, and finally the minds of the people cast in this astonishing and at times, terrifying tale.
A steamboat is pulled over a mountain, from one river to another. People are injured, people are poisoned, people will die. Throughout, Werner H, slipping and sliding into the quagmire, screaming with despair, writhing with toxic bile, insisting it must go on; and all of it will continue, relentlessly, through total destruction, through barbaric climate, amazingly, miraculously, finding a way, with its cast of hundreds, in the worst environment on god's wicked earth in which to make a motion bloody picture; onto the celluloid that becomes the movie, 'Fitzcarraldo'.
And as if the toxic jungle itself, the raging storms, the civil wars, the lack of money and organisation -as if this is not enough to halt the dreams that plague his mind, he finally realises he will not succeed unless he brings the craziest, most unstable bug-eyed monster he knows in there with him; the only man who could possibly share such weight of mental torment, the only man who could rant and rave in an alien landscape to such degree as to terrify the terrifying natives themselves, and the scattering wildlife that surrounds them - his best 'fiend', Klaus Kinski.
'Conquest of the Useless' is Herzog's journal of these nightmares. It's a vision that he's not really supposed to share. This account of his travails, and of the madness of the late, but incontestably great, Kinski, will form the stuff of your own dreams, keeping you awake and unsettled through a very long night of the soul. And, like the finally finished film, it'll be worth the suffering. Oh blimey, yes. And thank god for the all too rare likes of it.


Miss America
Miss America

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Margaret Unique, 11 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Miss America (Audio CD)
Sometimes you risk buying music because you've read something and you find yourself intrigued. I did, in the late eighties. I read about Mary Margaret O'Hara in a magazine and I went and bought the album. That album put itself in to my top five albums and it's stayed there since. What's glorious about it, is that Mary M doesn't sound like other people and these songs don't sound like other people's songs. Look at a rare clip of her in performance and you can see where this stuff came from: An awkward, sensitive, eccentric confession, that slurs and hiccups where others would just slide, that sticks with it, when others would fade, that doubts itself even as it's determined to make it's point. And then there's the sheer beauty of it.
There's never really been a second album. A soundtrack piece, a Christmas piece, but only really this, very real, very essential, piece of elegiac, profound Miss America. And it won't be any problem if it just stays that way. You could do worse than reinforce the message that albums like this are still heard and still needed. You really should buy this.


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