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Parks and Recreation Season 4
Parks and Recreation Season 4
Dvd
Price: £12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh, 11 Mar. 2016
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I can take or leave Parks & Rec to be honest. Bought this after I'd watched the first three seasons for free on Prime, it's typically pretty funny but relies a bit too heavily on cheesy callback jokes and sentimentality for me to be really into it.


Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Price: £6.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Great title, decent album, loses a star for the gratuitous vocoder vocals in the middle, 11 Mar. 2016
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Great title, decent album, loses a star for the gratuitous vocoder vocals in the middle


Interstellar [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Interstellar [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Matthew McConaughey
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Very Nolan (& not one of his very best), 11 Mar. 2016
Overly long, pretentious, inconsistent and poorly structured. Arguably, these are problems that affect the majority of Chris Nolan's work, and as in many of his other films he still manages to produce something entertaining and very watchable despite being in desperate need of an assertive script editor.

This is not quite one of his best though - Inception for example handles similar themes and tropes to much more satisfying effect.


Homeland Season 5
Homeland Season 5
Dvd
Price: £19.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As with pretty much every season of Homeland, 11 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Homeland Season 5 (Amazon Video)
As with pretty much every season of Homeland, the fifth is all over the place and patchy in terms of tone and quality. The thing is, it still never feels quite like anything else on TV and in it's best moments (especially when Claire Danes is given something good to work with), it can be properly riveting.


Shure N44-7z
Shure N44-7z
Offered by The Scratch Store
Price: £27.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect turntablist stylus, 11 Mar. 2016
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Perfect turntablist stylus, great sound, takes a lot of punishment without skipping and wears well. I've been using Shure's for 10+ years and have no complaints.


We're the Millers
We're the Millers
Dvd
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Solid but unspectacular, 11 Mar. 2016
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Entertaining, well executed for what it is, passes the time enjoyably enough but there was nothing in the plot, writing or performances that really stood out. Well worth watching once if you have a Prime membership (in which case it's free to view).


The Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd
Dvd
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars In desperate need of editing, 23 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Good Shepherd (Amazon Video)
Ambitious and with some good performances, but ultimately sinks under it's own length and lack of focus. There's a good film in there somewhere - had it been subject to some proper script editing resulting in the loss of about an hour of the runtime. I can't help but feel that the combination of De Niro's legendary status as an actor and his relative inexperience as a director may have contributed to the finished product getting less scrutiny than it would have done in other hands.


Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono) [DVD] [2014]
Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono) [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Ken Watanabe
Price: £5.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a match for the superb original, but an interesting watch nonetheless, 29 July 2014
Clint Eastwood's 1992 "Unforgiven" is one of my favourite films of all time, expressing some genuinely new and important perspectives on the western genre and on real-life issues of violence and redemption. I was therefore excited to see the Japanese remake, especially as I've recently been getting into the work of Akira Kurasawa and so have an interest in how eastern and western cinema influence each other.

Yurusarezarumono has a mountain to climb in living up to expectations and (unsurprisingly) doesn't quite manage to reach the same heights as the US original. On the plus side, Ken Watanabe manages much the same dogged but magnetic screen presence as Eastwood, without becoming a carbon copy, and a lot of the tweaks made to the storyline, including an exploration of the fate of the Ainu people of Hokkaido, show promise.

Unfortunately, with the odd honourable exception, the rest of the cast fail to carry quite the same level of conviction, and the screenplay and direction fall short of the extraordinary focus, nuance and rhythm of the original. In fact, watching this film really made me consider again what an incredible achievement the original "Unforgiven" is.

That said, taken in its own right this is an interesting and entertaining film, and well worth the watch even if you haven't seen its predecessor.


Ill Manors [DVD]
Ill Manors [DVD]
Dvd ~ Riz Ahmed
Offered by The Best Of Cinema
Price: £1.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Above average, 25 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Ill Manors [DVD] (DVD)
If you had any interest whatsoever in the stories Noel Clarke's "Kidulthood" and "Adulthood" were trying to tell... well, this is a similar piece in some ways, following various threads through the world of London's disadvantaged, often criminal, underclass. Where it distinguishes itself and proves to be the better work is partly in the high-concept integration of the soundtrack (by musician/ director Plan B) into the plot, but most significantly in the greater depth and nuance of characterisation.

Put simply, "Ill Manors" works. Additional credit has to be given for finding roles for some of UK Hip-Hop's underground staples, from a major role for rapper Skrein to cameos from beatboxers Killa Kela and Nathan "Flutebox" Lee.


Wealth of Nations: A Selected Edition (Oxford World's Classics)
Wealth of Nations: A Selected Edition (Oxford World's Classics)
by Adam Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable, seminal - add superlatives of your choice, 30 Jan. 2010
Not only an influential book in its time, "The Wealth Of Nations" remains essential to understanding modern Economics.

Smith's ideas may not be expressed in an easy-to-read format (as another reviewer has commented) but the clarity of his thought is marvellous and the effort expended in making sense of this book will be well rewarded for anyone with an interest in the way that markets - and by implication society as a whole - work.


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