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1.0 out of 5 stars How can I buy pink or blue?, 24 July 2014
Would love to buy but every time I select size, colour defaults to black! (The one colour I don't want). If I click another colour, size selection disappears.


Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: 0.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disney does it again, 16 May 2014
This review is from: Saving Mr. Banks (DVD)
To her credit Emma Thompson never tries to make PL Travers likable, though the film keeps trying to sugar-coat her. You have to admire her for standing up to the all-consuming machine that is Disney, but they had the last laugh. Not only did they make "Mary Poppins" (which she hated, by the way) but they made this film, which plays almost as fast and loose with her life as "Mary Poppins" did with her books.
Given that at least half the film is set in her childhood in Australia, they could have gone there to film it and provided much-needed employment for Aussie film crews. Maybe it is meant to evoke 1960s Hollywood, when as we all know, the hills around LA could (and did) stand in for any country in the world. Aussie viewers will get a lot of amusement from the "Australia" scenes, filmed in and "Australian" landscape that is about as authentic and Dick Van Dyke's "British" accent!! I hooted with laughter at the train (do Americans not realise trains look different in other places?) and at the Wild West town where she apparently grew up!
However the film is saved by the marvellous cast and especially the two central performances. You can't really go wrong with Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, after all.


The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Price: 1.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, 9 May 2014
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If you loved The Hundred Year Old Man..... you'll probably love this, but mainly because Mr Jonasson has essentially written the same book over again, but with different characters and no quite so good. Also even sillier. Which is fine, but for me personally about two thirds of the way through this book I found the relentless silliness had become a wee bit tedious. Maybe I shouldn't have read the two books back-to-back!


The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading, 22 April 2014
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This review is from: The Rosie Project (Kindle Edition)
The Rosie Project is very entertaining, charming and amusing, but it is uncomfortably close to "man with Aspergers cured by the love of a good woman". He's been like this for 40 years then one day he just decides not to be that way any more. If only it were that easy....


The Illusionist [DVD]
The Illusionist [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean-Claude Donda
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and magical, 20 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Illusionist [DVD] (DVD)
Jaques Tati meets Sylvain Chomet, what could be more perfect? Delightful, poignant, gently funny and so beautifully animated. A masterpiece.


The Man Who Walked through Walls (Pushkin Collection)
The Man Who Walked through Walls (Pushkin Collection)
Price: 4.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly charming, 18 Nov 2013
I can't comment on this translation as I have only read these beguiling stories in French, but I have fallen in love with Marcel Ayme. The stories are wise, funny and moving. Most consist of a quirky, fantastical premise (magic realism long before it was called that!) and often offer clever dead-pan satire of the pit-falls of life and especially of trying to survive the war in occupied France. And they are often laugh-out-loud funny.
Highly recommended.


Cambridge Spies [DVD] [2003]
Cambridge Spies [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Tom Hollander
Offered by themediamerchants
Price: 4.21

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lost opportunity, 12 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Cambridge Spies [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Its a bit of a shame, they had an absolutely superb cast and a fascinating true story to tell (and in my opinion the true stories are the best) so why did the writer decide to throw most of the facts out of the window and just make it up? It makes it hard to know what to believe. Certainly the scenes where Blunt is recruited to work with the Royal art collection are just farcical. And then there's the bombing of Guernica. Philby never went there, so why put it in, especially if you can't afford to stage it and have to re-enact the whole thing (embarrassingly) with a single WW1 biplane? A disappointing waste of talent.


The Tall Guy [DVD]
The Tall Guy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeff Goldblum
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Price: 14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A total charmer, 22 July 2013
This review is from: The Tall Guy [DVD] (DVD)
One of my favourite films of all time. It is charming, romantic and very, very funny. Worth watching for the hilarious sex scene, but my favourite part is the spot-on send-up of those awful cliched 80s West End Musicals in the form of "Elephant!" the musical of the Elephant Man!!


Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion
Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion
by Michael Fitzpatrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.48

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, terrible cover!, 22 May 2013
An excellent over-view of snake-oil autism "treatments". Time is surely Dr Fitzpatrick's greatest proof. Mad ideas about what causes (and "fixes") autism have a way of coming and going. At one time it was all about mercury, then they took it out of all the vaccines and guess what? The autism didn't go away! Now the anti-MMR brigade seem finally to be fading away too. No doubt new theories just as barking will come along and Dr Fitzpatrick will eventually have to write a sequel. Hopefully next time it will not have that awful, depressing, old-fashioned cover! Whoever designed that did the book a great dis-service. They are welcome to come round and take a cheerful picture of my two (severely autistic) children bouncing on the trampoline and laughing!


The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.99

77 of 102 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 7 Feb 2013
This review is from: The Book Thief (Paperback)
I'm struggling to finish this book. It is dull and stylistically over-egged. The gimmicks add nothing to the narrative and seem to have been bolted on for the sake of novelty (and to catch the eye of prize judges!)
If I had been given this without the covers, I would still have known that the author was a)Australian and b)quite young. Maybe its because I'm Aussie, that the incongruous modern Australianisms leap off the page: "unit" (instead of apartment), "mixed lollies", "sports carnival" etc. Why weren't they edited out? And he gives himself away by going on and on (and on and on) about how grey, miserable, cold, wet, muddy, icy etc etc it is. (Australians do tend to believe that the weather is always terrible in Europe)
Far worse, the author has been too lazy to do any proper research and seems too young to conceive of a life before mod cons. there are some real howlers (eg, he gives a dirt poor family in 1930s Germany an indoor bathroom with hot running water!) lots of out-of-place details, but he gets the big things wrong too. Its inconceivable that the children's parents would have been under-employed in the middle of the war. When the Dads are finally conscripted, the whole street makes the most tremendous fuss about them going, as if it were not common place, as if everyone's dad (and husband, brother, son) were not already in uniform and fighting! (Ditto the air raids)
I'm afraid all the stylistic flourishes in the world won't make up for such sloppiness. If you are going to set a book amongst real historical events you should have the decency to find out about the period.
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