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Strange Meeting
Strange Meeting
by Susan Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful wonderful book, 23 May 2006
This review is from: Strange Meeting (Paperback)
Strange Meeting is the story of two men meeting whilst serving together in WW1. It is a gently-paced, completely absorbing tale, with characters that draw you in as it progresses. It is one of the most beautiful and haunting books I have ever read - I first came across it at school, and have never forgotten it. Together with the Ghost Road trilogy by Pat Barker, this book is a remarkable fictional representation (both written by women) of the horrors of the trenches, but also the simple joys of friendship that can be discovered at the same time.


Night Watch [DVD]
Night Watch [DVD]
Dvd ~ Konstantin Khabensky
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on Day Watch, 9 May 2006
This review is from: Night Watch [DVD] (DVD)
Though I did not feel this film was as difficult to follow as some of the reviewers, one has to place it in the context of the first in a trilogy. I enjoyed it immensely - American sci-fi conventions filtered through Russian traditions and sensibilities make for a great film. On the technical side, you need to watch the theatrical version if you want the amazing subtitles which take the form of dissoving blood or teletype, depending on the scene in question. For those reviewers complaining about the dubbed version - NEVER WATCH A DUBBED VERSION. Who can take a film seriously in that format? Always watch the subtitled version - Konstantin Khabensky (who plays Anton) in particular has a very deadpan delivery for the most part. A hugely enjoyable film.


Notorious [1946] (Alfred Hitchcock) [DVD]
Notorious [1946] (Alfred Hitchcock) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cary Grant
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £2.48

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost the perfect film..., 14 Mar. 2006
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...this Hitchcock film has it all - Cary Grant as an amoral CIA agent, Ingrid Bergman as a (supposed) alcoholic floozy, Nazis plotting to come back to power - and they are all in Rio. It should be a rather florid mix, but Hitchcock brings it all into a tense and exciting film. Grant has rarely been better, using all his charisma to persuade a woman who is in love with him to sleep with a supposed Nazi to get information. Technically, the film is brilliant, with poisoned coffee cups looming hugely at the front of shots, and the shadows of the supposed poisoners wavering and merging into one. Personally, I think Cary Grant is one of the sexiest actors ever to be filmed and this film captures him at his best. A film you should definitely have in your collection.


Is It Cowardly To Pray For Rain?: The Ashes Online Chronicle: The Online Ashes Chronicle of a Nation's Office-Bound Nervousness (Guardian)
Is It Cowardly To Pray For Rain?: The Ashes Online Chronicle: The Online Ashes Chronicle of a Nation's Office-Bound Nervousness (Guardian)
by The Guardian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Join the OBO fanbase, 3 Nov. 2005
For those who have never experienced the joy of the Guardian OBO coverage, this is a great introduction - minus the teeth-gratingly tense atmosphere of the last Ashes series. For those of us who have been reading the OBOs for the last few years, it is a chance to relive all the favourite riffs (Rob Smyth's OC references, Rob Smyth's hangovers, the innings killer that was Mike Adamson's coverage etc) - minus the teeth-gratingly etc etc. Add it to your commemorative Ashes collection today...


2046 [2004] [DVD] [2005]
2046 [2004] [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £14.99

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than In The Mood For Love, 31 Aug. 2005
This review is from: 2046 [2004] [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
I am not sure that I can reach the intellectual heights of some the previous reviews - however, I found it an intensely moving film. Wonderful acting all around - but in particular, Tony Leung (as always), Zhang Ziyi and Faye Wong really hold the heart of the film. You do not need to have seen the previous film to enjoy this, but it will deepen your understanding - the repeated imagery from In the Mood for Love (a hand on a balustrade, a figure against a wall, cavities for telling secrets into) was one of the key pleasures of the film for me. The film looks wonderful - both the parts set in the 60s and the futuristic segments - and will reward multiple viewings. Put simply, one of my favourite films of the last few years.


Firefly - The Complete Series [DVD] [2003]
Firefly - The Complete Series [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Nathan Fillion
Price: £9.89

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the movie, 12 May 2005
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Never saw Firefly on the tv, but can't recommend it highly enough on DVD. It has all the hallmarks of a Joss Whedon show - well written, excellently cast - and the whole future-western-in-space thing just works (well, does for me). And you gotta love Captain Mal....
Only 14 episodes as Fox cancelled it halfway through the first season (yet Everyone Loves Raymond gets to go on and on?) but there is a movie out in September 05 - get this to get up to speed beforehand - it is well worth it.


Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas™ Official Strategy Guide (Signature)
Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas™ Official Strategy Guide (Signature)
by Tim Bogenn
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but some major errors, 1 Dec. 2004
Great guide for locating all the different tags/oysters etc, but have found some major errors - the map giving the location of the San Fierro photo ops is labelled totally incorrectly for instance.
would also agree with the reviewer regarding the lack of tips - this is more of a walk-through than previous guides to GTA games


Hatchett and Lycett
Hatchett and Lycett
by Nigel Williams
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiffing wartime adventures, 22 July 2002
This review is from: Hatchett and Lycett (Paperback)
Essentially the story of three friends from childhood - the eponymous Hatchett and Lycett and the girl that they both love (or so they think), Norma - Nigel Williams' novel manages to combine WWII, love, murder and identical twins yet avoid falling into farce. Fantastically funny in parts - the vicar's sermon mentioned above, the garbled relay of Chamberlain's annoucement of the declaration of war - the book also portrays the power of secrets and how they can poison people's minds. Although parts of this made me laugh out loud, I would not categorise it simply as a comedy. Very highly recommended - it is a novel that I will read again and again.


I Love Capri
I Love Capri
by Belinda Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual chick-lit!, 9 July 2002
This review is from: I Love Capri (Paperback)
Kim leaves Cardiff for Capri after the death of her grandfather, to help her mother sort things out on the island of her childhood. Things get more complicated from there on in - gorgeous Italian men, family secrets, inconvenient wives all combine to make it a memorable holiday. Unusually though, Kim is not a perfect size 10 with fantastic fashion sense nor does she have to lose weight or have a makeover to fall in love! Equally unusual is the reality of the decisions being made - this is a book where you really can identify with the problems the characters face. Highly recommended


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