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The Tree of Life [Blu-ray]
The Tree of Life [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £4.39

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Arty Farty Crap, 8 Aug. 2012
The film starts with a series of childhood reminisences but a few minutes in it jerks suddenly into an odd series of scenes that we eventually realise represent the birth of the universe, the birth of earth, evolution of life and so on. I guess the intention is to set the scene for our little drama and point out how insignificant, if all consuming, our lives are. The main structural problem with this film is that this sequence does not work. The device is odd in and of itself and leaves you with the same WTF feeling you get on first watching 2001 A Space Odyssey. It is transitioned to in a jarring manner.
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RUN, RUN, RUN (crime thriller)
RUN, RUN, RUN (crime thriller)
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars RUN ........ Ha ha, 19 Jun. 2012
The story rattled along at a good pace but I found myself getting a bit irritated at the antics of the central characters and felt that some of their actions were a bit unrealistic given the situation they found themselves in.

Catch Your Death
Catch Your Death
Price: £3.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy Catchy, 15 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Catch Your Death (Kindle Edition)
Though I would urge readers to buy no matter the format, or indeed the price. Writing partnerships have of course occurred before the most prevalent being: Nicci French, a husband and wife team, and James Henry, who have put their own voracious talents to the recent Frost prequel. However none for me have caught their audience and succinctly found their genre as Louise Voss and Mark Edwards have.

Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle
Price: £5.22

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not My Bag Baby, 16 April 2012
This review is from: Eye of the Needle (Kindle Edition)
The main interest of the book lies in the narrative,Follett says in his introduction "it must have happened something like this" - and that is plausible. But it's hard to believe the Faber we have come to know and love, or at least admire and wish he was on our side in the earlier parts of the book, is really going to fail in his mission in the way portrayed. Also the opening chapters drag a bit,they prepare the ground for the denoument but without particularly stacking up in their own right.Taking this into account its 2 stars from me , didnt really grip me like it should have, saying that Im sure as Ive read from other reviews this will be liked by others!

A Perfect Spy
A Perfect Spy
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre mmmmmm, 9 April 2012
This review is from: A Perfect Spy (Kindle Edition)
It certainly seems that A Perfect Spy is about the perversion of personality brought on by love betrayed. David Cornwell had a feckless conman of a father, very much like Rick Pym, and maybe this was the subconscious reason for Cornwell's chosen profession and ultimately him donning the mask of John Le Carre. But this is not enough smoke for him and he has to find an alter-ego in the character of Guy Pym who's father Rick is the real villain of the piece. So the book is an autobiography of a man with four masks
That le Carre makes this psycho-babble palatable to the average reader (me) is testimony to his extraordinary ability to make reams of character analysis and philosophy palatable. He is certainly unique in this and obviously a writer of enormous skill. His multi-layered plots and characters are always gripping because we become intimate with his characters early in the day at the expense of action. When the action does come, he even gets away with turgid passages of slow-motion fights that would make any genre agent throw the Ms in the bin.
Three stars for that alone.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)
Dvd ~ Tom Hardy
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £10.82

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 30 Jan. 2012
Probably like a lot of modern viewers, I had heard of but not read this book, nor seen the BBC TV series - Both were issued in the 1970's.

I did though read a few summaries, knew that it was loosely based on British turncoat spy Kim Philby, and went into the movie understanding that it requires very careful attention to keep up with the involved plot. Seeing it cold, I still thought it was great, with terific performances by many decorated actors throughout the movie, and of course Gary Oldman is fantastic in the lead. In some ways, if like me you see it without knowing the story first, his character is done in a way that helps take you into the story, as he barely says anything in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the movie and just seems to be watching what all is going on. By the end, he has transformed into a strong character that has figured out the whole scheme.

While I loved the movie, even without having read the book to know the full story, it felt like the plot was overly compressed to fit within 2 hours. I watched it intently, but there were still a couple of developments in the plot, as done in the movie, that seemed like huge leaps, where the book must surely set it out better. So I'm now off to get the book and the BBC series, as it is such a great story, I want to get the full picture.

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