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Rollerball [2002] [DVD]
Rollerball [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Klein
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful!, 27 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Rollerball [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
I can't remember the last time I thought a film was so bad I turned it off but Rollerball had me reaching for the remote after I had endured 45 painful minutes. The 1970s original, although not a classic, is certainly a well-made film. It has a good cast, especially James Caan, and a credible dystopian script. The three Rollerball matches/action sequences are exceptional.

This remake jettisons anything approaching a coherent plot, has a script that is moronic, is full of gratuitous shots of topless woman (working out in a gym with your kit off, for example!) and an appalling rock soundtrack. Remember the Bach from the original? The only thing that could have potentially saved it was the Rollerball matches - but these are on a much smaller circuit, make no sense and have even less excitement about them.

Usually my attitude in reviews is to suggest other Amazon viewers make up their own minds. But in this case I recommend you do not bother with this film. See the original instead. And to think this is the work of the director who once brought us Die Hard! (Though admittedly I did read that the film was extensively recut without his permission.) Dreadful...

Spielberg: A Retrospective
Spielberg: A Retrospective
by Richard Schickel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.91

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The definitive account of Spielberg and his films for some time to come, 25 Mar. 2013
Written by Time critic Richard Schickel and with a foreword by the great man himself (the first time he's collaborated on a book about himself), this volume is going to be the definitive account of Spielberg and his films for some time to come I imagine. Unsurprisingly, it offers a fairly uncritical assessment of Speilberg's body of work but it is has been beautifully produced with some fantastic photos (plenty of which I've never seen before). My biggest criticism is that some of the films are given less space than they merit - The Color Purple being the most obvious example. Small niggles aside, this is a must for any fan of Spielberg.

Volver [DVD] [2006]
Volver [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Penelope Cruz
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The biggest problem is Penelope Cruz, 7 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Volver [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
The opening scene of the movie - a graveyard full of women where the wind howls - is the most unusual and visually arresting and afterwards the film goes into slow decline. It's touching and rather drab in turn but failed to really move me. In my opinion, it's biggest problem was Penelope Cruz herself.

I think she's a fabulous actress and utterly gorgeous but she seems to have wandered in from a different film. Everyone else is so plain looking, as fits a story about the working class poor in Madrid, that Ms Cruz with her fabulous looks seems out of place. I was utterly unconvinced seeing her mopping floors as a cleaner. If the script had made something of the fact she was a beauty amongst ordinary women it may have worked - but without a single reference or reflection and how different she appears to everyone else something didn't ring true for me... and with it went the integrity of the movie.

Tiny Furniture [DVD]
Tiny Furniture [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lena Dunham
Price: £12.80

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen without the charm, 7 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Tiny Furniture [DVD] (DVD)
Lena Dunham seems to be everywhere at the moment, so it was timely to catch up with this, her directorial debut. It didn't really work for me. It's about rather self-indulged middle class New Yorkers (think Woody Allen but without the charm) who lead rather pointless lives. The central character (played by Dunham) is a dysfunctional, infantile girl given to a rather sordid private life. The film did hold my attention to the end, though I didn't find it that funny or illuminating. Sorry.

The Final Countdown [DVD]
The Final Countdown [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kirk Douglas
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Price: £15.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The years have not been kind!, 7 Nov. 2012
This review is from: The Final Countdown [DVD] (DVD)
Saw this as a kid at the cinema and haven't watched it since. The years have not been kind! Apart from showing off US naval hardware it's difficult to see what the point of the film is. Martin Sheen's role exemplifies this - he's along for the ride but the film could function perfectly without him. The plot also doesn't seem to have the courage of its convictions, moving the Nimitz back and forward in time before it can have any effect on time. The score is quite stirring though.
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One Day In September [DVD]
One Day In September [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Douglas
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Completely changed my opinion of events!, 7 Nov. 2012
This review is from: One Day In September [DVD] (DVD)
It's not often you watch something that completely changes your opinion of an event. I was born the year of the Munich Olympic Games and although I thought I was familiar with events I had always laboured under the impression that the German security forces had tried their utmost to save the Israelis and that their meticulous planning and professionalism had met with bad luck. Now I know I'm wrong! This documentary is a searing indictment to the incompetence of the Germans. I will never think of events in the same light. As for what happened afterwards... If you don't know or haven't seen the film yet I won't disclose now, but it was perhaps the most shocking revelation of all. Michael Douglas narrates - though I wasn't convinced what this added.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but forgettable, 7 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Skyfall (Audio CD)
First, as others have noted, this soundtrack does not include Adele's title song - a major omission. The rest of the music is fairly functional. The Bond motif is used several times, and more than once it borrows from Hans Zimmer's music from The Dark Knight (at least once it sounds like an actual rip off!), apart from that it's a decent but forgettable action movie score.

A Prince of Our Disorder: Life of T.E. Lawrence
A Prince of Our Disorder: Life of T.E. Lawrence
by John E. Mack
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.65

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one Lawrence biography..., 13 Sept. 2012
This is the best biography of Lawrence I have read, not least because it gives equal weight to his life beyond the Arab Uprising. To often biographies end when he leaves the desert, or the Paris Conference, as if nothing else he did in his life was of interest. Indeed one could argue that the years after were more fascinating, at least in understanding how the man truly was. Those who only know the David Lean myth will doubtless be surprised by his RAF service and time in India and at Clouds Hill

Mack is a psychiatrist and because of that, the text certainly has a psychological bent to it: trying to understand the man internally as well as recounting his achievements. Both are presented in forensic detail (though the narrative never drags). Unlike other biographies it avoids any sensationalism or romanticism and although TEL's sexuality is dealt with, it does not become an obsession; indeed it is relegated to a final section. Similarly with the Der'a incident.

In this very short review I cannot do this masterful biography justice. Please read it and make your own mind up.

300g Jar of African Black Soap , Handmade with Just Pure Shea Butter, Coconut Oil & Cocoa Ash - No Detergents, Parabens, SLS! Suitable for Sensitive Skins (not the face)
300g Jar of African Black Soap , Handmade with Just Pure Shea Butter, Coconut Oil & Cocoa Ash - No Detergents, Parabens, SLS! Suitable for Sensitive Skins (not the face)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely product, but be warned if you're buying as a gift, 13 Sept. 2012
Bought this as a present. The soap itself is lovely. Shea butter rich and entirely natural with no chemicals or nasties in it whatsoever. Unlike many soaps it doesn't have an overpowering fragrance either; smells very mild. However, it came with a huge sticker over the front of the packaging (I assume from the warehouse as it had a barcode and various numbers over it). It tried very carefully to remove this... but couldn't do it without tearing the packaging... so wasn't able to give it as a present. The upside of this was I kept it for myself ;o).

So: lovely product, but be warned if you're buying as a gift for someone else.

Crash [2005] [DVD]
Crash [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sandra Bullock
Price: £2.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Let down by its ending, 12 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Crash [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
'Crash' comes from that period of filmmaking when it was fashionable to have interlocking stories such as 'Pulp Fiction' or 'Amores Perros'. It is one of the better examples of the genre even though some of the headlining actors (I'm thinking Sandra Bullock or Thandie Newton) have no more than 15 minutes of screen time. The stories are clever, though you have to be prepared to swallow considerable contrivances [spoiler alerts] such as the Matt Dillion character just happens to be the police officer who comes across Thandie Newton in the burning car or Ryan Phillipe picks up Don Cheadle's brother. As long as you're happy with that this is a morally complex film that offers few definite answers and suggests our actions are as dependent on individual circumstances as our personalities. It has a haunting score too.

The only thing that lets it down, and makes it 4 star instead of 5, is the rather weak ending. After being morally unreassuring throughout, the final montage is uncharacteristically sentimental, not helped by the dreadful song that accompanies it. It also ends on an oddly incongruous jokey note. It's interesting how much this undermines all that had gone before; it didn't work for me.

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