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Restrepo [DVD]
Restrepo [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tim Hetherington
Offered by Dogwoof Ltd.
Price: £4.13

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Wall Street Safe, 21 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Restrepo [DVD] (DVD)
One otherwise excellent review makes a comparison with D-Day. This powerful movie shows the hopeless guerilla war fought by our finest against hordes fighting for country, home and their God on their own terrain. This is not the Charge of the Light Brigade, the most famous blunder of war. It is a deadly display of ramping up hatred against the US and Britain by invasion, technology and guts. Our sons' guts and those of the people of a nation that has been under attack for centuries for the protection of the invaders' commercial interests. The true valour of our fighting men could well have been highlighted by flashbacks to the smooth purveyors of greed and death by proxy in the White House and Whitehall. The comparison with liberating Europe and uncovering the horrors of Nazi Germany has no basis in logic.It is an abuse of the young and the brave for the twisted lusts for domination by the US - for profit. An horrific expose of greed "back home" that shows the price our best of the best pay in blood and with their deaths. This movie exposes the price of Political propaganda. For Wall Street, the City and the obscenely rich.The bright spot is that the voters are waking up.

The Passion Of Ayn Rand [1999] [DVD]
The Passion Of Ayn Rand [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £18.38

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Words, Destructive Selfishness Ayn exposed, 18 Mar. 2011
Helen Mirren, it goes without saying, is a consummate performer and a model of brilliant characterisation. So did she set out to portray the true Rand, the con artist? For me it was instructive, without any good reason other than reputation, which is a poor guide,that Rand was a cheeky phony I had assumed Rand had something to say that was worth hearing. It seems she lined herself up and marketed an ability to remember psycho-claptrap and deliver it in a way that struck a chord with her American worshippers. At least Sarah Palin doesn't or cant't pretend to be anything other than what she is. Mirren did me the favour of telling me, on screen, "this one's just a carpetbagger".
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The Decameron [DVD] [1970]
The Decameron [DVD] [1970]
Dvd ~ Pier Paolo Pasolini

4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rotten Teeth, Rotten Acting, Penny Arcade Peeps, 18 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Decameron [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
I am one of those plebs who would rather hear a technically flawed recording of Gigli, Dame Myra Hess, than a perfect reproduction of my classics. Those who still attend concerts know what I mean. OK the lady behind blows her nose and the old man in front wriggles in his seat. But the performance is everything. Slavering over new technology at the expense of being well entertained is, sorry, bizarre. A tour of the factories in Taiwan might be more titillating for those who love their pixels and margins. But certainly the improvements add to a fine tale well told, albeit they are not, for me, the main event.
Not so sure about the R18 either, I know sex sells but does BFI need this? The occasional popping out penis is neither art nor ribald unless you are 8 years old. I expected to hear a nun ask if the woodshed was where the knobs hang out, that level of subtlety doesn't really pass go. The colour and beauty of the Italian scenery was fine, every bit as good as my wife's videos. Italians with rotten teeth may have a subtle message to aficianados of such things, but they must have stunk something 'orrible. Bracketing this silly, boring rendition of the Middle Ages literature it represents, well, let's be fair, fails. "Canterbury Tales" is delightful, entertaing, instructive and a reminder of the links a hill can forge to meld 500 years together.
I found this one so bad, I watched Belle Epoque immediately after, to rinse away the Decamaron. And so it did.Beautifully.

The Rule of Law
The Rule of Law
by T. H. Bingham
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Historical, Erudite, Text, 20 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Rule of Law (Hardcover)
An elegantly written tomelet centred on England and Wales as they were. Lord Bingham is a Caesar, how odd to have the assassins of his topic on the back cover; Obama, Cameron, Blair and Thatcher.This reviewer has practised law in 7 countries, and is not of the ilk of the noble Lord. But to me the work is a pointer to contemporary authors - the old order changeth, yielding place to new. It's an international world. Buy it if the author is coming to take tea.
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The Serpent's Kiss [1997] [DVD]
The Serpent's Kiss [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by baron54
Price: £11.98

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, dear, Greta - why this?, 14 Dec. 2010
If you enjoy trite, pretentious, pointless would-be allegory, this is right up there.
In a badly faked "garden" in the Islamabad public convenience style, but a mockup, a cannon foundry owner with his feet on the ground is taken in by a cousin of the wife (Scacchi)and left ruined but happily holding her hand. Scacchi can render a monk engorged, but not this time. Alas. The Coca Cola Kid was a masterpiece and stiil worthy of a 15 and over. Why this gardening epic with its out of period hints at a quickie in the hothouse {don't move, you'll put the candles out)should be rated 15 escaped me. The lubricious daughter might have been used to better effect than being cupped and leeched by nuns and a mountebank chirugeon. As one whose hot dream was Ingrid Bergman until Scacchi came along, I beg Greta "give us a feisty one fot the road, dear Greta, before descending into the faux period drama scene. All that was missing ws manure, but the script filled the bill.The horses were wonderful.

Australia's Ambassador of Song
Australia's Ambassador of Song

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 6 Aug. 2010
Probably Mr. Dawson was the last great Ambassador for Australia - for those who know he hails from those far shores. This is for those who sing along in their cars, their showers, and their memories.

Principles of Legislative and Regulatory Drafting
Principles of Legislative and Regulatory Drafting
by Ian McLeod
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Academically interesting, but a shadow of Thornton, 6 Aug. 2010
I write as a practising First Parliamentary Counsel."Principles" addresses, deliberately,both the instructing "client's" point of view and that of the draftsman. It overlooks how busy these professionals are.
"Principles" is for the Honours Student or the Academic. Parliamentary Counsel's Office (England, Wales et al.) is
far more useful for the "client". Thornton (urgently requiring a new edition for cases and more consideration of the modern world and electronic capabilities and limitations) remains a sine qua non. Disappointing.

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