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Wadjda [DVD] [2012]
Wadjda [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Reem Abdullah
Price: 9.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An endearing and charming contribution to world ciema...., 1 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Wadjda [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
I first saw this film when it first came out and then only because it was scheduled on my shift. But I was so glad I saw it. Culture is a difficult subject to describe / understand but this film gives a genuine and non-judgemental insight into life in Saudi Arabia. The fact that the film has such a talented and endearing cast is a bonus. The young girl, who is the focus of the film, is very natural in her role, the co-stars are also well up to their task of creating a scenario that is both realistic and problematic in a country that is not keen on any sort of female empowerment. This is definitely a "feel-good factor" film, you will come out smiling, guaranteed. There are political aspects to the making of this film that have been well publicised but the finished result is both charming and endearing. Excellent.


Adult Piano Method Book 1
Adult Piano Method Book 1
by Fred Kern
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.45

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing made easy, 23 Oct 2011
This book takes students through the basics of learning the piano from the very beginning. It includes exercises and plans that develop, albeit slowly, the essential ingredients of learning the piano. A few parts of it I found a bit confusing, not sure why some of the exercises were there but then I am the other side of 50 and probably thinking too pragmatically. There are also2 C.D.s that are included so you can play along.


The Overlanders [DVD]
The Overlanders [DVD]
Dvd ~ Harry Watt
Price: 13.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the best title........, 14 April 2011
This review is from: The Overlanders [DVD] (DVD)
This film is based on the true story of how an Australian group of herdsman/women took a herd of cattle 1,000 miles accross the Australian outback to stop them neing destroyed. The Austrialina government wanted all homes to be burnt and all cattle destroyed so that the Japanese, who were soon to invade Australia, would not have access to them. The story has a commentary, the scenery (despite being black and white) is lovely, the action real. It is a good Sunday afternoon film with believable characters and a good storyline. It is an old film, but none the worse for that. Enjoyable.


The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution
The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution
by Susan Gedutis Lindsay
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.77

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm Shift for Music, 1 Mar 2011
This book is an elongated rant about the record companies that dominated the music scene for the last few decades. This is not necessarily a bad thing; record companies are monoliths that have had their day. Digital downloading has overtaken the sale of C.D.'s, but instead of going with the tide the record companies have tried to ban those downloaders that wouldn't play the game, i.e. downloaded illegally. Trying to reign in these people is fruitless and almost impossible. The book likens the process to suing someone because the book they bought has been lent to someone else.

Apart from the above there is another major point made in this book and that is the paradigm shift from music as a product to music as a service. Music is being supplied to compliment daily activities, not as a construct that has a singular use. This shift in music's use is both inevitable and consequential. It is what the public want, and whether or not the record industry needs it, the public is redefining the way we listen to music.

This book is essential for anyone related to music, either as a listener, perpetrator or educator.


Managing Britannia: Culture and Management in Modern Britain
Managing Britannia: Culture and Management in Modern Britain
by Robert Protherough
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars If you want an iconic book to read..., 27 Dec 2010
This is one of the best books I have read in any context, not just within the arts. When I was doing my B.A. I was fortunate enough to discover this book early on; most of my degree was therefore based on the writing of these two contemporary and satirical writers. It is generally accepted that Tony Blair, whether rightly or wrongly, turned Great Britain into Great Britian plc. This book discusses the where with all concerning this notion. It is hard to argue against most of the book, it seems to say what most of us thought, or should have thought, at the time of Blair's reign. For anyone discussing or studying the arts in any sort of context, historical or contemorary, this book is essential. I now teach and "Managing Britannia" gets mentioned every year as an essential read. This really is an excellent resource.


Live And In Session
Live And In Session
Offered by Music-Shop
Price: 12.88

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says...., 27 Dec 2010
This review is from: Live And In Session (Audio CD)
Having heard of the Tannahill Weavers via Myspace I decided to invest in a C.D. of theirs. This C.D. is a live album of traditional music and as such is a useful addition to any collection. It is not iconic, a couple of the tracks are too laid back for my liking but then you buy a C.D. and accept what you buy. This C.D. is often on my C.D. player and is also on itunes. Folk music does benefit from a live atmosphere when attending a concert, some of this has been captured in this C.D. but being more of a "folk with an attitude" person this is worth the price for me but just that.


Lemon Tree (2008) [DVD]
Lemon Tree (2008) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hiam Abbass
Price: 6.90

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet story, 15 Jan 2010
This review is from: Lemon Tree (2008) [DVD] (DVD)
This film relates the story of a Palestinian lady who tends a lemon grove with an elderly friend. When the Israel defence minister moves in opposite he decides her lemon grove must go. The film follows the story of the confrontation. The film is beautifully made, the acting, especially by the female lead, is charming. She is obviously in a no-win situation from the start, but this does not stop the film having an interesting narrative that holds the viewers interest till the end. This film is well worth a view and probably worth adding to your collection.


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