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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire [DVD]
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lyall B. Watson
Price: £6.00

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Viewable but with a few reservations, 28 Jan. 2008
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The thing that I find disturbing with this series is that some of the episodes remind me of long, Hollywoodesque, film trailers. The commentary sounds a bit too much like the bumper-sticker English we are used to in disaster films like Armageddon. Not even the best actors can conceal the fact that their lines are a bit too two dimensional.
BUT, when you stop focusing on the negative, the series still provides both interesting facts and entertainment. However, in my opinion it does not reach the heights of 'I Claudius' or 'Rome'.
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Red Carpets And Other Banana Skins
Red Carpets And Other Banana Skins
by Rupert Everett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading for other reasons than the celeb-gossip, 28 July 2007
I've never had any particular opinion of Rupert Everett. Ok - I admit I bought this book partly because I wanted a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Hollywood lifestyle. But Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins actually has got so much more. To my opinon (with English being my second language) it's very well written with a very developed use of words and language. Sometimes to the extent that I first suspect there has been a ghost writer involved. But as the reading goes on I find that's probably not the case and the suspicion might have more to do with me underestimating the author. Everett brilliantly manages to describe his own life against a background of larger historic events which gives the book an extra dimension that elevates the reading experience considerably. Sometimes it can be hard to believe that he recollects events from ages ago in such detail and hence one suspects there are a few exaggerations here and there. But on the other hand that's common in all storytelling and is sometimes necessary to make the reading more capturing. A few times during the reading I thought he got a bit over-long in his descriptions. But that does not diminish an overall great reading experience. In the end I think the book actually gives a pretty truthful image of the person Rupert Everett and his very interesting life so far.


Will and Grace: Complete Series 1-4 (Amazon.co.uk Exclusive) [DVD] [2001]
Will and Grace: Complete Series 1-4 (Amazon.co.uk Exclusive) [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Eric McCormack
Offered by swordstrand
Price: £99.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and good for relaxing in front of the telly, 28 July 2007
To my opionion Will & Grace is better than Friends. Probably because of the gay theme and becuse the characters manages to be both more 'over the top' yet more plausible at the same time. (Friends beeing incredibly unrealistic whilst trying to be true to life). Having seen all shows of both (YES - I have got a life too) you get the suspicion that the writers are the same or at least influenced by each other since many plot-lines have striking similarities.
Often you feel sorry for Will since he never "get's any" even though he's got the necessary appeal. This is problaby - and sadly - a concession to make the show go down (no pun..) better in the American households.

If it weren't for the brilliant performances of Megan Mullally (Karen) and Sean Hayes (Jack) the show would have passed me by pretty unnoticed but their characters are wonderfully anarchistic in the otherwise pretty "PC" environment.


Secret Army: The Complete Series 1-3 [DVD] [1977]
Secret Army: The Complete Series 1-3 [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Bernard Hepton
Offered by Gift_Of_Sound
Price: £85.95

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliance just goes on forever, 5 Jan. 2007
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After having watched all episodes in all three series more or less back to back, it strikes me that it's hard to think of any other tv-series that acctually grows better every series.

Now - almost 30 years after the premiere, it's still as great I as thought it was then (im my early teens). This might just be the best tv-series ever made.


Acorn Antiques - The Musical [DVD]
Acorn Antiques - The Musical [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julie Walters
Price: £6.00

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing really..., 14 July 2006
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As a fan of the original series, I had high hopes for this stage version. But sadly a lot of the deliberately bad acting and goofs are gone. And some real bad acting has taken it's place. The plot shifts focus so many times that you get tired of it towards the end.
Julie Walters is brilliant, but the character Mrs Overall is a bit too thin to get so much attention. Celia Imrie's part Miss Babs becomes strangely anonymous even though she too makes a very good performance. You really miss Victoria Wood as miss Bertha. The more "normal" musical actors can't really act as "badly" as required.

Many good moments though and worth seeing. But don't expect anyting near the TV original.


Secret Army: Complete BBC Series 2 [DVD] [1978] [1977]
Secret Army: Complete BBC Series 2 [DVD] [1978] [1977]
Dvd ~ Bernard Hepton
Offered by adfilms
Price: £25.85

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's still extremely good and the suspense is still there..., 9 Sept. 2004
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...even though you know the end.
I thought maybe I was overly nostalgic, remembering watching Secret Army on TV in my teens.
So when I bought series 1 & 2 I knew the risk of disappointment was high. But to my excitement this well written, well directed and well acted tv-drama, is still as good as it was then. A real television classic that deserves to live on forever!


America's Sweethearts [DVD] [2001]
America's Sweethearts [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Julia Roberts
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.97

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly funny, but full of clichés and oh so shallow, 18 May 2002
An uninspired film, with few surprises. John Cusack is a very good actor and a great asset to this otherwise mediocre movie. Christopher Walken's cameo is an uplifting part, and the ending ads an atleast somewhat funny twist to the story. Julia Roberts does what she always does. Billy Crystal seems lost. Watch it if you have nothing better to do.


Maurice [DVD]
Maurice [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Wilby

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect film for a melancholy rainy day, 10 Aug. 2000
This review is from: Maurice [DVD] (DVD)
A classic in gay films. Beautifully made, with some excellent acting, it sweeps you away into a passonate story about different ways of coping with the fact that you as a man are attracted to other men. A young Hugh Grant, better than he's been in later years, a sexy Rupert Graves as Scudder the game keeper. A perfect DVD to own, since you never will get tired of it!


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