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Clueless [DVD] [1995]
Clueless [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Alicia Silverstone
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5.0 out of 5 stars The clue is in the title but in a good way., 15 April 2014
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This review is from: Clueless [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Arguably (teen) humour films are the only thing American directors and scriptwriters do well, there being many examples of the genre deserving of praise that come readily to mind. Although "Clueless" was apparently a slow-burner, being largely ignored by (American) audiences on its release, it could be claimed to be the apotheosis of the genre with a good plot, whimsically humorous dialogue and a delightfully talented cast, particularly Alicia Silverstone who delivers all her lines with the, apparently genuine, naivite demanded by the script. The film is multi layered and probably rather too sophisticated for American audiences, hence its initial failure. Alicia Silverstone gave, at the time, an outstanding performance of the quintessentially spoiled-rotten, middle-class, eye-candy daughter, untouched by and with absolutely no understanding of life's vicissitudes. Completely clueless, as in the title. A truly delightful film.


Easy A [DVD] [2011]
Easy A [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Emma Stone
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Price: 4.36

5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, short film full of humour. I cannot immediately think of a better way to spend ninety minutes., 15 April 2014
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This review is from: Easy A [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
The film's content is essentially "fluff" and it is really difficult to see how it could have been turned into such a tour de force. Credit obviously has to go to the scriptwriters for the quickfire dialogue and to the director, producer and film crew but mainly to Emma Stone, who gives an absolutely superb performance depicting an angst ridden, intelligent American teenager, delivering the scriptwriters' delightfully humorous dialogue with amazing aplomb. Her accompanying facial expressions serve to emphasise the quick-witted verbal content of the film. If she can ever reprise this performance an Oscar strewn career must be hers for the taking and if it could be argued that she is physically a bit scrawny and, as the role apparently required "of less than average breast size"
she really does have a superb pair of pins.


The Outsider
The Outsider
by Colin Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A la recherche du temps perdu., 27 Nov 2013
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This review is from: The Outsider (Paperback)
I had been looking for this book for a long time so that I could re-read it. I haven't yet but at the time (1971) I thought it was the second best book I had read that year, beaten only by Fred Exley's sublime "A Fan's Notes" which I have also managed to obtain a copy of and re-read recently.


Holy Motors [DVD]
Holy Motors [DVD]
Dvd ~ Denis Lavant
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Price: 7.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Wierd!, 27 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Holy Motors [DVD] (DVD)
Somewhat entertaining but very much in the pretentious bollocks mode. An interesting and thoughtful concept only part delivered, in my opinion.


Cabaret - Special Edition [DVD]
Cabaret - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Liza Minnelli
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Price: 3.54

4.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously kitsch even if it merely parodies Isherwood's Berlin novels, 6 July 2013
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For me notable for Marisa Berenson's wonderful line, when asking advice from Liza Minnelli "as you are the only person I know who is giving herself regularly to men". Bob Fosse obviously had a real feel for tongue in cheek irony having this line exchanged by these particular actresses! Oh, and the tour de force performance from Joel Gray (whatever happened to him?).


Sex And Lucia [DVD]
Sex And Lucia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paz Vega
Price: 6.27

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4.0 out of 5 stars A bizarre film, 6 July 2013
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This review is from: Sex And Lucia [DVD] (DVD)
It's a choose your own ending film which makes it somewhat bizarre. Sadly all current Spanish filmmakers appear to believe that homages to Luis Bunuel are mandatory and understandable storylines or believable plots are optional rather than obligatory.
This film is definitely in the Iberian exhibitionist category but is vaguely entertaining none the less and the "soubrette" is pretty enough and the flagrant and gratuitous nudity all in the best possible taste!


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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, lucid and well reasoned book., 6 May 2013
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This book will probably revolutionise economics and prove the greatest reference work of all time unless the ideas are hijacked, plagiarised and re-presented by talentless American academics of Jewish extraction who will probably give themselves some highfalutin title such as "monetarists" or "Richard Heads" or "Chicago school-children".


The Devil Wears Prada [DVD] [2006]
The Devil Wears Prada [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Meryl Streep
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fluff about fluff and stuff., 6 May 2013
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An interesting, amusing and entertaining view of what is, at the end of the day, a completely vacuous industry; less dark than Sara Ziff's "Picture Me". Doubtless the latter opus gives a more realistic view .


My Cousin Vinny [1992] [DVD]
My Cousin Vinny [1992] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joe Pesci
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Price: 3.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 6 May 2013
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This review is from: My Cousin Vinny [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
Marisa Tomei is awesome in this feel-good movie (and cute too). The sadness is that such a tour de force performance
inevitably means that this was the highlight of her career?


Alicia in Terra Mirabili
Alicia in Terra Mirabili
by Lewis Carroll
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.74

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fun if, unusually these days, you are a Latin scholar., 1 April 2013
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Alice in Wonderland is, in Lewis Carroll (Dodgson)'s original, a wonderful piece of whimsy, in my opinion, as relevant and fun for adults as for children.The idea of translating it into Latin is a further delicious joke which I believe Dodgson would have appreciated no end. I have been looking for this book since the original which I bought in 1966 was "borrowed" and purloined by my Latin master!
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