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A Field In England [DVD]
A Field In England [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julian Barratt
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Emperor has no clothes, 15 Mar. 2014
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It is not often that films are set during the English Civil War and that alone made this film interesting to me. But I am afraid that the film was a disappointment. The narrative is not so much mysterious as incoherent. Enigmas in a plot are fine but plot jumps to simply bamboozle the audience without any kind of plot development is sheer pretension. It is fine we don't find out what happened to Whitehead in the tent as we can understand the consequences but the tug of war with the stick in the ground comes out of nowhere, has no resolution and no consequences.
Things to like
1. The setting
2. Some of the camerawork
3. The conceit that this is all taking place adjoining a field where a battle is taking place which mysteriously cannot be heard a lot of the time.
4. Some of the dialogue (when it is audible)
5. Much of the acting
6. The tent scene is genuinely unsettling.

Things to (really) dislike
1. The plot (hardly any)and incoherent.
2. The editing (all over the place).
3. Pretentious psychedelia.
4. Lack of sensible motivation of the characters. You are enroute to the nearest tavern so why do you start engaging in tugs of war, boiling mushrooms (with a pot that comes out of nowhere)and hanging out with a mad and possibly violent wizard? I say possibly violent because there is a fight scene that comes out of nowhere and it is unclear who is thumping who.
5. Bad sound work. One quarter of time you cannot hear what the characters are saying.


Dark Matter
Dark Matter
by Michelle Paver
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice touches but, 11 May 2012
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A taut little chiller with a meteorological team stranded alone in a bay in Spitzbergen. The author conveys the isolation well (well I assume "well" having never overwintered in the Arctic). However I found the narrative of the protagonist slightly anachronistic in the first few chapters as the author tried (badly) to place the figures in time. He is a bit older than my parents and a bit younger than my grandparents from a similar social background but does not sound like them more like a baby boomer or generation Xer. There is also reference to the "Malaya Protectorate" (there wasn't one). Did lower middle-class people of the 1930s especially those with a degree, really feel like chippy outsiders around upper middle-class people?


Apollo 18 [DVD]
Apollo 18 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Warren Christie
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentically creepy, 1 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Apollo 18 [DVD] (DVD)
I really liked this. 1970s NASA feel, ambiguous, creepy monsters. Claustrophobic feeling. One of the better monster films I have seen recently.


Mystery Sea Serpents of the South-west
Mystery Sea Serpents of the South-west
by Chris Moiser
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little booklet, 5 Jan. 2012
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A nice little intro to this somewhat specialist topic. It contains as much info as some somewhat longer books at considerably less price.


Monsters Caught on Film: Amazing Evidence of Lake Monsters, Bigfoot and Other Strange Beasts
Monsters Caught on Film: Amazing Evidence of Lake Monsters, Bigfoot and Other Strange Beasts
by Melvyn Willin
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Monstrous and not in a good way, 11 Jan. 2011
This book is a compilation of low quality pictures some perhaps cut and pasted from the internet with feebly researched commentary. The author for example does not realise that some of the photos purportedly of the giant squid Architeuthis are actually of the colossal squid Mesonychoteuthis. I appreciate that some shots will be from security cameras, nonprofessionals etc so this may excuse some quality issues but that doesn't excuse sloppy research. Nowadays books should aspire to have more info than can be collected from a Google search. I am not sure this does.


The Kraken Wakes
The Kraken Wakes
by John Wyndham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book awful cover., 26 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Kraken Wakes (Paperback)
Great book but what is the appalling cover art about? In fact this whole series of Wyndham from Penguin has this artwork by Cronin. The art editor at Penguin seems to have lost his/her senses. The artist has done some good work but this stuff isn't it and seems to have negligible relationship to the book.
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Zoological Lectures Delivered at the Royal Institution (Volume 2)
Zoological Lectures Delivered at the Royal Institution (Volume 2)
by George Shaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.24

1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling production standards, 18 May 2010
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I would not buy again from this publisher. The volume is print on demand based on "optical character recognition software" of the original book, but no attempt to correct any of the resultant typos has been made. But the typos are not minor they make the work almost unreadable. The publisher admits this but says that images of the book can be found on the website (did not work for me). Oh the illustrations of the original are not reproduced either.

A waste of money.


The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story
The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story
by Susan Hill
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great start but then..., 2 Sept. 2008
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Not as good as the "Woman in Black". It starts (very) well but the plot loses direction at the middle and the becomes downright silly in the end. A good ghost story requires suspension of disbelief. It is an indictement of the plot that the disbelief occurs at the final actions of the protagonists rather than the manifestation of the supernatural.


The Conan Chronicles 2: Rogues in the House & Other Stories: Rogues in the House and Other Stories v. 2
The Conan Chronicles 2: Rogues in the House & Other Stories: Rogues in the House and Other Stories v. 2
by Robert E. Howard
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great artwork but the colouring..., 15 Jun. 2005
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I am only familiar with some of the Marvel comic work of Conan from the British black and white reprints. Even so I cannot believe the original coloured American work would have had the horrible quality of this re-working. The colours are absolutely vile and badly done and destroy the effect of the fantastic art-work of Barry Windsor-Smith. Let us hope at somepoint a black and white or original colour collection is produced.


The Lady and the Unicorn
The Lady and the Unicorn
by Tracy Chevalier
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment, 16 Jan. 2004
I read this book having seen the tapestry in question and on the reputation of the "The Girl With the Pearl Earing" which I have not read. I was disappointed. The characters, whilst not exactly unrealistic and certainly not one dimensional, are uninteresting and unsympathetic especially the major character who is both shallow and dull. This appears to be a deliberate decision on the part of the author for reasons unknown. I just think a piece of fiction exploring the incredible work could have been more interesting.


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