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The Kindle Fire Bag-Brown
The Kindle Fire Bag-Brown
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 'man-bag', 22 Oct. 2013
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Perfect for my wanderings; fits my iPad Mini, Kindle & a medium-sized Moleskine as well as keys & a few other things too. Like a Tardis, thought it was too small when it arrived but now I love it & take it everywhere. Seems well made too & looks rather smart in a casual way. Thoroughly recommended.

Tarkovsky: Films, Stills, Polaroids & Writings
Tarkovsky: Films, Stills, Polaroids & Writings
by Andrey A. Tarkovsky
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £47.96

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing on first look, 28 Dec. 2012
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I'm reviewing this only 15-minutes after opening this book for the first time, a little knee-jerk perhaps, so make of this what you will. Firstly, and most significantly to my mind approximately 70% of the book is 'Stills' from his films; not a bad idea at all you might think for a filmmaker primarily known for his exquisite imagery, but they look like they've just been screen-captured from an ok-quality dvd, and not so judiciously selected. Secondly, the polaroids as beautiful as they are, are a very small selection from those that can be found in either the wonderful 'Instant Light, Tarkovsky Polaroids', which I would advise buying before this volume, or the lovely exhibition catalogue 'Bright, Bright Day: Andrey Tarkovsky', which although very pricey now again seems a superior book for fans. Which leaves you with the text, which I have not yet read, but at less-than 25 pages-worth again seems insufficient for a book of this size and price, especially given most of it is available elsewhere, such as 'Sculpting in Time', which anyone wiling to spend £50 on a book on Tarkovsky will probably already have read. Ultimately I'm glad to have any book on one of my favourite filmmakers, but at first glance this seems less a labour of love and more a like a quick release from publishers who probably liked the idea of releasing a large image-heavy Tarkovsky book but could do significantly better. You've been warned.
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Alexander - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Alexander - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Anthony Hopkins
Price: £2.75

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A jewel-encrusted mess, 22 Jan. 2007
Ignore those who berate this film. Mind you, ignore those who heap praise on it too. If you have an interest in, or understanding of alexander the great, then this film will both wildly frustrate & bewitch. To those who don't, god-knows what you'll think (though i suspect its running-time may be an issue).

Almost all its problems can be traced back to the script, an indictment many modern cinema-goers won't be particularly surprised to hear, but here, as with the similarly audacious Troy, smacks of a colossal wasted opportunity. Firstly, and somewhat significantly, Alexander's characterisation is misjudged and ultimately unrealistic (you wouldn't follow this charisma-lite, whinging alexander to the ends of the earth). Secondly, its jumps in time seem arbitrary, as though they're now a necessity & cinema has evolved from chronological presentation, but they end up surpressing a great deal of the story's tragedy.

But then the film's numerous qualities do take charge. Its beautiful realisation of significant moments in his story and evocation of an ancient world, through lavish production-design and breathtaking photography, will be enough to carry you through this (and rewatch in my case) - The entrance into Babylon for example, and the through-jungle charge on the elephants are quite simply stunning.

One other thing, if you think you might have a problem with 'Greeks' with Irish accents, don't bother with Alexander. But then this would be such a phenomenally small-minded and petty criticism of a film that you're probably better off with 'xXx' anyway.

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