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Scotland's Referendum: A Guide for Voters
Scotland's Referendum: A Guide for Voters
Price: £0.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A balanced view., 3 Sep 2014
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There are plenty of books on this topic available at the moment, but this looked one of the most balanced. Each chapter deals with one of the major issues and then clearly describes the positions of the yes and no camps, with their supporting arguments. It doesn't judge between them, it simply lets each side speak for itself. The historical background is kept to a minimum; it sticks to what is relevant now. It's fairly short, and an easy read, and a good way to become better informed before the big day!


A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War
A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War
Price: £4.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Good background reading, 11 May 2014
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This is a very readable account of the lives and careers of 5 leading artists surviving the traumas around the First World War. It doesn't get bogged down in excessive detail and shows the links between the lives and the careers without psychological speculations. It's illuminating, and in places it's genuinely moving.

P.S. The picture section at the back of the kindle edition highlights all the drawbacks of the basic, black-and-white Kindle reader.


The Lego Movie [DVD] [2014]
The Lego Movie [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Chris Pratt
Price: £10.00

7 of 95 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Go... and feel old!, 14 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Lego Movie [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
This is like watching over someone else's shoulder as they play a computer game; the action is high speed and relentless, and you have no control at all. The characters aren't engaging, so you just long for Wallace and Gromit to appear (lots of other film characters do). You sit waiting for a scene as moving as the closing scene of Toy Story 3. No chance. After 45 minutes I gave up.
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The Grand Budapest Hotel [DVD]
The Grand Budapest Hotel [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ralph Fiennes
Price: £6.99

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast., 10 Mar 2014
Watching this, odd comparisons keep springing to mind. A bit like "Edward Scissorhands", it's half drama, half fairy tale. But visually it is a kind of multi-coloured gothic, between Prussian and Ruritanian. At times it resembles a silent movie filmed in rich, almost psychedelic, colour. Whatever the label, it's a visual feast on a par with Terry Gilliam's work. It's hard to know how to respond - but that makes it intriguing. Give it a go!


The Monuments Men [DVD]
The Monuments Men [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Price: £7.00

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars History for the hard of thinking..., 25 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Monuments Men [DVD] (DVD)
A fascinating true story is "re-worked" as George Clooney gathers a small band of grizzled (American) veterans for a final mission that will put the world to rights. Haven't I heard this story somewhere before? A dangerous mission close to enemy lines loses all its tension and becomes a pleasant jaunt through the scenery of Northern Europe. If you like looking at George Clooney, or listening to his voice, you'll enjoy this. Just don't go expecting too much more.


Inside Llewyn Davis [DVD] [2014]
Inside Llewyn Davis [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Oscar Isaac
Price: £10.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keepin' On Keepin' On., 27 Jan 2014
This is a slow burner, but it burns steadily all the way through. There wasn't a moment when my attention wandered. Oscar Issac, in the lead role, is completely convincing, and not the least bit likeable. It's similar to my Coen Brothers' favorite, "The Man Who Wasn't There," ; the central character is almost a void around whom events unfold. The music is beautifully performed, the camerawork is exquisite and the sub-plot about the cat is wonderful. Coen Brothers fans will love it. It won't bowl you over, but it doesn't put a foot wrong.


12 Years a Slave [DVD] [2013]
12 Years a Slave [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Chiwetel Ejiofor
Price: £10.00

8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Fodder, 27 Jan 2014
This is heart-rending true story, but in this film version it feels like an artfully confected fiction. The camera lingers on Ejiofor's face, while the background is carefully out of focus. It's about brutality, and they've made it pretty! Overall, it's just too self-conscious and self-righteous to hit home. It's entertaining, but for me it isn't the 5-star treat the reviews promised. My money is on it for the Oscars though.


Autobiography
Autobiography
by Morrissey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey, pure and complex., 28 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Autobiography (Paperback)
We love Morrissey for his depression and his self-obsession - and so does he, of course. You get plenty of both in the opening third of the book, which tells of his up-bringing. It's clever, it rings true, and it's a joy to read for any Smiths fan. Then it veers into self-delusion as he rambles through the break-up of the band and the ensuing court cases. Nothing was his fault, not even in the tiniest, most insignificant way, but now it's all over I don't really care. It ends with a dreary list of later concert appearances. Buy it, read the first section, then rip out the rest and recycle it.


Never Mind the Quantocks: Stuart Maconie's Favourite Country Walks
Never Mind the Quantocks: Stuart Maconie's Favourite Country Walks
by Stuart Maconie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

2.0 out of 5 stars As lazy - and funny - as its title., 28 Dec 2013
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If you loved Stuart Maconie from the golden days of NME or from "Pies and Prejudice", then give this a miss. It's a series of gentle, trivial magazine articles on walking. It's as polite and trite as an episode of "Desert Island Discs". (No, Stuart, please don't.) I love walking and the Lake District, but by the half way point the same Blake quotation had appeared 3 times, and I gave up.


Gravity [DVD] [2013]
Gravity [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Price: £10.00

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low gravity in a mental void., 23 Nov 2013
This review is from: Gravity [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
I'm a huge fan of Kubrick's "2001, Space Odyssey, " ; the glaring white of the spacesuits and spaceships against the intense black void, and the questions about humanity, responsibility and artificial intelligence. I went to see "Gravity" expecting something similar. My mistake! "Gravity" is not about anything; it's a simple action movie. It's a repetetive series of explosions and crises endured by a rookie and a laconic old-timer. They're too stereotyped to engage much sympathy, the plot creaks and the special effects skim by, so you don't see the joins. By the end I was just praying the survivor didn't end up in Lake Zurich!


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