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Hannah Arendt [DVD] [2012]
Hannah Arendt [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Barbara Sukowa
Price: £9.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well observed, well portrayed; worth watching, 15 Mar 2014
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This film is excellent. The production team managed to convey a sense of time and place across decades, and across varied cultural and political perspectives. It deals with a sensitive issue honestly yet with consideration. Well acted, well directed. It didn't preach, didn't tell, yet I was well informed. There were no action shots, no sex scenes, yet I was enthralled. Superb drama. One to watch with friends after dinner and over wine; then debate. Recommended.


Parkland - The JFK Assassination Story [DVD]
Parkland - The JFK Assassination Story [DVD]
Dvd ~ Zac Efron
Price: £9.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, low key, engaging movie., 15 Mar 2014
This is an excellent film; no hunky heroes, no silky-smooth sex scenes, no 'shoot outs', unless you count the shockingly realistic portrayal of JFK's assassination as seen at a distance by a hapless member of the public. A true story, engagingly told through superb acting and well-paced directing. I felt was there. Recommended.


A Stranger at Home
A Stranger at Home
by Denis Ratcliffe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Puzzling errors and inconsistencies but not bad, 18 Jun 2013
This review is from: A Stranger at Home (Paperback)
This book purports to be 'faction,' in that it supposedly is the account of a real person's experiences of World War Two but written as a novel. Yet its basic premise, a young man unwillingly recruited into the SS who fights in Stalingrad and switches sides to the Soviets, is totally wrong. It's a matter of firm historical record that there were no SS in Stalingrad. So is this badly researched fiction? If so, the author's notes are very misleading.

There are several technical errors about equipment and settings but that's less important; only someone like myself steeped in WWII would notice them and care much about them. There are also a number of inconsistencies in the book would should have been spotted by the editors. The subject is, however, interesting and the writing not bad for a first novel. On that account I give it a three star rating rather than two.


Dominion
Dominion
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot and setting but......, 19 Jan 2013
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Dominion is, on balance, worth reading; the setting is imaginative and the plot interesting. But I found the unsubtle way Mr Sansom pushed his personal political agenda in the novel intrusive; it began to grate half way through. And there were several pages at the end of the book of what I can only describe as a political lecture. There was a great deal of repetition in the text too, making the book longer than it needed to be. I really didn't need to see the same scene twice or three times from different viewpoints. So - not bad but could easily have been better.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent shave - smooth, close and refreshing, 3 Oct 2012
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I've just used Proraso shaving cream for the first time. I used to use Ingram non-lather menthol cream, now discontinued. The Proraso was a better shave, which I would previously have thought difficult to achieve. Apply with a soft brush for best effect.


The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2012 (Writers' and Artists')
The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2012 (Writers' and Artists')
by Joanna Herbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you write, get this book, 22 May 2012
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I dislike using words like 'indispensable' but I'm tempted to do so for this publication. Its list of contacts, practical advice for writers, publishers and agents, and information on the writing trade are extremely useful for all writers; if you're an aspiring newcomer, like me, you really shouldn't do without it.


L.I.E. [2002] [DVD]
L.I.E. [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brian Cox
Offered by FilmloverUK
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and engaging; excellent treatment., 15 Jan 2012
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I found this film to be very engaging in its truthful treatment of topics we seem to find difficult to handle in the West at the moment. Its not just about the sexual activities of teenage lads - it's a story about social dysfunction, casual crime, incest and the awful sterility and soullessness of modern American suburban life. The only older characters really to play a major role are Howie's Father and Brian Cox; this adds to the film's impact. Mr Cox plays the role of an older man whose sexual preference is for teenage guys. Please note - NOT a Paedophile, as he isn't into children. By avoiding such cheap and inaccurate stereotyping, the director and scriptwriter enable Mr Cox to show us a believable, sympathetic character rather than some 'tabloid monster preying on our kids.' They are not kids; they know what they are doing, freely choose to do it and mostly enjoy it. This makes the film all the more powerful. Compares very well Larry Clark's 'Ken Park and is, in my view, superior to it.


Resistance [DVD]
Resistance [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Sheen
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Price: £3.19

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and thoughtful, 6 Jan 2012
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This is a film worth watching. Ignore the silly opening premise - in reality, if the D Day landings had failed (something we know now was more likely than previously admitted), it would not have led to an invasion of Britain. By 1944, this was virtually impossible for Nazi Germany but lets go with 'Germans invade and Britain is occupied' - lots of other, more, plausible ways that could have happened. The main point is: what happens in this little bit of the Wales/English border when the Germans arrive? I know the area well. I have myself filmed in the valley in which the story is set. The characters are very well portrayed, as is the landscape. A moving, thoughtful film. If you have the chance, visit the Olchon Valley - a place out of time. And read Owen Shears book.
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The Brothers - The Complete BBC Series 1 [DVD]
The Brothers - The Complete BBC Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean Anderson
Price: £19.09

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 1970s TV first series - the BBC should release the rest immediately., 29 Dec 2011
What superb TV drama this is. An excellent example of good writing, directing and acting. A seemingly banal topic - the trials and tribulations of a family road haulage company and the people involved in it - is the context for machiavellian business conflicts, only-too believable personal frictions, and well observed relationships. If this was a novel, I'd call it a 'real page turner.' Come on BBC, release the other series and do it now!


Surviving Doomsday
Surviving Doomsday
by C.Bruce Sibley
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Balanced, rational and helpful, 8 Sep 2011
This review is from: Surviving Doomsday (Paperback)
I bought this booklet when it was published, over thirty years ago. I read it several times and as a defence analyst,used it. Unlike most more recent publications about the threat from nuclear/biological/chemical attacks, this book was written by a knowledgeable expert at a time when a nuclear war was very possible. It deals with issues calmly and rationally. It outlines the effects of weapons of mass destruction and explains how to deal with the probable consequences of their use. There is no sensationalism, nor is it complacent. Although the illustrations are basic, they are more than adequate. Information is presented clearly. The author describes simple, sensible, practical and affordable measures one can take to substantially improve one's survival prospects. My only criticism of it is that the author gets carried away at the end - it contains an unnecessary, debatable and rather lurid speculative description of a full scale all-out nuclear war; defence analysts use to call this `spasm', the worse possible scenario and highly unlikely. But despite this, I recommend the booklet. Although the likelihood of such a disaster is now very low indeed, it's still worth reading.


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