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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
by Marina Lewycka
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously non-PC. Wonderfully Ukrainian, 26 Aug. 2007
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This book is not really about tractors. It's about people, and eccentric, unusual and foreign people at that, stuck in England, much like the author.

I'm the 158th reviewer trying to say something different. All I can say is that this is a very funny and original debut novel and is a fast read. If you haven't read it and you have a sense of hunour, buy it!

The History Boys [DVD] [2006]
The History Boys [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Richard Griffiths
Price: £3.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful if you've actually tried to get into Oxbridge, 19 Aug. 2007
It does help to understand part of the whole process when going into this unashamedly high-brow film. It is extremely good, and especially moving at the end, but minuses are the overuse of single-sex school 'friendships' and the incessant quoting of poetry.

Around the middle of the film is a very long unnecessary scene involving the repetition of a poem verbatim. This knocked off a star for me.

Alan Bennett is an extremely talented playwright, but I feel that although the cast was truly excellent, their remit was the esoteric psychology involved in applying to Oxbridge. I did this successfully, therefore enjoyed the film. To any who didn't succeed, you won't enjoy it as much because it tends to idolise the Oxbridge experience to the detriment of much else: my favourite character was Rudge, a foul-mouthed big-eared rugger bugger without a hope in hell of attending Christchurch, Oxford.

Austin Powers Shagadelic Box [DVD]
Austin Powers Shagadelic Box [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mike Myers

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy baby...yeah!, 18 Aug. 2007
Mike Myers is a comic genius with this trilogy of films that catapults sexy starlets - Liz Hurley (grrrr), Heather Graham (grrrrr) and Beyonce (grrrrr) - against Austin's evil nemesis, aptly named Dr Evil and played by Myers together with a cast of henchmen including Frau Farbissina, Scott evil, Mini-me (a one-eighth clone of Dr Evil), Fat Bastard (also Myers) and the wonderful 'No.2', played by Rob Lowe and robert Wagner (young/older).

The plots are fantastical but no worse than a lot of bond films, the costumes superb, the music authentic(especially the specially put together band Ming Tea which feature Myers on lead and The Bangles' Suzannah Hoffs) and Austin's teeth a great ad for braces.

Michael York is wonderfully camp as Basil Exposition, whose character runs across all three films.

If you don't know this cast of characters you should get to know them. Each film is very funny. I nearly forgot Goldmember, whose wedding tackle was involved in an unfortunate smelting accident and is now solid gold.

If the opening sequence of each film DOESN'T make you laugh then you are probably dead and therefore can't read this.

Just behave and watch this DVD!!!

Twentysomething [Special Edition]
Twentysomething [Special Edition]
Price: £2.69

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative, quirky and brilliant, 18 Aug. 2007
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So the last reviewer based his review on listening to one or two tracks down the phone? Hmmm...

This album is superb from start to finish: Jamie's voice is passionate, youthful and earthy and his musicianship unassailable. The little bits of his personality that edge into each song make it highly personal and make you smile.

The songs penned by his brother are particularly good, because of their freshness: 'Twentysomething' is extremely good: just check out the lyrics and you'll realise he's singing about YOU!

Buy it and enjoy!!

Let Go
Let Go
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £2.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First four tracks brilliant, 18 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Let Go (Audio CD)
The first four tracks tend to dwarf the rest of the album.

For me, 'Sk8er Boy' and 'I'm with You' are the best rock song/ballad combo on an album for...since the Chillies with 'Under the Bridge'.

Not sure it's worth buying the whole album for these two though, but still four stars because the other tracks are listenable, just not really classic.

Barbie: The Twelve Dancing Princesses [DVD]
Barbie: The Twelve Dancing Princesses [DVD]
Dvd ~ Greg Richardson
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.78

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For little ballet princesses the world over..., 18 Aug. 2007
If your little girls like dancing then they will love this and spend most of the film dancing along. The music is sweet, the animation (as another reviewer has noted) is a little more realistic than the early Barbie films and the adult-appeal factor is still maintained, perhaps even more so with a couple of double-entendres that went straight over the heads of my 4 and 6 year old girls.

If your little girls like dancing and Barbie you must buy this!!!

Barbie As The Princess And The Pauper [DVD]
Barbie As The Princess And The Pauper [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Lau
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £4.13

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for girls (and boys!) aged 3 to 6, 18 Aug. 2007
My two little girls aged 4 and 6 have watched this time and time again.

I have also therefore watched it time and time again and even though I'm a grown-up male I have to admit enjoying it. Yes, to adults the animation is a little 'wooden', but that is also its charm.

For little girls it's just fantastic, and I have watched it with a little tear in my eye, especially when they get up and start dancing and singing (the music in this is especially catchy and well-written).

Yes. I'm an old softie.

Bowfinger [DVD] [1999]
Bowfinger [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Steve Martin
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, high-concept comedy: buy it!, 18 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Bowfinger [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
The cast does justice to the brilliantly simple concept of a bunch of loser Hollywood misfits led by arch-producer Bowfinger (Martin) who want to make a film so badly that they film their 'lead', the A-list Kit Murphy (played by Eddie Murphy) without him knowing it.

Murphy does a typically brilliant performance as the neurotic Kit and his nerdy, braces-wearing brother. Martin, writer and lead, is superb. As another reviewer has said, this is his last great film (others would include 'The Jerk').

Heather Graham is delectable as always and plays the actress sleeping her way to the top. Christine Baranski brings her own blend of camp madness to the whole process.

The script is superb, the timing excellent.

This is a truly great comedy film. Buy it: you will not be disappointed!!!

Blades of Glory (2007) [DVD]
Blades of Glory (2007) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Will Ferrell
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £2.16

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dodgeball meets Zoolander with a few killer belly-laughs, 17 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Blades of Glory (2007) [DVD] (DVD)
An underdog sports film that pits the effeminate Heder with the roly-poly Will Ferrell.

The plot is ridiculous and farcical, many of the characters two-dimensional and hackneyed, some of the script is appalling, some of Will Ferrell's delivery is TOO much like Ben Stiller in Zoolander (I expected him to say he was incredibly GOOD-looking every couple of minutes), Will Ferrell's wig and almost-botoxed face distracting and the skating sequences almost 100% body-doubled, in some cases 'masked-up' with faces 'painted' digitally onto moving bodies, BUT...

...there were some extremely funny moments which made it worth watching: the sound of my chortling wafted far over the English countryside...

Buy this if you like Dodgeball and Zoolander. If you don't, you won't like this. Four stars.

Misplaced Childhood
Misplaced Childhood
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and haunting 'concept' album..., 7 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Misplaced Childhood (Audio CD)
...which traverses the journey from early memories to the harsh realities of growing up and then to the reminiscence stage of life. But that's all in the sub-text.

The melodies and arrangements are spooky and the lyrics superb: the juxtaposition of Pseudo-Silk Kimono and Kayleigh, the one eliding into the other, is a stunning beginning to an incredible auditory journey that I recommend you take!

You don't want to be a wall-flower at 34, do you?

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