Mr. Patrick A. Harrington

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (196 of 231)
Location: Edinburgh
Birthday: 24 May
In My Own Words:
I was born in Kennington, London and my secondary education was at Pimlico Comprehensive and Archbishop Tenison's Grammar School. My Higher and Further Education was at Westminster College (1980-1982), Polytechnic of North London (1982-1985), Edinburgh's Telford College (1994-1995), West London Technology Centre (1993), Kensington & Chelsea College (1992-1993), College of the Distributive Trades (… Read more

I read mainly non-fiction as I write a lot of political reviews. In non-fiction I have a soft spot for my colleague Tim Bragg, Asimov, Ursula LeGuin, Tolkien and C.S.Lewis.

I listen to a wide range of music. I'm playing Massive Attack, Cat Stevens a… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,040,599 - Total Helpful Votes: 196 of 231
The Banquet [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Zhang Ziyi
The Banquet [DVD] DVD ~ Zhang Ziyi
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A retelling of Hamlet, 17 April 2010
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I loved Ran where Akira Kurosawa delivered a Samurai version of King Lear which to my mind ranked as one of the best filmed versions of any Shakespeare play. The Banquet can claim a similar distinction in using the framework of Hamlet.

Zhang Ziyi ("Memoirs of a Geisha," "House of Flying Daggers") as Empress Wan portrays a terrifying and strange portrayal of Shakespeare's Gertrude. This character is given far more emphasis and power than in Hamlet itself. I found that interesting and innovative.

The Banquet is visually beautiful and the story does not disappoint with intrigue, scheming, jealousy and murder… Read more
Spyware Doctor with Anti Virus 2009 by PC Tools
Installs fine. Once opened I took the option of running an Intelli-scan. This is the 'quick option', but it goes quite deep: it searches all the most likely places that spyware could be hiding, including programs which are in use.

It doesn't just scan after you've been infected. Intelliguard provides real-time monitoring which looks out for potential threats.

The program lets you set the right level of caution for you to deal with different threats. You can change the settings anytime to get the correct custom mix.

Does what is says on the packet.
Babylon [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Brinsley Forde
Babylon [DVD] DVD ~ Brinsley Forde
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bleak dystopia, 16 April 2010
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Babylon [DVD] [1980]

This is a hard hitting film. I grew up near Brixton (in Kennington) where parts of the film are set. The South London (Deptford, Lewisham and Brixton) it is set in is a bleak dystopia. Babylon is a film with a message. Babylon explores issues of cultural identity, and of cultural preservation.

Our Hero is MC Blue (Aswad's Brinsley Forde). He is not having an easy time of it - sacked by his racist boss(Mel Smith), two-timed by his girlfriend, beaten up by plain-clothes police, seeing his sound system is smashed up and on the run. The film finishes with a posse of policemen smashing down… Read more

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