J. N. Valente

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (449 of 566)
Location: Evora, Portugal
Birthday: 13 Jun


Top Reviewer Ranking: 460,436 - Total Helpful Votes: 449 of 566
The Cherry Orchard: A Comedy in Four Acts (Modern &hellip by Tom Murphy
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Unlike the philipsad I was not forced at gunpoint to read this. I went willingly to see it when a local company was having an international theatre festival and even at 12 it struck me as powerful, moving, deeply honest, relevant and affecting. Years later I saw a television adaptation, still as powerful though lacking some nuances and minor sub-plots. Then I bought this radio adaptation which I found to be very much abridged, so that some of the power was lost. But the acting was still top notch for the medium.
I wonder why those who commented on the only "review" were - I think - genuine in their appreciation for the play but not enough to save it from having an average rating (out… Read more
900 Nights (With Janis Joplin) [DVD] [2009] <b>DVD</b> ~ Big Brother & The Holding Co
900 Nights (With Janis Joplin) [DVD] [2009] DVD ~ Big Brother & The Holding Co
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I had high hopes. I liked Big Bro & the Holding Co. I thought this might focus on telling their history. Well, part of this DVD is dedicated to that. Most of it is a peculiar combination of slagging off Janis abusing her and minimizing her contribution to the band when they were still all in equal footing and displaying jealousy when she left to pursue a semi-solo career. Since the one crucial Big B & the H Co. not to have been interviewed for this is Janis herself (and there are plenty of interviews with her about why and how she left the band, this a one-sided (the original BB guys still alive when this was.. "produced") account of what went down. The 2 stars are for the music contained… Read more
And Furthermore by Dame Judi Dench
And Furthermore by Dame Judi Dench
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
First of all let me make this clear: I think Judi Dench is THE greatest living actress of our time. I apply that with full force&heart to her career on the stage and also to the very few bits of tv she has graced us with: from 'Talking to a Stranger' through 'Fine Romance' and 'As Time Goes By' onwards to 'Absolute Hell' - a particular favourite of mine - to 'Cranford'.
I don't extend that unqualified praise to her film career in equal measure only because for each "Room With A View" or "A Handful of Dust" or "84 Charing Cross Road" there seems to be a Bond movie or something equally awful or overrated ("Tea with Mussolini"; "Mrs. Henderson Presents" anyone?) to match… Read more

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