L. Davidson

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Location: Belfast, N.Ireland
Birthday: 4 Jun

Classical music, reading,the movies, walking, crosswords, travel and eating out.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,192 - Total Helpful Votes: 6212 of 10151
Under The Skin [DVD] [2014] <b>DVD</b> ~ Scarlett Johanssen
Under The Skin [DVD] [2014] DVD ~ Scarlett Johanssen
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like watching paint dry, 20 July 2014
I read the fantastic book "Under the Skin" last week and I really enjoyed it - a winning combination of the mundane, science fiction and horror.I couldn't wait to see this film of the novel to see how well it captured it's essence. However I couldn't believe how poor this film was. It's storyline bears only a passing resemblance to that of the book and for most of the film's duration nothing much happens apart from Scarlett Johanssen roaming the streets of Glasgow and the Scottish countryside in a bewildered looking daze and standing around bare arsed. This was hardly her finest hour.There is next to no dialogue in this unconvincing attempt at an art house movie and the music is irritating… Read more
Begin Again [DVD] [2014] <b>DVD</b> ~ Keira Knightley
Begin Again [DVD] [2014] DVD ~ Keira Knightley
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Stars, 19 July 2014
"Begin Again" is a fairly warm hearted film about a platonic friendship between a down on his luck New York record producer (Mark Ruffalo) and a young British female singer songwriter (Kiera Knightly)who has just been dumped by her boyfriend, who is also a singer. They meet up one evening in a bar and Ruffalo persuades her to record an album with him recorded outdoors in various unusual New York settings. The producer is significantly older than the singer and the pair of them rub off on each other in a positive and inspirational way. Kiera Knightly is very good and the music is decent enough also. Will the two be able to forge a romantic , inter generational relationship or will… Read more
Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
3.0 out of 5 stars A Rural Childhood, 17 July 2014
I am a bit of a philistine when it comes to poetry. I don't really "get" it and I don't understand a lot of it. I recently read an anthology of Ted Hughes poems and I thought most of it was incomprehensible gibberish. "Death of a Naturalist" is a lot easier to get into than that book. Most of the poems are about the poets rustic upbringing and they are fairly comprehensible .I recall studying a number of them for my English Literature GCE "O" Level in the early 1980's , such as "Digging", "Follower" , "Docker" and "Death of a Naturalist". However I can't say that I really enjoyed reading these poems but I'll persevere with my poetry… Read more