Graeme J. Murdoch

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Island Life by William Meikle
Island Life by William Meikle
3.0 out of 5 stars Overstretched novella, 5 Oct 2013
The central idea and location - strange goings on at an archaeological dig on a remote Scottish island- drew me to this book as did the reviews of Meikle's other works. However I found it overall to be disappointing; the characters were sketched extremely lightly and the events described are less than gripping.

Even the descriptions of the island seemed perfunctory compared to, say, Peter May's Lewis trilogy. As a novella it might have worked quite well but it seemed somehow underdeveloped at novel length. The best stories of this type have far more ideas and themes behind them than this appeared to contain.
Nothing But the Night [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Christopher Lee
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wickerish Horror, 5 Mar 2012
I was pleasantly surprised by this dvd having seen the film once years ago on TV. Yes it's a low budget 70s movie which you're only going to watch if you're a fan of Cushing and/or Lee, but compared to some of their other non-Hammer efforts it isn't bad.

The Scottish setting and centrality of children to the plot are reminiscent of The Wicker Man though that's film splendid ending is not matched here. The location shooting is good and adds to the atmosphere, but as so often with these movies the ideas slightly outstretch the budget and execution.

Tha cast is impressive - Michael Gambon ,Fulton Mackay,Keith Barron and Diana Dors.

All in all one for fans of… Read more
1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) [1954] [US Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ Peter Cushing
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality TV Drama, 15 Oct 2011
Those reviewers complaining about the technical quality of this drama are missing the point; this is a surperbly written and performed play which conveys the fear and tension of living in a totalitarian state.

The acting is uniformly good and Peter Cushing's performance is masterly - we see the conflicting emotions of Winston Smith flicker across his expressive features, while Andre Morell delivers a typically smooth but menacing display as O'Brien.

This comes from an age when drama relied on its script and actors to a much greater degree than todays polished and cinematic but ultimately empty shows.For reference the picture quality here is at least as good as the… Read more