Stephen B. Peddie

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 61% (254 of 416)
Location: Surrey, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 68,923 - Total Helpful Votes: 254 of 416
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 13-inch Touchscreen Laptop - Sil&hellip by Lenovo
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buying from Amazon, 20 Feb 2014
A decent machine although mine was delivered with an intermittent fault with the internal wireless card. I ignored it but after a few weeks the fault went hard and I rang Amazon to report the problem. The operator could not have been more helpful: the faulty machine was collected within 24 hours and its replacement arrived within 48.

I would have preferred a repair only because it took me another day to personalize the replacement machine, that said I'm not going to find any fault with Amazon's preference for a straight replacement.

If you're going to purchase a laptop I couldn't recommend Amazon more highly. Truly a stand-out retailer.

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The Newsroom - Season 1 [DVD] [2013] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jeff Daniels
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The West Wing's greatness is not the story but the superb character development and scintillating dialogue. If you're expecting to find more of the Aaron Sorkin stardust in The Newsroom you are going to be sorely disappointed. The problem might in part be the delivery, with several of the lead characters frankly not up to the task of delivering a conversation a real person might recognise as such; sadly including the female lead Emily Mortimer - not that she's the worst offender, step forward the excruciating Alison Pill. Jeff Daniels as the anchor is first-class and beyond reproach but one performance cannot compensate for so many frustrating failures by others.

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Elysium [DVD] [2013] <b>DVD</b> ~ Matt Damon
Elysium [DVD] [2013] DVD ~ Matt Damon
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
What could have been but instead a film that feels a bit too Mad Max - and I suspect the should-have-known-better leads felt it going that way. Matt Damon clings on through the numerous silly bits, although never truly committed, while Jodie Foster appeared to be regretting her involvement from the start. Elsewhere it's worse: the South African baddie is a relentless cliché with a grating accent thick beyond parody; and while the special effects manage the orbiting gated-community just fine, a dystopian earth never looks like anything but early 1990s Mogadishu as seen in Black Hawk Down.

Not the worst sci-fi for years but not good, not good at all.