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Helpful votes received on reviews: 66% (420 of 633)
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Lived in Australia, Japan, UK and Singapore. Enjoys travel and new cultural experiences.

History; 19th century literature; all poetry. World and classic cinema, film noir and screwball comedy.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 12,741 - Total Helpful Votes: 420 of 633
Wings - The Complete BBC Box Set [DVD] [1977] <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Cochrane
Don't hesitate to get this if you are at all interested in dramas set during the First World War. It is strong on all fronts: interesting characters, intelligent scripts and terrific flying action. It also has strong 'home front' themes. The acting talent on show is consistently excellent. The series was made almost 40 years ago so it looks a bit washed out these days. But the technical drawback is more than offset by the quality of the production. It may take a few episodes to get you hooked. From then on it's compelling viewing.
Thank You For Smoking [DVD] [2005] <b>DVD</b> ~ Aaron Eckhart
I gave up on this film after half an hour. I spent that time waiting for it to start to be funny, start to be a story. Humour obviously is not universal; I guess the people writing favourable reviews of this film found it funny. In our house it did not raise one chuckle. In the interests of fairness I thought I should add this user warning to the packaging.
Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw by Norman Davies
This is the book, in English, that the Warsaw Uprising deserved. It is passionate, opinionated and devastating in its exposure of the betrayal of Poland by its supposed allies. Some might challenge its right to be called 'history', on the basis that an historian should remain detached from his subject-matter and even-handed in his judgements. But Davies is most assuredly worthy of being hailed as a great historian by virtue of his tenacious pursuit of information, his command of a complex political and military narrative, and his willingness to state reasoned judgements in unalloyed terms. Late in the book he quotes the British Ambassador's equivocal opinion on the 1945 Soviet Show Trials… Read more

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