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Helpful votes received on reviews: 66% (413 of 623)
Location: NSW Australia
In My Own Words:
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: 12,425 - Total Helpful Votes: 413 of 623
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
The Monuments Men [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Matt Damon
The Monuments Men [DVD] DVD ~ Matt Damon
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
On a 14-hour flight to Europe, with little else to choose from on the airline entertainment system, I ended up watching this. The Monuments Men is to film production what airline food is to haute cuisine. World War Two is reduced here to a theme park in which an assembly of big-name actors get to ride the attractions and we, the viewers, are treated like franchisees expected to hand out hotdogs and fairy floss of applause. The give away in a film supposedly about the precious treasures of Europe being rescued from the Nazis is that only a tiny amount of airtime is given to showing any works of art, presumably because the film-makers considered them essentially boring. Alas, the trials of… Read more

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