James F. Graham

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (85 of 97)
Location: South West UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 207,971 - Total Helpful Votes: 85 of 97
Creative ZEN Leather Case by Creative
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A work of evil genius, 21 July 2012
Possibly the most spectacularly incompetent accessory for an mp3 player I've ever had. So intricately useless that it qualifies as a work of dark genius, the product of a mind of evil ingenuity.

There's no hole in the back allowing the user to access the power button. Consequently, you can't take the player out of Lock (and you need it locked when in use so that the screen goes dark, thus conserving power, and the buttons don't get pressed by accident) without taking the player out of the case. So, you can't pause the player while it's in the case, attached to your belt. You need to take it out of the case in order to be able to pause it.

But there's a twist. The… Read more
Great Expectations [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ray Winstone
Great Expectations [DVD] DVD ~ Ray Winstone
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Expect Little, 8 July 2012
I had low expectations, given how paralysingly awful Sarah Phelps' adaptation of Oliver Twist had been... and I was right. What kind of person picks up Charles Dickens' greatest novel and think "Oooh, I can improve on this... especially by adding lots of thunderingly crass metaphors... like, um, butterflies fixed under glass... and then have the characters explain them to the viewer"?

Ray Winstone is okay, but I wish I'd had a chance to see him play the same role in a proper adaptation. Gillian Anderson - who is usually very good - is just embarassing in this, doing a laughably silly 'little girl' voice and wafting around with a deathly pallor and chapped white lips like a… Read more
Oliver Twist (BBC) [2007] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Timothy Spall
Oliver Twist (BBC) [2007] [DVD] DVD ~ Timothy Spall
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Really terrible. Dickens' plot is altered massively, cutting out swathes of characters and storyline without any particular benefit. Dickens' social panorama is narrowed and the plot ceases to make any sense. Classic moments are missing, irony and pathos are squandered in favour of cheap laughs and the texture of Dickens' language is lost through the rewriting of dialogue. Fagin is altered to the point where he is evidently supposed to be a sympathetic character, a victim of anti-Semitism. It's all very well to downplay the anti-Semitism inherent in Dickens's story... it's another to try to use Dickens' story as a vehicle for a tedious, ham-fisted, crowbarred-in moral about… Read more

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