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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,176 - Total Helpful Votes: 383 of 489
Pompeii [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Kit Harington
Pompeii [DVD] DVD ~ Kit Harington
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a guilty pleasure of a movie with some fine actors gamely fighting against a pyroclastic flow of cheesy writing and cliches. Soulful Kit Harrington is familiar to anyone who watches Game of Thrones but the star performance, for me, is from Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who some of us might remember as Mr Eko from Lost. He has range, gravitas and attracts sympathy.
Keifer Sutherland makes a super villain but seems to have some problems with his dental implants or is that his dodgy accent? This movie probably wont rock your world but it is good family entertainment with decent special effects but it fails to rise from the ashes of a poor script.
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan by William Dalrymple
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasury of Pain, 8 Aug 2014
This is a phenomenally well researched and well written book but the temptation to compare the modern intervention in Afghanistan with that of the First Afghan War is too much. I do see some parallels but think that it is a bit callous to equate our recent casualties fighting a very real threat to those who died fighting a phantom menace for the East India Company 170 years ago.
My motivation for reading this was my annoyance at the legion of bar-room philosophers who tritely say that Afghanistan cannot be conquered. This book dispels that myth twice over - firstly with the conquest and secondly with the Army of Retribution. The issue seems to be not that Afghanistan can't be conquered… Read more
Logan's Run [DVD] [1976] <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael York
Logan's Run [DVD] [1976] DVD ~ Michael York
Logan's Run (Unabridged) was originally a book published in 1967 and its central message reflected the concerns of 1960s America. The counter-culture, identified with sexual revoution and mind expanding drugs, viewed traditional culture as having a false morality and a love of war.
In Logan's brave new world there is unlimited sex but no attachment. There are hallucinogenic drugs but no rebellion against the establishment. It is a bleak future where the demands of 1960s youth are realised but instead of the draft sending the youth to Vietnam to be killed, a computer kills them off to stop over-population.
So a runner is… Read more