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Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (37 of 46)
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Who On Earth Is Tom Baker ? : by Tom Baker
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I've been a huge fan of Tom Baker since my childhood exposure to his wonderfully charismatic performance as Doctor Who in the 70s. I bought this autobiography to enjoy his personality once again and find out more about his perspective and experiences, especially during his time with the show that made him a household name. Having finished reading the book last week, I was left with mixed feelings, though this partly reflects the great affection I feel for the guy.

His legendary irreverence shines through enjoyably during the telling of his story and there are several memorable anecdotes, especially during his early years. In fact, his childhood, education and early career are… Read more
Rendez-Vous [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Juliette Binoche
Rendez-Vous [DVD] DVD ~ Juliette Binoche
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painful, 10 Aug 2006
Ugly cinematography, embarrassing dialogue, unpleasant characters; even the subtitles were strewn with errors. It probably didn't help that I watched Rendez-vous straight after Claude Sautet's glorious Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud, a tough act for any to follow.

At least the actors appear to give it their all. Perhaps Techine had convinced them they would be starring in a film of importance and profundity rather than the pretentious, bone-headed nonsense that actually resulted.

Finally, if your interest is primarily an unobscured view of Ms Binoche's lovely form then I recommend instead the infinitely [..] The Unbearable Lightness of Being, also available on DVD.
Gurdjieff/Hartmann: Piano Works, Vol.1 [IMPORT] ~ G.I. Gurdjieff
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I've bought two albums of Gurdjieff's music from Amazon: Music for the Movements (played by Wim van Dullemen) and this one. Which you prefer will likely depend upon how you like these minimal yet melodic compositions performed. My own preference is for a quiet, contemplative approach and for this reason I prefer Music for the Movements. Cecil Lytle, the pianist here, is obviously skilled and plays with feeling, but seems, to my (no doubt philistine) ears overfond of pounding the keys. On the other hand, perhaps this was the approach intended by the composers. Either way, if you don't mind such an aggressive attack you might wish to give it a try, otherwise I would recommend Music for the… Read more

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