Mark B

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (63 of 93)
Location: Worcester, UK
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 82,761 - Total Helpful Votes: 63 of 93
Locke <b>Amazon Instant Video</b> ~ Steven Knight
Locke Amazon Instant Video ~ Steven Knight
Absolutely brilliant. Hardy is great. But when isn't he? Not something to watch if you are a Van Damme fan, but if you like intelligent films and character portraits this is for you. Pretty much a one man play - in a car. In real time. Very interesting.
Mainsail Trimming: An Illustrated Guide by Felix Marks
I'm a professional sailing instructor and racer. I'm always looking for good books that help to explain the dark arts of sail trimming and this book really is excellent. Chapters 2 - 5 in particular (80% of the book) are very very good and form the best explanation of how sails work and how best to achieve the best sail shape and most efficient use of the wind available.
Third Star [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
Third Star [DVD] DVD ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Oh dear. It seems from other reviews that I am very much in the minority here. I really wanted to like this and, given the subject matter, it seems wrong to be critical of it. But oh dear..

Cumberbatch does a reasonable job, but the whole thing falls down, for me, in that the gang of friends are so totally frustratingly childish and imbecilic in the extreme for the first part of the film and the script is so full of clunky cliche, no rapport is built between the characters and the audience (at least this one).

The characters ponce around in a hugely self indulgent way, acting like 8 year olds, and, given their charge is a supposedly good friend and exceedingly ill and… Read more