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Youth Of The Beast [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) (1963)
Youth Of The Beast [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) (1963)
Dvd ~ Seijun Suzuki
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £7.73

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars B-Grade, 9 Jun. 2015
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I was pretty bored from start to finish. If you like stuff that's bad in some kind of ironic way or something you might like this. Otherwise you'll feel about as much connection with this movie as does the front-man, which it seems, is virtually nothing.


Death by Medicine
Death by Medicine
by Gary Null PH D
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.06

1.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy scholarship, 3 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Death by Medicine (Paperback)
Gary Null wishes to promote his natural therapies business. Go figure in that case why he wrote this book. Yes medical harm is a problem. No it does not have the dimensions that Null claims. The argument for 783,000 deaths from medicine annually in the US has been achieved by adding the total of numerous different studies. One of these totals was 98,000, which was the upper limit the IOM found for preventable death in hospitals. Null then adds numerous other numbers on top of this one. Point being, that IOM estimate, was for ALL preventable death, including multiple categories that Null then goes and finds other numbers for so he can sum the whole lot together to get one really big number. If I have a dozen jellybeans, all different colours and shapes you don't count all the jellybeans and then add numbers for all the different colours and shapes and every other variation you can think of to try to tell me I've got 50 jellybeans. Hayward and Hofer (2001) found that 6% of all deaths in US hospitals were probably or definitely preventable, and that “only 0.5% of patients who died would have lived 3 months or more in good cognitive health if care had been optimal, representing roughly 1 patient per 10000 admissions” In the largest ever study of preventable death, conducted in the NHS, Hogan et al. 2012 found that 5.2% were preventable. This amounted to 11,859 deaths across all of England. The major causes of deaths were poor clinical monitoring, diagnostic errors, and inadequate drug or fluid management. Importantly, “most preventable deaths (60%) occurred in elderly, frail patients with multiple comorbidities judged to have had less than 1 year of life left to live." Also important is the fact that many of those patients died not because they were given medication, but because they did not receive the medical care they needed. So let's have things Gull's way, don't provide any medication or surgery, and see then how many deaths we get. This is a complex topic which Null has exploited for the sake of his agenda. Not impressed.


Magic, Murder And The Weather
Magic, Murder And The Weather

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Fantastic - there should not be any ambiguity about this., 10 April 2015
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This is a seriously and unjustly underrated Magazine album. Why is it so easily dismissed by so many? I think there are many reasons. 1) The opening track, 'About the Weather' is compromised by its chorus which in places gets awfully commercial and very un-Magazine like. This is a shame, because the piano in this track is so glorious. But, it is not a bad track. 2) It's not like the other Magazine albums. It does not have that tone of brooding threat, the weirdness, or the power and the aggression you find on other albums. 3) Devoto is very chilled here. Some say because he was bored. I just find him stepping back a little. Barry Adamson's bass is very prominent. Could this be a bad thing? Hello. Many of these tracks are very laid back and rhythmic. The sort you can listen to a million times and never tire from. In some ways this is an advantage over the really great Magazine tracks. It's a different mood. You listen to them at a different time to feel a different way. 4) There are some weak tracks. Maybe two. The others are just incredibly good. Give them time and you will want to listen again and again and again, and, in fact, you may even find the you will listen to these songs more than all that other unbelievably good material that Magazine created. This band was incredible. They were great at all stages in their career in the studio. Their live album is the best live album in history (and I truly mean this). Do not deny yourself the magic of this last album because some people cannot accept it for being unlike the others!


Pornography (Remastered)
Pornography (Remastered)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good evil, 29 May 2014
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This is a very dark and intense album. Back in 1982 I couldn't take something so challenging. I recall a reviewer saying this was all too much. Perhaps age has made more more comfortable with the dark side. I know now it's a part of life and a place worth exploring. You don't have to get lost there but you're richer for it. I love the intensity of this album. Standout tracks are The Hanging Garden, Siamese Twins, and The Figurehead. All of the instrumentation is incredible, the bass and the drums in particular. Smith provides the ultimate anguished conductor of it all. Buy this if you are up to it but don't expect something easy to deal with.


Ugetsu Monogatari [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray] [1953]
Ugetsu Monogatari [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray] [1953]
Dvd ~ Kenji MIZOGUCHI

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 7 May 2012
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One of the best movies I have ever seen. The story is very simple but it is superb. The themes are an interesting mix of the universal, and particular to Japanese culture. Even in black and white some of the visuals are close to stunning (but at the same time this is an old movie and its condition is not perfect). It is a very powerful story.


Inland Empire [Blu-ray]
Inland Empire [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Laura Dern
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 27 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Inland Empire [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
It's unconventional, weird, slow at times, complex, and difficult to unravel. It's also facinating, and has some important observations to make. It's a piece of art. I really enjoyed it, and I like the fact that it is so different to most other movies.


The World [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]
The World [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Zhao Tao

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars disturbing, 15 Nov. 2010
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Beautifully filmed, this movie gives insight into the extraordinary world of Chinese theme park performers, the surreal imitation and emotionally dead world in which they find themselves, the pain of their lives, and the problem of trying to find a better future as modernity and progress rushes ahead but with nothing to offer beyond being a part of someone elses spectacle. This in one of those movies that transports you to a real world that you'd rather not be a part of, but in staying there a while you come out feeling richer in the end.


For All Mankind [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]
For All Mankind [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jim Lovell

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, 30 Oct. 2010
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Right from the start this is a fantastic and fascinating film. The images left me almost breathless. The soundtrack is haunting and beautiful. The absence of 'talking heads' leaving only images from the time makes it far superior to other films on the topic. In fact its up there on my list of best movies ever, of any genre. Be aware that some of the images are grainy, and a few very much so. That did not detract for me.


Fight Club [Blu-ray] [1999]
Fight Club [Blu-ray] [1999]
Dvd ~ Edward Norton
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5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars overrated, 30 Oct. 2010
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I find this film very nihilistic and immature despite the apparent attempt to say something of meaning. It certainly has moments on humour, and it's also quite original. But those qualities don't make up for the major weakness, which i feel is the apparent attempt to say something profound, and the failure to pull this off in any substantive way.


Profound Desires of the Gods [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]
Profound Desires of the Gods [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Rentaro Mikuni

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and interesting, 30 Oct. 2010
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A fascinating movie. Slow at times and complex. Visually interesting. Unique. A view into another culture at a moment in (changing) time. Definitely worth a watch for anyone who looks beyond mainstream entertainment. I am very glad I bought this. I feel it's the sort of movie that would probably reward further viewing as it can be quite demanding to untangle many of the underlying themes.


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