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The Wonderpill
The Wonderpill
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I think the best reward for effort is constructive criticism, 22 Dec. 2016
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Well, five stars it definitely is not and you can only assume that those who gave it five are biased, or want to reward effort.. I think the best reward for effort is constructive criticism. The basic storyline is good although not too original, but overall it gets through. Some of the acting...ok, most of the acting, is poor although Dina Smirnoff does have one or two good spells.

The main problem isn't that it's quite obviously low budget; that isn't and shouldn't be a hindrance to making a good movie these days. What knocks the film back is scene setting, dialogue delivery and in places a very poor and immature script, which appears to be based around what the writer thinks people want to hear, rather than how people actually talk and behave when interacting. The film doesn't seem to know if it's a light comedy or a dark comedy and ends up not being a comedy at all, because you're not sure which bits are actually supposed to be funny.

From a movie watcher's point of view if you go in with an open mind you can find a little fun, if only to find the things that don't work. But if you're looking to be entertained then prepare for disappointment. I don't think it would have taken much more effort to make the film more cohesive: it seems to jolt in places, but the cinematography is reasonably good and much better thought through than the script. There's potential here, but it wanders off most of the time.

The acid test is, would I recommend anyone else watch it? Unfortunately, given the amount of reasonably good films available, the answer is no.
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The Lorelei
The Lorelei
Price: £3.49

1.0 out of 5 stars the only people who shouldwatch this film are people who want to make their ..., 4 Dec. 2016
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To be honest, the only people who should watch this film are people who want to make their own films. I watched all of it, all the way through; and to be fair it is possible to see what the film should have been like, budget or not. It has some good bits : the lighting towards the end where the girl goes up the stairs and the ability to act as displayed by Tessa McGinn; but that's it really. The problem is that the bad bits run for the entire rest of the film: really poor editing; some bad continuity; wooden acting and virtually no direction in some of the scenes, not to mention a banal and poorly constructed script. The storyline is there, but the attempts to tie it all together and present it on screen are amateurish and it shows. You've got to give them credit for trying and clearly a lot of hard work went into it; but to be honest, posting five star reviews on Amazon for this film is tantamount to deception. Only watch it if you like critiquing films. I doubt if I could do what Maurice Smith has done here and credit to him for trying, but personally you would have to be nuts to recommend anyone watching it.

Shadow of a Dark Queen (The Serpentwar Saga)
Shadow of a Dark Queen (The Serpentwar Saga)
by Raymond E. Feist
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annoyingly addictive, 3 Aug. 2004
Whether you've read REFs books from Magician onwards or not, you could still pick this up and go with it. Feist is far from the perfect writer but he has a style and method that is endearing to readers of all types.
This is the first of a series that begins some time after the RiftWar and features characters from previous books. Feist explains and introduces them within the storyline almost seamlessly.
The series hinges on serious events but builds on the lives of two characters in particular: Erik von Darkmoor and Rupert Avery, two boyhood friends who through various misfortunes, find themselves in deep, deep trouble. Just when things can't get any worse for them, it does.
Coincidentally the world of Midkemia is facing destruction from armies over-running the continent of Novindus, and when they're done there, they will probably destroy the rest of the world too.
What to do? Read on of course. Feist doesn't just produce character after character. He has them behave like normal human beings and manages to combine storylines about people, planets and existence, with unprecedented skill. They are insinuated into your own life without you being aware of it. You really want to know what happens next.
Some of the text is at times disappointing and somewhat patronising, in particular where he mixes colloquial Americanisms and 16the century English. But so what? They're rollicking good stories and despite borrowing from other fantasy writers, he puts it all together so well you don't really mind.

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