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R. C. Harris "Eden House" (New Zealand)
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45 Years
45 Years
Dvd
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Ponderous but evocative, 16 May 2017
This review is from: 45 Years (Amazon Video)
A movie that is brilliantly acted (as one would expect from such a veteran cast), directed and atmospheric. It is one that can be interpreted from a number of viewpoints and leaves the viewer to decide which. Geoff (Tom Courtney) and Kate (Charlotte Rampling) are planning their 45th wedding anniversary party when Geoff receives a letter from Switzerland The letter states that the body of his former fiancée has been discovered preserved in a glacier, the result of an accident whilst they were on holiday together 50 years previously. This triggers Geoff to start reminiscing about his life and choices. Kate interprets his mood as being one of regret regarding her and, possibly, their lack of children.

Geoff ponders on the declining purpose in his life, which is nicely portrayed in a number of snapshots. His disappointment in attending a works reunion dinner in which he no longer feels connected. A hint about his prostate. A subtle scene where it is evident their sex life is becoming dormant and, his reluctance to take in even the simple pleasures of walking their local countryside.

The final shot at the party leaves you wondering about Kate and her revelations.

And that’s about it.

It is a poignant and evocative movie which, if you enjoy that genre, is extremely good. Sadly, for me, it was somewhat depressing, slow and moody. Maybe I empathised too much with Geoff?


Dad's Army [DVD] [2016]
Dad's Army [DVD] [2016]
Dvd ~ Catherine Zeta-Jones
Price: £5.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Tried too hard, 8 Jan. 2017
This review is from: Dad's Army [DVD] [2016] (DVD)
The actors took their parts really well. Unfortunately, (for me) the script writers tried too hard for laughs and much of the humour bordered on slapstick. It was a series of it's time which relied on understated British humour. No doubt the writers attempted to bring it a little more up to date with modern ethos, a casualty of which was it's subtlety and innocence that shone out in the original series. For those not familiar with the original series it may have worked. But not for me.


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [DVD] [2015]
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Maggie Smith
Price: £3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ... for the second time it hit me just how superior it is to this sequel, 9 May 2016
Having just watched the original for the second time it hit me just how superior it is to this sequel. The sequel is fine, good entertainment with lots of Bollywood dancing and colour.

But it falls well short of the contrast superbly scripted in the first film. Moments of delightful humour against pathos that was missing in this sequel. And, one or two characters were rather irritating this time around!


Happy Woman Blues
Happy Woman Blues
Price: £8.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great early work., 6 May 2016
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This review is from: Happy Woman Blues (Audio CD)
An early work that hasn't got William's husky individual tones, but some great C&W songs.


The Girl in the Spider's Web: Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
The Girl in the Spider's Web: Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
by David Lagercrantz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

2.0 out of 5 stars Good read but not comparable to earlier series., 6 May 2016
It's a difficult book to review for as a read it's ok, very entertaining and worth more stars. But as a comparison with Larson's series it lacks depth. And at the end of the day, it's the comparison that readers are looking for. Lagercrantz has turned Salander into a super hero along the lines of the Jason Bourne series. The characters are two dimensional and lack the gritty reality that Larson gave them.

If you can forget the comparison it's a reasonable read, but if you're expecting it to be of the standard of Larson's series then prepare to be disappointed.


The Lure
The Lure
by Bill Napier
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read., 26 Sept. 2015
This review is from: The Lure (Paperback)
Science fantasy does nothing for me, but I love good Science fiction. Sadly such books are far between!

But this more than meets that category. A straightforward story line, excellent characterisation and some moments where it was truly hard to put the book down! Well researched. It was a first rate thriller which pressed all the buttons for me. I liked the parting reference to the Andromeda galaxy! Takes me back....

I'll certainly try to get hold of his other books!


Standing in Another Man's Grave (A Rebus Novel)
Standing in Another Man's Grave (A Rebus Novel)
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.48

3.0 out of 5 stars Pity about the ending!, 3 May 2015
I always enjoy the Rebus stories and this was no exception. Right the way up to the ending it held me. Good story line, nice conflicts with the characters.

But oh dear, the ending was so implausible! It was almost as if Ian Rankin had got stuck with how to end it without being trite and come up with such a far fetched scenario as to actually spoil the story for me. Even if he'd limited the action to Rebus's alone it might have sugared the pill, as he is a maverick. But to include DI Clarke in such a conclusion? No, I don't think so.

But in saying that, the rest of the book is a good read.


What Remains [DVD]
What Remains [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Threlfall
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £11.56

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pot boiler, 29 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: What Remains [DVD] (DVD)
I enjoyed this. It's well acted, good storyline and nice settings - well produced and directed. A bit of a pot boiler but it holds you in. My only quibble is the ending is a little over the top and in one aspect is actually unbelievable. But some nice twists.


The Great Fire [DVD] [2014]
The Great Fire [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Andrew Buchan

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks fire, 29 Dec. 2014
This review is from: The Great Fire [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
This should have been a compelling drama; unfortunately the tension, drama and suspense was missing for me. It was an uninspired 'saga by numbers' that failed to ignite. The costumes were good!

It had a weak screenplay, predictable storyline and black and white superficial characters who simply lacked gritty realism. When you compare this with other British dramas it doesn't measure up. The historical accuracy was superficial and the fire itself almost incidental. And the characters, oh dear! The beautiful Queen, Samuel Pepys beautiful Wife, Tom's beautiful girlfriend... Is there a pattern here? Who did the casting?

Sadly it's poorly produced, and a missed opportunity for good dramatic TV.


Flyer
Flyer
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.54

3.0 out of 5 stars Some rather repetitive material, 28 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Flyer (Audio CD)
Not one of Nanci Griffith's best. A little more contrast with the songs would have been nice. A number of them sounded very similar and repetitive, but still listenable.


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