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J. N. Valente "jnscav" (Evora, Portugal)

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Suddenly Last Summer [DVD] [2002]
Suddenly Last Summer [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Taylor
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.92

25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Gothic!, 15 Jan. 2003
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This being 1959, Williams' centerpiece theme of homosexuality is trimmed down (but not that much) even though cannibalism, madness, incest and decadence are only too obvious. The one plot contrivance that doesn't seem to work or convince is the romantic one involving Elizabeth Taylor's and Montgomery Clift's characters.
Other than that, she conveys her disturbance and rape trauma exceptionally well and Hepburn is out of this world in her adoration for her lost son while at the same time refusing to face the cause of his death, her role in his life, and God's in our all own's.
Despite all the problems surrounding the shooting of the film, this is one of those films just one step short of a minorpiece. No mean feat...

Immortal (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Immortal (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Nancy Holder
Edition: Audio Cassette

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if somewhat confusing plot + Bravo for CC speaking out, 28 Nov. 2002
The idea of a Truly immortal vampire is an interesting one and lives up to most of its potentialities. Veronique is like no enemy Buffy and her friends have faced before on account of her uncanny ability to be dusted/staked/whatever and then proceed to inhabit another mortal body.
The gang's all here, even Joyce - who's brief cancer scare is very moving on account of... well, that season 5 episode and that. Angel seems to have been reduced to one of the scoobies, but by now it's fairly clear his love for Buffy and vice-versa is as good as doomed.
As for Charisma Carpenter's reading - Yay! At last someone out of over a dozen main characters on the Buffyverse commited voice to tape. She's spot on... well on Cordelia, obviously. But also excellent on Xander, good on Willow, Joyce, Buffy and all the Vamps. Least said about Giles...
Still, extremely entertaining if you're into this sort of thing!

Bertie And Elizabeth [DVD] [2002]
Bertie And Elizabeth [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ James Wilby
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £5.99

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 20th century fairytale with nuances, 28 Nov. 2002
The love story that began awkwardly. The younger brother with no higher expectations than to perhaps be left to pursue its hobbies.
And then the Abdication of Edward VIII and the Royals are in quite a panic. Hence the enthronement of George VI (Bertie) played very subtly by the much under-appreciated James Wilby - making his Elizabeth of the title (tour-de-force performance again this time by Juliet Aubrey). Elizabeth that many generations after the events here depicted knew only as the sweet old Queen Mother.
But there's more to each of the main characters' lives than struggling with Bertie's horror of speaking in public because of his stutter. And we don't get to see Elizabeth, The Queen Mother much in her retiring years.
We do get to see a romantic, epic story against the backdrop of war-torn England.
The supporting cast (if we can call it that and not diminish their achievement) features the likes of Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary to Alan Bates' George V. Robert Hardy as President Roosevelt has less to work with, but it is a pleasure to watch him at anytime.
I admit it. I was moved by this syrupy view of History! And yet I am not so sure the essential tale was not well told.

Death On The Nile [VHS]
Death On The Nile [VHS]
Offered by hessleoldbooks
Price: £11.13

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Agatha Christie cinematic adaptation ever, 20 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Death On The Nile [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Let me start by saying I'm probably biased, having seen this film at the tender age of nine and fallen in love with Egypt, Agatha Christie books and Bette Davis & Maggie Smith on account of it. A couple of decades on I still think this is a smashing experience, and way under-rated. Peter Ustinov may not be the 'physical' Poirot, but he *is* the suave Poirot better than anyone else (and I am a David Suchet fan). Angela Lansbury plays her character wackier than in the book and it does her and us an enormous amount of good. Even Mia Farrow seems to be at her best here, which is saying something!
Please don't miss this one. It might narrow your views on just about everything earthly, human and criminal. More importantly, it might deprive you of 1978's best ensemble acting...

The Making of Portuguese Democracy
The Making of Portuguese Democracy
by Kenneth Maxwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars much needed, 3 April 2002
A lucid analysis - as far as one is possible - of the many variants that collided in April,25 1974 and of the powers behind some of them that kept battling on until a democratic regime emerged, firstly with the elections of 1975 and 1976 and the (since then much revised) constitution of 1976. Otherwise: a summary of how Portugal quit Empire and embraced Europe.

Portuguese Voyages: 1498-1663 (Great Voyagers)
Portuguese Voyages: 1498-1663 (Great Voyagers)
by M Lee
Edition: Paperback

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Way To Travel, 3 April 2002
Follow the journeys of the Portuguese explorers in this compilation of voyages' records - and hopefully attain a sense of wonder and endless possibilities in bringing all mankind together. No need to skip the ugly down sides of enslavement and barbaric capitalistic exploitation of cultures - portuguese witnesses recognize in some their superiority, in others plainly not. Politically Correct? No. Impartial as those times went for euro-centered peoples? Big yay!. As to the book itself!

The Crow Road [VHS] [1996]
The Crow Road [VHS] [1996]

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling drama against breathles Scots scenery, 30 Nov. 2001
The plight of Prentice - at odds with his father on religious subjects, and living an odyssey in search of his long-lost uncle Rory. Joseph McFadden. Peter Capaldi, Bill Paterson, Valerie Edmond, Stella Gonet and all the cast are remarkably good. This is based on Iain Banks excellent novel, and BBC has achieved a superb adaptation. Impossible to consider all the elements (acting, art direction, music, production&direction) and not get involved in the story. A lot. And not to give it 5 stars. Thouroughly deserved.

Kylie Minogue: Live In Sydney [DVD]
Kylie Minogue: Live In Sydney [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kylie Minogue
Price: £8.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Glamour Our Pop Princess Had It In Her (didn't we know?), 1 Nov. 2001
From the alomost lullaby 'Loveboat' to the pop fantastic 'Put Your Hand In My Heart' going on to a moving rendering of 'I Should Be So Lucky' and a super energized 'Your Disco Needs You'
Even the recent chart toppers 'Spinning Around' and 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' make a superb showup! Flawless Concert, loads of extra stuff and brilliant concert! Viva Sydney! Kudos to the dancers, the background vocals and all the backstage crew!

Space - 1999: Volumes 1-6 (Box Set) [DVD] [1975]
Space - 1999: Volumes 1-6 (Box Set) [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Martin Landau

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Treatment It Deserved!, 4 May 2001
I remember getting totally hooked when Space:1999 first aired. 4 is a very impressionable age, you know? Until now I had to make do with ever deteriorating video copies and out of the blue - this! The extra-features are classy, funny, easy to navigate through, the sound is better than I ever thought possible and all the grainy image I had learned to live with is gone! Truly shows you what DVD can do with 'old' material - helps that the material was bloody excellent to start with. A must for fanatics, in fact, a must in every DVD owner's collection

Lesley Garrett - I Will Wait for You
Lesley Garrett - I Will Wait for You
Price: £2.90

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doncaster Diva Dazzles Devotees, 14 Jan. 2001
Okay, so the one-line summary is silly. Don't let it into your system. This album (that derives from her BBC series) is a true joy. Songs that have impacted us, body and soul such as "La Vie En Rose", 20th century composers that go perennial ("You'll Never Walk Alone") and arias you probably listened to a hundred times before you got to know they were called "Parigi O Cara" or hymns you've known since time began ("Amazing Grace/Nearer My God To Thee") or even the odd exotic gem such as "Bachianas Brasileiras" And any singer daring to approach this kind of music - plus lyrics in English, Italian, French, German and Portuguese - gets the most eager thumbs up from me anytime. Just check it out!

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