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Dunkirk [DVD + Digital Download] [2017]
Dunkirk [DVD + Digital Download] [2017]
Dvd ~ Tom Hardy

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad, 3 Aug. 2017
The good aspects. It wasn’t perfect because one really did not get a sense of 400,000 troops on the brink of disaster. For that, a much better concept of scale is captured in the John Mills and Robert Urquhart film ‘Dunkirk’ in 1958. The structure of the film oscillated between land, sea and air. The script was minimal; good. The action – in that there was much sea-based suffering – was convincing. The music was haunting with only a hint of Elgar towards the end. There was no jingoism. In short, the film focused on the action to rescue the troops but with very little context. There was scant mention of the defensive perimeter and how the French were fighting courageously to hold it, reinforced by the 51st Highland Division (which Churchill declined to evacuate after the pleadings from General Lord Gort – Churchill justifying the decision, to keep the French fighting as long as possible). In the end, almost 140,000 French, Polish and Belgian troops were rescued along with the 200,000 British troops, which included the core of the country’s regular army. In history, it was a stupendous achievement. The film offers understated justice to the event!

The bad bits. The opening statement on the screen: ‘The enemy have pushed the British and French to the sea…’. The word ‘enemy’ is a collective singular so the statement should read ‘The enemy has…’. Yet, one wonders why the word enemy is even used. If referring to the British and French, the counterpoint is the Germans, thus ‘The Germans have pushed the British and French…’; much better! On the mole – the concrete pier that was to allow troops to embark on to larger ships (the small boats came in later) – a British officer (with an English accent) was preventing the French troops from moving towards the front to get to the ship. “English soldiers only!” he remonstrated then shouted more forcibly. I’m not sure how Welsh, Northern Irish and Scots would react to such sloppy language. It was the British Army – and it’s the kind of underlying arrogance that continues to irritate the smaller UK home nations. The script-writer – an Englishman – should know better, both on grammar and the home nations’ status in the rescue.

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The Early Years E-Love E-Dreams [(E-World)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (August, 2011) [(E-World)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (August, 2011) Love's Anatomy Conversations Pets: An Adults' Tale
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Love Me Like You Hate Me: Lessons in Pleasure and Pain
Love Me Like You Hate Me: Lessons in Pleasure and Pain
by Erika Lust
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the starter. Affirmation for the experienced. Excellent!, 17 July 2017
First, the pictures are excellent, some to the point of having a three-dimensional quality. Secondly, the range of sado-masochistic experience for sexual pleasure is explained clearly, including important topics like bondage, dressing up, master and slave, rewards and punishment. Thirdly, some chapters have stories of real experience to add depth to the descriptions. Fourthly, there are links to various websites, for things like high-quality toys and even suitable beds! Finally is a section on applicable films and literature. Just to tease matters, the book closes with a section; Party time with pictures and web-links to them. Amsterdam, Berlin and London locations are cited. For those who want to venture into the dark side but don't know how to start, this book is perfect. For those who are well experienced, this is both affirmation and vindication. Excellent!

The Early Years e-LOVE E-Dreams [(E-World)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (August, 2011) Three Interludes Love's Anatomy Conversations [[ASIN:1946539716]] [[Pets: An Adults' Tale]]


Pendulum
Pendulum
by Adam Hamdy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.17

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Many, many twists, 11 Jun. 2017
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This review is from: Pendulum (Hardcover)
It took me a long time to read; it's a large book. You have to maintain your focus to understand the various secondary characters and their inter-linkages. The main protagonists are clearly identified. If you are keen on solid crime thrillers, this you will enjoy! Why only three stars? Maybe my powers of concentration are waning; effort is needed at times.

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The Early Years e-LOVE E-Dreams [(E-World)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (August, 2011) Three Interludes Love's Anatomy Conversations Pets: An Adults' Tale


Love DVD
Love DVD
Dvd ~ Aomi Muyock
Price: £5.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how it can be!, 14 May 2017
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This review is from: Love DVD (DVD)
This is a story about two relationships merging into one. It is certainly a love story. That love, the resulting passion and the sex - explicit definitely and scintillating often - concerns not only the three central protagonists but also, the times they are together in bed. The heading to this review - 'this is how it can be' - will be recognised by people who have experienced such things. The structure of the film is a series of juxtapositions, oscillating between the present, the past and the future. For those students of the erotic, this is definitely one to appreciate!

Author of:
The Early Years e-LOVE E-Dreams [(E-World)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (August, 2011) Three Interludes Love's Anatomy Conversations Pets: An Adults' Tale


The Accountant [DVD + Digital Download] [2017]
The Accountant [DVD + Digital Download] [2017]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific crime thriller AND if you have a family member with autism..., 11 May 2017
First, this is a terrific crime thriller. Secondly, if you have a family member with autism, the central character's explanation of how an autistic person's mind works, is a revelation. This is particularly so in the early portions of the film: the character as a child - uncontrolled tantrums, parental despair and so on. It's just instant recognition. However, the adult character describes himself as "high-functioning" autistic. This means he has total control of all his faculties - fluent speech included. These faculties are deployed, often, with deadly effect; the 'terrific crime thriller'! A touching sub-text is the young boy's relationship with his brother. I've now watched this film three times; on each occasion, seeing a subtle link in the plot that I did not recognise earlier. For me, it's a fantastic film, made more so by the fact that my own 22 year old son, is "low-functioning autistic". Now I have a slighter better understanding of how his 'enclosed and repetitive' mind works!

Author of: The Early Years e-LOVE E-Dreams [(E-World)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (August, 2011) [(Three Interludes)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (February, 2012) Love's Anatomy Conversations Pets: An Adults' Tale


How the War Was Won: Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War II (Cambridge Military Histories)
How the War Was Won: Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War II (Cambridge Military Histories)
by Dr Phillips Payson O'Brien
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not just ships and planes but soldiers too!, 24 April 2016
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It’s a majestic, scholarly piece of work; dense in its detail. The central thesis is that industrial production won the war; not the classic fighting perspective. That is to say, battlefield, sea and air material losses were quickly replenished except towards the end when Japanese and German productivity waned. Yet it is hard to accept the argument in that personnel losses could never be replenished by simple breeding. In other words, how on earth can the Red Army’s sapping of four-fifths of the German Army’s strength be dismissed so lightly. The Germans couldn’t suffer such losses indefinitely. A fascinating sub-text is the detail of the various personalities that planned the war: almost more interesting than the allied leaders; Roosevelt and Churchill.
A few niggles. First, the pictures and diagrams are so small; someone didn’t do the final layout check properly. Secondly, I was taught never to start a sentence with a conjunction; there are a few! Finally, why does a British authored and British published (Cambridge University Press) book use American English; ‘favor’ and ‘program’ for example. For these irritating reasons, four stars but really 4.5!

P.S. I've read it again. It is dense, almost in the extreme yet it is necessary to convey the complexity (and internal political shenanigans between some of the allied leaders) concerning strategic and logistic decision-making. The niggles again: the figures and tables are ridiculously small. Cambridge University Press needs to re-publish this in paperback and correct the visual material to be at the same page-width as the text. A paperback version would also overcome the sheer physical weight of the book. A British authored text also chooses 'fall'
rather than 'autumn'; extraordinary!

Author of: The Early Years E-Love E-Dreams E-World [(Three Interludes)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (February, 2012) [(Love's Anatomy)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (June, 2012) Conversations by Hunter, Ian (2013) Paperback
Pets: An Adults' Tale


Ghosts By Daylight: A Memoir of War and Love
Ghosts By Daylight: A Memoir of War and Love
by Janine di Giovanni
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving story, 22 Oct. 2011
Through a loosely told chronology, the story flits between present realities and past memories. Both are littered with the horror of war; the civil kind. In essence though, it is about two people caught up in the journalism of war and other conflicts. It's hard enough to be normal in such circumstances. When love enters the picture, it is a wonder that such emotion erupts at all, let alone survives. This story is therefore about such a thing; love in the midst of war and conflict. It is a moving story. I found the structure of the writing slightly irritating; the oscillation between the present and the past. For that reason alone, four stars.

Ian Hunter.
Author of The Early Years, E-Love, E-Dreams, E-World, Three Interludes, Love's Anatomy Conversations. Pets: An Adults' Tale

P.S. For Ian Hunter, the author and reviewer, page 240 perhaps carries his epitaph: 'people who deeply love each other cannot always live together; this is the real sadness of life'. It is certainly the enduring sadness of mine in this turbulent year, 2011.


Don't Let Me Die on a Sunday [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Don't Let Me Die on a Sunday [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £15.30

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A curious film, 13 Oct. 2011
It opens in club-land; flashing lights and writhing bodies. The protagonists work in a hospital, in the morgue. An event takes place that sets off a chain of responses; one, stunningly surprising. To mention the event would give the entire plot away. The plot becomes divergent. Weird things start happening. I continued watching, wondering what the point might be. It's certainly complicated. Club-land returns. More unfathomable stuff follows and then... It's a curious film on which the point was certainly missed by me.

The Early Years e-LOVE E-Dreams [(E-World)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (August, 2011) [(Three Interludes)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (February, 2012) Love's Anatomy Conversations Pets: An Adults' Tale


Torremolinos 73 [DVD] (2003)
Torremolinos 73 [DVD] (2003)
Dvd ~ Javier Cámara

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and loving, with humour and pathos, 12 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Torremolinos 73 [DVD] (2003) (DVD)
Another bleak urban scene to open matters; bleaker still because he is selling encyclopaedias of the History of Spain (with the inducement of a free statuette), door-to-door, in an apartment block of many. There is no working lift so he climbs lots of floors, lugging his wares. He returns to his own apartment, soaked by the rain, is confronted by his landlady; his rent is three months in arrears. It's misery. He enters his apartment and another dimension to his existence presents itself.

Sales are plummeting for encyclopaedias. In Scandinavia, sales are rocketing for An Audio-visual Encyclopaedia of Human Reproduction. The company owner wants to make a Spanish version. Employees are asked to volunteer with their wives to demonstrate the reproductive process. Our salesman volunteers and does so for his wife as well.

The source of the movie's title is revealed in a very funny sequence, where he is having to produce an ejaculation for a sperm count. It is touching on various levels.

The film proceeds, as a film within a film. The climax is intensely emotional, on two counts.

This is a touching and loving film, with humour and pathos.

Ian Hunter.
Author of The Early Years e-LOVE E-Dreams [(E-World)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (August, 2011) [(Three Interludes)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (February, 2012) Love's Anatomy Conversations Pets: An Adults' Tale


House of the Sleeping Beauties [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
House of the Sleeping Beauties [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £19.29

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A sullen film, 10 Oct. 2011
They are indeed asleep. A widower of 15 years seeks solace in their unconscious company. He lies beside the beauty selected for him. He touches, caresses and occasionally kisses, while reflecting on his life and the prospect of death. There is nakedness but no eroticism. The touching and caressing (for which he is paying) seems like a form of tactile therapy. The madam muses openly, "he is a man not at peace with himself"; a confirmation of the therapeutic benefits of this arrangement perhaps. The reason for each girl's sleeping is revealed. If you are in the mood for an essentially sullen film then this is for you. It is, in essence, a prolonged conversation. It's much too clever for me to understand. Others might simply call it weird.

The Early Years e-LOVE E-Dreams [(E-World)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (August, 2011) [(Three Interludes)] [By (author) Ian Hunter] published on (February, 2012) Love's Anatomy Conversations Pets: An Adults' Tale


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