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Billions - Season 1 [DVD] [2016]
Billions - Season 1 [DVD] [2016]
Dvd ~ Paul Giamatti
Price: £29.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smart and funny but without taking away from the serious ..., 16 Jun. 2016
A refreshing new TV programme well worth investing time in. Fast paced, smart and funny but without taking away from the serious nature of the subject matter. Season 1 focuses mostly on developing the characters of Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades but lays a lot of ground work for developing the supporting characters giving Billions strength. At the centre of Billions are two strong marriages which makes a good change from what seems to have become the norm on TV. Billions follows a hedge fund manager (Bobby Axelrod) and the US Attorney (Chuck Rhoades) trying to catch him. You do not need to understand the jargon to follow Billions as, although there is some and it is set in the hedge fund world, it is more about the relationships and the consequences on those around Bobby and Chuck because of their actions. It is also financially very relevant.

Billions has a very good cast. Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti and Maggie Siff will take a lot of credit (rightly so), but David Costabile, Toby Moore, Kelly AuCoin and David Cromer more than deserve a mention next to them for their strong performances throughout the season.

The music on Billions is fantastic and consistently excellent. I am very much looking forward to season 2 and would recommend it.

Homeland - Season 4 [DVD] [2015]
Homeland - Season 4 [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Claire Danes
Offered by Amore DVD
Price: £9.83

4 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Magic has gone, 7 Dec. 2014
It now relies on plot holes to get by and has become so contrived. The intelligence and psychology that existed and deservedly won this show awards and plaudits for S1 has evaporated. The writing is not of the same standard which is a shame since they still possess a good cast. It so far removed from the show that caught my attention, it may as well be a different one.

They have not filled the void left by Brody properly. Everything with Aayan was so predictable. Quinn's whining like a loves truck teenager was a waste of the character and screen time. Just keep him and Carrie away from each other. His moralising completely irritating. If you want a character to moralise, best not to make it someone who kills for a living.

The whole thing with Saul was stupid in how it came about. Like I said...totally contrived. Jumping the shark should be the season 4 tagline.

It's hard to see a show you loved become so bad.
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Homeland - Season 3 [DVD]
Homeland - Season 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
Price: £7.60

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed doesn't quite cover it, 29 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Homeland - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Season 1 was excellent. Season 2 didn't quite reach the same heights but was still very good. Season 3...meh.

IMO the writers spectacularly messed up with the Brody family in general this season. I have never gotten the hate for them but then I am more interested in the human cost than justifying a CIA op and that makes the Brodys interesting to me. There were a couple of very good scenes with Morgan Slaylor which probably would have received the credit they deserved if they had been in the minority. However, fans took to twitter/social media to air their displeasure at so much Dana/Brody family drama. A scene with Chris and Jess was removed from an episode in which they were supposed to feature. They gave us far too much Dana at the start of the season that we did not need to see and when we should have seen them at the end with what happened to Brody, they were nowhere to be found.

There is a lot of season 3 that does not make sense. They created a brilliantly multi-layered character in Nicholas Brody. He was clearly written to be much more complex than just another terrorist. He was there to make you take a look at the hypocrisy and sit up and question if we should be allowing our politicians and agencies the get out clause of using our freedom as an excuse for what they get up to. More importantly he was there to make Carrie question this and herself, something he did very well. He succeeded to a certain extent. Their relationship had a lot of depth. He was there to aid the development of Carrie Mathison, but now it feels like all that Carrie character development is about to be chucked away. Brody played brilliantly by the magnificent Damian Lewis, season 3 suffered in his absence and gone was the conflicted Marine, terrorist, father, congressman, would be bomber, American hero/anti-hero.

Then there is the change in Saul. It didn't suit him and now I'm feeling distinctly meh about him as well. I'm also finding it difficult to care for Carrie at this point too.

Quinn may be a possible shinning light for S4 but only if they steer clear of hooking him up with Carrie and develop further the storyline of him questioning what they do. The thought of watching a season of Dar Adal ordering people dead has me bored already...snooze.

Javadi gives a hint of being interesting, but I don't care one jot for him at this point in time. The jury is out.

The finale was intended to give a clean slate and some seem happy about that. Not me. The writers told us the reasons for Carrie's pregnancy would be come clear in the last couple of episodes. It didn't. The pregnancy was not used to get Brody back into America or anything else. Having her pregnant seems to have been another waste of a plot line because she is now apparently about to give the kid up. Again, what exactly is the point of putting Carrie through everything and developing her, only for her to go back to being a stone cold CIA agent at the end of it?

I don't like feeling as though I have wasted my time and S3 feels like a waste of time. That really saddens me. I struggle to pick a favourite episode from S1 and S3, but for very different reasons. S1 is full of fantastic episodes. S3, I don't think there is one episode I would rush to rewatch, even the ones with Brody and that sums it up. Not even Damian Lewis's fantastic acting in the last 4 episodes could save this season.

And, Yousef, poor Yousef. Finally towards the end of the season, the writers manage to cook up a likeable character and then promptly blow his face off. Not cool.

The writers have an excellent cast at their disposal which makes the disappointment of S3 harder to take.

I am left wondering who exactly I'm supposed to like or care about enough to tune into S4.

John Barrowman Live At The Royal Albert Hall [DVD]
John Barrowman Live At The Royal Albert Hall [DVD]
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £4.73

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where matters not, 2 Nov. 2010
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I am very much looking forward to buying this DVD and i would say it is a must have. If you are not already a Barrowman fan, it might just convert you.

I was lucky enough to attend his concert in Glasgow last week and its the best £33 pounds i have spent on a concert. You pay ridculous amounts to see pop groups and are lucky if they are on stage for an hour and a half. John was on stage for about 3 hours...and it still wasn't enough.

He has great chemistry with his dancers and band, endless amounts of energy, a great voice and hilarious stories. He involves the audience and puts everyone at ease.

There may be a few differences between his London show and his Glasgow one e.g. he spent a good portion of the concert in Glasgow speaking in his Glaswegian accent. I'm not sure what his parents do at the London show, but at the Glasgow show they managed to make him blush...John Barrowman blushing, not a sentance you'd expect to hear...easy to see why he's so crazy. Doesn't matter where he is, this man knows how to put on a show.

Makes someones' Christmas - get them this DVD and watch them smile and laugh non-stop

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