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Another Earth
Another Earth
Dvd
Price: £6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A study in guilt and redemption, 7 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Another Earth (Amazon Video)
Don't be fooled by the poster. This is a drama, with the supposed "sci-fi" element really an allegory - turning it from a tragic contemporary story into a parable about guilt and redemption. Very moving and thought-provoking. Not for everyone... but I loved it.


The Cabin In The Woods [DVD]
The Cabin In The Woods [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Hemsworth
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.54

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No better than the films it makes fun of, 8 May 2016
This review is from: The Cabin In The Woods [DVD] (DVD)
Despite the colosal amount of talent and production technique that has gone into this, it's no more enjoyable than the "slasher" movies it parodies. The "explanation" for "what's really going on" was simply ridiculous, and itself relied ultimately on the supernatural. An extraordinary waste of time and money.


Geoff Love & His Orchestra - Star Wars and other space themes & Close Encounters of the Third Kind and other disco galactic themes
Geoff Love & His Orchestra - Star Wars and other space themes & Close Encounters of the Third Kind and other disco galactic themes
Offered by Vocalion/Dutton Epoch Direct (Crazygreen8)
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars SciFi Disco Mashup Heaven, 20 Feb. 2016
A wonderful trip down memory lane. From the sublime to the ridiculous, and often both at the same time.


What We Do In The Shadows [DVD]
What We Do In The Shadows [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jemaine Clement
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A moderately amusing one-joke movie, 18 Feb. 2016
It's been done before - mixing the mythical with the mundane to comic effect - Big Train from all those years ago springs to mind. Lots of deadpan dialogue and shaky camera work. Some of it is quite funny, but it was a relief when it ended. Perhaps would have worked better as a short comedy sketch.


About Time [DVD] [2013]
About Time [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Rachel McAdams
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £3.38

3.0 out of 5 stars Bellowhead to the rescue, 16 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: About Time [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
I didn't laugh out loud once, and, yet again, an unrealistic portrayal of British people and London- but a perfectly likeable film, and great to see a Bellowhead cameo, busking in Maida Vale tube station.


Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Price: £12.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning interpretation, 16 Jan. 2016
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Having seen this group live at the Wigmore Hall, in a sensational performance of this material, this CD captures the excitement, virtuosity and inventiveness of these talented musicians. A stunning interpretation of the Vivaldi classic - making this by-now-ubiquitous piece sound fresh and original is no mean feat! - wonderful bassoon playing from Peter Whelan too. Bravo.


The World's End [DVD]
The World's End [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simon Pegg
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Price: £2.59

4.0 out of 5 stars A pub crawl in Letchworth?!, 10 Jan. 2016
This review is from: The World's End [DVD] (DVD)
As well as famously having the worlds first roundabout, the Hertfordshire town of Letchworth, built in the early 20th century as part of the healthy living New Towns movement, was designed as a "dry town", having as few pubs as possible, with the central "inn" serving mainly lemonade. It is a lovely irony then that Pegg, Wright and Frost chose to set a film about a pub crawl mainly in Letchworth (with some scenes in Welwyn Garden City and High Wycombe).

The film itself is a concatenation of two distinct stories, the first being a genuinely interesting exploration of middle-aged manhood and the second.... Well, you'll need to see it for yourself. The Tarantino movie "From Dusk Till Dawn" has a similar structure, and both films suffer from the whole being less than the sum of the parts.

That said, there are some very funny and even insightful moments, and the whole thing is wonderfully acted and gorgeously produced. Definitely worth a watch on a dull night in, and looking forward to seeing what Pegg will do with Star Trek this summer.


The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 28 Dec. 2015
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A brilliant portrait of Middle England. Unputdownable.


The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game
Dvd
Price: £2.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully-made film; most of it fiction, 28 Oct. 2015
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To be clear, this is a superbly scripted, acted and produced film. Cumberbatch is brilliant in the central role, the period detail is wonderful.

Unfortunately, the creators more or less abandoned historical accuracy. Things happen in the film which did not, and could not, have happened in reality. Perhaps even worse, characters of individuals are changed beyond recognition.

An example: Turning is shown as being a lone maverick genius, shunned by his peers and single-handedly conceiving, designing, manufacturing, assembling and programming what at the time would have been one of the most advanced, if not the most advanced, computing machines in the world. A moment's reflection suggests that this is complete nonsense; a 5-minute browse of Wikipedia confirms it. Not just impossible in practical terms, but something of an insult to Turing, who by all accounts was likeable and a valued team player. Ironic then, given the goal of the film was to honour his memory.


The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes
The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes
by Frankie Frankeny
Edition: Hardcover-spiral
Price: £13.68

5.0 out of 5 stars V Funny, 27 Sept. 2015
This book is hilarious and great fun when cooking with children. If the phrase "Bobba Fett-ucine" makes you laugh, this is the book for you.


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