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All natural glamour solos 2 (Girlfriends)
All natural glamour solos 2 (Girlfriends)
Dvd ~ Ashlyn Rae
Offered by RS-Warenhaus
Price: £43.70

1.0 out of 5 stars An insult and a disaster., 5 Nov. 2016
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Sad and dreary. After a strip we're burdened with self-pleasuring by solo, so-so pretty girls who are given no possibilities and are all locked into the same dull zombie routine by a director/camera man who has zero flair and less than zero imagination. It's a drag & has all the excitement of being present while new women come on the scene, one after the other,and "go through the motions" like they're carrying out an assignment rubbing clothes on a washboard. A disaster, an insult and a waste of money. Trailers for other films from this company (included in the film) indicate all the DVDs are of the same, crude, deadening calibre. You'll thank your lucky stars if you can avoid the whole line of films from this company,


The Big Short [DVD]
The Big Short [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £5.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strives for cuteness over communication. Too in love with itself to tell a coherent story. The Brad Pitt part is totally expen, 2 Nov. 2016
This review is from: The Big Short [DVD] (DVD)
A jerkey, confusing experience designed to make the viewer feel slow-witted and struggling to keep up. I got a better, more lucid account of the meltdown in George Packer's book UNWINDING, especially in his treatment of the abandoned homes in Florida. The film was pretentious, spastic and confusing to an unpardonable degree. Inserting a bubble bath queen and a fish-chopping chef to offer their A,B,C explanations of the toxic mortgages expresses the condescension & self-regarding cuteness of the film. This film is typical of recent films where you can't follow the plot and cutaways are endemic. As CINEMA, it sucks. As an effort in lucidity, it sucks even more. This film really jerked me around.

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Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals / Poulenc: Concerto for 2 Pianos / Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole La Valse by Guher Pekinel & Suher
Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals / Poulenc: Concerto for 2 Pianos / Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole La Valse by Guher Pekinel & Suher

2.0 out of 5 stars No finesse, no poetry, no class., 1 Dec. 2015
Welcome to pounding the upright piano. None of the performances care about the iindividual composer's identity, but consign everything to a universal "anonymous" workhorse category. The CD photo on the cover gives every indication the CD performance is solo and this conned me into purchasing it as this is what I was searching for. To make matters worse, the Orchestral sound won't win many people over.
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Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 23; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 23; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £10.69

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pale, reflective, lacks expressivo., 27 Sept. 2015
By renouncing power in PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION in favour of muted sensitivity, Bax robs this great showpiece of grandeur as well as unity. There's no point in listening to Bax's mild experiment in pink silk feelings when the music cries out for a wild, almost demented performance that holds the whole thing together.

The Scriabin is thoughtful and gentle, played very similar to PICTURES, but he gets away with it with the Scriabin.

Do not be misled. The critics' quotes Amazon has assembled under "product information" do not apply to this CD.


Coles: Music From Behind The Lines [Martyn Brabbins] [Hyperion: CDH55464]
Coles: Music From Behind The Lines [Martyn Brabbins] [Hyperion: CDH55464]
Price: £8.30

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Peripheral, historical associations aside, does the music deserve praise? No., 20 Sept. 2015
I was sold on this album on the strength of the Great War associations, but the ordinariness of the music can't be rescued by his war service and the post war efforts by his daughter to keep people talking about his music. Yes, there's a modicum of talent and lots of dedication but too much is being made of it all. Quite frankly, you can do better than this Edwardian mediocrity.


Parkland - The JFK Assassination Story [DVD]
Parkland - The JFK Assassination Story [DVD]
Dvd ~ Zac Efron
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £2.92

2.0 out of 5 stars Meandering, disjointed and in the last analysis, a busted balloon.., 2 Sept. 2015
None of this casts light on anything meaningful or humanly insightful.


Leclair: Sonatas [The Four Nations Ensemble ] [Orchid Classics : ORC100032]
Leclair: Sonatas [The Four Nations Ensemble ] [Orchid Classics : ORC100032]
Price: £15.78

5.0 out of 5 stars A different and unhurried world., 17 July 2015
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Velvety and sumptuous; the superlative (period) flute is wisely allowed to dominate. Programme notes are likewise agreeable and a pleasure to read.


Beethoven: Symphonies No. 2 & No. 5
Beethoven: Symphonies No. 2 & No. 5
Offered by Amtrak123
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven is fast company for young Boyd., 13 July 2015
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Beethoven symphonies on CD are a crowded field. Douglas Boyd has made a mistake by entering it prematurely, lacking the necessary poise and seasoning.

Nothing on this CD can lay a claim to distinction. The orchestra has no stand out features.
The conducting: prosaic, cautious. Lacks vision, inspiration and excitement.

It goes without saying that for works as familiar as these, something special is needed to justify the issuance of a new album. Novelties do emerge, but they prove to be superficial and repeated listening wears down one's interest in them. The performances are "correct", but little more than that.


Troy (1-Disc Edition) [DVD] [2004]
Troy (1-Disc Edition) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Liberties were taken, always in the service of a marvelous end product. I stand in awe of Petersen., 15 May 2015
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I won't echo the praises of other Amazon reviewers. Instead I'll append this friendly comment from film critic Roger Ebert that makes us reflect for a moment. "What the movie doesn't explain is why Helen would leave with Paris after an acquaintanceship of a few nights. Is it because her loins throb with passion for a hero? No, because she tells him: "I don't want a hero. I want a man I can grow old with." Not in Greek myth, you don't. If you believe Helen of Troy could actually tell Paris anything remotely like that, you will probably also agree that the second night he slipped into her boudoir, she told him, "Last night was a mistake."

Also, "By treating Achilles and the other characters as if they were human, instead of the larger than life creations of Greek myth, director Wolfgang Petersen miscalculates. What happens in Greek myth cannot happen between psychologically plausible characters. That's the whole point of myth that deals with characters that leave routine humanity behind."

These comments by Roger Ebert aren't intended to denigrate the film in any way. I love these comments, they expand my consciousness and add to my enjoyment of the film. I hope they do the same for you.

I'm so grateful for this film.


The Tarnished Angels [DVD]
The Tarnished Angels [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rock Hudson
Offered by momox co uk
Price: £4.34

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Those seeking a normal, sensible, secure life need not apply., 12 April 2015
This review is from: The Tarnished Angels [DVD] (DVD)
An emotional steam cooker without let let up. Stack, Malone and Jack Carson are fit to bust from moment to moment intensity. I'm emotionally exhausted each time I watch them because their intensity is always full throttle and contagious. There's no place for anyone to hide!

After Roger's air crash death, Jiggs absents himself from the commemoration party and chooses to sit all by himself, well removed from the others. He can't imagine himself in a normal, flaccid, routine life. He can't imagine adjusting to normality. "Where the hell are you Roger?" to no one at all. [In desperation he repeats: Where the hell are you???"]. Without Roger's mania to hold them together, listlessness is set to drown the remaining team in futility. Though it's rather muted in the film, the time is 1924 and combat ace Roger Schumann who shot down nine German fighters needs to reinvoke the dangers of WW1 air combat in the skies of France. He needs the threat of death to find a justification for living. Thus his desperare addiction to barnstorming. Malone and Carson are swept up in his deadly mania and live at his compulsive, fevered pitch, too.

In the final scene, Hudson holds forth poetically on Stack trying to leave the clutches of a safe, boring life and challenge daily death instead.

The prize money, as Malone, says is "bird seed". And as the WW1 pilot hero observes, "We've slept in the best hotels and worst hangers, so don't go feeling sorry for us." These are desperate people, otherwise normal, who build their lives around seeking out brushes with death and think of nothing else. An odd, precious gem.


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