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Foldable Stand, Holder, Cradle for iPad, iPad 2, Notebook, Laptop, Netbook, T...
Foldable Stand, Holder, Cradle for iPad, iPad 2, Notebook, Laptop, Netbook, T...
Offered by CostMad-UK
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars awful product, 30 May 2013
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the little flaps at the bottom which are supposed to be strong enough to support a laptop are less than an inch long. they are utterly useless and break easily. the fancy bag that comes with it and the heaviness of the thing cannot cover for the fact that it doesn't do what it is supposed to.
It really is an atrocious product for anything above the size of an ipad and even then there are better on the market.

The Turin Horse [DVD]
The Turin Horse [DVD]
Dvd ~ JŠnos Derzsi
Price: £8.99

75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars there is nothing that comes close..., 9 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: The Turin Horse [DVD] (DVD)
There is no plot outside of the daily grind that a father and daughter go through- attempting to saddle a resistant horse, preparing dinner (boiling spuds) eating dinner (with a touch of salt), listening to the wind, watching the wind and visiting the well. I have always been a fan of Bela Tarr but approached this with trepidation- it seemed almost a parody of his previous work, taking too far the patience of the audience... I could not have been more wrong.

Once again Vig's music is phenomenal- the grinding, aching, maddening repetition of a single motif you could listen to forever- even more grinding and maddening than Valuska or Oreg (from Werkmeister Harmonies). The long shots are still there but now without the giant whales and hospital raids to give them a gripping, visceral force- instead, this is cinema pared right down to the bone. There is only the long shot of the daily task. And still it manages to be utterly mesmerising... Kelemen (the cinematographer) is a large part of this, as is the wind-- but mostly it is the mental directions you get pulled in, the world you are given time to occupy and explore, questions ask and secrets reveal.

It is Tarr's last film- his most experimental, his most bleak... and, I truly believe, one of the greatest films of all time,

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia [DVD]
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Muhammet Uzuner
Price: £8.74

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unsettling, atmospheric and utterly gripping, 21 May 2012
The storyline could be something taken from a Coen brothers film and at times this does have a sprinkling of the same wit and the same obscure, existential intentions- particularly of the more recent work. However, there is little that seems worthy of comparison with what this film manages to achieve, with the sometimes stark, sometimes magical beauty of its photography.

The film is shot for the most part at night and so the locations within which they attempt to track down the victim's corpse are steeped in an other worldliness, not really belonging to places we might immediately recognise and yet still full of the minutiae of human drama- the death of a friend's wife, buffalo cheese (or is it yoghurt?), a child's medication- all unfolding around the incidence of a brutal murder, the motive of which is never fully explained.

The final shot- which I will not describe for fear of lessening its effect- is simply haunting and I get goose-bumps thinking of it even now.
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Irreversible [DVD] [2003]
Irreversible [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Monica Bellucci
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Price: £11.93

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true work of art, 27 May 2003
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This review is from: Irreversible [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Many critics have focused solely on the violence of this movie, and while it does take a lot to overlook this element, the film works as a WHOLE because of that deeply pervading sense of loss and breakdown of love and beauty into a literal hell, approximating as it does Dante's inferno. The performances are top rate, the closing scenes between Cassell and Bellucci simply wonderful in their evocation of two people who share an absolute comfort. The strength of the violence is in making us understand just how dark the human soul can be, the strength of the closing scenes is in making us understand the profound beauty of humanity. It is depressing, finally, not because of the sheer brutality of the violence but because of what that violence has destroyed, the embryonic joy and sensuality shared by lovers.

Atlantic City [1981] [DVD]
Atlantic City [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Burt Lancaster

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of a dying city and dying people, 27 April 2003
This review is from: Atlantic City [1981] [DVD] (DVD)
ATLANTIC CITY is a superb character study of a city in transition and small-time characters who live hoping to give life to their big-time dreams. The film features a smashing performance by Burt Lancaster. French director Louis Malle, presents a tightly shot film with little wasted footage, but his nostalgia for America's seamy side of history is often far-fetched, with a foreign perspective that distorts rather than clarifies. John Guare's script is taut, sparkling with original dialogue and far superior to TAKING OFF (1971), which Guare wrote for Miloš Forman another foreigner, who made it big in the staes- AMADEUS and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.
Aside from Lancaster's absolutely engrossing performance, the film leaves a sad impression of emptiness, similar to the vacant lots in Atlantic City where splendid hotels once stood. Lancaster somehow represents the new plastic casinos that have risen in their place, shining expensive towers without personal history, without grandeur. That is the taste left behind; one of empty waste and fragile lives. That is not to say the film is essentially cold and unforgiving, as the final scene with Lancaster and Sarandon together shows- he letting his young lover go to a life with more chance for at least some kind of fulfillment.

The Limey [VHS] [1999]
The Limey [VHS] [1999]
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Price: £6.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly crafted and acted piece of cinema, 22 July 2001
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This review is from: The Limey [VHS] [1999] (VHS Tape)
Steve Soderbergh is a director reborn thanks to the excercise that was Schizopolis (another film I highly recommend) and in this film he lets fly with a dazzlingly original style and elipitical time structure with the photography, editing and pace to match. Stamp is superb and both he and Fonda deserved Oscar nods for such natural and effective performances. But truly most of the praise rests on the head of Soderbergh who had total confidence in what he was doing and his talents as a director shine through every single shot. Chic, tantalising and at times truly unnerving.

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