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Great Movies - 100 Years of Cinema
Great Movies - 100 Years of Cinema
by N/A
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars A nicely presented book, 19 July 2016
This is a hardback coffee-table sized book which does exactly what it says on the title, it's a brief and enjoyable look-back at just 'Great Movies' from over 100 years of cinema. It was written by publisher and cultural historian Andrew Heritage who, in his words: "has spent too long in darkened rooms watching films."


101 Cult Movies: You Must See Before You Die
101 Cult Movies: You Must See Before You Die
by Steven Jay Schneider
Edition: Flexibound
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars A handy little book, 19 July 2016
This is a really handy little book for all dedicated movie buffs, but please note that it was previously published under the title 101 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die in 2009.

Here, picked by a variety of contributors and edited all together by Steven Jay Schneider, are 101 'cult movies' from across the world spanning from 1928's surrealistic film 'Un Chien Andalou', to the 2013 UK flick 'Under the Skin'. Every film is arranged in sections by decade, and a wide, balanced variety of genres are included.

A lot of these movies were already familiar to me including British classics like 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'Withnail and I', and Danny Boyle's 'Shallow Grave', but many of them are very obscure, which only adds to the fun of discovering new pictures to watch. Each one is presented in the book with it's original poster artwork, and there is the basic information regarding director, producer, screenplay, cinematography, music, and main cast, before a well-written short study, which do contain a lot of spoilers.

If you wish to expand your movie knowledge, and find some new favourites, '101 Cult Movies: You Must See Before You Die' is a very useful, entertaining piece of work, which makes for an ideal present.


The Secret Life of Pets [DVD] [2015]
The Secret Life of Pets [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Kevin Hart
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for the family!, 19 July 2016
From the makers of the hugely popular 'Despicable Me' movies, comes another thoroughly enjoyable computer animated adventure, which isn't quite as consistently funny as I'd imagine it would be, but 'The Secret Life of Pets' is still good fun for the family to enjoy regardless.

The story revolves around papered Jack Russell pooch Max, who finds his nose pushed out of joint when his girl owner Katie rescues another dog from the local pound -- a huge, hairball called Max (Eric Stonestreet). After confrontation between the two dogs in the park, both of them find themselves down a dark alleyway with an army of nasty cats. The dog catchers take them away, only for them to end up feeling the wrath of Snowball (Kevin Hart), a cute (on the surface) but very crazy rabbit, angered by the way his magician owner had dropped him when the laughs tried up, and his gang of other disregarded pets. Kind hearted Gidget (Jenny Slate), a dog who secretly loves Max, sets out with his animal friends to rescue and bring him back home.

If you were to think of this as a little bit similar to 'Toy Story', you would be on the right lines. The animals only come to life and let their true personalities appear when their owners leave the house, both main characters dislike each other initially but work together when in danger and develop a mutual appreciation of the other, and there are some genuinely touching, heartfelt moments. There are no really great original songs, but strong voice acting from the star names, and more than enough funny bits to please, including a couple of fairly adult gags sneaked in to make the grown ups chuckle.

This isn't on the same level as the 'Despicable Me' movies, but 'The Secret Life of Pets' provides 90 minutes of harmless, light-hearted release. Go to the cinema with the kids, and catch a brand new opening short starring the Minions.


A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night And More
A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night And More
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The heavenly voice of Harry Nilsson, 19 July 2016
This classic album from 1973 saw the American singer-songwriter do something which has since been experimented with by many artists including Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan. 'A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night' is a covers album of Amercian standards, all of which showcase Harry Nilsson's skill of interpretation a song with his very appealing voice. Of course, Harry's biggest hit single, 'Everybody's Talkin'' was a cover, so it should come as no surprise that he was able to effortlessly make the majority of the numbers on this record his own.


The HMV/Parlophone Singles 1988-1995
The HMV/Parlophone Singles 1988-1995
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute, 19 July 2016
This excellent triple CD box set contains all of Morrissey's solo singles that were released between the years 1988 to 1995. Although the man himself has publicly disapproved of this 2006 release, his former record company have provided a fitting, extensive tribute to his large body of work, and 'The HMV/Parlophone Singles 1988-1995', with it's chronically arranged 62 tracks, provides excellent value by anybody's standards.

Morrissey has written an astonishing amount of classic tunes in his highly successful career as a solo artist, and these CDs contain the majority of his best-loved hits such as his debut single 'Suedehead', 'The Last Of The International Playboys', 'The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get', and of course, the beautiful 'Everyday Is Like Sunday' (which was the track which converted me as an avid fan several years ago). With this particular collection, casual listeners are notably able to have the chance to hear many of the more deeper cuts of his equally worthwhile B side only tracks, and some high quality live performances, including one of 'Suedehead'. This really is a fascinating journey into the mind of a true lyrical genius, whose legendary status is assured.

The booklet of this neat little set, which contains mini replica Parlophone styled discs, is unspectacular. There are no rare pictures or any kind of biography inside of it, just a small picture of each of the original singles, and the tracks which appeared on them underneath.


Music Is Great Britain
Music Is Great Britain
Offered by partmeter
Price: £3.46

4.0 out of 5 stars A collection of live performances spanning 1973-2011, 18 July 2016
This review is from: Music Is Great Britain (Audio CD)
This DVD celebrate the most iconic British live music acts, from Coldplay to the Spice Girls, so talk about diversity. Whether or not 'Music Is Great' does capture the best of live British music is debatable, but there is such a selection of diverse musical talent, that there should be something here for just about everybody to enjoy. With the exception of the Spice Girls, I have to say that I think this is a fairly good line-up.

The venues are as equally varied as the artists, as well as the time span. The earliest performance on here is from 1973, and the most recent were in 2011. Everything on the DVD, of which all the profits went to the Save The Children Charity, is in chronological order. The sound and visual quality is excellent, and the clips of David Bowie, The Who, Queen, Pulp. Muse, Coldplay, and Blur especially, make me reach for the volume-up button on my remote control.

Track Listing

1. David Bowie Ziggy Stardust (Hammersmith Odeon, 1973)
2. The Who - Won’t Get Fooled Again (Shepperton Studios, 1978)
3. Queen - Radio Gaga (Wembley Stadium, 1986)
4. Orbital - Chime (Glastonbury Festival, 1994)
5. Pulp - Common People (Glastonbury Festival, 1995)
6. Spice Girls - Wannabe / Who Do You Think You Are? (BRIT Awards, 1997)
7. Radiohead - Karma Police (Glastonbury Festival, 1997)
8. Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You (Knebworth, 2003)
9. Muse - Knights Of Cydonia (Wembley Stadium, 2007)
10. George Michael - Faith (Earls Court, 2008)
11. Blur - Tender (Glastonbury Festival, 2009)
12. Adele - Someone Like You (BRIT Awards, 2011)
13. Coldplay - Every Tear Is A Waterfall (Glastonbury Festival, 2011)
14. Take That - The Flood (City Of Manchester Stadium, 2011)


Glastonbury Anthems: The Best Of Glastonbury 1994-2004 [DVD]
Glastonbury Anthems: The Best Of Glastonbury 1994-2004 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Various
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent DVD for music fans, 18 July 2016
Here we have an excellent compilation of Glastonbury performances over the years from a variety of star names. This content isn't presented chronologically, but in an order which is enjoyable for the viewer, capturing, to some extent, the excitement of being there at the venue, seeing all of the diverse bands and artists play without the aid of any musical wizardry to make them sound good, just real musicians who play real music with their instruments.

Although the 20 performances range from the ten years of 1994 to 2004, the sound and visual quality of each of them is very good. With so many of my all-time favourite bands present on here, plus Paul McCartney who finishes things off, it would be hard for me to visualise a better festival DVD on one disc. If you like what you see in the track listing below, then buy 'Glastonbury Anthems: The Best Of Glastonbury 1994-2004', it really is something that you're likely to watch over again and again if you love the sound of live music.

Track Listing

1. Franz Ferdinand - Matinee (2004)
2. Travis - Driftwood (2000)
3. Faithless - We Come 1 (2002)
4. Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life (1999)
5. Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (2000)
6. Robbie Williams - Angels (1998)
7. Supergrass - Pumping On Your Stereo (2003)
8. Ash - Shining Light (2002)
9. Levellers - One Way (1994)
10. Primal Scream - Rocks (2003)
11. Elastica - Connection (1995)
12. The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl (2000)
13. Basement Jaxx - Good Luck (2004)
14. Coldplay - Yellow (2002)
15. Fun Lovin' Criminals - Scooby Snacks (1999)
16. Prodigy - Breathe (1997)
17. Blur - This Is A Low (1994)
18. Placebo -The Crawl (1998)
19. Radiohead - Karma Police (1997)
20. Paul McCartney - Hey Jude (2004)


In A Field Of Their Own (Highlights Of Glastonbury 1992)
In A Field Of Their Own (Highlights Of Glastonbury 1992)
Offered by sdiscs.
Price: £25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Live from Glastonbury, 18 July 2016
This collectable CD set was made exclusively available to the readers of NME magazine. All of the tracks were recorded live during Glastonbury 1992 between the 26th and 28th of June, and is a grab-bag of performances from some of the biggest indie bands at the time, many of whom have fallen into obscurity. As a Blur fanatic, I tracked 'In A Field Of Their Own' down for the performance of their early hit 'Sunday Sunday' alone. There is plenty more for me to enjoy on this two disc collection though, especially the tracks by James, Billy Bragg, Curve, and The Levellers. This is an excellent find for interesting/rare compilation buyers, and for fans of the certain bands who appear on it.

Track List

Disc 1:

1. The Orb - A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain that Rules from The Centre of The Ultraworld
2. Jah Wobble's Invaders of The Heart - Do You Live What You Sing?
3. Flowered Up - Weekender
4. James - Gold Mother
5. Dr Phibes & the House of Wax Equations - Hazy Lazy Holograi
6. Fat Dinosaur - Love
7. Senser - The Journey of Life
8. Curve - Fait Accompli
9. The Faith Healers - Reptile Smile
10. The Breeders - Iris
11. Lush - Starlust

Disc 2:

1. Billy Bragg and The Redstars - Accident Waiting to Happen
2. Carter USM - Sheriff Fatman
3. The Levellers - Battle of the Beanfield
4. Neds Atomic Dustbin - Grey Cell Green
5. The Frank And Walters - Walter's Trip
6. The Family Cat - Steamroller
7. The Real People - What You Want
8. Spiritualized - Shine a Light
9. Kitchens of Distinction - Mad as Snow
10. Thousand Yard Stare - Seasonstream
11. Midway Still - Better Than Before
12. The Senseless Things - Too Much Kissing
13. Blur - Sunday Sunday


Tea for the Tillerman
Tea for the Tillerman
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars First of two classic albums, 18 July 2016
This review is from: Tea for the Tillerman (Audio CD)
If you need to know which really are the Cat Stevens studio albums to buy, then you need look no further than this classic from the dawn of the Seventies, and it's 1971 follow-up Teaser & the Firecat. With those two records, you virtually have all the really essential hits at your fingertips, and even the less well-known songs on here are worth writing home about.

Cat was one of most prolific, but consistently excellent singer-songwriters of the 1970s, and although he had experienced success for several years prior to it's release, this landmark album was the one which made the majority of music lovers become really aware of his talents.

The album opens with the political 'Where the Children Play', an excellent, passionate song which addresses some of the problems in the world, and although it refers to the chaos that was taking place in the then recent late-1960s, it's messages remain just as relevant and topical in today's society. More gold nuggets can be found in the shape of the tender, instantly identifiable 'Wild World', where we hear a recently-singled man speaking to the ex girlfriend he still cares for, and offering her some grounded advice, the moving 'Sad Lisa', self-examining 'Miles From Nowhere', and 'Father and Son', which reconstructs an exchange between the male parent and his boy. The music here really is very beautiful, and Cat's vocals are warm and sincere. It's this combination which has ensured that this is one of rare 'perfect' albums.

Like all the classics, 'Tea for the Tillerman' still holds up wonderfully well in the current day, and will continue to win over many more admirers, and influence aspiring musicians with it's evergreen selection of enchanting songs. This was when the artist Cat Stevens was at his peak, and his master-work contains elements of everything from hope, sadness, happiness, and pathos. What we basically have here is one superb little collection of some of the greatest, most meaningful songs that have ever been written, which deserves it's place in the CD collection of any keen music lover.


Mrs Merton - The Best Of Mrs Merton Show - Series Two [1995] [VHS]
Mrs Merton - The Best Of Mrs Merton Show - Series Two [1995] [VHS]
VHS
Offered by londonstorehouse
Price: £9.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Merton was hysterical, 14 July 2016
2016 has seen the death of so many wonderful entertainers. The most recent was the very talented comedienne and writer Caroline Aherne. I have always loved her magnificent comic creation Mrs. Merton, the sweet looking, but acid tongued chat show hostess who could always put her celebrity guests into a false sense of security, and then ask them the most personal, embarrassing question within the next second. You can buy the complete collection of 'The Mrs. Merton Show' on a five DVD set here: The Mrs. Merton Show - The Complete BBC Series 1-5 [DVD], which is well worth the money, and something I can personally watch again over and over again.

This official tie-in video (see also The Mrs Merton Show: The Best Of Series 1 [VHS]) was released in 1996, and contains the best bits from the hysterical second series, which aired on the BBC over the previous year. These aren't complete episodes, just a compilation of clips, but they all make for a hugely entertaining VHS which runs for a lengthy 111 minutes.

The plentiful highlights include Mrs. Merton's brilliant interrogation into Dame Barbara Windsor's 'colourful' private life, the memorable lines addressed to George Best, and the car-crash encounter with Kriss Akabusi, who really didn't understand the show's format, and Mrs. Merton's cheeky approach.

On the tape, there is an exclusive, specially made introduction from Mrs. Merton herself, and a trio of friends: Enid, Sylvia and Liz, who were only three of the many wonderful elderly audience members who contributed so much to what really was a unique, landmark programme which still holds up reasonably well today. This introduction sees the four ladies chatting candidly on the sofa about their favourite, and least favourite guests over the past series. With hindsight, what was said about the disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris only manages to add more comedy to be the whole affair, considering what we all know about him now.

Watching this VHS tape today makes me truly sad that Caroline is no longer with us. She was somebody very special, a comedic genius who knew all about good timing, but her excellent work will live on for many years to come.


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