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Sommersby [DVD] [1993]
Sommersby [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Richard Gere
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, 18 July 2008
This review is from: Sommersby [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
A rather old movie at this point but enjoyable all the same. Especially for those of us who are fans of either/both of the main actors. No one in particular steals the show in what turns out to be an average-slight above average movie but they all put in decent performances.
Richard Gere plays Jack Sommersby who returns home after 6yrs. This is after time spent in jail following the civil war. Jodie Foster is his wife who had started to move on and was even talking of marrying one of the other townsmen when her hubby shows up. Although Jack seems to know a fair deal about the town and the people in it there are certain things that make people question whether he really is Jack Sommersby. This is all forgotten until he is arrested for commiting murder and the only way to get off is to prove he isn't Jack Sommersby! Things are not always this simple though and thus begins the true drama.

Good movie.. provides a decent amount of entertainment for a quiet evening in but don't expect anything mind blowing.

Patience and Sarah
Patience and Sarah
by Isabel Miller
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars lesbian classic, 18 July 2008
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This review is from: Patience and Sarah (Paperback)
Patience and Sarah was written many a year ago and was set in a times even further back - the 19th century to be exact! It is based on the real relationship between artist Mary Ann Wilson and her partner.
It's incredibly sweet if not overly soppy in some places but always brought a smile to my face. The two characters are unique and yet lovable in their determination and passion for each other.
The book is rather short and easy to read. I managed to finish it in a single sitting. Ergo I wouldnt fork out loads of money on it but I'd say it's worth a read. Something slightl different (more old fashion?) to the newer bog standard lesbian novels out there.

The Chameleon's Shadow
The Chameleon's Shadow
by Minette Walters
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, 15 July 2008
This review is from: The Chameleon's Shadow (Paperback)
I seem to be in the minority who think this was a fabulous book. This may have something to do with the fact that I am not a die hard fan of Ms Walters and have only read about 3/4 of her books. If you are you may want to read the reviews by her more ardent followers for a comparison to her older stuff.
From the books I have read I can say she keeps to the same style of writing by which she uses the periodic inclusion of newspaper cuttings or official documents etc to tell the story. It is a method Ms Walters has mastered and doesn't take anything away from the narrative.

The Chameleons Shadow is addictive and gripping as you're always wondering if the protagonist really is a killer or not. There is depth of character as each one has their own problems, backgrounds and personalities which are well conveyed. I'd strongly recommend reading this book to anyone who likes a good thriller.

Claire of the Moon [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Claire of the Moon [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £9.43

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars claire de lune, 1 July 2008
I'm torn between giving this 4/5 stars but have gone for the latter after mentally comparing it to some (majority) of the movies out there with lesbian relationships. It's intelligent conversation with sensible enough people. There was a lot of feminist type talk going on which can get a little *eye rolling* but the development of the relationship between Noel and Claire is funny, cute and painfully deep all at the same time. It's a meeting of minds and an attraction so strong it transends 'normalcy' for both of them in its own way. Claire, the straight woman and Noel the lesbian who never gets involved.
Not without its flaws but well worth seeing.

Desert Hearts [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Desert Hearts [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £12.56

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, 1 July 2008
It isn't hard to see why this is a classic amongst lesbians the world over. One of the first (if not the first?) to have a relatively happy ending for the couple and show a love scene between two women.
The story is passionate and realistic in the emotions of fear, longing, love and confusion that are felt by Cay and Vivian. Beautifully filmed with one of the best soundtracks ever - if you like (old) country music!
I can't sing enough praises and I've already watched it about 3/4times in the space of a couple of weeks.

When Harry Met Sally [DVD] [1989]
When Harry Met Sally [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ Billy Crystal
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars men and women can't be friends, 19 Jun. 2008
I'm probably the last person on the planet to see this movie but just in case there are others out there - it is definitely worth viewing. One of those classics that will never die, 'When Harry Met Sally' is cute and funny. You get two awkward (in their own way) people who bump into each other several times over the years and start off hating each other and then growing to be good friends. The friendship is quirky and adorable as they are each others best friend. That is until deeper feelings start to get in the way, prooving the theory that men and women can't be friends.

Daphne [DVD]
Daphne [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth McGovern

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daphne Du Maurier, 19 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Daphne [DVD] (DVD)
This is an eye opening story into the private life of Ms Du Maurier. I'm not sure it's much of a biography though as we only see a small chunk of her life that deals with her sexuality and how her attraction to women came to plague her and affect her family life.

The movie begins with her trip to America to contest allegations of plagarism in the hit novel 'Rebecca'. There she meets Ellen Doubleday for whom she develops a strong attraction and infact potentially falls in love with. Unfortunately, it is a love that is not reciprocated and cannot be. This leads to lots of personal struggles and she tries to deal with the 'loss'/ rejection. This leads to her meeting Gertrude Lawrence, a famous actress, with whom she starts a relationship that is not without its own problems.

I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. I don't think it's the best way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the great author as it isn't really a biography. We have no idea where she started and where things went. A bit of a let down in that respect.

Soul Catcher
Soul Catcher
by Michael C. White
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars long and winding road, 13 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Soul Catcher (Hardcover)
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It has taken nothing short of half a lifetime for me to finish reading this book. It's so slow and tedious to plod through which is a shame since the general idea of the story is quite good.
Augustus Cain is a 'soul catcher', ie - he hunts down escaped slaves. He's also a gambler who although good at his chosen line of work never seems to have much money to his name. In a drunken game of poker he bets his horse only to go on and lose. Incapable of giving up the horse he agrees to help track down a couple of slaves for the man who holds the title to his prized animal. Thus begins the hunt for which he is joined by 3 men - Preacher and the Strofe brother. He doesnt see eye to eye with their methods from the start causing a lot of tension.
Sounds great really but it just takes too long in getting there and I found myself waning on many occasions. The other aspect of the story I didn't like (**potential spoiler ahead**) was how typically 'feel good' it becomes with Cain suddenly questioning what he has been doing without blinking an eye for all these years and suddenly deciding to be good to his captives.

When We Were Bad: A Novel
When We Were Bad: A Novel
by Charlotte Mendelson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars average, 13 Jun. 2008
Not entirely sure why this book was up for awards as there is nothing special about the story or the writing (which isn't saying either aspect was awful).
The family drama seemed a little over-the-top as everybody ended up having their personal crises, temptations etc at the same time. How likely is that?! The characters themselves are believable and I found myself capable of picturing each of them stuck in their 'roles' - dutiful daughter/son, black sheep of the family, head of the house etc etc etc.
The family dynamics make for an interesting read but as I said before - nothing special! Don't go into this expecting too much because of the hype and you probably won't be disappointed.

The World Unseen
The World Unseen
by Shamim Sarif
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely, 9 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: The World Unseen (Paperback)
What a wonderful book. I can't believe it has been on the shelf for all these years without my noticing it. I feel as if I've been left out of a big secret.
Shamim Sharif writes beautifully about hard topics - discrimination, hatred, violence, adultery etc. Amongst all this bad is the story of a love between two women, and it isn't so much the being in love that captivates but the journey of that discovery. It's so touching and sweet that it crosses the boundaries of 'normality' and you find yourself wanting and hoping that they find a way to be together.
The characters are very well developed and you feel you know even the ones who exist on the edges of the book.

A gem of a find and a must read book.

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