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Local Hero [DVD]
Local Hero [DVD]
Dvd ~ Burt Lancaster
Price: £3.99

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings, 14 Mar. 2011
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I remember watching this film years ago, and loving it! But a lot of water has gone under the bridge, so to speak. I've since lived in Scotland, and since become a writer; and so I watched this film last night with a different perspective than all those years ago.
I still find it a charming film, but seen through today's "savy movie-goer" glasses, I realized that it lacks a clear plot, character arc, and has loads of loose ends (the fighter jets are never explained; the connection with the beach "Knox" and the company is never explained, the marine biologist (with webbed feet) is never developed or stated as a clear alternative scheme; the company owner seems to have no real idea what his company's actually planning with the beach, etc.etc.etc.). The scenery is beautiful, but consists of one town on the west coast of Scotland, and one beach from the east coast.
It's the kind of film that, once in your heart, conjurs up lovely images; but for me, those images had little actual connection with the film and more with a place in my memory created by watching it. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if it is, you'll love it.
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Life in Georgian England
Life in Georgian England
by E. N. Williams
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Marks!, 8 Mar. 2011
This book is one of the most informative I've found on this period of history, covering exactly what the title promises. It covers the cultural, social, political, educational, economic and moral lives of upper to middle to lower classes, and is replete with dozens of black & white illustrations (I picked up a First Edition, 1962 from a charity shop in London, so I can't speak for the illustrations of the '67 version as to whether or not they're tinted or still B&W.) It's entertaining, surprising, and very well-informed. Well worth it!


Life in Georgian Britain (Pitkin guides)
Life in Georgian Britain (Pitkin guides)
by Michael St John Parker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.02

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short Lives, 8 Mar. 2011
Before you get excited about this book, check out its length: 32 pages. You can get more information on Wikipedia than in this book. Either the Georgian English lived extremely short lives, or this book isn't worth its own weight.


Joe Versus The Volcano[1990]
Joe Versus The Volcano[1990]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by Popcorn and Candy
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanks Comedy Classic, 26 Feb. 2011
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The opening is designed to draw the viewer into the depressive, oppressive, uninspired work-a-day that the Hanks' character slogs through; its design reminds me of the film "Brazil" in its surrealist tone, and is the contrast with Act 3 of the film, on a tropical island. There's alot of subtle and not-so-subtle humor, and the 3 characters played by Meg Ryan mirror Hanks' arc through the film. A great laugh for a Saturday night!


Bosom Buddies: Season 1 [DVD]
Bosom Buddies: Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by i want one of those
Price: £8.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable, 26 Feb. 2011
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This sitcom first came out in 1980; the styles and speed are therefore reflective of that time period; but the banter, the spontaneous comedy is what I've come to expect of Tom Hanks, and he delivers. Peter Scolari delivers a well-rounded performance, and the two buddies have remained close friends all these years, which tells you something of the chemistry and comedic chops of the duo.


Jules Verne Collection (PC)
Jules Verne Collection (PC)
Offered by momox co uk
Price: £14.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it, 26 Feb. 2011
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I knew the Journey to the Moon in its German version, so when I ordered the double pack the Mysterious Island was my main motivation. Both games are fun and interesting, and have loads of puzzles, some easy, some difficult. Walk-throughs are helpful for some of the puzzles, but once you've made your way through, the second time round is about applying what you learned the first time. They are not straight-throughs - you can do alot of the actions in any order you want. They are the games I turn on when I have an hour or two to spare, and I can work through them in a satisfying amount of time without taking the whole day!
Some of the graphics have been improved on in the Mysterious Island 2, which is the next step up in complex puzzles, and a lot of fun as well; having said that, the graphics and sounds are good in these two games, with full sphere viewing.


Lcd Screen Protector For Kindle 3 3G (Pack of 6)
Lcd Screen Protector For Kindle 3 3G (Pack of 6)
Offered by GRAND GADGETS
Price: £1.94

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, 26 Feb. 2011
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Greymobiles' product is a complete waste of money. Contrary to advertising, they don't precisely fit the screen... which means you will have to chop, and be satisfied with a lousy product or have the hassle of getting a refund. I'd just recommend that you keep the screen clean with common sense; it's what I've relied on so far, and I should have listened to it in this case as well.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Unabridged Classics)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Unabridged Classics)
by Jules Verne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unworthy of a Classic, 22 Aug. 2010
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That title may come as a bit of a surprise, considering the long-standing reputation of the book, and I may be stepping on others' toes, for which I apologize. But I read a book for its own merits, not for opinions of others.

Certainly for his imagination, Jules Verne deserves full credit; he foresaw submarines for instance. But even the title is misleading: It's not 20,000 vertical leagues "under" as you would expect him to dive into alien worlds at the bottom of the ocean unreached, but 20,000 leagues horizontal, as captive on the mysterious Nautilus (which is not very much detailed in the book - only a few rooms are described to let the reader know they're in a small room here, or a library there, but no real "layout" of the grand vessel).

He waffles on for pages at a time with lots of scientific-sounding names of fishes or plants that add nothing to the tale - I'd rather have ONE well described than know what 20 are called in Latin or French.

Modern sensibilities of ecology and animal welfare will certainly be offended by the mindless slaughter and instinctual drive of "the Canadian", and indeed of the other characters, who all remain otherwise shallow and unexplored. There are too many scientific inaccuracies to count, errors of misinformation, but that's to be expected of a book published in 1869 and untouched by modern informed adaptation. Whales are set up as vicious creatures to be annihialated - I wonder how much negative influence his book had on sensibility toward whale hunting?

My modern mind wanted to know what made the characters tick, and I read to the end unsatisfied on many counts, from plot to character arc to descriptive powers. Captain Nemo himself has no real redeeming qualities, and none of the characters are delved into in any depth. So much more could have been done with the story, which is probably what's inspired so many writers to say, "I could do better than that".
Shallow and unworthy of its reputation.
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Journey to the Center of the Earth (Sterling Unabridged Classics)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Sterling Unabridged Classics)
by Jules Verne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 22 Aug. 2010
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Having read both of Jules Vernes most famous classics (the other being 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), I will say that I prefer this one by far. Written in 1864 in French, and translated into English by 1871, it was a journey beyond anything its author's contemporary readers could have fathomed. To our tainted CGI & SFX world it comes across as quaint, but at the same time manages to draw you into the inner workings of the main character, in all his frailties and doubts, as he plunges into the bowels of the earth. A good weekend read!
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History's Greatest Hits: Famous Events We Should Know More About
History's Greatest Hits: Famous Events We Should Know More About
by Joseph Cummins
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it!, 22 Aug. 2010
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While there may be the occasional typo (which I find in nearly every book I've ever read, by the way), and his editors deemed it important to put EXACT conversions of miles to kilometers which always gets a smile from us, it is clear that Joseph Cummins not only does his homework, but gets excited about it - and that excitement, wit and charm come through in every page. The books themselves are handsomely done, laid out in easy-to-read lengths with interesting side-notes and illustrations, along with maps. This is our 3rd Cummins history book, and it won't be our last! Cast Away and History's Great Untold Stories are also well worth their price!


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