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Robocop (Special Edition)[DVD] [1988]
Robocop (Special Edition)[DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Peter Weller
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the original and best., 4 Jan. 2011
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Forget the inferior sequels and concentrate on this. After two and a bit decades, Verhoeven's brutal masterpiece still retains its visceral power, from Murphy's still shocking excecution scene to an unfortunate lackey who has '20 seconds to comply', Robocop just doesn't put a foot wrong. The film's satirical edge coupled with it's outrageous black comedy make it perhaps the best Judge Dredd film never made. Its a shame then that it unfairly gets described as a terminator clone, when it has so much more to offer, specifically Peter Weller's poignant almost birdlike performance as the reconstructed cop and Kurtwood Smith's Hugely quotable Himmler lookalike Clarence Boddicker. In an age when it seems everything is ripe for reinvention and a remake, its hard to imagine anyone surpassing the assured brilliance of this film, It should be lauded much in the same way as 2001 or Bladerunner.


Leningrad: State of Siege
Leningrad: State of Siege
by Michael Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb, 29 Nov. 2010
Hugely moving account of the 900 day siege at Leningrad. Well researched & concisely written. The grim subject matter is rendered even more horrific when you read first hand accounts of starvation and cannibalism. Ultimately an extraordinary tale of both degradation and the indomitable human spirit. On the strength of this will definitely read Michael Jones' Stalingrad.


Nobody's Perfect: Billy Wilder: A Personal Biography
Nobody's Perfect: Billy Wilder: A Personal Biography
by Charlotte Chandler
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Slight Billy Wilder biography, 22 Oct. 2010
In order for this book to have been truly informative it would've have to have been twice as long, as it stands it reduces Billy Wilder's formative years to a few pages and then devotes not nearly enough time to his subsequent European and Hollywood career. To be fair the chapters on "Some like it hot" and "The Apartment" are quite detailed but ultimately you end up feeling you haven't learned a great deal about the man. A light holiday read then but look elsewhere for something more sunbstantial.


Memoirs of an Invisible Man (Penguin fiction)
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (Penguin fiction)
by H.F. Saint
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourites, 9 Aug. 2010
I only happened upon this book recently, now as much as I like the 1992 knockabout Chevy Chase comedy, the source material towers above it. Make no mistake this book is absolutely superb, I could've happily read another 500 pages of it. It's the beautifully written account of a year and half of some poor soul who has inadvertently become invisible and all that entails. Practically the only thing this book has in common with it's cinematic cousin is the names of the characters and its invisible premise so i'm urging you to discover the difference. The book is a funny, ingenious, exciting piece of escapist entertainment. It's up there with a 'Prayer for Owen Meany' as my one of my favourites. 5 stars!!!


The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain
by Michael Crichton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the admirable crichton falls at the first gate, 9 Aug. 2010
I bought the 'Andromeda Strain' on the strength of 'Timeline' and I have to say I was a bit disappointed with Crichton's first effort, the story suffers from passages which read as if they've been lifted straight from text books,and like the few Michael Crichton books I've read, this tale features minimal characterisation, which I suppose isn't a bad thing when you consider how short it is. Ultimately the story does pick up pace during the final chapters and does get quite exciting, but by this stage when you really want the story to shift into 2nd gear it just ends instead. All in all it's a passable time killer and quite impressive when you consider he was 27 when he wrote it. I must admit I did prefer Robert Wise's film of it.


A Quiet Belief In Angels
A Quiet Belief In Angels
by R.J. Ellory
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice cover, disappointing story., 2 July 2010
I'd heard great things about this book, so I eagerly awaited it's arrival when I ordered it. It's well written, that's not in doubt, the crisp, succinct prose flows beautifully, it's just that the central whodunnit is well, quite poor, i'd figured out who had done it by process of elimination. The motivation behind the killings seemed weak, ill thought out. and bit tacked on, this coupled with an unconvincing middle section about incarceration left me underwhelmed and very disappointed by the end. On the plus side there were some well written characters and the mood and setting were strong. Good but don't believe the hype.


Catch-22
Catch-22
by Joseph Heller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars read it at last., 1 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Catch-22 (Paperback)
Now this was a unique experience, I wasn't sure what to expect, maybe something along the lines of an anti war comedy like M*A*S*H, but i'm glad i read it. I did find it hard going in parts and more often than not the dizzying array of characters and unusual narrative left me scratching my head, but there were without doubt some absolutely hilarious stand out chapters and characters, I loved Colonel Cathcart's rabid pursuit of achieving General status at any cost and the off beat explanation behind Major Major's name. It's a consistently amusing book and occasionally very poignant, the chapter whereby Yossarian stands in for a dead soldier while the soldier's family visit him on his deathbed is absurd but heartbreaking. If you're in two minds, just give it a go, it's a worthwhile, entertaining read.


The Bachman Books
The Bachman Books
by Richard Bachman
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars adapt "the long walk" as a film someone, please., 1 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Bachman Books (Paperback)
I've read three of the stories, "Rage" "The Long Walk" and "The Running man" and thought they were excellent. They're remarkable when you consider King wrote "the Running man" (hugely entertaining sci -fi thriller which is far superior to the film) in just 72 hours and was pretty much a kid when he originally wrote the "the Long walk" which features a stunning premise and is an exciting, poignant and very satisfying read.
I urge all Stephen King detractors to buy this book, the man is a great writer and its a shame that he's tagged with the misleading Horror writer label, which I think does him a great disservice, he's so much more than a James Herbert or a Richard Laymon. If you want thought provoking, character driven, unflinching, very readable tales then start with this.
Can't wait to read "Roadwork" now.


Shutter Island
Shutter Island
by Dennis Lehane
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than the film?, 9 April 2010
This review is from: Shutter Island (Paperback)
An excellent page turner which doesn't outstay it's welcome, it's got eveything, an engaging sinister plot, memorable characters, its occasionally funny, oh and has a cracking twist ending to boot. You'll finish it in two or three sittings! Highly recommended.


Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan - Directors Edition (Two Disc Set) [DVD]
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan - Directors Edition (Two Disc Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Shatner
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Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars " I spit my last breath at thee! ", 1 Feb. 2010
Excellent entry in the long running Sci Fi Franchise. Exciting, dramatic & funny. Honestly who doesn't want to watch a film featuring Ricardo Montalban sporting fake pectorals & quoting Moby Dick in Space!. But seriously, this is a great start to a story arc which concludes with "The Voyage Home" - A definite improvement on "The Motion Picture" & Highly recommended


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