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Supermind
Supermind
by A. E. van Vogt
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars One out of three, 20 May 2017
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This is three stories run together. But I only found the first any good. The other two play about with the same situation but do not really develop it.


Ourselves and Germany
Ourselves and Germany
by The Marquess of Londonderry
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Old delusions, 10 May 2017
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Got this for historic interest. A man who totally misunderstood what Hitler's intentions were. Does show how he was also a bigot.


Warcraft: The Beginning
Warcraft: The Beginning
Dvd
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much the video game, 10 May 2017
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The male orcs are never very believable. The females are given sensible dimension: you could believe they were real humanoids. Not the males.

Also the male human actors were never very convincing in their roles. Odd, since the females including the half-orc did work.

Quite good special effects.


Risen
Risen
Dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done, but rewrites the Bible, 8 May 2017
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All of the early followers of Jesus were Jewish. There was a big row later on, when Paul wanted to admit as full Christians people who would not live by Jewish law, including being circumcised.

Clavius could not possibly have been accepted the way he is.


Battalion - Subtitled
Battalion - Subtitled
Dvd
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest about later events, 4 April 2017
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Not at all honest about the issues. Maria Bochkareva got pardoned once, but urged US intervention to help the far-right and antisemitic Whites in Russia's Civil War. Came back to fight as part of their army, was captured and executed.


Alone Yet Not Alone
Alone Yet Not Alone
Dvd
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two unlike actresses for the main role., 2 April 2017
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The adult Regina looked nothing like her supposed younger self, and lacked conviction. And there was a lot of time-wasting detail after they escaped. Also the British were played as over-the-top villains - they were not that badn


Tank 432
Tank 432
Dvd
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is real and everything is horribly dull, 16 Mar. 2017
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Nothing is real and everything is horrible: that seems to be the message.

It starts as if it were a tale about mercenaries in some near-future or alternate world in which independent band of mercenaries fight each other. We follow a band with two hooded captives called 'The Cargo'. The mercenaries seem to be expecting payment for this.

Then they behave like silly kids, getting themselves stuck in the tank without taking the simples precautions with what is a visible deteriorated machine.

Then we get the typical smart-Alec scriptwriter twist - maybe nothing is real. Strengthened when a man with a massive leg injury the previous day is able to dance about on the tank.

Or maybe it is real. The end suggest this, with monsters commanded by an apparent human treating the people like experimental animals. Of course it resembles a profoundly ignorant person's vision of what science might be, not science as it might be practiced even by people with no human concerns.

Wish I had not wasted time with it. Any fool can set a riddle with no solution.


Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart
Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart
by Harry Turtledove
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.14

2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing much happens, 21 Oct. 2016
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Book One was dramatic, with Yellowstone blowing up. I got this book to find out how things go, but it is all left hanging. A slow decline, but will it collapse or recover? Maybe he has a dozen more books planned before we know.


Victoria
Victoria
Dvd
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thriller? Bored me!, 11 Oct. 2016
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Someone must have thought it clever to tell a story incoherently. For me, this was irritating. We see everything from the viewpoint of the silly little Victoria, but I was unable to sympathise or get interested.


Mississippi Grind
Mississippi Grind
Dvd
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete bore, 22 Sept. 2016
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Two gamblers go gambling and do a lot of gambling. Two scrappy unlikeable characters, doing not much except gamble. This 'grind' really is a grind.

I watched in the hope that something more would happen, but it never did. I cared so little, when the DVD failed I didn't bother trying to restore it to see how it ended. Checked the write-ups and indeed very little more did.


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