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iPad Teleprompter Kit with Custom fit Aluminum Flight Case
iPad Teleprompter Kit with Custom fit Aluminum Flight Case
Offered by Warehouse24
Price: £255.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Instructions Made By 6 Year Old Intern?, 7 Sept. 2015
Terrible instructions, no key for the items, doesn't make sense, impossible to attach to tripod quick release plate, epic waste of money.

Monsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre
Monsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre
by Christopher Dell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.05

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Images, Shame About the Text, 29 Dec. 2011
While this book contains a fantastic array of images from around the world and back and forth in time, juxtaposed in such a way it's a genuine delight to turn each page, a word of warning is in order: do not buy this book for the text. Many of the images presented in this book are filled with esoteric symbolism and secrets and so it is a shame that the author frequently writes such things as: 'In ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, monsters were a fact of life and we assume that people of those times believed implicitly in their physical reality.'

Really? Is this all the author has to say about a civilization that built the pyramids? This type of gross generalization is embarrassing at best, offensive at worse and lines the whole book. I would say it's only good for children, but feeding them such misinformation is probably a form of abuse. The images presented in this book are rich and beautiful, essays could be written on many, they are much more than the author would have you believe and, dare I say it, mediating on some could even help you on your path to a more enlightened state. So it's a shame this has seemingly gone completely over the authors head. As I said before, the only words to describe his writing is embarrassing and offensive to the ancient cultures as well as the reader's intelligence. Yes, some of these monsters may be have been believed real, but not in the flesh and blood materialistic way the author believes.

However, despite the text, the quality of the images still make the book worthy of a four star review. Enjoy them. Eat them up. Just ignore the text.

The Magic of Fantasforia (Fantasforia Legacy Book 1)
The Magic of Fantasforia (Fantasforia Legacy Book 1)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, 7 Nov. 2011
Once upon a time fantasy wasn't simply acquainted with the fantastic and unreal, but harkened back to a time of true psychological depth, when the dragons of old roared within the collective unconscious of the human psyche. This is fantasy at its best, not just tropes expected of the genre, but a story that echoes forth from ancient mythical truths. Beautifully written, this book can easily be enjoyed by both adults and children alike, but for children especially it is refreshing to see a book that doesn't patronize (easily done with rhyme) or dumb down its narrative. Like the true fairy tales of old this an absorbing tale that will stay with a child for the rest of their life. For 90p this is a absolute steal and I can't wait for the next instalments.

Swingers [DVD] [1997]
Swingers [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Vince Vaughn
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.17

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not clever, 16 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Swingers [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
Swingers split me quite a lot. On one hand, the direction is nothing to write home about, when not, admittedly humorously, homaging films like Reservoir Dogs, the director plays it safe with standard camera set ups and doesn't try much inventive with the medium. On the other hand, the film is funny and the writing pretty decent too, Jon Favreau plays the sulky-just-come-out-of-a-long-term-relationship protagonist in such away that the we, the audience, never find his portrayal annoying, instead coming out as an engaging character we can all relate to. Good indie cinema, but fun rather than interesting, more akin to Hollywood than alternative film.
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Easy Rider [DVD] [2000]
Easy Rider [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Peter Fonda
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £7.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the 60's, 16 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Easy Rider [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Why had I never seen this film until now? If you can only see one piece of 60's cinema that embodies the era and says something, I'd have to recommend Easy Rider, over even the likes of Blow-Up and Performance. It lay-down the ground works for the road movie and is basically a western set in the modern era, with two guys moving freely from place to place on motorbikes. However, without wanting to spoil the climax, this ain't no feel good mainstream riding off into the sunset leaving a town saved piece. Never before has the ending of a film effected me so much as that of Easy Rider, thanks to the strong performances (Jack Nicholson in particular) from its leads that, even though don't offer many details about the characters themselves, manage to make their parts strangely engaging. Like Brick, the photography and images are excellent and it has a great soundtrack too. Worth the price for the drug-induced scene towards the end. Beautiful.

Brick [DVD]
Brick [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.91

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twin Peaks meets Shenmue meets Cow Boy BeBop, 16 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Brick [DVD] (DVD)
A high school teen flick mixed with film noir could have been a laughable mess and while Brick does draw a few laughs from its audience as it runs its twisty course through its slightly complex and interesting, character-driven plot, that's only because it manages to balance the juxtaposition between the teen/detective genres so damn well that you can't resist a smile. With clever dialogue, nice direction and photography and cool characters, Brick is an excellent example of a text mixing and playing around with new and old generic conventions, giving it it's own innovative feel while retaining what makes both genres so good. More from this director/writer please.

Eraserhead [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Eraserhead [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £44.69

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film of the 20th century, 12 July 2007
*** This comment may contain spoilers ***

David Lynch's first feature is a psychotic nightmare set in a dark, industrial world where the constant whirling and grinding of the ambiance is enough to drive you to the edge of sanity, let alone the screams of the protagonist's mutation of a child or the lady that lives inside of his radiator or, in one of the film's most memorable scenes, the loss of his head (before it is concentrated down to form pencil erasers. And if you think that that explains the title, you're only just getting there).

David Lynch's world is like nothing before it, introducing, with Jodorowsky's El Topo, 'the Midnight Movie', and while it influenced established directors like Kubrick, nothing has been committed to colloid since that comes close to what Eraserhead achieved in 1977. But behind the glass, soot and dirt and underneath its dream-like ambiguity hides a very simple film, with one simple theme. The fear of parenthood. Perhaps.

In what might be reality or nightmare (or both) Henry Spencer (played by Jack Nance, who would go on to act in most of Lynch's films until his death in 1996) makes brilliant use of the sparsely written screenplay, delivering a solid performance based on almost the use of facial expression alone. And while he carries most of the film on his back, that's not to say that the supporting cast don't do a brilliant job too, Allen Job as Mr. X in particular adds an extra level of eccentricity to the already bizarre script ('We've got chicken tonight. Strangest damn things. They're man made. Little damn things. Smaller than my fist. But they're new. Hi, I'm Bill.') while Charlotte Stewart managers to deliver perfectly the most disturbingly enigmatic line ever-uttered in cinema ('Mother, they're still not sure it is a baby!') upon Henry's discovery that he is a father. But the real star of Lynch's sick show must be the baby. For Eraserhead to work Lynch had to, with the very limited budget he had, create something that perfectly captured Henry's disdain and confusion towards his newfound responsibility that came with his child. Here Lynch does not only accomplish this but he creates something so disturbing in Henry's premature baby that it will stay with you long after the credits role. Shaped like what one can only assume an aborted ET would look like, Lynch has remained tight lipped about how he created it since the film's release, but strong rumours suggest it was an actual calf foetus, adding even more to the thick air of mystery already surrounding the film. It's a testament to Lynch's skills that the baby is still as shocking today as when the film was first released.

While a lot of people may dismiss Eraserhead for its lack of coherent narrative, this would be foolish, as even though the film relies heavily on Dali/Bunuel imagery and dream logic, it is far from the puzzles Lynch would later create (Muholland Drive, Lost Highway and INLAND EMPIRE in particular) and, in my mind at least, runs in a linear manner, thus making the understanding of Henry's decent into murder a little easier to understand then the study of some other surrealists. That's not to say that the plot holds one single, definite meaning, to one person Lynch's story maybe a tale of a man's decent into suicide, to another it's a study of life and death and what happens in the space afterwards and to a third person, a story of an alien visitor, lost on an alien world. The last one, metaphorically, maybe the closest to the truth.

Lynch's characterisation and direction is flawless and Henry's situation in life is reflected perfectly in the slow camera movement and symbolism, most notably when we are shown the view from his bedroom window - a brick wall. Like the baby there are certain images in Eraserhead that will stay with you for the rest of your life, the 'Beautiful Girl Across the Hall' and her and Henry's embrace in what appears to be a bath of milk, the bloodied stepping upon of giant sperm and of course Henry's head falling off and landing in a random street are but a few. The black and white visuals not only aid the nightmarish reality of Henry's situation and show off the brilliant lighting, but give the film such a timeless feel that it will still be the same experience for decades to come. This is helped tenfold by the fact that even though surreal, Lynch's film taps into the realist and strongest of human emotions as its run it's course to bloody climax and then stays with you for days where it, like The Lady in Radiator, draws you back, beckoning you back into it's world. In Heaven, everything is fine.

Lynch's visual poetry exhibits what should be done in cinema, in a world filled with the generic blockbuster. It uses the medium to its full strength and in that sense Eraserhead demonstrates what film should be about, creating a piece of art that has only been possible since 1895 and is only possible with the power of a camcorder. It is pure cinema and a pure masterpiece. Whether you hate it or fall in love with it, there is no denying that Lynch's hypnotic imagery makes you feel as you've woken from the deepest dream/nightmare you have ever dreamt and for that experience it is worth viewing alone. But once you've seen it once, Eraserhead can only be seen again and again. And with a film as frightening, strange and alarming as this, that is a real achievement.

Jamie Panton
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