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Wayward Pines [DVD]
Wayward Pines [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Dillon
Price: £11.00

18 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Twaddle, 26 July 2015
This review is from: Wayward Pines [DVD] (DVD)
This review, unlike many others, is based on the entire 10 episode run of Wayward Pines. The 1-star review reflects the overall stupidity of the show but is also to counteract the four (at time of writing) 5-star reviews. I'm sorry, but I just don't believe that these reviews are all real.
This show is the worst kind of nonsense - at least the 'mystery' is revealed halfway through but after that happens it all just makes less and less sense and requires such a suspension of disbelief that you almost start to think there must be another twist coming.
Beyond the 'story', the characters are flimsily written and suffer from the same illness that afflicts much bad TV - they do stupid things to progress the plot or suddenly change who they are or how they act. The background 'characters' of the townspeople are so utterly stupid at one point that you actually want them to die. Why the likes of Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Reed Diamond or Carla Gugino signed up for this is beyond me.
Any comparisons made to The Prisoner and Twin Peaks are inaccurate and an insult to both of those shows. If had been a full length series, I would have given up before the end and stuck around just to see how it turned out. Not quite as bad as Under The Dome but pretty close.
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Total Shambles
Total Shambles
by George F.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars “Decide your own level of involvement”, 21 April 2015
This review is from: Total Shambles (Paperback)
Total Shabmles is a great piece of creative non-fiction that (for me at least) sits nicely alongside Bradley Garrett’s Explore Everything: Place-hacking the City and the confessional memoirs of Tony O’Neill.

George F guides the reader through a world of squatting, abandoned buildings, politics and guerrilla tactics, with despair, elation and an array of society’s leftovers as constant companions. It’s a thrilling read / ride that, like the above mentioned books, makes the reader want to break out of their safe every day existence, but for most of us, is ultimately an existence that is best experienced vicariously.

Well done to George F & Influx for highlighting both the issues and people that society finds easier to neglect and ignore, and for producing a highly entertaining, engaging book in the process.

Child of God [DVD]
Child of God [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Franco
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £1.63

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, misleading DVD cover, 5 May 2014
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This review is from: Child of God [DVD] (DVD)
Child Of God will not be to everyone's taste - the story focusses on one character, Ballard, who is not especially likeable and there is no lead character who is chasing Ballard throughout the film. The dvd cover that suggests that James Franco has as much screen time is misleading, as he is only in the film for 10 minutes.
If you've read the book or any Cormac McCarthy, you will know the drill - there is no big finale, the story is told quite matter-of-factly. It was a while ago that I read the book, so I can't comment for certain, but it seems like a decent adaptation, though the book itself did not have the impact that The Road or No Country did, though others may disagree.
Finally, Scott Haze is fantastic as Ballard, drooling, shouting, and other unsavoury activities I won't go into...

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