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Centurion [Blu-ray] [2010]
Centurion [Blu-ray] [2010]
Dvd ~ Michael Fassbender
Price: £4.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!, 4 Feb. 2015
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This movie gives everything expected from it: action, adventure and a lot of gore! No historical accuracies are needed (or wanted), even though details about armours, weapons, life in a Roman camp and in a Pict village are exact. The plot starts from the mysterious disappearance of the Roman Ninth Legion in the Highlands to evolve into a survival race for a handful of legionaries led by charismatic centurion Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender). Dias has sworn to bring the survivors home but matters are complicated by winter conditions, an unforgiving land and the beautiful tracker Etain (Olga Kurylenko) sent by Pict leader Gorlacon (Ulrich Thomsen), who is hungry for their blood after his young son has been murdered. Dias races against time and elements to reach the southern borders demarcated by Hadrian's Wall, where his men will be safe... but will they?
This movie has action, talented actors, beautiful landscapes and a nice love story between Dias and Arianne (Imogen Poots), a woman ostracized by both Picts and Romans. All what you need to enjoy a nice evening!


Line of Duty: Complete Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
Line of Duty: Complete Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Compston

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mirror crack'd from side to side!, 5 Nov. 2014
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This show has been broadcasted only recently on French TV, and after watching it I decided to buy the DVDs straightaway. This cop show stands out from the others as villains, but also heroes, are flawed persons bound to make mistakes - with terrible consequences for their loved ones or their colleagues.
Series One presents the character of DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), a young copper who has refused to cover up a fatal police shooting; he is then assigned to the Anti-Corruption Unit 12, led by Superintendant Hastings (Adrian Dunbar). Arnott's first case is a high-profile one as DCI Gates (Lennie James) is suspected of laddering. However, there is a bigger subplot: Gates is actually blackmailed by gangsters who have killed his mistress (Gina McKee) and planted his fingerprints on the murder weapon. Gates wrongly thinks he can get out of this mess on his own whereas he's under constant surveillance by DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), an undercover AC-12 officer working on his team. Arnott is soon confronted with missing evidence, dead ends and fingers-cutting gangsters...
Series Two is focused on DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes), who is suspected of having facilitated the murder of a protected witness in an ambush. With three cops killed in the incident, Denton is ostracized by her colleagues and interrogated by Hastings, Fleming and Arnott who point out at her financial troubles and the non-respect of procedures during the witness' transfert. But Denton is a strong-minded woman: nothing cannot make her change her claims of being set-up, neither the AC-12 team's investigations nor the brutalities she endures in prison - a situation which makes the viewers wonder if she could be, indeed, an innocent woman.
Wonderful scripts, fantastic actors and actresses, an endearing father/son relationship between Arnott and Hastings (like the battle!), suspense and heart-wrenching scenes... This show is the perfect representation of the Latin proverb: "Errare humanum est, perseverare autem diabolicum, et tertia non datur" (To err is human; to persist in committing errors is of the devil; and the third possibility is not given).
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Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries & Other Stories
Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries & Other Stories
by John Taylor
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stories, wonderful narrator!, 16 Oct. 2014
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Benedict Cumberbatch has the most magnificient voice - and his speech is flawless. I got hypnotized while listening to the new adventures of the Baker Street crime-fighting duo on my MP4: not only does Cumberbatch manages to enthrall us with the suspense, but he also does different accents (American, country-style, etc) while remaining understantable even for a non-native English-speaking listener!
The stories are quite good - my only complain is that they are short! John Taylor did a good job in writing plots involving thieves, missing goods and trains. Also, he's respectful towards the Conan Doyle's universe and has managed to keep the Holmes/Watson friendship intact instead of conveniently turning Watson into the comic-relief fool.
A good purchase!


Sherlock Mix Vinyl Sticker Pack
Sherlock Mix Vinyl Sticker Pack
Offered by Partridge Promotions Ltd
Price: £2.95

4.0 out of 5 stars NIce product, 13 Oct. 2014
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Nice product, but delivered late.


The Hollow Crown - TV Mini Series [DVD]
The Hollow Crown - TV Mini Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Whishaw

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare, unleashed!, 1 Oct. 2014
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I have never been a big fan of watching Shakespeare's plays on stage, as I thought them difficult to understand for a non-native English-speaking person - but it has all changed with this superb version! Charismatic actors, beautiful scenery, action-packed battle scenes and, most importantly, helpful subtitles! The three plays are wonderful, even if I confess having a preference for 'Henry IV' with Jeremy Irons in his heart-breaking interpretation of a King reaching the end of his life and despairing about his son and heir, prompting the future Henry V (Tom Hiddleston) to grow from immature fool to responsible leader, leaving behind the companions of his reckless youth. The drama linking the three plays is the frailty of power, where a King can be removed (Richard II), haunted by remorse (Henry IV) or struck down at the height of his fame (Henry V).
Looking forwards to the next tetralogy!


Parade's End [Blu-ray]
Parade's End [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A love triangle and the end of a world, 30 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Parade's End [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I have not read the novel by Ford Madox Ford but it is not required to appreciate this TV adaptation. Set during the Edwardian era, it presents the tormented life of aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) caught in a love triangle between his unfaithful wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) and his sweetheart Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens), who are polar opposite of each other: Sylvia is a cruel, charming, idle socialite whereas impoverished, educated Valentine works as a gym teacher in a girl's school.
Christopher believes in values such as honor and duty but gets no gratitude from Sylvia, who married him after having gotten pregnant from another man. Sylvia constantly plays the "pulling the strings of a shower bath" game regardless of fatal consequences on her clueless lovers and friends while fearless Valentine doesn't let her precarious financial situation stopping her from campaigning for causes such as votes for women or pacifism during WWI. Torn between his duty and his heart, wounded and traumatized in the trenches, Christopher will finally find the strength to "end the parade" (renouncing to his impeccable façade) and love Valentine in spite of his entourage's disapprovance.
A very good show lead by beautiful actors, presenting a society ending through the horror and absurdity of WWI. The film uses strong symbols like the presence of mirrors in the glittering but empty Edwardian high-class (Sylvia and her ever-present powder compact), triangle-shaped flashback sequences and the constant intrusion of loud, military parades. The last line of the show, "There will be no more parades" announces the birth of a modern society, which Christopher will discover with Valentine whereas shalllow Sylvia sets her sights on a new husband.


True Detective - Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
True Detective - Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Woody Harrelson
Price: £15.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Louisiana, deer's antlers and a serial killer!, 11 Sept. 2014
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Set in Vermillion Parish, Louisiana, this series present two Homicide Detectives, Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) investigating mysterious disappearances from 1995 to 2012. Starting with the murder of prostitute Dora Lange, Hart and Cohle are puzzled by the crime scene: the victim has been blindfolded, crowned with deer's antlers and her body arranged as if she was praying in front of a tree.
Cohle soon understands it is the work of a serial killer; however, the two Detectives are confronted to a constant erasing of clues, either from Nature (hurricanes, overabundant vegetation, closeness of water...) or from human interaction (drugs dealers, interfering politicians, corrupted religious leaders). Also, the two Detectives' opposite personalities make their investigation difficult: Hart is the hypocritical family man unable to resist chasing skirts whereas Cohle, intelligent but broken, cannot recover from the accidental death of his baby daughter and the use of drugs during a previous undercover mission. A major falling-out in 2002 will separate the two men, only to be reunited after having been interviewed by Detectives Thomas Papania (Tory Kittles) and Maynard Gilbough (Michael Potts): Hart and Cohle will join forces again to stop the serial killer, even at the cost of their lives...
A very good series, with an intelligent plot and a set of fantastic male actors. However, writer Nic Pizzolatto has failed in creating strong female characters. The only women are stereotypes that can be found in any other cop TV show: prostitutes, stripers, empty-headed girlfriends, fed-up cop's wife... Michelle Monaghan as Maggie Hart is boring and her scene of revenge sex with her husband's partner is of the poorest taste. One can only hope Nic Pizzolatto will create a strong female character for the second series of True Detectives!


Person of Interest - Season 2 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Person of Interest - Season 2 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jim Caviezel
Price: £20.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Season Two!, 5 Sept. 2014
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Season 2 starts with a bang, with Reese desperately seeking for Finch after his kidnapping by the unhinged Root, a hacker who considers The Machine as her personal plaything and is detemined find its location. After a successful rescue, Finch has a hard time reajusting with life as new 'numbers' keep on being sorted by The Machine, cases that place Reese in jeopardy when he is captured firstly by the FBI and then by Kara Stanton, his ex-handler at the CIA. Finch can only count on the help of Detectives Carter and Fusco, when a reluctant ally shows up: Shaw, ex-ISA with a grudge against her former employers. In the meantime, The Machine is infected by a virus courtesy of Decima Technologies, HR's corrupted cops close their nets on Fusco and Carter while Root stops at nothing to "free" The Machine from its users, even though It obviously doesn't want her help...
A very good Season, with fantastic performances by lead actors Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman and Taraji P. Henson. Not too sure about some of the secondary characters, though: Amy Acker is unconvincing as Root and her long talks about The Machine, which are supposed to make us understand her motives, sound more like the ramblings of someone who has fallen from a tree on the head. Sarah Shahi make Shaw look independant and strong but her moodiness ruins her efforts in making her character believable as a high-functionning sociopath. On the other hand, Paige Turco is admirable as the beautiful, smart and reliable Zoe Morgan.
All in one: a good buy!


The Serpent Queen (Gotrek & Felix)
The Serpent Queen (Gotrek & Felix)
by Josh Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Gotrek and Felix strike again!, 5 Sept. 2014
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A good book, nicely written, and it is always a pleasure to read new adventures of our favorite grumpy doom-seeking dwarf and poet-swordsman.


Howsar Quick Lock
Howsar Quick Lock
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, 4 Sept. 2014
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Very good safety item, a must when travelling. I used it to secure frail-looking doors at B&Bs and it ensured me a good night's sleep. And it is small, so it won't take much space in your luggage!


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