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Apollo
Apollo
Price: £5.74

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first ambient music album. I loved it!, 10 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Apollo (Audio CD)
I bought this album as I was going to a live performance of the album to accompany a showing of the documentary about the Apollo moon missions it was originally written as the soundtrack for. It was my first purchase of "ambient music" so I didn't really know what to expect.

The first four tracks are what you'd expect from this type of music, being quite low key and almost eerie and suitable background music. It comes as quite shock, then when I recognised Track 5 (An Ending- Ascent). I think I am familiar with it through use in advertising but I'm not quite sure. Its haunting notes certainly stay long in the memory.

Side 2 has a very different feel. Especially from Track 8 (Silver Morning) to Track 11(Always Returning) there is a lot of slide guitar, giving some of the tracks a country music feel to them. I think Eno said that used this instrument in recognition of the Southern and Mid Western background of many of the astronauts on the Apollo missions. These tracks sound very different to earlier "traditionally ambient" tracks, which enhances the album in my opinion.

The last track (Stars) is a return to the ambient music style of the first few tracks and is used in the documentary over footage of the astronauts lifting off from the moon and returning to earth.

A great album to get, if, like me, you are an ambient music novice, though you will certainly apreciate it more after a few listens.


The Story So Far - The Essential Collection
The Story So Far - The Essential Collection
Price: £12.14

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A showcase of this great vocal talent, 10 Dec. 2011
Nothing can compare with seeing Jack L live but this double album gives the listener a great idea of his amazing voice and talent as a performer.

He sings songs he has written himself (Open your Borders, Chocolate Eyes)and does great interpretations of songs by Jacques Brel (Amsterdam) and Randy Newman (Falling in Love) amongst others.

Brilliant


Prime Suspect: 5 - Errors Of Judgement [DVD]
Prime Suspect: 5 - Errors Of Judgement [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return to the longer format for Prime Suspect, 9 Dec. 2011
Prime Suspect 4 was a bit of a mixed bag so it is great to report that PS5 is of a very high standard.

Having blotted her copybook with the top brass in the Metropolitan Police force DCI Tennison finds herself in Manchester and before long is trying to solve a gangland murder in a flat complex. Suspects are hard to come by but she is convinced a local drug baron is involved somehow.

I prefer the longer format as it allows some lengthy scenes where Tennison and her team of detectives try to get information from a suspect or a witness. Tennison is well able to play good cop and bad cop, sometimes in the same interview! She is also not afraid to show her sympathy for innocent victims and their families and her contempt for the criminal and the corrupt. She also has to deal with the varied personalities of her new team of detectives.

Top quality criminal drama yet again from the Prime Suspect series.


Prime Suspect: 4 - Scent Of Darkness [DVD]
Prime Suspect: 4 - Scent Of Darkness [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £7.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form for Prime suspect 4, 9 Dec. 2011
Prime Suspect 4 changed the format from the previous series as it has three shorter separate stories rather than one long story. The middle episode, Inner Circles, was surprisingly poor so it was a relief that the third story was a return to form.

A series of murders and a high profile book start to cast doubt on a high profile conviction from earlier in her career. DCI Tennison becomes paranoid that the powers that be in the police are out to get her. Or did she make a terrible mistake? To prove she is right she has to find a new killer and confront someone she put behind bars before.

As usual Helen Mirren is excellent and you won't see a better depiction of the hard grind involved in police forces solving major cases.


Prime Suspect: 4 - Inner Circles [DVD]
Prime Suspect: 4 - Inner Circles [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The least satisfying episode so far, 9 Dec. 2011
I was almost shocked to find myself not really enjoying this episode. Even with a shorter length than usual it seems drawn out and the final confession from the murderer takes an eternity to appear.

The plot is based on dodgy property developing deals gone wrong and would seem to be more suited to, dare I say it, Midsomer Murders than Prime Suspect.

Hopefully just a blip in the high standards of this quality series.


Prime Suspect: 4 - The Lost Child [DVD]
Prime Suspect: 4 - The Lost Child [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £2.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shorter than previous "Prime Suspects" but still excellent, 9 Dec. 2011
This episode is only around 1 hour 50 minutes long compared to the earlier "Prime suspects", which were over three hours. The quality doesn't really suffer though.

Here DCI Tennison is trying to solve the case of an 18 month old baby that goes missing from the care of its single mother. A man living nearby has convictions for crimes against children and becomes the main suspect. Tennisson and her team work the case to find the truth.

Yet again suberb acting and writing make it fascinating viewing.


AS IF I AM NOT THERE (2011) (Dir: Juanita Wilson)
AS IF I AM NOT THERE (2011) (Dir: Juanita Wilson)
Dvd ~ Natasha Petrovic / Fedja Stukan
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £6.72

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing but gripping, 9 Dec. 2011
This movie doesn't hold back from showing in graphic detail the crimes that were commited against civilians in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990's.

We see events unfold from the perspective of Samira. She is excited to be leaving her family in Sarajevo to start work as a teacher in a rural village. Soon the war intrudes on the village and all the residents are gathered up by local Serb militia.

The villagers are gathered in a hall and we see close ups of anxious faces of men and women, guessing at what will happen to the men. Our guesses are proved correct after they are taken into the woods.

The women are brought to a camp. Again our minds speculate what might happen to them and again our worst fears are realised. Samira is brought to a special house for "chosen" women and children. We see what men are capable of in a war situation when they feel they can do anything without fear of punishment. Some scenes are extemely disturbing.

Natasha Petrovic as Samira expresses perfectly, mostly with her eyes, the fear the women are feeling. For the most part this is the women's only way of expression. What use is there in talking when someone else can decide on a whim whether you live or die?

Samira and the other women do what they feel they have to survive but even when freedom comes they know their experiences will affect them for the rest of their lives.

The film is based on a novel containing womens stories that emerged from the International War Crimes tribunal trials of suspects from the Yugoslavian wars in the 90's.

A hard film to watch but I'm glad it was made as it reminds us of the reality of what happens to innocents in war. The harsh subject matter makes it easy to forget how well made the movie is. The beauty of the rural setting is shown at the start of the movie and contrasts with the flat landscape where the detention camp is set up.
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Prime Suspect: 3 [DVD]
Prime Suspect: 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £4.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping up the high standard, 29 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Prime Suspect: 3 [DVD] (DVD)
I'm running out of superlatives for the Prime Suspect series. Series 3 is another gripping crime drama, this time set against the background of the world of London rent boys. Despite it's lengthy we were tempted to watch in one sitting, though we didn't quite manage it!

The highlights this time are long scenes showing DCI Tennison interviews witnesses and suspects. This shows Helen Mirren at her finest, portraying an intelligent police detective who knows exactly how to structure an interview to get the truth from people.

The theme of police corruption also looms large right from the very start. Glimpses of Tennison's rather sad personal life are also shown.

She's still off the ciggies though!


Prime Suspect: 2 [DVD]
Prime Suspect: 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.94

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly even better than Prime Suspect 1, 28 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Prime Suspect: 2 [DVD] (DVD)
This is possibly even better than the Prime Suspect 1. DCI Tennison has to find a murderer when the body of an unknown teenage girl is dug up from a suburban garden.

The theme of tensions between the Afro-Caribbean community in London and the Metropolitan Police is added to the mix of Tennison's personal life and police politics.

There are some unforgettable scenes, such as when the distraught mother of another missing girl identifies all the items found with the body as belonging to her daughter, as well as Tennisson's own watch that she surreptitiously puts on the table.

A particular highlight is a magnificent sequence lasting about half an hour that starts with a deathbed confession and ends with tragedy in the police cells. I can honestly say that this was one of the most gripping pieces of television I have ever watched. At over three hours the writer and director have the time to reveal the plot twists gradually to have maximum effect on the viewer.

The acting is again superb. Helen Mirren is brilliant, as are all the supporting cast. Tennison is almost an anti-heroine. She makes no secret of her desire to climb the promotion ladder in the force and her personal life is a mess. However she is a superb copper, using her gut instinct as well as the detective work of her team to get to the bottom of the grisly murder.

Needless to say I can't wait to watch the rest of the complete Prime Suspect box set.


Moving Pictures
Moving Pictures
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three brilliant musicians at their best, 25 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Moving Pictures (Audio CD)
I listened to Moving Pictures in preparation for a concert in dublin this year in which the band were playing the album in full. I had heard somethings about Rush from a friend of mine who is a big fan but I wasn't sure what to expect from one of their best known albums.

This is a great album. Lifeson, Peart and Lee were (and still are) brilliant musicians and they show off all their talents again and again on this album. The album opens with the classic "Tom Sawyer" and is followed by "Red Barchetta". Like some other reviewers I admit to having "issues" with Peart's lyrics so I was glad that the instrumental "XYZ" has no distractions from their music. On the other hand the lyrics of "Limelight" give an interesting insight into Peart's extreme discomfort with the trappings of fame.

The album is now thirty years old so it isn't really a criticism to say the music sounds slightly dated at times. There is a definite 80's synth feel to a few of the tracks, such as the start of the 11 minute long "The Camera Eye". However the outstanding quality of the songwriting and musicianship of the band still shine bright. The final two tracks, "Witch Hunt" and "Vital Signs" are also excellent, the latter having an interesting reggae vibe.

So don't be afraid if you don't know anything about Rush. Listen to "Moving Pictures" with an open mind and I think you enjoy it.


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