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Un homme idéal
Un homme idéal
Dvd
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to write a spoiler-free review on this film but I shall try, 24 Feb. 2016
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The twists of this story are ultimately questionable but to them the plot owes its excellent, sustained pace: a sham writer gets away with murder but does he really get away with the crime? This is a gripping tale of deceit and its ultimate death sentence.


Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler
Dvd
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very good but you will hate the characters, 8 Feb. 2016
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This is the story of a L.A. sociopath, who finds success in breaking the boundaries of morality and law by filming murders with a taste for sensationalism. I give it one start because I found the characters utterly unbearable to watch but, in truth, the film is excellently acted and it captures in a nutshell and successfully the conditions of the American news industry.
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Child 44
Child 44
Dvd
Price: £5.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 15 Jan. 2016
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Despite the expectations from the box office flop, I really liked this film. It is excellently structured and acted, the photography is very good and, as a period drama, costumes and locations are very well crafted. The surface subject of the plot is a series of murders of children but the real story is that of surviving under the most extreme conditions of censorship. I loved the welter of international actors, Danish, Swedish, English, Americans. Don't be swayed by rotten tomatoes reviews, it is an excellent movie.


The Band of Peace
The Band of Peace
Dvd

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Grotesque, and painfully ignorant, 6 Aug. 2015
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If you took 'The Da Vinci Code' as prime example of debunking lies, you will thrive on this gibberish. There is something to be glad about one other pseudo-scholar unveiling one other conspiracy... this time the conspiracy is against the culture of ancient Egypt. Albeit no evidence is given concerning the conspirators, this is evidently a centuries-long scandal of buried information. As to why, we seem to understand that it is because the Egyptians were expert in EVERYTHING. Science, mechanics, physics, trigonometry, astronomy, physiology, you name it, were boundless fields of intuitive knowledge, thanks to their esoteric approach to life and, of course, some help from alien civilisations. They may have EVEN discovered the recipe for immortality. But of course, why limiting their expertise to all things scientific when, as we learn, they were also the hub of feminist equality - perplexedly, with no acknowledgement by the author of the shift from the culture of the feminine to that of patriarchy at the onset of the Pharaohs dynasties; or with her creative reinterpretation of the meaning of matriarchy.
It would take too long to address the fallacy of the extraordinary claims that Ms Boulter makes - I refuse to grant her any academic title - but it would be useful to understand who could have an invested interest in funding such a phenomenal pack of ignorant biases. If at any point you feel compelled to believe in any of the contents of this series, pause on the cast of her so-called experts, for their credentials speak for themselves - although one must concede that their grotesque self-importance is the most entertaining bit of the series. Fuming and hyperventilating, I lasted until episode 4, then I gave up... life it too short...


From Flanders to Florence: The Impact of Netherlandish Painting, 1400-1500
From Flanders to Florence: The Impact of Netherlandish Painting, 1400-1500
by Paula Nuttall
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful, 9 Feb. 2015
this is one of the most deceptive books written by an art historian. Much has been invested on the selection of images but the contents are uninformed and often reflect the agenda of the author. I would never recommend this as a reading, unless you wish to play at 'spot the inaccuracies'. I am giving one star because of the range of visual material.


Face to Face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting
Face to Face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting
by Paula Nuttall
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful, 30 Jan. 2015
this is one of the most deceptive books written by an art historian. Much has been invested on the selection of images but the contents are uninformed and often reflect the agenda of the author. I would never recommend this as a reading, unless you wish to play at 'spot the inaccuracies'. I am giving one star because of the range of visual material.


Those Who Kill: The Complete Series [DVD]
Those Who Kill: The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laura Bach
Price: £8.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Those who kill, 31 Dec. 2012
I watched this series when it was screened in GB and I immediately bought the DVD to keep up with my collection of Danish productions. However, as a big fan of Nordic Noir I found it a sad disappointment. It followed the blueprint of American productions and, apart from the excellent performance of Jakob Cedergren, all characters were under-crafted and ever so slightly erratic. I was hugely disappointed by Lars Mikkelsen, after such a brilliant rendition of Troels Hartmann in the first series of The Killing. Katrine Ries Jensen as Laura Bach was a second rate example of the otherwise fantastic heroines of Nordic productions. Scarred by violence and abuse as a child, her attitude that inconsistently swerved between aggression and empathy, as it unfolded through the episodes, failed to graft the psychological complexity of an individual with her type of baggage.
My only consolation was that I was able to see some of the faces that I had loved both in The Killing and in Borgen. Additionally, I became acquainted with an actor worth of much consideration, Ulrich Thomsen, else Martin Høegh in the episode Ondt blod.
However, I have only seen the first series but I seem to understand that there are/will be more because I can see that a box set sold as a 'complete series' is available. Does anyone know anything about this?


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