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Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars
Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars
by Stephen Bourne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.88

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A stream of consciousness Scrapbook., 13 Aug. 2017
This could generously described as a Scrapbook. There are lots of cuttings and a few photos. The photos mostly consist of pictures of gravestones, men standing close to each other and shows on ships that you can see on most cruise liners today. There is little original research with much duplication of material from TV documentaries, other authors’ work and what can be found on Wikipedia. It is a stream of consciousness ramble flitting from mini bios, personal experiences, a bit of sex and even a moan about the author’s earlier books not being acclaimed enough.

Readers of the author's other books will know that his "adopted " aunt crops up like a Where's Wally and she appears again here. It would be good if the author recognises you cannot adopt an aunt for some street cred any more than I can adopt Prince Philip as an uncle for a special insight on royalty. The “aunt’s” contribution is that she once saw two men in big hats.

Don’t bother.
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Wings (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD)
Wings (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD)
Dvd ~ William A. WELLMAN
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Price: £9.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully restored version of an exiting and epic film., 3 Oct. 2015
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A beautifully restored version of an exiting and epic film.


Mother Country: Britain's Black Community on the Home Front, 1939-45
Mother Country: Britain's Black Community on the Home Front, 1939-45
Price: £5.27

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary anecdotes masquerading as history, 21 July 2015
A dreary and dull collection of quotations that add little to any analysis of this period. The author seems to have a soft spot for musical hall artistes and anyone who has responded to his enquiries. There is another chapter on his adopted aunt. I'm sure she was a very nice lady but she has already had one book written about her and crops up like Where's Wally in all the other books. Anyway, how do you adopt an aunt?


Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television (Continuum Collection Series)
Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television (Continuum Collection Series)
by Stephen Bourne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anecdotes and rants., 18 July 2015
A collection of anecdotes and gossip. This would be fine except for the chaotic organisation and crazed rants of the author. The film Notting Hill is accused of being racist because it din't include the Notting Hill Carnaval - There are not enough blacks in Dickens adaptions and Shirley Bassey should have played Nancy in Oliver - Oliver should not have played Othello. I could go on and unfortunately the author does. As a piece of academic work, this is practically worthless.


Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War
Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War
by Stephen Bourne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.38

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sentimental Scrapbook, 20 Jun. 2015
This is poor. It is a series of quotes and anecdotes. And there are a lot of them - sometimes several on the same page. Don’t expect any insight or serious analysis, but rather mawkish sentimentality. The author writes about his aunt and even includes a photo. If you want to look at a scrapbook, this is for you. If you want a proper examination of this subject, look elsewhere and don’t waste your money.


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Price: £5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throws out ideas like a Catherine Wheel., 17 Jan. 2015
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One of the most imaginative and thoughtful books I have read. Challenges established thinking in a vigorous and exciting way.


Hells Angels [DVD] (1930)
Hells Angels [DVD] (1930)
Dvd ~ Ben Lyon
Price: £4.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting film...., 18 Aug. 2013
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...but a dull one with the notable exception of two sensational action sequences.

This is an excellent restoration with Colour sequences and tinting. If you enjouyed "The Aviator" you will want to see this,


The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes [DVD]
The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Stephens
Price: £5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting film but poor DVD conversion, 18 Aug. 2013
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If there is a film crying out for extras, this is it. There are none - not even a trailer.

It is also in sore need of restoration. The definition is poor and the colours washed out and faded. I saw this in the cinema on its original release and the colour was vibrant and sharp.

That said there is a lot to enjoy and the performances are excellent.


Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror
Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror
by Michael Mallory
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written book with original research and photos, 9 Oct. 2011
This is pretty good with a fair amount of original research and some photos I had never seen before. My only complaint would be that a lot of space is given to retelling the plots of the films. I emphasize that this is only an issue for me as I know them so well. Other readers may well find these synopses helpful.


The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex
The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex
Price: £3.99

11 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad and the Show off, 18 Sept. 2011
This is an article pretending to be a book. Kermode does not like 3D, brainless sequels and bad film presentation. Neither do I. However I do not feel the need to express my dislike by supposedly clever anecdotes and reminiscences. Some of these are downright unpleasant such as how he puts one over on badly paid multiplex staff.

Curiously, he harks backs to a golden age of craftsmen Projectionists lovingly handling reels of celluloid as if they were master Chocolatiers at the Lindt factory. You only have to look at the scratches, jump-cuts and blotches on celluloid prints to realise what a fiction this is.

He is also factually inaccurate.

Stephen Fry might be able to pull off this smartass sloppy writing, but Kermode certainly can't. One star for raising these subjects, but that's being generous.
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