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Bernard: The Desert Island And Other Adventures [DVD]
Bernard: The Desert Island And Other Adventures [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bernard
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceedingly funny & brilliant animation, 20 Oct. 2009
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Short, often breathtakingly funny, episodes of the misadventures of a polar bear. The storyboards and animation are quite inspired, it's not just a question of just being 3D, but the motion is brilliant. Added to this the detail is impressive - cars & boats tend to have rusty spots while walls are not uniform but have cracks and/or bits of plaster missing.

I don't tend to look at animation more than once, unless it has that indefinable something - when I can look at the same thing 3 or 4 times. But even this is small beer for certain episodes of Bernard.


Crime Spree [DVD]
Crime Spree [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gerard Depardieu
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amusing, though with a good dose of violence, 20 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Crime Spree [DVD] (DVD)
A most entertaining movie with that greatest gift - humour, to which should be added a gratifyingly complex plot. It's been some time since I came across such an enjoyable film and hence am at a loss why it is not better known.

Our team is a group of pretty incompetent French robbers who are sent to do a job in Chicago, where, without straining a muscle, they accrue a number violent enemies. I say team since a fair number are involved which makes it impossible to draw all the characters in depth, all the more so since there are so many other people involved.

Give it a try and enjoy it for what it is instead of trying to draw parallels with other pictures.


Making Money (Discworld Novels)
Making Money (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think of the positive aspects, 4 Feb. 2008
I found myself laughing a number of times - which I rate highly. True, there were quite long sections which I read with a more funereal expression, particularly when I felt a 'Laugh' sign onna stick was being waved at the readers. The other definite plus was the high key role of Lord Vetinary, which more than compensated for an (improved) Moist von Lipwig and worse, his girlfriend (after her second appearance the thought 'first against the wall when the revolution comes' became irrepressible).

Not near his best but a bit of laughter + Vetinary = Read.


Polity Agent (Ian Cormac)
Polity Agent (Ian Cormac)
by Neal Asher
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Space fighting men, machines & others, 19 Dec. 2007
A book set in the far future where AIs run many aspects of civilization (from Earth Central down through planetary systems to ships and drones), c.f., I.M.Banks. The main theme concerns a menace whose seeds were sown millions of years ago by the long dead Jain civilization.

Starts well but we are soon drawn into one battle after another, told in loving detail. I cannot recall a book with a higher percentage of pages dedicated to fighting, in this case with esoteric weapons - so if you are into this sort of thing read this.

There's no real ending: the book gives the impression of fizzling out because the requisite length has been reached. Still, Asher writes well enough for you to become quite fond of a number of his characters - don't, there's a fair amount of culling.


The Voyage of the Sable Keech
The Voyage of the Sable Keech
by Neal Asher
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vibrant 5 star experience, 4 Oct. 2007
Both a well written book and excellent sf, it is set in the far future on the planet of Spatterjay, which is described in unusually rich and entertaining detail. As a true master storyteller the author draws us effortlessly into his complex world replete with a plethora of original ideas.

Perhaps its greatest merit is that it remains so highly entertaining throughout, in spite of being above average length, with a surprisingly large number of likable characters (my favourite being an AI drone - an idea Asher thanks I.M.Banks for).

This is my first Asher book but definitely not my last.


Pushing Ice (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Pushing Ice (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not near his best, 3 May 2007
A book with a good central core of hard sf, neatly making use of the fairly recently discovered amazing behaviour of Janus (moon of Saturn). Unfortunately it is spoiled by:

First, it's far too long for its content and style - it could be cut to less than half its size.

Second, unnecessary exaggeration. E.g., *the* most unbelievable aliens I've ever come across, or an implausibly extreme injustice which drags on for hundreds of pages.

Third, Logical inconsistencies, e.g., someone tries to protect her friend, only to reveal she has meanwhile been doing something self-evidently more prejudicial. Or someone warning that the point of no-return is approaching, only to take the opposite view later when a child can see it has become totally impossible.

Fourth, almost every character is two dimensional and becomes distasteful.

Rather read some of the author's earliest work.


Soul Purpose
Soul Purpose
by Nick Marsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and witty sf, 30 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Soul Purpose (Paperback)
A highly entertaining first novel written with a sense of humour which often leans in the direction of wit. It involves a discontented vet who is drawn into a struggle of good (our hero and his friends) versus bad of an unusual flavour. I give it 4 rather than 5 stars because there were features of the plot which I was a bit uneasy about, in particular an unnecessary sub-plot near the end (a cliché from the horror genre) which felt as if it was bolted on.

Don't miss a short comparison of ideal automatic doors and those which we encounter in real life.

I look forward to the author's next novel with keen interest.


Stardust
Stardust
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.89

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something quite special., 27 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Stardust (Paperback)
A compact tale, told with considerable wit, of a journey into faerie. As usual Gaiman's deftness in breathing life into his protagonists is impressive, all the more so since one of the motifs is how the characters change during the tale. I started reading it with a certain unease, given the theme, and ended loving it -- with my liking for the author further enhanced.


Neverwhere
Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite exceptional, 15 May 2006
This review is from: Neverwhere (Paperback)
One of the all-too-rare books I class as a high grade 'Discovery'. A cornucopia of ideas, written with skill and wit. It's a dark fantasy about someone who, through an act of kindness, is drawn into the strange world of 'London Below'. From then on hold on tight since you're in for a rollercoaster ride, during which you'll meet a number of unforgettable characters (both major and minor).

Gaiman has an extraordinary gift for breathing life into characters, which will remain with you long after finishing the book.


Verdi: Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
Price: £16.31

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen, relax & enjoy, 23 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Verdi: Rigoletto (Audio CD)
A stunning performance of one of the greatest operas, recorded over 30 years ago (in 1971). Pavarotti is splendid as a young & confident Duke while Milnes came as a revelation as Rigoletto. Sutherland's singing is effortlessly flawless, which in no way sounds too old for me (it remains deceptively young while having the depth that comes with years of practice). If her singing is slightly short on the pronunciation or dramatic side it remains divine.
Normally Rigoletto is my second favorite opera (after Don Giovanni), though while listening to this recording it coasts to number one. I do not remember hearing a finer rendition.


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