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Fury
Fury
Dvd
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow- the worst film Brad Pitt has starred in., 27 April 2015
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Takes itself very seriously- but lacks the narrative backbone to pull it off. There is an assertion that's been made that this is a "re-imagined" version of a true story ( involving a Canadian tank crew). No idea if this is right; but it would explain some gaps in the story and wild inaccuracies; for example, no soldier worth their salt would plant a single mine ( one of the key points of the denouement)- that's why they're called _minefields_. The characters are all oddly two dimensional; so in essence, the effort that goes into making some things real- like the atmospheric shots inside the tanks, the results of a shot penetrating armour ( or not), etc. are all a bit wasted on an aimless story. "History is violent"? You get that in the first five minutes, which leaves the next two hours pretty superfluous.


Peep Show - Series 8 [DVD]
Peep Show - Series 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Mitchell
Price: £7.64

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 July 2014
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I'd say the darkest of all the Peep Show series.


Lictorian Fasces over England: Regia Aeronautica in Action Against England, 1940-1941 (Air Battles)
Lictorian Fasces over England: Regia Aeronautica in Action Against England, 1940-1941 (Air Battles)
by Marek Sobski
Edition: Paperback

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not very deep, 20 Jun. 2014
The grandiose title would suggest some seminal work - however, this is not really the case. A mishmash of a bit of reference text - in parts very interesting, I've never seen the export price of a CR42 written down before - some good photos and colour profiles, and some lightweight text. A couple of remarkable bloopers, the most notable being the assertion that the Italians fought RAF Gloster Meteors in North Africa ( which would have been a big surprise to everyone, as the time period in question was several years before they entered service).


The Wizard: The Life of Stanley Matthews
The Wizard: The Life of Stanley Matthews
by Jon Henderson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh and well crafted look at the iconic Sir Stan, 18 May 2013
A cracking read, which works as both a history of someone who cast a long shadow in football, and a vivid work of social history What marks this book out is the depth and span of the the research behind it; whereas previous works have been "authorised works" and therefore not without a certain bias, the author has taken pains to look at "The Wizard" in a more balanced way. While Sir Stanley undoubtedly has a deserved reputation, what Henderson's book gives us is insight into Matthews the man, rather than the legend.

The net result of all this is eminently readable, doing justice to Stanley Matthews' achievements while also exploring parts of his background of which even the most ardent fan is likely to be otherwise unaware.For example who hitherto really knew about his narrow squeak with the law while serving in the RAF in WW2, or the role of the Czech secret police in his relationship with Mila ?


For King and Another Country: An Amazing Life Story of an Indian WW2 RAF Fighter Pilot
For King and Another Country: An Amazing Life Story of an Indian WW2 RAF Fighter Pilot
by Graham Russell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A royal disappointment, 22 Jan. 2012
What should have been an interesing and enlightening read, this book is in fact crammed full of lazy prose, howling errors, and sloppy research. Manifestly failing to explore in much depth Puji's wartime service, the author does however manage to claim that the Americans were flying B52s in wartime Burma, which would have been a big surprise to everyone as they didn't enter service until more than 10 years after the end of the war. The large number of photographs frequently do not refer to anything in the text, and appear a random selection - why so many of Puji's grandchildren in America ? In sum, I strongly suggest that this is not a worthwhile effort at telling what should be a compelling story.


Red Horizons: Chronicles of a Communist Spy Chief
Red Horizons: Chronicles of a Communist Spy Chief
by Ion Mihai Pacepa
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, but take with a pinch of salt, 10 July 2007
I first read this book around 1990, and found it very interesting then - nearly 20 years, a lot of study, and a few trips to Romania later, i still think it's excellent, but for different reasons. Some of the "facts" presented look a bit shaky, with the benefit of hindsight - however, these misleading insights are illustrative of a particular mindset, and I wonder if some of them are not a little bit of self-justification. Not a serious study of the DIE or Securitate, but works the twin themes of the wackiness of the Ceacescus and the role of "influence" very well.
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Proud Leions
Proud Leions
by John Antal
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty fair read..., 10 July 2007
...but a little patchy. A good rough and tumble adventure, in the spirit of Team Yankee meeting Red Storm Rising. However, a few of the characters are a little wooden ( but then this isn't Jane Austen), and it's clear which bits of technology the author is less familiar with. A good holiday read - not one for detail freaks.


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