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Plastic Beach (Experience Edition)
Plastic Beach (Experience Edition)
Price: £24.67

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not Demon Days!, 16 April 2010
It's not Demon Days. I could stop there, because that sums it up. There's lot's of inventiveness and classic Gorrillaz tricks but it's more ethereal than the last effort and just lacks the sheer tunes of Demon Days. If you're buying for the first time, don't start here. If you're a fan, you'll buy it anyway. Incidentally this version has some very nice gizmos and tricks with it, including access to an exclusive web-experience - the cd has a card giving you an access code to the experience - due to close in 2011.


Nineteen Seventy Seven
Nineteen Seventy Seven
by David Peace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.88

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not NOT nice at ALL, 20 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Nineteen Seventy Seven (Paperback)
I like David Peace. I'm a big fan of "The Damned United" and I've read all of the Red Riding Quartet, of which this is the second book. This one is similar in style to his other novels and, to an extent, the style takes a little adapting to, although it is very effective. It also continues the themes of Red Riding, with characters we met in "1974" (Jack Whitehead and Bob Fraser are central here), police corruption, the Ripper, violence all to the fore. Nonetheless I have to say that this is singularly one of the most unpleasant books I've read. Other reviewers have commented on the meat of it being "very rare" which I regard as an understatement. Violent sex with prostitutes (one scene is quite awful), extreme violence, dispiriting corruption and quite dreadful language (I know I sound like someone's mother) run through the book from the start and virtually throughout so that, having got to the end, I fervently wished I hadn't read it at all. Take care - I really wished the images weren't in my head by the end.


Runner's World: Training Diary
Runner's World: Training Diary
by Runner′s World
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy something better, 11 Sept. 2009
This is just a book with the Runners World name on it really. You're better off buying yourself your own notebook - something nice like a Moleskine say - and using that. Then you can keep your running log how YOU like it, not how Runners World think it should be.


BIRKIS Noppy-Flex Synthetic-Sandals Birko-Flor, Black, Size 42 EU with a regular insole
BIRKIS Noppy-Flex Synthetic-Sandals Birko-Flor, Black, Size 42 EU with a regular insole

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Are you sure?, 11 Sept. 2009
Do these really do you any good? I'm a big fan of Birkenstock - the sandals speak for themselves - but these hurt like buggery and I'm not convinced they have any real physical benefit. If you believe in reflexology you might be persuaded but these aren't specific in the way a reflexology session is. Certainly you can't walk about in them comfortably for any period at all. Frankly, if you want reflexology, go to a reflexologist. If you want a pair of sandals, but something else from Birkenstock.


The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas [DVD]
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Asa Butterfield
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.91

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A weak story and worse film..., 11 Aug. 2009
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There's no escaping the trite direness of this film.

The novel itself attracted considerable criticism for the artistic liberties it took (and it's noteworthy that it was apparently written very quickly, by a writer who normally researches his books) and the filmmakers here have not only adapted them but added a number of further cliches of their own. Hardly a character is established with any meaningful degree of depth - the excellent Sheila Hancock gets one scene to establish her disapproval of her SS son - and there are a number of anomalies which undermine the concept - what is a Jewish prisoner doing working in the kitchen of a German family at all, much less that of the Camp Kommandant for instance? I could go on.

All of this is annoying but the central plot device of the film concerns the friendship between the German son and a Jewish boy prisoner. This is trite, sentimental nonsense, poorly acted and with an end that, although intended to be moving, stretches credulity. Decency prevents me revealing the denoument but I wasn't convinced and you shouldn't waste your money on this film - the subject is better dealt with in many, many other films.


Frost / Nixon - The Watergate Interview  [DVD]
Frost / Nixon - The Watergate Interview [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Frost
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £8.37

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not the full interview..., 18 Jan. 2009
May I point out that, contrary to the impression created by the reviewer below, this is not the full interview (which ran in four 90 minute episodes on American television). This is an edited version, about 80 minutes long (of which the interview extracts are about 65 minutes), containing the famous "apology", and highly watchable (not least for Frost's reminiscences) all the same.

If you want the whole shebang (which covered the whole of the Nixon presidency) you'll have to look elsewhere - probably to a North American format.


Backgammon for Blood: A Guide for Those Who Like to Play But Love to Win
Backgammon for Blood: A Guide for Those Who Like to Play But Love to Win
by Chris Bray
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - little more than a beginner's guide., 13 Jan. 2008
I was very disappointed by this book, which is really little more than a rehash of the writer's earlier publications. It's good as a basic guide but I'd got past that stage and was looking for tips on advanced gameplay. Sadly this book starts with a basic explanation of the game and goes through the routine stuff - explaining how doubling works and covering early rolls, middle games and endplay in relatively simplistic form. So if you want a start out text, this is decent (Chris Bray IS a very good writer on backgammon) but if you really want to play Backgammon for Blood I would recommend some of the books by Bill Robertie, also available from Amazon. His book: "500 Essential Backgammon Problems" is particularly helpful.


Tiswas - The Best Of [DVD]
Tiswas - The Best Of [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Tarrant
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £10.60

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Bob Blackman on this?, 29 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Tiswas - The Best Of [DVD] (DVD)
Can anyone tell me? Does this have the clip where the legendary Bob Blackman led the studio in a version of "Mule Train" while banging a tea tray on his head?
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The Queen [DVD] [2006]
The Queen [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Price: £3.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not that good - but you must see it, 9 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: The Queen [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
There's a conflict here. Take out Helen Mirren's performance and the film is pretty dire. Not one of the other character's rises much above caricature. Charles is a hand-wringer, Blair is oily (it's basically a more slimy version of the performance Michael Sheen gave in "The Deal") and Prince Philip's response to a crisis of any kind is to shoot a wild animal (and he's played by an American - how does that work?). With all of that, the advice would clearly be - don't go near it.

The problem is that Helen Mirren is just soooo good as Elizabeth II. All of the accolades are deserved and it is the star turn, in any film, of 2006. It's not just that she plays the part well, she seems to absolutely inhabit the woman, so that you notice little mannerisms and really believe that's how the Queen would move (her turning away from Blair in the final meeting is a classic example - all horsey girls and hockey sticks - just how the Queen probably WOULD spin on her heel). And despite the fact that her performance doesn't save the film itself from being a little average, really, you've just got to see it.


Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007]
Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time and money, 9 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
It's not quite as good as some other reviewers suggest, but on any basis this is a pretty fine film. It loses its head a little along the way, in particular in relation to the diamond trade it is supposed to be fingering. We never really get any detail or information about the exploitation going on but are left to the (pretty facile) assumption that the evil white western diamond companies are exploiting the innocent Africans. It might well be true, but if you're to convince me, the story needs to condescend to detail and it doesn't.

The love interest also gets a bit lost, although Jennifer Connolly is as beautiful as ever and it is harsh to say that the film might have been better if it had been left out. In essence that may be the problem - that the film is never sure whether it's a love story, a tale of exploitation or an action thriller and, in trying to be all three, doesn't do any of the storylines justice.

The stand out though is Di Caprio, in a career best portrayal of a (not wholly likeable) character that probably didn't come naturally. The film zips when he's on screen (which is most of the time) and there's no doubt that his performance elevates the film into one of the best of 2006. Worth the price of the dvd in anyone's book.


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