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Are You Here [DVD]
Are You Here [DVD]
Dvd ~ Owen Wilson
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £3.41

1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor, 1 Jan. 2017
This review is from: Are You Here [DVD] (DVD)
I stopped watching after half an hour it was so poor - but skimmed through a few later scenes just to see if it improved (it didn't). Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson) is such an unpleasant character I could not build any interest in what happened to him. It is also more of a drama than a comedy. Nothing I saw made me laugh and I had no interest in what happens to any of the characters.


off the mark CARTOONS, Pets and other Animals
off the mark CARTOONS, Pets and other Animals
Price: £3.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection Of Animal-based cartoons, 27 Nov. 2016
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Like I would expect with most good cartoon collections, not every one is a classic, but there is plenty of quality here and, with most reactions ranging from wry smile to occasional laugh out loud, I did enjoy this selection.


Hardcore Henry
Hardcore Henry
Dvd

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Actioned packed - Not for the squeamish, 16 Oct. 2016
This review is from: Hardcore Henry (Amazon Video)
The 'Time out' quote for this on the cover is "This is a brutal, relentless, edge-of-your-seat experience" and that pretty much sums it up. After a fairly gentle introduction to the character of Henry, the pace does not really slacken off through-out the film. Apart from a brief unusual musical interlude the film is pretty much one extended fight/chase sequence. The violence is relentless and graphic (the opening title sequence pretty much sets the scene). The film seems to be set in a (near-future?) Moscow and whilst the technology seems largely futuristic, I don't think the villains 'abilities' are ever really explained. While Henry searches out his kidnapped wife various strange characters come to his assistance which adds a bit to the interest. The soundtrack is effective and the idea of showing everything from the point of view of Henry is interesting. However through not seeing Henry (or hearing him) I think you lose out a bit on any real understanding of the character. So if you don't mind the violence and want something action packed (but not too deep) then this may be worth a watch.


Ashley Bell
Ashley Bell
by Dean Koontz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and not his best., 14 Oct. 2016
This review is from: Ashley Bell (Paperback)
The Plot sounded really interesting and I have read and enjoyed a lot of Dean Koontz books before so I was optimistic about this one. Bibi Bell is told she is seriously ill, but then under strange circumstances is told that she needs to save someone called Ashley Bell. However the book soon is bogged down in complicated mixture of reality and something else, and as plot gets more confusing and directionless I soon lost interest. I wanted to read the end to see if it all came together in some coherent way, but it was almost too much of a struggle and what I read of the end did not really improve on anything that had gone before.


The Damage Done: Inspector McLean 6
The Damage Done: Inspector McLean 6
by James Oswald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars 90% Great, 20 Aug. 2016
I have read and enjoyed others in this series, and was soon swept up in this intriguing story. Inspector Tony McLean starts investigating a case from his past that seems to link to events of the present. This is the sort of police procedural that I enjoy, where you get the feel that the main character is dealing with the mundane of his job as well as investigating the main case, and there are interesting strands in his personal life that are followed and intertwine with the main story. The thing that let it down for me a bit however, is the ending where, as some other reviewers have commented, the book appears to change genre - moving from Crime to something else. Perhaps the way the story developed, it would have been hard to come up with plausible ending without doing this, but in my view this did spoil the ending.


DVD The Girl in the Cafe - Region 2 - English Audio - BBC
DVD The Girl in the Cafe - Region 2 - English Audio - BBC
Dvd ~ Bill Nighy
Offered by MMRSALES
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this, 26 Jun. 2016
I had never heard of this film until I came across the DVD in a sale. Delightful story of over-worked, socially inept civil servant (Bill Nighy) who meets mysterious stranger (Kelly MacDonald) in a cafe. Brilliantly acted and touching the way their relationship develops.


900 Miles
900 Miles
Price: £2.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Very Average, 11 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: 900 Miles (Kindle Edition)
This story moves along at a great speed with plenty of action, but really does not bring anything new to this subject. As others have commented things progress so fast that within days of the outbreak you have things happening that seem totally implausible. There is no over-arching view of what is going on anywhere else and the characters seem to have little interest in understanding what is going on to better manage the situation. All the standard zombie conventions just seem to be assumed. If you don't think about it too much it is an exciting enough story, but characters are lacking in any real depth, 'baddies' are stereotyped and there is little subtlety in the story.


Adult Beginners [DVD] [2016]
Adult Beginners [DVD] [2016]
Dvd ~ Rose Bryne
Price: £5.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Drama, 1 May 2016
This review is from: Adult Beginners [DVD] [2016] (DVD)
Adult Beginners is about a young entrepreneur Jake whose business collapses moving in with his stressed out (and pregnant) sister Justine, husband Danny and their young son Teddy. Although referred to as 'A bonafide comedy' on the DVD front cover it is really not that funny. Jake offers to look after Teddy and although the implication is that he learns from this, there is little meaningful interaction between him and his nephew. While Justine and Danny face challenges to their relationship Jake gets involved with another child carer. The film ambles along with little to get excited about (or laugh at) and the conclusion is not that exciting or illuminating. An average drama but nothing to make it stand-out and not one that I will watch again.


My Old Lady [DVD] [2014]
My Old Lady [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Maggie Smith
Price: £5.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Intense, well acted drama, 17 Mar. 2016
This review is from: My Old Lady [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
The way that this was presented I expected this to be funnier than it was - it was mildly amusing in places but no huge laughs. Well acted by Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith this was sometimes intense and managed to avoid some of the obvious clichés. At times I found the characters particularly Mathias (Kevin Kline) to be a bit too negative and self-pitying; Mathias believing himself a victim of his past - but when he talks about some of his experiences you get the impression that he has some justification for that. There is no neat message to the story about who was right or wrong in how they behaved but a satisfying and more positive ending.


Love Hurts [DVD] [2008]
Love Hurts [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Barra Grant
Offered by Black Wolfe
Price: £1.68

2.0 out of 5 stars Not Good., 30 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Love Hurts [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Ben Bingham has been married for many years and has a son Justin and is shocked when his wife Amanda (Carrie-Anne Moss) leaves him. While it is not totally clear from the film why she has left Ben (unusually overacted by Richard E Grant), he is such a self-centred character that it seems surprising that she had not done it sooner. After his initial over-reaction, a change in clothes and hairstyle, suggested by his son, suddenly means (rather unbelievably) that he is involved simultaneously with two different women and a pair of twins. While he eventually tries to win back his wife, his son (who has multiple casual female friends) tries to win the heart of a Russian ballerina. Over acted and unbelievable this is to be avoided.


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