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A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide
A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide
by John Grant
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £34.69

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First the positives - the book looks good, is sturdy, 17 July 2015
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First the positives - the book looks good, is sturdy, well illustrated. Some decent reviews. However, a tome like this must be definitive - ask any obsessive - it only takes one blunder to sink the whole exercise. I've only browsed the book twice and I've spotted some changers already - where for example is the Gabin/Lupino vehicle Moontide? This is a cornerstone noir, one of my favourites. Why is the great Laird Cregar's surname give as 'Cregan' in the review of This Gun For Hire? On a more trivial note, there are many baffling inclusions ('Peeping Tom?) which are in no way shape or form film noirs. Its as if, in the race to reach 3.000 reviews, anything was considered - I'd have preferred a focus on the golden age (late 30s to early 60s) with more in depth material.
In short an entertaining enough book to flick through but not the authoritative guide iI'd hoped for.


While the City Sleeps (1956) [DVD]
While the City Sleeps (1956) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dana Andrews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars easily the worst Lang movie i've seen, 14 July 2014
Is it just me? I found this a real clunker, easily the worst Lang movie i've seen. The acting is terrible - Dana Andrews in particular spends the whole movie slurring his words and not just in the scenes where he's supposed to be drunk. The dialogue is also dreadful - sample - 'I'm as honest as the day is long' 'yes if it's the shortest day of the year'. zing! As a satire of a corrupt media Ace in the Hole and the Sweet Smell of Success trample this into the dirt. 3 stars for the photography and that's me being generous.
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TAMATEBAKO
TAMATEBAKO
Price: £14.08

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really refreshing and exhilarating mash-up, 28 May 2014
This review is from: TAMATEBAKO (Audio CD)
This is the first album since The a Hazards of Love by The Decemberists that's really blown me away. Reminded me of early Deus but with injections of folk and dance. Actually it's impossible to pigeon hole which is the main reason I love it.


The Werner Herzog Collection [Blu-ray] [1967]
The Werner Herzog Collection [Blu-ray] [1967]
Dvd ~ Werner Herzog
Price: £47.00

31 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decisions, decisions,....., 11 April 2014
Bit of a nightmare for Herzog fans - the Shout Factory US box set has gems like Even Dwarfs Started Small, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and My Best Fiend but doesn't have all the documentaries on the BFI release. Better start saving, multi region-ers, your gonna need both.
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Tutti Frutti [DVD] [1987]
Tutti Frutti [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Robbie Coltrane
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Grimmer than I remembered but just as good, 12 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Tutti Frutti [DVD] [1987] (DVD)
Just finished watching Tutti Frutti for the first time in 20 odd years and man, is it bleak. It it weren't for the Wilson/Murphy double act I would hesitate to even call it a comedy. What's not in doubt though is the overall quality. There's two overriding story arcs - the disintegration of pathetic manchild Vincent Diver (and his long suffering women) and the Danny/Suzy romance. The way these two story lines intersect and climax in the very last scene is still jaw-dropping stuff. What's apparent, viewing TF all these years later, is the hopelessness of it all. The band is no more than passable karaoke, there's no sense of buried genius, just deluded middle aged men churning out banal cover versions en route to decrepitude and death. Even the central love story is unconvincing and a happy ever after seems unlikely. Heavy or not, it's all great stuff, brilliantly written, directed and performed. Perfect entertainment for grim Scottish winter evenings.


A Feast for Crows (Reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
A Feast for Crows (Reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, ingnore the moans, 16 Dec. 2013
I haven't written an Amazon review for ages but such is the number of ludicrous reviews on here, concerning this and the subsequent GOT book, that a response is demanded. Feast For Crows is fantastic, every bit as good as the rest of the series (which has taken over my life these past 2 months). It's crime in the eyes of many seems to be the lack of certain major characters - instead we get a mixture of new protagonists, old favourites and a multitude of new worlds to enjoy. The story continues to power on, with the focus on Kings Landing and beyond the wall. Fringe locations (up to now) such as Dorne, the Iron Islands, Highgarden and Braavos are fleshed out and added to the mix. How dare the author write about new things instead of just repeating everything he did before! Tantalising hints are parcelled out about events elsewhere - all of which are dealt with fully in volume 5 (I'm halfway through this and if anything it's even better than this). Where's the problem here? Such was the negativity around the web I was expecting this to consist of a long list of ancient kings and nothing else. As for those claiming the last 2 books are boring, well, sorry, you must have the attention span of gnats.


Her Private Hell (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Her Private Hell (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Lucia Modugno
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £8.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stale cheesecake anyone?, 21 July 2012
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More flotsam and jetsom from the 60s washed up and collected by Flipside. No treasure to be found in this release just the equivalent of a quaint old beer can with a half nudey woman on the back. This is a mercifully short, black and white 'expose' of the seedy side of the fashion photography business in the UK circa 1967. These days its hard to get too worked up about a topless photo being published on the sly but here its presented as a moral outrage of the first degree. Compared to the likes of Permissive, this is a pint of mild - hard to believe it broke box office records in London, how desperate were people for a glimpse of skin in those days?! Problems with this movie - the lead actress sounds like Bela Lugosi and fails to convince as a sex bomb. The cast is prone to breaking into 'groovy' 60s style dancing (frugging?!) every time the plot lags (ie every 10 minutes or so). There's a bafflingly irrelevant plot twist at the end that leaves the viewer vaguely annoyed. Still, its watchable enough and the good old BFI have dug out some extra naughty bits for the extras, including a nude modelling doc that's well worth a look. Good context setting interviews too with cast and crew plus 2 shorts I haven't watched yet, so all in all a good package of a hum drum movie.


The Conformist (Dual Format Edition) [DVD + Blu-ray] [1970]
The Conformist (Dual Format Edition) [DVD + Blu-ray] [1970]
Dvd ~ Jean-Louis Trintignant

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy but far from dull, 27 May 2012
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This was a great and pleasant surprise for me. I was expecting a hard going, possibly rewarding, art flick but instead I sat agog at a visually beautiful, thought provoking and suspenseful movie - one I immediately wanted to see again. Literally every scene here is stunning - there is no way you can be bored watching this film unless you have no aesthetic sensibilities whatsoever. It's not just prettiness though, the story of a shallow, damaged human being gratefully embracing facism rings true and builds to a scene of genuine horror (this may be just me, but some scenes reminded me of the giallo homage Amer and, weirdly, this isn't that far from the best of 70s Italian horror in its look and style, although, of course, it was Bertolucci who was being imitated by these lesser talents). The blu ray quality is first class and the commentary is excellent. I highly recommend this release to all true cinema fans.


Skagboys (Mark Renton Series Book 1)
Skagboys (Mark Renton Series Book 1)
Price: £4.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Baggy, ocasionally brilliant, 27 May 2012
As a huge Welsh fan I got this on release day and couldn't wait to get steamed in. 3 weeks later and I've just finished it, which tells its own story I think. For me this is like an extremely promising first draft which has somehow been published without passing through an editor, proof-reader etc. Brilliant pieces of writing jostle with tiresome shock effect stuff and needless digressions. I re-read Trainspotting before this came out and it's such an economical powerhouse of a book in comparison - it may be a third of the length of Skagboys but it has less fat than your average Muirhoose junkie. So should you buy this? - most definitely - when he's on form Welsh is untouchable (see all Begbies scenes, Rentons rehab diary)- but this isn't the masterpiece it could have been. You know what though, I bet IW couldn't give a toss about literary posterity and fair play to the gadge, the literary world would be much the poorer without him.


More (DVD + Blu-ray) [1969]
More (DVD + Blu-ray) [1969]
Dvd ~ Mimsy Farmer
Price: £9.00

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget Floyd, enjoy the movie, 25 Feb. 2012
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When Barbet Schroder's first 2 movies (this and The Valley) are discussed it's always in the context of Pink Floyd. Now I've nothing against this band, indeed their musical contributions to these movies are excellent (although sparingly used) but there's so much more(no pun intended) to enjoy. I found this film an engrossing experience. The acting is naturalistic and believable, the locations are beautifully shot, the druggy descent well charted. Loved the Don Quixote windmill scene, thought Mimsy Farmer was excellent (and stunning). The ending was a little abrupt - I preferred the ambiguity of The Valley, but overall this is a fascinating look at the death of the hippy dream and well worth your time.


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