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  • Trauma
    Editor Review16-01-2018

    This is a psychological thriller that has you continuously hooked from beginning to end. Some have described some of the storylines far-fetched, and it is fair to say that there appears to be some fairly implausible scenarios. Would a surgeon turn up at a funeral, and would a father be able to walk unchallenged into the morbidity and mortality meeting held entirely for medical staff on the day they happened to be discussion your son's death? However, despite these highly irregular occurrences, there is something fascinating about the approach the producers have taken. You don't really know if Jon is hiding a failing? Was he drunk on the evening and does he feel guilty. Is that why he went to Alex funeral, or is it just possible he wanted to be kind and respond positively to Dans request? Does Dan feel guilty about not being with him when he was stabbed and has transferred all this guilt onto the last man to be with his son, his surgeon? The intimacy of the surgeons last moments with Alex may be the reason Dan shows a sexual arousal when he has a psychiatric consultation with Jon's wife. Was Dan's powerlessness a reason for his seemingly psychotic behaviour and is it brought about by a system that is stacked against him or borne out of his own personal inadequacies. I have watched two of the three episodes but will have to wait for the DVD to be released next week for the finale. Speculation is that Dan and Jon have a hidden history - what is it? I can't wait to find out! Don't forget to compare prices for Trauma on find-dvd.co.uk and ensure you buy at the cheapest prices.

    Verdict
    A gripping psychological thriller with a little creative licence to add to the intensity!

  • Dunkirk
    Dan B30-12-2017

    Epic film - a must see

  • Three Girls (BBC)
    Editor Review05-12-2017

    A shocking story, all the more so because it really happened. It is so hard to imagine the mind set of perpetrators of this kind of action. The story looks the experience of the girls and easy it was for them to became vulnerable to grooming for sexual exploitation. There are some extremely sad parts, particularly as Ruby thinks she is loved by one of the abusers, and it is not easy viewing.
    It is interesting, but not enormously surprising if you have ever worked in public services, to see how poorly the cases were originally investigated and the fight Sara Robotham (Molly Windsor) had to have to get the issues taken seriously.Multi-agency approaches should improve safeguarding children in the future, although it was thought this would happen after Victoria Climbe and the Children's Act, 2004.
    Molly Windsor is superb, demonstrating all the frustration, empathy and anger of a professional caught between fighting professional services and advocating for the young people's best interests. The actresses playing the girls are utterly convincing - a well selected cast, operating within highly plausible set direction.
    The classification of 15 is interesting and I can see the difficulties around this decision. I think I would show it children over 13 (depending on their maturity) with parental guidance. Parents watch it first though and forewarn your kids because there is some shocking stuff. It is important opportunity to have a conversation with young people about this issue, which is more common that we often realise.


    Verdict
    Brilliantly acted, very moving true story

  • Blue Planet II
    Editor Review09-11-2017

    If you have been busy on Sunday evenings, or if just want to see it again or know someone who missed it, I cannot recommend the Blue Planet II series more highly.
    Of course the programme is made all the more fantastic by the flawless narration of David Attenborough but it has to be said that the work of the whole team of specialists who have produced this series deserves the highest of accolades.
    Watching an octopus hide, using shells it fashioned as cover, from a shark makes you appreciate the intelligence that is required for survival in the underwater circle of life. More fascinating was watching the gender reassignment from female to male of the Kobudai, in the waters of the coast of Japan. I particularly loved the boiling sea, where lantern fish are on the menu for larger sea predators.

    Verdict
    Amazing - admiration for the team and the marine life they exposed.

  • The A Word - Series 1-2
    Editor Review09-11-2017

    I have to admit I haven't seen Season one but I fully intend to catch up. However, Season 2 stands alone quite easily and it isn't difficult to catch up with previous story lines. For those of you who haven't seen either, it will be worth getting this fabulous box set, especially if you have young kids of your own as it will help you appreciate the challenges children with autism and their parents face. The focus is realistic every day life but is done with humour and appropriate levels of poignancy.

    Verdict
    Season 2 was a cracker - a must see

  • The A Word - Series 2
    Editor Review09-11-2017

    A beautifully presented drama serial set in a small Lake District district town. Seven year old Joe loves music and walking and is just starting to appreciate he is different from other kids. He can name every hit record for decades for a start! Joe has autism and his parents want the best for their son which means they face the difficult decision about where Joe will be happiest at school. The relationships of Joe's family, including his grandparents, parents, sister and family friends all struggle with their own issues and create a real insight into the highs and lows of loving a child who is unalike the other kids. A sweet drama with, great acting and all the intensity of real life challenges set in the best location in the UK.

    Verdict
    A must see for all parents of youngsters!

  • Dunkirk
    Editor Review09-11-2017

    Christopher Nolans epic war film depicts the Dunkirk landings of allied forces in 1940. Nominated for the Golden Globes and Critics choice awards as well as highly predicted for a 2018 Oscar, the film captures the intensively terrifying nature of war from the perspective of the brave forces on board ships in cramped conditions crossing treacherous seas facing air bombardment from the dark spaces within the vessels. Starring little known Fionn Whitehead and Glyn Carney alongside Jack Lowden and Harry Styles (one direction), these young actors cross swords with the experienced Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Tom Clancy. The films focus is on witnessing the scenes rather than the intensity of dialogue and relationships which often sanitize war movies, not always allowing the full appreciation of the horror of experience.

    Verdict

  • Dunkirk
    Editor Review09-11-2017

    Christopher Nolans epic war film depicts the Dunkirk landings of allied forces in 1940. Nominated for the Golden Globes and Critics choice awards as well as highly predicted for a 2018 Oscar, the film captures the intensively terrifying nature of war from the perspective of the brave forces on board ships in cramped conditions crossing treacherous seas facing air bombardment from the dark spaces within the vessels. Starring little known Fionn Whitehead and Glyn Carney alongside Jack Lowden and Harry Styles (one direction), these young actors cross swords with the experienced Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Tom Clancy. The films focus is on witnessing the scenes rather than the intensity of dialogue and relationships which often sanitize war movies, not always allowing the full appreciation of the horror of experience.

    Verdict
    Movingly realistic and unsentimental - amazing cinematography

  • Peter Kay's Car Share Series 1 & 2 Boxset
    Editor Review24-10-2017

    Car Share is a bit like Faulty Towers - even though you have seen it, you just love watching it again and again. I particularly loved the scene where Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) tells John (Peter Kay) that she just went out dogging last night - absolutely priceless laugh out loud comedy genius! If you have never seen the series, it is simply two colleagues, Kayleigh and John, who share a car to get to work together, and is the conversation they have on their journey. Everyone wants them to get together, and who knows with a future final series announced anything is possible. The two disc box set includes all 10 episodes from the series that won best scripted comedy in 2016. Definately buying this for Grandad for Christmas!

    Verdict
    A simple idea celebrating the comedy of every day life.

  • Victoria Series 1 & 2
    Editor Review24-10-2017

    For anyone who loves period drama's Victoria season 1 and 2 are a must. Jenna Coleman is superbly cast as the young queen. Beautiful and headstrong, the relationship between her and Albert is explored from the perspective of their intimacy, friendship and intellectual diversity of interests. For example, Albert is fascinated by the beginning of new technologies such as the steam railways carry Victoria along in his enthusiasm. Albert ensures a new sewerage system and closet toilet is implemented at the palace improving living and working conditions for the Royal Household and their staff - demonstrating the impact royal approval on the industrial revolution. Look out for the Royal couples visit to the Highlands in season 2 with an extra special romantic episode spent roughing it in an old Scottish bothy - apparently it really happened! Some great horsemanship on display by Atkinson Action Horses too!!

    Verdict
    Excellent period drama without the usual stuffiness and just a little bit sexy

  • Doc Martin - Series 8
    Editor Review09-10-2017

    This autumn nights draw viewers to the fireside for a good old fashioned family drama. Doc Martin blends the cheerless middle aged General Practitioner who is a throwback from a bygone era, with the a setting in a Cornish fishing village, another relic from a time when everyone in the community knows each other business. Martin Clunes plays the former surgeon, who because of developing haemophobia (a fear of blood), moves out into a rural practice to operate as a GP. The Doctors lack of humour and indifference to the fears of his patients creates the perfect parochial centre point for life in the village. Season 8 focuses on typical modern family life, where work and juggling the baby bring challenges to the married couple, Martin (Clunes) and Louisa (Caroline Catz). Some new arrivals to the village include missionaries, an American tourist and a vet.

    Verdict
    Good hearted family entertainment with much to make you smile

  • American Made (DVD + Digital download)
    Editor Review14-09-2017

    Who would ever think you could have too much cash? Barry Seal literally finds himself digging holes in the garden to bury it and coming up against a bag already buried. A very lighthearted take on a disturbing true story of political intrigue on a global scale.
    Despite the lightheartedness, there is a more sinister undertone in relation to the way the US government is involved in arms deals; Israel picks up Russian guns, sells them to the US, who secretly send them out to the Iran and 'the Contras' in South America. For fans of aerobatics, some hilarious flying scenes, such as Barry taking off from a dodgy Colombian airfield, while his paymasters place bets on whether he makes it. The action shots are excellent and the story is an interesting one. The filming is made to look suspiciously analogue (maybe to make Cruise look younger) and in a digital age is a bit irritating at first. I did stop noticing after a while though.

    Verdict
    Fascinating story and some great laugh out loud moments!.

  • Dunkirk
    Editor Review29-06-2017

    Christopher Nolans epic war film depicts the Dunkirk landings of allied forces in 1940. Nominated for the Golden Globes and Critics choice awards as well as highly predicted for a 2018 Oscar, the film captures the intensively terrifying nature of war from the perspective of the brave forces on board ships in cramped conditions crossing treacherous seas facing air bombardment from the dark spaces within the vessels. Starring little known Fionn Whitehead and Glyn Carney alongside Jack Lowden and Harry Styles (one direction), these young actors cross swords with the experienced Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Tom Clancy. The films focus is on witnessing the scenes rather than the intensity of dialogue and relationships which often sanitise war movies, not always allowing the full appreciation of the horror of experience.

    Verdict
    Movingly realistic and unsentimental - amazing cinematography

  • Heathcliff
    paul huggett26-04-2017

    An amazing and unmissable DVD album, with very moving music coupled with hard hitting lyrics and effective dialogue. Even a couple of lighthearted pieces (which is usual in any West end or Broadway production) cannot fail to excite, and the whole show with it's Strong cast, will definitely mesmerize both watcher and listener. It certainly captures the imagination. The Rock songs are superb, and the characters both vicious and flirtatious, especially HeathCliff with his seductive streak, Cathy with her non plus 'Keen to be different' attitude, and Isabella who lives in a fantasy make believe world until 'after' her disastrous marriage to HeathCliff. Stunning Background scenery & Meticulously prepared choreography add to the fascinating spectacle of the Magic that is: HeathCliff. An effect Visual Realisation was used as a Bonus by the time the show was filmed. The Interest and Impact of the show is Greatly Enhanced by selecting LYRICS ON. (SUBTITLES throughout the whole show) from the Main Menu.

  • Rumble Fish (Blu-ray)
    Stuart Donaldson10-09-2016

    The theme of time running out runs right through this movie, from time lapse photography to images of clocks speeded up or without hands. The second of S.E.Hinton's books translated to film by Francis Ford Coppola translates well. Filmed in Black and White for greater effect and the first soundtrack for Stewart Copeland, he went on to do The Equaliser and Spyro. Mickey Rourke provides a brooding performance of subdued quality, I read in an interview at the time that for the first two weeks he thought he was going to get sacked. Motorcycle Boy and his father are clearly educated with the discussion on Cassandra in two terms. This goes over Rusty James head. He's not stupid, just not educated. Early performances from Nick Cage, Chris Penn and Diane Lane. With the quality of Dennis Hopper, Tom Waits and Laurence Fishburne thrown in for good measure. It's a quality piece. Enjoy.

  • Rosamunde Pilcher's Shades of Love
    Caroline Taylor03-09-2016

    I have just watched "Shades of Love" shown on Channel 5. Having already read and seen the film "September" I was absolutely fascinated by this film. Rosmunde Pilcher has excelled herself in a superb follow up. Bringing all the characters up to the modern times. The plot was greatly entwined with September. I would certainly watch this again. Is there a book as I cannot seem to find one?

  • The Searchers
    Stuart Donaldson04-06-2016

    A John Ford Classic, easily John Wayne's darkest role. It is not beyond his character to desecrate a Native American grave. He is driven by hatred and contempt, his Neice is kidnapped and his mission is to find and kill her as an insult to his heritage.
    Martin Scorcese would go and see this as a kid and be influenced by it's quality.
    There are lighter moments of humour but the darker undertones of a ruthless age in an unforgiving land are evident. Heartless men to do soul-less jobs of work.
    It's really a big screen film, it's not for the tablet or phone, filmed in Vista Vision only the big screen will do. The landscapes equal if not surpass the Cinematography of The Hateful Eight on outdoor shots. Quite frankly it's stunning and if you've not seen it your throat will catch towards the end. It's a must see for any film fan.

  • Peaky Blinders - Series 1-3 Boxset
    Editor Review01-05-2016

    I am completely hooked on this series. Cillian Murphy is undoubtedly brilliant as the enigmatic Thomas Shelby. I keep asking myself why I like him. He is capable of such extreme violence but I think because corruption is so endemic in the society of the time, there is something about his sense of justice which is morally superior to the people who are supposed to represent the law. The Shelby family are from a gypsy heritage and it is the sense of family loyality that is so appealing, even though they are utterly ruthless when given a job to do. Thomas experiences the pain of love and loss in series 3, and Cillian Murphy shows his distress in a typically male fashion. The shows creator, Stephen Knight has managed to create more episodic cliff hangers than George Mallory, but that is the essential ingredient to a story about a family who live on the edge. Each season, shows the environment, dress, and costume becoming more genteel, and the family try and fit the image but know they are not accepted, and its fair to say, question anyone who would accept them for their ulterior motives. The violence and language is shocking throughout,each series and some may find this offensive, but without this intensity, the story could not be adequately appreciated. Some great use of 1920's cars, and some good horse and carriage scenes too.

    Verdict
    I cant wait for season 4 - has me on the edge of my seat!

  • Back to The Future Trilogy
    Kevin Stanley30-09-2015

    "Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?"


    It's a simple premise from which a true masterpiece was created. As plot-lines are layered upon each other to create a multi-stranded storyline that intrigues as much as it entertains. Filled with high-brow humour and high-concepts Back to the Future is the quintessential 80s movie that lays a genuine claim to being one of the best movies ever released.

    The difficulty with any time travel film is getting the continuity right, yet Back to the Future does it faultlessly, so carefully plotted that it stands up to repeated viewings and analysis, always offering more on each viewing.

    Brilliant inventor, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) retrofits a DeLoren car as a time machine, using the 'flux capacitor' that he dream up after falling and hitting his head. But at the initial test he is killed by a group of angry Libyan terrorists who want their depleted uranium back that the Doc stole from them to power the flux capacitor.


    "Are you telling me that this sucker is nuclear?!"


    Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) jumps into the DeLoren, floors the accelerator and guns the DeLoren up to 88mph - which unwittingly triggers the time travel circuits and sends him back in time to the 50s. Once in the past and without an energy source to power a return trip he must track down the younger version of Doc Brown to help him get back to the future.

    Written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale and directed by Zemekis, the plot is inventive and funny as well as flawlessly written and acted. The lead actors, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd work so well together riffing off each other beautifully. The supporting cast of Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen) Crispin Glover (George McFly), Lea Thompson (Lorraine Baines) are so perfect for the roles that they'll forever be known for these performances.?


    What are you looking at, butthead? Why don't you make like a tree.? and get out of here!


    Not only does Back to the Future perfectly capture the zeitgeist of the 80s (skateboards, Star Wars), it also recreates the 50s with love and affection (diners, rock 'n' roll). This gives the film a warm nostalgic feel that's hard to beat. And after the extremely high standard set by the first film, it was always going to be a tough task to make the second and third film measure up. Shot at the same time and released fairly close together, the second film takes Marty and Doc Brown to 2015 (and then once again back to the 50s) and the third film takes them all the way back to the Wild West of 1885. They are both, sadly not as powerful as the original, proving that it really is difficult to predict when lightning will strike (unless you know it's going to hit the clock tower, producing 1.21 gigawatts of energy).

    Despite this the sequels still offered fun and humour. But how do you recreate perfection? Recent attempts to reboot or remake the film have been blocked by Zemekis and Gale who say they will fight against remakes even after their deaths. Such love for their movies is testament to how wonderful they really are and the amount of respect they so richly deserve. They'd never be bettered and how do you ever remake Back to the Future without Michael J. Fox or any of the original cast? You quite simply don't. These films will live on forever as examples of film making at its absolute highest.

    Watching Michael J. Fox play Johnny B. Goode at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. it gives me chills just to writing about it.


    "It's a Blue's riff in B, watch me for the changes and try to keep up"


    And as he tears into the opening riff, made so famous by Chuck Berry it's a true movie delight. one of the highlights of a film packed with great scenes. Back To The Future is one of the finest examples of a cast and crew that came together at the peaks of their respective careers and really made the best film that they could. I can't think of a film that really deserves higher praise than Back To The Future.


    "Hey, Doc, we better back up. We don't have enough road to get up to 88. Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
    julie16-09-2015

    This has got to be one of my all time favourites. Escape into another world - very funny and totally absorbing, with a great soundtrack too. Can't wait for the next one!

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