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Carry On Matron (DVD) 20/03/2017

Oooo Matron!

Carry On Matron (DVD) FILM ONLY REVIEW I love the Carry On films and always find myself watching them when they come on TV. When recently Carry On Matron was on telly one afternoon, I knew I was in for a good time. I remember my Gran telling me once that she never watch them as she considered them vulgar lol. Film Information Released: 1972 Running time: 1 hour 27 minutes approx Genre: Comedy, Drama Main Stars Sid James - Sid Carter Charles Hawtrey - Dr Francis A Goode Kenneth Williams - Sir Bernard Cutting Joan Sims - Mrs Tidey Kenneth Connor - Mr Tidey Bill Maynard - Teddy Hattie Jacques - Matron Terry Scott - Dr Prodd Barbara Windsor - Nurse Susan Ball Bernard Breslaw - Ernie Bragg Kenneth Cope - Cyril Carter The Film This film is the 23rd film in the Carry On series. Sid Carter is the head of a criminal gang along with Ernie Bragg, Freddie and his son Cyril. Although Cyril does not want a life of crime, he is blackmailed by his father, Sid. Cyril is made to dress up as a female nurse to go in undercover. They want to rob Finisham Maternity Hospital of its contraceptive pills. But this is a Carry On film, so things are not going to run as smoothly as planned. Matron: (handing Bernard envelopes) the way, your mail. Bernard: Yes, I am! And I can prove it, d'you hear! Prove it! Whilst all this is going on, Bernard Cutting, the head of the hospital, is sure he is going to have a sex change, With him being a bit of a hypochondriac it's impossible not to laugh at the antics that happens ...

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison - Piper Kerman 10/03/2017

A year behind bars.

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison - Piper Kerman After watching the first 4 seasons of Orange is the New Black on Netflix. I decided to purchase the book and read it, as I got so engrosed in the programme. So when I received my book from Amazon, it didn't take me long to start reading it. Book Information Publisher: Abacus Publisher: 2013 Pages: 352 The Book When you're young, sometimes you do some pretty wild things. I know I did. But, I never broke the law. Way back when, when Piper Kerman was in her 20's, she wanted a bit of adventure in her life. So, one such thing she did was pair up with her friend, Nora to travel around Europe. Nora, however, worked for an African drug dealer. And when Nora gave Piper some money to carry through Europe, she had little idea of the consequences. Roll on about 10 years, Nora is now a distant memory and Pipers life has changed significantly. She's now married to Larry, has a good life and job and has a decent circle of friends. Only, little does she realise that her crazy and wild youthful days are about to catch up with her. When she is arrested for money laundering, she is sent to a minimum security prison and sentenced to 15 months. She is sent to Danbury Correctional Institution inn Connecticut. The book basically tells us about her life behind bars and the plethora of women she encounters on a daily basis. She talks frankly about her life in the 'camp' and the people she shares her dorm with. Prison life is vastly different to the privileged life she is used to on the outside. ...

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (DVD) 17/02/2017

Being in your prime can have its problems.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (DVD) Maggie Smith, in my book, is one of the best actresses around. I've always enjoyed watching her films on TV. She's a clever, savvy and funny woman. When I recently saw The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie I wasn't disappointed. Although an old film, she plays a formidable part. This film is based on the novel by Muriel Spark. Film Information Released: 1969 Running time: 1 hour 56 minutes Genre: Romance, Drama Director: Ronald Neame Producer: James Cresson, Robert Fryer Main Cast Maggie Smith - Jean Brodie Gordon Jackson - Gordon Lowther Celia Johnson - Miss Mackay Robert Stephens - Teddy Lloyd The Film The year is 1932 and Jean Brodie is a teacher at the Marcia Blane school, which is an all girls school in Edinburgh, Scotland. Mrs Brodie is a charismatic teacher to say the least whom, by her own admission, is in her prime. Mrs Brodie takes on a somewhat different approach in her teaching methods of the young group of girls she is assigned to. When she starts teaching them things about fascist leaders such as Mussolini, taking them outside for picnics and visiting galleries and museums. Mrs Brodie has a special set of 4 of the student girls called The Brodie Set who she takes on these outings. All this is seen rather negatively in the eyes of the somewhat prude and conservative head teacher, Miss Mackay. With all this going on, she also had personal problems to deal with in the form of Teddy Lloyd and Gordon Lowther, who are both in love with her. Both Gordon and Teddy are fellow ...

10 Rillington Place (DVD) 13/02/2017

The chilling story of John Christie

10 Rillington Place (DVD) FILM ONLY REVIEW John Christie will go down in history as one of the most prolific and hated serial killers in British history. 10 Rillington Place was pulled down. And since then books, films and documentaries have been written about him. One such film is, aptly named, 10 Rillington Place. Film Information Released: 1971 Running time: 1 hour 51 minutes Genre: Biography, Drama, Crime Director: Richard Fleischer Main Cast Richard Attenborough - John Cristie John Hurt - Timothy Evans Judy Greeson - Beryl Evans Pat Heywood - Ethal Cristie The Film The film begins in 1944 where we witness Christie murdering his neighbour by strangulation. Roll on a few years to 1949 and Timothy and Beryl Evans move into an upstairs room which Christie is renting. Beryl is slightly reluctant to take the room, but Timothy persuades her that it will be suitable for them and their baby. When Beryl falls pregnant, Chistie offers to perform a termination of the pregnancy, convincing Timothy that he has the expertise to do this. But, Beryl is subsequently another victim at the hands of this monster. When Timothy is framed for her death, we see throughout the film the process of Timothy's arrest and court trial. Ironically, Christie is a key witness, although he is the one who is guilty. It is interesting watching this story. We all know the case and the outcome with John Christie. However, I had little knowledge about Timothy and Beryl. Indeed, Christies wife, Ethal, plays a key part in the film. ...

Rebecca (DVD) 07/02/2017

The 2nd Mrs Manderley

Rebecca (DVD) Alfred Hitchcock was a genius for his time. He's made some excellent films which has gone down in history and stands the test of time. Although he comes across as a strange little man (in my opinion!), he's made some terrific films, and Rebecca is one of them. Having recently watched this film, it goes without doubt this is still a watchable film even after all these years. This film is adapted from Daphne Du Maurier's book of the same name, published 2 years previously in 1938. Film Information Released: 1940 Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery Director: Alfred Hitchcock Producer: David O. Selznick Main Cast Joan Fontaine - Mrs de Winter Laurence Olivier - Maxim de Winter Judith Anderson - Mrs Danvers Florence Bates - Mrs Edyth Van Hopper The Film Last night I dreamt I was in Manderley again. The opening scenes of the film start with a female voice over talking about Manderley and wishing she was back there, and how she can't get in because the large iron gates are locked shut. It is dark, misty, and there's a full moon. Whilst on holiday in Monte Carlo, a pretty young unnamed lady is on holiday with her female companion. Mrs Edyth Van Hopper is paying her to be her companion. The pair are holidaying in Monte Carlo in the south of France. Edyth is definitely the prominent one of the pair, as the shy, timid young lady listens on and quietly obeys her commands. When the aristocrat Maxim de Winter enters the film a few minutes later, a whirlwind ...

My Secret Life in Hut Six - Mair Russell-Jones, Gethin Russell-Jones 02/02/2017

The secrets within Hut 6

My Secret Life in Hut Six - Mair Russell-Jones, Gethin Russell-Jones Perusing books in charity shops is something I enjoy doing quite regularly. And on one recent visit I picked up a book which looked rather interesting and handed over a £1 coin for My Secret Life in Hut Six. Reading about someone's personal experience in Bletchley Park is something that sounded rather interesting and intriguing. Book Information Author: Mair and Gethen Russell-Jones Publisher: Lion Books Published: 2014 Pages: 255 The Book Since Bletchley Park opened as a museum, it has piqued peoples interest the Enigma. What was once a top secret assignment back in WW2, we can now learn how Bletchley Park broke the codes of the Germans and what went on behinds the scenes. Mair Thomas, as she was known then, came from the Welsh valleys where she grew up with her parents and sister. When her mother died at a young age, the young Mair struggled with the guilt of leaving her father and sister behind to go to Cardiff University. Here she studied German, history and Music. During her studies World War 2 breaks out. When one of her close friends dies, it is at this point she feels the war has a much more personal affect on her life. One day she is approached by a strange man and told to apply for a job which he did not specify at the Foreign Office. So she travels to Whitehall, London for the interview. She is excited about the unexpected, but at the same time nervous. By this time she is with Russ, who later is to be her husband for the rest of their days. With University now ...

Mr. Turner (DVD) 23/01/2017

The wonderful world of Mr Turner

Mr. Turner (DVD) FILM ONLY REVIEW I've always been interested in watching this film. So when I got the opportunity to watch it round a friends the other day, I was pleased to finally get round to watch it. And I love Timothy Spall. I remember watching him in Pierrepoint and how I enjoyed watching that. He's a fantastic actor. Film Information Released: 2014 Director: Mike Leigh Producer: Georgina Lowe Running time: 149 minutes Genre: Biography, History, Drama Main Cast Timothy Spall - William Turner Dorothy Atkinson - Hannah Danby (Turners housemaid) Paul Jesson - William Turner - his father) Marion Bailey - Sophia Booth - Turners lover Ruth Sheen - Sarah Danby - His first lover and mother of his 2 children. The Film The film concentrates on the last 25 years of his life. What we see during the film is what a complex and difficult man he could be. Turner was certainly one of the best painters around at the time, and is still highly revered in the art world. He lives with his father and house keeper. He had a very close relationship with his father, who was his assistant. On the death of his father, this had a profound effect on him, and suffered with depression at times. His father had been his assistant for 30 years. During the film we see how much he is admired by his house keeper Hannah Danby, whom had been his housekeeper for 40 years. And, at times, he takes advantage of her kindness. It's interesting seeing a more personal aspect of Turners life alongside his paintings. I like the ...

Yardley English Rose Tinned Talcum Powder 17/01/2017

Posh and lovely smelling.

Yardley English Rose Tinned Talcum Powder When it comes to talcum powder, I do then to use quite a lot of it. I like to put some on me after I've had a shower. I'm not particularly loyal to any one brand, and will buy whatever is on offer at the time. But when I got a £5 Boots through the post from the Daily Mail rewards scheme, I decided to buy myself something a little bit more upmarket with Yardley Talcum Powder. I bought the English Rose fragrance. I know that the Yardley brand has a tradition for the older and more mature people, but I've always liked it. I have the English Rose hand cream too, which I am loving. Price and Packaging The Yardley talcum powder costs £7.25 for a 200g can. On the Yardley website it is slightly more expensive priced at £7.49. Although technically I paid just £2.25 with the voucher (plus point on my card.) The Ciao library picture is a little different to how it is now. The talcum powder comes in quite a large tin can, and is predominantly white in colour. There is the Yardley brand name on the front with a picture of some pink roses. The pink plastic nozzle at the top which you get the talc from is easily to turn open and close after use. On the back of the tin container is a bit of information about the talc, ingredients and contact details. The Talcum Powder The talcum powder is white in colour and soft to the touch. When applying this to my body, it is soft to the touch and very fluffy and light to the touch. The aroma of this talc is really nice and soft. It has a lovely, soft ...

Orange is the New Black Season 3 (DVD) 10/01/2017

The trials & tribulations behind bars.

Orange is the New Black Season 3 (DVD) I've reviewed Season 1 and 2 of Orange is the New Black. I enjoyed both these series, and when I finished watching Season 2, I was excited about starting season 3. As with the previous 2 seasons, there are 13 episodes in this series. It tells the story of Piper Chapman, who is serving time in a minimum security prison for drug smuggling. And Season 3 I find just as gripping as the first 2, and found myself watching 1 or 2 episodes a day to see what happened. Written by Jenji Kohan, this can be seen on Netflix. Season 3 was released in 2015. Orange is the New Black is based on the true story of Piper Kerman who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for money laundering. List of episodes 1) Mother's Day 2) Bed Bugs and Beyond 3) Empathy is a Boner Killer 4) Finger in the Dyke 5) Fake it Till You Fake it Some More 6) Ching Chong Chang 7) Tongue-Tied 8) Fear, and Others Smells 9) Where My Dreidel At 10) A Tittin' and a Hairin 11) We Can be Heroes 12) Don't Make Me Come Back There 13) Trust No Bitch The Show With Orange is the New Black well under way, it's become quite of a hit of Netflix, Season 3 kicks off with Piper Chapman and a few of the other ladies being assigned to making ladies underwear. This new venture in Pipers prison life gives her ideas. Along with the help of her brother, and some of the other inmates, she begins a business with the underwear. I found this comical and it opened my eyes, to say the least! Throughout the series, we see the usual things going on ...

Impulse Sweet Smile Body Spray 08/01/2017

Smells lovely and long lasting.

Impulse Sweet Smile Body Spray When it comes to deodorant, I'm not really loyal to any particular brand. I tend to look around at what's offer at the time. If I like the smell of it, I'll buy it. On a recent visit to Boots, I was looking at the range of Impulse deodorants and noticed these were on offer. I decided on trying the Sweet Smile fragrance. It's been a while since I've used an Impulse body spray so decided on purchasing this. Price and Availability I paid just £1 for a 75ml can of this body spray. On looking on the Boots website, this is now currently priced at £1.99. Asda is also selling this for £1, so it's best to shop around for the best deal. The Impulse body spray is made by Unilever, and was launched in 1972 in South Africa. I didn't know it has been around for so long! You can get full information on the Impulse brand on the Unilever website. The can the body spray comes in is predominantly white with yellow at the bottom, and a picture of a jasmine flower on the front. On the back of the can are the ingredients, contact details, the fire hazard and cautions printed in red. What I like about this is the top of the cannister can be easily twisted to get to the spray nozzle. The nozzle can be covered up again by twisting the plastic round the can to seal it up. I find this better and easier to use than having a plastic lid on it, as such. The Body Spray The Sweet Smile aroma contains jasmine and pear fragrance. When spraying this, I find it has a citrus aroma to it. It's not too strong, ...

Daz Go Pods Washing Capsules 03/01/2017

Washing made simple

Daz Go Pods Washing Capsules When it comes to laundry detergents, I'm not loyal to any one brand. I'll buy whatever is on offer at the time. On one visit to my local Kwik-Save, I noticed they had Daz Go Pods on offer. Since I've never tried these before, I decided to give them a go. I've tried the Daz washing powder many times in the past, and have always been pleased with that. Price and Packaging I paid £2.49 for 12 pods. The pods come in an orange plastic container with a red lid. It's highly visible with the Daz brand name on the front in navy blue. There is also a picture of the pod on the front. On the back of the container is a bit of information about the pods, the directions on how to use them, and contact details. The container opens easily at the top, and there's a handy self-seal peal on it so you can keep the pods contained securely in the container. These pods can also be bought directly from the Daz website. The Pods Each pod measure roughly 4.5cm in diameter. These are a biological laundry liquid tablets. Each pod contains a generous amount of blue washing liquid, and a small amount of white liquid. On the container it says that this is suitable for both whites and colours. On their website they give you a small list of benefits of using these pods:- * Cleans deeper than a laundry guy in a submarine. * Triple action: cleaning, lifting dirt and brightening action in one. * Compact: easy to store and carry! * Reliable: easy dosing! Using the pods are really simple. When you've got your ...

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter 01/01/2017

Let's give it all the glory!

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter A body moisturizing formula so virtuous, you might swear you're wearing velvet. One of the lovely Christmas presents I got was the Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter. I just love the Soap & Glory range, so was pleased to receive this. Price and Packaging The Soap and Glory range is exclusive to Boots, so can only be purchased online or instore. It's easily recognizable with its bright pink packaging and vintage style black and white photography on its products. The Righteous Butter comes in a pink, plastic pot with a black and white picture on the lid of a lady. On the side of the tub there is a bit of information about the butter, ingredients and contact information. The butter costs £10 for 300ml, but you can often find the Soap and Glory range on offer throughout the year with money off or 3 for 2 offers. Plus you can use any club card points you have on this. The Righteous Butter On the front of the container it tells you that this contains shea butter and aloe vera. It also says that is is a smooth, creamy and velvety intense body lotion. on unscrewing the lid, the first thing I notice is the aroma of it. Although the aroma is instantly noticeable, it's not too strong or overpowering. I find it has a fresh and somewhat floral aroma to it. It reminds me of Spring time when the blossom trees are out. It is, indeed, a very femanine aroma. The body butter itself is white in colour and quite thick in texture. When applying this, they suggest applying this to the skin after ...

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy (DVD) 29/12/2016

Tinker Bell comes to the rescue

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy (DVD) Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy is the fifth in the Tinker Bell series. Having not seen the previous 4 films, I can't compare this to the others, so am watching this from a new perspective. This was on telly over Christmas, and being a big fan of the Disney films, I decided to sit down and watch it. Film Information Released: 2014 Running time: 78 minutes Director: Penny Holms Producer: Jenni Magee-Cook Genre: Adventure, Family, Animation Main Cast Mae Whitman - Tinker Bell Tom Hiddleston - James 'Hook' Christina Hendricks - Zarina Lucy Liu - Silvermist Rated: Universal The Film Zarina is a bit of a misunderstood fairy and is a dust-keeper in Pixie Hollow. She is intrigued and inquisitive and wants to find out about the magic behind the pixie dust. But when she starts experimenting on the blue dust, it starts to go wrong. She runs from Pixie Hollow where she teams up with a pirate ship and becomes its Captain. It's up to Tinker Bell and her friends to retrieve the blue pixie dust and return it to Pixie Hollow. But there is a small problem. In the process of trying to get the dust back, their magical powers are swapped, making the job in question a lot more harder than anticipated. With their skills swapped over, it makes the job of claiming the blue dust even more difficult, and amongst the confusion, it's interesting to see how they deal with this. This is a magical and enchanting film. Filmed as a 3D animation, I love how the fairies come across on the screen. Each ...

Made In Dagenham (DVD) 26/12/2016

All power to the women!

Made In Dagenham (DVD) FILM ONLY REVIEW When Made in Dagenham was released back in 2010, I remember thinking at the time I wouldn't mind watching this. Well I've finally got round to watching it, and glad I have. Film Information Written by: William Ivory Director: Nigel Cole Produced by: Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Wooley Release: 2010 Running time: 1 hour 53 minutes Genre: Comedy, Biography, Drama Main Stars Sally Hawkins - Rita O'Grady Bob Hoskins - Albert Passingham Andrea Riseborough - Brenda Daniel Mays - Eddy O'Grady Geraldine James - Connie Miranda Richardson - Barbara Castle The Film The year is 1968. In the Ford Factory in Dagenham there are 55,000 men employed at the factory and 187 women. These women are machinists making the upholstery for the car seats. These women work long hours in hot conditions and are paid significantly less than their male counterparts. And they're having none of it. It's not fair and it's not right. These women want to be paid the same as the men. So with Rita O'Grady at the forefront, and with a little help from the Union Rep Albert Passingham, the women decide to go on strike. And strike they do! They demand the same working conditions as the men, and quite rightly so. In reality this strike that happened nearly 50 years ago made headline news and even the government got involved. What I particularly like about this film is at certain points throughout the film you get to see small snippets of the real life news reals and the strike. Although the ...

Anatomy Of A Murder (DVD) 23/12/2016

A perfect classic.

Anatomy Of A Murder (DVD) James Stewart has always been a big favourite of mine. I've always enjoyed watching his movies, so when I sat down to watch this one, I wasn't disappointed. Film Information Released: 1959 Director: Otto Preminger Producer: Otto Preminger Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery Main Cast James Stewart - Paul Pielger Ben Gazzara - Lt Frederick Manion Lee Remick - Laura Manion Arthur O'Connell - Parnell Emmet McCarthy Kathryn Grant - Mary Pilant The Film Paul Bielger is a lawyer who lost his re-election for District Attorney. He spends much of his time playing jazz music on his piano, drinking bourbon whiskey and spending time with his friend, Parnell. When he receives a telephone call from Laura Manion asking him to defend her husband, he agrees. Laura claims she has been raped by Barney Quill and her husband, Frederick, murdered him. Although Frederick claims he has no recollection of the murder, he doesn't deny it happened. Now, what I found interesting about this film, a lot of the film was filmed in the courtroom. When Paul initially receives the phone call, he does interview both Frederick and Laura in some depth. He's a very thorough lawyer and is very meticulous. As we watch the film we see how each of the witnesses and people on the stand in the courtroom Frederick, the accused, remains calm throughout the trial. I sat there wondering what had actually happened right to the end. As each of the people are interegated by both of the lawyers, ...
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