State of Fear (2004, Conspiracy Techno-Thriller Book) – 7/10 review

Writer: Michael Crichton

State of Fear (2004)

A wealthy environmental investor is killed when his Ferrari plunges off a cliff. With his funding up in the air, his lawyer finds himself at the centre of a ideological storm wherein his understanding of global warming will be irrevocably challenged.

7/10

Interesting global warming-themed thriller whose thought-provoking core resonates rather more successfully than the thriller part entertains. In fact, the thriller part seems quite poorly written with the breathless pace of those sections allowing important story details to be too easily skipped and sequences ending abruptly.

This Michael Crichton book contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and violence, an extremely unpleasant scene of cannibalism.

Decoding the Heavens (2008, Archaeology Epic Book) – 7/10 review

Author: Jo Marchant

Decoding the Heavens (2008)

"In 1900 a group of sponge divers blown off course in the Meditteranean discovered an Ancient Greek shipwreck dating from around 70 BC. Lying unnoticed for months amongst their hard-won haul was what appeared to be a formless lump of corroded rock. It turned out to be the most stunning scientific artefact we have from antiquity. For more than a century this ‘Antikythera mechanism‘ puzzled academics. It was ancient clockwork, unmatched in complexity for a thousand years – but what was it for? Now, more than 2,000 years after the device was lost at sea, scientists have pieced together its intricate works and revealed its secrets." (from flyleaf)

7/10

This archaeological history looking at the discovery and understanding of a technology that wasn’t thought to exist is written more like a novel or movie biography than a textbook and is remarkably readable. Marchant goes through each key person chronologically as they come under the irresistible spell of the Antikythera mechanism and each dedicate their resources to revealing and adding their name to it’s history. By the end of the book, the stunning, out-of-time nature of the Antikythera mechanism will stir the intellect (had mankind really made no technological progress in the 2,000 years before the 20th century?) and it’s near-magic hold over those directly involved will be entirely understandable.

The Teeth of the Tiger (2003, Book) – 7/10 review

Writer: Tom Clancy

Teeth of the Tiger, The (2003)

7/10

A little less in the way of how-to-build-your-own submarine / nuclear bomb / capitalist economy (delete as appropriate) and more in the way of preparation for and execution of field work makes this entertaining skilful book simpler than some of Clancy’s other country-juggling Jack Ryan thrillers. The baton is passed to Jack, Jr., who closes the book by, essentially, thumbing his nose, wiggling his fingers and saying nah-nah-ne-nah-nah SPOILER to an enemy of America as he watches him die. It feels a little inappropriate given the navel-gazing done during the remainder but provides a fittingly American climax.

This book contains sexual swear words and graphic violence, unpleasant scenes and references to sexuality.

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple s02e03,04 At Bertram’s Hotel (1986,) – 8/10 murder mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Novel Writer: Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: Jill Hyem
Director: Mary McMurray
Joan Hickson: Miss Marple
Producer: George Gallaccio

Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s 2.03,04 At Bertram’s Hotel (1986)

Miss Marple is thrilled to be going to stay as Bertram’s Hotel, a little bit of England as it used to be but when she arrives, a glamorous female pioneer is dominating proceedings and Marple senses a sinister undercurrent.

8/10

Though the only murder in this adaptation occurs a few minutes before the end, the atmosphere and dotty characters are so splendid that it almost covers the lack of dead people. The wonderful Joan Hickson is backed by Joan Greenwood as a delightfully gossipy friend (she still has that magnificently husky voice) and Preston Lockwood as a spectacularly absent-minded cleric. And while the viewer will certainly have bits and pieces solved before the reveal, Marple still has the final touches up her sleeve. Special delight is reserved for the line "I’m dying to see ITV. I hear it’s ghastly." (For non-British viewers, this programme was created by Britain’s public broadcaster BBC and ITV is the name of the country’s first and principal commercial television broadcaster.)

This Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s episode contains a mild swear word, mild adult dialogue, Mild unpleasant scenes

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in A Caribbean Mystery (1989) – 7/10 murder mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Novel Writer: Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: T.R. Bowen
Director: Christopher Petit
Joan Hickson: Miss Marple
Donald Pleasence: Jason Rafiel
T.P. McKenna: Dr. Grahame
Frank Middlemass: Major Palgrave
Producer: George Gallaccio

Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s A Caribbean Mystery (1989)

After an illness, Jane Marple’s nephew sends her off on a Caribbean holiday but the death of an old Major with endless stories about his time as a hunter, military and police man doesn’t sit quite right. Miss Marple immediately connects his story involving “the picture of a killer” in his wallet with his unexpected demise but fears that the local authorities will pay no attention to her. Enter Jason Rafiel (“Oi! Miss Marple!”): a rude, obnoxious and immensely wealthy wheelchair-bound man who may be able to put a word in the right ear.

7/10

Coming after a three year gap, we finally get to find out why old dead codger Jason Rafiel got Miss Marple to investigate the suspicious death in Nemesis as he runs into the woman with “a mind like a bacon slicer” on a Caribbean holiday. Hickson is perfect as Marple, Donald Pleasence is stroppy fun as Rafiel (“Don’t start knitting on me”) and the mystery and identity of the murderer is explained in the first ten minutes without the audience realising it. The music is clumsier than usual and the first half is a tad slow but this is a solid adaptation of a decent mystery.

This Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s episode contains adult dialogue, mild swear word, Gory and unpleasant scenes

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in They Do It With Mirrors (1991) – 8/10 murder mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Novel Writer: Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: T.R. Bowen
Director: Norman Stone
Joan Hickson: Miss Marple
Jean Simmons: Carrie-Louise Serrocold
Joss Ackland: Lewis Serrocold
Faith Brook: Ruth van Rydock
Gillian Barge: Mildred Strete
David Horovitch: Chief Inspector Slack
Producer: George Gallaccio

Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s They Do It With Mirrors (1991)

Miss Marple is asked to go and visit someone an old friend, Carrie-Louise Serrocold, but it’s not just to catch up: Carrie-Louise’s life is thought to be in danger. Within a couple of days, a murder is committed.

8/10

Entertaining and atmospheric murder mystery which has plenty to delight, not least, of course, Joan Hickson as the perfect Miss Marple and her interactions with David Horovitch as the impressively irritable Chief Inspector Slack. However, the critical scene (in the sitting room listening to the goings-on in the study) is fluffed by the director making the identity of the murderer rather more obvious than it should be and the novel’s tricky climax is weakly handled (it should be tragic; here it’s a bit silly). Still, the atmosphere is superb. Joss Ackland is surprisingly good as we are sadly used to seeing him as a bellowing, eye-rolling villain. Naturally, Joan Hickson as Miss Marple (in her penultimate performance) is, as usual, outstanding. Has any part ever been more perfectly cast?

This Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s episode contains , Strong violence, unpleasant scenes

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot S03E09 The Plymouth Express (1991) – 7/10 period murder mystery TV review

Cast / crew
Writer: Agatha Christie
David Suchet: Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser: Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson: Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran: Miss Lemon
Writer (Dramatisation): Rod Beacham
Script Consultant: Clive Exton
John Stone: Halliday
Kenneth Haigh: McKenzie
Julian Wadham: Rupert Carrington
Alfredo Michelson: Comte de la Rochefour
Marion Bailey: Jane Mason
Shelagh McLeod: Florence Carrington
Producer: Brian Eastman
Director: Andrew Piddington
Executive Producer: Nick Elliott

Poirot, Agatha Christie’s S03E09 Plymouth Express, The (1991)

When Florence Carrington, the daughter of a self-made millionaire, is murdered on the London to Plymouth Express and her extensive and valuable jewelry collection taken, Poirot becomes involved as he had been previously asked to cast an eye over her latest suitor. However, the two obvious suspects in her death, the latest suitor and her broke soon-to-be ex-husband, simply do not work for Poirot. The critical clue is clearly an insistent attempt to buy a late edition daily newspaper (as opposed to an early edition) by Florence shortly before her death but what can it mean?

7/10

There are less little pieces of character business in this episode (though I did enjoy Hastings almost calling a Frenchman a “frog” in front of Poirot) but the director paces the thing so beautifully that when Poirot starts preparing for the finalé you are sure you should still have a good twenty minutes of sleuthing to go. That’s the beauty of the one hour format, the episode are consistently crisp and fast-moving. When the series moved to the two-hour format, it lost much more than (the extra hour) it gained.

This Poirot, Agatha Christie’s episode contains unpleasant description of death by knife and violent and unpleasant scene.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot s06e01 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1994) – 6/10 period crime detective murder mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Hercule Poirot: David Suchet
Chief Inspector Japp: Philip Jackson
Writer (Original Novel): Agatha Christie
Writer (Dramatisation): Clive Exton
Vernon Dobtcheff: Simeon Lee

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s06e01 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1994)

“For Poirot it will be a quiet Christmas.” Poirot’s powers of prophecy are not as finely tuned as his powers of deduction as he finds himself – thanks to a heating malfunction in his own apartment – staying at the home of the odious Simeon Lee who believes that his life is in danger. Sure enough, Lee is brutally murdered soon thereafter.

6/10

While the mechanics of the locked-room murder are agreeably ingenious, Clive Exton fails to bring much of his usual humour and humanity to the script and doesn’t disguise the fact that Poirot couldn’t possibly know what he knows at the end (he could know the murderer and the method but not the murderer’s mother or where she was staying). Exton also fails to successfully present any of the suspects as genuinely having the means, motive and opportunity to commit the crime. A bit weak, then, but still watchable thanks to David Suchet’s Poirot and Philip Jackson’s Japp who hadn’t yet lost their humanity and friendship in their performances ("Ah, Chief Inspector! You have been thinking again; I have warned you of this before.").

This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains bad language, blade violence, inferred strong violence, unpleasant scenes

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot s10e03 After the Funeral (2005) – 5/10 period crime detective drama TV review

Cast / crew
David Suchet: Hercule Poirot
Writer (Original Novel): Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: Philomena McDonagh
Robert Bathurst: Gilbert Entwhistle
Geraldine James: Helen Abernethie
Anna Calder-Marshall: Maude Abernethie
Monica Dolan: Cora and Miss Gilchrist
Kevin Doyle: Inspector Morton
Michael Fassbender: George Abernathie
Fiona Glascott: Rosamund
Julian Ovenden: Michael Shane
Lucy Punch: Susannah Henderson
William Russell: Lanscombe
Anthony Valentine: Giovanni Gallaccio
Benjamin Whitrow: Timothy Abernethie
Producer: Trevor Hopkins
Director: Maurice Phillips

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s10e03 After the Funeral (2005)

Poirot investigates the death of a man who, after his funeral, is claimed to have been murdered by one of his slightly dotty relatives, Cora Gallaccio. Her rambling is dismissed but a bizarre and unexpected will proves to be an appetiser for the main course: the brutal murder of Cora Gallaccio the day after the funeral.

5/10

Christie’s whodunit has such an unforeseen solution that it drags this adaptation back up to average after declining slowly through inactivity and ripe acting during the second hour. Despite all the period production design, this outing, like most of these two-hour adaptations, simply has no atmosphere or charm.

This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains mild sexuality, Unpleasant scenes

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e03 The Third Girl (2008, TV) –6/10 period crime detective drama review

Cast / crew
David Suchet: Hercule Poirot
Writer (Original Novel): Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: Peter Flannery
Peter Bowles: Sir Roderick Horsfield
Clemency Burton-Hill: Claudia Reece-Holland
Haydn Gwynne: Miss Battersby
Lucy Liemann: Sonia
Tom Mison: David Barker
Caroline O’Neill: Nanny Lavinia Seagram
Jemima Rooper: Norma Restarick
Matilda Sturridge: Frances Cary
Tim Stern: Alf Renny
John Warnaby: Inspector Nelson
James Wilby: Andrew Restarick
David Yelland: George
Zoë Wanamaker: Ariadne Oliver
Producer: Karen Thrussell
Director: Dan Reed

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e03 The Third Girl (2008)

Poirot is intrigued by a young woman who arrives on his doorstep and announces that she may have committed a murder. Before he can get the little grey cells up-to-speed, she denounces him as too old and leaves but not without revealing that she had been given Poirot’s name by Ariadne Oliver. The young woman, Norma Restarick, was the third girl in an apartment directly above Ms. Oliver’s but something important is missing: a murdered body.

6/10

This is probably the best-told Poirot for years as it keeps the characters and plot firmly in focus throughout and you never lose track of who’s who and what’s what. That said it differs from the novel quite a bit in order to avoid Christie’s central plot point that two characters are, in fact, the same person in different wigs; something that would not work on screen yet usually ignored. Director Dan Reed doesn’t add style or much atmosphere, but nailing the basic element of clearly telling a story is to be highly commended and helps make this mini-series of Poirot rather stronger than it has been for years.

This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains bad language, Non-sexual nudity, Violence, gory and unpleasant scenes

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e02 Cat Among the Pigeons (2008, TV) – 6/10 period crime detective drama review

Cast / crew
David Suchet: Hercule Poirot
Writer (Original Novel): Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: Mark Gatiss
Amanda Abbington: Miss Blake
Elizabeth Berrington: Miss Springer
Adam Croasdell: Adam
Pippa Haywood: Mrs Upjohn
Anton Lesser: Inspector Kelsey
Natasha Little: Ann Shapland
Carol MacReady: Miss Johnson
Miranda Raison: Mlle Blanche
Claire Skinner: Miss Rich
Harriet Walter: Miss Bulstrode
Susan Wooldridge: Miss Chadwick
Producer: Karen Thrussell
Director: James Kent

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e02 Cat Among the Pigeons (2008)

Miss Bulstrode, headmistress of top-tier education establishment Meadowbank School for Girls, has better things on her mind than paying complete attention to one of the parents, Mrs Upjohn, telling her that she has just seen someone she could not possibly have seen. But someone was paying attention and violent action will be taken.

6/10

While too much, I feel, of the back story was simply jettisoned, meaning the audience does not know what Poirot knows (or the reader would know), this is a largely well-paced, sometimes dramatic and quite stylish episode. The adaptor, Mark Gatiss, gets Poirot into the story immediately (he only appears in the final third of the book), delivers a highly impressive first body (a fabulously awful if unlikely javelin skewering improvement over the shooting of the book) and reduces one of the murders from the book to a coshing and it is entirely acceptable for that to be the case. The director, James Kent, backs up the murders with generous tension and excitement and splendidly dramatic music making this a good episode, especially when compared with the stodgy Poirot‘s of recent years.

This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains graphic gun violence, gory and unpleasant scenes

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e01 Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (2008, TV) – 5/10 period crime detective drama review

Cast / crew
David Suchet: Hercule Poirot
Writer (Original Novel): Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: Nick Dear
Joe Absolom: James Bentley
Raquel Cassidy: Maureen Summerhayes
Richard Dillane: Major Summerhayes
Ruth Gemmell: Miss Weetiman
Richard Hope: Spence
Richard Lintern: Guy Carpenter
Siân Philips: Mrs Upward
Paul Rhys: Robin Upward
Amanda Root: Mrs Rendell
Simon Shepherd: Dr Rendell
Sarah Smart: Maude
Mary Stockley: Eve Carpenter
Zoë Wanamaker: Ariadne Oliver
Producer: Trevor Hopkins
Director: Ashley Pearce

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e01 Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (2008)

A life of leisure is not sitting well with Poirot and he is delighted to look into the case of James Bentley, a young man sentenced to execution for the murder-during-theft of Mrs McGinty. The investigating officer felt he had no alternative but to prosecute but has a gut feeling that the young man is innocent and turns to Poirot’s somewhat better-developed gut. Er, instinct.

5/10

Given the offensive treatment of the Marple stories by ITV, it comes as a significant relief that Poirot has been left as written by Christie. Pointed jabs at journalism and adaptation writers are, unfortunately, rather more interesting than the mystery in this story but the director makes a good job of delivering a surprisingly stylish episode. However, things aren’t as fun as they should be (something original Poirot dramatiser Clive Exton always understood), the required atmosphere isn’t quite there and the climax isn’t as dramatic as it thinks it is.

This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains bad language, adult dialogue, Unpleasant scenes, strangulation violence

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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A Question of Blood (2003, Book) – 7/10

Writer: Ian Rankin

Question of Blood (2003)

Three dead, including the ex-military gunman, and one injured is the horrific toll at a shooting at a private school. Rebus is requested to assist the investigation due to his own military and personal background but he’s having trouble with a pair of badly burned hands. He says he scalded them but the man who has been stalking and hassling his partner, D.S. Siobhan Clarke, has just been found burned to death.

7/10

Entertaining and quality detective drama starring Ian Rankin’s D.I. John Rebus. Rebus continues to come across as a charismatic, big-mouthed but generally righteous hero but Rankin also gives enough care to his other characters. This means that you always know who is who and that is probably where Rankin’s real skill in writing comes. The story is fine but it suffers from a bit from everything being connected to everything else and from the nearly-glib explanation of a Dunblane-style school shooting.

This Ian Rankin book contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and references to illegal substances and violence.

The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988, Book) – 6/10

Writer: Tom Clancy

Cardinal of the Kremlin, The (1988)

CIA’s top-placed source in the Kremlin, codenamed CARDINAL, informs America of a successful test firing of a new Star Wars anti-ballistic laser system. The CIA realise that the Russians are ahead of their own efforts in the field and attempt to use CARDINAL to help them catch up but CARDINAL is about to be compromised and, with it, current peace talks about reducing nuclear arsenals.

6/10

Clancy delivers a lot of good trademark detail in international espionage, ever-changing loyalties, and ‘Star Wars’ systems but has larger problems with an unconvincing Afghanistani warrior parallel storyline. At least, we haven’t got to endure Cathy and Jack Ryan’s marriage and Clancy’s endlessly useless married people dialogue. However, it all builds to a surprisingly flat climax that has a last minute hitch for Jack. Once you’ve got to that point, you notice that there’s only a handful of pages left and you just know that Clancy won’t conclude the tale satisfactorily. And he doesn’t.

This Tom Clancy book contains sexual swear words and violence.

Available on Paperback.

Watchman (1988, Book) – 6/10

Writer: Ian Rankin

Watchman (1988)

MI5 Surveillance man Miles Flint, in yet another excuse not to go home after work, joins a watchman team trailing a suspected assassin. When the assassin gives them the slip and fulfils his contract against an Israeli guns supplier, Miles’ experience, and a knowing smile from the assassin, tells him that he and his team were set up to fail.

6/10

Modest and entirely readable spy thriller. The endless parallels drawn with the world of beetles feels like something an English teacher would tell you is a good idea. It’s not. Rankin’s strength clearly lies in dialogue interaction not in pontifications and technicalities. His occasional thriller sequences are not very thrilling and his story is pretty unconvincing. However, as I intimated, when the characters are just talking to each other, especially men with women, things start to come alive and hint at the talent that would bring Ian Rankin major success.

This Ian Rankin book contains mild swear words, mild adult dialogue and brief violence.

Red Rabbit (2002, Book) – 7/10

Red Rabbit (2002)

A thirty-two-year-old Jack Ryan joins the CIA full-time and is sent to England to work as an analyst. Meanwhile, Pope John Paul II’s proposed actions have lead to concern for the future of the Soviet Union and the Politburo will employ the KGB to take whatever means necessary to stop the Union collapsing. Only one man can stop the well-planned fast-track assassination… and that man is not Jack Ryan.

7/10

While certainly Tom Clancy-lite (you won’t know how to build and operate your own nuclear submarine after reading this), this is still a well-written and entertaining espionage novel. You could criticise it for a lack of action or tension but it provides a convincing look into the defection of a Russian to the United States of America, apparently a land flowing with milk and honey whose streets are paved with gold. It also integrates nicely with the real-life assassination attempt of John Paul II (Wikipedia) and the fictional life of hero Jack Ryan.

This book contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and extremely unpleasant scenes.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s06e03 Murder on the Links (1994) – 7/10 period crime detective murder mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Hercule Poirot: David Suchet
Captain Hastings: Hugh Fraser
Writer (Original Novel): Agatha Christie
Writer (Dramatisation): Anthony Horowitz
Director: Andrew Grieve
Producer: Brian Eastman
Diane Fletcher: Eloise Renauld
Damien Thomas: Paul Renauld
Benjamin Pullen: Jack Renauld
Kate Fahy: Bernadette Daubreuil
Sophie Linfield: Marthe Daubreuil
Jacinta Mulcahy: Bella Duveen

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s06e03 Murder on the Links (1994)

Poirot is a bit miffed when a voyage of gastronomical discovery to France – arranged by Hastings – turns out to be a stay at a golf course hotel. Poirot is soon recognized and has his little grey cells tickled by a wealthy businessman who wishes him to investigate a possible fraud. The following morning the man, Paul Renauld, turns up in an unfinished grave on the golf course with an unusual knife in his back.

7/10

Quality murder mystery which keeps throwing up new twists and clues but the viewer is only ever half-a-step behind instead of a full step. That said, while just about everyone in the story seems certain to have committed the deed at one point or another, you certainly won’t have guessed the murderer before it is revealed. The by-play between Poirot and Hastings is, as usual, a delight, and it’s always nice to see Poirot in a willy-waving competition (wagering his moustache against a pipe-smoking French detective much to Hastings delightful horror). Mustn’t forget Poirot’s humble pronouncement-of-the-week: “I think the thoughts of Hercule Poirot, monsieur, are far beyond your comprehension.”

This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains violence, unpleasant scenes

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (2007, Movie) – 5/10

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry is attacked by a pair of dementers in his muggle village of Little Whinging and the unlikeliness of this event and his use of magic while under-age is enough to have Harry expelled from Hogwarts or to have him, and, by extension, Dumbledore and their claim that Voldemort is back, discredited in the mass media.

5/10

Some spectacular spell effects and good work from the cast aren’t enough to make this flat fifth year of Hogwarts spring to life. Director David Yates also manages to nearly obfuscate what is probably the central message of the movie that it is beneficial and wise to have friends when facing trials. In fact, the more you consider the movie, the more you realise that the plot makes no sense at all. Nothing happens for any reason, it just happens, and director David Yates seems content that you simply be distracted by the noise and pretty lights. That doesn’t bode well as he is returning for The Half-Blood Prince.

This movie contains strong violence against children, strong supernatural violence, extremely unpleasant scenes and mild sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult..

Hard Frost mini book review – 9/10

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★★★★★ ★★★★

Highly entertaining with a memorably cunning misdirection in the main child kidnapping case but the other cases swirling around are also infused with imagination and character. Jack Frost’s mind operates only on crime and his groin but his crudeness is skilfully balanced with his persistence and humanity.

This book formed the basis for Season 5 Episode 1 of the ITV David Jason series “A Touch of Frost.”

People credits

• Copyright Holder: R.D. Wingfield
• Writer: R.D. Wingfield