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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
A revealing perspective, 28 February 2017

At the moment we get our information about vaccination from our doctors and from the pharmaceutical industry. Both the 'medical model' and the 'corporate view' hold most sway in the way this story is presented in the media.

Vaxxed makes this point early on in the documentary with endless shots of a shock/horror story about measles running rampant across the USA. It builds to a revelation of something over 600 cases ... out of the whole USA. In other words a very tiny number of people. But, it came at a time that the take up of the triple vaccine was under scrutiny.

The film is completely gripping, and has demonstrated to this writer, at least, that something very wrong has been going on.

The documentary shows how since the triple vaccine (MMR) was introduced the rates of autism have sky-rocketed. This condition was almost unknown in the 1930's. Now among African Americans, it could rise to 1 in 2 male children by 2030 if the current trends continue.

The film is a chance for Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who raised the dangers of the MMR vaccine in the first place, to put his case, forcefully. And he has the right to do so, as the documentary asserts there has been fraud at the highest levels in the regulatory body in the USA. this was revealed by a whistle-blower, who happens to be (or have been) the chief scientist at the Centre for Disease Control.

Wakefield points out he was never against vaccination per se, just the triple vaccine. After watching this you may agree, at the very least, he has a point.

13 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
Falling down the rabbit hole, 21 November 2014

David Hooper - the excellent director of this intriguing documentary - came to doubt the official narrative about 9/11 relatively recently. But he made a thorough investigation and has valuably chronicled his journey in this film.

There is not much here that is entirely new to those who have had their doubts for years, but the way he has marshaled his arguments is powerful. He successfully demonstrates the weakness of the NIST case. He demonstrates the duplicity of those who claimed "no-one heard explosions" by referencing the 118 separate instances of those who did. Some of the footage of this was new to me. He points out that the molten metal pouring from WT1 or 2 has never been adequately explained. And he adds that fires remained burning underwater for days after the collapse (that was new information for me too). There is no explanation from the 9/11 Commission or NIST that explains that phenomenon. Nor are there explanations offered for the presence of the chemical signature of nano-thermite (which cannot be produced by burning paint as argued by some 'debunkers') His ending is powerful, suggesting those so motivated need to continue their own research. He gives enough hints to suggest this 'conspiracy' is darker and more widespread than most realise. It is an odd synchronism for me that I received my copy of his DVD the same day I found out a film has been made about the sinking of the USS Liberty in 1967 - a cut and dried case now of a false flag event.

5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Outstanding drama with compelling acting, 21 July 2014

A complex story certainly. The twists and turns take you across decades with much of the story told in flashback. A girl has gone missing. A young detective takes on his first case with national notoriety. He is up against prejudice in his own police station being the only copper with a university background. His prime suspect is a man with real power and considerable arrogance.

40 years later a journalist (played masterfully by Juliet Stevenson) revisits the case and wonders if there was a miscarriage of justice. This production has done remarkable justice to a highly complex plot. The final hour of the three hour mini-series had me on the edge of my seat throughout. A very high quality drama and one that deserves to be seen.

24 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
Top notch detective series complete with wine and pasta, 6 November 2013

This series unfolds how Montalbano starts as an inspector.

The settings are sumptuous, the acting is great and the plot lines do not leave you scratching your head at the end. But each story builds real tension. What is most appealing is the humanity of the show. Placing the action in Sicily creates many dramatic possibilities and provides a wonderful backdrop to the stories, full of craggy fishermen, giant butchers, mafiosi, corrupt politicians and amusing colleagues.

I am amazed this only gets a 6 point something score on IMDb - which shows the limitations of that sort of scoring. In terms of pure entertainment value it is, for me, one of the best TV shows currently available. One of the sub plots is the relationship Montalbano has with Livia, his beautiful architect girlfriend. How the relationship starts is presented in an entirely believable way.

Great TV series not to be missed if you do not mind subtitles and meditations on excellent Italian cooking!

43 out of 52 people found the following review useful:
Highest quality as expected from Stephen Poliakof, 26 February 2013

Cannot understand the current rating of this outstanding drama. The story, set over a few weeks in 1933, follows a talented black leader of a jazz band as he tries to get his band established in the London club and hotel scene. He soon finds he is meeting with royalty but that something dark is also going on.

Dancing on the Edge explores the slimy corruption of real evil as royalty, masonry, bigotry and sensuality all combine to provide a very particular view of the upper reaches of British Society.

The production values are excellent, and the 1930's are recreated in remarkable detail. The acting is uniformly excellent, with Chiwetell Ejiofor providing a compelling performance of a man caught up in circumstances spinning beyond his control.

Highly recommended as BBC drama at its best.

Thrive (2011)
39 out of 60 people found the following review useful:
Thrive, is what the world should do, 28 February 2012

Foster Gamble presents this documentary, directed by his wife. He comes from that ruling elite in America that he suggests is behind the most extraordinary coup carried out in history. Power has gradually been usurped, he suggests, and those who truly influence our lives have become virtually unaccountable. The political faces we see about us are just the tip of an iceberg that has truly murky depths.

His premise will be very uncomfortable indeed for those who do not have an inkling about the way in which false flag operations have been used to justify the wars that have drained ordinary citizens of money in Europe and the USA and made certain small parts of society, that control armaments and oil, immensely wealthy.

He interviews those who are in a position to know what is going on with regard to power, the military and also the question of free energy and extra-terrestrial involvement. It is not surprising that this film attracts criticism, as it will have many elements that stretch belief; on his web site he gives links that provide much credence to all the key points he makes.

The film is presented very cleverly seeming to take the viewer off planet to get an overview of earth and its inhabitants. A film like this could just be depressing as it is suggesting that shadowy powers have tried, and nearly succeeded in stripping fundamental freedoms away in the Western World, and in particular in the US where many are sleep walking into a legal framework where they have little if any recourse to justice and real freedom at all.

This hidden coup has been accomplished by the expert deployment of technologies of mind control initially developed in the Nazi era and exported to the USA through the infamous Operation Paperclip.

So is it another of those documentaries that suggest The End is Nigh? In a way, but it is not at all without hope and points to the very many areas where extraordinary developments are taking place. It is easy to watch this documentary and recommend it to your friends. It may not be comfortable viewing but the very fact someone has bothered to make it, and make it quite so well, is encouraging. We do indeed live in interesting times.

5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Somehow the tension was never there, 19 January 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Usually BBC adaptations are outstanding; this one lacked something. As it is Dickens unfinished work it is hard to know if it was a failure on his part in the overall conception or whether the writer and director of this version just was not able to intuit where Dickens was taking this story.

The acting is good and Mathew Rhys (Brothers and Sisters) is suitably menacing as the opium raddled John Jasper. Freddie Fox is also good as the eponymous Drood, spoiled and totally self absorbed.

The arrival of the Ceylonese brother and sister provides one of the more interesting plot possibilities, but somehow the anger of the brother is never that convincing.

In the end, watching the final climax, it was possible to see exactly how it was going to end, and it ended as predicted. There was a feeling of, 'oh is that it?' A missed opportunity or maybe the book was never really worth finishing.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
A story for our time, 4 January 2012

Well made films about great events of the past are always commentaries on the present - it is why the writers write the scripts and the directors direct. This is no different. After 9/11 many rights have been stripped from Americans (and Europeans) who seem hardly to have noticed. This film shows how politicians tinker with justice for their own ends and also shows how important it is for people to hazard their own reputation to sustain the truth.

A tightly constructed story that holds you until the inevitable end, and beyond. You will see why if you watch until the credits.

James McAvoy is excellent as the Northern Captain retained to represent Mary Surratt, whom he and everyone else believed was guilty of conspiracy. Gradually he comes to question that view even though he comes under intense pressure. The manoeuvring of the politicians of the time is understandable, but has little to do with justice.

Robin Wright Penn is excellent as the owner of the boarding house, Mary Surratt, where the plot to assassinate Lincoln was hatched.

Jane Eyre (2011)
2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Beautiful rendition of a timeless love story, 18 October 2011

This film is great in many ways. Some of the cinematography is quite literally breath-taking and Adriano Goldman has produced something of real beauty in shot after shot. Most of the night time shooting appears to have been done entirely with candlelight which adds to the powerful build up of atmosphere and tension at Rochester's house.

The direction is assured and the acting of Mia Wasilokowska as Jane and Michael Fassbender as the mysterious and irascible Rochester holds the centre ground of this believable love story. Charlotte Brontë wrote a wonderful book with a heroine that is far from too good to be true, but is a young woman whose humanity is central to the whole purpose of the book. Mia captures both her strength and her depth through very understated acting.

The torment that faces Rochester is gradually revealed – and the mystery of his household will not be revealed in this review. Fassbender manages to be both frightening and attractive; quite an achievement. They are surrounded by excellent actors like Judi Dench as the housekeeper, Mrs. Fairfax and Sally Hawkins as the deeply unpleasant Mrs. Reed.

When a film is a perfect example of its genre it deserves 10 in my view. This is and does.

Page Eight (2011) (TV)
33 out of 38 people found the following review useful:
Powerful political thriller, 8 October 2011

The cast is strong and the writing adept, and this carries a fascinating film dealing with the tensions between politics and intelligence gathering. David Hare clearly has been disturbed by how closely our (British) politicians may have become involved with 'extraordinary rendition' and intelligence gathered from the use of torture by the Americans.

Bill Nighy leads as a cerebral senior intelligence officer dealing with a world where fellow spies are not all Oxbridge, even if the Prime Minister is. His neighbour seems to appear from nowhere, and in the form of the lovely Rachel Weisz. Can she be trusted? And what of his one time tutor and now boss, played convincingly by Michael Gambon? The early scene where the spies meet the politicians, in the form of the Home Secretary (Saskia Reeves) and her assistant, is pure Hare theatre. A wonderful script delivered with panache.

The tension builds slowly but relentlessly. Maybe the grasp of the world of spies does not have Le Carre's inside track, but Hare gives us a film well worth watching.

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