Browsing Month March, 2013

Molly’s Girl

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:50 am | 0 Comment

A very quirky film. Molly is brilliantly acted by Kristina Valada-Viars who is a bit of a lost soul. You first meet her at a singles night boring the potential suitors with wild and wondrous stories, that are far from believable. Fast forward to a bar where she over hears two lesbians having a row, this leads to a sapphic foray for Molly which turns out to have

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Wild Things

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:32 am | 0 Comment

Hollywood thriller starring Matt Dillon. The story takes place in Blue Bay, Florida. Social-climbing guidance counselor Sam is indifferent to teen-socialite Kelly causing her to seek her revenge by accusing him of rape. An accusation that leads to his suspension by the school and a rejection from the country club. He can't afford a big attorney, so he hires shrewd Ken

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Boys on the Side

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:30 am | 0 Comment

A great road movie for women. Herbert Ross also director ed Steel Magnolias - another great film for women. This film stars Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore & Mary Louise Parker. The latter of whom has HIV and needs a driver to take her to the West Coast. They call in on Drew on the way and the story unfolds of how they all become firm friends and forge a new life

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It’s In The Water

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:29 am | 0 Comment

I found this a very bizarre film but have to say I enjoyed it. Very quirky, set in texas in a town that seems to still be in the firm grip of the 50’s. The town's people are all shocked when an aids hospice opens up. A bored rich girl ‘Alex’ chooses to help at the hospice and meets an old school friend and their relationship grows. As I say a bit of a screwball

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If These Walls Could Talk 2

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:28 am | 0 Comment

Three separate stories covering different generations. The first is Vanessa Redgrave in a relationship where the family of her deceased partner do not look at her as a part of the family at all. They sell the house and so on, so not only her partners life is at an end but hers also. '1972' featuring Chole Sevigney as a butch lesbian in the 70’s meets a femme and all her

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The Color Purple

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:26 am | 0 Comment

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker. I watched this film again recently. I had first watched it when I was very young and not really appreciated it. But having watched it again I was going to say I enjoyed it but probably isn't the right choice of words - I appreciated it. Whoopi Goldberg's first film. I saw her interviewed recently saying she had

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The Monkey’s Mask

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:24 am | 0 Comment

The Monkey's Mask is based on a mystery novel written in verse form by Dorothy Porter. This movie is a film Noir. Kelly McGillis plays the teacher of a girl who is murdered with Jill a lesbian detective who is employed by the parents to investigate what has happened. She meets and falls for Diana (Kelly McGillis) who is married but reciprocates much to the glee of her

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Lost And Delirious

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:22 am | 0 Comment

Based on the novel The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan. Set in school; Mary who is still getting over the loss of her mother is sent away to school. She meets Paulie and Tory her new roommates and soon realises they are more than just friends. Mary has no problem with this but things get a bit more complicated when the sister finds out. I really enjoyed this film there are

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Claire of the Moon

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:12 am | 0 Comment

Set at a book conference for women, two ladies share a room. They are total opposites - a straight girl who likes to sleep around and a lesbian getting over a failed relationship. You can guess where the story goes from there. A good film though, if rather dated. Some of the lesbians are very stereotypical…. Lots of introspective walks on the beach, a well shot film

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Gia

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:10 am | 0 Comment

A great early film of Angelina Jolie playing a super model Gia Carangi. A great portrayal of this sad model. Set in the 70’s Gia moves to New York, is found by Faye Dunnaway's character and falls in love with a photographer's assistant called Linda but falls into a world of drugs - cocaine and heroin. After kicking the drugs she then learns she has aids from an infected

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Girl Thing

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:09 am | 0 Comment

Stockard Channing stars in this tv movie as Dr. Beth Noonan, a psychiatrist who is dealing with her own issues and also counseling four of the characters. The movie is set in four parts as the patients recount their story. The first one features Elle Mcpherosn and Kate Capshaw - that was my favourite story. It is a made for tv showtime production - is a little slow and

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The Watermelon Woman

By at March 31, 2013 | 9:06 am | 0 Comment

I have always really liked this film. Cheryl Dunne as the writer and director plays herself in the film, she works at a video store and has an interest in the actress Fay Richards who was always cast in degrading ‘mammy’ type roles in old movies but in fact she was the secret lover of a white lady. It’s a great home movie type film, similar in style to Go Fish in

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Chasing Amy

By at March 31, 2013 | 8:53 am | 0 Comment

A low budget film starring Ben Affleck playing a comic book creator who falls for a lesbian. A typical portrayal of how the guy gets the girl in the end. An ok film but you can tell it was written by a guy. Chasing Amy [DVD]

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Orlando

By at March 31, 2013 | 8:52 am | 0 Comment

Based on one of my favourite books, this film was well known for featuring the wonderful Quentin Crisp as Elizabeth I, just about the best casting EVER! A wonderful film that try's to encompass such a vast book in just 93 minutes. Dreamily shot and featuring a wonderful performance from a young Tilda Swinton. This book is based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, she referred

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Therese and Isabelle

By at March 31, 2013 | 8:49 am | 0 Comment

Therese (Essy Persson) is sent to an all-girl school when her mother marries a man who dislikes children. She meets Isabelle (Anna Gael) and the two fast become friends. After they experience unfulfilling and often brutal sexual encounters with men, the two turn to each other and become lesbian lovers. Plenty of nudity and sexual situations ensue and the women find love

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Primary Colors

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:54 pm | 0 Comment

A comedy-drama based on the politics surrounding a presidential campaign. John Travolta plays the main character, a presidential hopeful called Jack Stanton. As always Travolta provides us with an excellent performance – changing from one persona to another. With supporting roles from Larry Hagman, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates. This movie provides

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High Art

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:49 pm | 0 Comment

Ally Sheedy as you have never seen her before playing a drug addict lesbian photographer. Downstairs lives a very keen magazine intern. Due to a leaking bath the two become friends and then much more. I really like this film. It's very dark, wonderfully acted, beautifully shot. Lisa Cholodenko went on to direct the brilliant film 'Laurel Canyon'. High Art

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All Over Me

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:45 pm | 0 Comment

We’ve all been there and done this – coming to terms with your sexuality and falling for your best friend. Claude (Alison Follard) has fallen for her best mate Ellen (Tara Subkoff) but this is not reciprocated. Ellen is very much straight seeing a chap, not a very nice man at that and very much into drugs and drink. Ellen is tortured by her feelings for her friend

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But I’m A Cheerleader

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:43 pm | 0 Comment

This is a lesbian film with a twist, Megan is a straight girl dating the captain of the football team. All seems well but her parents are concerned re a few anomalies. She is vegetarian and loves Melissa Etheride so they send her off to a inpatient reparative therapy boot camp in the hope of changing her ways. All this does is actually make Megan realise that she is

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The Celluloid Closet

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:04 pm | 0 Comment

This is a documentary which follows how homosexuality has been portrayed through the eras via the Hollywood screen. How during different decades being lesbian or gay has essentially been translated in some shape or form ie pitiful, deviant and now in later years just regular. This documentary was inspired by the writer Vito Russo. The Celluloid Closet [DVD]

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Daphne

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:01 pm | 0 Comment

Daphne Du Maurier was one of our best loved and well known writers. She was married to a very famous war hero 'Boy Browning' who was played (much to her distress) by Dirk Bogarde in the film 'A Bridge Too Far', she said she thought he was far to effete to play her husband. The reason I mention this is that it is ironic that a lady who was herself a closet lesbian thought

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Go Fish

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:00 pm | 0 Comment

This film came out in 1994, it’s a very arty film, filmed in black and white, rough camera technique a bit like a home movie. I found it rather slow and mirandearing, you just follow the lives of these friends, get an insight into their though's as well as their actions. I fell for the character Max played by Guinevere Turner, a very feminine portrayal of a lesbian

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Between Two Women

By at March 30, 2013 | 8:54 pm | 0 Comment

A slow but moving portrayal of the love that grows between two women in 1957. An unhappily married woman who you feel, although unsaid, married because that was expected of her. The other an independent, intelligent and creative teacher. The two women are brought together by the son who has a natural talent for drawing. The pace of the film is slow but calming, set

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French Twist

By at March 30, 2013 | 8:52 pm | 0 Comment

This film is in French but with English subtitles. Loli, the dutiful Spanish wife, of a promiscuous, French real estate broker. Loli’s life is dull and she is very much taken for granted that is until Marino arrives. Marino arrives one day on their doorstep as her VW camper van has broken down. She is a cigar smoking, very manly dyke who makes a pass at Loli. Loli

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The Hunger

By at March 30, 2013 | 8:49 pm | 0 Comment

This is a sensual film based on vampires and lesbian desire. A strong and famous cast which includes: Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon and David Bowie. The film is about Miriam a vampires's who goes looking for a new mate after her lover rapidly ages. She finds her new love with a doctor who specialises in accelerated aging but just so happens to be a woman. Found the

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Kissing Jessica Stein

By at March 30, 2013 | 8:41 pm | 0 Comment

Having answered an ad in the ‘women seeking women’ section, Jessica Stein; a copy editor, meets Helen Cooper; an art dealer. Both disenchanted with men the two strong ladies develop a relationship which is both appealing and romantic. This film follows what happens when the two get together and the complications all relationships go through. A romantic comedy with a

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Late Bloomers

By at March 30, 2013 | 8:38 pm | 0 Comment

This is a love story between two women working at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Dinah a maths teacher/basketball coach and Carly the school secretary, married with two children. As their relationship develops beyond just friendship, people start to talk which includes Carly’s husband and children, colleagues and neighbours. But as always love never fails and they fall

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Lianna

By at March 30, 2013 | 8:35 pm | 0 Comment

This movie is about Lianna, a married mother of two who falls for her female lecturer. Lianna's relationship with her husband is a farce as he is a cheating bully of a husband. During a heated dicussion she tells her husband about her affair and he throws her out. What happens next, you'll need to watch the movie. I enjoyed this film, although a little slow at times, I

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Loving Annabella

By at March 30, 2013 | 8:32 pm | 0 Comment

Annabelle played by Erin Kelly, the defiant daughter of a senator, arrives at a prestigious Catholic boarding school following having been expelled from lots of others. The school’s poetry teacher Simone (Diane Gaidry) is given the task of keeping an eye on the rebellious teen., The new student quickly turns heads with her striking beauty and charm. Fellow student and

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Desert Hearts

By at March 30, 2013 | 10:27 am | 0 Comment

Married for twelve years, heavy with divorce and recrimination, elegant English professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) finds herself, in order to hasten legal proceedings, as a stranger in Reno, Nevada, in the late fifties. Based on Canadian writer Jane Rule’s 1964 novella “Desert of The Heart”, Donna Deitch’s 1985 film is a testament to emotional honesty, possibly

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Everythings Relative

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:56 am | 0 Comment

A classic - you know how it is with usual lesbo flicks they can be pretty dire at times but this one was like a lesbian ‘Big Chill’ another film I love! I have watched this one over and over and actually, I think it might be my favourite as I would love to have had this kind of core lesbian friendships that are portrayed throughout the film. Don’t get me wrong I am

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Bar Girls

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:52 am | 0 Comment

1994  Bit of an oddball film but I enjoyed it. Set around a lesbian bar with some very stereotypical characters but the main character of the film has some great lines. Once again that great American humour; lots of narration, lots of outrageous acting! Loretta; our protagonist, falls for Rachel and they have a conversation in bed which features lots of remising of old

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Better Than Chocolate

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:50 am | 0 Comment

Great film set in Vancouver. Lots of great scenes, a light comedy relief. The daughter meets the girl of her dreams then her mother moves in. Great cast of characters include a lesbian book shop owner, a woman who runs safer sex with latex workshops….? Judy the transsexual. I see from the sleeve that this is one of the most popular lesbian films of the last few

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Personal Best

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:47 am | 0 Comment

This was one of the first major Hollywood films to feature lesbians, Mariel Hemingway plays the young athlete preparing for the olympics, its a very emotional film, a lot of tears are shed, there is a very lovely love scene, this was the first lesbian film I saw... and though I enjoyed it for the simple fact of a mainstream actress playing a lesbian I found Mariel's

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Girl Play

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:42 am | 0 Comment

I really liked this film - in fact so much that after I hired it, I went out and bought a copy! Such a simple premise for a movie but great writing. I love that American waspish humour. The film is based on a play that in fact is itself based on the true story of the two actresses falling in love whilst rehearsing a play they were both in. Then dealing with the

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Portrait Of A Marriage

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:36 am | 0 Comment

The BBC portrayal of the Nigel Nicholson book about the life and loves of his parents -, Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicholson. Our interest of course lies in the passionate affair that Vita had with Violet Trefusis. This affair scandalised the England of 1918. We thought this was a great adaption of the book, the characters are very much as you imagine them, the story

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The Hours

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:34 am | 0 Comment

I took a couple of friends to see this, one of which didn’t know who Virginia Woolf was, don’t ask! Whilst I was transfixed by the film, they were kinda bored! However I loved the depth of the film, the fact that it portrayed life within different ages but focusing on women who were all enthralled by ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ and shared the yearnings of that book. Lost

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Joanna Trollope’s A Village Affair

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:30 am | 0 Comment

Do you remember when this was on the telly, my god! It was so shocking; I remember centre spreads in the Daily Mail for heavens sake! I was needless to say dying to see it. Sophie Ward as a lesbian, who knew that would be the next news! Kerry Fox was great in the film based on a book by Joanna Trollop, set in the English countryside. Alice & Martin move into a lovely

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Under The Tuscan Sun

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:28 am | 0 Comment

Love this film - another one I bought after I rented it! Diane Lane plays a successful writer who finds out her husband has been cheating on her and her life falls apart. Thankfully she has two lesbian friends who give her a present that changes her life. Wonderful life affirming film, beautiful settings, great story, a real Sunday afternoon movie. Oh and Diane Lane is

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Here Come The Girls

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:25 am | 0 Comment

A collection of nine short lesbian films covering a multitude of subjects which can effect the lives and loves of lesbians. These are brought to you by a number of either established or new filmmakers. One of these being Guinevere Turner (The L Word). In particular I liked 'Private Lives' and 'Happy Birthday'. There are secret liaisons, the ending of a violent

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Mulholland Drive

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:22 am | 0 Comment

Laura Elena Harring and Naomi Watts are the two main characters in this film who meet under unusual circumstances. Laura plays a mysterious woman suffering from amnesia following a car crash and Naomi plays Betty Elms the woman who helps to find the truth as to her identity. This is very 'Twin Peaks' - unusual structure to the plot with strange espresso loving gangsters,

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Salmonberries

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:19 am | 0 Comment

Years ago when I saw k d perform live - she talked about this film, as I believe it was just being released on video. k d mentioned the scene where she was naked and said that was all well and good when the film was on at the pictures but now on video and with help from the pause button; let me tell you there were a few red faces in the audience, including mine! Though I

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Three Of Hearts

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:17 am | 0 Comment

The stunning Sherilyn Fenn fresh from her success in 'Twin Peaks' plays Ellen. She has just separated from her partner Connie played by Kelly Lynch. Connie comes up with a crazy scheme to get Ellen back (and who can blame her). She hires a male escort Joey played by William Baldwin in her efforts to win her ex back. The plan is for Joey to seduce Ellen and then abandon

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Tipping the Velvet : The Complete BBC Series

By at March 30, 2013 | 9:14 am | 0 Comment

'Tipping the Velvet' was such a shock to British television audiences and such a thrill to us lesbians who had been waiting all our lives for a mainstream depiction of lesbians! We couldn't really have asked for more! With Andrew Davis at the helm, we got a stunning tour-de-force with a lesbian romantic drama, wonderful costumes, acting played by some of our best

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When Night is falling

By at March 29, 2013 | 10:09 pm | 0 Comment

Camille (Pascale Bussières) is a Christian academic who is dating a chap called Martin (Henry Czerny). Martin is a teacher who is far more interested in his career than romance. All this changes when Camille mixes up her washing with those OF A flamboyant circus performer Petra (Rachael Crawford). The two are so different but are somehow drawn to each other. Camille

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Truth About Jane

By at March 29, 2013 | 10:07 pm | 0 Comment

To all others, Jane (Muth) appears to be just like any other teenage girl but that's not how she feels. When the cutest boy in the class flirts with her all she feels is the dull ache of attraction for Taulor (Lagano) the new girl in class. Jane's mum (Stockard Channing) assumes that her daughter is just like any other fifteen-year-old girl, confused about her

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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

By at March 29, 2013 | 10:05 pm | 0 Comment

As many a lesbian I am sure will admit up until this week I had never heard of Anne Lister! Sue Perkins said as much at the opening of her wonderful documentary on Anne that followed the BBC airing of this brilliant film! How is it that we all know about Vita Sackville West, Radclyffe Hall and so on but never a word spoken of Anne until this week! The book on Amazon is a

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D.E.B.S.

By at March 29, 2013 | 10:02 pm | 0 Comment

Great fun film by writer-director Angela Robinson. It is an expansion of the short film she showed at Sundance Festival. This is basically a satire of a female spy series such as Charlie's Angels. The basic premise is take four sexy co-ed's chosen on their SATS scores and their superior ability to lie, cheat, steal, and kill and that is the D.E.B.S. They comprise of team

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Hannah Free

By at March 29, 2013 | 10:01 pm | 0 Comment

Sharon Gless stars as 'Hannah', the free spirited lesbian partner of 'Rachael' the homemaker. The girls meet when they are very young and develop a long lasting love for each other that spans over many many years. The relationship has its complexities and the two women couldn't be more different in their personalities. The film is set in their later life but spans back to

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And Then Came Lola

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:59 pm | 0 Comment

This as is based on the movie 'Run Lola Run'. This film has a very sexy cast indeed. The lead is played by Ashleigh Summer as Lola who is joined by Jill Bennett (Dante’s Cove) and Cathy DeBuono (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Out At The Wedding) and Jessica Graham (2 Minutes Late). I couldn't get over how gorgeous Ashleigh's green eyes were - stunning! The film is great,

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Butch Jamie – Director Michelle Ehlen

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:56 pm | 0 Comment

Really liked this film which surprised me as I didn't think I would because of the look of the cover! What is it with those sideburns!! Michelle Ehlen is just great in it, really funny... She plays an out of work actress who shares a flat with her room mate and her cat.... The cat is getting more acting work than Jamie, so drastic action is taken. She is offered a role as

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Finn’s Girl – Director Dominique Cardona Laurie Colbert

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:53 pm | 0 Comment

An interesting film, set in Toronto. Finn works in an abortion clinic which is surrounded by pro-life protesters. There has been quite a bit of violence so Finn is given a bodyguard. Finn has a daughter called Zelly who is quite a handful. The film has a few flashbacks of a departed girlfriend who can't handle the stress of Finn's job and daughter. There is a twist at the

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Four Minutes – Director Chris Kraus

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:51 pm | 0 Comment

This award winning film, Four Minutes is about a wrongfully imprisoned piano prodigy Jenny. To say she is highly strung is an understatement, she is caught up in constant arguments with those around her. But then she meets Traude, who is a professional musician. Traude sees in her what others don't and is keen for the world at large to see her talents so she enters her

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Producing Adults – Director Aleksi Salmenpera

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:49 pm | 0 Comment

This is a real change for a lesbian film. Firstly we meet Venla who is in a relationship with a chap but they want different things. She wants kids and he wants to focus on his sporting career. As you can imagine this causes problems within the relationship and leads to a very shocking moment when he purchases some champagne to propose to her but spikes it with the

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We Have To Stop Now

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:46 pm | 0 Comment

All in all we enjoyed the film very much!It’s a very unusual film, there are bizarre interludes with the camera man, sister and grip. It is all very ad hoc, or at least appears that way. The two leads are very sexy and it’s great to know they are together in real life! This has a bit of a fly on the wall feel to it. Real life couple Cathy DeBuono and Jill Bennett

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The Passion Trilogy (Desirables)

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:44 pm | 0 Comment

The Passion Trilogy (Desirables) Various * Runtime: 140 minutes2010We hadn't intended to feature any porn on this site but as we were so kindly sent this to view, here it is. Such A Crime: Features Skip who is an undercover eco-agent known for her raging libido which tends to threaten her cover. Then one day her boss assigns her to a case that leads her to a safe house

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Here Come The Girls 2

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:42 pm | 0 Comment

I remember we weren't too sure about the first instalment of this series.. so with some trepidation we popped this dvd into the player. I am pleased to say it is much better.Jane Lynch pops up in three of the stories which is worth the price of admission alone, such a sexy lady! The dvd features movie shorts from both UK and USA lesbian film directors, so running through

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The Kids Are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:39 pm | 0 Comment

I had high expectations of this film and I am very pleased to say it lived up to them - if not exceeded them! The story I am sure you all know by now, two lesbians had kids using a sperm donor. The kids get to the age where they are keen to find out who their dad was and in walks this major alpha male, very cute sexy guy who puts their world into a tailspin. The children

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Laurel Canyon – Lisa Cholodenko

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:37 pm | 0 Comment

Directed by Lisa Cholodenko who has recently bought us the wonderful ‘The Kids Are Alright’ first came to my attention with this little gem, a little know movie, staring Frances Command, Alessandro Nivola and Christian Bale, Frances McDormand is a revelation in this, a very sexy rock and roll producer who is famous for her past successes and brought back in to add her

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Fit – Rikki Beadle-Blair

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:35 pm | 0 Comment

A play originally written by Rikki Beadle Blaire. Rikki was asked to write a play about homophobia in schools, she was initially slightly reticent to do this but embraced it once she realised the importance of such a work. The play toured for three winters and was seen by 20,000 children. The idea was to make this suitable for a wide range of ages and view points.  The

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The Fish Child -Lucia Puenzo

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:33 pm | 0 Comment

This is a very interesting dark and beautifully shot film. It is a Spanish film with subtitles.  The story is about two girls who are in the midst of a forbidden lesbian romance. Lala is a teenager from a very wealthy family in Argentina, Guayi her lover is the family maid. Guayi is being abused by Lala’s father, she witnesses her lover’s torment. Their dream is to

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I Am Love – Luca Guadagnino

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:31 pm | 0 Comment

This movie was slow to start with but built as time passed. Filmed in Milan with subtitles but to be honest didn’t spoil the film in anyway and in fact I think added to the whole atmosphere of the movie. To start you are introduced to the family and the family business. With the grandfather poorly he invites them all round for a family dinner and to share with them who

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Elena Undone – Nicole Conn

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:29 pm | 0 Comment

This film really caught us by surprise! It has a very slow build up that gets you hooked right from the start. The tension as we sat and watched the film was palpable! The film is based on a true story and the premise is that we all have a soul mate out there, that we are throughout our lives drawn to that person; no matter where our lives take us, we are destined to

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Here Come the Girls 3

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:27 pm | 0 Comment

So the latest batch of the 'Here comes the girls' compilations came through the letter box yesterday... what delights did we have in store this time we asked oursleves! Here's what we thought... the set started out with a great film called 'Public Relations' Dir Gianna Sobol A hillarious look at the life of two PA's one who looked after a lady in New York and the other

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A Marine Story – Written and Directed by Ned Darr

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:24 pm | 0 Comment

What a brilliant film!  We knew we off to a great start when I recognised the grogeous Dreya Weber from one of my all time favs 'Everything Relative'.  I fell in love with her then, and once again in this film! You first meet Alexandra Everett (Dreya) as she walks back to her home town after leaving the marines.  As the story unfolds you learn that this was not a

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The Wedding Song – Karin Albou

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:21 pm | 0 Comment

This film is about the childhood friendship of  two teenage girls, one Muslim and the other Jewish - set in Tunis during 1942 and the German occupation. The Germans' promise of freedom is dividing the Arabs and the Jews, their lives will never be the same again. Nour is very much in love with Khaled but her father forbids the marriage of the two until Khaled has a job

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Sea Purple – Director: Donatella Maiorca

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:18 pm | 0 Comment

This is a beautiful poignant film. And all the more so in that it is actually based on true events! The story is of Angela and Sara. Angela is a rebellious girl, whose father wanted a son and never forgave her mother for the error she made! The father is a bully of the first degree, not only to his family but to all those around him. Even so Angela stands up to him,

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The Owls and Hooters – Cheryl Dunye, Anna Margarita Albelo

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:16 pm | 0 Comment

Way back in the 90s when I was aware that I was gay, the world wasn’t quite as acceptable of such things as it is now. I remember watching some great movies made during that time that helped me so much with who I was and that it was ok to be gay. Two of which were ‘Go Fish’ and ‘The Watermelon Women’. I really liked both of these films and have watched them time

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My Friend From Faro – Director Nana Neul

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:14 pm | 0 Comment

Liz and I settled down to watch this film, having no idea what it was about, I decided to save the literature for afterwards therefore being able to judge it on its merits alone. The first thing that sprang to mind is that this is a beautifully shot film, You start off with a landing plane caught in the reflection of a beautiful lake. You then meet Mel, adorned in

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Bloomington – Director Fernanda Cardoso

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:11 pm | 0 Comment

Bloomington is a classy modern and enjoyable movie, the story line is pure teenage fantasty, an ex tv star 'Jackie' decides to change her path and goes to college, she is told stories of the sexy teacher Catherine Stark, who is infamous for seducing her female students, she is gorgeous and any student I'm sure would be thrilled to be seduced by her, so risking her career

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Before Stonewall

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:09 pm | 0 Comment

Prior to viewing it earlier today but it was a riverting story of the passage of American gay rights up to The Stonewall riots. The people who were interviewed were obviously interviewed in the 70s which gave us their personal knowledge of the time prior to the riots of ’69. They explained how it was in the 20s with the secret gay clubs in New York and San Fransisco and

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Out At The Wedding – Lee Friedlander

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:07 pm | 0 Comment

Picture the scene, your younger sister is getting married, you are dating a man who your folks would think was totally unsuitable. So you take your best friend who happens to be as camp as Christmas, and worse than that whilst at the wedding tries to tell a school mate he is gay. The story gets misconstrued and you are suddenly a dyke to all those who know and love

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Life Above All

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:04 pm | 0 Comment

Set in an African village within a close knit community. The film tells the story of some of the early families struck by AIDS and the ignorance and prejudice shown by other villagers when it came to the new killer disease. The film was very moving and well written. The actors portrayed the horror experienced by the illness and the attitude of others exceptionally well.

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Gigola

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:02 pm | 0 Comment

We meet Gigola and her lover at the start of the film declaring their undying love for each other, then fast forward to a few months later and her partner has committed suicide, thus changing Gigola forever. The innocent young girl is replaced by the lover who walks the streets of Paris, rescuing girls from their pimps, seducing lonely older rich ladies, drinking

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Tomboy – Directed by Céline Sciamma

By at March 29, 2013 | 4:04 pm | 0 Comment

10 Year old Lauré and her family have moved to a new neighbourhood and it is the summer holiday. Lauré’s mother is heavily pregnant and Lauré spends a lot of time looking after and playing with her younger sister. However, she soon strikes up a friendship with the local children – a group of boys and Lisa. Lauré bonds in particuly with Lisa but it is all based on

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The Guest House – Directed by Michael Baumgarten

By at March 29, 2013 | 4:02 pm | 0 Comment

‘The Guest House’ is a great fun lesbian romp around LA. A fantasy film played out by two gorgeous ladies in the guise of Ruth Reynolds (who is to be a future celeb of the month for us) and Madeline Merritt. You meet Rachel (Ruth) just as she is being dumped by her very dull boyfriend. You get the gist of her character straight away as she casually disposes of his

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So Hard To Forget – Directed by Malu De Martino

By at March 29, 2013 | 4:00 pm | 0 Comment

What a lovely poignant film! Julia has recently ended a very intense love affair and it has left her in pieces. You see her as she tries to rebuild her life and regain the life she once had before she fell in love with Antonia, helped admirably by the lovely Hugo. Hugo reminds me of Mouse from Tales of the City. Julia moves into a beach house with Hugo and Lisa who are

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Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:52 pm | 0 Comment

What can be said of this back that hasn't already been written or spoken of before? It is so firmly established in the country Zeitgeist that I can only say how much I enjoyed it and how great it was to have such an eloquent timeless novel written primarily for and about lesbians. Prior to this, books were always on some hidden shelf in the book shops, if indeed there

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Fingersmith – Sarah Waters

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:50 pm | 0 Comment

This is my favourite Sarah Waters' novel. I lost myself within its pages during the long hot summer of 2003 and just could not put it down. I got the opportunity for Sarah to kindly sign my book and she wrote that she hoped I would enjoy it. Well, I certainly did! Set in 1842 in the dark gloomy streets of London. A confident man persuades young Sue to help him get some

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Affinity – Sarah Waters

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:49 pm | 0 Comment

I must admit I found this the hardest of Sarah Waters' books to read, it's very dark as you can imagine from the content, set within the walls of a prison in the 1800's. A bored rich girl is spending some time visiting the inmates when she sets eyes on a girl that will once again alter her destiny. The plot is woven so carefully, you get most bewildered as to how Ms

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The Night Watch – Sarah Waters

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:47 pm | 0 Comment

Each year in York there is a lesbian's book get together. I have been lucky enough to go to this a couple of times and Sarah Waters is usually there. This particular year she was just finishing her latest book 'The Night Watch', we headed off to the largest room within the walls of the York racecourse building, the place was packed and there she sat, looking rather

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The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:45 pm | 0 Comment

Sarah Waters’ latest book is set a little closer to our present time than her last few; it is set in the countryside of Warwickshire. It is a spooky tale of a doctor who grapples with his failings in life and is reminded of his youth when he is called out to the big house to look at a patient. This perfectly innocent occurrence ends up altering the course of his life.

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Carol – Patricia Highsmith

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:44 pm | 0 Comment

Highsmith’s second novel and one that I think all lesbians will enjoy. (also published as 'The Price of Salt' The story starts with Therese working in the dolls section of a department store during the Christmas period. One day prior to Christmas a woman walks in to purchase a doll for her daughter as a present. Therese is transfixed by the woman’s beauty and

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The Olive Groves of Belchite (Vanguard) Elena Moya 2009

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:41 pm | 0 Comment

A very interesting read. From the moment I started this book I was hooked, I wanted to know where the lives of these people would lead them. Elena describes the characters with wonderful detail, you can feel yourself really getting to know them. Her writing allows you to draw on every emotion including empathy for the characters situations. I like the way she put their

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Parallel Lies – Stella Duffy

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:40 pm | 0 Comment

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would strongly recommend it. Beautifully written by Stella Duffy. The story is based around three central characters – Yana Ivanova, a Russian born, Hollywood legend; Jimmy, a sitcom star and Yana’s British born PA, Penny, all living under the same roof. Then murder is committed. This is a murder mystery with a twist. It takes you

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Behind the Pine Curtain – Gerri Hill

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:35 pm | 0 Comment

I really enjoyed this book. I went scouring through the internet for some lesbian fiction. I wanted something that could take me away from my world at the moment. I found this book and it was just the ticket. Set in a small town in Texas, the book is about the paths we take in life, and how many of them are actually the result of other peoples’ decisions and notions

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One Summer Night – Gerri Hill

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:34 pm | 0 Comment

This is the first Gerri Hill book I have read but believe me it won’t be the last. Loved it! The book is based around two central characters, Jo and Kelly. They meet and have mad passionate sex one hot summer night. The sex is electric, the best Jo has ever experienced. But for Jo a one night stand is not what she does, it is totally out of character for her. This

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Arusha – J E Knowles

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:32 pm | 0 Comment

Loved this book not only for the story line but because I have visited Arusha and fell in love with the place and people and could really imagine Edith, the main character, during her time there. This is the story of the complex lives of the Rignadli family. Edith and Joe, married for many years but not really living their lives to the full. Suffocated by each other but

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The Rainbow Cedar – Gerri Hill

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:31 pm | 0 Comment

So my second Gerri Hill book - really enjoyed this one as well, I get the feeling that she writes from experience. The description of Hawaii was wonderful, I imagine Gerri must have been lucky enough to go there. This book I found didn't have quite the impact of the 'Pine Curtain', it was more a conversational book but I enjoyed it all the same. The journey we took with

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Hunter’s Way – Gerri Hill

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:27 pm | 0 Comment

Loved this book - real mix of a murder case and a love story. Tori Hunter, closed, unfeeling, stand offish detective. Samantha Kennedy, married, juggling her job and a needy boyfriend. They are teamed up together to solve a nasty crime. A serial killer is on the loose and it is down to the two of them to find the killer before he strikes again. As they spend more and

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Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore – Stella Duffy

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:25 pm | 0 Comment

For those like me, who didn't know who Theodora was, she was an Empress of the Byzantine Empire and the wife of Emperor Justinian I. She lived in the years 500 - 28 June 548. She and her husband are both saints in the Orthodox Church, commemorated on the 14th of November. Theodora was one of, if not the most influential and powerful woman in the Byzantine Empire. Years

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Around the Houses – Amanda Boulter

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:22 pm | 0 Comment

I remember years ago being at the lesbian book show in York. One of the writers there that year was Amanda Boulter - talking about her new book 'Around the Houses' she read from it. She mentioned how she had wanted to make it into a kind of British version of 'Tales of the City'. Well, I have FINALLY got around to reading it. I really enjoyed this book, fell in with the

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Boys & Girls – Paul Burston

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:20 pm | 0 Comment

This is a book of literally two halves - one side for women and when you turn the book upside down it has stories for men. For the purpose of this review I will focus on the ladies half. The book comprises of seven short stories, all focusing on youth and the memory of how it was to deal with our sexuality when we were young and bewildered. The writers are Karen Mcleod,

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In Search of the Missing Eyelash – Karen Mcleod

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:19 pm | 0 Comment

I must confess I wasn't too sure about this book at the outset. Lizzie the protagonist has just split up with her girlfriend of nine weeks, Sally, who has left her for a chap with a fat neck. So Lizzie spends the first part of the book stalking her, using a camera and disguise and showing up in a pub she knows she frequents. Lizzie breaks into her house and with info

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Sierra City – Gerri Hill

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:17 pm | 0 Comment

I can really picture this wonderful setting for this book – the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Just the place for a romance to ignite, between two ladies. The winter months with plenty of snow falling, the burning log fire in the cabin and a glass of wine to warm you through. Chris McKenna becomes part of the Search and Rescue team high above on the mountain range – faced

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In the Name of the Father – Gerri Hill

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:14 pm | 0 Comment

What a great book. This is the follow on to Hunter’s Way. Tori and Samantha taking on a new murder case, a catholic priest who has died in a mysterious way – strangled to death and naked. As you can imagine this case threatens to be a media circus and so steps in Marissa to stop this from happening but at the sake of finding out the truth. Tori and Sam are split up

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Dawn of Change – Gerri Hill

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:12 pm | 0 Comment

This book is set in Kings Canyon National Park. Susan Sterling needed time and space to think and contemplate her marriage, her life, her future. Isolated from her family and friends this was the ideal place for Susan to do just that that was until Shawn Weber make an appearance. Shawn frequently set up tent in the park with her dog and spent many hours walking around

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The Scorpion – Gerri Hill

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:09 pm | 0 Comment

Yes another great read by Gerri Hill. Just in case you haven't realised I really enjoy reading Gerri Hill books as I find them easy to read and love the stories that she tells. Marty Edwards is a reporter who uncovers missing evidence, finds witnesses and searches through realms of notes to help solve long forgotten murder cases. Unfortunately the one she chooses to

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Empress of the World – Sara Ryan

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:07 pm | 0 Comment

A short story about a group of friends who spend 8 weeks together at a summer camp for gifted youngsters. Nicola Lancaster meets and makes friends with Katrina the manic computer chick, Isaac the nice-guy-despite-himself, Kevin the inarticulate composer…. and Battle Hall Davies. Each of them studying a different subject but drawn to spend the summer together. Each of

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The Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 – Kathy Belge

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:04 pm | 0 Comment

This year's issue was edited by  Lea DeLaria; Lea is a musician and comedian. The book offered a lot of variety in its story telling, It is very interesting to read what turns people on...  Some of it of course I found a little bizarre but I was pleasantly surprised that lots of the stories were actually rather lovely and romantic. They also included some fantastically

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Best Lesbian Romance 2011 Radclyffe – editor

By at March 29, 2013 | 3:01 pm | 0 Comment

The latest edition of this collection is edited by Radclyffe. I must confess this is the first one I have read but thoroughly enjoyed it. The stories really take you away from the cold winter here, to Hawaii and various hot locations in America with lots of hot women... My favourite line of the book, which made me laugh out loud, was from the story 'Panacea' by Colette

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Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady – Florence King

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:59 pm | 0 Comment

This book is a testament to why we need to have shops. I know it’s so much easier to buy a book with one click on Amazon but you can never replace the joy of perusing a book shop’s crammed shelves and coming across a book that you had not heard of. The cover and the testimonials sell it to you, this is what happened to me, whilst checking out the books in our fav book

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Lesbian Cops – Various Writers

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:57 pm | 0 Comment

A really good mix of 16 short stories about police officers and their sexual pursuits. Something for everyone with lots of woman on woman. What I liked about the stories is that although they are all about police officers and you could assume that the stories would be similar, they aren’t. Some of the stories are pure action - erotica not hard porn and others are

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Inferno (a poet’s novel) – Eileen Myles

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:53 pm | 0 Comment

I had not read any of Eileen's work before but was so impressed with this book i'm sure I will in the future! She has a wonderful eye for detail, you get under her skin in this book, it's a biography of sorts but the kind of biography I love, it doesn't just take you through the day to day, it delves into the mind, the thoughts that are running through her brain as she

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Beggar of Love – by Lee Lynch Fiction Bold Strokes Books – Review by J. E. Knowles

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:51 pm | 0 Comment

J. E. Knowles is the author of Arusha, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her second novel will be published in 2012. She may be contacted via her Web site, jeknowles.com. The highest recommendation I can give Lee Lynch’s writing is that you will not mistake it for anyone else’s. Her voice and imagination are uniquely her own. Lynch has been out and proudly writing

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Essential Dykes To Watch Out For Alison Bechdel

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:49 pm | 0 Comment

We stumbled upon this book in Foyles whilst waiting for a Brian Wilson concert to whisk us away to California,  We had been very remise and had not heard of the book, but Liz being a huge fan of Tin Tin was intrigued by this lesbian cartoon book.  We were very kindly sent the full version to review here. The book is a composit of Alison Bechdel's cartoon strip ‘Dykes

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Lilac Mines by Cheryl Klein

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:46 pm | 0 Comment

You know how sometimes you just look at a book and you know instinctively it is going to be a good one? well I thought this the moment Lilac Mines popped through the front door for us to review. It is set in two time spans, you meet Felix who resides in 2002 and her Aunt Anna Lisa who you read about in the mid 60's to late 70's. Felix is coming to terms with being dumped

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After My Own Heart by Sophia Blackwell

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:43 pm | 0 Comment

I was sent an advanced copy of this book to review and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to do so. The book starts with the breakdown of a relationship. Evie and Kate have been living together as a couple for about five years and all of a sudden they break up. Looking back on their time Evie can see that it had it flaws but this still didn’t prepare her for the

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Best Lesbian Erotica 2012

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:39 pm | 0 Comment

I thought the romance stories were pretty racey until I started reading ‘Best Lesbian Erotica 2012’! Erotica is not a genre I am familiar with. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no prude, but as I recall my Mum (rather inappropirately) saying, “I prefer the real thing”! Now, having read these 22 tales of sapphic sassiness, edited by Kathleen Warnock ably assisted by

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Best Lesbian Romance 2012 Complied by Radcliffe

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:36 pm | 0 Comment

When I came out years ago I read a lot of lesbian short stories hoping, as I’m sure many of us do, to find characters and plots I could relate to so that I’d feel less alone. I hadn’t read any lesbian anthologies for a while so I was thrilled to be asked to write a review of ‘Best Lesbian Romance 2012’ and ‘Best Lesbian Erotica 2012’ - and I wasn’t

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Megume and the Trees – Sarah Toshiko Hasu

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:21 pm | 0 Comment

We were very kindly sent this wonderful magical book by the author Sarah. Having just finished reading it I feel conscious that I need to do the book justice through my review. Our site is all about the positive side of being gay. To be honest I have been so lucky that I had forgotten how it felt when I was younger and struggled with my sexuality, that it was such a

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Away We Go

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:16 pm | 0 Comment

We had no idea what to expect from this movie, but I have to say it was a lovely surprise. Coming from the always reliable director Sam Mendes comes this wonderfully quirky road movie, the story revolves around a wonderful couple called Burt and Violet, who have just discovered by hilarious means that they are to have a baby.  What ensues is the journey they make to try

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:13 pm | 0 Comment

Having not read the book we had no idea what to expect but another great movie. It started with a car crash and a young boy who is involved in the crash is informed of its outcome by an older version of himself. We learn that the boy is in fact a time traveler who at times of anxiety simply disappears and reappears in another part of his life. The catch, one of many, is

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The Blind Side

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:09 pm | 0 Comment

We get to know a young boy who is basically homeless, lost, his mother is a drug addict from a very poor part of town but who allowed to go to a good school due to his proficiency at American football. Following a chance encounter with one of the mothers of a couple of the students he is taken into their home and becomes a part of their family. With this new affluence he

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The Joneses

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:08 pm | 0 Comment

Great premise for a film - a gorgeous family move into a new neighbourhood in the States and all looks very normal but under the hood as it were there are funny goings on. The family are in fact  not a family at all and have been put together by a company who sets people up to sell products through subliminal advertising. What the Jones' are seen wearing and doing and

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A Single Man

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:06 pm | 0 Comment

This is a very stylish film, from the king of American Style, Tom Ford. Set in Los Angeles in 1962. We meet George Falconer, a British college professor (Colin Firth) who is struggling to find some meaning in his life after the death of his long-time partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). The film unfolds through the course of one day a la Mrs. Dalloway. The events of that one

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Catfish

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:04 pm | 0 Comment

I had heard about this movie on film 2010, Claudia Winkleman gave it the thumbs up! I love her on this show by the way, it’s great to have a woman finally hosting this show. Anyway I digress - what a great film, completely different to anything I had seen before and such a film of its time. It will be difficult to review this film, as I don’t want to give anything

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Tron Legacy

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:02 pm | 0 Comment

Having seen the original many moons ago I thought this would be worth a look. I had heard mix reviews about it but always loved Jeff Bridges, so what’s the verdict. Well I really enjoyed it, I mean it’s daft as hell but what I think really grabbed me is it’s a homage to the original, even though the film is of course set in the present day (well some of it). The

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Morning Glory

By at March 29, 2013 | 2:00 pm | 0 Comment

Well with a cast including: Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Jef Goldblum, you knew you were onto a winner. I just have to look at Jeff Goldberg  and want to pop one of my all time favourite films right back into the DVD player (The Big Chill). Harrison Ford takes a real departure from his usual fare in this role and pulls it off as the grumpy egotistical veteran newsman

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Eat, Pray, Love

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:55 pm | 0 Comment

Based on the memoir of Elizabeth Gilbert.  I haven't read the book but feel after watching the film, I will!  We had no idea what it was about, so had no preconceptions and really enjoyed it!  Julia Roberts was her usual brilliant self... I could never tire of watching her, oh hang on, memories of 'The Stepmum' have just returned - ok so I could never tire of watching

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Crazy Heart

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:53 pm | 0 Comment

I was so looking forward to watching this film, I love Jeff Bridges and I also loved what I had seen of the clips of the film. The story is of a 57 year old country singer Bad Blake whose last hit was quite a while ago, since then he has hit the bottle! Bad has definitely seem better times and is now just playing run down bowling alleys and bars. Then one day he arrives

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Broken Embraces

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:50 pm | 0 Comment

Pedro Almodóvar & Penélope Cruz team up together for this film and let's face it any film with Penélope in is a must! Not only is she very easy on the eye but she is also a wonderfully riverting actress! Anything she does she really does control the camera and your attention is on her when she is on the screen. This is a very interesting film. The story is mainly

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2012

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:49 pm | 0 Comment

Last year I read the book 2012 by Daniel Pinchbeck. It was a fascinating read about the prediction made by the Mayans that on 21 December 2012 a cataclysmic event will occur on earth, leading to the end of the world as we know. If you are hoping that this is the movie about that book, think again. The movie only makes a passing reference to the Mayans. I really enjoyed

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I’ve Loved You So Long

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:47 pm | 0 Comment

We had no idea what to expect and though this is a subtitled movie (which I actually enjoy), we found we were gripped from the very beginning. So many questions: where had the Kristin Scott Thomas character been, why did she know so little about life, why was her brother in law so wary of her? As the film progressed the answers were given but none of them expected. It was

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New In Town

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:46 pm | 0 Comment

Well against all odds I liked this movie. Ok major chick flick but as ever Renee Zellweger was very funny! It’s a daft fantasy of a story line but if you are feeling a bit blue on a Saturday night, home alone, crack open a bottle of wine and pop this on. It’s fun. Renee plays a high powered executive from Miami who is sent to downsize a factory in Minnesota. Needless

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The Reader

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:44 pm | 0 Comment

Mind blowing film based around two main characters –Hanna and Michael Berg. The story starts with Hanna, the older lady embarking on a passionate love affair with the school boy, Michael in 1958 West Germany. Lust, sex and reading were the basis for their relationship. With Hanna’s sudden disappearance Michael continues through school and college as a law student.

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The Hoax

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:42 pm | 0 Comment

Based on a true story from the 1970's - in this film Richard Gere played a struggling writer desperate to get his book published. After being turned down for the umpteen time he sees an article on the elusive Howard Hughes and comes up with the delusional notion of being Howard Hughes' fictional autobiographer. The chain of events that follow create the basis for this

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Irresistible

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:41 pm | 0 Comment

The gorgeous Susan Sarandon as always gives a wonderful performance in this film. A dark and disturbing tale that has you on the edge of your seat right from the start. Other good performances from Sam Neil and Emily Blunt. There are lots of twists and turns and it keeps you guessing right up until the end. A really good Friday night movie unless of course you live on

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The Adventures of TinTin The Secret Of The Unicorn

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:38 pm | 0 Comment

As a longstanding TinTin fan, I have all the comics and dvds, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the new feature film. Well I wasn’t disappointed. Although the story doesn’t totally match up with the original comic, The Secret of the Unicorn, I really enjoyed it and think they did a great job of turning a shorter story into a feature film. There were a few

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Trucker

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:36 pm | 0 Comment

The film gets started with quite a graphic sex scene in which you meet Diane Ford played by Michelle Monaghan, who you learn is a very independent lady and a truck driver to boot. Her life is endless long hauls and lots of regrettable one night stands along the way that is until she is reunited with her estranged 11 year old son, whose father played by Benjamin Bratt is

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Victim – Basil Deardon

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:31 pm | 0 Comment

It is easy now to forget that in 1961 when this film was made, it was still a crime to be a gay man! We must also take into account that the lead actor in this film was 'The Idol of the Odeon's' who took a major career risk in taking on this role. Dirk Bogarde who was never open in his lifetime about his sexuality, did write a lot about this film in his memories, he also

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Run Lola Run – Tom Tyker

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:29 pm | 0 Comment

After watching the lesbian version of this film, we thought it only right that we check out the original, and what a bizarre wonderful film this was!  Very fast paced, quirky humorous. It all starts with a phone call Lola played by Franka Potente receives from her boyfriend Manni, he has inadvertently left a paper bag full of money he was taking to his boss on a train

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The Seventh Seal – Ingmar Bergman

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:28 pm | 0 Comment

Set during the time of the Black Death in Europe (mid 14th century), this film begins with a haunting scene of a knight awaking on a beach, to be challenged to a game of chess by the pale, hooded figure of Death: it puts me in mind of that wonderful scene in ‘Jason and Argonauts” where Zeus and Hera are moving the pieces about, which in turn affects the lives of those

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Theorem – Pier Paolo Pasolini

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:26 pm | 0 Comment

With just a three worded telegram a mystery character enters the lives of a well to do Italian family and they are never to be the same again... It's a very strange film, for some reason even the Italian actors are over dubbed. There are lots of arty shots but there doesn't seem to be too much of a story and the dialogue is very limited. It's a very dated film, this

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A Matter Of Life And Death

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:20 pm | 0 Comment

Rewind to the summer of 1988, I had just finished my last exam at school. I had the whole summer to worry about where my future lay. I stayed up one night flicking through the channels and stumbled upon what is still 20 years later the most magical film I have ever seen. As I sat there in the darkness I was taken away to a far distant world. ‘A Matter Of Life And

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84 Charing Cross Road

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:16 pm | 0 Comment

This is your classic Sunday afternoon feel good movie. It is based around the real life friendship built up over many years between Helene Hanff in New York and Frank Doel living in London. Helene is a writer with a passion for reading classics. She struggles to find any book store in New York which can feed her love of English Literature. She then stumbles upon 84

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The Laramie Project

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:12 pm | 0 Comment

This film is based on the true story of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard. Matthew was a gay 21 year old studying and living in Laramie, Wyoming. He was tied up to a fence, brutally beaten and left for dead by two young lads, McKinney and Henderson. The film is centred on the interviews of some 200 local people, interviewed by a group of young writers and actors from

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Coco Before Chanel

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:10 pm | 0 Comment

Telling the story from her very humble beginnings to the heights of society. This is the fascinating story of Gabrielle Chanel before she became the legendary couturier and symbol of success, freedom and style. Coco was orphaned at a young age and was raised in a convent school. Whilst she was there she learned to embroider and sew. She soon became bored and dissatisfied

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Mary Ann in Autumn – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:07 pm | 0 Comment

I think for all of us who have lost our hearts in San Francisco through the pages of the Tales of the City books it is as though we are back in the arms of great friends when a new book comes out. With such a long gap between Sure of You and ‘Michael Tolliver Lives’ we were in for a real treat when just this Thursday ‘Mary Ann in Autumn’ was released. I wanted

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Michael Tolliver Lives – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:04 pm | 0 Comment

Michael Tolliver, arguably the most beloved gay character in fiction. This is the final chapter, written 18 years after the original six books, Armistead reunites us with the character of Michael and how his life has panned out over the years. Some of the main characters from the previous books make an appearance – Mrs Madrigal, Mary Ann, Brian and Shawna. An easy and

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Sure Of You – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:02 pm | 0 Comment

This is the final book in the series of Tales of the City. Mary Ann’s dilemma, should she stay in San Francisco with her family or move to New York and national stardom? The main characters have matured and grown up; things are likely to change for one and all of them. As with all the other books it still keeps coming. To read the series by Armistead Maupin will leave

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Significant Others – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:00 pm | 0 Comment

This next book in the series moves us on to 1985. Mary Ann is struggling with balancing her marriage with her career. Michael has been tested as HIV positive and is taking medicine to help combat the threat to his immune system. In northern San Francisco, De De and D’orothea are attending a lesbian music and arts festival, with events threatening to break up their

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Babycakes – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:58 pm | 0 Comment

‘Baby Cakes’ – wonderfully written as always by Armistead – sensitive, moving, heart warming and witty. The book starts with Jon Fielding’s death from AIDS and the end of the free love era of the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Mona returns to the clan, a British monarch is introduced, along with a mail-order ring of brides. As always witting, fast moving and

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Further Tales Of The City – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:54 pm | 0 Comment

We have moved on in time and this book takes place in 1981. All the usual suspects are there, in this the third book of the series. As always a pleasure to read and having read the first two books you really get a feel for the characters, their personalities and lives. So to catch up with them all again takes you to a familiar safe place. Michael’s character explores

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More Tales Of The City – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:52 pm | 0 Comment

It just gets better and better. Back for his second book in the series - Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin pulls out all the stops to publish another funny and entertaining look at the characters of 28 Barbary Lane. Mary Ann finds love whilst on a cruise with Michael. Mona finds her grandmother in the most unlikely of places and Michael Tolliver is besotted by a

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Tales Of The City – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:50 pm | 0 Comment

Tales of the City follows the intricate twists and turns of life as experienced by a group of young people living, working and playing in San Francisco during the late 70s. Based around five central characters Mary – Anne, the naive newcomer to the district; Mona, the bisexual hippy; Michael, the lovable gay; and Brian the heterosexual lothario. And to head them all

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The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:48 pm | 0 Comment

Not my usual fair Dan Brown book. I don’t know why but they seem to be perceived as a guilty pleasure, well, for my mind a pleasure at least. A cracking good story that makes you have to keep those pages turning even if your 're reading it in bed and those eyes just won’t stay open. He always leaves you with the ‘oh no I can’t leave it there’ scenario. With

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Flash Forward – Robert J Sawyer

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:45 pm | 0 Comment

After watching the tv series I heard that it was based on a book, the theme of the show intrigued me so I got the book, it is very different from the show, the premise is that the characters in the book in fact take a glimpse at their lives 21 years into the future, as apposed to the few months that feature in the show. It is a thoughtful book, posing the question, if

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We Had it So Good – Linda Grant

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:43 pm | 0 Comment

We are introduced to Stephen, he is just nine at the time we meet him and he is in trouble! His father has caught him dressed in a mink fur that is owned by none other than Marilyn Monroe…. I will save the rest of this story for the book but suffice it to say it is a pivotal moment in Stephen's life and it pops up again throughout the book.  It gives us an insight

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B Is for Beer – Tom Robbins

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:42 pm | 0 Comment

This is Tom Robbins' first book for five years, 'B Is for Beer' whimsically describes the various aspects of the culture of beer be it ancient, modern, brutal, childlike and divine - and as with all Tom Robbins' books otherworldly.  It tells us of the life of a feisty nursery school kid named Gracie Perkel. Billed by Robbins as `the first children's book about beer,'

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Written On The Body – Jeanette Winterson

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:40 pm | 0 Comment

This is the first book I have read by Ms Winterson, I am sure it won't be the last!  people have said she wrote this on the the back of a failed relationship it is described as  'a tender dissection of erotic love'.  the gender of the  narrater of this story is never revealed, Lesbians have of course assumned it is a lady, as indeed I did when I read this, the

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A Darker Domain – Val McDermid

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:39 pm | 0 Comment

I had not read any books by Val McDermid before but saw this one on a shelf in Waterstones and decided I was in the mood for a good thriller - the book did not disappoint! Right from the start I was hooked, it's set in 2007 and also 1984/5 during the miners strike. I was 12/13 then and whilst I do of course remember it on the news I wasn't really aware of the hardships

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Sacrifice – S.J. Bolton

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:37 pm | 0 Comment

I had no idea what this book would be about my Aunty gave it to me as she wasn't too sure either. To be honest I almost gave it up at the start as it was rather too gory for my liking, but I persevered, and I must say i'm really glad I did, its a cracking romp as they say. It is set in the Shetlands, we meet Tora a consultant surgeon who has moved to the Shetlands and the

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Twisted Agendas – Damian McNicholl

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:36 pm | 0 Comment

I got a lovely e-mail from the author of this book asking if we would mind reading and reviewing it for our website, 'gladly' I replied and I’m very glad I did as it’s a great book…. You meet Danny who feels trapped in Ireland, his life mapped out for him by his demanding father.., a life Danny has no desire to live. He has a girlfriend who he has some how found

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:34 pm | 0 Comment

It's a funny thing how I came to read this book... A few years ago when I guess it was first out I saw it whilst shopping with Mum. I very nearly bought it but for some reason didn't.... Then I got given it for Christmas but instead of reading it myself I gave it to Aunty Pat, then... a few months ago my cousin Rebecca randomly sent me a copy! She has never done this

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The Paris Wife – Paula McLain

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:31 pm | 0 Comment

I have to confess I have never read any Hemingway, the documentaries I have seen and the thought of all the bullfights has totally put me off. So when this book was sent for me to review by Virago I was intrigued, it is a work of fiction, but it is also strongly based on the memoirs of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife who is simply known as Hadley. I was gripped from

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Briefs Encountered – Julian Clary

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:27 pm | 0 Comment

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I read an article about this book a while back in the Mail and knew I just had to read it. It really has lived up to my expectations and in fact exceeded them. It is a great read! The twists and turns will make the hairs on your neck stand on end! It takes you to places you never would have imagined it would go - past, present and even the future. The premise of the

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Queer As Folk USA – Season 1-5 Complete

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:22 pm | 0 Comment

I can’t speak highly enough of this show! Our friend Alistair told us about it, so I sent off for season one from Amazon. We were just hooked right from the start! It is much more accessible than the British version - this series is set in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. It looks a very cold place! But even so you just feel like you want to know these people, and share in

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Tales Of The City – Series 1

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:20 pm | 0 Comment

You know how it can be when your favourite books are made into a movie or a tv show... it's usually terribly disappointing, the images that you conjured up in your mind of these characters are hardly ever the same as those you see on the screen before you. Well, this series was a major exception to the rule! The actors they chose were in my mind just perfect for the parts

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More Tales Of The City

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:18 pm | 0 Comment

The wonderful and clever thing about these books and dvds is how Armistead managed to weave all the characters together. This season is when Mary Anne gets left some dosh by Edgar Halcyon and takes 'Mouse' on a cruise. It's a great storyline, when she meets the far to perfect Burke and becomes a slooth, yet again to try and find out the truth about what happened to him

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Further Tales of City

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:16 pm | 0 Comment

This season was a bit different to the last two, as it had new story lines written for it that were not actually in the book! Ie Mother Mucca introducing Mrs Madrigal to a chap and a story for Connie Bradshaw. The story focuses mainly on De De and her time at Jonestown and how they got out just in time. There is a strange man living in a hut who bewitches Prue and

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Twin Peaks: Definitive Gold Box Edition

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:14 pm | 0 Comment

I remember vividly when this show first aired on BBC in 1990. There was such a lot of hoopla surrounding it, Jonathon Ross hosted a twin peaks special and interviewed various intellectuals about this show. How it would be received and how very different it was from anything we had seen before. As we read often, it is difficult now to look back and realise just how very

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Any Human Heart

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:11 pm | 0 Comment

"Never say you know the last word about any human heart." A really thought provoking, intelligent and wonderfully acted drama from Channel4!  I have not read the book, so this is purely based on the teleivision drama. The story is of Logan Mountstuart, we follow the course of his life, therefore he is played by 3 different actors, the young Logan is played by Sam

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The Night Watch

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:09 pm | 0 Comment

Having read this book when it first came out in 2006 I was very keen to see what the television adaptation would be like.  Much was made of the style of the book upon its release. You first meet the characters in 1947 and then gradually slip back in time to find out what had brought them to this particular juncture in their lives.  It was a very clever trick, and I

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Sunflower – The Beach Boys

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:58 am | 0 Comment

The 'Sunflower' album was the Beach Boys 13th album release and their first on the Reprise label, after many legal battles with capital. It is sadly their least selling album which is ironic as it is the best group effort they put out - all the band members put their ten cents worth on here. The standout tracks were by Dennis, who had started to apply his talents on the

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Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:57 am | 0 Comment

I was given this on cassette as a present for Christmas in 1982! I was ten years old. Little did I know at the time the path this gift would set me upon. I had loved the Beach Boys since 1979, Terry Wogan used to play them a lot on his radio show. I would dart upstairs and tape them on one of those mono tape recorders, and sit and listen to them whilst playing with my

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Mirmama – Eddi Reader and the Patron Saints of Imperfection

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:56 am | 0 Comment

I am finding it really difficult to decide which Eddi Reader cd to review. I love them all so much but I have settled on 'Mirmama' as it was her first solo (even though it is titled with the patron saints of imperfection). This album holds such a special place in my heart, I was living in Leeds. I had just met up with people who have since become life long firm friends

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Grace – Jeff Buckley

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:54 am | 0 Comment

I first bought this album the month it came out, it was 1994 - I was working in Leeds, I love Tim Buckley’s music and had seen in mojo his son had an album out so ambled down to HMV and bought it. I didn’t listen to anything else for months, the music got under my skin, its such an emotional album once again, just what I love. The songs he wrote blended so well with

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Happy Sad – Tim Buckley

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:53 am | 0 Comment

There is such a special sound to a 'Tim Buckley' album. Nothing comes close to replicating his sound but more than just the sound there is a feeling, which is probably summed up best in the first song on this album ‘Strange Feeling’. It's moody emotional, he sings with such deep emotion, you can immediately sense how he is feeling, this is one of those albums. Like

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The Doors – The Doors

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:52 am | 0 Comment

Just watched ‘classic albums’ on BBC4 featuring this album. A real insight into how they conceived it. I remember buying ‘The Doors’, it was 1st August 1991. I was taken to see the movie by my friend Bob. I was blown away by the life Jim led, albeit for a short time but my god the guy crammed so much into that short spell, so much more than most of us would ever

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Poses – Rufus Wainwright

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:50 am | 0 Comment

Rufus Wainwright - people don’t seem to have any middle ground with him! You either love him or loath him as they say. I fall into the former category and it is mainly due to this album. I read about him when his first album came out but didn’t buy it for some reason not sure why as he had a helping hand from van Dyke Parks who co wrote the 'Smile' album with Brian

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No Other – Gene Clark

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:49 am | 0 Comment

Another lost classic to be found in my cd collection is this lost album from the late great Gene Clark. One of the main songwriters in the group "The Byrd's", he was promised fame and fortune as a solo artist so quit the band at the height of their fame, something sadly he lived to regret. He made some wonderful solo albums but this one has to be the standout of

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Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:47 am | 0 Comment

I got into the Fleet Foxes as they mentioned that Brian Wilson was a major influence. So I thought I had best give them a go. A great summer cd and all the hype was right on the money. I feel it is a timeless album - it certainly doesn’t sound like a record made in 2008. Some great harmonies, kind of reminds me of 'The Band'; but that might just be due to the look of

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Memorial Beach – a-ha

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:46 am | 0 Comment

You may see a pattern growing here, all my musical favourites are linked with such great memories. I find that I pop a cd on and I am right back to where I was when it came out. This one takes me back to Guernsey, sitting on a gorgeous sandy beach listening to a-ha's latest. They took a bit of a break after this album - which is such a shame as I rate this amongst their

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