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Mayday [DVD] [2013]
Mayday [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Peter Firth
Price: £10.00

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars above average and very watchable, 8 Mar 2013
This review is from: Mayday [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
There are some excellent performances in Mayday blended with a number of particularly odd characters who don't seem to belong together and a quirky, sometimes off-kilter storyline, the conclusion of which is rather well concealed right until the end.

The impact of a young girl's disappearance on her community is compelling and triggers a whole range of emotions and consequences.

A special mention must be made of two georgous chaps - Linus and Duke - surely a spin off could be cobbled together?


Burned Alive
Burned Alive
by Souad
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars burned alive, 3 Mar 2013
This review is from: Burned Alive (Paperback)
The strength of this book lies in the simple yet powerful description of the daily life of an Arab girl who is the victim of a hate crime. The beauty of her physical surroundings contrasts starkly with the paucity of her inner life.

Although there are some interesting reviews of this book questioning its veracity as a true account, I think the questions it raises about the complete lack of human rights in some communities is reason enough for people to read and remember this story.


The White Ribbon [DVD] [2009]
The White Ribbon [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Christian Friedel
Offered by The World Cinema Store
Price: £6.49

3.0 out of 5 stars the white ribbon, 2 Mar 2013
Beautifully shot in black and white, visually this film reminded me of Wolf Rilla's brilliant Children of the Damned (1960). However, although the basic premise was clear enough the usual Haneke signiture was difficult to read and the subtexts not entirely apparent upon first viewing.


Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars heart of dullness, 25 Feb 2013
This review is from: Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
I must say I was gloriously disappointed by this book. After having read some of the utterly stonking reviews on here trumpeting its unsurpassable brilliance I found it quite, quite dull and rather poorly written.

It does indeed touch on a number of very interesting ideas concerning the nature of mankind but it completely fails to elucidate these viewpoints. However, it does serve as a useful historical text on attitudes of the time towards those who were not white Europeans.

Most disappointing of all is the fact that in this book the character of Kurtz is, I'm afraid, not a contender but nothing more than a bit of a bum, which is what he is.

I think that some of this novel's hardcore fans are confusing a brilliant movie, apparently inspired by this book, with the book itself but the two are quite different beasts.


The Boat to Redemption
The Boat to Redemption
by Su Tong
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars a singular tale, 14 Feb 2013
This review is from: The Boat to Redemption (Paperback)
A very readable novel which is entertaining, funny and sad. It is refreshingly free of neat conclusions and easily guessed outcomes and therefore feels like a real person's narrative.


Treacle Jr. [DVD]
Treacle Jr. [DVD]
Dvd ~ Aidan Gillen
Price: £14.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it, 26 Jan 2013
This review is from: Treacle Jr. [DVD] (DVD)
The performances in this movie are intense and capitvating and the plot is simple and open-ended which adds even more of a gritty, real-life atmosphere.

Low budget or not this is one of the best movies of its type I have seen.

Fantastic.


The Foot Fist Way [DVD]
The Foot Fist Way [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danny R. McBride
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.80

5.0 out of 5 stars POW!, 24 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Foot Fist Way [DVD] (DVD)
Simply everything about this movie is extremely funny: Danny McBride, Danny McBride's mustache, the razor sharp dialogue, the excellent supporting cast, the supreme slo-mo action shots and especially the heavy-duty 80s anthemic sound track.

Buy it and experience the sheer bliss.


Things Fall Apart (Penguin Classics)
Things Fall Apart (Penguin Classics)
by Chinua Achebe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars an outstanding novel, 24 Jan 2013
I really enjoyed this tale of African tribal village life. The descriptions of everyday living as well as the folklore and the mysterious rites and rituals is fascinating. However, with the arrival of white Christian missionaries the whole structure of the village is seriously undermined.

My only criticism is that this book should have been a lot longer.


Lebanon: The Soldier's Journey [DVD] [2009]
Lebanon: The Soldier's Journey [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Oshri Cohen
Price: £6.81

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars intense, 22 Jan 2013
A deserving prize winner. The idea of setting the entire film within the confines of a tank is clever - ramping up the feelings of fear, claustrophobia, discomfort and paranoia and intensely focusing on each seperate image as it appears in the tank's sights.


Welcome to Islam: A Convert's Tale
Welcome to Islam: A Convert's Tale
by Lucy Bushill-Matthews
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I love lucy!, 22 Jan 2013
What an unusual book this is. Lucy's brisk, no-nonsense, practical guide to her adopted religion combined with her droll writing style provides a modest and reverent look at a subject which is often in the news.

Page 124 notwithstanding, I think it's fair to say that the Church of England's loss is most definitely Islam's gain.


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