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True Grit [DVD] (2010)
True Grit [DVD] (2010)
Dvd ~ Jeff Bridges
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.34

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars weak, 21 Jun. 2011
This review is from: True Grit [DVD] (2010) (DVD)
A film that fails on everything but its cinemmatography.

Is it a revenge story? Not really. The man they are seeking does not turn up until 15 mins from the end and when he does, he is utterly underwelming. That guy, you think, he wasn't worth the bother. The directors know that too, because they stage the final shoot out with another guy "Ned" of whom we know almost nothing. So, if we don't rate the antagonist, well, we don't care.

So, if it's not a revenge story, then it's a story of the relationship between a girl and a gunslinger. Except it fails here too. The girl is one dimensional - she's hard, she's bright, she's... well, she's hard, she's bright. Where's the weakness? Does this story change her? Not really. And the gunslinger is no better. He's gruff. He stays gruff. He bangs on about himself. He never really connects with the girl at all. There is no relationship.

In the end the film is basically a collection of scenes with no clear narrative thread (many of these scenes are no more than quirky fillers that could be cut without losing anything from the plot (hanging man, man with bear on his head...).

As for the end? The snake? What was that there for? Did the directors think we might be bored, craving some action?

I was bored. I was craving meaning.
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The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain's Greatest Comedian
The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain's Greatest Comedian
by Andrew Stott
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the wheeping clown began, 2 Mar. 2010
A biography can be dry, a summary of facts, the research worn heavily. This is not. This is a story that, to step into cliche has sound and smell. It is beautifully written, beautifully evocative, and, like all the best clowns, ultimately tragic.

I urge you to read it.


How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions
How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions
by Francis Wheen
Edition: Hardcover

51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars about time, 18 Feb. 2004
To criticise Wheen's book for straying from a targetted attack on mumbo jumbo is to miss the point. Wheen's problem is with irrational thought in all its guises and on that he is spot on. The great blubfest of diana and the banality of self-help books are the easy targets, but media friendly empty phrases such as "the third way" etc are equally deserving. Sure he gets carried away. He has a 2 page diatribe against Professor John Gray which amounts to not much more than: "he is wrong because he keeps changing his mind" (Gray's argument isn't against rationalism, it is against the unthinking humanistic belief in progress), but Wheen can be forgiven the occasional vitriol. I'm sure he wouldn't want you to accept all his conclusions verbatim. After all, that's what he is telling you. Think for yourself. Don't follow the herd. A simple epiphet, worthy of a self-book perhaps...


Chasing the Mountain of Light: Across India on the Trail of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond
Chasing the Mountain of Light: Across India on the Trail of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond
by Kevin Rushby
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars What a fascinating story, 21 Nov. 2001
I love this travel book, but, like a good meal it left me hungry for more. Where can i find out more about the Koh-i-Noor diamond?


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