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Return to Labyrinth: v. 1
Return to Labyrinth: v. 1
by Chris Lie
Edition: Paperback

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid if fan or otherwise, 10 Sept. 2007
I bought this because I enjoy the film. And even though I can see past the shoddy illustrations in terms of character rendering and the drawing of motion/action which was amateur at best; I could not reconcile myself with the lazy, sparse (even for manga) story. The new characters were poorly fleshed out and so to were the old.

Dialogue was short and had a used feel with characters repeating the same old lines from the film in differing contexts. I presume this was done to contact it with the film to please fans but it has the effect of exhausting the narrative as nothing new is added; which is surely the point of the book to begin with. So the book has failed.

Death Note: Volume 1
Death Note: Volume 1
by Tsugumi Ohba
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have read much manga, and this is the cream of the crop!, 21 July 2007
This review is from: Death Note: Volume 1 (Paperback)
Death Note has that which much Manga does not, which is to say an intriguing and intelligent story with characters that are recognizable from one another.

Scenes are not over stylized and neither are the environments or the characters.

The story of Light Yagami and L - the two opponents in this duel of wits and intelligence is the basis for the whole series as they continually test one another and win and lose battles as the pace quickens and new plans are formulated.

L is Good and Light is evil but the difference is much more than that, as in many ways the two characters are alike in thinking and also in age.

The story grows ever more complex and sophisticated as the game between the two combatants grows more intense and twists and turns are a plenty and keep you excited.

The intelligence of the two minds at work also keeps you stimulated and it does provoke some admiration at the intelligence involved in crafting such an intellectually exciting story.

Much of Manga is concerned with the empty pleasures of sex/ kidnap and timeless love. This is different. Death Note is the Sherlock Holmes of the Manga world and it is also the classic good vs evil story which really can be timeless if it is as well written and drawn as Death Note.

It is as brilliant as the two lead characters!

Mandragora [1997] [DVD]
Mandragora [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Miroslav Caslavka

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get past the first few minutes and you'll be rewarded, its brilliant., 22 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Mandragora [1997] [DVD] (DVD)
The film may be grainy, but this is only testament to the film's age and low production values and should not be a point of inadequacy.

The first few minutes of the film can let it down, as the seedy element and the young mans introduction to prostitution is somewhat corny but stay with the film a little longer, and you will be rewarded as this initial impression fades away as the film progresses and grows more tragic in its realism, with the classic ascension and quite sudden descension of the two lead characters.

The content is brutal if a little dated, and the continual reference to Coca Cola in this bleak impoverished background is meat for film students.

The ending was horrific and poignant and was, it goes without saying, one of the best endings I have ever seen.

This film deserves a chance and more than a few minutes of viewing. So stay with it and be rewarded for your patience.

Transamerica [2005] [DVD]
Transamerica [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Felicity Huffman
Price: £5.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought but good nonetheless, 22 Jun. 2007
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This review is from: Transamerica [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
Having recently bought Transamerica I have to say that the last 3 quarters of the film were a little disappointing, due to the rather confusing act of Toby professing love for Bree and proposing that they sleep together. It may be that I havent paid due attention to the film as I've only viewed it once but the scene seems at odds to me given the material that came before.

On the positive side of things, the acting was good and scenes didn't seem forced although sometimes I expected this given the difficult subject matter.

It is, I hesitate to say, heartwarming and carries a message of tolerance and maturation. It is also amusing at times and the pace plays out well and does not leave you bored if you enjoy this kind of difficult drama, as I do.
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