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Almanya (DVD) Willkommen in Deutschland Min: 97DD5.1WS [Import germany]
Almanya (DVD) Willkommen in Deutschland Min: 97DD5.1WS [Import germany]
Offered by nagiry
Price: £5.44

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What Subtitles, 17 Aug 2013
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I bought this DVD as I heard great reviews for it. The product information claimed English Subtitles. No. You can choose German or Turkish language and Turkish or German sub-titles. I sent it to relatives in Munich so not all was lost - if you have relatives who speak German that is.


Archipelago [DVD]
Archipelago [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hiddleston
Price: £5.75

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Tristan, 19 July 2011
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This review is from: Archipelago [DVD] (DVD)
Of course dear Tristan will never be a lecturer in Film Studies (see the review above) and I suppose that we should be thankful for that. Sure this is not a great film but it is a very good film that is thoughtful in its execution and that dares to be different.
The camera technique follows in the tradition of the Japanese master Ozu whose use of the static camera deliberately placed the viewer as a voyeur, unlike Hollywood aesthetics which try to create the illusion that the viewer is in the story - viz 3D and surround sound.
The mis-en-scene, light values, editing and script of 'Archipelago' all come together to show a dysfunctional family who have forgotten how to communicate. Such painstaking attention to detail, not disimilar to the work of Jane Campion, is rarely seen in a British film. Maybe this sad state of affairs is because we live in a culture that chooses to condemn what it doesn't understand. So there is not a Syd Field or Bob McKee classic structure and maybe you have to work a little to fully appreciate the film's subtlety but that is the case with all thoughtful art. And oh yes and I did watch the film as did the critics who reviewed it. What is it about the Tristans of Britain that they want to cuddle up with their comfort blanket of mediocrity and the mundane?
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Genuine Negro Jig
Genuine Negro Jig
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £8.41

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Tradition Found, 21 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Genuine Negro Jig (Audio CD)
The Applachians have always been associated with blue grass and the white music of the lost provinces of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge mountains. Slave labour was as useful in the mountains as the Mississippi Delta and by the mid 19th century there was a considerable black musical presence in North Carolina and Virginia which drew on the Scots and Irish music traditions as their African roots. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are superbly gifted musicians who bring alive this tradition along with rag-time blue grass and traditional British folk tunes. 'Snowden's Jig' (the genuine negro jig of the title) dates from Appalachia 1850 and sits comfortably with the up tempo novelty song 'Cornbread and Butterbeans', the 1920s torch song 'Why Don't You Do Right' and Papa Charlie Jackson's rag 'Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine.'

This is not prissy perfect musical homage to a dead tradition but a vibrant reinterpretation of fabulous roots music. Just listen to 'Peace Behind the Bridge' or 'Hit 'em Up Style' if you need convincing.


Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
by Anna Reid
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 14 Nov 2009
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Anna Reid writes about the Ukraine with the scholar's understanding but also with a genuine love of the country. On 'the edge of Europe' (whatever that means) and dominated by Russia and the Soviet Union the Ukraine was a country I knew preciouse little about until reading this book, and I consider myself a historian. Borderlands is a fascinating introduction to a nation with a dramatic and tragic history that should be more fully understood than it is.

The 'great famine', Stalin's psychotic answer to the Kulack question, resulted in the deaths of up to 10 million Ukrainians. That this is not an event seared on the mind of anyone with a passing interest in history questions the very way that we construct our past.

The book is a mixture of travel writing and history and may not be for the purists of each discipline but written with genuine sympathy and warmth for the country this is an essential book for anyone hoping to have an understanding of the modern world.
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Bill Douglas Trilogy [DVD]
Bill Douglas Trilogy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Archibald

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Patrick, 2 Jun 2009
This review is from: Bill Douglas Trilogy [DVD] (DVD)
Ahh poor Patrick, caught in the vacuous babble of the 21st century.
Mamma Mia has everything he seems to need in a film. Me? I prefer to make the rewarding effort of watching genius, however demanding, and the Bill Douglas trilogy is undoubtedly the work of a genius; bleak sure but also lyrical, honest and suffused with humanity.
p.s. Patrick give 'Spirit of the Beehive' a miss those too clever by half critics got that one wrong as well.


Findings
Findings
by Kathleen Jamie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Less Ordinary, 3 Nov 2006
This review is from: Findings (Paperback)
A Life Less Ordinary

Kathleen Jamie is a rare talent. She has travelled widely, Tibet, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and in a scared world drawn in upon itself, written compassionately about the people she has met. She is one of Scotland's foremost contemporary poets whose poems explore the profundity of the everyday. She draws connections not from the insignificant to the profound, but sees within the ordinary the essential. Reading her is a delight. Her writing suggests that you could leave your children with her for the day knowing that they would not only be safe, but would probably be eager to visit again. She has no need for the bile and withering sarcasm of the alpha males of the literary world. You won't have to wipe spittle of your chin while staring into the angry eyes of a Will Self, or watch your back while an Amis is around.

Her latest book `Findings' is a series of essays, a gentle ramble around her homeland. Although domestic and whimsical, delighting in random insignificant details such as a plastic doll's head on a Hebridean beach, in her quiet way she explores the significance of the mundane, charting the drama and complexity of ordinary life.

She is evidently a restless soul finding reasons to travel. The places she chooses are usually on the margins of modern society; highland sheilings, deserted Hebridean Islands, Maes Howe in Orkney or watching corncrakes on Coll. But these are not places to hide from the horrors of the modern world but rather vantages points providing a descant to its muzak. In the eponymous essay `Findings' in the chance company of BBC sound recordists she visits the Monarch Islands admitting that she has never heard off them before. Tim and Martin are keen to record bird song. Jamie trawls through the debris on the beach, traffic bollards, shampoo and milk cartons, odd trainers and a dead whale. She collects two bleached sticks, a gannet's beak and a whale vertebrae, memorials to the natural world. She then notes her regret at not adding the plastic dolls head to her collection and points out that New Zealand has plastic beaches `100,000 grains to the square metre' and that an otter has been found in the Hebrides garrotted by plastic tape. This is not escapism rather viewing the modern world from a novel perspective.

The shepherd has a quad bike rather than collies.

We can live with fly blown Glasgow high rise tenements knee deep in rubbish but that the detritus of modern life washes up on a remote Hebridean beach seems shocking. Kathleen Jamie's genius is to leave us asking why.

The opening essay is a remarkable reflection on darkness and light. She makes the case for the dark:

`Pity the dark: we're so concerned to overcome and banish it, its crammed full of all that's devilish, like some grim cupboard under the stairs.'

She wants to see the dark as a natural phenomena:

`to enter into the dark for the love of its texture and wild intimacy'.

She notes that the old metaphor is wearing out. She goes to Orkney and visits Maes Howe the Neolithic chamber built to celebrate the turn of the year and the beginning of the end of winter's dark. She finds it full of surveyors from Historic Scotland with computerise laser scanning and pulse radar equipment. Her guide tells her `We're on the web you know. Live. Don't go picking your nose.'

The essays also deal with the mundane and the macabre; family illness and a visit to the `Surgeons Hall' in Edinburgh. No single event is allowed to remain on its own but is thrown into relief , a perspective privileged from a different place. The practicalities of her `Nana's' move into a nursing home is balanced with a trip to Lewis where she ponders the mystery of an ancient building on a stack and observes a deer cull. The various, apparently random elements of each essay are pulled together with the poet's craft, each reflecting on the other.

She embodies the spirit of the Romantics: `On man on Nature and on Human life musing in solitude.' Everything derives from and leads back to nature and the continuity of human experience.

Hers is a gentle touch and an original profundity deepening our understanding of the world by the connections her poetic imagination makes.
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