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Max [DVD] [2003]
Max [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ John Cusack
Price: £7.11

3.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced, 9 July 2014
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This review is from: Max [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
No film is a waste of time, but some just don't seem to have any purpose, even when the raw material is bountiful. A meeting between Hitler and a Dada/expressionist sounds gold, but if you're knowledgable about either subject you'll be disappointed. Many components in this movie are not fleshed out sufficiently, and I'm not convinced that the way Hitler is portrayed is honest. There is no real argument against modern art other than 'it's disgusting'; his arguments have been ignored. Therefore, no real depth to this other than standard drama. The script has some standout lines, but these only stand out from the rest of the script.


Blue Is the Warmest Colour [Blu-ray]
Blue Is the Warmest Colour [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Adèle Exarchopoulos
Price: £14.33

3.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled but unburdened, 9 July 2014
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Usually, I try films with mixed reviews, as I suspect hidden depths, but there's very little with this film. It's well put together, and felt to me to be honest and fearless, but there's not much beneath the surface. The actors play their parts well and give a real sense of character, but as they're playing the parts of ordinary young people, they have no additional depth to their personalities or idiosyncrasies. That said, the purpose of this film is not porn, it is not trying merely to gratify, rather centralising sexual confusion and teenage angst from a 'shop floor' perspective. It succeeds in this, but, again, you might need more than that.


Faust - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1926]
Faust - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1926]
Dvd ~ Gösta Ekman

5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema history., 9 July 2014
This is one of my new favourite films. I may be a sucker for look and feel over purpose on this occassion, but it's so well done, and such an influential film that I'm happy to follow the crowd on this one. Could watch this over and over again. DVD itself is interesting, showing version differences and a pretty insightful interview, so lots to contemplate and appreciate.


The Intruder [2005] [DVD]
The Intruder [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michel Subor
Offered by FilmloverUK
Price: £15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted, imaginitive film., 9 July 2014
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This review is from: The Intruder [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
Very nicely shot film, full of mystery and intrigue. Recommend if you're into slow, purposeful direction.


The Perfect Jazz Collection - 25 Original Albums
The Perfect Jazz Collection - 25 Original Albums
Price: £25.75

3.0 out of 5 stars My fault..., 28 April 2014
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I purchased this thinking it was another box set. There are several pieces already in my collection, and some records are more blues than Jazz, so although the collection is excellent, it's not exactly what I had in mind. Box is good quality and nicely organised with a starter-kit handbook. Well worthwhile if you're into this sort of thing, and a good enough plethora if you're new to Jazz


eBoy
eBoy
by Steffen Sauerteig
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 28 April 2014
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If you're into grpahic design, this book will inspire. It's a collection of parts and screenshots, with a few of the classics thrown in. Brill.


Pigsty [Porcile] [Masters of Cinema] (DVD) [1969]
Pigsty [Porcile] [Masters of Cinema] (DVD) [1969]
Dvd ~ Pier Paolo PASOLINI
Price: £8.08

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker, 17 Jan 2014
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Pasolini has done it again (well, did it again a long time ago, but I've only just got there). This is twisted and motivated, and not one I fully understood on my first watching, so there's legs to it too if you're a thicko like me. Looks good, feels good, and doesn't attempt to shock to the extent of Salo, for example, so it's a film like any other, but with Pasolini's unquestionable talent in the fore.


Mindfulness
Mindfulness
Offered by Sound and Vision
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great bit of mindless jazz, 17 Jan 2014
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If you like your jazz sqeaky and tweaky, with great musicianship and full of record scratching over a background of crickets, this is for you. I loved it. Don't know if the album actually conjours mindfulness, but as mindless jazz (from a listener's perspective), it's great.


Iliad
Iliad
by Homer
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £31.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Blood fiction, 12 Dec 2013
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Rather than reviewing Homer, which I have neither the time nor vocabulary for, my review is for the audio book. Nicely presented, good quality box set and book of words, and 12 discs. The content seems to be, to me as a Brit, an americanisation of the text. This is both an interesting slant, and often amusing, giving the work a modern interpretation. Stanley Lombardo does not read the text, he acts it enthusiastically, making for a really dramatic listen. Susan whatserface, who provides the synopses, comes across as stiff in comparison, but the content and delivery is both clear and concise. Because there are two voices, and because of Lombardo's acting, the volume fluctuates, so if you want this for bedtime lulls, you'll be kept up all night wondering what will become of big Ajax. If you want a shortcut into the work itself, you'll be hard pressed to find such an accessible presentation.


Saḷ or the 120 Days of Sodom [DVD + Blu-ray] [1975]
Saḷ or the 120 Days of Sodom [DVD + Blu-ray] [1975]
Dvd ~ Pier Paolo Pasolini
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £12.48

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic grit, 30 Oct 2013
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If you want a film to disturb and toy with your morals, this is it. There were several scenes that left me feeling nauseous (esp the suicide) and wrong (pretty much everything else). Thought the camera was fascinating, and the script covered its topic very well. This is not a film for superficials or those easily offended, but it is a film for art lovers with a sick sense of humour.


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