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20,000 Days on Earth [Blu-ray]
20,000 Days on Earth [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Nick Cave
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent interesting film about his life, 13 Nov 2014
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Excellent interesting film about his life, although I got the feeling that he has now crossed the line between talent and hero worship. Look at the mesmerized look of some of the audience in some of the recent live footage. It's now more about hero worship than the songs. There should have been more focus on his back catalogue of great songs.


Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
by Geoff Dyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.51

1.0 out of 5 stars I found this book to be a dull, boring, 1 Nov 2014
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I found this book to be a dull, boring, meandering, tedious and pointless catalogue of boring parties with boring people, totally uninteresting renderings of his sex life and bland descriptions of the places he visits. Travel writing at its worst. If this fellow is the best that social mobility can produce, stick to driving buses for a living mate.


The Stationmaster's Wife [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The Stationmaster's Wife [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Elisabeth Trissenaar

5.0 out of 5 stars Bolweiser is a weak and very ordinary man with little experience with women who stands no chance of ever holding the love and in, 11 Sep 2014
I'm new to Fassbinder's films but I thought this was a fabulous film. It's essentially a study in masochism. The statiomaster, Bolweiser is a weak and very ordinary man with little experience with women who stands no chance of ever holding the love and interest of his sexually alluring wife. Inevitably she begins a series of affairs with other men. The film's main theme, Bolweiser's masochistic gluttony for punishment recurs throughout the film in scenes of humiliation and degradation for him. At times these scenes become almost a parody. Bolweiser's naivete and gullibility are emphasised to the extreme. At one point he returns home drunk and falls asleep sucking his thumb like a little boy with his wife in bed next to him. He repeatedly forgives his wife even when he eventually knows the truth. He is idealistic and naive in the extreme living his sheltered life of commitment to his job. This is an old old story. Many many thousands of men and women are in predicaments like this. In the end Bolweiser loses everything, but particularly his idealistic and naive illusions.


Out Of Sheer Rage: In the Shadow of D.H. Lawrence
Out Of Sheer Rage: In the Shadow of D.H. Lawrence
by Geoff Dyer
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Imitation Thomas Bernhard., 16 Mar 2014
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Plagiarism is never a good thing, and this is exactly what Dyer has done in this book. I know he admires the work of Thomas Bernhard and so do I, so that is why I can say with some assurance that I think that he has plagiarised Bernhard's writing style in this book. The same traits are there: the sense of impending chaos, the knockabout humour, the absurd situations and the tortuous and repetitive prose style are all reminiscent of Bernhard. Time and again I felt I was reading a poor imitation of Bernhard. But I didn't want to read Bernhard, I wanted to read Dyer, because I also admire the work of Geoff Dyer. When he writes in his own style Dyer is as good a writer as anyone, as in works such as 'The Ongoing Moment' and 'But Beautiful'. In this book however, although it is an interesting study of Lawrence and worth reading on that account, the obvious plagiarism of Bernhard's style of writing spoiled it for me.
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Talking Heads - The Complete Collection [DVD]
Talking Heads - The Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patricia Routledge
Price: £8.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Congratulations ! You're our first Kevin'., 10 July 2013
Monologues covering themes of old age, illness, loneliness, disillusionment and death, usually spoken in the cosy and mundane

setting of home. Illustrations of just how fragile is our sense of security and how misplaced our sense of our own permanence.

As such, these monologues are sometimes quite disturbing; Bennett shows that there is ultimately no escape from the terrors of

life. But he does so in such a casual, homely way, the way that people gossip, that the monologues are more sobering than say,

some of the plays of Samuel Beckett, which, although they explore similar themes, are often set in an overtly bleak

environment that bears little relation to Bennett's cosy living rooms. The reassuring homeliness, the familiarity of Bennett's

environment is,however, only superficial. Apart from the speaker there is nobody in the room because a husband may have died;

rooms are gloomy looking and sparsely furnished, adding emphasis to the devastating events which will inevitably overwhelm us.

Bennett's monologues capture some of the sadness of life in an understated way which only adds to their poignancy.


Soylent Green [DVD] [1973]
Soylent Green [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Charlton Heston
Price: £13.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soylent Green is people !, 17 Jan 2013
This review is from: Soylent Green [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Population analysts recently predicted that the population of the earth will reach nine and a half billion by 2050. The current population of the earth is roughly six billion, which means an increase of three and a half billion people (3.5 thousand million) in less than forty years. I'm no expert, but I would suggest that such an exponential increase on such a scale cannot be sustained by the earth and its resources. Now, it doesn't seem realistic that by 2050 the human race will have travelled to and inhabited new worlds. After all, by 2001 when Stanley Kubrick envisaged a manned mission to Jupiter, no such undertaking was remotely possible and is still beyond the realms of possibility. So another solution will have to be found for the population crisis, to be implemented on the earth. Soylent Green is I think a great film because it offers a feasible and realistic solution, horrible as it may seem at the moment. It is easy at present to be dismissive of such a suggestion in the wake of the horrors of the twentieth century, but when people start running out of food, water, clothing, places to live, jobs, health care and with an infrastructure unable to cope they will begin to lose their scruples. By 2050 we may have no choice but to start making our food out of people.
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The Secret
The Secret
Dvd ~ rhonda byrne
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Price: £12.25

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The secret is you're being conned., 21 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Secret (DVD)
American pop psychology at its most banal. The so-called 'secret' seems to be how to make a virtue of greed and selfishness, namely by smiling at people a lot and being optimistic. If you follow this advice you will be successful. This rubbish is a con. If you aspire to wealth and success be honest with yourself and admit like Gordon Gekko that 'Greed is Good'.


What's Left?: How the Left Lost its Way: How Liberals Lost Their Way
What's Left?: How the Left Lost its Way: How Liberals Lost Their Way
by Nick Cohen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phoney Liberal left., 8 Aug 2012
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I read this book a while ago now, but I keep thinking about it. For me, the overriding impression was of the lack of integrity, the revolting phoney sanctimonious posturing and the despicable disingenuous attitude of many so-called liberals. Not that I'm some holier than thou prig; I can laugh at the soap opera which is modern Britain as much as the next person. Only I know people like this, people who make a very public display of their moral indignation, when actually they are morally bankrupt. For example, one such person I know of is morally indignant about the exploitation of vulnerable Africans to the extent that he actually flies to the African country concerned in an attempt to plead for their plight. Very commendable, until you realise that this same person moved away from a large city to a prosperous market town because the city was a prime destination for immigrants, and with a rapidly growing ethnic minority population. The town to which he moved is essentially a white middle-class enclave, house prices being well out of the price range of all ethnic minorities and the former white working class. The ideal place in fact to raise his nice, clean cut, clean living family. These types usually aren't short of a few quid by the way. The hypocrisy of the pseudo philanthropist who flies half way round the world in a fraudulent show of support for exploited black people, while making damn sure he doesn't have those self-same people living near him and his family almost beggars belief, until you remember that England is a breeding ground for smugness and snobbery. I wonder if he flew first class. This type of person is a phenomenon of the early twenty first century: a post-modern, relativist, feel-good reactionary; the new upholder of tradition with a bad conscience, a grotesque hybrid of conflicting ways of thinking that in any sane society would be classed as insane, but who in England is deemed to be the epitome of a liberal, non-judgemental outlook. I know this is a rant, but such people should have some of the integrity they make such a show of. Instead, all they are really concerned about is their selfish, swinish comfort. In short, such people are swine, and I think Nick Cohen puts this across very well in his excellent book.
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Letters from the Front, 1915-17
Letters from the Front, 1915-17
by John Masefield
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of letters., 26 Jun 2012
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These letters are highly evocative of this most viscerally brutal of wars. The way Masefield almost casually lists his observations of the carnage of the battlefields is more poignant than the sensationalised, cliched and overly sentimental depictions that some writers give. The letters also benefit from being beautifully written, combining a photographic eye for detail with a poetic mode of expression. They should be more widely known.


Go
Go
by Bruce Irwin Gilden
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Life, 30 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Go (Hardcover)
By turns grotesque, alarming , revolting and amusing, these photos depict the underbelly of Japanese cities. But the photos transcend their locality. In a way, they show the bad side of globalisation. Though focusing on the Orient, they could have been taken in any big city in the Western world. You find people like this in any English city for example, the products of fifty years of progressive, left-wing ideas.


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