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Re-thinking History (Routledge Classics)
Re-thinking History (Routledge Classics)
by Keith Jenkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.44

17 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fatuous, overly-critical and irritatingly smug, 10 Oct. 2003
Having read this book as part of a series of books for a Uni course, compared to the likes of Marc Bloch, Karl Marx and others, I couldn't help wondering why, if he knows so much about the problems with historical writing, Jenkins has never bothered to write a history book, rather than a historical theory book. Others have criticised the traditional methodology of historians but put their own ideas into practice to demonstrate what they mean. Jenkins seems to have neither the imagination nor the ability to write history, so instead he has turned his attention to criticising it. Having said this, he has some interesting ideas, but they must be compared to the writing of Richard Evans (In Defence of History), Bloch and as many others as possible, which will rather show up the flaws in his reasoning.

Price: £3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, thought provoking stuff, 10 Oct. 2003
This review is from: O (Audio CD)
Incredible. Great vocals, beautifully simple guitar work, and real variety. songs like the Blowers Daughter seem so heartfelt and almost painful, while something like Cheers Darlin' seemed to me intensely disconcerting. All I want to know is when the next album will be out.

Vanilla Sky [DVD] [2002]
Vanilla Sky [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Price: £2.21

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but suffers in comparison with the original, 27 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Vanilla Sky [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Vanilla Sky is a cut above most of what comes out of American cinema and were it not for the existence of the original Amenabar film Abre los Ojos, I may well have given this 4 or even 5 stars. However, in comparison to that film, It does have its shortcomings.
An excellent performance by Kurt Russel is damaged by the fact that he seems, reasonably enough, to have learnt his role from the doctor in the original, rather than developing his own style (incidentally, is that the original doctor who sneaks into a non-speaking part on the panel of plastics surgeons?).
I had some doubts about the suitability of Cameron Diaz for the second female lead, though having seen her performance I think she did a good job. However, it seems less plausible to me (maybe this is too shallow), that Cruise's character would confuse people with different hair colours, although I suppose nothing really needs to make sense.
My only other real complaint is the general Americanization of the film. Everything seems to have the Hollywood gloss over it, from the cameo drop-ins, to the way that punches seem to be pulled in many of the more intense moments, compared to their Spanish equivalents.
Having complained about all this, however, this is, as I said, a cut above the usual Hollywood dross (as Crowe's work usually is), Tom Cruise gives one of the best performances of his career, as does Cameron Diaz, and the soundtrack, much maligned by some other reviews seems to be the one instance of Americanization in the film which was essential for the general Anglo-American audience.
I would have to say, if your going to watch both this and the Spanish version, I'm not sure which you should watch first. On the one had, Abre los Ojos is the superior film, but you may well have a fairer opinion of Vanilla Sky without watching the other first.

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