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Sometimes In April [DVD] [2005]
Sometimes In April [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Idris Elba
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watched it once and will give it another go., 13 April 2013
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Great story and the movie doesn't shirk the horror. I don't like plots that employ flash backs to tell the story, it kind of takes the wings out of the sails a bit - robs the story of energy and pace. Worth a watch though, and it plays on English dvd players - I was a bit worried about that.


Winter Garden
Winter Garden
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good., 13 April 2013
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A couple of tracks had the occasional thing in them that took away from the ambience for me, but everything else was good. If you like this kind of stuff it's worth buying. I've listened to it quite a bit.


Nighthawks, Translucence and Drift Music
Nighthawks, Translucence and Drift Music

5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain, quality ambient., 13 April 2013
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Just the ticket. Three albums for the price of one. Others have criticised the quality but I'd say it was as good as anything I've heard including Brian Eno and Harold Budd's other stuff. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.


Ikinyarwanda - The Language of Rwanda: Language Guide for Travelers
Ikinyarwanda - The Language of Rwanda: Language Guide for Travelers
by Odette Nyiramongi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Good basic stuff, 13 April 2013
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Good basic stuff for the traveller to Rwanda. Its a very difficult language for an English speaker (in fact for any non Batu language speaker) but this is a good little book for your cabon bag.


A Time for Machetes: The Rwandan Genocide - The Killers Speak
A Time for Machetes: The Rwandan Genocide - The Killers Speak
by Jean Hatzfeld
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and insightful, 4 Feb. 2013
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Hatzfeld lets the killers speak out and it is fascinating. They are at times quite frank and occasionally transparently dishonest which makes a for a fascinating read. Amazingly they seem to this time will heal all and they, and the survivors, can 'move on'. I doubt that however.


The Strategy Of Antelopes: Rwanda After the Genocide
The Strategy Of Antelopes: Rwanda After the Genocide
by Jean Hatzfeld
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on, 4 Feb. 2013
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A tough tale and straight from the heart of the survivors. Hatzfeld does not get in the way of his interviewees. Powerful stuff.


Shooting Dogs [DVD] [2007]
Shooting Dogs [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ John Hurt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, powerful and moving, 4 Feb. 2013
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Well worth a watch, emotional, gripping. If you're interested in Rwanda there is a story to be told here. Remember this is the past though! Rwanda is doing much better these days.


Francesco
Francesco
Dvd ~ Mickey Rourke

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, 2 Dec. 2012
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A good movie overall and an intense main performance from Mickey Rourke. I have few criticisms; for a poet Francesco seemed to lack decent dialogue being reduced to 'meaningful looks' too often. It was a chance lost for me. I wanted to show this at school so the nudity didn't help my cause (I had to edit it) but even for a an adult viewer the (admittedly occasional) shots of Frank's furry dangly bits were unintentionally comical - especially given the elective mute himself failed to explain them. I think you'd need to be 'in to' St Francis to really like the film.


Fahrenheit 911 [DVD]
Fahrenheit 911 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Moore
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 5 Feb. 2012
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I showed this to my year 11 class. Occasionally funny and often shocking but always informative. It opens people's eyes to the hypocrisy and deviousness of politicians and their wars.


Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Story
Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Story
by Ian Halperin
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for the committed, 22 Jun. 2003
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This isn't a bad book but I found myself diasappointed by the end. Halperin has researched very thoroughly but the most crucial source, Taylor himself, is a glaring absence. The Taylor quotes are recycled press cuttings. It seems that Taylor cannot have approved this biography, that isn't Halpern's fault but it is, perhaps, his downfall. The book has a wealth of detail but this only begs the question 'where was the editor?' Too many of the anecdotes are just irrelevant and dull, like; 'his wife (Carly Simon) fell out of a tree as a child, did not hurt herself, and was brave enough to run away and she still carried on playing'. So what? What does that tell me about JT? However too often the stories are not merely irrelevant, Halpern is repetitive. He tends to come to a conclusion about James (which seems eminently sensible) but repeats it ad nauseam. So you end up speaking outloud as you read 'yes, but you said that before, so get on with it'. But the book does not 'get on with it'. There's plenty of minutiae here, and, if you want that, fine, buy the book. Overall I enjoyed the journey despite its tediums - lets face it there's no competition to compare with here - but the book shrieks out loud for a good editor. Its 272 pages could have been 150 and I would not have missed anything significant. I'm glad I read it, but only just.


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