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The Shout [1978] [DVD]
The Shout [1978] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Bates
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £6.89

28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here, here, Brutus, 16 July 2008
This review is from: The Shout [1978] [DVD] (DVD)
The Shout is a scandalously under-rated, under-exposed film, but given the awful state of contemporary cinema, particularly fantastic cinema, I'm not surprised. The film harks from the days when audiences had a certain cultural literacy, an expectation of at least some intellectual rigour in a screenplay, and - a quality wholly and worryingly lacking in today's tragic young audiences - patience. Patience to let a curious story unfold; patience to allow the complex, unconscious themes of a drama exert themselves viscerally; patience to be entertained by something beautifully paced, extremely well-crafted and flawlessly acted. But, hey! "Where are the CGIs??" I hear the lost ones cry; shove 'em where the sun don't shine. This is a REAL fantasy film.
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Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.99

56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars those brilliant, unsentimental days..., 27 Jun. 2006
Sure, we're all agreed that 'Genesis' is a high water mark for the series, but I think what distinguishes it is its profound atmosphere of unease, which in turn is established by the unsparing, unsentimental and convincing presentation of cruelty. Both impart a grim urgency that is absolutely lacking in contemporary television. Davros is frightening, as he should be. The guard who torments Sarah by dangling her off the edge of the rocket is actually hateful, as he should be. And Nyder's inhuman coldness is perfectly believable. These impressions are NOT soley the result of great acting (although that, too!) The antagonists, and thus the plight of our heroes, are riverting because they occur in a convincing - not kitsch - atmosphere of urgency and dread.

I think it is this atmosphere, behind the fantastic story and despite the shoddy production values, that makes 'Genesis' so unusually powerful.

The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
by Roger Penrose
Edition: Hardcover

25 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Come along now, Roger..., 17 May 2006
I mean, honestly. How can such a luminous intellect be so utterly ingenuous?? The maths in this tome demands AT LEAST undergraduate mathematics; to imagine that the 'educated layperson' has ANY hope is FIRST-CLASS LUNACY!!!I tried; oh, how I tried. Aside from a few small strokes, I'm no wiser or happier. Too much, altogether. Give me the overview of a Green or Silk or Davies or Ferris any day.

I just don't believe that Prof. Penrose will ever be able to communicate these ideas to we plebs. Shame; his enthusiasm, sincerity and pathological optimism are inspiring.

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