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Mind Games [DVD] [2001]
Mind Games [DVD] [2001]
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cast, Great Thriller, 16 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Mind Games [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Written by Lynda La Plante(of Prime Suspect fame), "Mind Games" is another cracking thriller, with a strong female lead pitted against a cynical and unsupportive (and male) "support" team, as she tries to understand the psychological links between a number of attacks on women.
This time, rather than leading the investigation, the heroine (played by the magnificent Fiona Shaw) is assisting the investigation - but her unconventional background (as a nun) is further reason for the team to belittle and dismiss her.
The dialogue and acting are terrific (not just from Shaw, but as is typical of La Plante's work, from the supporting characters as well), and the plot - which touches on themes such as Satanism, child abuse and rape (so it's not one for all the family...)- is as intricate and as exciting as anything is "Prime Suspect". A must-see.


Obedience, Struggle and Revolt
Obedience, Struggle and Revolt
by David Hare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, for a sixth star!, 19 Jan. 2007
This is ASTOUNDING.

These collected lectures have at their heart the role of art, of theatre and of what it means to us: why we need stories to understand our world and our fellows.

As powerful, compassionate and heartfelt as Hare's brilliant plays, I cannot recommend this collection more strongly.


Sean Penn: His Life and Times
Sean Penn: His Life and Times
by Richard T. Kelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant, 20 Dec. 2006
Magnificent biography of an actor whom I have long admired, but who has been illuminated by this corking book.

Kelly's approach is smart, sharp and involving and it would be hard to imagine any other biography serving the subject so well. It's clear that he's a fan, but never craven: what you get is enthusiasm and intelligence - and access to all the key players in this great artist's life. Recommended unreservedly.


The Dream of the Decade: The London Novels
The Dream of the Decade: The London Novels
by Afshin Rattansi
Edition: Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Leaden and deadly dull, 20 Dec. 2006
The scope and ambition of this novel are huge. The delivery is very, very poor, as the author seems not to know how to write, so much as record. The four stories, bound by a common location, don't add up to anything more than a high word count, and the politics (though they are soundly expounded) are never personalised: the novel suffers as a result from feeling like a lecture from someone who doesn't think that his students are going to "get it". More than anything, though, this lacks humanity, the sense of being involved in the world - and that makes it very, very hard going indeed.


The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes
The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes
by Margaret Mark
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great theme, mediocre delivery, 3 Oct. 2006
The central thought of the book is very strong: that it is easier and more effective to tell stories about brands if those stories are already, in some way, familiar. Using twelve archetypes, the authors discuss how exploiting certain archetypal behaviours and traits strengthen a brand's grip on the "collective unconscious" and makes for a clearer positioning and more "appropriate" advertising. This is good stuff: it makes sense that in an attention economy, marketers use whatever anchors they can to secure a place for a brand in their targets' minds. Unfortunately, the examples and illustrations used are often muddled, or just plain wrong, which has the effect of making the central argument seem less impressive. There's also a bit of laziness in some of the examples: is it really helpful to describe Harvard as "A Sage Brand"? That's its role, not its identity, surely... So: a good theme and central idea, that's weakened somewhat by lazy execution. Read it for the summaries and main outline, but I would suggest that you find your own examples and case studies, especially if you are working outside the USA.


The Line of Beauty
The Line of Beauty
by Alan Hollinghurst
Edition: Paperback

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, 7 Aug. 2006
This review is from: The Line of Beauty (Paperback)
This is THE great novel about Thatcher's Britain.

A Jamesian parable of innocence and experience is beautifully intertwined with the examination of class, aspiration and love in this magnificently written, erudite and readable book.

Absolutely extraordinary - and head and shoulders above his other work: which is saying something!

Enjoy.


National Service: Diary of a Decade at the National Theatre
National Service: Diary of a Decade at the National Theatre
by Richard Eyre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Ovation, 7 Aug. 2006
This is a magnificent, utterly absorbing book.

Not only does it give you a fascinating insight into the mind and working practices of one of the most brilliant theatre directors, but it shows the frustrations (sometimes misery) and complications of running an enormous organisation, while doing another job in parallel.

He tells (with absolute honesty) the story of the ten years in which he ran The National Theatre: the rehearsals, the first nights, the notices (good and bad)- and more than that, the meetings, the people and the politics (quite literally: Blair, Thatcher, Major and Kinnock are all here, as well as the more familiar theatrical greats such as Fiona Shaw, Deborah Warner, Alan Bennett, David Hare, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench).

What is striking is how recognisable Eyre's situation seems. On one hand, this is a unique account: how many of us have ever run the country's largest theatre? On the other, this is a story of a man whose great skill in one area - directing theatre - leads him into doing a job for which he has little training: running a huge organisation. Anyone who has got to the top of their profession, and then suddenly had "management" thrust upon them will recognise the frustrations, the politics and the draining demands made.

But this is an exhilarating book, for all its public and private disappointments, it is also full of triumphs - as any account that includes Eyre's "Guys and Dolls", " Amy's View". "David Hare Trilogy", "John Gabriel Borkman" and "King Lear" (to name but a few) would have to be.


The Butcher Boy [VHS] [1997]
The Butcher Boy [VHS] [1997]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 15 Mar. 2006
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This is a stand-out film.
There has been a slew of "Irish Catholic misery" films recently, but this is something really special from Neil Jordan.
The performances are exceptional - and it's great to see the peerless Fiona Shaw (Mrs Nugent) in one of her pre-Harry Potter film roles - but it's the script's knife-edge walk between black humour and tragedy that lifts it to "must see" status.
Why it hasn't been made available on DVD is a mystery - it's a great, great film.


Authenticity: Brands, Fakes, Spin and the Lust for Real Life
Authenticity: Brands, Fakes, Spin and the Lust for Real Life
by David Boyle
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deadeningly Earnest, 26 July 2004
With all the humourless self-satisfaction of the eternally right, David Boyle launches into a confused yarn about authenticity, and the tone remains self-satisfied, rather than satisfying throughout this earnest and meandering work.
This is not a dreadful book, in fact it has a number of useful and interesting examples in it. But it is a very poor take on a fascinating and important phenomenon, and there are too many examples that are asserted rather than argued. The success of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings etc. does not herald an escape into fantasy, apparently, but a reassertion of reality. Why? Because he has a quote to hand that says that storytelling is always about reality, that's why.
If you're happy to pick and choose, then you'll find much to use in here. If you want to be involved in an argument that you believe and feel you can add to, I fear you'll find that Boyle's tone and sudden assertions of fact are off-putting and distancing.


Between the Acts (Penguin Modern Classics)
Between the Acts (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Virginia Woolf
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The funny one, 15 July 2004
Not known for her "gag-a-minute" style (and how the pale, tremblingly sensitive fanclub would hate it if she were...) "Between the Acts" is that rare thing: a Woolf novel that is a pleasure to read. No: I'm not trying to undermine her achievements elsewhere as a feminist, novelist or critic, but if you're looking for a novel that has weight and scope but doesn't KEEP making you aware of how pleased with itself it is, this is a winner.


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