Nicholas Casley

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Location: Plymouth, Devon, UK
Anniversary: 31 Dec
Birthday: 19 Mar
In My Own Words:
Because I know what I like, I rarely get to give a review anything less than three stars. This is not ONLY because I like to think I am a positive guy: it's just that I wouldn't buy gangsta rap CDs, or zombie movie DVDs, or books on cricket in the first place.

As for me, I am a forty-something, gay man who is in a civil partnership with my other half who I have been with for more than twenty yea… Read more

Making the most of life by travelling inwards as well as outwards.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 111 - Total Helpful Votes: 5582 of 6334
Run Lola Run [DVD] [2000] <b>DVD</b> ~ Franka Potente
Run Lola Run [DVD] [2000] DVD ~ Franka Potente
The gist of this German film is that Moritz Bleibtreu plays a minor player in a criminal gang who, due to his own incompetence, has to find 100,000DMs in twenty minutes. As one character in the film remarks, “Well, we all have our bad days.”

The film was written and directed (and, as usual, partly scored) by Tom Tykwer (‘Perfume’). My DVD includes a commentary by him in English along with the female lead, Franka Potente. In the commentary, as well as explaining the complex filming techniques employed, he points out how his film turns normal cinematic timescales on their head. Normally a film will take a long period of time and reduce it to ninety minutes, but his takes twenty… Read more
Museum Without Walls by Jonathan Meades
Museum Without Walls by Jonathan Meades
Jonathan Meades’s book comprises fifty-four essays, selected and edited by his wife, of varying length and arranged within seven thematic sections. There are also six scripts of episodes from Meades’s television series. The title, of course, refers to the built environment in the great outdoors. In his introduction, Meades succinctly sums up its contents: “This book is the product of an obsessive preoccupation with places … Much of it evidently concerns buildings, the gaps between them, their serendipitous conjunctions and grotesque collisions.”

Yet it’s not all architecture and topography: Meades also writes affectively of his childhood – “The Boy’s First Pint was about as close… Read more
Samuel Barber: Orchestral Works, Vol.1 / Symphonie&hellip ~ Samuel Barber
4.0 out of 5 stars American Self-Assurance, 16 July 2014
Marin Alsop recorded these two symphonies with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 1998. This is the first time I have heard the symphonies; I have no other versions in my collection with which I can make a direct comparison.

Barber’s first symphony (1937) possesses an American self-assurance that fails to dispel profound doubts about the troublesome times in which it was written. Its one movement lasts twenty minutes, but any listener will clearly sense its division into three sections. A contemporary comparison would be Walton’s first symphony in feeling if not in format.

Symphony No. 2 (1943-4) is in three movements and lasts thirty minutes. It is a darker work… Read more

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