J. Reynolds

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 70% (203 of 288)
Location: Somerset, UK


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All That Is by James Salter
All That Is by James Salter
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 7 July 2014
This is bad. I agree with the other one star critics. But I just had to add something: it is all so digressive.

The writing is like this: let's talk about Bowman, and what he is like, here is his new gal, forget Bowman, let's talk about her for a bit, here is her father, forget the girl, let's talk about the father for a bit, here is the father's sexual conquest, let's talk about her for a while, here is that girl's pony, let's talk about that pretty pony for a while.

Ok, the pony part didn't happen. But I wasn't sure it wouldn't! We never actually get to know the character, because Salter's unorganized mind fixes on some other character. And...just as we think 'OK,… Read more
Synecdoche, New York [DVD] [2008] <b>DVD</b> ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
Synecdoche, New York [DVD] [2008] DVD ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 15 Jun 2014
I don't like the characters enough to care. I don't hate the characters enough to care. The characters are not interesting. In fact, in this meta world, they might not even be real enough characters to care. I don't like the plot enough to care. (Clue -- there is no plot). I do not like the theme enough to care. I do not like this film. It is awful. Do not rent it. It is awful.

There is a David Lynch kind of feel. Maybe. But Lynch often doesn't even try to make a point, and Lynch is more interesting. There is a 'Lost' kind of thing going on, but without any action. Or drama. Or anything.

This may be the worst film I have ever watched. I don't mean 'worst' as in Iron… Read more
Straight White Male by John Niven
Straight White Male by John Niven
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 22 Jan 2014
I have never read Niven before so can't comment on whether he is repeating himself, as someone else said.
At any rate, Kennedy Marr, for me, is an engaging character. The plot gurgles along, and you know the outcome, but it works pretty well. Marr, the Irish angry drunken sex-a-holic, fueled by Hollywood money and his famous novels, ends up back in England to teach. And learn about his daughter, about love, repent his wicked ways, etc etc.
Even though predictable plot, very entertaining. And Niven does have more than just a 'character', he has great set pieces, he moves the plot along, and he has an occasional deft touch and flourish. Just right. I liked it.

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