I. R. Cragg

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (62 of 71)
Location: Otley, West Yorkshire


Top Reviewer Ranking: 136,863 - Total Helpful Votes: 62 of 71
Festen: 10th Year Anniversary Edition [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ulrich Thomsen
Not sure what I can add to the reputation of this film, except to say that it unfolds like the best character-driven drama while showing that tragedy and farce are only two sides of the same coin- almost like a modern King Lear with Till Death Us Do Part going on in the next room. Thoroughly recommended for anybody who wants to see drama for grown-ups without the gimmicks or Hollywood names- my only tiny quibble would be with the Danish-English subtitles, which don't translate when one particular character is speaking German, which means that at least one joke gets missed!
Häxan - Witchcraft Through the Ages [1922] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Benjamin Christensen
It's difficult to know where to begin with a film like Haxan, which challenges any attempt to tie it down to a category or description. Part documentary and part dramatic reconstruction, it comes across as a fairly fluid consideration of the medieval world view and the reasons why this led to witchcraft panics but emphasises the human cost in terms of people tortured and killed for the most fleeting of reasons. The visuals are often fascinatingly outlandish, but the performances are strong and communicate everything you need to know without a spoken soundtrack. Certainly recommended, but don't sit down and expect to be entertained for a couple of hours- this is a film which does require… Read more
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium trilogy) by Stieg Larsson
If 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', the first volume in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, was an impressive self-contained mystery, 'The Girl who Played with Fire' is a worthy follow-up but also very different in approach. The emphasis is very much on answering a lot of the questions about Lisbeth Salander's background before her involvement with Milton Security, and interestingly Larsson chooses to achieve this by keeping Salander and Mikael Blomkvist apart for most of the novel- they're only physically in the same room at the very end of the book. Having Salander suspected of multiple murders means that Blomkvist (and a team of new characters from the Stockholm police) have to dig… Read more

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