Gareth J. Wood

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (65 of 81)
Location: Oxford, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,606,679 - Total Helpful Votes: 65 of 81
Bobby Fischer Against the World [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Liz Garbus
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This film had me wondering whether some documentaries are just intended to provide people with information about the past that used to be common knowledge to anyone who was vaguely aware of the news. I think the answer has to be 'no' and documentaries really should aspire to a little more. This is a pretty pedestrian plod through Bobby Fischer's life with very little by way of real insight into his character and no insight whatever on what made him a great chess player. Despite having numerous grandmasters among those interviewed on screen - including Garry Kasparov for goodness sake - the comment on Fischer's actual play (and what made him uniquely dangerous as an opponent) is… Read more
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very affecting read, 27 Mar 2007
"On Chesil Beach" takes us into familiar territory as a husband and wife on their wedding night fumble their way through a difficult sexual initiation. The outcome is not a surprise, but those reading this novel should not be seeking the thrill of a roller-coaster plot. As so often, the devil is in the detail. Set at the beginning of the 1960s, before the sexual revolution had arrived to liberate contained libidos, the novel explores the poignancy of sexually disfunctional people whose minimal knowledge and experience of sex were inadequate preparation for the potential pitfalls of physical intimacy. McEwan displays a depth of psychological penetration that as a reader I found satisfying… Read more
Flyover ~ The Workhouse
Flyover ~ The Workhouse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Space Rock, 21 July 2006
I first heard this band at a gig in Oxford and was completely blown away. Their first album, The End of the Pier, was the kind of heavy guitar space rock that The Verve used to be good at - think Reprise from A Northern Soul - and the sort of music I've been trying to find for years. This second album is another cracker, with a greater emphasis on vocals: the first was almost exclusively melodic electric guitar unaccompanied by singing. Highlights of this second album include Boxing Day and Flyover, both beautiful and haunting songs that build to great climaxes. Buy this album, stick it on when you're chilling out, and let it take you far away.