M. D. Abrams

Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (172 of 236)
Location: Uckfield, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,343,830 - Total Helpful Votes: 172 of 236
Burn After Reading [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ George Clooney
Burn After Reading [DVD] DVD ~ George Clooney
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
All the five-star reviews got it: the writing, the acting, all impeccable. I saw this is a small English town. I like some of the Coen Bros. films very much, but find most of them only "very interesting," and "worthwhile." After a bit, I was convinced that this film will be ranked as not only one of their very best, but one of the great classic American comedies. It is absolutely vicious, but without the bleakness of, say, "Fargo." Anyway, it built flawlessly right to the end, and what I enjoyed almost as much as the film was the suppressed but uncontrollable, hysterical laughter from the entire audience during the final lines. You know, the kind of laughter when you really shouldn't laugh… Read more
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
82 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets, 24 Oct 2006
Although to many the non-existence of "God" is self-evident, RICHARD DAWKINS' The God Delusion is an essential book, a five star book, a seemingly effortless vivisection of religious belief, comparable to James' Varieties of Religious Experience.

Unlike his critics and detractors, Dawkins draws on an oceanic body of knowledge in related fields to support his argument that the existence of God is in probability statistically insignificant, in any case unnecessary, and in practice, a cooked-up chimera responsible for more harm than good. This apparently confrontational position is actually a gateway to "...more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy," as… Read more
Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Lif&hellip by Alister E. McGrath
87 of 124 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Second Act, 11 Sep 2006
Dawkins God has a great first act. It generously sets out Dawkins' case, even if a bit distorted, and sets up the possibility of an exciting dialogue -- McGrath states this to be his intention -- between belief in a Supreme Being, and those who object to, or have no need to put up with, the very concept of one.

Unfortunately, the second act is an utter letdown. Not only does McGrath fail to answer Dawkins, what objection he does give, on the level of "Oh-yes-there-is a-God-and-you-can't-prove-there-isn't", falls into heard-it-all-before assertions of those for whom an "oceanic feeling" is accessible. This "oceanic feeling" (cf. Civilization and its Discontents) sometimes… Read more