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How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Slipshod, 22 Nov 2013
Before I bought this, I read pages from it using the Amazon preview and liked them. After I finished it, squeamishly unable to keep such a bad book in the house, I gave it to charity. I've now looked again at the preview, which, interestingly, still makes the book seem good. Caveat emptor. Amazing editorial care has gone into omitting everything from the preview that was turgid, pretentious, convoluted and charmless - everything that, breaking Heti's own rule, doesn't know 'where the funny is'. There is, in the actual book, quite a lot of this.

In the good fragments, Heti has a nice simple style and talks appealingly about life for a young artistic type by turns confusing,… Read more
Fire of Love ~ The Gun Club
Fire of Love ~ The Gun Club
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Yes, the greatest rock 'n' roll album ever made. A black train ride through the soil in which rock grew, the dreamlike and nightmarish landscapes of the North American south. Jeffrey Lee Pierce, The Gun Club's prime mover, saw first what no one has ever expressed better: Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Strange Fruit and the KKK, firebrand Christianity and a demonology of voodoo, will-o'-the-wisps and folk devils - all this belonged together, filtered through the poetic sensibility of Faulkner and the stripped down attack of Bo Diddley, shot through with mysticism and sexual violence. Sung, spoken and screeched in Pierce's unmannered middle-American voice, it transcended pastiche like none… Read more
The Pumpkin Eater [DVD] [2010] <b>DVD</b> ~ Anne Bancroft
The Pumpkin Eater [DVD] [2010] DVD ~ Anne Bancroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, 16 Dec 2011
Like the great works of Cassavetes, this seems to come from some parallel universe where films for intelligent adults are standard procedure. There's very little that's obviously arty, but also none of the usual mainstream pap, just some key fragments from the characters' lives presented without pedantic expositions, implausibly transformative 'arcs' or phoney empathy. Aside from Cassavetes, I know of nothing else remotely like it in film history and more's the pity.

See it.

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