Pure Effect and Absolute Magic were very excellent reads about the subtleties of performance, suggestion and psychology. Writing "Tricks of the Mind" for a wider audience then poses something of a threat - will Derren bail out to keep the shoppers of Sainsbury's happy? Fortunately not. Tricks of the Mind is a strange book - its an autobiography, a collection of thoughts, a series of essays about various psychologies, and a self-help guide to think more efficiently. Although there are a few sections which seem thrown in for the sake of it, Derren's personal perceptions on everything are endlessly fascinating and often lough-out-loud witty. I particularly enjoyed the refreshingly honest and… Read more
If you haven't seen Primer, you are no doubt wondering whether its brilliant or rubbish, as reviews seem so split.
I think the most common reason for disliking a great film is because the viewer was expecting something different. So you really have to make some effort to clean the hype out of your head, watch some awful trash beforehand (The Island for e.g.) and keep an open mind. If you get on the films wavelength, there is lots to enjoy in this film. The technological jargon doesnt matter at all - its the feel of the script, the story, the characters, the editing, the music, that sinks in and gets you hooked. Some people have seen this movie tens of times to unravel its… Read more
This is a well produced and intuitive record which builds on the work of the first album. I found it wasn't as endlessly listenable as the first, but still grows and changes as you listen more and more, which different tracks becoming your favourite with each listen. A lot going on beneath the surface. Utterly supberb for the car on a sunny day.