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Lincoln [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
Lincoln [DVD] DVD ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile, 7 Feb 2014
As a non-American, the story of Lincoln abolishing slavery was not one I was familiar with from schooldays. It was odd to see a time when politics was just for white men. And those men thought they were living in a democracy.

On the other hand, Abraham Lincoln seemed genuinely interested in what ordinary people had to say.

I have read that Mrs Lincolnís dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley (played by Gloria Reuben) had a far more interesting life than was explored here. She started out a slave, repaid the woman who bought her freedom and became a businesswoman. There is a bit of the "white saviour" narrative about this film. Were Mr Spielberg to read this review… Read more
The Music of Chance [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ James Spader
The Music of Chance [DVD] DVD ~ James Spader
This is a great film for people who don't like their films to be predictable. This is so unpredictable that, even at the end, there is a lot of uncertainty about what has actually happened. Note how carefully I am observing Amazon's "no spoilers" rule!

I have not read the original book by Paul Auster, but Mr Auster has a cameo role in the film. I thought he and the lead actor, Mandy Patinkin (it's short for Mandel) look somewhat similar, and maybe that too tells us something about chance and coincidence. I'm pretty sure that it is also about male bonding (it is very low on female characters.) This isn't the sort of film I normally watch, and I wouldn't have watched it had… Read more
Crash [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ James Spader
Crash [DVD] DVD ~ James Spader
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This film is creepy and in some ways both shocking and sanitised. By coincidence, I happened to watch this for the first time during the same week I saw an "X-Files" episode about the aftermath of a car accident. The latter contained more gruesome injuries and more pain. There was also a frightening plot about the afterlife.

Contrast this with James Ballard, the hero/anti-hero of "Crash" (as opposed to the original James Ballard, ie the late J G Ballard, who wrote the original novel). Although Ballard suffers scarring, he still looks good. Okay, he is played by James Spader, so it would be hard for him not to ... but there is a lot they could have done with prosthetics if… Read more