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The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Circle by Dave Eggers
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Future Awaits...., 21 July 2014
One of the most remarkable things about Dave Eggers’ dystopian novel The Circle is that it hadn’t been written already. Of course (I hear you say), it has, in the form of Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World, as well as having elements of its scope covered in other media – the likes of Peter Weir’s 1998 film The Truman Show and (perhaps) most closely in Charlie Brooker’s frequently brilliant TV dramas Black Mirror (and, quite probably, in other sources I have just not come across or, equally likely, forgotten). But with The Circle, Eggers pulls together just about every thread (almost too systematically, one feels) of 'intrusive technology’ that I (as an unashamed Luddite) can think… Read more
World Peace Is None Of Your Business ~ Morrissey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Packing A Punch, 21 July 2014
Having reached an age when most of us would be happy to disappear into 'middle-aged croonerism’ Manchester’s finest suffers no such complacency with this latest missive. OK, so the man’s themes are essentially unchanging – unrequited 'love’, put-downs of stereotypical masculinity (and femininity, for good measure), death, Irish roots, animal cruelty, social isolation, internationalism, parental obsession, 'undeserving’ 'art’ critics, governmental obfuscation, etc – but, sound-wise, World Peace is not only rather inventive (some quirky songwriting and didgeridoo-playing in amongst the trademark sweeping melodies), as well as featuring crisp sound mastering courtesy of 'legendary rock… Read more
King & Country [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Dirk Bogarde
King & Country [DVD] DVD ~ Dirk Bogarde
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallowing With The Rats, 18 July 2014
Joseph Losey’s 1964 screen adaptation of John Wilson’s stage play is a powerful, claustrophobic depiction of the horrors of the 1st World War trenches and the inhuman treatment of combatants. In this respect, King And Country is a natural companion-piece to other 'anti-war’ films, most notably Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 masterpiece Paths Of Glory, with which Losey’s film shares its grainy (and gloomy) black-and-white look – cinematographer Denys Coop’s work here being outstanding, from the film’s haunting slow pan across a war memorial, to the sound of Larry Adler’s haunting harmonica and the increasing volume of 'background warfare’, through to repeated close-ups of the rat-infested puddles… Read more