C. Chalk

Helpful votes received on reviews: 64% (54 of 84)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,137,212 - Total Helpful Votes: 54 of 84
Of Freaks And Men [DVD] [1998] <b>DVD</b> ~ Sergey Makovetskiy
Of Freaks And Men [DVD] [1998] DVD ~ Sergey Makovetskiy
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth watching!, 19 Aug 2008
I'm really glad I watched this film - its dark, Dostoyevskian, packed chockful with symbolism and layers of meaning - hence the very long review contained in the 'extra features' section (which is worth reading and cribbing from in case you are a media studies student!). The film seems to be about exploitation, travel, the history of cinema, industrialisation - but aside from all this cerebral stuff - its a sheer, unthinking, joy to watch and listen to. The sequence with the steam boat going down the river, belching smoke - the man in front with flowers -accompanied by that luscious Mussorgsky music is about the best thing I can ever remember seeing in cinema - I couldn't stop myself… Read more
Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction &hellip by Simon Critchley
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Nicely written - in an 'over a dinner conversational' style. This book however does seem to assume that you already know quite a bit about philosophy. The frequently re-emphasised theme seems to be about giving an answer to the question 'does wisdom have a place in a scientific world?' The conclusions of the Anglo American philosophy style tends towards a 'no' answer, but the 'continental' way towards a 'yes'. However, the author advises, there needs to be a path chosen to avoid the extremes of scientism and obsurantism. I wasn't expecting such a personal opinion type of book. To make sense of some of the book I had to make extensive use of Wikipedia to find out about all the people and… Read more
Black Book [2006] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Carice van Houten
Black Book [2006] [DVD] DVD ~ Carice van Houten
15 of 36 people found the following review helpful
dont make the same mistake I made, that this film represents anykind of Dutch coming to terms with/ making sense of the traumatic German occupation a la the brilliant Rademakers films 'the assault' and 'like two drops of water'. The latter years of the German occupation of the Netherlands are just used as a convenient backdrop to stage a violent action thriller where there is definitely no place for any kind of political/historical/psychological insights - as if these might cause offence. Instead a series of gratuitously violent, titillating sex and toilet scenes are the order of the day taking place within the framework of a simplistic and crassly signposted plot involving evil people… Read more