C. J. Redfearn

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Tales From Earthsea [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Goro Miyazaki
Tales From Earthsea [DVD] DVD ~ Goro Miyazaki
112 of 122 people found the following review helpful
Expectations are doubtless high for this - the first Studio Ghibli release since 2005's Howl's Moving Castle; it is also the debuting directorial effort of Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro - a decision which is known to have been the source of much tension between the pair during the film's production.

Tales from Earthsea concerns the plight of Prince Arren - a boy equipped with both shy humility and apoplectic rage as violent as it is ephemeral. Fleeing the palace after a brutal murder, the seemingly cursed Prince finds unlikely companionship in the wizard Sparrowhawk, whom he accompanies on his travels to discover the source of that which is unbalancing the world; disease, poverty… Read more
All Of A ~ Explosions in the Sky
All Of A ~ Explosions in the Sky
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Explosions had hitherto just been one of those slightly formulaic and certainly basic post-rock additions to my cd collection. "Those Who Tell The Truth..." was raw and powerful (albeit slighted dated these days), and, while "The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place" certainly found a Mono 3rd album-esque spurt towards genuine individuality, it wasn't especially in a direction that interested me. I found the whole band a tad too repetitive to ever consider showering praises on them. Enter this record.

I bought it out of habit mainly, but incredibly (for a band of their ilk), after merely one listen, I knew it was the best record they had ever produced (bar the first one, which I don't… Read more
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Norwegian Wood" is a book that takes place in a single moment of the protagonist's life, when he hears a version of the titular Beatles song and is uncomfortably transported back to his university days, in the company of his first love. As this single scene is recalled (chronologically in the middle of the book), the wonderment and intrigue that was evoked hooked me into the story straight away and never relented, as Toru then proceeds to explicate this scene by starting his story from scratch.

Essentially a coming-of-age story concerning a young man's plight to find himself and choose a woman with whom to march into adulthood, the simplicity of the storyline in fact belies the… Read more

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