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Haig: A Re-appraisal 80 Years on by Brian Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive work, 6 Aug 2014
Unfortunately, despite extensive modern research, Haig seems doomed to be remembered as the comedy-villain as depicted in 'Blackadder', with Geoffrey Palmer casually sweeping toy soldiers off his battle map into a dustpan. This collection of essays delves into the many aspects of Haig, including his command style, his relationship with his officers, his allies and the ordinary 'Tommy' as well as his post-war work, founding what we now know as the Royal British Legion. Emerging from this book is of course a very different man from the one with which we are familiar - someone neither callous nor indifferent to battle casualties, hence Haig's opposition to continuing the war into 1919. We… Read more
Fireworks Wednesday [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Asghar Farhadi
Fireworks Wednesday [DVD] DVD ~ Asghar Farhadi
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Formidable, 15 July 2014
This is a thoroughly engrossing and densely textured piece, showing Farhadi's great skill in dissecting the Iranian middle classes and the unhappiness of marriage. Set in Teheran, during the traditional boisterous New Year celebrations, involving fireworks in the street, the focus is of course on the emotional explosions resulting from warring marital partners and their world of little secrets and lies that comes with the territory of marriage and the effects of these on the central character as she guesses what might be in store for her in the married future. As with his other films, Farhadi shows a Haneke-seque cool control in his camerawork, especially in the gripping street-brawl scene,… Read more
The Past [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Bérénice Bejo
The Past [DVD] DVD ~ Bérénice Bejo
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This highly complex, intricate drama is a tragedy of good intentions and bad beginnings messily intertwined with wrong decisions that seemed right at the time - Farhadi shows the desperation and anger involved in trying to annul incorrect life choices and defy the past. An excellent opening sequence shows an about to be divorced married couple banging their car while reversing - looking back needs careful handling.

It's perhaps a little contrived in places, but this a very sophisticated, morally serious film from a sophisticated, morally serious film maker at the top of his game; a pressure cooker of passion and anguish. Just as in 'A Separation', it is the agony of splitting… Read more