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All About Anna (2005) ( When Johan Came Knocking )
All About Anna (2005) ( When Johan Came Knocking )
Dvd ~ Gry Bay
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £32.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Once I had a sweetheart and now I have none."(sing twice) "He's gone and left me to sorrow and mourn." (sing twice) - Joan Baez, 2 Mar. 2015
Important note: The movie edition of All About Anna I'm reviewing concerns the uncut Scandinavian region-free edition, which can be bought on the american version on Amazon. Those who'd like its ASIN (Amazon System Identification Number), here it is: B0015FHDWM

Part of the Pussy Power productions Lars von Trier founded and co-produced with Peter Aalbek Jensen, this movie is an attempt to create female porn movies with graphic sex scenes but with better script, acting, and cinematography than some of the cheap and tawdry shlocks in video stores or on the Web. As some reviewers said behind the DVD box, this movie does not repeatedly display close-up of penetrations again and again; praising Lars von Trier for being the first in understanding this.

Therefore, this movie offers a different take on a more obscure part of the film-making business; an objective Jessica Nilson's movie succeeds. Displaying to us the story of a young girl's broken heart and her attempts to calm her pain through one-night stands, work, and a relationship attempt with a man called Frank. All breaking down when her former lover, Johan, crawls back into her life.

Now the movie is not perfect as I found annoying continuity mistakes (ex:shooting locations discordances between Anna's roommate bedroom and Eileen Daily's real bedroom they used for one scene, or illogical time continuity as what happens between Johan's return and Frank's departure occurs in two days, when in real life it would happen in one, two, or three weeks), bad lines in certain scenes (ex:Frank's improvised dialogue with the aspirine), and a badly-post-scripted dialogue between Anna and Camilla as the words Anna says don't correspond with her mouth.
But on its good points, the actors' performances worked well, the cinematography was very nice, especially during the housewarming, the music was wonderful to listen to, offering a nice interpretation of Joan Baez's song I have put as a title for this review, and I found the use of chapter intertitles a good idea as it gives, along with Johan's sea job, a Breaking-the-Waves feel to the movie. Of the love scenes, I particularly adored the one after the housewarming as Johan meets Anna in her apartment and Anna, before making love to him, goes through his sweater's head hole and gets close to his face. With the music, the scene makes the lovemaking very tender and touching.

Now the Scandinavian DVD edition I have bought here offers two versions. On the first disk, we have the Producer's version, which the director did not participate in the final editing, mixing, and grading, while on the second disk, we have the director's, without the music, chapter intertitles, and with different voice-overs. Something that might startle some viewers as it implies there were some tensions during the film's production. An aspect the commentaries on the first disk reveal as Eileen Daly (Camilla) and Mark Stevens (Johan), who did their commentary together, always refer to Gry Bay, the actress who plays Anna, as "the other actress". Revealing in their dialogue complicated things that made the production more difficult between the two main actors, though I have to applaud their professionalism as we don't feel any of that tension on the screen.

On its special features, we have funny outtakes, different editing of certain sex scenes like the one between Frank and Anna as in the background passer-bys and neighbours gasping at what they're seeing, and on the DVD-ROM features, we get to have the original script, press statements, and synopsis for the movie.

As a whole, though it is not perfect, All about Anna is a nice production to watch and possess in your DVD library.

The Witches
The Witches
by Roald Dahl
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "What hurts you today makes you stronger tomorrow.", 13 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Witches (Paperback)
Of all his children novels, Roald Dahl's "Witches" has always gotten very upset parents' reactions and protests from his detractors. Accusations of misogyny, violent images, characters experiencing cruel acts, and a non-politically correct dark humour; claims that have made the book suffer censorship and library bans.

In its story, this novel is about a little boy who, after losing his parents in a car accident, has to live with his grandmother. A woman who reveals to him her Witch hunter past and how our world is filled with Witches. Dangerous demons that take the form of women and ambush children in cruel curses and potions. In one chapter, she even describes five examples of kids the witches had attacked. Five situations that impressed me for those monsters' nastiness, but which Dahl writes with honesty instead of some phony "Desperate Housewife" lie. To make us understand that these demons are dangerous and shameless.

Always unidentified, this narrator writes to us two encounters he had with witches; one he escaped, another he didn't. Suffering an attack that scarred him for life.

Through Quentin Blake's illustrations, the witches and characters take form; each artwork transposing Dahl's strong prose and descriptions. Indeed, some illustrations are powerful in their context as the witches perform their attacks, others are very touching interactions between the grandmother and her grandson. Of all those drawings, two hit me quite strongly. The first is what the unnamed narrator finds under a particular bed as our brain tries to imagine what happened to those creatures he finds underneath it. If they are even still alive after the story.
The second, which I find particularly spooky, is in the first chapter; two women with the same creepy smile as the narrator asks who is the witch? The one on the left? On the right? Or both?! A smile that troubled me as I recognised it in the medias (ex: Scandal talk show hosts with sinister grin and eyes before they pulled their horrifying set-ups, with a dishonesty that reeked into your face and makes you wonder how can the public stay there and approve this and the ambush guests not notice and get out of those mouse traps. Musicians playing with a big smile when the camera's on, but becoming quite nasty when it's gone. Stars on premiere carpets with Public Relations smiles. Rita Skeeter journalists asking horrifying questions at the Cannes Film Festival's press conferences. etc.). A smile that people close to me have also exhibited. Hiding their cruelty behind it.

As a whole, this novel comes across as a children Fantasy story about a boy and his grandmother who affront witches. But through its lines, this novel can be interpreted as an excellent condemnation of adults that abuse children. Two-faced grown-ups who, behind social masks and statures, take pleasure in hurting kids who, after those attacks, have to live with the pain and degradation for the rest of their lives. Some never recovering from the trauma, some dying due to the nature of the abuse they suffered, others, like the unnamed narrator, using the experience and psychological wounds as a weapon to fight back and denounce this injustice. In this boy's case, he uses the witches' curse to make those women suffer for what he has become. Which goes pretty well with the proverb in my review's title. That what hurt the narrator strengthened him, broadened his mind, maturity, view of life, and gave him abilities to fight back.

And about the misogyny accusation, it is rubbish since there are very nice women in this story. First the grandmother, then her nurse, and the little girls whom the witches had attacked in that chapter I mentioned earlier. So far, I didn't find an explanation from Roald Dahl, but personally, I think using women is brilliant because it shatters the gender cliché in novels and movies that children' abusers are always men. Never women! As if women, because of their maternal nature, couldn't hurt a child and behave like dogs. Which isn't true if you consider the mothers who abuse physically and psychologically their children, and other women (ex: teachers, psychologists) who sexually assault kids. So to me, Roald Dahl's display of children abusers through women reminds us that people from that gender can also attack, can also be dogs and psychopaths.
Now of course this is my personal interpretation, but if you take into account that most of Roald Dahl's novels denounce bullying children suffer at the hands of evil, the more I think my interpretation makes sense.
That in our world, evil takes many form. Many masks, many social conventions. Some that society can't always see through unfortunately. But which children must know and be aware of right now.

Folkmanis Fox Hand Puppet (Small, Red)
Folkmanis Fox Hand Puppet (Small, Red)
Offered by KarensSpielewelt
Price: £28.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful puppet there for fans of South Park and of Lars von Trier's movie Antichrist, 10 Feb. 2015
As a fan of South Park and its excellent Critter Christmas episode in Season 8, but also of Lars von Trier's Antichrist, this toy is a wonderful way for me to show my support for those two works and their artists. So I have bought it along with the Folkmanis Raven and Deer puppets to complement my set and I shall review those two items very soon.

Of this puppet, the designers did a great work. Made of polyester fibre and polyurethane foam, the toy's hair is soft to touch. The hand hole is located under the puppet, in the middle of the structure, offering moving opportunities for the Fox's paws and head. Of the paws, they are big enough for a person's thumb (his left paw) and pinkie (his right paw) to make those two limbs movable; while allowing the other fingers to move the head. Though I can say that the first time I tried this toy, my two fingers disposition was a little bit uncomfortable. But after a few tries, I got quite used to it and could play with the toy anyway I wanted to.

As for the toy's cleaning, a client at my local library had tried to dry their same Fox puppet toy in a drying machine and the result was disastrous, for the whiskers who had melted under the heat and the Fox's colours and fur had been damaged. So in other words, DO NOT TUMBLE DRY THIS TOY IN A MACHINE. Instead, tie the puppet to a rope or a cloth hanger after washing it under cold water. That way, it will stay in the best conditions for a longer time.

In conclusion, I enjoyed a lot this toy whose collection I shall try to buy the rest as I found the other designs just gorgeous to look at. It will be a nice way, as a South Park and Lars von Trier fan, to decorate our Christmas tree's bottom. Which I did this year and my mother's grand family found pretty cute decoration, though they weren't fully aware of the toys inside joke, unlike my father who got it and had quite a laugh from that toy as he saw that series and film. Which he had both enjoyed.

That Book Woman
That Book Woman
by Heather Henson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.83

5.0 out of 5 stars "And all at once, I yearn to know what makes that Book Woman risk catching cold, or worse." - Cal in "That Book Woman", 9 Feb. 2015
This review is from: That Book Woman (Hardcover)
Very nice collaboration Heather Henson did with David Small. This picture book narrates about an unnamed Pack Horse Librarian and her biweekly visits in the Kentuckian mountains. How she brings literature, culture, and the outside world to a remote farm family. How a little boy's resentment for that woman and her "chicken scratch" evolves as she risks rough weather only to give them new books.

But more than that, this book is a wonderful way for older generations to teach young people and those that didn't live in remote regions about the "Pack Horse Librarian" program, an initiative President Roosevelt did for those who lived in remote areas where schools and libraries were not easily accessible. And what's nice is that Heather Henson offers in her book other resources (websites, books) to know more on this topic, proving she did her researches and knows what she is talking about.

As for David Small, his watercolours are pleasant to watch. Clear and well organised compositions, distinct character designs for each person, rich colours that display the region's weather and/or the focal point of an illustration (ex: pack of berries), each painting offers subtle details that describe those remote rural families' reality (ex: how the chicken roam around the house). Details that I appreciated a lot. Although I have to say that under the Kindle app, those artwork and Henson's text suffer as the application doesn't offer zooms like on Google Play as the letter fonts in this book are small. Especially in the author's Note as the letters appear on an Ipad and Android tablet as tiny fleas. Therefore, I suggest to those who'd want to buy an electronic version of the book to resort to Google Play's as its app offers zooms; the opportunity to look closer at artwork details and letters a Kindle app couldn't offer.

In conclusion, this picture book is material for all ages and for all reading interests, whether they are historical, entertainment, or artistic.

South Park: The Stick of Truth - Grand Master Wizard Edition (Xbox 360)
South Park: The Stick of Truth - Grand Master Wizard Edition (Xbox 360)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With powers beyond human and elf understanding...With more popularity appeal than John Lennon himself...behold...Sir Douchebag!, 8 Feb. 2015
Released after years of developments and rewrites, a suspended release, Activision's legal issues, Ubisoft's release, and a Black Friday trilogy promoting the human-elf war in an awesome three-parter, here is the video game South Park fans have been waiting.

South Park The Stick of Truth. Entirely developed, conceived, written, and performed by the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, their show's production team, and Obsidian Entertainment.

Set over a course of three days, you play a new kid who has moved into South Park under strange circumstances his parents wanted to escape and preserve their son from. Powers that end up in the hands of the South Park fourth graders who are busy playing their Elf and Wizard game, started after the Black Friday debacle and its heretic resolution.
At the game's beginning, four classes are offered to you: Warrior, Mage, Rogue, and Jew. Each presenting specific abilities and attributes one can obtain through experience or by making friends with the South Park community, either through sub-quests, discussions, or main quests you complete for them, situations as crazy as the town itself; but also clever social commentary on the video game medium (ex:Bioshock audiophones, DLC, reused ideas, etc.) and on our world's injustices (ex: germanophobia, phony media statements even in the face of truth, cultural barriers within Canada, etc).
Of the gameplay, everything occurs in a two-dimensional environment similar to the TV show, which mixes both cut scenes the South Park studio animated, and a game environment where the character fights against his enemies in a traditional RPG battleground. While loading screens serve as transitions from certain environments (houses, sewers, country, etc.) and also to pass from the free-walking environment to the battleground you and your guest character get to play against enemies. Though the walking environment can offer you props that allow you to bypass enemy fights in clever ways and gain experience points. An awesome idea from the show's creators as it makes the game more alive and real.
Through the entire game, Parker and Stone succeeded in recreating the town's major buildings and made multiple references and jokes to popular characters in the show; Past show elements like the Chinpokomons, Crab People, Lemmiwinks, Mr. Hankey and his dysfunctional family, Critter Christmas, and Jesus. Some you get to summon as Espers, and others you meet only once like the Aliens, but whose interaction with brings forth a serious impact to the storyline. Storyline in which the creators will not release any DLC extra levels, though they have offered in the game enough achievements to encourage players to replay twice or thrice or anytime you'd want to for the game really offers much to play and laugh with.

As for the Grand Wizard set, the game comes with a hand drawn map of South Park by Cartman, a large plastic figurine of him, and DLC costumes for your character. Indeed, Ubisoft has developed a nice collection set for any video game and/or South Park fan, though I'd wish they could have offered more choices of large figurines. Either Butters or Princess Kenny, whose popularity grew enormously due to the Black Friday Trilogy.

In conclusion, although this game's loading screens can sometimes load more longer than necessary, this game is the first South Park video game I have adored in its entirety and I encourage anyone to buy it. Not only that it is also an awesome love letter and tribute to the Earthbound video game, which Trey Parker and Matt Stone have admitted being enormous fans of, especially of its surreal and unique gameplay with children that fight against something adults have no control on.

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
by Ursula Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There are monsters and "monsters"." - Beauty's quote in the book, 2 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Beauty and the Beast (Paperback)
A collaboration between Sarah Gibbs and Ursula Jones, this book is a wonderful opportunity to adapt Beauty and the Beast, the legendary fairy tale of Madame Leprince de Beaumont. Under her excellent visual style of profile watercolours and silhouettes, Sarah Gibbs displays the same mastery she had in Rapunzel and the Princess who had no Kingdom. Cover presenting the main character(s) between two trees, profile silhouettes and watercolours, and collage for the clothes; in sum everything she presented in Rapunzel, another book from her that I loved. What's even thrilling, and that's something I never got to mention in my Rapunzel review, is how the artist presents architectural structures like the Beast's mansion and Beauty's room in shadowy profiles and displays those rooms' contents along with the characters' behaviour. It's a wonderful idea that reinforces the magic of her book and makes the story more alive. Another artistic detail I appreciated was Sarah Gibbs's use of shadows; especially in the pages where the Beast presents himself to the Father and only a faint ray of light covers the man's face. This lighting element added a tension and a mysterious energy that allowed to express things that the text didn't mention.

As for the storytelling, Ursula Jones present the fairy tale very close to how Beaumont wrote it. We have the jealous eldest sisters, the father who becomes poor, him going to the docks hoping to get his money back, and all the other elements inside the original story, except the resolution as to the sisters' punishment for their bad behaviour. Leaving an open-ending that encourages parents and their children to imagine what will happen next. But also a discussion between those that have read the story.

In conclusion, this book is another artistic collection for art lovers and artists, but also families, and fairy tales academics to purchase.

Rapunzel (Best-loved Classics)
Rapunzel (Best-loved Classics)
by Sarah Gibb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful adaptation of a fairy tale classic, 29 Jan. 2015
Since the Grimm Brothers released their original version of the Rapunzel myth, artists and authors have adapted the tale to their interpretations, art styles, and liberties. Some to memorable results, others published under circumstances that might make a second edition more difficult to obtain as rights can expire or publishers go bankrupt. But in this book's case, I think this adaptation will be a wonderful classic for children, parents and art students to cherish.

Released in a paperback version under the inter-title "Best-loved classic", the illustrator Sarah Gibb and the author Alison Sage, who for unexplained reasons hasn't her name on the cover and whose text the ownership of HarperCollinsUK instead, marvel us with their version. Of the original story, they gave more depth and humanity to the heroine's parents. Unlike the original version where the father steals rapunzel leaves because his greedy wife makes herself sick and pretends she won't heal if she doesn't taste that salad, Sage and Gibb show the man doing that act because his wife is ill because of her pregnancy and says that only some of that garden's vegetables can cure her. Not only that, the text explain why this jealous witch would force her daughter to live in a tower and what would be inside it so that she wouldn't die out of bore, which the original story never gave. As for the way the witch learns the truth, the authors stuck to the 1850's version the Grimm gave rather than their 1810 one where the princess reveals she became pregnant, with twins who never end up in this version. Apart form these small differences, the tale sticks pretty much to the original material and makes a wonderful read for the children, parents, and academics who'd wish to study fairy tales interpretations through the centuries and different cultural locales like in the UK.

As for the artwork, well, this book is a jewel of watercolours displayed in several layers of animals, trees, plants, statues, and structural architectures. Even more wonderful are the subtle details in certain illustrations like when the witch climbs Rapunzel's tower and in the background one can perceive, through the layers, the witch's gloomy castle that comes back later. Showing how her child is still observable for her. But one of my favourite page is when the Prince trots on his horse through the forest and spots tower. The composition is perfect. On the left page, the prince is on his horse, wearing a heavily textured costume, the sun rays piercing through the trees, leaves, and flowers, and the right page, a little hunt dog looks back at his master and through the trees stands out the tower. Everything is so well planned out that the composition's isn't disturbing for the eye. And with the fallen leaves and flowers, one feels like those elements are falling before us. About the characters, their colors aren't diluted and their design is detailed and precise; like for the prince whose costume's a mixture of paint and collage, which make the clothes feel like genuine tissue. But the best remains the wonderful silhouette drawings the artist implements in certain parts of the story. Just like Michel Ocelot and Lotte Reinninger's movies, those shadows make the Fairy tale more faerie and allow body expressions and poses to tell the story along with the text; and for other textures to stand out and enrich the work.

In the end, this interpretation of the Rapunzel myth is one I strongly encourage everyone to have in their library. Especially for its visuals which deserve all their recognition.

Paddington [Blu-ray] [2015]
Paddington [Blu-ray] [2015]
Dvd ~ Nicole Kidman
Price: £6.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Please look after this bear. Thank you" - Card around Paddington's neck., 22 Jan. 2015
When Paddington's movie was announced, I have to admit that I dreaded its release for three reasons. One, I feared that this British literature icon at the hands of Major studios would be Hollywoodized with High Budget for its actors and marketing, but a mediocre script; an often unfortunate trait in this business. Two that they would americanize Paddington like the 1980's Hanna-Barbera cartoon series did when they added an American cousin for Judy and Jonathan Brown, as if americans would feel lost in a story set in another country. And three, that the filmmakers would infantilize the character to a cringing level; like the Asterix movies which, except for its excellent "Mission Cleopatre", were done as the French say, "pour plaire aux gamins" (translation: "to please kids"). Though the worst remain the dreadful Smurfs movies with its plotlines that occur in our reality; to economize their budget and by fear that the lowest common denominator wouldn't connect with Peyo's medieval world.

But fortunately, I decided to watch this movie after reading lots of positive comments from Amazon reviewers and learning that many senior citizens were in the audience and adored the story. So I gave Paddington a try at the cinema today. Coming out of the viewing room very happy with this great piece of filmmaking.

Now as the original novels contain episodic storylines published sometimes under a specific thematic, Paddington has always been easier to adapt on television as a cartoon. But for this movie, the filmmakers opted for a big storyline that paid tribute to certain chapters, but tried to bring out a major plot. That of Paddington trying to settle in the UK after a terrible incident down in Darkest Peru. Meeting the Browns and getting either welcomes or suspicious stares from the Browns, Mr.Grubber, and the nosy Mr.Curry. Along them comes another character; a nasty and dangerous antagonist with a personal agenda. Therefore the story focuses on one storyline that revolves around Paddington and no secondary characters steal his spotlight, unlike how Hermione Granger was shown in the third Harry Potter movie, which I sometimes call "Hermione Granger and the Prisoner of Azkaban" as she stole the centre of attention in scenes where Harry deserved main focus.

Visually, Paddington's special effects are stunning as he, Aunt Lucy, and Uncle Pazuzu are all done in CGI and their animation, fur texture, and compositing are so fluid and believable you'd think the bear is real. Which makes me wonder how such effects will improve in decades to come.
I have to give a nod to the Browns' house and scenes where they used a doll set to portray its atmosphere. Its architecture and interior design is detailed and cozy, with warm colours and rooms set according to each family member's personality, and in the main entrance's corridor stands out a wonderful red tree wall painting. One that I'd wish to have inside my house.

As for the actors, everyone was well cast and showed excellent chemistry between each other. We even get to see a wonderful comedic aspect out of Hugh Bonneville, who became very popular thanks to Downton Abbey's fame, and Julie Walters's comedy skills are perfect for Aunt Lucy. As for Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton, their voice performances were perfect. And especially Ben Whishaw whose voice was touching and more appropriate for a young bear like Paddington than Colin Firth whose older voice I didn't see into the character at all.

Therefore, this movie is an adaptation that I feel respects Michael Bond's work and that everyone of every ages can watch. Which the author himself participated as he pulls a little cameo toward Paddington during the story.

Beyond Good and Evil (PC DVD)
Beyond Good and Evil (PC DVD)
Price: £11.97

5.0 out of 5 stars "Safe and sound in its shell, the precious pearl is the slave of the currents." - Important quote employed in this video game, 16 Jan. 2015
Released in 2003 as the Irak War and its propaganda intoxicated worldwide medias, especially in America where government leaders encouraged soldiers and Americans to be patriotic and defend their country; or else society would label them as anti-Americans, "Beyond Good and Evil" came out during this troubling war frenzy and terrorist witch-hunt.

Although the game had started its production years before that political turmoil, its storyline took a stronger and more serious actuality as events in our reality unfolded.
A story involving Jade, a freelance photographer-reporter who takes care of orphan children whose parents were victims of the Domz. Aliens that have declared War through the galaxy and started to attack Hyllis, Jade's planet. Soon after the game starts, Jade receives a new reporting contract that develops into something more political. A deal that asks her to go through borders beyond what the press is propagandizing to the Hyllians; into the Alpha Sections quarters, a military division that is supposed to defend them. Uncovering a truth that hurts and which she must expose to the population, along with who are the real heroes and allies in the Domz War. Ending with a twist that reveals another secret.

Although the game is in English, it can be played in many languages. In particular French, which I decided to use as the game was done in France and because it also offered an excellent voice casting of people I recognized in French cartoons and Anime adaptations (ex: Cybersix, Macross Plus). In her work, Emma de Caunes, who plays Jade, is perfect as her voice offers the maturity and emotion the character deserves.

Done by the creator of Rayman, this video game offers mature and very moving storytelling where players feel like watching a clever tv series/movie that is not gratuitous. A story that asks questions about the War, but also tackles and condemns medias like CNN, Fox, BFMTV, LCN, CTV, CBS, ABC, Fox, and others who propagate rubbish during troubling time periods. Making money out of our fears and collaborating with those whom they shouldn't be doing business with. As such, this game is a smart product that makes gamers think and question. Which is nice as most video games unfortunately don't offer that opportunity and are mostly offered as punching bags to decompress on.

In its visuals, the characters' design is like a cartoon and wonderful to look at, especially in its mechanical designs as some wonderful machines are used by the main characters. As for the monsters, their frightening aspect is quite convincing for players who start the first time and want to replay it again. In its gameplay, the game is adventure-action-stealth, which means that some situations require stealth moving through guarded locations. Puzzle environments that one must use clever strategies to pass through enemies and security devices. Beyond Good and Evil also offers mini-games where players can photograph different species around Hyllis, collecting specific key items I will not name, items that can, and must, be collected in other non-linear stealth levels around the capital. Ones that if played accordingly go along with the plot's development.

As for Christophe Heral's soundtrack, I found it quite memorable in its mix of genres (orchestral, hip-hop, oriental,etc) and I wish they could have released it as an album.

In conclusion, this underperformed, but critically lauded, game is now reoffered to us in a Download opportunity (PC, XBOX, and Playstation) as its original release gave less sales than expected. Maybe because of its political content in a very tense time period, or because Beyond Good and Evil was released during the 2003 Christmas holidays, time period where players preferred to buy the latest franchise games, like a certain Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time that Ubisoft had released simultaneously with Beyond Good and Evil, overshadowing Jade's story and becoming the game of the year.
But stealing from Beyond Good and Evil part of the success this game deserved and still deserves. For instance, its sequel that is still in production, according to what I've heard and read.

Boy: Tales of Childhood
Boy: Tales of Childhood
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty." - Roald Dahl quote in "Boy", 16 Jan. 2015
In this wonderful autobiography of words, pictures, and sketches, Roald Dahl offers to us many childhood and family memories. Ones that have shaped his view of life, but also his writing. How his family came from Norway, made money, experienced death, lived in England, but also had their holidays in Norway; involving many funny events, but also threatening accidents like a gory incident Dahl experienced.

Like his novels, Roald Dahl remains as truthful and honest as he ever was. No self-censorship, no fear of offending the "Desperate Housewives and Husbands" of our society and their hypocritical political-correctness, this writer shows us a childhood that most would never want to expose. Abuse at the hands of cruel people: headmasters, a shop owner, and older students. People who excused their doings by calling him and others names like liar or a bad element to school and society.

In one instance, and this is the only case where Dahl made a mistake, he recounts how at Repton, one of his friends was thrashed by the Headmaster Geoffrey Francis Fisher, who would become Archbishop of Canterbury and crown the Queen. But in Treglown's book, "Roald Dahl: A Biography", the headmaster guilty of this horrifying beating was instead John Traill Christie, and the incident happened after Fisher's departure; in 1933. Then again, considering the horrors Dahl witnessed and experienced at this school, cruel behaviours which headmasters like Fisher could not have been blind about, who instead of being humane did nothing to stop them, it does make you ask questions as to how a man who would become an important religious figure could let such cruel values perpetuate in his institution. And how, and this is what Dahl later explained, one could have faith in God after seeing such cruelty inside one of his Houses.

As a whole, this book really makes you understand what Dahl repeatedly screamed in his novels. That our world is full of bullies. Monsters that can hide and excuse their actions through positions, social customs, and phony smiles.

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