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Apocalypse Now Redux [DVD] [1979]
Apocalypse Now Redux [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Marlon Brando
Price: £2.10

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating, 10 Mar. 2003
This is, quite simply, an absolute masterpiece. In contrast to the beautiful naturalism of the Godfather trilogy, Coppola's gone all out on the symbolic, mythic and hallucinatory here. The debt to Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' is brilliantly negotiated. It's just a very very intelligent, gripping and beautifully conceived film about the senselessness and barbarity of war. All Conrad's points about the demonisation of the Other (the black for Conrad, the mad here, the primitive in both) strike home equally forcefully. The journey upriver is handled beautifully, full of amazing scenes: the all-American show at the supply depot, the surreality of the 'last bridge', the superb moment where the boat passes under the tailfin of a downed B-52...

What of the new scenes though? I watched this version first, and barely noticed...the Kilgore scenes are really watchable and I prefer the room that the whole episode has to breathe in Redux. I didn't think the new angles to Sheen's character really jarred...it's good to see the hauntedness of Willard's character come out from inside (hence the claustrophobic hotel room), rather than have him completely dark and moody from the very beginning. The scenes at the Medevac don't drag for me either and produce a number of interesting things: crew dynamics, the exploitation of the Playboy bunnies, help prepare us for the chaos of the Do Lung Bridge. On the other hand, the third major insertion (the French Plantation) is worthy but flawed (and the music is cringeworthy!!) There are some nice moments (the whole framing with fog) and one can see all the intentions (the political/colonial angle, and the counterpoint of tenderness before Kurtz's camp) but it is too long and doesn't quite work. But don't let that put you off...This is still an amazing film. See it...

Tender is the Night (Penguin Popular Classics)
Tender is the Night (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Marvin LaHood
Edition: Paperback

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully realised angle on the Jazz Age, 10 Sept. 2000
I have read three of Fitzgerald's four novels published during his lifetime, and although I can see why the Great Gatsby is considered his finest work, Tender is the Night is also brilliant, and I like it perhaps more.
The Fitzgerald staples are there. The trademark couple modelled on himself and Zelda, the parties and glory of the jazz age with its tragic mirror in the Lost Generation's futile search among the illusions of wealth. The style here is light and sharp, equally capable of grace and grit, and enlivened with the unique dialogue of the 'flappers.' The time shifts are handled deftly, whilst the intricacy of the novel is more disciplined and experimental than might be imagined; full of neat little structural touches. In particular, the use of narrative angle, exchanging the innocenct naivety of Rosemary for a hardened Richard Diver (via the pivot of a time shift) is superbly effective at shattering the illusion of the Diver's marriage. Symbolic hints of violence and collapse in the first half betray the work's complexity.
It is above all about exile. The geographical exile of expatriates conceals a more profound spiritual and social exile in a self-contained, decadant lifestyle, a self-perpetuating myth of glamour and wealth which leaves those taken in broken or hollowed out. Nicole's schizophrenia is symbolic of the break between illusion and reality which curses them all.
A damning portrait, then, from one of the greatest writers of this fine era in American literature of his Age. Vital for any serious student of this period (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Wolfe, Dos Passos etc) and an intense, worthwhile experience for anyone reading for pleasure.

The Singles 86-98
The Singles 86-98
Price: £10.17

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic, graceful synth-pop, 5 Sept. 2000
This review is from: The Singles 86-98 (Audio CD)
This 'best of' 2CD set is far superior to its early-80's sibling (detailing the first part of the band's career.) By 1986, there sound was sharpened to a powerful, evocative stab of pulsing electronic beats, jagged yet melodic hooks and a engaging art-pop vocal delivery. The texture of their songs is rich and full of little touches. Take, for example, the understated orchestral backdrop to songs like 'Walking in my Shoes' and 'Home.'
Naturally, it's a brilliant introduction to the band's work, and both discs are packed with exceptional material. Although the lyrics are a little weak, and their heights (Stripped, Never Let Me Down Again, It's No Good) tend to eclipse some lesser work, this dark, edgy pop is truly worthy.

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