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Dream Repairman: Adventures in Film Editing
Dream Repairman: Adventures in Film Editing
by Jim Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in the Film Business...or... How NOT to make movies, 21 Aug. 2014
I was given this book as a present because I am a video editor. So I was really looking forward to reading this, particularly knowing he edited some great classic films. Unfortunately as other reviewers have pointed out, it is quite badly written (and badly edited) and it reads rather like a vague diary which pays more attention to whether the hotel or accommodation he was being put up at by the company was any good rather than the film editing. So in that way, it is not very inspiring (almost all the films he writes were terrible even at script stage and he should have not taken the project on), however he reluctantly took these projects on for various reasons and had a nightmare 6 months or so working on or trying to save a dead horse. Jim himself comes across quite well just because of his honesty and there are a few moments in the book that were genuinely interesting like a page or so talking about 'Marathon Man' toning out the graphic violence by using sound over visuals. I wish there were more parts like this but instead, for example on 'Onegin' directed by Ralph Fiennes sister and starring him as the lead he writes for 3 pages about what arty farty tosh it was. 3 pages for 6 months of his life working on what most people would kill themselves to be working on. In fact, he seems more like a producer at times, only caring whether the film makes money back for the company. Although he admits the Bond film 'The World Is Not Enough' was pretty rubbish he writes fondly about it because of the kudos of working on Bond, having a great pay check, cutting it ahead of schedule and the producers all being pleased with it. So in this regard, the book should be called 'Adventures in the Film Business' or 'How NOT to make movies' because he really makes it clear that is a business first of all and secondly, what an utter waste of money it is by people who don't know what they are doing.


The Incredible String Band / The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion
The Incredible String Band / The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion
Price: £12.96

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars out of sync, 5 Dec. 2010
as with the above reviewers, i discovered on the second cd which is 5000 spirits, there has been some kind of mastering fault meaning it sounds terrible instead of the amazing album it really is.
i'm sending my copy back and getting a proper one!


Possible Worlds [DVD] [2001]
Possible Worlds [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Tilda Swinton
Price: £4.45

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all time favourites, 26 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Possible Worlds [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
i luckily took a chance and watched this at the ICA in london on its release (mainly because it was compared to david lynch!). i've since bought this dvd and its become one of my most watched movies ever. if you like dreamy, philosophical movies that raise more questions than are answered, then definitely take a chance with this sumptuous movie about the brain and imagination. if you happen to like action movies or normally structured films then give this a miss. photography and acting is first rate, my only slight complaint is that the dvd is a single layer dvd and in 4:3 ratio - i think it was 16:9 widescreen when i saw it in the cinema. i only wish there was more films like this.


F Monday Orange February Venus
F Monday Orange February Venus
Price: £19.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius, if you like that kind of thing, 3 Oct. 2009
best band of the twenty third century. like the zombies crossed with simian. only cuter and louder.
check out memphis industries for the releases in the UK.


Croupier [DVD] [1999]
Croupier [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Clive Owen
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.00

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Jack. To the house of addiction, 19 Jun. 2004
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This review is from: Croupier [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Superb film. I believe this film explores the boundaries between fact and fiction, life becoming art and art becoming life. It is about writing or creating anything out of nothing. Jack Manfred is the detatched voyeur, looking down on his subject, the casino. also, he is writing about the gamble of everyday life. But he himself doesn't gamble. He wants to get into people's heads as they read his novel on the tube. an underground man! ha ha. The only problem is, he's becoming his main character as he is writing it. He is becoming Jake. Jake is the protagonist, the zombie and little shi* as Marion, his girlfriend calls him when she reads it. He has also gotten himself entangled in a robbery at the casino where he works. Is it Jack or is it Jake? or both?
If you like cynical and comic narration and if you liked American Psycho, then you should love this. Clive Owen and Christian Bale in these films have pulled out performances which may not be matched for the rest of their careers. But for art and becoming art, its worth it, isn't it?
What a shame this film was ignored in Britain, it actually did not get a full release at theatres, but i was lucky enough to be living in london near an arthouse cinema. If you love playful, intelligent and complex films and If you've secretly wanted to be a writer, this film is definitely for you. This is cinema at its very best, the best british film in many, many years. Yes there are flaws here and there, but this is the most addictive film i think i've ever watched. REPETITIVE VIEWING IS ESSENTIAL!!! Thankyou Mike Hodges.
Its all numbers, the croupier thought...
enjoy


Fup: A Modern Fable
Fup: A Modern Fable
by Jim Dodge
Edition: Paperback

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pocket size guide to life for dreamers., 17 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Fup: A Modern Fable (Paperback)
If you like novels to be very short and beautifully sweet, then this gem is for you. Like sticking in your favourite film to escape life for a few precious hours, you can sink into this beauty and be done in less then a few hours. I couldn't possibly describe the plot of this unusual fairytale, except to say that the main character is a duck. Yes a duck called Fup! Don't worry, all will be revealed to you when you begin this witty journey into American rural nostalgia. This is my favourite of Jim's wonderful work, and is the best book this humble reviewer has ever read.


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