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'thy First Love': Christ's Message To Ephesus
'thy First Love': Christ's Message To Ephesus
by James Culross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on the message of the Lord to Church ..., 9 Mar. 2017
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Great book on the message of the Lord to Church of Ephesus. Culross stresses the pastoral and psychological over the overtly doctrinal


Four Views of Christ
Four Views of Christ
by Andrew Jukes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It holds up under this wonderful and detailed examination by Andrew Jukes, 19 Jan. 2017
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This review is from: Four Views of Christ (Paperback)
Phenomenal book!! I read an original edition of this (published mid 19th century) but other than the type used this is the same book. If you are looking for a book that compares and contrasts the views of Christ taken by the four separate gospel writers then this is the book!! Not just comparing the separate empases (ie Mark shows us the Servant, John the God/Man, Luke the Man and Matthew the King (of the Jewish nation)) but also showing how this difference is born out in language, in parables and incidents. It holds up under this wonderful and detailed examination by Andrew Jukes. Sooo worthy of reading...please do so!!


Judgement At Nuremberg [DVD]
Judgement At Nuremberg [DVD]
Dvd ~ Spencer Tracy
Price: £5.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous - and maybe a bridge too far for some..., 5 Oct. 2016
This review is from: Judgement At Nuremberg [DVD] (DVD)
Wel I have to own up and say that anything with Spencer Tracy in usually wins my vote from the "get go" as they say. But other reasons for buying this DVD include: early Shatner role; great actors (as well as good old Bill) - Widmark, Clift and Judy Garland. Clive James once said of ths film in a TV review that it misses the point / mark by making it seems that the worst thing the Nazis did was be nasty to Judy Garland. Perhaps his point was that we come close to trivialising these events when we make films about them. maybe the grainy old documentaries are enough...But Montgomery Clift is marvellous as the winess who has to talk about why he was sterilised by the Nazi authorities for his limited intelligence, and I remember an even more poignant Judy Garland describing (I think) how a benefactor whom she saw as a father figure was hounded and persecuted as if he were a predator. Widmark also is wonderful for his barely repressed fury. The one disappointment for me in this film is how the role Burt Lancaster has is just a bit too much for him. Its the most complex role of a lawyer who sold out under the Nazis but is torn between self disgust and having to try to mount some kind of self defence or apologia. He doesnt quite get it for me. but the end scene where he asks to see Tracy (a lawyer too who is here trying to live up to his principles) for some sort of absolution or recognition is very good. Marlene Dietrich by the way is also in this movie - she is great of course, a sort of symbol of someone who doesnt want to see the bigger picture and is more a survivor, getting by in any atmosphere because "youve got to live, havent you?" but maybe I do her an injustice - part of her role might be a rebuke to us to face up to the possibility that in these circumstances we too might have behaved as abominably. "The banality of evil". One last word about Maximilian Schell - he got an Oscar for Best Actor as the defence lawyer who defends his people (and maybe the German reputation as a whole) manically, even in maniac fashion. His desperation is symbolic of a man trying to convince himself of something he doesnt believe.


Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) All Region DVD / Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible
Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) All Region DVD / Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible
Dvd ~ James Cagney
Offered by SEA MEDIA
Price: £7.45

5.0 out of 5 stars They (still) dont make them like this anymore...., 5 Oct. 2016
Well what can you say about this film?? I will try and do this in a few minutes. Its a very old cliche but THEY DONT make films like this anymore. perhaps they cant as its almost 80 years old now. There would be real ambiguity now in all the characters - maybe they would make the Pat O'Brien priest character more corrupted and compromised than the mobster played by James Cagney. Admittedly these figures are somewhat stereotyped but the liberalism in the film ("there for the grace of God go I") is a sign of what was to come post-war with the films of people like Stanley Kramer - this is a sort of herald of that dawn. The Dead End Kids are back and went on to make similar films with other lead "tough guys" such as John Garfield ("They Made me a Criminal") and they act as the "victims" or "lambs" of society whom we can either ignore and leave to the cruelty of the underworld or take notice of and try to help. here cagney is caught between these two poles: the call to continue his crimilal life and bring them under the sway of his glamour or to redeem himself and them. The end scene is utterly compelling and no matter how melodramatic it might seem, it is so real. Orsen welles said that in real life Cagney's character is unreal but in cinema it is perfect.


Guess Who's Coming To Dinner [DVD] [1967] [1968]
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner [DVD] [1967] [1968]
Dvd ~ Spencer Tracy

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5.0 out of 5 stars candidate for best film of the 20th century?, 24 Aug. 2016
Thought I'd add my 2 pennyworth to this - Yes this is a great film, ought to be compulsory viewing in schools etc. Cant fault anyone in this - although in slight disagreement with a previous reviewer I think Kath Houghton who plays the daughter returning from holiday with a brand new (and black) fiance is a bit too saccharine, and a bit too innocent - although she brings it off well. Her mum & dad have brought her up to be an open liberal take on the world type. Theres no "doubt" in her whatsoever - but for the films sake I think this has to be true. The agonizing can be done by all the others - the 2 sets of parents and Sidney Poitier playing John Wade Prentiss. The fact that all the action happens in a weekend or so makes it even more effective. Essentially the meesage of this film is that love will win out over prejudice: two peoples' love for each other will overcome the obstacles. I'm glad we leave them at the meal they have just before the couple jet off together. The future is left as a great big (but optimistic) questionmark. It also makes a great statement about having to "live out" your values - Tracy & Hepburn's characters are progressive i their racial views and here they have to put their money where their mouth is.


The Mystery Of The Kingdom: Traced Through The Four Books Of Kings...
The Mystery Of The Kingdom: Traced Through The Four Books Of Kings...
by Andrew John Jukes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and in depth typology, 24 Aug. 2016
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Hello this is a very short review of this lovely book - Jukes was a leading proponent in the 19th century of the study if the "types" - ie aspects of the old testament covenant as foreshadowings of the ministry and majesty of Jesus Christ. He looks at the "failure of human systems and ways" as typified by the reign of King Saul and the reign of David as typical of the struggles and successes of the "man in Christ" - this is a very truncated analysis but its well worth a read as are other Jukes books (eg the Distinctive Aspects of the 4 Gospels, a look at how the four gospels have different, and clear, emphases to build up a picture of Christ as Servant (Mark), Messiah and Deliverer of the Jews( Matthew) Son of Man (Luke) and God Incarnate (John). Give it - them both in fact - a go.


Informer [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]
Informer [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]
Offered by Empor-online
Price: £10.48

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting sound / silent hybrid, 24 Feb. 2016
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The Informer is an interesting film as it was made in that period (1929) when sound was available fully or partially to film makers. This film has sound sections (mostly at the end) but I feel they come across as a little artificial. The problem for this film is that 5 or so years later the Victor McLaglan version was made by John Ford and it won McLaglan an Oscar for his wonderful performance as Gypo Nolan. So this version by Arthur Robison was eclipsed really. Still it is well worth a watch. Film buffs and cinema historians will love it as the 2 main leads were big names in their day. Funny how the arrival of talkies effectively killed some acting careers though.


His People [DVD] [1925] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
His People [DVD] [1925] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £8.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Can you become American and stay Jewish?, 21 Jan. 2016
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Admittedly its hard to imagine many people going for this DVD -- BUT if you are interested in its themes, which these days have become topical again - the adjustment to a new world by people of the "Old World" (here its Jewish immigrants to America) and the losses and gains of such a journey - you'll like it.
Two sons of a very traditional Yiddish couple from the East (Russia or maybe Austria) develop as Americans - one wants to earn money from his boxing (but keeps it a secret from mum & dad by giving himself an Irish fighting name) and the other wants to climb the ladder in business BUT seems happy to jettison his folks and go for high society that scorns Jewish immigrants. Dad is a Talmudic scholar whose knowledge doesn't seem to be wanted in this new world of hustle and commerce and finance. Yes its dated and has the limits of its time but its a great piece of cinema history and its theme is handled very well. There is one outstanding scene where Dad confronts wannabe high society son and asks him to own his past - the building his dad walks out of is vast and imposing like some modern Temple of Finance, dwarfing him.
"You don't say "cant" in America" says someone in a marketplace.


Learning Resources Rainbow Bean Bags
Learning Resources Rainbow Bean Bags
Offered by OTCFORYOU
Price: £20.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Mar. 2015
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very good and excellent price


They Made Me A Criminal [DVD]
They Made Me A Criminal [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Garfield
Offered by THE MONSTER BOOKSHOP
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hollywood - ought to be better known, 12 Feb. 2015
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They Made Me a Criminal is really golden age Hollywood - truly the dont make them like this any more and I think its a pity!! John Garfield is in one of his earliest roles - a year after "Four Daughters" where he stole the show with an anti-hero performance. here he's in much more typical Hollywood territory playing a tough guy softened by the affection of tearaway city youths (The Dead End kids no less!!) who are out in the sticks trying to reform in a "New Deal" type project for youth which is running out of money. All the cast are great but everyone seems to agree that Claude Rains is miscast but he makes a sterling effort in the role, which (a down at heel NY cop trying to make it back into the big time??) isnt him at all. Its got it all for me - boxing, criminality, a "metanoia" moment (or moments) where our boy has to reveiew his approach to life (well before Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront), great leading lady, and some tearjerker moments a la "Boys Town"..Have I sold it to you?? PS - incongruously, directed by Busby Berkeley...but he doesnt make any mistakes!!


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