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Sleepwalk
Sleepwalk
by Adrian Tomine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... friends in the hope that it would convert them like it did me, 5 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Sleepwalk (Paperback)
I feel guilty admitting I was probably one of those snobs that didn't think much of comic books once I got older (despite reading/collecting Spiderman in my youth) but this chance discovery of Adrian Tomine's Sleepwalk completely changed my mind and I have since bought this as a present for many friends in the hope that it would convert them like it did me.

Although I was aware it was a collection of short stories, upon reading the first story my initial reaction was one of "wait, that's it? That's the end?" But once I was familiar with the style it really became something beautiful. The stories are the graphic novel equivalent of Richard Yates or Raymond Carver - stories that are enigmatic yet meaningful, some subtle and poignant and some others are absolutely devastatingly tragic. The tone throughout is very melancholic, sometimes funny and made me think of Haruki Murakami too.

Generally all of the stories/vignettes/moments are great, though some hit more than others. As they're fairly short, even the less moving ones never outstay their welcome. Highly recommended


The Double [DVD] [2014]
The Double [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Jesse Eisenberg
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of 2014, 5 Aug. 2014
This review is from: The Double [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
As a huge fan of Richard Ayoade's Submarine, I was incredibly excited for his second film and needless to say The Double does not disappoint. It is one of the funniest (and most original) films of 2014.

The film does an excellent job of capturing that feeling of being an outsider and is extremely relatable yet manages to be both hilarious and tragic - often at the same time. (NB: I couldn't help but think of William H Macy's character in Fargo/Adam Sandler in PTA's Punch-Drunk Love - as the meek Simon is constantly put upon and frustrated by other people walking all over him - when they're not ignoring him - but due to his own submissiveness and timid nature, he is powerless to do anything about it. Utterly hilarious, but also makes you feel a bit bad for laughing.)

Jesse Eisenberg does a great job and gives an incredible performance as both the shy, awkward Simon and the confident/obnoxious doppelganger James. The cinematography/production design is absolutely stunning and reminiscent of some of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films (in its offbeat tone and the way it creates a unique vision of a world imbued with a wonderful weirdness).
This is a must-see for lovers of cinema - it may require you to engage a brain cell or two (though that may put some people off) - but fans of Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen etc will not be disappointed.

Cannot wait to see what Ayoade is capable of next - this film confirms his status as one of the most exciting auteurs of his generation.


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