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Alasdair M. Satchel "alsatch" (Scotland)

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Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film
Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film
by Edward Ross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and original creation., 8 Dec. 2015
Filmish is an absolute delight. As its subtitle says it takes a journey through film through the medium of a graphic novel.

The 7 chapters each explore a separate aspect of film: The Eye; The Body; Sets & Architecture; Time; Voice & Language; Power & Ideology; Technology & Technophobia.

Each cell explores the concepts of the chapter by way of an illustrated key image from a film. Edward's narrator character weaves his way in and out of these cells both as himself and, occasionally, as characters from the films he's discussing.

Filmish is a brilliant way to explore the world, concepts and history of film. It's clear, precise and profound. The attention to detail is incredible, there's so much to be found in it on repeat readings.

This is a perfect gift for yourself, or a film loving friend.

Price: £11.85

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, 19 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Alfabeto (Audio CD)
I bought this album on the shallowest grounds possible...
It had a pretty cover so I thought I'd give it a go.
Thank goodness I did.
Alfabeto is a fascinating album, really extraordinary. I don't know enough about music theory to fully explain what makes it so wonderful, but I can give you my direct impressions.
The stringed instruments have a brilliant percussive quality that really drives the music on, from lilting plaintive themes through to pert little baroque bounce alongs. (Told you my music theory is rubbish).

The lead guitar part is exquisite, like listening to a well told story.

The production too is excellent, each instrument given space in the mix to allow the whole record to shine as a very complete and compelling vision.

I love this album and come back to it all the time.

Perhaps I'm a cloth eared nincompoop, but I'd say treat yourself, you won't regret it.

Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History
Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History
by Alistair Moffat
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 1 Oct. 2009
Accessible, fascinating and very, very enjoyable. This is the book that I've been waiting for!
Highly recommended.

by Torgny Lindgren
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Bleak, 16 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Light (Paperback)
Light is brilliantly bleak, very, very darkly funny and strangely real. The characters are quickly, but effectively drawn, the narrative weaves in and out of the dialogue seamlessly and the sense of place is very well communicated.
If you're in the mood for a dark laugh it's just perfect.

Unknown Chaplin [DVD]
Unknown Chaplin [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charlie Chaplin
Price: £7.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Working Methods of a Cinematic Titan, 8 Mar. 2009
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This review is from: Unknown Chaplin [DVD] (DVD)
The Unknown Chaplin is a real treat for fans of silent cinema.

It shows how Chaplin worked, using celluloid as a sketch book rather than spending ages working things out on paper.

The interviews are rather good, especially considering that many of Chaplin's casts ad crews must, by now, have shifted off to the Easy Street in the Sky.

As other people have noted you can get a hold of a lot of the material from the Unknown Chaplin on other DVD's and videos.
I think it's worth getting it as a stand alone piece as it's really well put together and gives you another glance in to Chaplin's world.

If you're a Chaplin fan, it's invaluable.

Musical Illusionist and Other Tales, The (Hotel St. George)
Musical Illusionist and Other Tales, The (Hotel St. George)
by Alex Rose
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Illusionism, 22 Feb. 2009
The Musical Illusionist is quite simply brilliant.

It lies somewhere in the territory between Calvino, Borges and Oliver Sacks, but retains its own striking identity.

It's broken in to tasty, easy to digest morsels, adding up to a very satisfying meal indeed.

I think what makes this book so brilliant is how it builds on a loose affiliation of truths, sucking you in to deeper layers of fancy.

The final tale in the book ties in to many of the other tales brilliantly, and on putting it down you feel it's worthy of a round of applause.

Inspirational stuff.

Trad (Oberon Modern Plays)
Trad (Oberon Modern Plays)
by Mark J. Doherty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Trad, 20 Aug. 2008
One of the funniest plays I've ever seen. Deceptively simple in appearance, it's a beautiful, resonant piece of writing. Simply brilliant.

Music Of The Spheres
Music Of The Spheres
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.69

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure, 15 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Music Of The Spheres (Audio CD)
It'd be too easy and cynical to call this album The Orchestral Tubular Bells 4. It revisits some of the themes of the Tubular Bells albums, and why not. Carl Jenkins' arrangements are lush and reminiscent of some of his Adiemus work (luckily keeping the nasal vocal choir to a minimum).

This album sort of feels like Mike Oldfield's attempt to get at the Classic FM lunchtime requests audience. It'll probably do quite well from that point of view, in that it's a really light classical style album.

Music of the Spheres is by far the best album that Oldfield has released in the last few years, but that's hardly saying anything considering his most recent output. If you're a dyed in the wool fan you'll probably love it, if you're new to his work, there's very little to offend in it.

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