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Young Hearts Crying (Methuen modern fiction)
Young Hearts Crying (Methuen modern fiction)
by Richard Yates
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars too long but excellent, 12 Aug. 2005
Yates could take a relationship apart with a flick of his pen. there's nothing more brutal in literature than a moment of truth in Yates's best work. it shatters your beliefs. it makes you wince.
Young Hearts Crying is a good novel, in three parts. everything needs to be there. Yates's incredible short stories will tell you that he didn't waste words. but yet, it feels too long. perhaps the problem is that there are too many relationships. I believe that Yates's power is felt best when there are fewer characters, fewer relationships, like in Revolutionary Road or his short stories, or even Easter Parade. but, on the other hand, this book will constantly rip you up because of the digs at human nature. the search for individuality is madness.

Alexander - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Alexander - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Anthony Hopkins
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £2.39

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 0 stars really, 12 Aug. 2005
but you've got to respect Stone for trying something. it was never going to be easy to make a film about Alexander. but the two stars are for two things, Val Kilmer and the horse/elephant scene. Val Kilmer is the only one acting in this film, gutsy and drunk, mean yet wise. it's surely one of the best performances of his career. then, I love the horse/elephant scene because of the genius in direction, the change from closeups to overall scene makes it very powerful. the rest of the film is absolute failure. a reviewer could go on for pages listing what's wrong with Alexander (like, for example, do you really need to have a graphic sex scene? or, why does Jolie have a different accent from everyone else in the film? or, why does the film keep going back 9 years in order to explain something?). it feels hacked together, lacking guts (for example, the battle scenes are so fast you can't actually see anything) which is not what I expected from Stone. brilliant beginning, brilliant horse scene, and the rest is to be quickly forgotten.

Vacas [DVD] [1992]
Vacas [DVD] [1992]
Dvd ~ Emma Suárez
Offered by chaostheorymedia
Price: £24.22

6 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars total rubbish, 23 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Vacas [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
I'm sorry to disappoint you art lovers but this is total rubbish. The actors are unconvincing, the story is pathetic, the surrealism is pointless and weak, in fact the best thing about it is when you see the cows because at least the cows seem to have some kind of dignity. Vacas is like a boring b movie.

The Bandini Quartet: Wait Until Spring, Bandini: The Road to Los Angeles: Ask the Dust: Dreams from Bunker Hill
The Bandini Quartet: Wait Until Spring, Bandini: The Road to Los Angeles: Ask the Dust: Dreams from Bunker Hill
by John Fante
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £13.48

11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the finest, 23 Oct. 2004
It's difficult not using superlatives when talking about Fante's writing. All that rubbish on the back of most books, stuff like 'this is the best books of the year/ever' has no relevance to either Fante's writing or Fante's life. Greatness means nothing when you're a struggling failed writer.
In saying that, I always recommend Fante to anyone's who's willing to listen. And this is where his reputation lives and dies. These four masterpieces of despair and honesty are what people will always come to when talking about Fante. But remember this: you should always feed a man when he's living, not when he's dead.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't believe critics, 20 July 2004
because the problem with critics is that most of them are paid off to speak for a side. In saying that, make up your own mind when reading something.
I picked up this book thinking that I didn't really want to read a whole book about bullfighting. I didn't know what to expect. In fact this book is sports commentary. After all, Hemingway was always a journalist. And the feel he gets for the sport...unbelievable that someone who doesn't care about bullfighting could read this and care, could read this and feel the danger and the beauty.
One quick note about Hemingway's suicide: mental illness often brings about great feelings of danger and beauty.
The rivalry is built up with grace and Hemingway plays the part of the ambasador. He loves people, Spain, the feel of the place, the landscape and traditions. He gives it to you. He makes you want to be there, in Madrid, in the ring, outside the ring. That's what I got from the book. No sadness. No regret.

The Rose That Grew from Concrete
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
by Tupac Shakur
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars understanding, 27 May 2004
I borrowed the book from my local library and what a surprise, shock shock, noone had borrowed it. I got to the pub and I opened it and read most of it in one go. it's too short to merit the asking price. but don't complain keep reading.
some of the poems are worthy but you can see how his poetry improved. these poems scream young all over. and yet the power shows even at a young age. the drama, the deaths, the loneliness, the love, it's all there. this is a book for all sorts. if you like Tupac anyway you will like this. if you don't like Tupac you may enjoy reading his early poetry. try to understand that roses really do grow from concrete.

Down and Out in Paris and London (Essential Penguin)
Down and Out in Paris and London (Essential Penguin)
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars down and down, 27 May 2004
reviewed by Bogdan Tiganov, author of 11 Year Old Refugee and Romanian For Sale
Down and Out is an interesting book. autobiographical, yes, and also, like most Orwell, a hard hitting political exposee.
the problem is that we don't really care that much about the characters and maybe we're not supposed to. the result is that some of us may come away from reading this appreciation the hardships that beggars and down and out people go through. whatever the case, this is a gripping read, and stylistically perfect, the Orwell trademark. and remember: this is never boring.

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