Wednesday, January 28 2004
Movies, to a child, are almost always about seeing imagination played out on the big screen. Yet, there's little imagination in Fuguet's story structure.
The notion of war as a literary construct, as well as a very real one, which can be coloured by surprise, tactic, rules, or none of the above, is presented, not only in words, but through extraordinary photographic images.
Barnes writes in a curiously anachronistic style, in which content jars against form, as if children's nursery rhymes were refilled with material purged by centuries of prurient censorship, and made vibrant, living things again.
Wednesday, January 21 2004
Critics must be fair in their evaluation of a book and they must explain their disappointment or their joy. They should, from time to time, recommend that others give a book a try -- that their analysis is not the final word.
The concepts at the heart of Baudrillard's book invoke, reflect, subvert, and play with one another, sometimes compelling the careful reader to read the book backwards so that she or he might then begin reading forwards again.
I told my uncle George in western Pennsylvania about the plot of Monstrous Regiment and he spouted off something about liberal pinko Commie crap and the superiority of men in all matters martial.
The further you get into Elizabeth David's Christmas, the stronger the impression that David's recipes should only be attempted by those with infinite time, infinite patience, and infinite resources.
Edith Grossman has delicately and lovingly translated the novel in a voice so fluid that had it been marketed to a broader audience, it would have, without a doubt, become a monster bestseller.
Fink manages the cultural uncertainty of the outsider and dissenter in the material deftly by presenting not only a Communist heroine but one that is Jewish as well in a time that prized greater homogeneity.
Monday, January 12 2004
With surprisingly little attention paid toward the concept of the 'male gaze,' Glasscock, instead, frames her retrospective around the impact that these women have had on culture, both selectively and in entirety.
Reviewers should never reveal that critical plot pivot early in most suspense thrillers when the reader should stop and think about the protagonist's course of action. The 'give away point' you could call it.
Mailman's double life offers a penetrating critique of American social hypocrisy, embroiled in its own weird narrative, reluctant to respond to much outside of itself, and forced, eventually, to go on the run in search of escape from itself and the world it has made.
Three men with little in common save their sexual preference for other men and, because of the times in which they came of age, the need to keep that a secret from most of society.
Who but 'a manipulative egoist' could have created so much enthralling cinema? And who but 'a shriveled soul' would have wanted to?"
Monday, January 5 2004
At once a meditation on all that is wrong with contemporary cinema and a comment on the political climate, the book argues that we have always been fascinated with our own destruction and it is only now that we can realise it on screen.
Through McCauley's eyes, even the white lies used in social discourse become indicative of humanity's almost pathological inability to be frank.
The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, & Consciousne
Critics who deem the adornment of a person, place or object as inauthentic, something that merely adds disguise and trickery, fail to recognize what a tap of the pretty stick adds to the 'function' of something.
A Quaint & Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore: The Mythology & History of Classic Horror Films by Fran
Stritto would probably agree with those who feel that what keeps these old favorites alive -- as opposed to dusty museum pieces -- is that they are capable of reinterpretation.
This is the crux of the novel: Slavery pollutes everyone who participates in it and warps their concepts of justice and humanity.
David Beckham is not the pink nail-polished, panty-wearing metrosexual husband of Posh Spice. He is the average bloke who is living the sports fantasy through hard work and training.