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Forum: Top Tens 30th Nov 2007, 17:02
Replies: 33
Views: 5,107
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Re: Top 10 (or preferably more) Soul Songs

In no particular order...

Aretha Franklin - Respect
Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man
Otis Redding - Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
Alicia Keys - A...
Forum: Film Reviews 22nd Nov 2007, 13:45
Replies: 25
Views: 2,635
Posted By maxivida
Re: Beowulf (3-D)

I actually like Heaney's translation, just because it's so polished. It sounds more terrifying, and you're supposed to be terrified by Grendel.
I love Beowulf the poem. Will avoid seeing the movie...
Forum: Film Reviews 4th Nov 2007, 21:43
Replies: 299
Views: 38,704
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Forum: Film Reviews 4th Nov 2007, 18:28
Replies: 299
Views: 38,704
Posted By maxivida
Re: Horror, J-Horror, K-Horror...just lots of HORROR

I give The Tale of Two Sisters ***00. It's an excellent psycho-drama, but not a great (read: scary) horror. I thought it was extremely slow paced for a film that's supposed to build up the tension....
Forum: Film Reviews 30th Oct 2007, 21:41
Replies: 299
Views: 38,704
Posted By maxivida
Re: J-Horror, K-Horror, and everything in-between

I think that what John from Paris was trying to say is that the experience of watching a horror movie is supposed to bring about a catharsis. The audience feels a relief after seeing others suffer...
Forum: Film Reviews 30th Oct 2007, 21:29
Replies: 8
Views: 1,388
Posted By maxivida
Re: Ratatouille

Couldn't agree more with what's been written so far. Throughout the movie I had an irresistible urge to cook, cook, cook!! I caught myself inventing new recipes and thinking how I could improve...
Forum: Film Reviews 30th Oct 2007, 12:41
Replies: 299
Views: 38,704
Posted By maxivida
Re: J-Horror, K-Horror, and everything in-between

And I've had The Tale of Two Sisters waiting for me for weeks. I mostly watch films on computer - but the one I have connected to my living room TV is Linux-based and won't display subtitles...
Forum: Film Reviews 30th Oct 2007, 12:26
Replies: 299
Views: 38,704
Posted By maxivida
Re: J-Horror, K-Horror, and everything in-between

It's not often that I can recommend a horror, although I'm dedicated to the genre, most of it is rubbish. You could say that I'm looking for a gem, and a few days ago I found one - it's called Haute...
Forum: Other Reviews 26th Aug 2007, 11:59
Replies: 28
Views: 3,356
Posted By maxivida
Re: Rufus Wainwright

A whole Rufus Wainwright thread I haven't even been aware of, but not a single word about his latest offering Release the Stars. Weird. Those of you who'll be watching, I'm eagerly awaiting your Judy...
Forum: Film Reviews 6th Aug 2007, 23:15
Replies: 37
Views: 7,356
Posted By maxivida
Re: Transformers - A Film With Masturbation And Urination Jokes In It

Robert's got a point. I wouldn't dream of going to see the Transformers. The thing about blockbusters is that in 95% of the cases they're very predictable. And if one exceeds the expectations, the...
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Jul 2007, 13:28
Replies: 538
Views: 60,081
Posted By maxivida
Re: Martin Amis

Welcome to the club! :-)
Forum: Book Reviews 26th Jul 2007, 11:57
Replies: 13
Views: 2,543
Posted By maxivida
Re: Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart

Interesting. It seems that the Igbo spelling is a consequence of a national re-awakening; the first reference literature about the language was indeed written using the "Ibo" spelling, closer to...
Forum: Book Reviews 24th Jul 2007, 15:33
Replies: 13
Views: 2,543
Posted By maxivida
Re: Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart

"Ibo" and "Igbo" are just two spellings of the same word (same nation). The traditional spelling is "Igbo" but since "g" cannot be heard in pronunciation of the word at all, a lot of people use the...
Forum: Book Reviews 24th Jul 2007, 15:28
Replies: 155
Views: 12,483
Posted By maxivida
Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Oh well. It is a bit of a let-down, isn't it? Same as Becca, I'd give the first half **000 and the second ****0, but that's mostly judging by the interestingness factor. While the first half of the...
Forum: Film Reviews 20th Jul 2007, 23:38
Replies: 12
Views: 2,135
Posted By maxivida
Re: Summer Sadness

You're too choosey, John. When I used to live near a decent cinema, I would to go to a sneak peak premiere every week. It was always a surprise - sometimes the movies were crappy, but very often they...
Forum: Film Reviews 19th Jun 2007, 13:03
Replies: 31
Views: 5,568
Posted By maxivida
Re: HOT FUZZ - Big Cops. Small Town. Moderate Violence.

I hated Shaun of the Dead and loved Hot Fuzz. It was really a pleasant surprise - the satire was clever and sophisticated, the storyline interesting and well-timed, the actors were all excellent (in...
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Jun 2007, 21:17
Replies: 29
Views: 3,124
Posted By maxivida
Thumbs up Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

:-D I'm opening the champagne!
Forum: Film Reviews 4th Jun 2007, 11:47
Replies: 17
Views: 3,042
Posted By maxivida
Re: Zodiac

Yes, it is all true - this is quite an extraordinary piece of film-making. The acting is spotless and Fincher's direction is simply breathtaking. So lush. There is absolutely no way of telling that...
Forum: Film Reviews 31st May 2007, 16:07
Replies: 14
Views: 2,414
Posted By maxivida
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

(http://www.schauburg.de/) No. (http://www.schauburg.de/)
Forum: Book Reviews 28th May 2007, 21:32
Replies: 29
Views: 3,124
Posted By maxivida
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

You should definitely do that, Megora. It's the same setting as Purple Hibiscus (although it takes place in the sixties) but the characters are much more complex, the story is intricate, her...
Forum: Book Reviews 28th May 2007, 18:17
Replies: 29
Views: 3,124
Posted By maxivida
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

One more thing. I've just finished reading Purple Hibiscus and although it's an interesting debut, it's nowhere near as accomplished as Half of a Yellow Sun. Both novels ought to be read, if for no...
Forum: Book Reviews 22nd May 2007, 13:00
Replies: 29
Views: 3,124
Posted By maxivida
Re: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Yes, and I certainly hope that the translation will see the light of day very soon. (By the way, nowadays you have to say either Serbian or Croatian although they are in fact the same language; the...
Forum: Film Reviews 21st May 2007, 12:34
Replies: 17
Views: 3,042
Posted By maxivida
Re: Zodiac

Excellent review. As I'm a huge fan of Fincher's dark arts, I've been waiting for this for ages (It's been five years since the disappointing Panic Room) and I'm really glad to hear that he's back in...
Forum: Book Reviews 20th May 2007, 13:09
Replies: 49
Views: 7,414
Posted By maxivida
Re: Alan Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty

Absolutely. It's the best novel I've read in a long, long time.
Forum: Book Reviews 19th May 2007, 20:12
Replies: 49
Views: 7,414
Posted By maxivida
Re: Alan Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty

I don't think he really had a choice. The pursuit of beauty is Nick's raison d'ĂȘtre; he doesn't really care who owns it, or even if he does a bit, it's ultimately irrelevant because the moral issue...
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