What a mesmerising, gripping, insightful and thought provoking film, and one that has been saved for the perfect moment, autumn 2012.
Seriously….I can not recommend this film enough. My colleague was correct when she said it’s a brilliant film! The film, based on a true story, is shot beautifully and very sympathetic to the situation that was in place at that time. I especially loved the history lesson at the beginning, which also seems to be shared by one of my law school friends, Zoha. While it is around 2 hours, its definitely not a ‘Twilight’ experience (as per my review below). This film does not drag, but instead keeps the viewer gripped right in the centre of the film and in their seats. The length is just right, and you couldn’t ask for a better cast with the likes of Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Ben Affleck gave a solid performance in his character role of being the ‘rescuer’ if it were (I know, I’m probably not using the correct word), and the suspense created throughout the film was electrifying. I could feel myself tense up at times, I was completely sucked into the film the action and forgot my surroundings, and the fact that I was actually in a cinema with around 100 other people.
So in summary….three words….’GO WATCH IT!’
If that isn’t enough then just watch the trailer.
Its ironic, saga is an apt name for this film as it is one that went on and on and on. I in fact chuckled when it ended with the words ‘forever’ appearing on the screen. It felt like forever; that is two hours of my life that I will never get back! Apart from gorgeous Jacob, there was very little to keep me entertained and amused. It was mushy with repeated scenes of kisses between Ed and Bella, and then a mushy ending with a montage of their love story…it got so bad that my stomach started to churn, you know… like when you have a bad bout of norovirus! Yes I haven’t been particularly nice with my description of the film, but alas it is mine. Overall I’d rather stick needles in my eye, but what do I know. Out of 10, well I wont be too harsh…will score it a 5 with the redeeming feature of Taylor Lautner. Scrap that…just buy a pin up of Taylor, put it on your wall etc, be happy and then strip 4 points from my score and overall rating 1/10. That way you get peace and enjoyment at the same time!
Now this one was a book I picked up one day when amiably walking through Foyles at their Charing Cross branch. I guess the curiosity got the better of me, and before I knew it I was at the till paying for it.
Now I will be frank, it is not the most easiest of reads to get through. It definitely is one to come to read a bit at a time and have some time out from. Truth be told, probably one of the hardest books that i’ve pushed myself through. But nonetheless it is a worthwhile read. Indeed, this is such a fascinating book that shows how one man came from the other side of what we would deem ‘sanity’ and back again, and so on and so forth. Schreber writes his most deepest and inner most thoughts, and as you read you see how intricately and detailed he speaks of his lucid and interrupted states.
If you’ve had an interest in psychosis and psychiatry then this is something to seriously consider. However, do be warned, it is not for the faint hearted, and, as mentioned previously, it is one I found myself struggling to read at times. But if you want to venture in a safe way to the other side, to try an comprehend what it may be like, then it will give you a deeper sense of how we should not judge those with mental illness. Indeed it’s an illness that can afflict us, and silently strike one down. Indeed, as once commented by Ruby Wax on TED, it’s one surrounded with much taboo and one where people don’t bring you flowers, cards and say get well soon; and instead say in a judgemental tone, ‘snap out of it!’ – as if that’s gonna cure you.
So a great book if you want to become more enlightened and challenge your preconceptions and misconceptions on this very sensitive and polarised subject.
I couldn’t agree more with Stefan Sterns words, director of strategy at Edelman and former FT management columnist. To quote him: “…we need his wise, calm and reasonable voice to put some sense back into the debate on corporate governance.” And boy does Bob Garratt do it.
This book is more so relevant with the recent trials and tribulations that have hit the news over recent months with the News of the World scandal, and most recently with the resignation of George Entwistle at the BBC.
The book sets out in a clear and coherent manner how companies should be governed, what makes good corporate governance, and how companies can prosper by following some key and simple principles. The title of his book, an Ancient Chinese saying, is true, if the people leading the company are allowing the rot to settle in, how can you expect those of your employees to act in the interests of the company, and how can you create shareholder and stakeholder value with the long term viability of a company? One only needs to cite such scandals as Enron, and it’s financial creativity that brought about its demise to the detriment of so many.
If you have an interest in corporate governance this is a definite book for your reading list, and one that should be placed firmly at the top of it. It’s one in which you can form a foundation of knowledge on, and build upwards from.
If you’re not into corporate governance, pick up the book and by the end of it, you will be. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
Franzen has written an epic book an one you just won’t want to put down. I loved every minute of it, and have to say a huge thank you to Joseph for making this book recommendation to me.
What will you learn? Well everyone will read it differently and have their own take on things. But the key message that I took away is life is unique, it flexes and freedom is yours and you can shape it by your actions, your inactions and the decisions that you take. I have never read a book which is more real and in tune with our daily lives.
What I love is it characterises life brilliantly in 595 pages, and each page you will savour reading. It shows that life is dysfunctional, that it isn’t a textbook process that you follow. It is real and it’s what you do with it. ‘Freedom’ is a must to read, so go read it. You truly won’t be disappointed.
So in closing, read, read and read some more. Let me know what you think once you have read it, I look forward to hearing your take. ‘Freedom, freedom indeed!’
This horror film, released this year, direct and written by Michael Bassett is more than a revelation. It is deep, it is dark and most importantly it hits worst nightmares possible. Indeed the creatures and strange characters that are depicted in this film would fit right in with images depicted by the Swiss surrealist, H R Giger, the man behind the series of films – Aliens. More can be found out about him here.
This film is definitely worth watching in 3D, so if you are thinking of skipping paying the little extra to watch it in this format, as opposed to 2D, then don’t. You will be transferred into the film, as opposed to being an observer you’ll feel part of the film.
So if you’re in the mood for a horror then I’d suggest seeing this as you wont be left feeling disappointed. I jumped throughout, and at times turned my eyes away from the screen.
Warning…only view the trailer is you’re not of a weak disposition.
Two preliminary words to say about Sinister, and that is ‘loved it’. This was a great film and one that I did not hold out much for, but that doesn’t detract from what I’ve just said. The film had me gripped from the beginning, with my senses heightened and the fear factor activated inside me!
From the opening scenes I knew this film was going to deliver, and would fulfill all the prerequisites of a horror film: to frighten, bring our most vivid nightmares to fruition, create terror and cause shock and panic. This dark film delivered from scene to scene as the suspense and questions we build up in the back of my minds. I had hairs standing up on the back of my neck and my arms at certain points.
So if you’re in the mood to be horrified, or looking for an excuse into jumping into the lap of the person you fancy and get close to, then you must see this film. If you’re faint hearted, have a heart condition or get easily frightened, then this perhaps isn’t the film for you to watch. I hear they have some animated films showing at the cinema at the moment, and you may find these more suited.
Fifty years may have passed by since the showing of ‘Doctor No’ in October 1962, starring Sean Connery, but the latest Bond film, ‘Skyfall’, shows that Bond has a future ahead and is very much alive and kicking.
While being a fan of both Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan for their portrayals of the fictitious character James Bond, Daniel Craig has demonstrated that he is more than a one hit wonder. Now I have to be honest, I wasn’t very enamored by ‘Casino Royale’ which I found very haphazard at best and at worst…well I had better not say. However, in this latest film, Daniel brought a new spark to the eye of Bond and very much hope he has many more performances ahead. This time he seemed to make the role his own, and actually left an impression, and for his age, well he is looking rather hot!
Overall I’d rate the film 9 out of 10, and very much look forward to what comes next. It was action packed and had me gripped in my seat as the film went on. I loved the new Q, rather dashing with his glasses that would not be out of place in the film ‘A Single Man’, with a vision of the future with James’ Walther PPK. If only we had the technology available to the armed police for, it would ensure that guns could only be used by those licensed to use them. I also liked the nice touch flashing back with a bit of nostalgia with Connery’s Aston Martin used in Goldfinger (if I remember correctly). Yes, it is definitely one to watch, so why are you still here?