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Love Letters Of A Portuguese Nun (DVD) 18/07/2017

Dodgy Berger

Love Letters Of A Portuguese Nun (DVD) Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun was made in 1975, cleared censorship in 1977. Director: Jess Franco Genre: Erotic / Gothic Featuring an adolescent Susan Hemingway, William Berger and Herbert Fux Available to watch on 'You Tube.' Plot: A fifteen year old girl named Maria (Hemingway) is subjected to divine-orientated torture by a Priest, played by (Berger), who spotted her having an innocent dalliance. In a bid to rescue her from evil, she enters the Serra D'Aires convent - and there she naively experiences at every turn a punishment, and quickly denotes, repenting is superfluous under the umbrella of satanic prophecy. - - - The idea of forbidden fruit activates the animalistic in the adolescent, this is what happens when innocence runs in the woods and jovially giggles... "you'll have to catch me first..." to a young man, bedazzled and drunken with concupiscence. This is the start of 'Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun' - hormonal teenagers mesmerised by the pool of temptation. Jess Franco by this point had made his name with 'Necronomicon: Dreamt Sins' -- (1968); gravitated to the Marcel Proust theorems that the journey of revelation isn't merely about experiencing new landscapes, alas, comprehending the result of one's action (s); Franco's directorship takes the theory to heart. Such imaginative freedom is a joy beyond any measure and never fades... for it blossoms the soul magnificently. Overtly, this epitomises Jess Franco's directorship, even the horror is tongue in ...

A Cry For Myth - Rollo May 05/07/2017

Rollo Unwrapped

A Cry For Myth - Rollo May Publisher: W W Norton and Company Year released: 1991 Duration: 324 pages Price: 12.99 GBP Format divided up into four parts. Words don't come easy to me when it comes to engaging in myth - and I know why, much of the twentieth century subconsciously devalued myth. Y'see myth isn't real, of course you may know this; but in the West our focus has been about profiteering on fact. Rollo May is right when he relays the absence of myth will have a derogatory impact on all of us. I, for one 'warts and all' can see the benefits of myth. - - - Whether we need a 'cry' for myth... my position is luke-warm - unwittingly, I find myself walking on intellectual eggshells, of the notion myth is too much of a broad church to derail the ambiguity. If myth was imply a term about conceptual prose I would conclude Rollo May's theories warrant a greater prize, alas, not... piety is an obstacle. And May's mistake is to quantify myth as a credible source of reason biblically - actually, when literal meaning dupes myth into reality, somehow via history / documentation there's an odious justification for insane crimes against humanity: reference 'Faust,' written by Goethe in 1808. ------ Naturally Rollo May doesn't partake in this prose, partly of the de facto... the book was written a generation ago before the explosion (s) of sub-being ideologies and smart-technological advancements commenced. There's a kinship to both, duly of the knowledge consciously immense advancements tends to have a ...

Hand Spinner: what do you think of this new phenomenon? 01/07/2017

Whirring Logic

Hand Spinner: what do you think of this new phenomenon? Thanks to this phenomena I've designed a hula hoop for the thumb, the idea is to get everyone looking as if they've got their thumbs up, in turn the concept will make society appear friendly. - - - Innovative invention for decades have by habit woken up our youth culture from their hormonal apathetic doldrums - I confess, it has been a durable sleep since Britpop and that exhaustive 'Girl Power' message which energised youth culture to fever pitch. Youth culture overtax surely, I recall watching our youth culture engaging in Spice mania thinking, "you'll better stop, or you will burn yourselves out by the time you are a young adult..." They did burn themselves out, and I knew it'll take a miracle to raise our fresh faced darlings up from their self induced malaise and do something productive. Praise thee to the hand spinners, notably a technological marvel that's not interactive... or requires updates or subsequent downloads, ye-h, it's an object. How rousing, furthermore the object is a testimony of grand design and has the capacity to solve modern day social issues too - anxiety, boredom and turns attention away from smartphones. Remarkable, being of a curious type I decided to delve into the hand spinner's philosophy. My hands are clammy, my mind is in a spin at this gargantuan topic of hand spinning philosophy, of the premise our culture for over decade resembles a pinball concoction of apps, trends, threads and cats chasing lasers. In retrospect, the hand spinner ...

Is Parliament still sovereign? 27/06/2017

Sovereign a Problem

Is Parliament still sovereign? Our current administration simply showed their true colours when it came to the subject of sovereignty... this passed year; practically everyday the zombies go through all of the constitutional practices of seventeenth century parliamentary ritual only to derive none of it goes in, let alone comprehend any meaning. This has proven to be very dangerous... it's like an off-duty soldier gayfully walking on the front line armed with a cheese grater and bottle opener believing it'll be a picnic. Not exercising a nation's sovereignty is total incompetence; yet not knowing of its existence is truly minacious for all citizens. To make a comparison, to the French political landscape... sovereignty was actively at the forefront of Le Pen's 'Front National' campaign, exactly the same 'sovereignty rhetoric' was exposed by the right-wing Tories during 'GE2017,' yet they govern via selling the nation myths about sovereignty. The French have smelt the coffee, the UK obviously have a cold or are too senseless to have noticed the waft of fascism stripping back all that we hold dear. - - - In December 2016, I was not surprised at the idiocies I witnessed; indeed, ye-s, the May administration was going to the Supreme Court to find out whether parliament was sovereign. "What an absolute mess?" I thought, I can only surmise that the current administration didn't know sovereignty was decided thanks to the English Civil War. Yeah, a good 'ol fashioned Civil War commenced and gifted government ...

Father and Son - Edmund Gosse 20/06/2017

Digging up the Gosse

Father and Son - Edmund Gosse Edmund Gosse (1849 - 1928) Duration: 250 pages Genre: Biography Originally published by Heinemann in 1907, my copy was published by Penguin Books in 1949 Synopsis: 'Father and Son' is a chronicle of Edmund Gosse's background, indeed is a clash of two temperaments, notably, written in pain not anger. To be case studied or simply understood that individualism in retrospect is a non-entity - because we all have a responsibility for each other; humanity isn't immune from awful scenarios, only a fool turns away. Edmund Gosse's memoir is a venturous recollection of heart-wrenching realities, duties, loyalties and senseless faith. What eclipses all of that is the glorious detail of poets, popular culture and seismic heroism which is sadly irretrievable. - - - This classic, 'Father and Son' was published without a fanfare, written by Edmund Gosse probably for self-character-exploration. 'A study of two temperaments,' although, I suspect too much of a clinical title considering the closeness of the author's blood relation - i.e. the two studies. In turn, I'll respectfully respond fastidiously. I have the added joy that my copy has been well loved, what with the pencil markings highlighting psycho-analytical comprehension and signs that various liquids have gifted my copy oodles of character, there's a sense of holding fragile greatness. To give you a concept of age - one shilling and sixpence is printed in italic in the bottom right corner; (yes, an original copy) - evidently ...

The Thirty Nine Steps (DVD) 13/06/2017

Smoke and Mirrors

The Thirty Nine Steps (DVD) Director: Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980) A Gaumont-British Picture Corp Year of production: 1935 Featuring Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Peggy Ashcroft and Wylie Watson - - - Reading John Buchan's 'The Thirty Nine Steps' - (1915), I found myself pondering: 'circumstances' and the concept of 'what ifs?' Probably a logical response to recent atrocities which intrudes on our lives and media networks. Escapism via watching the 1935 Hitchcock film version of the same name caused a soothing distraction. I smiled at the archaic smoky focus, disjointed edits and chance meetings - the suchlike didn't discommode me. Sometimes the only thing to do is partake in some silver screen therapy after having to pay observation service on a traumatic event or experience a timely irritation. Film script (s) and visualization in the pre-world-war era seemed simpler; perhaps a smidgen innocent - yes, an ideal comfort far less fattening than scoffing the contents of a cylindrical tube of 'Pringles.' Not a bad time to coin Arthur Schopenhauer's renown phrase: "The more I love mankind, the less I love men." Indeed you're systematically looking through a prism deciphering the colours of characters, and when you tilt your head you find you adore women more, almost as much as freedom itself. John Buchan slid in this shadow by activating the goodness of chance, as Alfred Hitchcock did while film-making wise he coloured in the black, grey and white landscape, and gave the Buchan narrative visual ...

Which sport do you practice most and why? 03/06/2017

My Greatest Feet

Which sport do you practice most and why? Engrossing topic, duly because the UK's General Election is obviously comparatively insignificant: for the continent, knows the UK and US are nations of protectionism these days; nothing to write home about there. To liven up matters, the 'Brexit' talks should be classed as a sport... why not call it: Blowhard?' I'm certain the phrase... "You cannot be serious" - will be heard once again in sport. Points will accrue for most convincing lies during the game of blowhard, not forgetting the slow-m-o-t-i-o-n replays of expressive neck wobbling, facial winces and close ups of kamikaze spittal all available on pay-per-view; forty pounds per month. Sport has been known to be an option to improve one's health and well being of course; a means to unwind if you're toey or a clock - nothing better for the ticker. Being athletic, I've grasped sport as if it was a credible lifeline, a means to keep mind and body in shape. Y'see, I'm ill at ease with 'weak and wobbly' terms, if I allow myself to slip down this road, via diet or training program I'd lose that edge over my competitors, not that there's many who get their socks off lay flat on the ground and wriggle about like a wounded worm; now, by that description you probably guessed I'm a keen Toe Wrestler; originated in the mid 1970s. Those with croaked toes aren't built to be proficient in the sport and can disfigure the toes moreso causing mobility issues in the long term. I suppose, this is the upside of wearing clumpy 'Clarke' ...

Un Coeur Simple - Gustave Flaubert 28/05/2017

Macaw of Duty

Un Coeur Simple - Gustave Flaubert Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 80) Publisher: Penguin Books Duration: 55 pages Price: 80 pence Translated by Roger Whitehouse Marion Laine a Film Director has created an adaption of the short story of its namesake: 'A Simple Heart' - (2008). The actress Sandrine Bonnaire played Félicité. Gustave Flaubert's travel correspondence while meandering in Brittany, is said to emulate 'highly oiled literary mechanics.' The workings were alleged to be auctioned for a princely sum - (over 500,000 GBP); enough for a lifetime supply of travel-friendly notepads. - - - This short story won't take up any time to read; with gratitude, the narrative is a testament to Flaubert's ability to be concise when necessary; for suffering should never be painstakingly time consuming. I rather like the French title: 'Un Coeur Simple' there's an unmistakable tenderness in hearing the French words - this is mirrored in the life of Félicité, who due to unknown forces has a lugubrious time. Such is the brevity of the anecdote, consumers can purchase 'A Simple Heart' accompanied with two other stories: 'Saint Julian' and 'Herodias' - known as: 'Trois Contes.' Analogies in the mid 1870s from short stories to novellas were rapidly receiving publication exposure - and after Flaubert's arduous task of writing 'Madame Bovary' in 1856 his most notable work as a not so experienced author you denote from a reader's perspective shorter narratives was manageable for the perfectionist. A nineteenth century James ...

Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes 22/05/2017

Inspired Minions

Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes Author: Thomas Hobbes (1588 - 1679) Originally released in 1651 Pacific Publishing Studios (2011) Paperback - 6.99 GBP Duration: 110 pages Consists of seventeen chapters - notably, the first of three Volumes. - - - As a creature who loves extended prose / analytical content; I found 'Leviathan' was somewhat disappointing. Now I don't blame the author, Thomas Hobbes for this mild irk, he wasn't complicit in the publication's decision to *not include a correspondence to his most honor'd friend Mr. Francis Godolphin.* I curiously read the document on the e-book of 'Leviathan' the same book PPS (Pacific Publishing Studios) explosively announcing it being an International Best seller... not only does the book have the highest of accolade, it boasts the book was a landmark bestseller which inspired multiples of millions worldwide. I'm sure it did, because Hobbes was a founder of modern political philosophy; in his dialogue with Godolphin (not in the book) he states: "I humbly Dedicate unto you this my discourse of Common wealth. I know not how the world will receive it, nor how it may reflect on those that shall seem to favour it (Leviathan). For in a way beset with those that contend on one side for too great Liberty, and on the other side for too much Authority, tis hard to passe between the points of both unwounded." Dear readership, you may denote Hobbes had his doubts about 'Leviathan' - and I can see why; social contract theorems are not exactly a subject modern living ...

Are you rather watching movies at home or at the cinema? 17/05/2017

Cannes Carats

Are you rather watching movies at home or at the cinema? I'm neither Madonna, a coffee machine, nor a new mother, this is why I can't express myself, I'm not being defeatist, I just don't fit into the 'express demographic.' My vocals are annoyingly monotone laced with an unfortunate Foreign Secretary pomposity; audibly, not suitable for expressing. Due to this unsavouriness, movie buffs have never invited yours truly to the 'Cannes Film Festival,' instead I've lived the experience through wealthy wannabe directors who annually make a bee-line to the South of France and comeback lobster red; claiming they mingled tirelessly promoting their movie concepts, showing their 22 minute synopsis and suchlike, rubbing thighs with the so-called well-connected who're usually on-board luxury boats in dim lit cabins, sitting in beige suits, anodyne in nature. I've also got wind of the 'darling' crowd-funding rituals which coolly need a manageable thirty one million Euros to bring the fantasy to screen. The movie world effect is a contagion unlike no other. I recalled witnessing a heterosexual set-designer arriving back to 'ol Blighty; all Gok Wan, eyelashes tinted and wearing flannel trousers. One of the drawbacks of over expressing I suspect, the end product is neither an improvement or warrants an audience. Ye-s, the 'Cannes Film Festival' employs a magnetic field of divine proportions... a festival that attracts the 'A list,' the 'whos who' of film, their kindred spirits and onlookers. They all can't be hapless romantics, flatulent ...

Don Quixote - Cervantes 09/05/2017

Father of Analogy

Don Quixote - Cervantes Translated by P. Motteux Duration: 768 pages Written period: 1605 - 1615 7.99 GBP in your local bookshop Free e-book online Format: Four books in one paperback; collectively each chapter is roughly six pages long. A note on translation: it was chosen that 'Don Quixote' was deemed an example of idiocy in 1687 by John Phillips - therefore, all English translations may not be what Cervantes envisaged. So, worth checking on the translator's original script if you're writing a thesis or submitting a paper. With respect to the professionalism of Motteux (the translator), I cannot confirm the accuracy of the 'Wordsworth Classic' for this copy had been translated in 1712; enough time for a generation of writing manipulators to misinterpret the original - cue the manga heading. Instead of the Latin raconteur quips which inevitably was Cervantes pen, there's a manga mode present - why Cervantes's 'Don Quixote' is deemed a graphic novel. Worth seeing Gustave Dore's illustrations on John Ormsby's translation. A note on Cervantes's intent: research, and experiencing humanism gifts you wisdom, alas, that's not faith. 'Don Quixote' gifts the reader a greater fidelity, the novel graphically illustrates the means to comprehending ourselves in myth / narrative. The author allows the flow of the chapters to underline our ills, wants and even captures guidance. Why Sancho; Quixote's Squire features so much, and has done so in culture / entertainment / games etc - almost as part of the ...

Daily Thoughts 02/05/2017

729 Not Out

Daily Thoughts I woke up today thankfully. It's alright, I'm well... although, I'm on a daily basis aware the planet we occupy is menacing. There's a fair few shady characters about nowadays and so I deem every review I post as an achievement, and why not call it a milestone? 729 reviews is a lengthily contribution, albeit, not compared to the prolific authorship of gold dot members.Numbers, premises, valuations, social mobility, ideology and morality are all relative, in retrospect we can question everything... this is what keeps us grounded; knowledge is universally good at underlining actuality. I asked members here to think of the 'hardest questions on the planet;' luckily, I did get some responses and for a few of you they may be of interest. I'm thinking of five or six at a max. If, you've clicked on this page by accident, click away immediately, trust me, you will not learn a thing. You don't have to rate or leave a comment, I'm not going to benefit from your kindness via remuneration hereby refrain totally. I'm having enough fun attempting to pen answers in response to the hardest questions on the planet. - - - "No election? Brexit.........Trump.......Le Pen........Fallon perhaps???????" Thanks to 'RICHADA' for this question a blockbuster of a tough-y... In this instance I went by the eight question marks and guessed it was a question. Ah, ye-s Sir, I don't believe the UK is having a General Election; my hunch is it's fake news. An opportunity for parliamentarians to go on holiday ...

Easter Holidays 2017 26/04/2017

Hopping Fad

Easter Holidays 2017 I missed the talks this year, well to put it bluntly... I wasn't invited on stage to present an Easter message to Christian followers who exclaim: "Christos anesti!" Or "Christ is risen" ; dependent on what scripts you chain yourselves to - sadly, this Easter I was unable to test Christian faith. Peculiar really because I had made an assumption that my last message made quite an impression at the 'King's Centre,' maybe created an earthquake. Heaven forbid, they could all be non-believers - who knows, perhaps I am not welcome now, perhaps Easter really didn't happen or better still was ignored. I did prepare of course, yes, for I am forever prepared for opposing deism large or small whenever possible; notably, there has never been such an important time for opposition, thus, I am ignored and remain so dear reader. - - - (1) Easter sojourns take a backseat of the knowledge a full moon generally causes travel chaos, which gyrates against 'richer fertility' you would've thought - this is archetypal of deism. Where-ever Easter falls, the festival is systematically moon orientated. In reality, 'moon is risen' rather than 'Christ is risen.' Unless of course, the myth about the man in the moon really symbolises the Easter egg - via shape alone I'd say it makes better sense than the egg being the body of Christ; at least you can put ergonomic logic to this case. Another reason why holidays take a backseat is: chocolate is notoriously naughty while in transit. What's the point of ...

Gaslight (DVD) 22/04/2017

Going Cukor

Gaslight (DVD) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production A 1944 version from John Van Druten, Walter Reisch & John L Balderston's screen play. Featuring: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and a youthful Angela Lansbury Music score by B. Kaper the Polish master Plot: Paula Alquist a British singer in Italy returns back to reside in her late Aunt's (who was also a singer like her Aunt) London abode where an unsolved tragedy struck, as a newly wed; and there her idyllic life slowly takes a minacious turn. - - - I naturally feel at kin with the French journalistic styled terminology called; ' film noir,' - I adhere to spicing up ordinary narratives, especially remakes of a theatre production - 'Gaslight' originally was a screen play. Any attempt to experiment with narrative (s) is a desideratum to the good, regardless of the outcome the consensus is always... progressive... even film failures have a place whereby the diligent director can ponder professional incompetence and frame by frame scarcity - albeit, how do you know what failure looked like if experimentation ceased? You wouldn't know, hence, worth the wager. Interestingly enough, film noir's inception graced Matinees in the rawest form of pessimism, absolutism and angst during the epoch of the early 1940s to the mid 1950s; undoubtedly, you'll see immense influences thereafter, alas, the stark potency of noir derived after the Second World War; unsurprisingly after living through the fear and horrors of psychological warfare. When George ...

Book early or wait for last minute deals: how will you arrange your summer holiday this year? 11/04/2017

'TripadVISA'

Book early or wait for last minute deals: how will you arrange your summer holiday this year? Life must be difficult for a Travel agent, in one corner there's the public demands and in the other you're being diplomatic with the tour operator and their logistical arrangements. Pulled from left to right, trying to earn a crust... Not forgetting the unforeseen calamities of deranged acts of those who can't stand the free world being somewhat... free to go on vacation. - - - Nine and a half weeks There's an inexorable mood about me this year, I'm stubbornly inertia at best; yes, for I am nobly: vacillating; boldly keen to waste the travel agent's time, via expressing impossible dreams without compromises, during a leisurely lunch. I often exclaim: "Ah, I can see the print nodes where the photograph of a blue sky has been edited, Madeira has never been sunny when I've gone. And no cake either." If I allow myself, I can stop in the capital, transport myself beyond the chasing of tail capitalistic indoctrination and hear the mountains calling, the refreshing terrains of open space, I hear the swathes of Tuscan landscape calling out for me as well... a signora vocal in broken English says... "Chianti misses you, she misses your lips, your tongue and your ravenous appetite." Indeed, my consumption of the Tuscan grape gets around, gloriously bumptious vino stalk me in this region, imagine Harry Styles in a Barnsley Premier Inn lobby - envisage the carnage, the feverish, hormonal 'kidults' panting at the entrance, screaming, crying; getting pulled back by security. ...
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