Californian pianist/composer, Harold Budd is one of the fathers of ambient music. The Room took as its point of departure (as well as its title and...... more
Californian pianist/composer, Harold Budd is one of the fathers of ambient music. The Room took as its point of departure (as well as its title and texture) a piece on his 1988 album, The White Arcades. Superficially this 13-track album recalls the work of one-time collaborator, Brian Eno on The Pearl but seems less fussy and more directly rooted in the form of the compositions. However the opening minutes of "The Room of Ancillary Dreams" sound like they were recorded at Eno's around the time he created his "ambient classic", Another Green World--beatific, shimmering synths and the faintest trace of piano. But as the album progresses through the various "Rooms", Budd comes into his own to produce one of those atmospheric albums that owe as much to Erik Satie as musique concrete. On "The Room of Mirrors" deep waves of melody rise and crash as inevitable as breakers on the beach. On the creepily melancholic blues of "The Room of Secondary Light", Budd marries spidery Moonlight Sonata-stalking figures with echoes and quiet drones. The overall feel is very emotional, very strong and the variation helps to sustain interest. The intense parts aren't so hard to take and the gentle parts fade into your ambience smoothly. Indeed, The Room's lovely rate of change has been well judged to keep pace with the world outside. --Maxine Kabuubi
Bill Wyeth is a successful attorney with a beautiful wife and son who, in one devastating night, loses everything: family, job, status. Moving out of his home...... more
Bill Wyeth is a successful attorney with a beautiful wife and son who, in one devastating night, loses everything: family, job, status. Moving out of his home and into a lousy flat, he tramps around Manhattan in a suit and tie disguised as a businessman with a future. One rainy day he wanders into an old-time steakhouse and becomes intrigued by the restaurant’s sexy, intuitive manager, Allison Sparks, and by a virtually unnoticeable door. It leads down to the mysterious Havana Room which only the privileged can enter.
An oasis in the heart of Kentish Town, Balaklava Street is ripe for gentrification. But then the body of an elderly woman is found at No. 5. Her demise seems to...... more
An oasis in the heart of Kentish Town, Balaklava Street is ripe for gentrification. But then the body of an elderly woman is found at No. 5. Her demise seems to have been peaceful but for the fact that her throat is full of river water
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES:...... more
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Music Video, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Two strangers find their chance meeting in a South London train station suddenly bringing together two entirely separate groups of friends, colleagues, lovers, and acquaintances in director Roger Goldby's tale of intersecting lives. Anna (Anne-Marie Duff) and Stephen (Rolf Little) were sitting in a deserted train platform when kindly senior citizen Roger (Frank Finlay) engaged them in conversation while eagerly awaiting the arrival of his beloved wife. As they listen to Roger fondly reminiscing about all of the things that he and his wife did when they were younger, Anna and Stephen realize that they have made a real connection and, if only for a moment, allow their individual lives to slip out of focus. Having recently separated from Toby (Adrian Bower), single mother Anna is now faced with the task of bringing up her young daughter Charlie all by herself. Anna's neighbors are married young parents Jem (Zoe Telford) and George (Rupert Graves). While Jem and Anna are close friends who share all of their secrets, the one thing that Anna hasn't let out is the fact that she has entered into a troublesome affair with George. Stephen, on the other hand, has recently moved in with Fiona (Christine Bottomly), who is so eager to start a family that even her parents are pressuring she and Stephen to get pregnant. But the more intense the pressure gets, the less certain Stephen becomes that he is prepared for such a commitment. It seems like the only peace Stephen can find these days is in his work at a local old folk's home and his friendship with understanding resident Helen (Phyllida Law). Later, af...The Waiting Room
Rilke, an auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of violent erotic photographs. He feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted...... more
Rilke, an auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of violent erotic photographs. He feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them. What follows is a journey of discovery, decadence and deviousness, steered in part by Rilke's gay promiscuity and inquisitive nature.
Advantages: Good food, drink, atmosphere and live music nights. Disadvantages: None
...Whilst staying in Inverness we sampled a few of the local bars and restaurants and The Room bar and restaurant in the centre of town was one we visited on two occasions during our stay.
From the outside you can't really get much of a feel for what The Room will be like. It is housed in a large old building on a street corner, but always seemed fairly busy whilst we were up in Inverness, which I...
Advantages: The best of everything. Disadvantages: Nothing.
...The Union Rooms is one of many Wetherspoon free house (it is one of four in Plymouth alone), and in true Wetherspoon form it is named according to the area in which it has been opened up in. It is situated on the end of Union Street (hence the name), and for those of you who may know the Plymouth area will know of the reputation that this infamous road has - it is by the main docks, and is...
Advantages: Great story and illustrations Disadvantages: None
It was after having seen Room on the Broom played on TV recently and enjoying it, I thought that it would be good to get a copy of the book for our daughter. It was once I realised that the book is written by Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Axel Scheffler the same people who created The Gruffalo, a book I remember fondly myself, that sealed the purchase of this book. I...