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The Royal Tenenbaums

Posted : 11 years, 2 months ago on 30 July 2006 11:02 (A review of The Royal Tenenbaums)

Hilarious, brilliantly acted and directed - possibly the greatest adaptations of a Salinger work (the film borrows 'heavily' from J.D. Salinger's Glass family stories). What can I say, one of my all time favorite films.


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Batman Begins

Posted : 11 years, 2 months ago on 30 July 2006 11:01 (A review of Batman Begins (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition))

Granted, it's a superhero flick, but it's Batman, the greatest of them all - acted by the brilliant Christian Bale. Is Bale the master of the elitist/playboy? Judging by the way he tackles roles like Patrick Bateman and Bruce Wayne, I'd say yes. With supporting actors like Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Cane - this is every bit as good as the ol' Michael Keaton films.


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Before Sunset

Posted : 11 years, 2 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:58 (A review of Before Sunset)

Do you like trendy banter? You might like this, features some great acting in Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Interesting in the fact it consists solely of one long, ever-perky conversation. It's like 'Gilmore Girls', but with a fucking point.


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I Heart Huckabees

Posted : 11 years, 2 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:48 (A review of I Heart Huckabees)

The most pretentious load of shit I have ever purchased (that includes Oasis albums) - absolutely fools 'trendy' high school kids into thinking its really deep. This is not clever. It isn't even well written. Nonsense packaged as brilliance, I actually stopped talking to an old friend when he spoke of its 'universal meaning'. People won't be watching this in five years. Rest in peace, pathetic little film.


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The Catcher In the Rye by Salinger

Posted : 11 years, 2 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:44 (A review of The Catcher in the Rye)

The masterpiece? The magnum opus? Whatever the hell you want to call this - it's got enough truth to drive some people insane. If you haven't read this, you're not a functioning member of society. But don't stop here, either - this is hardly the man's finest hour. Deeper, more beautiful words lie further into the Salinger collection...


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Raise High the Roof Beam by Salinger

Posted : 11 years, 2 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:42 (A review of Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction)

If you bought this, you alreadly love Buddy Glass and want to read everything the man had to say. Necessary in all respects, worthy of its distinction as a "Salinger".


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Franny and Zooey by Salinger

Posted : 11 years, 2 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:40 (A review of Franny And Zooey (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition))

For me, at least - this is the ultimate judge of character. Can you sympathize with Franny? Do you understand how the characters feel? Do you see the evils Salinger exposes? If you do, congratulations, you're alive. One of the true masterpieces in American literature.


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Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

Posted : 11 years, 2 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:38 (A review of Nine Stories)

Former 'New Yorker' short stories centred around Salinger's beloved Glass family, which kicks off with the frighteningly brilliant "A Perfect Day For Bananafish". Hilarious, captures the garbage in all of us - designed to attack, but destined to invoke feeling.


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'Wonderful Town', compiled by David Remn

Posted : 11 years, 2 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:35 (A review of Wonderful Town: New York Stories from the "New Yorker")

Why do you read the New Yorker? Is it for the short stories? Then this is for you - from Salinger to Woody Allen, editor David Remnick complied this little best-of to comemorate the great bouts of fiction that have made their way into the magazine. Recommended.


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The Andy Warhol Diaries by Andy Warhol

Posted : 11 years, 2 months ago on 30 July 2006 10:32 (A review of The Andy Warhol Diaries)

Edited by Pat Hackett, one his typists at the Factory - this book catalogues what Andy did on nearly every day of his life from 1977 to his '87 death. Paints everyone he knew as a coke-addict (which I'm sure they were), the pop references (from McEnroe to Mick Jagger) will keep you interested. Beware: it's long. Very long.


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