Category Archives: Blog reviews

Reviews that have been published only on the blog.

FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: ANIMAL SPIRITS BY AKERLOF AND SHILLER

Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and Why it Matters for Global Capitalism by George A Akerlof and Robert J Shiller (Princeton University Press, 2010) starts with the argument that traditional economic models based on rational actors and … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: IN THE MOUTH OF THE WHALE

I always have more than one book on the go at any given time.  There is always one novel and one work of non-fiction work (usually something on politics, history or economics) on the go. Actually, I’m usually part way … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: GHOST RIDER – SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE

Generally, when someone says a Hollywood blockbuster is “the worst film ever” my reaction is to ball my fingers into a fist and beat him soundly. It’s not that I want to defend big studio releases or even that I … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: JOHN CARTER OF MARS

John Carter of Mars is going to go down in the history books as one of the biggest flops in cinema history . It might have been cheaper for Disney to actually build a pile of money and climb to … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: PERFECT SENSE

No one should go into director David Mackenzie’s Perfect Sense expecting a light-hearted romp. This apocalyptic romance is a slow-burn – despite packing four separate-but-linked disasters into a brief 88 minute. Its characters exist on the edge of the world … Continue reading

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HUGO AND OTHER NOSTALGIC MOVIES

Hugo is a beautifully made film with a big heart. Every frame is overflowing with the director, Martin Scorcese’s, obvious love and enthusiasm for the medium in which he has immersed himself during his career. Every part of the film … Continue reading

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CHRONICLE

Chronicle is the story of three high school kids: Andrew, a “troubled” loner from a poor family with an abusive father and a sick mother; Matt, his smarter, more popular cousin; and Matt’s friend Steve, the token ethnic character. “Troubled” … Continue reading

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KILL LIST

Superficially, the opening passages of Kill List  could be taken as the introduction to another Brit-made gangster movie. The central characters, Jay and Gal are guns for hire – mercenaries who do very dirty work. They’ve got a history together, … Continue reading

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TAFT 2012

Science fiction doesn’t often do politics. There’s no shortage of sf writers willing to explore ideology or, more frequently, shove their personal ideology down a reader’s throat in the crudest way imaginable, but engagement with the real way that societies … Continue reading

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REAL STEEL

There is, when you think about it, a surprisingly long list of very good films about boxing. Consider just the biopics: Raging Bull (the story of Jake LaMotta); Somebody Up There Likes Me (Rocky Marciano); The Hurricane (Rubin Carter); Gentleman … Continue reading

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