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Update: 2010 in Review, best books, movies, etc

Here are my favorite films and books I reviewed this year.  They are all highly recommended…

Best Science Fiction Novel

Brian Aldiss, Non-stop (variant title, Starship), (1958)

MY REVIEW HERE

Starship is a top-notch 1950s work: fast, action-packed, thoughtful, Continue reading Update: 2010 in Review, best books, movies, etc

A Film Rumination: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Fassbinder (1972)

8/10 (Very Good)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) is by far my favorite Rainer Werner Fassbinder film I’ve seen and like all of his films, an acquired taste.  I’ve not always appreciated his works — I barely tolerated The Merchant of Four Seasons and managed to watch only half of The Marriage of Maria Braun (I did enjoy Veronika Voss). However, Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Fassbinder (1972)

A Film Rumination: The Battle of Culloden, Peter Watkins (1964)

7.5/10 (Good)

The pseudo-documentary (docudrama) The Battle of Culloden––made for BBC Television––was the first feature film by the soon to be famous (in somewhat esoteric circles) radical pacifist Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Battle of Culloden, Peter Watkins (1964)

A (short) Film Rumination: 9 Variations on a Dance Theme, Hilary Harris (1966/67)

7.5/10  (Good)

While ambling aimlessly on youtube looking for interesting short films, I discovered this forgotten gem by Hilary Harris.  I’d never heard of this filmmaker nor are most of his films listed on Internet Movie Database (besides his oscar winning short subject documentary, ‘Seawards the Continue reading A (short) Film Rumination: 9 Variations on a Dance Theme, Hilary Harris (1966/67)

A Film Rumination: A Zed & Two Noughts, Peter Greenaway (1985)

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8/10 (Very Good)

Peter Greenaway’s A Zed & Two Noughts is a fascinating take (both visually and plot-wise) on the archetypal theme of coping with death.  Greenaway’s technical abilities shine through — Continue reading A Film Rumination: A Zed & Two Noughts, Peter Greenaway (1985)