I was 11 years old when Blake's 7 first appeared on British TV and I still remember the buzz it caused. The only competing science fiction shows of the time were Star Trek and Doctor Who and Blake's 7 captured the imagination of a generation. I even remember the headmaster at my junior school using Blakes 7 as an example of something during one assembly (although I can no longer remember the point the headmaster was trying to make).
I hadn’t heard anything about District 9 apart from it involved aliens on Earth before watching it but I’m pleased that I succumbed to the impulse to watch the film.
The Reader is not a film about redemption, nor forgiveness perhaps not even understanding. It is a film, I think, about shame, regret, love and the times that love is not enough to stop us from hurting those we love or enough to make us give the comfort the loved one seeks. It is a sad film, an emotional film, the sort of film that makes us wonder why and that is perhaps the best kind of film there is.
I stumbled on the DVD of this film while aimlessly browsing the racks of DVDs in a local DVD store and was intrigued by the blurb on the back of the box - perhaps because of what it does not say as much as what it does.
I ordered this documentary after watching the film 300 and wondering how much of the film was based on fact.
Note to self: Next time you want to know the facts behind an event, buy a book by a reputable expert in the field.
Note to David Padrusch & Matt Koed: Can I have the last 120 minutes of my life back please?
Director: Stefen Fangmeier
Screenplay : Peter Buchman
Based on the novel by Christopher Paolini
By the time you read this I expect that director Stefen Fangmeier and screenwriter Peter Buchman will have committed seppuku and the author Christopher Paolini may have stopped spinning in his grave - I’m assuming here that Christopher Paolini died with shock on seeing the travesty that his novel became on the big screen.