" (VHS video)
A police-man pledges to the mother of a murdered child that he will find the killer.
The story is hardly original, but this movie does it well - it has a great cast (good to
see Jack Nicolson again!), a good director (Sean Penn) and sticks to the 'secret' of all
good films - it keeps it simple and let the characters speak for themselves. Anyone
looking for an action movie, skip this one. Everyone else - enjoy!
"Lord Of The Rings, book 1: The Fellowship Of The Ring
The first book tells of the forming of the fellowship of the Ring, and chronicles the
first part of their journey. At the journey's end they must throw the Ring into the
volcano in order to destroy it.
Hmmm.. I can't really decide whether this is a good film or not. It certainly looks
impressive (the fire-breathing monster at the underground stairs! Whoo-hoo!). If I have to
pass judgement, I would classify it as a kid's rollercoaster ride. It just misses any real
depth - I wish they'd slowed down a little and spend some time fleshing out the story and
"Band Of Brothers
This series follows Easy Company every step of the way, from the initial training camps
to the D-Day landings and beyond.
The first time I saw it, I was channel surfing, and fell into episode 2 or so. The camera-
work looked so much like that which was used in "Saving Private Ryan" I immediately
dismissed it as a wannabe imitation and surfed on. It wasn't until episode 6 that I
started following the series. Good stuff!
" (VHS video)
A true story. The head of research of a major tabaco company gets fired, and a
journalist asks him to do an interview in which he admits how much the company actually
DOES know about the effects of smoking. After the interview it's a struggle to get the
interview aired as CBS are threatend with possible lawsuits.
This isn't a bad movie... but I don't understand why it's been nominated for 7 Academy
Awards. It just isn't anything special. The first third of the film is gripping, but the
remainder of the 150 minutes are a drag. Al Pacino is great tho, as usual.
"The Dark Is Rising Sequence
", by Susan Cooper
This is actually a complete series of four books put into one cover. It tells of how a
group of children help out the charismatic Mr. Lion (a Grand-uncle of some of the kids)
in his struggle against the agents of The Dark"
Yes, this is a children's book, now stop laughing! I've had this book for years, and am
re-reading it at the moment. (I took it down from the attic because I promised to lend
it to someone else, because the Harry Potter film reminded me of it, and she really liked
those books.) It gives a good feel of the old customs and legends in the various places
around the United Kingdom that are visited in the book. And you really get the feeling
The Dark are "bad" without them ever actually *doing* anything really bad. Good writing!
"Srebrenica, Het Zwartste Scenario
", by Frank Westerman & Bart Rijs
This is a reconstruction of the events surrounding the fall of Srebrenica, and the role
of DutchBat during those events.
Basically this is a summing up of events, places and people. Definitely not light reading
but if you're looking for something that'll put you to sleep at night... I'm just reading
this because I wanted to know more about "our" role in the Srebernica debacle. Let's
just say I wasn't impressed by the conduct of Dutchbat.. to put it VERY mildly, and I was
wondering if I was correct in feeling this way.