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Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (28 of 36)
Location: London, England
Birthday: Oct. 5
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Roger & Me <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Moore
Roger & Me DVD ~ Michael Moore
Flint was a paradise: their GM factory was the most modern and efficient of them all, its workforce the best trained and motivated. Then, out of the blue - GM announces that they are closing the factory and moving to Mexico. Flint is destroyed. It now looks more like an Eastern European ghost city, its factory closed, houses borded up, empty dirty streets. One of those who lost their jobs was Michael Moore's father. Michael sets out to tell his father's story to the head of GM, Roger. The film is partly a bout Flint. All the failed attempts to bring new business to the town, and the various ways the inhabitants try to cope. The stupidity of the Town Council is amazing. Moore does not give… Read more
Eurotrip <b>DVD</b> ~ Scott Mechlowicz
Eurotrip DVD ~ Scott Mechlowicz
This film surprised me. I thought it was a remake of Harvard Lampoon's European Vacation (which was awful). I might read in to much, but I thought it was reasonably clever and funny. Four stereotype Americans go to Europe to find the the German girl one of them is in love with. Over there they run in to English soccer hooligans (Vinnie Jones in good form), Italian bisexuals, and so on. The Europeans are stereotyped, but not in a too insulting way (I am European myself by the way). Some jokes are spot-on, like the Dutch bakery, the German truck driver, or the effects of absinthe. Other things are just stupid, like the portrayal of Bratislava.
If I understand correctly, which I hope, the… Read more
The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque
The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Remarque's best?, July 14 2004
If All Quiet on the Western Front is about those who died, The Black Obelisk is about those who survived. Ludwig has returned home to Germany after the war. He is a stonemason. The company's big order is for a monument to honour the small towns war dead: the black obelisk. The mode of the book is a gentle melancholy. Ludwig survived the trenches, most of his friends died, part of him died with them. Wise beyond his years, he sees how the German's fail to rise up from defeat. Instead they fall to petty bickering, thus setting the stage for the rise of nazism. Instead of being a tribute to those who fell, the black obelisk becomes an ominous pointer to what lies ahead.