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The supernatural element was fun, and I appreciated the little twists in the story. Well done. The only thing that my brain snagged on as I read was the sex. Not that I mind explicit "door open" romantic interludes--quite the opposite. And I am open-minded about homosexuality, so that wasn't a problem. But it's really a mild thing, given all the other goodness to be found in Winter Knights.

All in all, I would love to read more by this author. Apr 03, Daphne rated it really liked it Shelves: books , m-m-read. Winter Knights was a different kind of book from Harper Fox - there was a paranormal element and the relationship was not as linear as her books normally reflect. For people who want a straight forward, no blurry lines, no angsty relationship, this may not be the best choice although it does reflect the beautiful prose of this author.

While this wasn't my favorite from this author, I still enjoyed it very much. The journey in this book was not one of history even though the blurb may make it se Winter Knights was a different kind of book from Harper Fox - there was a paranormal element and the relationship was not as linear as her books normally reflect.

The journey in this book was not one of history even though the blurb may make it seem that way or the characters navigating external pressures -- this story was more of a his side, his side and the truth. My snap judgments at the beginning of the book were turned on their heads by the end. Once again, though, I loved the journey. It's possible that this author could re-write the phone book at this point and I would fall in love with it.

What a gift she has. Dec 05, Nikki rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy , arthurian , queer , based-on-myth-saga-etc , romance. Not sure what to think about this one. All the stories from this anthology have been rather angst ridden, with long separations and people having to prove themselves, and this one was worse -- death, Catholicism, internalised homophobia, tumours In the end, I'm not sure what to think of it. But I'm not sure it ever makes a coherent whole. There's sex scenes, of course -- apparently th Not sure what to think about this one.

There's sex scenes, of course -- apparently there's no such thing as a gay love story without them -- and they're at least not embarrassingly bad, but, I don't know. I don't think I really bought into this one at all. Jul 05, Ula'ndi Hart rated it really liked it Shelves: mm-audio , anthology , paranormal. I know, I know But what the hell? I do as I please and this pleases me. Overall book rating: 3. I loved the hell out of it! They were just to die for. Loved it. I did the "Men under the Mistletoe" anthology on this one Jun 17, CrabbyPatty rated it really liked it Shelves: mm-fantasy-paranormal , reads , starsanda-half , mm-holidays.

If this were by anyone other than Harper Fox, I would not have read it. But this heady mix of Arthurian legend, paranormal elements, a medical condition, a sad ghost story, second chances, etc. I liked very much the protagonists of this story, more than the story itself. Gavin is a historian, writing an essay for his doctorate degree where he tries to shed a different light on King Arthur and Lancelot and their relationship. He wants to find the truth behind the myth.

This is his passion, together with his love for Piers. Piers is a scholar too. He is a Catholic and he tries in some ways to find a compromise and reconcile his faith with the love for a man. At the beginning of 4. At the beginning of the story, when Gavin is stood up by Piers, who refuses to come out to his family and reach Gavin to spend Christmas with him, I was all for Gavin and almost despised Piers.

The story is in Gavin's point-of-view and slowly we begin to see that Gavin's demands for Piers are maybe a bit selfish.

Gavin comes to recognize what's wrong in his relationship with Piers after meeting Art and Lance, who rescue him after he's fallen in a cave, giving him a new life, a new prospective on his future with Piers, on what he can demand to his lover and what he can give back. As I said before, the story opens before our eyes step by step, shifting our sympathies to Piers too, and at the same time we learn more about Gavin and we are drawn deeper into a dreamy atmosphere, where everything is not quite what it seems. The plot is not original, but it becomes almost magical when infused with the holiday spirit.

I think the epilogue was not really necessary, but Gavin and Piers are a very interesting main couple, and the difficulties they had to come over to gain their happiness felt incredibly real. Nov 28, Richard rated it really liked it. This book came to my attention through a friend during a discussion of legends and other things I hadn't read any Harper Fox before and I gave it a try, partly in the context of our conversation.

And I liked the way the legend was brought into the story. It was not what I was expecting, and interestingly handled. The style This book came to my attention through a friend during a discussion of legends and other things The style is fairly romantic and emotional, and Ms Fox writes well. It's written first-person from Gav's point of view. There's a lot of material packed into the book as well; a lot of information and story threads and relationships for such a short work, but it manages.

The last couple of chapters could have perhaps been slightly shorter, but then again, I was totally absorbed in it and read through most of the evening, ending near midnight, so I was probably just getting tired toward the end. Jul 20, Plainbrownwrapper rated it really liked it Shelves: mm , read-more-than-once-already.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- I love Harper Fox. I don't especially care for the plot of this story -- it's got view spoiler [ghost knights of the Round Table, ghost cave rescuers, and a whole ghost town, hide spoiler ] and those just really aren't my things -- but Fox's wonderful prose and character work and sense of place still shine through. Who can resist lines like these?

I breathed shallowly, dazed by the prospect of its fulfilment. I just don't know how I could possibly award those wonderful words only 3 stars, despite my gentle dislike of the plot. Dec 09, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: gay , fiction , mm-romance. Such a rich, thoughtful, and rather haunting story, for me. Ultimately very sweet, but with an emotional complexity that kept it from veering off toward being trite. It's an example of the best sort of mythical writing, where myth has real power to operate in ordinary lives.

Ancient legend and modern struggle, happiness and sorrow, failure and redemption all rolled up together in a small package, elegantly written, Winter Knights is wonderful. Sep 03, Alison rated it liked it Shelves: queer , my-e-things , sff , lgbtq. An enjoyable holiday story.

It's well-written, pleasant to read, and lovely. I liked this book, but I didn't really connect with it, not like I usually do with Fox's books. Not my favourite Harper Fox story. Nov 06, Alona added it Shelves: m-m , i-love-the-uk , thank-god-for-stand-alone-books. It felt all kind of wrong for me. Did not enjoy the story, but the writing is defiantly good. Jul 17, Mirjam rated it it was ok Shelves: xmas , mm , short-story , romance-2nd-change , family , erotica , paranormal , drama. Short story with loads of information about King Arthur and his Knights.


Way too much in this short story. Dec 29, Rachel Reid rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourite-books-i-read-in This was astonishingly good. I am making it my mission to read as much Harper Fox as possible. Jun 14, Andrea Catsos Person is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder marked it as to-read Shelves: gay-romancepages , i-own-amzn , christmas-fiction. Mar 22, Lori rated it really liked it Shelves: bmbr-reads. Review previously posted at It's winter time, so throw some coal on the fire, pour yourself a warming glass of mulled wine and curl up with a good book - I've got a great recommendation for you.

Winter Knights by Harper Fox features snow, Arthurian legends and, of course, romance. What more do you need on a dark December night? I loved the setting of this story, deep in the English countryside - I may be a little biased but it is one of my favourite places to be! Harper Lee obviously loves the Review previously posted at It's winter time, so throw some coal on the fire, pour yourself a warming glass of mulled wine and curl up with a good book - I've got a great recommendation for you.

Harper Lee obviously loves the area the book was set and it was so easy to imagine it, the snowy hills and cut off villages. The small mountain rescue shack and the underground cave. I also absolutely adored the Arthurian legend incorporated into this story, Gavin was so believable as the scholar determined to prove his own theory about Arthur and Lancelot.

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It didn't feel at all contrived, again I would say the author researched her subject well - and while Gavin's theories cannot necessarily be proven they totally worked within the context of the story. Life is but active anguish in a context of flux. Clemens "Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. SamScribble is offline. I haven't watched it for a year or two, but Tinto Brass' Miranda also released as The Mistress of the Inn is pretty good as I recall L'ennui in parts Every paragraph, every sentence, every word, is a decision.

Originally Posted by TE Las Vegas made me think of Showgirls - Elizabeth Hurley. It was supposed to be her break out role. I suppose it was, in the sense that she broke out of her clothes. My favorite scene was when she told some guy she was on her period, and he didn't believe her, so she stuck his hand down her pants. Yes, she was on her period. Originally Posted by DeeZire.

That movie was so bad they even screwed up the scene where she screws the guy in the pool because the dialogue was so ridiculous. If I recall he was asking what she used to charge for sex and she was answering him instead of telling him to go screw himself I admit the way she starts splashing around in the end while she did him, was kind of hot, but I still couldn't get into it. Also another "Las vegas" movie that contained a nasty rape scene. Although in this one, "Noni? All times are GMT The time now is AM. Copyright Literotica Online.

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Find More Posts by Harry Leg. The Middle East is as much about oil as it is about religion, as much about a struggle between progressive and conservative forces as about the battle between East and West. The movie argues, boldly for a Hollywood movie, that nothing is simple and that there are not really good guys or bad guys. In that sense, it's not only refreshing, but also vitally important.

Maybe if the Bush administration could have seen this movie before going into Iraq, they'd have thought twice. Where in the real world, Edward R. Murrow confronts and defeats a totalitarian threat using words alone, in the fantasy future, the police state appears to have reached a point at which the rebel known only as "V" has to resort to explosives, poison and psychological torture to "bring balance to the Force".

In "V for Vendetta", Britain has become a fascist dictatorship, with V, the elegant man in the Guy Fawkes mask, as its avenging angel and the young woman Evey caught in the middle. Evey is gradually converted to V's cause through the use of some brainwashing techniques that would make V's former prison guards proud. The movie touches upon the questionable nature of V's methods, but in the end puts him plainly on a pedestal. As I understand it, the graphic novel is more ambivalent; I can't wait to read it. Coming back to "V for Vendetta" and "Good night, and good luck", the following two quotes nicely illustrate the differences between them: "We will not walk in fear, one of another.

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason [ Murrow "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. In terms of impact, the communist witch hunt of the s was, after all, nothing like the rise of the Nazis in s Germany, or the Russian Revolution of All I can say is that I can identify strongly with the victims and the country.

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Much as I criticize the USA, it remains a shining example of what democracy as an ideology can accomplish -- and of how fragile those accomplishments are. As a defender of those accomplishments, Edward R. Murrow stands high, and "Good night, and good luck" does nothing more but also nothing less than show him in his finest hour: waging and winning a war of words with the powerful and dangerous Senator Joseph McCarthy. The film is as painstakingly accurate as to be basically a re-enacted documentary, which makes it slightly boring, but also very pure.

Director George Clooney cries out for just such a voice today to protest and fight the forces of wartime absurdity. But sadly, the new media landscape, which Murrow already warned about, can no longer produce such a person. Not because such people no longer exist they do , but because such people no longer work for television news.

The book is anecdotal, funny, and -especially- desolate. The characters dwell through empty, starkly lifeless streets. This boring suburbia helps explain the selfish behavior of angsty adolescent Enid Coleslaw. In Enid's more recognizable movie universe, her behavior becomes crueler. The movie also explains what the book leaves unsaid. A workable but flawed adaptation remains of the superior comic. I don't regret not seeing the movie earlier, and I recommend "David Boring" by the same author Daniel Clowes. So why do people discuss "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" as if it's a serious, debatable motion picture?

It's a pirate movie , based on a Walt Disney ride , for God's sake. Nobody takes pirates seriously. The makers of this movie don't. Johnny Depp sure as hell doesn't. And you also shouldn't. The plot doesn't make any sense. Because it's a pirate movie. It's all action and no story. It's good, silly fun. Sure, it's too long. Sure, it's not as funny as the first one. Sure, it's just milking the franchise. Who cares? If I wanted a short, hilarious, and original film, I wouldn't see many movies.

Anyway, yohoho and a bottle of rum, and avast! Or whatever. This documentary series is not yet listed on the IMDb. It is truly a beautiful, intense, quiet and tragic film of a love that cannot be, and two lives that are wasted because of it. I see many movies and only a few of them manage to draw me in these days.

I can see through the tricks, plot devices and cliches that permeate them. Brokeback Mountain has nothing of that. The reason it's about nothing more than two cowboys who love each other, is simply that for them, there is nothing more. That's the beauty --and tragedy.

enter site Racism not in "Crash": a major American city drowning because it is full of black people; nonwhite people living in abject poverty; plain, unjustified bigotry. The main consequence of real racism is poverty, but almost everyone in "Crash" is affluent, if not filthy rich. Are they killing the right guys? Does killing these people help combat terrorism at all?

Is it justified to execute people like this, without a trial? Spielberg, an American Jew, shows courage by raising these questions which, among many Israeli and their supporters, are beyond debate. But where he shows the team leader Avner as a tormented soul who loses his faith in 'the cause' as he continues to kill, the nuances on the Arab side are much more hidden.

There is some political debate about the conflict, and some of the victims are shown as loving fathers or art lovers, but the prevailing conclusion seems to be that justice was done. In the end, Avner is still a hero and the killed men are still villains. But neither is really the case.

Then it was TV series. Then it was videogames. And now there's this movie, based on a Las Vegas Disney ride. Apparently, much of its success comes from the performance of Johnny Depp, who very obviously doesn't take the whole thing too seriously, but never explicitly takes the piss.

It is this, despite the producers' problems with his approach, that makes "Pirates" a lot of fun to watch. It's not just his attire, make-up and roguish ways that make him stand out from the other characters in the movie, but also his shameless overacting. I read somewhere that Keith Richards was Depp's main inspiration for this role. The makers of this movie also correctly realized that an adaptation that would be true to life, depicting actual pirates as they historically were, would be both ridiculous and unsuccessful at the box office.

They instead went all out with their undead, "arr-laddie" style swashbucklers, creating an enjoyable action movie. With all that said, I still can't help but be amazed that this film made it into the lowers regions of the IMDb Top Surely, there must be better movies in the world than this one?

An IMDb Top movie 2 out of 5 snowstones As exciting as the sounds and images of M are, so boring and uneventful are the photography and audio of "It Happened One Night", an early Clark Gable romcom featuring Claudette Colbert as his feisty counterpart. Shot in a few short weeks, this early Frank Capra film sets the standard for all future romantic comedies: boy meets girl, boy annoys girl, girl annoys boy, boy and girl realize they love each other but don't tell, boy loses girl, boy takes bold step and gets girl. Sure it may be the first movie of its kind, but it's not the first movie of its kind for me , and so it seems trite.

Most people have seen one scene from the movie, the one in which Colbert trumps Gable's hitch-hiking skills by raising the hemline of her skirt to a brake-slamming level. An IMDb Top movie 5 out of 5 snowstones The death of the silent movie wasn't a universally positive thing. You'd be right to think that sound adds a whole new dimension to movies, but you'd be wrong to think that this did not go at some expense.

The problem was that microphones in the day were not sophisticated enough to only record localized sound. Instead, they registered all sound in a wide radius --including the loud whirring of the camera, that nobody had ever bothered to make quiet. To solve this problem, cameras were almost always encased in a large soundproof booth that was impossible to move. The result of all this was that the first 'talkies' and the cheap later ones were extremely static in their camera work, featured a lot of dialog and as such did not present much excitement for the viewer.

Which brings us to the happy exception to the rule: M, by master German director Fritz Lang. M works perfectly because it needs silence both for its eerie atmosphere it's about a crime mob chasing a child killer and to make dramatic panning shots that were mostly unheard of at the time. Long shots in absolute silence are in this case a bonus and not a flaw. Featuring a very young Peter Lorre, who was destined to play the creepy psychopath for the rest of his life, the story is beautifully shot, has great actors and a solid plot.

Go see it. An IMDb Top movie 4 out of 5 snowstones The advantage of writing a movie review a week after you've seen the movie is that it tells you how memorable the film is. Clint Eastwood created a film in which people are driven by grim determination, not upbeat ambition. The heroine is a young woman desperately struggling to get out of her life through boxing, and for some time, she succeeds.

But there's something ominous about her standing there alone in the boxing school in the middle of the night, facing the punching bag. This film is a tragedy, but Eastwood tells it without sentimentalism or elaborate storylines. Instead it's straight and sharp like a razor, one more tale of quiet desperation in a world full of such tales. A movie that can break your heart without you feeling like it played a cheap trick on you-- that's what good storytelling, and good moviemaking, is all about. He managed to make this combination work by presenting engaging and believable characters.

In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", episode 4 in the boy wizard series, and definitely the best one so far, Newell does the same thing. I found myself laughing without impatience while Harry, Ron, Hermione and their classmates struggled with their raging hormones and the prospect of a school dance. Within half an hour after the gala, Harry is tortured by an evil villain with little slits for nostrils. The fact that the two scenes go hand in hand is no mean feat. He spent the money wisely on dazzling action sequences involving dragons and sea monsters.

And he invested precious time in whittling the heavy tome by JK Rowling down to a mere minutes. Unlike earlier Potter directors, he cut out entire subplots and even characters, but in the end, the movie is so much the better for it: more evenly paced, engaging and full of darkness. I saw it in an IMAX version; you should at least see it in a regular cinema the one that you have to put your coat on for, not your 'home cinema'. An IMDb Top movie 2 out of 5 snowstones As computer animation progresses, this new movie medium can slowly but surely come of age.

The Incredibles is an indication of what is to come: not a CGI movie, but an animation movie that just happens to be made using a computer. The Incredibles household has a fifties-sixties feel to it, with the superhero family shamelessly donning spandex outfits and living in some nameless suburbia, but the world at large, featuring obsessive superhero fans and troublesome lawsuits, sits squarely in the new millennium.

Probably it's this contrast, along with the many visual gags and the high velocity of the movie, that gave it its place in the coveted Top Overall, I found this movie worth seeing, a good laugh, but nothing to write home about. Rent it, don't buy it. There are basically two ways of looking at this movie. One, you can try to figure out what this movie is about, and find out that it's nothing much.

It's about tough guys, hot dames, rainy streets, and lots and lots of extreme violence. And unlike in a Raymond Chandler screenplay, there's close to no witty dialogue or inventive plot twists to hold things together. There's only a few loosely connected stories, barely worthy of that name. In short, a crap movie for the popcorn crowd. Two, Sin City is a dazzling reinvention of cinema, using digital wizardry not so much to show what can't exist space battles or dinosaurs , but to show what does exist in an exaggerated way film noir was never this noir.

Call me pretentious, but Sin City does to movies what impressionism did to realist painting: it redefines what a movie can look like, and foregoes the notion that a movie should, at some level, look real. Sin City doesn't look real, nor does it want to, and your response to that fact will determine to a large degree whether you will like the movie or not. On a visual level, I love this movie: it's a shame that there is not enough story to back it up. It's got a jungle, exotic birds, pristine beaches, natural beauty everywhere.

It's My best work yet, and I'm going to call it Brazil. Hailed as the Latin American GoodFellas, City of God, as its international title goes, makes the thugs from Scorsese's universe look like weak-hearted mama's boys. Murder is not only a trivial and fairly forgivable offence in the City of God, a suburb where desperate officials have migrated all the scum of the metropolis, it is also committed by small children.

And although crime here is gritty rather than glamorous, there is still a strange beauty in the cityscape, the characters and the way the movie is shot. Definitely worth a look. An IMDb Top movie 4 out of 5 snowstones What sounded like the title of a bad 70s symphonic rock album turned out to be a visually exciting maelstrom about addiction. What begins as a fairly quiet, amost overly relaxed movie about drug addiction the teenager who keeps stealing his own mom's TV set, and the mom who keeps buying it back from the pawn shop , quickly descends down an ever darker spiral of abuse and self-abuse.

The mom turns out to be unseparable from her favorite infomercial and her diet pills, while her son and his drug buddies get more and more desperate, and less and less successful, in acquiring their next fix. The movie ends in nightmarish collage of all major characters reaching rock bottom, each in their own horrible way. Most indie directors would choose to film such urban despair in gritty black-and-white, but Darren Aronofsky opts for vivid use of lighting and coloring, and rapid sequences of shots the Trivia section of IMDb mentions that "[m]ost movies contain to cuts.

Requiem for a Dream contains over 2,". My only objection to the movie is that you could see it as too pretentious, too artsy-fartsy for what is still a fairly straightforward plot. But to be honest, I found that the combination of the visuals and the story was effective. An IMDb Top movie 5 out of 5 snowstones The Rwanda massacres must count as one of the most gruesome events in human history: man-made slaughter on a scale that defies imagination, comparable only to the likes of Hitler's holocaust or Pol Pot's brutal regime.

And as in those cases, the main and unanswerable question in this is: what is it that made this horror possible? In this case, what made people enthusiastically wield machetes and bludgeon some one million people to death? Instead, it shows a desperate hotel manager trying to save as many people as possible from the insanity. Unlike in movies such as "Schindler's List", the utter randomness of the violence is only touched upon, and focus shifts instead to the United Nations and its utter failure in preventing the bloodshed from occurring.

This made the movie unsatisfying to me. I had hoped to learn more about the conflict and its origins. Instead, a Compelling Drama was put to the forefront. An IMDb Top movie 4 out of 5 snowstones I never knew about this apparent classic, but it's up there with "Arsenic and Old Lace" as a great example of translating screwball plays into screwball movies.

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In this case, James Stewart is Elwood P. Dowd, an insane man who is convinced that he is accompanied by a giant rabbit named Harvey. This idea in itself would get pretty tired pretty soon. But the genius of the story is in the fact that Harvey, real or imagined, creates some kind of impenetrable shield around Dowd, protecting from all who would do him harm.

Happily oblivious to the harsh realities around him he states, in an unusually lucid moment, "I've wrestled with reality for 35 years and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it" , Dowd somehow always gets what he wants. Anyway, the slapstick moments, as well as situation comedy which actually revolves around the situation how many 'sitcoms' do these days? An IMDb Top movie 3 out of 5 snowstones This South Korean movie the first South Korean movie I've seen, as far as I know deserves its place in the higher echelons of the top for its inventive start a man is kidnapped, locked into an empty room for years, and the released, all for no apparent reason and its kick-ass action scenes.

Director Park conjures up memorable images among others a long fight sequence in a hallway, filmed in one long tracking shot but the movie tapers off toward the end. Many films that revolve around a Big Secret disappoint the most when the Big Secret is revealed, and Oldboy, unfortunately, is one such film. However, if you can stand watching a man eat a live octopus definitely "harmed during the making of this movie" and some unpleasant scenes of Tarantino-style violence, this movie is definitely worth seeing.

That said, this movie is hardly standard Disney fare. I found it hard to get a grasp on this erratic story, mostly set in some bizarre dream-like universe full of weird creatures. I might be the wrong target demographic both in terms of age and in terms of cultural background , and although the graphics of the movie are quite stunning, they didn't make up for the confusion I felt through most of this film. Kids may find it intriguing; I didn't. With a typically Eastern European mix of resignedness and dreaminess, young Milos takes a job as an apprentice train dispatcher, a job that involves zero effort, but then again, also zero excitement.

And a young man's mind begins to wander, as it will, about the cute train conductress who has her eye on him. This is a movie about the idiotic stuff that men will do for or with women such as rubber-stamping her bottom with government-issue train stamps. Unfortunately, the movie slows down a lot after that, although the humor remains. The film ends in typical fashion with an act of silly suicidal heroism.

I strongly recommend you check it out. Huston plays a seasoned prospector, who knows enough about human nature to realize that a whoever you dig with will do anything to get hold of your gold and b he himself is no exception to rule a. Bogart's character, on the other hand, new to the trade, turns from hopeful to angry to homicidal as his grasp on the gold tightens and weakens. It's one of his better roles. Quite aside from the good cast and script, I was also delighted to finally find out the origin of that classic phrase: "Badges?

We don' need to steenkin' badges!

An IMDb Top movie 2 out of 5 snowstones Based on the letters of one Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, this movie tells the story of the first black regiment in the US Army, which, under Shaw's leadership, trained itself for combat and engaged the Confederates in a bloody charge that killed a great many of them. As a pacifist, I can't help feeling that this movie shows the first case of white Americans figuring out that everybody can be killed on the battlefield, regardless of race, creed or color. The reason that people will be angry about my comment above is the fact that the 54th Regiment died for what is quite undeniably a good cause, the abolition of slavery.

And I realize that this is one of those cases in which pacifism is a hard case to make. But as Gandhi once commented, 'What difference does it make to the dead if he died for a good cause or a bad one? Seen from this light, 'Glory' is a much-needed tribute to these people. But it's the fact that the movie can be seen differently as well that bothers me.

It helps explain why he made a movie out of the true life's story of Wladek Szpilman, a Polish Jew and pianist who turns from hunted to haunted as he tries to survive in his city, Warsaw, during World War II. Like in Schindler's List, a sense of total arbitrariness over who lives few and who dies many pervades the movie. Szpilman narrowly escapes deportation because a Jewish policeman he vaguely knows separates him from his family as they board the train to Treblinka. Numerous selfless and selfish people help him survive, but most of the time, he's on the run or imprisoned in some nameless apartment somewhere in the city.

The movie succeeds in being both intensely personal and almost blank at the same time: rather than a heroic figure who takes conscious decision to direct his fate, Szpilman could almost be called lucky as he keeps surviving one ordeal after the other. He is simulatenously anybody and somebody. He goes to a small town called Hope in the US, merely because of the name, and hooks up with a peppy blonde Heather Graham who supposedly exudes all the virtues of the well-spoken, mild-mannered East Coast.

There's no chemistry. There are no jokes. There is no plot. There is no spoon. Oh wait, that's another movie. You half expect any of the fairly decent actors to glance at the camera for a brief, panicked instance, wondering along with you what the hell they're doing in this unromantic noncomedy. But they don't. At least that would have made "Hope Springs" tolerable. As it is, it's just twenty minutes of already flat storyline rolled to fresh-pasta thinness of a tedious hour and a half. A tedious hour and a half, I might add, that I'd like to have back.