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 Forget Disney's hyphenless PoohForget Disney's hyphenless Pooh by Asa Butcher
There is only one way I want to start this review celebrating Winnie-the-Pooh and that is to accuse Disney of ripping the soul out of this lovable octogenarian teddy bear and profiteering from his famous gang of frie
 Vocabularies of dreamsVocabularies of dreams by David Sparenberg
 On the Element of FireOn the Element of Fire by David Sparenberg
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 Human weather: Destruction, Suffering & GodHuman weather: Destruction, Suffering & God by David Sparenberg
 No bucks, no Buck RogersNo bucks, no Buck Rogers by Asa Butcher
Before the famous Apollo missions began, NASA launched its space program with Project Mercury, which was the United States' first manned spaceflight program. Its simple aim was to put a man in orbit around the Ea
 The Latest on the Nexus between Science and ReligionThe Latest on the Nexus between Science and Religion by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
What follows is a concise presentation of a book just out and a short bio of its author, as found in the pages of the on-line journal Global Spiral (a scholarly
 A Festering talentA Festering talent by Asa Butcher
 The Rat Pack MovieThe Rat Pack Movie by Asa Butcher
 On Being Mystical and Mad in MongoliaOn Being Mystical and Mad in Mongolia by Valerie Sartor
On June 26 at 7:30 PM Mr. James Palmer, a youthful but quite knowledgeable historian, gave a talk at The Beijing Bookworm about his first and already highly acclaimed book: The Bloody White Baron. Mr. Palmer is a curi
 Coen, Coen, Gong!Coen, Coen, Gong! by Asa Butcher
Did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? No. Should it have won Best Picture? Not sure. Is it classic Coen brothers? Yes. Would I watch it again? Yes. Will I buy it when it is released on DVD? Yes. Has it got the worst haircu
 Mills & Boon: A Man's ConfessionMills & Boon: A Man's Confession by Clint Wayne
As I entered the room my gaze was transfixed by the young couple standing by the French doors looking as if they were about to disappear into the darkness of the garden. The man was tall and muscular with a bronzed tan. The expression on his
 The Missing Allen WrenchThe Missing Allen Wrench by Jan Sand
I've been in love with reading and playing with words since I was about five-years-old when I stopped puzzling out what was written on outdoor billboards and Burma Shave signs and got hooked by Dr. Seuss and o
 Popeye and CloudyPopeye and Cloudy by Asa Butcher
The sad passing of Roy Scheider, aged 75, this month has prompted me to rewind 37 years to 1971 and his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Four years before his acclaimed role in Jaw
 Smugglers Aloft!Smugglers Aloft! by Asa Butcher
Many years ago in secondary school I was sent to the Head of Year's office, which was quite out of character for me. I couldn't think of anything I had done wrong, yet here I was with my stomach churning the nerves
 The Conscience of MankindThe Conscience of Mankind by Asa Butcher
"In the words of General George C. Marshall, the American Secretary of State, "Mahatma Gandhi had become the spokesman for the conscience of mankind, a man who made humility and simple truth more powerful th
 A black & white ChristmasA black & white Christmas by Asa Butcher
Okay, I apologise for the rather uninspired title, but your response may thaw a little after I explain my reasoning for the choice - or, on the other hand, you may hate it even more and not make it to the second paragraph of this review, in which
 Go Ratchet!Go Ratchet! by Asa Butcher
Cast your mind back to Ovi's fifteenth theme issue, yes the one published in June 2006, now do you recall a book review entitled "Cool as f***"? I know some of you do because it inspired a number to rus
 The Eagles still soaring highThe Eagles still soaring high by Clint Wayne
When I first heard that my favourite band The Eagles was to release their first studio album for 28 years I was slightly apprehensive. Would it live up to expectations? Would Long Road Out Of Eden
 The sci-fi benchmarkThe sci-fi benchmark by Asa Butcher
Hollywood in the 1950s generated a number of superb science-fiction productions that are not only worthy of repeat viewings today, but are also prime material for remakes. It was a decade that brought us The Day
 A Helluva LifeA Helluva Life by Eduardo Alonso
For the last couple of weeks I have been hooked with the autobiography of the American writer and filmmaker Samuel Fuller. It reads like a novel. A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting and Filmmaking was
 Bin Laden, a Child of Western Civilization?Bin Laden, a Child of Western Civilization? by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In an intriguing book titled Occidentalism: the West in the Eyes of its Enemies, Avishar Margalit and Ian Buruma argue that Bin Laden is a child of the West, in as much as he is with
 What happened that night?What happened that night? by Asa Butcher
Urban legend says that when men watched this film in 1934 the sales of undershirts dropped by seventy-five per cent because Clark Gable was not wearing one. Whether this is true or not does not matter in the slightest because we are here to
 Borgnine's big breakBorgnine's big break by Asa Butcher
Long before BASEketball , Airwolf, The Wild Bunch and The Dirty Dozen, Ernest Borgnine made his big screen debut in From Here
 Yancey CravatYancey Cravat by Asa Butcher
When settling down to watch any movie from the late-20s or early 1930s, you must take into account social values and attitudes of the time, plus make allowances for technological inadequacies. However, when you watch a movie that won or was even n
 A hornet's nestA hornet's nest by Asa Butcher
Gentleman's agreement: n. Personal understanding or arrangement based on honour and not legally binding. Exactly sixty years, Holl
 My First 'Useless' WordsMy First 'Useless' Words by Asa Butcher
It was only a matter of time before I exchanged adult literature for bedtime stories and educational books, but it has opened a new dimension between father and daughter to such an extent that Daddy’s job is the reading. Every night, as part
 Satan in triplicateSatan in triplicate by Asa Butcher
Gregory Peck, William Holden and Sam Neill have respectively starred in each consecutive Omen chapter and the movie series is all the better for it. 317-minutes of Satan’s kid-raising fun is to be had thanks to the contributions from these H
 Carving it upCarving it up by Asa Butcher
In 1961 Kenneth Connor, Sid James and Shirley Eaton starred in Pat Jackson’s comedy What a Carve Up! The plot is about a rich uncle who dies, but to claim any inheritance the relatives must spend the n
 Catch a falling starCatch a falling star by Asa Butcher
Hello, my name is Asa, I’m 27-years-old and I am hopelessly addicted to The Princess Diaries. I watched the movie three times in the space of four days and I have lost count of how many times the DVD h
 30 years, where did it go!30 years, where did it go! by Clint Wayne
Thirty years to the youth of today probably seems like an eternity, but, to an old 1970's rocker like me, it is a mere flicker through the window of time, so it was with great fondness that I recalled the release
 Hitchcock's Ealing ComedyHitchcock's Ealing Comedy by Asa Butcher
During Britain’s post-war period, Ealing Studios became famous for a series of celebrated comedies that were satirical and reflected the quirkiness of British character and society. Some of the most famous titl
 The Lovers of Molly LaneThe Lovers of Molly Lane by Asa Butcher
When a friend recommended Amsterdam as an excellent book to read I immediately ordered it from the local library and began reading it on the day it arrived in my hands. The title led me to believe the book w
 What a bastard!What a bastard! by Asa Butcher
Never in my literary life have I encountered such an offensive main character as Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, a Scottish police officer who embodies every negative aspect of a human being. He is a corrupt, sex
 Dear FranklinDear Franklin by Asa Butcher
"It's nearly midnight. Are you coming to bed soon?" asked my wife, I looked up from the book and showed her that there were only a few pages left…fifty to be exact, "I want to finish this
 Staring into the magician's eyesStaring into the magician's eyes by Asa Butcher
"I finally finished Sophie's Choice, err I mean, Sophie's World!" I exclaimed to Thanos, after four weeks of steady progress through its 480-pages. Thanos smiled and asked, "So, did it ma
 He's definitely BondHe's definitely Bond by Asa Butcher
Exactly one year after the release of Layer Cake, Daniel Craig was announced as the successor to Pierce Brosnan in the role of James Bond resulting in countless Bond aficionados throwing up their arms and pr
 Under a Zeppelin's shadowUnder a Zeppelin's shadow by Thanos Kalamidas
Very few groups are still going strong twenty-six years after their last release, while a huge Zeppelin shadow is cast all over the rock scene, even today. Led Zeppelin were formed in 1968 from the former Yardbird Ji
 An Eliot masterpieceAn Eliot masterpiece by Thanos Kalamidas
“All my life they have been coming, these feet. All my lifeI have waited. Death will come only when I am worthy,And if I am worthy, there is no danger.I have therefore only to make perfect my will.”
 Sting in the taleSting in the tale by Asa Butcher
'As a piece of writing, The Wasp Factory soars to the level of mediocrity. Maybe the crassly explicit language, the obscenity of the plot, were thought to strike an agreeably avant-garde note
 Forever AutumnForever Autumn by Clint Wayne
Ageless rock band The Moody Blues took to the stage last night (October 11th) at a packed and vibrant Royal Albert Hall in London as part of their current World Tour.
 Where are you, Jason?Where are you, Jason? by Asa Butcher
Jason Voorhees' hockey mask has become just as much of an iconic image of horror as the fangs of Dracula and the bolt of Frankenstein's monster. He is one of the greatest horror figures of the 1980s, alongsid
 I like to wear women's clothesI like to wear women's clothes by Jane Eagle
«This story's gonna grab people. It's about this guy, he's crazy about this girl, but he likes to wear dresses. Should he tell her? Should he not tell her? He's torn, Georgie. This is drama. »
 Marlow & KurtzMarlow & Kurtz by Asa Butcher
I have been writing iKritics for nearly two years and no other book has given me more trouble than Heart of Darkness. The biggest problem was the opening paragraph: should
 Indigènes  - Μια Ιστορία που απασχολεί όλη την ΕυρώπηIndigènes - Μια Ιστορία που απασχολεί όλη την Ευρώπη by Phivos
Δεύτερος Παγκόσμιος. Κατοχή. Η Γαλλία κάτω απ'τ
 Pieces of eight!Pieces of eight! by Asa Butcher
September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day and, in honour of the aforementioned day, here is a past Ovi review of the epitomy of pirate novels: "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-- Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink
 A Night to RememberA Night to Remember by Asa Butcher
Hartwall Areena was rocked by Bryan Adams last night as he continued his 2006 World Tour with a two-hour set packed with over twenty songs from his 25-year back catalogue. Despite the arena being a couple of thousand
 Sexiest First LadySexiest First Lady by Asa Butcher
A free ticket and an intriguing trailer resulted in The Sentinel becoming the fourth film I chose to watch at the cinema this year. It was not a disappointing decision, especially considering how high my hop
 No flamingosNo flamingos by Asa Butcher
There was no room for flamingos, Don Johnson or even opening credits in Michael Mann's Miami Vice, the latest television series to inspire a film adaptation. For once, I did not care about Hollywood'
 Thanks, AlbertThanks, Albert by Asa Butcher
When I told Thanos my plan was to write an iKritic for Please, Mr Einstein (Einstein S'il Vous Plait) he arched his eyebrows, smiled and wished me luck. I understood exactly what he meant becaus
 Mummy for nothingMummy for nothing by Asa Butcher
“Death, eternal punishment, for anyone who opens this casket,” declares the curse. One minute later the Oxford educated brain is acting like a child on Christmas morning and has ripped it open. Cue: death, eternal punishment and anothe
 The Chicago wayThe Chicago way by Asa Butcher
“He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send on of his to the morgue! That’s the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone!” Sean Connery delivers one of the best lines of the film that also sums up the gritty 1930
 It's not Moby Dick!It's not Moby Dick! by Asa Butcher
“What would be the scientific purpose of killing it?” enquires a scientist about the mysterious Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s best friend during the making of their latest documentary. “Revenge,” states our antihe
 Marvel-ousMarvel-ous by Asa Butcher
Marvel Comics have one hell of a back catalogue for superheroes and today’s moviemaking technology has finally allowed for some decent screen outings for many of them. In the past five years, the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Dared
 Silver screen HitchSilver screen Hitch by Asa Butcher
One of the drawbacks of living in the 21st century is that you don’t get to see movie classics regularly on the big screen. Multiplex cinemas are happier showing the latest blockbuster than the films that are the foundations of Hollywood, bu
 Don't spurn VerneDon't spurn Verne by Asa Butcher
My own journey into the world of literature continues with this literary classic from the famous French author and pioneer of the science fiction genre, Jules Gabriel Verne. His novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Voyage au centre de la Terr
 Blue hair and pyramidsBlue hair and pyramids by Asa Butcher
“Enki Bilal! We must go and see his film!” gasped an excited Thanos a few weeks ago. I nodded in that uncommitted way that usually accompanies an outburst of his Greek enthusiasm and then stupidly asked, “Why?” Rapidly, I d
 Everybody loves GeneEverybody loves Gene by Asa Butcher
I had never heard of Welcome to Mooseport, but, as a fan of Ray Romano in the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond and the voice of Manfred in Ice Age, I felt obliged to watch him in this feature film along side the great Gene Hackman. The DVD cover
 Vigilante BronsonVigilante Bronson by Asa Butcher
“Is that a young Jeff Goldblum?” I exclaimed to my wife, while settling into the opening fifteen minutes of Death Wish. It appeared my observation was right, as a youthful Jeff played Freak #1 in his feature film debut and shocked me w
 Eco my thoughtsEco my thoughts by Asa Butcher
Nothing would have ever made me read this book if Thanos had not presented it to me with a knowing smile and a slight nod of his head. The title alone was startling and the quotes on the back cover troubled me even more, ‘a Shakespearean alt
 Wilde-ly gayWilde-ly gay by Asa Butcher
“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all,” writes Oscar Wilde in the preface of the book that is accredited to his downfall, when it was used as evidence against him a
 Solitary freedomSolitary freedom by Asa Butcher
Where to begin? The cover was dull and uninspiring, the title carried an air of depression and overall I was not tempted to begin a journey of 100 years. It was then that the little cliché pirate, which writers should keep securely gagged and
 The second strawThe second straw by Asa Butcher
Before Thanos encouraged me to start a long classic literature journey, I used to read a great deal of contemporary fiction, such as Iain Banks, Ben Elton and Michael Marshall Smith. However, every traveller deserves a break, so I pulled over and
 Ο Χριστός ξανασταυρώνεταιΟ Χριστός ξανασταυρώνεται by Asa Butcher
Πριν από λίγες ώρες τέλειωσα την ανάγνωση του π
 The Dark SideThe Dark Side by Asa Butcher
Innocently I happened to mention to Thanos that I had never listened to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or any other Floyd album for that matter. Once he had stopped hyperventilating, I promised to stick on the CD player and ‘give i
 African jewelAfrican jewel by Asa Butcher
Board games, we are all familiar with them. We all have our favourites. When I was growing up I loved Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs, Escape from Atlantis, Game of Life, Go for Broke, Heroquest, well you get the idea that I enjoy a good board game.
 Evil & deadEvil & dead by Asa Butcher
When I spotted The Evil Dead DVD in the store, it went straight into my basket. I had never seen it before and knew nothing about the plot, but its reputation had imprinted itself on my movie-loving soul. Never a fan of horror, especially the
 Permission deniedPermission denied by Asa Butcher
Throughout the history of music there have been albums that have changed the face of music and pushed the genre beyond its boundaries: The Beatles’ White Album, Nirvana’s In Utereo, Queen’s A Night At the Opera, The Eagles’
 Spicing up historySpicing up history by Asa Butcher
Pepper...is hot and scorches, just like the sunSalt...is used as needed to spice up one's lifeCinnamon...is bitter and sweet, just like a womanMy experience with Greek films begins with Zorba the Greek
 Brothers with armsBrothers with arms by Juliana Elo
Esta série é uma das mais belas produções já vistas em uma tela, e dizem ser a mais realista a tratar da Segunda Guerra Mundial. É uma pena que com seus 660 minutos, seja longa demais para ser exibida nos cinemas. Ban
 Barefoot DivaBarefoot Diva by John Pederson
Césaria Évora’s fame is as unique as her eloquent Cape Verdean ballads. She earned the title “barefoot diva” early in her career for frequently performing without shoes, a sign of solidarity with her impoverished homela
 Καρυκεύοντας την ιστορίαΚαρυκεύοντας την ιστορία by Asa Butcher
Σκηνοθεσία και σενάριο Τάσος Βουλμέτης
 RoboCrapRoboCrap by Asa Butcher
What was that? RoboCop arrested my attention and RoboCop 2 let me off with a caution, while RoboCop 3 was mere police brutality. It was the film equivalent of Rodney King and his encounter with some of LAPD's finest
 K.A.O.S. TheoryK.A.O.S. Theory by Thanos Kalamidas
Whatever people like to say, Roger Waters was the heart of Pink Floyd after Sid Barrett left. From the records Wish You Were Here, Dark Side of the Moon and the autobiographical The Wall, Roger Waters is the heart, th
 Queen of the radioQueen of the radio by Thanos Kalamidas
When we started talking about a 'Radio Waves' thematic issue of the Ovi magazine, I'm not sure why my mind immediately went to the song "Radio Ga Ga" by Queen. Perhaps the couple of lyrics I could remember, perhaps just the t
 Fangs for nothingFangs for nothing by Asa Butcher
Over the last few issues of Ovi, I have been reviewing some of Universal's monster classics and it has been a pleasant experience. I take into account the fact that these movies are over sixty years old and the audiences expected something dif
 Bourne againBourne again by Thanos Kalamidas
As a principal I never read books that involve heroes from another writer. Somehow I'd much rather read the original. Robert Ludlum has been one of my favorites for a long time and I have to admit that I still read his books when I want a brea
 The life of Philip PirripThe life of Philip Pirrip by Asa Butcher
145 years have passed since Mr Charles Dickens penned this novel and he can finally rest easy because I am going to give my long-awaited opinion of this literary classic that regularly appears in 'Greatest Novels of All Time' lists and GCS
 Ukraine and tractorsUkraine and tractors by Asa Butcher
Yes, the title is one of the strangest you are ever likely to see and the cover does little to help matters, but the debut novel of Marina Lewycka has slowly gained the popularity it deserves via word-of-mouth.The first comment I must
 Thank you, J.C.Thank you, J.C. by Edward Dutton
Lumina Polaris are part of one of the most peculiar sub-genres in music: Christian Heavy Metal. Many bands in such obscure sub-genres (whether 'Christian Pop' or 'New Age Folk') tend to be pretty mediocre within the broader genre a
 Allende introductionAllende introduction by Asa Butcher
My reading list of late had been particularly male-dominated, so Thanos suggested a book by Isabel Allende, a Chilean author and one of the most popular novelists in the world today, selling over 35 million copies and translated in 27 different la
 Controversial ClarksonControversial Clarkson by Asa Butcher
For those unacquainted with the man called Jeremy Clarkson, he is the presenter of the BBC car programme Top Gear and known for his controversial comments on all topics. He infamously microwaved a map of Wales on TV because Scotland would
 Get creativeGet creative by Thanos Kalamidas
Every time you are facing the name Adobe there are two programs coming to mind: Photoshop and Reader. Over the last three years Adobe followed the competition by selling the programs as a packet and selling them all together in a more economic for
 A screen orgyA screen orgy by Thanos Kalamidas
The first time I saw the film I was still a student and despite all the promotion at the time I really believed that I was going to see a historic film. Naïve? Perhaps but Roman history has always been an obsession for me and in the same peri
 Man in Black fansMan in Black fans by Lee Thorkhill
I am not a massive fan of Johnny Cash, in fact I am not very familiar with his music, but I went to see this biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix as the man in black. This is basically a love story between Mr Cash and June Carter with the backdrop of h
 Blessing in disguiseBlessing in disguise by Asa Butcher
Bane, n: something that causes misery or death.'Bane' was not a warning about the quality of the book, just the title of a cracking horror/suspense novel penned by Joe Donnelly. I had never heard of the author or read
 My idiot HolmesMy idiot Holmes by Asa Butcher
In issue eleven, I reviewed The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and explained how refreshing it was to finally read the original material, upon which so many parodies have been made. Therefore, in this issue I coul
 Kong-sized movieKong-sized movie by F. A. Hutchison
I just saw the latest version of King Kong, this time with the American actors speaking Chinese-this in a movie theater in Shanghai! Talk about a movie-'koing' experience… This in a small 'room' with a huge screen
 My Dear WatsonMy Dear Watson by Asa Butcher
Why should you read Sherlock Holmes? It's elementary my dear reader, for he is the foremost literary detective that walked the streets of Victorian London. He has been immortalised through films, television series, cartoons and comic strips, b
 Have a ganderHave a gander by Asa Butcher
I always remember my parent’s box of vinyl 45s in the lounge, especially one in particular even though I never listened to it. It was Joan Armatrading’s Flight of the Wild Geese and it was the theme song for
 Eloi &  MorlocksEloi & Morlocks by Asa Butcher
‘Upon that machine,’ said the Time Traveller, holding the lamp aloft, ‘I intend to explore time. Is that plain? I was never more serious in my life.’ None of us quite knew how to take it.
 A beautiful songA beautiful song by Thanos Kalamidas
I’m not sure why, but from the moment we started talking about an Ovi issue special about time I had a certain song in mind, ‘Child in Time’. It was written and first played by the rock group Deep Purple, but
 Comb your faceComb your face by Asa Butcher
“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.”
 A pinball wizardA pinball wizard by Thanos Kalamidas
While writing about Jesus Christ Superstar musical and film I used the phrase ‘rock opera’, so it is natural to remember the first person who composed anything to do with this type of m
 ROMantic comedyROMantic comedy by Thanos Kalamidas
In an issue about computers we needed a film, a book or something about computers and I don't know why I remembered that somewhere I have a film with a computer in love. I think what came to my mind first was the musical beat that was part of
 Buried treasureBuried treasure by Thanos Kalamidas
Have you seen all the Indiana Jones films and you liked them? Walt Disney is here to offer you an alternative Indiana Jones with a treasure hunter who is not after a mythical ring or a small statue lost for centuries, but a real treasure and the w
 Kinda scary-lookingKinda scary-looking by Asa Butcher
"Didn't you just love the picture? I did. But I just felt so sorry for the creature at the end," gushes Marilyn Monroe's character in The Seven Year Itch after watching the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I completely agree with
 McQueen of DiamondsMcQueen of Diamonds by Asa Butcher
'The Hustler with playing cards' would be the simplest way to describe this film, yet it would barely do it justice. Steve McQueen was the 'King of Cool' and there is no argument following his diamond performance in The Cincinn
 Kitten StevensKitten Stevens by Thanos Kalamidas
Does the name Yusuf Islam say anything to you? You might have read something about this name a few months ago when the FBI and American customs forbid him entry to the US because he had suspected links with
 Happy birthday?Happy birthday? by Thanos Kalamidas
Checking the theater sections in the newspapers around Europe, I was quite glad to see how many of the major European capitals have plays of Pinter on stage at this time of the year. Actually, I’m not sure if I should be
 Apocalypse thenApocalypse then by Thanos Kalamidas
Since the lingua franca of Christ’s period was Greek, the four evangelists and the other contributors to the Bible all wrote in Greek and since I am Greek and spent at least eight years of my
 J.C. the movie starJ.C. the movie star by Thanos Kalamidas
Musical is a kind of theater that has existed for a long time and I believe that if they had found the name in ancient times even Aristophanes’ comedies would be called musicals. Somehow musicals beca
 Bolted to the pageBolted to the page by Thanos Kalamidas
In 1816, the poet Percy Shelley and his wife Mary were enjoying a Swiss holiday with a group of friends, including Lord Byron, when the group decided to tell ghost stories to one another. Nothing particular
 Country KingCountry King by Thanos Kalamidas
Most of the people will remember Elvis Presley as the person who brought Rock & Roll into every house; they will remember him from his films and his unfair end. What most of the people forget is that El
 Delightful De NiroDelightful De Niro by Thanos Kalamidas
Robert De Niro is one of these actors you don’t know if you like him or not. I mean his acting style somehow seems the same all the time. It’s like the man has a library of faces and cliché
 Heart in itHeart in it by John Pederson
The idea of a farming makeover for the “Put Your Heart In It” show immediately drew me in. I loved the idea of combining a Green Acres plot with a make-over program and thought the spin-off Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was a clever a
 iMac it easieriMac it easier by Thanos Kalamidas
When you buy a program for your Mac or your PC computer, or even the computer itself, you always get the manuals as well. Now I know very few men who like ironing, I know even fewer who read a manual of any
 Delivering the goodsDelivering the goods by Asa Butcher
Last month Thanos was taken by surprise at my review of a board game. Well this month I felt a profession deserved an iKritic, so midwifery goes under the microscope. Over the course of a week staying in hospital with my wife, I met a number of di
 Daughter of the antichristDaughter of the antichrist by Thanos Kalamidas
I never really liked Ozzy and Black Sabbath, and the only reason I have a record of them is just to say that I have at least one record from every rock group. They lasted three decades until MTV made a real
 Time travelling mummyTime travelling mummy by Thanos Kalamidas
Watching a film made in 1932 in 2005 is like being in a time machine and that’s exactly how you should watch it. This film has nothing to do with Indiana Jones, MacGyver or the rest of the artificial
 The Opera GhostThe Opera Ghost by Asa Butcher
Forget Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lon Chaney or the dozens of other interpretations, let's go straight back to the original literary material published nearly a century ago. The Phantom of the Opera is synonymous with unrequited love, masked mon
 The Baltic, Bob and a boatThe Baltic, Bob and a boat by Asa Butcher
Many of you will know Griff Rhys-Jones as one half of the comedy duo Smith and Jones from their 1980's sketch show Alas Smith and Jones (or Lunta tupaan as the Finns called it), while those who ha
 Making calculus sexyMaking calculus sexy by John Pederson
The lead to this story pulled me in with a familiar energy that I grew both to love and hate in college. I could hear my obsessive, passionate, and a bit nerdy college roommate Dave through the story’s main character, Ron.
 Occupy your timeOccupy your time by Thanos Kalamidas
Living in Europe and being aware of European history, we know that WWII was one of the darkest periods. The occupied countries lived their worst periods and there are tens of hundreds of books talking about this period and the occupation or the re
 Lenin's sofaLenin's sofa by Thanos Kalamidas
I suppose there are few reasons to visit a specialized exhibition but there are two main reasons to excuse your visit. One is because you know what the exhibits are about or just curiosity. Last week in Tampere, Finland, I visited an exhibition fo
 Postmodernism deconstructedPostmodernism deconstructed by John Ray
I rarely read philosophy these days. I went into the basic philosophical questions in my student days and shortly thereafter had published my conclusions about the nature of mind, the nature of ethics, the nature of cause and
 You and the Little MermaidYou and the Little Mermaid by John Pederson
“You and the Little Mermaid can go fuck yourselves!” has become a running joke among my circle of friends. The more I listen, the funnier it gets. The only reason I can come up with this critique is that I
 Shocking gameShocking game by Asa Butcher
Electric shocks and fun do not usually go together, but that is progress for you. In the 1980s, the closest we came to electricity was in Operation, Scalextric and a Hornby train set, but the 21st century has made leaps and bounds to channel the s
 Katy did what?Katy did what? by Asa Butcher
Upon naming our daughter Katie, I began to notice book, movie and song titles that featured her name. However, it took the suggestion of my mum to discover a book called What Katy Did. Ok, the spelling is slightly different,
 Lord of the wrongsLord of the wrongs by Alex Cross
It was hard for me to review this movie without comparing almost every detail to the newer pictures directed by Peter Jackson but determined to at least keep an open mind and try to push the newer ones out of mind, I did watch it. And it was
 Luke, Mary and HitchLuke, Mary and Hitch by Asa Butcher
Cool Hand Luke and Mary Poppins in an Alfred Hitchcock film - what could be more intriguing? A spoonful of suspense helps the medicine go down, or at least it should have been a sweet experience, yet it left a sour taste in the mouth.
 Churchill the AmericanChurchill the American by Thanos Kalamidas
History is my passion. I love reading history books. I love reading biographies and autobiographies. One of my favourite autobiographies is Winston Churchill’s. The man was history himself, he was the
 Ludlum's historical fictionLudlum's historical fiction by Thanos Kalamidas
In the last issue of Ovi Magazine, I referred to Robert Ludlum, one of my favourite authors, and, after that, I decided to re-read his very first book, The Scarlatti Inheritance. In that a
 Promises conspiredPromises conspired by Thanos Kalamidas
The last issue was full of promises, at least that was the theme of the issue and since it was full of promises I decided to read a book with a…promising title: "Promises to Keep" by George Bernau. I've never read anything from
 Dude? Dude! Dude!Dude? Dude! Dude! by Asa Butcher
One Sunday, while suffering from dehydration caused by excessive alcohol intake the night before, I stumbled across a film on one of the Finnish TV channels. I decided to watch being in no mood to hunt down the elusive remote control; it became th
 Cool as f***Cool as f*** by Asa Butcher
What is the coolest book you have ever read? I mean a seriously stylish book that made you say, 'Wow! I wish that was me'? A book which threatens serious damage to your optic nerve because you can't read fast enough and causes sleep-de
 Da Vinci's copeDa Vinci's cope by Thanos Kalamidas
Most likely everybody has heard about the film "The Da Vinci Code" or at least heard about it from the news, an intellectual show or in the church, especially if you are a believer. Most of the time people who haven't read the book o
 Brothers with armsBrothers with arms by Juliana Elo
This series is one of the most beautiful productions I’ve ever seen on the screen, and it’s said to be the most realistic production about the Second World War. It’s a pity it was too long for the cinema. Band of Brothers
 Football without the clichésFootball without the clichés by Asa Butcher
Hugh McIlvanney is a craftsman. A painter of words, a sculptor of vocabulary and a metaphor magician. Page after page provided a concrete foundation for those goals, players and magical moments shown numerous times on the television, never meaning
 MTV FinlandMTV Finland by Thanos Kalamidas
Why did a small country like Finland stop transmitting MTV Scandinavia and start MTV Finland? This happened something like six months ago and even the Finnish prime minister was invited on one of the programs and he called
 Argentinean PeanutsArgentinean Peanuts by Thanos Kalamidas
You are missing a great time if you haven’t read any of Quino’s comic books and if you have never heard of Mafalda you are committing a crime. Mafalda is a little girl and has been a little girl for the last 40 years in a comic strip b
 Time travel twistTime travel twist by Asa Butcher
"You went down thirty years ago, pal. You just don't know it yet," declares an emotional Jim Caviezel midway through the film and I found myself swallowing the lump in my throat. Frequency is a different type of time travel film that
 
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