Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Taking Liberties now out on DVD

Taking Liberties

Breaking blog silence for a worthy cause. Taking Liberties is out on DVD. Here is my original review of the movie.
You really should see this film if you haven't already.
It's very important.
And it is excellent - damn entertaining. Everyone I know who has seen it came out the cinema completely fired up. Even my usually-politically-apathetic sister was steaming.

Film website here. Buy DVD here or here on amazon

**** "Exhilarating... A vitamin boost of scepticism... cheerful,polemical and tactless." Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Excellent... you shouldn't vote at the next general election until you've seen this film" Phillip French, Observer

****"Pure Dynamite... An eloquent mugging" The Times
"Bold, fearless and blackly funny, this vital film should be compulsory viewing" Dazed and Confused
**** "One of the most important films of the year... Watch it and get angry!" Daily Mirror
Film of the Week - Mark Kermode BBC Radio 5
**** "An excellent piece of populist film making" The Scotsman
**** Time Out
**** Sunday Times
**** Sunday Telegraph
**** BBC Films
**** Daily Express

P.S :Whilst you are shopping on amazon, you might also want to grab a copy of Zoe's fab book ' My Boyfriend is a Twat'. Review coming soon.

P.P.S. An update from me. Whilst I'm here. On the blog silence - I've had a few concerned emails - I will be back writing more regularly soon.

It's just over 3 months since Mum had a catastrophic stroke out of the blue. Seven weeks tomorrow since she died. We're interring her ashes this weekend. I haven't really felt up to writing about how I feel, my interest in writing about current affairs has waned whilst the grief bites this hard, and blocks out the sunlight, and so I decided to give myself a break and cut back on as many commitments as possible, including this blog, and to try to look after myself and my family. There are not words for everything, sometimes writing doesn't help, and right now, more than anything, I need to be silent and make space for the sadness that comes in waves, and the feelings that come after. This is private, not public time.

I'm okay. Everyone goes through this at some stage in their lives. This is my way of dealing with it, and one thing I have learned in my life is that this too will pass. Given space, given grace, given time.



Blogger Peach said...

hang in there....

October 16, 2007 2:19 pm  
Blogger Clare said...

Good to hear from you Rachel and thanks for the brief update to let us know you are okay.

October 16, 2007 4:52 pm  
Blogger Henry North London 2.0 said...

It will pass... Take care Rachel

October 16, 2007 7:59 pm  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

It never passes, Rachel, just the edges wear down a bit and life gets a little easier to swallow until you see someone who looks just like her and a brand new knife pricks your heart. I think about my mother every day and she's been dead 36 years.

October 16, 2007 10:10 pm  
Blogger Jo said...

Thinking of you Rachel. You take care of yourself, take that space and take all the time you need honey. Quiet will help. And yes it will pass, and the sun will rise again. And when you start to write again, I'll be back here reading it. x

October 17, 2007 1:03 am  
Blogger MarkF said...

Hey Rachel, glad to know you are still around.

As Peach says hang in there - things move on and change and in time this will lift.

Keep smiling.

October 17, 2007 7:30 am  
Blogger DAVE BONES said...

ditto, take care..:-)

October 17, 2007 9:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're into the political sense of it all you won't want to miss this film which will quite shortly be released on DVD. The film making it's way about the US now:

“No End In Sight”

However, you may be served well by these two films which I also recommend quite highly:

Vajra Sky Over Tibet

In the ancient days of the Chinese empire, hermit monks would at times leave their mountain hideaways and lead the country. And then return to them when their duty was done. This is a quite pleasant look at today's mountainside Buddhist masters:

Amongst White Clouds

October 17, 2007 11:44 pm  
Blogger Gavin said...

Hope you're doing OK, Rachel. I've read your posts on this film before, and I have been a bit sceptical I suppose, due to our political differences. But now it's out on DVD I shall head over to Blockbuster and rent it, after all, what's a few quid? I mean, I already regarded Blair's government as a Stalinist, vile enemy, I knew that it would be so, even before May 1997. Labour is Labour, they can call it "New Labour", or "Old Labour", or "whatever-they-like"-Labour, but at the end of the day it is Labour, and Labour at heart are communist~socialists, always have been, always will be. So no great shock-horror surprises for me, there. Still, I'll watch this on DVD.

October 22, 2007 10:02 pm  
Blogger Catlover said...

Hello Rachel, thank you so much for the update, it's good to hear from you. Take care and thoughts are with you.

October 25, 2007 12:37 pm  
Blogger Tina Boyer said...

Hang in there, kiddo. Amy

October 27, 2007 8:42 pm  
Blogger AmPowerBlog said...

I'll keep an eye out for the film.

Take care of yourself - it's terribly hard losing loved ones. My Dad passed in 2004.

October 28, 2007 11:13 pm  
Blogger Dr. Deb said...

Stopping by just to let you know that I am thinking about you.

October 31, 2007 1:40 pm  

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