Film Review 1982-1983, edited by F. Maurice Speed

For an annual that covers significant films released in 1981, Chariots of Fire (1981) was not reviewed in this annual, but there is an easy explanation. The film was released before the coverage period of this annual (July 1, 1981 – June 30, 1982, in Great Britain). Chariots of Fire was reviewed in the previous annual.

Otherwise, the author, in his introduction, praised the film for its artistic qualities. He also signaled it out for the fact that it was British and a major contributor to the British film resurgence in the world at the time. He saw more positive signs in British film production and gave a survey of places in the world – apart from America – where production was taking off.

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Too small

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (The Official Comics Version). Piccolo Books/Marvel. 1983. Reviewed by Peter Veugelaers.

In full color the front cover boasts. The consolation of this comic book is exactly that; in full color. On the other side, the writing is too small. It is not the content of the writing that is to fault, by Archie Goodwin. I could not see the passages in italic and bold font as well as the regular font. As well, many lines are formatted close together, not making for easy reading. Small consolation is found in the color layout and a few bright images of characters’ faces. This is a paperback comic which fits everything into 150 pages so go figure. Need a bigger book where the pictures may look sharper as well. A reject from me. 1 out of 4 stars.

When Jesus Returns

Author of When Jesus Returns (1995), David Pawson, tells us that the subject of the Second Coming of Christ has been ‘in vogue’ in Bible-believing churches since the early 1800s. There has been a return to the centrality of the return, like it was central in the early church. Numerous authors and teachers have explained and still are explaining the millennial reign of Christ, where Jesus comes back to rule.

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Down by the river

The Wind in the Willows. By Kenneth Grahame. Year: 1908. Genre: Classic Children’s. Synopsis: Follows the adventures of ‘clever’ Mr. Toad of Toad Hall, and close friends Ratty, Mole, and Badger down by the river bank (based on London’s River Thames), and the animals and humans met along the way, such as the ‘Wayfarer’, the train driver, and the washerwoman. Wonderful book, delightfully told, a masterpiece of children’s literature.

Running in parallel

In “The Wind in the Willows”, a children’s book that’s considered a classic and that I am presently reading. There’s the main action and we find out later what was going on in parallel to that action in a conversational scene. The author chose to tell what happened in parallel in just one scene. I found this worked perfectly. The question I have, is why would an author choose one lot of action first and tell the reader what happened in parallel later on, in just one scene? I think the author must know how this choice would effect the flow of the story. It may flow better that way. By telling two stories at once in parallel may lesson the effectiveness of the story as a whole. You may lose the gist of the story. Parallel plot lines — where two stories are told in parallel at virtually the same time — are the exception and one uses it only for the purposes of telling the story more effectively.


There’s a surprising, kind of frightening word in “Wayfarer” which for me conjures up a supernaturally dark mystery, but my fears are unfounded, as it actually means someone who travels on foot. There’s a whole chapter devoted to Wayfarer in the “Wind in the Willows” which is what I have been reading today. Almost finished.

Some reading

Got 100 pages to go before I finish “Wind in the Willows”. I guess you thought I was going to say before I finish my manuscript! Not that desperate. “Wind in the Willows” is good for now. Besides, writing manuscripts requires careful precision, not the desperate strokes of a writer needing to be published. Been there, done that. It didn’t look pretty–not that it had to. The Book that is. I have a time and a place for reading “Wind in the Willows”, but I don’t really want to say, because it’s below me and not to be retold in public. The other stuff I’m reading is the “progressive wisdom” of the left wing spouting off how rotten were those action films from the 1980’s. It was at least interesting and certainly one person’s point of view only. Although I can’t say I watched many action films from the 1980’s. Too busy on other films of which this book reviews aplenty.


What fiction I am reading. “The Wind in the Willows”, by Kenneth Grahame, first published 1908. Reading this is like taking a leisurely stroll. Wind in the Willows is measured by simplicity and brightness, as it follows the beautiful exchanges, pleasantries and adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad of Toad Hall, and Badger, who mirror the sorts of things we do in life but are animals (with human-like characteristics). Their adventures in the wilds is shadowed by the real people above while the seasons pass lyrically for animal and human. There is one word for it and I try not to use this word lightly: it’s utterly delightful. I am currently up to page 80 and it’s not dulling.

Good read?

What non-fiction I’m reading. “The Film Yearbook Volume 5” edited by Al Clark, first published in Great Britain 1986. Edgy, stylish, witty film reviews, a critical mouthpiece, if perhaps a little unfriendly in tone, from the movies that were released around 1985. A good read, overall.