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Film was the most important new art form of the 20th century, possibly the most important since the invention of the book. Films can be mere entertainment to pass the time but they can also educate and inspire us. Many of the films that we have seen become an integral part of our lives.

Like books, films take us out of the greyness of our mundane everyday existence into a world of magical possibility. For example, I was aged in single figures when I watched the immensity of ancient Egypt and was inspired by "The Ten Commandments" and have never forgotten it.

Subsequent to films, radio, TV, and now new media such as podcasts have transformed how we learn about the wider world. This page lists my occasional reviews of all media formats, in alphabetical order of title.

"Abbasid History" — podcast series
This simply produced series shows how much interesting work is being done in Islamic intellectual history. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Islamic scholarship and history.
"Field of Dreams" — 1989 film
This film has a magical quality and I would describe it as almost perfect.
"My name is Khan" — 2010 film
This film made me laugh and cry. It is great entertainment with some powerful messages.
"Presidential" — podcast series
Each episode of about one hour covers one US president. It features historians who are an expert about the president concerned. The narrator Lillian Cunningham keeps the delivery very light, without detracting from the information. She always asks "What would it be like to go on a blind date with this president?"



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