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I saw a great French coming-of-age movie called MaRock over the weekend. It’s the story of a teenage Moroccan Arab girl who falls deeply in love with a Jewish boy and although it was billed as a Romeo and Juliet story it really isn’t.
It has plenty to recommend it as a version of the classic star-crossed lovers: Jews versus Arabs, street car racing through Casablanca instead of public duelling, a radicalised Muslim brother who would make a very good Tybalt, nightclubs, a guy whose homosexuality is an open secret who makes a perfect Friar Lawrence and post-sundown family feasting […]
Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics (2010)
Language: The finest English
A great novel or the Greatest Novel?
So far this year, I’ve read the book again, listened to an audio dramatisation and watched a couple of versions on video. This book hits all my buttons. It’s got a murder, hints of the supernatural, the relentless march of scientific logic and is possibly the best Scooby Doo mystery ever.
Here is a quick list of the aspects of it which tickle my fancy. Below […]
Why is Tora Tora Tora such a good film and Pearl Harbour a steaming pile of turd? Surely Michael Bay is merely a symptom and not a cause.
I recently watched both movies again … well, watched one and raged at the other for 40 minutes before turning it off. It’s not so much the two film’s difference in treatment of the same event (and, in fact, many of the same characters and incidents) as the difference in tone and approach to story telling which intrigues me.
A friend of mine lays the blame for the difference between the two […]
I’ve been watching. And with watching come thinking. Which leads inexorably to blogging.
Paranormal Activity: This is a standout. Shot for US$15,000 and somehow managing to get a cinema release, this film is scary as hell, despite suffering from too much Blair Witch handycam camera work, precisely because of the low budget. Apparently, the filmmakers decided that because they had such a small budget they had to suggest the horror rather than spend their cash on special effects and such to show the horror. The film has nothing new to say but it is very, very creepy. I expect […]
Lately, I’ve become entangled in a number of debates with others about the quality of various films and novels. Only now have I realised that I approach these media in a manner which seems completely at odds with the way other approach them. Therefore, it’s time I explained myself.
I have a couple of fixed ideas on what makes a movie, novel or short story good. These have developed out of a cloud of different inputs such as:
- four years of studying film and literature at university,
- a strong interest in learning other languaes and reading foreign literature,
- a strong
Given the glowing reviews and praise this film have been receiving, anyone who does not follow suit appears as a curmudgeon. So, I feel the need to explain a couple of things before I launch into my review.
First, I liked the film. I liked it very much and expect to see great things from this director. Second, it has only gathered such marvellous reviews because all the other current offerings, especially any other recent sci-fi, are sooooo bad. The vast fields of crap to which we (particularly sci-fi) fans have become accustomed to putting up with means that anything […]
Last night, I saw a great movie on Fox. And by great I mean Uwe Boll great rather than ‘contains actual greatness or even a redeeming feature’ great.
Doomsday (2008) is another laugh-a-minute horror movie from writer/director Neil Marshall, who’s responsible for such masterpieces as Dog Soldiers and The Descent. This time the incomparable Marshall takes on the post-apocalypse sub-genre with typical style to create a melange of every 1980s post-apocalypse and viral terror film that decade produced. Unless you count the way these allusions are skilfully blended into 113 minutes of implausible and often gratuitous violence, it’s really […]
Not only have I heard the call, I’ve seen it as well. I’m not talking about the soon-to-be-released and almost certainly straight-to-video movie Cthulhu but the wonderful, magical adaptation of the original story by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society called, unsurprisingly, The Call of Cthulhu.
The guys who made this understand not only the structure and aesthetics of silent movies but understand silent horror movies! A very rare treat indeed! This movie looks exactly like a film one would see at the cinema in the 1930s and from the style I’d even set the fictional production date at about 1931-1934 […]