Overture (2011)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Dan Sachar’s short film is a poetic, elegiac gem that subscribes to the best tradition of the less-is-more maxim. A solitary man (Miko Ben Porat) inhabits a bleak forest that is eerily barren. He spends his time recording fauna and watering a resplendent young tree that sticks out like a…

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A Monster Calls (2011)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness‘s award-winning novel for young adults, is a harsh yet endearing tale about growing up and facing difficult moments in life. Conor’s mum is seriously ill and he takes it upon himself to take care of her. Life at school offers meagre solace as he is…

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Elsewhere…

During the past month I have been busy typing articles over at Hubpages. Below is what I’ve published so far. Silent Sirens: Theda Bara (Part 1) She was billed as the daughter of an Eastern Prince and a French actress, born in the Sahara desert, where she spent much of her childhood under the shadow…

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The Innkeepers (2011)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 😦 Ti West‘s latest film is another testament to one of the freshest, most unique visions in contemporary horror. ‘In-between stuff‘ Claire (Sara Paxton) and amateur ghost hunter Luke (Pat Healy) work in the reception area of The Yankee Pedlar Inn, a hotel that is going out of business. There are…

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A Tale of the Other Mother: Magna Mater (2011)

L-orizzont quddiemhom kien linja fina u definita qisha maqtugΔ§a fil-Δ§Δ‘ieΔ‘. It’s gratifying to think of the self as a unique entity that exists somewhere deep down inside one’s soul or mind (take your pick), and that in spite of all the strife, noise, compromises, disappointments, frustrations, missed opportunities and bad luck, this self remains there,…

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Attack the Block (2011)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 😦 Attack the Block is a sci-fi/horror/action film from the makers of Shaun of the Dead, and it packs enough punches to knock a hole in a concrete wall. Fifteen-year old Moses (John Boyega) is the leader of a wannabe street gang who pass their time smoking weed and mugging strangers.…

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Great Expectations (2011)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 😦 😦 The BBC’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s book is an uneven assortment of gripping drama and casting blunders. Pip’s (Douglas Booth) dismal existence takes a turn for the better when he receives a large sum of money from a mysterious benefactor. He leaves his brother-in-law’s forgeΒ and moves to London where he…

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