The Life and Death of the Book Store

I don’t mean to wax lyrical and mewl like an old lady on her stoep with a blanket on her knees and a cat on her lap, but I remember drive-ins. The slap chips, the giant radios that threatened to crack the window, my parents smoking freely while we ran down to the playground just…

Film review of The Immortals (and all its tropes)

Now that I’ve had some time to reflect upon this movie, and align my thoughts through writing about it, I have to admit that the charm has worn off. Basically, the film is a mostly garbled account of Theseus finding the Epurian Bow, becoming a believer of the gods and eventually one of them after…

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Spoilers ahoy! Directed by the inimitable  Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), Scott Pilgrim was both an incredible and yet distantly disappointing film. While packed with multitudinous references to a variety of shows and facts and visually interesting to look at, the entirety of the film was let down by its two main…

The King’s Speech, Black Swan and The Oscars

Warning: long blog post requires coffee! It has been a good year for movies, and for once the Oscars wasn’t dominated by shocking explosion-centric timewasters. To add to my collection of great books and movies enjoyed this year, The King’s Speech was a sublime movie, one that traded on dialogue, cinematography and solid performances rather…

Iron Man 2 and MayNoWriMo

Firstly, I would like to officially invite Robert Downey Jnr to my place, any time, for baklava and dolmades. He has turned the comic character Iron Man into a bankable, intelligent, spectacular franchise, a far cry from the comic books on which the character was retrieved. Paper-based Tony Stark was a brilliant alcholic, but he…

Triple Whammy Movie Review

One of the reasons why I am glad to be back in Joburg is that I do not have to wait a month until after a movie comes out to see it. So, in deference to the new purpose of the blog (ie not an angry feminist bitch blog, as it previously has been seen),…

Movies

As I write this, I am listening to the trailer for Clash of the Titans. I know that it might have shocking dialogue and general shamelessness, but it will undoubtedly have the scale and action I so loved in 300, a movie both remarkably accurate and engaging. I love movies, I always have. And while…