Silver Screen Sunday – Logan

2029 does not seem far away at all, yet the future we see in Logan is bleaker than we could have imagined from any of the previous X-Men films. Mutants are on the verge of extinction, and the surviving few are being ruthlessly hunted. As is always the case with the X-Men, there are villains attempting to weaponise mutant powers. Logan adds a fresh perspective to this … Continue reading Silver Screen Sunday – Logan

Jorge Luis Borges

(Photo: Alicia D’Amico) Sometimes I find that my reading becomes stagnant. Whether it is because I’m busy, because I’m reading a book that I’m not enjoying, or because I’m enjoying other media more, I find it’s not always possible to read at the rate I’d like to. Which is okay. Everything in moderation, even for a bookworm. However, I always find that short stories are … Continue reading Jorge Luis Borges

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

From what is arguably the world’s biggest film franchise, the standalone Star Wars blockbuster was an ambitious undertaking. The story is a true exploration of the numerous references to the notorious ‘plans’ made in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. “It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. … Continue reading Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Arrival

Arrival is a really strong sci-fi film that explores how we communicate with one another just as much as it explores how we would communicate with an alien species. Of course, linguistics and communication are the practical tools that the film uses to probe deeper questions about fatalism, scientific theory, and international (even intergalactic) relations. The basic premise is that alien ships land in 12 countries all over Earth, … Continue reading Arrival

Diana Wynne Jones

(Photo: Neil Gaiman’s blog) I sadly only discovered the work of Diana Wynne Jones after her death in 2011. Pictured above is Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite writers, with Diana Wynne Jones, one of his favourite writers. It’s really interesting when you start to read what your favourite writers have read and recommended. You’re able to pick out influences and styles that they’ve experimented with across … Continue reading Diana Wynne Jones

What We Do In The Shadows

Have you ever found yourself wondering what life would really be like for vampires today? No? Well, What We Do In The Shadows is here to show you anyway. A mockumentary about a group of vampires flatsharing in Wellington, NZ, What We Do In The Shadows highlights the problems that face immortal creatures crossing the threshold into the 21st century. Bouncers refuse to explicitly invite … Continue reading What We Do In The Shadows

Gabriel García Márquez

(Photo: Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara) I can’t read Spanish, to my shame. Shout-out to translators Gregory Rabassa and Edith Grossman for providing really poetic and (what I assume are) authentic translations of García Márquez’s work. Of course, the translators have no material to use without a writer, and that’s who I want to celebrate. García Márquez is a storyteller, one who meanders through his worlds of … Continue reading Gabriel García Márquez