The Wicker Man (1973)

Given that it’s the weekend that Hallowe’en falls on, it’s probably a good idea to explore a horror film. I’m not so sure that The Wicker Man falls neatly into that category, but it’s certainly chilling enough to warrant a mention. When police officer Neil Howie arrives on the fictional Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the case of a missing girl, it is quickly apparent … Continue reading The Wicker Man (1973)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

A triumph that inspired a whole franchise, Planet of the Apes showed us a vision of an unsettling world in which mankind has been subjugated by intelligent apes. Unable to talk or reason, men occupy a pathetic position in this new world, merely scraping by in their attempts to survive. Of course, everyone familiar with the story knows that this is no new world at all, but … Continue reading Planet of the Apes (1968)

Kazuo Ishiguro

(Photo: Mariusz Kubik) When thinking about this post, it was very tempting to begin by conflating Kazuo Ishiguro’s Japanese heritage with the themes that commonly occur in his writing. After all, it seems intuitive that someone born in Nagasaki would make it their duty to write about the experiences and consequences of war. However, Ishiguro himself has said the following in conversation: “People are not two-thirds one … Continue reading Kazuo Ishiguro

Kubo And The Two Strings

What I expected was probably a visually stunning animation turned out to be so much more than that. Kubo And The Two Strings is a wonderful film that, if you ask me, has no age category. Kubo is a young boy who possesses magical abilities that come to life when he plays his shamisen. He works as a storyteller in the village during the day, telling the story … Continue reading Kubo And The Two Strings

Lemony Snicket

(Photo: Michael Huang/Flickr) Lemony Snicket is the pen name of Daniel Handler, pictured above playing the accordion and singing his heart out. The dilemma I face in writing this post is who to write about – Lemony Snicket or Daniel Handler? Daniel Handler is the creative mind behind his stories, particularly A Series of Unfortunate Events, which I read hungrily as a child. Lemony Snicket is … Continue reading Lemony Snicket

Futurama – Sentimental

Welcome to the world of tomorrow! When Philip J. Fry falls into a cryogenic freezer on the cusp of the new millennium, he is frozen for 1000 years, waking up at the turn of the new millennium – in the year 3000. Realising he has left everything behind, he immerses himself in his newfound futuristic environment, securing a delivery job and meeting his weird work … Continue reading Futurama – Sentimental