Archive for the ‘Books, Movies and Reviews thereof’ Category

Adaptation

09Mar09

Brilliant article by Salman Rushide on what makes a good literary adaptation.  What are the things we think of as essential in our lives? The answers could be: our children, a daily walk in the park, a good stiff drink, the reading of books, a job, a vacation, a baseball team, a cigarette, or love. And yet […]


I stand by what I said – Watchmen is an unnecessary adaptation of the graphic novel. As a piece of visual pulp art, the film succeeds. But as an adaptation of Alan Moore‘s ideas, Watchmen is a failure albeit an interesting one. The opening credit sequence is a brilliant slow motion montage set to Bob […]


Wonderful little video/track by Oren Lavie.  Tip of the hat to The Mute Oracle.


Gran Torino

01Feb09

Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies;  Where but to think is to be full of sorrow. I remember reading Philip Roth’s Everyman a couple of years ago and then Garcia Marquez’s Memories of My Melancholy Whores more recently; both of which tell rather morbidly, the stories of old men who after living lives […]


The concept of destiny irks me; that way, I buy into Dostoevsky’s morbid world view. But Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Millions) has intricately woven magic realism into a modern day fable about survival and love; a film set at the center of India’s commercial hub. Reaction to this film has been intriguing. Critics seem […]


I have a newfound respect for this very underrated Pink Floyd album thanks to a moment of epiphany whilst listening to High Hopes. Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground To a life consumed by slow decay … Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again Dragged by the force of […]


I occasionally have fantasies of Julie Delpy involving sticky summer afternoons, Sartre’s writings, 400 Blows, apple juice and berets. Don’t ask. Face it, the woman is brilliant and beautiful; brilliant enough to be associated with the likes of Kieslowski and Linklater and beautiful enough to make any man weak in the knees. So there – […]