‘The View on the Way Down’ by Rebecca Wait

November 5, 2013

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It’s not often you read a book that makes you reassess your opinion on the way a whole topic has been discussed in literature until now. Before reading ‘The View on the Way Down’ my main point of reference when it came to books-about-depression was Sylvia Plath. Her novel ‘The Bell Jar’ and – in […]

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‘Anna Karenina’ by Leo Tolstoy

July 31, 2013

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Dostoevsky called it “flawless as a work of art”, William Faulkner declared it “the best [novel] ever written” and it has been referenced everywhere in the succeeding literary canon from Chekov to Lemony Snicket. But how does Tolstoy’s epic tragedy stand up today? Thankfully, a book this magnificent will never really fall, but, by the […]

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Palme d’Or Winner: Cannes Has the Hots for ‘Adèle’

May 27, 2013

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Originally posted on Entertainment:
She shed tears throughout much of her three-hour movie. And when she arrived on stage with her co-star Léa Seydoux, the two actresses cried some more. Adèle Exarchopoulos, the 19-year-old heroine of Abdellatif Kechiche’s sexually graphic, potently naturalistic lesbian drama La Vie d’Adèle (known in English as Blue Is the Warmest Color), was named one of…

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Film: The Great Gatsby

May 26, 2013

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Film: The Great Gatsby. My review of Baz Luhrmann’s wildly kinetic but distinctly Fitzgerald-flavoured adaptation of the Great American Novel.

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Film: The Great Gatsby

May 18, 2013

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When it was first announced that Australian director Baz Luhrmann would be helming the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel, my reaction was one of intense optimism. At best, I thought, the result would stand alongside Luhrmann’s other literary adaptation, ‘Romeo + Juliet’  as an idiosyncratic but arguably definitive rendition of a […]

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Film: The Host

April 30, 2013

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After the critical slaughtering received by sci-fi romance ‘The Host’, the movie itself proved, in some ways, a pleasant surprise. That’s not to say ‘The Host’ is a great film – it is based on a book by ‘Twilight’ author Stephenie Meyer after all, and Meyer’s unique talent for taking interesting, fantastical premises and using […]

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Film: ‘Stoker’

March 7, 2013

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The plot of Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park’s English language debut is a thin one, and what there is of it seems to be a hybrid of Hitchcock’s ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ – which screenwriter Wentworth Miller cites as inspiration – and Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’, with a dash of ‘Hamlet’ thrown in for good Freudian measure. As the title implies, ‘Dracula’ […]

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