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“Anna Karenina”, or “Joe Wright’s Obsession with Kiera Knightley Part III” by Caitlin McGrane

March 15, 2013


I’ll start this week with a quote: the Telegraph’s Tim Robey succinctly describes director Joe Wright’s styling of Anna Karenina as an “unashamed love of the proscenium. But did it need to be so arch?”  Am I the only one who is salivating over that? Okay, as you were… It’s shameful how little Tolstoy I’ve […]

Is “Pitch Perfect” better at being “Glee” than “Glee”? by Matilda Dixon-Smith

December 14, 2012


The short answer is “yes”. The long answer is that, while Pitch Perfect beats Glee handsomely at everything from the musical performances to the examination of friendship and self-acceptance, the film owes a great debt to the gargantuan TV karaoke franchise. A fact they acknowledge gratefully (while poking a bit of fun) throughout the film. […]

The Enchanting Allure of “The Lovely Bones” by Joseph Misuraca

March 6, 2012


I put down Alice Sebold’s 2002 debut novel, The Lovely Bones and was left wondering why this was such a magical read. I had viewed Peter Jackson’s 2009 movie adaptation and thought the critics’ comments were harsh. This is an underrated film and it is simply marvellous. I have been pondering the age-old question: what […]

“Never Let Me Go” is a Poetic Film Full of Pathos by Joseph Misuraca

January 21, 2012


Never Let Me Go was one of the best films to be released in 2011. I highly recommend everyone to rent or purchase this gem. Mark Romanek’s directing is superb and the cinematography by Adam Kimmel is stunning. Alex Garland’s script, adapted from the eponymous novel by Japanese-English writer, Kazuo Ishiguro, is beautiful and memorable. Carey […]

“Matilda the Musical”: Breeding mini-Minchins by Matilda Dixon-Smith

December 9, 2011


My overpowering vanity and theatre nerdiness made it impossible to pass up the opportunity to see a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Readers, readers, my name is thetitle of this show. I was expecting a lot from this experience. The usher had the good sense to realise how important it was for me: “Ah, seat […]

“Breaking Dawn” is the most frightening film I’ve seen this year by Avril Good

November 28, 2011


I have a confession to make. I have read the Twilight series. That’s not the confession; I’ve heard enough people scathingly ridiculing the books in hip coffee shops on Brunswick Street to know that it’s okay to have read the first chapter or so. No, my confession is that I read the Twilight series, and […]

“Jane Eyre” by Caitlin McGrane

October 7, 2011


Last weekend, I decided to get my spinster on and go to the movies by myself. There’s nothing quite like sitting in a dark room full of strangers watching a film, knowing you can lose yourself in it (and a bag of malteasers) without being interrupted by a companion (N.B.: for my opinions on Cinema […]