Aquaman

So this was not a very good film. I mean, I don’t think I was expecting too much, it is a DC universe flick and apart from Wonder Woman I haven’t had much joy from them. But I had heard semi-good things about this. You know, that it was fun and maybe mindless, but of […]

First man [based on book]

It’s strange, having been born post the moon landings, the fact that a person has walked on the moon has always been true for me. So in some weird sense it is just normal that a human being strapped themselves into a rocket, exploded into space and actually walked on the moon. Not only that, […]

An oil strike is visible in the distance, the soil is red and barren.

Killers of the Flower Moon

If you want to read a book that’ll really show how horrific people can be to one another then this is it. It tells the story of the murders of Mollie Burkhart’s family. They were all members of the Osage tribe; in the 1920s they were among the richest people in the world. And yet […]

Illustration of three heads Jane Eyre, a Fox, and a little girl

Jane, the fox, and me

Translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Oh, this is a beautiful book. The art work is just lovely, I love the style of it. Simple, often black and white, but with some full colour spreads. It is really wonderful. And the art matches the story. Hélène used to have friends, but then something happened, […]

Hereditary

The best way to see this film is to know nothing in advance. So if you haven’t seen it stop reading now. Although, in fairness I think that that is good advice for any film, the less you know before seeing it the better. You can always rewatch at a later stage if you think […]

A T-Rex roars in front of a volcano

Jurassic World: Fallen kingdom

Remember how awesome Jurassic Park was? Remember the reality of the dinosaurs, of the wonder that the audience shared with the characters? Remember the horror and panic as things went wrong? Well, Fallen kingdom has none of that. Honestly, I don’t know how film makers have managed to make dinosaurs so pedestrian and boring. The […]

A photo of a woman in a blue dress seated in a prison cell

Alias Grace

Based on the true story of Grace Marks, an infamous murderer in Canada in the 1840’s, Atwood’s book uses different narrators to tell the story, as well as interspersing the story with extracts from other works. From poems, fiction, newspapers of the time, and other sources. Although this is based on the real story, Atwood has, of course, fictionalised a great deal of the novel.

The two narrators are Grace herself, who tells her story in the first person, past tense, and Simon Jordan, the doctor investigating her claims of insanity or innocence. His parts are told by a third person narrator, and are in the present tense.

The valley of fear

Sherlock Holmes ; 4 or 7, depending on how you are counting. This is the fourth and final of the novels by Doyle. In it Holmes and Watson head to Birlstone Manor to investigate a murder, having been first warned that Moriarty may be involved. There is much deducing and eventually Holmes has the case […]