Sorting through Dad’s hoard #7: The Midwich Cuckoos

  Dad spoiled the ending of this book long before I ever got around to reading it. And I’m going to spoil it for you too, HA!!! One day when we were intruding into his study, he got onto the subject of the film version (the 1960 version, The Village of the Damned – because apparently…

The Dracula Tape

So, in preparation for the upcoming NBC version of Dracula… …yeeesh… …I was planning to do some sort of post on how I first came to read Bram Stoker’s most famous novel, and how I think this latest adaptation will…compare to the original. But then my attention was caught and held by The Dracula Tape,…

So. A devil in plain sight…

…or rather on a bookshelf. As I was walking through the history section of a bookshop today, my eyes espied a certain red spine, with a title and author upon said spine that I recognised. Lo and behold, it was a vintage edition of Aldous Huxley’s non-fiction novel, The Devils of Loudun. The book chronicles the…

So. About Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’…

…I really do love this film. Nope. No statement of something about it that bugs me this time. It is a great film, adapted as it is from a book where just about the only people left alive at the end are one lucky son of a gun poet, the knight who caused a good…

So. About Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’…

…I didn’t think the Beast was ugly when he turned back into a human. I will freely admit that it was a bit startling when he turned around all at once like that and stared at you. Not Belle. You, the person on the other side of the screen. His eyes stared into your soul. He was…

So. About Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’…

…looking back on it now, I’ve realised that I didn’t really like Ariel all that much. Oh, I liked pretending to be her when I was playing. I liked colouring her in and drawing her. I liked singing along with her. I liked dressing up as her – my sister and I once went to…

So. Snow White and the Huntsman. And some dwarves.

You know, this one was probably just as stupid as Prometheus. I think the reason why I DIDN’T love it is A: It didn’t have all that many clever moments to atone for the stupidity, and B: I went in frankly not expecting much, and not much is what I got. At least I wasn’t…

So. At least a bit of what I thought about Stoker…

Stoker begins as a dark haired girl gets out from a car, crosses a road awash with heat haze, and intensely observes something on the other side. How and why India Stoker ends up there proves to be a dark, sumptuous and rather strange viewing experience, leaving you wondering how exactly you should feel about…

So. I am extremely excited for Stoker…

(Edit: I have now seen the film, and as for how right I was… …well, I won’t spoil it for you.) …and naturally, while I wait until Friday (or more likely Saturday) to go and see it, I shall attempt to figure out what will happen in the film, judging by the trailer and what…

So. Where does ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ go from here?

I can’t have been the only one who laughed when, at the end of ‘An Unexpected Journey’, the company act like they’re only a few miles away from the Lonely Mountain and when the shot cuts to it it’s so far away you can barely see it. Also, during the ‘Misty Mountains’ song over the…