Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Grey (2011)

The sad John Ottway works in Alaska in winter as a marksman at a refinery. When his plane crashes, he and a small group of fellow employees try to survive in the wild while being hunted by wolves. Jeez, what … Continue reading

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Robert Holdstock – Mythago Wood (1984)

Let me share with you a real discovery: Robert Holdstock’s Mythago Wood! This book came to my attention because simply everybody seems to like it; critics and readers alike. And so did I. The central premise of this book is … Continue reading

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Ursula K. LeGuin – The Earthsea Novels (1968-’90)

Consisting of: A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) The Tombs of Atuan (1971) The Farthest Shore (1972) The Earthsea novels are considered milestones in the fantasy genre and have never gotten out of print. It has been adapted as an amine … Continue reading

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Post-apocalypse: The Book of Eli (2010) and The Road (2009)

In The Book of Eli, Eli (Denzel Washington) is an action hero in a desert world, but how he got his fighting powers is never explained. The post-apocalyptic world seems to be there just to show the audience what a … Continue reading

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Ip Man (2008)

A review of the movie Ip Man (2008). Continue reading

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Clifford D. Simak – Way Station (1963)

What do you think about when you hear the term space opera? To those familiar with the science fiction genre it has a history of meaning and nowadays it is broadly used to designate a dramatic, large-scale epic involving aliens, … Continue reading

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The Fall (2006)

Stunt actor Roy is in the hospital without love, health nor belief in himself. He tells his story in the form of a fantasy to the little girl Alexandria, but she gets so dragged into his story that he no … Continue reading

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James Branch Cabell – Jurgen (1919)

If you are interested in fantasy, and besides the current novels you are interested in some older classics of the genre, and then after reading Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and Mervyn Peake you develop a further interest in the origins … Continue reading

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An appreciation of James Horner (1953 – 2015)

James Horner died in a plane crash a few days ago. He was one of the great film composers of our time and his impact on the history of cinema is very great indeed. The first time that I wanted … Continue reading

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The Fountain (2006)

Three stories set in the 13th century, present day and the far future all overlap and tell the same story with the same characters. Together, the storylines make an allegory about love, life and transcendence. A movie about love, life … Continue reading

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