Monthly Archives: January 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Review

9.5/10 Director Martin McDonagh is better known from his black comedies In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, which combined comedy and violence in very effective ways. Three Billboards also has comedy but overall it is a much more serious film than … Continue reading

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M.R. Carey – The Girl With All the Gifts (2014) Review

7/10 I reviewed the film first; now here comes the book. Young Melanie (the girl from the title) narrates her story to us, and she tells it pretty much the way you’d tell a children’s story: neat and clear, with … Continue reading

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Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell – The Disaster Artist (2013) Review

The book about the creation of the movie The Room and about its writer and director, Tommy Wiseau. The Disaster Artist, the book, is an amazing addition to the film The Room (2003). First of all, it clarified the big … Continue reading

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A Ghost Story (2017) Review

8/10 A Ghost Story is very emphatically not a horror film. It’s an artful film, a meditation, on the passage of time. The very framing of the film, the aspect ratio and the clipped borders, call to mind old technology … Continue reading

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Geostorm (2017) Review

5/10 Last year I felt sorry for Gerard Butler. He played in two atrociously bad movies, the completely bonkers vanity project Gods of Egypt and the insultingly blunt London Has Fallen, and both movies got released back to back. By … Continue reading

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Okja (2017) Review

8/10 In an opening scene that explains the whole backstory in a fast, bubbly way, Tilda Swinton explains how her company Mirando (alternative Monsanto) has bred superpigs to help feed the world. The pigs take 10 years to grow up, … Continue reading

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Scott Hawkins – The Library at Mount Char (2015) Review

Genre: fantasy / new weird / horror My rating: 9/10 The Library at Mount Char is an inventive, disturbing fantasy, filled with buckets of strange ideas. We could try to categorize it by saying that its themes feel a bit … Continue reading

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Kazuo Ishiguro – Never Let Me Go (2005) Review

Genre: science fiction / mainstream My rating: 9.5/10 Never Let Me Go is one of the best-known examples of the modern trend of so-called “mainstream” authors taking elements of science fiction to frame their story. The way Ishiguro crawls into … Continue reading

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Raw (2016) Review

8/10 Raw is a French movie about a girl, Justine, who grew up in a vegetarian household, but when she eats raw meat at an initiation ritual at a medical school, she develops a disturbing taste for human flesh. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Joe Abercrombie – Before They Are Hanged (2007) Review

Genre: fantasy / grimdark Series: The First Law, book 2 I am totally on board with this series now. Where book 1, The Blade Itself, felt rather basic, Before They Are Hanged is a fine step forwards for Abercrombie’s series. … Continue reading

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