• The Place Beyond The Pines
    Films/Movies/Cinema,  General,  Reviews

    The Place Beyond The Pines (A film review)

    The Place Beyond The Pines is (for all its flaws) poetically haunting. It is depressing and heart-breaking. Are people capable of change? Can cycles be broken? One moment can change your life and the lives of those around you. Derek Cianfrance returns with another engrossing narrative following 2010’s brilliant Blue Valentine. Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and more, this is stunningly ambitious film that though doesn’t quite pull it off, should be lauded for its sheer scope and scale. Three storylines intersect over a linear narrative as lives collide, choices are made and fates sealed in Schenectady, New…

  • Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
    Books,  Literary,  Reviews

    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Book review)

    I’d bought Water for Elephants over a year ago but with the ongoing Masters the time to read it finally came just over a month ago. This isn’t a book I’m going to be raving about in terms of the wait having been worth it, and yet it is one I certainly enjoyed. It is a tale told in flashback. Our narrator, Jacob Jankowski is in an old age home reminiscing about the time he ran away to join a circus. The 23 year old Polish American had left his veterinarian studies right before graduation after the death of his…

  • The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
    Books,  General,  Reviews

    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (Review)

    My post on November 10, 2012 comprehensively established the fact that I’m a big Markus Zusak fan, and also that The Book Thief was responsible for my initiation. Here is why – You know that feeling when you pick up a book to be immediately gripped by the first line? There are few that can maintain this grip, even fewer that can make you want to read until you reach the end, satisfied yet instantly disappointed that there’s no more. This fresh and unique take on the Holocaust is definitely one of them. It isn’t packed with the sort of action…

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