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It Follows (2014)

Like a lot of teen slasher horror movie story lines, It Follows is a cautionary tale about the dangers that befall sexually active young women. Basically a keep-it-in-your-pants-or-bad-things-will-follow-you-around-until-you-die kind of movie. In a lot of horror movies, sexually active women are marked for death but we could expand that to society’s grossly differing expectations and prescribed gender roles for young women versus young men. Anyhoo… Read More…

The Outsiders (1983)

Is the movie version ever better than the book it’s based on? Hard to compete with your imagination. I like to think of each as their own specimen of craft and let the chips fall where they may. My way of watching movies is usually accompanied by a high tolerance for unrealistic story lines and a large dose of suspension of belief, something, I admit, I don’t do with quite the equal amount of rigour when reading. If I deem a book ‘bad’ then I don’t finish it, or I speed read through the drivel to find out that yes, I was right, it was not a ‘good’ book. With movies I seem to embrace the badness. To a point anyway. I mean, I stopped watching Steven Seagal movies YEARS ago. Read More…

“Agatha Christie’s Poirot” The ABC Murders (1992)

"No Monsieur, I'm better than the police."

“No Monsieur, I’m better than the police.”

Last week I re-watched The ABC Murders. Not that I needed an excuse to re-watch an episode of Poirot, but I was motivated by an article in my Agatha Christie newsletter that stated that David Suchet (Hercule Poirot actor extraordinaire) chose that novel as his pick for the World’s Favourite Christie. Yes, I voluntarily signed up to receive an Agatha Christie e-newsletter. Read More…

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