• The Kingdom of Shadows - Maxim Gorky

      The Kingdom of Shadows

      Last night I was in The Kingdom of Shadows. f you only knew how strange it is to be there. It is a world without sound, without colour. Every thing there—the earth, the trees, the people, the water and the air—is dipped in monotonous grey. Grey rays of the sun across the grey sky, grey […]

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      HBO Girls vs Game of Thrones: Why Bad sex is better

      Podrick went to a whore house, all expenses paid. An assortment of beautiful and exotic women are presented as his satisfiers. We learn later that he was the satisfier and they refused to take his benefactors’ money, probably at the expense of some admonition from their pimp – not sure if they used that term […]

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    How Hollywood is killing Feminism

    ne is a typical house wife who takes care of her children and stays home while the hubbie goes out to provide for them. The other spends her time running after a man and throws tantrums when he leaves her back. One is a 40 year old single woman who moves alone to a new place […]

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    Django Unchained: NOT The Hero Black People Deserve

    There was a lot of talk about the excessive use of violence and the n-word in Django Unchained. The criticism is personally hard for me to get. As a non-American, it’s hard to understand the powerful connotation of the word. I know the context, I know some of the facts, but the concept of eliminating […]

  • Issues With Today’s Blockbusters

    5 Issues With Today’s Blockbusters

    ccording to Mark Kermode, there are three absolute truths: “1. The world is round. 2. We are all going to die. 3.” No one enjoyed Pirate of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The people who did, “are simply suffering from the cinematic equivalent of long-term deprivation from the basics of civilised existence.” “How did they get here? The […]

  • When people ask me which is my favorite book, I’ll always proudly reply: Harry Potter. It doesn’t matter which big words I use or the way I arrange my glasses when I reply, they’ll always be, in this order, surprised and condescending. “Don’t give me that derogatory look just yet”, I tell them “let me explain” [...]

    Why I’ll Never Love a Book More Than Harry Potter

    I wear glasses and say words like “derogatory”. I watched Arrested Development. So, yeah, I’m pretty smart. I’m not an expert in literature, but I’ve read a few of the Slavics, some Dickens, all of Bukowski’s novels and most of Vonnegut’s. Of my countrymen, I’ve read almost everything by Saramago and Eça; I read one […]

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    Writers talk shop. Some of the best of our time – and none of the worse of our time – give advice on their craft. Asimov, Bukowski, Hemingway, Nabokov, Twain, Vonnegut…

    On Writing

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  • How to write better…

    The scribe’s task is a difficult one. These articles aim at making it easier. One section compiles the teachings of Ward Farnsworth and the use of rhetoric. The other consists on the findings of an aspiring film critic finding his way around the craft by studying the best.

    Rhetoric Criticism
    • How to Be a Film Critic - Provide a Sense of Experience

      his is the second and last point I’ll recycle from Roger Ebert’s Little Rule Book. His advice goes on to be more and more specific, moving away from the broader notions of how to write a movie review. It’s understandable. He didn’t want to give away all of his secrets and end up without a […]

    • How to Be a Film Critic - Advise the readers well

      f you’re looking for simple guidelines on how to write film criticism, you can do a lot worse than to look at Roger Ebert’s Little Rule Book for movie critics. Some of it is very specific. He talks about what to do and what not to do when you meet Clint Eastwood, or the policies […]