Posted in September 2012

Rear Window

I always used to avoid Alfred Hitchcock films. I thought they were terrifying, even though my only frame-of-reference was The Birds, which I found mildly alarming at best. I was pleasantly surprised with Rear Window, which didn’t create an overwhelming fear in me (though I don’t know if that is because I read the short … Continue reading

Gunga Din

Years ago, in my AP World History class, we read “White Man’s Burden” by Rudyard Kipling and I can remember how unbelievably upset I was to find out that the author of the Jungle Book was beyond racist. Even though there are some terrible moments with brown-face and yes, Kipling was incredibly racist, but Gunga … Continue reading

Ghost World

Quirky has always been cool, at least to Enid and Rebecca, the stars of Ghost World(2001).  Never conform, being popular is for losers and every hipster is better than the people around them – that’s the mentality Enid and Rebecca as they graduate high school in this coming-of-age tale. Ghost World, written by Daniel Clowes, who also penned the … Continue reading

Drive

Let’s take a second and ignore the fact that the opening credits for Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and staring Ryan Gosling, say “based off the book by James Sallis“. Ignore the characters with the same names (though drastically different personalities and roles), ignore the altered plot points and the chronological versus scattered story-telling. I read Drive Sunday … Continue reading