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Cult Column: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Over a decade ago, Wes Anderson made a stop motion adaption of the beloved children’s book Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, as his sixth feature film. Eleven years later, the film still holds up as a charming, witty, and aesthetic movie. Watching it again for the first time since I was eight […]

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Newest adaptation of The Witches loses the magic

My initial reaction to seeing that Robert Zemeckis, director of Back to the Future and Forrest Gump, had made a remake of The Witches ultimately was: why? To preface this question/outrage I would like to confess my deep-rooted love for the original Nicolas Roeg’s The Witches, a film that stirred within me an irrational fear […]

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What’s with all the Willy Wonka wonderment?

The sudden popularity of the 2005 adaptation shows growing awareness of the film’s unsettling undertones. There have been two adaptations of Roald Dahl’s classic story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. One, all the way back in 1971, features the late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The other – released in 2005 – stars the eccentric […]

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The BFG

“What I says and what I means ain’t always the same things” … so read this with a pinch of salt. Based on Roald Dahl’s wonderful children’s classic, The BFG, aka big friendly giant, sees young orphan Sophie and her lofty friend work together to stop the other giants gobbling up ‘human beans’ while they […]

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Literature in 2016

With one positively gargantuan year for literature behind us, it would be wrong to expect another such year. Just plain greedy. But in 2016, blockbusting, record-breaking, appetite-whetting literature is not going to be difficult to come by, even for those who never have the time or energy to read between lectures and essays. Yes, before […]