Tag Archives: Magic Realism

Tale of Tales [2015]

I’m going to break my own rules to try and keep this spoiler-free, since very few people reading this will have seen it. I saw Tale of Tales late in its theatrical run at a nearly-empty Prince Charles Cinema – … Continue reading

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Live and Let Die [1954]

The James Bond we meet at the start of Live and Let Die is not quite the same man we left at the end of Casino Royale. The Bond in Casino Royale was a gambler happy to take a 50/50 split, who … Continue reading

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Now You See Me [2013]

There was a wonderful quote in one Jonathan Creek episode where he said that the essence of magic is to make a magical explanation seem more plausible than the technical effort required for the trick. In a way, the Mystery … Continue reading

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Hanna [2011]

My first impression of Hanna was that it was a modestly interesting re-skinning of the basic run-shoot-fight formula that we’ve seen done pretty well recently in The Bourne Identity and Haywire. I didn’t really find it all that thrilling or interesting, and … Continue reading

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Blancanieves [2012]

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Midnight in Paris [2011]

Just following up on my previous post, C and I went to see Midnight in Paris last night. It was quite amusing, but I came away feeling somehow a little unsatisfied. I expressed this immediately afterwards by saying that I … Continue reading

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The Ladies of Grace Adieu [2006]

This book of short stories is largely set in the world of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, her début brick. The edition I have is a handsome hard-back with a nice readable font and illustrations, creating a favourable impression when … Continue reading

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