Tag Archives: Portal Fantasy

Annhilation [2018]

It’s entirely possible to take Annihilation on its own terms, as a creative effort separate and distinct from both the novel of the same name and of Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterpiece Stalker. Standing alone in a field of its own creation, … Continue reading

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A Princess of Mars [1917]

To read A Princess of Mars in the modern world is to be subject to a barrage of associations: Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Dr Grorbort and the rest. Tracking those explicitly or implicitly influenced by the Barsoon series encompasses a sizeable … Continue reading

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The Adjustment Bureau [2011]

My flat hired and watched The Adjustment Bureau last night, and it was a strange experience. I felt a strong sense of de ja vu for the last 3rd of the film and it took me a little while to … Continue reading

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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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Stardust [2007]

After first watching this, Sam K described it to me as “The Princess Bride for kids today”. This was a comparison that seemed very apt to me. I can well remember the sense of wonder and excitement I had when … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [2009]

This is pretty much a long string of vignettes rather than a coherent story told in motion picture. There’s enough there that someone who hadn’t read the book could read between the lines and infer what’s in the gaps without … Continue reading

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