Film

J.G. Walker: My Favorites of 2013

Generally, 2013 was an okay year–not bad but not exceptional, either–but it was a decent year for entertainment, at least from my perspective. To anyone who claims there’s nothing good to read or watch out there, I say they’re not looking in the right places. Or they’re not looking at all. Here, in no particular order,
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Room 237: Interpreting Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a tricky film to describe, much less to pin down to a genre. Notice that I don’t say The Shining or even Stephen King’s The Shining, mostly because, although King’s novel is unusual, effective, worthy of discussion in itself, and, oh, one of the scariest books I’ve ever read, Kubrick’s
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This project has been in the works for awhile, but it’s exciting news nonetheless. And the fact that Branagh and Winslet are slated to be involved doesn’t hurt. It’s also a good opportunity for me to recommend this novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was not only one of my favorite books
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The first “real” trailer for Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is up, and it’s definitely worth a look. If you’re a fan of the series you’re probably already sold, but if not, this could convince you to pick up the books. They’re definitely worth it. Here’s a link to an article and trailer at the LA Times.

If you’re a science fiction fan and you don’t read John Scalzi’s work over at filmcritic.com, you should. Here’s a piece on the things science fiction has ruined for him. I won’t give away too much, but my personal favorite is Austrian accents. From the article, a disclaimer aimed at Austrians: Dear Austria: I don’t
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