Reviews and Other Features: “October Birthdayz” Blogathon


I haven’t been part of a Blogathon for quite a while now. In the past I’ve really enjoyed being part of features like the Back to School, The Top 10 Most Iconic Female Character and Song and Screen series ones, but I have been too busy for any ones recently. However, when Nuwan Sen suggested some flexibility for his October Birthdayz Blogathon I just had to contribute. And I knew just who to choose when selecting someone with a film background and an October birthday. Born on 9 October 1940, Lennon was in films such as Help, A Hard Day’s Night and Yellow Submarine, as well as numerous documentaries released posthumously such as The US v John Lennon. Here are eight of the most memorable quotes from a man who spread peace his whole life.

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Reviews and Other Features: Explosions in the Sky


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Last week I went with my sister to see a band I’d wanted to see for quite some time, Explosions in the Sky.  I’ve been a fan ever since I heard their third album The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place, which just blew my mind. It really was one of the best things I’ve ever heard. So when tickets became available in November last year I just had to go and see them. I’ve been fortunate to see great performances from artists such as Depeche Mode,  Coldplay, U2 and Duran Duran, and this was right up there. Like with Arcade Fire, I just had to write about the experience and share my photos.

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Reviews and Other Features: The Reader Problems Tag

I haven’t done any literature related posts since The Wasp Factory and even less since I answered The Inside Out Book Tag, so when I saw these literature-based questions on Galit’s Coffee N’ Notes’ website I just had to take it on. With some amusing (and semi-related) gifs of course.

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It’s been a truly rotten year for the untimely passing of outrageous talents within the entertainment industry, and we haven’t even reached April. Added to the sad roll-call of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey and Terry Wogan, is the comedy genius that was Garry Shandling (1949 – 2016).

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David Bowie Tribute

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It was with real sadness that I heard of the passing of David Bowie. Perhaps the biggest tribute I can pay to the Rock God is that I really thought he would be around forever. I’ve always been aware of what’s going on around us and that geniuses don’t live any longer than the rest of us. Indeed a lot of the time they are gone sooner. But with Bowie it really did seem as he was different and that the regular rules of life didn’t apply to him.

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Alex Raphael Sporadic Scene: Amadeus (1984) – Mozart Meeting with the Emperor

Zoë at The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger has a feature on her site where you pick a memorable scene and include a short analysis on it. Here’s my choice.

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I have yet another guest contributor for my Sporadic Scene segment. Today I would like to welcome Alex of Alex Raphael with his scene. Thank you so much Alex!

If you have a scene that you would like featured, drop me a mail at with a picture/gif/video of the scene and an explanation as to why (should you want to include it).

I love individual rivalries. It’s one of the big reasons I am such a sports fan. Ali v Frasier, Senna v Prost, Borg v MacEnroe, Magic Johnson v Bird, Coe v Ovett. It’s more unusual to find them in film, even in sporting ones. And even more curiously, one of the most fascinating and absorbing rivalries on film is found in a period drama. The relationship between Mozart and Salieri may not be as evenly matched as those mentioned previously, but it is no less fascinating. The…

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Reviews and other Features: Jurassic World

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And so, 22 years after we were first invited into the world of Jurassic Park, we are back peering into both the past and the future of dinosaurs. The question facing the filmmakers was how to recreate the excitement we all experienced when we first saw Tyrannosaurus Rex and co for the first time.

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Reviews and other Features: The Inside Out Book Tag

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Akylina, one half of The Literary Sisters, recently posted The Inside Out Book Tag. I tend to focus more on blogathons, but this really captured my attention and so I thought I’d give it a go. I won’t be tagging anyone, but you’re more than welcome to create your own post if it appeals to you.

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Reviews and other Features: Animal Magic


I haven’t done a book review for a while, but inspired by quite a few awesome readathons about, I thought I should do something. Here’s my take on Animal Magic: A Brother’s Story by Andrew Barrow, which I just finished. Feel free to share your thoughts about this, or check out my reviews on The Things they Carried or The Secret History.

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Ex Machina Film Review

I don’t normally reblog despite such many wonderful blogs and posts out there. But Neel and I are such close friends and I’m hoping he will do more film reviews that I had to make an exception just this once.


Whenever you open up your email or facebook, it seems there are ads that are tracking your every move and reading your mind. This technology is only becoming more and more sophisticated each day and artifical intelligence research is booming. The vision of robot butlers catering to our every need (before rising up in rebellion and killing us all obviously!) is closer than ever before.

With this in mind, Alex Garland, known for script-writing The Beach, Dredd and 28 Days Later among others is on director duties on his latest offering, Ex Machina to project a near future where A.I. is at it’s zenith.

Caleb, played by Ed Sheeran look-a-like Domnhall Gleeson, is a young programmer working for search engine giant ‘blue book’. He wins a contest to spend a week with his reclusive boss at an isolated research facility. Caleb is promptly shuttled onto a helicopter and passes over a breathtaking…

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