The Old Guard Movie Review

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Overview

The Old Guard is the latest film to enter the Netflix Original family and is one of many films/tv shows adapted from graphic novels. The film starts off in an almost poetic fashion. The first frame shows us Andy (Charlize) lying dead with her partners, a flashlight illuminating her blood spattered face. That face has now turned pale as she lies there, cold, and drained of blood, owing to the bullet holes all across her body. The voiceover starts with Andy talking about how every time she dies, she wonders if this will be the last time, or, will she get up again. The scene cuts to broken walls and small lanes. Camera pans to the back of Andy walking across and at the same time, we hear Madalen Duke’s beautiful song ‘Born Alone, Die Alone’ in the background. Another cut and we finally see the title of the film, one word at a time.  ... 

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Book Review

Charlie Mackesy

Confession: I was browsing through Facebook and came across a beautiful handmade illustration of a boy sitting on a tree with a Mole accompanying him. It immediately caught my attention and I started reading the text around it. The text read "What do you want to be when you grow up?", "Kind", said the boy. The instant I read it, I was blown away. It was completely unexpected. And there was something inexplicable about the art. It may not make sense, but it had a certain warmth that pulled me to it. So that evening, I went to my trusted neighbourhood bookstore, KoolSkool and bought the hardback version of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (TBTMTFTH) by Charlie Mackesy. Now that I have read it, I can say it with some authority that this is a once in a lifetime book and reading it once is not going to be enough.  ... 

The Testaments Book Review

the testaments

It has been 35 years since The Handmaid’s Tale was published, and fans have been waiting that long to know what happened to Gilead. In 2019, Margaret Atwood published The Testaments as a follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale. Much to the demands of the readers, The Testaments does offer closure of sorts, even if it is wrapped in Atwood’s quintessential style with a climax that is nail-biting, yet somehow leaving you asking for more.    ...