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Src: Flickr/Bookworm by Nathan O'Nions I’ve had a love affair with books ever since that day more than 30 years ago when I first learned to read. Some of my most cherished early childhood memories are when my mother and I read some favorite book series together at bedtime—the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Dorrie The Little Witch series by Patricia Coombs. Two were made into a movie or television show well after the books were publis... [Read more]

Gravity Shocks and Awes at Venice Film Festival

September 5, 2013
Judging from the reviews coming out of Venice last week, the seven years in between Children of Men and Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film Gravity were well-spent. In a 180° turn away from the big budget, blockbuster, 3-D styling of other recent space films like Avatar and Star Trek, Cuarón has eschewed aliens, lasers and fight scenes in favor of a sparse, introspective approach to the genre. On the surface, Gravity sounds like a minimalist, almost clinical, cinematic exercise -- two faces, two bodi... [Read more]