The Crown

I’ve nearly finished watching the first season of The Crown and I don’t know what to say about it.

For those of you who’ve been living under a rock the past few years, The Crown is a Netflix drama ostensibly about Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family, but which also acts as a kind of potted account of British history post-WWII.

It’s an interesting show, as it’s about as far from a sycophantic and flattering portrait of the royal family as you can get, but the overwhelming impression that you receive about their lifestyle and position is that it’s rather bleak. And lonely.

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Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn

I still can’t believe that I read this book- nay, devoured it like the titular pterodactyl- from the first to the very last page.

I first spotted it in Waterstones a while ago, and was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It is a very striking cover. Hot pink and dominated by the title in enormous bold white print, broken down so as to have maximum impact on the reader; “HOT”, okay, “PTERODACTYL”, intriguing, “BOYFRIEND”, wait, what? Only then is your attention drawn to the image behind the text, of what is unmistakably the head of a pterodactyl atop a muscular, shining torso.

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Review: Mindhunter

“Set in 1977 – in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how they think with the hope of applying this knowledge to solving ongoing cases.” 

Mindhunter is a curious show. It’s not a procedural drama, but certainly has elements of the case-of-the-week style. It’s slow-paced, but I couldn’t stop myself from watching the last three episodes in one sitting. It’s a television series that looks like a movie, featuring snappy montages juxtaposed with a distinctive dark grey and blue colour palette and long still scenes of two people talking.

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Children of the Moon

Children of the moon

Shine their eyes down at us

 

They wait til the clouds part,

just like we look at a snow globe.

They wonder why some areas are so dark

while others are decorated with tiny pinpricks of light,

some are rough and knobbly,

others flat and slick.

it must be a design flaw, they think.

 

Sometimes, someone on earth looks up

While someone on the moon looks down

And their eyes meet

Although neither of them know it.

 

by seeta

 

Featured Image: rkarkowski/Pixabay

Superheroes on screen, and why we should all watch Young Justice

A few weeks ago, the highly anticipated Justice League was released to a reception that was lukewarm at best. It made me think about the difficulties of trying to recreate a shared universe of any kind on screen, well as bringing to mind one of my all-time favourite cartoons- Young Justice.

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The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh

Part One: Animals and Humans

Have you ever seen one of those adverts on television, the ones with faded photo montages accompanied by poignant music and a solemn voice informing you that a certain species- of tiger, perhaps, or elephant- is on the verge of extinction, but with a small monthly donation you could help to save it?

Or maybe when you were a kid you were given one of those stuffed animals with a little booklet attached congratulating you on ‘adopting’ an endangered animal, vaguely giving you the sense of having done a good deed?

Before I read The Hungry Tide, this was the extent of my awareness of animal conservationism. When I happened to think about it, I wholeheartedly supported the ideal of rescuing these animals from the damaging actions of humans, in destroying their habitats and hunting them for sport.

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