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In Novel on October 24, 2004 at 1:38 am

rebecca-thumb.jpgRebecca (1938)
by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca is a gothic classic with the wonderful traditional macabre elements: murder mysteries, gruesome death, young-girl-old-man relationship, incest, big mansion with dark secrets, obsession, and (in the gothic tradition of Jane Eyre) a dark brooding elderly husband tormented by a dark past. I had this book for few years and somehow never read it…damn what was I thinking!? The early chapters were a bit slow but soon after it became a very addictive and thrilling page-turner. It’s been awhile I came upon a book I found hard to put down. Now I understand why it’s such a beloved timeless classic and a MUST read for anyone who loves this genre.

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Cinema Paradiso – Director’s Cut (1989)

In Film on October 20, 2004 at 6:40 am


I never saw the original version of this 80s Italian film by Giuseppe Tornatore, and how I regret!!! I should have watched the original version instead of the Director’s Cut. The director’s cut is said to have extra 50 minutes footage, turns out they are 50 minutes worth of EVERYTHING that I don’t like, the altered the emotions and relationships of what it could have been. 😦 I could imagine I would have given the original version 5 stars without all those problematic parts.

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Cat’s Cradle

In Novel on October 15, 2004 at 12:48 am

cats-thumb.jpgCat’s Cradle (1963)
by Kurt Vonnegut

It’s Kurt Vonnegut again (I read his brilliant Slaughterhouse-Five before), and it’s the same crazy, fast paced entertaining satirical sci-fi story. This time it’s satire on Cold War and religion. It’s always very difficult to give synopsis of his book as the plot and situation tend to get very crazy. It never ceased to amaze me how Kurt Vonnegut can deliver a simple narrative of something that is actually very intricate, full of complex elements and agendas.

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Occult History of the Third Reich (1998)

In Documentary, History on October 11, 2004 at 6:32 am


This documentary film attempted to examine Nazism from a different angle: the occult and mysticism. Interesting as it sounds, the production of this documentary itself is very very POOR! It’s just bunch of slap-together filler footages that has nothing to do with narrations, most of them were from the Hitler propaganda Triumph of the Will. Wagner’s music is playing as background music to give the sinister, Darth Vader evil-empire impression. A little graphic diagrams and captions would have help, especially since it talks often about symbols. This is a 3-parts series and I only watched the first disc The Enigma of the Swastika because I read from review that the next two are just repeating the same idea over and over again. Overall it does offer some interesting alternative understanding of the belief systems that rooted Nazism.

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Celluloid Closet (1995)

In Documentary, History on October 10, 2004 at 7:01 pm


Interesting eye-opening documentary on the portrayal of homosexuality in Hollywood cinema history. From the early days comedic but harmless sissy (who were all stylists, costume designers, interior designers ^^;;), to the dark days of The Hayes Code (started in late 30s) that censored all ‘dirty’ immoral stuffs according to Church, where homosexuality wasn’t allow to exist. Later on gay characters became either condemned monsters or tragic victims (they must died). In 70s the homosexual roles started to change to either self-loathing people full of angst and guilt, or the negative clownish but threatening stock who looks and would served as punching bag for the heroes.

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