Review: The Butler

There have been two major films about the Black American experience released in 2012, 12 Years a Slave and The Butler. The former is about a particularly interesting moment in American history when the North saw blacks as equal citizens while the South still viewed them as slaves, property, second class citizens. It’s a powerful and moving film with an extraordinary performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor as the enslaved Solomon Northup. The Butler is more recent history, focused…Read More

Review: The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe introduced his 1840s readership to a new kind of fiction: detective novels. In his dark, twisted and often macabre books, criminals committed crimes and were typically identified and brought to justice by an officer of the law. But while his stories, including great horrors like ‘The Cask of Amontillado’, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ and ‘The Raven’ enjoyed some level of popular and critical success, Poe…Read More

Review: 2012

Can you hear that sound? It’s a crack slowly but unceasingly running through the Earth, a crack that will tear buildings apart, leave gaping crevasses where previously there were roads, and rip children out of their parent’s hands, to plummet to their deaths as the world collapses.  But all is not lost, a few hundred thousand people have a secret plan to escape the worldwide destruction and start humanity anew, reseeding the Earth post-apocalypse. Or…Read More