To start, I came across an indie author whom I had to share. His compilation of short stories and poems reminds me of one of my favorite books growing up "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark". Do you remember bringing home the scholastic form and ordering your books through them? Yes, the book I speak of is a classic. In fact, you can't find the original book with the original artwork anymore.
So to continue on, it is why I enjoyed New Death and others by James Hutchings. It is a very well written and Poe'ish in theme.
To read my review as well as a sample of the first short story, click The New Death. It's an eBook that is only $0.99. You can't beat the price for well written fiction.
Next, is my pick for movie goers looking to see something exciting this holiday weekend. And for starters, if you have not seen The Woman In Black yet, you should. It's that good.
The more I talk about this film with my husband, the more we both agree about how much we really liked the story. And for those who keep writing reviews, questioning the young actor regarding his next moves. Let me give my reply. 1) These are not baby steps he's taking. The boy has been naked on Broadway! And got rave reviews for his performance. He is a great actor that need not be scrutinized, for his age or choice of film. I think Radcliffe is doing just fine and his performance in this film was very believable. In fact, he said in an interview that the character was supposed to be close in age to him. With that being said, The Woman In Black is the perfect ghost story. To read my full review, click The Woman In Black.
And last, if you're looking for a movie to rent, than I've got you covered. Attack The Block!
Many of you are not familiar with this film because it was in limited release last year. However, it did make many film critics top ten film list for 2011, which makes one wonder just how good this film actually is. So I rented it and was quite impressed. It was actually pretty damn good!
Set in South London, we follow a group of gang members who are essentially, young teenagers. We watch them attempt to rob an unsuspecting passer by and begin to loath them and almost fear them, because there is nothing worse than a young man who will do anything to boost his ego. It's about them maintaining a certain level of respect in their hood, I guess you could say. However, in there foolish attempt to be thug-like, they kill an animal which they later come to find out is an alien. Realizing the creature looks foreign, they bring the corpse up to their drug dealer's apartment, who lives in the same building as the kids (don't be horrified by their actions, I promise the film is entertaining!) But just as they are discussing the origin of the body, they notice streaks of light from the sky. And just like that, it's on like donkey kong. Larger, meaner and quite arguably, uglier aliens attack their building looking to take revenge on the kids for killing one of their own. And the movie then becomes a fight for survival.
But what makes this story so good are the characters, themselves. You despise them for everything they stand for but see them later as troubled youth. It's only then, do you begin to cheer for them hoping they will redeem their past, through their heroic actions against the aliens. The boys then take upon themselves to not only fight for their survival, but for their neighbors as well. So put it in your Netflix que, now!
Have a safe three day weekend.!