The Pack (1977 USA)

film 1It’s more effective than the movie “Dogs” which was also released in that busy period, post-“Jaws”, when a number of films about nature attacking man like this were coming out. Every year, usually during summer time, you hear depressing reports about pets that are dumped, either tied up to trees or simply thrown out of driving cars, whilst the owners go on vacation and just don’t ever look back on them. [Read more…]

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The Abominable Snowman (1957 UK)

abominable snowmanThe Abominable Snowman treats its subject matter with the kind of respect usually reserved for something far more serious than a low-budget film about the mythical Yeti. It would have been easy to allow the whole production to sink to the level of exploitation, but it never does. The horror is subdued and really only surfaces in the final act. The film is not without its creepy moments as the men fear for their lives in an alien landscape of ice and mountains. [Read more…]

Carry On Jeeves (P G Wodehouse)

bookPGW revels so much in the richness of the English language to get his laughs and there’s never so much as one word in his prose that’s surplus to requirement, or indeed a passage approaching anything less than perfect in its pace or construction. It’s as if his work was edited by some sort of super human deity. There is nothing jarring or awkward; just fabulous comic writing page after page, time and time again. [Read more…]

Daily Meditations (quotes from Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov)

5413625317_c2796a7564_m1) “Tradition has it that in Paradise, in the Garden of Eden, Eve’s scent surpassed that of all the flowers. But after the original sin, which represents a descent into the darkest regions of consciousness, she lost her ability to distill scents, and the flowers no longer recognized her. Flowers are pure and chaste and have no astral desire, and seeing the fault Eve had committed, they no longer imparted their virtues to her as they had before. [Read more…]

The Water Babies (Charles Kingsley)

charles kingsleyGive this book a go if you are interested in 19th century satire. It does read similar to `Gulliver’s Travels’ because of this social commentary and the fantastical world created. If you have always been curious about this story and what it has to offer, then I would definitely recommend dipping in and out to fully appreciate what Kingsley is trying to say. The second half does meander too much though and my interest did wander off. [Read more…]

Tarzan Of The Apes (Edgar Rice Burroughs)

edgar rice burroughs“Tarzan of the Apes”, published in 1914, is perhaps the most well-known adventure story of its age. Certainly it spawned the legend of Tarzan – a pinnacle of masculinity, a demigod; a gifted hunter and fighter, a gentleman and connoisseur.”Tarzan” was written in a period of Western literature that was so uniquely thrilling: it saw the publication of the fantasy stories of Rudyard Kipling,  Rider Haggard, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. [Read more…]

Earthquake (1974 USA)

Earthquake-hestonphoneCo-written by Mario Puzo, the man who re-defined the gangster genre, `Earthquake’ is the quintessential disaster movie. The elements are all there: the large, all-star cast, the pathos, the massive devastation, the many intertwined subplots, the Wagnerian heroes and the ultimate banality. For those who find nothing to enjoy in soap operas, trashy romance novels, or depictions of mass destruction there is nothing here. But for the rest of us this is art. [Read more…]

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993 USA)

Homeward.bound_dvd_coverThis is a remake of the 1963 oldie ‘The Incredibly Journey’. Surprisingly, the plot is almost identical but this one is superior. The biggest difference is that this version is more for the big screen and has far more humour. Another big difference is that the animals talk here, which is good because they only talk by telepathy. If they moved their lips like people, or like animals do in cartoons, it would be too unreal so top marks for that. [Read more…]

A Very Moving Sentiment By An Unknown Author

Dogs Prayer

Shogun (James Clavell)

book_cover_shogunSet in the 1600’s of medieval Japan, immerse yourselves in this tale of the invincible Japanese warlord Toranaga, the bold English pilot Blackthorne, the beautiful Mariko torn between two ways of life, two ways of love, and a host of many other unforgettable, stirring characters. Shogun is a 1000+ page turner which captures any reader’s imagination. [Read more…]

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