The Veldt (read by Leonard Nimoy)

Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

darknessLegendary novella by a Ukrainian-born British subject. He took a fateful steamship voyage into the deepest jungles of Africa, an experience which forever changed him and this literary classic was the result. Marlow, the seaman narrator, tells the story of his journey into the heart of the African interior and his encounter with the natives and most notably, Kurtz, the ivory agent, a much revered white man. To me, the journey into the heart of darkness is the unraveling of what is inscrutably at the core of human nature. [Read more…]

Incident At Victoria Falls (1992 Europe/International)

incidentIf you didn’t know better, you’d take this for one of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot stories. Just add twenty years and make the hero short and squat instead of so tall and narrow that he seems to be on stilts. Imagine Holmes and Watson in pith helmets and white suits, tramping through the jungle in an exotic location. But really, this TV movie is not to be taken seriously. Its a light-hearted romp with an enjoyable train journey as the highlight. [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…]

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