Midnight Movies: Christmas Special

‘Tis the season to be jolly. The countdown draws ever near and with all the preparations going into the festivities, we have to make time to indulge in those romantic, funny, and heartwarming Christmas films. Here, is what I’ve been watching so far.

Klaus

If you only watch one new Christmas film this year, make it Klaus. Serving as an origin story for the legend that is Santa Clause, Klaus takes us the island of Smeerensburg, a town built on a longstanding feud between warring families. Our reluctant postman, Jesper is given the near-impossible task of delivering 6000 letters in a year. To do this, he enlists the help of Klaus, a reclusive woodsman with an eye for craftsmanship. Jesper plots to use the children of the town to fulfil his goal by writing a letter to Klaus in exchange for a gift. What follows is an odd-couple dynamic that unintentionally changes the dynamic of Smeerensburg, and with that brings a sense of joy and purpose that had long been missing on the land. The animation heightens the cold desolation within the town, but also adds a layer of vibrancy and nostalgia, as its traditional animated techniques effortlessly blend with the latest animated innovations, providing a distinctive look that effectively immerses the viewers in the story. Klaus will surely become a modern classic, as the film touches on the tale old value in the spark of small acts of kindness while also providing a unique and moving origin story for Santa that oozes charm and heart. Continue reading

Discussion: The Benefits of Book Adaptations

Book adaptations have taken Hollywood by storm recently. From well-loved classics to comic book blockbusters, and Young Adult coming of age stories, books are a crutial source for the entertainment industry. With Netflix buying the rights to 50 literary projects we can expect a lot more adaptations in the near future. Now, while some may complain about the sheer number of book adaptations in the making, you cannot deny the impact they’ve had on the industry. In most cases, the books are always better, and some films should not be called adaptations – Percy Jackson – but there are so many reasons as to why we shouldn’t shun book adaptations. Here are some of the benefits that come from book adaptations.

1. A Wider Audience

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The fact is, book adaptations are going to appeal to the masses and that’s not a bad thing because while the book adaptation draws readers to the film, the film simultaneously introduces non-readers to the book. With every book adaptation, the film takes its concept from the source material, but given the time restraint given to films, elements of the book won’t make it to the screen. Therefore, characters or themes movie-goers feel are cast aside have the chance to gain a deeper insight into those elements through reading the book. Of course, that is not always the case, but book adaptations are additional publicity for the book, especially if its an adaptation of a lesser known book. There are also multiple ways to promote the book alongside the film with tie-in covers or special editions being released, satisfying both the movie-goers and the readers.
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Ranking Every Season of Game of Thrones

And now our watch has ended. We have officially shut the door on Game of Thrones in what has become one of the greatest fantasy shows of our time. It’s a show that kept viewers at the edge of their seats and provided the most shocking and brutal twists to ever grace our screens. It’s a show that, in recent years, has also become divisive in its treatment of characters and its narrative. This is my ranking of every season of Game of Thrones.

8. Season 7

This was basically the start of Game of Thrones’s downfall and most of those issues come down to pacing. Sure, there were some visually stunning moments, but it also saw plotlines being rushed and underdeveloped. The focus was obviously going to be on Jon and Dany’s budding relationship, but it felt forced. While they spent so much time trying to convince us of Jon and Dany romance, other storylines suffered. In Winterfell, we finally got the pack together again, but it felt cold and clinical. Littlefinger’s death was inevitable, but they went about the shock value all wrong. It was brilliant for Sansa and Arya to play the game and fool him into thinking he had the upper hand, but the moments that see Arya threatening Sansa in a very private setting did nothing to further this deception. It was unnecessary and rushed, basically the summary of this entire season. Continue reading