Book Review: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew

by Daniel Parker I finished this book with three questions about it : Is this novel a detective story, a social commentary or just a story about a rambling drunk? Winner of the DSC award for South Asian Literature, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, by Shehan Karunatilaka, follows a retired nihilist sportswriter, named W.G. Karunasena, as he sets out to create his epitaph on a mysterious cricket player, Pradeep Mathew. Mathew is believed by W.G. to be the best player, but due to mysterious circumstances he…Continue Reading “Book Review: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew”

by Alex Carrigan  One of the running events at VCU I am most fond of is the VCU Cinematheque, a film series sponsored by VCU Cinema. On Tuesday evenings, a non-American film is shown at the Grace Street Theater, with a discussion following the film. One movie recently showcased by VCU Cinema is a Portuguese film from 2010 called The Strange Case of Angélica, a film from Portugal I had never seen, something I find odd considering I’ve seen other films hailing from the Iberian Peninsula…Continue Reading “Film Reviews: The Strange Case of Angélica”

  by Alex Carrigan This was not an easy movie for me to sit through. Then again, when has a film by British director Steve McQueen ever been? McQueen has only released three feature length films to date, and none of the films are easy watches. His first film, Hunger, won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, an award given to the best film by a first time director. That film detailed the IRA hunger strikes in the Maze Prison, which depicted probing, prisoners refusing…Continue Reading “Film Review: 12 Years a Slave”

by Christopher Sloce I used to have something that resembled a swamp in my front yard. I spent a lot of time in there pretending to be Roland from The Dark Tower, had a cap gun and everything. I also used to pretend to be Swamp Thing, who appealed to me as a more dynamic kind of hero; he’s powerful but ugly, something I felt acquainted with as a middle school kid. The first run of Swamp Thing made no bones about what it was: it was…Continue Reading “The Saga of Alan Moore’s “Swamp Thing””

by Christopher Sloce Whatever nostalgia taps into, it is something primal. Nobody I know is immune to suffering its effects, even the hardened among us who revisited some cultural artifact, only to learn our tastes didn’t match up with what we now find moving or funny. And fear and horror are nothing if not primal. There is something instantly recognizable in the cel-shaded early animation style that taps into that same feeling, which Al Columbia realized somewhere along the line. Al Columbia’s early artwork are…Continue Reading “Notes on Al Columbia”

by Alex Carrigan  Several months ago, I saw the first teaser trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Now, when I went to watch the teaser, I didn’t really know what I was expecting. Cuarón is a director I really like, but it has been a long time since he released a film. Children of Men was the last thing he directed in 2006, a film that really grabbed me with his auteur style and incredible direction. Since Children of Men was released, I got the chance to look into more of his…Continue Reading “Film Review: Gravity”