19 February 2017

Weekly Small Talk #1

Weekly Small Talk is a new tradition, where I talk about books, movies, and other pop culture stuff that I have consumed in the past week.

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I don't know if I mentioned this before, but the library in my school has a great collection of fiction. Sci fi, YA, classics, contemporary, you name it. They have pretty much everything. Including the entire Hyperion Cantos series by author Dan Simmons.

Hyperion Cantos is an epic sci fi series, that has won a lot of awards, and is considered to be a classic in the genre. I didn't know anything about these books, but my brother loaned them at the library, and I decided to give them a try. Right now I'm reading the first book, Hyperion. This book is a chunkster. It's almost five hundred pages long, and I'm not planning on finishing it anytime soon.

Last week I watched a movie called The Babadook , on Netflix. The Babadook is an Australian-Canadian horror movie, that despite all the positive reviews didn't do that well at the box office worldwide. Which is a real shame, because this movie is brilliant. It's about a single mom and her son who are being terrorised by a monster, called the Babadook.

The best thing that I can say about The Babadook is that it scared the Babajesus out of me. Which is saying a lot, because I don't find horror movies scary anymore. This movie made me uncomfortable, in the best meaning of the word. It's part monster movie, and part psychological horror, and it deals with things like grief, depression and mental illness, and it handles these themes very well.



Finally, to end on a more lighthearted note, we have The Gilmore Girls. I just finished watching the first season as part of my new #GilmoreGirlsRewatch. What I like about this show is the creators' attention to the details, and to the world-building. I don't think I have seen another show that goes to such lengths to make the set feel like a real place.


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