The Old Man and the Sea (1999)

This short film is animated in an extraordinarily beautiful and fascinating style. Over the course of two-and-a-half years, a team under (and including) the director,Russian director an animator Aleksandr Petrov, manipulated oil paints on sheets of glass, to create what comes out to essentially a series of animated oil paintings constituting a film. It’s absolutely…

The Old Man and the Sea (1952) by Ernest Hemingway

A fantastic short novel (or novella – there doesn’t seem to be consensus) of Hemingway’s. I do truly love Hemingway’s economical writing style so much, it’s music to my ears. Or eyes, rather. In any case, I greatly enjoy this story. Even setting all subtext and thematics aside, it’s a very strong work. Hemingway’s prose…

Driven (2012) by James Sallis

I’m a great fan of the film adaptation of the first novel of this series. I wasn’t particularly a fan of that first novel – I found that basically everything enjoyed about the film was unique to the cinematic experience, and the aspects lifted from the novel (the premise and plot, mainly) didn’t really do…

The Accountant (2016)

An odd high-concept thriller, that feels like around five very different films awkwardly mashed into one. There were some really interesting elements, and the premise alone (Ben Affleck portrays an autistic genius that acts as an accountant by day, and gunman by night) is engaging, but so much of the film devolves into genre dreck,…

Drive (2005) by James Sallis

I saw the film adaptation of this novel some years ago, and enjoyed it very, very much. I’ve watched the film many times, both the original version and the BBC ‘Rescore’ version that changed the score and soundtrack. I’m a great fan of the film and its director. The film is very firmly imprinted in…