Spain is close to my heart. My parents and brother lived in Madrid in the early ‘80s. Growing up, and to this day, my parents’ house is adorned with an assortment of Spanish paraphernalia.
Long before this challenge was even a kernel in my mind, I arranged one of my bookshelves into countries and regions. One of these is devoted to Japanese literature, with Haruki Murakami’s presence predominating. I’m not sure exactly what prompted my impassioned foray into Japanese literature. Perhaps it was an unconscious seed planted from the memory of my Japanese childhood friend Megumi, and of my aunt, uncle, and their youngest son’s time spent in Tokyo.
My exams are over and it’s time to get serious about this challenge, including the post that should accompany each book and country after I complete it. The natural starting point for my challenge of reading a book from every country in the world was my place of birth: South Africa.
Here’s why we adore the star of your Sunday night movie, Beauty and the Beast.
This Sunday M-Net is getting into the festive spirit with your Sunday night movie, Office Christmas Party. It joins a Christmas-themed movie list as long as Santa’s. With so many choices, it’s not easy to choose a top five, but these are the ones we tend to watch over and over again.
A few weeks ago my sister-in-law and I were packing bookshelves and we tossed out several books, as one does while spring-cleaning. Amongst them was one by Daphne du Maurier, which I promptly saved from the pile. I’ve only read one of du Maurier’s books (Rebecca), but it’s one of my favourites. The movie adaptation – directed by Alfred Hitchcock – was infused with the same gothic eeriness as the book, and Hitchcock’s adaptation of her novelette The Birds is equally superb.
Starting on a negative note is such a no-no, but I feel the need to get the film’s irritating anomalies out the way. How these newer movies are supposed to fit into the overall X-Men canon is becoming more and more obscure as plotlines get twisted and character developments rewritten.
There are a 1001 post-ideas rattling around my brain, and one of these is a piece about the books which have influenced me throughout my life in general, but in my childhood particularly. One of these, I can already tell you, is 50 Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth.
Strictly speaking this version of Macbeth was released in 2015, but in South Africa it’s only been released in 2016. As this year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the timing is apt. What better way to celebrate than with the latest filmic adaptation of one of the master’s plays?
Last year my best friend sent me a reading challenge upon which I promptly pounced. About a year later I had completed little over half the list, because the suggested reading started stretching the limits of my curiosity. “A book set in high school” and “a book with a love triangle” were unlikely to lead to anything I’d find remotely interesting.