Tag: 2010s

  • A Country Where You Once Lived by Robin Black Analysis

    A Country Where You Once Lived by Robin Black Analysis

    “A Country Where You Once Lived” by Robin Black (2010) is a great example of a short story in which the present story plays out alongside the backstory of a stand-out inflection point (“fulcrum”) which happened 13 years earlier. Two separate time periods merge into one. Whenever this happens in a story we are reminded that no single moment in…

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  • Pine a Short Story by Robin Black Analysis

    Pine a Short Story by Robin Black Analysis

    “Pine” is a short story from a collection called If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This published 2010, written by Robin Black. This is a wonderful example of a contemporary story loosely based on an old fairytale—this time it’s Bluebeard. “Pine” is also an excellent example of a story which centres a homophone in which several of its…

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  • Comedy Techniques In “This Country”

    Comedy Techniques In “This Country”

    This Country is a fly-on-the-wall mockumentary sitcom with two series so far (2017-2018). The story centers the misadventures of two cousins marooned in a small village in the Cotswolds. Most of their peers have moved on. Kerry and Kurtan are stuck in adolescence. They behave like typical Year 10s, despite being in their late 20s, early 30s. Critics have said…

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  • Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey Analysis

    Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey Analysis

    Pig The Winner, written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey, is another picture book in the widely-loved Pig The Pug series. I suspect these will become Australian classics in the same way the Hairy Maclary books became New Zealand classics. I pick and choose when it comes to Aaron Blabey books. Pig The Fibber, which felt rushed out after the success…

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  • If I Loved You by Robin Black Short Story Analysis

    If I Loved You by Robin Black Short Story Analysis

    “If I Loved You” is a short story from a collection called If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This (2010), written by American author Robin Black. A woman dying of cancer writes an imaginary letter to her new neighbour, who has uncharitably built a fence along their boundary line. This fence prevents her from getting conveniently out of…

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  • Notes On A Quiet Place Film

    Notes On A Quiet Place Film

    A Quiet Place is a suspenseful 2018 film directed by John Krasinski, also starring John Krasinski. John Kransinski shares a writing credit with two other guys. A Quiet Place is one of those films where if you see the trailer, you’ve seen the whole film. So don’t watch the trailer if you intend to see the film. Don’t read this…

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  • Why does Schitt’s Creek take a season to get ‘good’?

    Why does Schitt’s Creek take a season to get ‘good’?

    Schitt’s Creek is a CBC sitcom written by father and son team Eugene and Daniel Levy. You’ll either find it funny or you won’t — I think it’s the funniest thing on Netflix at the moment. That said, I agree with all the reviewers who’ve said something like this: Season 1 is decent, but Season 2 is where it really…

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  • Fake Gender Equality In The Christmas Chronicles

    Fake Gender Equality In The Christmas Chronicles

    The Christmas Chronicles is this year’s tentpole festive family movie from Netflix. Directed by Clay Kaytis, the script is written by another two men, David Guggenheim and Matt Lieberman. The nice thing about The Christmas Chronicles is that a few of the old gender tropes have been inverted. Instead of an adventurous younger brother juxtaposed against a surly teenaged older…

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  • Good Morning Mr Pancakes by Chris McKimmie Analysis

    Good Morning Mr Pancakes by Chris McKimmie Analysis

    I first heard of Australian author illustrator Chris McKimmie on Children’s Books with Kate De Goldi. One of the secrets to success as an illustrator is having an instantly recognisable, one-of-a-kind style. McKimmie’s various book covers will give you a glimpse of his style. The naive style of art also works really well to encourage children in their own illustration.…

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  • “Good People” Is A Terrible Film

    “Good People” Is A Terrible Film

    Good People is a 2014 film with a screenplay written by Kelly Masterson, based on the novel by Marcus Sakey. Good People is an excellent example of a film with terrible female characters, created by a roomful of men.

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  • Dumplin Film Storytelling Techniques

    Dumplin Film Storytelling Techniques

    Dumplin is a 2018 young adult film based on the 2015 novel by Julie Murphy. PARATEXT Willowdean (‘Dumplin’), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. IMDb description At a deep,…

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  • The Ritual (2017) Film Study

    The Ritual (2017) Film Study

    “The Ritual” is a horror film directed by David Bruckner, adapted by Joe Barton from Adam Nevill’s novel. Although this film is pretty standard in its tropes and structure, the CGI monster makes the viewing experience truly scary. This article says more about the monster and its basis in Swedish folklore.

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  • President Squid by Aaron Reynolds and Sara Varon Analysis

    President Squid by Aaron Reynolds and Sara Varon Analysis

    The most hilarious thing about President Squid is that it is not about President Trump. Well, of course it’s about Trump and all of his kind, but as the author told Betsy Bird in an interview,  it was already written and in the publishing pipeline before Trump even began his campaign. Reynolds wrote it around 2013/2014 with an election year…

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  • Pixar’s Brave: Ideology and Storytelling

    Pixar’s Brave: Ideology and Storytelling

    Brave was released by Pixar in 2012. At that point, there were no Pixar films with girls as main characters, so this film was welcomed with open arms by people who’d been waiting and waiting for this. Unfortunately, the story isn’t great. Kids are likely to enjoy it — or aspects of it — I know some who fell in…

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  • American Honey Film Study

    American Honey Film Study

    American Honey, directed by Andrea Arnold, is the granddaughter of Thelma and Louise — a road journey with classic mythic structure which follows the coming-of-age (or not) of an 18-year-old named Star.

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