Tag: 2010s

  • Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey Analysis

    Pig The Winner eating kibble

    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 […]

  • If I Loved You by Robin Black Short Story Analysis

    book cover of if i loved you i would tell you this by robin black

    “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 […]

  • Notes On A Quiet Place Film

    A Quiet Place movie poster Emily blunt with finger to lips

    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 […]

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

    Schitt's Creek

    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 […]

  • Fake Gender Equality In The Christmas Chronicles

    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 […]

  • Good Morning Mr Pancakes by Chris McKimmie Analysis

    Good Morning Mr Pancakes

    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 […]

  • “Good People” Is A Terrible Film

    Good People movie

    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.

  • Dumplin Film Storytelling Techniques

    Dumplin movie poster

    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. […]

  • The Ritual Film Study

    The Ritual Film Poster

    “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.