House of Leaves

Originally posted on The Misanthropologist:
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is a book about a book about a movie.  Confused?  Well, let me break it down for you.  House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski is about a book written by Zampano, and later edited by Johnny Truant, about a video documentary called The Navidson…

2014 Cinemalaya Day 4

By making the fight scenes look and feel like they’re inspired by Van Damme kickboxing movies, complete with super slo-mos and thrilling drum beats, Cabrido unwittingly fetishizes the very violence and exploitation that the film ostensibly exposes.

Lexicon

Originally posted on The Misanthropologist:
I’ve been struggling all weekend to come up with a passable review of Max Barry’s 2013 thriller, Lexicon.   The problem isn’t because I didn’t like it – I liked it just fine.  As a matter of fact, I quite enjoyed it and thought it was fresh and original, though a…

All About S. – Part 2

Earlier I wrote something about S., the new project announced by J.J. Abrams in October that turned out to be a novel (written with Doug Dorst).  S. is a truly unique book in that it’s the novel, Ship of Theseus, written by a V.M. Straka – a fictitious novel, with an equally fictitious writer. The book, originally owned by Eric,…

All About S. – Part 1

One of the most interesting books that came out in 2013, for me, was S, a novel conceptualized by J.J. Abrams (yes, the movie director / producer), and written by Doug Dorst. But S isn’t your ordinary, everyday novel.  Released at the end of October, S is the latest project of J.J. Abrams, giving tribute, perhaps, to the written word and the physical…

Two Award-Winning Novels of 2013

Reviews of two award-winning novels of 2013 – Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries which won the Man Booker Prize, and The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. 1. The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton) – The Luminaries, with 834 pages, is the longest novel (so far) to have won the Booker Prize,…