Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2013) – To Catch a Jedi, and The Wrong Jedi

“Never become desperate enough to trust the untrustworthy.” The penultimate episode of the fifth season of The Clone Wars continues the Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) arc that sees her framed for the murder of a bombing suspect. With nods to Hitchcock titles the collection of episodes was written by Charles Murray and first aired on…

Stoker (2013) – Chan-wook Park

The next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable The Movie book, following my screening of Oldboy is another Park film featuring Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska, and Nicole Kidman. If I hadn’t already immersed myself in some of Park’s films, as well as some of the other darker films…

NOS4A2 (2013) – Joe Hill

So I wanted something spooky and creepy, but needed a quick respite from revisting King’s work. I kept it in the family and dug into his son’s novel, NOS4A2. This one feels almost epic in size as we follow the horrors committed by Charlie Talent Manx and the life of a woman, Victoria McQueen who…

Gravity (2013) – Alfonso Cuaron

To keep things fresh, I’m leaping to the back of DK Canada’s The Movie Book just so I can shake things up a a bit. Consequently I get to jump into Alfonso Cuaron’s highly enjoyable sci-fi thriller Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Curaon who directed such fantastic films as Y Tu Mama Tambien,…

Before Midnight (2013) – Richard Linklater

Nine years after Before Sunset, and almost twenty since Before Sunrise, we check in with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) again. And this is the next title from DK Canada’s The Movie Book’s What Else to Watch list following my screening of Boyhood. Travelling in Greece as a family, including two daughters, the…

The Daylight War (2013) – Peter V. Brett

Digging into the third book of The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett has been long overdue, but it was very much worth the wait. After the climactic conclusion of the previous instalment, not to mention some of the revelations, the characters are left in some strange places. The novel picks up shortly after the…

12 Years a Slave (2013) – Steve McQueen

What kind of species are we that we can enslave our fellows? There are two scenes in McQueen’s masterpiece 12 Years a Slave, that shook me to my core. The first was a scene in which Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Solomon Northup is left to hang, while life goes on around him, and another when Solomon is…

Frozen (2013) – Chris Buck, and Jennifer Lee

The last title on the What Else to Watch list from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is this this update of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story The Snow Queen. Featuring an enjoyable cast of characters, as well as a number of songs that have…