- “The Wonders of 2000” – Emilio Salgari (1907)
What would happen if two men living in 1903 would wake up in 2003? What would they find to wait for them? We find out in this incredible novel by Emilio Salgari, adventurous as Sandokan’s books but this time ambiented in the future. This is one of the pillars of italian protosci-fi and also one of Salgari’s less known works.
I loved the naivety of this novel, but even the discoveries: I wished some of the things in the book could be really existing today, while other left me surprised because Salgari imagined them already at that time.
- “Damned” – Chuck Palahniuk (2011)
Madison, 13yo daughter of a cinema star and a millionaire, dies and go to hell, and this seems an event certainly better than continuing with her life. Funny description of hell, but very banal, knowing Palahniuk’s writing and stories, the rest. Maybe it’s a question of being used to him, but it seems i can’t take seriously or being surprised by the payback paths of the characters he tells us about: I feel like it’s always the same story, written similarly, just changing (not even too much) the characters.
- “The plague” – Albert Camus (1947)
I always heard about this book and I was feeling as a great lack the fact I never read it; I was not suspecting how great, though.
Oran, in Algeria, is a city as others, which doesn’t stand out for anything in particular and which routine is based on work and banal days. But one day arrives the plague, which, starting as a body disease as it is, one bit after another will grow, becoming something more complex, with roots in the souls, changing the perception of life in its inhabitants. The novel seems to be divided in two parallel story flows: one about the mass of Oran’s citizens, another about Dr. Rieux and his mates Tarrou, Rambert, Grand e Cottard.
The plague is the symbol of evil in general and in particular of nazism.
You can find a quote of the book here: The easiest way of making a town’s acquaintance – from “The Plague” by Camus
- “This is the end” – Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen (2013)
This movie is made by the creators of Pineapple Express and most of the actors we already know from that famous comedy are here playing a version of themselves. The story is that of a group of actors which are meeting at a party at James Franco’s house while suddenly happens no less than Apocalypse. To save themselves, the actors have to find a way to go in Heaven, but, since of the aversions never said inside the group, it’s not an easy venture.
- “Detention” – Joseph Kahn (2011)
Weird movie, confused: it would have to be a horror comedy, but it’s more grotesque. There’s a murderer who kills high-school students, a non popular girl, her group of friends and the unmissable cheerleader. All this confuses with time travels and body exchanges: a film which tried to be funny and original but ended transforming the story in a series of events without clear sense.
- “Mine Games” – Richard Gray (2012)
Three young couples tries to reach some friends to pass a weekend together in a country house, but when they arrive it seems there’s no trace of them. This is not the only oddity which seems to portray their little holiday, and things will become seriously weird when one of them will find the entrance of an abandoned mine.
Nothing special, but not even so terrible: ok to pass two hours without thinking to anything.
- “Finders keepers” – Alexander Yellen (2014)
This tv movie face in the usual way the usual story of the usual doll found by the usual child which – guess? – is possessed by it. Just a bit banal?
Maybe it’s getting better on the ending, but I’ll never know since I fell asleep before the end (and it wasn’t tiredness).
- “Grave encounters 2” – John Poliquin (2012)
The story of the movie “Grave encounters” is true and the troupe tragically disappeared during the making of the movie. This is what a cinema student finds out, and his research will not stop here: after identifying the asylum in which the movie was made, he will go there with a little troupe to discover the truth.
- “Evil dead” – Fede Alvarez (2013)
- “Annabelle” – John R. Leonetti (2014)
The doll of “The conjuring” is back…or better: this is the story of Annabelle and of how it ended up closed in the Warrens’ case. The movie is built on the story of a young couple about to have a baby and on the torments the doll will pour mostly on the mother. Actually this has nothing to do with the real story of Annabelle, of which only a little part is explained at the beginning of the movie.