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Stephen Fry’s letter to himself: Dearest absurd child

I hope you are well. I know you are not. As it happens you wrote in 1973 a letter to your future self and it is high time that your future self had the decency to write back. You declared in that letter (reproduced in your 1997 autobiography Moab Is My Washpot) that “everything I feel now as an adolescent is true”. You went on to affirm that if ever you dared in later life to repudiate, deny or mock your 16-year-old self it would be a lie, a traducing, treasonable lie, a crime against adolescence. “This is who I am,” you wrote. “Each day that passes I grow away from my true self. Every inch I take towards adulthood is a betrayal.”

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Review – The Angel’s Share

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The Angel’s Share

Ken Loach

2012, UK

A group of criminals bundled together for community service attempt to shake off the lives they have made for themselves.

Robbie, a young man with a long history of trouble is falling apart at the seams. He is a new father with too many enemies and needs to catch a break. He befriends Harry, a community service worker with a taste for whiskey. Robbie discovers a passion for the spirit himself and before long he is taste testing with the masters. After another close call he decides enough is enough and he must go to desperate lengths to finally be rid of his past.

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

Guillermo del Toro is finally back to the cinema after nearly five years away. After wasting a couple of years trying to get The Hobbit off the ground, along with the disappointment of seeing his passion project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness shelved, he is ready to present us with his next film: a ‘monsters Vs giant robots’ extravaganza.

Here at Larkalong we adore del Toro. He has a truly singular vision and in the genre of fantasy horror he reigns supreme. Over the last few years he has also helped produce some incredible films and has come to represent true quality whether he’s directing, producing, writing novels or merely discussing in many curious and suprising passions (a little known fact about del Toro is that he’s also a Hitchcock expert, writing a book on the master’s 53 feature films when he was only 23). Pacific Rim is released in July 2013.

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Wong Kar Wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’ release date confirmed

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Wong Kar-wai is a man who likes to tease his fans. After spending four years making 2046 he seems to be trying to top himself with The Grandmaster. 

The film, based on the life of Yip Man, founder of Wing Chun and Bruce Lee’s mentor has been filming now for three years and has taken on almost mythic proportions. Starring Larkalong favourite Tony Leung along with Zhang Ziyi, Chen Chang and Korean actress Song Hye-Ko, it seemed that there was light at the end of the tunnel earlier this Spring when we heard it would be released before the end of 2012. Piles of gossip, a set of character posters and one disappointing trailer later (it’s looking like a mix between Donnie Yen’s Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen and countless other Hong Kong action films that have come out over the last decade) We have a confirmed release date of January 8th.

I will never give up on you Mr. Wong and even if it’s rubbish I still love you.

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Philip Larkin | Annus Mirabilis

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me) –
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.

Up to then there’d only been
A sort of bargaining,
A wrangle for the ring,
A shame that started at sixteen
And spread to everything.

Then all at once the quarrel sank:
Everyone felt the same,
And every life became
A brilliant breaking of the bank,
A quite unlosable game.

So life was never better than
In nineteen sixty-three
(Though just too late for me) –
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.

E. E. Cummings | i love you much (most beautiful darling)

“i love you much (most beautiful darling)

more than anyone on the earth and i
like you better than everything in the sky

—sunlight and singing welcome your coming

although winter may be everywhere
with such a silence and such a darkness
noone can quite begin to guess

(except my life) the true time of year—

and if what calls itself a world should have
the luck to hear such singing (or glimpse such
sunlight as will leap higher than high
through gayer than gayest someone’s heart at your each

nearness) everyone certainly would (my
most beautiful darling) believe in nothing but love”

Review – Ted

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Seth MacFarlane

2012, USA

As a child, John Bennett (Mark Whalberg) was a Loner with no friends, until one day he gets a teddy bear for Christmas and wishes him to life. 27 years later, John and Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) are still best friends. They do everything together: get high, watch Flash Gordon and get high. But John is now in a relationship and his friendship with Ted will be put to the test after his girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) gets tired of the relationship going nowhere and challenges John to grow up.

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