Review – Beasts of the Southern Wild


Beasts of the Southern Wild

Ben Zeitlin

2012, USA

A six year old girl named Hushpuppy living in the ‘Bathtub’, a bayou community situated beyond the levee of a major city with her father sees big changes in her life and must come to terms with the changing realities of her family and environment.

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Robert Graves – A Lover Since Childhood

Tangled in thought am I,
Stumble in speech do I?
Do I blunder and blush for the reason why?
Wander aloof do I,
Lean over gates and sigh,
Making friends with the bee and the butterfly?

If thus and thus I do,
Dazed by the thought of you,
Walking my sorrowful way in the early dew,
My heart cut through and through
In this despair of you,
Starved for a word or a look will my hope renew:

give then a thought for me
Walking so miserably,
Wanting relief in the friendship of flower or tree;
Do but remember, we
Once could in love agree,
Swallow your pride, let us be as we used to be.

Finding Vivian Maier – Trailer

This is the official trailer for the documentary film, Finding Vivian Maier.

A film unraveling the life of the now famous Vivian Maier and John Maloof’s journey to piece together Maier’s past. (Film website) (Maier’s photographs)

So long Mr. Briers

Penelope-Wilton-fl_2428351cLarkalong was saddened to hear the news of Richard Briers’ death. He was respected and loved by many. His resume is as grand and vast as any actors and many will remember him for his various roles: From Tom in ‘The Good Life’ to his work with Kenneth Brannagh in ‘Frankenstein’ and his Shakespearean work but here at Larkalong, when we think of Richard Briers we will always come back to (in our opinion) his finest hour, that of Mr. Martin Bryce on the classic sitcom ‘Ever Decreasing Circles’. His performance in that show was nothing short of majestic and for people of a certain ilk, it will continue to be watched and re-watched for as long as people have their favourite (and second favourite) jam.


Korean History Video Game Commentary

I recently posted a video by Seoul-based games company ‘Studio Shelter‘. The video is a ‘faux-demo’ for a video game which tells the recent history of South Korea. A day after it was posted I got a response from the guys at asking for a quick run-down of what was actually going on, so I’ve given it a go.

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Contemporary Korean history for the Commodore 64 generation

If you enjoy a bit of history but are more of a watcher than a reader then read on.

South Korean game company Studio Shelter have put together a demo for a (fictional) game titled ‘Democracy Demo’. If you were part of the ‘8-bit generation’ and grew up with the likes of ‘Street Fighter’ and the original ‘Mario’ you will swoon with nostalgic delight at this video which humorously (and quite accurately) depicts the modern history of South Korea from the end of Japanese occupation (1945) to the present day. Knowing a thing or two about South Korea helps (depicting former president Lee Myung-bak as a rat will please many) but it will entertain nonetheless.

Review – The Berlin File


The Berlin File (베를린)

Ryu Seung-wan

2013, South Korea

A North Korean ‘ghost’ agent, famed in his home country as the ultimate patriot, finds himself embroiled in a scandal involving his wife, a translator at the North Korean embassy and other high ranking government officials. A traitor has been identified, but can we believe the intel? All the while the movements of all concerned are being closely surveyed by the South Koreans, with help from the CIA.

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Spike Milligan | Bazonka

Say Bazonka every day
That’s what my grandma used to say
It keeps at bay the Asian Flu’
And both your elbows free from glue.
So say Bazonka every day
(That’s what my grandma used to say)

Don’t say it if your socks are dry!
Or when the sun is in your eye!
Never say it in the dark
(The word you see emits a spark)
Only say it in the day
(That’s what my grandma used to say)

Young Tiny Tim took her advice
He said it once, he said it twice
he said it till the day he died
And even after that he tried
To say Bazonka! every day
Just like my grandma used to say.

Now folks around declare it’s true
That every night at half past two
If you’ll stand upon your head
And shout Bazonka! from your bed
You’ll hear the word as clear as day
Just like my grandma used to say!