This Month’s Films (November 2014)

The Devil's Backbone

Shattered Glass (2003)Shattered Glass

The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles.

Verdict: 8/10

PreciousPrecious (2009)

Precious Jones, an inner-city high school girl, is illiterate, overweight, and pregnant…again. Naïve and abused, Precious responds to a glimmer of hope when a door is opened by an alternative-school teacher. She is faced with the choice to follow opportunity and test her own boundaries. Prepare for shock, revelation and celebration.

Verdict: 7/10

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)The Devil's Backbone

The most personal film by Guillermo del Toro (Cronos) is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE tells the tale of a ten-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro effectively combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish concoction that reminds us—as would his later Pan’s Labyrinth—that the scariest monsters are often the human ones.

Verdict: 9/10

The HousemaidThe Housemaid (1960)

This gripping, rarely-seen masterpiece of manipulation and obsession is often considered amongst the greatest Korean films of all time. Now, it’s available in a brilliant new restoration from the Korean Film Archive and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. Restored in 2008 by the World Cinema Foundation and the Korean Film Archive at HFR Laboratory, Seoul.

Verdict: 7/10

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I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and have always been a bookworm and enjoyed creative writing at school. In 1999 I created the Elencheran Chronicles and have been writing ever since. My first novel, Fezariu's Epiphany, was published in May 2011. When not writing I'm a lover of films, games, books and blogging. I live in Barnsley, with my wife, Donna, and our six cats - Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
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