A Few of My Favourite Things – New Orleans

During that first visit to a new city, it can be difficult to cover all of the major tourist hot spots and follow up on all the recommendations that your friends and family send your way. My recent trip to the ‘Big Easy’ was brief but jam-packed, and even though I still had a lot to check off of…

Taking a peek at ‘Crimson Peak’

Guillermo del Toro is one of my favourite directors. Only a few years ago, while at Fan Expo in Toronto, I had the opportunity to meet him in person. Unaware of his guest appearance, I had a fleeting chance encounter in the hallway outside the exhibition space – I recognized him straight away though his back…

Fascination with Sunken Villages

I have been thinking about Neil Jordan’s In Dreams (1999) a lot lately for some reason. As luck would have it, a DVD copy appeared to me mysteriously from within a $9.99 bin at a music and film store, and so I purchased it and rewatched it this past weekend. Having been a while since I…

A Look at ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’

First published in the early 1890s, this short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is not only an eerie tale of a woman sequestered to her room and experiencing what seem to be hallucinations, visions of a woman trapped in the mesmerizing wallpaper pattern; it is also a reflection on attitudes to towards mental illness in women…

Underground in Mary King’s Close

Along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, buried beneath what is now the City Chambers, lies a length of narrow alleyway (a close), lined with the remnants of dark empty houses and rooms whose floorboards are still intact after hundreds of years. If you peer into some of the doors left open by the tour company, you can see for…